Current Obsession: Colorful Striped Skirt

Hello friend! If you know me in real life, then you know that I don’t just have a mild interest in things. If I am into something, I am INTO it! Right now that something is the colorful striped skirt. It’s probably no surprise: I like color…I like stripes…I like skirts. Therefore it is very fitting that I like colorful striped skirts.

I have played around with colorful stripes before (multi-colored striped shirt). But recently my obsession has narrowed around skirts specifically. Let me show you how I am wearing my colorful striped skirts.

5 colorful striped skirt outfit ideas.

Bright and Work Ready Colorful Striped Skirt

When I saw the J Crew pop stripe skirt, I just had to have it. The bold colors and the stripes were exactly what I’ve been looking for. The cut and length of the skirt also ensured me that it would make a great work outfit. Therefore I immediately paired it with a scoop tee and heels for an office-ready look.

Colorful striped skirt for work: paired with a tee and heels the J Crew pop striped skirt adds color and pattern to an office ready outfit.Colorful striped skirt for work: paired with a tee and heels the J Crew pop striped skirt adds color and pattern to an office ready outfit. Colorful striped skirt for work: paired with a tee and heels the J Crew pop striped skirt adds color and pattern to an office ready outfit.

For accessories I thought it would be fun to bring in a second pattern. Therefore I added more stripes with my clutch. I also chose to showcase one bold piece of jewelry, my bib necklace. The necklace looks great here because the low scoop neckline of the top allows it to be the focus.

Colorful striped skirt for work: paired with a tee and heels the J Crew pop striped skirt adds color and pattern to an office ready outfit. Colorful striped skirt for work: paired with a tee and heels the J Crew pop striped skirt adds color and pattern to an office ready outfit.

Whimsical Colorful Striped Skirt

Another colorful striped skirt I have is a white A-line Kate Spade one that I purchased on vacation last summer. It was another case of love at first sight! The sweet pastels in these stripes make it so easy to pair with some of my favorite pieces. Case in point is this look below, where I paired up the stripes with polka dots, pattern mixing heaven!

Pattern mixing polka dot blouse with colorful striped skirtPattern mixing polka dot blouse with colorful striped skirt

It was equally fun to choose my accessories for this look: I simply used more colors in the skirt. I chose two shades of pink for my purse and shoes. As luck would have it, I also found a fun pink wall where I took the photos. With all of the colors in the outfit, I chose to keep my earrings neutral with a simple white pair.

Pattern mixing polka dot blouse with colorful striped skirt Pattern mixing polka dot blouse with colorful striped skirt Pattern mixing polka dot blouse with colorful striped skirt

Colorful Striped Skirt for the Weekend

Just in case you thought the colorful striped skirt was just for the work week, I also have a casual look. Here I am wearing the J Crew Factory sidewalk skirt with a fun graphic tee and denim jacket. I added a pair of pretty jeweled sandals and I’m set. Whether it’s running errands or catching up with friends, this look will work for the entire weekend.

Colorful striped skirt styled casually with the J Crew sidewalk skirt Colorful striped skirt styled casually with the J Crew sidewalk skirt Colorful striped skirt styled casually with the J Crew sidewalk skirtColorful striped skirt styled casually with the J Crew sidewalk skirt

The Colorful Striped Skirt Dresses Up

It is rare to find a colorful striped skirt for dressier occasions and styles. Therefore when I saw this long ball gown style skirt, I knew I had to have it. It is certainly not something I can wear daily. However, it is a long-term item, meaning that I can wear it for a long time. It’s not of a specific style or fashion that will go out of style. So as long as I’ll like color and stripes, I will like this skirt!

Colorful striped skirt styled for a special occasion with the Alice and Olivia Nicola skirt and Anthropologie denim corset cami Colorful striped skirt styled for a special occasion with the Alice and Olivia Nicola skirt and Anthropologie denim corset cami

I paired the skirt with a denim corset top. Because I wore the skirt with a denim top, I wanted to add more pops of color with my accessories. Therefore I wore my red pumps and fun yellow earrings.

Colorful striped skirt styled for a special occasion with the Alice and Olivia Nicola skirt and Anthropologie denim corset cami Colorful striped skirt styled for a special occasion with the Alice and Olivia Nicola skirt and Anthropologie denim corset cami Colorful striped skirt styled for a special occasion with the Alice and Olivia Nicola skirt and Anthropologie denim corset cami Colorful striped skirt styled for a special occasion with the Alice and Olivia Nicola skirt and Anthropologie denim corset cami

Neutral Colorful Striped Skirt

While I love a good colorful striped skirt, many of them are summer items (light weight material, pastel colors, etc.) and I feel like I can’t wear them year around. However this past winter I found this striped midi skirt. With its thicker fabric and darker colorful stripes, this skirt is the winter equivalent of the others! Hooray!

Colorful striped skirt for the office: add a chambray shirt and blazer for a pulled together work outfit Colorful striped skirt for the office: add a chambray shirt and blazer for a pulled together work outfit Colorful striped skirt for the office: add a chambray shirt and blazer for a pulled together work outfit Colorful striped skirt for the office: add a chambray shirt and blazer for a pulled together work outfit

For this neutral colorful striped skirt look, I paired the skirt with one of my go-to’s: a chambray button down shirt. I added a blazer and heels and the look is complete! I kept the jewelry minimal with a pair of pretty hoops.

Colorful striped skirt for the office: add a chambray shirt and blazer for a pulled together work outfit Colorful striped skirt for the office: add a chambray shirt and blazer for a pulled together work outfit Colorful striped skirt for the office: add a chambray shirt and blazer for a pulled together work outfit

So while I am very much obsessed with every colorful striped skirt I see, I don’t feel bad purchasing a few. Because they are so versatile and fit my style so well, I will wear them for a long time. I hope you won’t get sick of seeing them!

Try This: Spring Leather Jacket

Hello friend! During my spring wardrobe transition, I put away a lot of my winter items. However, there were a few things I kept. Specifically, my leather jackets. Although they are inherently a cool weather item, I think leather jackets can also be a perfect transition piece. Let me show you how to update your look with a spring leather jacket.

Styling leather jackets for spring work outfits. From pattern mixing with midi skirts to sharp pencil skirts.

How to Make Your Jacket Spring Ready:

  1. Wear your leather jacket with lighter pieces. With the chill of winter behind us, we can forego the sweaters and scarves. Instead, we can now pair our leather jackets with airy and feminine fabrics. So go ahead and throw it on over your pretty eyelet blouse or frilly off the shoulder top. The juxtaposition will be lovely, trust me!
  2. Along the lines of the above reason, also pair your jacket with shorter hems. Shorter hemlines, be it skirts or shorts, will automatically push the outfit into a warm weather look.
  3. Change out your jacket for a spring color. If you are on the market for a new jacket, consider a pretty color for your spring leather jacket! I’ve seen some gorgeous ones in pinks, blues and lavender!

Preppy Cool Spring Leather Jacket

In case you thought the spring leather jacket was only for the weekend, I made sure to style a work appropriate look.

Spring leather jacket outfit styled for the workplace with J Crew striped seersucker pencil skirt and blush leather moto jacket.Spring leather jacket outfit styled for the workplace with J Crew striped seersucker pencil skirt and blush leather moto jacket.

Therefore for my first outfit, I chose to pair this blush pink spring leather jacket with a seersucker striped pencil skirt, this year’s version here. The outfit is perfectly ready for work, but with a punch of personality.

Spring leather jacket outfit styled for the workplace with J Crew striped seersucker pencil skirt and blush leather moto jacket.Spring leather jacket outfit styled for the workplace with J Crew striped seersucker pencil skirt and blush leather moto jacket. Spring leather jacket outfit styled for the workplace with J Crew striped seersucker pencil skirt and blush leather moto jacket.Spring leather jacket outfit styled for the workplace with J Crew striped seersucker pencil skirt and blush leather moto jacket.

To play up the cool factor, I added a bold bib necklace and fun metallic sunglasses.

Spring leather jacket outfit styled for the workplace with J Crew striped seersucker pencil skirt and blush leather moto jacket. Spring leather jacket outfit styled for the workplace with J Crew striped seersucker pencil skirt and blush leather moto jacket.

Playful and Colorful Spring Leather Jacket

For a more colorful outfit with a spring leather jacket, try what I’ve done here. This time I went bold, opting to repeat a favorite color combination: light blue and red. Hey, if it ain’t broke, why fix it, right?

Baby blue and red color combination with a spring leather jacket and pleated skirt. Stripes and floral print for a pattern mixing outfit. Baby blue and red color combination with a spring leather jacket and pleated skirt. Stripes and floral print for a pattern mixing outfit.

The light blue leather jacket is a quick way to update your wardrobe. It not only adds color, but also adds a different texture and even some attitude to the outfit. The outfit without the jacket is a sweet look with a tee and pleated skirt. But add the jacket and you’ve got a lot more going on. The leather and styling of the jacket brings a “toughness” and “coolness” to the look, both of which I can use once in a while!

Baby blue and red color combination with a spring leather jacket and pleated skirt. Stripes and floral print for a pattern mixing outfit. Baby blue and red color combination with a spring leather jacket and pleated skirt. Stripes and floral print for a pattern mixing outfit.

Of course I had to stay true to myself and bring in some pattern mixing. Therefore I opted to wear the pieces with a striped tee and my favorite floral heels.

Baby blue and red color combination with a spring leather jacket and pleated skirt. Stripes and floral print for a pattern mixing outfit. Baby blue and red color combination with a spring leather jacket and pleated skirt. Stripes and floral print for a pattern mixing outfit. Baby blue and red color combination with a spring leather jacket and pleated skirt. Stripes and floral print for a pattern mixing outfit.

And finally for accessories, I chose to add a fun pair of earrings and a few statement rings. Pops of red on the lips and tips completes this fun and colorful spring leather outfit!

Baby blue and red color combination with a spring leather jacket and pleated skirt. Stripes and floral print for a pattern mixing outfit. Baby blue and red color combination with a spring leather jacket and pleated skirt. Stripes and floral print for a pattern mixing outfit.

With the two foolproof examples I’ve shown here, you too should try a spring leather jacket! Let me know how you plan to wear yours!

The Ugly Side of Blogging: Increase Instagram Engagement

Hello friend! When I first started my Instagram account, I had no idea what engagement meant. Instagram was a place for me to quickly share my outfit, make connections with like-minded people and get outfit inspiration. But now, because of the potential to make money, Instagram is becoming a somewhat ugly space where people are resorting to many (some unethical) methods to increase Instagram engagement.

My hope in writing this post is to simply raise awareness so that we all know what is going on. Furthermore, it may serve to level the playing field so that everyone knows their options on how to increase Instagram engagement. Please note that I am not an expert nor am I selling anything. I am simply sharing what I have learned and observed. You can read more in my Ugly Side of Blogging series.

Blogger's methods to increase Instagram engagement: from comment pods to getting more likes.

 

Before we go any further, let’s discuss what engagement is. Engagement, in reference to Instagram, is a measure of how involved an influencer’s followers are in that influencer’s content. To calculate a specific number, it is the number of likes and comments on a post divided by the influencer’s number of followers. There are programs and apps that will give you your engagement rate and many other metrics.

A high engagement rate may be valuable to smaller influencers as a selling point to businesses. While they may not have high number of followers, they can claim to have a highly engaged audience. The understanding here is that the followers trust the influencer and are likely to purchase items that the influencer recommends. This in turn may convince the company to work with the influencer.

So now you can see why people are clamoring to attain not only a high number of followers (see Increasing Instagram Followers post), but also a highly engaged following. This has therefore led to a new phenomenon of influencers constantly seeking to increase Instagram engagement. Let us then look into the many ways one can increase Instagram engagement.

Like for Like to Increase Instagram Engagement

In its true meaning, a like for like is a benign way to increase Instagram engagement. It is simply providing a “like” on someone’s Instagram photo in return for a “like” on yours. This can be achieved in many ways. The simplest is of course going through and liking back everyone that likes your photo. As you can imagine this is time consuming and is only reasonable for those who have smaller accounts.

There are also those who use the hashtag #likeforlike or #l4l. This is with the hope/assumption that those who like a post under that hashtag feed will in turn get a like from all of those posters. I’m not sure how often the like is actually returned. But truthfully, I doubt that it happens at a high rate.

While I don’t think there is anything inherently wrong with a like for like, I start to worry when it takes over someone’s reasons for being on Instagram. If you are only liking photos to get likes on yours, that’s insincere. It’s also not the purpose of what we do, I think! However, I know many others who blog as a job and perhaps it is different for them…

Like for Like Apps to Increase Instagram Engagement

Stemming from the idea of a like for like, companies have emerged to provide them. The ones I know about use an app. It starts with you earning points for liking other photos on the app. Then you can use your points to get likes on your post. The more you like, the more likes you can get on your post.

I knew someone who had tried the app and she showed me some of the fashion accounts on it. I recognized some of the girls. So it turns out this method is being used quite a bit. Now this was just one app and we recognized multiple people. So I can only imagine how much is truly going on.

I’m not upset or judging. Honestly, I am relieved to know how some are getting so many more likes than I am. Because for a while I thought it was my content that was failing. But now I know some are using these apps and that’s fine. However, I think people should be cautions. I have heard that Instagram does not like third party apps interfering with them. Therefore they may do something about it in the future.

Comment for Comment to Increase Instagram Engagement

Recently, I have noticed a natural “comment for comment” occurring. This is when one person returns a like and comment for one left on their post. I feel like this happens between bloggers. It’s almost an unwritten code of conduct. I have started to return the favor when I get a comment. I can’t promise it happens all of the time. But I do try to do so most of the time. I think it’s a show of respect and kindness to the person!

Comment Pods to Increase Instagram Engagement

Comment pods became popular after the start of all of the Instagram algorithm changes. Once Instagram changed from a chronological feed to this mystery algorithm, everyone wanted more comments and likes to get noticed quickly. I think new influencers also turn to comment pods a lot to get some engagement on their posts while they build their following.

The function of a comment pod is simple. Everyone engages with each other’s posts. While the specific rules of each pod are different, the concept is the same. You notify your group that you posted. The members then like and comment on your post. It is then expected that you like and comment when they post. It’s basically an “I scratch your back, you scratch mine” understanding!

I think comment pods are a simple and easy way to get some real engagement on your posts provided that they are done well. So how do you make a comment pod work for you?

  1. Get in a pod with active people who will actually participate! Some people join a pod but don’t really do the work. That won’t be any help to you!
  2. Encourage your pod to leave applicable comments. I’ve seen too many “great shot babe” comments. That kind of a comment just feels disingenuous.
  3. Don’t rely solely on a comment pod. If all of your comments are from the same people, that looks suspicious. Make sure to spend time building a real following so that you’ll have natural comments coming in as well!

Purchasing Likes to Increase Instagram Engagement

Now we get into the more questionable methods. First is to straight out purchase likes. You pay a fee for the number of likes you want on a photo. Then as soon as you post, the likes fly in (from fake bot accounts). The hope of this is to increase Instagram engagement quickly so that the post is deemed to be good by the algorithm. This in turn propels that post up to the top of the hashtag feeds.

Here I will give the same warning as for the like for like apps. While this method certainly works, you are putting yourself and your account at risk. No one truly knows how Instagram makes their algorithm. But most agree that they do not like “black hat” tricks (i.e. using bots and other programs). Therefore, be careful of how you go about all of this!

Comment Bots to Increase Instagram Engagement

The last method I know of is to use a comment bot to leave comments on other accounts. The bot spams a bunch of posts with the same comment. The hope of this is that the recipients of the comments will in turn like back, comment back or start to follow the account.

Because the bot uses the same comment on everyone, it has to be a neutral one. But it can still be obvious on some posts. I’ve seen posts when someone is discussing a sad topic and a bot has left a comment like “love this.” Another sign is when the bot is simply using emojis or single words like “nice” or “love.”

My take on this is to be careful. I’ve said it above and I’ll say it again. People are wising up to some of these tricks. Don’t let your desire to succeed get your account flagged by Instagram.

 Stay Positive and Blog On

 

Before I end this post, I want to thank you for sticking through it! I also want to end on a positive note. Blogging and Instagram can still be a fun place. Let’s focus on the positive. There is room for all of us. Let’s lift each other up and not knock each other down.

Color Crush: Pink and Red Outfit

Hello friend! A few weeks back I was inspired to wear a pink and red outfit. The idea came about quite candidly. I was trying to find a new way to wear my red pleated skirt for a night out. Because I wanted to make the color combination more spring appropriate, I thought to try it with pink. The outfit turned out just as I imagined it. Therefore I decided to share it with you here.

How to wear a pink and red outfit. Blogger Polished Whimsy shows how to put together a bold color blocking look with a red pleated skirt.

Does a Pink and Red Outfit Really Work?

To make sure that a pink and red outfit is actually cohesive, I did a quick search on my color theory. {Side note: I adore color theory. If I had time, I would take a course in it!} Turns out pink isn’t really a color, oops! Its just a tint of red. So technically speaking, this is a monochromatic outfit. Kind of fun, huh? And monochromatic looks, including tints of the same color, work! Therefore this outfit abides by color theory!

How to Wear a Pink and Red Outfit

The way to make the outfit look purposeful is to be bold. Use the colors in big pieces so that it looks intentional. Therefore I did a simple color blocking look here.

How to wear a pink and red outfit. Blogger Polished Whimsy shows how to put together a bold color blocking look with a red pleated skirt. How to wear a pink and red outfit. Blogger Polished Whimsy shows how to put together a bold color blocking look with a red pleated skirt.

I love how each color stands out on its own, but also complements the other.

How to wear a pink and red outfit. Blogger Polished Whimsy shows how to put together a bold color blocking look with a red pleated skirt. How to wear a pink and red outfit. Blogger Polished Whimsy shows how to put together a bold color blocking look with a red pleated skirt.

How to Accessorize with a Pink and Red Outfit

When I went to add accessories to my pink and red outfit, I wanted to add a print or two. I first went to my floral shoes. These have been my go-to for a while now. They are perfect for this outfit because they have pink and red in the shoe. Then I used the shoe as a jumping off point for my purse. Because there is also blue in the shoe, I decided to wear my blue clutch. The stripe of gold in the purse also serves as a second print, win!

How to wear a pink and red outfit. Blogger Polished Whimsy shows how to put together a bold color blocking look with a red pleated skirt.How to wear a pink and red outfit. Blogger Polished Whimsy shows how to put together a bold color blocking look with a red pleated skirt. How to wear a pink and red outfit. Blogger Polished Whimsy shows how to put together a bold color blocking look with a red pleated skirt. How to wear a pink and red outfit. Blogger Polished Whimsy shows how to put together a bold color blocking look with a red pleated skirt.

For my jewelry, I decided to not wear a necklace as the top’s neckline already had pleats. I didn’t want to detract from that detail. Therefore I wore some hoops. My favorite at the moment are from Baublebar, a double hoop one named the Christiana Drops.

How to wear a pink and red outfit. Blogger Polished Whimsy shows how to put together a bold color blocking look with a red pleated skirt.How to wear a pink and red outfit. Blogger Polished Whimsy shows how to put together a bold color blocking look with a red pleated skirt. How to wear a pink and red outfit. Blogger Polished Whimsy shows how to put together a bold color blocking look with a red pleated skirt.

As for the the rest of my accessories, I threw on a few statement rings from Baublebar. I decided to keep my jewelry rose gold toned to go with the color theme. Therefore I wore my rose gold Daniel Wellington watch (use code “polishedwhimsy” for 15% off any item on their website). I paired the watch with my  rose gold Trellis Lane bracelets (the Aria and Olivia). You can use the discount code “polished25” for 25% off!

How to wear a pink and red outfit. Blogger Polished Whimsy shows how to put together a bold color blocking look with a red pleated skirt.

I hope my pink and red outfit has encouraged you to play with some colorful outfits as well. Whether it’s this exact color combination, a red pleated skirt or a color blocking outfit, if you replicate this look, tag me on Instagram. I love to see what great looks you come up with!

Skirt Code: Why I Prefer to Wear Skirts, Reason 4

Hello friend! When I first saw the Victoria Beckham for Target Black and White Stripe Scallop Midi Skirt, I knew I had to have it. I wanted to add it to my arsenal of skirt outfits. The details of this skirt make it a poster child for my Skirt Code Reason 2 post. It also works to illustrate my fourth reason for wearing skirts: they are lighter and airier than pants.

Best skirt outfits & why we should wear more skirts. Victoria Beckham for Target black and white stripe scallop midi skirt.

While a pair of pants covers your entire leg, a skirt leaves some skin exposed. Furthermore, pants often stick to your skin all the way down. A skirt however, skims over certain areas and leaves the rest completely bare. Therefore, a skirt is definitely lighter and airier. So as the summer months creep up on us, I recommend wearing more skirt outfits to help keep you cool and comfortable.

Best skirt outfits & why we should wear more skirts. Victoria Beckham for Target black and white stripe scallop midi skirt. Best skirt outfits & why we should wear more skirts. Victoria Beckham for Target black and white stripe scallop midi skirt.

This skirt specifically exemplifies this reason because of its open panels. I adore how it moves when I walk. And it certainly keeps you cool!

Best skirt outfits & why we should wear more skirts. Victoria Beckham for Target black and white stripe scallop midi skirt. Best skirt outfits & why we should wear more skirts. Victoria Beckham for Target black and white stripe scallop midi skirt.

When I first set out to style this skirt, I was a tad stumped. Because the skirt is so unique, I wanted it to be the main focus. I decided on my fallback: a chambray shirt. It never fails to make an outfit look pulled together. Because this is more of a summer look, I chose a sleeveless chambray shirt (seriously one of my faves!).

Best skirt outfits & why we should wear more skirts. Victoria Beckham for Target black and white stripe scallop midi skirt. Best skirt outfits & why we should wear more skirts. Victoria Beckham for Target black and white stripe scallop midi skirt.

With the top decided, I moved on to accessories. The shoes were a bit of a no-brainer as well. I’ve always loved white accessories in the spring and summer (read more in spring transition post). Therefore, I often reach for my white pumps this time of year. Besides the shoes, I also adore white jewelry in the warmer months. Thus I had to wear my Yasmin drops and white enamel watch.

Best skirt outfits & why we should wear more skirts. Victoria Beckham for Target black and white stripe scallop midi skirt.Best skirt outfits & why we should wear more skirts. Victoria Beckham for Target black and white stripe scallop midi skirt.

And finally for the last piece of the outfit, the bag. I went with an old stand by, my Clare V leopard print clutch. As always, it adds some richness and warmth to the outfit.

Best skirt outfits & why we should wear more skirts. Victoria Beckham for Target black and white stripe scallop midi skirt.

I hope reason 4 of my argument for skirt outfits is proving strong in the court of fashion. I think wearing skirts provide visual interest as well as cool factor (both figuratively and literally!).

Color Crush: Pink and Yellow

Hello friend! Now that we’re well into spring, I am happily breaking out my spring colors. With this comes the chance to mix together new color combinations. This time I am pairing a pink blouse with my new HM yellow lace skirt. This combination results in the prettiest pink and yellow outfits, ones that would be just perfect for Easter!

Pink and yellow color and outfit combination featured on the color crush series on polished whimsy blog. A color blocking outfit with the HM yellow lace skirt and pink J crew blouse, making a perfect Easter outfit.

When I was thinking about what to wear for Easter, I knew I wanted to find a pretty color combination. I also knew I wanted to wear a fun new skirt. So when I saw the HM yellow lace skirt on a recent shopping trip, I snagged it up right away. Then came the debate of what to pair it with. I played with multiple options, but in the end settled for a solid pink top. I think pink and yellow is a perfect color combination for an Easter outfit.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination.

Now let’s talk about the skirt. Seriously I cannot believe what a gorgeous skirt this is. The HM yellow lace skirt looks far more expensive than it really is. It sits comfortably at the waist, has a zipper closure in the back and an exquisite scalloped hem. I also like that there is a sheer panel on the bottom third. It adds an airy quality to the skirt while still keeping it modest.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination.

I seriously just want to keep twirling around in this skirt. And I did…much to the annoyance of the joggers on this path!

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination.

So needless to say, I will be happily wearing this as my Easter outfit this year. The color combination is too stunning to pass up! To keep the focus on the pink and yellow color block, I chose to wear a simple nude pump. However for my jewelry, I chose to echo the yellow in the skirt with yellow accent earring.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination.

As for the rest of my jewelry, I kept the pieces minimal. I chose to wear my new rose gold favorites. That includes my Daniel Wellington watch (get 15% of all purchases with code “polishedwhimsy”). Along with the watch, I wore my rose gold Trellis Lane bracelets (the Aria and Olivia). Luckily I have another discount code, if you want, for those, use “polished25” for 25% off!

I hope you like the pink and yellow color combination for my 2017 Easter outfit. I am just so pleased that I found the HM yellow lace skirt so that I could play with this amazing color combination. If you like to see more colors, check out my color crush series.

The Ugly Side of Blogging: Working with Brands

Hello friend! As I continue my “Ugly side of blogging” series, I want to discuss some negatives that can occur from working with brands. My hopes are to raise awareness and to provide you with pointers. I do not think brands are evil. In fact, working with brands is usually fun and rewarding. Let me show you how best to do so!

working with brands, the ugly side of blogging per everyday style blogger polished whimsy

Working With Brands: No Follow Through

One of the most frustrating things about working with brands is when they don’t follow through. My first such experience occurred in November 2016. I received an email from a shoe company. Although I had not heard of them, when I looked them up I got very excited. The shoes looked great: they were all leather, seemingly good quality, and sold in nice department stores. I was thrilled they were considering me for a collaboration.

Because I really wanted to make a good impression with this collaboration, I spent a lot of time deciding on which products to choose. I examined every pair and painstakingly planned outfits to pair with the shoes. Furthermore, I researched each pair on multiple websites to ensure I was purchasing the correct size and color. Needless to say,  I spend hours planning this collaboration before I actually received the products.

I sent in my wish list of items and patiently waited. After two weeks when I did not receive the product, I emailed the rep. She replied that they were busy with the holiday season and for me to wait until January. I complied. In January, I inquired again and got no answer. I tried again a couple of more times and still no answer.

As you can imagine, I was thoroughly upset about the outcome. Its not so much that I didn’t get to work with the brand, it’s more about the time I lost planning it. So here is the lesson I have learned: Don’t waste time planning a collaboration until you actually get the product. To ensure picking something you’ll be able to work with, pick an item that’s in line with your style. Then you should have no problems styling it!

Working With Brands: Slow Communication

Similar to working with brands with no follow through, is working with brands with slow communication. This can affect your blog and posting schedule. One example is with a brand who wanted to approve my photos before I posted them. Within seven days of receiving the product, I had styled my shoot, taken the photos, edited them, and sent them to the company. And then I waited, and waited, and waited.

It took the company a full month to choose a photo for me to post. Now this certainly is not the worst problem when it comes to working with brands. However, it can put a kink into your schedule. Therefore, if you are working with a brand who is requesting to approve photos prior to your post, be sure to give ample time for them to do so. Don’t schedule your Instagram or blog posts until you have the all clear from the brand!

Working With Brands: No Guidance

Another difficult aspect about working with brands is when they want to collaborate but give you no guidance. Last year one of my favorite stores reached out to me. They offered to send me an item. They did not specify the kind of item or give me a choice. But I was still THRILLED! This was a large company whose items I adore. I was walking on air.

I wanted so bad to have a successful post that would please them. They are, after all, my favorite store! So when the product came, I went into overdrive thinking of creative posts. I kept asking them what they wanted from the collaboration, how many posts, what kind of post, and so on. They gave no information. This was also very frustrating in that I truly did not know what they wanted.

Therefore, I just did my best. I posted three photos with their product. I changed up each post so that it was fresh and unique, showcasing the product in a different manner. Unfortunately, I never got any feedback from them. My advice is to do your best and be creative while sticking to your aesthetic. If it’s a brand you truly love, take the time to post multiple times with the product.

Working With Brands: Too Hands On

Now looking at the other end of the spectrum, it’s just as frustrating when a brand is too hands on. I once worked with a brand who acted like they owned me just because they sent me two accessories. They kept telling me when to post, criticizing my blog post, asking for multiple extra posts after the collaboration post. It just got exhausting, and frankly, annoying. I didn’t want to feel like a puppet on a string.

Now when a brand I don’t know asks to work with me, I ask around about them! I look at other bloggers they have worked with and reach out to ask their experience. That way if a company is asking too much from a blogger, I can politely decline the collaboration. I thus save myself a lot of time and frustration!

In summary, while working with brands is mostly exciting and fun, there are sometimes some pitfalls. I hope I have given you ample guidance on how to avoid those pitfalls. If you have other hints to share, please drop a comment!

Beauty Beat: Oil Cleanser

Hello friend! As you know from my skin care routine post, I like to use an oil cleanser to remove my makeup. For years I have been using the MAC Cleanse Off Oil.  After trialing multiple products, I had chosen that product as my favorite. Therefore, I had no reason to try another one. That is until I saw an oil cleanser at Trader Joe’s. Because Trader Joe’s usually carries good products at fair prices, I decided to try their oil cleanser.

Trader Joes oil cleanser

 

Trader Joe’s Oil Cleanser Cost

The Trader Joe’s oil cleanser comes in a 4 oz. bottle and costs $6.99. That makes it about $1.75 per ounce. My old holy grail, the MAC Cleanse Off Oil is a 5 oz. bottle costing $32.00. Looking at the cost per ounce, that puts the MAC one at $6.40! Therefore, looking at it purely from a cost perspective, the Trader Joe’s product is much more cost effective.

Bottle Ergonomics

The bottle is well made and comfortable to hold and use. More importantly, the pump functions well. Compared to the MAC product, the Trader Joe’s pump delivers more product per pump. I prefer that instead of having to pump 3 times on the MAC one to get ample product.

Product Performance

I find that the product performs just as well as the MAC one. It dissolves the makeup and removes dirt and particles from my pores. The only small concern I have is that it doesn’t remove all of my eye makeup. The MAC cleanser did a better job with that. However, that is not a big deal for me, as I always do a double cleanse. Therefore, my second cleansing removes any leftover eye makeup.

If you’ve never used an oil cleanser before, watch my video on how to use one:

Overall Opinion on Trader Joe’s Oil Cleanser

In conclusion, I prefer the Trader Joe’s Oil Cleanser over my previous product. I am already on my second bottle and I see myself continuing to use it for a long time. Have you tried oil cleansing? Give it a go if you haven’t. This Trader Joe’s oil cleanser is a great one to try!

Color Crush: Light Blue and Red

Hello friend! With spring in full force, I am happy to start playing with new color palettes. One of my new favorites is light blue and red outfits. The original inspiration for this color palette was from a painting. Because the colors looked so pretty together, I vowed to make it into an outfit. So I hope to do the color combination justice!

Light Blue and Red Outfits: Floral

The simplest way to start to wear these colors is to find an item of clothing that already incorporates the two colors. Therefore when I saw this dress, I knew I had to have it. The result is a pretty mix of beautiful bright and soft colors. To further highlight the color combination, try adding light blue and red accessories.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing examples of light blue and red outfits: baby blue and red floral dress with light blue purse and red pumps Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing examples of light blue and red outfits: baby blue and red floral dress with light blue purse and red pumps

Light Blue and Red Outfits: Preppy

A fun outfit for work is this combination with a light blue and red plaid shirt. I paired it with a light blue pencil skirt to make it polished for work.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing examples of light blue and red outfits: baby blue and red Target boyfriend plaid shirt with light blue J crew factory skirt and floral pumps Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing examples of light blue and red outfits: baby blue and red Target boyfriend plaid shirt with light blue J crew factory skirt and floral pumps Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing examples of light blue and red outfits: baby blue and red Target boyfriend plaid shirt with light blue J crew factory skirt and floral pumps

Because I am always looking for an opportunity to pattern mix, I chose to wear my floral print shoes here. For the rest of my accessories, I chose to carry a navy purse to echo the navy in the shoes. And as for my jewelry, I decided to just wear one bold piece: my Zosma earrings.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing examples of light blue and red outfits: baby blue and red Target boyfriend plaid shirt with light blue J crew factory skirt and floral pumps Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing examples of light blue and red outfits: baby blue and red Target boyfriend plaid shirt with light blue J crew factory skirt and floral pumps

Light Blue and Red Outfits: Color Block

For the daring color lovers out there, I challenge you to wear the colors boldly in a light blue and red color block! Here I chose a light blue blouse and red pleated skirt.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing examples of light blue and red outfits: baby blue loft blouse and red HM pleated skirt and floral pumps Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing examples of light blue and red outfits: baby blue loft blouse and red HM pleated skirt and floral pumps Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing examples of light blue and red outfits: baby blue loft blouse and red HM pleated skirt and floral pumps

Once again, I chose my floral print shoes. I then added my navy clutch to contrast the blue of the top and coordinate with the shoes.

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Light Blue and Red Outfits: It’s In The Bag

Sometimes a fantastic color combination can be found in one small accessory. Case in point is this pretty floral clutch. It has baby blue and red together in one item. Therefore you can wear a neutral item and just grab this baby to add the color to your outfit!

Light blue and red outfits: light blue and red floral print Target Sam and Libby clutch with crossbody strap

I hope you enjoyed the light blue and red outfits. Below is a selection of items you can purchase to make your own versions of my light blue and red outfits. Let me know which one you’re planning on trying!

One Item Four Ways: Long Vest

Hello friend! Now that spring is here, I am officially transitioning my wardrobe. You can read my spring transition post first to catch up on my plans. Furthermore, I will simply give you an example here. I am taking one of my fun winter pieces, a camel long vest, and showing you how to wear it in the spring.

Long Vest for Cold Weather

First, let me show you how I styled it during the winter. One of my favorite ways to wear it in the cold, was with many other layers. Layering with a blanket scarf on top of the long vest was an elegant and eye-catching look.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing burgundy j crew pencil skirt, camel long vest, pink plaid blanket scarf and pink Kate spade pumps. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing burgundy j crew pencil skirt, camel long vest, pink plaid blanket scarf and pink Kate spade pumps. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing burgundy j crew pencil skirt, camel long vest, pink plaid blanket scarf and pink Kate spade pumps.

Long Vest and Leather Leggings

Another time I wore my long vest recently, was to make my Gray Monroe leather leggings work appropriate. Here I did a simple color blocking outfit with a chambray shirt and the leggings. You can read more about it in my leather leggings post.

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Casual and Distressed

A recent re-style I did was for this original red stripes and leopard print post. One of the key purposes of that post was to point out how you can mix and match pieces to get the same “feel” of an outfit without having to have the exact replica. To further prove that point, I used that inspiration to create this look here. This time, I used the long vest as my camel piece and paired it with my current favorite jeans.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing distressed high waisted jeans, camel long vest, red stripes tee shirt, red pumps and leopard print clutch for a spring ready work outfit.Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing distressed high waisted jeans, camel long vest, red stripes tee shirt, red pumps and leopard print clutch for a spring ready work outfit.Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing distressed high waisted jeans, camel long vest, red stripes tee shirt, red pumps and leopard print clutch for a spring ready work outfit.Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing distressed high waisted jeans, camel long vest, red stripes tee shirt, red pumps and leopard print clutch for a spring ready work outfit.

So if you’re loving the looks so far and are in need of a long vest, never fear friend, because I’ve rounded up a bunch for you right here:

Preppy and Spring Ready

Now we will move into our warmer weather looks. This first one is using shades of navy, with a pop of pretty spring florals. The long vest is still central to the outfit, but the entire outfit feels more spring-like now with the lighter fabrics.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing a navy striped top, navy pencil skirt, camel long vest and floral pumps for a spring ready work outfit. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing a navy striped top, navy pencil skirt, camel long vest and floral pumps for a spring ready work outfit. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing a navy striped top, navy pencil skirt, camel long vest and floral pumps for a spring ready work outfit.

For the accessories in this look, I added a second print with the floral shoes. They also served to add a pop of color while still looking unified thanks to the blue in the shoe. As for the purse, I chose my navy and gold stripe clutch. I’m not sure, but I think that counts as a third print. You know how much I adore a good triple pattern mix! And last for the earrings, I chose my eye-catching Zosma drops from Baublebar.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing a navy striped top, navy pencil skirt, camel long vest and floral pumps for a spring ready work outfit.Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing a navy striped top, navy pencil skirt, camel long vest and floral pumps for a spring ready work outfit. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing a navy striped top, navy pencil skirt, camel long vest and floral pumps for a spring ready work outfit.

Spring Staples and Trends

Finally we come to my last look, if you’ve been counting, that actually makes 5 looks. I figured you wouldn’t mind another example… you’re welcome! 😉 For this look, I chose to combine spring staples (white jeans) with spring trends (embroidery). Therefore, I paired this pretty scarf with my gingham shirt, white jeans, and of course the long vest.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing white jeans, camel long vest, blue gingham shirt and floral embroidery scarf for a spring ready work outfit.Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing white jeans, camel long vest, blue gingham shirt and floral embroidery scarf for a spring ready work outfit. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing white jeans, camel long vest, blue gingham shirt and floral embroidery scarf for a spring ready work outfit.

I hope you enjoyed the five looks I did with the long vest. let me know if you have a favorite or any other ways for me to style it! You can shop the rest of the outfit details below.