Month: April 2017

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!