Month: October 2017

Denim Shirtdress and Booties

Hello friend! While I am a big fan of skirts, I am a bit more weary of dresses. I find that they do not fit me as well as a two piece. Plus, individual pieces are so much easier to pattern mix. But recently I have been into wearing dresses. I credit the inspiration to my fashionable co-worker Mary Alice who is always wearing beautiful dresses. One such inspiration was pairing a denim shirtdress and booties.

Pairing a denim shirtdress and booties for a stylish outfit on polished whimsy. J Jill tencel denim shirtdress, anthropologie belt and booties. Style over forty, everyday style. Pairing a denim shirtdress and booties for a stylish outfit on polished whimsy. J Jill tencel denim shirtdress, anthropologie belt and booties. Style over forty, everyday style.

The denim shirtdress I got is from J Jill. It is a nice medium shade of denim with a good bit of stretch to it. Mary Alice often pairs her denim dress with a cool slouchy cardi. I plan on trying that a little later in the season when it actually starts to cool off in Los Angeles. So for now, I will just wear the dress on its own. You can read about my fall transition here and here).

Pairing a denim shirtdress and booties for a stylish outfit on polished whimsy. J Jill tencel denim shirtdress, anthropologie belt and booties. Style over forty, everyday style. Pairing a denim shirtdress and booties for a stylish outfit on polished whimsy. J Jill tencel denim shirtdress, anthropologie belt and booties. Style over forty, everyday style.

Because the dress is a solid color, I chose to add some visual interest by adding a large belt. I chose one with an intricate detail and contrasting color to break up the wide expanse of blue.

Pairing a denim shirtdress and booties for a stylish outfit on polished whimsy. J Jill tencel denim shirtdress, anthropologie belt and booties. Style over forty, everyday style. Pairing a denim shirtdress and booties for a stylish outfit on polished whimsy. J Jill tencel denim shirtdress, anthropologie belt and booties. Style over forty, everyday style.

My belt is from Anthropologie. If you ever need a really cool belt, start by looking there. I have found some fantastic and unique ones there over the years. I’m linking a few of my current favorites that would be perfect for a denim shirtdress and booties outfit here.

 

And then it came to the booties. Of course since it was still hot, I chose my Anthropologie “shooties.” Not only were they a perfect match to the belt, but also added a pattern to my outfit. The small hint of animal print was just what this print-lover wanted.

Pairing a denim shirtdress and booties for a stylish outfit on polished whimsy. J Jill tencel denim shirtdress, anthropologie belt and booties. Style over forty, everyday style. Pairing a denim shirtdress and booties for a stylish outfit on polished whimsy. J Jill tencel denim shirtdress, anthropologie belt and booties. Style over forty, everyday style.

For accessories I chose to wear a short necklace so it would not interfere with the belt. I went with my Brielle necklace from Baublebar. I am a sucker for filigree, so I ordered this necklace in the short Brielle Statement Necklace as well as the Brielle Pendant Necklace. What can I say, I know what I like!

Pairing a denim shirtdress and booties for a stylish outfit on polished whimsy. J Jill tencel denim shirtdress, anthropologie belt and booties. Style over forty, everyday style.Pairing a denim shirtdress and booties for a stylish outfit on polished whimsy. J Jill tencel denim shirtdress, anthropologie belt and booties. Style over forty, everyday style.

I love the way this denim shirtdress and booties outfit turned out. I also cannot wait to wear the dress with some other twists. How would you wear a denim shirtdress? I recently picked up an item that I think will pair great with it. Stay tuned!

 

Is it the End of Instagram Top Posts?

Hello friend! Welcome back to another Ugly Side of Blogging post. Today’s post is somewhat unplanned as it was a change I just noticed last Thursday. Is it a glitch or a new update? Or, could this be the end of Instagram top posts?

The end of Instagram top posts? Why is the company moving away from hashtag searches?

What is Instagram Top Posts?

The Instagram top posts is a section at the top of a hashtag feed that features the “top posts” on that hashtag. Now what magical criteria gets a post onto the Instagram top posts is largely a mystery. There are however quite a few theories. One of them being that a post with immediate high engagement will make it onto that coveted spot.

It is that theory that has spurred a lot of the activities such as buying likes and using like and comment pods (discussed further in my increase Instagram engagement post). The ultimate hope is that by having their post in the Instagram top posts section, they will be seen by more people searching that hashtag and obtain legitimate followers. Therefore being at the top of multiple hashtag feeds is a goal for many influencers.

What’s the change in Instagram Top Posts?

During a recent discussion with a friend about the Instagram top posts, she stated she didn’t have that section. When I checked on her phone, she indeed did not. On her hashtag searches, it only showed the hashtag feed by “most recent.” At that point I was intrigued and started investigating. I looked at the same hashtags on multiple accounts: public, private and business. While I could not figure out a pattern, I did notice that not everyone had the Instagram top posts anymore.

Why the change in Instagram Top Posts?

So what’s happening exactly? Well, as often occurs with Instagram changes, no one quite knows. But I will hazard a guess. I believe that the programmers are slowly removing this feature. Similarly to other Instagram changes, they roll it out slowly. Therefore I believe some people have gotten the new update while others have not.

So then why would they want to remove the Instagram top posts feature. I will hazard another guess. I think they want us to move away from using the hashtags. Other people have discussed this (see here). So if there is no longer the appeal of making it into the top posts section, perhaps people will stop trying to outsmart the system with bots, pods and such. Or maybe this is just the first step or removing the hashtags altogether?

I could of course be wrong. Time will tell us that! What do you think is going on? Is this going to be good news or bad news to us bloggers and Insta-bloggers?

Try This: Duster Cardigan Outfit

Hello friend! I’m happy to finally welcome fall to Southern California (check out my fall transition and fall trends posts for my thoughts on the season). With the cooler weather comes the opportunity to wear layers. And there are no layers I like more than a duster cardigan outfit. Let me show you two ways to style a duster cardigan.

Duster Cardigan Outfit Tips

  • Wear streamlined clothes underneath to not look wide or voluminous. Examples include pencil skirts, fitted teas and dresses, skinny jeans and leggings.
  • If wearing a skirt or dress, choose one with a hemline that is significantly shorter than the duster. A good rule of thumb is a minimum of four inches. This allows the duster to be the focus.
  • Choose thinner fabrics for the clothing underneath the cardigan. Items that are very bulky throw off the look of the duster.

Casual Duster Cardigan Outfit

For a casual duster cardigan outfit, I initially thought of pairing the cardi with jeans. But due to the warm weather we were still having that day, I opted for a denim skirt. I love how the combination worked out. However if you prefer jeans, go for it. The result will be just as good!

Duster cardigan outfit featuring J Jill light shawl collar topper and soft comfort heartbreaker boots Duster cardigan outfit featuring J Jill light shawl collar topper and soft comfort heartbreaker boots

This J Jill duster cardigan is just lovely for fall. The texture created by the multi-colored yarn is perfect for fall, making it easy to pair with many other pieces. I also like that it has a collar. It adds a nice frame to the neck making it fun to pair with a necklace or turtleneck, like I have done here.

Duster cardigan outfit featuring J Jill light shawl collar topper and soft comfort heartbreaker boots Duster cardigan outfit featuring J Jill light shawl collar topper and soft comfort heartbreaker boots

And can we discuss the presence of the pockets?! We all know pockets make the outfit better.

Duster cardigan outfit featuring J Jill light shawl collar topper and soft comfort heartbreaker boots Duster cardigan outfit featuring J Jill light shawl collar topper and soft comfort heartbreaker boots

For the shoes, I kept it neutral with my Soft Comfort Heartbreaker boots. The fun zipper detail on the side adds a cool casual vibe.

Duster cardigan outfit featuring J Jill light shawl collar topper and soft comfort heartbreaker boots Duster cardigan outfit featuring J Jill light shawl collar topper and soft comfort heartbreaker boots Duster cardigan outfit featuring J Jill light shawl collar topper and soft comfort heartbreaker boots

Professional Duster Cardigan Outfit

To style my duster cardigan for work, I paired a J. Jill black duster with a striped dress. The addition of the pattern broke up the solid mass of the cardigan. It also helps to show off the shape and style of the duster.

Duster cardigan outfit featuring J Jill long doubled faced cardi and Vionic shoes Rory boots

What’s a bonus about this particular duster? It is reversible! I’m sure you’ll see another duster cardigan outfit using the reverse of this one!

Duster cardigan outfit featuring J Jill long doubled faced cardi and Vionic shoes Rory boots

In choosing the shoes for this outfit, I went with brown, my brown Vionic Rory boots to be exact. Black just seemed too expected and boring. It’s funny when I was younger I thought it was a major fashion sin to wear brown shoes with a black outfit. And look at me now, encouraging others to do it. Ahh how we change!

Duster cardigan outfit featuring J Jill long doubled faced cardi and Vionic shoes Rory boots

But back to the Rory. These little booties are a perfect fall shoe. The color is a beautiful medium brown. Furthermore, the cutouts and buckle add some spunk. This little guy is more than your average bootie!

Duster cardigan outfit featuring J Jill long doubled faced cardi and Vionic shoes Rory boots Duster cardigan outfit featuring J Jill long doubled faced cardi and Vionic shoes Rory boots

For accessories, I felt that the look cried out for a pendant necklace. I added some simple hoop earrings and it was a success!

Duster cardigan outfit featuring J Jill long doubled faced cardi and Vionic shoes Rory boots

I hoped you enjoyed my duster cardigan outfit post. I’d love to know what other ways you are wearing your dusters. Let me know in the comments!

Bridging the Gap with Helen of Haute Business

Hello friend! Today’s post is pretty different than my usual ones. That’s because today I am participating in the Bridging the Gap campaign.

What is Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap is a campaign aimed at bringing together bloggers of different ages. The intent is for “millennial” and “baby boomer” women to connect and learn from one another. In the end, the hope is that we all see that we are essentially the same, thus bridging the gap between our generations!

Meet my Bridging the Gap Partner

My partner for the Bridging the Gap campaign is Helen of Haute Business. Helen was not my original partner for the campaign, but fate brought us together in the end. You see Helen and I are both part of the older group of women. However, both of our millennial partners had to bow out of the campaign. Instead of scrambling to find new bloggers, we decided to partner up!

Bridging the gap with Helen of Haute Business

While we do not have that many years in between us, I still got to learn a lot from Helen. In fact, in recent months, I have been blessed with making good friends with three women in their 50’s. These women, Helen among them, have given me such inspiration and hope.

Bridging the gap with Helen of Haute Business

The partnership worked out seamlessly. Getting to know Helen has been easy and natural. Helen is helpful, non-judgmental and insightful. We have easily texted back and forth for hours. I truly couldn’t have imagined a better partner.

Bridging the gap with Helen of Haute Business

Helen’s blog brings together her love for fashion with her knack for finance. As a CPA and certified financial planner, Helen knows all the ins and outs of the business world. It’s fun to get a mix of fashion and finance advice all in one place. I love it when bloggers share their other areas of expertise with us readers. So, thank you Helen for informing us all about mortgages, investing and social security. It’s so much fun to learn about that while looking at your cute outfits!

Bridging the gap with Helen of Haute Business

Speaking of clothes, Helen’s style is impeccable. Because of her sense of style, professional women have always asked her for fashion advice. This spurred her to start her blog. Helen certainly makes looking stylish seem easy. She is constantly styling some fierce outfits, complete with amazing shoes. But what I love most is how her personality comes through in the photos. Helen is a blogger you want to know!

Bridging the gap with Helen of Haute Business

Helen has also taught me multiple things. From blogging to just plain old life, women of different ages can help each other with their struggles. Recently, I turned to Helen for some technical issues. She explained the situation right away. It’s surprising to learn that we struggle with similar stresses. It’s also comforting to find helpful hands along the way. So thank you Helen!

Bridging the gap with Helen of Haute Business

My Thoughts on Bridging the Gap

I have to be honest: I am embarrassed about how I regarded older women when I was in my twenties. I remember a specific time I was working on a psychology project where we had to do a study using “attractive” magazine ads and “neutral” magazine ads. When I collected my study photos, I had included an ad for St. John in the “neutral” category. The model was likely in her 40’s and in my 20-year-old mind obviously too old to be considered attractive (trust me I am cringing as I type this).

Well my professor was looking over my materials and commented that he didn’t think that ad was neutral. I must have stared at him dumbfounded because he clarified that other people would find this woman very attractive. It was a very eye-opening experience, one that I still clearly remember today.

As I have aged, I am so embarrassed at how I viewed “older” women when I was in my twenties. I viewed them as unfashionable, unattractive, and almost dismissible. Well now I am the older woman, and boy did those years fly by. But I feel nothing like I had assumed women my age would be. I am fashionable; I am attractive; and I am most definitely not dismissible. Neither is Helen. Nor are any of the women in this campaign.

But this goes beyond me. Bridging the Gap is bringing together women (and men!) of every age. We are all struggling with similar things, maybe at different times, but still similar. Let’s stand together and raise each other up. I hope the Bridging the Gap campaign teaches that lesson not only to the campaign partners, but also to the world!

Pattern Primer: Plaid Shirt Outfit

Hello friend! As you read in my 2017 Fall Fashion Trends, plaid is “in” for fall. While that comes as no surprise, I am nonetheless pleased to have the print around to wear all season. As discussed in that trends post, the type of plaid that is in style is more 70’s and retro style than 90’s grunge style. Therefore, pull that flannel off your waist, and get ready for a more lady-like plaid. Let me show you how I wear a plaid shirt outfit.

Plaid shirt outfit ideas on Polished Whimsy blog. How to wear for work and beyond.

To perfectly exemplify this trend, I will be featuring the Jenna Plaid Button Up Top from Shop Stevie. As soon as I saw the beautiful plaid on this shirt, I knew I wanted it for fall. I love the dropped shoulder and the pretty drape of the top. It sets it apart from the ubiquitous plaid button up we’ve seen everywhere else.

Plaid Shirt Outfit for the Weekend

What goes better with a plaid shirt than jeans? Nothing! I agree! Therefore, I paired my plaid shirt with my favorite fall jeans. I love the raw hem of this pair. It echoes the cool casualness of the top.

Plaid shirt outfit for fall with black asymmetrical hem jeans and silver pumps

To accessorize this look, I added my Quay sunglasses. The gradient black lenses add another element of “cool” to the look.

Plaid shirt outfit for fall with black asymmetrical hem jeans and silver pumps Plaid shirt outfit for fall with black asymmetrical hem jeans and silver pumps

Choosing shoes for the casual plaid shirt outfit was a bit limiting. Because I want to show off the pretty diagonal hem of the jeans, I didn’t want a bulky bootie. I therefore went with some simple pumps. Because metallic tones are in style for fall, I chose my silver pumps. They also went well with the silver grommets on the purse.

Plaid shirt outfit for fall with black asymmetrical hem jeans and silver pumpsPlaid shirt outfit for fall with black asymmetrical hem jeans and silver pumps

Plaid Shirt Outfit for the Office

While wearing a plaid shirt outfit on days off is easy, wearing one for the office may be a tad more tricky. To make it work, make sure the rest of your outfit and accessories are classic and work appropriate. Therefore, to style the plaid top for work, I paired it with an ivory pencil skirt. The look is chic and polished.

Plaid shirt outfit for fall with ivory pencil skirt and black booties

I accessorized with gold hoops and my favorite new necklace: the Amber Y Chain Necklace.

Plaid shirt outfit for fall with ivory pencil skirt and black booties Plaid shirt outfit for fall with ivory pencil skirt and black booties

I topped It all off with fantastic booties to bring together this professional plaid shirt outfit.

Plaid shirt outfit for fall with ivory pencil skirt and black booties Plaid shirt outfit for fall with ivory pencil skirt and black booties

Whether it’s for work or play, a plaid shirt outfit will be a winner for fall. I hope you try one of these options and see how fun they can be!