2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Hello friend! Continuing on my seasonal posts (see holiday dress guide and Cyber Monday shopping guide), I am discussing holiday gifts. This can surely be a stressful time for us busy folk. Fret not my friend, I am here to help you navigate these choppy waters. Avoid the stress of the mall and check off your list from the comfort of your home. With my 2017 Holiday gift guide, you can get your shopping done with minimum stress!

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Sometimes we need little gifts we use as stocking stuffers or to hand out with a card at work. I always get a few extra of these in case I am surprised with a gift from someone. Instead of feeling like a complete jerk for not getting them a gift, I simply grab for one of these universal gifts and I am set!

First I get some hand cream. I especially like to purchase the L’occitane mini hand cream, like the one in this tri-pack. That’s because I can give the entire box as a gift, or open them up and give individually alongside a card. I often do that at work. Even the men at my work use this hand cream!

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I use the same concept for lip treatments and balms. The Sara Happ lip slip is an exceptional stuffing stuffer or gift for female friends. Also every year I look for the Fresh sugar lip balm sets. They come with multiple shades per box. Again, I can gift the entire box or give out individual pieces as a mini gift.

Once again I use the above concept, this time for mini candles. There are many collections of mini candles that you can buy. I like the Voluspa ones because they have a variety of scents, many of which are liked by men and women alike. Therefore they can be unisex gifts as well.

 

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Hostess Gift

Because we often have multiple parties to attend during the holiday season, you need to be armed with some cute hostess gifts. I love to shop at Anthropologie for unique hostess gifts. I recently spotted the marbled monogram cheese board which will make for a lovely and personalized gift. Any hostess would be thrilled with such a gift, especially if paired with the cheese marker set or the mouse card holder.

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Another option is to go with the cocktails theme. A pretty cocktail shaker plus a bottle of booze is always welcome. Alternatively you can also give a cocktail recipe book or this beautiful bar cart coffee table book. Along these lines, for the hostess with a passion for champagne, try these champagne gummies. They are beyond delicious and super cute to boot!

 

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Girlfriend Gift

Whether you’re doing a traditional gift exchange or a white elephant one, you’ll likely be picking up a few gifts for some of your gal pals or female relatives. Here are some cute options I have been contemplating.

First, I focus on accessories. Cold weather gear like these cute gloves or scarves are always usable. I especially like the Kate Spade scarves such as this nesting doll print or this leopard print one.

For another approach, you can opt for fun seasonal clothing. For example a graphic sweatshirt is perfect this time of year. Two of my favorites are the reindeer squad and the gift wrap sweatshirt.

Lastly, don’t overlook a beauty treat. This slip set of silk pillowcase and eye mask may be just what the doctor ordered after all of the holiday parties. I’m sure many a girlfriend would love to have this to come home to.

 

Whoever you’re shopping for, I hope my 2017 holiday gift guide helps you pick out some great gifts. But most importantly, I hope it cuts down on the stress that always seems to peak this time of year. Take it easy friend!

Holiday Dress Guide

Hello friend! With the holiday season comes the invitation to many parties. Sometimes finding what to wear to these said parties can be stressful. Well fear not my friend, for I am here to help you. While I usually enjoy wearing separates (so I can mix and match them!), this year I am crushing on many beautiful dresses. Therefore I put together this holiday dress guide to guide you through the season!

Holiday dress guide: What to wear to all your holiday parties, from a classic red dress to velvet, sequins or a little black dress.

Holiday Dress Guide: Velvet Crush

You may remember from reading my 2017 fall trends post that velvet is in style for fall and winter. Well then, what better way to wear it than in your holiday attire? Luckily there are so many beautiful velvet dresses out there. I am swooning over this gorgeous open back velvet midi dress. I think it strikes the perfect chord between elegant and sexy.

 

Holiday Dress Guide: Festive in Red

While a red dress may be expected, there’s a reason it is ubiquitous this time of year: It’s fabulous! The color simply screams “party.” Furthermore, red is one of the “it” colors for the fall and winter. Therefore it’s the perfect time to dabble in wearing the color. From a bright ruby to a deeper burgundy, there is a shade for everyone. Personally, I am eyeing this red floral dress because I love the combination of light blue and red.

 

Holiday Dress Guide: Sparkles Abound

Even if you prefer to wear more subtle dresses year-round, when the holidays come around, you should step up your game a little. Why not try a dress with some sparkle and sass? You can even take a baby step by choosing a dress with a small panel of sequins, like this white and silver dress. I think it is a gorgeous piece with an ethereal quality.

 

Holiday Dress Guide: Little Black Dress

Which dress works for almost every occasion? Why, a little black dress of course! The LBD has long been the reigning monarch of the dresses in our closet. So don’t fight it! Sometimes a black dress is just what you need. I’ve been eyeing this sexy form-fitting faux leather one.  I love the ruching on the sleeves and the sleek lines of the dress. The name is also calling me: “The Witching Hour” dress. So clever! Here are some other favorites:

 

Although I am usually a skirt girl, this holiday season I am tempted to wear more dresses. That’s because I am surrounded by so many pretty ones. I hope my round-up has helped some of you to decide on what to wear. Either way, be confident, be happy, be safe and enjoy yourself!

My Black Friday and Cyber Monday Picks

Hello friend! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday. I enjoyed my turkey and some fun with family. But now that the eating is out of the way, it’s time for the shopping to begin. Now we all know that black Friday and cyber Monday are huge shopping days. While I don’t love the crowds or the commotion, I do love a good sale. Let me show you what I am eyeing and purchasing this year.

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My Stance on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

What used to be a clearly defined day of sales (both black Friday and cyber Monday) has now turned into basically an entire week of sales. This can be bad or good. What’s bad is that the sales may not be as steep and they may run out of some items. What’s good is that you have ample time to shop. Furthermore, most of these sales are online as well as in store. Therefore you don’t even have to go into a store, score!

So join me in my jammies as I spend the weekend comfortably perusing the online sales and purchasing my wants/needs. To see how I shop during black Friday and cyber Monday sales, check out my strategies from last year.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales: Banana Republic

I will be taking full advantage of the fantastic 50% off that Banana Republic is offering. First on my list is a fun red sweater with ruffle details on the shoulder. This will be perfect for any holiday parties. Of course Banana also has fantastic skirts, including this fringy blush one (also in black!). It’ll be a stunner at a New Year’s Eve party. See my other favorites below.

 

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales: Anthropologie

If you know me, you know I love Anthropologie. The whimsy, the boho, the parisian chic… Anthropologie has it all for me. Therefore I always check on their black Friday and cyber Monday sale too. I will not miss out on any discounts they offer. This year they are giving 30% off of everything, yippee! I am looking at some fun skirts for holiday parties.

Besides clothing, Anthropologie has beautiful and unique furniture. Since I am decorating my new home still, I will definitely check out and purchase some items for it. I am particularly interested in this beautiful lucite shelf. It’ll match my bed perfectly!

 

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales: Kate Spade

Kate Spade is having 30% off most items (code: givejoy), yay! So if you need a new purse (like this beauty) or pair of shoes, turn to Kate Spade. Also, don’t overlook their home section. I recently decorated my bathroom with Kate Spade. At 30% off, you can have a lot of fun!

 

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales: J Crew

Next to Anthropologie, J Crew is my favorite store. While I usually love J Crew’s skirts, right now I am obsessing over their pants. There are two pair of camo pants that I particulary like. One is a wide leg, the other a skinny leg. I’m still debating between the two. I am also loving this tuxedo style chino pant. The tuxedo stripe adds such a fun twist. Lastly, the any day pant looks like the perfect alternative to leggings.

Besides the pants, I am also loving this jacket with plaid ruffles. J crew is always my go-to for cute cardigans and tops. Check out some more favorites below.

 

So these are the stores I’m going to be visiting (online) during black Friday and cyber Monday. Which ones are you going to be shopping from?

My 2017 Thanksgiving Outfit

Hello friend! My Thanksgiving outfit has been planned for a while now and I’ve been itching to share it with you. So I am glad I get to do so today. I had purchased this sequin polka dot cardigan on one of my midnight online shopping sprees (blame it on the prosecco!) almost two months ago. I loved the details on the polka dots (they have sequins on them!). Then I was waiting for the perfect skirt to come my way… enter the Banana Republic ombre lace midi pencil skirt.

Thanksgiving outfit with Banana Republic ombre lace midi pencil skirt and J crew sequin polka dot cardigan | mustard shoes | burgundy and mustard color combination | colorful outfit

Ombre Lace Midi Pencil Skirt Review

Because I purchase most of my clothes online, sizing is often a concern. For this skirt I was especially cautious because it is called a midi skirt. Because I am 5’4, I have to be careful of skirts that may be too long. They tend to make me look short. Therefore for this skirt I chose to order the 2p. I went up a size as you customarily should when going from standard sizes to petite.

The fit is overall good. It is just a tad large on the waist. But I worry that a full size down would be too snug. As for the length, I am surprised it is classified as a midi. The 2p fell right at my knees. To be honest, I was hoping for a longer length, to get more of that 1940’s vibe. However, the fit was good overall, so I will be wearing it!

Thanksgiving outfit with Banana Republic ombre lace midi pencil skirt and J crew sequin polka dot cardigan | mustard shoes | burgundy and mustard color combination | colorful outfit

J Crew Sequin Polka Dot Cardigan Review

Now time to discuss the cardi! I simply adore it. The bold cranberry polka dot is just perfect for the holidays. The fit is fairly true to the Jackie cardigans overall, but may run a tad small on the shoulders. I don’t mind this as I like a snug cardigan, but if you are planning on wearing it buttoned up, keep that in mind!

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The Final Thanksgiving Outfit

When I put the pieces together, I loved how they complemented each other while still standing out on their own. The variated colors of the skirt add almost a hint of stripes. Furthermore, the lace brings in another element of texture.

Thanksgiving outfit with Banana Republic ombre lace midi pencil skirt and J crew sequin polka dot cardigan | mustard shoes | burgundy and mustard color combination | colorful outfit

I love that the skirt has multiple shades of red in it. Luckily it complements the polka dots of the cardigan well.

Thanksgiving outfit with Banana Republic ombre lace midi pencil skirt and J crew sequin polka dot cardigan | mustard shoes | burgundy and mustard color combination | colorful outfit

For shoes I was torn between my blue velvet booties (to make a baby blue and burgundy color combination) or my mustard heels (for a mustard and burgundy color combination). In the end I chose the mustard as it popped more against the outfit.

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For accessories I chose to keep it minimal with my delicate Brielle statement necklace. I chose to pair the necklace with a small pair of ear jackets from this Sugarfix trio. The combination works because they are all subtle pieces. The jewelry allows the details of the sweater to be the focus.

Thanksgiving outfit with Banana Republic ombre lace midi pencil skirt and J crew sequin polka dot cardigan | mustard shoes | burgundy and mustard color combination | colorful outfit

I hope you enjoyed this year’s Thanksgiving outfit. What are you wearing for the holiday?

 

2017 Fall Fashion Trends

Hello friend! With fall almost here, it’s time to start thinking about the 2017 fall fashion trends and deciding which ones we’ll participate in. I have looked through countless magazines and websites to pull together what I think will be the most interesting trends this season. But first, if you’re not quite ready for fall, check out my post on summer to fall transition.

As with every new season, I will rely on pieces already in my wardrobe, along with some updates from new purchases. Therefore I will be including photos from previous seasons. Please excuse the lower quality photos as some were taken before my blogging days!

2017 Fall Fashion Trends: Fun Trim

Whether it be feathers, fur or fringe, a fun trim is definitely on call for 2017 fall fashion trends. I definitely plan on getting aboard this trend. That’s because I have always had a fondness for feathers (at one time I even wanted a feather tattoo)! I think feather trim will be a more painless option! Until I find such skirt, I will wear my Banana Republic fringe skirt (I linked a few comparable ones below, you’re welcome!).

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Add some fun this holiday season with a fringy skirt!

 

2017 Fall Fashion Trends: Shimmer and Shine

From patent leather to sequins, the 2017 fall fashion trends are calling for some high shine items! Polished metallics and glossy coated items were big too. Also essential this season: glitter! Whether in shoes or other items, a little sprinkle of glitter is on point. I will participate by wearing my silver pumps and perhaps adding a sequined skirt to my collection.

2017 Fall Fashion Trends: Florals

While not commonly a fall trend, florals are going to be big this fall! I can proudly say I was ahead of the curve with this one. I actually wore fall florals (and blogged about it) last year. Therefore I can easily participate in the trend again this year!

 

2017 Fall Fashion Trends: Red

Well this girl is certainly happy to see red as the color for fall. I’ve always loved red. Probably because as a teen I wanted to be “The lady in red” from that ubiquitous love song! Therefore, I will certainly be donning red this fall. While the runways showed a bunch of head to toe red outfits, you can certainly start with just a splash!

This may be the perfect season to bring back my red leather trench coat. It’s one of my “museum” pieces (more to come on that soon)! It’s such a statement piece that I had retired it for a few years. But with red being so big this fall, I may have to resurface that piece. You can try a bold red coat as well. Or why not try the “it” shoes in red? I’ve linked a few options for you below!

2017 Fall Fashion Trends: Retro Plaid

Plaid is certainly a common fall print, so I’m not surprised to see it here. According to some insiders, the difference this season is that the plaid is more retro (think 70s style: with browns and oranges). Because I have always loved plaid, I am eager to try this trend as well. I plan on finding (within my closet and at the stores) some of the more classic plaid.

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2017 Fall Fashion Trends: Corduroy

Another one of the 2017 fall fashion trends that I am not surprised about is corduroy. Similar to plaid, corduroy seems to come around every fall. This is another trend I can easily follow. I already own a beautiful mustard yellow corduroy skirt from Anthropologie. I have worn it multiple times in the past and I am sure to wear it again this fall.

Mint and mustard outfit with anthropologie corduroy skirt demonstrating 2017 fall fashion trends

I’m also eyeing this gorgeous corduroy top. I think it will be just the item to add to my 2017 fall fashion trends list.

 

I have to admit that the 2017 fall fashion trends has got me excited for the cooler weather ahead. Which one of these trends are your favorites so far? And just in case you thought that’s all I had to offer, you’re wrong! Stay tuned for part II of my 2017 fall fashion trends. There are more exciting things to come!

Try This: Fourth Of July Outfit Ideas

Hello friend! With fourth of July here, we need some fun and colorful outfits. Because I like to dress for a theme, I’m excited to bring on the red, white and blue. Let me give you multiple fourth of July outfit ideas.

Casual Fourth of July Outfit

For a casual yet polished look, why not pair a red striped off the shoulder top with some denim shorts?

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It makes for a simple outfit to wear to a barbecue and to watch fireworks.

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I chose to wear my favorite pair of summer booties. These are my favorites because of the fantastic details. I adore that it has a deep slit on each side. I also love that it is perforated and open toe. They add a nice touch to every outfit I wear. You can also see the booties and shorts styled another way in my cactus print top post.

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Accessories can also make a fun statement for a fourth of July outfit. I chose to add another punch of blue with my earrings.

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Subtle Fourth of July Outfit

If you prefer to be less obvious in your outfit themes, try a simple chambray dress and add some red and white accessories. Because chambray is such a ubiquitous fabric, it doesn’t scream “Fourth of July outfit,” but it does whisper it! Therefore you can feel like you are participating in the theme without being too obvious.

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This dress is my favorite chambray dress at the moment. It is so easy to simply throw on and go! But once I pair it with the fun red white and blue clutch, it makes for a fabulous fourth of July outfit!

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I chose to wear neutral shoes so not to distract from the fun colors of the outfit. The gladiator sandals added some personality without competing to be the center of attention.

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A Hint of Fourth of July Outfit

When all else fails or you just don’t have the time to plan, you can make a fourth of July outfit easily with a chambray top (or any blue top) and a red and white striped clutch. This look is similar to the one above, but even simpler.

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Dressy Fourth of July Outfit

I wanted to include a dressier fourth of July outfit option in case some of us have a tad more formal event to attend. I still kept with the color theme of red white and blue. However, I chose more upscale pieces of clothing. For example I chose a red pleated skirt and a flirty cold shoulder top.

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To make it even more formal, you can pair the outfit with some high heeled sandals. But I chose to keep with the booties for an in-between look.

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Because the neckline of the dress is so open, I decided to wear a bold necklace. I chose the Isadora bib from Baublebar because it complemented the color palette so well.

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Overall I love the flirty and feminine feel of this fourth of July outfit. It’s definitely my favorite of the three.

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I’d love to know what fourth of July outfit you are planning on wearing this year! Let me know in the comments!

Wardrobe Winter to Spring Transition

Hello friend! As we are emerging out of winter, it’s time to start our wardrobe spring transition. While I do a similar transition with each change of season, winter to spring transition is my favorite! That’s because I love warmer weather and longer days of sunshine. So even though it’s a big task to change out my closet, I do so happily. Let me share a few key things I change in this transitional time.

Spring Transition With White Accessories

While I enjoy white jewelry, I tend to avoid wearing it in the winter. I just feel it is more of a summer item. I also do not mind segregating some items for certain seasons. It gives me something to look forward to with each change of season. It’s almost like getting something new! Also, white looks great on tanned skin.

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Besides jewelry, I will also be bringing out my white pumps. Before last year, I had not worn white dress shoes since I was a kid. But after seeing how versatile they were on Caryl, I decided to give them a try. It turns out she was right, and I’ve been wearing them ever since!

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Bring in Some Brights

While I will continue to wear pastels and soft shades from winter into Spring, I will also add some brighter colors. Bright aquas, pinks and yellows are the perfect spring colors. Case in point is this pretty bright pink dress. Its vibrant hues completely scream spring.

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For the accessories in this outfit, I chose to wear my favorite floral pumps. Because the shoe has shades of blue, I then chose a blue clutch to complete the look. For the jewelry, I kept with my current obsession, the Trellis Lane bracelets (discount code “elsie25” still valid for 25% off).

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Swap Out Textures

During winter, we were cacooning ourselves in woolen pieces and blanket scarves. But now that spring is here, it’s time to substitute those heavier textures with lighter ones. One of my favorite ones to bring out in spring is eyelet lace. Whether it is in a dress, skirt or top, eyelet lace is always a perfectly feminine warm weather texture! This pretty color-blocked dress is just perfect right now.

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To further illustrate my first tip, I chose to wear my white accessories with this dress. What can I say, I am so ready for spring!

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For the rest of my accessories I wanted to add both texture and pattern with my leopard print clutch. I also chose a small (but effective) pop of color in my earrings.

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Update the Shoes

My last tip to prepare for spring transition is to replace your heavy winter boots with lighter shoes. That means bringing out my pretty flats and sandals. Besides what I already own, I am also eyeing a few key items. One is the wedge espadrille everyone is loving. The second is a cute perforated spring bootie. With these two items, my feet will be ready to welcome spring with style!

2017 Spring Trends II

Hello friend! As I promised in my 2017 spring trends post, I am continuing with another installment of the trends.

Banker Stripes

Truth be told, before researching for this year’s spring trends, I didn’t even know what banker stripes were. I have however, always liked them, I just didn’t know they had a name! It turns out that banker stripes are vertical medium blue and white stripes. Furthermore, I actually own some items in banker stripes. The item I am wearing below is a classic button-down shirt in banker stripes.

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I have also found some similar looks if you’d like to add one to your spring/summer wardrobe:

Bare Your Bra

One trend that I may sit out is the bra as a top trend. The trend is simply wearing a bra (a pretty decorative bra, not your utilitarian nude everyday bra of course) as a top. Some of them have more coverage (like a cropped tank top) but others are a simple no support triangle bra. The runways featured a lot pretty satin ones.


But like I said, this trend will be one I will largely pass. The only way I see myself wearing this trend is possibly layered under a sheer top or a loose muscle tank. I have also seen some girls layer a pretty lace bralette over a t shirt. Another option would be to layer it under a blazer. These might be more modest and reasonable ways of participating in the trend. But we’ll see how I feel and how the season plays out!

Say it With Your Tee

Now here is a trend that I can fully support: a graphic tee. You’ve seen my previous graphic tee post, so you know how much fun I have with them. Also, the trend doesn’t just stop with a tee, you can wear a graphic sweater, jacket, etc. Have fun with it. I know I will!

Wide Leg Pants

While I am mostly a skirt girl, I occasionally don a pair of pants. They tend to be jeans for the most part. For spring, both denim and other pants are moving away from skinnies and towards dramatic wide legs. This is another trend that I will likely sit out, mostly because I’ll be wearing skirts! However, I do own a nice pair of wide leg jeans which may make an appearance this spring!

I hope this round-up of spring trends has you excited for the new season ahead. Which ones will you participate in and which ones will you sit out?

2017 Spring Trends

Hello friend! The end of Winter is in sight, so now is the perfect time to start prepping for Spring. The first step is to simply familiarize myself with the trends: what’s new and what’s continuing. After that, I’ll know what to keep, what to retire, and what to buy. Since I started researching the 2017 Spring trends for myself, I thought I’d share it with you too. Because of the many trends, I will have to discuss them in a few separate posts.

Dramatic Sleeves

It seems that the bell sleeves trend is style going strong this Spring. Luckily, I have a few cute bell sleeve tops from last year that will transition well into this year also! I have one off the shoulder one. But this triple bell sleeve one is my current favorites.

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Therefore I am set in the bell sleeves department! But besides bell sleeves, the 2017 Spring trends show a lot of other types of dramatic sleeves. Think balloon sleeves, exaggerated shoulders and other impactful details. I think I will likely pick up a balloon sleeve item. I’ve linked some of the ones I’ve been eyeing below.

Statement Earrings

The 2017 Spring trends feature large statement earrings as the accessory of choice. Luckily for me, that is also one of my favorite items of jewelry. I have quite a few that I own and love. But I will also likely pick up a few more. Because of my dark curly hair, I tend to pick light and bright colors. That way, it’ll actually stand out against my hair.

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For this spring, opt for bold and colorful earrings featuring pom poms, tassels and more!

Shoulder Baring

Whether it’s off the shoulder or cold shoulder, these shoulder baring tops will still be around for Spring 2017. However, many of the designers have added a slight tweak: only one of the shoulders is bare. This asymmetrical update will be fun to follow and emulate. I have found some amazing options for this trend too!

Rainbow Stripes

You can probably predict how excited I am about this 2017 Spring trend! I love stripes. I also love color. Put them together and I am in heaven. Luckily I already have a top that I can wear for this trend. Furthermore, I purchased a fun skirt last year that will also work. But I sure don’t mind picking up another skirt to add to my collections!

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Adding some of these items to my existing pieces will have me ready for Spring. Which of these trends are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments. Also, make sure to sign up on the email list to catch the rest of my Spring 2017 trends report.

Pattern Primer: Winter Florals

Hello friend! While we expect to wear floral print in spring and summer, we don’t have to leave it all behind in the cooler months. I’ve shown you before how to wear floral prints in the fall. Now, let me show you how to wear winter florals.

Muted Winter Florals

One of the ways I like to wear a floral print in the winter, is to choose a muted color palette. Therefore I forego the bright pinks and reds. Instead I opt for grays, mauves, and winter white. Here I chose a scarf with these beautiful muted shades in a lovely winter florals pattern.

Polished whimsy in winter florals Polished whimsy in winter florals

For another look, I chose more of a neutral color scheme. Here I paired the white and metallic floral tee with a  polka dot skirt. Because the colors are neutral, I decided to play it up with my patterns by adding leopard print shoes.

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For accessories, I stuck with the color scheme and went with gray tassel earrings. Because I love pairing pink with gray, I chose to wear my pink purse with this look.

Polished whimsy in winter florals tee and polka dot skirt with baublebar mini falcon drop earrings

Dark Winter Florals

The second way I like to wear winter florals is by opting for dark and rich colors. To differentiate from fall florals, I choose deep plums and blues. Here I have a purple tone floral dress. The colors simply scream winter!

Polished whimsy in winter florals dress with over the knee boots Polished whimsy in winter florals dress with over the knee boots

For the jewelry, I kept with the tones of the dress and chose a gray wrap choker.

Polished whimsy in winter florals dress with over the knee boots

For the last look, I opted for a blue and brown floral print skirt. I paired it with a black criss cross tee.

Polished whimsy in winter florals skirt and criss cross top

For my accessories, I kept the purse and shoes black to further darken the look and hence make it more winter-y! I then echoed the blue in the skirt with my blue druzy stud earrings.

Polished whimsy in winter florals skirtPolished whimsy in winter florals skirt

With so many options for winter florals around, I urge you to give it a try! Whether it’s an icy-cool color scheme or a deep blue, wearing prints with winter florals is easy to do. If you need to add some winter florals into your wardrobe, check out the items from this post as well as some of my recommendations below!