Dare to Flare?

Ever since I was in the 3rd(…and 4th) grade and dressed up as a hippie for Halloween, I have loved flare jeans. They lengthen and slim your legs. What’s not to love? The trick is to find a pair that is NOT too tight at the top, has a slightly higher rise (or high waist if you’re into that:), and a fairly large bell at the bottom – hence the name bell bottom. The bell at the bottom will give you a nice proportion that slims the legs. Also, make sure your flares are long enough to wear with a heel and that they don’t “high water” or come up to high. This will have the opposite effect, shortening the leg. You want to see just a peep of your shoe.

Here are some examples of people doing it right. Yours truly included LOL ~ sorry for quality; took it on my phone…

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article from stylecaster

~photo cred: Stylecaster~

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~photo cred: Bustle~

who are we in the end

~photo cred: Who Are We In The End Blog~

sincerely jules

~photo cred: SincerelyJules.com~

Since my flares are old, I am attaching some options in different price ranges. Hope you find a pair that make you as happy as mine make me! And, don’t fear the flare!

nordstrom Holly High Waist Flare Jeans

Nordstrom – Hudson Jeans – Holly High Waist Flare Jeans $215

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Dillards – 7 For All Mankind Wide Leg Flare Dojo Jean – $159

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Target – Women’s High Rise Flare Jeans – Universal Thread – Medium Wash $27.99 – These come in short, regular, and long. If you wanted to get them to fit with heels/wedges you could get the longer version. If you are a flats girl, you can get short or regular and wear with cute sneakers or sandals.

nordstrom Ginger Boot Cut

Nordstrom – Lucky Brand Ginger Bootcut Jeans – $99

****I know cropped flares are coming back. I HATED this look at first, but I have to admit it is growing on me…maybe I’ll try a pair soon! Just remember you are either going full flare to the floor or cropped NOT in between.

 

Who’s Your Valentine?

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! It’s one of the biggest date nights of the year so I wanted to share a Valentine’s look with you. I just got this shirt from H&M (wearing a 10) and I think it’s the perfect, flirty shirt for a special date night. I also added some pops of pink to make it festive for Cupid’s big day!

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The trick to showing off the detail in this shirt is to wear a beige/nude camisole underneath. The contrast between the skin color of the camisole and the white of the lace will highlight the detailing in the shirt. The mistake most people make is wearing a white camisole underneath, but all white can end up looking flat.

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I love the tie detail in the back of this shirt! It’s sort of unexpected in an already detailed shirt, but it doesn’t feel like too much. This crisscross opening shows a little extra skin without being too revealing.

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Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! How are you going to show your festivity? Or do you? Leave me a comment!

OUTFIT DETAILS: SHIRT – H&M // JEANS – OLD NAVY // SHOES – TARGET // CLUTCH – DSW

WHITE LACE BLOUSE

Lace Blouse with Lacing – $34.99 (H&M)

cheaper white blouse

SALE! Lace Blouse – $18.99 (H&M) 

Needing A Little Workout Motivation?

Ever since Christmas break, I’ve been on a roll with my workouts: cardio, lifting, stretching, the works. But this last weekend I hit a wall. So, I’m putting on my new workout gear and motivating myself to get back into it! I just spoiled myself with these 7/8 black leggings from LuLu. They were pricey, but the quality is totally worth it. They are thick, high waisted, and they hit in a super flattering spot just above the ankle. I also just got this shirt on sale at Old Navy. I bought it to try something different and wasn’t sure I’d like it, but after wearing it a bit, I really like the way it fits and shows off your sports bra. You can go strappy and fun or simple and sleek. The tie and ruched part pull the bottom of the shirt up so it doesn’t hit straight across your hips and thighs and draw attention to the widest part of your body. It also reminds me of a half tuck, so you know I like it! LOL

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Workout tip: Have you jump roped lately? It’s a great way to get cardio in if you don’t have a lot of time and it’s fun!

OUTFIT DETAILS: SHIRT – OLD NAVY // SPORTS BRA – VICTORIA SECRET // LEGGINGS – LULULEMON // SHOES – ADIDAS

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LULU TRAIN TIMES 7/8 PANT (similar) ~ click picture to purchase

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OLD NAVY GO DRY CROSS-BACK TOP FOR WOMEN (similar) ~ click picture to purchase

 

A casual way to wear leather leggings

I’ve seen leather leggings all over fashion sites, but I’ve been a little intimidated by them. I bought these last year and this is the FIRST time I’ve actually put them on. I tried to pair them with things most people have in their closets….a black sweater, white scarf, and some kind of sneaker. You may already be wearing this look with black jeans; to mix it up just swap out the jeans and throw on some leather leggings or moto leggings! If you aren’t comfortable showing your derriere, just make sure your sweater comes down long enough. And, if all black is too boring for you, try throwing on a scarf or sweater with a subtle print. This will give the outfit some contrast and dimension. Since the leggings are tight on the bottom half, I would stick to looser or chunkier fabrics on the top portion. And, if you want to dress it up, grab a simple black pump or sandal. dsc_0972.jpgDSC_0923DSC_0933DSC_0919DSC_0935DSC_0958DSC_0975

Here are some links to leather leggings that are similar to mine and some moto leggings that are also super popular!

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EXPRESS // $49.90

LEGGINGS HM

H&M // $7.99 sale

NORDSTROM LEGGING

NORDSTROM ALO HIGH WAIST MOTO LEGGING // $118

OUTFIT DETAILS: JACKET – ELLEN TRACY (similar here) // SWEATER – MADEWELL (last year, but  more sweater options here) // LEGGINGS – CATO FASHIONS // SCARF – TARGET (similar here) // SHOES – ADIDAS // PURSE – ANYA HINDMARCH (similar here) // SUNGLASSES – TARGET (similar here)

 

Leopard Love

BRRRRRR! Y’all it is cold outside! Since we were stuck at home for this snow day, I decided to take advantage of having a photographer and snap this AMAZING leopard coat (similar here). Some people may feel limited by the print, but it’s more versatile than you think as long as you treat it like a neutral. I layered mine with this deep green, bell-sleeved, velvety sweater from my last post. I’ve also been wearing these jeans and shoes on repeat (links to all 3 here).

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Here you can really see the texture of the coat and the sweater. They are both so COZY! Thank goodness because it is BELOW FREEZING outside…in Houston! Mixing metals is kind of my thing so I wanted to explain how I do it. I paired these gold earrings and necklace (link here) with with this silver ring ( link here). The trick to mixing metals successfully is to wear a piece of jewelry that has both gold and silver in it to tie it all together.  Lots of earrings, bracelets, and watches are two toned and they make it easy to wear both silver and gold in your other accessories. My go to is my gold and silver David Yurman bracelet, unfortunately it is not pictured here…sorry! 

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Happy snow day cuties! Stay warm and safe!

OUTFIT DETAILS: SWEATER – ZARA // JEANS – OLD NAVY // SHOES – 1 STATE SOLE SOCIETY // COAT – JCPENNEY // RING – NORDSTROM RACK // NECKLACE – ANTHROPOLOGIE // EARRINGS – KENDRA SCOTT

**Special shout out to my husband, Mitch, for taking these pics in the freezing temps!

Sweater Weather

As I look in my closet, I think I should have named my blog addicted to neutrals because I swear that’s all I wear! Today, when I ran through ZARA I decided to jump out of my comfort zone…just a little. Instead of my typical beige, white, black, I found some tops/sweaters that were different than things I already own. I went for different colors, shapes, and textures.

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I know, I know…right now you’re thinking, “Stripes? How is that different?” The truth is, I do own a lot of stripes, but this shirt is longer (more like a tunic) than I usually wear. I won’t be able to sport my usual half tuck with it, so I’ll have to style it differently. I’m thinking cover the rear and wear some tall boots. And for this frigid weather that just blew in, I can add my cute new pompom beanie!

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Next to style the green, velvety sweater. This thing is SO soft! Its cut boxier so I can leave it out or slightly half tuck it. It also has bell sleeves, something I’ve never really worn, but excited to try.

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Last, this jeweled, navy number (similar option here). The texture of this sweater sort of reminds me of carpet LOL I really like the details in the applique and I think it will be a fun piece to transition into the spring.

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oh! I forgot to mention that EVERYTHING in ZARA was on sale. I got 3 sweaters (one not pictured), 1 long sleeve shirt, a ridiculous t-shirt (also not pictured), and this adorable beanie for less than $70!

OUTFIT DETAILS: ALL TOPS ZARA // BLACK LEGGINGS – HUE // BLACK JEANS – H&M // RIPPED JEANS – OLD NAVY ROCKSTAR // OTK BOOTS – UNISA // LIGHT BOOTIES – CATO FASHIONS // DARK BROWN BOOTIES – 1 STATE //

How to Shop H&M

All right…my new years resolution is to share more with you here and over on my Instagram. I wanted to start out with a post about shopping at H&M. If you’ve seen the clothes I tag, you’ll notice a lot of them come from H&M. I fell in love with H&M’s low prices and broad variety when I lived in France in 2009. Now, we have one just down the street and I have to admit I buzz through quite often.

During my visits I have learned a few tricks that I’d like to share.

TIPS FOR SHOPPING H&M

  1. Go in with an item in mind. This can minimize the stress of aimlessly looking through the many racks of clothes and give you a focus. If you are looking for a certain trend (velvet, pleats, floral, peplum, leather, etc.), you can keep an eye out for your particular need.
  2. Go up a size (or 2) in the pants especially. I wear a 6 in most pants, but I usually have to buy a 10 at H&M. They also tend to run a little long, so you may need them hemmed or if you are tall…lucky you! Most of their tops fit fairly true to size or slightly small. If you are busty or have larger arms stay away from fabrics without stretch and go up a size.
  3. Look at the materials used to make the item. Certain materials like rayon are difficult to clean and wrinkle easily so think about when you will wear it and if you want to spend the money to dry clean it or hand wash it. Also check for cotton because it may shrink if you plan to wash and dry your garment.
  4. Browse the outer racks or racks you can tell clearly have been organized to show just a few garments. If you have time, you can peruse the $10-$20 racks or the racks that have little organization, but don’t be surprised if its difficult to sort through and find an exact item in your size.
  5. Look for basics. H&M has an entire section of their store called basics! They have inexpensive pieces that you can easily mix and match into your wardrobe.
  6. Don’t forget to look at accessories. They have lots of jewelry, shoes, scarves, and purses that look designer. However, if you are allergic to nickel, stay away from the jewelry.

Most of these tips can be applied at any store, especially ones where there is discounted clothing. I hope you find them helpful!

Here are some links to things on sale right now! Happy shopping!

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turtle neckblue sweater

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