Cut offs craze

shortsLet me start this post off by saying, I almost decided this would be the year that I WOULD NOT put jean shorts on. Then, as I scrolled through Instagram and Pinterest, I kept finding myself “liking” and “pinning” all these cut off shorts outfits. I decided I would try to find the perfect pair and I learned some things along the way:

  1. Waist – a higher waist will elongate the leg. Also, any short, shorts that are also low rise tend to look a little risque. You can still have them fairly short, but the shorts won’t look as small with a higher waist.
  2. Fit – the fit is super important…DUH! A wider opening in the leg will make your legs sticking out look thinner. When the leg is tight, it tends to have a sausage rapper effect…not good. And, just like a shirt tail hem thins the body, a slight rise on the fray will slim the leg.
  3. Inseam –  When I first started on this quest, I was super discouraged because everything I tried on left me feeling too exposed (sorry, I just can’t do the butt cheek thing…). Many of the shorts out there have about a 1 inch inseam. The ones I found have a good 3-4 inches providing a little more coverage. They also go past the thickest part of your thigh emphasizing the thinner part.

shorts closeBest of luck! I hope you find a pair you feel great in!

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OUTFIT DETAILS: // SHORTS – ZARA // SHIRT – ALFANI // SHOES – SPERRY // SUNGLASSES – KATE SPADE //

zara 1975 shorts

Zara – Z1975 – $35.90

Spring Flamingos

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With the arrival of spring, I started going through my closet to see what items to toss and what to keep. I’ve found these crazy flamingo printed shorts for a while, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually worn them. I felt like I had to find a shirt with the exact colors and then when I did, I felt too matchy-matchy. Then I thought about trying to pick something that just “went” with the pattern (thank you Stacey London and Clinton Kelly #whatnottowear) Voila! This sweater was perfect because it was a little chilly in the morning and the blue/purple hue brought out some of the blue tones in the shorts. I also like that the sweater adds some texture and isn’t what I would normally think to pair with floral, flamingo shorts! Since the shorts do most of the talking, I kept my shoes simple. My accessories pick up on the color ways in the shorts, but don’t feel forced. And, the retro sunglasses I picked give this preppy look more of a laid back vibe.

If you’ve got a crazy print hiding in your closest, break it out for spring and try it with something unexpected! It might surprise you how easy it is to find things that just “go.”

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~OMG y’all, my sock tan! I’ll have to work on that…LOL!~

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Different Black Pants

As I was scrolling through my Instagram recently, I noticed I wear A LOT of black jeans. This is mostly because I can’t wear regular “jean” jeans to work and colored jeans, AKA black jeans, are considered “slacks.” So, when I was getting dressed this morning I thought I’d try something different. I bought these track pant-esque slacks from H&M in late January. I thought they were perfect because they aren’t tight, but are still form fitting, and  they are comfortable enough to sit on the floor in. I like to look nice at work, but since I teach 6 years old, I don’t like to feel stuffy or over dressed. To dress these down some, I threw on an basic white t-shirt and some flat sandals. To re-wear this look later I can switch it up with a graphic tee or slightly looser fitting tank top to stay casual and cool in the warmer temps to come.

***These slim, but loose fitting pants really streamline your leg and the stripe down the side makes your legs appear narrower!

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If your office is not as casual as mine LOL you can dress these pants up with a light material oxford and some open toed (or close toed) heels. I have my shirt sloppy tucked, but it works fine to do a full front tuck also.

***I WOULD suggest wearing some kind of heel or height with these pants to make your legs look longer. I tried rocking them with sneakers or vans at first and ended up feeling frumpy.

OUTFIT DETAILS: T-SHIRT – H&M // PANTS – H&M // STRIPED BUTTON DOWN – TJ MAXX // FLATFORMS – PATRIZIA FROM DSW // HEELS – TARGET //

striped pants H&M – Pull On Pants With Stripes – $24.99

Unfortunately, my exact pants are no longer available, but these are very similar!

 

 

Is it Spring Yet?

Lately, I feel like all it does is rain! When it’s dreary, I tend to dress to match the weather. Today, I decided I would NOT put on black pants and instead I would think about spring coming up! I know a lot of people still have a hard time wrapping their minds around white jeans after Labor Day before Memorial day, but I’m sharing some looks with white jeans to begin the transition to spring.

  1. I love this sweater! I featured it on the blog here and on my Instagram with jeans and a button up striped shirt. I’ve always loved a navy and white combination and the floral pattern makes this top feel spring ready. It’s also so fun with the sequins!

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2. To combat the old, “don’t wear white after Labor Day” pair it with neutrals. The white pants make the look brighter and give it a fresh vibe, but neutrals will allow you to have a comfortable balance. Also, you CANNOT go wrong with an army green jacket to throw on in the ever changing spring weather; it’s a great neutral and it is not as harsh as black.

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3. Another great piece to incorporate when transitioning between seasons is an over sized cardigan. It will keep you warm like the jacket, but gives a more laid back feel. It will also be longer than most jackets and will cover your rump if you are a little apprehensive about sporting that TOOSHY in white jeans.

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The REAL trick to feeling confident in your white jeans is the jeans themselves. My tips for buying them are: buy a thick, strong, non stretch jean pair that is not see through. Anything with too much stretch tends to cling. The thickness will help hold everything in and you won’t see every bump/curve of your leg. Think old school thick Levi’s, NOT leggings.

OUTFIT DETAILS: JEANS – BANANA REPUBLIC // FLORAL/NAVY SWEATER – ZARA // BLACK AND GOLD SHIRT – TJ MAXX // ARMY JACKET – ALFANI // BLACK SWEATER – H&M // SHOES – SPERRY

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Banana Republic – Skinny Sty White Ankle Jean – $98

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Target – Women’s Military Jacket A New Day Olive – $32.99 (SIMILAR)

 

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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~photo cred: Stylecaster~

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~photo cred: Bustle~

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~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.

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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