A subtle and easy way to mix prints

It’s starting to get REAL chilly here in Ohio. It’s making me miss the warm weather we had last weekend where I was able to shoot the look I’m sharing with you today.

SO, the look. Print mixing – some love it, some think it’s ridiculous.

If you love it, great. If you’re on the fence with creating an outfit that incorporates print mixing, I’m sharing a subtle way you can do so. Rather than print mixing the more prominent pieces of your look, print mix the less prominent pieces.

For this look, I mixed stripes and leopard prints. I layered a shirt dress [worn as a vest] over the top to play down the stripes and opted for wide leg pants to show a peek of the bootie print, but not the whole bootie. There are so many ways to subtly mix prints, like mixing a handbag and top, or a top and shoe.

Do you like mixing prints? What are your favorite prints to mix? 

Print mixing an outfit

White wide leg pant

Long vest dress

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Three Dots Sleeveless Shirtdress. • Three Dots • $36.99

Alexis Sena Top • Alexis • $172

nastygal Open-Minded Wide-Leg Pants • Nasty Gal • $44

Women’s Splendid Dante Ii Genuine Calf Hair Pointy Toe Bootie • Splendid • $167.95

-Happy Styling-

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The softest clothing you can now afford

Remember back in the day in junior high when you had to beg your mom to spend buku bucks on a super soft Abercrombie hoodie? Well, I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, the brand has made some major changes and one of them is keeping the quality high and prices very reasonable. Now that sweater weather is in full force, Abercrombie has been one of the main places I visit to get some new knits.

I’m loving the classic look of this puff sleeve sweater. I’m all about layering, so I styled the sweater over a henley and paired it with brown pants, black patent loafers and a trench coat. You can never go wrong with the classics!

Fall layering tips

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Fall layering tips

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Fall styling tips

Classic Trench Coat • Abercrombie & Fitch • $160

Puff Sleeve Sweater • Abercrombie & Fitch • $46.80

Long-Sleeve Henley • Abercrombie & Fitch • $28

Super Skinny Sateen Pants • Abercrombie & Fitch • $68

Black Patent Pointed Loafers • Missguided • $42

-Happy Styling-

*Thank you Abercrombie for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Minimalist inspired style

Hello my friends!

I’ve taken a few days off from posting to social media and my site because let’s face it, sometimes it gets exhausting. One thing I love about blogging being a side passion is that I don’t always have to be “on.”

This post is inspired by a shoot I did a few weeks ago with other Columbus bloggers. The shoot was fall themed, but I’m pretty sure it was 90 degrees that day [lol]. Can you believe it’s October and Still this warm? I like it, but don’t like it, because I love layering.

I waited until last minute to get ready for this shoot because I was just NOT in the mood to get ready and all done up. I took a page from the minimalist style book and opted for a chic black and white color combo with minimal jewelry and added a pop of color with teal slides. I didn’t want to put makeup on so I wore my favorite new sunglasses and a light pink lip gloss. Sometimes, less is more ladies – and you can STILL look chic. I had to walk to our location so unfortunately I didn’t get as fall-y as the other ladies, but needless to say their fall styles were on point!

What’s your go-to look when your too lazy to get ready?

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Bloggers from left to right: @lifestyled_blog, @dreamin.loud, @twopeasinablog, @stylebywillie, @the.style.concession

Big shoutout to our photographer @kixils

Pajama top style

Round ray bans

Minimalist outfit

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Calvin Klein V-Neck Contrast-Trim Blouse • Calvin Klein • $27.99–39.99

Michael Michael Kors slim cropped trousers • MICHAEL Michael Kors • $97.99

Who What Wear Women’s Ava Exotic Print Slide Sandals – Who What Wear • Who What Wear • $27.99

Women’s Ray-Ban Icons 50Mm Round Metal Sunglasses – Gold/ Green • Ray-Ban • $153

Multi-Hoop Drop Earrings • Saks Fifth Avenue • $24.99

Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch, 36mm • Daniel Wellington • $199

Who What Wear Women’s Ring Mini Crossbody Handbag – Who What Wear • Who What Wear • $26.99

-Happy Styling-

Sporty chic date night outfit

I love a good date night as much as the next person, but I also like comfort. Track pants are a great alternative to wear for a date night if you’re not in the mood to wear a tight skirt or jeans. I love these H&M track pants I bought a few years ago [similar here]. I styled them with my favorite top I bought this summer. In a previous post, I styled the top the way it was meant to be worn, tied in the front. For this look, I left the ties undone to add a more flowy/romantic vibe. Pumps, chic jewelry and a pony completed my date night outfit.

Would you ever try a sporty chic date night look?

Sporty chic date night outfit

Chic track pant look

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Sporty chic date night outfit

Women’s Line & Dot Vero Tie Front Satin Blouse • Line & Dot • $75

H&M Joggers with Satin Stripes • H&M • $17.99–19.99

Michael Michael Kors Medium Ginny Star Studded Leather Crossbody Camera Bag – Blue • MICHAEL Michael Kors • $148.50

Michael Kors Modern Classic Faux-Pearl Hoop Earrings • Michael Kors • $48.75–65

Inc International Concepts Women’s Leala Pumps, Created for Macy’s Women’s Shoes • INC International Concepts • $89.50

-Happy Styling-

An unexpected go-to boot color this season

I can’t believe how warm it is still. I’m not going to lie, I’m definitely going to soak it up before it drops into the 60s next week. With 60 degree weather comes the need for warm shoes [i.e. booties]. We all know the trends this season are metallics, funky velvet floral/baroque prints and kitten heels. Well, I like to dress to the beat of my own drum and I am personally swooning over the color olive right now – it’s like the new black. While everyone was in a tizzy about the Nordstrom anniversary sale I was able to score these olive green booties from Lord & Taylor for only $53! These Marc Fisher booties were all the rage last season and for some reason I’m just now starting to really be into them. I love the minimalist/western/casual chic vibe of the shoe. I styled the booties with a wrap dress, linen jacket and snake print belt.

What bootie style are you most excited to wear this season?

Chic western boho outfit

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-Happy Styling-

 

The perfect summer to fall transition piece

Ohio weather is odd…we have maybe a week or two of mildly cool, but still sunny and warm weather before it gets to temps that require way more layers. Those two weeks in my book are glorious because it’s my favorite type of weather. You know, the weather when you can wear a light jacket and not be cold, or mix and match mini skirts with booties without freezing your tush off? I love that small window of straight up summer to fall transition, and today I’m going to share a wardrobe piece that is perfect for that type of weather [and can even be taken into snowfall weather].

As some of you may have guessed, yes, it’s the shirt jacket. No, not a jacket, not a shirt, but a hybrid of the two. A few months ago I ordered one from Mango, but unfortunately the fit was too short and boxy. I’ve been following the Who What Wear ladies since 2007 when I was in college, and needless to say they have really made waves with their business and the new Who What Wear x Target line. Putting the shirt jacket out of my mind for awhile, it’s like they read my mind when they came out with their fall collection. The second I saw this olive green beauty on their Insta I knew I had to try it on. Needless to say, it fit perfectly as a shirt and a jacket. The piece is also around $40 and I mean ya can’t beat that.

For the summer inspired look, I styled the piece as a jacket with some denim shorts, a tank, bright flats and mirrored sunglasses. For the fall inspired look, I styled it as a shirt tucked into a leather mini with neutral booties and fun accessories. Shirt jackets can be tricky when it comes to having a flattering fit, so try on different styles/colors/fabrics and see what works best for you. Either way you’ll be satisfied with this versatile piece in your wardrobe!

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Who What Wear Women’s Bell Sleeve Military Jacket – Who What Wear Olive • Who What Wear • $39.99

Slouchy scoop-neck tank • Gap • $29.95

Bachloret Half d’Orsay Flats • Nine West • $29.99

Levi’s Wedgie Shorts • Levi’s • $49


Leather mini skirt

Olive green pleated sleeve jacket

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Who What Wear Women’s Bell Sleeve Military Jacket – Who What Wear Olive • Who What Wear • $39.99

River Island Womens Petite black panel leather look mini skirt • River Island • $30

Steve Madden Snake Embossed Pant Belt • Steve Madden • $9.60

Marc Fisher LTD Yale • Marc Fisher • $80–106


-Happy Styling-

 

Dressing down a maxi dress

Happy weekend friends! Any fun plans? I’ve got two weddings – one tonight and one tomorrow. If there’s one thing I don’t own a lot of, but still need from time to time, are dresses to wear to formal events [such as weddings]. I received this stunning floral maxi dress from Lemora for the wedding I’m attending tonight and absolutely love it. I love it so much that I wore it prior to the wedding. I wanted to dress down the maxi dress, so I styled it with converse, a messy half up top knot hairstyle and bold red/orange lip. Stay tuned to my insta stories tonight to see how I styled it for the wedding.

Can you guess how much the dress is? Only $34.00! The Reformation look for less? Yes please! Also, if you’re wondering about the bra situation, the brand has a strapless/backless bra that stays put even when you’re sweatin’, so I highly suggest it. In addition to cute clothes at a great price, Lemora donates part of the proceeds from their sales to women entrepreneurs. Gotta love women supporting women!

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Red floral maxi dress

Maxi dress – $34.00


le specs half moon magic

Le Specs sunglasses – $59.00


Womens white converse

Converse – $49.99


-Happy Styling-

*Thank you Lemora for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Currently coveting : fall jewel tones with a pop of shine and color

Can you believe it’s almost September? Insane! Even though cooler weather is around the corner, I’m not ready to give up the rich, bold colors of summer. This post was inspired by a stunning jewel tone skirt from local boutique Jolie Occasions. The deep green color makes it the perfect summer-fall transition piece. I’ve styled the skirt with a crazy soft off the shoulder crop top and metallic clutch. The metallic against the jewel tone really makes the outfit pop and adds a subtle shine to the look. Jewel tones and metallics are not just for the holidays my friends.

Now, let’s talk color. I was perusing H&M’s site and noticed a bright, red linen blazer that I think would be a perfect pop of color to a deep jewel tone. Now I know what you’re thinking – linen in fall and/or winter? Weird. I personally love layering linen pieces in the fall/winter because they add that extra layer you might need without the bulky look.

What colors do you get most excited about when the cooler weather comes?

Dark green pleated skirt

Metallic clutch

Fall outfit idea

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black off the shoulder sweater

Sweater – $46.00


Metallic green skirt

Skirt – $60.00


Metallic clutch

Clutch – $24.00


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bright red blazer

 H&M H&M+ Linen-blend Jacket • H&M • $59.99

Cami NYC – The Racer Lace-trimmed Silk-charmeuse Camsiole – Burgundy • $160

Matthew Williamson High-Rise Satin Pants • Matthew Williamson • $75


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metallic outfit

 Glamorous Petite Metallic Faux Leather Biker Jacket With Floral Embroidery • $72

CAMI NYC The Stefanie Cami in Black • $103

Cigarette Suit Trousers Pink • Missguided • $19


-Happy Styling-

How to know when to buy that piece of clothing

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a good weekend ahead of them. Todays post is inspired by a top I recently purchased from local boutique Clover on High. I walk to work and pass the boutique’s storefront pretty much everyday. I typically do pretty good on the will power to not go in and impulse buy, but recently there was a top in the window display that I immediately fell in love with. The color, pattern, fit and style were all too good to pass up. I knew that I could make some room in my budget for one thing, so I went ahead and got it and couldn’t be happier. This will definitely be one of those tops that I keep for years. In this post I’ve styled the top with denim shorts for a casual summer look. I’m excited to share how I style it for the workplace and a weekend out look.

Budget, fit, fabric quality, re-wear, truly loving, and actually needing a piece of clothing are some of the main factors that get me to buy. What are your rules you set for yourself when shopping? I’d love to hear them!

Levis denim shorts

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JOA tie knot top

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Striped Tie-Front Wrap Top • Charlotte Russe • $21.99

J.O.A. Off Shoulder Blouse • J.o.a. • $73

JOA Printed Fringe Tank • J.o.a. • $24.97

J.o.a. Cotton Striped One-Shoulder Top • J.o.a. • $79

Levi’s 501 frayed-hem denim shorts • Levi’s • $60

New Look Sports Strap Flatform Sandals • New Look • $42

-Happy Styling-