How to color block your outfit

If you love color as much as I do, I’m sure you sometimes come across the issue of knowing what colors do/don’t look good together – especially when you try to combine 3+ colors. Color blocking is essentially mixing a palette of solid colors that compliment each other into an outfit. Typically, each piece is a different color. The best way I accomplish this look is by generally knowing what colors look good together, trial and error or a happy accident.

For this look, I had laundry on my bed and my green blouse and yellow pant were next to each other. I thought, “Hm, that could be a good color combo.” I tried it on and it looked great. Next up were shoes. I tried on a few safe colors like black and tan, but then I tried on my coral pair and it looked great. I finished the look with a white cross body bag.

Bright outfit idea

Zara yellow pant

Photography: THEORY

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Forever 21 Boxy Pocket Shirt • Forever 21 • $14.90

Urban Renewal Remnants Linen Pin-Up Pant • Urban Renewal Vintage • $59

Ann taylor Ann Taylor Nicole Suede Block Heel Sandals • Ann Taylor • $80–128

Vince Camuto Aylif Leather Crossbody Bag • Vince Camuto • $69.97

-Happy Styling-

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Same blouse, different sleeves

Do you ever feel like each time you shop you buy similar looking things every time? Oh great, another off the shoulder blouse, or another crop top, let’s add another striped tee to the mix. Did you also know that it’s totally okay to do that? Everyone has a uniform whether they know it or not, and everyone has certain styles that they know are flattering on them. Now, don’t get me wrong, owning 25 striped tees might be a little overkill, but having what you know looks good can really help you put outfits together much easier.

One of my favorite pieces to buy is a long sleeve blouse. There are differences between the blouses such as fabric, neckline, color and print; however, there is also sleeve style. Lace on the sleeves, ruffles or ruching, cut outs, strings, you name it. A unique sleeve can always catch my eye – which leads me to this top I’m sharing today. I found this Mango top a few months ago and absolutely love the oversized cuffs at the bottom of the sleeves. The sleeves add a unique 70’s style to the top that I love.

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 Mango MANGO Chest-pocket check shirt • MANGO • $23.99

L’Academie Pajama Split Track Pant • L’Academie • $104

Who What Wear Women’s Grace Satin Knotted Slide Sandals – Who What Wear • Who What Wear • $34.99

-Happy Styling-

What convinced me to buy something gingham

We all know the gingham print is a timeless print that recently made it’s way onto the bodies of many bloggers. Crop tops, skirt and top sets, dresses, it’s all over. I’ll be honest that at first I could not get sold on the print. Every time I would try something on I would feel like Dorthy, Little Bopeep or a picnic table. Alas, I stumbled across this beautiful top at American Eagle. I loved that the gingham print was smaller, so the checked look wasn’t as drastic. The puffed sleeves also sold me. I styled the top with my favorite white high waisted shorts and satin sandals.

Gingham crop top

Afraid to look like a picnic table?

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Why you need a shift dress

We all know about the little black dress – but having a closet staple based on color isn’t the only thing you need to focus on. Sometimes the style of the dress plays a bigger role than the color. For instance – the shift dress. I love the shift dress because of the different ways you can style it. Leave the dress loose, belt it, or wear it as a tunic over a wide leg pant – the options are endless. I bought this shift dress from Mango a few months ago. The not so typical polka dot print and color is what captured my eye at first but then the numbers of ways I could style it made me want the dress eve more.

For this summer look, I styled the dress in a flirty way by adding a belt to shorten the length. Adding these oh so comfy wedges and a bright lip completed the look.

Red shift dress

Red polka dot dress

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Mango shift dress – $39.99Mango shift dress

Black wedges – $41.99

Use code BPAMBVX for 20% off your purchase!

Black wedge sandals

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2018 Bikini styles

Pool weather is so close I can almost feel it. With that said, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite bikini styles for the season. From high-sides, smocked details and the classic stripe, you’re sure to find one you’ll love. Enjoy!

HIGH SIDES

Now, I can’t say I can hop on the high waisted bikini trend just yet, But I do love the one pieces with the Baywatch feels. Those high cut sides can elongate anyones legs.

One piece bikinis

SMOCKED DETAIL

I’m already digging the smocked trend with tops and dresses, so the fact it’s on bikinis makes it even better!

Smocked bikini

STRIPES

I bought a striped bikini a few months ago for vacay and I’m obsessed. Now I want about 5 more of them and to live somewhere a bikini is worn 80% of the time.

Striped bikinis

-Happy Shopping-

 

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-

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-

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!

Who What Wear green jacket

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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

Fall outfit idea

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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-