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What to Wear Wednesday: Critter Prints

Is there anything preppier than a well placed critter print? Critter prints, not to be confused with animal prints, are small silhouettes of the animal embroidered all over an item of clothing. It’s most commonly seen on shorts, particularly men’s shorts, but you can find a critter print on many things if you look hard enough. I have many critter print items including shirts, shorts, skirts, and even shoes. It’s both whimsical and preppy, and shows that you don’t take yourself too seriously. Life is too short not to wear fun clothes!

Among critter prints, you can also find similar items with an object motif on them, such as a small nautical embroidery throughout a print. This summer it’s easy to find these object motifs even through main stream retailers. Old Navy’s newest men’s collection has a ton of American flag motifs items that I’m tempted to buy my husband.

I love that J. Crew brought back the critter shorts reminiscent of their early days! The crab tote is pretty cute too.

It’s so easy to find critter prints for men, I’m rather jealous! My husband needs that seersucker pair with the lobster print on them.

It’s easy to get into a rut in the colder months of wearing the same old thing, which is why I use the warmer months to revive my wardrobe and wear my more “fun” items. Critter items are definitely near the top of the list of items that are more summer appropriate and go great with a lighter, brighter closet.

Do you own anything with a critter print on it?

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Tassel Earrings!

There’s no denying that tassels are having a huge moment right now, especially in the form of earrings. I’m not normally one to jump on the trend bandwagon, but I’ve really admired how the tassel look adds a fun element to even the most classic outfits. The biggest turn off for me has been price. Many tassel earrings are anywhere from $40-$80, and when you want all the colors like I do, that starts to add up. Enter The Tiny Tassel – owned by Mimi Striplin, all her products are hand made in the USA and start at $12 a pair!

earrings (the radcliffe) c/o the tiny tassel

For me, trends are always a risk so I would rather invest money into classic items and then save money on trends since I don’t know how they’ll look on me. Sometimes I like how trends look on other people but not on myself. These earrings are low risk because of the great price and they’d be super cute on anyone. I immediately tried these on and was really happy with how they look! I wore them twice this past weekend and received tons of compliments. I can’t stop raving about these earrings to everyone I meet!

Summer is a great time to have fun with your style and these earrings will be in heavy rotation in my summer wardrobe. They style so well with any outfit – especially summer dresses. I currently have the cornflower blue and white pair, but I’m thinking about buying a red pair later this week since my summer wardrobe consists of lots of red, white, & blue. What I really like about these earrings is they are lightweight and they have no backs on them – they don’t come off at all and they’re so easy to take off at the end of the day! I can’t say enough great things about The Tiny Tassel. Give the website a peek and see the other jewelry/clothes/accessories that are available with tassels on them –  you won’t be disappointed!

 

 

What to Wear Wednesday: Fall Clothes in Spring

We can all get in the rut of wearing the same outfits the same ways over and over again. Sometimes I need a little inspiration or a new way to put a look together. If you still have some fall/winter clothes out, there are a few ways to work them into your spring wardrobe for a fresh, new look.

Camel: When I think of camel I think of a fall color often seen on blazers/coats/shoes, however, the color can look quite nice for spring. Paired with neutrals above such as a large portion of white, it breathes new life into the color. I especially like it with chambray and stripes like the photo on the right. I won’t be putting away my camel blazer anytime soon but incorporating it into some spring outfits.

Olive Green: I’m definitely guilty of seeing olive green solely as a fall color, but it can be so versatile for all year round. I have a favorite pair of olive green pants and it makes a great base for spring outfits. I especially like it paired with soft pink to mix in that feminine touch.

Plaid Shirts: I used to put all my plaid shirts away come spring but now I leave a few out and pair them with white pants. It makes the plaid pop more and makes it spring appropriate. I’ll try to add in at least one spring/summer accessory to the outfit to help transition it effortlessly into warmer weather. All the plaid shirts I keep out are cotton though, I put my flannels away til it gets colder again.

 

Are there any fall items you like to re-purpose for spring? I’d love to know, please leave your tip in the comments!

What to Wear Wednesday: Kentucky Derby Party

I have loved the Kentucky Derby for a long time – I even had my bridal shower on the same day (4 years ago) and had it as a derby theme! Last year my husband surprised me with a trip to the derby for Christmas and we had the best time. I try not to hype things up in my mind too much in fear of being disappointed, but attending the Kentucky Derby was such a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone.

If you are not able to make it to the derby, but perhaps are attending a derby theme party to view the event, I have some outfit tips for you.

  1. Always pick the hat first, not the dress. There are limited hat options but endless dresses, it will be much easier to pick the hat first. I got my hat and fascinator for the derby (hat shown above) from Nordstrom and was really happy with it. Hats are something you need to try on before buying since everyone looks different in different styles, and I was so impressed that my local Nordstrom had so many to choose from! I was worried I’d match a lot of other women, but out of thousands of people at the Kentucky Derby, I didn’t see a single other person with my hat. There are more choices in the store than online, so make sure to check it out.
  2. After you picked out the hat, the dress will be easier to coordinate. A lot times you may have an existing dress that compliments your headpiece, but if you’d like to get something new I’d look for a fun shift or fit ‘n flare style. Longer dresses aren’t really the derby style, so look for something that hits at the knee or right above.
  3. Add lady-like jewelry and accessories to complete the look. The whole novelty of the Kentucky Derby is that it’s a nod to good ole’ fashion tradition. There’s nothing sleek or modern about it. Play up the lady-like look with pearls, lipstick, and perhaps white gloves.

A photo from Oaks Day (the races on the day before the derby) last year. We were able to see Kiel James Patrick, our favorite Instagrammer. 🙂 I wore a fascinator to the event and paired it with the pink as is the tradition for Oaks Day.

This is a photo from our time at the Kentucky Derby. We sat second row on the finish line, which was cool because Joe’s snap chat of the finish made the official Snap Chat story that day. 🙂

A photo from inside Churchill Downs.

If you’re attending the derby this year, you probably have your hat and outfit picked out but I do have a few tips that I had previously read online and glad I followed!

  1. Bring a larger purse. I originally wanted to bring a clutch, but am glad I brought a larger purse. It’s a long day and there are some essentials you’ll want to pack. Bring sunscreen with you as you’re in direct sunlight all day, also flip flops for the walk back afterwards, and cash to make buying items easier.
  2. Wear wedges if you plan on going on the infield at all or are on the infield. We were on the infield for Oaks day and got seats for the Derby, and I was glad to have comfortable wedges on. You do get tired the end of the day and will be thankful for the flip flops in your purse for afterwards.
  3. Buy water and make sure you stay hydrated. I would even recommend bringing hydration tablets to put in water to help this process. It will help keep your energy up throughout the day so you have a wonderful time.

This photo is from two years ago visiting Green Dot Stables in Detroit for their derby party. Planning on going again this year!

A derby look from a few years ago featuring the hat I wore for my bridal shower (from Brooks Brothers).

Have you ever been to a Derby Party?

White Blazer Outfit

white blazer – c/o land’s end / striped shirt – c/o ll bean / jeans – old ralph lauren / shoes – land’s end / navy leather tote – c/o mark & graham / silk scarf – old ralph lauren / bracelet – c/o kjp

If you have been reading my blog or following me on instagram for any amount of time, you know my love for all things red, white, and blue. The combo of those colors proves to be a classic, all-American look, and I love how well these strong colors go together.

I’ve been on the hunt for a white blazer for a few years after admiring the look for awhile now. It’s such a fresh look for spring that can be worn into summer when the evenings get chilly. This one from Land’s End is perfect! It has tortoise shell color buttons, 3/4 length sleeves, and the fit is perfect. I can’t wait to continue to style it!

I’ve always liked the J Crew Gemma flats, and Land’s End came out with a similar style with their pointed toe bow flats. I got them in my Easter basket this year (yes, I still get one…) and I can’t believe how comfortable they are! They also come in a navy and beige – get them while you can.

This is an outfit I see myself repeating pretty often this year. 🙂

Thank you for reading!

What to Wear: Easter Edition

Easter is my favorite holiday, and I love picking out what to wear to church. My friends and I have a tradition where we all take photos after the service and the photos always turn out nicely! Unlike many events in my life, I haven’t bought a dress specifically for Easter in a long time. I always end up wearing a dress I already have and accessorizing it for Easter.

While I love buying new clothes (who doesn’t?), I would rather show you how to dress for Easter from what you already own vs. linking a bunch of dress options. Check out my guide below:

Solid Color Dress: If you have a solid color dress in a bright or pastel, it would make a great choice for Easter. I would make it more Easter appropriate by adding fresh whites to make the color of the dress pop – like white shoes. I’m a big fan of pearls and believe they’re a lovely option to finish off this lovely daytime look.

Solid Navy Dress: I think navy (not black) can look great on Easter when paired with brighter accessories. I would wear it with a colorful statement necklace to really make it stand out.

Floral/Pattern Dress: These dresses are some of my favorite types for Easter. I wouldn’t try to “compete” with the pattern, so I’d keep the accessories pretty simple. A pretty pair of earrings are all you’d need jewelry-wise alongside a simple clutch.

Personally, I add two extra accessories to top off my Easter outfit – my “Easter hat” and a pair of vintage, white gloves given to me from a dear friend. I love adding these old fashioned details as a nod to what ladies once wore on Easter. I hope the Easter hat trend catches on someday and I see more and more women donning one year after year. 🙂

 

What to Wear Wednesday: Easy Traditional Dress

In these in-between seasons it can become problematic to find the perfect dress for both the weather and season. Sleeveless dresses are better for warmer weather, and you may not want to layer a sweater over it. Colder weather dresses may be too thick, or look better with tights underneath. Enter the 3/4 sleeve dress – perfect for any and every occasion.

pointe sheath dress c/o land’s end / three strand pearls c/o demosille pearls

I recently got this 3/4 sleeve pointe dress from Land’s End and couldn’t be happier. I needed something to take me from winter to late spring and this does the job. It’s a thicker material while not being overly warm, which is perfect for the in-between weather. The sleeve length and silhouette make it very classy. I feel like this is definitely that “1960’s first lady” style I love. Overall, it’s very lady like and appropriate for any age.

I also love that this dress can be worn to so many places and occasions. It can easily be dressed down with a silk scarf and flats, or dressed up with pearls and heels. Everyone needs a dress that’s this easy to grab when you’re unsure what to wear. I wore this to church this past Sunday, but I’d wear it to a wedding at this time of year.

striped dress, pointe sheath, wrap dress

The above dresses are all ones I’d consider both transitional and versatile. That sleeve length on a dress is really something that should be in everyone’s closet, especially if you live in a climate with unpredictable weather.

 

What to Wear Wednesday: Rainy Day

Logan Jacket – c/o Charles River Apparel

Last week I talked about best footwear for a rainy day, but this week I want to talk about the perfect raincoat. With spring showers approaching, it’s smart to have the proper jacket and boots available to grab when the weather turns gray.

There’s a few must-have’s for the perfect rain jacket:

  • A hood is non-negotiable. Sometimes you’ll forget your umbrella, or not want to have to carry it around once you’re inside. A hood is the #1 priority when looking for a raincoat.
  • Lightweight is key since you may be layering it over bulky clothing or it could be rather warm but still rainy.
  • Wind-resistant material is important since rainy weather is most likely windy weather.
  • A little length is always a plus when you need a little extra protection against the elements.
  • A bright color is a must-have for me. Sure, dark colors will “go with everything”, but it’s already gloomy outside, a colorful raincoat will brighten things up a bit.

The Logan Jacket from Charles River Apparel checks all my boxes for the perfect raincoat. It’s lightweight, waterproof, hooded, and the kelly green is such a preppy color for spring. The jacket can even be monogrammed to personalize it even more.  I always keep an eye out every spring for raincoats, but never found one I absolutely loved until now. I especially love that there’s a drawstring inside to make it look more tailored than boxy. I couldn’t be happier with the style and quality of this jacket.

What are your go-to essentials for a rainy day?

What to Wear Wednesday: Funeral Attire

Today I’m talking about what to wear to a funeral home visitation and memorial service. Although this is not a fun topic whatsoever, it is a very important one. Anyone attending such an event should take extra precaution to make sure they are dressed properly. Failure to do so can come off disrespectful, even if that was not the intention.

Visitation attire does not have to be as formal as the funeral service itself. Many people are coming from work to the funeral home, so business to business-casual attire is common. You’ll definitely want to look professional and appropriate which is why I’d stick to a simple outfit of darker colors.

The funeral itself will definitely be more on the dressier side. Dresses, skirts, and dress pants are appropriate while going the extra mile to look put-together. Again, darker colors are encouraged unless noted otherwise.

Some noteworthy points that apply to both events:

  • Go the extra mile to dress modestly. Shoulders should be covered, necklines should be high, etc. People of all ages attend so it is respectful to keep that in mind when picking out an outfit. I’ve attended many funerals where someone dresses inappropriately and it comes off as discourteous.
  • Your outfit should be simple and not flashy. Statement necklaces, loud prints, brighter colors should not be apart of your attire since they can too seem bad mannered and out of place.
  • Casual clothes have no place at a funeral visitation or memorial service. Sometimes men can get away with dark denim at a funeral home visitation if the rest of their outfit is dressy, but I advise against it all together.
  • Make sure your clothes fit you well. It seems like common sense, but often people have one outfit they designate for a funeral service and when they put it on that day it’s either too tight or too big. Avoid looking sloppy and make sure you have one or two outfits that can be worn to a funeral that will keep you looking polished.

This is an outfit I have worn to a funeral before. It’s professional, uses dark colors, and very minimalist.

There is a great importance of dressing appropriate for this type of event, but I would also like to add that if there is no possible way of changing and you find yourself in the wrong attire, please still attend the visitation. Supporting a friend or family member who has lost a loved one is much more important than what you wear. It’s far from ideal, but it’s better than not going at all.

 

Best Rainy Day Footwear

one / two / three

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seven / eight / nine

With spring approaching, it’s great to get your best weather-proof footwear out or to invest in a new pair. I’ve rounded up my favorites above for different types of weather situations.

Best for unpredictable weather: If you live in a climate that can rain for a short period of time and then be sunny the rest of the day, it’s good to have a pair of shorter waterproof boots. This way you won’t be in full rain gear when the weather eventually changes. Since this is a common weather situation, I think it’s smart for every woman to have at least one pair they can wear in the rain now and still not be bulky later on. All three pairs above are styles that are also great for putting on while walking into a building and change out of when you get in, like when you’re heading to the gym but don’t want your gym shoes soaked.

Best for all day rain: If you’re planning on spending more than a few minutes in the rain, you’ll want these taller pairs to keep you high and dry. Just make sure to plan your outfit around the boots as it can be unbecoming trying to stuff certain types of pants into them. In recent years, the popularity of Hunter Boots has made it socially acceptable (and stylish) to wear taller rain boots even when there’s no rain in sight. I do enjoy this look as it’s hard to reserve cute boots for solely dreary days.

Best novelty rain wear: Life is short to wear boring clothes, and these rain boots are too cute to pass up. The riding print is my favorite! Having a fun pair of rain boots will help you look forward to rainy days.

Which pair above is your favorite?

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