Distressed Dynasty

I have a vague memory of standing in Old Navy as a child, in the boy’s department, shopping with my mom and my older brother. My mom held up a pair of jeans to show my brother that were distressed – they actually had frayed edges and holes in them. She put them back as we laughed about how ridiculous it was that they already looked worn out. I remember thinking what’s the point of buying something that looks worn out already? Well, fashion is never completely straightforward and doesn’t always make sense, and before long I found myself wearing distressed jeans. Fastforward over a decade later, and I’m still wearing distressed jeans! (although not the exact same pair, I might add). The distressed denim trend arrived in the early 2000s, faded away for a few years but never completely disappeared, and is back this year in full force. Distressed jeans and jean shorts are everywhere. There are so many options available that you can choose a) a pair that is distressed and will show minimal wear and tear the longer you wear them (basically as sturdy as a regular pair of jeans), or b) a pair that is distressed and has holes and frayed areas in pressure points that will expand the more you wear them and the more you move around in them (I have both, as I’ve found I like different things about both types). Here are a few examples:

 

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5 Goals for this Spring & Summer

I’m fairly good at setting goals when it comes to thinks like exercising – i.e. run a hundred miles in a month, run a race, do 100 squats a day, etc. But I’ve found, maybe kind of surprisingly, I’m just not good at even setting goals when it comes to my wardrobe, let alone keeping them! Well, I’m trying to change that this year and here are five things I’ve thought of. I’m going to to my best to hold myself to them as they’re all things that I want to do and will help to improve my own personal style, in my opinion. I encourage you to set goals for your wardrobe as well, although they can be totally different than what I have listed below.

 

  1. Wear more dresses

Upon transferring my warm weather clothing to my closet after moving out my cold weather clothing (yay!), I found that I kept pulling dress.. after dress.. after dress out of the store bin. Let’s just say I own a lot of sundresses (accumulated over the years) without getting into any specific numbers. This has already prompted me to reach for a dress instead of a top and shorts in recent days and I plan on continuing this trend throughout the summer. Dresses are comfortable, easy, and feminine- what’s not to like?

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2. Buy & wear clothing that is flattering to my figure and doesn’t just look good on the hanger

Too many times I’ve found something cute in a store and loved it on the hanger so much that I I’ve bought it without trying it on. Then I’ve gotten home and tried it on and it’s just not quite right, but I’ve kept it anyways because I’m still a fan of it overall. No more. There’s enough clothing to choose from out there, I can afford to turn down items that may look great on someone else but just aren’t for me. I want to wear comfortable clothing that fits me correctly.

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3. Don’t be afraid to wear tennis shoes more often

No, this does not mean you will now be seeing me in a dress and tennis shoes (ha!). What it does mean is that I will be more likely to wear tennis shoes than flip flops. Because I do wear athletic clothing at some point of nearly every day, I’ve found myself pairing flip flops with it in the warmer months if I’m still wearing it after I work out, since my sandals would look too dressy with something like running shorts. Nothing against flip flops, but they hurt my feet when walking longer distances and provide little to no support. Next time I run errands while still in my gym clothing I’m going to reach for tennis shoes.

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4. Accessorize intentionally

Some days I am great at adding accessories to my outfit, other days I am horrible. Usually I just reach for the basics- wedding ring, watch, and earrings. However, I own a lot of beautiful jewelry, most of it given to me, and I want to make better use of it and wear it on a more regular basis. Additionally, it’s really amazing how much a necklace can add to a simple outfit. (or a bracelet, like the ones in my Etsy Shop.)

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5. Try new hairstyles

Some people try this every day, or every week. I try this- never. It’s true. I am really bad about trying new hairstyles. I’ve never been particularly good at it and so I feel intimated to branch out. However, I’m going to try to change that by periodically trying new hairstyles this summer. There’s only about a million on Pinterest alone!

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Spring 2016 Trend Roundup

Well, here is the last post in my miniseries for spring 2016 trends. After my post about off-the-shoulder tops, and then lace-up shoes, I wanted to do a roundup post this week covering the other major trends I’ve seen for spring this year so far. And, since it’s the middle of April and it  f i n a l l y  is feeling like spring here, it was especially easy to find lots of fun new trends! Here are a few of the biggest ones:

 

  • Gingham

I did not see this one coming- gingham has been reserved for men’s and boy’s dress shirts, but not it’s back in style for women. The crisp and clean squares give an overall young and fresh vibe.

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  • Rompers

Rompers were in style 6-8 years ago and then faded away, but now they’re back in a big way. With so many options (and most of them loose and comfortable), they’re easy to dress up or down.

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  • Overalls

…this is one of those trends I am not a fan of (are overalls ever flattering on anyone over the age of 15?), but it’s out there so I’ll include it and let you come to your own personal conclusions about it. 🙂

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  • Embroidery

Delicately intricate, embroidery can be seen on a variety of tops, dresses, skirts and even shorts this season. It provides a classic feminine look and adds interest to even the most basic silhouettes.

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  • Block Heels

These are almost as popular as the lace-up shoes I previously blogged about. There’s such a huge variety of them available, you’re sure to find a pair you love. They also provide more stability than stilettos.

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  • Open-toed Mules

Brady Bunch, anyone? Open-toed Mules are a fun way to dress up a sundress and are also an open-back heel to wear that should stay on securely.

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**Also, in case you didn’t catch it on my Instagram yesterday, I’m teaching a sewing class for children at Dabble and Stitch on May 14! By the end of the class they will have made a bag just like this one. If you know of any children in the Columbus area who want to learn how to sew, go to Dabble and Stitch for supply details and to sign up!IMG_4715

 

 

 

 

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Old Navy

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Extra Petite

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Fox and She

Spring 2016 Trend: Lace-Up Shoes

As promised, I am continuing on (after a break for the holiday weekend) in my series of trends for spring this. I already discussed the biggest trend which is off the shoulder tops and dresses in my previous post, and it’s crazy how many I’ve seen in stores just even since then! I can’t wait till it’s actually warm enough to start wearing them.

 

Anyways, this week’s trend I’m spotlighting is lace-up shoes. These are also everywhere. Specifically flats and sandals that have some form of laces over the foot and at the ankle are huge this year. Lace-up shoes are definitely not going to be the most comfortable shoes you’ve ever worn, but they do add a lot to any outfit and can easily dress up anything from a pair of jeans to a pair of shorts. I would actually suggest keeping your outfit simple when you wear these so as not to distract from their intricacy or cause a visual overload. Here are a few of my favorites!

 

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Southern Curls and Pearls

The Law of Fashion