OK, so I know this isn’t a DIY blog, but it is a style blog and styling isn’t only meant for outfits people! I love rearranging, re-inventing, re-furbishing and re-styling my home. I’m a creative mind at heart and art (whether it be painting or crafting) is something I love to do. This is just to show you a simple way of turning something boring around your house into a chic accent piece. Anyone can do it, it’s so simple and easy! I got these cheap untreated wood, file organizer things, probably 3 years ago at ikea and they STILL carry them! I started by spraying the whole unit with a flat white spray paint. I let that dry over night so that when I put the tape on, it wouldn’t take the paint off. For the lines to be even I just used Frog painters tape on one flat side and just wrapped it all the way around until I had come full circle (you just have to eye it on keeping the lines even). Once I finished taping it off I did 3 coats of gold spray paint (Rustoleum Metallic Gold is my fav gold spray paint). After you let it dry for 3 hours or so, pull off the tape and voila!! (Sorry for skipping pictures of steps in between….I got a little excited!!)
After waiting until the last minute to decide what I was going to wear for my birthday (usually never a good idea), I quickly remembered I had been saving this crochet gem for a special occasion. What better occasion than my 24th birthday?! In my opinion, ivory lace crochet has classy written all over it– and for this year’s birthday, it was too perfect not to wear. I’m not saying I am the classiest lady there ever was, but I am at a time in my life where I love portraying the professional, confident, & successful business woman that I have become over the last year (nothing wrong with that). Not to mention, in my profession I am usually wearing athletic apparel on a daily basis…so getting dolled up and wearing a fem little dress is a lot fun every now and then! Why did I belt it? Well, see… I wasn’t fortunate enough to be blessed with female curves, so I have to do what I can to accentuate those hips. Adding a high-waisted belt is a super flattering trick for making your waist appear smaller!
If you haven’t noticed…crochet, cutouts, textures and patterns have been some of the hottest trends this spring/summer. And if you thought crochet was only meant for the blanket your grandmother made you when you were a child, think again. This pattern has been in the fashion industry for decades and it isn’t fleeting anytime soon. Crochet is such an easy way to add a little bit of texture to your look. I was going for a feminine/flirty feel here because it was my birthday and birthday girls can do that!!
Isn’t this collage just to die for? It almost looks edible to me. Ok, I could eat it. Because it looks like candy and candy is my fave! I made this collage in Polyvore (my latest obsesh) and I can’t get enough of all the vibrant color going on here.
Adding a pop of color to your look will make you feel oh so chic on those blah outfit days. You know, the kind of day when you have just recently revamped your wardrobe and you still don’t feel like you have anything to wear? Ya, those (we ALL have them).
The key: Keep most of your look neutral and add your pop of color in random places (accessories are perf for this). Think black romper, white blazer w/ black trim, #12 necklace, #6 flats & #10 watch. OR simply throwing #8 or #14 with a plain white maxi dress. The ideas are endless! Whatever you decide, keep it simple. Don’t try to put #3, #4, #16, and #14 all together at once (so tacky). The purpose of this trend is to take the blah out and bring your inner chic to life. My favorite thing to do is add a few different shades of the same color pop. I also love something as simple as a neon skirt (here) or a bright skinny jean with the rest of the outfit neutral colors (black, white, beige, nude, brown, etc).
So maybe denim cutoffs will always be a girls summer staple, but the fashion Gods had high hopes for printed shorts this summer and boy were they right. If you don’t already have a pair of these babies in your closet, you better put them at the top of your wish list. Not only are all top notch brands like Isabel Marant & Prada stocking up on these quick-to-sell shorts, but so are more affordable brands like these Forever21 watercolor print shorts. So what if they were only $17.80?? SCORE!! I’m digging this crazy print and these outrageously fun colors. They definitely make for a great day-to-night transition outfit because you can dress them up or down. Here, I did a little bit of both. I wore a dressier top and a more casual shoe. However, all I needed was to throw on a black leather jacket & my favorite black pumps and I’m ready to hit the town girlfriend! Want to play it down a little more? Throw on a white off the shoulder tee and your favorite flats.
For more fun prints such as beach scenes, gemoetric patterns, motifs, and animal prints, check out some of my favorite online shops — Revolve Clothing — Shopbop—Planet Blue. They totally embody the easy summer vibe that we can never get enough of.
As cluttered and random as this set may seem, these are the items on my current wish list. My birthday is coming up at the end of this month and obvi I’ve been on the hunt. Also, my sister’s bachelorette party is in 3 weeks and I’m getting super excited for that!! Outfit planning is already in the works. I know we just met, but if you’re feeling extra sweet on July 23rd I wouldn’t hate it if some of these items magically appeared on my doorstep ;). Hope you all had a fab weekend! xx,
SeaWorld? You don’t have to ask me twice!! I was so happy to visit this land full of animals, childhood memories, dip-n-dots, and roller coasters (the dolphin show was my fave, shamoo=2nd fave). I know some of you are asking yourselves, what is tomboy chic? If the words cute and comfortable are both at the top of your fashion habits, then this is right up your alley. Tomboy Chic is exactly what it sounds like. A little bit of him and a little bit of her — a masculine look with feminine elements. When going for the Tomboy Chic look similar to mine, start with your graphic t-shirt or sweatshirt and work around that piece. To play it up a little more than I did, look for light weight button downs – tuxedo stripes – pastel prints – loafers – structured bags.
I am and always will be obsessed with everythingWildfox, they can do no wrong. Their take on vintage meets edgey-glam is so fresh and gets me every time. Have you ever laid a hand on one of their garments?? They are so comf and perfect for a day of running errands, shopping, flea market, or in my case walking all over SeaWorld.
For my purse, I opted for a crossbody bag (my trusty Tory). This is one of those feminine elements I talked about earlier. However, it was easy to carry around and kept my look from getting ‘too girly’ (I know, but for todays post..there is such a thing).
I went with these rad One Teaspoon shorts to show a little leg & add a feminine feel.
Although I would’ve loved to layer up on the accessories, I decided to keep it minimal. Obvi I was going to be riding all the rides and lots of loose/dangly doo-dads were not ideal for the occasion.
Converse are my go to comfort shoe. They always give an effortless look to whatever you’re wearing..not to mention comfortable for lots of walking.
What is your opinion on Tomboy Chic? Take a risk, give it a try, and let me know how it turns out for you!