Thursday, March 26, 2015

Touches of Spring

Despite what the weather is doing right now, I decided to get my apartment ready for spring with a few simple and inexpensive touches. I made this spring wreath for about $15 with a Grapevine Wreath ($5) and two Hydrangea Stems ($5) from Michaels.

I bought these tulips ($5) from Trader Joe's and wrapped some extra ribbon I had around the vase. I love the combination of white, green and pink.

I cut apart a small flower stem from Michael's ($1.19) and plopped the stems in different colored mini vases.

How are you decorating for spring? 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cool Cat


J.Crew Sweater from Goodwill / J.Crew Skirt from Avalon / Illy Couture Necklace / Ray Ban Sunglasses / Halogen Boots 

Working on the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show inspires me every year. After shopping for the show, I always come away realizing how much I could be saving on clothing by shopping at Goodwill. You may not always get exactly what you want, but if you put in the time and have a little patience you can find some real gems in the racks of your local Goodwill. You have to be willing to see the potential in something.

This sweater I am wearing was found while shopping for the show one year. It's a size large from J.Crew. Now normally I would not fit into a size large, but I couldn't help but notice that it looked a little small so I tried it on. It fit great. Clearly someone had washed the sweater and shrunk it, which is why it was sitting at a Goodwill. Besides the fact that the sweater is in great condition and was very inexpensive, it feels like I have something very unique in my closet. It's something I wear all the time.

Do you shop at Goodwill? If so, what was your best find?




Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Shopping Trip 1: Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show


I made my first trip to shop for the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show this past weekend. One of my favorite stores to shop at is the one located in Robinson here in Pittsburgh. It always seems to have fresh new arrivals and current styles. I think I made out pretty well. I only spent about $60 and was able to find a lot of good statement pieces to start with. The things I typically gravitate toward are bright colors, good patterns and classic shapes. I had some ideas about how I would pair the items that I bought so far, but as I look at them new combinations keep happening in my mind.

I hope you can make it to the show to see the final looks. The show takes place at Windows on the River in Cleveland on Thursday, May 7 at 6 p.m.  Tickets for the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show can be purchased at Living Social for a discounted price of $30. In addition, you can enter to win tickets here on my blog. There are three easy ways to enter to win:

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The deadline to enter to win is Friday, April 17. Good luck! 




Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pastel Sweater: 3 Ways

We are experiencing a heat wave here in Pittsburgh. Temps are in the 40s to 50s this week, and that in itself made it feel like the right time to break out the spring wardrobe. For me, spring dressing this year means pastels. I can't get enough! Currently, I am on the hunt for a pair of pink pastel jeans or corduroys. Any recommendations?

Pastels surprisingly present a lot of outfit options. Since we are not out of the woods as far as cooler temps, I thought I'd start by styling this great cashmere sweater I got for Christmas this year. Here are just three of the many ways you can wear pastels this spring.


Charter Club cashmere sweater /  Gap pants / Payless shoes / Illy Couture necklace 

1. Wear Pastels with White: I am pretty sure everyone has stopped abiding by the don't wear white before memorial day rule so it's safe to say that you don't have to worry about that. If you find the right fabric and the right shade of white, it can actually work really well with a pastel. These pants from Gap are more of an off white and they are a corduroy material so they pair very nicely with this cashmere sweater. Just make sure not to go with that really starch white that most summer jeans feature.

Charter Club cashmere sweater / Thrifted Ann Taylor pants / Nine West shoes / H&M blouse 

2. Wear Pastels with Brights: Pastels can be a great contrast to brights. Think of pastels as almost like a neutral in this scenario. They both bring out the best in the other color. I think these particular colors — lavender and blue — really go nicely together to begin with and create an interesting dynamic in these particular shades. I also tried to keep the rest of the outfit fairly toned down with these fabulous Ann Taylor pants that I got at Goodwill.

Charter Club cashmere sweater / The Limited skirt / Thrifted Ralph Lauren shirt / Halogen boots 

3. Wear Pastels with Deep Colors: I definitely think of this skirt as a fall/winter skirt. It's maroon color complements a lot of the deeper and richer colors of fall and winter nicely. Surprisingly, it pairs well with this pastel purple too. I think the key here was choosing two colors that fall into the same color family of purple. I layered this great thrifted Ralph Lauren blouse underneath to add an interesting pattern to the mix.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show 2015 Inspiration

I'm excited to share that I've been invited to do the Goodwill Good Style Fashion show again this year! So mark your calendars for Thursday, May 7. Every year I try to gather inspiration before I hit the stores. I never have a theme in mind going in. I typically just let the clothing I find inspire me, however, it helps to have some ideas to start with. I get my inspiration everywhere — from magazine spreads to other bloggers. To get a preview of what I have been thinking of see my pinterest boards including styles I loverunway looks, streetstyle and a new thing I am thinking of adding this year: do-it yourself looks.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

3 Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas

Valentine's Day is just another excuse to dress up. Sure it's about love too, but its in the middle of February and when it's as cold as it has been I am excited to find any reason to dress cute. I put together these three simple outfits using pieces already in my closet. There is no reason to spend a lot on your outfit especially considering how much will be spent on dinner, movie tickets, etc. A little creativity can go a long way.

1. Red Tights - This one is so simple. Red tights automatically make any outfit that much more interesting. I love this BB Dakota dress that I got at a consignment shop for $15. It's form fitting and perfect for a fancy dinner date.

Kohl's Scarf / BB Dakota Dress via Avalon Exchange / Hue Tights / Old Navy Boots
2. Mix and Match Pinks and Reds - There are a lot of ways to combine various shades of pinks and reds. I went with this hot pink top and a maroon skirt for an interesting and bright contrast. I like this outfit for a work party or meeting up with girlfriends for drinks.

Ann Taylor Top / The Limited Skirt / Franco Sarto Boots / Illy Couture Necklace

3. Use Unconventional Red Patterns - Everyone automatically goes for the heart shape and polka dot patterns when it comes to Valentine's Day, but I think a buffalo plaid scarf paired with simple black and white really pops! This outfit is perfect for ice skating in the park or a cozy night in.

Gap Men's Scarf / Loft Top / James Jeans / Calvin Klein Shoes

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Peplum Sweater

Details: The Limited Peplum Sweater / Consigned J.Crew skirt / Franco Sarto Boots / Banana Republic necklace / Jennifer and Grace blouse via Marshalls / Michael Kors watch and cuff

Winter sure loses its appeal quickly. One minute you are making snow angels, the next minute you are driving to work cursing the skies. I feel the same way about winter outfits. I've been trying to keep things fresh lately, but that poses a challenge when the only chance of staying warm is to pile on the layers. For me that often turns into the same look over and over again. Sweater, button down skirt, repeat. When I found this peplum sweater in the clearance section at the Limited, I knew it would provide that small amount of variety I needed to really up my sweater game. How are you keeping things fresh?




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

3 Tips for Wearing Gold Sequin Leggings

Details: H&M sweater (old) / Parisiscoming.com leggings (Order one size larger) / Calvin Klein shoes via Marshalls / Coach purse 

I rang in the New Year like any style blogger, human being and woman of 2015 should: in gold sequin leggings. I know New Year's Eve is old news, but that line just sounded good. And it's true! We attended the Girl Talk concert here in Pittsburgh on an unusually frigid New Year's Eve night and I have to say these leggings stole the show. Many concert goers told me so ... or something to that affect.

When I first received these pants for my birthday in July, my feelings were of both elation and panic. Elation because there was nothing my heart desired more than a pair of gold sequin leggings. Major props to the boyfriend for finding these pants via the Google machine. Panic because I thought I lacked the guts to pull of this aberration of fashion. I quickly realized that was crazy talk! My advice to you for feeling more comfortable wearing gold sequin leggings is as follows.

  1. Wear Them Comfortably - I don't judge anyone who wears leggings as pants, but that is one thing I am not comfortable with. And I am certainly not going to feel comfortable wearing leggings as pants if they have gold sequins on them. So I made sure to layer a longer sweater over them. Wear them with whatever makes you feel comfortable.
  2. Choose a Good Color Scheme - Choosing the right color scheme will help make the whole outfit look under control. I'm sure you've heard the expression, "Don't let the outfit wear you." It would be very easy for that to happen with gold sequin leggings. I imagine these leggings would look good with emerald and black, cream and black, cream and pink, and pink and black. I am sure there are other combinations, but I think the key is keeping the scheme relatively simple.

  3. Mix in Casual Elements - One of the things I love about this look is that it mixes the dressy gold sequin, the sporty cut of the leggings and the casual sweater to make an understated look. It also lets the leggings be the center of attention instead of having elements that are competing for attention. This type of look is created all the time by Jenna Lyons who just masters casual cool.
Good luck in your gold sequin legging adventures!





Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Year in Outfits: 2014

Some of my favorite outfits from 2014. Psst ... they were all my favorites.

The Buffalo Print Moment is Still Happening For Me


Gingham is soon coming to a fashion trend near you.


 I heart my Chuck Talyor's forever and always.


Whimsical creatures on sweaters get me every time.


Neon on Neon action.  It's electric?


Pastels are so the new black.


The outfits I created for the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show.


Tennis dress anyone?


Skater dress anyone?

Peplum completes me.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I Found Boyfriend Jeans

Boyfriend jeans were like my Moby Dick. I had searched through racks of clothing, online and in stores to find a pair that had the right fit, the right price and the right wash. Finding the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans is an elusive thing. I am still not entirely sure that I actually find them that flattering, but I am really happy with the fit of these and at $36 they were within my budget. Now that I have found a pair I love, I have appropriately paired them with preppy stripes and bow heels for a casual Friday look. Because what else would you wear with them? Also, fall seems like just the right time to break these out. I can't wait to pair them with slouchy sweaters and booties for the perfectly casual look. Do you like boyfriend jeans?

Details: J.Crew turtleneck / Gap Outlet jeans / Nine West pumps / J.Crew Factory necklace / Michael Kors watch and cuff