Salon Workday – Professional yet Feminine

5 Oct

Happy Monday! Today I ran some errands in the morning and then had a short workday at the salon.

Shanty had a grooming appointment at noon and then afterwards Kai and I prepped for setting up our photography display at the Knapp’s Corner Starbucks. We had to make a trip to Office Max, Hobby Lobby, and our printing company so I didn’t want to look TOO dressy … but I also still needed to stick to our “no jeans” during the week policy at the salon.

I’m a bit of a risk taker when it comes to working in an environment where clothes are easily ruined. One splash of hair color or bleach and a garment is done for. I also don’t wear heels to work (usually). Sometimes I miss the days where I worked at the front desk as a receptionist because now I stand on my feet all day – not conducive to high heels. I also never ran the risk of damaging clothes back then. Keeping these things in mind, sometimes coming up with creative outfits for work is challenging.

Here’s what I sported today:
Shanty and I before her grooming appointment … my little fluff.

This shirt also can be worn off one shoulder, which I love. Not quite work appropriate though.

My hair-do. 🙂 Someday I’ll do some tutorials on easy styles! The clip is actually a pin that I purchased at a vintage store in Holland. I pinned it in like I would on a piece of clothing, and then secured it with bobby pins.

A close up of my belt. I made this for my 3 year anniversary – the same occasion I bought the flower pin from yesterday’s entry for. This belt is simply some beaded trim with ribbon attached. The ends of the ribbon are beginning to fray. I will have to buy something at the fabric store for that … one of these days.

Here’s how I originally used this piece:

A headband! I probably wouldn’t do this on a normal day, so I intentionally left the ribbon long enough to wear as a belt. I didn’t want this gorgeous trim to go to waste! And now that I’m seeing this picture, I really wish I had worn that pearl bracelet today. Shame!

Today in choosing my outfit, I started with my skirt and then built from there. I knew I needed to wear flats … then I added tights and had the bottom half all set. I pulled the gray top after scanning my closet and knew pale pink would be a good accent. I think it’s pretty clear that pale pink, gray, and I have been like this *insert crossed fingers here* lately.

Outfit Breakdown.
Top: The Gap (Originally $19.50)
Skirt: The Gap (Originally $49.50)
Belt: Homemade
Tights: Forever 21
Ballet flats: The Gap (Originally $39.50)
Pin: Vintage ($8)

Do you ever get lost when looking for something to wear? I know how that feels. Next time if you don’t know where to start, pick a single piece you want to wear and build from there!



Lazy Sunday – Date Night

4 Oct

Normally on Sunday evenings we host a study at our house focusing on Rob Bell’s Nooma videos. They’re pretty rad … check ’em out if you haven’t …

Well, tonight group was cancelled so Kai and I had a date night instead. Much needed! It seems like we only see each other when we are working this time of year.

Since these evenings are few and far between, I wanted to get a little more gussied up than I was this morning, while still maintaining some basic elements from my church outfit.

Here’s what I came up with:

I switched out my cardigan for a gray boyfriend tee and black pull over sweatshirt. The accessories are what punched it up a bit. I added my drop necklace and the same heels I wore a couple nights ago. I moved the flower from my belt to my hair. I got a comment on the previous post saying the flower was overpowering … so some of you might really hate it in my hair. Our waitress at dinner loved it, though. 🙂

Here’s a close up of my shoes … the heel is my favorite part. 

This is my favorite “going out” purse. I saw this at Banana Republic when it was still full price. Once I saw that it was on sale, I snatched it up before it was gone. I love the color, I love the size, and I love that I can wear it two ways …

Way #1

Way #2 …

Outfit Breakdown.
Jeans, Belt, and Flower: Same as before
T-shirt: The Gap (Originally $19.50)
Sweatshirt: Banana Republic
Necklace: Target ($19.99)
Purse: Banana Republic (Originally $75)
Shoes: Christian Siriano through Payless ($35)

I loved the mix of boyfriend style with flashy, girly accessories. Putting unexpected things together can create some really adorable outfits. Give it a try!

– Kayls.

Lazy Sunday – Cute and Comfy.

3 Oct

I was tired today. I considered not doing a blog post because I was tempted to dress scrubby … but I’m still trying to keep my goal of a post a day (or a least a post representing every day since I didn’t have time to do one yesterday).

This morning Kai and I went to church. Sometimes I like dressing up to church but today was one of those days that I appreciated that I go to a church where wearing jeans is a-okay. I put this together before going through some of the fashion inspiration photos I have saved on my computer … but once I did, I realized I combined a couple of looks I had saved.

I love Lauren Conrad. I’ll admit it. Her sense of style is right up my alley. Not too out there – just feminine and chic.
Here is a picture I saved of LC. I’m digging her casual white tee and jeans look. Gap’s signiture. And you all know how I feel about The Gap. 🙂

This is what I wore to church this morning:

Hair pulled back and glasses – there’s my lazy contribution to this Sunday.
Instead of a white tee, I wore a cardigan as a top. This is something I started doing about a year ago when I wanted to wear white but all of my white shirts were dirty. Instead, I buttoned up this cardigan and viola! Insta-shirt.

The shoes I wore today are one of my favorite pairs. They are super comfy and considering my dance background, I love that they look like ballet shoes. My flats from a couple posts ago are the same ones, just in black. If I find something I love, sometimes I will buy it in a neutral color and then also in something more fun. Some pieces look totally different based on their color. In this case, I knew I would wear both pairs often.

Here is another picture I have saved on my computer that is similar to what I have going on above.

I saved this picture because I like to make flower hair clips and have used them as belt accessories in the past. Someday I will do a DIY on how to make a clip like this and all of the ways you can wear it.
Today I wore a pin that I purchased to wear on my wedding dress for a photography session.

My fly is zipped, I promise. That would have been embarrassing.

Anyway, this is just a standard pin. I simply pinned it around my belt, not through it. You might remember this belt from my first post. I re-wear accessories often. I typically find one good staple and use it over and over and over.

Please note that I am wearing the same nail polish from Thursday. I rarely re-paint my nails before the previous polish chips. Who has time for that?

This look is really easy and adds a special flair to a simple outfit. Just the trick for my lazy Sunday attitude.

Outfit Breakdown:
Cardigan: The Gap
Belt: The Gap
Jeans: J. Crew
Flower Pin: J. Crew ($18)
Shoes: The Gap (Originally $39.50)

Yes, the pin was  $18. In my opinion, that’s a little pricey. Despite the fact that I purchased this for a specific purpose, I would have considered buying it anyway. I love using pins in various ways and knew I would get $18 worth out of it. I bought it in August and I would guess I’ve already worn it close to 18 times. That’s $1 a wear. Definitely worth it. If you find something that you love but are turned off by the cost, consider how often you will use it. Sometimes these purchases are worth it. Today the pin was the perfect thing to spice up my outfit.

Enjoying my day off,

Wedding Work Day – Indoor to Outdoor

3 Oct

We photographed a wedding yesterday. Only three more to go this season!

Now that it is getting colder out, outfit planning is trickier. Wedding guests don’t have to concern themselves with being outdoor appropriate. The most time they spend outside at an indoor wedding is walking to and from the car. However, as a photographer, we spend up to three hours outdoors … so I need to dress appropriately. But let’s be honest, I still want to look cute at the reception. Yesterday I got creative and wore the skirt I mentioned a couple days ago … here is my indoor/outdoor transformation.

Indoor – Posing for Kai as he tests in the lighting in the church. I also wore this at the reception.
Bare legs and deep purple, almond toe pumps.

I found this lace top at target and pulled it from the rack immediately. I love that lace is making a comeback. I’m all about the soft feminine quality of this shirt. Oh, and the belt, I wear it with everything. This won’t be the first time you see it.

and … Outdoor – posing for Kai as he tests the lighting outside.

Leather jacket, charcoal tights, and boots.
I still look cold … it was windy, 48 degrees, and sprinkling.  I chose flat boots because I was on my feet all day and knew I would need a break from heels for a bit. These worked perfectly especially since the ground was wet.

Despite the weather yesterday, we had a great day. We were on time and the couple was a joy to work with.  These few easy additions for our outdoor picture time kept me warm and upbeat!

Outfit Breakdown
Indoor Look:
Top: Target ($19.99)
Amber Necklace: Purchased in Mexico over 5 years ago.
Belt: Banana Republic (Originally $39.50)
Skirt: Target ($34.99)
Heels: Target

Outdoor Look:
Top, Belt, Skirt, Necklace – Same
Leather Coat: Banana Republic (Originally $298)
Tights: The Gap
Boots: The Gap Outlet ($19.50)

Are you attending any outdoor events this fall that you will need to dress warm for? Keep your eye out for pieces that you can layer for a fun, but most importantly, cozy, look!

– Kayls.

Polka Dot – Day to Night

2 Oct

Okay, so my original intent to update this blog daily might be a little more difficult than I expected. It is currently around 12:30am … which technically makes it Saturday, but since I haven’t slept yet, I still consider it Friday … which means my every day plan (in my mind) is still intact. Can’t guarantee this will continue, though.

Today I wore a new shirt from The Gap (of course). I saw it online awhile ago and was eagerly awaiting it’s arrival in our store. The shirt itself is a little too nightgown-y for my taste, but nothing that a belt can’t fix.

I had the day off today! Hubs and I photographed an engagement session and then I went to check out an art festival (Artprize) downtown with a friend afterwards. I wore the polka dot top with leggings, for lack of a better option. Which leads me to my fashion rule #1:


This top was cutting it close. I would have preferred to wear it with dark skinny jeans, but seeing as The Gap didn’t have the dark “always skinny” jeans in my size when I went to purchase them, leggings were my back-up option.

I accessorized the top with a fabric necklace that a friend of mine made … and a belt that I found at the salvation army for a whopping $.99.

Here is the look:

Perfect for a stroll downtown.

So after Artprize, I met up with another friend to head out to the bar. It was 80s night at Gardella’s … but that doesn’t necessarily mean that I get all pimped out in 80s gear. No thank you.

To take this top from day to night, I accessorized with gold. Instead of leggings, I wore shorts and tights. I also wore a houndstooth, black chiffon hair piece that I made.
Here is the evening look:

Voila! Day to night in a few easy steps.

Oh, and back to my leggings rule, there was a girl at the bar wearing leggings and a shorter top – not a good look. I don’t care who you are. Don’t do it.

Outfit breakdown:

Day Look.
Top: The Gap (Originally $54.50)
Leggings: The Gap (Originally $19.50)
Necklace: Sugar and Fig
Belt: Salvation Army ($.99)
Shoes: The Gap (Origianally $39.50)
Clutch: The Gap (Originally $24.50)

Night Look.
Top: The same as above.
Shorts: Forever 21 (can’t remember exact cost … under $30)
Tights: The Gap (Originally $12.50)
Belt: Banana Republic ($15)
Shoes: Christian Siriano through Payless Shoe Source ($35)
Clutch: The same as above.

Do you have anything in your closet that works for both daytime and nighttime looks? Look through your clothes and put together something unexpected!
Truth be told, the idea of wearing tights with open toed shoes totally freaked me out … but I tried it anyway. What do you think? Would you wear this look?

Thanks for stopping by!

Primary Colors

30 Sep

Okay – so to start this blog, I’m going back to basics. I found this picture of Kate Bosworth and took notice of her color scheme.

Red, yellow, and blue. PRIMARY COLORS. The combination of any two primary colors creates a secondary color. Are we back in elementary school? Possibly. But this is why I felt this scheme fit perfectly for my first post.

Aside from her color scheme, I’m digging the ensemble as a whole. I have a boyfriend sweater from The Gap in camel that could very well be identical to the one Ms. Bosworth is sporting … so don’t be surprised if this picture makes a comeback.

It was around 70 degrees today … and I’m always cold. So jeans and a blazer were most appropriate for my freakishly low body temp. Though I did rock the open toed shoes (hopefully not for the last time – I’m not ready to let go of summer!)
Anyway, so here’s my primary colors outfit for today:

Some details:

A little breakdown:
Navy blazer: Gap (originally $98)
Striped tee: Gap (originally $19.50)
Owl necklace: Vintage (gift from a friend)
Studded belt: Gap (originally $39.50)
Watch: Brighton (hand-me-down from mom)
Boyfriend jeans: Gap (originally $69.50)
Yellow shoes: Blowfish ($30)
Nailpolish: OPI – “You Don’t Know Jacques” on fingers. “Italian Love Affair” on toes.

This look served me well today … even though I had to wear it to my annual doctor’s appointment. Ick. I did get a compliment from the nurse on my sunshiney shoes, though. Despite the sunshine on my feet, I made the cloudy realization that my car is making a terrible scraping noise. Hubby thinks it’s a bad wheel bearing. Lovely.
After the doctor’s office I picked up a friend in my dysfunctional car and headed out to salvation army and target (where I found a fabulous skirt – you’ll see).
Rest of the day could include a whole lot of sitting around. Just what boyfriend jeans were made for. 🙂

Okay, back to today’s outfit. What do you think? Did I achieve my “primary colors” look without going over the top? Is this something you will try?

Over and out,