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Wedding Friday – Blazer Over Dress.

9 Oct

Today I was thrilled to ATTEND a wedding. What a relief to be at a marriage celebration and not be worried about capturing pictures of every little thing!

I took this opportunity to wear a dress that I’ve owned for nearly a year but felt was too dressy to wear while working an event. I found this at the Banana Republic Outlet and after promotional discounts and my small employee discount on sale items, the dress was roughly $40. Great deal!

Because it is October, I planned to wear a Gap tuxedo blazer over the dress … and even though it ended up being in the mid-70s … I still wore it. It was SUCH a gorgeous day but I had to follow my inspiration!

Today’s inspiration comes from Blake Lively’s look:

My version of the blazer/dress combination:

Close up detail of my DIY purse from the previous post. On my shoes, clip on earrings. Just another use for the generous gift from my client!

A detail shot of my dress … the beaded collar is what I loved the most.

Aaand my hair. I used a different clip on earring ¬†to cover my bobby pin. ūüôā

Can’t even say how nice it was being a guest at a wedding! The wedding was glamorous, yet laid back … and the bride was GORGEOUS. I really loved her chic dress. It was sleek and simple, right up my alley!
Congratulations to Stephanie and Justin – You have a long, happy life ahead of you!

Outfit Breakdown.
Blazer: The Gap (Originally $98)
Dress: Banana Republic ($40ish)
Ring: Old Navy ($6.50)
Bracelets: Old Navy ($10.50)
Shoes: Banana Republic (Originally $98)
Nail Polish: OPI’s Bagota Blackberry on both fingers and toes.

Sometimes dressing for weddings in cold weather, even as a guest, can be tricky. Plan ahead! I really liked the structure of the blazer over my dress as opposed to a cardigan because my dress was a shift style. Even though I didn’t need the blazer after all, it still added a little something to my look. What do you think? Should blazers be used in work environments only? How do you feel about the blazer over a more formal dress? Is this something you will try?



Celebrating Emma Watson – Black and White Stripes

7 Oct

Celebrating Emma Watson. Yes, that’s right, the girl from the Harry Potter movies.

You may remember this version of Emma Watson.

Hermione Granger at her finest.

Now check out the latest version of Emma Watson.

Hello, awesome haircut!

I am totally in LOVE with this pixie cut on her. If I wasn’t attached to my long hair right now, I’d run out and get this haircut tomorrow. Someday.

Because I’m kind of obsessed with her new look, I chose to do a feature on her. I found this picture of her and I really enjoyed her sweater.

Wide stripes are frightening for a lot of people. They are bold and definitely make a statement.

I only have one shirt in my closet with wide stripes like the one she is sporting above … and I happened to purchase it for a Halloween costume. I was a mime last year. After I wore the shirt as a part of my costume, I put it in the dryer and it shrunk. I kept it because I thought I might choose to be a mime again some year … but today I pulled it out of my costume box and chose to wear it.

So there you have it. Bold black and white stripes. This shirt used to be a lot longer … the shrinkage has now turned this into a cropped shirt. Luckily those are coming back in style.

I’m really am happy to be seeing a transition from long tops to short tops though. Not that I didn’t like the long tops, but I’m ready for something new.¬†I am a fan of this trend. Especially the loose fitting cropped tops I’ve seen. Not too cropped though, let’s not get crazy.

I was searching for pictures of intentionally cropped tops that I could post and I found this:

My shirt amped up a few levels. I’m not loving this shirt in particular just because I think the crop is too short and the sleeves are too huge. But you get the idea.

Here are a couple close ups of my outfit today.

I chose accessories with a little bit of edge, but let’s be honest, I could never take this the whole way. I just don’t have an edgy aesthetic.¬†

And just for clarification, no that’s not a coke spoon. It’s an antique salt spoon that I turned into a pendant. I don’t do drugs.

Outfit Breakdown:
Top: Forever 21
Spoon Necklace: Antique
“K” Neckalce: Adorn Me (location in Ann Arbor, MI)
Belt: The Gap ($9.99)
Jeans: The Gap (Originally $69.50)
Shoes: Banana Republic

I never thought I would wear this shirt aside from my costume. Not only because it’s not what I would typically wear, but also because it shrunk significantly in the wash. Thanks to the new cropped trend, I could make this shirt work. Don’t you just love how trends cycle? Not saying that you shouldn’t get right of old clothes but you never know when you’ll be able to bring out long forsaken wardrobe pieces!

Also, props to Emma Watson for her bravery when it came to cutting her hair. This bold pixie cut inspires me – and hopefully you – to continue taking fashion risks!


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. ūüôā

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.

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?

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