When I think about the little things that get me excited in life, I think of bright colors and…shoes! So I realize that for many people, most would say “What’s the big deal?” Well my friend, it’s hard to put into words but I think it usually comes down to looking for that perfect shade or that perfect shape of a shoe. It’s like the long hunt for just the right something that suddenly makes you have a light bulb moment. Take Sarah Jessica Parkers’ stunning Manolo Blahnik Hangisi blue pumps for instance. You can shop around, you can buy sort of look-a-likes but when it comes down to it, nothing really compares when you know what you are looking for! It is all in the details as they say. Cue my own personal hunt for some blue shoes of my own. I have loved the color Royal Blue for years but it’s so hard to find it and honestly, not come across like you are cheap. I have seen them in many stores but not the kind I would normally shop at and certainly not in a style that could pass for both professional and fun. Imagine my surprise when I found the perfect pair from Old Navy! Double my surprise since I haven’t shopped there since I was in high school looking for the appropriate school uniform khakis. Oh, and imagine my horror of going back there because…yep, school requirements, AGAIN! Ugh, well I guess you never outgrow khakis, even if you want to! I love this color of blue because it can go with so many outfits. I had trouble narrowing down to the two I paired them with! It’s also a block heel, so it’s super comfy to wear all day. Dress them down with jeans or dress them up with a dress, I love these blue shoes! Lesson learned, as we grow, maybe stores we wrote off long ago grow with us! It’s worth checking out and expanding the hunting ground for something your wardrobe has needed! What else could you see yourself wearing with these bright blue shoes?! Leave me comments with your ideas!!
Outfit Details: jeans/ H & M / http://goo.gl/jLmdDq
t-shirt/ H & M / http://goo.gl/mBr50B
necklace/ t + j Designs / (similar here) http://goo.gl/DZWl8Y
It’s TWO for TUESDAY y’all!!! I am starting a series where I take one item of clothing and style it two different ways and post it on a Tuesday! One of my favorite things to do when looking at a piece of clothing is to come up with multiple ways to style it in my head. If I already have most of what I would put with it, I am more likely to get a ton of use out of it. Cue this bright blue dress with those brilliant gold flowers! I first saw this on the runway at Mobile Fashion Week and most of the stores had little shops outside to peruse afterwards with their runway looks. I immediately went to the Ruby Blue Boutique and met the delightful owner, Lacey. I asked her about the dress with a certain size and how cool is it they started grabbing it off the model straight off the catwalk?! They were all such a delight at that shop and I can’t wait to stop by for their latest shipment!
So how did I style this outfit two ways? Well, I decided to make it more casual for daytime and then a dress up look for an evening out. My first look includes a chambray shirt that I have been pairing with everything this year! I probably have 4 or 5 chambray shirts and style them according to the hue I am looking for. I wanted to tie it around my waist in lieu of a belt because this dress has such a beautiful A-line cut; I wanted to make sure to accentuate the lines of that. I added some vintage pearls for my necklace, a Michael Kors bracelet for some gold bling, and finished the look with my favorite old cowboy boots by Carlos Santana. I originally wanted to wear some brand new cowboy boots I have, but I couldn’t get over how much I liked the broken in look with the rest of my ensemble. Word to the wise ladies, investing in really nice pieces almost always pays off. These boots were really expensive when I purchased them, but they have gotten better with time and have been well worth it! Lastly, my sunglasses are aviators from Steve Madden that I purchased at TJ Maxx.
For the second style, I just HAD to wear some thigh high boots. They are EVERYWHERE this year and you need to go get some! This particular pair is equally cool because you can also flip the top part down for a more casual look. It’s all in the details too, they have a tie up part in the back and I always love a bow! My favorite way to wear them is showing just a little bit of leg. That’s the best guide to keeping the look classy, but still adding some sass. I have shied away from thigh high boots in the past because it always seemed like you had to have pencil thin legs to make them work. (I played too many sports for too many years to ever fit in this category. lol) I really felt pretty in them though and think the trick is to just wear something longer and only aim to show a couple inches of skin. I changed my necklace to a pretty long tassel chain and added a TAHARI jacket to finish the look. The TAHARI jacket also cut into the waist then flared in order to keep the A-line form showing from the dress. If you want to flatter you figure and not look boxy, tricks like that will help you BIG time! Have other ways you would have styled this look? Let me know what you think! Also, this stunning dress is still for sale so get it while you can! Xoxo, Brooke
Most recently I have been on the go more than normal and my husband actually found me a website that has super affordable clothes so I could still shop online! (Such an enabler, right?! :-)) I recently found a great buy on this maxi dress that had such lovely little polka dots. It wasn’t long after I bought this dress that I started looking in my closet and realized- I have started a little polka dot clothing collection! I started thinking back about what exactly started my passion for polka dots. I remember growing up, I almost always had something from a dress to a bikini in this magical print. Considering I love old movies, I also started thinking about some of the leading ladies I may have seen over the years feeding my inspiration. Of course, as I looked into it, I began to envision the infamous dress Julia Roberts wore to the polo match on “Pretty Woman.” She had a hat and a wide belt that made it look so put together. I went back even farther and started to also remember the leotard Audrey Hepburn (my favorite old Hollywood girl!) wore in 1950. Marilyn Monroe even had her own version of the polka dot bikini. (I assure you I never looked as good in mine!). Most sources say the polka dot pattern first became popular in 1926 after Miss America was seen wearing it on a bikini. Given New York Fashion Week this week and Miss America last night, I figured this post is all about right now! Even while looking at my polka dot dress I modeled here, I was wondering who else out there may currently share my passion for polka dots. Imagine my smile when I happened across the pictures from the Fashion Week in Paris showing couture polka dots!! Makes you want to get your own collection going, no? 🙂
My outfit: Dress by Zulily/Sunglasses by Missoni/Shoes by Sketchers/Necklace from St. Lucia Local Market