Tag Archives: Bows

Black, White and Houndstooth

30 Nov

Socks With Heels

I’m a sucker for quirky fashion details, which is why I’ve been itching to wear a cute pair of socks with heels. The only problem? I have a drawer full of socks that I’ve collected over the years, but none of them seem to be inspiring me lately. It’s the classic fashion dilemma of having everything, but not the right thing.

Bow Blouse

 I actually first tried the sock with non-gym shoe look back in eighth grade. I had a grade school dance I was going to, and my mom and I went out shopping for an outfit for me to wear. I remember getting a fun pink graphic tee from Abercrombie, a black pleated skirt and a pair of Doc Marten-esque shoes to go with the outfit. My mom suggested I add some fishnet socks that hit just below my knees. I was very hesitant, but she said it would look adorable and very fashion forward, so I went with it (mostly to appease her). When I got all ready for the dance (which was in our grade school cafeteria), my mom had raved about how cute the outfit we put together looked. As someone who had braces, a bad highlight job and zero self-confidence, I was actually feeling pretty good about my “unique” look! Everyone would be in jeans, and I’d be in my fun party look. When one of the mom’s picked me up for the dance, I got in the car and instantly got a lot of stares and questions about what I was wearing. My confidence balloon was instantly deflated, and I couldn’t wait for the night to end. I don’t think anyone meant to be hurtful, but it stung.

Bow Blouse Outfit

Feminine Outfit Ideas

It’s kind of funny. When I was growing up, everyone wanted to look and be the same, and if you ever dressed even slightly different than what was “cool” you would get stared at and called weird. Today, it seems like everyone is the exact opposite and what’s to be as different and unique as possible. I wish that mentality would have been more common during my childhood because I spent way too much time and energy trying to look exactly like everyone else! When you get older, you wish you could give your younger self a pep talk and tell them that everything is going to work out just fine.

Houndstooth Jacket Outfit

How to wear socks with heels

How to wear socks with heels

Fast forward to 2016, and I’m wearing my socks and heels loud and proud! I found this houndstooth pair at a J.Crew in Milwaukee and knew they’d be perfect for my feminine Mary-Jane heels. It’s hard finding the right shoe to wear socks with, but I’d say for me a simple heel is the way to go.

Since I was going for a feminine look, I opted for a bow blouse and houndstooth jacket. I can also tell that we’re getting into the time of year where I start wearing all black and white. Once it gets cold out, my body temperature and fashion choices go into a mourning period. That means mostly black until spring arrives. Hopefully I can break that cycle this year!

   Houndstooth Jacket  Black and White Outfit Ideas

Houndstooth Jacket (similar splurge + affordable) | BCBG Skirt | Banana Republic Shirt | J.Crew Houndstooth Socks (identical J.Crew pair) | Vince Camuto Heels (love this pair) | Clutch (similar) | Kate Spade Sunglasses

Tied With A Bow

14 Apr

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

Words cannot describe how long I’ve been waiting to wear this Alexandra Grecco dress. I only bought it two years ago! I was browsing her site one night, and came across this gorgeous dress available for pre-order. With some encouragement from my mom, I pulled the trigger and anxiously checked the mail every day until it arrived. It was like Christmas morning when it arrived, but I wore it for the first time last weekend. Yes, I kept a beautiful, bow-tied dress sit in a dark closet for two years. It was worth the wait when I finally got to wear it to my friend’s wedding over the weekend.

The Luna dress ended up being the perfect outfit for a dressy wedding weekend. Because this dress is such a stunner on its own, I didn’t want to overwhelm it with other accessories. First, I got a much-needed spray tan. When it’s the middle of April and you live in Ohio, it’s the only way to get a quick dose of color. I did encounter one problem when trying my dress back on after a long hiatus. There was a little bit of extra material that I needed to get rid of. Unfortunately, the seamstress I use was completely booked, so I had to get crafty.

I was going to be really ambitious and make my own beaded ribbon belt to match my dress. Once that goal seemed completely out of reach, I got lucky and found the perfect belt at Anthropologie. Seriously, I can’t believe I found a color that perfectly matched my beige dress, and on such short notice. It was fate.

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

The Luna dress ended up being the perfect outfit for a dressy wedding weekend. Because this dress is such a stunner on its own, I didn’t want to overwhelm it with other accessories. First, I got a much-needed spray tan. When it’s the middle of April and you live in Ohio, it’s the only way to get a quick dose of color. I did encounter one problem when trying my dress back on after a long hiatus. There was a little bit of extra material that I needed to get rid of. Unfortunately, the seamstress I use was completely booked, so I had to get crafty.

I was going to be really ambitious and make my own beaded ribbon belt to match my dress. Once that goal seemed completely out of reach, I got lucky and found the perfect Deepa Gurnani belt at Anthropologie. Seriously, I can’t believe I found a color that perfectly matched my beige dress, and on such short notice. It was fate.

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

Gianni Bini Sparkly Heels

These Gianni Bini sparkly heels have really come in handy, which I never thought would happen. I thought these would be those pair of shoes you wear one time a year, but they went perfectly with my dress. It’s kind of crazy how easily everything came together. I tend to think about my outfits really far in advance, so it was nice that all my pieces worked with each other to complement my dress.

I injected some color into my look through my nails and lips. I know it’s a little wild, but I’ve been really into fuchsia lately. This Kat Von D lipstick in the shade ‘L.U.V.’ has been getting a lot of wear lately. Plus, it stays on all day!

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress | Gianni Bini Flame Cutout Sandals | Deepa Gurnani Delicate Tracery Belt from Anthropologie | Kate Spade Earrings (similar) | J.Crew Pave Links Bracelet | Kat Von D Lipstick in ‘L.U.V.’

Tied with a Bow

26 Mar

J.Crew Sleeveless Bow Top

Pleated Skirt with Bow Tie Blouse

Don’t you love finding an old favorite in your closet that you rarely wear? I came across this J.Crew blousy bow top recently, and fell in love all over again. It has a blue and purple hue to it, and I just love the bow detail! Very simple, but chic. I got this Madewell pleated skirt recently, and have already worn it a ton. I try to steer away from black because I have so much of it, but you really can’t go wrong with a black skirt. This is me justifying buying more black things for my wardrobe.

I’ll be at the Cincy Chic Eco-Chic Fashion Show tonight! There will be a fashion show featuring organic hair and makeup products, and eco-friendly clothes designed by the talented students at DAAP. I, along with some other local bloggers, will also be looking for the best “eco-chic” look from the attendees. Get your tickets here!

Bow Tie Silk Top J.Crew

Madewell Pleated Black Mini Skirt

Madewell Pleated Black Skirt with J.Crew Top

Purple J.Crew Bow Top

As of this post being published, it’s supposed to be extremely cold in the Midwest. I am counting down the days until it’s permanently warm, and I can get rid of my Casper coloring.

Sleeveless Bow Tie Blouse J.Crew

Sleeveless Silk Bow Top

Madewell Black Pleated Mini Skirt (similar on sale!) | J.Crew Sleeveless Silk Bow Tie Blouse (not similar in any way, but obsessed with the colors) | Vince Camuto Callea Heels (similar) | Kate Spade ‘All Wrapped Up’ Pearl Earrings

Statement Bow

18 Mar

Bow Blouse with Leather Shorts

Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like I get to a point every winter where I’m cramming in all my favorite winter pieces that I didn’t get to wear much during those freezing cold days. It’s like painfully cold for at least two months, and nobody (at least me) has looking flawless at the top of their priority list. Cue a few days before spring officially starts, and I’m realizing I didn’t wear most of the outfits I had wanted to share on my blog this winter. Exhibit A: this Ann Taylor bow blouse.

I bought this blouse way back in November, with intentions of wearing it often on here. Many outfits have been planned in my head revolving around this top, because I can never say no to bows. I’m finally styling it for my blog, and today’s outfit shows a subtle sign that spring is near: shorts! Mixing edgy with feminine is something I’ve always liked to do, and I love how these pieces complement each other.

Ann Taylor Bow Blouse

Black Leather Shorts with Bow Blouse

On a side note, I did absolutely nothing fun for St. Patrick’s Day. I had an extra stressful day at work, forgot to wear any green and my favorite Kate Spade polkadot tights ripped from my thigh to my ankle. At first I felt like I was missing out by not celebrating, but once I got home from work and plopped myself on the couch, I was very happy with my decision. Sometimes the best way to celebrate a holiday is to not do anything at all.

Black Pussybow Blouse

Bow Blouse Ann Taylor

White Blouse with Black Bow

Ann Taylor Bow Blouse | Gianni Bini Leather Shorts (similar) | Vince Camuto Callea Heels (similar) | Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Bow Earrings

We Search. We Find. We ShopStyle!

2 Dec

Today I’m going to be discussing my favorite website when it comes to shopping! ShopStyle.com is a serious game-changer in terms of online shopping. If you’re like me, you spend lots of time browsing the web for the latest and greatest in fashion. This is fun, but can be really stressful and time consuming. This is where ShopStyle comes in handy. For example, I’m currently looking for the perfect sparkly New Years dress. To make my life easier, I go to ShopStyle.com, type in “sequin dress”, choose the price range and colors I want, and ShopStyle narrows down the results! Like I said, game changing. I’ve been using ShopStyle for years, and one of my favorite things about it is all the brands I’ve discovered through using the site. It’s a great way to find amazing clothes from brands you may not have heard of. Thanks to ShopStyle, I now have a serious addiction to Tom Binns jewelry!

ShopStyle.com fashion

Some of the POPSUGAR Select bloggers were asked to help spread the word about ShopStyle’s new ad campaign by showing off our personal style. I instantly new I wanted to share some of my favorite statement pieces in my closet. This includes some sparkly dresses, an Alexandra Grecco bow dress, sequin pants, and of course my favorite baubles! I actually have a lot more dresses I wanted to include, but had to narrow it down for space. Talk about stressful.

Bow Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Green Sequin Dress: Kensie | Yellow Sequin Dress: Gilar | Sequin Pants: The Limited | Ruffle Skirt: Macy’s

ShopStyle Print Campaign

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*This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.

Bauble Wish List: Bow Bracelets

7 Nov

Today’s post might as well be titled “Kate Spade Bow Bracelet Wish List”, but I’m also counting it as my bauble wish list for the month of November. I don’t know about you, but I obsessively check  the websites of my favorite brands at the beginning of each month. It kind of feels like Christmas when a store updates its new arrivals page. Just thinking about it is making me creepily smile alone in my bedroom as I type this. I think I get the most excited about the monthly new additions at Kate Spade. Everything is always the perfect mix of feminine, cheeky, and fun!

When I was scrolling through the new Kate Spade baubles, I actually gasped when I saw this bow cuff. Yes, at $428 it is way out of my price range, but I was on cloud nine imagining it on my wrist. Much to my shock and disappointment, the cuff is now sold out! I still included it on the wish list, which is my attempt at hoping it comes back in stock at half the price (dreaming big).

Kate Spade Bow Bracelet

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Bowtiful

1 Nov

Black and White Bow Sweater

I know today’s title is a little cheesy, but I couldn’t think of anything clever and bow related. Here’s something you may not know about me: if something has a bow on it, I will buy it. From big bows to tiny bows, and everything in between, I’m slightly bow crazy. Over the summer, I found a stunning Alexandra Grecco dress and fell hard for it. I mean, it’s the biggest bow I’ve ever seen so I had to have it. I preordered it, so I had to wait a few months, but it was well worth it! Now I just need somewhere to wear it…

Today’s outfit is of the skinny bow variety, but I love the classic black and white combination. The black trim along the cuffs and neckline instantly stood out to me at the LOFT store. I didn’t want it to, since I was at the mall for the sole purpose of finding colorful clothes (explained here), but as I mentioned above, I was enchanted by the bow.

Leather Pants and White Sweater

Ann Taylor LOFT Tipped Bow Neck Sweater

Ann Taylor LOFT Bow Neck Sweater

Ann Taylor LOFT Tipped Bow Neck Sweater

Sweater: LOFT | Pants: H&M (similar) | Shoes: BCBGeneration (similar) | Bracelets: Mon Ami (similar) | Nails: OPI ‘Dutch Tulips’

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Bows & Chevron

5 Sep

Bow Blouse Chevron Shorts

You may remember these high waisted chevron shorts from this post earlier this summer. Today I decided to pair them with this bow blouse from Forever 21. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but this blouse might be one of my best purchases from Forever 21. I got it my senior year of college, and love that I can wear it year round. Since it was only $20, I’d definitely say I’ve gotten my money’s worth!

Black and White Bow Chevron Outfit

Black and White Chevron Shorts

It’s hard to see in these pictures, but I picked up this L’Oreal metallic gold nail polish the other day, and I’m really liking it! I think I’ll wear it a lot in the fall, especially with darker clothes. The metallic will be a good contrast to an all-black outfit.

White Bow Blouse

Black and White Outfit

Top: Forever 21 (similar) | Shorts: Bar III (similar) | Shoes: Lulu’s | Bracelets: J.Crew, Kate Spade | Nails: L’Oreal ‘Because You’re Worth It’

Be sure to check back tomorrow for an exciting giveaway, and here’s the link to my latest column on Cincy Chic about fall shoe trends!

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Ladylike

20 Aug

Pim + Larkin Ponte Bow Dress

If I were forced to pick just one item out of my closet, this dress would be it (I hope this never has to happen). I actually got it for Christmas last year, and wore it for the first time about a week ago. This is one of those dresses that you want to save for a special occasion because you feel amazing the second you slip it on. The second I saw this dress on Piperlime, I knew it was going on my Christmas list. As someone who loves anything and everything with a bow, I was convinced that this dress needed to be in my life. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, I was checking Piperlime’s website (far too often) to make sure it wasn’t sold out.

Pim + Larkin Ponte Bow Dress

Pim + Larkin Ponte Bow Dress Piperlime

I was even more impressed when I tried the dress on Christmas morning. The ponte knit material is thick, which is nice because it adds the perfect amount of volume and creates a more feminine look. Also, any dress with pockets is a winner in my book. I finally had an opportunity to wear it when I went to a fundraiser my dad was hosting. The worst part was when the night was over, because I couldn’t accept the fact I had to take the dress off! If only I had a reason to wear this gem all the time.

Pim + Larkin Ponte Bow Dress

Bow Dress

Bow Dress

Pim + Larkin Ponte Bow Dress

Dress: Pim + Larkin via Piperlime (blue version on sale) | Shoes: BCBGeneration (similar) | Bracelet: J.Crew | Earrings: Kate Spade

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Black and White and Red All Over

23 Apr

This outfit is one of my go-to’s when I’m looking for comfort and cuteness. Red is one of my favorite colors to wear because it’s eye-catching without being too over the top! I personally believe you can never have too much red in a given look (as evidenced by my pants, purse, nails, and lips). While red is one of my favorite colors, one of my favorite color combinations is red, black, and white. There’s nothing more classic and sophisticated than these three colors worn together, especially when polka dots are involved!

Calvin Klein Red Pants, Urban Outfitters Polka Dot Blouse, Rebecca Minkoff Red Mini MAC, Tory Burch Reva Flats

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Black and White and Red All Over 3

Black and White and Red All Over 4

Black and White and Red All Over 6

Black and White and Red All Over 7

Top: Urban Outfitters (identical!)| Pants: Calvin Klein (similar on sale) | Shoes: Tory Burch | Purse: Rebecca Minkoff | Earrings: Kate Spade | Watch: La Mer Collections | Belt: J.Crew (similar)

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