Garden Party

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There’s a tree in my backyard that transforms my garden into a beautiful oasis when it blooms. The tree produces flowers that only last for a fleeting moment, which makes me appreciate its beauty even more. I wanted to wear an outfit that complimented yet contrasted its surroundings, so I chose this bright, flowy, floral dress by Petersyn. I love when an outfit has interesting elements because it creates multiple focal points to admire. The two different straps on the dress, the smocked bodice and the asymmetric ruffled hemline together made this darling dress fun to wear. I felt so content that by the end of this shoot, I was walking around barefooted and carefree. I’m always grateful for precious moments like these because I know how fleeting they can be.

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Dress: Petersyn, Shoes: Sam Edelman, Earring: Banana Republic

For Pleat’s Sake!

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There’s nothing like a dress that moves like a dream. This stunning number is so flattering. It hugs you in all the right places, and the bottom half flares out into beautiful pleats. The color block on this dress is unlike anything I’ve seen. The floral half adds enough drama to elevate the design of the dress without overwhelming the black half. I accessorized with a light blue Tea Rose crossbody and simple black block heel sandals.

Now, let’s talk about this amazing park. I stumbled upon it on a friend’s Facebook page and I was shocked that this gem was less than 30 minutes away from me. It’s called Holliday Park and it is located on the north side of Indianapolis. We will definitely be going back to visit.

 

Dress (DELFI COLLECTIVE), Purse (COACH), Shoes (Target), Sunglasses (Diane von Furstenberg).

Flower Power

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I don’t know if I want to shimmy all day or do the cha-cha-cha in this beautiful jumpsuit. I instantly fell in love with the design. Its colorful floral pattern and the sweetheart neckline add a level of sweetness to this playful jumpsuit. The upper part fits like a corset, so you can definitely go without a bra. I went with simple accessories like this neutral clutch and dusty rose sandals to complete my outfit. The brand, Finders Keepers, is an Australian women’s fashion label, but you can buy their clothes at American retailers like Nordstrom and ASOS. The jumpsuit is no longer available in this pattern, but you can rent it for 4 or 8 days through RENT the RUNWAY. It is still available for purchase in black. I would recommend going up a size because this jumpsuit runs small.

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Jumpsuit (Finders Keepers), Shoes (Sam Edelman) and Purse (Michael Michael Kors).

Stripes + Ruffles

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My inspiration for this blog post comes from Zimmermann Spring 2017 RTW collection. I love ruffles because it adds a little dash of drama to any outfit. This skirt has EVERYTHING! It has all the frills without being too fussy. The combination of vertical stripes to elongate the body and ruffles to add volume, might make this skirt intimidating for some people, but it is really such a delight to wear. I added a white graphic tee, simple black sandal, and a vintage Gucci clutch purse to complete my look.

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Top: Banana Republic (same top on eBay), Skirt: Banana Republic (similar, similar), Purse: Vintage Gucci, Shoes: Target (similar) and Sunglasses (SEE Eyewear)

Maternity-Friendly Styles

I’m going to begin this post by clarifying a main point, none of the clothes posted below are maternity clothes.  During my first trimester, the last thing on my mind was shopping and clothes.  I was truly in a fashion rut and I just wanted to get through the days.  It was during my second trimester that I started to feel like myself again. I had a cute little baby bump and I was glad that my clothes still fit.  However, I still had no desire to go shopping, but I began to browse online for maternity clothes.  To say I was uninspired with the clothes I found would be an understatement.  To be honest, I found the most of the clothes boring, matronly, and they all pretty much looked the same.  However, I found an awesome brand of maternity leggings called Preggo Leggings and I have say, they are the most comfortable pairs of leggings I have ever worn. The soft and stretchy design fits comfortably over my growing belly and It stays up.  I began them around 28th weeks and they have been a lifesaver.  I stumbled upon HATCH and found some really cute options.  The only issue I had with the pieces I found was that I could not justify paying the price for clothes I would only wear for a few months.  I also found an online store called NINE IN THE MIRROR, who offers maternity clothes from designers such as Valentino, Alexander Wang, Lanvin, 3.1 Phillip Lim and so on.  What I like the most about NINE IN THE MIRROR is that they offer clothes you can wear pre and post-partum, but again, the price turned me off. ASOS actually have cute maternity clothes at affordable prices, but I’m more interested in pieces I could invest in and wear again after giving birth.

So I went on a mission to find cute clothes that are maternity-friendly from some of my favorite stores, clothes that I could still wear postpartum, and most importantly, clothes I could invest in without feeling guilty.  I call them maternity-friendly because they have room to accommodate a growing baby bump.  The dress I wore for my baby shower (see “Oh Baby”) is from Banana Republic.  Below are some of my favorites from Anthropologie, Banana Republic, BCBGMAXAZRIA and Neiman Marcus (Halston Heritage and Tanya Taylor Designs).

Thanks for reading and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and moms-to-be!

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Oh, Baby!

Hi everyone!  It’s been a while.  Took some time off to focus on other aspects of my life. So many things have changed since my last blog post.  We are having a BABY!  I am so excited, but to be honest, a little nervous.  I wanted to share pictures from my amazing tea party themed baby shower.  It was organized by my wonderful mother-in-law and sister-in-law at the CakeBakeShop in Indianapolis.  I’ll be keeping you all posted on my pregnancy journey, what worked for me, and what I’ve learned so far.

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Dress: Banana Republic, Accessories: Sandals (Steve Madden), Sunglasses (Betsy Johnson) and Clutch (MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS).

Mixed Berry

I love to sing and dance around the house. My only audience member, John, is forever concerned that I could hurt myself one day if I’m not careful as I prance, spin and leap around the house. I know it’s too late to fulfill my dream of becoming a contemporary dancer, but I can at least dress like one. I have been looking for a simple wrap top for a while now and I absolutely love this one from American Apparel. I wore an undershirt under my top for obvious reasons. I plan to order another color, but I will order a medium this time instead of a small. If you have read some of my previous posts, you would know how much I love pleated skirts. I ordered my true size and it fits like a high-waisted skirt before flaring out. I would recommend ordering a size up if you prefer for it to sit lower around your waist. I went with neutral accessories to complete my colorful look.

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Top: American Apparel, Skirt: LOFT, Accessories: Sandals (Steve Madden) and Clutch (MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS).

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Summer Bloom🌼🌼🌼

It officially feels like summer and what better way to celebrate summer fashion than with a flowery skirt and a shoulder baring top.  My inspiration for this style pairing came from Oscar de la Renta Spring 2016 runway collection where carnation prints were prevalently displayed on dresses, skirts and blouses.  I recently read that carnations were Oscar de la Renta’s favorite flowers, so it made perfect sense for Peter Copping to feature carnations in his designs as an homage his predecessor who passed away in 2014. The daisy prints on my skirt are even more stunning in person.  Each petal is embroidered onto a chiffon material and the fit-and-flare silhouette of the skirt accentuated my waist before flaring out into a full skirt.  I went with a top that deviated slightly from the trendy off-the-shoulder tops.  Now to complete my look, I added strappy sandals, ladylike bag and of course, sunglasses.

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Top: Project Social T (similar), Skirt: Talbots, Accessories: Shoes (Nine West), Sunglasses (Oliver Peoples) and Purse (Urban Expressions).

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My Take On An Old Classic

The universal layering piece everyone has in their closet is a cardigan. The cardigan featured below is my all time favorite layering piece. I fell in love with it at first sight a few years ago and immediately purchased it at a local LOFT store. I love the pretty chiffon petals attached to the front and the slim cut of the design. I was inspired to restyle this cardigan after reading about ways to wear a cardigan without looking frumpy in the May 2016 issue of InStyle magazine. I chose to wear mine over a drop waist navy dress. I added a skinny belt to draw attention to my waist. I also like it without a belt for a more relaxed fit.

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Cardigan: LOFT, Dress: LOFT, Accessories: Clutch (MICHAEL Michael Kors), Shoes (Nine West), Sunglasses (Oakley) and Belt (Target).

Long Blazer & Pleated Midiskirt

My style inspiration for this post came from the April 2016 issue of InStyle magazine, the one with the fabulous Lupita Nyong’o on the cover. I would describe my personal style as feminine, but once in a while I like to mix things up by adding a few masculine elements. I was pleased to see styles that combined feminine and masculine pieces. Richie Talboy wrote, “…a uniform that melds polished structure with finely drawn feminine pleats. It also cuts a mean silhouette thanks to a nipped-in waist and clean lines that deftly skim the hips.” I completely agree.

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Blazer: Target, Skirt: Banana Republic, Accessories: Purse (French Connection), Shoes (Pour la Victoire) and Sunglasses (Elie Tahari).