Weekend #ootd

Just wanted to pop in and share an outfit I wore this weekend!  This cute little striped tee twists into a knot in the back and is perfect with higher waist jeans. The nautical blue pairs perfectly with cognac accessories and I loved it with these yellow earrings! Hope you all are having a great weekend. 🙂

J.Crew striped tee, Express jeans, Sole Society bag, Steve Madden espadrilles, Sugarfix earrings

SHOP THIS LOOK:

twist-knot tee | white denim | earrings | sandals | tote (old – Sole Society) – love this, this

 

Utility & Spots

#ootd:

J.Crew Factory collector tee, Old Navy boyfriend denim shorts

SHOP THIS LOOK:

watermelon tee ($13!) | denim shorts

Utility & Spots:

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! My husband and I joined our parents for dinner at Cheesecake Factory and although I’m not a Cheesecake fan per say, I can definitely enjoy some chocolate, peanut butter, and whatever other concoction they make! They also have really good entrees and are vegetarian friendly which is a huge plus for me. Did I mention the cheesecake? 😂

I took this outfit photo awhile back and I was hesitant to share because of the lighting issue I’m having in our new house with my camera, but still really like the outfit so I decided I’d post anyway.  These $25 spotted espadrilles are still one of my favorite spring/summer finds – as well as this $25 bag – both from Target!  My jeans are on super sale also – extra 50% off – making them only $27!

Merona vest, A New Day bag, DV Espadrilles, A New Day striped top, LOFT step hem skinny jeans

SHOP THIS LOOK:

spotted espadrilles | denim | striped top | bag | vest (old – Merona) – similar

 

Deal of the Day:

This cute necklace is perfect for summer, comes in 2 colors (pink & white), and is on sale for $22!

Old Navy striped tunic shirt, Old Navy denim, Vince Camuto booties, Baublebar necklace

SHOP THIS LOOK:

necklace ($22) | booties (similar, similar) | denim | shirt (old – Old Navy) – great spring options here & here

 

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Deal of the Day + #ootd

#ootd:

J.Crew Factory peplum gingham top, Old Navy denim, Steve Madden sandals, Sole Society bag, Sugarfix earrings, Express white denim

SHOP THIS LOOK:

bow peplum top | denim | jacket | bag | sandals | earrings (old – Sugarfix) – option, option

 

Happy Easter friends!  I thought today would be a good day to kick off a new section of my blog I’ll call “deal of the day”. I constantly scour the sales online and thought it would be fun to show you items I’ve purchased before they hit the blog — always on sale of course! There are a lot of great Easter sales today, but one that caught my eye and made me hit the “purchase” button was at Macy’s! Right now you can use code “GREAT” and save 40% off 2 or more pairs of shoes! Also, they have a “lowest prices of the season” sale on numerous handbags. The 5 items below were on my wish list and today I picked up the white sandals for summer and pointy-toed flats for work – a great deal!  I passed on the leopard flats and tote since I already have similar in my closet, but jumped on the clutch (also comes in black) – priced at more than 50% off! Such a fun find and love all the fun colors!

SHOP THE DEAL:

sandals (4 colors) | pointy toe flats (2 colors) | leopard flats | tote (3 colors) | clutch (2 colors)

 
Also, if you’ve been looking for a cute summer tote to take to the lake or beach – or just use as a carry all for work – check these out! They are only $20 and the cutest!
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Outfit Recipes Using Polyvore + #ootd

#ootd:

Banana Republic Striped Tie Knot Tee, Articles of Society Carly Crop denim, A New Day pink loafers, Sole Society crossbody, J.crew Factory leopard necklace

SHOP THIS LOOK:

twist-front top (solid color) | bag | denim | loafers | necklace

 

Polyvore:

Today I wanted to talk a little about how I put outfits together, especially with new items I’ve just purchased. I use the same formula for most outfits and I wanted to share with you some tips and tricks that work for me! First, let’s talk about Polyvore.

Have you ever used the Polyvore tool? It’s free to use and it’s how I create most of my outfits before I ever wear them! You can search for specific items (.e.g “Sole Society bag) and everything already listed on the Polyvore database will pop up. You can then limit your search by color and price. You can also do a general search of “blue bag” or “striped top” and will bring up every brand listed matching that phrase. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Polyvore also has a “clip” tool you can add to your web browser, so if you see an item listed on a website, but it’s not listed on Polyvore (say for example, a new floral blouse at LOFT), you can “clip” the product image from the website you are shopping and it will add to your polyvore page.

Below is a screen shot of the first page of my Polyvore account – you might recognize a ton of these items as I’ve featured almost all of them on the blog! It’s basically a peek into my personal closet. 🙂 And if I’m looking for a certain item of my own to add to an outfit I’m creating, I can also search my own “closet” on Polyvore with terms like “earrings” or “J.Crew” and it will bring up everything related to that search term.

 

Kecia’s Polyvore

How I Put Outfits Together:

I shop 90% of the time online. If I shop in store, it’s impulse shopping and I usually purchase because I like an item on the rack, without any thought into whether I can style it in more than one way. I like to be able to style something (especially printed pieces) in at least 3 ways before I purchase an item. Items are sometimes very seasonal to me. Brands will come out with new color schemes for basically the same floral print or striped top, but somehow they make it seem fresh and new ~ in turn, my old items sit in the back of my closet and I eventually will sell on eBay. That’s why Polyvore is such a great tool. I can piece outfits together before I even receive the item if I order online and make sure I’ll get use out of it in my closet.  It’s also a great way to realize what you might be missing as a “staple” piece in your closet. Since Polyvore stores all of your items in one spot, it’s so easy for me to bring up staple pieces I already have in my closet and see if they mix well with a trendy piece I’m getting ready to purchase.

 I’ve been wanting to order the earrings shown in the outfit below for awhile, but was waiting on a promo to happen. I was finally able to order them last week when Baublebar offered a 25% off discount code, but had to make a choice on which color option. They come in 2 different multi-color options and also a couple of one-color options.  I already own the solid version of these earrings from Target’s Sugarfix line, so I really wanted to purchase and style one of the multi-color options for this spring/summer. I thought about what I already own in my closet that would work with these earrings and it was a no-brainer for me to buy the “black” version (the other option is navy blue/turquoise) since I already owned this v-neck tank and also the gray bag ~ probably 2 items a lot of us already have a version of in our closet ~ or a white tee and pink or black bag ~ all would have the same ‘recipe!’

Since the earrings are the “statement” of the outfit, I wanted to keep the rest of my outfit somewhat quiet. I used Polyvore to match the black tank and gray bag to the earrings and paired with jeans and (simple) necklace I already own in my closet and pulled the bottom part of my outfit together with a pair of black booties. If I instead had purchased a statement necklace, I would have kept my earrings more “quiet” and went with a simple stud type. I usually only change my nail polish color once a week, but if I happen to be able to pick the color on a day I already know what I’m wearing, this is how I would pair the color ~ just another subtle match to the earrings. I’m sure we all have our own tips and tricks on what works for one person or another to get ready for the day ~ especially when you’re getting ready for work and you only have a few minutes to decide! This just happens to be my ‘go to recipe’… start with an accessory and go from there!

And I did all of that using the Polyvore website! They also have an app you can use, I just find it easier to use it on my computer. I usually do a screen shot of the outfit I’ve created and save it in a folder on my computer, however you can easily publish and save everything in your Polyvore account also.

BP tank, Sole Society bag, Sole Society sandals, 7 For All Mankind skinny jeans, Babulebar earrings, Essie gel nail polish, BP bar necklace, Old Navy sunglasses

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A quick re-cap of how I put this outfit together:

>>Start with a statement piece (e.g. earrings shown above)

>>Pull outfit together with complementing colors without being too matchy matchy (remember the days we matched our boots, belt, & bag?)

>If I’m wearing a printed top with a lot going on, I will usually wear solid earrings with a subtle necklace

Example: floral top + solid earrings

floral top | tassel earrings | knot earrings

>>However, are rules meant to be broken? Absolutely!  I love color and prints and never want to feel “bored” with my outfit, which is why I usually always have some sort of loud colored piece on, and therefore have to create rules for myself otherwise I’d be wearing every color of the rainbow!

And that’s that! Not too much to it, just wanted to share! I hope this post was a little useful for anyone wondering how bloggers come up with outfits. I have no idea how other ladies do it, but Polyvore works the best for me! And saves me money also ~ set a number for yourself and before you ever buy a statement piece, make sure you can style it XX amount of ways (mine is 3!).

~xoxo, Kecia

Affordable Spring Sneakers + #ootd

#ootd:

BP twist hem tee, Old Navy legging denim, Steve Madden sneakers, A New Day crossbody, Sugarfix earrings, Kate Spade iPhone X case

SHOP THIS LOOK:

twist hem tee ($22!) | crossbody bag ($25!) | denim | sneakers

necklace (old – similar) | earrings (oldoption, option) | phone case

 

Spring Sneakers:

These adorable $33 sneakers were part of my Target ‘shoe haul’ a few weeks ago ~ they are just like the New Balance version, but less than half the price! I picked up this gray color, but I also love the pink version. They are a little loose around the ankle for me, so I would recommend sizing down maybe 1/2 size. I have to order online in order to get a smaller size so I just went with my regular size 6 in store and they worked out fine, especially if you wear socks. My tie-front tee comes in 5 colors and there is a pretty ‘flax’ (beige) color that is currently on sale + everything is 30% off today! (Search the website for: “tie-front long sleeve tee” ~my link isn’t working for all the colors for some reason).

J.Crew Tie Front Tee, Target sneakers, Sole Society Piri bag, Vigoss denim, BP pearl earrings

SHOP THIS LOOK:

tie-front tee (30% off) | sneakers ($33!) | bag (black, brown)

denim (oldsimilar) | earrings (oldsimilar, similar)

 

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Spring Break Dress + #ootd

 #ootd:

LOFT chinos, Bobeau ruffle sleeve top, J.Crew Factory necklace, VANS sneakers

SHOP THIS LOOK:

tie knot tee (other option) | necklace | earrings

 pants (old) – similar, similar | sneakers (my style is old) – option, option

 

Ruffle Sleeve Dress:

Hey guys!  Happy work week (again!) – ugh!  I was pretty sure yesterday was going to kill me. Actually I think those thoughts everyday lately lol. Can this flu season be over already?! I worked 10 hours on my feet yesterday (with a 20 min lunch break) and was literally running all day. I have a feeling my cute skirts and BR sloan pant days are coming to an end for awhile ha – I foresee a few new pairs of Nike sneakers in my life and whatever comfy pants I can find in my closet. 😅 I’ve become a huge fan of sateen denim lately. It feels like pants (not denim), but has the 5 pocket look and fit like a pair of skinny jeans. I have a pair from Old Navy and LOFT and plan on buying more soon! I think they’ll pair really well with sneakers also, because next year I’m going to be prepared! My poor Tory Burch Minnie‘s (best work flats!… unless you’re running…) are getting tore up. 🙁

Anyway, lets lighten this post up with a talk about this pretty little spring dress!  I posted a flatlay blog post about it awhile ago, but wanted to show you it on! It’s just too cute not to share again. And today it’s only $20! A major steal if you live down south in a hot summer state, or certainly if you are planning a spring break trip somewhere warm!

Old Navy dress, Merona sandals, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Baublebar necklace and earrings

necklace | earrings

Please excuse the quality of this photo. First of all – I’m not near this tan lol. I haven’t used my tripod and camera in awhile since I stopped doing regular blog photos, and this was the first time I’ve used it in this part of my house — anyway, I definitely needed the flash on, took the photo without it, and had to do some major alterations on the photo just so you could see anything ha!  Anyway, so here we are tan, overly exposed, with a white/yellow wall! 😂

Thankfully the dress still looks cute, so pay attention to those details! I switched the necklace and bag out from the flatlay. I felt like when I tried the dress on for a blog photo that the necklace was a little bulky for such a lightweight dress. The dainty Kendra Scott necklace worked out much better. I added a pair of fun earrings instead. I really wanted to pair the dress with a woven or straw bag, but the bag shown in the only one I own. I wish it had some blue colors in the design, so I highly recommend taking a look at this one or this one (both affordable from Penney’s!) My dress also comes in a super cute gingham print.

Old Navy dress, Merona straw bag, Merona sandals

SHOP THIS LOOK:

dress (gingham print) | earrings | bag (old) – option, option (both affordable!)

sandals (old) – love these and these | necklace (old) – very similar

 


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