Monday, July 16, 2018

A FASHION POST: The Black And White Of It ALL!

   





I have been purging my closet again, and listing my pieces on Poshmark. When I started looking at my wardrobe I realized once again how much black and white I wear. It seems to be the base of my wardrobe with plenty of bright colors as accents.

gingham pants available in my poshmark closet. HERE

My method in my wardrobe is also my method in my home decorating. Funny how that seems to work! I think when you are being true to who you are and what you love it is a natural evolution that occurs. I know it has evolved for me over the years and I am very comfortable with my wardrobe and my home.

Dress Sold Already, Sorry!

One of the things that I have discovered that I truly enjoy is putting outfits together and when I style my pieces for my Poshmark closet, I seem to get into the ZONE and love it.

Yesterday was a poshing day for me and I went through my closet once again and was honest with myself on what I am wearing and enjoying and some of the pieces that no longer fit me the same that they once did.

Top Available in my poshmark closet, HERE!

 Our body size and shapes change as we get a little older and I am finding that to be the case with me. Sometimes I have to be brutally honest, but in the end it feels good to eliminate things out of my closet that just aren't working.

Top Available in My Poshmark Closet, HERE!

I will say I don't use the, if you did not wear in a year method, because I have some things in my closet the are what I consider specialty outfits, you know the kind you wear for  a special event and it is classic so it stays in my closet.

 My method is more of what fits me and what I feel good in. I will say at this point that having a poshmark closet has made it so much easier to let things go. My loss is someone's gain and I also get a little extra money to purchase something else I might want.

Top Available In My Poshmark Closet, HERE!

The one print I absolutely love in black and white, besides stripes is gingham. I know it's a huge trend this year, but to be honest for me it's just an old friend and true classic. I am just happy to be able to find so many offerings this year.

Here are some of the gingham pieces in my closet.....



All of these pieces are easy breezy pieces to wear and I love them. When other's leave the gingham trend behind it will still be alive and well in my closet.


I love these sandals and when I wear them I keep them as the only gingham in my outfit. I know people are mixing their gingham in one outfit, but for me I am more comfortable with just my shoes being the star gingham piece.  These are cute with a light wash slim ankle jean and just a white t-shirt and a cute bangle bracelet. Simple and classic. Equally as cute with bright colored pants and simple t-shirt.

The one piece that is a bit out of my box is this dress which has a boho vibe I am a total classic preppy gal so this was fun for me........


Would you believe I found this at Target!? I know right!! Actually my DIL showed it to me and I fell in love so of course I had to get it.

Here is one of the ways I style it!....



The earrings are so fun and they are also out of my box, but look at the black and white stripes!! I had to get them. I put the striped clutch to echo the earrings and the natural colored leather sandals are another way that pulls the purse into the outfit. I would also pair this with my hot pink slides. I love bright accents with black and white, but will usually keep it to a minimum like shoes, bracelet, or a purse but not all three at once.

I have a theory for my dressing and styling outfits, decide which piece is the star and everything else is a co star.



Here is the method I just mentioned with my other cute throw on gingham dress, notice everything else is black and white and the one bright piece are the shoes.....

J. Crew dress sold out, sorry!

This next piece is what I would call a dress up or down piece depending on how you style it....


Top from Talbots, no longer available.

It has some white bead embellishments at the neckline so no need for a necklace with this one. I can think of a million ways to wear this and it is a work horse in my wardrobe but for the sake of time I will show you a couple of ways today.......


I love the freshness of black and white with a pretty Kelly green. Out comes my preppy side with daisies on my toes, ears and wrist!! It's a bit contrived, but I love it with this particular top. I would also wear it with blush pink pants, or cobalt blue as well.



I am not a much of a ruffle gal but this top was classic and subtle enough I went for it and I am so glad I did, it's just the right amount for me. The top fits close to the body so it's very figure flattering. We girls always appreciate that.

I styled it below with ankle white jeans and a pop of brightness in the shoe and even a bracelet this time.....





The other thing I keep noticing is that the same accessories keep being rotated. Here is the behind the scenes of my styling session for poshmark yesterday!....




I will leave you all with a little black and white checked moment in our home.....

BLACK AND WHITE ARE ALIVE AND WELL IN OUR HOME!!
 
 

Friday, July 13, 2018

What I Would Buy At The Nordstrom's Sale!

   

I don't consider myself a fashion blogger at all, but I do consider my self a woman that loves clothes so I guess that can count for something.

Everyone in the fashion blog world is all excited about the Nordstrom Sale! I saw many blog post by shall we say, (clearing my throat here) younger women. Several I would say aligned with my style somewhat but not really.

I just don't get that excited about a cardigan sweater, or a baggy sweatshirt or a torn pair of jeans. When I think of a sale at Nordstroms I think of possibly bigger ticket items or items that have a timeless appeal.

This first item is something I would definitely purchase and I feel it would last me for years to come. When I look at jackets I look at color, cut and details. This one fills all the boxes for me....





Pink is a color I love to wear and get compliments when I do so to have this blazer would be a good purchase for my wardrobe. Love the cut and the button details. It's just a pretty classic piece,dress up or down. I would be wearing it with jeans and love the lighter wash that is pictured here.

Since we are on a pink subject lets take a look at this feminine blouse......



This is a beautiful feminine blouse with lovely details and it comes in a beautiful array of colors. I love this pink and also the red. It's a dress up or down kind of blouse depending on what you put with it.


Metallic Rain Jacket by Bernardo
 reg. $158 now $99.90
This next rain coat really caught my eye. It's a little flashy with it's metallic finish and I love that for a rain coat! It's considered pink, but it looks more like a rose gold to me. I LOVE this jacket!!


I love anything knit especially for traveling and this cute little throw on jacket would fit the bill for me. 

Here is another cute blazer in a knit......




This darling quilted coat could be my one big purchase. I absolutely adore this coat and I really kinda want it, badly. Would someone tell Dougie please!?



I literally had 7 other items chosen to show you that I found this afternoon and by 7:00 this evening they are already sold out. Wow, that makes me a bit nervous about my coat, I mean the Kate Spade coat at Nordstroms.

All and all I can't say I was overly impressed with the offerings, but there are definitely deals to be found. I think it is wise to buy good staples that you might need and leave the t-shirts and baggy sweatshirts and cardigans for a close out sale, but that is just the way I think.

If you go shopping Good Luck and remember to
Enjoy the Process!

 
 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

A FASHION POST: 4 Outfits With The Same Pants!

   






In one of my previous post I told you all I had ordered a cute pair of Ann Taylor white jeans that were a bit big and I had to order a smaller size, which secretly made me happy if I am being honest. They are on a great sale right now so if you like them, now is the time to get them. 

Love the detail at the hemline, it is unfinished so it creates just a touch of fringe, which I love.

These pants are sooooo comfy and soft. I have already worn them a few times. Today I thought I would show some of the ways I am wearing them. I love any wardrobe piece that is versatile and these are definitely versatile.

In the first outfit I wore them with a simple eyelet sleeveless top. I added just a touch of color with my purse and earrings,  and bracelet which have a vintage look. The silver leather and cork flip flops kept the outfit looking cool for hot summer days. The cork  in the sandal relates nicely with the straw in the purse. 

Here is a closeup of the accessories I chose to wear.


What goes better with eyelet than a sweet gingham. This is a nice fitting top due to the darts and the ruffle is not overly ruffly so it maintains a more tailored look. I chose to brighten up the look with hot pink criss cross slides and bracelet.


Black and white never fails in my book. Again I kept it fairly simple so the pants are really the star of the outfit and that bracelet is a great co-star.



Last but not least is an all white outfit with accents of gold.......

The jewelry and the sandals are classic and simple but add just the right touch of sparkle to an all white outfit.

 So there you have it! 4 outfits with the same pair of pants and trust me I have many more up my sleeve.