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Traditional and polished but still fun, we’re loving the salmon and navy color combo for this month.
The name Navy Blue originates from the color of British Royal naval uniforms. Navy easily goes nautical; in a stripe there’s no denying it. Put it on a cardigan and you can go ahead and start daydreaming of a day on the yacht. Recommended for Monday’s when the weekend seems oh so far away.
Works for a day out shopping or add jewelry for dinner out. Here we kept shorts and all accessories in navy with a big pop of salmon in the top. Color blocking at it’s simplest is oh so effective.
Looking to layer on another color? This vibrant teal looks amazing.
Is this a combo you would wear? Try it and post a pic on our Facebook page.
It’s time for What to Wear Wednesday! Spring is trench coat season and oh how I love a great trench.
If you are like me you zip out of the house in the morning and don’t think to tie your belt until you are driving down the road wondering what that sound is—-oh my belt is caught in the door and flapping around outside—-happens more than I care to admit. So my spring goal is to think of fun ways to tie it so I save my pretty coat from road rash. I came up with 6 ways that should take less than 30 seconds of my morning routine.
1) Double Knot
Coat’s on belt is knotted twice. Works great if belt is thin or you are slim. I find a double knot too bulky for my liking but in a pinch it will do.
Cute! A bow can soften a utilitarian style of jacket. This works best when belts are extra long as creating the bow will take extra fabric. Just tie it like you tie your shoes.
3) Buckle & Tuck
Does your belt have a buckle? Try actually buckling it- novel concept! That long remaining end can be tucked in once or twice so it doesn’t get in the way.
4) Back Bow
Some mornings there is no time for buttoning. I’m thinking of hanging the coat in the closet with this tie already done, slip my arms in and out the door I go. The trick to this one is to tie it when the coat is off, preferably laying flat AND upside down. Tying bows upside down means the ends will end on the bottom.
5) Back Neck Tie
Same concept as above, for when you’re feeling less girly. See how to tie the neck tie below.
6) 4 in Hand Tie
FAVORITE ALERT! This one is my go to- quick, lays flat, easy to undo, and just a little different than a simple knot.
And because I love you so much…here’s how to tie it.
Step 1– Start with one end longer than the other.
Step 2– Wrap the long end around the short end.
Step 3- Repeat step 2
Step 4– Tuck that same “long” end in the space between the knot and the coat from the bottom to the top.
Step 5– Finish by tucking the “long” end in the wrap you made in step 3. Pull the ” short” end to tighten.
Today’s challenge: jeans and a t-shirt for everyone’s style. Here are three ways to wear this comfortable and simple look without looking sloppy or boring.
For the t-shirt loving girl who fears being boring we grabbed a graphic tee- something with words or picture. The blazer is key to keeping this outfit out of the boring category. This one has a great crunched sleeve. Because of the longer length of the jacket we picked a pair of skinny jeans. Easy flats and sunglasses keep accessories simple!
Tee by Epic Threads size L $7.50
Blazer by Lauren Conrad size 8 $14
Shoes by Yuu size 7.5 $12.50
Jeans by J Crew size 8 $24
New Sunglasses $8
For the fashionista who needs a casual alternative we used the same jacket from above but swapped the denim for a designer embellished pair. Heels are a must- look for a pair that makes a statement. A plain white tee would be a great choice but we had this awesome black and gray leopard print that could never be called boring. Need more glam? Add more jewelry by layering necklaces, a ring or two, and some bangle bracelets.
Tee by Freeloader size S $16.50
Blazer by Lauren Conrad size 8 $14
Shoes by Anne Michelle size 10 $15
Jeans by Prvcy size 6 $60
For the twirly skirt and lace wearing girl we picked a tee in a soft peach. The floral scarf tied into a poncho (see tutorial here) and belted adds softness and charm. Pair with a medium to light colored jean, a sweet necklace, and airy sandals.
Tee by Ann Taylor size L $8.50
Chicago Infinity Scarf $15
Shoes by Style & Co size 8 $10.50
Jeans by The Limited size 14 short $16
Belt size L/XL $7
The 1970’s are making a comeback this summer. Keep an eye out for these items to keep your summer wardrobe on trend.
- maxi dresses
- floppy hats
- peasant tops
- bohemian jewelry
I had 1970’s style jewelry on my list while we were shopping in Chicago last week. I did a bit of research to study styles but knew I had the best 70’s experts shopping with me.
Who better to help than someone who lived through it! Mom (and dad!) answered “does this look 70’s?” countless times throughout the day.
Here are a few pieces we brought back and some 70’s style outfits to wear with them.
We’re headed to Chicago next week to bring back new accessories for the shop! It’s always fun to see what colors are trending for the season. Have you checked out Pantone’s Spring 2015 colors yet?
Which are you most likely to wear?
Meg: I’m always looking for a great green and Woodbine is just a shade lighter than my eyes- perfect!
Barb: I ask Barb which are her favorites and my non-colorful mother rattles off “Toasted Almond, Titanium, and Glacier Gray” Really? She’s so predictable. Barb says she’d throw in a little Lavender Herb too.
Our Favorite Combos
Which are your favorites? Tell us in the comments or join the conversation on our Facebook Page!
My task for this week was to plan the spring floor layout for the shop. It’s so nice amidst this record cold to be thinking of warmer weather and figuring out where to put the shorts!
We are also actively taking in spring consignments and planning our spring accessories buying trip to Chicago. Lots of fun discussions and research going on- What prints are going to be popular, should we get more long necklaces or short ones, what trends are more likely to show up in consignment shops, etc.
I always start by thinking about what styles were popular in the last year. Then I compare them to the runway trends for this spring.
Current Trend —> It’s Twist for Spring
Spring: Plaid’s fair weather cousin, gingham is predicted to be popular this spring. Small or large checks and any color goes- traditional picnic blues and reds to neutral tans or pops of color like the great pink one below.
Consignment Find-ability: High. Gingham is a traditional print and has been extra popular for a few years.
Current: Crossbody Bags
Spring: Crossbody bags are sticking around! Extra emphasis this season on saddle bag, bucket styles, and round designs.
Consignment Find-ability: High/Low. Saddle and bucket bags are staples and should be easy enough to find. There might even be some great vintage bags in these styles. Round shaped bags on the other hand are rarer. Keep an eye out to snag one!
Current: Earthy & Ethnic Prints
Spring: Safari, especially trench dresses, outback tops, and untraditional animal prints. While leopard/cheetah prints are always in style, this seasons “animal” comes more in the form of graphic tees, and large “whole” animals rather than a pattern.
Consignment Find-ability: Medium/Low. There is some overlap style between earthy and safari, especially in jewelry. If you are having a hard time finding a trench dress, look for a shirt dress and add a belt. The graphic animals could be a hard find at consignment shops. We definitely plan on looking for bold animal scarves when we head to Chicago to buy accessories this spring.
Current: Skinny Jeans
Spring: Trend watchers say this season’s 70s vibe will bring wide and flared jeans along with it. I still think the skinnies have a hold on Northeast Ohio so it may take a few seasons to see this wider style be desirable. BUT, I do expect to see the 70s show up in accessories- think platform sandals, long pendant necklaces, and statement earrings. As far as jeans go for spring, we are all about the skinny ankle length. Barb can’t wait to roll a cuff and throw on some flats WITHOUT socks!
Consignment Find-ability: Medium/High. We won’t be carrying many flared or wide leg jeans in the shop, they just don’t sell well (yet?). If you are looking to be a trend setter you may see a few pairs sprout up on our designer denim rack. As far as 70s style accessories go consignment find-ability is high and we are all over this long pendant necklace trend (Megan’s favorite!).
As much fun as I’m having “ice skating” on the way to my car every morning, I am itching for spring to get here. So, for this month’s color combo to try I went for some spring colors that incorporate really well into your winter outfits.
February Color Combo to Try
Teal & Chartreuse
After my 4th attempt at spelling chartreuse correctly, including a version so poorly constructed that even Google couldn’t recognize it, I think I’ve got a hold of it.
This color combo was inspired by one of my favorite retired Vera Bradley prints- Sittin in a Tree. Birds AND trees with a textured pastel teal jacket = LOVE!
Same color pallet but with just a touch of teal this time. This combo works great with silver, gold or copper jewelry. If your foot is a 7.5 you need to get in here and get these boots.
Greens always make me happy, but chartreuse is a little too yellow for my fair complexion. So, I tend to opt for a darker, jewel tone teal and accessorize with chartreuse. Like this:
Would you wear chartreuse and teal? Join the conversation on our Facebook page.
For today’s What to Wear Wednesday we picked two “trendy” items- a wool floppy hat and a cropped top. Then we headed over to our Fall/Winter Fashion board on Pinterest for a little inspiration.
Challenge #1: The Floppy Wool Hat
It’s warm. It’s a cure for bad hair days.
Here’s how to pull it off.
Pinterest Inspired Look
We kept the general pieces- leather (or faux) jacket, flowy skirt, floppy hat, short boots, leggings, and scarf. But, we changed the color pallet from black to navy to coordinate with our chocolate brown hat and to show off this awesome jacket!
Challenge #2: Cropped Top
Typically thought of as a summer item…how in the world are we supposed to wear a long sleeve version?
Pinterest Inspired Look
As 2014 comes to a close we are revisiting Pantone’s 2014 fall colors. Cypress and Cognac are two of my favorites and they are perfect together.
I love keeping this pallet neutral by adding in cream but if you are feeling more adventurous try it with:
Looking for an outfit for a semi-formal work party or fancy New Year’s gathering? Try adding these textures and fabrics to your ensemble.
Outfit Idea #2
Professional with Sparkle
Pick a jacket with a sheen or some texture like the ruffles in this collar and add a sequin top. We love mixing sequins and lace. Finish the look with some subtle, yet sparkly, accessories and you are all set for a work party.
Outfit Idea #3
You know that smile you get when you see fresh fallen snow (from your warm and cozy house)? Mimic the look with a lovely ivory dress.
Outfit Idea #4
Merry and Bright
There’s no rule that says fancy has to be neutral. Look for jewel toned dresses, add a pop of color with accessories, or slip a bright sequined top under a black jacket.
Looking for more casual party outfits? Check out this week’s Facebook Picks of the Week. I challenged mom and Jodi to come up with outfits outside the red/green box!