fashion friday // colorful confidence

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hello my lovlies! i think it’s been some time since we chatted about fashion. too long even.

i’d love to share posts like this more often if you’re interested. ๐Ÿ™‚

my goal is to inspire you to shop in your own closet instead of thinking you have to run out and buy new things to make an outfit. of these outfits we’ll talk about today, only 4 items were purchased in the last month. 2 tops, a pair of flats and a necklace.
yep. that’s it.
everything else has been part of my wardrobe for 6 months or longer.

as we stroll through these outfit ideas, make note of items in your closet now that are similar. in style, or color .

be bold.
polka dots, red and bandannas are my go-to items for a quick vintage look. adding a barrel roll puts on another touch of throwback.

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pretty pair.
here i’ve mixed yellow and hot pink and added denim for a neutral. also, tucking in your shirt adds a more feminine look. try it!

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get trendy.
this hi-lo dress is a piece that is new to my wardrobe. and when i say new, i mean i bought it last summer. it pairs nicely with a light denim button up, tied at the waist.

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show some love.
being a cali girl is fun, because now it’s cool to wear a bear on your shirt. also, what i love most about this look is the whole graphic-tee-tucked-into-a-girlie-skirt thing.

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shoes can be accessories.
when i buy shoes, i like to find them in colors that can go with many items in my closet. flats like these are perfect with several shades of pinks and teals. find places to pop out colors with jewelry or a belt.

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go big or go home. (or stay home).
make a statement with a bold (but not obnoxious) necklace. i wore this with black wide leg trousers and white chucks. bam.

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style is everywhere, nowย go find yours!

๐Ÿ™‚ andrea

 

hello style // color your outfits

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hey friends!

it’s been a while since we talked fashion. some days my outfits just aren’t photo worthy, but over the past few weeks i’ve been playing with colors and thought i’d share.

this outfit came together by complete accident and i loved how it worked:
i call it ketchup and mustard

mustard cardi: target
cherry coke tank: kohl’s (several summers ago)
levi’s 518 jeans: kohl’s
red flats: ross (several years ago)
red necklace: charlotte russe
gold ring: charlotte russe

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two different outfits here but with the same pink sweater.
the first one is accompanied by these rad flower skinnies (target) and gray flats (target). it’s hard to see the flower pattern but it’s got some different shades of pink and olive greens.

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the same sweater (although the editing makes it look a bit darker in the pictures above). it also goes perfectly with these floral flats (payless) and these adorable earrings (old navy). since i was playing with gold, i added this long gold necklace (charlotte russe). the key to a successful wardrobe is buying colors that go with items you already have.

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color combos are so in these days and navy and green is one of my favorites! mixing patterns is also fun so I wore both stripes and polka dots. it’s totally acceptable!

polka dot headband: hot topic
navy necklace: target
navy/white striped tank: unsure
green cardi: kohl’s
not pictured: levi’s 518 jeans (kohl’s) and navy blue flats (payless)

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yes, i adore this mustard cardi and pretty much wear it with anything. like one of my favorite beatles tees, a hat and a big chunky braid. not pictured are jeans and black chucks!

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navy and red is my favorite combos because it’s got that super rockabilly vibe.
navy and white polka dot blouse: kohl’s
navy trousers: old navy
red flats: ross
red belt: unsure

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colors are a wonderful way to perk up your outfits. so go on, mix up some shades and shine bright like a diamond!

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helloSTYLE // fear not

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this weeks’ outfits are brought to you by the word FEAR.

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i don’t know about you, but my wardrobe can scare me at times. i grow comfortable with certain pieces that naturally go together and shy away from mixing up pieces that seem like they would never be friends.

the nerves set in when i get around certain types of clothing that i don’t know how to wear.

today we’re gonna talk about banishing those fears in your clothing selections and being okay with being brave.

one // blouses

blouse / target
coral skinnies / old navy
drop necklace / veryjane.com
sandals / target

blouses are a type of clothing that kinda scare me. it’s not a tank i can layer and they can be flowy and unmanageable. with so many different cuts and styles, i never know what would look right on me. but lately, they are the pieces that keep catching my eye. so i got brave and picked up a couple at target. here’s one.

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conclusion: it’s comfortable, it hides some tummy flaws, it doesn’t cling anywhere and the pattern is adorable. WIN!

two // mixing pieces

dress / target (clearance)
denim shirt / kohl’s (last fall)
navy flip flops / old navy

this dress and i fell in love in an instant. my favorite part is that it’s short in the front and longer in the back. it’s an empire cut and has pockets too!

but it’s a thin strap and i wanted to wear it to work. being too hot for a navy cardigan, i scoured my closet for another option. when my eye caught this light denim chambray shirt, i immediately thought that the colors matched but wasn’t exactly sure if it was “allowed”. could i really wear this denim over a geo pattern dress? i ran to my best source for style, pinterest! when i searched for the combo, i saw a ton of different options and eventually decided on tying it in the front to show off the shape and pattern as much as possible.

(sorry for the blurry pics ahead, my settings were obviously wrong.)

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conclusion: i felt amazing in this all day. WIN!

three // gold

layering tanks, cardi, skirt, necklace and earringsย / target
gold flip flops / old navy (3 seasons ago)

playing with bright colors is so much fun. and adding sparkly accessories to classic pieces adds playfulness. but gold has not been a metal i have enjoyed since i was a teen. something about my skin tone, silver just felt more “right” on me. but when i spotted this necklace on clearance at target, i thought that with the combination of bright pinks and yellows, i could make it work. not only did i get crazy with the necklace, i bought two pairs of large round studs, one solid and one glitter…of course!

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an outfit like this can easily transition for an evening out by removing the sweater and going for a high pony.

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conclusion: gold isn’t half bad, not sure what i was avoiding all these years. WIN!

what outfits or pieces are you afraid of? do you think you could face one of your fashion fears this week? i think you can…so go do it!

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helloSTYLE // casual and colorful

one // what do you get when you scour pinterest for easy to put together outfits? 

you get this:

cardi: target
white tee: somewhere
boyfriend jeans: kohl’s
sandals: target
neutral belt: somewhere
earrings: made by a friend
necklace: made by me
watch: target

i have a feeling you have all of these items in your closet. they might be different colors, but this is one of those outfits that anyone can pull off.

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a low and messy bun plus simple gray eye shadow keeps this simple and casual.

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two // what happens when you’re not really feeling well so you need to be comfortable but need a punch of color to give you a little pep in your step?

you get this:

polka dot sweater: old navy
blue pants: target
flats: payless

the dots can be substituted with any bold pattern; like stripes or a floral. but pairing it with a bold color pant (or even a skirt) makes this outfit easy to put together and requires little thought or accessories.

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a high pony and betty bangs add to the vintage feel of this outfit.

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a simple eyeliner is all this face needs.

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a few more outfits to share from last week. the theme apparently was tucking it in.

one //ย 

top is old
jeans are from kohl’s
necklace is from veryjane.com
belt is unknown
flats are from dsw.com

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two //

plaid top from old navy
belt is super old
shoes are from payless

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all items are from my own closet, nothing new here. just trying to wear things in different ways. what can you find in your closet that you can wear differently?

wear it and feel good about it. don’t forget to smile when you look in the mirror. ๐Ÿ™‚

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okay, so i am still trying to figure out the best time and place to take good pictures of my outfits in this new house. here’s the reality: my hair, makeup and clothes look best first thing in the morning, but the lighting isn’t all that great during those minutes before i’m rushing to make breakfast and get out the door at ten ’til seven. the light is best when i get home, but most days i just wanna jump into something comfy the minute i walk through the door.

so please forgive some of the less-than-stellar quality pics here and in the future, i’m either going to go back to using my good camera and tripod or enlist the help of one of my trusty household photographers.

but until then, here are five outfits that i wore this week, using mostly pieces that have been purchased at least a year ago. if it’s a new-ish item, i’ll tell ya. but my goal is to utilize what i have. continuing to shop in my closet can be challenging, but the reward is creating an outfit that you’ve never worn before.

one // i love mixing retro colors with modern pieces. it’s hard to see my hair style, but i’ve got some faux victory rolls goin’ on.ย 

black skinnies: kohl’s
striped tee: old navy
yellow cardi: target
red flats: marshall’s

other details // red button earrings, made by me and red necklace

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two //ย trying to play with colors today, keeping it simple, and making a weird face.

teal top.
skinny jeans: kohl’s
coral pendant earrings: old navy
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three // finally! getting this shot has been a dream of mine since i brought my gram’s piano home last year. but it sat in my garage until april when we moved to a place where it could live inside. i had a little solo photo shoot, and LOVE how these turned out.

my favorite dress in the entire world. found at kohl’s.
red belt that came with a skirt many years ago.

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four // it’s friday and i want to wear houndstooth.

graphic tee: target
skinny jeans: kohl’s
houndstooth shoes: tilly’s
houndstooth hair clip: gift from tawnya
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five // pulling in all the colors from the tank, teal, coral and yellow are a modern andย neutralย (for me) combo.

teal 3/4 sleeve.
floral tank: target
coral wedges: walmart
yellow drop necklace: very jane
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what did you wear this week? i bet you looked amazing.
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linking up with
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retrohipmama style // new shoes are a girls’ best friend

 

 

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whoever said diamonds were a girls’ best friend, must never had a new pair of shoes.

shoes can do….um….everything for your outfit and your attitude.

this outfit:
floral/ruffle top from kohl’s
skinny jeans
coral wedges from walmart

yup, i said it, walmart. you’ll be amazed at the treasures you can find if you look.

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and a simple blow dry for some waves and we’ve got something i can leave the house in.

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what’s better than a new pair of shoes? a new dress to go with them!

pardon the sour face…it was 100 degrees out.

this outfit:
dress from target
sandals from target

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i fell in love with the back. look at all the lace, but it still covers straps and keeps it modest.

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how about these little arrows huh? cute and delicate and out of my normal comfort colors. trying to tone it down these days.

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these shoes. cute and simple sandals that will go with sooooo much in my closet.

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how do new shoes make you feel? like a new woman? or does that feeling come from something else? new earrings or a great pair of jeans? whatever it is, i sure hope it makes you feel amazing!

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retrohipmama style // anchors + cherries

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i just love being a girl. i mean, childbirth and cramps aside, we get to wear dresses! how cool is that?

very cool i say, especially when i spotted this little number at target last week.

it’s been hanging on my wall, not my closet, so i could stare at it when i walked into my room. the muted mint soothed me. the little polka dots and anchors transformed me to a vintage world. the capped sleeves…oh the capped sleeves!

if you like it too, target’s got some amazing dresses out right now. while you’re picking up shampoo and light bulbs, cruise on by the girly section…you can’t miss the cuteness.

anchors away

dress: target
leggings: walmart
flats: payless (5 years ago)
bangles: michaels

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didn’t even realize it had pockets until i put it on….swoon!

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it wasn’t super warm so i threw on some black leggings and called it an outfit.

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this is my didn’t-do-anything-with-my-hair-but-it-kinda-works face.

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sooooo marshall asked if he could take my picture and of course i obliged, why not.

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he actually took this one too, just like i asked him to, to show how i added some bangles for fun.

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something happens to me when i’m in a dress. does it happen to you too? not sure how to explain it, but it’s kinda magical.

cherries + chucks = confidence

cherry coke top: kohl’s (bought it in 2011, so i’m pretty sure it’s not available any longer)
red pants: kohl’s
gray chucks: amazon.com
sunnies: tilly’s

i hadn’t thought to put this top with these pants until now. i love when things just happen. i also didn’t plan to wear chucks with this either, but when i eyed them and they eyed me back, i couldn’t resist.

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so i played it up and wore gibson’s glasses again. because i like to have fun!

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and i like to check my phone. lol.

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honestly, the side of my house is a large white wall and when i take pictures out here, the sun is shining on said wall which gives me great reflective and indirect lighting, but also is suuuuuper bright. so even just pulling down the shades a bit was like staring right into the sun. but i play it off well huh?

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this makes me happy and comfortable. and that’s how i like to dress. that is where confidence comes from. just being comfortable in your own shoes.

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go put on a dress and twirl, or take a walk in those comfy shoes that make you feel like you. be confident and love it.

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retrohipmama style //

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welcome to the new SHE’S crafty! ย we all needed a new look, hope you like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

i have some fun new outfits to show you from the past week. i’ll also be posting what i wore to the pleated poppy link up, so join me over these for plenty of fashion inspiration.

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shirt: handed down from a ย friend
leggings: kohls
red flats: ross’
red polka dot ring: handmade by me
red + silver washer necklace: handmade by me (will be listed in shop soon)

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i wore leggings outside of the house y’all! it’s only because this top provides the best boo-tay coverage.

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mint + grey top: target
grey lace tank: target
pink skinnies: old navy
grey flip-flops: old navy
flower barrette: old navy

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pink + mint + grey totally worked, don’t you think? i loved this outfit because it wasn’t overwhelming with color. the grey took it down a notch, in my opinion. would you wear this color combo?

thanks for stopping by!

hope you have a fun week getting dressed too!

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