Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BUSINESS/CASUAL

I received an email the other day from one of my readers who asked if I would do a fashion challenge. Her challenge to me was to come up with outfit ideas that were to be “somewhere between teacher and administration” attire. Working from home and not having a lot of knowledge in the area, I came up with some outfit ideas but, admittedly am no expert in the area! I figured the outfits should be conservative yet could be appealing at the same time. Fun patterns, unique characteristics, some bright colors. Skirts and dresses should be at knee or below, correct? And not too tight. Full length pants and/or ankle pants but no capris or shorts. Well, armed with this little bit of knowledge I thought I had, I went at it. Opening a bunch of plus size stores in a whole lot of tabs on my computer, searching through bunches of tops, pants, dresses, skirts, I picked a few things and put them together in collages that, unfortunately are not the greatest quality, but that is what today’s post is about. Business/Casual Attire.

I tried to pick things that weren't outrageously expensive, however, sometimes to get a great quality item it’s worth it. I did put some more expensive pieces with cheaper pieces in some places to save.Some of the items are also on really good sale right now. Also, don't forget to use your coupons or codes when shopping. 

I also incuded some items that I already own because I know how they fit and love them! The other items, I can't predict how they will look on, but hopefully these are just some options that can get you started.

So let's get started.


DRESSES: 
You definitely need some dresses. Simply Be has some fantastic options, I would buy them all if I could! I picked a selection of options, some fun, some more conservative. Either way I love them all. Because you can take even a conservative dress and give it pow by adding something fun to it like I did here with this necklace. I also love how they all are midi length so that even when you sit they won't ride up so far it’s uncomfortable.



Dress-Simply Be
Necklace-Forever 21


I’m not sure how tight this particular dress would be on, but I am absolutely in love with it. In the winter maybe throwing a white cardi over it, maybe belt it. With this coat…DEVINE!!Oh my gosh it is to die for! I may have to buy this one myself!
Dress-Simply Be
Coat-Simply Be 
 

Dress-Simply be

 PANTS:
I also love ankle pants. I love the sleek look pairing black with black with cream with a delicate gold necklace and heels. I listed two necklaces to layer because sometimes it’s cheaper that way and I'm always looking to find a way to save a buck.
I wouldn't want too high a heel to stand in all day, but thought this was enough of a heel to give you length and I love the little bit of sparkle they have.


Shirt(I actually own this shirt)-Walmart
Blazer(& this blazer)-Torrid
Ankle Pant-Talbots
Heels-Kohl's
Necklace 1-Forever 21
Necklace 2- Forever 21
 
Take the same black pants from above and pair it with a grey shirt, a white blazer and a colorful belt and/or statement necklace.

Blazer( I own this blazer too)-Dressbarn-I also like the look of the one from Torrid so I'm linking that one as well;
T-shirt-Target
Ankle Pant-Talbots
Heels-Kohl's
Necklace-Etsy

Next we have
PENCIL SKIRTS:

 I love a great pencil skirt and love anything with a fun look. So for me I would probably put together something like this… a bright pink shirt with a navy skirt that has a fun pattern to it.
 Skirt-Simply Be
Blouse-Old Navy 

 This is very sleek. The black lace skirt with a unique cut shirt and a tan blazer. Wowee!
Is there such a thing as sexy conservative, cause I think this would be it.

Blazer-Torrid
Skirt-Simply Be

I admit the picture for this one is not great. But hopefully you can visualize it in your head. Also, you can get a better look at the pieces going to the website for each item. This skirt is a snake skin print. With the cream crochet top I think is very elegant. Of course you would wear a tank under this shirt. Cream would be chic, black might be very striking!

Skirt-Macy's

 I love this. I have a thing for polka dots. If it has polka dots, I am in love with it. Paired with this adorable skirt, perfect.

Skirt-Macy's
Shirt-Mod Cloth

I also love the black and white, it's so chic. Add a fun textured and cut jacket gives it character.

 Blazer-Lord&Taylor

So this isn't a pencil skirt but it had to be added.I am a bit of a color lover. I know it scares some people but I figured I would include it here ..I am in LOVE with this outfit :) Not sure how appropriate it would be for business/casual though. Just had to throw it in here.

 Shirt-Old Navy
Skirt-JCPenney


I love how versatile most of these pieces are. You can mix and match. You can never have too may blazers. And it's not your typical "boring" suit.
I hope that I at least provided some ideas or concepts that could be utilized. What do you guys think? Was I totally off?




Friday, July 18, 2014

DENIM DRESS

Lazy day!
I wanted to at least get an outfit up for you guys, but I am just fresh out of words. Or maybe it's just the beautiful weather outside calling my name making it so I can't hear anything else in my brain but...come outside, enjoy the sunshine, you won't regret it. Oh, I'm the only one that hears those voices? Alright, well, I'm caving....sunshine here I come. But not before I share this outfit with you all.

Denim dress. Adorable sandals. Brown and gold belt for a beautiful pop. And may I add how much my husband loves the way this dress fits ;) 
I got this dress yearrrrs ago at Dressbarn, so of course, unfortunately, they don't sell it anymore. But it would appear to me that the denim dress is making a come back or better yet, is always in fashion! Either way, I love em.  The belt, I apologize I also got a long time ago and actually don't even remember where I got it. I'm linking one I hope you like. The purse is relatively new, another great Walmart purchase...love me some great deals at Walmart! Looks like that sold out as well, bummer you guys today is not a good linking day. 
Well, I hope you liked the outfit and all have a wonderful weekend!!






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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WHAT'S IN YOUR BEACH BAG?

What’s in your beach bag? I love this outfit for maybe a day at the lake or beach, maybe a picnic. Tank top with a sweatshirt over top for when it cools down in the evening. I don't know about you all, but when I sit out in the sun all day, as soon as that sun goes down I'm freezing! Included in my bag, large beach towel, good reading material, I have a style magazine shown here but what I'm really getting into right now is all of Frank Peretti’s stuff, wowee, good stuff right there. Anyway, back to the ingredients to a goodie filled bag for a day at the beach. Swimsuit, sunglasses, sunscreen,hat,(I get heat sickness very easily) water and the, you better never forget it, Chapstick. I can’t tell you how many times I have burnt my lips because I forget about covering them when in the sun. Ouch!

Now the outfit. I love the color combination of the blue, white, yellow and grey. The jeans, I have been searching for the perfect pair of white jeans for years! Everyone’s body is shaped so differently and jeans fit all of us uniquely. So when I found a pair that finally fit me and you couldn't see through them I was ecstatic! I have finally found the perfect pair for me, but for you it may differ. I have linked a couple options for you to choose from, because I believe there is nothing better then a pair of white jeans/capris for summer! So sharp.














French Terry Sweatshirt in Earl Grey - Kohl's ; Similar - Softest sweatshirt fleece Heather Grey from OneStopPlus

Blue Tank - Deb(No longer Available) ;Similar - Tank in knit in Blue Sapphire from OneStopPlus

White Denim Capris - Old Navy ;Similar - Lee Denim Skimmer Pants from Kohl's

Beach Tote - Walmart ;Similar - Beach or Gym Bag from Etsy (this one is great if you want the added security of a zipper)

Sandals - Old Navy(No Longer Available) ;Similar - Flat Sandals from Amazon