Drop Waist Dress

24 Apr

Piperlime Red Blue Print Dress

Drop Waist Red and Blue Piperlime Dress

I sound like a broken record, but this Piperlime dress is another Christmas present I’m just now getting to wear (thank you never-ending winter). Not that I’m complaining. I’ve been pretty partial to drop waist dresses for awhile now, so any dresses that fit this criteria are gladly welcome in my closet.   I was having some major issues with the wind trying to take these pictures. When I was scrolling through all the pictures on my memory card, I cringed at least four different times at my unfortunate facial expressions from the wind. Luckily, the wind worked with me for a few good shots and blew my dress instead of my hair.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find this Pim + Larkin dress anywhere online to link to it, but I did find this Moschino one I am IN LOVE WITH. If you aren’t familiar with the Pim + Larkin line at Piperlime, I suggest you get acquainted! I have a few of their pieces, and they are some of my favorites.

Red Blue Printed Pim Larkin Dress

Red and Blue Drop Waist Piperlime Dress

Pim Larkin Piperlime Dress

Pim and Larkin Summer Dress Piperlime

Dress: Pim + Larkin (similar) | Shoes: Lulu’s (similar)

Comfy and Colorful

22 Apr

Forever 21 Checkered Dress with Yellow Blazer

Bright Yellow Blazer with Black and White Dress

You know how there are some clothes that you can just feel the entire time you’re wearing them? Maybe it’s an itchy sweater, or those jeans you bought in college that are a little snug after a long winter (guilty). I didn’t realize just how uncomfortable some clothes are until I wore this outfit and felt like I wasn’t wearing any clothes at all! I can’t explain it, but this dress and blazer combination might be the most comfortable thing I’ve ever worn. This dress has a bit of stretch to it, and is just so comfortable. Yes, it is a Forever 21 find, but I’m convinced I could wear this during my every day activities. Proof: I have been home from work for four hours now, and am sitting on my bed typing this in the dress. I honestly forgot I had it on!

I borrowed this yellow blazer from my mom, and I think I might sneak it into my closet. It’s the perfect shade of yellow and ended up looking so good against the black and white. I think this weather is a major reason I felt so comfortable in this dress/blazer combination. It wasn’t too hot but it wasn’t chilly either. I’ve noticed that I’m more aware and appreciative of the nice weather this spring. After the never-ending winter, you realize how amazing the weather gets this time of year. Talking about this weather is making me crave a mimosa. Is it Friday yet?

How To Add Color To Black and White Outfit

How To Wear a Yellow Blazer

How To wear a Checkered Dress

How to Style a Yellow Blazer

Spring Work Outfit with Yellow Blazer

Dress: Forever 21 (identical) | Blazer: borrowed from my mom (similar) | Shoes: BCBGeneration (similar) | Bracelet: Kate Spade

Life Lately

18 Apr

Baubles to Bubbles Instagram

I really fell behind on posting this week. I’m mad at myself because it was such a nice week (other than the random snow on Tuesday), and I didn’t get to take advantage of it because I was so busy at work. In real estate, busy season starts around April and doesn’t slow down until fall. Translation: I’m not going to have much of a life for awhile. I don’t know why, but I’m so hard on myself when I don’t get to post as much as I’d like to. Maintaining a blog the past year and a half has become really important to me, so when I go through times where I can’t devote a lot of time to it, I feel like I’m letting myself down.

Today’s post is pretty much just a recap via my Instagram of random things in my life lately. I’m obsessed with glitter, but recently discovered my obsession for covering my champagne bottles in glitter. I don’t need to harp on my love for champagne, but adding pink and gold glitter to the equation ups the ante! It’s actually super easy, so I might do a DIY post on it sometime. After admiring my glittery work, I decided I had to have a mimosa, so I’d say that was a productive Saturday. Another moment I had to capture on Instagram was getting to wear my metallic oxfords for the first time this year! If loving a pair of shoes is wrong, then I don’t want to be right. I got these last year, and feel like I’m walking on clouds when I wear them because they’re so comfortable. Plus, I’ve gotten compliments from men and women alike, which is a success since men really don’t “get” our fashion choices. PS- they’re on major sale now!

If anyone suffers from sleep issues like I do, then this Clinique product is a miracle. Only recently did I notice I was starting to look extremely tired. It was actually when I was looking at my blog pictures that I realized I looked pretty rough around the eye area. I freaked out and started researching this new beauty issue (add it to the list), and how to solve it. I grew up using Clinique products, so when this little eye roller met my bags it was a match made in heaven. Seriously, this is like an eye massage! Lastly, I’m still a little giddy about finding this Kensie dress stuffed in the back of my closet. I got it years ago, and plan on wearing it to work way too often this spring! Shopping in your closet is the best.

Orange, White and Blue

14 Apr

 Ann Taylor Orange Pencil Skirt

The weather could not have been more perfect this weekend. It actually felt more like summer instead of spring, and it was amazing! I’ve been having so much fun putting together outfits for work in the morning. The theme? ANYTHING with color. I wore this outfit (minus the shoes) to work yesterday. In realtor world, it’s pretty typical to work on the weekends, and yesterday some coworkers and I went and knocked on doors to meet potential clients. It’s days like those that I am forever grateful for Tory Burch flats. I have two pairs, one pair of which desperately needs new soles because I’ve worn them nonstop for three years.

Anyway, it was the perfect day to get out and meet homeowners. I started off the day feeling cute and colorful, but my cute curls quickly turned into a giant knotted birds nest thanks to the wind. Not pictured: my gold-plated Cutler Real Estate name tag. You get to choose between a gold and silver name tag, and most people opt for the silver. In true fashion blogger fashion, I chose the gold option because all my jewelry is gold (and you gotta match your name tag to your jewelry, right?).

TSpring Summer Work Outfit Pencil Skirt

La Mer Carpe Diem Watch, Anthropologie Statement Necklace

Ralph Lauren Ruffled Blouse with Anthropologie Necklace

Orange Ann Taylor Pencil Skirt with White Ruffle Blouse

Top: Ralph Lauren (similar) | Skirt: Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes: Lulu’s (similar) | Watch: La Mer | Necklace: Anthropologie | Nails: Essie ‘Blanc’

Black and White Gingham

11 Apr

Black and White Checkered Spring Dress

Black and White Gingham Dress

Rediscovering old pieces in my closet is the most exhilarating feeling. Sometimes I feel like I’m exploring in a new boutique when I dig in the back of my closet. I love the excitement of finding something you had totally forgotten about, and that amazing feeling when you put it on and it still fits! Unfortunately, I don’t always have success in the fit department, but when I do it’s a big moment.

I got this Kensie dress my freshman year of college at one of my favorite local boutiques, Kismet. I had shopped at this boutique since early on in high school, and developed a Kensie obsession. The brand is girly, with a little bit of quirk. I still have a soft spot for Kensie in my heart, and always browse their selection at Macy’s and Dillard’s to this day.

On a totally random note, I got a little starstruck yesterday (even though I didn’t even see a celebrity). Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are in town filming the movie “Carol”, and they randomly happened to be filming ON MY STREET yesterday! We live on a big hill on a pretty secluded road, surrounded by woods. My brother came home and said there was a police officer blocking traffic at the bottom of our driveway. The cop said Cate Blanchett’s movie was being filmed until later that night. My mom and I freaked out and screamed like little girls, and then proceeded to put on gym shoes and walk around our hill to creep on the movie set below. We could barely see anything, and then tried to devise a plan to sneak through the woods to get close to the set. As I’m typing this, I realize how creepy this sounds, but I promise it isn’t. It’s not too often a movie is filmed literal feet from your house. We ended up getting a happy ending, though. As we were pulling down our drive to go to dinner, there were about six old school buggies (for the movie) blocking our driveway. I pulled out my paparazzi/creeper skills and snapped some pics! I couldn’t see inside the cars, but I have a hunch Cate and Rooney were in there somewhere ;).

How to Wear a Gingham Dress

Black Ankle Strap Heels with Gingham Dress

Checker Print Dress with a Bow

Black and White Checkered Print Dress

Kensie Checker Print Dress

Dress: Kensie (super old, similar) | Shoes: Lulu’s (similar) | Nails: Essie ‘Blanc’

Ladylike in Leather

9 Apr

Pink J.Crew Sweater Urban Outfitters Leather Skirt

Urban Outfitters Pleated Leather Skirt

I can’t stop admiring how green the grass has become this month. That, and the gradually warming weather are two major signs of spring arriving! I’m so excited that everything is starting to bloom, and it’s making me want to plant as many colorful flowers as possible. After the winter from hell, I am appreciating spring and summer to the fullest this year!

Today’s outfit is all about being ladylike in leather. This pink J.Crew sweater is one of my favorites because it is so soft. Seriously, I could sleep in this thing, and I made sure to snag up a yellow one a few months ago on sale. I thought the pop of pink would be the perfect fit with the flirty cut of this Urban Outfitters skirt. I don’t get to wear this as much as I’d like, but when I do I always feel the perfect mix of edgy and feminine. I opted for silver jewelry today, which is pretty big of me. I consider myself a diehard gold girl, and my jewelry collection is proof of this. To say the silver options are lacking would be a big understatement. I’ve been saying for years that I “need silver jewelry”, but end up coming home with something gold. Now that I’ve confessed my gold weakness here, I truly am going to shop for more silver. After all, the silver section of my jewelry drawer could use some more companions!

J.Crew Pink Tippi Sweater with Leather Skirt

Pink Sweater with Black Leather Skirt

Elsa Peretti for Tiffany Bone Cuff in Silver

Sweater: J.Crew (similar) | Skirt: Urban Outfitters (similar) | Shoes: Lulu’s (similar) | Cuff: Tiffany | Necklace: Unknown (similar) | Nails: Essie ‘Blanc’

Bauble Wish List: Random Assortment

3 Apr

This month’s bauble wish list doesn’t exactly have a theme. It’s more of a general roundup of amazing jewelry I wish I owned. I’m loving all the new spring baubles I’ve been seeing lately. As of right now, I’m not really fawning over any particular jewelry trend. I’m all about stocking up on timeless, well-made pieces. When it comes to jewelry, I don’t discriminate!

These pink and gold Tory Burch earrings are a gorgeous, feminine statement piece. How cute would they look with a white dress this summer? I’m also loving this Aerin Erickson Beamon colorful bracelet. It’s a classic piece, and the shades of blue and green are the perfect match! Although I’m far from “punk”, I instantly fell in love with this gold spiked cuff from Saks. The spikes are understated, but add some nice texture. The last bauble, these J.Crew earrings, are at the top of my wish list right now! I’ve been on the hunt for navy teardrop earrings, and the pale pink flowers were the cherry on top.

Spring 2014 Jewelry Trends

Top: Tory Burch | Aerin Erickson Beamon

Bottom: A Peace Treaty | J.Crew

Collared

2 Apr

ASOS Sleeveless Collared Top

ASOS New Look Contrast Collar Top

What’s better than a cute, versatile top? A top that’s cute, versatile and comfortable. Oh, and majorly inexpensive ($24 inexpensive). I have a pretty big weakness for menswear-inspired clothes, which is probably what drew me to this ASOS shirt. I love the contrast of a black and white top, and how you can make it as dressy or casual as you want. It should also be noted that this top has some stretch to it, making it the most comfortable top I own!

I think sleeveless shirt weather is finally starting to creep up on us. It’s actually kind of exciting waking up in the morning and seeing what the temperature is, since you know there’s not going to be snow. Incorporating spring pieces has been an instant mood lifter for me. I was creepily smiling to myself the entire time I was putting on my ankle strap heels. I don’t even know what my reaction will be when I slip on a summery dress, but I’ll keep you posted.

Black Sleeveless Top with White Collar

ASOS Black Sleeveless Top

New Look Contrast Collar Top

Gap Distressed Jeans with Sleeveless Collared Top

Top: ASOS | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Lulu’s (similar) | Watch: La Mer

Bell Sleeves

31 Mar

jjPleated White Zara Blouse

White Zara Blouse with Leather Shorts

Happy Opening Day! I could be jinxing myself here, but I think spring is here to stay. The grass is actually starting to turn green, and the Reds begin their season today. As of me typing this, I don’t have a ticket, but I’ll probably tag along with my parents and end up getting one somehow. My dad is extremely lucky, and always ends up getting an extra ticket at the last minute. There’s really no better way to celebrate nice weather than going to a baseball game. I just hope the Reds fare better than Dayton did against Florida over the weekend. That was heartbreaking.

Now that I’ve gotten sports out of my system, I can focus on today’s black and white outfit. I ordered this Zara top online, and I love it! I am a total sucker for bell sleeves. If everything in my closet could have bell sleeves I would be totally fine with it. There’s something so feminine about them. To add a little pop of gold, I wore this Melie Bianco monogrammed clutch. I’ve had it for awhile, but am just now using it. It’s so dainty and girly, and stands out particularly well against a neutral color palette. They have every letter of the alphabet, so be sure to check them out!

Bell Sleeve Zara Blouse Gianni Bini Leather Shorts

Melie Bianco Kayla Monogram Clutch

Black Leather Shorts with Long Sleeve Zara Blouse

Melie Bianco Striped Clutch Purse

White Zara Pleated Blouse with Bell Sleeves

Top: Zara | Shorts: Gianni Bini (similar) | Purse: Melie Bianco | Shoes: Lulu’s (similar) | Necklace: J.Crew | Nails: Essie ‘Blanc’

Tiffany Blue

28 Mar

Tiffany Blue Gap Skirt

I can’t believe it’s the last weekend of March and I’m 1. wearing a turtleneck 2.wearing tights & 3. wearing faux fur booties. I know March is a month of transition, but this week has taken a turn for the freezing. Not trying to hate on my winter clothes since they’ve had to work overtime this winter, but I’m ready to put them away for a long time! I’m waiting for the days where I can wear skirts without opaque tights underneath, and tops that serve solely to keep my neck warm.

On another note, the Dayton Flyers made it to the Elite Eight last night! I watched the game at a bar with my friends last night, but it still hasn’t hit me that my alma mater has made it so far in the tournament. My weekend is going to look a little something like this: sleep and watch the UD game Saturday. I love when I get to sleep in on the weekends and do nothing all day. Plus, the Reds’ Opening Day is Monday, and yes, it is a Cincinnati holiday that you have to take off work for.

Baby Blue Gap Skirt with Gap Turtleneck

Black Gap Turtleneck with Gap Baby Blue Skirt

Kate Spade Flower Necklace Gap Blue Skirt

How to Wear a Black Turtleneck

Top: Gap | Skirt: Gap | Shoes: Report | Necklace: Kate Spade (similar)

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