Jeans and a Teacup

Friday, October 31, 2014

A SIlk Blouse and Booties

Silk Blouse, booties, flare mini skirt
Floral Silk Blouse, Black Skirt
Black Booties, Fit and Flare Skirt
Floral Silk Blouse, Black Booties, Fit and Flare Skirt
Floral Silk Blouse

I don't know what's wrong with me...I almost forgot today's outfit post! I'm really excited about this outfit. I got everything in this outfit on sale! I'd had my eye on this floral, silk blouse at Madewell for a looong time. I was just waiting for it to go on clearance. So I got it on sale plus and extra 30% off! I'm trying to not buy as many polyester blouses and go for silk instead. It is more expensive but I feel like it looks nicer and feels better. I know a lot of silks are dry clean only but I just hand wash mine. And can you believe these are my first pair or black leather booties? I got them at DSW for a great price and I'm sure I'll get a lot of use out of them. This skirt is from J.Crew Factory and I think I want it in every color.

Anyway, Happy Halloween! I'm going to a low key party tonight. For some reason, A LOT of people tell me I look like Anne Hathaway so I'm going to take advantage of that and be catwoman from The Dark Knight Rises. Do you guys have any plans?

Outfit Details:
Blouse: Madewell (on sale plus extra 30% off w/code "HAVEITALL")
Skirt: J.Crew Factory (Extra 31% off plus free shipping w/code "CANDYPLS")
Necklace: J.Crew (On sale + Extra 30% off w/code "STYLETREAT")
Bracelet: Stella and Dot 
Earrings: Stella and Dot

Linking Up:
Style Elixir: Friday's Fab Favorites

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Texture

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Texture-3

Well, better late than never, right? I've been a little sporadic with my outfit posts lately because I'm mad at the weather. It's still in the 80's here and I'm tired of wearing my summer clothes. Or more specifically, denim shorts and a tee. And that's not really blog worthy. Sometimes it gets a little cooler at night and I can wear a long sleeve shirt...or pants! I wore this outfit to the movies because it always gets cold in the theater so I was finally able to break out this metallic boucle cardigan! I bought this months ago but haven't been able to wear it! That's so frustrating!!

Anyway, Fall is my favorite season because of all the textures that you can layer in outfits. In this outfit I have my corduroy pants, fuzzy boucle jacket and snakeskin flats (which I got at Anthro for $30! during the 25% off sale items w/code EXTRAEXTRA).

Outfit Details:
Jacket: H&M
Blouse: J.Crew Factory (on sale!)
Pants: Gap
Shoes: Anthropologie
Earrings: Stella and Dot
Bracelet: Stella and Dot 

Linking Up:
The Pleated Poppy: What I Wore
Because Shanna Said So: Random Wednesday
Style Elixir: Style Sessions
Happiness at Midlife: Throwback Thursday (see how I've worn this blouse in the past)

Friday, October 24, 2014

My Favorite Denim Styles + Shopping Tips!

There was a time when all I had in my closet was one pair of bootcut jeans. I had such a hard time finding denim jeans that fit that I just gave up. But after a lot of shopping and trying on different styles I've found what works for me. I've also added several different styles to my closet. So today I'm sharing my favorite denim styles below along with a few tips for picking out denim!

1) Skinny Jeans
True Religion
Skinny jeans are the majority of jeans in my closet right now. I love a medium to dark wash because that is the most slimming. Skinny jeans are also very versatile. You can dress them up for a night out with a great pair of heels and sexy top. Or dress them down with flats and a loose, comfy sweater or tunic. I also find this style more forgiving if the length of the jean is not quite right. You can get away with a shorter length if you are tall. I usually like to wear ankle strap sandals or heels to fill in some of the "empty" space around the ankles. If you are shorter, the hem can easily be rolled up or under without having to actually hem them.

1) Bootcut Jeans
True Religion
This style of jean is great for all body types. If you are short and curvy then bootcut jeans will help to even out your silhouette and lengthens you. It's a good idea to take your heels with you when shopping for this style because length is very important. If the length is too short and you wear high heels, you will look like you are getting ready for a flood! If the length is too long, the hem will bunch up and/or drag on the floor making you look shorter and frumpy. The hem of the jeans should be about and inch above the floor when wearing your shoes/heels. That way you will look long and lean!

3) Boyfriend
True Religion
Brianna Boyfriend Jean
I think this is the hardest style to pull off but boyfriend jeans are just so comfortable it's definitely worth finding a great pair. If the fit is too loose you get a case of the saggy butt and end up looking sloppy in general. You really have to try a lot of different styles of boyfriend jeans to find the best for you. It does take some experimenting. If the fit of regular boyfriend style jeans is too baggy/loose for you, try sizing up on a pair of distressed, straight leg jeans to achieve a similar look.

This pair is just for fun! I love a pair of skinny black jeans or coated denim for a night out. Black, coated denim is also an alternative to leather leggings. You can still achieve that same look with coated skinnies without spending a fortune. I also find that coated denim is more comfortable than leather or faux leather. Added details like exposed zippers add an edge.

It's time to talk about your booty! I think a lot of people forget to check out the pockets when buying jeans but they are just as important as the length and style!

True Religion
If you have a flat booty, (like me), pockets with flaps can help enhance your behind. The extra detail draws more attention to that area. I usually avoid big pocket details on dressier denim because I'm going for a sleeker look but for casual jeans I like it.

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If you are more self-conscious about your behind, then a dark wash with a flat pocket is the way to go! They should be medium sized and placed in the center. This helps break up the width of your derrière!

Other things to think about:

Materials: Jeans should have a little stretch so they form perfectly to your shape. But not too much or they will stretch out and sag. Look for denim with no more than 2% spandex/lycra. That way it will stretch but still hold it's shape. Cotton/Poly blends are a little stiffer but still provide some stretch and will hold their shape.

Care: Drying on high heat can damage the elasticity of your jeans so it is best to dry them on low heat or hang them to dry. I never put my jeans in the dryer!

If you are looking for a great pair of designer jeans for women or men you should check out True Religion. They really do have a wide variety of styles and sizes. As someone who is on the taller side, I love that they have a wide range of inseams - from 32" to 36". That way you can find the perfect length for you!

What do you look for when buying jeans?

*This post was sponsored by True Religion but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support this blog!

Linking Up:
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mixed Media

J.Crew Sweater
JCrew Sweater
JCrew Sweater
JCrew Sweater
JCrew Sweater

So...it's starting to cool down to around 80 degrees during the day which means it goes down to around 68 degrees at night. That means in the evening I can put on a long sleeve shirt! Yay! I wore this outfit on a sushi date night with the hubby. Sometimes I just like to be comfortable and throw on a light sweater, skinny jeans and heels. I'm really loving this mixed-media sweater I picked up at J.Crew. It's like two shirts in one and I don't even have to layer! And booties are perfect for this kind of weather. I feel like I'm wearing boots but they are more appropriate for warmer weather. 

Top: J.Crew
Booties: via DSW (similar)
Purse: Madewell via eBay (option)
Earrings: Zara (old)
Bracelet: J.Crew Factory (old)

Linking up:
The Pleated Poppy: What I Wore
Because Shanna Said So: Random Wednesday
Style Elixir: Style Sessions

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Neon Dots

Polka dot shorts, scalloped shorts
Polka dot shorts, scalloped shorts
Polka dot shorts, scalloped shorts
Anthropologie earrings
Polka dot shorts, scalloped shorts

Happy Wednesday! Thank goodness...one step closer to Friday... Now that I'm working a little more I'm exhausted and can't wait for the weekend. And the sad thing is I'm only working about 2 hours a day. But it's with preschoolers...and I'm teaching music so the energy has to be super high. And it just wears me OUT! 

Anyway, it's still hot here - big surprise. So I have to keep wearing my shorts and sleeveless blouses. I just picked up this blouse from J.Crew Factory and I love it. The ruffle/tie neck is really fun. And I'll also be able to wear it in the fall layered under cardigans and blazers. 

Speaking of J.Crew Factory....did anybody pick up some items during the Columbus Day Sales? I ordered this blouse and this skirt. I can't wait for them to get here! 

Outfit Details:
Shorts: J.Crew
Sandals: ShoeMint
Earrings: Anthropologie (similar)
Bracelet: Stella and Dot

And Congrats to Priscilla for winning the J.Crew Necklace giveaway! Thanks to everyone who entered! 
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Linking Up:
The Pleated Poppy: What I Wore
Because Shanna Said So: Random Wednesday
Style Elixir: Style Sessions
Happiness at Midlife: Throwback Thursday (see how else I've worn these shorts here!)