Jeans and a Teacup

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.

True Religion
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?

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!)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sheer Panels

Sheer Panel Pencil Skirt, Floral Crop Top
Floral Crop Top, Sheer Panels
Floral Crop Top, Pencil Skirt with Sheer Panels
Floral Crop Top
Floral Crop Top, Pencil Skirt with Sheer Panel

I apologize for my absence the last week. I started a new job and I'm just not good at juggling my work and blog schedule yet. I'll update you on my new job later but I just don't feel like thinking about it now...haha. 

Anyway, my husband finally came home! It was a rough couple weeks for me. I spent a lot of time alone...just me and a couple bottles of wine. So I was glad to have someone to hang out with again. On Friday night we went out to dinner and I decided to dress up a little. I bought this skirt months ago to wear with this top but never got the chance. The top is very boxy so I wanted a form fitting skirt. And the sheer panel in the skirt just matches the top perfectly. 

Top: Express (option)
Skirt: Zara (similar)
Heels: via DSW (similar)
Purse: c/o Bebe (option)
Lips: Julep
Earrings: Stella and Dot 

It's the last day to enter the J.Crew Necklace Giveaway!
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Linking Up:
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Monday, October 6, 2014

I'm Over Summer + Tour Through Blogland

floral shirt, striped shorts, mixed prints
striped shorts, floral shirt, mixed prints
floral blouse, striped shorts
floral blouse, striped shorts, mixed prints
photos by Adri Lately

I can't tell you how over summer I am right now. I'm usually a big fan of California weather but I've had enough. Fall is my favorite season and I'm missing it! It's been in the 90's for as long as I can remember. I've run out of summer outfits and I can't wear any of the fall clothes I've gotten recently. Life is tough guys. 
I met up with Adri over the weekend to take outfit photos and grab some coffee. Thank goodness for blogger friends who can take your photos when your photographer/husband is gone for two and a half weeks! 

Anyway, Miriam from Simply Classic asked me to participate in "Tour Through Blogland". I'm answering some questions and sharing two of favorite bloggers with you! 

1) What am I working on?
Well, I'm always thinking of new outfits I can put together for the blog. I'm also always browsing the internet for deals and sales on pieces that I need for my closet. I'm trying to get better at the whole blogging thing! That includes being more active on social media, preparing posts ahead of time and thinking of creative content for the blog. I'm still working on it...

2) How does my work differ from others in it's genre?
I'm not sure that my blog is a lot different from other fashion blogs. I mainly focus on my personal style and remixing pieces in my closet. I don't buy a ton of new clothes so if you are into seeing how to style a piece multiple ways then I'm your gal!

3) Why do I write/create what I do?
I don't have a career that I can put a lot of energy into so blogging is my creative outlet. I didn't get a degree in fashion so as much as I'd like to officially work in the field, I can't. So I use this blog to share my love for fashion and style and maybe turn it into a career one day if I have enough experience.

4) How does my writing/creating process work?
I'm trying to get better at scheduling and preparing things ahead of time. Most of the time I take my outfit photos on the weekend (because my photographer works during the week). And then the night before I want to post I work on editing my photos and writing a little blurb. During the week I brainstorm about what outfits I want to put together. 

Now I'd like to introduce you to some other lovely bloggers! 

Adri from Adri Lately 
fashion blogger, adri lately
"I'm a 20 something LA living. Just a girl a tad bit obsessed with fashion and loves getting dressed and remixing. I believe in repeats and layering in the name of fashion. I believe that fashion is fun and everyone can achieve a style that works for them. And I can rock a mean pair of flats!"

Kym from Bitty and Bunny
BittyBunnyPic
"My name is Kym and I'm a lefty who loves animals, mashed potatoes, skirts with pockets, and writing about nothing in particular. In that order. Bitty.and.Bunny is the documentation of my journey learning to remix items in my closet to create interesting, stylish, and attainable outfits. Sometimes I succeed. I rejoice. I post those outfits to the blog, and hope to inspire someone that day. Sometimes I fail. I feel great shame and embarrassment. I post those outfits, too, and hope no one will repeat my mistakes. The sacrifices I make for my readers."

Make sure to stop by their blogs and say "hi!".

And don't forget to enter the J.Crew Necklace Giveaway!
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Linking up:
Still Being Molly and Lipgloss and Crayons: Let It Shine Monday