Summer Layering

In today’s video blog I am talking about summer layering. Layering is typically reserved for the fall and winter months, but with a few simple tricks you can work it into your wardrobe all year long. When it comes to layering, there are some fundamental guidelines to follow; regardless of the season, the following strategies will help you layer like a pro.

1. Start off with a neutral basic, whether it’s a tank top or dress this base piece of clothing will set the stage for the rest of your look.

2. I like to follow up with a light layer over the top; an airy blouse with or without sleeves is great for the summer months.

3. If you’re dressing for work or a cooler evening you can follow step two with a blazer or a light sweater.

4. Accessorize. I like to layer a light scarf tied loosely around my neck with lots of jewelry and over sized sunglasses.

Layering is an excellent and cost effective way to spruce up your closet.  We all go through periods where it feels like we have nothing to wear, which usually isn’t the case. Rather than buying a whole new outfit, try buying a new scarf or a new blouse that you can mix and match with items you already have laying around. It’s a good idea to invest in some basic wardrobe items that you can reinvent with layering and the addition of new accessories.

Do you layer year round? Share your comments below!

Summer Sandals

One of my favorite parts about summer is showing off a fresh pedicure in a pair of sandals. A nice pair of leather sandals can compliment your wardrobe in more ways than one. I like to pair my sandals with sundresses, shorts, distressed denim, swimwear, and on occasion I even wear them to the office.

Strappy Leather

Target Sandals

Target | Mossimo Strappy Sandal | $22.99

I love the Mossimo strappy leather sandals from Target this season. They are very reasonably priced, but the faux leather still looks expensive. I think they would pair nicely with a summer dress or even with cuffed jeans. In the past, the sandals that I have purchased from Target generally only last through one summer before they start to fall apart; this is fine by me though because I like changing my look up each year anyway.

Metal Detail

Aldo | Labarbara | $50.00

The gold hardware on these Aldo sandals makes a huge statement. I would keep it casual and pair these with a white cotton dress, or dress them up by pairing them with a bold pattern for a summer wedding. Because the detailing is so prominent I would recommend keeping your other accessories toned down–think a simple necklace or just a pair of earrings.

Metallic Nautical

Dolce Vita Sandal

DV by Dolce Vita | Agnyss | $69.00

I am completely obsessed with the nautical details of this sandal. They are perfect for the beach or for date night; I think they would pair beautifully with head-to-toe black. I am a huge fan of DV by Dolce Vita–they provide a superior product at an affordable price, which is always a good thing!

What sandal trends are you rocking this summer? Share your comments below!

Trend Alert: Monochromatic

Summer is here and so are the summer trends. One trend that I am sure is here to stay is head-to-toe monochrome. This effortless combination provides instant class and is quite easy to pull together with items you already have in your closet. Today I am going to share some inspiration courtesy of a few of my favorite style bloggers, as well as provide some rules of thumb when it comes to rocking this fresh summer look.

The Pink Peonies

Rachel of The Pink Peonies does monochrome in mint (another summer trend) which looks exceptional paired with neutral accessories and brunette locks. In this outfit, Rachel has paired a peplum skirt with a sweater in a very close shade of mint–the texture of the peplum and sweater compliment each other nicely. Rachel is known for her classy ensembles and often works the monochromatic trend into many of her daily looks.

Little Miss Fearless

Amanda of Little Miss Fearless is working the monochrome trend in head-to-toe pink. This monochromatic look works especially well because she has paired several different shades of the same color together–this method is great for adding dimension. The ‘coral’ shade of pink that Amanda is wearing looks great against her tan skin and blonde hair.

Cupcakes and Cashmere

Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere pulls off a classic take on the monochromatic trend–head-to-toe black. Head-to-toe black adds an instant glam factor that is sure to turn heads. Black is slimming and looks great on just about any frame, so if you are a little nervous to dive head first into the monochromatic trend, this is an easy transition that will have you looking fantastic.

Would you rock the monochromatic trend? Share your comments below!

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Summer Short Guide

I am not a huge fan of shorts, but when you live in a city where the summer temps reach the hundreds, they become a necessity. Finding the right pair of shorts for your body has everything to do with length. I have created this guide as a reference point for finding the right pair for your frame.

Short Shorts

Summer Short Guide

Gap | 1969 Summer Cut-Offs | $49.95

Short shorts look best on shorter women because they elongate short legs. That’s not to say they can’t look good on other statures too, they are just the most flattering on petite women. When wearing short shorts it is important to make sure that they are not too short…When it comes to appropriateness there is a very fine line.

Pop of Color

Summer Short Guide

Gap | Sunkissed Shorts | $39.95

Colored shorts are a great way to liven up your summer wardrobe. This pair in particular is a good casual length and a great summer color. Pops of neon are very on trend and look great against a fresh summer tan.

Mid-Length Shorts

Summer Short Guide

Gap | Striped Boyfriend Roll-Up Shorts | $44.95

My favorite length shorts are mid-length. They flatter all body types and when styled appropriately can even be suitable for the office. I really love this pair from the Gap. The stripes are stylish and they provide coverage in all the right places.

Boyfriend Shorts

Summer Short Guide

J Brand | Nash Boyfriend Shorts | $188.00

I have a weakness for distressed denim. I am obsessed with this pair of shorts because they are a flattering length and feature a great amount of detail. Pull this pair on with a slub tee and some flip flops for an easy and stylish look.

Do you wear shorts in the summer? If so what is your go-to length? Share your thoughts below!

Summer Dress Guide

Summer weather is finally upon us here is the Great Basin and I couldn’t be happier. I love wearing dresses. I would wear one everyday if I could. There’s something about pulling a dress on that just makes me feel girly… Maybe its the nostalgia of playing dress up or maybe its just the fact that dresses are pretty, effortless and feminine–either way I’m a fan.

Beachwear

Summer Dress Guide

Eight Sixty | Rosarita Maxi Dress | $110.00

Who doesn’t like heading up to Tahoe for the day during the summer months? Its super easy to pull a maxi dress on over your bathing suit as a chic alternative to shorts and a tank. You’ll look especially trendy if you pair your dress with a fedora and over sized shades.

Office Appropriate

Summer Dress Guide

Pim + Larkin | Bright Tweed Shift | $54.99

If you work in an office setting its always nice to mix your day-to-day look up by throwing a dress on instead of a suit. A dress is easily office appropriate as long as it provides the right amount of coverage–first think chest then think length. It’s never okay to show too much skin in the office, this style in particular covers in all the right places.

Night Out

Summer Dress Guide

Skies Are Blue | Sunday Stroll Dress | $69.00

Wearing a dress for a night out on the town Is such an easy way to look chic and pulled together. This white dress is simple and classy but still fun. The bright white color is also very in right now–I’m seeing head-to-toe white looks popping up all over the place.

Summer Wedding

Summer Dress Guide

I. Madeline | Floral Mix Dress | $89.00

I am obsessed with this dress. The print is so fun and vibrant, making it perfect for a summer time wedding. It is the perfect cut for a wedding because it has enough coverage to remain modest, but it is still light and airy enough to keep you cool on a hot summer night.

What is your go-to summer dress? Share your thoughts below!

 

 

Shop Local: Clothes Mentor

Clothes Mentor RenoClothes Mentor is a local second-hand shop here in Reno, owned by none other than…Hillary Schieve, who is also the owner of Plato’s Closet and The Biggest Little Fashion Truck. Clothes Mentor is located right next door to Plato’s Closet in the vibrant and thriving Midtown District. Clothes Mentor caters to a more mature audience than Plato’s Closet though, and the brands they carry reflect that.

Clothes Mentor is run in a very similar fashion to Plato’s. They buy, sell and trade your gently used name brand clothing. The only difference? The brands they’re looking for include Banana Republic, J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Louis Vuitton, BCBG, Free People, etc. The store is organized by style, size and color…That means if you’re looking for a little black dress you’ll know exactly where to find it.

The staff at Clothes Mentor is very friendly and knowledgeable about the latest trends. If you’re shopping for something specific, let them know. Chances are they’ll lead you straight to it. After all, they did buy it! When sorting through the racks it is easy to tell that the buyers are very diligent when it comes to purchasing items, this process ensures that you will only find the highest quality second-hand. Many times you’ll find items still intact with original tags.

Clothes Mentor RenoIf you plan on selling your clothing to Clothes Mentor make sure that all the items you bring in are current (carried by stores within the past two years), in great condition (free of flaws and gently used) and name brand. If you follow these 3 simple rules you’re sure to leave with cash…err, clothes in hand. No matter how hard I try, I always find myself in the latter position.

Clothes  Mentor is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00am to 8:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am to 7:00pm. Be sure to check them out if your work or weekend wardrobe needs an overhaul!

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Summer Is Here

Summer is here. This is Reno though and the weather is unpredictable, so who really knows for sure. Either way, one thing is certain, the time has come for swimwear shopping. Typically my least favorite form of shopping. This summer though I am actually looking forward to hitting the stores. Retro is in and that makes my curves happy. In days of swimwear past, voluptuous women were in, cuts were flattering to a woman’s form and there was a bit of body left to the imagination. Today I am going to share three different online shops who sell vintage inspired swimwear with you.

Modcloth

Modcloth Retro Swimwear

Esther Williams Bathing Beauty One Piece | Modcloth | $89.99

Modcloth is probably my favorite destination for vintage inspired clothing, and designs like this vintage inspired suit are the reason why. The  ruching through the midsection accentuates curves as well as disguises certain flaws making it flattering to a multitude of different shapes. I’m certain that the designer drew inspiration from pin-up shoots featuring Marilyn Monroe.

Unique Vintage

Unique Vintage Retro Swimwear

All Black Monroe Two Piece Swimsuit | Unique Vintage | $64.00

Unique Vintage has a wide range of both one and two piece retro swimsuits. This suit in particular reminds me of a tankini in the sense that it covers a good portion of the midsection…the only difference is that this one covers the part that matters. Whether we’d like to admit it or not a lot of us have an unwanted bloat, this two piece makes it unnoticeable.

ASOS

ASOS Retro Swimwear

Baku Lace Bandeau Bikini Top With Sierra Floral Print | ASOS | $217.79

ASOS is known for carrying trendy clothing, not retro pieces. But I am glad to see that they do retro inspiration well. Aside from being retro this two piece features several other trends as well. Bold graphic detail and mirror image prints. The high cut bottom does the same justice to your lower belly as the previous suit, but looks a little more modern.

Would you rock retro this summer? Share your thoughts below!

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Trend Alert: Black & White

A few weeks ago, I talked about the black and white trend here. It is still going strong, so I thought it deserved a little more attention. Not only is the trend lining the racks of stores all over the place, its also popping up on personal style blogs all over the web. Today I am going to primarily talk about how different bloggers are rocking this look, but I will also let you know where you can score a few key pieces for your own wardrobe.

Hoard of Trends

Casual Black and White

First up we have Magdalena of Hoard of Trends. She takes the head-to-toe black and white trend casual and makes it look effortlessly chic. She paired a classic white tee with a super cool white biker jacket from H&M, distressed black denim and some white Chuck Taylors.

Cupcakes and Cashmere

Black and White

Next up is Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere. Her spin of the black and white trend has a downtown vibe going. I love the combination of the leather jacket and the lace up heels. Emily always keeps her outfits simple with minimal accessories, which is part of the reason I love her style.

B. Jones Style

Black and White

Finally we have Beth of B. Jones Style. I love the retro feel of Beth’s take on black and white. She is an avid thrifter who digs up some real gems. Both her peplum top and culotte pants are from second hand stores. She always manages to make her thrifted treasures feel fresh and trendy.

Black and white provide perfect contrast to one another and while the color palette is classic, we have seen that it is definitely current. Check out my three favorite black and white pieces below!

Black and White

Black and White Colorblocked Top | Forever 21 | $17.80

Black and White

Black and White Shift Dress | Zara | $89.90

Black and White

Black and White Stripe Leggings | H&M | $14.95

Have you tried the black and white trend for yourself this season? Share your comments below!

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Fashion Repeater

I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of trends repeating themselves through out the decades. I can’t tell you how many times my mom has told me she used to have a pair of shoes, jeans or a top ‘just like that‘ when she was my age. My response is always the same–Why’d you ever get rid of it? Can you imagine all of the vintage goodness that would fill my closet had she never parted ways with those awesome high waisted bell bottoms or that legitimate 1987 Guns and Roses tour tee? Instead I have to settle for my Hudsons and an H&M replica. That’s okay though, it makes scouring the thrift store racks for the real deal that much more fun.

70’s

B Jones Style 70'sOne of my favorite fashion bloggers, Beth of B Jones Style, seems to constantly channel the trends of decades past…And this outfit is pure 70’s. From the hat all the way down to the suede booties this look makes my inner hippie smile. Beth is always styling up vintage pieces; she scored this fab knit dress from Lost and Found Vintage in Orange, California.

80’s

My Style Pill 80'sAs trends recycle themselves, I think they get better. They get more glam. Take this look for example, its worthy of a John Hughes film, yet it works so well today. Christine of My Style Pill is killing it with her accessories, especially the fedora and over-sized shades–its enough to make Molly Ringwald envious.

90’s

Pink Peonies 90'sDenim on denim in the 90’s was just a staple of the grunge scene. Denim on denim today is…well hot. Rachel of Pink Peonies has this trend dialed in. If you’re going to do denim on denim you really have to watch the shades that you mix. The light and dark here are a perfect combination. I’m also loving Rachel’s accessories. The neon heels and statement necklace really pull this look together.

Which trend are you dying to see make a comeback? Share your thoughts below!

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How To Wear: Four Favorite Spring Trends

A few weeks ago I shared four spring trends with you.  I covered pastels, electric color, warm-weather leather and lace…And ever since spring sprung, these trends have been popping up left and right. Today I am going to showcase these trends and provide some outfit inspiration courtesy of some of my favorite fashion bloggers.

Pastels 

Pastels

Rachel of The Pink Peonies knows how to wear color. In fact, she’s probably one of the most color savvy bloggers that I follow. Rachel took the pastel trend to the next level with this outfit. Even though each shade is a little different, this head-to-toe pastel look really works. Check out Rachel’s post here to snag this spring look for yourself.

Electric Color

Electric Color

Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere has a very sophisticated and simplistic style. She always looks pulled together and this outfit is no different.  The bright pink and red compliment each other nicely while the subdued black accessories add the perfect amount of balance. Make sure you visit Emily’s post here to see where you can find this hot spring dress.

Spring Leather

Leather

Krystal of This Time Tomorrow is sporting one of my favorite spring trends, warm weather leather. This leather tank looks great with her distressed denim. Krystal is able to pull several spring trends into this one look: leather, camo and a pop of electric color. The outfit is effortlessly chic. You can view Krystal’s post here for some spring inspiration.

Lace

Lace

Kimberly of Penny Pincher Fashion is one of my favorite bloggers because she styles up some seriously fab affordable looks. In this look she is combining the peplum trend with the spring lace trend. The white lace is very feminine and looks great with her statement necklace. What’s the best part about this outfit? Its all from TJ Maxx!

Which of these spring trends is your favorite? Share your comments below!

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