Outfit Inspiration: Reno Rodeo

If you are a Reno local, you know that the Reno Rodeo is a summer staple. You also know that part of the fun in attending comes from getting dressed for the occasion. It’s the perfect time to pull out your boots, sundresses, Daisy Dukes and cowboy hats.

White Sundress

Summer Sundress

Quicksilver | Laurel Dress | $47.60

A crisp, white sundress is the perfect way to look country chic. This dress in particular is made out of a lightweight cotton, which is perfect for a hot summer night. Try pairing your dress with a jean jacket to keep warm after the sun goes down.

Cowboy Boots

Cowboy Boots

Tony Lama | VF3034 | $230.00

Legitimate cowboy boots like the ones pictured can be a bit pricey. The upside to the price is you get a better quality boot that will last much longer than knock-off versions. If you’re shopping locally, I recommend Shepler’s in Shopper’s Square. There is a good sized selection of women’s boots in various styles and price ranges. If authenticity isn’t a huge deal, check out Marshall’s, TJ Maxx or Target; all three stores generally carry a couple different affordable styles.

Daisy Dukes

Daisy Dukes

Rag & Bone | Mila Distressed Cutoffs | $175.00

What’s more country than a good pair of cutoffs? Pair these denim short shorts with a flannel and your boots and you’ll be set! If you don’t have a pair, try reviving a pair of jeans you haven’t worn in a while by cutting them off yourself. Get them the fray by washing them several times.

Cowboy Hat

Cowboy Hat

Dorothy Perkins | Natural Straw Cowboy Hat | $21.00

This hat will pair perfectly with any of your rodeo looks. And after the rodeo has come and gone you can continue wearing this summer-friendly straw hat to the beach.

What is your favorite rodeo outfit? Share your thoughts below!

Shop Local: Francesca’s

Francesca's LogoThis post is going to be a bit different from my other ‘Shop Local’ posts in the sense that Francesca’s isn’t necessarily locally owned…But we do have one here in town, and it is awesome. Francesca’s was initially opened in Houston, Texas in 1999. Since the store first opened its doors, the chain has spawned over 250 new locations, one of which is right here in our hometown. The store prides itself on providing a boutique experience; from the eclectic mix of girly clothing, to the huge selection of accessories, to the kitschy gifts around the register Francesca’s does not disappoint.

When you first walk into the store you immediately happen upon a table filled with color coordinated accessories. The accessories are well made and look expensive but most are under $20.00; I almost always head straight for the statement necklaces. There are bags and scarves intermixed with the also color coordinated clothing.

Francesca'sI love the clothing that Francesca’s carries. Even though the store has become a nationwide chain, it still embodies its original ideal–carrying charming hand-picked merchandise. Granted it is picked on a much larger scale these days, the items in the store still maintain a unique feel. For me, Francesca’s is a first stop if I have a special occasion, or if I am just in the mood for something girly. It’s great to know that I can find something flattering almost every time I visit.

The store does quite well for itself here in Reno, due in a large part to the fact that the items they carry are affordable. The stores success is also attributable to the friendly and helpful staff, as well as the expertly stocked and organized racks. Francesca’s Reno is located in Meadowood Mall right next to Victoria’s Secret. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 9:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am to 6:00pm.The next time you’re in need of a fun, feminine dress or blouse, pay Francesca’s a visit–You won’t be disappointed!

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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!

 

 

Outfit Inspiration: Gameday with the Reno Aces

Aces LogoOne of our nation’s favorite pastimes is heading out to the ballpark where we can catch a game, some rays and maybe even a foul ball. Here in Reno, we have the Aces and  I’d say its an absolute summer staple to make it out for at least a couple innings. But how does one go about dressing for such an event? The key is to show some home team pride without looking too kitschy. Today I am going to share three outfit options for the ladies. Whether you’re a first time fan or an Aces groupie, I’ve got you covered.

Outfit 1

Baseball Outfit

This first outfit is for the girl who wants to look stylish and trendy, but still fit in as a fan. Try creating an outfit with your team’s colors using items you already have in your closet. Its easy for us because the Aces colors are navy, red and white–a classic color combination that looks effortlessly chic no matter how you pair it.

Outfit 2

Baseball Outfit

This look is a combination of trendy and all out fanatic. Baseball caps have been very in this season, so why not pair one with a casual outfit to show some team support? I am a huge fan of the traditional, slightly faded, Aces ball cap–it’s a steal at only $21.99. Bonus…Not only does a ball cap keep you looking cute, it also shades your eyes from the afternoon sun.

Outfit 3

Baseball Outfit

The final outfit is for the diehard fan who wants the world to know that she loves her team. Lucky for us, baseball apparel has become much more appealing in recent years. Take this tank top for example, the cut and print are both trendy. I’d pair this tank (another steal at only $20.00) with some jeans or even a maxi skirt on a warm summer night. This look is obviously styled with a mitt because no true fan would ever enter the park without one!

Get out there and see a game this summer…Just make sure you don’t forget the SPF!

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Shop Local: Sippees

SippeesIf you have been reading my blog for any increment of time, you know that I have a thing for second-hand stores. I am excited to let you know that just a few days ago, another one popped up in Midtown. Its called Sippees and it was opened by Jessica Schneider, owner of Junkee Clothing Exchange. Unlike any of the other stores I have mentioned though, Sippees is geared towards the kiddos.

Sippees has a little bit of everything, and stepping through the front door feels more like hopping on a ride at Disneyland than it does entering a store. It contains more than enough fun activities to keep the kids busy while you sort through the racks. The store, which carries new and used children’s clothing, features a giant seal named Sippee, a tutu warehouse, a life-size tug boat, and a sail boat filled with salt water taffy. By the looks of the place, I’d imagine that parents have a hard time getting their kids to leave.

SippeesSimilarly to Junkee Clothing Exchange, Sippees buys, sells and trades used children’s clothing in addition to selling all the goodies and new stuff. I have a feeling that Sippees will do quite well for itself. It’s not like its the only re-sale children’s clothing store, but it is the only re-sale children’s clothing store of its kind. If you don’t have any kids in your life, the store is still worth checking out…its that awesome. If you do have kids though, don’t wait. Sippees will surely become one of your go-to stores.

Sippees is located at 955 S. Virginia Street and is open 7 days a week from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Check it out and let me know what you think!

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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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Pack With A Purpose

Those who know me probably doubt my ability to write this post because I almost always over pack. It isn’t because I don’t know how to pack lightly though…I’d say its more a fear of not having the right outfit for an unexpected situation. When I begin packing I always have a detailed list running through my mind; however, when crunch time sets in I throw all logic out the window.

While packing for a recent overnight trip to San Francisco, I realized that I needed to formulate my own reusable packing list. Today, I am going to share that list with you. Utilize it properly and you’ll be sure to make the most out of your carry-on luggage.

Fashionable Luggage

First things first, much like my list of wardrobe essentials, you want the items in your suitcase to mix and match with each other. This way you get the very most out of each article you pack. This is easily achievable if you stick to a neutral pallet and add in a few key colorful pieces.

Start with your bottoms: one pair of black trousers, one pair of dark denim and a pencil skirt. All three of these items can be dressed up or down, and with the exception of the jeans, can be worn for work or play.

Bottoms

Now that you have the base items for your traveling wardrobe, you’ll want to add in a few more additional key items. You’ll want to pack a silky blouse, a brightly colored top and a light sweater. You can pair each top with each bottom, giving you a total of 9 different outfits from only 6 items.

Tops

With the previously mentioned 6 items you have a very stylish set of possible outfit combinations. All that’s left to add is a few accessories and extras. A black blazer does double duty–It makes any outfit more professional, and it can be layered for extra warmth in an instance of inclement weather. Next is a silk scarf, it adds instant glam to any outfit. I also recommend adding a skinny leather belt; it can be wrapped around your silk blouse or light sweater for a chic twist.

Accessories

As far as shoes are concerned I recommend a pair of black flats and a pair of nude heels. Finally I always include a piece of statement jewelry…it could be a pair of earrings, a necklace or even a watch, but its always nice to add a little dimension.

Shoes & Statement Piece

And there you have it. With only 12 items, you have a ton of outfit possibilities. After these items make their way into your luggage you’ll still have enough space for a pair of PJ’s, under garments, your toiletries, straightener and blow dryer. Who would have thought you could be set for a whole weekend with so few items?

Do you think you could you travel with only 12 articles of clothing? Share your comments below!

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