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!

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Outfit Inspiration: 4th of July

Independence Day is just around the corner and you are probably wondering how you will celebrate this year. There are always fireworks in downtown Reno, downtown Sparks and several shows around the shores of Lake Tahoe…you can even catch a display of legal personal fireworks along the beaches of the sovereign nation of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Reservation. No matter how you plan to spend your day though you’ll want to make sure you proudly display your red, white and blue in the chicest way possible.

Flag Sweater

Wildfox USA Flag Sweater

The Trend Boutique | Wildfox Couture Billy Sweater | $269.00

This sweater is a bit pricey, but I still felt it was worth sharing because it is pretty awesome. It can get a little chilly at night when you are watching the fireworks; whether you’re watching from the streets or out in the water, I have a feeling this sweater would keep you nice and cozy.

Red & White Bikini

Dorothy Perkins Bikini

Dorothy Perkins | Red and White Striped Bikini | $32.00

If you plan on spending your day on the beach, this bikini is the perfect way to show your patriotism without looking too decked out. If red isn’t your color, you’re in luck because this suit comes in navy and white stripes too.

Patriotic Nails

Red, White & Blue Nails

If you’re not into sporting the red, white and blue trend and need a more subtle way to rock our nation’s colors, try some funky nail art. This look is cute and girly without feeling overdone. For more red, white & blue nail inspiration check out Pinterest.

How do you feel about wearing red, white and blue on the 4th? Necessity or not? Share your comments below!

Little Black Dress

In today’s video blog I am going to talk about a staple item that should be a part of every woman’s closet…the little black dress. An LBD is extremely versatile; you can dress it up or down, style it for work or a night out on the town. The options are endless.

When shopping for a little black dress you want to keep a couple of things in mind. To start you want to think about the silhouette.  Are you looking for something more streamlined or something more flowy? Both looks can be styled to fulfill different purposes, the main thing you really want to pay attention to here is what makes you feel the most comfortable.

The next thing you want to pay attention to is the length and neckline. If you are shopping for a dress that you can mix into your office wardrobe, you’ll want to make sure that both the length and neckline are modest enough to be business appropriate. However, if you are just looking for something to wear around town, whether at night or during the day, you can afford to shorten the hemline a bit or go for more of a plunging neck.

After choosing the right little black dress for yourself comes the fun part, accessorizing. You can go for a look with bold jewelry and brightly colored shoes for a night out, or you can pair your dress with strappy sandals, a brightly colored scarf and some over sized sunglasses for running errands around town. If you plan on wearing your dress to work I recommend sticking to the classics with a pair of pumps, a strand of pearls and fun belt to keep the outfit from feeling too stuffy.

How do you accessorize your LBD? Share your comments below!

Summer Wedding Attire

Summer is finally here and that means wedding season is upon us! In my latest video blog I discuss the do’s and don’ts of summer wedding attire. You want to make sure and avoid the traditional wedding faux pas. To start, you should never wear white to a wedding because you do not want to take any of the attention away from the bride. Also, traditionally you are not supposed to wear black because it is a sign of mourning. I would say that this is no longer true, especially if you are attending a night wedding in the city.

Next, there are a couple of common sense rules you should follow. You should make sure you wear something that you are comfortable in that is conducive to the wedding venue, and you should not wear something too revealing, tight or short. Finally, you should avoid wearing any form of denim. You should make sure that your attire mirrors the significance of the event you are attending!

Share your thoughts on wedding guest attire 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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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!

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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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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