This top I actually call the “pretty pretty print top” because, well, it’s pink and florally, and it reminds me of some straight up girly Laura Ashley bedspread and sheet collections for the perfect little curly tendril, lace sock wearing, hopscotching and tune humming princess. Not that the description has anything to do with me, but people commented on the pretty print all day nonetheless. The prettiest thing about it? It was only 35 smackers! Pretty sweet, huh?
In the voice of Derek Zoolander, “[the off shoulder trend] is so hot right now”. It’s really really ridiculously trendy and I have hopped right on that bandwagon with the rest of the showy shoulder gals, even though I feel an innate need to pull the sleeves back up over my shoulders and stretch my arms in the air the entire time. So is this trend really for me? Is it for you? What is holding you back from trying one if you haven’t already? I’ve tried countless forms of these tops, three of which are featured in this post, among a gaggle of which have gone back to the store. Herein is a little show and tell of my take on this year’s mega trend.
I present to you: the uniform. When in doubt I have a basic go to formula for getting dressed in the morning:
jeans + flowy top + heels + gold jewels = jessica at work on any given day
Thankfully I work at a company that allows us to wear jeans the majority of the time, but I’ve found that on most mornings when I’m rushing around and haven’t laid out my outfit the night before like the good little girl Mommy taught me to be, that I stick to this simple formula. Sure there are times when I (a) throw a hissy fit and lay on the floor in a pile of pants that have mysteriously gotten smaller than when I folded them and put them in the drawer last or (b) think ahead and conjure up a creatively fashionable ensemble, but who works a full time (plus some) career and has time for this every day if beauty sleep, fitness, and basic nourishment are also necessary evils? Not me. So on go a pair of my trusty jeans (and I generally trust hudson skinny jeans to fit my curvy booty like a glove because they have a decent amount of stretch without the stretch out), a flowy top to cover said hiney in a solid to boot for extra versatility, some snazzy shoes, my favorite gold bauble bar pieces, and there you have it: the uniform.
This post features two such ensembles with a just below the bum black top and another with a longer flowy cream tunic (current Free People scored for under $50 so click through to see how I managed that), and be sure to check out both and enjoy the fashion parade along with the random throwback songs that popped into my head when writing this post and looking at these pictures because I’m so insanely tired writing this that I’m quite possibly delirious…or not 😉
Whether it’s foot problems, sore feet (“achy balls” as I like to affectionately refer to my area of the foot bed that gives me the most angst), a walking commute, one too many leg days at the gym (case in point during this particular day), or just a desire to turn an outfit into cozy street chic, it pays to have some cute sneaks around to solve whatever woes you. And sometimes a gal just wants to rock some solid chucks (and these happen to be on sale)!
I started with a denim skirt (for the hold outs, yeah, they are back in). Added a chambray striped shell, because, yes, you can do chambray with denim. Threw on a neutral necklace with a blue-gray tassel. So far this is sounding rather blue, huh? My first instinct is to go for a bold shoe pop in a heel nonetheless, but I find an older floral pair of heeled sandals in my closet with a hint of blue in the print and throw them on. No sooner did I get up from squatting to fasten the buckles, in a super lady like manner no doubt, when I painfully recall how sore my legs are from a killer leg workout. So I grab these cute, girly, cozy pink converse and run out the door with a sporty spice street chic option in hand and, voila, I can “convert” my outfit with converse.
You’re going to have to click through to see the full ensemble and simple transformation…
Summer is in full effect, the “wedge of the summer” has been proclaimed, and the sales are in full swing because, rest assured, the “back to school” events will be starting any day (mark my words and gag me…just kidding, back to school means nothing to me and, hey, I like the Fall, just not what comes after). Back to business; recently I posted about my favorite Marc Fisher wedge (wedge you get those shoes), which I realize isn’t a shoe for any budget. So with respect to every woman, I’ve done a little research to bring you the lust item that started it all, the ones to love, a pair for the gal on a budget, and the bargain. Warning: I can’t even get this posted fast enough because the budget pair is selling out so if they are in your size, I would act fast. To that end, I will keep this short and sweet and let you get to the wedge perusal.
This is me two months ago: So wedge you get those shoes that everybody is wearing this summer, little lady? Oh they are $625 Chloe wedges? Um, ok. They are gorgeous, but I’ll have to pass.
This is me two weeks ago: What wedge you think if I told you there was an equally amazing, almost identical pair for almost 75% less? Well, that’s better, but it’s still a pretty little penny.
Admittedly, I was still on the fence. I kept seeing these shoes over and over again. Then one day a friend bought them and mentioned how comfortable they were. Then I realized they were selling out everywhere and serious FOMO (fear of missing out) took hold. Then I ordered them secretly hoping that I would hate them because I was done ordering new shoes for the summer. Then they arrived in a box from that UPS man that probably talks about me and my online ordering issues over a cold one with his friends or colleagues, when it’s really not my fault that one order gets shipped in multiple packages and looks way worse because the boxes are always significantly larger than the contents within. I digress. Well THEN, what wedge you think would happen when my foot fit perfectly in this shoe like that glove should have fit OJ or like Cinderella and that stinkin’ impractical glass slipper? Yep, I’m on the bandwagon with the wedge of the summer and an official member of the Marc Fisher Adalyn wedge fan club!
I give you the shoe of the summer and how I wore them on their first day out on the town (or at work, but town sounds slightly more interesting than my rather dull reality)…
Themes: they are not my thing. I don’t overuse them [and actually quite rarely use them] in my wardrobe or my decor for that matter. In fact, I don’t think I’ve even had a bed-in-a-bag comforter set since the days of ordering from the JCPenney catalog (come on, you know you’ve done it). I digress. It has nothing to do with my… View Post
Once upon a time in the land of Bel Air, Maryland, I remember being in a department store with my mother while she contemplated a pair or two of red pumps, even though she already had similar red shoes in her closet. Of course, I’m not sure why she was even contemplating buying said red pumps on the sale rack because her motto has always been that if you see something you like and can return it, then buy it because it might not be there when you come back. In any event, she likely purchased and added those red pumps to her insatiable collection driven by the never ending affinity for the red shoe. You might be shocked with this next confession, but this summer especially, I have become my mother. I’m obsessed with red shoes! In fact, I’m trying to talk myself down from a another new pair or two right now. Down girl, down. In the spirit of this genetically inclined obsession (and in tribute to my mom and her eagle eye for the red shoe on any sale rack), I’m sharing my favorite red hot shoes of the summer (either already purchased or currently on the need list).
The Anthropologie summer tag sale began today and I’ve been chomping at the bits to get this posted; however, I’ve got this pesky little thing called a “day job” getting in the way. Plus I had to selfishly check out and buy my own cart load of items online first. But I was thinking of you the whole time, I promise! Tag, you’re it now. Time to shop, but since you had to wait, I’ve made sure to pick you some good-ens from the crop of freshly tagged goods.
Tell me what you want, what you really really want. I wanna really really really wanna zigga zig ah…ok, maybe I’m getting carried away with my homage to Spice Girls. For realsies though. What is going to make you read more, click through, subscribe, tell yo momma and yer friends?
I’ll tell you want I want, what I really really want. I really really really want to do this on the regular, to share real time sales deals, my picks of the season or from a particular sale, and maybe even share my critiques and gripes with fashion in an incredibly sarcastic, maybe bordering on slightly vulgar way. However, being perfectly honest here, I’m in a motivational rut juxtaposed with an overload of ideas and not enough time or energy to implement them all. So this girl sitting on a ledge with Lil’ Spoon, Big Spoon sprayed on it wearing a Free People dress is punnily asking how I can serve you?
“Everybody’s Rompin’ Around” by Jessica Mullins, written to the to the tune of “Humpin’ Around” by Bobby Brown.
Girl it’s just one piece, it goes on and off with ease [or it should because it has to come off with every potty visit], everybody’s rompin’ around.
Comes in prints and endless hues, can be worn with booties or summer shoes, everybody’s rompin’ around.
Yeah I look pretty pale, this hat and romper are on sale, everybody’s rompin’ around.
30 is the new 20 (hallelujah), blue is my new black (true story), and lately, the kimono is my new cardy! Not that I have given up on the classic cardigan and don’t still own scores of them, but covering up and layering with a cardigan has taken a back seat this season to the kimono.