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top: urban outfitters
skirt: forever21
shoes: steve madden
bracelets: miscellaneous

When I saw that crop tops were making a comeback for spring, I was a little surprised. Don’t get me wrong, I think they are cute but for most, the thought of an exposed midriff can be…well, intimidating. While it’s not the easiest trend to style, when done correctly, crop tops can be classy and fashionable. Here are my tips for pulling off the look:

  • Choose the right length – My goal with this top was to choose a length that only showed about a inch or two of skin when paired with a skirt or pants. Make sure you try different styles and sizes on in order to choose the right length for your body.
  • Pair with something high waisted – Pair your crop top with a pair or high waisted shorts, a skirt or pants. This will minimize the amount of skin showing while accentuating your waistline.
  • Balance – Wear a tight crop top with a loose fitting skirt (like seen above) or wide legged pants.
  • Bring a jacket – There may be a point in the day where you just want a little more coverage. Bring a jacket or cardigan so you can cover up if need be.
  • Own it – As long as you are comfortable and confident with your outfit, you can’t go wrong.

What are your thoughts on the trend? Will you try it?

color block

I love, love, love maxi dresses as I’m sure you know if you are a frequent reader. To keep them versatile, I like to wear them in multiple seasons. When it isn’t warm enough to wear them as is, I like to throw on over sized t-shirts over them. In this case, the color blocked t-shirt I wore was a little too over sized for the dress so I knotted it to the side for a super comfortable and casual look!

Side note: I really wish this wood wall was in my house.

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dress & headband (similar): forever21
t-shirt: victoria’s secret
booties: sam edelman

trending tuesday: printed wide legged pants

I am starting a new series here on the blog, Trending Tuesdays, where I will explore a current trend each week and let you know where to get it for under $100! Please feel free to email me or comment if there is anything you would like to see featured in this segment.

First up, wide legged pants. They are everywhere. And, as strange as it sounds, even with the bagginess, they seem to be pretty flattering on a lot of different body types. Unlike flared pants, shorter women (like me!) can get these hemmed without having to remake the whole pant. High waisted versions also do a great job of minimizing your stomach area while accentuating your waistline. Perfect as a coverup over a bathing suit or dressed up for a night out, these versatile pants come in a variety of patterns and can be a fun way to add some prints to your wardrobe. Check out the inspiration board below to see how you can try out the trend for under $100.

embellishments

Not sure if it’s actually shorts weather yet here in Cleveland but it isn’t snowing so I’m making it work. Also, I am loving the embellishments on this Forever 21 sweatshirt. Comfy and fashionable? I’ll take it.

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top & shorts: forever21
boots: nine west

friday finds

Sam Edelman shoes always seem to be my favorite. They are so well made that they never seem to get worn out quickly. Currently obsessing over the Adora flats in pretty much every color they come in. These would be the perfect slip on sandal for the spring or summer. I’m debating on scooping up a pair of the camel or leopard print ones for myself.

Have a good weekend and if you’re celebrating, a happy Easter!

transitioning to spring with sammydress and nautique optix

I think it’s finally spring, right guys?! Even though it was in the 40s yesterday, the sun and the fact that I wasn’t bundled up in a ton of layers felt amazing! I received this Sammydress jacket the other day and instantly realized it is the perfect transition piece for days like yesterday – when it’s not too warm and not too cold (is it sad that Clevelanders categorize temps in the 40s as “not too cold?”). Anyways, it went perfectly with black jeans and a grey t-shirt for a casual look.

Let’s talk about these sunglasses for a second, shall we? You know I love a good Cleveland-based company and that’s what Nautique Optix is. What’s really interesting about their line of glasses is that no two are the same. Since they are all made out of different woods, they are all unique. It’s cool to know you are wearing one-of-a-kind glasses while supporting Ohio. Wins all around!

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sunglasses: c/o nautique optix
t-shirt: vince
jacket: c/o sammydress
bracelets: alex & ani
jeans: h&m

a day at the flea

The Cleveland Flea is where it’s at, people. Local artists, delicious food and in this case, warm weather…I’m in. I wore my JCrew l’amore triomphe de tout shirt (quickly becoming a spring staple) with a pair of polka dot JCrew pants. I also decided that it’s officially sandals weather in Cleveland and was pretty excited to bust out my sandals for the first time this year.

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pants: jcrew
top: jcrew
sunglasses: rayban
bracelets: alex & ani
bag: zara
sandals: sam edelman

in my bag

Through the years I’ve collected quite a few bags however 6 out of 7 days of the week you’ll find me carrying a Rebecca Minkoff M.A.B. Mini. It is by far the best bag I’ve ever owned and whenever they go on sale (and my budget can handle it!), I try to pick up a new color. Anyways, I love reading ‘what’s in my bag?’ posts so I figured I would put one together myself.

So, what’s currently in my bag (besides old recipets and gum wrappers…)? Hand lotion, a headband (American Apparel), a nail file, travel-sized perfume (Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolfe), lip gloss (my favorite, Buxom), hair ties, lip balm (EOS), planner (Erin Condren) and pen, sunglasses (Rayban), wallet (Kate Spade – similar) and tortoise eyeglasses.

What is your favorite type of bag? What’s in it?

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Of course my sister and I got matching Flashdance graphic tees for the show at Playhouse Square. Flashdance was a great performance with absolutely killer music. I loved it so much that I was inspired to watch the movie the day after we saw the show. Speaking of shows and Playhouse Square, check out what’s coming next year as part of the Broadway Series. Looks like a pretty awesome lineup to me…

Which shows do you want to see next year? Dirty Dancing and Cinderella are at the top of my list!

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top: forever21
dress: american apparel
vest: bcbg
bag: botkier
watch: michele
bracelets: alex & ani
midi rings: forever21 (similar)

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top: forever21
shorts: forever21 (similar)
bag: target
shoes: forever21
hat: urban outfiters

signs of spring

A couple spring fashion inspiration boards for both women and men today. Which trends are you excited to try? Which could you do without?

J Crew draped dress / Reiss high waisted skirt / Topshop kimono / Forever 21 stretch waist pants /
Tory Burch tan shoes /Kate spade crossbody / OPI white nail polish
1. Navy is the new black
2. Wide-legged pants
3. Camel sandals
4. Kimonos
5. Scalloped details
6. White nail polish