Fashion

#FlirtyFallFlatlay with Adore Me


I was invited to participate in Adore Me‘s #FlirtyFallFlatlay and thought it sounded fun! Adore Me sells lingerie and focuses on the fact that your undergarments can make you feel more confident, which I totally agree with! Who hasn’t had a lucky pair of underwear before? Anyways, I find it quite easy to incorporate pretty undergarments in the fall and winter months, because the chunkier sweaters and cardigans don’t display what you’re wearing underneath as much. In the summer, I totally stick with my boring, flesh-colored smooth bras, because everything else is too noticeable! Not the case now!

One of my favorite (and easiest) looks is a cozy, oversized sweater, leggings, a cute bralette, booties, and lots of rings. My sweaters tend to be rather simple, so it’s fun to spice up the look with a fun bra, even though nobody else is going to see it. Seeing this laid out reminds me that I need more comfy sweaters and cute bralettes!

So, just a reminder that even though we’re covering up more in the cooler months, you can still keep rocking the pieces that make you feel like a badass. You know what you’ve got under everything and that’s all that really matters!

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My Wardrobe Staples

My Wardrobe Staples

Everyone has their signature staples to their wardrobe and I thought I’d share mine! I have tons of variations of what’s listed, but this gives you the basic idea. I definitely have a lot of black items in my wardrobe and tend to migrate towards darker colors, like maroon, a lot. I have a lot of jeweltone things, too, but I wanted to keep this to 10 items. It’s easy to make sure you have plenty of things that go together if you stick to a sort of uniform, ya know?

I guess I’d describe my style as rocker-casual, while sometimes dipping into badass when I feel like it. I like to be comfortable, always. Even my “sexy” clothes are still comfortable and make me feel good to wear.

The Staples:

  1. Motorcycle Jacket – my true go-to. You can truly throw a motorcycle jacket on over anything.
  2. Combat Boots – comfy and practical if it’s raining or snowing
  3. Moccasins – comfortable and great with jeans, shorts, and skirts
  4. Skinny Jeans – do I need to say more?
  5. V Neck – dress it up, dress it down. You can’t go wrong.
  6. Fringe Jacket – I wear jackets and cardigans a lot, but a black fringe number like this is my favorite.
  7. Flannel Shirt – they’re warm and cute.
  8. Lita – when you feel like dressing up, you need a badass heel to go with it.
  9. Mini Skirt – a mini and/or pencil skirt comes in handy for dressing up or down.
  10. Crop Top – great in the summer or when you’re feeling yourself and want to show a little skin.

I’d love to know YOUR wardrobe staples. Comment below!

I Let My Boyfriend Dress Me For A Week

I’ve seen this challenge online and always thought it looked fun, so I figured I’d give it a go! My boyfriend, Tyler, was on board so we picked a week and let the experiment unfold. He was thoughtful and would double check the weather for the day and ask if particular clothes were warm or if certain shoes were comfortable. I was impressed! I was nearby as he picked out the outfits in case he has questions where things were. I got a laugh when he paused after starting the first night and said, “wait, do I have to pick out your bra and underwear, too?” I told him I’d handle the undergarments, so he didn’t need to worry. There was definitely a look of relief as he smiled at me and continued going through my closet.
I think he did pretty damn well, if you ask me! But see for yourself…

Day One

  

  


The first day was Monday and I was back to work. He put together Monday’s and Tuesday’s outfits on Sunday night before we went to bed. He spotted this flannel first thing and decided to start from there. He exclaimed, “I’m going to dress you like me for the first day!” Next he found the “dibs on the drummer” shirt and chuckled as he selected it. Then he went with black jeans and some fancy knee high socks for added warmth. Tyler noticed my bin of shoes that I’ve yet to find a place for and rummaged through that until he found the wedge, spiked sneakers that he settled on. He was admiring his work hung up together and then said he wanted a scarf and asked where those were. I pointed to their location and he went through several before deciding on a black scarf with white cameras on it. I thought we were done with this outfit, but he went out to the hallway closet and got my tried-and-true (p)leather jacket and told me this was for tomorrow, too, because he knows how cold I get, but didn’t want me to wear my Northface jacket.

 

Day Two


  


The starting peice for this outfit was the cross cardigan. He pulled that out immediately and started going through shirts to go under it. I expected just a tee, but he actually pulled out a red and grey flannel. Then he said he wanted this one to be a little more dressy for work, so he asked where my work pants were and I pointed to the drawer. He pulled out the first pair and I let him know that those were capris, so he went for the next one and settled on those – black, skinny pants from Forever 21. Lastly, he needed some shoes and went through a few and visited several locations of the house to look at the selection before bringing back some ballet flats that I bought when I worked at Macy’s at the cosmetic department. He asked if they were comfortable and I told them they were. And then he asked what kind of socks do I usually wear with these shoes and I chuckled and told him that I didn’t. He expressed that my feet would be cold, though, without socks! I reassured him that as long as there’s not snow on the ground, these shoes were fine without socks. He said okay and put that outfit in it’s location so I could put it on in the morning.

Day Three

For Wednesday’s outfit, Tyler saw that it’d be colder out and decided a beanie was a must. After going through my hats, he chose a purple one. Next, he went straight for a galaxy print scarf that he got me. He wondered about pants and I reminded him that jeans were allowed at my job. He dug through the dresser and found some black and grey skinny jeans. Then Tyler grabbed the short combat boots he had almost picked on Monday for that outfit. Last was a shirt. He pondered our loud what color would go and settled on a long sleeved grey shirt. He spotted a purple cami and threw that on the pile, as well. So far, this is my favorite, but that could be because it’s got a lot of purple.


  
   

 Day Four

I was completely absent when Tyler picked out Thursday’s outfit. He had told me there was a STL Blues game on that night, but I didn’t connect the dots until I got home and saw what he had laid out. I just went “ohhhh,” because I should’ve seen it coming. I liked his choices and that it was still stylish while being sporty. Can’t beat that! Oh, and my hair is red now. :D


  

Day Five

On Friday, Tyler and I drove up to Chicago for our little weekend away, so Tyler made sure my daytime look could easily transition to our plans of seeing a concert for the night. I just had a regular black tank top on and buttoned the flannel up for work. We were going to the Bottom Lounge to see I the Mighty and Hands Like Houses perform, so I told him to try to make me look show-worthy. He had started with the purple flannel, then some jeans, and combat boots. He took his time looking through my tops and pulled out several before deciding on this one. I think Tyler did well! I love this simple, black crop top and the flannel kept me warm for the walk there and back. I took it off at the venue and tied it around my waist. Overall, 10/10 for this look, I think!

   
   
Day Six

We spent all of Saturday walking around Chicago. We did the Sky Deck on the Willis Tower, stopped by the bean, and just explored the city. It was fun and consisted of lots of walking. He picked out a comfy sweater and jeans, but I had my coat on the entire day, so I figured I’d take a photo of the “going out” look he put together. After walking about 8 miles throughout the course of the day, we headed for the hotel and arrived about 8pm. We relaxed for a bit and leisurely got ready. We found out that Tyler doesn’t know much about skirts, which I would expect. He asked what were considered more dressy skirts, so I showed him what I considered dressy or what was flexible and could be dressed up or down. He settled on this maroon and black high-waisted skirt. He then picked out a plain black, 3/4 sleeved dress that I said I could layer that skirt over if he wanted. He liked this option for the added warmth option. Then he said the fleece-lined, black tights would be good, too. While we were out shopping that day, he helped me pick out a necklace and earrings at Forever 21 to spruce it up a bit. Loved this one!

   
   
Tyler did pick out Sunday’s outfit, too, but in our IKEA shopping adventure, I forgot to photograph it. It was a easy and comfortable jean + thermal top combo. Nothing too fancy, which was fine after a week of picking out my wardrobe for him and a jam-packed weekend in Chicago for me. Comfy and easy sounded fantastic. I thought this whole challenge was fun and Tyler got a kick out of it, too. I think if we did it again, I’d maybe encourage him to choose something he thought was “fashionable” or some sort of objective for the day instead of just whatever he wanted. I mentioned doing the makeup challenge at some point in the future and he said he’d try, but I don’t think we’ll have as amazing results as we did this time… Until next time!

StitchFix #3

My third shipment of StitchFix came today! I got 2 shirts, a dress, a cardigan/jacket, and a little black dress. The jacket was what I first spotted. It’s so cute and is faux shearling! Can’t beat that! I love the clutch and wish I had it for a wedding a couple weeks ago. The pink shirt is super cute and can easily be dressed up or down. Same goes for the black and white. I love the mesh panel on the side of it. The dress looked a little “old” until I put it on. It looks very classy and fits me really well. That one surprised me! I expected to hate it but I felt sophisticated. So, once again, I’m keeping my whole StitchFix… BUT that means I get a 25% discount off of everything! Woot woot!

What is StitchFix? You choose how often, but you get a shipment of 5 clothing items sent to you after taking a styling quiz. They look at your pinterest and your feedback to make your next box even better! I usually have one sent every other month. Click here and try it for yourself!

Stitchfix #2

My second Stitchfix shipment came in the mail today! My boyfriend text me right after I got back to work from lunch and I was looking forward to it for the rest of the day! Stitchfix is this awesome website where you take a style quiz and provide your pinterest and a stylists picks you out 5 things and send them to you! Neat, right? I sure think so! Oh, and you get a discount if you buy everything – 25%! I’m loving it so far. Check out my first shipment here.

This time, I received a casual printed shirt, a studded cuff bracelet, a black faux-leather trimmed tank top, distressed skinny jeans, and a patterned high-waisted skirt. I love every item in this Stitchfix and decided to keep them all (again)! Everything is very soft and comfortable to wear, especially the jeans. I don’t know if I would’ve saw this skirt if I was shopping for myself, but I really love it once it’s on. All-in-all it was about $175 for everything, shipped right to my door.

Check it out for yourself here!

7.6.15

Last night I saw and photographed In This Moment again at Limelight Eventplex. I cannot wait to edit the photos, they’re like a concert photographer’s wet dream. I’m a big fan, too, so I HAD to “become the show” again. I actually had all of this prior to the show haha. I probably wouldn’t normally wear it all together, but it sure worked for my dark Big Bad Wolf inspiration. I tried to duplicate her awesome make up look and everything.

The show itself was amazing. They changed it up and added some new choreography and costumes since last time they came through in the fall. I’m a little bummed that I didn’t get to say hi to Maria this time, but it was getting late on a Sunday and I had work at 8am the next day, so I had to get home to my bed. :P

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If you haven’t seen the Big Bad Wolf music video, check it out below.