(*Taps microphone*) Is this thing on? Are you there? I really wish I was a daily blogger, but the whole life thing gets in the way sometimes. I am responsible for two little people and for teaching tons of kids some language arts skills, so blogging has slipped a bit.
What hasn’t slipped, though, is my pursuit of a fun spring wardrobe. Today’s post highlights three spring looks I am crushing on.
1. Pastel blue nails.
Blue used to be a very unconventional color to wear on your nails, but I would venture to say it is pretty normal now. A pastel blue, to me, is still conservative enough in that it’s a pastel, a softer hue. To me, though, it is just edgy enough of a spring color that still fits the season but isn’t your typical pastel pink. Give it a try! Now is the time to wear the pastels because when the end of May/beginning of June hits, most women shift to brights and even neons.
I am wearing OPI’s “It’s a Boy!” My friend Deb gifted me Color Club’s “Meet Me at The Rink” to try out. She says Color Club is a worthy polish, so I will give it a whirl once I have some time to paint my nails again. This picture was from last week, when I was sporting a fresh manicure.
2. White leather handbag.
As moms, we usually run as far away as humanly possible from the color white because … kids. But choosing a white leather handbag (or another wipeable material) may be the solution to adding white to your spring look.
I love a crossbody for running errands with the kids or even going to work since I also carry a large tote to work. Although I obviously can’t fit the contents of my bedroom and kitchen in a crossbody, there is something quite freeing about downsizing your stuff and carrying a lightweight bag.
|All bracelets are Stella & Dot. Click HERE to shop all S&D cuff bracelets. The olive wrap bracelet is retired, unfortunately.|
When buying a handbag, I ask myself three questions:
Does the style of my bag fit my personal style?
I found this Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5-Zip Crossbody at Saks Off Fifth (think Nordstrom Rack but Saks) in Nashville when I went to visit my sister. Rebecca Minkoff is an up-and-coming American designer whom not a lot of people I hang with/talk to know about, so that is why I like her all the more. Now don’t get me wrong. . . I love Coach and Michael Kors bags just as much as the next girl, but Rebecca Minkoff-designed bags, to me, are the perfect blend of designer quality but still within reach budget-wise. She also subtly blends edgy with feminine and classic styles (hence the structuring of the classic crossbody with chain, zipper, and fringe detailing), which is exactly the style I gravitate toward. I really like a traditional structuring to my bags, but I do like edgy details but not so edgy that it looks like I’m trying too hard. Does that make any sense at all? Anyone?
And P.S. I about wept tears of joy when I saw the price of this crossbody. Usually, these bags are at least in the $130-140 range on sale, so finding it for less than $100 was a BLESSING. Ash, I loved finding your wedding dress and all, but the Rebecca Minkoff bag came in a close second. HA.
Does the size of the bag work with my frame?
This size of bag is the smallest I would go since I have a larger frame, but the chain detailing makes it seem just a bit heavier. That principle goes the other way, too, in that petite ladies should shy away from larger totes that overwhelm their frame.
How many places would I carry this bag?
I do not buy many clutches or spend too much on them because I don’t carry them often enough. If I can carry the bag to work, out on errands, and to church, then I don’t mind spending a bit more on that type of bag.
3. Stretchy pencil skirts.
Back before I had kids, I avoided wearing ANYTHING that remotely resembled a pencil skirt for something other than an interview. I was a bit heavier back then and felt I was too big to be doing such things. I wish I could go back in time and slap myself really quickly. Yes, I have lost weight and wear a few sizes smaller in clothing, but I also don’t think you have to be below a certain size to wear a pencil skirt. This silhouette is feminine and actually very flattering on several body types.
|Old Navy perfect tee, Target VEST (OBSESSED) and loafers, Stella and Dot rebel pendant from MY STELLA & DOT WEBSITE, Rebecca Minkoff bag.|
I am a HUGE fan of the LuLaRoe Cassie skirt. Most of the Cassies are stretchy and have give to them to where you don’t feel constricted and uncomfortable the whole day. I have worn mine to church and to work, but I can’t wait to style it with some Chucks and a graphic tee for a casual look.
Like I have said before, pay close attention to the size of your print. I personally shouldn’t wear a smaller print because a smaller print is not in line with my frame.
If you are a little hesitant to wear a pencil skirt, a LITTLE extra fabric may remedy that. You can size up one size. Now, listen. I didn’t say TWO sizes up. Please promise me you will wear one true to size or a LITTLE big. If you go TOO big, the pencil skirt loses its flattering shape.
P.S. Here is a sneak peek at the one I just bought.
Yes, I love Cassies, but I have been pushed to add more color into my wardrobe, thanks mostly to my sister Mallory, and so I will be styling this one very soon.
Thanks for reading today, gals! Catch you next time, hopefully sooner than later!