Suburban

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

how to style a maxi via Kristina J blog
HM dress (similar) |  LOFT blazer (similar) + belt |  Nine West wedges |  AE watch + shades

dressy maxi outfit via Kristina J blog

Flower Power

Monday, August 18, 2014

modest summer outfit 
Anthropologie Firefleur skirt (some available on eBay) |  J.Crew tee (similar) |  FOSSIL Maddox bag
 Steve Madden sandals  (similar)|  Target watch
 
modest summer style via Kristina J blog
modest summer maxi outfit styled via Kristina J blog

TUTORIAL | How to Make An Easy Ribbon Belt Dress

Thursday, August 14, 2014

how to make an easy ribbon belt dress tutorial via Kristina J blog
how to make an easy ribbon belt dress via Kristina J blog
how to make a ribbon belt dress
I'm a belt lover, no doubt about it. But when the summer weather gets hot and muggy, the last thing I feel like wearing is a belt cinched around my waist. It's so much cooler to have a dress that looks like it has a belt but still moves and breathes around your body. A ribbon belt attached to a dress is a great way to get the look without feeling confined. 

WHAT YOU DO:
1. Start with a dress with a natural waistline. I used the Sidewalk Sunday dress from Downeast Basics.

how to make a ribbon belt
2. Choose a colored grosgrain ribbon. Cut it to fit your waist plus one inch. Fold ribbon end under and pin to edge of dress directly on top of waist seam.

how to make a ribbon belt dress via Kristina j blog
3. Attach by topstitching around the waistline close to edge of ribbon.

how to make a ribbon belt dress via Kristina J blog
4. Fold opposite end of ribbon under and catch as you topstitch ribbon edge.

how to make the anthropologie caranday dress via Kristina J blog
5. Repeat topstitching along bottom edge of ribbon.

how to make the athropologie caranday dress via Kristina J blog
6. Topstitch along folded edge of ribbon as close to zipper as possible to finish. Press.
7. DONE.

how to make an easy ribbon belt dress via Kristina J blog

Sunset Red

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

how to style a maxi for work via Kristina J blog
HM dress (similar) + shades |  FOSSIL blazer (similar) |  Target wedges |  Old Navy bag (similar) |  LOFT belt

how to style a maxi dress for work via Kristina J blog how to style a maxi dress for work via Kristina J blog
how to style a maxi dress for work via Kristina J blog

Chambray and Tulle

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

tulle skirt via Kristina J. blog
HM midi skirt (similar) |  Vintage blouse (similar) |  Nine West wedges (similar) |  FOSSIL pouch |  Target watch

chambray shirt styled via Kristina J blog

It was a two picture sort of day. If you've ever blogged or taken pictures for a blogger, then you know exactly what I mean. Fifty snapped images does not guarantee fifty usable pictures and since my face was in a weird mood, all the perfectly adequate images I might have used were ruined by grimaces or zombie eyes or worse. Sigh. Here's to another off day in front of the camera.

A T-shirt Kind of Dress-up Day

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

how to style a midi pencil skirt via Kristina J blog
Boden Wow skirt |  J.Crew cardi (another) and tee |  UO pumps (similar) |  Anthropologie bag (similar) | Target watch

what to wear with a midi pencil skirt via Kristina J blog
what to wear with a midi pencil skirt via Kristina J blog
how to style a midi pencil skirt via Kristina J blog

Some days the rain and wind just get ya. Like today, when my curly hair had been perfectly pressed (though not permanent pressed, as you can see by the fluffy ends). So of course, it had to rain and instantly the humidity and wetness clouded my images, curled my flat-ironed hair and chased me indoors. Sometimes, life is like a box of chocolates and then other times, it isn't. 

LOVE THAT | Summer Gingham

Sunday, July 27, 2014

love that

Gingham may not be outside the box, but it's fresh as the air you breath at a picnic on the beach. The square motiff is whimsical, yet chic and can be the perfect pattern you need to add interest to what might be a basic outfit. These our my current gingham crushes for the summer.
summer gingham picks via Kristina J blog

1.  If I Only Had a Rainbow dress via ModCloth
2.  Washed Gingham shirt via L.L.Bean
3.  Poppy skirt via Boden
4.  Gingham Check Shirt via Joe Fresh for JCPenney
5.  Box Pleat Midi via Dorothy Perkins
6.  Kerrington Dome Tote via Tory Burch
7.  Cotu Classic sneakers via Lord and Taylor
8.  Corner Candyshop Bag via ModCloth
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