Friday, July 18, 2014

Geek Chic...



It's the weekend! Yay! Happy Friday kittens.... I've been waiting for this day all week and I'm so ready to relax and have some fun in the sun. For some reason this week has seemed super long and slow to me... like it would never end. Or maybe it's just because I've felt really sluggish and slow with little to no energy. I guess the sun and heat will do that to a gal.... this weather has been rough, but at least we've gotten a little rain. Let's talk about this awesome sleeveless blouse that I borrowed from Elana of Room 334.


Of course the color was an instant eye catcher for me (I love me some yellow) and the collar was an extra bonus (I also love peter pan collars). I haven't been able to find anything to wear with this thrifted hounds tooth skirt that I've had in my closet for like ever so this was the perfect opportunity for me to show it off. I think they look pretty swell together. I look like a little Professor or Librarian or something... both were possible titles for my post but I settled on Geek Chic because of the faux glasses I'm wearing.


It's funny... I actually used to wear glasses but opted for Lasik about ten years ago. I was a commercial photographer back in the day and always got tired of my glasses clanking on the back of the camera and having to push them back on my nose when I would sweat a little. Now sometimes I find that I miss that option of looking like a cute little geeky girl (which I am at heart). Some people are so against faux glasses, but I think they are adorbs. What do ya'll think?


I'm really happy about these gold druzy earrings that I'm wearing. They look like little gold nuggets 
(I wish). I'm also quite happy with my bangs right now... they seem to be growing out nicely and I'm pretty proud of myself for not chopping them off yet. As always, I'm rocking a little bouffant. 


I wish everyone a happy weekend! The Mister and I have plans of building an adirondack chair and painting it bright turquoise for our screened in porch. We'll probably partake in a little water activity this weekend as well. Have a good one lovies. Check out how Elana, Katie and Erica style this sweet little blouse below. Tootles.
xoxo

Blouse: Borrowed from Elana
Skirt: Thrifted
Blazer: Kohl's (Lauren Conrad)
Earrings: Stitch and Stone
Shoes: Target
Faux Glasses: Claire's

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Embroidered





Outfit Details:

Top // T.J. Maxx
Embroidered skirt // borrowed from Lisa
T-strap heels // hand-me-down from a friend
Purse // gift (Candie's brand)
Bowler hat // Charming Charlie
Lipstick // MAC Russian Red

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! I feel like it's been such a long time since I've posted here, so it's so nice to be back! We've had quite the busy summer -- a trip to Disney World and to the beach, a nice visit from out-of-town family members, many trips to our local library, and a lot of time outdoors.

How's your summer been? Have you done anything exciting?





Elena, Room 334

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cat Call


Hello! It's Elana from Room 334 posting here on this fine Wednesday. I actually don't have any swaps to share today, so instead I thought I'd share the most recent way I've worn one of my favorite dresses and a few of the past ways I've styled it. I just sent this out to make its rounds to a few of the Flock Together girls, so seeing as it should be making some more appearances on here soon, I figured now was the perfect time to share another of my own takes on it. 

I think it's pretty self-explanatory as to why I'm so smitten with this dress. I know that it's been all over the Internet ever since it first reached the H&M shelves last year, but I couldn't resist hopping on the bandwagon. The print is obviously darling, and the classic shape makes it an extremely versatile piece. This particular time I paired it with my most worn summer cardigan and beloved J. Crew statement necklace for an afternoon of smoothies and Home Goods browsing with one of my friends. I actually first knew I had to have this dress after seeing it on our former Flock Together girl Jenna, and I have to admit that I can't help but think of her every time I wear this dress. She's since left the blogging world, but her influence is obviously still present on my style.

I've worn it a million times, but I've only documented it on my blog a few different instances. I seem to have captured a good mix of stylings though, from wearing it on its own, to pairing a collar underneath it, to wearing it as a casual skirt.
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I don't know about all of you, but I absolutely can't wait to see how the other girls style this dress. I'm sad to have it out of my possession for the time being, but I know I'll have plenty of inspiration for new ways to style it by the time I get it back. In the meantime, you can get your fill of Katz (that's my last name, get it?) by visiting my blog or following me on Twitter or Instagram. See you there!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rockets


Hello and a happy Tuesday to you! This is Katie showcasing once again Jana's pretty blue rocket dress. It has made its way to a few of the Flock Together gals and I have loved seeing how the other ladies styled it as well. I used the white and blue colors from the dress to translate into my accessories. I had been looking for a dress to wear with this little white hat from the 1950's and the white collar and sleeve detail was the perfect combination for it.








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You can find outfit details here if you'd like! Have a splendid day!

God Bless,
KJA





Monday, July 14, 2014

Plum Crazy


My natural instinct with a solid color dress is to layer it up, but seeing as the average day around these parts is hovering in the vicinity of 110ยบ, layers were not in my cards. Instead I reached for my straw hat, a loud floral belt, and partially clear shoes that found their way to my closet not too long ago. I recently thrifted these fun shoes that remind me of a lounge singer or a character on Dallas- and I mean that in the best way :)



dress: borrowed from Ashley // shoes, belt, hat: thrifted

This cotton dress really is the best kind of sundress- lightweight and breathable, and the criss-cross back straps and fabric texture add subtle details. I really love how Ashley jazzed it up with fun patterns and green shoes- you can see from her styling that this dress really is perfect for summer and layering in cooler temps!

How do you keep your outfits interesting when it's too hot for layers?


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Style Challenge: What to Wear to a BBQ

It's officially summer, which means it's the perfect time for activities that involve the great outdoors!  This season is always fraught with pool parties, picnics, and of course, one of the yummiest traditions: barbeques!  We thought it might be fun to showcase what we'd wear to enjoy some delicious BBQ fare:

To me, nothing says "summer" more than gingham!  This yellow gingham dress is perfect for any summertime cookout; it's lightweight, flirty and fun!  I am a big fan of grilling in the summer -- nothing beats a lightly-charred hot dog.  I'm also dying to try grilled fruit (like pineapple and peaches) this summer!  What's your favorite grilled delicacy?

Marisa of The Shades of Monet Chronicles

So this is what I literally wore to my family's Memorial Day BBQ back in May.  In the summer, I feel like you can never go wrong with primary colors.  They just scream Americana and grilled goodies, and blueberry cobbler, you know?  This little Mata Traders dress that was covered with yellow umbrellas and had a blue bottom on it paired up quite festively with my red, white, and blue owl tote and little peep toe flats and with that I was ready to party.  Now bring on the BBQ!

Elana of Room 334

I'm always the most overdressed person in my family no matter what, but I especially stand out during events like barbecues. I'm fortunate enough to have a really close family that does things like get together and grill often (and by that I mean it's just my dad and one of my brothers who grills), so whenever we do something of the sort, I usually try to throw on something fairly casual. I wore this look on my blog recently, and while I didn't actually wear it to a BBQ, it's the kind of casual, fun outfit that I would wear for the occasion. Some sunglasses and sandals are a must, and I think some fun prints are necessary as well. I'm hoping we have a BBQ again soon so I can put on this exact outfit again.  


Katie of Butterfly Loves Snapdragons 

When thinking of grilling out, I usually try to discern what type of occasion it is. If there will be bonfire-ing afterwards I wear my favorite pair of worn in jeans and boots with my hair up in my trusty scarf. If it will be a warmer night, a comfy dress and jean jacket is my go to ensemble! Either way I usually end up wearing denim in some fashion because it is so sturdy. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a marshmallow fiend when it comes to fires, so I definitely need something I don't mind getting too dirty in either :) S'mores, you know?

Happy Grilling friends! 

Lisa of Lala Faux Bois

Most BBQs in the AZ desert are centered around a pool party since it's the only way to make the blazing heat tolerable. This summer I've been pretty obsessed with my pretzel float :) An easy jersey dress, jelly sandals, and a head scarf round out my go-to party outfit.

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Erica of Sweets and Hearts 

The dry heat in Southern California isn't fun to be around, so for BBQs and other outdoor events I usually stick to lightweight fabrics that breathe well (and quite honestly, short shorts, mini dresses, and sleeveless crop tops=lifesavers in the summer). I still make sure to incorporate a bright color or two and quirky patterns. Here, I'm wearing a coral ruffle blouse with a ditsy daisy print, gray and white striped shorts by Dear Creatures (sorry so wrinkly--I'd been out and about that day), and my leather flower sandals by Poetic Licence.

Dus of Cuddly Cacti

When going to a BBQ anytime in spring or summer, you can most likely find me with a big hat on my head to protect me from the strong sun we get in the southwest. That, and a mug full of iced coffee, which makes this outfit more than fitting for my next BBQ! 



What do you wear to a summer BBQ?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Can Do No Wrong

Polka Dot, blonde, flock together, southern California belle, tea, never fully dressed, withoutastyle
Hey all! If you can't tell with blonde hair, it's Kristian here from Never Fully Dressed (Without a Style), rocking this sweet polka dot number from that Southern California Belle, Ashley! The shirt itself was actually a bit of a puzzle to me (and so I kept it longer than I probably should have; sorry Ashley! It's on it's way back to you now though, promise). With the crop shirt trend taking the (blogging) world by storm this summer, I'd been really wanting to try it too. But- showing midriff? A bit extreme for me and my pocketbook, but Ashley had this one, so I thought I'd give the trend a go! But what's cropped on one girl ain't on another... luckily dots can do no wrong, and tucked in it looks to fit fine.

Dots are nice in that they are a pattern that can act as a neutral, so the green in this skirt really shone. The leafy background is a bit of an anomaly in Wyoming, as any of my blog readers can probably attest. Mountains? Fine. Desert? Okay. Rocks and just a whole lot of brown? We're aces with anything brown. But leafy green? Not so much. But the owner of this little cafe might be magic because her fence is covered in these vines. The cafe, the Tea House, is a strange off-beat place. No menu, except for teas;  you get whatever they wan to serve that day. Trinkets and lace are everywhere like some combination of a grandmother's parlor and a little girl's day dream of a tea party. The food is delicious and the tea choice extensive, but it is only open a few hours on week days, so it's a rare day one can go there. So excited to say today is that day!

What tea would you have?
Polka Dot, blonde, flock together, southern California belle, tea, never fully dressed, withoutastyle
Polka Dot, blonde, flock together, southern California belle, tea, never fully dressed, withoutastyle

You know who else would make a good tea party guest? Ashley in this! Take a look and see what I mean. She  styled it so well. 


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