Monday, November 23, 2015

Transitioning Summer Clothes To Fall

California is know for having mild fall weather so it's pretty easy to transition your summer clothes into fall.  I challenge myself every year to take my favorite pieces from the warmer months and make them work when it starts to cool down. This works even if you're not in a mild fall/winter climate- heavier tights, a few more layers, perhaps some wool socks instead of cotton, a cozy scarf or knit hat? It can definitely be made to work. Below are three outfits I wore this week that each contained at least one item of clothing that was meant for warm weather- pieces I wasn't willing to part with even with 30 degree mornings


First up is my t-shirt dress- a lightweight cotton, with short sleeves. Worn on it's own it was perfect when the temp got over 90 degrees. Paired with sandals (and in my case a pair of rolled up, lightweight skinny jeans) it was great in hot weather. How did I transition to fall? A pair of thick, opaque leggings, boots, and my trusty denim jacket made this outfit both comfortable and cute. 

outfit details:

T-shirt dress: Target found HERE
Denim Jacket: JCrew similar HERE
Leggings: Costco (yes!)
Boots: Dansko Nena boot (no longer available, BUT can be found on ebay)
Necklace: Susanne Bjornson, local boutique


This outfit is perfect for a dreary day. You can't be afraid of bold colors if you're going to pull something like this out of your closet, but I promise if you do you'll make people smile. This short sleeved, crop sweater has just been sitting in my closet waiting for the temp to drop! While not exactly a summer piece the short sleeves don't lend itself entirely to fall. The skirt was a late summer staple for me with bare legs and sandals. I just couldn't wait to break out my tights! Combine this with a coat or a cardigan and you're totally set for a brisk day!

outfit details:

Nesting Doll Sweater: From local consignment store Curio, but originally at Urban Outfitters- brand: Cooperative (local? follow Curio on Instagram for outfit inspiration and deals @curioslo)
Skirt: the Cassie by Lularoe (a little tip: to customize length and make it more flattering with tall boots- pull up above knees and fold over waistband.)
Tights: Urban Outfitters, found in store only
Boots: Steve Madden Intyce in stone (now only available in black or brown HERE)


Take a sleeveless summer babydoll dress, add tights, boots and a cardi- you're set! This babydoll dress is not only sleeveless but it has a cutout on the upper back making it a great warm weather dress- however- I love it too much to relegate it to just hot days. Opaque tights, tall riding boots and a long cardigan helped to transition this favorite to fall. (want to fool everyone into thinking you have a crazy fake tan? wear these tights lol!)

outfit details:

Dress: Target
Cardigan: Target similar HERE
Tights: Urban Outfitters, found in store only
Boots: Bandolino-mine happen to be wide calf for my "athletic calves" as they say, (similar found HERE, all Bandolino and all on sale!!!) 

I hope this has inspired you to try to carry your summer pieces over into fall and winter. It's amazing what a pair of thick tights and boots can do for you. Not only do you get to continue to wear your favorite pieces but it saves money in the process. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf: A Review

I've had my eye on the Vinyasa scarf for awhile after seeing an acquaintance wear one, but I was hesitant to spend the money. Much like my first pair of wunder under crops, after I made the purchase I thought to myself- "Where have you been all of my life and why did I wait so long?!"

Lululemon positions this scarf as a "No fuss, customizable scarf". It features snaps at either end so the scarf can be an infinity or unsnapped to create a traditional shape. What sold me on it was the video on their website that shows you 10 different ways to wear the scarf (see video below) . There are so many times the Vinyasa scarf would come in handy. Yesterday I got caught out in a rain shower- it was bright and sunny and then suddenly it wasn't. I had left my umbrella in the car and I remembered that around my neck was the vinyasa and that it can be used as a hood. I pulled it up and walked to my destination in comfort. It kept me dry and warm on my short walk. 

I have tried the recommended ways of wearing it but my favorite is to keep it as an infinity scarf, draping it from my neck, looping it over my head and then unbuttoning 3 snaps. (See photos below)

I initially justified this purchase because my husband and I are going to visit his parents in England next year and I thought it would be the perfect scarf for the brisk early spring weather we can expect to encounter- the fact that it can be turned into a hood was a huge selling point for me. Honestly I've worn it every day since I purchased it so now I don't feel like I have to justify the purchase. I can already tell this is going to be a staple for many years to come and at $50 it's going to feel like a bargain for how much use I'll get out of it. 

I purchased my Vinyasa in sweat-wicking Rulu fabric but it is also available in cotton and velour. I decided on the Rulu fabric, a Lululemon exclusive, because it's lightweight and stretchy, but also super cozy and warm. I have the Base Runner half zip in the Rulu fabric so I knew it was a fabric I loved. I bought it in the heathered herringbone, which is the same print as my base runner, classic and goes with everything. (By the way, if Lululemon is listening: plllleeeeeease bring back the base runner half zip! I live in mine in winter and wish I could buy another one!)

So all in all a good purchase that I don't regret!

*outfit details:

Rose Gold Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters. I couldn't find these online but they are in store for $16
Striped Shirt: old BDG from Urban Outfitters. Similar JCrew HERE
Pants- BDG Cigarette Grazer from Urban Outfitters (hmmm I'm noticing an unintended UO theme!) **It looks like the cigarette grazer was discontinued in 2014 (boo!!). Looks similar to the Twig Grazer HERE

My review on the Lululemon Bhakti Jacket in their exclusive Luon fabric

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Outfit of the Day: Tie Dye and Demin

What's not to love about tone on tone tie dye? Not much. 
And a denim jacket?- basically it's a wardrobe must. 
Strappy metallic sandals? Check.
 No accessories needed- you're done. 

(Outfit details below)

Dress: Anthropologie; The Odells Skyscape Maxi Dress (sold out)- Similar: same pattern and brand, different style dress: Shibori Sea Maxi Dress (on sale!) Similar shape dress (hi-low): Desert Star Maxi Dress (on sale!)

Denim Jacket: JCrew similar HERE (on Sale!!)

Shoes: O'Neill Tamra Sandal in Rose Gold

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Outfit of the Day: Deals and Steals!

This whole outfit centers around this dress. A slightly sheer, textured top layer with a black shorter slip built in underneath- it has personality and simplicity all in one. I was lucky enough to spot it on @lazyeyeshop 's Instagram feed for a mere $12! I'd love to say I got the deal just because I'm friends with the owner (I am)- but honestly the deal was available to everyone and I just happened to snatch it up. The front door delivery?- now that was dependent upon the friendship. Anyway, I digress, back to my point which is this: follow Lazy Eye Shop on Instagram, support a small California based business,  fall in love with a gently used, new to you piece, and find yourself with money still in the bank. Win-win!

Here's how I styled this versatile dress:

This dress is much shorter than what I would normally wear and feel comfortable in, but I love the way it looks with just bare legs and a great pair of heels. Great for a summer lunch date or a stroll on these balmy summer nights. 

A hat can be key when you've run out of dry shampoo (egads!! I'm having serious R+Co Death Valley withdrawals!!), but keep a hand on it when that summer breeze kicks up or you're liable to be trying to hold down your short dress while you pursue said hat- it ain't pretty!

So how would I really wear it and feel 100% confident?
One word: JEANS

This, my friends is my everyday styling of this dress. In reality I just don't feel comfortable showing that much skin, as much as I love the way it looks here. I'm really feeling flare jeans, and although I do think this would be just as cute with cuffed skinny jeans and flats these light washed flare jeans were the clear winner today. (They're currently ON SALE for $24!! Links and details below.)

A look at the accessories and dress detail:

These Ray Ban sunnies ended up being the mega steal of this outfit.  Forgotten credit card points turned into FREE sunglasses!  If you have credit cards that give you points make them work for you!

Detail of both the necklace and texture of the dress

And last but not least: the shoes! These trusty mustard d'orsay style heels have seen me through quite a few weddings and dressy ocassions. Their comfort coupled with a retro look make them my go-to shoe when I need something girlie. Plus, mustard- need I say more? (and they're on sale, whoop!)

Outfit Details:

Dress: thrifted from LazyEyeShop on Instagram
Jeans: American Eagle Hi-Rise Artist Flare Jean in Medium Wash (on sale!!!)
Hat: Forever 21 similar HERE 
Sunnies: RayBan Erika
Shoes: B.A.I.T. Footwear  can't get direct link to shoes to work. Search Bernice. They are on final clearance! 
Necklace: Jade chunky necklace from local boutique. Similar HERE 
Lipstick: MAC Cosmetics Verve satin lipstick
Nail polish: Smith & Cult Stockholm Syndrome

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Outfit of the Day: Veronia Shirtdress

Every once in a while you score a find at Anthopologie that you didn't even know you were looking for. I had the opportunity to shop an Anthropologie store recently while they were having the summer sale. I went looking for a completely different dress but spotted this Maeve dress peeking out from the racks. Fortunately for me my size was the only one left. Off to the dressing room I went and into my bag.

This dress is so comfortable. It's lightweight (viscose-rayon material) so it feels like you've got nothing on- perfect for summer! I get so many compliments when I wear it- in fact a girl stopped me in the grocery store today to tell me how much she loved my dress. I'd stopped myself too- (and demand to know where I got it.)

Dress: Maeve Veronia Shirtdress, available at Anthopologie (on sale!!!)
Shoes: Franco Sarto Venezia peep toe flat
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Caribbean Wayfarer  

Ps. This dress most recently made an appearance at a local art show, which featured among others Deeries, which happens to be my friend Coral. Here my niece and I try our hand at being deer. (As you can see the dress looks great with a mustard cardigan.)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Outfit of the Day: LulaRoe Lola

I'm a big fan of the color mustard when it comes to clothing. I use it as a neutral. My go-to cardi is mustard and my "goes with everything under the sun" pair of shoes are mustard. So, when my sister pulled out a mustard Lola skirt at the Lularoe party I attended I knew I had to try it on. My heart was set on lace, and I had gone with the intention of getting a bright yellow lace Lola. When I tried it on, my sister made that face that only your sister or mother can make and get away with- that "meh, I'm not feeling it face" so I put it back. Then my attention switched to a blue lace Lola (which I'm still thinking about) but I'm not keen on the pink waistband, so when my sister wisely handed me the mustard Lola I knew that if it fit it was mine. An outfit formed in my head on the drive home and voila!, today's outfit of the day! It's simple, super comfy, looks chic, and best of all didn't cost me an arm and a leg!

Behold!, the Lola! (Outfit details below)

Tshirt- crew neck T from Target

Skirt- Lola from Lularoe (for those local to SLO County check out LularoeMeghanHoetker on Instagram and Facebook for purchase and parties) want FREE sphipping? type MEGHANHOETKER in the coupon code box.

Shoes- gold sandals from LuLu's ( shoes were purchased last year and may not still be available. 

Sunglasses- Ray-Ban Caribbean Wayfarer

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Outfit of the Day: Blue Floral

This whole outfit revolved around the watercolor cutout dress. This dress is lightweight but the jewel toned blue makes it perfect for winter when paired with tights, boots, and a cardigan. No jewelry required with the cutout detail at the neckline- everything is kept simple allowing the dress to be the star. (Outfit details below)

Dress: Forever 21 cutout watercolor print dress (currently available)
Cardigan: Target
Hat: Forever 21  wide brim wool fedora (currently available)
Booties: Frye
Tall boots: Bandolino
Lip color: Bite Beauty Brandy matte creme lip crayon