How To Wear Plaid During Summer

Plaid is often on winter fabrics like flannel and wool and is associated with colder months. Last year I got this one shoulder ruffled top and wasn’t sure how often I would wear it. The fabric is light and perfect for summer but the print is dark and works better for fall. Well, last week I figured out how to make plaid work perfectly for summer.

The biggest factor for making plaid work during summer is material. The material of your plaid needs to be a light fabric, stay away from flannel, wool and leather and look for cotton, linen, silk and other light fabrics. You also need to consider the material of the rest of your outfit. Light washes, rattan shoes or bag, colored jewelry are things that style your outfit for summer. 

The Breakdown:
I wore this top in the winter with a pair of black cropped denim pants, white booties and a leather jacket tossed over my shoulders. Six months later and 40 degrees warmer I was ready to style my plaid top again. Light washed denim, raffia sandals, a woven bag and pink accessories made the plaid perfect for summer.

top | MISA Los Angeles
jeans | Abercrombie ‘High Rise Mom Jeans
belt | Gucci (similar)
shoes | Carrie Forbes ‘Naima Slides
bag | Billabong x Sincerely Jules ‘Keep It Simple Tote
accessories | from Rowe Boutique

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What Does It Mean To Look Like A “Blogger”

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When I got out of my car to meet my photographer to shoot this outfit she kept complimenting me on how cute I looked and how much she loved my outfit. It was a totally confidence booster and I was ready to strut and smile and show off my outfit. Then she made a comment “you look like a blogger!”. Was it my Gucci bag, the high waisted jeans, the tied top, the statement earrings, I’ll never know. It was in a positive way and I said thank you but it got me thinking. What does a “blogger” look like. There are definitely certain things I think bloggers and influencers wear that most other do not, as well as a certain look they have. Bloggers in Memphis look one way, bloggers in Columbus and LA and New York all look a certain way too.

What I really want to know is if you think bloggers and influencers have a specific look. A few things that come to mind that I personally feel are very “blogger-ish” are… Gucci belts, Cult Gaia bags (or the knock off version), tiered tassel earrings (last year that is, those seem to have died down a bit and this style has picked up), some type of braided pigtail, bandanas tied around like a headband with the ties out (I love using bandanas to hold back my baby hairs, I choose to tuck in the ends so it looks more like a turban headband). I’m sure by the time I end this post I will think of a handful of others. Oh, another is heart shaped sunglasses, which can run over $400 for the Saint Laurent version or under $10…for a trend like this, I’d stick to the $10 but then again if you love hearts you’ll be able to see out of the more expensive version much better.

I love my job, I love the community I am a part of and I love everyones unique style and sense of fashion. Lately I have been wondering if bloggers have a certain look or not and I’d love to know what you think!
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The Breakdown:
Shopping at American Eagle is a hit or miss for me. I think they have really cute things but are aimed for a younger age group than I fall into which is why it is sometimes a miss for me, except for this top. I love how it’s slightly cropped but with the right high waisted jeans you won’t have to bare any skin. I chose not to wear a bra but bralette would look cute also. Luckily I had a pair of jeans with the perfect high waist for this top. I do really love this outfit and look forward to wearing it again!

top | American Eagle ’Smocked Tie Front Top
jeans | Abercrombie ‘High Rise Mom Jeans
shoes | Giuseppe Zanotti
bag | Gucci ‘Marmont Min Quilted Bag
earrings | LambFish Designs
bracelets | J.Crew
choker | Gorjana ‘Chloe Choker Necklace

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Dressing In One Color Palette For Spring


Happy Friday friends! I had this outfit picked out and ready to wear to the game tonight but I found out it is #nationalwomensdays so I have a special shirt to wear tonight! This post is about one of the ways I’ll be dressing this spring. Monochromatic looks have been in for years, you know, all back, all red, all white. Well, I’m switching things up just slightly. This spring I plan on dressing in the same color palette, not the exact same color but the same color palette. I recently wore a red sweater and maroon pants around Valentine’s Day, I wore this olive green outfit 3 years ago and loved that the whole outfit was in the same color palette and here I am today wearing shades of light blue.

In the past I would never have worn this shade of denim with this sweater, the colors would have been too close. I used to prefer my denim to be the opposite shade of my blue tops, dark denim with light blue or light denim with navy but now I want it to be as similar as possible. I love that the colors of this outfit aren’t completely monochromatic.
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When dressing in one color pallete you need to consider your top and pants of course but also your bag and shoes. You can go all out and have every piece be similar or choose one accessory to be different. I chose to wear nude shoes and left the rest of my outfit to the blue color family.

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The Breakdown:
I got this pretty light blue sweater over All-Star break and wore it to the All-Star Skills Challenge with this fancy little skirt. To style this sweater more to my taste I threw on a good pair of blue jeans, particularly these “mom” jeans. Since it’s March and spring is so close I put on heeled sandals instead of my go to winter bootie. My bracelet is a fun new piece that is actually reversible! The leather strap on the inside can flip to the reverse color. If you are interested in your own bracelet I have a discount code for you! Enter code LIVINGLEREVE15 at checkout for 15% off till March 31.

sweater | Helmut Lang ‘Cut-Out Rib Knit Mock Turtleneck’ (similar for less here and here)
jeans | Abercrombie ‘High Rise Mom Jeans
*bracelet | Les Georgettesshoes | Stuart Weitzman (similar here)
bag | Celine (similar here for less here)

*(enter code LIVINGLEREVE15 at checkout for 15% off till March 31)

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One Piece, Three Styles || Black Jacket

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This year is already flying by and it is time for another One Piece, Three Styles post! I chose to wear this black jacket because I am sure everyone has something very similar to this in their closet. The one I am wearing seems to be a cross between a blazer and a coat. This black jacket is an easy go-to item that can be thrown on over any type of outfit. See the three looks I styled below.

Work Wear Appropriate //
Sweater dresses are great to wear in the cooler months and perfect to wear to work. To make this look more conservative throw on some tights. The jacket makes this look perfect for the office. I am currently loving sock booties! The ones I am wearing are from blogger Arielle Charnas of Something Navy, she launched her own collection a few months ago and there are a few pieces I have of hers that I absolutely love!
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Elevated Casual Wear //
Our tops are getting shorter and our pant rise is getting higher. Luckily the two go together and here I am wearing a basic cropped hoodie from H&M and some mom jeans from Abercrombie. I needed to reall elevate my basic outfit because it felt a little too juvenile for me. Adding a heel of any sort helped dress my outfit up and adding this long jacket took the outfit to the next level. I love that you can dress up your hoodies by layering a jacket. cropped hoodie blogger cropped hoodie blogger cropped hoodie blogger

Street Style Edge//
Some outfits just make you feel good and this is one of them. These pants aren’t the most flattering but I love wearign them. The first time I wore these pants I wore a solid black bodysuit which was a safe choice. To add more personality to these pants I added a graphic tee and a this black jacket. Mixing prints is ok just don’t mix more than 2 printed items (or 3 prints if multiple prints are in one piece) so I added this snake print bag.leopard joggers jeans leopard joggers jeans  leopard joggers jeans

The Breakdown:
Who would have a thought a leopard skirt could be worn in so many different styles. I didn’t until I started putting outfits together, along with these three I’m sharing I also wore this skirt to a baby shower! You know I am a fan of mixing high and low fashion price points and these outfits include a wide range of fashion brands. Below are are the details.

The One Piece//
jacket | H&M ‘Long Jacket’

Look 1: Workwear Appropriate//
sweater dress | Abercrombie (similar)
bag | Rebecca Minkoff (similar here and designer version here)
shoes | Something Navy ’Nix Bootie

Look 2: Elevated Casual Wear//
hoodie | H&M (similar here)
jeans | Abercrombie ‘Ripped High Rise Mom Jeans
shoes | Alexander Wang ’Tina Booties
bag | Balenciaga ‘BB Round Small Embroidered Bag
bracelets | Sashi ’Tilu 3 Stack

Look 3: Street Style Edge//
t-shirt | Zadig & Boltaire ‘Give Us Hope
pants | Denim x Alexander Wang ‘Jogger Pants’ (similar here and here)
earrings | Amazon- Jules Smith ‘Imogen Earrings
bag | Top Shop ’Taylor Crossbody Bag’ (similar here)
watch | MVMT
shoes | Steve Madden ‘Daisy Pointy-Toe Pump

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