Striped Bell Sleeves

Striped Bell Sleeves

 

If you haven’t noticed, statement sleeves are EVERYWHERE this fall. You might remember, statement sleeves was one of my fall must haves. From sweaters to blouses to tees, it is all about making a statement with sleeves. Not only can you find them in just about any style and material, you can also find them at just about any price point (Target has some really cute ones I saw recently).

 

Truthfully I wasn’t 100% on board with the bell sleeves at first. It felt SO 60s / 70s (also so early teens for me … anyone else?). But, you know, fashion styles are always being recycled and coming back around so I thought I might as well get on board because they are everywhere right now. There is a lot coming back from those eras in the fashion world, have you noticed? Especially 70s it seems.

 

Striped Bell Sleeves

 

 

Since there are so many styles out there, they really work for anything. The blouse versions are perfect for wearing to the office (and also for layering). The sweaters will be great for the winter. And a t-shirt version like this one works for just about any time. Plus the bell sleeves means you don’t need a lot of other things going on, since they are the focal point.

 

Striped Bell Sleeves

 

I got this one from J. Crew a little while back, and I love it. First of all, it is striped, and I love anything striped. Second, it is a thick t-shirt material, which means it is super comfortable. Plus it has these great looking bell sleeves which as so fun. (Side note – it is supposed to be boxy but it also runs big, so I would size down). There is also a cute similar short sleeve version, if the bell sleeves really aren’t your thing.

 

Striped Bell Sleeves

 

I love it paired with this skirt, but I also have plans to wear it layered under dresses. It would also be cute with jeans or dressed up with a pencil skirt.

 

 

Striped Bell Sleeves

Shirt: J. Crew; Skirt: J. Crew (sold out, but this one is cute); Shoes: Kate Spade (several years old, but these are similar)

 

So how to do feel about the statement sleeves? More specifically, the bell sleeve trend?

The Ultimate Boot Guide

It is that time of year again – boot time! Well, almost anyway. It is still in the high 80s here, so I am not quite ready to break out the boots, but we are getting close.

 

I really love boots. I remember my first pair of boots. I was in the 8th grade, and a friend of mine came to a dance in her sister’s knee high boots. And as soon as I saw them, I needed my own pair. I loved them. So I got a brown pair and a black pair and wore them for years and years. And then I kept adding to my collection.

 

You can never have too many pairs of boots, or shoes in general. Last year, I needed to replace one pair, and I ended up with 4 and none of them actually replaced the pair I had worn into the ground.

 

There are so many different types of boots! So if you are thinking about purchasing a new pair (or a few), this is the post for you! Today is all about boots.

 

Boot Guide

 

Booties

Booties are great, especially this time of year when it is still warm but you want to break out the boots. They come in all colors and heel heights. I have several pairs in my boot arsenal.

 

Riding Boots

Riding boots such a classic boot. If you don’t have a pair already, I strongly suggest you invest in one!

 

Tall Boots

By tall boots, I mean ones that are just below the knee. Again, you can find them in a variety of colors and heel height.

 

Over the Knee Boots

You may not think you are brave enough for over the knee boots, but once you try them, I don’t think you’ll go back. I love them with tights and a skirt (very Serena van der Wootsen).

 

Winter Boots

You can’t forget about winter boots! We don’t get much winter weather here in the south, so I stick with my Hunters but there are a lot of great options out there.

 

Any boots on your wishlist this year? I ordered a pair of booties during the Nordstrom sale that were backordered, and I am still anxiously awaiting their arrival.

Budget Best: Fall Fashion

I get really excited when the seasons change, and it is always fun to start a new season with a few new pieces. There are so many great trends for this fall! But just because it is a new season, it doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune getting some of those new trends.

 

So today’s budget best is all about a few pieces to incorporate into your fall wardrobe that won’t break the bank. You know, I am not about spending a lot of money on trendy pieces. So these are just a few pieces that are super on trend with a super sweet price!

 

Fall Fashion On A Budget

 

Plaid Shirtdress : I love plaid for fall. I can never get enough. And you can’t go wrong with a shirtdress. The tie waist makes it super flattering, plus it would be cute with booties, riding boots or with sneakers.

 

Bell Sleeves : Bell sleeves and statement sleeves are everywhere for fall! This stripes bell sleeve top is really cute, but the bell sleeves aren’t so too big. I love the striped one, but it also comes in white.

 

Floral Skirt : Dark florals are really in for fall, and I love the texture on this skirt. It could easily be worn to the office with a blazer, or out for a date night (maybe with the white version of the bell sleeve top).

 

Bag : Pink and red are everywhere for fall. I always really love burgundy for fall. This tote bag is super cute, and I love the bright red strap!

 

Plaid Skirt : I couldn’t resist including a second plaid piece. This wrap skirt is really versatile, and I love it paired with a graphic tee, denim skirt and sneakers for a weekend look.

 

Mules : I wrote a whole post about ways to wear mules recently, but if I didn’t convince you, take a look at this pair. They are not only a great color, but it also has the fun knot. Plus they are only $25!

 

Can you believe EVERYTHING is from Target? Between the Who, What, Wear line and the new A New Day line, Target has got some really amazing fall fashion!

Tailgating Fashion

Tailgating Fashion

 

It is college football time, and time to discuss tailgating fashion! I love college football. Actually, to be clear, I love University of Memphis Tiger football. University of Memphis is where my dad and I both graduated, and we are both big fans. I get SO excited about football season, which is funny because my husband doesn’t care about football at all (he also graduated from Memphis). As hard as I have tried to convert him, football just isn’t his thing.

 

Tailgating Fashion

 

Tailgating is taken really seriously in the South. I know it is taken seriously everywhere, but people are kind of crazy. It still amazes me to see the big screen tvs set up in the tailgating tents. Also, the food is so elaborate!

 

Tailgating Fashion

 

When it comes to tailgating and football fashion, there are really two schools of thought. There are those who dress to the 9s – dresses, heels, all decked out (the South is SEC country). Then there are those that are in jeans, school t-shirt and tennis shoes.

 

Tailgating Fashion

 

University of Memphis isn’t an SEC school, and a lot of the fans fall into the jeans and tshirt category. But that really isn’t my thing. I take a middle of the road approach. If I am going to be jumping up and down and cheering for my team (for several hours), I want to be comfortable. Football games are long days, especially if you are tailgating. And let’s be honest, if you are jumping around, heels really aren’t the safest option. BUT I also want to look really cute. Because, as we know, cuteness is really important.

 

Memphis’s colors are blue and grey, so I of course dress in some form of school colors. To be honest, it is usually more navy and white, since most of my closet is navy and white. Dresses and skirts are most comfortable, and I generally wear my monogrammed Converse sneakers, since there is so much walking and standing involved. During the sunny day games, I often top off the look with my University of Memphis baseball cap.

 

Tailgating Fashion

Shirt: Target; Skirt: Banana Republic (similar); Shoes: Converse

 

So who is your college football team? And what is your football style?

3 Ways To Wear: Mules

One of the most popular trends by far for fall is mules. They are everywhere – flats, heels, plain, tassels, embellished, neutrals, bright colors. There are so many different options out there! I really consider them to be a must have shoe for fall. You can opt for a classic black flat with a tassel, or maybe have a little fun with a leopard print or a pale pink! You can also find them in just about any price point, so if you aren’t so sure about them but want to give them a try, you can pick up a super cute pair at Target without spending a lot.

 

I know that mules might seem a little hard to style. The fact that they don’t have a back may make them seem a little intimidating, but just treat them like a loafer! Just have fun with them and don’t be afraid to experiment (some of the best outfits happen when you really mix it up).

 

How To Style Mules

 

mules / dressshirt

 

Mules with pants seems a bit more obvious, but mules work with a dress (or skirt) too! I love pairing them with a casual denim dress, but they would also look great with a LBD for a more dressed up look.

 

How To Style Mules

mules / sweatshirtjeans

 

Mules pair perfectly with denim! They work with skinny or flared jeans. If you are wearing a skinny jean, you may want to try rolling them a little bit so that they are ankle length so you can really show them off!

 

How To Style Mules

mules / pants / shirt

 

Mules are perfect for the office too. Pair them with a trouser or a pencil skirt. Top it off with a blouse or a blazer for a polished look.

 

I love the color of these mules. Blush pink was really popular for summer, and it is still going to be popular for fall. And these really work dresses up or down.

 

I have yet to actually pull the trigger on a pair of mules yet. I am having a hard time deciding what I want! As I said before, there are so many cute choices out there. You can shop some of my favorites below.

 

Do you have a pair of mules for fall? What is your favorite way to style them? If you don’t have a pair, are you willing to give them a try?