Hot Pink and Happy

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A simple, hot pink piece is an easy way to brighten up any outfit. I love this chiffon tee because of its versatility it can be dressed up with a black skirt and heels or worn casually with denim and flats. For a laid back look, I paired it with my go-to jeans, patterned flats and a geometric statement necklace.

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Hot pink is a fun color to play with because it can be adapted to fit a variety of personal styles. Pairing this top with leather leggings and strappy stilettos creates a sleek, sexy look with some edge. On the other side of the spectrum, wearing this hue with a stylish skater skirt and delicate sandals yields a more feminine ensemble. No matter what your clothing personality is, there is always room for this bright color in your closet!

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Jeans: Citizens of Humanity

Leopard Flats: Target

Hot Pink Tee: BP Nordstrom (Lush)

Necklace: BP Nordstrom

Links and Leather

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One of my favorite finds at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is this mixed metal necklace. I’m a sucker for statement necklaces and loved the edgy, yet feminine look of this stand-out accessory. The pastel stones soften the heavy-metal look of the chain links, creating a modern necklace that can instantly glam up an outfit.

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I wanted the mixed-media necklace to be the focus of my ensemble, so I paired it with a simple white tee. Staying with the edgy look, I finished the outfit with a leather skirt and lace-up booties. It’s a great feeling when you piece together an outfit that makes you feel confident and that is exactly what this outfit did for me.

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Closet Cleanse

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After checking out the new styles at the Nordstrom sale, I was inspired to clean out my closet to get ready for the new season. I have so many pieces that I never wear anymore, but have been holding on to just in case. Instead of keeping these mediocre items, I decided to give my closet (and mind) a nice cleanse. Hopefully these tips well help you create a clutter-free closet that portrays the best version of yourself :)

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Unleash the real you. Your closet expresses who you are, so I want it to present who I am right now and who I dream of being. I feel like I have matured in the last year and I want my wardrobe to reflect that. It felt great to shed pieces that no longer fit with my inner self. Goodbye college party wardrobe!

Ask yourself the below questions about each garment and if they answer is “yes” to all four, then it’s a keeper!

  1. Do I love it?
  2. Does it look my age?
  3. Is it flattering?
  4. Is it the image I want to project – sophisticated, strong, sexy, etc.?

One issue I noticed was that I would hang on to pieces because it fit the dress code for work, but I didn’t actually like it anymore. I decided to get rid of these so that I wouldn’t be lazy and throw them on in the morning. This will force me to look my best every day.

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Define your style – preppy, edgy, trendy, bohemian? Once you establish the look you are going for, it’s easy to toss pieces that don’t fit into your wardrobe anymore. Try looking at Pinterest for inspiration and make a list of the key pieces that will help you build your desired wardrobe. While looking at items you already own, ask yourself if it is in line with the style you are trying to achieve. If not, then it’s time for it to go.

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Be honest with yourself. Do you really wear it or does it just hang in your closet day after day? If you haven’t worn a piece of clothing in more than a year, chances are you won’t miss it.

Another problem I have come across is that I have an item I like, but nothing else in my closet matches it. I have a pair of patterned, high-waisted shorts that I like the style of, but when I put them on they just never look right with any of my tops. I’d rather sell them and make money to buy something new instead of having them sit unworn in my closet.

Now that you’ve completed your closet purge, what should you do with the giveaway items? I’ve had good luck with Plato’s Closet and recently signed up for Poshmark, an app that allows you to share Instagram-style photos of the items and sell them to other users.

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{Clothing photos are from Peridot Boutique}

 

Get the Look: Lauren Conrad

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Lauren Conrad is my style icon and role model in life – I am inspired by everything she does, whether that’s starting her own clothing line or taking a beautiful Instagram photo. When it comes to fashion, she always looks chic and stylish. I recently saw this look in Darling Magazine and love how simple it is while also incorporating trendy elements, such as the asymmetrical skirt. It’s a great business casual outfit for summer. To get the look, start with a basic black tank top layered under a beige blazer. Pair with a white asymmetrical skirt or skort (yes, skorts are back!). I never would have thought about pairing the white and light beige hues, but it looks crisp and classy. Finish the look with some strappy black heels. When it comes to beauty, a berry-colored lip gloss will pop against the neutral tones of the ensemble. To complete the polished, yet casual look, pull hair back into a sleek ponytail.

 

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$43 – hm.com

H&M suede shoes
$68 – hm.com

Nyx lipstick
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Did Someone Say D’Orsay?

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I am currently obsessed with d’Orsay flats! They are so versatile and come in a variety of styles. From Aztec and leopard print to magenta and neon yellow, the fun footwear can spice up even the most basic outfits. I like to pair the statement styles with distressed denim, a basic v-neck tee and minimal accessories so that the shoe is the focus of the look.

Color blocking is a popular trend for these flats, with the heel and toe being different colors or patterns. My favorite pair is the Steve Madden “Dateme” style with the black heel and leopard print toe. The pretty pattern and pointed toe can add a dressy touch to a casual look.

Featured picks:

  1. Cleo d’Orsay loafers from J.Crew ($168)
  2. Easy Does It flat from Chinese Laundry ($60)
  3. Frankie Leather d’Orsay flat by Rebecca Minkoff ($136)
  4. Dateme leopard flat from Steve Madden ($80)
  5. Maiden Lane Candy pointed tow flat from Gilt ($79)
  6. 3.1 Phillip Lim Devon d’Orsay flat from Shopbop ($375)
  7. Aztec print from Charlotte Russe ($23)
  8. Hawk d’Orsay flat by Franco Sarto ($79)

Boyfriend Shorts Two Ways

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Summer has arrived and so have the triple digits in Las Vegas. Boyfriend shorts are great for the heat because they are cool and loose, but also look stylish. The tomboy look can either be embraced with a casual ensemble or dressed up with feminine details.

For a low-maintenance look, I like to pair the distressed denim with a basic v-neck tee, which allows the shorts to stand out as the statement piece. The neutral gladiator sandals and tribal print tote add trendy touches while also keeping with the laid-back vibe. Top off the look with a straw fedora, messy side braid and classic Ray-Bans.

To balance out the “boyfriend” style, add feminine touches that will tame the trend. A simple white tank with eyelet details softens the edgy shorts. Heart-shaped sunglasses, a cognac cross-body bag and an elegant watch with rose gold accents enhance the girly, sophisticated look. Don’t forget some chic shoes! I love these pointed-toe D’orsay flats with the colorblocked heel cap and snake-print toe.

Featured picks:

  1. Ted Baker flats from Zappos.com ($93)
  2. Rag & Bone boyfriend shorts ($235)
  3. MARC BY MARC JACOBS watch from Bloomingdales (175)
  4. Metal heart shades from Nasty Gal ($22)
  5. Tribal tote from Sole Society ($60)
  6. Sandals from ModCloth ($30)

Spring Fashion Trend: D’Orsay Flats

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Here comes the sun! With temperatures reaching 80 degrees in Vegas, it’s time to dive into spring fashion. D’Orsay flats are one of my favorite trends this season. These BC flats from Nordstrom add a fun pop of color to any outfit. They easily dress up distressed jeans and would compliment the popular boyfriend style since they add a sexy, feminine touch. I paired them with a simple, neutral-toned outfit so that they would be the focus of the ensemble. I’m also excited to wear them with my coral, Aztec-print skirt to create a fun, colorful look.

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Red Carpet Trends at the Oscars

To me, the red carpet fashion is the highlight of the Oscars. I’m not a big movie person and probably haven’t seen any of the nominated films (although Frozen is at the top of my to-see list!), but I love checking out the latest trends that the celebrities are sporting. Many of the styles can be adapted to everyday life and the red carpet was a great preview to the upcoming spring styles. Below are some of my favorite trends that were spotted at the star-studded event.

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Statement necklaces  are very versatile because they can add extra sparkle to a gown or can be worn with a casual ensemble. Jennifer Lawrence’s statement necklace dangled low in the back, which was a fun, unique touch to her chic, red dress. My favorite way to wear this trend on a daily basis is with distressed jeans, a simple v-neck T-shirt, heels and a necklace that adds a pop of color.

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Neutral tones were popular on the red carpet, too. From Jessica Biel’s nude nails to Cate Blanchett’s embellished gown, this hue can be worn several ways. When it comes to beauty products, nude lipstick creates a natural, yet beautiful look especially when complimented with soft waves and minimal eye makeup. I also love the illusions that this color can create, such as with the straps on Charlize Theron’s sexy dress.

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Similar to the nude hues, pastels were another “do” on the red carpet. Lupita Nyong’o wore an icy, pale blue dress with a plunging neckline that is sure to be on the best dressed list. The feminine colors are fun for spring and work perfectly with the floral pieces that are also popular.

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Surprisingly, several stars were wearing black dresses, including Charlize Theron, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts and Anna Kendrick. One of my favorite dresses of the night was Anna Kendrick’s floor-length gown with sheer panels and an open back. Julia Roberts’ sophisticated dress had a similar look, with a plunging neckline, covered up by sheer, black lace.

Amy Adams was a true style inspiration, too, saying that she wore what she wanted to wear and dressed for herself. When you wear what makes you feel pretty and confident it shows :)

Boutiqueaholics

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For boutique lovers like myself, Boutiqueaholics in Las Vegas has everything you love in one container. Literally. It’s in Container Park, which is a fun retail, dining and entertainment development in Downtown Las Vegas.

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Boutiqueaholics is a boutique within a boutique. Several fashion lines and stores from around the world sell their trendy pieces under one roof. Clothing from Lili Boutique, one of my favorite local shops, can also be found here. Other lines include Sugarhill from London, Growze from Los Angeles, LuxC Closet from Miami, Babel Fair from New York City and Hey Gorgeous from Orange County.

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Not only are the clothes adorable, but so is the decor! I love the simple, vintage style. Using the books about high-end designers to display jewelry is such a creative idea and adds a chic touch.

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Whether you are looking for a fancy frock to wear out on the town or a casual, oversized sweater, you can find it here. I love the jeweled neckline on this pale pink dress. It’s right on trend with the pastel color palette that is popular this spring.

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This lace top with the subtle, sweetheart detail is a fun, feminine piece from Sugarhill. The Eiffel Tower print tank is another piece from this London-based boutique. Doesn’t it just make you want to be a jetsetter and eat colorful macarons in France ?

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Floral is my favorite trend this season. The patterned sleeves take this cropped bomber jacket from being simple to making a fashion statement. It would look great paired with a basic white tank, distressed jeans and d’orsay flats or heels. These unique styles are definitely worth checking out next time you are in Las Vegas.

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Website: boutiqueaholics.com // Twitter: @bbaholics // Instagram: @boutiqueaholics

 

Tuesday Trends

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Spring has sprung! I’m loving the styles this season. It’s nice to live in a city where the sun already shines and winter clothes are packed away. Here is what I’m excited to shop for:
  1. Floral statement necklace. Add a pop of spring to your wardrobe with this flower power accessory from Wet Seal.
  2. Structured, studded tote. This Valentino tote, priced at $2,000, is just a little out of my price range… but studs are here to stay! Hopefully it’s not too hard to find a knockoff?
  3. Distressed boyfriend jeans. This casual, comfortable pair of 7 For All Mankind jeans can be dressed up or dressed down. Pair them with a feminine top, stylish accessories and sexy heels to balance out the tomboy denim.
  4. Hot pink crop top. From girly to edgy, this Topshop tank from Nordstrom is very versatile and can work with all personal styles. Plus, the cutouts in the back are so fun and unexpected!
  5. Strappy, black heels. With the open toe and look of a bootie, these Michael Kors heels are right on trend.

Brrr-gundy

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I’m obsessed with everything burgundy or oxblood this season – especially my new skater skirt form an adorable boutique in Las Vegas. For a holiday gathering with my family in Seattle, I added seasonal layers to keep warm in the chilly winter weather. The faux fur scarf creates a luxe look and is so cozy! Complete the simple style with patterned tights and fringed booties for a trendier vibe.

// Get the Look //

Skirt: Mixt Boutique $33
T-shirt: Nordstrom Rack $12
Tights: Urban Outfitters $12
Necklace: BP Nordstrom $18
Booties: Target $24
Scarf: BP Nordstrom $24
Coat: H&M $60

Thanksgiving Outfits for Every Dress Code

Tomorrow is the big day! From fancy to festive and everything in between, these four outfits are perfect for a variety of Thanksgiving plans.

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For a casual gathering at home with family and friends, cozy leggings (hello, elastic waistband!) paired with an oversized sweater and infinity scarf creates a stylish, yet laid-back look. The sequin elbow patches glam up this basic sweater and add a trendy touch.

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Heading to a festive, fancy soirée? The gold embellishments amp up this little black dress. Show a little skin – but not too much. This tight, short dress is balanced with the long sleeves and high neckline, which creates a sophisticated style. Accessorize with dangly earrings and heeled booties or pumps for a glamorous look.

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Friendsgiving calls for more of a funky, relaxed vibe. Layering a feminine lace dress with an edgy leather jacket definitely achieves that look. It’s all in the details – the studs on the jacket and turquoise ring bring this outfit together.

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‘Tis the season for sparkles! Sequins aren’t just for New Year’s Eve. As LaurenConrad.com shows, a chunky, knit sweater can dress down a metallic skirt. Complete the look with tights and booties for an effortless ensemble.

I hope everyone has an amazing (and trendy) Thanksgiving! :)

Weekend Looks

Ah, the weekend! Time to take a break from the work clothes and show off your casual sense of style. On days off, I love taking advantage of being able to wear trends I wouldn’t sport at the office. Sometimes a girl just wants to wear a funky graphic tee and distressed boyfriend jeans. These outfits are proof that comfy and casual can also be chic.

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Give your hair a rest from heat and styling. A loose, messy bun is perfect for the weekend – stylish, simple and sophisticated.
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Cozy up in an over-sized sweater paired with black skinny jeans or leggings. A faux-fur infinity scarf creates a glamorous look.
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Fall and flannel go together like peanut butter and jelly. For a sophisticated style, choose a plaid pattern that is subtle and incorporates neutral colors, such as tans and blues. Create this weekend-chic ensemble with distressed denim, a leather jacket and a knit infinity scarf.
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Graphic tees with distressed boyfriend jeans create a fun, laid-back vibe. The studded heels dress up the look, but fashion-forward flats would look great, too. The camo jacket and cross-body bag complete this trendy look.
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Pinterest Picks

When I have blogger’s block, I look to Pinterest for inspiration. Whether it’s a DIY project or a recipe for brownies baked in a mason jar, it never disappoints. The only problem is that I don’t have enough time to try everything! Here are some of my favorite pins, which I hope to try in the future or just get my creative juices flowing.

ed0745184fca51ef0542a8b946975e8dThere are three things I love about this outfit from Happily Grey. First, the studded accessories. The statement necklace is subtle and blends perfectly with the leopard-print shirt, which brings me to the second thing I love – the trendy tee. The pattern looks classy, not cheap or trashy. Finally, I love the pop of color the blue clutch brings to the outfit. I would never think of pairing the royal blue color with this look, but it’s such a fun addition! My new style goal is to add an unexpected pop of color to an otherwise neutral outfit.

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I have an unhealthy obsession with cupcakes. These twinkling treats from Stay At Home Chic make me want to bake up a storm. The polka dot wrappers and ruffled-edge cake stand are adorable!

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Gorgeous nails! I love the nude base with gold tips and one nail with glitter! It’s simple, shimmery and stylish!

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With the holidays coming up, these handmade mugs would make for great gifts! There’s nothing like a cup of peppermint hot chocolate, a cozy blanket and Christmas lights to get you into the holiday spirit! Check out Wit and Whistle for the full tutorial.

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I love dogs, especially labs, so I could scroll through the puppy pages for hours. All of the adorable photos make me miss my two dogs at home in Washington. There’s nothing like a goofy, loving pup to brighten your day!

Happy Pinning!

Fall Fashion Show with Lili Boutique

20131020-150830.jpgOne of my favorite work events to attend is Fabrik Fridays, a weekly fashion show at SHe by Morton’s. The runway winding through the dining room of this stylish steakhouse plays host to fashionable collections from local boutiques and designers.  Lili Boutique recently opened in Las Vegas and put on a great show! With gorgeous dresses, trendy accessories and fresh designs, Vegas fashionistas are in for a treat. 20131020-150835.jpgLeather is my favorite trend this fall. The mesh cutouts on these leggings make them extra edgy. Complete the look with a high-low graphic tank or t-shirt and some studded accessories. 20131020-150841.jpgSHe’s bringing sexy back. With black lace and an open back, this stunning dress is perfect for a date night or bachelorette party on the Strip!20131020-150849.jpgStatement necklaces can take a dress from simple to super-stylish in no time. Toss on a sparkly, Peter Pan-style necklace for instant fashion flare. Heeled booties will also take the look to new heights. 20131020-150854.jpgDon’t put your shorts away just yet! The blush and nude tones of this outfit make this summer style  autumn appropriate.20131020-150900.jpgChunky, tribal print sweaters are everywhere this season! With so many colors and patterns, it’s hard to decide on just one! They pair perfectly with dresses or leggings. 20131020-150907.jpgBlack and white is always chic. The sheer sleeves and plunging neckline is subtly sexy. A black and white mini skirt is very versatile and can be worn with black tights when temperatures start dropping.20131020-150924.jpgI think we can all agree that wearing white after Labor Day is a fashion faux pas of the past. This lovely lace dress looks stylish in any season.

Bootie, Bootie, Booties Rockin’ Everywhere!

Must-have fall footwear? Booties! From edgy to girly and classic to country, these chic shoes work with any style. Here are my picks for the top booties of the season.

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Studded. For the tough girl or girly girl, these booties from Target are the perfect finishing touch to any outfit. For an edgy look, pair with leather leggings and an oversized graphic sweatshirt. To soften up the studs, pair with a feminine, floral dress.

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Cut-outs aren’t just for dresses and tops anymore. Booties are hot on their heels with this trendy look. Dress them down with denim or up with a classic LBD. LuLu*s has a vast selection of sexy shoes, including these nude heels.

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Leopard print. Take a walk on the wild side with this stand-out style. It’s important to keep your outfit simple when you wear a statement shoe. Chic skinnies, an oversized top and minimal accessories make the fancy footwear the focal point of your ensemble.

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Lace adds instant country charm. This pair from Francesca’s is the ultimate in cowboy chic. They would look adorable with a girly skirt and chambray top.

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Metal accents, such as the toe and buckles on these REPORT Signature booties from Nordstrom, add a fancy, sophisticated touch to simple shoes.

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Peep Toe. Make sure to have on pretty polish with this contemporary cut! I got this pair from Nordstrom during the Anniversary Sale. They go with everything and add instant style to a basic dress or skinny jeans.

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Oxford and menswear are also popular styles this season. This pair by Restricted from DSW has a feminine flare with the wedge, laces and cut-out.

What are your favorite picks for the season? Feel free to share :)

Happy shopping!

Get the Look

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Coral and chambray are two of my current fashion obsessions, so it’s convenient that they look great together! A flowy, high-low skirt is perfect for summer and can be dressed up or down depending on what you pair it with. A tribal-print clutch and stacked bracelets can give it a laid-back, bohemian vibe, but heeled sandals create a sophisticated look. Finish it off with a fun, braided up-do and you’re ready for some shopping, dining and adventures in the sunshine!

Crazy for Chambray

I love the chambray style that has been popular this past year. Chambray shirts are so versatile because you can dress them up, dress them down and make them look girly or edgy. I’m so glad that sleeveless versions are easy to find this summer… and affordable! Target and H&M have some great options. Here are some of my favorite ways to style these trendy tops.
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$31 – hm.com

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Make a statement. Spice up these simple, neutral tops with a statement necklace! It adds instant color and style. Another way to stand out is to pair it with bold bottoms, such as a patterned skirt, colorful jeans or floral shorts.
Howdy, y’all. I’m a country girl at heart, so my cowboy boots are a staple in my wardrobe. For a complete cowgirl look, I like to wear them with a chambray top, flowy skirt and girly accessories. Keeping it casual and feminine is the key to getting this style.
Girly girl. Paired with pastels or florals, chambray tops look soft and feminine. Add dainty accessories, but don’t overdo it. Top it off with soft waves and natural-looking makeup.
Edgy. Pile on the studs and layer a button-up chambray top over a graphic tank to get this look. Finish this fashionable ensemble with black skinny jeans and heeled booties.
Wrap it up. Even though it’s summer, a light, breezy scarf is a cute way to accessorize. A fedora and cross-body bag are the perfect addition for a day of strolling in the sun.
Fancy pants. Just because it looks like denim, doesn’t mean it has to be casual. Pair with a dressy skirt, heels and some classy accessories. Just the right attire for a night out on the town!

Vegas Fashion

What non-locals think I wear vs. what I actually wear…

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Living in Las Vegas has drastically changed my style. Mostly because it isn’t appropriate to wear sweaters when it’s 115 degrees… So long Seattle wardrobe. Before I moved here, when I heard “Vegas,” the style that came to mind was tight dresses, short skirts, high heels and lots of sequins. However, I quickly realized that Vegas is much larger than just the strip. Obviously I knew people didn’t wear clubbing attire 24/7, but I didn’t realize how much the heat affects your clothing choices. I’ve always preferred boots and flats to flip flops, but pools and hot weather has changed my opinion. They are a necessity.
When it comes to clothing the looser, lighter and less (to some degree) the better! By less I mean that maxi skirts and jean jackets don’t work in this heat, but we’ll leave the skimpy clothing to the dancers on the Strip. Simple shorts, breezy tanks and flip flops are perfect for running errands and being out and about in the sunshine. Guess I need to do some shopping since my Washington wardrobe isn’t going to work. Darn… ;)