Part 3: New Years Fun

This is the last in the series of collaborative blog posts with Brittany from JW Salon, Ashley of Beschell Photography and Harper Boutique. Today we're showing off some inspiration for New Year's Eve. I know, I know we need to make it through the holidays first, but turns out NYE is right around the corner. See below for Brittany's hair tutorial and my outfit inspiration.

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

Here's our before picture of lovely Brittany about to put her hair up for NYE!

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

Divide hair into two sections: top and bottom. Spray the bottom section of your hair with texturizing spray then curl that portion of your hair away from your face.

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

Bring the top section of your hair down and spray with the texturizing spray. Curl this section away from your face.

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

Tease the top half of your hair in three layers. Spray each teased section with texturizing spray.

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

Pull your hair back from mid-ear height, straight back. Push up slightly to create a pouf. Secure with bobby pins in a criss cross pattern. 

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

Roll the bottom section of your hair up, under the pouf and secure. Lightly tug at the sides of the pouf to create a fuller look. Spray with hair spray.

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

Here's a final glimpse of the before and after: gorgeous!

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

I love this dress from Harper Boutique: it has all the right features (for me!) for NYE. It's short but still covers you, has fun little details and it's an unexpected *neutral* color.

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

This front geometric cut out is one of my favorite features.

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

The back has a mirror geometric cut out to the front: perfect.

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

I threw on this comfy vest for an added layer in the same color tone as the dress.

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

Rather than wear a nude heel (I didn't want to match the whole outfit), I put on some black heels to break up all the neutral tones from the dress and the vest.

Thank you so much Ashley Beschell for these beautiful photos, Brittany Whybrew of JW Salon and Spa for all of the gorgeous hair tutorials and Harper Boutique for always having the best clothes!

Part 2: Holiday Party Inspiration

We're back with round 2 of winter inspiration! This time we've focused on what seems to be on everyone's mind (and happening every evening!): holiday parties. Below Brittany has continued with a hair tutorial and I've styled a great holiday dress from Harper Boutique to get your creative wardrobe ideas flowing!

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

This tutorial picks up where the last one left off! In case you missed it, check back here.

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

Divide the section of hair that was left down into three parts: left, right and back. Take the left section, roll it up and under the original top roll from the previous style. Repeat that on the right.

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

Now take the last section left down and roll it up and under. Secure with bobby pins and hair spray.

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

The final look!

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

I love this black dress from Harper. It has just the right balance of details with a classic look.

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

This peep cut out with lace overlay really drew me into this dress. And of course I love adding a cocktail ring to the look.

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

I'm not a fan of too much sparkle, but these shoes were a must with this black dress. Just a little understated gold sparkle to go with a classic black dress. A winning combination!

Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

Thanks as always to Ashley Beschell for these beautiful photos, Brittney Whybrew of JW Salon and Spa for the gorgeous hair tutorial and last but not least Harper Boutique for best clothes!

Fall Transition Part Three: Date Night

Summer can be so hectic with vacations, family reunions and kids off from school. Fall is the perfect time to take a step back and give yourself (and your partner) some TLC. In just a few short weeks I plan on doing just that and I have the perfect date night dress ready to go! I love the simplicity of this dress while it still feels sexy. 

Fall Transitional Style | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photograph
Fall Transitional Style | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photograph

The weight of the fabric is perfect for fall but as it's sleeveless I never get overheated. My other favorite part are the button details on the side and the slight mock neck. Look for the little details to help push your look into fall.

Fall Transitional Style | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photograph
Fall Transitional Style | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photograph

I added some simple accessories to complete the look and of course had my vegan leather bag with me. Less is more! 

Fall Transitional Style | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photograph

Dress: Club Monaco Shoes: Coclico

Necklace: Kendra Scott Watch: Michael Kors Bag: Matt + Nat

All Photos by Ashley Beschell of http://www.beschellphotography.com/

Fall Transitional Style Part Two: To the Office

Getting dressed and out the door in the morning can be pretty stressful. I tend to gravitate towards dresses in the summer because it's just so hot in Savannah but as the weather is (supposed) to be cooler, I pull out my pants and light sweaters. Below is one of my favorite go-to outfits for work. I love how relaxed the cream pants are paired with a sweater in my favorite color (grey). I added my work bag and a bigger necklace to complete the look.

Fall Transitional Style | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
Fall Transitional Style | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

This is an easy look to duplicate: start with pants as your statement (whether it's a statement because of the color or fit) then add a simple, neutral top. 

Fall Transitional Style | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
Fall Transitional Style | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

Throw on a chunkier necklace and don't forget your work bag.. then you're all set!

Fall Transitional Style | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

Stay tuned for next week's post: fall date night!

All Photos by Ashley Beschell

http://www.beschellphotography.com/

Fall Transitional Style: The Casual Edition

Whenever the mornings start to become more crisp (even just slightly..) I feel a renewed sense of energy. The problem comes mid afternoon when the heat has set in and the outfit I thought would work all day has me over heated! Below is my solution for a casual fall transitional outfit. It's an easy look that will keep you warm in the morning and cool in the afternoon.

Fall Style | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
Fall Style | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

I'm a big fan of breaking the "fashion rules." One of my favorites to break? Not wearing white after Labor Day... White is such a great versatile color I wear it all through the year. As the weather changes to winter, change your whites from crisp and light fabrics to heavier fabrics with a tone underneath (a warm or cool tone is fine, just start to move away from a true white).

Fall Style | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
Fall Style | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
Fall Style | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
Fall Style | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

Throwing a button down on with your white jeans is the best way to move your look towards fall. In the morning you can keep your sleeves long and as you warm up, roll up those sleeves. It's the perfect early fall casual outfit!

Pants: AG, Button down: J Crew, Bag: Anthropologie, Shoes: Sam Edelman

All Photos by Ashley Beschell of Beschell Photography

http://www.beschellphotography.com/

How to Dress Up Shorts

While the summer heat continues, I keep looking for new ways to dress up comfortable clothes. Shorts are a necessity in this heat but they tend to look very casual. Below I show just how to turn the summer look up a notch.

How to Dress Up Shorts | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

Start by choosing shorts that are any fabric other than cotton. Try silk, linen or wool (once the temperature drops a bit). Cotton shorts tend to look casual no matter what you do. 

How to Dress Up Shorts | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

Add some heels and a clutch or small purse to jazz up the outfit. This pushes shorts away from your casual beach look to a more sophisticated evening look.

How to Dress Up Shorts | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

I chose a fitted blouse to help provide structure to the outfit overall and I kept the colors simple for a chic look.

How to Dress Up Shorts | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

All photos by Ashley Beschell

http://www.beschellphotography.com/

The Perfect Summer Dress

There isn't an end in sight to the heat and all I've been wanting to wear are comfortable, loose dresses. I think I found the perfect summer dress for myself but did a round up of other summer dresses that I love and think are perfect for the heat. Look for linen, loose fitting and light colored dresses to keep you cool (or as cool as you can be) through the hot summer day. 

The Perfect Summer Dress | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Teresa Earnest Photography
The Perfect Summer Dress | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Teresa Earnest Photography
The Perfect Summer Dress | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Teresa Earnest Photography
The Perfect Summer Dress | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Teresa Earnest Photography
The Perfect Summer Dress | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Teresa Earnest Photography

Dress: Ellison Apparel, Bag: Spartina449

Shoes: Coclico, Ring: Madewell, Necklace: Gabriella Kiss

Below are some other great summer dresses that have been on my list. Just click on the image to be directly taken to the item.

White Pants, Three Ways

This is the season for white pants! White pants are one of my favorite go - to's mostly because of how versatile they are and how crisp they look. Below I show you three ways to wear white pants for three different occasions.

White Pants: Casual Neutrals

Pairing white pants with a neutral top, casual sandals and minimal jewelry is the perfect look for a casual weekend or evening.

White Pants: Colorful Work

Adding a colorful blouse with your white pants, nicer sandals, a watch and some jewelry make this a great go-to work outfit.

Date Night: High Contrast

With a black, dressy top, high heels and fun jewelry, you can take your white pants right out to date night (or girls night!)

All Photos by Ashley Beschell of Beschell Photography

Wide Leg Pant Trend: How to Dress Wide Leg Pants Two Ways

One of my favorite trends of the season is wide leg pants but since we've grown so accustomed to wearing skinnies it can be difficult to put an outfit together with a new trend. Below I show you two outfits for wide leg pants.

For warmer weather: pair a loose fitting tank over your wide leg pants. You can pair a loose top with a loose bottom just check the proportions and material of each. These two blousey items work together because the top is a stiff material while the pants are softer.

Wide Leg Pant Trend: Outfit Inspiration | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
Wide Leg Pant Trend: Outfit Inspiration | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

In cooler weather: Pair a cropped sweater with your wide leg pants. This look helps define your waist so that your frame  doesn't get lost in the loose pants.

Wide Leg Pant Trend: Outfit Inspiration | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
Wide Leg Pant Trend: Outfit Inspiration | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
Wide Leg Pant Trend: Outfit Inspiration | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

All photos by Ashley Beschell 

http://www.beschellphotography.com/

5 Tips for bathing suit shopping for any figure

Bathing suit shopping can bring about a lot of anxiety regardless of who you are or what you look like. Below I detail five tips to reduce stress while you're shopping for a new suit this summer.

5 Tips for Bathing Suit Shopping

1. This goes for shopping in general, but even more so when you are trying on bathing suits: don't focus on the size, focus on the fit. When it comes to bathing suits, you will almost always be a size up from your "normal" size because the fabric bathing suits are made of is meant to be tight. Don't stress about the size; depending on the brand a better fit may be one or even two sizes above your normal size.

2. When in between sizes, opt for the smaller size. Swimsuit fabric has stretch to it already but as you wear it, it will stretch more especially once the fabric gets wet. Another reason to go with the smaller size (only when in between sizes) is a slightly smaller size will give you better support.

3. Before you go shopping, think about the use of your suit. If you're swimming laps or riding waves, you're going to want a different swim suit than when you're lounging pool side or beach side just reading a book. Strapless won't work when you're going down the waterpark slide! You'll want a different swimsuit if you're picking up a toddler than if your kids are older and you aren't bending over as much or if you don't have any kids. These are all things to keep in mind when you set out to buy a new swimsuit.

4. Shop in separates and be ok with separates in different sizes. If you are buying a two piece (whether it's a bikini, tankini or any version in between), try on different sizes for your top and bottom. You very likely may not be the same size on the top and the bottom which is a-ok.

5. Last up: be prepared when trying you go to try on bathing suits. You'll want to wear a thin thong and bring sandals so you can get a real sense of how the bathing suit will look. While you're there, do the work: stand up, sit down, lift your arms over your head. All of these actions you will need to do when wearing a swimsuit and you want to make sure it stays in place before purchasing.

Spring Transition: Outfit Inspiration

Spring has finally arrived along the East Coast and I could not be more glad! After a few rainy weeks, I am looking forward to wearing flats, sleeveless tops and dresses. With the transition comes crisp mornings and warm afternoons which can make getting dressed tough in the morning. Here's a peak of a spring transitional outfit that has been one of my go-to's. I'm wearing a few layers that I could take off as the day warms up which you'll see below.

Spring Transition: Outfit Inspiration | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
Spring Transition: Outfit Inspiration | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
Spring Transition: Outfit Inspiration | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
Spring Transition: Outfit Inspiration | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
Spring Transition: Outfit Inspiration | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

Designer Discovery:Han Chong of Self Portrait

For the last year or so I've noticed some beautiful lace dresses and blouses with leather accents that had a similar look to them and I kept wondering who made these? With a little research I found my answer: Han Chong founder of the brand Self Portrait. Originally from Malaysia, Han Chong studied in London at Central Saint Martins and started Self Portrait in 2013. His goal with Self Portrait is to create designer looks and quality at more reasonable prices. His line is now carried in stores from Selfridges to ASOS to Net-A-Porter. Read an interview with Han Chong here and here

Spring/Summer 2016 Ready to Wear

All images from Vogue UK

Fall 2016 Ready to Wear

All images from Vogue

What Shoes to Wear this Spring and Summer

Let's face it: stilettos are out (for now). Whether you love them and are hating me for saying it or if you hate them and are rejoicing it's the truth. I haven't read a single article highlighting stilettos and you hardly see them on any trendsetter these days. So, what is everyone wearing? Well the shoe trends this season are pretty darn comfy. Below I've talked about four different trends and added some inspiration pictures to get your creativity flowing.

Sneakers: sneakers are not just for the gym anymore! People are styling them with their weekend day outfits, dresses and even work wear (when done right!)

Block heels: I am kind of in love with this one! I'm always twisting my ankles in skinny heels and this completely helps solve that problem. 

Lace Up Shoes: Similar to the gladiator trend, lace up sandals, heels and flats are all around. I love how each girl styled them differently in the inspiration pictures below: with a dress, pants, casual and dressy.

Oxfords: Menswear is so popular now so it's no surprise it's popular for your feet too. I think they are the new power heel: they make you look pretty badass and put together.

Three Ways to Wear Culotte Trousers

By now you have likely noticed the culotte making its way back into your inspiration feeds. After the skinny pant which looked good with pretty much any top, culottes can seem difficult to wear. Below I show you three ways to style the culotte trouser to inspire your confidence into trying out this pant.

The Easiest Way: With a Blouse

Three Ways to Wear Culottes | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
Three Ways to Wear Culottes | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
Three Ways to Wear Culottes | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

A Little More Daring: With a Crop Top

Three Ways to Wear Culottes | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
Three Ways to Wear Culottes | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
Three Ways to Wear Culottes | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

The Fashion Trend: With a Tunic

Three Ways to Wear Culottes | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
Three Ways to Wear Culottes | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

All Photos by Beschell Photography

How to Transition Your Work outfit from Day to Evening

Transitioning from your day to day outfit to a happy hour or a dinner look can be tough for the girl on the go. Starting with a great foundation and adding the proper accessories will make all the difference. Scroll down below to see some of my tips for a flawless day to evening outfit.

Day Time

Start with a simple color scheme and modest heels, jewelry and bag for your day look. Keep enough room in your bag for a spare pair of heels, jewelry and a bolder lip color.

HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR WORK OUTFIT FROM DAY TO EVENING | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR WORK OUTFIT FROM DAY TO EVENING | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR WORK OUTFIT FROM DAY TO EVENING | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR WORK OUTFIT FROM DAY TO EVENING | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR WORK OUTFIT FROM DAY TO EVENING | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

EVENING

In order to spruce yourself up for the evening, change out your shoes to some higher heels, add a leather jacket for a chilly night and put on a bolder lip color. Instead of taking any jewelry off, just add a few more pieces for a layered look. All of these small accessories can fit in your work bag - which, by the way - you should leave at the office! Instead grab a smaller purse or clutch for the final touch.

HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR WORK OUTFIT FROM DAY TO EVENING | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR WORK OUTFIT FROM DAY TO EVENING | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR WORK OUTFIT FROM DAY TO EVENING | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR WORK OUTFIT FROM DAY TO EVENING | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography
HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR WORK OUTFIT FROM DAY TO EVENING | Kara Bettie Stylist | Fashion Blogger | Beschell Photography

All photos by Beschell Photography

The Shopping Mistakes You're Probably Making and How to Avoid Them

Shopping can be an arduous, stressful process but it doesn't have to be and it shouldn't be! I'm always shocked when someone says to me that they hate shopping. How can that be?! It's one of my favorite activities. But then they tell me why. And I realize.. Oh! I'd hate shopping too if I were you. But I'm here to help turn around the shopping process for you and bring it back to being fun. 

 Photo: Teresa Earnest Photography, taken at Indigo + Cotton

Photo: Teresa Earnest Photography, taken at Indigo + Cotton

1. BUDGET: Step one is to have a budget in mind before you go and don't under any circumstances go over it! Literally just stop right when (or preferably right before) you hit that budget. If you go over you'll end up regretting what you bought and feeling crummy all over again.

2. SHOP FOR SOMETHING IN PARTICULAR: This all starts with a wardrobe review. Check out what you have already in your closet and what are some common colors. Use this knowledge as a reference guide when you're shopping so that you don't end up with a piece that is totally different from what you have. You may love that yellow fringe skirt but do you have anything in your closet that will work with it? You don't want to end up with a piece that doesn't fit your style. You'll just end up leaving it in your closet with resentment.

3. TRUST YOUR INSTINCT: If you love it, buy it! If you try something on and absolutely love it, don't walk away from it. As long as you've followed step 2, you'll end up thinking about that one item for the next week with a ton of regret. Similarly: if you don't love it, walk away (even if it's on SALE!) Don't buy something just because it's a bargain!

5. READ THE CARE INSTRUCTIONS: If you never make it to the dry cleaner and the sweater you just tried on is dry clean only, don't buy it! You and I both know you can't throw it in the washer and hope it will work. You'll end up ruining your clothes when you should have just gotten something with easier care instructions.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST....

6. DON'T STRESS ABOUT SIZE: This is a tricky one. There is a lot of research on the psychology of sizing but if you can, try not to stress out about what size you're wearing. Don't buy something a size too small thinking you'll go on that juice cleanse next week and don't buy something a size too big thinking it's hiding something you're self conscious of. Often what happens when you're "hiding" something is that you end up looking bigger than you are because your clothes are too baggy. When you buy something a size too small, you will be punishing yourself (for no reason!) each time you aren't able to fit into it. Be kind to yourself!! I'm often a different size in different stores and I try my hardest NOT to look or think too much into that number. Judge the clothes based on how they fit.

If this is advice you can relate to, pass it on! Share it with your friends that you've been shopping with or leave a comment with some of your shopping experiences.

where i like to shop

A common question people ask me is where do I shop? While I tend to shop around a LOT I thought I'd write a list of some of my go-to stores for specific pieces. Take a look below + let me know what you think!

For trendy items: Zara and H&M are my favorite for trendy items. Both stores always have on point trends and their price point is reasonable enough that if the trend is out by the following year, you haven't broken the bank. Case in point: my favorite pair of "distressed" denim (ie ripped up) is from Zara. I think it cost me less than $100 and I've definitely worn them more than ten times (meaning less than $10/wear!). My tip: shop at these stores in person if possible as their sizing can be a little funny.

For Jeans: Ok so this is one category where I'm willing to spend a little more. Once I find a great fit and style of jean, it's worth it to spend more. I wear jeans quite a bit and will buy the same jean in different washes if I think it's the perfect pair. For my personal preference I go with AG and MiH but I'd also highly recommend Frame Denim.

For shoes: Nordstrom is a great place to shop (in person if possible) for shoes. I like their selection because they carry everything from high end brands to a more standard pair so you can really find whatever you're looking for. My other (not so secret anymore) place is Free People. While their clothes can be fun and maybe a little too funky for some, they have a huge range of shoes. Two of my favorite pairs are from them and I get compliments on those two pair constantly!

For Neutrals: Aritizia. Aritizia. Aritizia. I love them. You might have noticed I'm sort of into a monochromatic palette and Aritizia is the place for my neutrals. They also have a great selection of vegan leather + vegan suede which I also happen to be into.

Online: When I'm browsing for general wardrobe items without a specific piece in mind I always check out Asos + Revolve Clothing. Both of their sites are incredibly easy to navigate and you're able to set helpful parameters (size, price, color, etc) so that you aren't going through hundreds of pages.

For basics: It may seem like an obvious choice but J.Crew has some of my favorite basics. For layering tanks, tees and even some solid colored sweaters I always look to J. Crew. Full disclaimer: I LOVE their vintage cotton tees but beware of the v-neck version. It is just way too low for me to wear (and I would think most people?) without a tank/underlayer and that's just not what I'm looking to do with a basic tee. I'm going to try their linen tees (in crew neck) and see how they are as well.

For Swimwear: Some of their pieces are a little sassy, but Shop Blue Planet has really fun options especially in the one piece department. Another great site is The Girl and the Water which carries all the "it" brands of the moment (think Acacia, Frankie's and Mara Hoffman) as well as a wide variety of cover ups.

What I Wore: Tips to express your personal style

What I Wore: Personal Style Expression

Spring is working its way closer to us, but for now we're caught in post winter weather and pre-spring weather. This means that we're caught in between seasons for outfits too. While the days are getting warmer, I still need to bundle up especially by the water where even a slight breeze can really cool the day down.

Below I'll explain why I chose to wear this outfit and how it fits with my personal style.

I knew it was going to be a chilly day so I wanted to layer up. I like to have a big, comfy cardigan I can easily take on and off through the day. I got this one on major sale from South Moon Under; it's a Free People Cardigan. I was going for a bohemian vibe with this look which is why I chose the lace top (old, from Anthro) and my favorite pair of broken denim (from Zara). Zara is one of my go to places to shop for trendy items that you don't want to invest in. More on my favorite places to shop next week!


I love wearing casual, bohemian looks on the weekend and a braid is a perfect addition to that. Without having a huge wardrobe, you can still show off your personal style by the way you do your hair or the simple accessories you add to your outfit. I'm still loving the look of a handkerchief as a choker and I added in some longer earrings to keep with the boho look.

Let's Talk Undies: Tips for wearing the right foundations

How to Make the Most of Your Undergarments

Putting the perfect outfit together starts with the correct foundations. Otherwise known as undergarments. I can't tell you how many times I've changed my bra or undies after deciding what I was going to wear because the bra I had on would have shown through my top or the undies would have *gasp* shown a visible panty line (which I think we can all agree is a complete outfit killer). Not having to worry about my undergarments peaking out or any unnecessary lumps in my outfits always makes me feel more confident.

Below are some of my tips + tricks

First and foremost: wear a camisole

I know sometimes they can feel constricting or like an added layer but trust me when I say they are your friend. Even better: if you get the right one it won't be too tight and will be thin enough not to add any additional "bulk" to your outfit. In order to get the right one check for some that have stretch and almost always size up one size. I also look for camis that don't have a built in bra. 

Cami's are great for tucking into your pants if your worried about bending over and showing a little too much skin or if you're wearing a button down shirt or a sheer shirt and you don't want your bra to be visible.  

The bad news: hands down the best cami is from Hanro and it's $62. The next best that I've found and wear almost daily is from Jockey which costs $20. They will stretch over time and may even get a few holes from your wear and the dryer but at that price I can't complain.

Second: You just have to wear a slip sometimes

 

I know a lot of people shy away from this but there are times when you just have to wear a slip. Those times include when a dress is a little too sheer or when you're wearing a knit skirt or dress. When you wear a slip under a knit skirt or dress all those little bumps will smooth out. I know you think a thong is enough but it isn't; we can see the dimples in your bum and when you stand your dress clings right in between those cheeks. I know it happens to me and I'm betting it happens to you too! When you need to wear one wear a full slip under your dress instead of a half slip to avoid that elastic band showing through. 

I haven't personally tried this skirt slip but I'd recommend a lot of the products from Commando. After all, the whole point is that you look as if you're not wearing anything under your clothes! They also offer a full slip version in a "control" or just regular slip. I recommend the one without control so that you're more comfortable but if you do want the option for control, they have it.  I get my usual size in their products.

Third: Choose an undergarment in your skin tone

When you're trying to hide your undergarments under light colored clothing always wear a nude or close to your skin tone color, never white and if you have to go for a light pink. They're perfect under white pants, skirts + shirts. 

Fourth: How to Avoid the Visible Panty Line

 This is a biggie. Let's talk undies and the visible panty line. One way around this is obvious: a thong. But not all thongs are created equal and the last thing you want is to show through your clothes that you're wearing a thong. This Under Armour thong is one of the best I've tried. The first line in their description really sums up why this is the best "Next - to - skin without the squeeze." It's true! 

If you can't stand to wear a thong look for a bikini cut panty that is seamless or lace trim. Under Armour does offer this option but I also love Felina's options. I've worn their lace trim panties without a problem many times. 

Hopefully these styling tips help you when you're getting dressed in the morning. It's all about feeling confident in what you're wearing and that starts with the foundation.