Wednesday, July 20, 2016

how to restyle your favorite denim skirt & polka dot top

last week i styled one of my favorite summer 
items! this denim skirt is quickly becoming a wardrobe staple; it can be worn 
with a basic tee (as pictured above) or paired with anything and everything in 
between - your favorite vintage band t-shirt, a floral print blouse, 
a cropped top, stripes, etc.

additionally, you can restyle the skirt by simply swapping out your 
accessories. i've created three seemingly different looks by changing 
my shoes, jewelry, and adding a layering piece; it's easy!
look number one
polka dots, denim skirt, a black and white clutch, and red,
pointed toe flats (you can see the full look here)
look number two
polka dots, denim skirt, gold ballet flats, and a red cross-body (exact here; on sale, too!)
look number three
polka dots, denim skirt, gold ballet flats, and a green button down shirt (similar here)

photos, makeup & hair by elizabeth kathryn photography

while my top and skirt are the same in each of these outfits, 
mixing and matching other pieces from your closet
can help create different looks. a statement necklace, leather 
vest or jacket, and ankle boots would also be fun to try out.

how do you restyle items in your closet? 

Monday, July 11, 2016

polka dots & high waisted denim

and just like that, we are already partway through july!
summer, where have you gone? between barbecues, attending weddings, 
a trip to lake chelan, babysitting galore, and trying to fit in as much time
outside as possible, this summer has seemingly flown by. 
while i wholeheartedly love blogging, there simply hasn't been enough
time to squeeze in outfit photos and schedule my usual posts -
especially when the seattle sunshine is calling my name.

i visited lake chelan (located in central washington) for fourth of july
weekend with friends, so i spent most of last getting back into the work routine
and catching up on sleep. returning to the gym was also a great struggle (!!!).
what? eating pizza and hot dogs and copious amounts of ice cream, while
drinking blended peach mojitos poolside makes the gym a struggle? 
photos, makeup & hair by elizabeth kathryn photography

top: forever 21, denim skirt: nordstrom rack (exact here)
clutch: forever 21 (similar here), bracelets: target, flats: thrifted (via goodwill)

i've been on the hunt for a fun, well-fitting denim skirt since
last summer. as per usual, i browsed my local target, nordstrom, forever 21, and
a few different boutiques and consignment shops. i finally found this 
denim mini skirt at nordstrom rack. the fabric is incredibly soft (comparable
to your lived-in jeggings), and i love the high waist and exposed zipper detail 
on the back of the skirt.
i cannot wait to style it with different tops and blouses;
i think this skirt will quickly became a summer wardrobe staple!
now, we just need our seattle sunshine to return.

are you a fan of the current denim skirt trend? how do you 
typically style yours?

Thursday, July 7, 2016

a very simple DIY creation

^^^ for the not-so-savvy DIY'ers (like myself!) ^^^
a few weeks ago, i had the pleasure of attending 'house of style' - 
a thrifting and DIY fashion event, hosted by sydney mintle of gossip & glamour 
and seattle goodwill (and in case you missed it, 
i shared a recap of the event on my blog here). it was an event that included 
some of my favorite things! fellow bloggers, thrifting, crafting, 
and of course, enjoying delicious treats. 

goodwill graciously provided each guest with a gift card to purchase
an item (or in my case, items!) to decorate later in the evening. 
i bought a hooded grey sweatshirt and chambray button-up blouse.
i may or may not have also purchased two striped tops. you can never
own too many striped clothing options, right?
i should probably admit that i am not a very crafty girl.
i cannot sew. i cannot paint. i rarely DIY. instead, i lust after pinterest tutorials
and utter (dishearteningly) under my breath, 'i must learn how to do that!' 

when i bought the sweatshirt and chambray top, i had no idea
how to repurpose or DIY either item. after digging through the craft supplies, 
however, i decided to focus on the chambray top. i found several vintage
buttons and earrings that i liked. i added them to the collar of my top.
the adorable (and very kind!) katrina, from the demure muse
helped me sew a bit of lace ribbon above the left pocket. 
the black star button, located on the left center pocket, is simply glued on.
the gold, black and pearl piece is a vintage clip-on earring that 
i secured to the right pocket (covering the original button). 

though simple, and quite easy for those 'aspiringly crafty' ladies, like myself, 
these touches add spunk and excitement to an otherwise plain chambray top. 
i love the lighter, worn-out looking wash of this particular 
chambray. originally from nordstrom, i simply couldn't pass it up.
and for $6, my wallet and goodwill gift card were thrilled, too!

the lighter wash of this top makes it incredibly versatile;
pair it with your dark denim, white shorts, or over almost any
color dress! i wore a basic blue, sleeveless dress, my favorite black flats
and added a red cross-body bag for a pop of color. 
photos, makeup and hair by elizabeth kathryn photography

chambray top: thrifted (c/o goodwill), dress: american eagle, 
purse: target (exact here), flats: thrifted, bracelet: urban outfitters, ring: old navy (old)

are you a DIY'er? i still need to repurpose my hooded grey sweatshirt,
so if you have any tips or recommendations, please let 
this craft-challenged girl know.
and a very special thank you to my local goodwill for inviting 
me to the 'house of style' event and providing the gift card and craft supplies 
used to create this look!