Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Defining sexy (in bluebonnets)

Sexy: up until my mid-twenties I thought that sexy was short short skirts, full make-up, straight hair, and cleavage!

I had the totally realistic opinions of the E! network to tell me what made me look desirable. (At least I admit to my faults. GIMME A BREAK!)


It was very easy to buy whatever was "hot" when I was shopping at F21 on a weekly basis.

Generally, I would end up squeezing into something that 1) didn't look great on me 2) was exhaustingly trendy 3) always made me seem like I was trying too hard. And I would wear that polyester blend dress one time.



Once I started buying quality pieces, (and got rid of cable television) I had to define what made me feel best.




What I look for now is a little shorter of hem line, and I have traded in low necklines for a lower cut in the back. As cheesy as this sounds knowing that I have put forth effort to find items that are conscious makes me feel even more confident.

When a brand works for me, I am a die hard. You got me again Loup. I love you.

Conscious Pieces

Dress: Loup

Other

Necklace: Free People

Friday, March 20, 2015

First Love

You know that piece that you put on, and you just feel great? No matter what had happened, how tired you are, how crappy you feel, that piece makes you feel gorgeous?



That is this dress, and this is also the first conscious piece of clothing I ever bought. I was at an event with a friend and I was a little hesitant to buy it. It was a little more expensive than I was used to spending on a dress, so I winced as I handed over my debit card.

I am happy I did. This is a very special dress to me, and I wear it every chance I can.

This week has been extremely challenging for me, and I really needed to feel good about myself. I felt myself reaching for this dress a few times. And you know what? It made everything a little better.


I hope you have an outfit that makes you feel this way. If you don't, go buy one. It is not frivolous or vapid, you deserve something that makes you feel beautiful.

Tips for buying THAT piece:
  • Set yourself a budget and don't be scared to buy at the higher end. 
  • Avoid super "trendy" pieces that will likely look dated in a year
  • Does it do your body justice? If not, walk away.
  • Where can you wear this? Only weddings? Only bar hopping? You should be able to wear it AT LEAST two places. 
  • Can you wear this with minimal hair and make-up? So on those challenging days you can wear and go. 

When you have icky weeks I promise, it will be worth every cent. 

Conscious Pieces

Dress: Raven + Lily

Earrings: Noon

Other:

Shoes: Madewell



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Who has time for pants AND a shirt?

Putting together two articles of clothing has never been easy for me. Jeans AND a shirt? What kind of time do you think I have?!

Dresses have dominated my wardrobe since college for a few reasons:
  •  They flatter my shape 
  •  I don't have to wear pants 
  •  People assume I am putting forth way more effort than I am


I was pretty pumped when jumpsuits came along, one more way that I didn't have to fuss with two pieces of clothing.

This wonderfully, casual number from Thought Collective is now a pretty heavily utilized item in my closet.



It's flattering, it's comfortable, and the print isn't too overwhelming for my shorter frame.



Some tips for jumpsuit buying:

  • If you are shorter, stay with a simpler print/solid color
  • Find a jumper that hits at your natural waist
  • If the length is too long, but it fits everywhere else, suck it up and go see a tailor. 
  • Also, find a tailor
  • And most importantly, if it doesn't make you feel awesome, DO NOT BUY IT. If I have learned one thing from this project it is only buy clothing you love. The throw away fast purchases don't make you feel or look as beautiful as you are. 
Conscious Pieces:

Jumpsuit: Thought Collective

Necklace: Jacoby's Mercantile

Earrings: Noon

Purse: Purse&Clutch

Other:

Boots: Sam Edelman

For more about Thought Collective click here

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Loup: You've really made the grade

Sorry for the delay loves! Life has bee really amazingly rowdy!  And Texas has been a frigid tundra! (Not really, but it has been 30-40 degrees!) Anywho, back to clothes!

American made, when I say that what company do you think of?




American Apparel? I thought so. Since I was not super pumped on AA for a many reasons (models, owner, fit of clothing), I have been on the hunt for some American made clothing. 



But where to look? After stalking Blake Lively's blog (why is she so perfect?), I found Loup! Loup, manages to give simple, predictable cuts a fun twist without seeming cheesy.

This dress fits like a dream, and has a David Bowie-esque feel to it (hello pleather sleeves!). More importantly wearing this dress makes me feel good, and gives me an excuse to run around singing Space Oddity all day.  




Loup is having a killer online sale that I highly recommend. Check it out!



Conscious Pieces:

Dress: Loup

Sunglasses: ICU Eyewear

Other:

Shoes: White Mountain

Tights: Target

Photos by Faith Robbins:  check out her site here