I know I promised a makeup post but this week turned out to be way too hectic and we are getting ready to leave for Cabo so I will do the po...
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Thanks so much for all your support everyone! We are so excited to start this new adventure in our lives and am grateful for all the encouraging words you've given us.
p.s. I know that this blog is called style-ish but it has always been the intention to be style.ish. Unfortunately you can't have a web address with a "." so it went to style-ish. Just in case you were wondering what the difference was.
update: thanks for the readers that let me know that the covers weren't showing up. It had something to do with Internet Explorer but they should be fixed now!
Jen writes: so being the new mom that i am and considering i haven't been to the mall in ages, not to mention kept up with any trash mags lately to see what celebs are wearing, i was wondering if you could do a post on your blog about outfits you're taking to cabo! i have no idea what people are wearing these days and if what i have is still even considered "fashionable!" hee, hee! i don't want to be the frumpy mommy in cabo, so i thought you could give me a few tips or show me some outfits that i could easily (and cheaply) mimic possibly from forever 21 or the like that would be perfect for cabo.
I completely understand wanting to look great on vacation but not have to spend a lot of money. I have clothes that are just for beachy vacations because I will never get the chance to wear them here in Seattle so spending a lot of money on clothes like that just isn't practical.
I used to be an over-packer and bringing everything in my closet for a "just in case" until I started traveling like crazy for work and finally started to understand the fine art of packing for trips and that bringing less is actually a good thing.
My essentials for a beach vacation are easy to wear dresses, pretty tops and tanks, a lightweight scarf/shawl/pashmina, a nice pair of black shorts and a few pairs of shoes, mostly flats.
Here are my picks for what to bring on vacation, each item under $100!
#2 - cute swimsuit coverup that you can easily wear out to lunch or out shopping
#3 - Fun basic dress with a bit of flair so no other accessories are necessary. I tend to not wear jewelry during vacation so I look for dresses with interesting details.
#4 - a fun white dress to show off your tan! (but please always remember to use sunblock! sunburn is not a good look.)
I actually just bought this dress this past weekend to bring with me. It can convert from a dress to a skirt and is perfect to wear from the beach to dinner. Dress from JCrew - $78
All tops from Forever 21
When I feel like going a bit more casual, a pair of black shorts along with a fun top is my solution to still looking stylish.
#1 - No matter where I go, even if it's hot during the day, I almost always get cold at night so I like to bring a thin cardigan that I can pair over any outfit. This is perfect to go over any of these tops or any of the dresses above.
#2 - A graphic tank and flats sandals is such an easy but cute outfit. You can even layer this over dress #3 to create a different look!
#3 - The ruffles of this tank is just too cute and can feel dressy but not too dressy.
#4 - Sometimes I feel like I'm revealing too much in a tank top so I like to have fitted t-shirts with me as well in case I don't feel like showing off my shoulders.
The key to all these things is that the color scheme all matches so that no matter what you bring, you can mix and match and not have to worry about bringing things to match just one outfit.
You all know I love heels but I'm also practical enough to know that heels and beaches do not work. I do a lot of exploring when I'm on vacation so I need shoes that I can wear to walk around for long periods of time. I seriously detest those rubber flip flops that are quite popular. I see them as shower shoes and so very inappropriate to wear out anywhere. It is possible to find cute beach shoes without resorting to "shower shoes".
#1 and #2 I love these simple thong flats that you can wear to the beach but also look great with dresses or shorts.
It is fine to bring heels with you if you want to get dressed up for dinner and know that you won't be walking a lot to get there, however if you think you will be doing lots of walking and still want height, wedges are your answer.
#3 - I love the wooden heel wedge which makes it a bit more classy and appropriate for dinner. #4 - These espadrilles are casual but cute and can go with so many outfits.
I also wear items that I will want to wear on vacation on the airplane so that it's one less outfit to pack. So I would wear something like the #3 dress with leggings and the #1 cardigan and some Tory Burch flats.
Hope my tips have helped give you some options for your vacation. Happy Vacationing!!
Update: I just wrote this post this weekend and it seems that Lulu's has sold out of some of the dresses I chose! I can't seem to find the links for them either but if I do, I will include the links.
Blazer: Juicy Couture
Jeans: Levi's Eco
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Are skulls on the outs or already out? I don't know but I still like this scarf that I got a couple years ago. It's actually a long scarf that I wrapped around twice and knotted together. Apparantly people are telling me that skinnies are also on the outs but ah well, I tend to wear what I like so skinnies will stick around with me!
My outfit was inspired by this picture of Miranda Kerr. I love how she's coming from the airport and still looks so chic. I hate those pictures of the celebs coming off the plane in shlubby sweats and Uggs. If you know you are going to get photographed, put some effort in it. Plus, I hate the general excuse of looking awful while traveling. Miranda shows us that it IS possible to look stylish while traveling without too much effort.
I bought these jeans long purposefully to cuff them but when I put them on I discovered just how long they were so I had to play around with them before I decided to go with a cuff with the edges rolled over.
My hair has been a mess lately. My curling iron broke (that's also why my hair tutorial still has not been written) and I had to look around for a replacement which I ordered this week, so until my new one arrives I'm just going with this slight wave. Since you can't see my makeup very well in the picture above I wanted to show you my look for that day which was a dark brown/taupe eye with a pink-almost orange-ish lip color. I just bought a lip color pallete that I am in love with and the colors that came in it are a bit surprising but oddly, work well with my skin tone.
Our days were full of...
A sampling of the beautiful dresses my sister tried on...
They were all of the ruffly variety which is totally not what she ended up with!
More Yummy Food
I will spare you the pictures of all the meat we ate...
Dress: Butter by Nadia
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Which ends up being a bit long on me. I was still a bit self conscious because of the way it wraps, you can't wear a bra, so to prevent any terrible wardrobe malfunctions I put on a very tight tube dress underneath to strap my boobies in. I felt much better having something underneath.
My sweetie got me the prettiest baby roses. Baby roses are something that goes way back in our relationship as the very first flowers he ever bought for me was a plant of baby roses. They are actually pretty hard to find around here so it's always nice when he finds them and brings them home to me.
P.S. Did you know it is Barbie's 50th Anniversary? Go here to read my post on all the fun events going on to celebrate Barbie!
Jacket: Club Monaco
Dress: Forever 21
Leggings: Forever 21
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
I like to organize my closet by season so I had moved all my summer dresses to the back of my closet and I haven't looked at those dresses in awhile. I was sick of my winter dresses that morning so I decided to see what I could put together with a summer dress and pulled out this bright one with faux rosettes.
I can use my work laptop (or my husbands Mac) but it's so much easier to do everything on my Macbook so I will be responding to e-mails but posting is going to be light until everything gets fixed.
For now, here are some pictures from New York. As I am a Louis Vuitton lover I could not resist taking pictures of the window displays. I did not buy any of these as the fluorescent is not really my style, but they are still pretty to look at.