1 Top 3 Ways: Bateau, One-Shoulder, Off the Shoulder

by - Friday, July 20, 2018
I've really enjoyed seeing others wear off the shoulder tops, but have yet to find one that looks semi-decent on me. The ones I've tried on usually had a combination of issues: elastic neckline was too loose or too tight, fabric didn't drape right across the chest, and/or the sleeves were puffy and unflattering.

Until now. The small floral print was what initially caught my eye. Then my excitement waned somewhat upon noticing the off the shoulder style. But I figured, what the hell, if there is even a small chance of being able to kill two birds with one stone, then it's worth a try.

The elastic neckline ended up being the perfect stretchiness. I actually think the floral print did double duty -- it's gorgeous, and the "busy-ness" actually hides the elastic threading more so than a solid colored top.

After I finished trying on the top as it was advertised (off the shoulder), I realized there are two other ways I could wear this top! Bateau style which I've loved seeing on Meghan Markle (ie: one, two, three) and what ended up being my favorite, one-shoulder. My excitement knows no bounds, so this top will be on the short list for the rest of the summer.
3 ways to wear a floral top: bateau, one-shoulder, off the shoulder
one shoulder floral top, gold jewelry, blue gray clutch, white clip dot midi skirt
off the shoulder floral top, gold jewelry, blue gray clutch, white clip dot midi skirt, white sandals with fringe
one shoulder floral top, gold jewelry, blue gray clutch, white clip dot midi skirt, white sandals with fringe
sunglasses: Ann Taylor (similar - 46% off w/code MAKEPLANS; similar - 40% off w/code HOTHOTHOT)
lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
top: H&M off-the-shoulder blouse in dark blue/white floral - sz 0 (sold here)
bracelet: Ann Taylor (similar - on sale; similar)
rings: Elizabeth and James (sold here - 55% off);
Nadri trinity pave ring in rose gold/silver (sold here - on sale; similar - on sale)
skirt: J.Crew (this season's sold here - 20% off; similar; similar - 46% off w/code MAKEPLANS)
clutch: Chloe alphabet clutch in airy grey (check for re-stock; other colors sold here)
nail polish on toes: Cynthia Rowley (similar)
shoes: J.Crew (similar - on sale; similar)


Colorblock & Seersucker

by - Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Today, I'm wearing a peplum top tucked into a high-waisted skirt. I think the proportions worked out well enough, though the outfit was a bit high maintenance. I found myself continually looking down and adjusting some fabric here and there so the peplum part stayed put. I do not look good when I wear tops that are completely tucked in, hence the need for half/semi tucks.
color blocked top with button back, blue striped pencil skirt with waist tie, grey blue clutch, gold watch, brown sandals with knot
color blocked top with button back, blue striped pencil skirt with waist tie, grey blue clutch, gold watch
color blocked top with button back, blue striped pencil skirt with waist tie, grey blue clutch, gold watch, brown sandals with knot
sunglasses: Ann Taylor (similar - 46% off w/code MAKEPLANS; similar - 40% off w/code HOTHOTHOT)
lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
top: LOFT (similar - 46% off w/code MAKEPLANS; similar - 55% off)
watch: Olivia Burton watch, 30mm in gold - removed 3 links (similar; similar - on sale)
ring: Etsy milegem morganite ring (sold here)
phone case: Apple smart battery case (sold here)
skirt: Ann Taylor (similar - 46% off w/code MAKEPLANS; similar; similar)
clutch: Chloe alphabet clutch in airy grey (check for re-stock; other colors sold here)
nail polish on toes: ILNP Juliette (sold here)
shoes: Schutz Rhana sandals in toasted nut - runs large, sz 6 (sold at Nordstrom / Shopbop / Zappos - 30% off)

Black Silk & Olive Lace

by - Monday, July 16, 2018
I ordered a handful of items during the Zara sale a few weeks back (still ongoing, but selection is probably better in stores now from returns). The only item that I loved enough to keep? This pair of black ballerina flats with beaded straps (coincidentally, a friend also bought and kept! Great minds especially since we didn't coordinate beforehand).

I was afraid the flats may be too big, but Kefee heel inserts to the rescue once again. Since my initial post about them, I do think the heel inserts work much better than the toe inserts. With more weight pressing down on the toe inserts, they seem to lose their cushion fairly fast.
black sleeveless silk top, black shoulder bag, olive green lace pencil skirt, denim jacket, two tone watch, silver cuff, black ballerina flats with jeweled straps
black sleeveless silk top, black shoulder bag, olive green lace pencil skirt, denim jacket, two tone watch, silver cuff
black sleeveless silk top, black shoulder bag, olive green lace pencil skirt, denim jacket, two tone watch, silver cuff, black ballerina flats with jeweled straps
sunglasses: Ann Taylor (similar; similar - $15)
lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
top: Massimo Dutti silk top with insertion lace top (similar)
jacket: Abercrombie & Fitch (similar; similar - 40% off w/code HAPPY)
watch: Olivia Burton two-tone round bracelet watch, 30mm in silver/white/gold - removed 2 links (sold here; larger version)
bracelet: David Yurman cable classics bracelet with pearls and diamonds, 5mm - sz S (sold at DY / Saks / Nordstrom)
ring: Ann Taylor (similar - on sale; similar - on sale)
phone case: Apple smart battery case (sold here)
skirt: Ann Taylor (this season's sold here)
bag: Chanel reissue in 226 (pre-owned; similar - on sale; similar)
shoes: Zara ballerinas with beaded straps - sz 6.5 (check for re-stock)


Like a Parisienne

by - Friday, July 13, 2018
Today's look is inspired by the French soccer team. I think they have the best jerseys kit (that is the correct term, right? soccer noob here) of all the teams at the World Cup -- classy in both style and colors (examples: one, two). Of course, the outfit wouldn't be complete without accessorizing with a scarf somehow.
navy silky top, printed scarf as belt, blue grey clutch, white pants with waist tie, nude sandals
navy silky top, printed scarf as belt, blue grey clutch, white pants with waist tie, nude sandals, two tone watch, silver cuff
sunglasses: Ann Taylor (similar; similar - $15)
lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
top: Zara (similar)
scarf (as belt): J.Crew Factory printed square scarf in navy boats (sold here - $15)
watch: Olivia Burton two-tone round bracelet watch, 30mm in silver/white/gold - removed 2 links (sold here; larger version)
bracelet: David Yurman cable classics bracelet with pearls and diamonds, 5mm - sz S (sold at DY / Saks / Nordstrom)
pants: LOFT slim tie waist pants in whisper white - sz 00 (sold here - $35)
clutch: Chloe alphabet clutch in airy grey (check for re-stock; other colors sold here)
nail polish on toes: ILNP Juliette (sold here)
shoes: Express low heeled sandals - sz 6 (sold here; similar - 25% off)


An Eclectic Mix

by - Thursday, July 12, 2018
Today's outfit is a hodgepodge of styles. A mix of boho (top), glam (bag), feminine (shoes), and vintage (skirt). I could've passed for someone who got dressed in the dark this morning. Or perhaps seen as a risk taker. Or maybe a bit of both.
boho top with fringe, jacquard wrap skirt, embellished heels with pearls, two tone watch, gold bangle, nude glam lock bag
boho top with fringe, jacquard wrap skirt, embellished heels with pearls, two tone watch, gold bangle, nude glam lock bag
boho top with fringe, jacquard wrap skirt, embellished heels with pearls, two tone watch, gold bangle, nude glam lock bag
sunglasses: Ann Taylor (similar; similar - $15)
lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
top: LOFT (similar - 50% off; similar - on sale)
bracelet: Ann Taylor (similar)
watch: Olivia Burton two-tone round bracelet watch, 30mm in silver/white/gold - removed 2 links (sold here; larger version)
rings: Elizabeth and James (sold here - 55% off);
Nadri trinity pave ring in rose gold/silver (sold here; similar - on sale; similar)
phone case: Apple smart battery case (sold here)
skirt: J.Crew (similar; similar - on sale)
bag: Valentino small glam lock shoulder bag in blush (sold here; similar)
nail polish on toes: ILNP Juliette (sold here)
shoes: Tory Burch Tatiana slide - sz 6.5 (this season's sold at Nordstrom - 33% off / TB - on sale / Saks)


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