Spring 2017 Trends To Shop For

Spring 2017 Trends To Shop For

Spring clothes are my absolute favorite to shop for much to the dismay of my bank account. I love the variety that comes with spring clothes; dresses, skirts, shorts, and so much more. Another thing I love about spring shopping is all of the bright colors and beautiful prints. Below I will be sharing some of the spring trends of 2017 to stock up on.

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The first trend I will be discussing is my favorite. It’s off-the-shoulder, one-shoulder, and cold shoulder tops/dresses. This isn’t a trend that is new to this season but its definitely one that I’m glad is sticking around. The exposed shoulder trend is one that anyone can pull off and is super feminine and flattering. I truly believe you can never have enough off the shoulder tops. Below are some off-the-shoulder looks I am currently lusting after and many are currently on sale so grab them fast.

Cold Shoulder, Off The Shoulder, and One Shoulder:
Brigitte Bailey - Esme Cold Shoulder Embroidered Halter Dress (Cream) Women's DressEllen Tracy - Open Shoulder Top (Blosson Pink) Women's ClothingOld Navy One Shoulder Ruffle Trim Blouse For Women Size M - Catch my driftOld Navy Relaxed Off The Shoulder Swing Top For Women Size M Petite - Cowboy blue

Another trend that I love is here for another season is the athleisure trend, and more specifically sneakers. It makes running errands in your gym clothes seem chic instead of just lazy for not wanting to put on real clothes. You can pair sneakers with a dress or skirt even, which makes a look much more comfortable to get around in. I have my fair share of sneakers but I’m constantly looking for more to add to my collection. I have rounded up some of my current favorites below but act fast because sizes are going quickly.

Sneakers:
adidas Outdoor - Terrex Agravic Speed (Core Green/Core Green/Black) Women's Shoesadidas Outdoor - Terrex Trailmaker (Easy Orange/Black/Tactile Pink) Women's Running ShoesNew Balance Classics - WL574v1 (Galapagos/Powder) Women's Running ShoesNew Balance Classics - WZ501v1 (Exuberant Pink) Women's ShoesSteve Madden - Elouise (Camel) Women's Shoes

What would spring be without some floral prints? Floral prints are on trend every spring but show up in new colors or styles. I love a good floral print blouse or dress for spring. I feel its the quintessential piece of my wardrobe for the season. Each spring season I look for new floral pieces to add into my collection. I’ve linked a few pieces that I’ve had my eye on below.

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CATHERINE Catherine Malandrino - Wynn Blouse (Garden Floral) Women's BlouseOld Navy Relaxed Ruffle Trim Tank For Women Size XS - Green floralLucky Brand - Exploded Floral Pintuck Tank Top (Green Multi) Women's ClothingIvanka Trump - Ditsy Floral Georgette Blouse (Ivory/Petna) Women's Blouse

Embroidery is a trend that is new to this season unlike the previous trends I mentioned. I’ve seen embroidery everywhere from tops, to dresses/skirts, pants, handbags, and even shoes. While I haven’t loved every embroidered piece I’ve seen, as when it comes to embroidery I believe less is more. I have found a few pieces I want to add to my wardrobe. I’ve included several budget friendly options below.

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Gap Women 1969 Tencel Denim Embroidered Blouse Size L Petite - Light indigoGap Women Smocked Off Shoulder Embroidery Top Size XL - BlueGap Women Flowy Embroidered Crepe Top Size S - Admiral blue

The chambray trend itself isn’t necessarily new but it is being done in new and fun ways. One of those new ways is by combining the embroidery trend with the chambray trend. I have seen countless chambray tops and dresses with the most feminine embroidery details. I’ve included some of my finds below.

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Gap Women Embroidered Off The Shoulder Top Size XL Tall - Light indigoJoie - Crissle 5230-D2800 (Vintage Chambray) Women's DressTommy Bahama - Chambray All Day Short Dress (Dark Wash) Women's DressSplendid - Chambray One Shoulder Top (Chambray) Women's Clothing

Last but not least, we need to talk about the trending spring handbags. Spring is definitely the time when I love to bust out a bright colored handbag or a fun floral printed bag, but another trend that is cropping up this season is straw/woven handbags. Also bags with fun details like tassels and pompoms are everywhere. Below I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite on-trend handbags for this spring season.

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What are some of the biggest spring trends you’re seeing this year? Which of the trends that I shared above will you be wearing this season?

 

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In a World Where You Can Be Anything Be Kind

In a World Where You Can Be Anything Be Kind

“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.”   -Bob Kerry

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If there is one thing this world could use more of it would definitely be kindness. It seems that true genuine kindness is far and few between these days. In a world where hate seems to be so prevalent, kindness is necessary. Being kind is something that I strive to personify in my everyday life. It’s not just being kind to those that are kind to you but I think even more so to those that aren’t. I think showing kindness to those that lack it can have a profound impact. Their lack of kindness says more about them than you, but your reaction to their lack of kindness is very telling of the type of person you are. It’s not always easy but it’s important to make a conscience effort to be kind in whatever situation we are dealt.

In a World Where You Can Be Anything Be Kind

“Be the person that makes others feel special. Be known for your kindness and grace.”

I love a graphic tee as much as the next girl but I love them even more when they contain an inspirational or positive message. Cents of Style’s Inspirational graphic tees are right up my alley. They are filled with positive messages that we could all use as a reminder in our everyday life. You can find the collection here. It was hard to decide on just one (lets be honest, I will probably order several more). For me, the Be Kind graphic tee resonated the most. Coming off a presidential election year that was more charged and filled with more hate than I have ever seen in my lifetime to living in a time where cyber bullying has become rampant I think we could all use a reminder to be kind.

Grab you favorite inspirational graphic tee for 50% and free shipping with code INSPIRE17. Shop them here. Sale ends 1/22/17.

Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. Proverbs 16:24

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Triangl Review

You may have seen or heard about the Triangl bathing suits. I first stumbled across the Australian-based company when scrolling on Instagram. I was immediately attracted to the styles and patterns of their bathing suits. Typically I just grab a bathing suit or two at Target every year, quick, easy and affordable. I have had several instances in which I’ve shown up to the pool only to have on the exact same swimsuit as someone else. My husband surprised me with a trip to Cabo for our anniversary this year and I knew I wanted to find a swimsuit that would really stand out. I searched several different stores but never really found anything that struck me. I was a bit hesitant to order a bathing suit online due to the fear that it might not fit, especially from a company based half-way around the globe. With little success searching other stores, I decided to bite the bullet and order two bathing suits from the Triangl website. I read countless reviews from other bloggers regarding their experiences with the company and found them to be very helpful with my buying process. These reviews inspired me to write my own to help others who might be considering making a purchase from the company.

After deciding to order a couple of the Triangl bathing suits, I procrastinated before actually placing my order. I ended up ordering my bathing suits about two weeks before we were to leave on our trip and was concerned I may not get them on time. Triangl is an Australian based company but it’s distributer is located in Hong Kong. I had read several reviews that stated that they received their order quickly so I was crossing my fingers that I would get my package before we left. I placed my order on Saturday and was incredibly surprised when I received my package that following Wednesday. Shipping cost about $20 (that is for regular delivery, not expedited) so I was very pleased to receive my order so quickly. You will want to make sure that someone is home to receive the package as you do have to sign for it.

As I mentioned before I ordered two different bathing suits, the Bambi-Sugar Plum and the Paloma Arianca. I will be reviewing both as they each fit a little bit different. For size reference I am a 32B and typically wear a size 0/25 in pants.

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Bambi-Sugar Plum– I really liked several of the bathing suits and had a hard time narrowing it down. I was drawn to the colors of the Bambi-Suagr Plum bikini and ultimately decided on it. I was very unsure of what size to wear but had read several reviews about the helpfulness of the 24 hour live chat feature on their website. With not having much time before my trip I didn’t want to run the risk of getting the wrong size and not having time to make an exchange. I was mostly concerned with making sure the top fit because I am in between sizes and typically have trouble wearing bikini tops that are not adjustable because I am very narrow. For the top, the XS is equivalent to a 32A and the S to a 34B. The representative that I chatted with expressed that the XS would probably be too small coverage wise but that the S might be too big around. I opted to try the S, hoping that I could make it work. She recommended an XXS in the bottoms as that corresponds to my normal pants size 0. Upon receiving my suit I was quite anxious to try it on and see how it fit. The top actually fit perfectly. You are able to adjust the shoulder straps which helps some, just not the back straps. The bottoms were a little more snug and smaller fit than I am used to but because of the neoprene fabric they really hold everything in place very well so I actually felt very comfortable moving about. Overall I was very please with my purchase.

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Paloma Arianca– I decided on the Paloma Arianca because I fell in love with the printed bottoms and also loved the color of the top. This style top is almost identical fit-wise to the Bambi-Sugar Plum but the bottoms are available in both Regular (like the Bambi-Sugar Plum) and Cheeky. I knew I wanted the regular style bottoms over the cheeky because I prefer more coverage. After speaking with the representative via the live chat I decided to go with the S in the top and XXS in the bottoms in this bikini as well. After receiving this suit and trying it on I noticed that the top fit well just as it did in my other suit but that the bottoms seemed to run a little bit smaller than the bottoms in the Bambi-Sugar Plum. They seemed to fit a little tighter and were cut a little lower in the back. I contemplated sending them back to exchange for the XS but after reading lots of reviews regarding difficulty with returns and exchanges I decided to keep the bottoms. I wore them on my trip and felt comfortable in them, it took only a little while to get comfortable with the fit. The neoprene fabric really makes a difference as the bottoms stay in place so you aren’t having to pull them up or tug on them when getting in and out of the water. Ultimately I was very pleased with the quality of this suit as well.

Since I didn’t attempt to return or exchange any of my purchase I can’t really speak on that process but advise you to read the reviews of other buyer’s experiences when making your decision to return or exchange an item. Also I had read several reviews stating that the neoprene fabric creases badly if folded up and is next to impossible to get back to its smooth appearance. I made sure to pack my suits flat in my bags and when storing so that I can avoid that creasing. I also had read a review that stated that the bikini’s take longer to dry because of the thick neoprene fabric, however, I didn’t find this to be true. I felt my suits dried fairly quickly after getting out of the water. Overall I was incredibly pleased with the ordering process, shipping time, and quality and look of my bikinis.

I would love to hear from others regarding their experience with the company.

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Affordable Fall Fashion Trends

With the start of fall, we start to pack away our shorts and summery prints in favor of jeans, fall prints, and sweaters. There are new trends that emerge with each season, some that I jump on board with, some I’m on the fence with, and others that are just not for me. The problem with trends is that they may only last a season so you don’t want to pay tons for an item that you may only wear for one season. SheInside is a great way to try out some of these trends without breaking the bank. They have a variety of items that are super trendy but yet affordable. It makes trying a trend that you are unsure of easier when you aren’t spending a fortune on an item. I shared my previous experience with SheInside in this blog post here.

One fall trend to be on the lookout for is fall florals. Florals are not just for Spring and Summer anymore. You will be seeing tons of florals on tops, dresses, and skirts in  a variety of fall colors. I have linked two floral options from SheInside that are both cute and affordable.

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One trend that we saw a lot of this summer was the cold-shoulder trend. It is one that I’m excited is showing no signs of ending anytime soon. It is the perfect trend for those of us living in the South where our falls feel more like an extension of the summer. You can wear long sleeves but still feel cool with your shoulders exposed.

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A bell sleeve is another trend that we will be seeing a lot of this season. The bell sleeve is not necessarily a new trend as it was around last Fall as well, so get excited that you can break out your favorite bell sleeve tops and dresses from last year.

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Swing dresses have been around for several years and will be around again this season. Add a few more to your collection in beautiful fall hues. They are perfect for the warmer falls months with booties and then with tights and boots when winter rolls around.

Swing Dresses:
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Accessories are an easy way to try out new trends. One accessory that is making a comeback is the choker. If any of you held on to your chokers from the 90’s, now is the time to break them back out. Chokers are huge this season and available in such a variety of styles. This trend pushes me out of my comfort zone so I will probably start off with an inexpensive option to see if I can pull it off. This option from SheInside is a perfect way to jump into the trend at a great price point.

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Blanket scarves are another trend that has been around for a while. It’s an accessory that is all over pinterest. They can be intimidating because they are so large compared to a traditional scarf but there are tutorials all over the place on the various ways the wear a blanket scarf. This SheInside blanket scarf is a great price and an amazing print.

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The last trend I will be discussing today is lace-up tops .You’ve probably seen the lace up flats that bloggers are wearing and these lace up tops are gonna be just as popular. It’s definitely and edgier look than I am used to wearing but it’s a trend that I look forward to trying out.

Lace Up Tops:

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Closet Clean Out: Tips for Cleaning Out Your Closet

As we head into fall, I begin to put away my summer clothes and bring out my fall and winter clothes. This is usually the best time to go through and decide which pieces are worth hanging on to for another season and which need to be removed. I will be discussing the tips and tricks I use to clean out my closet. My strategy is to usually divide my clothes into 4 different piles. I make one pile for trash, one for donate, one for sell, and another for keep.

The clothes I place in the trash pile are those that have tears, rips, or stains that can not be repaired or cleaned. These are typically items that would not be worth donating. In the donation pile, I try to donate clothes that I no longer wear or that no longer fit me. There are so many places that you can donate your clothes to for those that are unable to afford their own. Especially as the colder months approach, winter jackets are one of the most needed items. I have a tendency to develop an emotional attachment with some of my clothes. It may be something that I haven’t worn for years but I keep convincing myself that I will wear it again one day. I really try to stick to the 1 year rule- if I haven’t worn it in a year, I get rid of it. Knowing that the items you may have trouble giving away could be going to someone who is in need helps to make it easier to make the decision to get rid of an item. One easy way to keep track of the items you have worn is to turn all the hangers to same way at the beginning of the season. As you wear an item, hang it back up with the hanger facing the other way. When the season is over it will be easy to find the items that you haven’t worn.

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I also have a bad habit of thinking I need an item when I get it for a really good deal. I love a good sale and it sometimes causes me to buy things that don’t fit properly or that really aren’t my style. It’s typically those items that hang in my closet with tags still attached. That’s where the next pile comes in, the sell pile. There are tons of websites out there where you can sell your pre-owned and used clothing. There are even consignment stores and stores like Plato’s Closet that accept used clothing that is still in good condition.

I have had lots of success with the website Poshmark. It is so user friendly which makes it easier to make a sale. They charge no fees to list an item so if you list something that never sells you are not out any money. They do take 20% of every sale you make which may seem steep but they protect both the buyer and seller in every transaction. I have heard stories from people using other websites who have had trouble with the website always taking the side of the buyer or vice versa. I have actually had two instances in which an item I shipped was marked delivered by USPS but the buyer claims they never received the package. Instead of penalizing either one of us, Poshmark still paid me the money I was owed and refunded the buyer their money. It gives me confidence that when I ship an item I will not be conned out of the money because Poshmark fairly investigates each situation.

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To get started with Poshmark, you simply sign up for an account, snap a few pictures of the items you want to sell and list them on your “closet”. It really is that easy. Make sure you provide lots of detail in your description of each item so that it makes each transaction smoother and cuts down on the number of questions you get from potential buyers. One of the unique aspects of Poshmark is that you promote your own items as well as the items of fellow sellers to help make a sale. The more you share, both your items and other’s items, the more people see your “closet” and the more likely you are to sell something. After an item sells, you will be emailed a shipping label that you simply print out and place on the package. Poshmark uses USPS to ship their packages and you can get free priority mail boxes from the post office to ship all your items in. When you are ready to cash out the money from the items you have sold, you can either request a check be mailed to your address or link an account so that the money can be directly deposited. Another option is to use the money from your sales  to purchase an item from another person’s closet. Poshmark used to be strictly for women’s clothing but has recently opened up to children and men’s clothing. It’s a great source to score some awesome deals on brand name items as well as buy new clothing from one of the many boutiques that are on Poshmark.

That brings us to the 4th pile, the keep pile. These are the items that you know you are going to wear the upcoming season. After cleaning out all the other items that you no longer need/want, you’ve got plenty of room to add new items to your wardrobe.

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What’s In My Bag

I have several items that I always keep in my purse and hate to do without. Do you have items that you make sure you always keep with you? Today I will be discussing the four items that I always keep in my handbag.

whatsinbag5The first item that I can not live without is a pair of sunglasses. There is nothing worse than being stuck out in the sun without sunglasses and having to squint the whole time. It also provides added protection for your eyes which is a plus. One of my favorite pair of sunglasses (pictured above) is the Costa KC sunglasses. I own them in the blue mirror lens with a silver frame and the green mirror with rose gold frame. I have always had trouble finding sunglasses that fit and look right on my narrow face. These are a smaller fit which is a great option for those of you with a narrow face like me. As much as I adore the big lens sunglasses that I see others pull off so effortlessly, I simply can not pull them off and tend to look more like an insect.

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The second item that I always carry with me is my Tory Burch coin purse. A big wallet tends to take up too much space in smaller bags so I typically store my drivers license and debit/credit cards in there. It makes it much quicker and easier to switch purses, especially when I’m switching to a small crossbody that my wallet does not fit well into.

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The next item is probably the most important item that I never leave home without. I always make sure I have some type of chapstick with me at all times. I have a slight obsession with chapsticks and become anxious when I know I don’t have any with me. It’s like the day I leave it at home is gonna be the day that I seem to need it most. My current obsession is the Vaseline Lip Therapy in the rosy lips flavor. It’s available in a few other flavors as well.

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The last item that I always keep in my purse is some type of lotion. Being a nurse, I have a habit of constantly washing my hands which is not a bad habit but it causes my hands to dry out. I currently use the Eos hand lotion. I like this product for it’s sleek design, which makes it easy to carry in even a small handbag. It also has only a mild scent and works well to moisturize with just a minimal amount of lotion.

 

 

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SheInside Review- Are Those Prices Too Good To Be True?

Have you seen bloggers post the cutest clothes that they bought from an overseas website for an unbelievably low price? If you are anything like me, you probably think it’s too good to be true. Or you think they are only saying those good things about the clothing because they are sponsored to say so. Well that’s how I felt.  I mean a super cute top for only $9 that is actually decent quality?

I decided to order a few things to see if it was really worth all the hype.(This post is not sponsored. I paid for the items and am not receiving any compensation from SheInside) I decided to shop on SheInside because they had several items I liked and had read bloggers who had good experience with the website. SheInside also offered an additional percentage off for first time customers. A percentage off the already low prices was just too good to pass up.

I ordered two off the shoulder tops (because I just can’t get enough of that trend) and a maxi skirt. Below I will discuss each item and give you my thoughts on the quality of each product.

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Royal Blue Ruffle Off the Shoulder Blouse: I was incredibly impressed with this item. I ordered an X-small and that is my typical size. I found this top to be TTS. One thing that bothers me about off the shoulder tops is when the sleeves keep sliding up and over your shoulders. That is not an issue with this top. I have worn the top multiple times and have not had any trouble with the sleeves sliding up. For only $14.99, this top can not be beat. It is totally on trend and super cute. The top looks great with blue jeans or white skinnies.

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Red Off The Shoulder Long Sleeve Blouse: This top is the second off the shoulder top that I ordered. I also ordered this top in an X-Small and found that it ran TTS. The color is actually more of a coral than a red though. It is super lightweight so even though it may be long-sleeved it can still be worn during the summer. These sleeves actually stay in one place as well. This top cost less than $10.

SheInside RviewGreen High Waisted Pleated Maxi Skirt: This was my favorite purchase of the three. It is absolutely GORGEOUS in person. I recently wore it to a wedding with a white ruffled top. I ordered the X-small and found it to be TTS as well. It fit perfectly in the waist and was the perfect length after I added some wedge heels. It hit just above the floor, so I didn’t have to worry about it dragging the ground. (I’m 5’4″, if that helps at all). I can’t believe that I snagged this beautiful skirt for only $22.99.

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Some final advice when ordering from these websites: I highly recommend reading the measurements for each item before purchasing to make sure it will work for you. I have read comments of people who bought a dress that fit more like a top in length and vice versa. I also highly recommend reading the customer reviews. This helps to give you an idea of the quality and fit of the different items. Some customers will even post a picture with their review so it gives you a good idea what the item will look like on.

Have any of you ordered from SheInside or other oversea websites? What are your experiences?  Which are your favorite?

 

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