Plaid, Florals, and Ruffles…Oh My!

 

Outfit Details || Top: c/o Shein
|| Jeans:Loft || Shoes:Michael Kors || Necklace: c/oSarahndipity Jewelry || Bracelets: c/oCentered Jewelry || 

Current Happenings

Life this fall has been crazier than ever!  As you know, we just returned from a family vacation to Disney.  It was nice getting away.  Life though like I said has been crazy!  Things at work have been extremely busy.  We have a handful of new teachers that are keeping me busy.  I love the fact that I am able to help so many people in my position.  The boys have been playing soccer and the season is coming to a close.  Next weekend is tournament which is always a fun day.  I am hoping for good weather.  This week we are overlapping soccer and basketball which should be interesting!  We have also been car shopping in between all of the craziness.  I am looking forward to ending that process soon!

Our weather in Indiana has taken a drastic turn.  Our warmer days have turned extremely cool and rainy.  I love the cooler temps, but I could do without the rain.  I love the fact that I am able to pull out my fall clothes though.  I think this is my favorite season when it comes to clothes!  There is nothing better than layers in my opinion.

 

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Disclaimer:  This post was done in collaboration with Shein and contains affiliate links.

 

The Outfit 

This look brings in so many of my favorite styles that it makes me happy!  Is there anything better than plaid, florals, and ruffled sleeves?  This top from Shein had so many of my favorite styles that I couldn’t wait to give it a try.  When wearing a boxier top I like to pair it with a slimmer silhouette on the bottom.  These jeans from Loft are some of the best!  If you are a curvier gal like myself you need to try these!  They are absolutely the best fit, and I love how they hit right at the end of my leg.

 

When I received this top I was really excited about the quality.  I ordered a size large, but I could have gone with my normal size medium.  The material is a little heavier which is perfect for perfect fall days.  The embroidery is really well done too!  As for wrinkles, it was super easy to remove.  The best part was that new ones were not added throughout the day.  These pictures were taken after a day of working!  This top also comes in a basic white and blue stripes if plaid isn’t for you!

 

Since there was so much going on with this top I decided to keep my accessories simple.  This pendent necklace from Shop Sarahndipity is simple enough that it helped enhance this top verses making the look to busy.  When looking for accessories for patterned tops simpler is always better.

To keep with the easy and simple look I added my favorite bracelet stack from Centered Jewelry. This is a local company that designs the best bracelets.  There are so many gorgeous stacks that you can create by just a few pieces.  If you are local and looking to see pieces in person head to Outer Grace Boutique or Lane 201!  If you aren’t local you can also find her on Etsy.  I wear these bracelets at least once a week, because I love them so much.

 

Double Stripes

Outfit Details || Top: Loft (on sale) || Shorts: Similar || Necklace: Kendra Scott || Earrings: c/o Sugar Fix (on sale) || Sunglasses: Loft (on sale) || Shoes: Macy’s  (on sale)||

 

At the end of each season I tend to get bored with my clothes and I become uninspired.  I know we still have two months left of summer, but I am starting to tire of my daily casual style.  I am happy that school is starting soon to expand my wardrobe a bit.  When I get bored with my current clothes I try to mix things up and try to get creative.

Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links.  All thoughts and opinions though are my own.

To add some variation to my daily looks I have been trying to add a little pattern mixing.  In the fall I love to pattern mix and find that is easy.  Summer styles I find a little harder to bring in pattern mixing.  I think this is due to not wanting to layer because of high temperatures.  Plus the items are smaller!

 

What makes these double stripes work is the color palette and the different sized stripes.  When mixing like prints there needs to be a definite size difference in the patterns.  The fact that this tank has wide bands of colors versus the smaller stripes of the shorts makes it not look to busy.  There is a fine line when mixing prints, and I find that I walk that line like a tight rope!  How do you pattern mix?

 

Stripes and Florals

Outfit Details || Top: c/o Simple Addiction || Skirt: c/o Simple Addiction || Sandals: Old Navy || Necklace:  Kendra Scott || Bracelets: c/o Centered Jewelry || Sunglasses: Loft || Bag:  c/o Vera Bradley

You know how I said last week I didn’t have any cold shoulder items.  Well as of this week this item #3!  Do you ever find yourself not sure about a trend, and then decide you love it and buy everything that you can? Well, that is me and I find myself doing it all the time!  I’ve decided that summer cold shoulder tops are now my favorite thing!  I am still not sure about wearing them in the winter though.

Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Simple Addiction and contains affiliate links.  Use code MANDY15 for 15% off.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

To say I am obsessed with florals and stripes is an understatement!  They are two of my favorite patterns and are the perfect patterns to pattern mix together.  I have a huge section of my closet dedicated to these two patterns.  This dreaming of floral top from Simple Addiction was a must have with new obsession with cold shoulder tops.  This top has so many perfect details.  From the criss cross top, the feminine cold shoulder, down to the flowiness at the bottom.

 

I have been looking for a striped cotton skirt for a while.  I found this one from Simple Addiction, and I love it!  For sizing purposes this is a medium.  I could have sized up to a large for a slouchier fit.  This one works perfectly though for a more polished look!  I decided to knot the top to give the silhouette of this top a more defined outline.  These two pieces I consider closet staples.  They can be worn with so many other looks, and into other seasons!

 

Since the humidity has been high in Indiana, I decided to keep my accessories simple.  I decided the colors in my bracelet stack from Centered Jewelry helped enhance the look versus make it even busier.  When pattern mixing, it is a delicate balance to make everything work.  I also added my Elisa Necklace that I won from Tiff and Nicole’s giveaway on Bright on a Budget and What Nicole Wore.  It is the perfect layering piece, but is also one of my favorites to wear on its own.

 

Simple Addiction is one of the first site’s I found after joining Instagram.  I loved their trendy, but reasonably priced items.  Everything I have ever ordered or received from them have been of the highest quality.  Currently Simple Addiction is having their Anniversary Sale.  There are so many fabulous items on sale and for great prices.  The sale is July 15-24.  You can also use code MANDY15 for an additional 15% off.  What are your favorite pieces?

How to Wear Red and Green

Red and green have always seemed like a fashion no to me, until Ugly Sweaters became a thing.  As much as I love a tacky sweater at Christmas time, I wanted to play around with these holiday color staples.   Pairing red and green together can feel like holiday overload, but when done with moderation can be done without looking like a Christmas card.

I’ve put together 4 red and green outfits that share a different tip to pair these colors in a creative way, so that you can dress festive for the holiday season!

 

Outfit Details || Top:  Macy’s || Skirt: JCrew Factory || Vest: Similar ||  Necklace:  Loft ||  Boots:  Nordstrom

 Plaid is a great way to bring red and green to any look.  There are so many fun plaids out right now that combine these two colors together!  Right now all of these pieces are on sale!  You can shop the links above or below in Shop this post section.

 

Outfit Details || Top:  Macy’s || Skirt: JCrew Factory ||  Necklace:  Loft ||  Boots:  Nordstrom

This is the same look as before, but without the vest.  It gives this look a little dressier look and puts the focus on the plaid skirt rather than the vest.  

  

Outfit Details || Top:  c/o Pineapple  Lace || Plaid: Lane201 || Jeans: Loft ||  Necklace:  Loft ||  Boots:  Amazon

Go bold with a causal look! Own the fact that you are rocking the Christmas colors in a bold way.  Add a gold statement necklace to help add a little sparkle and you are done!

  

Outfit Details || Top:  c/o Simple Addiction || Vest:Loft|| Scarf: Amazon ||  Boots:  Nordstrom

When all else fails layer!  I love wearing layers to help add diversity to a look.  Find traditional pieces that are red and green to pair together.  This red vest and plaid scarf are closet staples that bring holiday cheer when paired together.  Add a neutral like navy to break apart the bold colors and tie everything together.  The vest and tunic are currently on sale!  How do you bring red and green into your daily style during the holiday season?

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Disclaimer:  This post was done in collaboration with Simple Addiction and Pineapple Lace.  This post contains affiliate links.  All opinions are my own.

Simply9Designs

I’ve been looking for a leopard clutch for quite a while.  So, I was extremely excited when I found Simply9Designs.  Nicole is the owner and creator of these gorgeous handmade bags.  Whether you are looking for a handbag, diaper bag, tote, clutch, or cross body these are just a few of the pieces offered!  Nicole is hands on during every part of the bag making process.  She selects all of the fabrics and sews all of the bags!  I love that so much time and effort is made on these gorgeous pieces!  Nicole also designs custom bags if you can’t find what you are looking for, too!

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What touched me the most about Nicole and her company was the history behind her starting Simply9Designs.  As a mom of boys, I loved the connection and drive that it created for her!  Here is Nicole’s Story:

I have been sewing since I was a little girl (so yes a long time, lol). My mom used to always have me doing something crafty, but sewing was always a passion. Having the ability to customize something unique just for me was not only fun but rewarding, so I figured why not share the love. My son is my greatest motivation and because of him Simply9 Designs truly came to life. The name was developed as an honor to my son and filling a need I now had more than ever. “Simply” came from simply needing a stylish, functional & fun handbag that I could take from day to night. “9” is from my son  and I both having our birthdays on the 9th. So in honor of him and the drive he provided Simply9 Designs was born.

 Every girl needs a clutch in her closet!  If you are looking for one to add check out Simply9Designs and use code “MANDY15” for 15% off your purchase!  I know this one will be making frequent appearances this holiday season!

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 img_8893Outfit Details ||  Clutch: c/o  Simply9Designs || Top:  Loft || Skirt:  c/o Brickyard Buffalo || Shoes:  Clarks via Amazon || Necklace:  c/o Wink of Pink ||

Disclaimer:  This post was done in collaboration with Simply9Designs and Brickyard Buffalo.  All opinions are my own.  Collaborations help bring fresh and fun content to Musings of a Shopaholic Mama.