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 a Floral Mini-Dress 3 Ways

I am absolutely in love with florals this winter!  This Bloom Mini Dress from Haute Shop Co is perfect for winter!  I love the dark florals and how it easily layers for a colder day!  I wore the second look earlier this week and received so many compliments!  Use code MUSINGS20 for 20% off you entire order!


Outfit Details || Dress:  c/o Haute Shop Co.  ||  Leggings:  c/o Simple addiction || Boots:  Nordstrom (sold out) ||  Earrings:  Kendra Scott || Necklace:  Ettika ||

I wore this look to work and it was extremely comfortable.  I decided to pair the dress with my favorite pair of Simple Addiction Leggings.  These are so incredibly soft and I love the color!  Since I knew it was a busy day I added my over the knee boots.  To add a touch of edge, I wore a choker.  I love the pink and gold with the colors in this dress!


Outfit Details || Booties:  Nordstrom || Jeans:  Loft || Hat:  Target || Necklace:  Kendra Scott ||

This second look is probably my favorite!  I love the laid back look with the booties and hat!  I kept the jewelry simple since the hat was such a bold piece!  These Steve Madden booties are extremely comfortable and adorable!


 Outfit Details || Scarf:  Loft (old)  || Earrings:  Moth in Mitten ||  Booties:  Old ||


This third look, I feel is my normal go to style!  I love pattern mixing!  It is so easy to do by adding a scarf.  Add a great pair of booties and statement earrings, and you are good for a day at work or a night out on the town.  Which look is your favorite?


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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.

Thanksgiving Look Part 3: Dress it Up!


What to wear for Thanksgiving is just an added stress that you don’t need especially if you are cooking for a household of people.  If you have been reading the latest blog posts they have been full of inspiration.  Part 1 of the Thanksgiving looks series was preppy layers you can read about it here.  If being comfy and casual is more your speed you can read part 2 here.  Today’s look is how to dress it up!



This dress, Jessica, from Simple Addiction is the perfect dress for a dressy look that is comfortable, but still looks great.  I equate this dress to the Carly from LLR.  At half the price it is a definite piece you want to add to your closet.  It comes in 6 colors, but sizes are limited.  This dress is ultra comfortable and can be dressed up with just a few easy pieces!  For reference I am wearing a size small.


My first instinct when styling this look was to add a scarf.  Scarves are my go to accessory when temps turn cooler.  It looked good, but I wanted a more dressy look.  When trying to make a casual dress look even dressier, I always add a statement necklace.  This helps transform even the most basic dress into something special!


I have been looking for every excuse to wear my floppy hat.  I thought that this outfit screamed for some added sophistication.  The floppy hat adds just a fun touch to make you feel like you are a 1950’s starlet! Which of the three looks will you be rocking on Thanksgiving?


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Cozy Sweater

In typical Indiana fashion we have switched weather in a matter of hours!  On Friday we had gorgeous 70 degree weather, then on Saturday the snow hit!  It was such a drastic change in temps that it called for a cozy sweater!  I love this one from Shein with the fun zipper details!  It is oversized and is perfect for layering with a pair of leggings!


These leggings from Simple Addiction are my first pair of patterned leggings.  I’ve never been comfortable wearing leggings with print, but I figured I would give them a try!  Especially since they are on sale!   To help make them seem less busy, I paired it with a solid tunic sweater, and black boots.  Surprisingly, I really like how this look turned out.





Today was our first snowfall of the season.  The boys were so excited to see the first flurries!  It made it seem like it was truly the holiday season.  These cozy pieces from Shein and Simple Addiction made the perfect outfit for watching my boys play basketball, hang up outdoor Christmas decor, and begin putting up our tree!  How would you wear a cozy sweater or patterned leggings?


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