I fell in love with this dress as soon as I laid eyes on it, but it also immediately became problematic. It’s completely made out of mesh and came with no insert piece to hide everything going on underneath. I figured the dress was worth the trouble and went on an intensive hunt for a black slip – but I fell short. Oddly enough, I threw the dress on over some jeans and came out with this little number. I decided to keep it low-key casual this New Year instead of falling into the stereotypical glitz and glam that surrounds it. Black and red is timeless. Sadly, these heels are no longer available from Urban, so I was unable to link them, but I added in a cute winter alternative up there. (I scored these babies on a last minute clearance sale for $19it’s too bad they hurt like a bitch. )
Shirt: Victoria Beckham for Target | Shorts: PacSun | Shoes: Forever21 | Bag: Zara
It was 10 AM on the Saturday morning that this Victoria Beckham for Target collection was released and I was running down the aisles of Target with excitement and fury to get all the pieces as quickly as I could – yes, I was that b*tch. I scooped up this button down bee top immediately, along with a few other Alice in Wonderland, Spring themed items. Everything was max $30 – how could you go wrong? My next investment – an iron. Yup, this girl can’t wear half of her closet because of all the wrinkles invading it. So, considering the circumstances, I tied a small front-knot into this bad-boy and gave it a whirl and it looked pretty cute! Always trying new things with new pieces because, why not?
These pictures are up there with some of my favorite pictures I have ever had taken for my blog. I know, the main focus is supposed to be the outfit, but how could it be when the backdrop is that beautiful? Santa Barbara, you never cease to amaze me. And this outfit fitted the occasion perfectly.
These F21 lace up sandals originally had tassels on the ends but it looked cheap (I mean, it is Forever21) so I pulled them off. Of all shorts I own these are my favorite, but unfortunately American Apparel’s online store is down at the moment until their new line comes out, and I got these babies a few years ago. They are the most flattering fitting high-waisted shorts! This shirt I also bought when I was in high school, which was… well, a long time ago. This is the perfect example of why sometimes you should just hold onto some pieces. I haven’t worn it in years but now love it even more than I originally did!
Sad reality – these shoes aren’t the greatest match with this dress. Sadder reality – when you move across the country with your life packed into two suitcases, packing the perfect pair of dress-up shoes isn’t quite on the top of the list. But hey, these Steve Madden babies would look killer with a dress like this… or these, or these, or these… You catch my drift. This has to be by far one of my favorite fitting dresses of all time. As you can see, the seeming on the lines along the hip are coming apart – which is probably why I stole this dress for a whopping 80% off, but regardless – it’s too beautiful (and an easy fix). It’s a bandage dress, so naturally, like all bandages dresses do, it sucks in all the little extra blub you might have laying around and makes you feel firm and tight (I think all of us wouldn’t mind that feeling in a tight dress every once in awhile). The fabric is ultra comfy and the details are all so flattering. I’ve never been able to complain about the fit on any of my dresses from Bebe – they’re magical!
Moment of honesty here: I’ve never felt comfortable wearing a crop top if my belly button wasn’t covered. I guess you can say I’m a bit reserved, but something about the air in California gives me such a relaxed confidence. There was no second guessing this outfit, and I’m not sure anyone else even looked twice at my little belly button peaking through. Nothing about it matched yet everything went so well and was crazy comfortable – mostly. I will admit, these sandals for some reason dig mid-sized craters into the tops of my feet. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like, it hurts like a b-word. It doesn’t even make sense either, because there’s nothing on that part of the shoe that is sharp enough to leave a literal hole in my foot, but, here I am – band-aid covered and healing. Again – disregard my uncontrollable mane. You’ll be seeing much more of it.
P.s. I figured I would share with you a poem I love from a book I have…
“The metal cold and the glass broken; the wood old and splintered, throwing slivers like quills. Look and see, life explodes despite it. Between broken and the rusted, the shattered and the fractured, life. We are this, always this, and nothing can stop us from finding the light through the rubble. Watch us grow.” – Tyler Knott Gregson, Chasers of the Light
In a not so surprising surprising way, my first week in California went somewhat like how you would daydream it would – but on not so grand of a scale, and that’s only if you consider going to a Kentucky Derby party in a mansion on a hill in Santa Barbara a not majorly intense scale in the grand scheme of all things California. For the little Rhody girl that I am, it was pretty grand. It only took me a few minutes to get rolling around the floor in my dress with a cute puppy, and then in the next hour tucking my dress into a pair of shorts to go trampoline-ing with the kids. Small town girl in a glam world at its finest. Another shocker to many – this gorgeous dress is from Forever 21. Beautiful, am I right? Everything seems to just be much more beautiful here in Santa Barbara. I’m pretty content with it, to say the least. I’ve managed to wear this Ettika choker with just about every outfit. I can glam it up, for instance with this dress or wear it with a beachy look. the possibilities are endless!
p.s. – It’s official, my hair is out of control. I’ve just come to embrace it!
Choker: The Style Studies
These culloute pants are my most unique and stylish to date! Because they are wide legged culottes, they do have a bit of an unflattering affect. As a bottom heavy woman it’s harder to look slim in baggy pants. But because of their high waisted, stretchy waistband, these are nice and snug in the waist and therefore help to create more of an hourglass effect. I call them my happy pants because not only are they vibrant and fun, but the same day I wore them, I sold my first chokers on my shop ❤️ whoop whoop!
I’m obsessed with casual jersey dresses! They’re quick to throw on and easy to dress up or down. I have turned this one in particular into multiple different looks – classic work attire with a chunky necklace and some heels, edgy/punk as appeared here, sporty with some sneakers and a hat. The options are endless with just this one piece! I love the H&M ones as well! They have turtlenecks, different designs, fits and fabrics in their basics section. I went with the bulky booties to go with this Ettika Choker, because it’s very bold and I really wanted that to be my main emphasis.
This star-studded choker was created by Ettika for Free People, and comes in multiple colors and materials. I love this black one in particular because of the velvet straps, as velvet is so in right now! It’s unique, and the multiple layers leave room for different styles of wear. You can wear it looser or tighter to change the look of it – sometimes I even cross the order of the layers to give it a more messy vibe!