Thursday, May 26, 2016

Rocked it & Swapped it

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Always say yes to a red lacy dress! Seriously though, how amazing is this beauty I scored about a year ago? Let's back up, I 100% realize this dress was (is it still?) massively overproduced and knocked off, I mean a version of it was sold at about 20 different websites! Having said that, it's darn cute and so fun to wear. I wore it for the first time, last summer in Austin, TX. Maybe that's why I love it so much, it brings me back to my first happy experience wearing it.

When styling it the second time, I decided to try to make it seem like a skirt. I have to say, wearing it like this was really fun! When Kaitlyn styled it, she looked stunning wearing the dress for Mother's day with a denim jacket and wedges. I love the way it hits her as a midi style dress! Just such a chic length, don't you think? 

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How would you style this red lacy dress?

Shop red lace dresses below! OK, now I want like three more! ;) 



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Pretty in Parasols


Lately, I've been loving quirky prints when it comes to Summer dresses. I think this flamingo style was the start of a long relationship with fun patterns and feminine shapes. From a distance, this dress looks like it's adorned with tiny triangles but they are actually colorful parasols...umm, YES PLEASE, this is all sorts of precious. I wore this to a baby shower for one of my best friends and it was a super dreary day outside so I figured it was the perfect choice. Shower...rain...umbrellas, get it?


The print is even more likable when you can customize the style yourself. Before I ordered it, I decided to change the length, as it originally fell below my knees so I made it a bit shorter and switched out the neckline as well. I should mention, this post is not sponsored - When eShakti first reached out to us a few years ago, I had never heard of the brand, and now, it's one of the first places I look for clothes because not only are they unique in style but by adding my own spin, I can guarantee nobody else will have the same piece. I have become a real fan of the brand and truly recommend it when you're looking for something different. Everything from the customer service down to the alterations is personal and tailored to you.








I also ordered this off the shoulder top and customized the length -- Coming to the blog soon!

Wearing:

Dress: eShakti
Jacket: J. Crew (similar)
Heels: c/o Sole Society
Bag: c/o Sole Society
Bracelet: LOFT (similar)
Sunnies: DITTO: Use code "SISTERSMARIE" at checkout for your first month free!


Monday, May 23, 2016

Off the Shoulder LBD

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Can you really ever have too many little black dresses? I think we both know the answer to that question. ;) This LBD is a fun twist on the norm with it's cute off-the-shoulder detail. I really love how the sleeves are connected but also don't seem like they would be. This dress was perfect for a date night out with my hubby. 

I didn't really have tons of time to get ready this night, so I didn't add much to the styling. By adding a great teal necklace, strapy black heels, an eyelet bag, and a bright pink lip I was ready to go! My husband loved it, so mission accomplished. In other styling news, I think this mini dress would look super chic paired over skinny jeans. What do you think?

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Dress: c/o Tobi // Bag: c/o Sole Society // Shoes: Just Fab // Necklace: Shira Melody

What is your date night go-to outfit? How would you style this dress?

Friday, May 20, 2016

Leather and Lace


It seems that every Summer, one of my first “new season” wardrobe purchases ends up being a white dress. Perfect example - Last year, I wore this one on repeat. To me, the simplicity of a lightweight, casual dress reminds me of everything I love about a traditional (even if, old fashioned) American Summer…lemonade on the porch, barefoot in freshly cut grass and s’mores on cool nights. Typically, I would pair this lace style with my favorite denim jacket and sandals but the nice part about a basic staple is changing it up whenever you want and I love making ultra-feminine things a little more roughed up. By adding a leather vest and lace-up heels, this suddenly went from daytime casual to a night out with the girls. 

Just an FYI, this is not necessarily a look to wear around town on a weekday...I stopped in a local pizza shop after shooting these photos to pick up our dinner and witnessed a few different kind of looks from surprised to confused and from the cooks in the kitchen at the restaurant, enticed. But perhaps it was just the teal Old Navy flip flops I changed into that threw everybody for the loop...In case you were wondering, those are not recommended with lace & leather ;)





P.S. Now that Summer is actually a reality, I'm doing a little refreshing in my closet. Between my husband and I, we just donated 5 HUGE black garbage bags of clothes so all that work deserves a little play, don't you think? Specifically, I'm restocking on tank tops, shorts and even a few pieces of jewelry. I'm also in the market for the ultimate one-piece swimsuit...does that exist, ladies? To me, it would keep the top lady parts concealed (yet still highlighted, obvi) and entails a perfectly placed cutout. Let me know if you bought one that you love! 






Like this look? Shop similar white dresses for Summer here and remember...
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Wearing:

Dress: c/o Tobi
Vest: Kut from the Kloth (similar under $60)
Shoes: Just Fab (these are similar and on my summer must-have list too)
Bag: Sheinside (old but similar here under $20)
Necklace + Earrings: Forever 21
Sunnies: c/o Ilymix
Lipstick: GloMinerals "Sorbet"


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

5 Minute Braids

"Sorry I was late - I didn't want to come." 

But actually...how often do we make plans and end up feeling like this? Let's be honest, this is what goes through our minds every Monday morning...you can do all the Sunday meal prep you want and even get an actual 8 hours of sleep but sometimes, that snooze button will still win. Luckily, current hair trends allow us to actually roll out of bed and put something cute together in less than 5 minutes. If you like braids (uhh, who doesn't?), you're even more in luck because they are the perfect "I spent a lot of time on this (but actually I'm lying)," look. 

Spring Hair You Can DIY in a Minute: 



The Wrap-Around Braided Bun:


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Hack a Double-Braid in 5 Minutes Flat: 




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We're not only super flattered to be featured on sites that we read and love on a daily basis but in the process, we learned some great hair hacks too. 

Besties and braids, doesn't get much better than this, ladies ;)

Featured:

Hair: Maritza of Beauty for Bloggers
Photos: Jennifer Coffey
Source: The Body Book | Brit + Co

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Best Fitting Jeans




Truly finding the perfect pair of jeans is like finding a needle in a haystack. Sure, you can get denim almost anywhere, but what about the fit? We are programmed to know our number size and try on that size everywhere we go to shop for jeans. And when that specific size doesn't fit, you end up feeling like it was you that fell short on that deal, not the denim. Maybe that brand has a different fit, maybe that brand runs small or large, so maybe it's not you at all! It's time to shop for jeans a different way, don't you think? 

Enter Fitcode. As Kaitlyn pointed out in her post, you start by taking a quiz and then you give you a "fitcode" number. From there you are given a selection of jeans  that fit you based on your body shape and style preferences. Genius! For me, I decided to go with a style that was based off the premise that you would not need alterations. I am only 5'4" and most designer jeans are made to fit women upwards of 5'10". Not even a big heel would help me out there! ;) I worked with my contact at Fitcode to find the perfect bootcut jeans that were alteration free, and that was accomplished with these 7 for all Mankind beauties! 




I think these are the first pair of (non-skinny) jeans purchased in my thirties that I did not have to alter. That is a big deal folks! The fit is dreamy and I have already been living in them. What better way to highlight a classic fitting pair of denim then with a classic pocket tee? This look is perfect for everyday life and by adding mirror sunglasses and a bright pink lip I felt like a million bucks. Clothes that fit well really do make you feel like your best self! 

Top: Target (similar) // Jeans: 7 For All Mankind via Fitcode // Bag: Sole Society // Shoes: Just Fab // Necklace: Free People (similar) // Sunglasses: Quay Australia (similar & under $25) (similar & under $15) // Lips: Glo Minerals // Watch: Fossil 
Have you ever heard of Fitcode? How do you shop for denim?

Monday, May 16, 2016

A Denim & Crochet Kind-Of Day


Some days, you get dressed and spend the whole day wishing you had worn something else. Whether you woke up late or just felt off when selecting your outfit, you just can’t wait to get home in sweatpants. This was NOT one of those days. I look forward to these rare opportunities which allow me to get a little fancy, such as our Family outing for Mother’s Day. I’m still of the mindset that Sunday brunch calls for the best of the best, be it lace or a full skirt, or in this case…both. 

I had been lusting after this dress long after Lisa wore it and it felt just as magical on, as it did in photos. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who thought so – Between our (SUPER delicious) meal at Prasino and our walk through town, I received so many kind compliments on the dress. To the elderly gentleman who did a double take and let me know I was beautiful, you made my day. I certainly felt that way…if only everything we wore gave us that kind of boost, right?!










What items in your closet make you feel great?

Wearing:

Dress: Choies (save | splurge)
Shoes: Just Fab (similar)
Jacket: J.Crew
Purse: c/o Sole Society
Blooms: Mariano's
Sunnies: c/o Ditto - Use "SISTERSMARIE" at checkout for your first month free!