Style Files

In 2016, I noticed a big shift in my blog reading preferences: I became less interested in aspirational style blogs that post 15 photos of the same $$$ outfit, and instead found myself bookmarking lifestyle-focused sites by women who post casual snaps of their everyday outfits, review makeup and skin care products, share delicious recipes, and provide helpful tutorials. You know the blogs that feel like you’re getting honest advice and inspiration from a good friend? Those are my jam. They’re more inspirational for my lifestyle and budget, and remind me of the good ol’ days of personal style blogging, before the era of curated Instagram feeds, $700 over-the-knee boots (where are you wearing those on a Tuesday, gurrl?) and seemingly bottomless wardrobes.

Since I’m enjoying these “real-life” style blogs and I don’t have much time to take my own outfit photos these days, I started to snap quick photos of my outfits in our foyer mirror before I run out the door in the morning. I thought I’d round them up in a post now and then to share what I wear to work and play. Get ready to see how much I love a comfy uniform for days at the flower shop — easy top + cut-off skinnies + ballet flats — and get to know my favorite versatile pieces that I wear on repeat. (Lookin’ at you, $50 black hi-rise jeggings.)

LOFT utility blouse + AE hi-rise jeggings + old Hautelook sandals (try these) + ‘ohh la la’ canvas tote c/o my momma (this one’s cute!)
LOFT jeans + Lou & Gray cardi + Victoria’s Secret tank + TJ Maxx denim sandals
m.marie dress (try this) + Stan Smith sneakers
LOFT sateen leggings + Marshall’s asymmetric sweater (similar) + TJ Maxx denim sandals (try these)
Sparing you my shiny no-makeup-Saturday face (ha!) + Billabong shirt + AE hi-rise jeggings + Steve Madden sandals via TJ Maxx
m.marie sweater + LOFT sateen leggings + Cynthia Vincent flats via Hautelook (old, try these) + Cuyana small carryall in ‘sable’

What Do You Think?

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59 Comments

  1. Rosalinda Sorto wrote:

    love it and i love what you meant by the casual ootd snap. its easier and more honest!

    Posted 7.15.17 Reply
  2. kateyhal wrote:

    Love these outfits!!

    Posted 7.14.17 Reply
  3. You look so chic AND comfortable – the dream team! Love this post. <3

    Posted 7.13.17 Reply
  4. Beyoutiful wrote:

    Nice pics!

    Posted 6.28.17 Reply
  5. Love this post! Especially the striped dress and the studded sandals!

    I’m trying to embrace accessible fashion on my blog too. Check it out and let me know what you think!

    https://fashionspiritbklyn.com

    Posted 6.1.17 Reply
  6. Lovely post 💗 and lovely denim shirt 👌🏻
    Check out my new post on rose embroidered top – https://sunainadasblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/21/in-full-bloom-rose-embroidery/

    Hope you will like it
    Xoxo 😘

    Posted 5.21.17 Reply
  7. I am so glad I found your blog!!! This post in particular is exactly what I have been telling people/feeling about some bloggers lately, and it is nice to read that someone else out there feels the same way!

    I like to feel I can relate to the blogger. This blog has definitely got me hooked ;-).
    Keep up the good work!
    -Marta

    Posted 5.14.17 Reply
  8. Kate wrote:

    I love your simple style girl! Especially digging the Saturday outfit!

    Posted 3.30.17 Reply
  9. I love the blue jeans and LOVE that everything here is affordable!

    https://modcupcakes.wordpress.com

    Posted 3.9.17 Reply
  10. OStruck wrote:

    Back of my mind I keep planning for a proper photo ops instead. I keep using my iPhone shot pictures before heading out to work. Thanks for this post 😁

    Posted 3.1.17 Reply
  11. You have beautiful style! Would you consider doing a guest post on my blog? Its a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle website and I love your input!
    http://www.lovereneehannah.com

    Thank you!

    Posted 2.28.17 Reply
  12. CJ wrote:

    Great post ,love all the fashion and it looks so nice on you .
    Thanks for a great post that I always enjoy.

    Posted 2.27.17 Reply
  13. mary wrote:

    thats why i love YOUR blog….its so real….

    Posted 2.26.17 Reply
  14. All the heart eyes!!!!

    Posted 2.25.17 Reply
  15. I am completely on the same page with this shift in the type of bloggers I like to follow. Mainly ones I can relate to- on a budget, simple lifestyle and real posts. The bigger and more “commercialized” a blogger becomes, the less I like to follow them.

    Posted 2.23.17 Reply
  16. I love the realness and everything about this post. Love love love!! Thanks for the inspiration.
    xo, andrea

    Posted 2.23.17 Reply
  17. I love the Billabong shirt combo. I’ve just stumbled onto your blog and I think I’ll stick around. I also love DIY and bookstores! Used ones especially. Let’s be friends lol. :)

    Posted 2.22.17 Reply
    • That Billabong shirt is one of my favorites!

      Used bookstores are my jam!! You sound like my kinda girl. We should definitely be friends. :)

      Posted 2.23.17 Reply
  18. Isabel wrote:

    I’ve read your blog for a few years now and one of the reasons why I still love it is because it feels fresh and honest, and at the same time polished. It’s an advantage that you have a career that isn’t centered around blogging or social media, and I feel like I relate more to you because of it. Hope that doesn’t come off as a dig at bloggers who do it for a living, it’s just a shift in preference. On another note, I love your Lou & Grey moto-style cardigan, I have a similar one and it’s been my most constant staple the last couple of months!

    Posted 2.22.17 Reply
    • Thank you, Isabel! I agree with everything you said here. I really can’t imagine the pressure of blogging full time and trying to keep up with the latest trends. It starts to ring a little hollow after a while as a reader. Thank you for sticking around for so long! :)

      Posted 2.23.17 Reply
  19. Vanessa.C wrote:

    Love the outfits, especially the gold sneakers. Where’d you get them from?

    Posted 2.21.17 Reply
    • Thanks! They’re Stan Smith x Adidas, and they’re a few years old. I haven’t been able to find them since!

      Posted 2.23.17 Reply
  20. You have amazing style, and I agree with you completely love these more realistic posts, with realistic style, $700 boots are great and all but not entirely feasible when you are on the run :P

    Posted 2.21.17 Reply
    • Thank you!!

      I chuckle every time I think about myself walking into my small-town Starbucks in suede high-heeled over-the-knee boots with a giant designer bag. Or trying to work in them! Ha! I roll my eyes every time I read a blogger proclaiming that they’re a “Must Have Closet Basic!”

      Posted 2.23.17 Reply
  21. Mags wrote:

    I love your style! The sweater is the cutest!

    Posted 2.21.17 Reply
  22. catmccabe wrote:

    I love your post, it’s so natural and honest. Your style is really cute and relaxed! Looking forward to reading more x

    Posted 2.21.17 Reply
  23. Kara wrote:

    Love that you aren’t wearing a new purchase in every post! Style for real girls yippee!!!
    Do you have problems with a funny odor to the black ae jeans? I love the fit (and price) of mine but they have a plasticy smell. 😕

    Posted 2.21.17 Reply
    • Thanks, Kara! Real girls FTW! ;)

      You know, now that you mention it, I do remember my solid black AE skinnies having a bit of a smell… the ones I linked that I’m completely obsessed with (and repurchase a few times a year) are a washed black, so they’re a bit softer, fade better with wear, and don’t have any noticeable scent.

      Posted 2.23.17 Reply
  24. So beautiful! Really love them all!! :)

    Posted 2.21.17 Reply
  25. Suezanne Westman wrote:

    I like your thinking and love this idea:)

    Posted 2.21.17 Reply
  26. Girl! You have amazing taste, I love those Stan Smith sneakers!!!! So gorgeous :)

    Posted 2.21.17 Reply
  27. Joan wrote:

    Agree with all of that! I’ve started unfollowing blogs every time I’m like “I would never wear that, ever” on a regular basis. Can you share the blogs you follow so we can check them out too? 👍🏻

    Posted 2.21.17 Reply
    • Thanks, Joan! I’ll work on a blogroll post soon!

      Posted 2.23.17 Reply
  28. this was really good

    Posted 2.21.17 Reply
  29. This is a beautiful way to do your outfits!!! Seriously loved this and those stud sandals are so cute.

    Posted 2.21.17 Reply
  30. Emily wrote:

    I realized the same thing about the blogs I read as well. Sure those big money outfits are cute but that’s just not my life!

    Posted 2.21.17 Reply
    • Mine either, Emily! Thank you for reading!

      Posted 2.23.17 Reply
  31. Tabitha wrote:

    Yes yes yes! Those aspirational fashion blogs are just depressing and add to any bad habits of over shopping. Love more real life fashion blogs, such as yours. Would you list some of the real life bloggers you’re following these days?

    Posted 2.21.17 Reply
    • Thank you, Tabitha! I’ve definitely felt the pressure to keep up, even as a hobby blogger. In the last year, I was just like, “enough.” I’ll work on a blogroll post soon!

      Posted 2.23.17 Reply
  32. Elizabeth wrote:

    I 100% agree with your first paragraph, and I love that you’re still posting some REAL outfits!

    Posted 2.21.17 Reply
  33. I love these post, I feel like very outfit is something I can wear and get inspiration from

    Posted 2.21.17 Reply
  34. Shiza SU wrote:

    Hey Keira, you’ve an amazing Blog i couldn’t resist to Follow your blog💗 Here’s mine, Shizasu.wordpress.com

    Posted 2.21.17 Reply
  35. Fab post hun! I’m so jealous that you get to wear sandals at this time of year!!!! X

    Posted 2.21.17 Reply
    • I think Florida decided to take a pass on winter this year. Ha! I think I wore boots ONCE in 2016. Please send us some winter!! ;)

      Posted 2.23.17 Reply
      • Only if you send us some summer!!!! We went to Florida in March last year and just want to move there it’s amazing!!!!! X

        Posted 2.23.17 Reply
  36. marimarte wrote:

    I love, love this post! Thank you for your honesty. It’s so refreshing amongst all the perfectly curated style posts.

    https://amomentwithmari.wordpress.com/

    Posted 2.21.17 Reply
    • Thank YOU! I’m so happy it resonated with you. I’ll keep ’em coming. :)

      Posted 2.23.17 Reply