Style Files

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’

Easy Knit Dresses Under $30

Easy Knit Dresses Under $30

Charlotte Russe Knit Dresses Under $30, Women's Fashion, Casual Outfit Ideas

I rarely shop at Charlotte Russe, but my friend, Anne, always finds the cutest things there, so I popped in on my last trip to the mall and found a treasure trove of budget-friendly knit dresses under $30. This space dye knit dress was on sale for $10, and I had to restrain myself from buying three; you know how I feel about stockpiling good basics.

I did purchase two other styles, though, and if they had more in my size that afternoon who knows how many I would’ve taken home with me.

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Wearing :: Charlotte Russe knit dress + TJ Maxx jacket + Ralph Lauren sandals + Cleobella ‘Mexicana’ clutch wallet

My closet is sorely lacking in casual day dresses: I have enough cocktail dresses for a dozen swanky soirees and a couple handfuls of beachy coverups, but hardly anything to throw on for weekend errands or a light day at the flower shop. So these knit dresses were a great find; they’re cute and easy on their own but even better layered under casual jackets and long cardigans or over tights with ankle booties (if and when Florida decides to become an active participant in fall).

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In case you wondered, I’m still loving the heck out of this tencel anorak jacket from TJ Maxx. It just gets softer and better with each wear and wash — as tencel does — and with cooler fall days [hopefully] around the corner I know we’ll spend a lot of quality time together. If you don’t have an anorak jacket in your closet, I highly recommend adding one to your fall shopping list.

I took the liberty of finding some tencel anorak jackets for you, because I’m a good shopping enabler like that. Just click ’em to shop ’em!

Summer Ain’t Over Yet

Summer Ain’t Over Yet

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Gurl, put down that pumpkin spice latte: Labor Day may be behind us, but we still have a few weeks of sweet summertime left! Fall doesn’t officially begin until September 22nd, and since I spent the last two months wearing the same clothes from a limited capsule wardrobe, I’m going to bring out my summer stuff for as long as I can. (Plus, it’s still seventh-ring-of-Hades-hot in Florida — and you can see by my poofy just-washed hair that the summer humidity is still a thing — so it’s easy to delay the fall vibes for a little while longer.)

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Dress: Old Navy // Jacket: Lucky Brand via TJ Maxx // Sandals: Nine West // Clutch: BAGGU 

I bought this Old Navy dress sometime around the end of spring, and it may be the most comfortable dress I own; I mean it’s basically a cotton mumu. Which is perfect for the day after a three-day weekend, because 1.) I ate a week’s worth of Weight Watchers points in two days, and 2.) If I must drag myself to work after a break, I may as well do it in something that feels like pajamas.

This print is no longer available, but you can snag it in denim for $35.