Flying Free with my Fashion #OOTD

I know it has been a while since I have posted on this site, and I want to apologize. Life got in the way and I put all the focus on my parenting and lifestyle site During this time, I fell absolutely in love with a company that makes affordable and comfortable clothing that have actually changed the way I dress and feel about my body. Before I found LuLaRoe, I would shy away from patterns or colors, and would never have thought about wearing a dress or skirt out of the house all day long. Now, I wear dresses, skirts and leggings in all kinds of crazy patterns and colors on the regular, and I love the way they make me feel.

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No I Did Not Walk Through Mustard

Ross Snakeskin print dress – Similar here.

Merona Mustard Yellow tights – Similar here.

Black Suede Boots – Similar here.

I came out of my bedroom this morning after getting dressed and my 10 year old said “Wow, your legs are really tan.” Apparently he thought I had gotten a quick tan on my legs. Once I explained they were really tights, he proceeded to tell me how I should wear some on my face and arms too so I could look tan. Since that isn’t going to happen, now would be a good time to explain that I did not suddenly tan my legs and I did not walk through mustard either, these are simply some funky tights I picked up from Target.

And, I am kind of in love with them. Who knew that mustard yellow could be so versatile. Now, I know they are not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but I like them and they are a lot of fun to wear. I kept this outfit pretty toned down, but I have a very colorful ensemble I am working on for the future if I can get the nerve to leave the house in it.

So, what do you think? Do you sport colored tights or just stick with basic black?

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A New Nautical


Polka dot tie front top – Similar here.

New York & Company Jeans – Same here.

Red deck shoes – Similar here.

Today’s outfit puts a new twist on the nautical look. Traditionally, you would expect to see a striped shirt, but this blue and white polka dot tie front shirt gave off a nautical feel to me. I paired it with some red deck shoes and feel like I should be boarding a ship. This top is from Goodwill and was actually homemade. I picked it up for $1.50 on half price day and really like it. I don’t think I am loving the sleeve length though, so I may do some surgery on it in the near future to shorten them. Other than that, it is a winner and the red shoes are another favorite of mine. Again, they were from Goodwill and were all of $5.

How do you like to mix up the nautical look?


Ann Taylor Wide Leg Pants – Similar here.

Ralph Lauren Black Sleeveless Top – Similar here.

Mossimo Mustard Boyfriend Cardigan – Same here.

Thrifted Blue Pumps – Similar here.

Okay, so the only thing that really makes this look preppy is the boyfriend sweater and how I wore it in one of the shots, but it still gives off that vibe to me. I had looked everywhere for a mustard colored cardigan and I finally found this one at Walmart. The Anne Taylor wide leg dress pants have become my favorite cut. Talk about comfy! The shoes just added a playful pop of color to go with the necklace that I picked up at a yard sale for $1.

How do you style your dress pants?

Professional Leopard

I found this leopard print top at Goodwill and wasn’t going to try it on because of the built in vest, but I did and loved it. It is super comfortable and the sleeves are sheer. The only thing I didn’t like was the sleeve length and type. They were not quite long enough and had a ruffle at the wrist. So, I pulled them up, tucked the ruffles under and I was good to go.

The top was paired with a some black ankle pants from Target and a pop of color with a deep red wedge. I love these wedges and they are super comfortable. I like to add a pop of color with my shoes, hence the bright red boat shoes and pink pumps I picked up at Goodwill today. What? They were BOGO and you can never have too many shoes. :)

What do you think? Do you like to dress your leopard print up or down?

Stars or Dots?

Thrifted Polka Dot Dress – Similar here only $25!

Burgundy Wedges – Similar here.

Black Chain Necklace – Similar here.

This dress is from a huge vintage warehouse type place in our city. I loved the print on it because from far away it almost looks like a star pattern, but up close it is actually dots. I also liked the cut and the twist knot and pleating in the front keeps the dress from looking like a maternity outfit while still keeping a flattering empire waistline. Lastly, I like that it is a black and tan/cream color and not a black and white, so I can feel more comfortable wearing it all year long.

I paired the dress with a pair of cute burgundy wedges that I picked up for half price at Goodwill and together, the whole outfit was a total of $17! I won the necklace at a drawing in 2011 at BlogHer, so no cost involved there. It is a cool multi-chain necklace with black and silver ring accents. All I have to do is through on some tights, boots and a sweater when the cold weather comes and this dress is good to go for fall and winter in Florida.

Do you shop for unique vintage pieces too?

There’s Something About Red Pants

Never in my life would I have thought I would be wearing red pants. Here’s the thing. I had seen other people wearing them around the blogosphere and in magazines and they were so dang cute. So, I went to Old Navy and tried on a pair of their Rockstar Skinny Cords and I loved them. I wore them in today’s outfit and everywhere I went, I got compliments. So, apparently there is something about red pants. If you want to get noticed, go out and buy a pair now. These cords are on sale for $19 right now at Old Navy and they come in a ton of fun colors!

The shirt is one that I bought a while ago from Kohl’s for BlogHer and I love the ruffle effect on it. The color went well with the red pants and I had some shows that almost matched that I got from Goodwill on half price day.

Are you rocking some red pants this fall?

Say Yes To The Dress

Today’s post is a little hard for me. Why? Because I love the dress in today’s post and think it looks great in person, but I am not sure it photographs all that well. I picked this dress up a few weeks ago at Goodwill. It is a sleeveless dress from Lane Bryant and it fits great. I also really loved the color. It feels flirty and fun on, but since I have a hate hate relationship with my arms, I always where something over it. I paired it with an Old Navy cardigan and belted it, because it just looked blank without something across the middle.

The necklace is a fun piece that I picked up at the flea market, the same day that I got the vintage charm bracelet from yesterday’s post.  I thought it went well with the outfit without overpowering it. I debated on my blue heels versus these kitten heel black pumps, but eventually settled on the black.

So what do you think? Should I be saying yes to the dress?

Plaid and Lace

I really never thought I would like any type of patterned pants. Yet another reason why I like thrifting. When I go thrifting it seems like I try different things that I normally never would have looked at. I am not sure why, but that is how it works for me. Like these plaid patterned pants for instance. They are from Ann Taylor and are really great quality. I loved the cut and fit of them, so I decided to give them a shot. It turns out I loved the pattern to and it is a toned down way to bring out the patterned pants that are so popular now. At only $7, I couldn’t pass them up.

The pants were pairs with a yellow chiffon tank that I got from Forever 21 for $10, a lace top on clearance from Forever 21 for $4.50, a pair of thrifted black pumps with just the tiniest of heels that I picked up for $5 at Goodwill and a flea market find travel themed charm bracelet from the 40′s that I got for only $5. That makes the total cost of today’s outfit $31.50. Not bad at all!

Are you embracing the patterned pants trend this season?