As I explained in my previous post, I’m *really* into florals for spring, but I’m trying to find pieces that have a unique spin on the traditional flower pattern and this bow front blouse fits the bill.
It has a really unique color palette of ivories and yellows with a babydoll fit and large bow at the waist.
It’s incredibly flattering! It also closes with 2 buttons in the back, leaving the rest of your back open to the breeze. This is an on-trend feature but wearing a bra can be tricky so I’d recommend stick-on petals for this blouse.
Unfortunately I cannot find this blouse on Forever 21’s website anymore (bummer!) BUT I was recently at my local store and saw it there. I did link a similar style with the exact same print. Shop that below!
I paired this admittedly sexy blouse with…cargo pants! Maybe not something someone would associate with a “sexy/date night” type of blouse but these pants are SO flattering and fun and a great alternative to denim. They have great details and look way pricier than they are. I linked these exact pants below!
My husband and I shot this look on the roof of our building and every time we’re up there we both agree we don’t enjoy it enough. Such a beautiful spot!
SHOP THIS LOOK:
Coming at ya with a lil instagram roundup for the last week! I guess I’m not the only one LOVING all things off the shoulder because so many of you have been asking me how to buy these 2 tops!
First off, this lemon print is everything. I can’t tell you the last time I purchased anything at Forever 21 but when I saw this top I gave it a try and I’m so glad I did (I actually purchased 4 other things, so clearly they’re doing better lately in my eyes!)
The fabric is really soft and this OTS actually stays off the shoulder…which is great.
It has a great fit and an elastic waist so you could easily wear it with more of a crop top style.
For reference I’m wearing a regular size L. Unfortunately the regular sizes don’t show up online anymore so your best bet is in the store…but if you’re my size you could totally get away with the “plus” sized version in the smallest size.
Second look of this insta roundup is arguably my husband’s favorite. It just screams “date night!” This top from Nordstrom zips up the back with a built in corset style bra. The sleeves hang dramatically off the shoulder for a unique, definitely more sexy look. A look like this typically takes me outside of my comfort zone, but it’s casual enough it can be dressed up or down. I’d LOVE this with white denim, too. I just might do that next time! I wore this to dinner on a Friday night and got a ton of compliments from strangers and my husband. 🙂
Let me know what your favorite spring trends are!
Do you love all things off shoulder like me?
Until next time!
Love & Light,
Coming at you with a new look (that I’m obsessed with) and some more insight into my world!
But first…lace bomber jackets.
Y E S.
My friend Damara spotted this at Anthropologie Saturday and as soon as she showed it to me I knew we had to be bomber twins. So I snagged it too. And at over 70% off (!!), it was a MAJOR steal.
The allover lace detail of this bomber is more cool than stuffy, and the fit is boxy and runs larger for an easy fit over everything from a mini dress to a tank.
I opted to wear mine over more lace! This blush cami has just a peek of skin showing through the lace at the top, and has the most flattering cut. It’s another steal at under $18!
I am already thinking of more ways to wear this versatile piece all spring, but I had to start with white rips.
The “priorities” part of this post is the funny part. This shoot was done at 9:30 Sunday morning. After breakfast at my favorite Tampa spot (Oxford Exchange!) and before TWO different sporting events. In the same day. If you follow me on instagram, you already know that craziness.
If you’re reading this you probably already know how much I love sports so I was certainly not dragged to a matinee baseball game and an evening hockey game in the same day. It was actually an amazing day! But just craziness.
And today? Today I worked 10 hours at my “regular” job and about 2 at my “contracting” job, but I couldn’t stop thinking about an outfit in my head that I reeeeally wanted to bring to life. And thanks to daylight saving time, I came home, changed, went back downstairs with the hubbs and shot another outfit before dinner.
Whew! I sometimes don’t know how you ladies do it, but I’m starting to understand.
When you love something, you just make it happen. and I love this! I love my career! I love remembering me & Beyonce have the same amount of hours in each day!
Bottom line is, there’s time if you make it. God put something in my heart that I can’t and won’t ignore and I’m happy I get to devote some of my life to it! Doing the thing that you can’t sleep you’re so excited to do is just awesome.
Shop this gorge lace bomber below!
Until next time!
I really hope I’m not the only one LOVING any/everything off the shoulder this season! (If what’s major this month is any indication, I’m definitely not!)
But truly this is among my favorite looks I’ve ever done. I saw this gorgeous rainbow wall over Memorial Day weekend when traveling with my husband. The fashion blogger in me filed it away and knew I had to come up with an outfit that would work in front of it, and two weeks later this colorful dress walked into my life!
This dress is from The Rustic Bow Boutique, and the price point could NOT be better at $29.50!!(!!!) This online boutique carries a wide variety of pieces, from rompers to dresses to cute graphic tanks. They’re just starting out but are already making waves in the online fashion world. Check out their website at www.therusticbow.com!)
***This post is not sponsored by The Rustic Bow Boutique. I am a paying customer, I’m just a fan!***
I wanted to keep the theme colorful, so I added lots of fun tassel bracelets, two necklaces, and my favorite Target beach bag (shop it here).
I decided to belt my dress (belt does not come with, but there is a tie if you choose to use that) for a more flattering-on-me silhouette, which paired perfectly with my Target faux-suede lace ups. I actually used the ‘tie’ that comes with the dress on my straw hat! 😉
My husband did an amazing job shooting this post, and I’m so happy with how these photos turned out!
If you’d like more details on my dress, you can shop it directly via instagram! I’ve linked it here!
I’d love to hear what you guys think about this look! Too much, or never enough? I love me some COLOR so I say, bring it on! 🙂
Until next time friends!
PS* This post was done one day prior to the tragedy in Orlando, but I couldn’t be prouder to post it now in front of that beautiful, prideful rainbow. Please keep those involved in your thoughts and prayers. #OrlandoUnited
Last week’s “instagram roundup” was received so well, I decided to do it again! As I mentioned in my last post, I post an #OOTD (outfit of the day) picture on insta just about every day (I’ll spare you the days I never get out of yoga pants. Well, unless they’re cute yoga pants…) Anyway, this particular group of looks happens to be everything I’m LOVING about the spring trends, wrapped up in a few pictures! Color color color, off the shoulder, fun accessories, you name it! I’d love to talk about your favorite spring and summer trends! Leave me a comment below and let me know what you’re living in right now! Shoppable links are below each photo; in most cases, the exact item is still available!!
1. Off the shoulder EVERYTHING/chokers/hats
2. Aztec prints/Sequins/mini dresses/crossbody bags
See you soon!
Hello friends! It has been *WAY* too long! I feel like I haven’t had a moment to breathe lately, but it’s been wonderful! We’ve been busy celebrating birthdays, baseball season starting, and the kickoff of playoff hockey! (In case you’re new to my life, sports are right up there with fashion to me!)
Luckily, last weekend we had ZERO plans which was great because I finally slept in (!!!), ate lots of yummy food, and did 4 different outfit posts! YAY! I will also tell you these last 4 are up there with my favorites. I’m so excited for you to see!
This particular post didn’t really start out as a planned blog post. I have outfits lined up for the blog a few weeks in advance usually (unless I buy something I’m super excited about and it gets pushed up in the rotation!), but this outfit was not one of them, I just threw it on for a fun Saturday of errands. My sweet husband assumed it was for a fashion post (he’s conditioned lol) and since we’d already done 2 of them, he thought this was #3. And the more I thought about it, the more I agreed! So, here it is!
I’ve worn these jeans on here before and it’s easy to explain why, because I LOVE THEM! I have about 20 pairs of jeans but I always reach for these. The high waist, versatile wash, and ‘tattered but not completely destroyed’ holes are a recipe for favorite denim to me. Also there’s just enough stretch in these to hug your curves with a thick enough fabric to hold everything “in place”. They don’t have this wash online anymore but these are from AE and they are the “high waisted jegging”.
This top is from the Portofino blouse collection at Express, which is another favorite. This post should actually be about holy-grail clothing collections! I love these tops for work. They’re a great pop of trendy color and pattern under a blazer or tucked into a pencil skirt, but they’re great because they work just as well on weekends! I love this fun neon floral motif, too. For weekend I decided to knot it up and make it look a bit more casual. Also I should mention this is the “classic” fit Portofino blouse..they also make a ‘slim fit’ silhouette.
The accessories of this look really deserve a shout out: they are all Old Navy, from the bangles to the bag! I don’t often purchase jewelry at Old Navy but I recently returned something without a receipt and was in a bit of a hurry, so I raided the accessories (they were all 50% off at the time) and I have to say I was pretty impressed! Great on-trend pieces that aren’t super pricey but still pack a punch. This ombre bag gave me ALL the heart eye emojis, and it was even better when I got it to the counter and it rang up $8 (it was marked $35). Don’t y’all love when that happens?!
Hi friends! Happy Friday!
I was tempted not to add anything to the body of this post and instead upload 239482039480239 photos of this dress. I decided to compromise: do a little writing, then post about 10 pictures of this dress. THIS.DRESS.
Quick backstory: at the mall a couple of weeks ago, looking for something very specific (I never find the ‘very specific’ thing I’m looking for when I set out to find it…) Popped into H&M, scanned the store for my “very specific” item, wasn’t there, walking out of H&M, something makes me turn back around (almost completely out of the store) and I saw THIS gorgeous gal. I thought it was pants at first (one piece items don’t ever flatter me) but was so excited when I realized it was a maxi!! You guys…the detail of this dress made me assume it was at least $60 (still would have bought it, btw). IT WAS $19.99!!! I ran…RAN to the register, then waited forever because H&M is always packed. While waiting a salesperson told me if I texted my email to a number for future promos, I’d get an extra 20% off my purchase today. I’m a sucker (and have an email for only store coups!) so I did it. I walked out of that mall with this beautiful baby in a bag for under $17!!!!
I’m not exaggerating when I tell you how beautiful you feel wearing this dress. I felt like Superwoman! It’s SO flattering and so different. The slits on either side make it much less “Renaissance Fair” and much more boho chic with a subtly sexy vibe. The balloon sleeves flatter everyone, and the large print of this dress camouflages any body issues you feel you have! Sometimes I am surprised by things I see in stores I wouldn’t regularly expect, and this was most definitely one of those times. I love H&M but usually stick to it for basics or “fast fashion” pieces I don’t think I’ll wear much…but I’d sleep in this dress if I could! Truly such a home run from top to bottom, and this dress looks wayyyy more posh than its pricetag. I cannot find it online anymore (bummer!), but I was at the mall earlier today and saw some in my local H&M, so go! Run! Take these pictures with you and tell the sales girl you need this dress!
Best $20 you’ll ever spend. PROMISE.
Also, quick shout out to my husband who took these beautiful pictures early on a Sunday before we met friends for brunch. I was lacking caffeine and patience and he knocked it out of the park as usual. Thanks for always putting up with me! <3
Helloooo! (In my best Mrs. Doubtfire voice)
It has been a week in the Driscoll household. It started with a 3 day weekend and mini road trip to visit my family and celebrate both of my nephews birthdays, and ended with the stomach bug, cancelled plans, and a whole lotta Lysol. Just when you make plans, life comes along and says NOPE! But thankfully my sweet husband has fully recovered from that nasty, nasty bug going around.
Anyway, I’m happy to be back to regularly scheduled life and talking about fashion! Spring is officially upon is in the sunshine state. Spring training is here, allergies too (haha). In all honesty it’s beautiful in Florida right now and I’m so excited about spring fashion this season!
This easy weekend look is more of a classic than a trend, but it’s so easy yet garners a ton of compliments, so that’s automatically a win/win! This t-shirt dress has a loose fit, so if you want more structure I recommend going a size down, as I did here. (I also bought this dress in solid gray at my regular size for a looser fitting silhouette.)
I paired the dress with some funky sequin Converse because I LOVE the dress and sneakers movement, and a straw Bermuda hat, which is VERY on trend for the spring and summer. This bag is reversible (!!) and I snagged it on sale for $15! I’m currently using it as a work bag, but on this day I used it at the Sarasota farmers market and it made holding lots of small things a breeze!
The great news is, ALL of these items are still available! Shop each of them in the links below. Looking to dress up this t-shirt dress for a fun weekend night out? Pair it with some ankle booties and layered necklaces!
What’s your go-to “weekend uniform”? I work in a business casual setting, where jeans and t-shirts are a definite no-no, so on weekends I love pulling out my fave denim or a cute dress with sneakers like this!
SHOP MY LOOK:
Happy Monday, friends! The beginning of another great week is ahead of us! There’s nothing I like better than starting my week out on the right foot by wearing an outfit that I really love. It gives me a confidence boost and helps me get. things. done!
I wouldn’t wear today’s look to the office, but looking at it sure does put me in a good mood! If you’ve been following fashion trends recently, you know [pretty much] everything from the 70’s, 80’s AND 90’s is fair game again! I almost died when I saw all the platform shoes on runways and in stores right now. Cher and Dionne would be SO excited! [Always a good day when I can reference my fave movie of all time. As if!]
The great thing about interjecting pieces of what’s on-trend with classic pieces: it doesn’t feel so much like you’re wearing a costume! It’s a great way to mix personality and trend, and I find that’s what suits me best usually, as opposed to wearing a trend from head to toe.
A great example of that is today’s look: I paired the floral blouse (on trend), with a classic A-line faux suede button down skirt (classic/on trend), in a rich neutral (this green is everything), with shoes and a clutch from last spring (fringe + tassels still very on trend this season) in a classic nude shade, which instantly makes both pieces more “classic” and a little less “trendy”.
Personally I love floral prints and I’m so happy to see stores filled with them for spring and summer. I’m really excited about what’s happening in fashion right now and am so glad I have this forum with which to dish all about it!
You can shop similar pieces below, the top is still available, the rest of the items are very similar dupes!
ACTUAL: BLOUSE/Express SKIRT/Nordstrom Rack SHOES/Sam & Libby for Target CLUTCH/Charming Charlie NECKLACE/Charming Charlie
Hi friends! Happy Monday!
I’m excited to bring you today’s post because I LOVE this 70’s trend, I love this outfit, AND I HAVE NEW HAIR!!! If you couldn’t tell, I’m very excited. 😉
Quick backstory: For those who don’t know this about me, I get bored with my hair SO easily. I used to change the color just about every time I went into the salon, but I never kept a certain color for longer than a few months. Well, until I discovered my Aveda stylist and fell in love with my current blonde “subtle ombre”! I also think keeping one cohesive hair color is more professional for my job, and blonde hair just seems to suit me best. But I’ve also had the same hairstyle FOREVER, until last Friday when my stylist Janelle suggested I jump on board the “long bob” train. At first I was completely against it, but as she continued on trimming “the bare minimum” I’d requested, I got to thinking how bored I was with my hair, and how much I admire the “lob” style on others. I asked a few other questions and then shouted “JUST DO IT!” The rest is history. I had about 6 inches (!!) cut off to reveal this awesome, asymmetrical long bob. It took a few hours until I loved it, but after about 72 hours, my hair and I are totally in love. I can’t wait to style it all different/funky/fun ways! I also think it looks so much more fashion forward and polished!
So happy I jumped out of my comfort zone on this one.
Anyway, onto this look!
The 70’s are a huge influence on this season’s hottest trends, and this look is no different! This boho blouse from Target is billowy and rather unflattering (on me) un-tucked, but tuck it into some high-waist jeans (extra bonus for some sailor-inspired button details!) and VOILA! It’s one of my favorite tops at the moment. This is proof you should try things on and think about how you actually want to wear it before saying yes or no!
These jeans from NY&Co are flattering and the most comfortable denim I own! They are my first pair of jeans from this brand (SoHo for NY &Co), but I am pleasantly surprised!
These brown faux-suede lace up flats (new from Target!) are satisfying my never ending appetite for lace up flats! I seriously can’t get enough and I’m sure you can tell. As a “flats only” girl, these shoes check off all the style boxes for me. They’re cute, versatile, comfortable, fashion forward, and flat! And at $25 I really could not resist.
The great news is, all these pieces are new & still available! I’ve linked them all below, including my Steve Madden clutch. The 70’s was all about fun colors and patterns, billowy silhouettes, and unique details. <– All of these things are swoon-worthy to me so…sign me up for more 70’s inspired looks!
So, going back to my “new me” haircut, I’d love to hear what changes you’ve made, whether big or small, to give your confidence a little boost!? What do you do for you to feel your best? What do you think of my new hair? 🙂