FOURTH OF JULY

So this is a pretty patriotic month – World Cup and the Fourth of July – which means there are a lot of red, white & blue moments.  Here are some fun outfits to wear during your World Cup parties and Fourth of July bbq.

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There is pretty much no outfit more American than jeans and a white top.  It’s true, you can’t question this. Add a couple of your own unique touches, like layering gold necklaces and some bright red shoes, and are now “put-together”

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Because fireworks are at night, bring a patriotic scarf along!

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Cowgirl boots are also quite American, in fact – go ahead and feel free to substitute out one of the three colors for cowgirl boots if you feel led to do so. I don’t need any red here, I have boots!!

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If in doubt, wear simple jewelry like this tiny gold triple heart pendant necklace or tiny star post earrings to be more patriotic!

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Of course I support wearing a dress on the Fourth as well. Here are 3 different looks with the color of your choosing:

First up, the red dress:

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Put it with a white statement necklace and some cobalt shoes (or vice versa) and you have the perfect Fourth of July get up.  (Of course have a jean jacket on hand if it gets chilly)

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Navy Blue dress: I love these because they are like the casual little black dress. (And if you spill salsa on it you can see it as much)

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Just chilling and “swooshing” my hair around.

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White Dress: The classic summer staple.  Of course it works well for Fourth of July, it is part of the color trio AND it is super feminine.  I put it with the Blue and Red Rayon Polka Dot scarf and bright red sandals.  And again, have a jean jacket handy in case it gets cold at night!

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Need a more fashionista approach?

Try a black skirt with a sleeveless chambray shirt (patterned or not), red sandals, and a statement necklace.

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OR a similar look but with a bright red skirt. Also I must point out how awesome these taupe summer booties are…. I just got them at Nordstrom Rack a couple weeks ago for a very good deal – go check it out!

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This white necklace really is perfect for your summery outfits!

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You could also take a statement skirt and put it with a tied up t-shirt:

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AND a cat– he’s wearing red too!

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How about a navy eyelet lace skirt with a white cotton tank top, red sandals, and a red patterned scarf? Why yes, I believe this works too!

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Or let the skirt do all the work for you and put a simple top (and belt if needed) with it.

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Here is another fun outfit my great photographer picked out for me, thank you Lyssa!

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Oh yeah, sequins, lace, cowgirl boots, AND a sleeveless military jacket! YAY AMERICA!

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Tie a belt around it for extra points.

Here are where you can find some similar pieces to put together your Fourth of July wardrobe!

White Tank Top – Similar

Jean shorts – Madewell

White Dress – Similar

Red Dress – Similar

Sleeveless Chambray – Similar

Sleeveless Military Jacket – Old Navy

Navy Dress – Similar

Blue Lace Top – Similar

Red, White & Blue Skirt – Similar

Cobalt Skirt – Similar

Red Mini Skirt – Similar

Black Mini Skirt – J. Crew

Navy Eyelet Skirt – Similar

Red Sandals – Similar

Blue Flats – J. Crew

Fourth of July Accessories:

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Playing with Proportions

Something I have noticed lately while people watching, is that dressing well is all about proportions. With everything in life, you must learn moderation (except with cheese, there is never too much cheese), but you can have too many sequins.

You do not want to wear too much sparkle or too much lace, or too much texture, or too many loose fitting layers.

This dress is very loose, so I had a couple options: Wear a belt with it or wear a structured jacket.

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If you just wear a loose fitting dress or top, it is only going to make you look as big as it is. It will only create more volume, when you want to create shape.  So put something with it that creates the shape you want to have.  A great structured jacket will make all the difference.  However, watch for unflattering jackets as well…. for instance, don’t get a jacket that hits right at your hips.  Get a jacket that gives you a small waist and creates an hourglass shape for you.

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A cropped moto jacket is a great place to start.  Make sure you try on a few to see what styles flatter your body the best.  I love jackets that are a teeny bit higher in the back than in the front — they make my waist look smaller. I plan to put this floral, quilted, moto, cropped jacket with a loose top and skinny or boyfriend jeans.

More proportion tips to come soon! Happy Friday!!

Where to find:

Cropped Jacket: 1. Anthropologie  2. Forever21 3. Anthropologie 4. LOFT20140207-132507.jpg

White Floaty Dress: 1. American Eagle 2.Free People 3. Free People 4. Forever21 5. CharlotteRusse 6.Old Navy (Yes, I’ve fallen back in love with my college sweetheart Free People… )20140207-132513.jpg

Black Booties: Similar

Gold Layered Statement Necklace: Niloulu

Burnt Sienna Lace

My lace obsession is seriously getting to be a major problem.  Is there anything more feminine? Every time I wear lace I feel like I should be in a movie.  Plus the color of this dress is UH-mazing.

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Everyone has a color that just pops on them, and apparently rust is mine.  One of the reasons I love it so much is that it is such a different color than you usually see.  It goes great with pale pink, emerald green, gold, black, and cobalt.

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Pop it with a bright color, or keep it low key with black tights, boots and gold accessories.

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Where to find:

Dress (Anthropologie): SimilarSimilar color

Belt: Similar

Gold Spiked Ball necklace: niloulu

Green flats: Similar

Black Booties: SimilarSimilar

Outbound Jacket: Madewell

Birthday Panthers

Oh it was a good birthday: Gerber daisies, caramel flan latte, doughnuts, strawberry cake, and a panther dress.

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My birthday is a day where I allow myself to wear whatever I want, and that means I get dressy.  That also means I get a lot of Oklahoman stares. But guess what, I don’t care! It’s my birthday , I’M GONNA WEAR A DRESS WITH PANTHERS ON IT!

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I seriously could not resist this dress. Let me say this again, it has PANTHERS on it.  Anthropologie gets me. Also my husband loves it, which makes me happy. He gets me too.

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I did try to dress it down a teensy bit with booties, a blue belt and a safari jacket… however, it didn’t stop the stares.

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Here is a dressier way to wear it, tights, black booties, fancy necklace…

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I came to the conclusion that I should just wear what I want all the time.  I feel WAY more fabulous and confident when I am put together. Haters gonna hate, people.  Plus, you want friends who love you no matter what you wear.  Even if it has sparkly big cats on it.

Wear to find:

Panther Dress: Similar , Similar, Similar

Simple Necklace: Niloulu

Safari Jacket: Madewell

Brown Booties: SimilarSimilar

Belt: Similar

Layered Gold Necklace: Niloulu

Black Booties: SimilarSimilar

How to Wear a Dress in the Cold!

I really, REALLY tried today.  I tried to look cute in my house although I was freezing for no reason.  I, however, found myself adding more and more layers as the day went on.  I started with a cute sweatshirt dress, then added my ugg slippers, then a scarf, then I added my yoga pants, and lastly a fleece hoodie.  I basically ended up looking like the cat lady that I really am… NO ONE CAN KNOW… I must find a way to disguise my “cat-ladiness”.

I am determined that we can all look cute even when we are FREEZING.

However, until they start making house slippers that don’t make me look like the sad part in a rom-com, I will continue to make use of mine.

A lot of my friends cannot believe that I wear dresses when it is so cold outside. The thing is, I love wearing dresses so I had to figure out how to keep wearing them even in the middle of winter. The most important part in wearing a dress when you decide to weather the cold is layering, and of course a baller winter coat. You do not necessarily want to wear a long sleeve dress when you go out into the cold… your destination might be very warm inside  and you will end up getting sweatier than you thought.

I like to wear a simple tank dress and add layers:

-Cardigan

-Tights

-Wooly socks (if your feet are warm, you will be warm)

-Scarf

-Sparkly necklace

-Light to heavy jacket (or light jacket under a heavy jacket)

-Boots (tall or short depending on the weather)

-Scarf and gloves.

This way, when you end up in a place where they decided to pay extra for heat, you can just keep peeling layers until you feel comfortable.

I like to wear flouncy, chiffon dresses under structured coats.  It adds a romantic dimension to to your winter look, plus adds some excitement to your day when there is a sudden gust of wind.

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It definitely helps to wear a longer jacket when you wear a dress into the cold weather.  Longer jackets are also great because you can wear all sorts of sweaters underneath and they will not peek out at the bottom.

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Body-con dresses are great layering pieces as well.  They are great if you have loose sweaters and accessories to wear over it.  Pick one in a thick, forgiving fabric for warmth and also so it does not reveal every imperfection.  A super warm chunky scarf helps too, and this one is extremely versatile with a little sparkle.20140112-155456.jpg

Wearing control top tights helps to smooth out the bumps. (Add a skinny belt to camouflage the bump it makes at the top- if you’re like me and don’t have rock hard abs)

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Of course you can wear tall boots with your dress as well, I just love these booties!

So as you can see, wearing a dress in the winter is really just a formula.  Just change out the dress and small accessories, and keep almost everything else the same! (Especially the warm socks)

To find:

-Black coat, Similar

-Flouncy Chiffon Dress, Similar

Military inspired jacket

-Booties, Similar

-Scarf (handmade at niloulu, custom ordering available just email us through etsy!)

Feather Necklace

Clear Bead Statement Necklace

Body-con Dress (ON SALE!!)

BOOTS.

It is SOOO incredibly hot here in Enid and getting all of these amazing fall catalogues from Madewell and Anthropologie is really making me ache for some great fall weather.

So that means…. BOOTS! (Plus I just ordered my first pair of cowboy boots and that’s all I can possibly think about right now)

You might not EVER want to own a pair of cowboy boots, but living in Oklahoma basically means that I need them.  Here are my boot staples that I believe everyone should own.

1. Booties— Brown or black.  These are probably my favorite and there are so many styles so there will certainly be a style that is right for almost anyone! (Thinking about that makes me realize that I in fact need more styles to grace the floor of my closet….)

They are also extremely versatile.  I am personally a dress girl, and since I have so many and want to wear them all year, I just put my booties with a sundress and a fabulous blazer.

My new favorite way to wear booties is with a pair of  cuffed skinny or boyfriend jeans.  Luckily for us,  rolling up our jeans just a tiny bit and putting on a heel instantly makes you a fashionista! Ta-DA!!

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(From top left clockwise 1. Clarks boots, LOFT Dress 2. Madewell Jeans, Madewell blazer, Forever 21 Booties 3. Francescas Dress, Clarks boots 4. Madewell dress, Clarks boots 5. Madewell scarf, LOFT sweater, Madewell Jeans, Forever 21 Booties)

2. Over the Knee boots – brown or black.  Want to feel super cool and sexy? No? Ok then don’t buy these.  Ok but seriously, buy these. You don’t need to buy the 4 inch snakeskin over the knee boots (please don’t) but get a flat pair or a pair with a small wedge.

The pair I own are suede with a small wedge and they are perfect for the fall and winter.  Put them with black tights and a short dress/ fancy shorts OR wear them over skinny jeans.

I have my eye on these AMAZING frye over the knee boots…. Not that you needed to know that, but my mind is wandering…. Like it does when I start thinking about nachos…. Mmmm nachos…..

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(From left to right: 1. Niloulu necklace, Steve Madden boots 2. Niloulu necklace, LOFT shirtdress 3. Anthropologie scarf, Madewell Blazer, Free People dress)

3.   Riding Boots—I would definitely say brown, but if you think you can pull off the  black, go ahead.

These are a little more tricky.  Of course you can wear them with skinny jeans (yeah skinny jeans are the greatest…. But that’s for another day) but you have to be more careful about what else you wear with them.  I  see a lot of women wear them with thick black leggings and a simple tunic (or your man’s button down) and a scarf, but please be careful with this! Make sure if you do this your tunic covers your bum OR just wear your tightest skinny jeans.

You can also wear them with dresses—put them with tights and a dress.  But this is tricky too, you want to make sure that the dress isn’t too long (you could look frumpy) and that the colors make sense together.  I would suggest a simple grey or black dress, with a pattern or not, and a bright colored cardigan or necklace! (In the middle picture I am wearing a simple colored dress with a fun print– and it hits a few inches above my knee)  Think SIMPLE staple pieces and fabulous accessories—there is so much you can do with a great dress. I’m just sayin.

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(From left to right: 1. Niloulu tassel necklace, LOFT sweater, Madewell Jeans, Clarks boots 2. Niloulu Cobalt statement necklace, Madewell dress 3. Free People top, Madewell Jeans)

With any boot you really want to study your own legs and learn which areas you want to highlight.  Like with any clothes, you want to make sure you highlight the thinnest part of your body.  For example, even though I love my muscular runners calves, if the top of my boots end where my calf muscles begin, it will cut my legs off and make my legs look chunky.  BUT if I wear short booties,  they will  highlight my slender ankles, and with a heel will bring out my muscle definition.   This is why over the knee boots are so awesome, they go up to the part of your leg that is the thinnest—right above your knee (which is also the most flattering length for a dress).  Everyone will have different leg shapes, so do your research and learn what looks best on you… and when you find that perfect boot(s) haha, buy it in every color…. You can thank me later.

A great way to start is to buy a cheap pair somewhere, in a style you want to try but don’t want to break the bank, and see how you like them.  Then, after you get enough compliments (mostly kidding) buy the more expensive version that will last.

Ok and last but not least, COWBOY BOOTS!!! Just because they were my inspirations for this post.

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(Clockwise from top left: 1. Free People dress, Lucchese Boots 2. Niloulu White Statement necklace, Madewell peplum top, Madewell jean shorts 3. American Eagle dress, Niloulu triangle necklace4. Free people dress, Niloulu triangle necklace 5. LOFT wrap dress, Niloulu triangle necklace)