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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Travel Tips by Nina

A lot of couples have hobbies together, like hiking, running and watching movies…. Daniel and I have a hobby together too—traveling. Daniel does all the planning, and I just read the times on the ticket and make sure I’m there on time. IMG_0544 Living in Enid, I like to travel a lot. I travel so much that the people who work at a Chipotle hours away know who I am. (And I’m hoping to make Premier status on United this year! Yay for shorter lines!) Everyone has their own travel routine, and I am dead set in mine. 20140614-162200-58920839.jpg Here are my travel tips:

1. Bring a laptop or iPad loaded (the night before – unreliable wifi at the airport) with 2-3 rented movies from iTunes. (Or buy a couple episodes of a show you haven’t had the chance to catch up on yet) Even if you think you don’t need that many movies… oh no, your flight just got delayed two hours…. Or your friend who was supposed to pick you up from the airport got stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. No worries, you’re gonna chill and watch some movies instead of getting bored and freaking out via text message to your husband.

2. Bring a scarf. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, a scarf can act as a pillow, a blanket, AND a cute accessory. Also, if you get hot, they can be stuffed into almost any size of carryon—even if you’ve stuffed it to the brim.

3. Bring a few forms of ID. In case wherever you are going doesn’t believe you are actually a Florida resident, questions the legitimacy of your ID, and doesn’t want to give you an adult beverage. (Good thing I knew my old address)

4. Use a small cross body bag as your purse. No need to bring a huge shoulder bag with you as your purse on this one. It will help you organize what you really need for travel and it can easily be stuff into a backpack or other carryon luggage. (Because I like to bring THREE carryons) Also, these are great for overseas traveling.

5. If you are traveling overseas to a country known for pick pocketing, spread your money into multiple pockets instead of just putting it in one spot, even put some in your clothes pockets. This way, if you do get robbed they won’t get all your money. IMG_0529 6. I like to wear Toms shoes when I travel. They are comfy, cute, and durable. Also, if you wear sandals on an airplane, you will freeze. FREEZE.

7. Always bring a change of clothes, or three, in your carryon. You never know when your bag will get lost or if your plane gets delayed so much that you just need a change of clothes to feel fresh again. (Or if you want to impress someone when you get off the plane, no shame in that)

8. Bring makeup, a toothbrush, floss, deodorant, a perfume rollerball, and gum with you in your carryon. Need I explain? (Also if you get bored, you can try to figure out how to do the “smoky eye look” and maybe finally perfect it)

9. It is always good to have something to read on the plane if you can’t be using “electronic devices”. I usually always buy a fashion magazine to look through and have a book on my iPad. IMG_0489 10. Wear clothes that you can move around in to get to that perfect lounging pose on the airplane. I like to wear Ponte leggings with leather details, a tank top, a jacket, and a scarf. If I wear something with sleeves I will inevitably sweat through it and be very aware of my BO for the next few hours until I get a shower.

11. If you get stuck at an airport for awhile, find a Chili’s. There is probably a Chili’s. Get a margarita and enchilada soup. $15 later and you will be a lot happier. (Though if you get two margaritas, I wouldn’t blame you)

12. Find your gate, THEN go find food and magazines. I know, I know, there was a Starbucks right when you got to the airport. But guess what, there will also be one closer to your gate, and then you won’t have to carry around a steaming hot beverage while trying to balance all of your luggage, and trying to find your gate which is a tram ride and two escalators away.

13. Always try to carry on your luggage if you can. It is much faster, cheaper, and you will feel better knowing that your nice clothes are safe and sound and that the TSA agents haven’t gone through your luggage and disturbed the equilibrium that is your clothes packed in your bag, and then wonder how they got it all back in your bag without leaving something out. ….. Did they leave something out? Also, much harder for you to lose your bag if you carry it on. IMG_0552 Here is a good clothing packing list that will fit in a carry on bag so you do not have to check! (After packing all these things, you will still have enough room for undergarments and makeup) I put my laptop or iPad in a back back, as well as my small purse.

1. Jean shorts (LOFT)

2. White shorts  (Madewell)20140614-153309.jpg 3. Black Maxi Dress (Forever 21)

4. Striped dress (LOFT)

5. Simple solid colored dress (LOFT Lou & Grey and ON SALE!)

6. Fun Dress (A dress that doesn’t have to match anything, but that will just add something different to your travel wardrobe – I packed this beautiful green maxi dress from LOFT) 20140614-153318.jpg 7. Basic tank tops (4-5 so you can have a fresh one or two if you can’t find a washing machine- I packed an orange, taupe, white, grey, and black tank)

8. T-shirt in a color that matches your accessories (I packed a rust colored tee from Anthropologie)

9. A fun shirt or two (what I packed)

Free People Top (I packed a grey peplum free people top)

Sheer Crop Top (Free People – I packed a sheer taupe lace crop top)

Black Embroidered Tank (LOFT)

 

10. White blouse (LOFT)20140614-153245.jpg 11. Fun skirt (J. Crew – ON SALE!)

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12. Jean jacket (LOFT)

13. Military jacket  (Madewell)20140614-153300.jpg 14. Good sandals for walking (These are Sam Edelman, though other good places to look are Clarks and Cole Haan)

15. Toms (I don’t have these pictured because, well, I’m lazy) 20140614-153223.jpg 16.  1-3 scarves (And make sure one is especially soft to use as your airplane blanket – unless you’re cool and have first class tickets)

Floral Scarf

Tribal Scarf

Ikat Scarf 

 

17. A simple necklace, or two for a unique layering style all your own.

Short Triple Heart Pendant Necklace

Long Spiked Ball Pendant Necklace

18. Statement Necklace

 

20140614-153235.jpg 19.  A bathing suit (because who knows, you might end up at a fabulous hotel and want to try out their hot tub)

20. Sunglasses

21.  Small or medium cross body bag

22.  A pair of jeans – JUST IN CASE!

 

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To get optimum use of all the clothes you pack on your vacation, make sure they all have the same base color.  For example, what I packed in this carry-on I made sure all of my clothes could go with grey or black.  I did not pack any navy blue.  But if you have more navy blue in your wardrobe, use that as your base color.

Wherever you go this summer, enjoy your trip! And if you’re not going anywhere this summer, you can still look super fabulous and make some ethnic food!

 

Blue Bell Skirt – 8 Ways

Like the show or not, who doesn’t want to have a little bit of Carrie Bradshaw’s style in their life? We can all have her best, most fashionable accessory– confidence. Be bold with me and wear what you like to wear without being self conscious about it.  (Obviously some exclusion apply, please don’t wear leggings as pants or black undergarments under sheer white clothing– this is not style) Who says you can’t wear whimsy? If you are confident enough, you can wear almost anything you want to.  The only thing that will make a bold outfit seem out of place is your insecurity.

And if all else fails, just put a jean jacket with it, right?

This skirt did it for me.  These bell skirts are the perfect feminine addition to any girl’s closet.  When first trying it on two of my lovely Pensacola friends had to talk me into it. (Thanks Anna and Jess!) Sometimes your friends say things that will stick in your mind forever, and this was one of those moments.  I was questioning my ability to pull it off and wear it to work, and Anna said, “Why can’t you be the one in your office that can pull anything off?” I can be that person.  It is almost all about confidence. (And sometimes your budget…)

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So I present to you 8 ways to wear the bell skirt.  (My favorite still being the Oklahoma Kitty t-shirt)  The easiest way to wear it is with a tank and a jean jacket, but as I’ve learned from the J. Crew catalogue, a great way to dress down an otherwise fancy skirt– tie a t-shirt at the top of it.

Also, if you are like me and have more dresses than t-shirts, tuck a dress into your skirt! Don’t be afraid to do something unconventional.  Make your closet work for you!

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Another way to add more detail to to your outfit is to add a scarf.  It can help tie your whole outfit together, especially if the tops you have are very plain. (Also, who doesn’t need more polka dots in their life?)

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Here are some other great bell skirts:

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1. Anthropologie 2. Modcloth 3. Modcloth 4. Anthropologie

 

Fluted Green Skirt- 8 Ways

Well I didn’t plan this post for St. Patricks Day, but I guess it worked out! I have been eyeing this skirt for months, and it finally went on sale in the store, yay!! I don’t think the staff at J. Crew understood or shared my excitement. This skirt it amazing and I want it it every color. Definitely splurge worthy!

When I was walking out of the store with my “final sale” purchase I got a ping of fear as I realized, I wasn’t even sure I had anything to match it. (I realize there are many more things in this world to fear than not having anything in my closet to match this skirt–don’t judge me!) So I came home, put on some Britney Spears, and started tearing through my closet.  I also drooled my way through the J. Crew catalogue to get some inspiration.

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First of all, I put the skirt with a t-shirt.  Pretty much the easiest way to wear the skirt.  Tuck it in, half tuck it, or tie it to the side, it will all look right.  Add a necklace, a scarf, or BOTH, and you have an outfit.

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The easiest way to try the new crop top trend is with a high waisted skirt.  So although I am still too afraid to bare any skin, I did put on a cami and threw a crop top on with it.  And also this awesome scarf.

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J. Crew puts pullover sweaters and sweatshirts with this skirt in all of their catalogues, so I decided to try that look myself.  Definitely a great way to dress it down for every day wear!

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I thought maybe I could wear this skirt to work, but clearly it is too short.  However, I did put together a corporate look that can easily be worn out with your friends. Also, all three pieces are on sale, right now.

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If you are a little more hipster–try tucking in a chambray or white collared shirt, buttoning it all the way up, then putting a statement necklace right up under the collar.

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Of course as a sucker for white lace, I put it with the green skirt as well. AND IT GOES! Duh. Basically, if you want to look feminine, wear some white lace.

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I also wanted to show how a cute scarf can make such a difference and really pull a whole outfit together! During the summer, put the skirt with a simple tank and a bright silky scarf. (Add a jean jacket when it gets chilly at night)

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There are many more ways to wear this skirt, but it is all about proportion. Try something new or stick with your basics!

To find:

J. Crew Fluted Green Skirt

Black & White Tweed Jacket –Similar

White Lace Top–Similar

T-Shirt–Similar

Graphic T-Shirt–Similar

Polka Dot Chambray–Similar

Crop Top–Similar

LOFT White and Black Ruffle Cami

Polka Dot Scarf

Triangle Scarf

Floral Scarf

Clear Bead Statement Necklace

Chunky Gold Chain Statement Necklace

Simple Spiked Gold Pendant Necklace

Chunky Gold Chain

So I was on Pinterest last night and found something Pinteresting (see how I did that? I made Pinterest into an adjective…).  In a capsule collection by Giuliana Rancic at LOFT there is a gorgeous chunky gold chain that looks VERY similar to one that we have at Niloulu!

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So I thought I would take the look that Brittany Snow was wearing and do it myself.

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Now of course I am not  Brittany Snow, but the look was pretty easy to put together.  All you need is a white blouse, patterned pants, a bright clutch, and of course the Chunky Gold Chain Necklace from niloulu.

Here are similar styles:

Chunky Gold Chain from Niloulu

White Blouse– Similar

Party Pants:

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Clockwise from top left: Forever21, Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor

Nude Pumps

Bright clutch–similarsimilar

What I Wore Wednesday

Today was a catch up day.  Not that I really needed one–I substitute taught two days in a row and I feel entitled to it.  However, today was a day of comfort ( and also I wanted to make use of a few wonderful Christmas presents!)

I am really enjoying this new leather trend, so I bought these awesome coated skinny jeans from Madewell (so I get the look of leather without the sweating and squeeking)  Of course they look great with Chambray, and since I was cold I added a polka-dot sweater, my favorite necklace, and of course this AMAZING kate spade purse my wonderful husband gave me.  (You’ll be seeing this purse a lot, since it is practical, and since I wear mostly neutrals it adds color to all my outfits)

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I really could have worn almost any of my pullover or cardigan sweaters with this outfit.  Now that I’m thinking about it I could have worn my fox sweater with it… I should have worn my fox sweater with it…. NO, I must learn to not regret mistakes I have made in the past!

Also, I put my necklace under the collar again… I’m starting to ease into this new trend, yay!

To find:

Coated Black Leather skinny jeans

Chambray

Polka Dot Sweater: similar

Clear Bead Statement Necklace

Bright cross body bag: similar, similar