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

 

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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!

 

Fun with Scarves

It is always good to have an old episode of Downton Abbey available on your laptop when your flight goes longer than expected. Who doesn’t want to be reminded of the glory of Downton Abbey when both Matthew and Sybil were still alive?

OH I love traveling to visit my family in Virginia.  Thai food, shopping, the fancy shampoo my mom puts in the guest bathroom and the extensive wine collection my parents have at their house- you know the important things.

But ah, you do not read this blog for my travel tips… though I do have quite a few.

Back to scarves!

One thing I LOVE about infinity scarves is all the work in correctly tying and wearing a scarf is mostly done. I even turn a lot of my regular scarves into infinity scarves so I can just throw it on and not worry about it getting all messed up.

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This trip I decided to relive an old past time with my mom, fabric shopping! Except this time I actually enjoyed it. (Fabric shopping is one of those things that is awesome for the person shopping, but really awful if you don’t have a project in mind)

I used my mom’s beautiful singer sewing machine and decided to take the scarves out on a test run with my sister. (No, my hair is not going blonde)

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We went to a winery in Clifton, VA to take the pics and realized that we should probably buy some wine so we would stop getting weird looks from the people working there.

Also because it was an excellent excuse to buy wine.

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This print I love. It has so many colors, and can go with black AND navy.

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How cute is my sister by the way? In the barn pictures she is wearing the multi-colored rayon scarf, which is SO soft and drapes so beautifully!20140408-154548.jpg

This blue tribal print scarf is also great to wear with navy and black. (Those colors are important to me because they are the staples of packing! Or so I think) Also, this is the scarf my husband likes the best. 20140408-154558.jpg

 

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This scarf is sold out (My sis bought it, sorry!) But I wanted to take pictures of it anyways!

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What adds more romance to a look than blush chiffon? The understated print allows this scarf to be worn as a solid and will look FABULOUS with black and white.

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I always wondered if store owners kept a lot of the items that they sell, and now that I have a store, I can say, yes they do.  Marketing right?

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So many fun options to vamp up your wardrobe! Plus if none of these fits your fancy, we are frequently adding new styles. (And all scarves are on sale this weekend!!)

 Come shop for one that fits your style!

 

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

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!!)

CHUNKY SCARVES.

Knitting is pretty much the perfect activity for watching Love Actually and passing time on a flight to see your family for Thanksgiving (though you might not get much done on your project because the people sitting next to you on the plane can’t fathom how you got your knitting needles through security and they feel obligated to question you about this– it’s allowed people, check out the TSA guidelines) I mean, is it really THAT strange that I am knitting on a plane?

Anyways, Christine and I have been in a knitting FRENZY. It could be because the heat in my house was mysteriously turned off (probably my cats attempt to get more attention), and knitting helped get me warm AND because we unexpectedly  sold a bunch of scarves at the Holiday Marketplace in Enid and decided to make more.

We got the first snow of the season last week and I decided, with the help of my friend Lyssa, to take the scarves out for a test run.

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Lyssa is pretty  much rocking all of these photos…. hope she doesn’t realize how great she is at this or I might have to start paying her with more than just nespresso lattes.

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We were inspired to make these cowl knit scarves because of similar styles we saw at Anthropologie.  Don’t you LOVE how this cobalt looks with the winter white lace dress??

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We also discovered a new technique to make these beautiful and warm chunky infinity scarves.

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All of these are so great for adding style to almost any winter coat AND keeping you warm.  Again, I like to layer scarves with a necklace which adds sparkle and dimension to your look, and also because when you get inside and take off your scarf, you still have your third piece.

Chunky Rose Infinity Scarf

Cobalt Cowl Neck Scarf

Light Taupe Cowl Neck Scarf 

Chunky Dark Plum Infinity Scarf

Gold Pinecone Pendant Necklace

Also, this picture… because it makes me laugh and I have no idea what she was saying, but it looks like, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

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