Date Night by Melissa

Saturday, March 31, 2012
No spark during the date? Wear a little sparkle in your belt!
Ann Taylor top; Abercrombie & Fitch jeans (similar); J.Crew shoes and belt

This is my current date night outfit. Lately, I'm loving classy, formal-looking tops dressed down with a pair of fitted jeans. It's a great combo for a date that you don't know how to dress for (which still happens with me and my husband). The collar is meant to be folded down, but I prefer it up.

Cute flats are a great idea to keep the outfit fun and feminine while still being able to take those long romantic walks or awkward strolls to and from restaurants....... Speaking of flats, loafers are amazing! Patterned loafers are even better. Thanks, mommy! With all one color, a pattern can really pop anywhere you have it.

Whether it's the best night of your life or a total bust, having a versatile date night outfit makes you ready for almost everything! ;)

Yeah, this is better..

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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striped scarf; Target shirt, $20; Gap Outlet boyfriend jeans, $26 (similar); Target clog sandals

I'd like to think this is the better version of this outfit. (Gosh, I hate that outfit!! What was I thinking!!) But in actuality, this is very similar to the outfit I mentioned here minus the scarf. I told you guys I'd show you one day... ;) (Never say never?) I really liked this look with its looseness, dark colors, and pop from the stripes. You could easily change into sandals or black flats for a comfier look.

No Shampoo? No Shower? No Problem. by Monica

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Hello! My name is Monica, but you can call me your newest e-roommate. My best friend/ex-roommate and I blog over at Ask the Duplex, a blog where we ask all of the questions that we used to be able to ask our roommates any hour of the day.

Disclaimer:  This post may or may not gross you out. You may also lose all respect for me as your surrogate roommate. If you are one who believes in personal hygiene, bathing, or have a fear of lice, please exit this post at your earliest convenience.

People often wonder how I can go so long without washing my hair. I mentioned in a recent post that I have a toolkit full of dirty (literally) little secrets. I have a lifetime supply of secrets, and I actually studied trichology for 2,000 hours. Okay, I just went to cosmetology school, but trichology just sounds a lot cooler. And, my goal in life is to sound cool.

So, let's delve in, shall we? Take the picture below for example:


Looks clean, right? It's not. In fact, it's not clean at all and it's actually healthier than it would be if I washed my hair every day or even every other day.

So, let's discuss how to fool people into believing you're clean...

Wash your hair two times. Yeah, you heard me. Scrub that little noggin of yours twice. It goes a little something like this... You get in the shower, wet your hair down, put shampoo in your hair, scrub it a lot, rinse it out. Then, do this all over again:  get more shampoo, scrub, and rinse. You are washing and rinsing your hair two times -- one time to get all the gunk out (e.g., baby powder, hairspray) and one time to get the hair nice and clean.

Get scrubbin'. When I say scrub that noggin, I'm not joking. Get those little fingernails ready and scrub like you mean it.

Condition from the earlobes down. After you have scrubbed your scalp nice and clean, you need to condition the ENDS of your hair. Ends, being the key word here, folks. Your roots don't need conditioning.

Get your hands outta there. Remember when it was cool to run your fingers through your hair? You would start at the bangs and push the hair back, but then two seconds later it would fall back to a middle part, so then you'd have to run your fingers through it again. Anyone remember that? Or was that just cool at my Junior High? Anyways, it's not cool anymore. Don't do it.

Get some baby powder. Baby powder will change your life. Blonde hair, red hair, brown hair, black hair. It doesn't matter. Baby powder soaks up oils and let's you go longer between washes. All you do is put some baby powder in your hands (preferably a scented kind - you smell less like a baby that way), whip your head upside down and put the baby powder straight in the roots. Then brush it out. Then avoid giving your husband a hug while he is wearing a black suit. Also, avoid going straight to the gym -- you may or may not come home with white all over your face.

Put hairspray in your roots. A little teasing never did anyone any harm. Well, maybe it harmed Hillary Duff just a little bit. But, if your bangs are looking a little greasy, backcomb it (tease it), and spray it with hairspray. Let it sit for a bit, then slightly brush it out.

Lay off the products. Hairdressers sometimes encourage you to buy a bunch of crap to put in your hair. You really don't need a ton of products, especially at your roots. Try to avoid putting products at your roots for a while and see if you can tell a difference. If you're putting something like gloss drops or Biosilk in your hair, make sure it is only going on the ends.

And, now for two dirty hair pics..


That is all for now. Enjoy the extra hours in the day now that you aren't showering, blow drying, and flat-ironing your life away.


Also, how to keep your hair healthy.

Oversimplification.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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Modest Mob tribal print blazer, $30; secondhand JCPenney button-up, $1 (similar); Target pink belt (similar); Levi's skinny jeans, $70; Target loafers, $25; thrifted bag, $3

Finally debuting my blazer from Diana!! I've had such a hard time figuring out what to wear it with.. It's such a fun print but I think I must have been so used to oversimplifying my looks lately that it was too much for me. Anyway, I did another black with pops of neon. I decided basics was the best way to break out this fun blazer but I still thought the print was too much. I must be regressing in terms of stepping out of my comfort zone.. What do you think?

Floral on Floral by Shannon

Monday, March 26, 2012
What does everyone think about the floral-on-floral trend? I've been seeing it everywhere for Spring 2012 runway shows. For me the verdict is not out yet. I've seen it done a few different ways:  jacket with blouse, blouse and pant, blouse and skirt, sweater over dress. I think I could get used to the trend if it's done right.


What do you think? Are you on board the floral trend? Link up below!

Neon Investments by Melissa

Saturday, March 24, 2012
J.Crew blouse (similar); Victoria's Secret skirt; Marshall's booties (similar); necklace with charms (similar); Coach purse (similar)
If you're tired of slits up the back of your pencil skirt, try some pleats!
My shoes were a Christmas present that I am currently obsessed with. I love my heels, but my wedges just might become first...
I hardly wear necklaces, but I have collected quite a few over the years, so I tried to maximize all the charms I don't wear on one chain. I think I kinda like it. Maybe I will start wearing necklaces....maybe.
So I totally agree with Shannon in her post on making an investment in clothes. There aren’t many that are worth the price tag - especially when the turn-over in fashion is SO fast now. Neons are one of those I think is going to fade fast, but I love them! So, I invested in neon.

I love my new silk, neon pink blouse from J.Crew. I have never had a more perfect fit with a button-down. I am SO long waisted that the majority of button-downs I try on all stop too short and the waist sits where my rib cage is. This problem has been hidden with high-waisted pencil skirts and sweaters. But, with this blouse I can feel the freedom of shirt tails flying free. (Dramatic? Maybe, but wouldn't I be when I've spent most of my life searching for a button-up that isn't too short?) Price tag totally worth it. I would buy this blouse in every color. With such a bright color, I got nervous and kept everything neutral. So, what do you think? Are neons going to stick around?

They KIND OF match..

Friday, March 23, 2012
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Gap black turtleneck, $19 (similar); Target pink belt (similar); Levi's skinny jeans, $70; c/o Wanted Shoes Graham oxfords

Another black outfit! I bet you guys are ready to punch your computer screen now, huh.... Huh?!? I thought I did pretty good by adding color.... THREE colors to be exact. (Pat on the back for Elaine.) I liked this outfit though. I still get stuck trying to match my shoes to my belt so I was glad when I discovered my new color pairing of pink, silver, and white! Do you still try to match your shoes to your belt or is that sooo yesterday?

No-Sew Slip Extender Tutorial by Jenny

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Hi, I'm Jenny from Modern Modest Beauty, a modest fashion blog I write with my friend, Catherine. I am always searching for great tips and tricks to make current trends more modest. It can be extremely hard to shop for clothing that aligns with my personal beliefs, so today I want to share one way to help make clothing fit your standards!

Have you ever heard of slip extenders? These magical wardrobe accessories are the solution for those skirts and dresses that are just a bit too short! I have purchased them from a local boutique, but I never found any that were exactly what I wanted. Then I thought, "Hey, maybe I could make one." I must say that I have absolutely no sewing skills and my crafting skills are limited, so I decided to make this a "no-sew" project. If you have a sewing machine, feel free to sew on the trim, instead of using the fabric adhesive.


Seen It All Before

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
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Collection B faux leather jacket, $55 (similar); H&M button-up, $15 (similar); c/o modbod undershirt; Target pink belt (similar); thrifted and skinnied Target jeans, $8; Franco Sarto lace-up wedges, $33 (similar)

Did it! Paired my sheer blousy button-up with skinny jeans just like I said I would. It was so hard but I'm so glad I did it, you guys. Cross that off my bucket list..

Excuse the first sour face pic. It was the best one where I was wearing my jacket and I wanted to show you guys the whole outfit at least once. I know.. I'm nice.

This was just a simple outfit with a loose shirt half-tucked into skinny jeans and wedges. I feel like we've seen this before...

Which Tuck?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
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half-tucked
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untucked
necklace via sample sale, $5 (similar); thrifted polka-dot shirt, $1.50; Levi's jeans, $70; JCPenney heels (similar)

And my black streak continues... Are you guys tired of it yet? Good. Me neither. Went for the classic all black with a pop of color!

I couldn't decide whether I liked my shirt tucked or half-tucked so I alternated between the two after every bathroom break. Thought it was the fair thing to do for everyone. Which do you like better? The fate of my outfit is in your hands...specifically, your fingers...for typing, that is... Ok, go!

Playing with Color: Pulling from the Pattern by Kristine

Monday, March 19, 2012
Bright colors and bold prints worn together make me really, really happy. However, this can look like a hot mess if not executed properly (something I am definitely guilty of at times). One surefire way to wear color and prints together is to pull from the pattern. What does this mean? Well, basically, it means that if you're wearing a patterned skirt with blue, white, and green in it, you'll be safe wearing a blue, white, or green top. You can play with this rule quite a bit to extend to shoes, accessories, etc.


Example 1:  Kind of a crazy top, right? It's pink with little red-orange mice on it. To complement it in a bold way, I chose to wear it with a red-orange skirt. And it totally works. (Also, to keep things toned down a bit, I distanced the mice shirt from the leopard flats, a trick I talked about in Pretty Ways to Mix Patterns!)



Example 2:  This skirt's got little red cherries on it, so I paired it with a red striped top. The white collar of the top also aligns with the little white cats on my skirt. You totally get it now, right?

Continuing a similar color scheme throughout your ensemble creates a consistency that easily pulls everything together. I'm not saying you can't go outside of this box (In fact, please do!), but if you're looking for an effortless way to wear crazy colors and prints, this is one of them. Have fun!

Elizabethan by Melissa

Saturday, March 17, 2012
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J.Crew ruffled top (similar); Gap sweater (similar); Abercrombie & Fitch jeans (similar); booties via Marshall's (similar)

I have a really big soft spot for ruffles and own two beautiful button-down blouses with ruffled collars. Problem:  They are sleeveless. I can't wear sleeveless. Wearing them under cardigans got boring, so I tried a sweater. The sweater hides all the ruffles down the front of the blouse and the crew-neck keeps them all waving around my neck - makes me feel a little like a clown or the more elegant Queen Elizabeth I. I'm going with Queen Elizabeth.. :)

Surprise, surprise.. I wear pants! Sometimes.. I'm having a recent love affair with these dark skinnies. Can't seem to go one outfit without these lately. (Oh, and my booties..) 

When I am not wearing this necklace, I wrap it around my wrist to look like a chunky bracelet. I like it more as a bracelet. Love 2-in-1 jewelry!

With a Little Prep in My Step

Friday, March 16, 2012
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thrifted Gap shirt, $6 (similar); c/o Hot Magnets flower; Target belt (similar); thrifted and skinnied Target jeans, $8 (similar); c/o Wanted Shoes oxfords

I don't have a lot of clothes so I usually end up wearing similar outfits to what I've worn previously on the blog. This was no exception. I've worn a version of this before here. I love the preppy look to this! ..and I don't do preppy. (Or do I? I honestly don't know..) I added a hot pink belt I got for Christmas for a pop of neon and my silver oxfords for some whimsy. (They are whimsical..) I have to say I can't choose between the two looks! Which version do you like best? Let's have a vote...

Neon + White

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
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Gap dress I turned into a shirt, $7 (similar); JCPenney necklace ; Forever 21 pendant necklace, $5 (similar); vintage maxi skirt, $8 (similar); Old Navy boots (similar)

For this look, I was inspired by this pin. I had the neon down, no lace, but had a white skirt! Added some cowboy boots nobody was able to see and layered necklaces to add a little something extra to it. It was okay.. I didn't love it but didn't hate it either. The shoes weren't right for this outfit...nor did I like the fit of the shirt with the skirt. But that's just me being nitpicky.

Like a Boy

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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c/o Hot Magnets cream flower; thrifted blazer, $3 (similar); Forever 21 sweater (similar); Gap Outlet jeans, $26 (similar); c/o Wanted Shoes oxfords

Featuring my new oxfords! When I got them, I had a hard time figuring out what to wear with them. And then I remembered this picture from The Sartorialist. I loved the simplicity of a blazer, sweater, boyfriend jeans, and oxfords. Since everything was baggy and a bit too boyfriendy, I wanted to add a feminine touch -- a big in-your-face flower! If you didn't know by now, I love loose, baggy clothes. Sometimes it can look too messy or too boyish so I usually make sure to add a little something feminine in case I get mistaken for a guy, which is highly possible if I ever got a pixie cut because I look just like my dad... :/

7 Ways to Wear a Chambray Shirt by Sherri

Monday, March 12, 2012
Oh, hey! I'm Sherri, a 25-year-old from Winnipeg, Canada. Nice to meet you. I can't even tell you how happy I am to be here today! I was actually inspired by Elaine to start a personal style blog to represent modesty and to share my love for fashion. At SHERRIAMOUR you'll find my daily musings, style diary, and thrift finds.

My all time favorite shirt is the chambray (denim-like) button-up. I would seriously wear it everyday if I could. So I want to share with you different ways to wear it.

1. Try pairing it with a skirt for a dressier look. 


2. Wear your chambray as a jacket or as a layering piece.


3. Try belting your chambray and pairing it with pants for more of a casual look.


4. Try tying it up in the front. Also, a great trick for a modest cover-up!


5. Wear it buttoned up all the way for a preppier look and add a statement necklace.


6. Try wearing it under a shirt or a knit sweater/cardigan. You can also wear it under a dress or sleeveless top as another modest tip!


7. And, finally, the classic denim-on-denim, which you've seen the lovely Elaine work.


P.S. A tip for my thrifty friends:  Try shopping in the men's/boy's section at the thrift store (That's where I got mine.) or a local shop like Walmart for a less-expensive button-up.

Now go and chambray it up!

Pinspiration

Saturday, March 10, 2012
Inspiration from Pinterest that I think I can recreate from my closet...


black and white shirt, pink skirt, nude-black heels // chambray shirt, red skirt, tan wedge booties

white button-up, cobalt skirt // cobalt blouse, red belt, cobalt skirt

pink shirt, pink belt, cobalt skirt, nude heels // bright beanie, black blazer, black shirt, black belt black jeans

black shirt, pink skirt, nude heels // gray sweater, pink skirt, nude heels