How to wear: Denim with Denim

How to wear: Denim with Denim

Denim with Denim, aka Denim Tuxedo, aka Canadian Tuxedo.

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This simple trick will give you confidence to wear this look- because denim is so much more than jeans these days.  We have denim jackets, skirts, chambray shirts and overalls.  You can wear two pieces of denim with this easy rule:

The trick to wearing denim with denim is to pair two different colors of denim.

You can wear very similar shades, but they must be different.

 

You can really personalize this look by choosing denim that fits your style- no matter if you prefer crisp dark denims, frayed and vintage, medium and classic- comfy and casual or structured and dressy, you can work this look.

 

The fashion brave are wearing a three-piece denim dressing trend, via Topshop:

They advise choosing boxy shapes, cropped jeans, frayed hems and denim accessories.

 

I find it is a really easy outfit to wear a chambray shirt and jeans, and I wear it often.  I really love the look of frayed cutoffs and a denim shirt with lace-up sandals for summer.

Do you wear a denim tuxedo, or are you ready to try it?

xoxo,

Rachelle

 

How to look chic wearing flats!

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French women are known for their style, and you can use this little styling trick to add a little French chic to your current wardrobe!

When dressing up to go out, most women choose their highest heels.  I think for many  women their heels are their most stylish shoes, but most have some simple flats in their closets too.  With this trick you can look chic wearing your flats for running errands or dressy occasions too!

French women wear flats for dressy occasions and for everyday.   The French trick to wearing flats for going out is to wear them with skirts above your knees.

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Not all of these skirt lengths will work for everyone, and your skirt doesn’t have to be alarmingly short to wear this style.  Just enough leg so your knees are showing is all you need to wear this look.  In the wintertime, tights work great too!

There are so many famously chic women who often wear this look.  Taylor Swift, Olivia Palermo, and Alexa Chung are often seen in flats and shorter hemlines.

The wearing flats trick is also true in reverse.  It is hard to pull off a midi length skirt with flats unless you have a lot of height, but it can be done!  Midi skirts with flats can look a little mature and matronly unless they are worn just right.

The trick to wearing flats with midi skirts is a tucked in blouse or top.

Here are some chic examples:

The reverse of the French trick of flat shoes is the rule of heels. Any skirt hemline that falls below the knee looks best with a heel.

You are always safe wearing heels with your midi length skirts.   Like you saw in the images above of women rocking midis with flats, these aren’t hard and fast rules.  If you’re new to styling flats or midi skirts they are good guidelines to be aware of.

Here are some midi length skirts with heels for inspo:

Long maxi dresses and skirts always look great with flats too.

If height isn’t on your side, remember you can always substitute wedges or kitten heels for flats.  Kitten heels are by far a more fashionable choice unless you’re wearing a sundress or a summery look.  Here are some ideas for you:

A good guideline is:  less skirt-less heel.  Choose a shorter heel with your shorter hemlines.  Unless you’re in Vegas, then absolutely choose less skirt-more heel, haha!

I hope you have found some new styling inspiration to keep your feet comfortable and you feeling your best!

xoxo,

Rachelle

 

Date Night OOTD: Sequins and Distressed Denim

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My mom bought this French Connection sequin minidress for me and my sisters a couple of years ago when we were visiting Bath, England.  We were excited about it because the dress was named the “Shelley”- and that is my mom’s name!

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My sisters have worn it as a dress but as the tallest sis I can’t really pull it off as a dress- it is way too short for me.  I have worn it over leggings in the wintertime but tonight I decided to pull it out and wear it as a top for date night!

I could have chosen black leggings or dark denim for this look but I really wanted the high contrast of distressed medium blue denim with the dressy sequins.  I wanted it to be a little more casual than it would have been with a darker bottom.  I like the color combo of the salmon with the medium blue.  I chose sleek pointed toe booties to elongate the look of the bottom half, this was key to pulling off this look since I chose such a strong contrasting pant.   I think it would work with strappy sandals if I had been wearing a dark bottom.  As usual I couldn’t be bothered to accessorize more than my apple watch and a quick clutch!Processed with VSCO with s2 preset

Have you tried dressing down your sequins to make them more wearable? It’s a fun look to wear!

xoxo,

Rachelle

 

Pool/Beach Must Have: Waterproof Phone Case!

 

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My Pool and Beach must have is this lanyard case for my phone!  It has been such a great thing in my life. You can use your phone while it is in the case, you’re safe from any splashes or sand piles, and it’s so handy to have your phone right around your neck so you know nobody will grab it off of your towel at the beach either.  It’s less than $10 on Amazon, and comes in a few other colors like black, green and blue.

Trust me, this is an investment that is worthwhile, haha.  We spend most of our summer days poolside, and I’ve been involved in many phone accidents.  I’ve had a two week old phone drop into the pool and a three day old phone shatter on the sidewalk near the pool.  I’ve had a phone stepped on and shattered while inside a diaper bag, and I’ve found my phone wet after kids piled wet stuff on top of it in my bag. I bought this case last Spring, and it worked great for me all summer.

Now I’m not going to dive into the pool with my phone, I always set it on a table-  but you supposedly can dive in with it too.  Happy Pool Days!

xoxo

Rachelle

 

Less is More, and the Great Closet Cleanout. Make your closet your own boutique!

 

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Have you considered the idea that the problem is you have too many clothes in your closet?

Most of us wear 20% of our clothes, 80% of the time.  We forget what items we even have in our closets.  We have closets overstuffed with things and still feel overwhelmed when trying to decide what to wear.  I think the problem is our closets are overstuffed with clothes that don’t fit our core style, and just aren’t favorites.  Often we ‘settle’ on a purchase because we think we need it for an event, or maybe just to buy something- to fill something inside us we haven’t defined.  We may settle on buying something that we don’t love because we “need” jeans, or more tops, etc.  It’s time to stop settling!

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Honestly we just don’t need so much.  Would you be satisfied with having 14 everyday outfits, 5 going-out outfits, and 5 church/event outfits?  I would!  Most things at the most would get worn twice per month.  Twice!  Not including mixing and matching combinations.  Not including days you spend in workout clothes.  And yet most of us have triple or much more than this amount.

The key to having a wardrobe you love, is having clothes you love!  You may be overwhelmed with the idea of having a dream wardrobe because you are imagining it will take you tons of shopping to get you there.  You may feel like you’re thousands of dollars away from closet joy.  This is simply not true!  Cleaning up your closet and using what you have, you will be there in no time.  You just need to make sure that everything you keep is something you truly love, and clear the rest of the distractions away.

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Clean out your closet!  Remove everything you can- the unworn, unloved, ill-fitting, off season.  You can store them somewhere you can get them later if you mistakenly trash something you regret.  Here are some great helps!

CLOSET DETOX CHEAT SHEET: I love this site about wardrobing!  This is a great worksheet to get you through a closet cleanout.

HOW TO FINALLY CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET FOR GOOD: From the original capsule wardrobe movement initiator, Courtney Carver.  She narrows her wardrobe down to only 33 items at a time!

9 SIMPLE TIPS TO THIN OUT YOUR CLOSET: Another favorite blogger of mine, Joshua Becker.  He’s a minimalist blogger.  I always love his perspective and advice!

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Now you can create a space for your things that gives them room to breathe, to be highlighted, to be appreciated.  If you treat your clothes with care and respect, you will feel much more grace towards them, and they will make you look your best!  This seems really cheesy to explain, but I offer a $20 blouse from Forever 21 the same respect and care in my closet and laundry that I treat a silk designer blouse.  I treat all my clothes with love- kind of like the way you treat things when you’re browsing an expensive store, touching them softly and admiring them.  My clothes have room to hang and there isn’t too much around them.  I get uncomfortable if my closet starts getting too full.  I hang and fold everything carefully and give them love and they return that to me.

Here are some fun closet boutique makeover ideas:

How to turn your closet into a boutique.

Made by Girl’s NYC Closet! 

7 Steps to your Own Kylie Jenner Inspired Glam Room (extensive renos, inspo only haha)

In my closet I’ve used clear containers to make little vertical displays of my hats and belts.   I have my sunglasses out of cases, displayed in a drawer.   As a visual person I need to be able to SEE everything I have.  Paring down my closet and organizing it attractively has helped me use everything so much better, and make much better outfits. I used a cute black and white striped wrapping paper to line the bottoms of my drawers. (Just like the photo above!)  Everything I have stored from undies to tee shirts looks so much better with this little detail underneath.    I have a fun zebra rug on the floor and all matching wooden hangers.  My handbags sit on a display shelf ready to be used.  My closet gives me a little shot of joy as I get dressed for the day, and helps me appreciate what I have.  The energy in my closet is now bright and happy and fulfilled, instead of overstuffed and sad and wanting, like it used to be.  Try cleaning up the energy in your closet too!  You will feel a difference.

 

xoxo,

Rachelle

 

 

 

 

well of course I’m wearing mom jeans!

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My OOTD featuring mom jeans!
If you haven’t tried high waist denim it’s time to embrace it.  It’s an easy update for your jeans.  If you’ve not ready for high waist yet,  you should be choosing at least a medium rise.  The days of low rises are gone for now…
I’m wearing Levi’s 501 in Old Blues from Shopbop via Amazon…
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I’m wearing Gap high rise in this photo, but I’m always a fan of Old Navy Rockstars and they come in a high waist (size down!) and they are super inexpensive when you grab them on sale- my go to price is about $25, you can usually snag them with a code every couple of weeks!