Here we are- the first day of Summer! Just like that it’s time to pack up the last of your colder weather clothes and bring out all of the bright colored spaghetti straps. But you aren’t ready you say? Well neither am I. Whether you spent a bunch of money on a few pieces from last season, the weather hasn’t caught up to the season, or you just can’t get enough of your favorite separates, here are a few tips that I have found that can help transition last season’s best looks into the next.
Tip 1: Mind your Colors
There are colors that are distinct to each season. Spring and Summer are known for pastels and bright colors while Fall and Winter are reserved for the darker colors. While I do not suggest wearing all of last season’s colors at one time, you can easily keep last season’s colors alive by bringing in contrasting colors. Ivory, khaki, denim, and lighter shades of grey are neutral colors that can also help you between seasons when mixing colors.
Tip 2: Mind your Fabrics
Fabrics are also seasonal. Most of your warmer weather pieces will be made of cotton or linen. These types of fabrics are breathable and create an airy look. Fabrics such as velvet, cashmere, and wool are most definitely Winter staples and are much harder to transition. While there is just no getting around wearing velvet in the summer, your shoulder months are your times to experiment. Mix a sweater with cut off shorts or wear a scarf with a tank top.
Tip 3: Season vs. Weather
When in doubt weather trumps the season. If it is 80 degrees outside but the calendar says that it is Winter, do not feel like you need to bust out the wool coat. This also does not mean that you can slip into sandals and a bikini. Instead wear booties over boots, sneakers over sandals, button downs over sweaters, and denim over sweat pants. Layers are also your best friend when this is an issue. Throw on a cardigan or denim jacket over a dress or tank top.
Tip 4: Mix and Match
Rules are there are no rules in fashion. So while all fashion rules would tell you not to wear maroon or olive green in the middle of Spring (and certainly not in Summer), go against the odds and add in some brighter colors (like hot pink) to neutralize the Fall heavy hand. The key to transitioning your pieces is to have an overall balance. Do not go overboard on too much of one season’s staples. When in doubt about transitional pieces, use the 1/3 rule. Stick to only adding in one piece out of three from an off season. That way other’s eyes are most likely drawn to the pieces from the current season.
So while my dress and heels are from last season, I have found that adding in some hot pink touches can make it pass the test. How do you keep your favorite pieces alive all year long? I would love to hear!
Well I’ve officially caught a cold and I’m wallowing. I rarely get sick and frankly it’s probably a good thing because I’m so pathetic when I’m sick! Since being in the working world, I’ve learned that there really isn’t time to be under the weather. Like ain’t nobody got time for that… but that’s easier said than done right? So I’m loading up on all the cold medicine I can get my hands on and saying a prayer that this blows over fast!
I get asked questions all the time about my blogging journey and specific aspects of my “double life” all the time. I want to shed some light on 3 important questions that I get asked from time to time.
Do you blog full time? Nope. Maybe one day but right now I am a Supply Analyst from 8-5, Monday through Friday and then I blog pretty much every hour that I’m not at work or sleeping. So while I don’t technically blog full time, I sometimes feel like I have 2 full time jobs by the amount of hours I put in every week between the two, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
How do you keep a work/life balance? I don’t. Hence the sickness. I am over-exhausting myself by trying to put my all into everything that I do, when in reality I am probably not able to give 100% in every area of my life since I have spread myself so thin. It’s definitely a work in progress. Eventually I will get to where I have a work/life balance (or so I tell myself) as soon as I can get a grip on navigating two full time jobs. If any of you have tips on this, I am all ears!
Why do you get so dressed up for work? Because I am a firm believer in “if you look good, you feel good”. Also a guilty confession: getting ready in the morning is my favorite part of the day! That might sound sad to some people but I’ve loved hair, makeup and fashion since I was little. Getting put together in the morning and looking good for the day makes me feel productive and sometimes we need that extra push to get us going, plus countless studies have shown that you are more productive when you make an effort on your appearance. So if you don’t trust me, then trust science! Dressing up is good for you!
If you liked my short little Q&A then please let me know what else you would like to hear from me. I love hearing your feedback and I am always happy to answer any questions that you might have.
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This weekend was full of color and not just because of the amazing new Sugar & Cloth color wall that has brightened up Houston, but because there was lots going on. Well between the 2 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy that I somehow found time to watch there was lots going on, I promise. Saturday started out by celebrating my sweet friend, Dawn and her 28th birthday the best way us bloggers know how- lots of pictures, food, and more pictures of our food! Yesterday I spent the day with my sister and mama eating a delicious brunch and running errands all over Houston. To check out more of this weekend’s festivities, my Instagram and Snapchat (username: shelbiadams) are always the best source to see me in action. I’d be glad to have you follow along!
I wore this fun little jumpsuit to brunch with the girls and you probably know if you’ve been around here long enough that my constant struggle is to find something to wear that is both comfortable, yet high-fashion. It’s a daily struggle. I have found jumpsuits to be my saving grace when it comes to this struggle. They seriously are so comfortable and require very little time and effort to throw on since you are not having to pick out 2 separate pieces. This means half the time spent in your closet, right? I love how this season has jumpsuits for just about every occasion or style you can think of. Strapless, wide-legged (culottes), plunging necklines, open back, printed, high-fashion, embellished, seriously you name it. Jumpsuits can be as dressy as something to wear to prom or as casual as lounging around the house. I don’t know about you, but I want one for just about every occasion please. Jumpsuits do all the work for you, are extremely comfortable, and frankly are the easiest piece of clothing to throw on besides pajamas! I did a little digging and found some cute jumpsuits all under $100.
Besides loving this jumpsuit trend this season, chunky heels are a very close second! Goodbye “beauty is pain” and welcome your feet to pure happiness. The chunky heel is in and your feet will thank you for it! I rounded up my favorite chunky heels under $100 here.
I hope you all have a great week and let me know what you think about the jumpsuit trend! Are you loving it as much as I am? I feel like I can jump and play! Maybe that’s one of the reason’s for the name 😉
Happy Monday friends! I am a tad bit excited because it’s a 3 day work week for me and then I am off to Costa Rica! This look is definitely beach inspired and has me ready to dip my toes in the ocean and feel the sun on my skin!
I think this is now the 4th post in under a month showcasing my love for this off the shoulder trend. I actually bought my dress almost 3 years ago before this whole off the shoulder craze came about. That makes me like a hipster right? 🙂 It’s crazy to me how things go in and out of style so quickly. That’s my justification for not getting rid of anything. For those of you that have seen my closet and wonder how I have so many clothes, its because I still have clothes from high school and probably some even older than that. I have a problem and one of these days I will do a massive purge that’s been years in the making, but today is not that day and tomorrow and the weeks after that aren’t looking too good either. But you really never know what trends are going to come full circle!
One thing that really does not change too much over time are sandals. Over the years I have mastered learning which sandals to buy and which to pass on. My advice to you is to purchase one pair of sandals in each color (brown, black, and white) and then stop looking. Find the cutest, well-made (emphasis on the well-made) pair you can find and buy ’em! I then do not let myself buy another pair of the same color sandal until I have worn the old ones completely out. This has helped me save money by not buying a ton of cheap sandals that I won’t actually wear and instead investing in a few quality, staple pairs. Of course if I find a pair I absolutely love (usually from my favorite store- Marshalls), I usually give in and buy them. My point is, do not over buy in the sandal department because you probably aren’t going to have time to wear that many different pairs, especially if you have a full time job! Sandals are cute and practical for the warm weather but having more than 3 pairs probably isn’t completely necessary. Below I have rounded up some of my favorite sandals all under $100 if you are needing to add a couple pairs to your closet.