Hello! It's Monday! That's a fact can either anger you or excite you. Personally, I am pretty excited that it's Monday. Tomorrow is a big day for Gold & Charm, and I can hardly wait to reveal all the exciting things that await us from August 1st-December 31st. It's gonna be fun. There will be a large focus on recreating your wardrobe with things you already own, along with adding an occasional guest blogger which I am SO excited about! I am a self-diagnosed shopaholic, so this new season and it's challenges will be a time of personal growth for me. I am going back to my roots and all my mommy taught me when it came to shopping and styling + some adventurous thrifting. And I am beyond thrilled to have you coming along
So, this is the last day of July, (Can you believe that? Where has 2017 gone?!) and summer is winding down and fall is soon to come! To celebrate, I did a small remodel on the blog, and I am totally in love. I mean more pink and more flowers? Yes, please! I also added a "Color" tab with some of my favorite color combos and some suggestions of ways to mix patters, as well. I put up a "Shopping" tab with my favorite places to shop.
I have one my favorite cool weather outfits on display today, that happens to be very classic and timeless. This outfit has some very fun elements, and is easy on the eyes. I love the cream and wine color combo, with these lovely pink and purple accents. The colors are totally acceptable for any season. Any outfit that has a knit vest makes me pretty excited. I love vests! They are such a classic way to layer, and knit vests happen to be so comfy and AMAZING! Seriously, if you don't own one, I would suggest you snag one before fall. It looks fabulous on any body type and it adds such spectacular character to a plain outfit.
Now, accessorizing...accessorizing will be the death of me, let me tell you. As fun as it is, I have always been one to go light on the jewels and gems, scarves and hats. Not because I don't like them, but because deep down I am totally a minimalist. For a majority of my time styling, all I ever wore was earrings. So, adding accessories is relatively new to me. And even though I have bought hats for years, they would just sit in my closet until I gave them away. I've had shorter hair for quite a few years and my hats always looked a little funky in my opinion. It's just been in the last year I have really begun to wear them! But now I love them, and I literally wish I could wear them every day. This was a perfect outfit to add a hat, and I wore a few stack(able) seed-bead bracelets. Nothing too overwhelming, but still interesting enough.
I say this as an encouragement: don't be afraid to accessorize, and do it to your standards! If just earrings or a simple necklace is what is comfortable, don't change unless you really want to. Personally, the more I learn about accessorizing, the more I enjoy doing it, and maybe you'll feel the same way. The most important thing to remember when accessorizing is this, a kind heart and a sweet smile will ALWAYS be the best accessories. And those come free, no purchase necessary.
Can't wait to see y'all back tomorrow, and I hope your Monday goes smoothly. Maybe Mondays will turn out being you best day of the week! We'll talk soon, K?
Rise and shine! It's the middle of the week, and you are half way there! Before you know it, it will be Friday. Tuesday was totally my Monday...I was having horrible mommy tantrums, and I am sure I didn't win mother of the year award. Thankfully, my sweetie went to bed happy, so all is well in my world. I often think of 2 Corinthians 12:9, "But he [Jesus] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." Boy do I have some weakness, and I believe being a wife and mom brings it out even MORE visibly. Thankfully, I serve Jesus, who knows that I am not perfect, but who's love covers me, and makes me right before God. Goodness, I could never do it on my own.
I have been seeing a lot of great work wear blog posts lately, especially after the big Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened, so I thought I would share three lovely, seasonally transitional office looks made almost exclusively of thrifted items or hand-me-downs. Granted, because I am using mostly pre-loved items, if you like the look, you may not be able to get the exact items, but maybe it will get your brain in the creating mode, and you can design some new professional looks that would fit your style with clothes that are already in your closet.
This look is more on the casual side, but so chic. I know I've said it before, but I absolutely love joggers. They are extremely comfortable, and I have never seen someone look bad while wearing them. I love how it defines the ankles making your legs look lovely. I wore these on our day excursion into Muir Woods last weekend, and I would feel just as comfortable in them at the office as I did in the forest.
The lovely baby pink top was one of those iffy buys, just because I wasn't sure I would really wear it. The material was sort of thin, so I was afraid it may be one of those where you can see everything underneath. I was pleasantly surprised, though, when I didn't have any issues. It turned out to be good quality, and a fantastic buy. And those sleeves? Oh my goodness, how lovely is that detail?
To keep the look more professional and not too informal, I paired this outfit with some black, pointed toe pumps. The shoes are what make the outfit to me. The heels just ties the entire look together. When it came to jewelry, I opted for a choker because I didn't want a longer necklace to compete with the tie on the joggers or draw attention away from those beautiful sleeves.
This was the most sophisticated of all the looks. I seriously adore blazers and feel like they are an awesome thing to have in your closet. It's amazing how you can add a blazer to almost any outfit and the whole ensemble looks 100x more professional. It's a great option for a day-to-night look, too. Have a dress you want to wear out to dinner, but it's just not right for the office? Try throwing a blazer over it, and you may be surprised at the versatility of that look.
Something I did with this particular look, that I love doing but don't often do, is mix prints. The skirt and the cami have two very different designs, yet their solid neutral colors, and the fact that the cami's detail wasn't overpowering the navy skirt, allowed both to work together in harmony. The blazer just pulled the whole thing together, and made this a very aesthetically pleasing outfit.
I didn't want to add a bunch of different colors to this outfit since the skirt and cami detail was stimulating enough, which lead me to keep the accessories neutral. When creating an outfit, remember that YOU wear the outfit, don't let the outfit wear you. This is a great look that appears very professional, and you don't get stuck possibly looking gaudy. It's a chic, subtle look that makes you appear very qualified.
Now, this outfit is probably my absolute favorite. Maybe because it's pink, maybe because it's floral, maybe because it's paired with a denim jacket with lepoard detail. I honestly don't know, but it's definitely my fav!
I definitely wanted to break up all the color with a good, solid neutral. Not that you can have too much pink (hehe), but I didn't want the dress to look like I was headed out to go play Barbie. I wanted this look to be very fun and flirty, but still office appropriate. It keeps the work-place monotony at bay, while not looking unprofessional or disrespectful of your position.
I am all about wearing your style, but also honoring any dress codes or office expectations. So if you have a piece like this floral dress that you are dying to wear, throw a jean jacket, blazer, or cardigan over it and see if that doesn't professionalize the outfit.
I kept the jewels simple because the shoes were a bit outspoken, but I couldn't resist them. Some of you like more accessories, some prefer less. Just go with what you think would be a happy medium between your style and professionalism. With a dress this loud, I didn't want to wear baubles that would pull attention away from the dress or the jacket detail. My go-to metal is gold, but silver or rose gold would be lovely too. Even adding a wood accessory in there would give a lot of dimension to the look.
The goal of this post is that this wet your palette for some fun new ideas for your regular office wardrobe. If you have any suggestions for future work looks, feel free to share in the comments! I would absolutely love to hear from you. Also, don't forget these entire outfits, minus a few accessories, were either thrifted, hand-me-downs, or on sale. Those lovely black pumps from the first look, $1 at Styles for Less! What even? It was a total steal. If you have any questions about where I got any of these items, be sure to comment or message me.
Have a lovely rest of your day! Praying that Christ's grace would rest on you today, and that you would make it through the day rejoicing in your weakness because it's there you see how much Christ truly cares for you.
Happy happy Terrific Tuesday! I hope Monday went well, and Tuesday finds you in good spirits. I am so excited to share this little pink gem with you this morning. I absolutely love this t-shirt dress, and don't even get me started on that fun ruffle at the bottom! I mean, oh my goodness! "It's faaaaaaabulous!" ::song in proper opera style:: It's great for beating the heat or playing with the baby! And the versatility... the choices are endless for a dress like this . It's style is classic, so it goes with just about any particular look. I could trade the boots for heals, I could throw on a leather jacket or denim vest, wear leggings underneath, or I could wear a hat and a statement necklace. There are so many options with a versatile dress like this, which is why I love it.
Below, I have shared four of my favorite tips when buying versatile pieces. I know not everyone is like me and tries to never outfit repeat, but versatile pieces are fantastic, whether you have your seven favorite outfits or twenty outfits you may have yet to wear. Whatever your style, versatile pieces will serve you best.
Tip 1: Buy Quality. This blog focuses mainly on sales, thrift shops, and consignment stores. I absolutely love a good bargain! But when it comes to buying a good versatile piece, I would encourage you to be willing to spend quality money. Now, just because it's on the sale rack does not mean it isn't quality, I mean take the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! There are some amazing pieces for fabulous prices, they aren't just trying to get rid of the outcasts! So don't be afraid to start in the clearance. Nevertheless, when you are buying a piece that can be worn multiple ways, in multiple outfits, I just encourage you to be willing to invest.
Tip 2: Buy solids or simple, timeless patterns. Now I am all about some trendy colors and patterns, but when buying a versatile piece, this can get you in trouble. Often I find that the most versatile pieces are either a solid or a classic pattern because they mix-and-match the best. Trendy patterns are great, but trendy patterns seem to gravitate to a particular style/season that they represent, instead of being a classic piece of your wardrobe. Your may happen to change a bit from one season to the next but a versatile piece grow with you. Take for example, a plain v-neck tee shirt. A plain v-neck can be worn under a leather jacket, tucked into a skirt, knotted with jeans or cut offs, or with some athleasure leggings. So in most cases buying those versatile pieces is a great investment, simply because it goes with so much!
Tip 3: Create outfits before you buy. When I am considering a new piece for my wardrobe (and I'm not impulse buying), I require myself to make three outfits, in my mind, using that particular piece. That way I won't risk buying something for a one-time wear. It just takes a couple minutes, and you'd be amazed at how many lovely and creative styles you can come up with!
Tip 4: Make sure the neckline, hem line, and style are ones that can be worn with different accessories, shoes, cardigans/jackets, and could flow from one season to the next. You would be amazed at the effect hem lines have on style. If something is too long, you may look silly wearing your favorite cardy with it. If something is too short, it may not work with that particular top you were excited to pair it with. Same with the neckline. If it's is too low it may not look good with that statement necklace you wanted to accessorize with. If it's too high your choice in baubles may be narrow. You catch my drift? You want to keep in mind the outfits you just mentally created and make sure that the hem, the neckline, and the style will work for those outfits. You even may chose to do some alterations yourself! Whatever works.
I hope this will be helpful next time you go out to buy a fun versatile piece. Versatile pieces keep my creative juices flowing, because I always like to find new ways to wear them. Allow your closet to be unique and interesting, allow yourself to dream up new outfits. And if you aren't sure about what you made, ask a friend who will give you an honest answer about whether the outfit looks good or not. Or even, feel free to share them with me, email me or post a picture in the comments. Just allow yourself to get those pieces in your closet.
Have a wonderful Tuesday! Thank y'all for such great love and support. You really are the best.
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