What I’m Wearing: Blue Windowpane Print Dress

Hey y’all! We’re three days closer to the weekend and it just seems like this day is extremely long! Is it too much to ask that Mondays and Tuesdays just zip by, Wednesdays and Thursdays be less than moderate in length while Fridays are just right so that the weekend can be long and enjoyable? Or just Fridays a mandatory part of the weekend? I mean, come on! 

It’s pretty humid here today and it looks like it’s going to rain. I only enjoy rain when I’m safe and warm in the confines of my home. I hate getting caught in it as the feeling of wet clothes against my skin repulses me. I’ve always felt that way–especially since it floods in the city and with walking everywhere it just felt awful. 

So, while the weather’s still good and a bit breezy–lemme take a selfie! Or two or four! 

  
I got this pretty navy window pane printed shift dress from Forever 21 last year. I wore it on my birthday and it was hidden away in my closet until last night! I swear, I have so many things and so little space! Things get neglected against my will 😩! I’m glad I found it, though! It fits so nice and can go from casual day wear to Happy Hour (not that I go to Happy Hour…I don’t drink 😏). It was about $19.80 when I bought it. 

I paired it with a pair of blue leather Michael Kors via Belk’s thong sandals. My mom bought these sandals and they were not on sale 😕 $99. I kept my jewelry to the absolute minimum with these twisted hoops from Juicy Couture that I think I got 2 years or so ago. They were on clearance for maybe $15–somewhere between $15 and $18. And as always, my Alex&Ani bangles complete my cute OOTD 🙂

Enjoy your day!

–Nikki ❤️ 

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What I’m Wearing: Black and White

Hey y’all! I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend–though, it seemed to go by way too fast! Even with it being three whole days, I’m still wondering where the time went. I know it feel like I got no rest and I’m paying for it today. Pretty sure I’ve fallen asleep a few times at my desk today. 

I know it’s bad, y’all; don’t judge me! Let me move on to my OOTD before I talk myself into a hole LOL

  
These are the same harem pants I wore a few weeks ago, but I paired them with a simple white tee. Both from Forever 21–$3.90 for the tee, $15.90 for the pants. The sandals are from Belk’s and were $15 when I got them a few years ago. 

Well, that’s it. Hope you enjoyed the post and you see that I actually get wears out of my clothes. I don’t wear it once, make a post, and toss it somewhere. I style it many different ways before donating to Goodwill 🙂

Enjoy your day!

–Nikki ❤️ 

Happy 4th!

Hey y’all! I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday! I just came in from brunch at 82 Queen and a bit of shopping/strolling down King Street. It’s such a nice day out and everyone’s extremely festive. I saw a guy in American flag printed shorts, a white button down, and an American flag bow tie–his commitment to a theme and a holiday are unparalleled! 

After all our city has been through lately, it’s nice to see everyone out and about still being generally friendly and happy. On a personal note, I’d been obsessing over Lilly lately. Lilly who? Lilly Pulitzer, of course. I’d always appreciated it in passing, but after I was somehow (and I still don’t know how the hype took over me) swept up in the Lilly for Target pandemonium–I’ve been in love ever since. 

I really REALLY wanted one particular dress and after stalking and stalking and weighing the pros and cons, I decided to finally get it. You know what happened when I hit refresh on that idle Safari tab? They were sold clean out of the darn dress in my size 😩! 

  
The closest Lilly retailers to me are the Belk’s in Mt Pleasant and a Palm Avenue store on King Street. The actual Lilly Pulitzer store is in Kiawah and I’m just not driving that far on a beach holiday. Nope, not gonna do it. I’m just going to wait and see if they do the ‘still want it?’ option after they’ve sold out completely. But on the bright side, I needed a new wallet/cell phone wristlet and I walked away with this:

  
That’s right, $15.20 and it holds my phone, cards, and has an outside ID holder. Right up my alley in efficiency and price! So, something nice came out of this day and it’s something to be grateful for. I think I’m going to wrap this up with an obligatory OOTD pic.

  
Forever 21 is where I got the cream colored v-neck t-shirt, heart lariat (necklace), and sandals. The boyfriend shorts are from GAP

“As far as I’m concerned leopard is a neutral”

Hey y’all! I thought about this for awhile, but I think I can offer some pretty sound advice. Shopping and styling for me is really all just instinct. If I see something I like, I generally have an idea of how to wear it or what to wear it with. There are occasions where I may find something I like, but it may take me up to a week to think of what to pair it with.

I think those times are when I encounter a certain type of print. Generally, I like to pair prints with solids to keep the look clean and classic. The only time I may mix a print is if one of those prints is a very traditional leopard and it’s either black or brown or beige dominated. That’s pretty much why leopard print is considered a neutral–it’s made up of several neutral colors. Probably why it’s my absolute favorite!

  
Mixing prints is pretty tricky, but the real key is that both pieces have to have a common color. For instance if you’re mixing black and white polka dots and black and red stripes, the black helps pull things together. Though, I’m not sure I’d mix the two it’s important that they have something in common. 

  (Image via StyleBlueprint)

Floral prints can be either too much or not enough. A garment emblazoned with a floral print can either make you look spring time chic or like an old couch your grandparents had since the 70’s. Lest we forget a certain Kardashian’s first Met Gala ensemble. If you find a bold floral print top or bottom, it’s always safe to pair it with something solid. You want to bring out the pattern and keep it as your outfit’s focal point. 

  
(Image via Lulu’s)

Even without the matching top, this beautiful full skirt could’ve been paired with a white blouse or even a simple tshirt. Same goes for the top–a bottom in various tones would still make the print pop!

Stripes can either help you or harm you, so it’s best to figure out which type of stripe works for your body. Vertical stripes can make you look long and lean; horizontal stripes can either add or reduce width to your body. Trial and error is important here, as you don’t want a garment full of unflattering stripes making you look dizzying like those old hypnotist’s wheels. 

   (Image via EmmaGem)

Here’s a great example of how horizontal stripes can be flattering. Notice how there’s a mix or small and moderately sized stripes and they’re spaced in a way that color blocks the white in the dress.

Another key in wearing prints is fit. You want to make sure your garment isn’t too tight or too loose or you’ll end up making lots of statements–most of which you never intended to make. Fit in any situation is always important it can literally make or break any outfit. It helps you express confidence every time you walk out of your front door. 

I tried to condense this as much as I could and just throw out the bare bones basics. I tried to avoid rambling as a post on prints could go on forever! I hope this helps, but if you’d like to go further in depth on patterns and prints, EmmaGem has a a great piece up.

Enjoy your weekends, holiday, and your families!

–Nikki ❤️ 

What I’m Wearing: Scarf Print Pant

Hey y’all! I hope every is enjoying their Tuesday. I just found out that I’m getting a three day weekend and that’s definitely something to be happy about. I’m so grateful for all the love my last two posts have been given. I think of myself as a style chameleon as I can go from boho chic to prep and it’s all just different parts of my personality. I honestly think I just mesh them well. 

I think today’s outfit showcases a bit of both.

  
I loved these scarf print wide legs pants the minute I laid eyes on them! They’re from Forever 21 and were $27.90, but I got them maybe 2 years ago. I’ve been on the hunt for a similar pair, but I’ve come up short. They’re very boho chic! When I dress myself, I follow basic rules of proportion and garment shape.

If I’m wearing a loose top I generally pair it with skinny bottoms and if I’m wearing a fitted top I can pair that with a wider bottom. It all kinda depends on the garment and the look I’m going for. What I ultimately try to avoid is the Dorothy Zsbornak look. You know? Dorothy from The Golden Girls!

I don’t want to get lost in a sea of fabrics and shoulder pads and cowl necks and gaucho pants! Especially since I’m so small. I kinda thought I’d run into that issue with this top and pant combo, but I was pleasantly surprised. I did debate doing several shades of blue with the top, pant, and shoes but I opted against it and kept it clean and classic. 

My top is from The Limited and it’s actually a size too big, but there were no XS available and we only had the 1 Limited store (but now we have none and that sucks)😒 My jewelry is simple and I love bangles so I might’ve overdosed LOL. Alex&Ani on the right and Old Navy on the left wrist; Juicy Couture around the neck and in the ears; sandals from Forever 21.

Well, that’s it! Hope y’all enjoyed!

–Nikki ❤️