Instagram Roundup: Bohemian Americana Rebel Romance

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I hope everyone has had a wonderful week so far.  I’m excited to share this post with you and introduce a bit of a different approach to it’s structure.

I really want to give you all a chance to get into my brain when it comes to my styling process.  I will discuss a bit like my “apple tips” but more geared towards discussing how I have taken my pieces to make them work for MY body and style.  In turn, inspiring you to figure out how your outfit pieces will work best for YOUR body and style.

Let’s face it.  No one has the same body and even if you are here for apple shaped outfit inspiration, chance are there are differences between our bodies and how they should be styled.  I want to EMPOWER you to strategically think about how you are dressing yourself.

Not everyone can just throw on a piece and look put together.  I personally have to REALLY think about my entire outfit.  Especially when using on-trend pieces because they are typically NOT geared towards apple shaped bodies.

More fun new features: I’ve named my outfits and given them “moods” !  That is literally how I decide what I’m going to wear.  What mood/vibe am I trying to portray? How am I feeling? I think you’ll find them enjoyable and it will make sense!

I’ve also added product widgets for you to shop my looks.  Note: Nothing I link is the EXACT piece I’m wearing.  Most things I purchase are either on sale or thrifted therefore I can’t find them online to link to….So I do my best to link items super similar!!

Got it? Good. Let’s do this!!

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// Vintage Classic Rebel Romance //

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Comfortable and casual + Ultra rebel fem.

STYLING TIPS

KNOT THAT TEE |I am not a huge fan of tees on my body because they tend to lay in a way that accentuates my stomach. HOWEVER, I have found that knotting them in certain areas helps ruche the shirt and distract from my mid section.  PLUS it shortens the shirt for this particular outfit so you can see the layers.

ADD A FEMININE LAYER | If you haven’t noticed, I am pretty in love with lace layering tanks.  Adding this layer adds that perfect feminine touch without making this outfit overtly “girly”.

DISTRESSED IS BEST | These jeans have got to be the best pair I have ever owned.  I get so many compliments on them and they are so freakin’ comfortable.  They really help pull this outfit together for that grungy/rebel/relaxed look. 
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// Black&White&Boho //

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Classy Bohemian + Adultin’ but still vibin’

STYLING TIPS

MAKE A STATEMENT | The pieces that really pull this outfit together are my accessories.  Instead of layering with multiple necklaces I chose a simple yet “boho” style necklace.  I ALWAYS get so many compliments on this necklace!  Adding bracelets and a statement shoe complete this look.

LAYER TO LENGTHEN | The shape of the kimono cardigan is not very flattering for my figure.  SO, I added a lace layering tank underneath to lengthen the look.  It still looks a little funky with the kimono open so I decided to safety pin it shut in the front.  This also camouflages my tummy fat.  I love a good DIY alteration!shop_this_look_THGG
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// Rise & Shine, Wine & Grind //

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Casual Wino + Cool girl swag

STYLING TIPS

TUCK IT |So, here we have an alternative to the tee knot I am so fond of.  If a tee is loose enough and just long enough, I can get away with doing a subtle front tuck!  This is another great way to hide some of my belly.  HOWEVER, the type of jean is integral.  Doing a front tuck into a jean that accentuates my lower belly fat is a NO-NO.

PULL IT TOGETHER |I took this look from super casual by layering some simple necklaces.  This is a super easy step to take this look to the next level and show effort without looking like I tried hard!

KEEP IT CHILL| A darker wash jean and cute flat could actually dress this look up a bit, however I think it is best served chill with a pair of distressed denim and sandals.  I love the laid back vibe!shop_this_look_THGGwine and grind_widget_THGG. . .

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// Sin City, LBD //

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Effortless chic by day + Casual ready to party by night

STYLING TIPS

MINIMALIZE |I brought this dress on a trip to Las Vegas and literally wore it everyday!  It can easily go from day to night and needed very minimal accessories.  Perfect for vacation but also just an easy go-to LBD.

KNOT IT | This dress flares out a bit at the bottom and due to my short stature it definitely made me look heavier and shorter as-is.  HOWEVER, I tied a knot at the bottom to create a bit more structure and show some leg to combat looking frumpy!

SHOES MAKE THE LOOK | Most women already subscribe to this type of thinking….SHOES ARE EVERYTHING.  The reason this dress is so easy to style is because all it needs are a certain type of shoe to create the look you are going for. I wore sandals throughout the day for a casual look. You could also do cute tennis shoes.  Then at night throw on the heels or strappy espadrilles and you have an evening look!shop_this_look_THGG

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// American Woman //

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Patriotic cosplay + Feminine Americana

STYLING TIPS

 COPY CAT |If you’re like me, you love to dress up for holidays the whole week before! OR maybe you have multiple events to attend and want to wear the same outfit, but don’t want to risk it.  I have this dress in two colors so I literally wore the same outfit twice for July 4th weekend.  It just looked different because yes, they were two different dresses, but the EFFORT of styling a whole new outfit was thrown out the window!  Note:  When you find a dress that fits perfectly…..BUY EVERY COLOR.  You won’t regret it.

KEEP IT THEMATIC | There is a fine line between looking thematic and looking like you are going to a cosplay convention or themed bar crawl.  As I’ve gotten older I still enjoy looking festive but try to keep it classy!  This outfit could easily have looked like a costume had I chose different jewelry but I tried to be very mindful about my selection.shop_this_look_THGG

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// Made in America, Army Strong //

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‘Murica Beauty + Weekend Warrior

STYLING TIPS

HERE COMES THE KNOT AGAIN |Admittedly this tank is not the most flattering on me, but I just had to have it because I love it so much.  The color, font, saying, detail on the side.  EVERYTHING speaks to me.  So I kept trying to figure out ways to make it look good on, and sure enough ol’ faithful came to the rescue!  I decided to knot it directly in the front BECAUSSSSSE it actually helped to accentuate the fun criss cross detail on the side.  Luckily, this shirt is long so by accentuating the detail on the side it actually made me look like a had a bit more hip….which for us apple shaped girls is a PLUS PLUS  + +

SUBTLE THEMES | Adding the army camo jeggings to this outfit made a bit of a subtle political statement which I love! Made in the USA vs US ARMY…..creating themes to my outfits always makes them more inspiring and fun to wear!  I was also trying to recognize the people who fought/fight to make/keep this country FREE ❤

LIP TIP | The finishing touch to pull this look together was adding a red lip!  It makes the outfit more feminine and festive.shop_this_look_THGG
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// BOHO AMERICANA //

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Bohemian Fem + Native Americana

STYLING TIPS

ACCESSORIES MATTER | I absolutely adore this look! The accessories are what REALLY tie everything together and give it that BOHO feel.  I was lucky to have found this top and necklace at Goodwill the week before the 4th (I was looking  for a red shirt as I don’t own very much red) and they just so happen to go together nicely!  The necklace really inspired the entire look.

WHEN THE LAYERING IS EVERYTHING | As I was so inspired, I kept trying on things to make this outfit work and of course my cream lace layering tank helped create my vision (as it does with most outfits)!  Without this layer the outfit would not be the same.

CHOOSING COLORS, KEEPING THEMES | This outfit was intended to be worn the week of July 4th so I was very careful about my color choices.  To keep the red, white, and blue theme I simply transitioned those colors over to “like” colors in different tones! Transitioned the red to orange-red, white to cream/off-white, and blue to turquoise.  This was an experiment that worked and I love this outfit thematically and in general 🙂shop_this_look_THGG

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Fin! I hope you enjoyed this little roundup and it inspired you to really think about the pieces you put together.  Have a wonderful, easy, and safe weekend!  Hit my up below with any questions you may have 🙂

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don’t you forget about me….& a dark floral outfit

Hello Beauties!!

Remember me?  Apologies for being M.I.A these past two months.   I unintentionally took a siesta from blogging.

The catalyst?  Going on vacation.

My boyfriend and I went to Las Vegas in May and it was THE most relaxing trip.  I made sure to keep you all posted on Instagram stories but failed to write a blog post or even take many outfit photos.  I literally just tried to live in the moment and relax. Sans the social media buzz.

Not gonna lie, it felt pretty amazing not to feel this self-induced pressure to post content.

In fact, it felt so amazing that I legit just……stopped.  I knew I would return to you all eventually, I just tried not to put a time stamp on my current state of happiness.  I wanted no pressure or deadlines to fulfill.

I have just been doing things as they feel right.  So here I am!  Ready to dive back in 🙂  Hope you missed me!

Let’s just jump right into one of my newest favorite tops and how I paired it with a black satin maxi dress…..

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Apple Tip :  This dress has thin straps and I don’t love how my arms look in it.  Throwing this blouse over it helped to cover my arms and then tying the blouse at my natural waist helped give the look more structure so it didn’t look like I was just wearing a bag.  Additionally, I tied the bottom side of the dress to also help give it more shape!

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I think this look is very sophisticated yet fun!

Ideas of where to wear include:

  • Brunch
  • Baby shower
  • Vacation cruise
  • Casual dinner party

I’m so glad to be back ladies! Can’t wait to share more outfits with you ❤  As always if you have any questions or comments don’t hesitate to reach out!

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Coachella Outfits 2017 | Weekend 2

Hey Gals!

Hope you enjoyed my last post on Coachella outfit ideas for weekend 1.  I have put together three MORE outfits for you that I would wear if I were going to Coachella this second weekend.

This time I tried to ad a bit more color and whimsy.  Enjoy!

O U T F I T  NO.1

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Apple Tip :  Loose fitting shorts with an elastic waist are ideal!  They wont squeeze the waist and cause a muffin top.  Pairing with a loose fitting top with a bit of structure helps to create a waist.  Be careful not to have too loose of a top with no structure, as it will probably end up making you look sloppy.

DETAILS:

Empire Tank: I love the combo of this top and these shorts.  I feel like the structure and pattern of this top scream “WEAR ME TO A FESTIVAL!”  Added plus- The kerchief hem ads a bit of whimsy.

Pom-Pom Shorts: I purchased these on sale last year when this whole fad was in.  Originally it was meant to be paired with a matching crop top but….yea no.  I think pairing it with a whimsical top is a great alternative to still get that cool hippy/festival vibe.

Tom Shoes:  These shoes top off the comfy factor of this outfit.  As mentioned in my previous post, sandals would be cute but I’m at an age where I try to find a balance between cute and comfy and these animal print Toms straddle that line!

Jewelry: The jewelry is what makes this outfit in my opinion!  The vibrant colors compliment the shorts and make this entire look super bright and fun.

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Apple Tip :  We too can show some belly skin!  Wearing a sheer tank with a cute bralette is a great alternative to legit showing your stomach off.  The keys are to get the right shape and style, the right amount of sheer, and wear the appropriate undergarment and bottom.  When they all compliment each other, they create a great illusion of a smaller tummy area.

DETAILS:

Sheer “Crochet” Top:  This is the ideal festival top in my opinion!  I have worn this to the FireFly Festival in a different way, but it is ALWAYS my go-to for any type of festival.  I decided to style it with black and white, but it looks great with basically any color and specifically when paired with turquoise jewelry.  For this outfit, I loved the contrast with the black.

Black Distressed Denim: Distressed denim just adds character to any outfit in my opinion!  Additionally, I know that I would probably get hot wearing jeans but when they have holes in them, that adds an opportunity to let those legs breathe.

Head Chain & Lariat:  YAY!  I recently purchased this head chain and love it.  What better place to wear a head chain than to a festival?  Honestly, it makes me feel like a goddess and who doesn’t want to feel like that?  The lariat is still super on trend this year and helps to complete the festival look.

O U T F I T NO.3

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Apple Tip :  I’ve shared this tip before with this skirt! Wearing a flowy skirt at your natural waist helps to define the waist and hide the not so good parts of your lower belly.  With this outfit you can either tuck in your top to add some more definition to your waist OR because this top is the right length, shape, and amount of sheer you can wear it over the skirt

DETAILS:

Top: This top is so whimsical and fun!  Again, a great way to show my tummy without REALLY showing my tummy.  I love the details on the top and pairing it with a black bralette.  It has a gypsy chic princess vibe and that’s how I wanna feel at a festival (and life ha!) Honestly, if I could live in this outfit I would…..

High-Low Maxi Skirt: (REPEAT FROM PREVIOUS POST) I love this skirt because when I walk it trails behind me in the wind like I’m a goddess!  I also love that it’s high-low so that I can show off my legs in the front, but my tush is covered in the back.  That means I can bend over, sit, and run around without having to worry about mooning anyone.

Layered Necklaces and Long Earrings:  The top already has some embellishments, but I think adding this jewelry makes this outfit a bit more fun and completes the look.

Sandals:  OK. OK. I gave in and styled something with sandals!  Sandals really help top this look off in a way that I don’t think boots, tennis shoes, or booties could.

There ya have it ladies!!

Also, if you haven’t had a chance, check out my previous Coachella outfit ideas as well:

Coachella Outfits 2017 | Weekend 1

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Styling these outfits for the past two weeks has been SO much fun.  I feel inspired to go to a festival now….maybe even COACHELLA next year!  I hope you found these outfits inspiring as well.  If you do end up re-creating any of them please share with me!

What did you where this year?  Are there any festivals that you are going to and pieces you need help styling?  Let me know!

Happy Vibin’!

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Coachella Outfits 2017 | Weekend 1

Hi Girlies!

As some of you may already know, the ever famous music festival COACHELLA is right around the corner.  The first weekend starts tomorrow to be exact!  Admittedly, I have never been nor plan to ever go to Coachella but I do enjoy the outfit opportunities it inspires.

In my experience, music festivals are always crawling with half nakey girls flaunting their flat stomachs and letting their butt cheeks fall out of their ill-fitting shorts.  That’s the style, I get it.  But for MOST of us apple-shaped gals, thats not really a reality.

I have put together three outfits for you that I would wear if I were going to Coachella this weekend with an explanation of the strategic reasoning behind each outfit!

O U T F I T  NO.1

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Apple Tip :  Choose a dress that is flowy that doesn’t accentuate your mid-section.  However, something that gives you some kind of shape is a must so it doesn’t look like you are wearing a bag.  A maxi dress will be a bit hard to move around in in my opinion, so choose something a little short.  PLUS, that way you’ll be able to show off your awesome legs. Continue reading