Chucks + dress: how to style, part 2

chucks + dress

A dress + chucks. Those two things normally don’t go together. You probably think chucks go with jeans and dresses go with heels. However as I almost exclusively wear dresses, I have found a way to make the impossible possible. Ladies, you can pair your dresses with a good pair of Chuck Taylors. And you can do it with class and style!

Also just one order of housekeeping: I’m guest blogging today! After you finish reading all about how to dress up your chucks, you’ll want to head over to Elegance and Mommyhood where I’m guest-blogging about the classic little white dress. Ada is on vacation this week so I’m filling in. Ada and I both love dresses, so she’s become an instant blogger pal of mine!

Anyway, back to dresses and chucks. On Sunday, we took a look at my friend Amber’s orange dress with light blue chucks (How to dress up your chucks part 1). All I simply told her was that I wanted to do a piece or two on dresses and chucks. This is what I absolutely love about personal style. She styled the idea way differently than I did. I love that!

My dress + chucks

With my look, I opted for more of a solid-color dress and a colorful necklace. My classic red chucks needed a bit of a contrast color.

dress + chucks

dress + chucks
Omg … my hair was so long here!

dress + chucks

dress + chucks

dress + chucks

dress + chucks

Have you tried the chucks and a dress look? Have you paired any other types of sneakers with dresses? Feel free to leave your stories, trials and errors in the comment section below!

Today I’m linking up here:

Wednesday

Jersey Girl Texan Heart, Shopping My Closet, Pumps and Pushups, The Pleated PoppySydney Fashion HunterThe Mummy Chronicles, Cappuccino and Fashion, Posh Classy Mom, Living on Cloud Nine

Thursday

Elegance and MommyhoodDoused in Pink, Curly Crafty Mom, Jaymie Ashcraft

Friday

Two Thirty-Five DesignsNancy’s Fashion Style, Jeans & a Teacup, Claire Justine, Rachel the Hat, A Poketful of Polka Dots, Forage Fashion, Fashion Should be Fun, Sincerely PaulaBirdie Shoots, Shelbee on the Edge

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Irresistible Me flat iron curls + link up

Irresistible Me flat iron

Today I’m telling you all about my Irresistible Me flat iron curls. I think I’m obsessed. I’m also co-hosting a link up!

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files!

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files with Jill at Doused in Pink and Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom! We are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us.

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My new flat iron

I don’t know about you, but my hair has always been pretty easy to manage. All I’ve ever needed to do is wash and blow dry for a nice, straight look. Many of my friends are jealous.

Yet like everyone else, the grass is always greener on the other side. To be honest, I always go towards a more curly or wavy look for any sort of fancy occasion. Creating curls easily and on the fly is always something I struggle with. For years I’ve been a curling iron girl and only save it for times when I know I have a good 30 minutes to spend on my hair. Most mornings I have about 5-10.

Irresistible Me flat iron

Irresistible Me

Irresistible Me is a company focused on all things hair: hair styling tools, hair accessories and clip-in extensions. For the past several years, I’ve known that you can create curls and waves with a flat iron. I never knew about people did it. I envisioned wrapping the hair around the straightener much like you do with a curling iron. How dangerous … yikes!

Thanks to youtube, however, I found a few tutorials about how to achieve some flat iron curls. Now that I’ve gotten the hang out it, I do it all the time. I find it even easier than curling with a curling iron. Let me go ahead and walk you through the process.

The before hair

Irresistible Me flat iron

All I did to my hair that morning was wash and blow dry it. No products other than obviously shampoo and conditioner had been used.

The process

Irresistible Me flat iron

It really is so much simpler than you thought. You grab a strand of hair just like you’re straightening your hair. If you want to use a heat protector, that does not hurt. Here’s what I used for this session.

Irresistible Me flat iron

You simply start at the top of your strand, close to your head. Clamp down and turn your flat iron over or under. You can see here below how I’ve created that. Once you’ve got your turn, just run the hair on through! It takes so much less time than a curling iron!

Irresistible Me flat iron

Irresistible Me flat iron

My final look

My hair was so very long when these were shot! I got some amazing waves! However I think it can be difficult at times when you just have so much hair! Here’s the final look:

Irresistible Me flat iron

Irresistible Me flat iron

Irresistible Me flat iron

Here’s a link to the Irresistible Me flat iron: Irresistible Me.

*This flat iron was provided to me in exchange for a product review. All opinions are my own.*



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Thursday

Elegance and MommyhoodDoused in Pink, Curly Crafty Mom

Friday

Two Thirty-Five DesignsNancy’s Fashion Style, Jeans & a Teacup, Claire Justine, Rachel the Hat, A Poketful of Polka Dots, Forage Fashion, Fashion Should be Fun, Sincerely Paula, Birdie Shoots

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The shoot at Coffee Emporium Cincinnati

Coffee Emporium Cincinnati

Several weeks ago, I met my good friend Amber for some coffee at one of my favorite spots in Cincinnati. If you’re from Cincinnati and have not visited the Coffee Emporium, you are missing out. They have two locations: Downtown/OTR and Hyde Park. I chose the Hyde Park location because of it was suitable for a photoshoot. Coffeeshops were just made for fashion bloggers, I believe. They’re often adorable and have ample space to change outfits. What could be more perfect?

We ended up getting through two of my outfits before it started to rain! Do you remember last week my post about the mushroom house? That was shot in the same location! Today we will be looking at two looks: Amber’s and mine.

Amber’s look

Coffee Emporium Cincinnati

Amber found this dress at a local boutique called Rose & Remington. I love the simplicity of it. That cut also seems very comfortable.

Coffee Emporium Cincinnati

Coffe Emporium Cincinnati

Coffee Emporium Cincinnati

My look

Coffee Emporium Cincinnati

This is a pretty classic dress of mine. I’ve had it for several years and wear it all the time. It’s a classic Francesca’s find.

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Today I’m linking up with:

Wednesday

Jersey Girl Texan Heart, Happiness at Mid-LifeShopping My Closet, Pumps and Pushups, The Pleated PoppySydney Fashion HunterThe Mummy Chronicles, Cappuccino and Fashion and Posh Classy Mom

Thursday

Elegance and MommyhoodDoused in Pink, Curly Crafty Mom

Friday

Two Thirty-Five DesignsNancy’s Fashion Style, Jeans & a Teacup, Claire Justine, Rachel the Hat, A Poketful of Polka Dots, Forage Fashion, Fashion Should be Fun, Sincerely Paula, Birdie Shoots

 

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The Colorful Look: 5 Tips and Tricks

The colorful look

I have just been loving the colorful look these days! I don’t know if it’s because it’s summer, but I am wearing all kinds of bright colors. Last week was no different.

I initially found this dress at a consignment shop in the fall. Because it required some ironing, it sat in a bin for a good several months. Do you all ever accidentally do that? You keep thinking that you’ll iron it tomorrow or the next day. Every time you think about wearing it, you decide to just wear something that’s ready to go. Well that was this dress. It doesn’t look like it, but that material wrinkles rather easily.

The Colorful look

I also want to note that behind me is a mushroom house. It’s famous here in Cincinnati. Here’s a better look at it:

The colorful look

My 5 tips and tricks for the colorful look

  1. Just go for it! I hate when I hear other people saying “I could never pull that off.” I feel like more than anything, that statement comes from a fear of looking silly. There really is no sort of green light or insiders club. Those that are making fashion statements are just doing it, with or without permission. The next time you’re out shopping, just go for it! Pick the boldest and most colorful dress you can find!
  2. Accessorize accessorize accessorize. The great thing about a colorful dress is that you have so many colors to pick from. I could have added some hot pink accessories to this look or some purple things. I could have taken it in a completely different direction and added white. With this look, I just happened to have bought earrings that have most or all the colors in my dress. What do you know?The colorful look
  3. Allow the dress to make the statement. I’m not a huge fan of mixing patterns. Furthermore with something as bold as this dress, another bold item could be too much. Keep your shoes and sweaters solid colors that compliment the look.
  4. Pick colors that look good on you. For me, I love blues and greens. This dress is full of colors that are “my colors.” What are not my colors? I’m not much of a fan of yellow or beige. While there is some yellow here’s it’s certainly not the focal point.
  5. Have fun! Play around with different colors. Do something different with your hair. If you’re going bold, go all out!

The colorful look

The colorful look

The colorful look

The colorful dress

I hope your Wednesday is awesome!

Today I’m linking up with these gals:

Wednesday

Jersey Girl Texan Heart, Happiness at Mid-LifeShopping My Closet, Pumps and Pushups, The Pleated PoppySydney Fashion HunterThe Mummy Chronicles, Cappuccino and Fashion and Posh Classy Mom

Thursday

Elegance and MommyhoodDoused in Pink, Curly Crafty Mom

Friday

Two Thirty-Five DesignsNancy’s Fashion Style, Jeans & a Teacup, Claire Justine, Rachel the Hat, A Poketful of Polka Dots, Forage Fashion, Fashion Should be Fun, Sincerely Paula

 

 

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Ultimate recipe for a colorful go-to dress

go-to colorful dress

Ah the go-to dress. We all have one … or six. It’s that dress that we worry we’ve washed too many times. We wonder when it’ll start falling apart at the seams. It’s just easy to wear it. It goes with everything. It’s appealing.

This here is one of my winter go-to’s. I bought it at Francescas and have not looked back. It’s made of a nice, sweater material. Pair that with some boots and it’s the perfect dress to wear in the winter time. My friend Hillary from hillarycutterphoto.com shot these at the Cincinnati Art Museum in the fall. This pink wall was absolutely perfect.

go-to colorful dress

I remember I initially wanted to try white tights with boots for this outfit. What do you do when you’re unsure of an outfit idea? Look it up on Pinterest, of course. By the way, are you following us on Pinterest? Click here if not.

I’m very pleased with how the white tights look. What do you think?

Recipe for a colorful go-to dress:

  1. It absolutely has to be comfortable.
  2. Make sure the colors suit you.
  3. Make sure you have ample amounts of accessories to match. Example: my red earrings and black belt.
  4. Stop and think before buying: would I for real wear this?

go-to colorful dress

go-to colorful dress

go-to colorful dress

go-to colorful dress

My linkups:

Wednesday

Jersey Girl Texan Heart, Shopping My Closet, Pumps and Pushups, The Pleated PoppySydney Fashion HunterThe Mummy Chronicles, Cappuccino and Fashion and Posh Classy Mom

Thursday

Elegance and MommyhoodDoused in Pink, Curly Crafty Mom

Friday

Two Thirty-Five DesignsNancy’s Fashion Style, Jeans & a Teacup, Claire Justine, Rachel the Hat, A Poketful of Polka Dots, Forage Fashion, Fashion Should be Fun, Sincerely Paula

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The sunset sundress dress at sunset

sunset sundress

This is my sunset sundress. We all have this dress in our closet. Okay, maybe not this exact dress as I found it at a small, local boutique here in Cincinnati several months ago (shout-out to Pangea, sister store to Kismet, who we wrote about several weeks ago here). But we all have that dress that we wear over and over and over again. That dress that we wear all year round. In the summer, it’s the perfect sundress. In the winter, it pairs awesomely with tights and boots. It’s always there for me.

Also have you seen my Pinterest board for sundresses? If not, you need to go take a look! I pin new ones every day!

Several weeks ago, I took a much-needed vacation with family to a beachfront condo in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. The wonderful thing about that side of Florida is that you can watch the sun set every night. It is absolutely breath-taking to watch from the beach. I always have my camera, so I thought a few in the sunset light would be fun.

First here are a few shots I took while sitting in the sand.

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sunset sundress

sunset sundress

And now my Sunset Sundress

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sunset sundress

sunset sundress

Thanks for reading along!

Linking up with these ladies today:

Wednesday

Jersey Girl Texan Heart, Shopping My Closet, Pumps and Pushups, The Pleated PoppySydney Fashion HunterThe Mummy Chronicles, Cappuccino and Fashion, Posh Classy Mom, The Red Closet Diary and Twenties Girl Style

Thursday

Elegance and MommyhoodDoused in Pink, Curly Crafty Mom

Friday

Two Thirty-Five DesignsNancy’s Fashion Style, Jeans & a Teacup, Claire Justine, Rachel the Hat, A Poketful of Polka Dots, Forage Fashion, Fashion Should be Fun, Sincerely Paula

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3 adorable LBDs that will rock the party

LBD dress

Happy Sunday! Today’s post is dedicated to the LBD dress. I’m so very excited to announce that in a little over a month, A World of Dresses is partnering with several local businesses for a little black dress party. It will be Sunday, June 26th (also my birthday!) from 4-7 p.m. I’ll be partnering with Imbue by J. Russo, Hillary Cutter Photo, L’BAE and the Sanctuary. More details and e-vite to come soon. But if you live in the Cincinnati area, mark it on your calendar!

I’m very excited and so to celebrate, I thought I’d do a re-cap of some of my favorite LBD (little black dress) looks I’ve created in the past for the blog. Also, have you had a chance to check out our little black dress Pinterest board? If not, click here to see the magic.

1. One of my favorites

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2. The Gwynnie Bee find

This was one of my Gwynnie Bee shipments several months ago. I wore it to work and felt fancy all day.

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3. This one!

I remember being particularly pumped about this outfit. You know when you just get the idea for a new outfit in your head and are so excited to try it the next day? Yeah, that was this outfit.

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My first Mother’s Day without her

mother's day without mom

Today is my first Mother’s Day without mom. I really have no expectations for Mother’s Day this year. In January, I lost my mom to a six-month battle with a brain aneurysm. It was tough but life went on. I have a job that doesn’t necessarily allow much time for grieving. Furthermore, I’m in a role where I’m serving others every single day. In short, at times it was easy to just brush it aside. I’ve gotten used to responding with “oh, that’s okay” when someone first finds out that she only passed a few months back. In short, this can just be how I am. I find that I think I’m being strong by just pushing along.

Right now, however, I’m in Clearwater Beach, Florida in a beachfront condo with my dad and brother. I’m here until Wednesday and I don’t have to do anything. It feels great. It is just how my mom would want me to spend my first Mother’s Day without her.

Social media may be hard to see today. Everyone will be posting photos of their moms, with their moms and about their plans for the day. To say that I’ll be jealous of everyone who gets to physically be with their mom today is an understatement.

So to anyone who has lost their mom, we’re in this together. As one of my friends told me, take this day and enjoy it for us. Today I’m thinking I’ll do these things:

  • Walk on the beach
  • Run on the beach
  • Swim
  • Drink coffee
  • Drink a fruity drink
  • Talk about how great she is
  • Talk about my favorite things about her
  • Think about last Mother’s Day
  • Miss her
  • Cry
  • Take photos
  • Get a lot of sun

Thanks mom for being awesome. I miss you.

 

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My awaited GwynnieBee dress

GwynnieBee

I was so very excited when I got the e-mail notification that this would be my next dress. I have a GwynnieBee subscription and have several dresses each month mailed to me. I get to wear them, buy them or send them back. It’s kind of like the library (minus the whole buying part) except with clothing. I wrote all about GwynnieBee several weeks ago here. Each member creates a “closet” online and puts things they want in it. This was probably one of the first dresses I put in there. I had to wait patiently and here it is!

The GwynnieBee Dress

GwynnieBee

GwynnieBee

My absolute favorite thing about this dress is the neckline. It’s so very unique.

GwynnieBee

GwynnieBee

Dress: Cherry Velvet compliments of GwynnieBee

Also, this dress has pockets! Any dress with some good pockets is a dress for me!

The weather was pretty great for these photos. My friend Cece and I found a nice, wooded area complete with a good bog. Cece kept joking “bog blog.”

 

Today I’m linking up with

Birth of a Fashion Blogger, Sincerely Jenna Marie, More Pieces of Me, Fizz and Frosting and Not Dead Yet Style

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4 gushingly cute looks created locally

Last week, we teamed up with a group of local boutiques that I’ve been shopping at since high school. Kismet OTR, a cute boutique offering clothing and accessories, is the latest addition to the I Luv That Store group. I’ve been shopping at Pangea, Kismet O’Bryonville and Toko Baru for a while now, so I was excited that another shop was joining the group. I reached out about working together and they agreed. So myself and my friend Amber headed over there for a photoshoot last Monday.

These are four fun outfits we put together with their dresses and accessories. I loved one of the dresses so much that I decided to take it home with me. But more on that later.

Also today I’m co-hosting the Let’s Make Today Fabulous link-up with Chanda from mschanda.com. The theme for the link-up is Spring florals, which is great because one of these looks is all about the Spring florals. Here she is in a lovely floral dress. She simply looks amazing. You can find more amazing photos of her and her style over on her Instagram.

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Without further ado, the four amazingly fun looks we created at Kismet OTR.

1. Florals and funk

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I jumped out of my comfort zone a bit with this look and enjoyed it. I generally don’t do rings or hats. I really have no idea why. Perhaps you always have to take that hat off and I figure why bother. Perhaps rings never call to me. However with this look, we just went for it.

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I’m also in love with this statement necklace. All items (dress, purse, ring, bracelet, necklace, ring and sunglasses) in this look can be found at Kismet OTR.

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kismet

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2. The floral sundress

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Everything about Amber’s look screams Spring! I honestly do not know if I like the dress or the shades better. Both are so playfully fun and girly! Also, if you pop over to our Instagram, you’ll find one of Amber mid-twirl. This dress has a fantastic spin-factor to it!

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3. The orange and blue dress

This was the dress I took home with me. It’s hard to not want a dress that fits well, is comfortable and is affordable. I also must say that I love this dress with this necklace. I would not have thought to pair the two, but Amber spotted it and convinced me to try it. I just loved the way it looked!

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All items pictured can also be found at Kismet OTR. That means dress, necklace, bracelet, earrings and sunglasses!

4. The maxi and shawl look

This look is a bit more risque. This is why I love featuring other women on the blog. They often come up with outfit ideas I’d never try. This is the perfect example.

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Everything minus the phone can be found at Kismet OTR too!

Also linking up with Not Dead Yet Style, Fizz and Frosting, Still Being Molly and Elegantly Fashionable

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