I know we're all in Christmas mode, but right about now I'm WISHING I was headed out on a tropical vacation! I thought we'd escape reality a bit today and I'd show you a few of the outfits I wore on our recent cruise, sailing with the Property Brothers and other design personalities. I'm planning another post to give you all of the details about the trip after the new year.
I'm venturing out a bit, and I think this is my first official full fashion post! Don't worry, this blog will still be more home related than anything else, but I love clothes too! I'm over 40, shop with a budget in mind, and could stand to lose 15 pounds, but I still like to look cute and feel good in what I'm wearing. I bet you do too, so I hope these occasional posts give you some new ideas on how to mix things up in your wardrobe, or a suggestion of a new piece to liven it up a bit. I'm definitely not a pro at this and still feel unbelievably awkward "modeling" anything, so we'll see how this goes!
I will provide links to the exact or similar items when I can to help you if you're searching for a new piece here and there, but more than anything I'm sharing to give you new ideas for putting together similar outfits with what you might already own. A good deal of my shopping is done during clearance time at Dillard's, at Old Navy, Gap, TJ Maxx, or Target. So, I won't always have exact links for you but I'll do my best!
We'll start with my travel outfit. It was cold as we left home, and I'm always cold in the airport and on the plane, yet I knew it would be warm once we arrived in Miami. So, layers were the key! I could live in this long sleeved swing dress (so comfy), and layered with a light sweater it was perfect for travel. This outfit was super comfortable yet looked pulled together. I always carry a large tote for my purse on a flight. This one (I wish it was real!) had plenty of room for everything I needed to keep handy, as well as my computer, big camera, and an extra lens. I wore the biggest shoes I took so they didn't use up a lot of space in my suitcase.
Our first port was Key West, where I wore a loose, comfy swing dress. The morning started off a bit chilly, so I shed the
And, we did the tourist thing and trekked down to the southernmost point of the continental U.S. Did that. Got the photo. And Ray got the t-shirt. #nerds ;)
For the first design panel that I spoke at, I wore this navy jumpsuit. I tried a jumpsuit on a whim, and I am SO glad I did! This one packed well and was flattering and comfortable. I kept the accessories simple with a pop of leopard. I could only find the clutch online in a different color, so I linked that one as well as a similar style in gold.
One evening we were invited to attend a VIP reception hosted by LUG bags for all of the program personalities. I wore this striped maxi skirt from Shabby Apple and LOVED it! It's cotton with a touch of spandex and such a nice, thick weight. And, I was nervous about ordering long skirt online because I'm 5'7", and with heels longer items often end up being too short. But, I actually had to hem this one a bit, which I didn't mind at all because I was thrilled to have the option to hem it rather than it being too short.
Their maxi skirts are great because they can easily be dressed up or down... they look just as fabulous with a t-shirt and flip flops as they do a fancy shirt and heels. I kept a middle-of-the-road look pairing it with a chambray shirt but piling on the pearls. It's highly likely that I'll be wearing this skirt again this week to our Christmas Eve service.
I also own this crazy popular Shabby Apple skirt and and older SA dress that isn't made anymore, and have found their sizing to be generous. I have ordered one size down than what the measurements in their fit guide suggest, and have always had a roomy fit. I don't know if that is the case for everyone but thought I'd mention it.