Hello all! It is finally starting to feel like spring here and I couldn’t be more excited. As much as I love winter and my winter wardrobe, I am definitely ready for a change and I have been getting very excited about my summer wardrobe as I’ve been unpacking it.
Last summer, a big trend for me was ruffles. By the end of the summer though, I was sick of all things ruffly and thought I had put that fashion trend to bed. However, after going through my summer clothes, I am all excited about ruffles again. They are such a fun and girly detail, which I absolutely love, especially for summer.
The other thing I am excited about for summer is patterns. I don’t avoid patterns in the winter obviously, but my focus is generally mixing textures. In the summer, it is hard to mix textures without layering and completely overheating. So, patterns it is!
One of my favorite patterns is cheetah print. Whether it is with a plain black dress or florals (I know, totally ground breaking for spring, but they do look great with cheetah print), the cheetah print always takes the outfit to the next level. I especially love it with these stripes because each pattern seems to accentuate the other. Totally counter-intuitive, but I’m rolling with it. Big news tomorrow so make sure to check back! Until then, XO
Hello all! Happy Monday! If you’ve been following along here at Lefty Living Life for awhile, you will have noticed that I learn towards classic feminine pieces for my every day look. Classic shapes and styles have always been my go-to no matter what the occasion.
However, now that I am wearing skirts and dresses every day for work, it has been fun to further expand my wardrobe!
For me, the most classic pieces are a trench coat, a white-button down, and a black dress and I love how they all came together with this outfit. This trench coat is one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe because it is the epitome of style and class especially since it is Ralph Lauren. What I love most about it though is that it was my first consignment purchase!
This dress is a great black-dress staple because it is versatile. The buttons make it so you don’t have to wear a big necklace and it is a thicker material so I’ve worn it by itself with flats in the summer or easily layered, like I did here.
Finally, the white-button down. If you don’t already have a white-button down, I would seriously consider investing in one. They add a tailored, finished look with a pair of jeans and flats and are perfect to layer under a sweater or dress when it is cooler. As someone who is always cold, but who doesn’t like shapeless sweaters, a button-down is a key layering piece for me.
As with any outfit, the key to making it awesome is how you accessorize. Cheetah print heels are always a great piece to add to a simpler dress. If your cheetah print has brown and black in it, add a brown bag to your outfit to tie in that brown from your shoes. Until next time, XO
Cheetah print is one of my favorite patterns. Normally, cheetah print is incorporated in my accessories through my shoes or a scarf, but this cardigan was something I couldn’t pass up. It is the perfect addition to an LBD or an all black outfit.
Although I love this sweater, I have really struggled to wear it with anything other than black without looking over-the-top. I started thinking about how to wear it and I was thinking about how cheetah print is just made up of warm brown tones. And warm, neutral tones are easy to mix and match especially with jewel tones.
So, I decided to keep my top half nice and simple with a black v-neck and simple gold jewelry under my cheetah print. Then, I added these beautiful deep burgundy cords that tied the outfit together perfectly and gave me that extra oomph I’d been looking for.
Problems finding way to wear certain pieces? Send me your problems/ questions and we will answer them! Until next time, XO
One thing I love about pale pink and cheetah print is that they both turn into easy-to-wear neutrals in clothing form. Sure, for your wall paper or something, these are both statement items, but with a sweater or a scarf, they become the perfect elements for layering and mixing textures. With pale pink, I like to pair it with a deeper, darker color like burgundy and navy or with another light color like white or a pastel. With cheetah print, I like to mix similar colors as with pale pink, so they are an easy match. I like how, with this outfit, the colors from the tights and boots serve as a nice repeat of the cheetah print and almost become the statement of this outfit. Happy Friday! XO
Hello all! This year has been a big year for me…I graduated from college and announced my consignment business, which will be opening in 2017. Plus I am now employed full time! In addition to all of that exciting news, this has been one of my most prolific blog years and has included some of my favorite outfits of all time. So for our top 10 list today, we are going to look back at some of my favorite outfits from 2016! Let me know if I forgot your favorite outfit or if you have any thoughts in the comments below. XO
1. This striped shirt was a staple in my wardrobe this summer. It is so versatile and easy to wear. Plus, this blog shoot was one of the most fun shoots I’ve ever had. My mom takes most of the amazing photos you see on the blog and it is always an adventure for us as we try new poses and locations.
2. Sequins are a regular occurrence in my wardrobe and I love this statement making jacket. This was the perfect outfit when my boyfriend and I went out in New York. This is by far one of my favorite outfits of 2016!
3. Ruffles were a new addition to my wardrobe this year and I am excited about them to say the least. This was just one of the ruffled outfits I’ve worn in 2016.
4. I wore ruffles again on the first day of my new job! I bought this outfit as my “first day of school outfit” at my job, but this shirt became one of my favorites this fall and I don’t go more than a couple of days without wearing this skirt! Must be lucky!
5. Pastels have always been one of my favorite color groups, but this year, I have loved wearing lots of pastel accents against navy. Mixing pastels together is also one of my favorite ways to add more color to an outfit.
6. The 60s were a huge style influence for me this year. I have loved channeling that decade with mini skirts, color blocking, and big earrings. This was one of my favorite 60s looks from 2016.
7. A new thing for me in 2016 was utilizing the tailor. Let the “Taylor goes to the tailor” jokes begin, but I have been extremely thankful to have a tailor when I am not ready to give up on pieces that don’t fit quite right.
8. My new blog series this fall/ winter has been all about turtlenecks- tips and tricks for wearing them. Make sure to stay tuned on Thursdays for even more fun turtleneck ideas. This has been my favorite turtleneck outfit so far!
9. I have been loving turtlenecks this winter, but also cozy knits in general. I love the idea of wearing a bulky sweater with feminine details like red lipstick. The combination gives any outfit that extra oomph as well as making it look elegant.
10. My final look from this weeks top 10 was actually from Christmas Eve a couple days ago. I love pairing t-shirts with big jewelry and dressing it up with heels. This outfit came together perfectly and had just the right amount of holiday flair.
So I was talking to a friend the other day about my favorite thing, turtlenecks, and they were complaining about how it was impossible to wear a turtleneck with any jewelry or accessories. They hated how boring turtlenecks always looked to them.
I was shocked. Is it really the general understanding that you can’t wear jewelry, layers, earrings, or a scarf with a turtleneck? Throw that concept out the window right now! Turtlenecks are amazing and so versatile, you can wear them with almost anything.
To remedy this misunderstanding about turtlenecks, because I want y’all to love them as much as me plus I want your necks to be warm, I’m going to start a series on different ways to wear turtlenecks. Every Thursday there will be a new post. There will definitely be some old outfits, but it will all be fun!
Here is our first example. A turtleneck is the perfect base when layering. Wear a thinner, fitted turtleneck with a scarf so the neck doesn’t interfere with the scarf. Another good layering tip? Wear a sweater or light jacket under a vest for some extra warmth!
I would love to hear your input and ideas so make sure to comment below. XO
I’ve never been a big rule follower when it comes to fashion- I wear too many accessories and like mixing pieces and patterns too much! However, Labor Day seemed like the perfect day to rock a white dress. To be honest, I think the whole no white after Labor Day rule is a little antiquated. Especially with the emergence of the winter white trend that has become so popular the last couple of years. If cutting out white at the end of the summer is your thing, well you do you and more power to you! But for me, I’m going to keep rocking what little white I own. I hope y’all have had a wonderful Labor Day and an excellent long weekend. I would love to hear your thoughts on the no white after Labor Day rule so be sure to comment below! XO
Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Today we are going to be talking a little about confidence and what that has to do with what I wear. I think everyone has experienced self-doubt or insecurities about their appearance at one point or another. I certainly have a lot over the years and it is something that I deal with everyday. But the way I deal with it is through what I wear. My goal in the morning is not to have the cutest or trendiest outfit, it is to feel awesome in whatever I am wearing. Whether it is jeans and a t-shirt or a dress and heels, if I feel good about myself in my outfit then I have succeeded that day.
Now some outfits make you feel good and other outfits make you feel like you can take over the world without even trying. I call those outfits my power outfits because they make me feel powerful and strong. This dress is one of those power outfits. Every time I put it on, I feel incredible and beautiful, but also like I can handle anything life has to throw at me.
I know it’s a little cheesy, but feeling good in your clothes is so important so make sure that you feel incredible in whatever you are wearing. XO
A question I always read in interviews or discussion with people in the fashion world is how they define their style. For me, I have always considered my style to be classic with a twist and I think this outfit is perfectly indicative of that. Peplum and pearls is what I consider a classic combo, but I like to think that leather shorts and cheetah print heels are a fun twist. How would you define your own style? XO
Although many consider cheetah print to be a statement-making addition to any outfit, I have always considered it a neutral. It does not matter what color you wear with it, cheetah always seems to match perfectly, which is probably why I love it so much. Especially with all of the black I wear, cheetah-print is the perfect addition to any outfit. XO