Flannel and Sparkles

One of the hardest things about having a fashion blog is dealing with winter. First of all your time to take photos is seriously affected by light. During the summer, I normally take pictures after work and it is not a problem at all. In the winter though, I have to set out specific time early in the morning or on the weekend so there is enough light.

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Girly Dress Pants

2017, OOTD, winter, button-down, dress pants, girly, J.Crew, lace, pearls,

2017, OOTD, winter, button-down, dress pants, girly, J.Crew, lace, pearls,

2017, OOTD, winter, button-down, dress pants, girly, J.Crew, lace, pearls,

2017, OOTD, winter, button-down, dress pants, girly, J.Crew, lace, pearls,

I know I wear a lot of skirts and dresses, but they typically aren’t my go-to. I love skirts and dresses, but I normally gravitate towards pants. Since entering the work-force, I’ve started to wear pants less and less because I find that dress pants are not always very flattering for me. However, I have just recently found these pants as well as another pair that I’ve just added to my wardrobe. They are high-waisted and a little cropped, but they hit at just the right place for me. I love that they are lace because it gives them a girly detail that I am always looking for in an outfit. A white button-down with some interesting details and a girly but oversized cardigan were the perfect accompaniments. Now I still felt like I needed to wear heels just so I didn’t feel stumpy, but I love any excuse to wear heels.

Do you guys ever have trouble finding dress pants? I feel like so many dress pants these days are made for super skinny, athletic built women so if you have hips at all, you are basically out of luck. These, while they do accentuate my hips, do so in a flattering way and I didn’t feel constricted wearing them. What do y’all think?

Also, check out my art blog to read a little bit more about my New York trip two weeks ago!

Until next time…

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Cozy Knits and Red Lips

dress pants, red lips, Mad Men, fall, 2016, knits
dress pants, red lips, Mad Men, fall, 2016, knits

dress pants, red lips, Mad Men, fall, 2016, knits

dress pants, red lips, Mad Men, fall, 2016, knits
I have never been a big fan of dress pants because I always struggle to find a flattering pair and I would rather wear dark jeans or a dress. However, I am obsessed with these. The pattern and cut feels very Mad Men-esque and we all know how much I love that. They are also great because they are a light-weight wool so perfect for this transitional weather. I would definitely recommend adding these or something similar to your wardrobe. Especially since you can easily pair these with a dark colored shirt or sweater.
I love this sweater with them because the sweater needs a little something to dress it up for work or an evening out. Yes, it is extremely comfortable and soft, but just with jeans it is a little casual. These dress pants and the red lipstick give it just the extra push it needs to be perfect for a nicer occasion. 
Any other thoughts on dress pants and how to wear them? Comment below or email me at leftylivinglife@gmail.com XO 

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Pearls and Stripes

I have always been a fan of a good button-down and now that I am working, I have an excuse to wear them pretty regularly. What I love about this button-down is that it has great ruffle detail, which give it that extra umph. The blue and white stripes also make it easy to wear with black, blue, or gray. The key for me when wearing a button-down is I never want to be just wearing a button-down and dress pants because it’s a little too simple for my taste and I prefer some kind of accents. In this case, it is really easy to add that extra pop with fun shoes, earrings, or an interesting bag. Of course, I had to do all three, but you get the idea. Stay tuned this weekend, big things are about to happen! XO 

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Dress Pants, Tweed, and Sparkles

The best thing about graduating college and having a full time job is I get to wear dress clothes everyday! I have always been one to overdress, so I have loved the opportunity to be able to wear heels and skirts this past week. In the past, I have preferred skirts to dress pants, but I just found this pair at J.Crew and they are absolutely perfect. They have just the right amount of fitting and the length works well with heels or flats (something I have always struggled with in the past). If you are in search of dress pants, I would definitely look at these and keep an eye out for more fun outfits this week! XO 
P.S. Shoes are originally from here, but other cute options as well! 

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