Trending: Friday Five Roundup

Once again, it’s that glorious of all days, the one that signals that THE WEEKEND IS NIGH!  I’ve decided that no matter what everyone’s been talking about this past week (Brangelina) that I’m going to pick the things that I find most fun, interesting, and hopefully uplifting!  Because, it’s Friday.  Ain’t no one wanna talk about political debates and celeb splits!

Who What Wear is once again, reading my mind and ripping off my ideas by tweeting out what the next big style trend is.

Can you guess what they’re saying it is?  (It starts with a K and ends in an O). ;)

Miley Cyrus wore this on the premiere of The Voice, leaving us with a lot of questions.  Predominantly, what? and why?

Maybe she was channeling this 90’s baby?

Either way, it’s weird, but happy, so I’m cool with it.

I just learned the hottest chip in the world comes one to a package, and it’s taunting me.  I feel like its very existence is daring me to try it.

It’s also non GMO.  So it’s…good for you?

Kim Kardashian wore a Juicy Tracksuit in a photo shoot for Wonderland magazine.  You guys, I’ve been waiting for the return of the Juicy velour tracksuit for a long time now.  There’s a box of those gems just sitting in my closet, waiting for their re-debut into society.

I’m not what you’d call a “Kim Kardashian fan”, so this simultaneously excites me and leaves me screaming noooooooooooo!  I had hoped it would be someone ELSE bringing them back, but let’s get real here.  It was most likely gonna be her to do it anyway, so I may as well just get used to the feeling of actually liking what she’s wearing!

Turmeric is finally popular.  We go through tons of this superfood in our house (we are curry people and we love our superfoods!) and after dying all of our dishes neon yellow, now there are new and exciting ways to consume it!

This turmeric milkshake looks delicious and I’ll be testing it out in a jiffy!

Happy weekend all!  Drink some turmeric and put on a Kimono!  (Who What Wear says to!)
Katy

 

 

Switch It Up: Track Pants

One of the biggest trends it seems that is everywhere I look is athleisure.  I mean, everywhere I go, it seems like there’s a woman who looks like she just came from yoga.  Did she come from yoga class?  Probably not.  That, it seems, is besides the point!  Obviously, yoga pants, leggings, and tennis shoes are the usual staples of this trend, but I thought I’d like to play around with something a little more 90’s reminiscent…track pants!  I actually really like track pants because they’re sort of the fancier older sister of the sweat pant.  They’re comfortable, but can be a little chicer, sleeker, and more flattering.  This trend is kinda 90’s inspired (especially if you think about adding chunky Adidas tennis shoes and a black choker) but it can go in a lot of different directions if you have un with it!

Here’s some couture track pant inspiration to start with:
Of course, I want these GORGEOUS Chloe track pants, however, spending $1,200 on a pair of track pants is not really something I’m about to do right now! So I went down to the Goodwill and grabbed a pair of Adidas pants for under $5!  I looked for the kind with the ankle zipper, because that gives the bottom of the pant leg a little bit of a flare which is super flattering.

Here’s my trick for athleisure.  I choose one piece that’s TRUE athletic wear.  Only one.  So, yoga pants, leggings, track pants, tennis shoes…I choose ONE of those.  Then I balance the look out with other pieces, typically I choose things that are lacy, satiny, or basically anything that you would never wear to the gym, ever.  That way, the look is intentional and no one wonders where your yoga mat is.  I took a cue from these looks and tested out a few of them with my own pieces:

A Kimono…to Keep You “On Track” (pun intended) 

I love this whole kimono/track pants look…it’s really is the true definition of ATH-LEISURE right?  I got these espadrille slides from H&M and my favorite thing about them is that they’re sparkly!  It kind of ups the class factor of the casual trend!

Off The Shoulder, Still On Track (my puns get better and better!)

Here’s a combo of two trends that are everywhere right now…off the shoulder ruffle tops and athletic wear!  It’s kind of a fun and interesting style mash up!

LACE Up and Hit The Track (I am on FIRE today!)

The easiest way to just throw on an outfit and go, is to add a lacy cami top to a pair of track pants.  It is a little bit sexy, and not at all like you just hit the gym.  It’s a good balance of sporty and girly.

Wanna give it a whirl?  Here are some pieces for you to test out: these pants are SO couture, and um, I think I need them.  Here are some super chic slides, and as for a cami, this one is amazing.  This off shoulder top would be amazing with some track pants and this kimono is on sale right now!

How do you wear your athleisure?  I want to see!
Katy

 

On Not Being Risk Taker…Except In Fashion!

I was watching Modern Family this week (if you don’t watch it, you must because it’s hilarious!) and one of the plot lines was about parents being overly cautious with their little girl learning to ride a bike.  It was really funny of course, and as a parent now, I completely understand this sentiment.  However, it made me remember myself as a child, and how overly cautious I was…and how it really didn’t serve me well.

I was that kid who basically was afraid of most everything.  Germs, sports, the dark, and giant structures of dinosaur bones (my parents took me to a lot of museums, so that should make more sense to you knowing that).  I was bad at sports because I was scared to take risks, and if you don’t have confidence, you tend to fall a lot.  So I never roller skated down hills.  I never learned to skateboard or do much with bats or balls that could potentially injure me.  I got semi decent at gymnastics until I realized that I was completely not flexible and a foot taller than everyone in my class.  Dance was out after my parent shut it down.  I mean, I was always more interested in music anyway, but being semi decent at something physical would have been nice, you know?  I remember my best friend introducing me to “sour grass”…you know that clover looking stuff that kids chew on because it tastes sour?  I refused to try it, because I informed her that “a dog could have peed on it” and she’d never know.  I was the total life of the party right??

The first time I went on an airplane was when I went on my senior trip to Europe in high school.  I know…dove right in, didn’t I?!  I was of course, fairly afraid to fly (I mean, you’re sitting on a chair IN THE SKY for crying out loud), partly because I’d never done it before.  Hilariously, my very first flight hit some turbulence and 90 percent of the passengers on the plane vomited into those little bags they provide.  Or onto my jacket and my shoe.  So that happened, and I thought that dramamine was just something you had to take to survive flying at all…and for my second flight, no one vomited and everyone fell asleep due to the drugs.  The first time (and second time) I tried snowboarding, I fell on my butt every single time I got off the dumb ski lift.  I mean, the thing was not moving at all that fast, but regardless, I would literally sit down in slow motion in the snow when it stopped.  Yeah.  It sucked.  I finally gave up and tobogganed down the bunny slopes on my rear end like a little kid.  I’ve still never been skiing, water skiing, wake boarding, in a lake, to Mexico, or to the bar downtown that smells like urine and bleach.  You can get a basic sense of how adventurous I truly am!

I really want my kids to have an appropriate amount of fearlessness.  Like, obviously I want them to be smart about stuff, but they shouldn’t be afraid to play sports or try new stuff.  Being adventurous when you’re young gives you a lot more life experiences to lean on and helps you be more of a flexible adult.  Unlike me, who all joking aside, struggles a lot to go out of my hometown where I have my comfort zone all mapped out.  I’m working on it, but it’s so much harder than if I had been taught that certain things weren’t meant to be feared on the level that I feared them.  I mean, I eventually loved sour grass and hey, probably munched on a little dog pee, but it’s sterile right?

Thankfully, I never developed fear of wearing different or interesting things, so that’s something right?  I’ve got a renewed love of vintage slips (can you tell?!) so I thought this one would be fun to pair with my husband’s military inspired shirt (he loves it when I raid his stuff even though my clothes try to eat his clothes in our closet!) and some combat boots.  It’s fun to play around with the soft girly quality of the lacy vintage with the elements of the more masculine like lace up boots and a men’s shirt.  Fearlessness belongs in many things, and fashion is most definitely one of them!

Have an AMAZING and FEARLESS weekend!
Katy

Overalls…But Better.

I’m a true child of the 90’s.  I grew up with flannels and oversized sweatshirts and  everything Claire Danes wore on My So Called Life.  Clueless was like my style Bible.  So yes, I loved overalls.  I owned a pretty sweet pair of Union Bay baggy overalls that I rocked well through high school and even on some of my days off from class during college (because I just couldn’t bear to part with them).  When I started seeing them come back in style, I was pretty excited.  I mean when you think about it, they are jumpsuit adjacent, so it makes total sense why I’d like them.

The thing is, while I still have a soft spot in my heart for 90’s fashion and I own about a billion flannels, I just don’t feel like dressing 90’s is really me.  And overalls can just look bad when they don’t fit right.  Plus, I don’t own a farm, so it just kind of feels a little silly for me to be buying something that is unflattering on me and makes me look like I know how to milk a cow.  Much like my hunt for the perfect, non-mechanic wear denim jumpsuit, I embarked on the hunt for the perfect, non-farm owning overalls.

I really can’t hide anymore how much I love @leahhofff on instagram.  She’s like my constant style crush…and when I saw these overalls on her…well, it was all over.  I can’t take credit for finding them because she saw them first.  I instantly contacted Lykke Wullf Clothing on Instagram (who makes such dreamy clothing by the way) and the owner was basically amazing.  She worked with me to make sure my pair would fit me, and customized these overalls for my body.  And I really cannot rave enough about them.  They are soft and stretchy and that super nice thin, but durable, denim that breathes and moves, unlike traditional overalls.  Plus they are super 1970’s style, so I feel like I have completely satisfied my overall cravings and made my high school self happy.

Here’s the first way I’m going to wear these babies.  A floral off shoulder shirt…or any flowy sleeved top I’ve got underneath them.  I love how the length is just a tad cropped, but since she customized them to fit me, they aren’t that awkward cropped length that everything gets on me.

 

I have this little black lace Free People crop top that I’ve been saving for these.  The lace sticks out and adds a little something and doesn’t look like I’m naked underneath the overalls.  Which would be awkward.

Graphic tees are perfect for these overalls.  And vintage Converse of course.  I guess I don’t feel like there’s many ways to go wrong with these.  I will probably end up wearing a plain white tank top under them with sandals on days when I can’t decide what to wear or I’m in a hurry.

These overalls are like my happy place.  I think about them and I get excited to wear them.  I think about them and I remember how much I loved wearing overalls when I was younger…they just make me smile.

I hope you’ve got lots of stuff in your closet that makes you smile and makes you feel just a little bit like a kid again.  We all need that.

Feeling like eating an ice cream cone (a calorie-free one of course) and playing kick ball.  Oh, and wearing my overalls of course.

Katy

Denim, Culottes, and Dress Codes

What is it about denim that makes it get such a bad rap?  It seems like in this world where everyone’s got a dress code, denim is the one thing that ALWAYS lands on the top of the list.  I grew up with dress codes.  I went from my childhood of homeschooling with a mom who had completely different opinions about what I should wear than I did, to a private high school with an uber strict code.  It was like going from one constant clothing argument to another.

My mom felt like I should wear pastels.  There were no two piece swimsuits.  No dark colors.  And jeans?  Well let’s just say I didn’t wear the cool jeans.  My high school, being all about modesty of course had super easy rules to follow, like no skirts shorter than four inches above the (bended) knee.  So every week, all the tall girls (like me) were dragged into the office under suspicion of dressing immodestly, told to kneel down, and had a ruler placed on the floor to see how short our skirts were.  Basically that meant that your skirt could be no shorter than knee length.  Being the mid to late 90s, it was virtually impossible to find skirts like this.  It was all mini skirts. Maxi skirts?  What the heck are those?  Did you ever see Alicia Silverstone wearing one of those in Clueless?  I mean I honestly don’t even know what my high school dress code would have said about culottes or cropped pants or leggings because those were nowhere to be found.  When culottes came back into style I rejoiced, but then silently wept for my high school self who could have had so much better style if only this had happened while Britney was accidentally playing with our hearts again.

Back to denim.  The dress code SPECIFICALLY stated NO SHREDDED OR FRAYED jeans.  They were NOT to be tolerated.  This was obviously a sign of rebellion and anarchist tendencies and all violators were to be given detention.  I tried very hard to abide by this rule, but let’s be honest, sometimes jeans fray and there’s nothing you can do about it.  I remember being followed across the parking lot by a hyper vigilant office lady/dress code enforcer who informed me that there was a string hanging off my jeans and was I going to cut it off?  I told her it wasn’t likely and kept walking.  This was my only act of rebellion in high school.  And it felt GREAT.

Now I celebrate my freedom by wearing cutoffs, culottes, distressed jeans, unhemmed frayed jeans, and, well, mini skirts because I can.  Denim is just misunderstood if you ask me.

 

I chose this outfit for my Week of Denim because it’s just vintage denim at it’s finest.  Wearing denim with denim can be tricky because you don’t want to be TOO matchy matchy, but it totally works as long as the hues of the top and the bottom compliment each other.  I don’t wear heels often at all, and culottes are made for heels.  These booties have just enough of a heel that they actually work and still allow me to walk comfortably.  I love the embroidery and button detail on this top from Ruby Rose.  And of course, I just add turquoise with everything because it’s my favorite and it really looks great with everything.

Ah if only I had a time machine to go back to high school.  I’d be the coolest, most forward thinking dresser around.

Back to the weekly grind today…wear your denim proudly!

Katy