Trending: Grammy’s Style

The Grammy Awards are ALL about the music.  Right?  WRONG.  Sure, the awards of the evening may be going to best song and best new artist and all that, but the next day the only thing that most everyone is talking about is WHAT WAS EVERYONE WEARING?  Who got it right?  Who got it wrong?  Yes, the music is amazing, but it’s the pictures of those clothes that always stay ever so present in our mind’s eye.

So here are my awards for the night.  They are only my OPINIONS, and since I’m the only one voting, my picks win every time.

Best Dressed.  PERIOD.

Holy SMOKES you guys.  Now I’m gonna be real with you.  I’m not what you’d call an “Alicia Keys” fan.  I’m not NOT a fan, but I don’t typically buy her music and while I’ve always found her talented, she’s not like, my number one pick.  But I gotta say, this girl is sure winning me over lately.  She sounded AMAZING and basically chose the outfit I would choose if I was going to a super fancy event.  A SPARKLY JUMPSUIT.  And her hair…don’t get me started on her glorious hair…

Runner Up.  Because, You’ll See.

Another sparkly jumpsuit!  Thanks, Demi Lovato, for cementing this FABULOUS choice in stone for the evening.  Love the “wearable disco ball” look.  Two in a row, and they’re both stunning.

Third Place, and PLEASE SING FOR US, PLEASE.

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 12: Singer Faith Hill attends The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Gosh I miss Faith Hill.  Where has she BEEN all these years?  She looked STUNNING in red and the only thing that could have made this get up better is a little theme music to go with it.  Someone give that woman a microphone please!

Honorable Mention.  VERY Honorable.

Ok isn’t this STUNNING?  I’m not a “purple” person per say (slipped in a little alliteration there for ya), but this whole lace body suit/dress thing is really really regal.  It moved so beautifully when she walked and was the perfect amount of sexy and sweet.  Plus, Maren Morris ain’t bad to listen to either ;)

Hope you enjoyed the show.  I have to say I found the whole night to be a bit on the predictable side to be quite honest and there weren’t many performances (besides the opening number, like they probably shoulda just called it a night after letting Adele open) that I found to be that interesting.  But hey, the clothing sure didn’t disappoint, and that always makes for a fun show!

Katy

Cool Copying: Why I Never Get Rid Of Stuff

Okay, maybe that’s a lie.  I get rid of A LOT of clothes to be honest.  I resell stuff on Poshmark, I trade it in at my local resale store, and I donate stuff to friends and thrift stores.  There’s no WAY I could keep everything, because then I’d be a legit hoarder and you would find me buried under mounds of supposed-to-be-Halloween costumes, weird vintage, and things that virtually no one knows what they are.  I’d be trying to claw my way out, slip sliding on all that satin and velvet.  So yeah, I gotta get rid of stuff.  However, I am often VERY reluctant to do so.  With certain pieces more than others.  Here’s why.

Do you know how many times I have hit a period in my life where I think to myself: “well, I’m never gonna wear THAT style again!” and then…SURPRISE!  I DO!!   Yep.  Remember that box of vintage slips I got rid of years ago?  I STILL REGRET THAT ONE.  There was this one white and blue pinstripe skirt…an amazing pair of boyfriend shorts, and a baby blue polyester vintage suit that I very much remember and miss.  That being said, I have become slightly better at telling what I really just don’t love and won’t re-wear, or what I can replace with something better and won’t ever miss because of it.  So when I saw this photo, I was like YES I AM VINDICATED!  (I’m shouting at myself, because honestly no one else cares about this around me)

I love this look.  It’s equal parts menswear and rock and roll and that is awesome.  I bought this skirt at Forever 21 probably about seven years ago or so, and every so often, it proves to be amazing.  It has spent some time on my “to get rid of” pile, but then at the last minute, it always gets salvaged.  Because I realize how cool it is and realize that the minute I get rid of it, I will most likely spend my free time looking for something to replace it, only to spend three times as much!  No its not like I’ve EVER done THAT before!!  (Sarcasm.)

I got my white blazer on super sale on Black Friday at H&M (hooray!).  I liked the look of the plain white tee with the text on it, so I wore my Bandit Brand “Rock and Roll” shirt because, well, it’s on the nose, but in this look that totally works!  Also, my skirt is fully lined, which just makes it a bit more wearable in the cooler months (here in California, I realize this would not be wearable in the snow!).  But all in all, I think it’s a look worth copying!  And let’s not forget about those EARRINGS.  Yes, my friend Arwyn works miracles in the leather world and did these up right for me.  Ahhhhh, I love her.

Now if only I could get that white pinstripe blazer back that I got rid of so many years ago…that would have been a cool addition too!

Happy Tuesday!  (that is what day it is right??)
Katy

Trending: CMA Fashion Recap

Well, in typical music awards show fashion, the CMA’s had all kinds of controversy.  I’m not here to talk about that.  I’m just going to give a recap of my favorite looks from the evening, because, well, I’m all about them dresses.  Seems like everyone busts out the glam and sparkle for these things and besides the great music, the dresses are the “other” stars of the evening!  Here’s my top favorites for you!

Nicole Kidman

I know, I know.  She’s not a country artist, but she was there to support her husband and I mean, come on.  She’s wearing GUCCI.  Nicole, you rule.

Carrie Underwood

I don’t know if I have ever disliked anything this girl has worn/sang/done.  I love her.  She’s gorgeous, gutsy, and sings like a powerhouse and an angel all put together.  Love this nude blush shade on her.

Kelsea Ballerini

I love the lux kind of drapery look this dress has.  It’s equal parts girly and gorgeous.  The colors are so eye catching.  Plus, I love the dark lip she paired with it.

Little Big Town

I don’t know what you’re looking at when you see this photo, but the ONLY THING I SEE IS THAT TURQUOISE FRINGE DRESS.  Can I have that please?  Oh me oh my, I quite approve of that look and I’d like to rock that right now, thank you very much.  I think that other than the Gucci on Nicole, this fringed number is stealing the show.

Jennifer Nettles

Look how bold this dress is!  I love how interesting it is.  It’s definitely a work of art and not very predictable.  It’s sexy, statuesque, and ladylike at the same time.

Whether the music of the evening was up to your standards or not, I’m guessing the dresses didn’t disappoint anyone!  I get easily distracted from controversy by sparkly things :)
Katy

Advice in Style: How To Rock Grandpa Chic

Your grandma and grandpa are like, totally on point right now.  I have a friend who consistently points out that the robe/pants/shoes I’m wearing are exactly what her grandfather wears.  Yes, old people are trés CHIC right now!  I see it everywhere whether it’s on the runways or on Instagram…everyone is rocking the grandpa chic look.  And I love it.

One of the things that makes this easy for me is that I don’t have much of a relationship with my grandparents.  Trust me, this makes me sad.  I wish I could participate in a program where grandparents adopt me and tell me stories and talk to me…this sounds like a dream to me!  None of my grandparents have been very present in my life and while they have a granddaughter who would absolutely ADORE to listen to all their stories, they sure aren’t telling them to me. The lack of relationship with them however has caused me to not have clothing associations with them…know what I mean?  Like, if your grandpa ACTUALLY used to wear something, you may have a difficult time seeing it as stylish and instead only be able to picture your grandparent puttering around in it.  Sure, some of us have super stylish grandparents, but most of us don’t really try to mimic how they dressed or currently dress at any point in time.

My association with my grandparents’ style are….whiskey (my grandpa’s cologne),  bad polyester (the thick stiff scratchy kind), and 80’s sweaters that have a lot of random colors and “things” sewn on them.  That’s about all I can come up with when it comes to my associations.  Lucky for me (besides the obvious “missing out on the relationship” downside), I get to experience grandparent couture in my own brand new way!

If this is a style you’re scared of, or just need inspiration to try, I’m going to show you two ways to wear a pair of grandpa chic pants.

Full-On Grandpa Chic


This whole outfit for the most part is thrifted.  Grandpa pants, sweater vest and shoes, and grandma hat and blouse.  One of the best parts about grandparent chic is that it’s EASILY found at thrift stores CHEAP.  This is a great way to fully wear a runway style for under $20.  Loafers are a MUST.

Grandpa Chic “Light”

Okay, so you love the style, but you want/need to dress a little less like you fought in Vietnam.  I get it, that’s okay, you can still pull this off.  Take those grandpa chic pants you got, add a pair of booties or lace up biker boots and a graphic tee.  Maybe some jewelry…and you’ve got “bad grandpa” chic.  You know what I mean not bad, BAD.  I haven’t seen Bad Grandpa, but that’s what I think of when I say this.

So go grab yourselves some plaid pants, and get complaining about how things were better in “the good old days”.  Grandparents are cool, and that’s okay with me :)
Katy

Trending: Friday Five Roundup

It’s that time again…coffee time!  Oh wait.  Sorry, I meant Friday!  It’s almost the weekend and I’m ready.  Are you?  I bet you are!  Here’s some fun to get your weekend off to the best start!!

For when you have to cut yourself off from coffee (for me, it’s 3pm otherwise sleeping at night will become optional, there are some delicious and healthy pick me ups.

Manrepeller.com posted some recipes that may seem a bit…bizarre to you non health food people, but I drink turmeric milk daily and it’s quite soothing.  I love coffee and honestly I wish I could drink it at night, but my mind won’t shut down if I do!

Maroon 5 came out with a new single.  And the pop-loving angels rejoiced.

Is anything they sing NOT catchy?  Plus, these costumes are making me say WTF and also stay glued to my screen at the same time.  Mission accomplished, guys.

J.K. Rowling announced that there will be not one, but five Fantastic Beasts movies.  

Okay, okay, yeah…that’s probably too many movies.  But I can’t help it.  I’m excited and happy because anything in the Harry Potter universe is exciting to me.

The new face of Gucci is…Vanessa Redgrave!

I love this.  Because this just reinforces what I feel like ALL women need to believe and really truly LIVE…that WOMEN (no qualifiers) are beautiful.  It doesn’t matter what your age is or your “it girl status” or whatever…YOU can wear what makes you happy.  This is gorgeous and I think so much more effective than just choosing whatever model is hot right now.  Bravo Gucci.  As if I needed to love you more…

The fashion world is mad about kitties, and apparently there’s science behind this…er…cat lady obsession.

I was in H&M the other day, and I saw this dress that had leopards on it.  I almost ran and dove for it.  But when I got there…I saw that it wasn’t leopards at all.  It was their much milder relative…house cats.  Apparently, cats are not just “so now”, they’re the furry poster child of high end couture.  Read for yourself…it’s interesting, weird, and somehow makes sense all at the same time.

Hope your weekend is fun!
Your friend in kitty fashion,
Katy

Advice In Style: How To Dress Like A Cult Leader

At some point in my fashion journey, I have had a revelation.  I have seen the light.  And it has beckoned me towards it.  Yes, my style is often an epic mashup of lots of things, but amongst those style elements, one of them has emerged frequently.  I like to dress like a cult leader at times.  I know, I know.  I am as horrified as you are.  How can this be?  I seem so mild mannered and sweet…(well now I’m just straight up lying through my teeth, how very cult leader of me!)  But yes, I have realized this, and I wanted to do the right thing and share it with all of you.

After having this, um, spiritual-like enlightenment, I had another epiphany.  Lots of cult leader style is in high fashion.  Often.

Let’s stop for a moment.  Doesn’t high fashion sometimes just…make you LAUGH???  I mean, if I was wearing all that couture, I would NOT be wailing and acting like someone just died.  I’d be doing a happy dance with a permanent smile affixed to my face.  (How very, un-cult leader-y of me).  But this is it.  High fashion meets cult leader.  And I have signed up.  I’m drinking the Kool-Ade.

If you’re kind of confused about what on earth I mean by “cult leader style”, let me break it down for you.  It’s pretty simple.
1. Sleeves.  Cult leaders need long bell sleeves because they do a lot of hand and arm gesturing.  The flowy sleeves really help drive their point home.  I don’t think I’m very convincing at all in short sleeves.
2. Dress Shape.  You don’t see a lot of waistbands or belts on cult leaders.  I’m not sure why…but you have to wear tunic shaped dresses, no matter male or female.  No pants, no belts, just a long piece of fabric.  Keep it simple.  That way, you can focus on more important things, like naming new planets and coming up with a theme song.  (Cult leaders have those right?)
3. Demeanor.  You must always appear calm and put together.  Aw crap.  Guess I can’t be a cult leader after all guys.  Or I guess, as in the photo above, you can wail at random like a crazy person.  But I don’t recommend that in a normal setting like in, say, a coffee shop with other humans present.  Also, patting people’s heads and saying “my child” a lot is a bonus.  This will definitely give you that extra authority…mixed with those long sleeves…that you need to gain followers.

Here’s my look that definitely says: “come follow me, my child” (see how I did that?) and I know you want to go and do the same.  Okay.  Gotta go finish up my theme song now…
Katy

Fashion Feeling: In (the) Navy Now

Color trends are interesting.  Often I have no real clue where the “color of the year” comes from, however I know it does have meaning and comes from research and all that.  Just because something’s the “color of the year” or “on trend” doesn’t mean I’m gonna wear it though.  There was that one year when it was this super taupe-y purple…and boy do I NOT look good in that color.  So, I just went “off trend” for the year and wore orange instead.  Because I always wear orange.

This year, for fall, it seems that navy is making a resurgence.  Gosh what a great color.  I mean, it’s ALWAYS “in”, it looks good on basically every skin tone, and it’s just a good basic color.  A little more interesting than black, but still very slimming and neutral.  Win-win.  I’ve also noticed that nautical style is really making a huge comeback as well.

Considering I’ve never been on a boat really…maybe once my mom made me go whale watching as a child and I’ve been terrified of whales ever since…this is most definitely a poser-y style for me.  But hey, isn’t all style like that?  I mean, I wear a Boy Scout shirt and I have no clue about the Boy Scouts.  (They’re not the ones with the cookies, so…) I wear rock and roll stuff and while I do play guitar, I play like acoustic guitar, not like shredding leads.  So I can pretend I’m in the “navy”, right?

I honestly love the nautical/military kind of trend.  I think it’s structured and flattering, and well, blue and gold together are just SUCH a winning combo.  So classy and always “expensive” looking somehow.  I don’t pay a TON of attention to color trends, quite honestly, but I do when I like them!

Hope your weekend is going swimmingly and you have effectively avoided all whales (unless you’re not scared of them like I am, which, if you’re a normal human, that’s probably the case).
Katy

Real World Style: Fall Couture

I love nothing more than to be flipping through the glossy pages of a magazine and spot an outfit that makes me think: “hey!  I could do that!”  I love when I see a photo that encourages me to put things together in a brand new way.  This is the ultimate way to “shop your closet” or to help you come up with a list of a few pieces to add to your wardrobe for the new season.  When I saw this look in the most recent Vogue, I instantly knew I wanted to give it a shot in the real world.

Dang it.  Now I want a soft pretzel.  Back to the outfit.  I love blazers.  I think they are one of the most key pieces, like a great pair of jeans, that can just completely make an outfit.  They just add something structured to your look and can take anything, even a plain tank top and jeans and sandals and make it look like a legit outfit.  This look, though, made me think about the whole “blazer/skirt” combo.  This is not new, it’s not rocket science, but it just feels very now and fresh to me.  This is what I did with it:

I have a plaid blazer, but because mine is navy and dark green, when I tried to pair it with the red skirt it looked way too Christmas-y.  I liked how the stripes paired with the skirt…kind of had this thing where the lines on the blazer continued on down in the skirt.  It feels so “fall” and so  put together to me.  All I need is that stupid soft pretzel now…

If you don’t have a blazer, definitely add one to your wardrobe.  Here’s a great option for one under $50 at H&M.  I think this look works best with an unstructured skirt better than a pencil skirt for example, because the blazer/pencil skirt pairing is definitely an “I just came from the office” look whereas this is a more creative use of this typical workwear piece.  I would do it with a flowy maxi, a pleated midi, or even a destroyed denim piece to be creative with it!  I love the juxtaposition of the tweed-y blazer with a romantic or rock and roll skirt!

Hope you’re having a great day (and eating a soft pretzel)!
Katy

Fashion Feelings: I Don’t Want To Get Out Of Bed

Sometimes I hesitate writing posts of this nature, because…well, things often can be misunderstood or interpreted in ways that are not the way they were intended to be delivered.  And in this post, I’m addressing the fact that I am a mother, and yet, I still have feelings of my own.  Sure, I know we are all aware of this.  But ARE WE, REALLY aware of this fact?  Because geez, the amount of guilt that I have to fight off for feeling stuff sometimes makes me think that this is not common knowledge.

Last week it was my birthday.  And besides a day trip over the weekend with a couple of my (awesome) friends, my actual birthday and birthday week, was, how shall I saw this…HUGELY DISAPPOINTING.  Now I need to get this out of the way.  I have absolutely NOTHING to complain about in the grand scheme of things.  I have an amazing family and friends and a lot of things to be thankful for.  But you guys, I think most of us have expectations that our birthday will be special, right?

Here’s what happened.  Our babysitting situation fell through on my actual birthday due to a miscommunication.  The previous weekend had been hectic, so I spent the actual day of my birthday power cleaning and trying to recover the house…because just because it was my birthday, doesn’t mean that stuff could really wait.  Plus, since our plans fell through, we decided to celebrate on a different day.  But then…the kids got sick.  So…I think you can imagine how the week went.  We cancelled all of our usual plans as well as my birthday plans.  I spent the week waking up in the middle of the night helping coughing kids.  I spent the days dragging my butt around, eating and drinking as many superfoods as I could humanly consume and washing endless amounts of laundry.  Begging and cajoling kids who didn’t feel like eating to eat and drink something.  Don’t hear me wrong on this…this is not meant as a complaint.  Obviously, I adore my kids and all I wanted was for them to feel better.  I felt badly for their poor little runny noses and I do enjoy taking care of them.  BUT YOU GUYS, NO ONE WANTS TO SPEND THEIR BIRTHDAY WEEK LIKE THAT!

I’m for reals NOT looking for sympathy here.  I’m just trying to bring up the whole “mom guilt” issue that just relentlessly plagues moms everywhere.  Propagated even further by social media, where it appears that all moms on there love EVERY FREAKING MINUTE of motherhood (how is that even possible, I mean, do YOU like wiping poop daily??), this is just a real live thing when you’ve got kids.  From the moment I had my first baby, I changed a lot.  I began caring about both my kids more than myself in a lot of ways.  The things that I worry about and think about center around them more often than they do around myself now.  BUT.  I’m still human. I still feel disappointment when my fun plans that I’ve been looking forward to for weeks, or maybe even a whole year (since that’s how often your birthday comes up!), get cancelled.  And yeah, I had a few pity party moments.  Because no matter how much you love your kids, you’re so thankful for them, and you would pretty much do anything for them…you still want to have fun.  And my husband reminds me often (he’s a great guy!) that my feelings are still valid.  That it’s okay that I still want to do things for myself.  That it’s not selfish to be disappointed when I don’t get to do what I was planning and hoping to do.

One of the things I’ve found makes it better for me, is to allow myself some time to feel how I feel.  I feel disappointed?  Okay, I acknowledge and validate why I feel that way.  I let myself cry a little, I feel it…and then I remind myself how much I love my kids, how lucky I am to have them, and how they’re only young for a period of time.  That someday, they will wipe their own noses, and I may even miss wiping snot.  Or poop.  (Yikes, being a mom is WEIRD!)  I try hard to not berate myself for being well, myself.  I love to do fun things.  I love to spend time with my husband and have all his attention for a change.  I’m a mom.  And yes, I’m still a human.

For the days I just don’t want to get out of bed, there’s ugly chic couture!  Pajama pants (are the best!) that don’t look like pjs, and an “ugly” tee.  Pair these with a kick ass pair of shoes, and you can “roll outta bed” in style, whether you feel like it or not.

And to all you moms out there feeling guilty for having feelings, stop being so hard on yourselves.  The very fact that you feel so bad about all this stuff means you’re a great mom.  So just be YOU and remember that your kids will notice that and follow suit.  Being a mom is challenging enough without being so dang hard on yourself!

Katy

Advice in Style: How To Dress Like A Crazy Lady

Yes, you most definitely read that right.  It says: “How to Dress Like A Crazy Lady” in case you weren’t clear the first go round.  First off, let me address the question at hand.  “Why would you WANT to?”  This can be answered multiple ways.  Now, this post is written in a slight tongue and cheek manner, so you can most definitely treat this as a “how NOT to dress” post.  Like a: “don’t mix all these things together…or people may think you’re insane” post.  Got it?  BUT (big but hehehe), there may be an actual reason to pull off the “I have 14 cats and knit matching sweaters for them all” look.  BECAUSE IT’S ON THE RUNWAYS…ALL THE TIME.

DO YOU SEE WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT?  Dude, she’s even HOLDING A CAT, I don’t even have to make this crap up.  This photo proves my point.  “Crazy Lady Couture” is all the rage now.  So go with it.  But please, don’t buy 14 cats.  At least cap it at like 4 or 5.  For their sake.

Here are your basic Crazy Lady Couture Rules:  (feel free to go off book on this one, there are a lot of variations among this theme)
1. Always wear a hat.  Even when indoors or during the summer.  Have you ever seen a crazy person not wearing a hat?  I rest my case.
2. Sweaters are essential.  Sweater vests are even better, because they’re even more specific.
3. Lots of layers add to the madness.  This is not a look for the faint of deodorant.  Trust me.
4. Tights help.  They add an extra layer of texture to this mash up.  Plus, a lot of “normal” people don’t wear tights past the age of nine.  So.
5. And finally, the weirder the accessories, the better.  You can’t mess this one up, unless you actually try to.

Here’s my crazy lady couture look.  I gotta say, this look isn’t always the most wearable unless I’m having a SUPER confident day, but MAN IS IT FUN!

Go forth and layer to your heart’s content.  And if you have a cat compliant enough to chill with you as an accessory, even better.
Katy