Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Olive Spring

Do you see that little bit of green peeking through the ground in these pictures? Do you know what that is? That's proof that spring is finally on her way. After months of muddling through the dreary winter season, spring is so close! Have you seen all the cute spring dresses popping up ever where?? I am dying to buy all of them, but trying to stick to my budget.

Dress- Old Navy /Last Season (similar, similar, maxi length)
Sweater- Old! (similar, similar plus size,  similar)
Boots- Old (links to boots here!)

So, I went digging through my closet looking for dresses that had been long forgotten and found this one. I wore this baby like crazy during the summer months. It was like reuniting with an old friend! It was also a wonderful reminder that the school year is drawing to a rapid close and the freedom of summer is looming ahead of me. 

Is it crazy that a dress can make you feel so much?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Minty Fresh Feeling

Mint Jeans- Gap (exact here, similar, plus size)

I truly avoided mint jeans for as long as I could. For over a year now I've wanted a pair, but I managed to talk myself out of them time and time again- too expensive, too impractical, too trendy. I thought I was safe this season too until a couple of weeks ago when Audrey posted about her mint jeans and included a link to a $20 pair from Gap. I followed the link, fully expecting for Gap to be sold out in my size, and when they weren't... well, I kinda felt obligated to buy them.

Throw in a 25% off promo code and I was convinced. A few days later, these babies were all mine.

It's been so long since I've bought Gap jeans that honestly I had forgotten how much better the quality is compared to my Old Navy Jeans. These jeans fit true to size. They don't sag after wearing them all day. They didn't cut into my stomach or accentuate my non-edible muffin-top. So what I'm trying to say is... they are awesome.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Valentine's Day

I got all mushy-gushy, lovey-dovey on you guys back in January when we celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary (15 years together), so I really expected Valentine's Day to be low-key. And I promise I am TOTALLY okay with that. I'm not one of those girls who say they don't want anything for Valentine's Day, but they really do. I'm also not one of those girls who hate Valentine's Day and anyone who celebrates (though life-size stuffed teddy bears seemed to be all the rage in the high school halls on that day of love, and those suckers just freak me out!). Truthfully, I just feel like after nearly half our lives together, we are kinda past the intention of Valentine's Day.

So, you can imagine my surprise when I walked downstairs on Thursday morning and saw this in my basement:

My dear, sweet, loving, wonderful husband had strung nearly 100 photos of us all through the basement of our home. The pictures spanned from our very first Valentine's together back in 1998 to New Year's Eves, Easters, weddings, Halloween parties, concerts, beach trips, I'm certain it was nearly every occasion we've ever photographed. I walked through these photos, evidence of a life well-loved and reminisced, recalling the nights, the dinners, the outfits, the fun. And I'll be honest... I got teary-eyed. 

Then I walked into the garage, where more pictures were hanging. I was humbled at the hours that clearly went into this gesture. Photos printed and glued and hole-punched and hung.  Heck, I didn't even get him a card! I opened the door of the garage and followed the string to my car- waiting for me there was a new CD, a box of chocolates, and a very Curtis-esque Valentine's card (if you follow me on Instagram then you know exactly what I am talking about!)

So I realize lots of women say it, and lots of women got nice things for Valentine's Day, but I am pretty sure that my husband takes the cake. No offense.

Betsey dress- c/o Kiyonna

Being both a mom and a school teacher, any special occasions have to be celebrated on the weekends because I can't stay out late on school nights, so Saturday night Curtis and I had the chance to enjoy some time together without Sean (thanks for keeping him, Steph!). I was entirely overdressed for hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese pho and banh mi, but I had been saving these amazing Kiyonna Betsey dress for over a month!

I hope all your days are filled with love and beautiful dresses :D

Friday, February 15, 2013

Earn Your Stripes

It's amazing how much better you feel after just a little bit of sunshine! I was feeling pretty down in the dumps Wednesday, but, as promised, I wore this amazing Eloquii dress from Gwynnie Bee the next day and couldn't stop smiling! I've mentioned it before, but one thing I love about Gwynnie Bee is having the opportunity to try different styles out risk-free. If I were shopping online, I probably wouldn't have bought this particular dress, but with GB's "Clothing Without Commitment", I knew I could always send it back ad try something else if it didn't work out.

Dress- Eloquii c/o Gwynnie Bee

This was a gamble that paid off! I loved the full A-Line silhouette on the dress. I felt very "swishy" all day. You know what I mean? This dress had an awesome 50s' vibe to me, and I am totally in love with it!

Thank you all so much for the encouragement and suggestions for curbing my spending! I am definitely going to shop mindfully now and make a list of essentials. This dress is going on that list!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Black, Brown, and Whiny All Over

 I don't really know if I need to just blame my recent mood on the days of rainy weather I've been dealing with this week or something deeper and darker, but I just haven't felt myself in the past couple of weeks. Like I mentioned on Monday, I haven't been buying clothes, but at the same time, I've been selling off a bunch of my favorite pieces that are no longer my size. My closet is limited not only because of the weather, but also because of the discrepancy between clothes going out and clothes coming in. I haven't felt very inspired lately.

So, I turned to Pinterest to give  me some inspiration, and ultimately chose to recreate one of the very first outfits I ever pinned. Sometimes simple is best, especially when you are feeling out of sorts.

Dress- Old Navy (similar here and here)
Belt- New York & Co. (similar here and here)
Boots- Old Navy (Similar wide-calf options here, here,  here, and here)

These pieces are all more than a year old, and I consider them all to be "classics" for any wardrobe- black dress, brown boots, and brown belt- nice and easy. I know some women still consider mixing black and brown together to be one of the ultimate fashion faux pas, but I think this look is just perfect and that's important on days like today.

When I feel like nothing fits, or I have nothing to wear, or everything is boring and dull, I struggle with getting discouraged and comparing myself to everyone else. It's not a healthy way to feel, so I am glad it doesn't happen very often!

It seems silly and shallow, but sometimes it is nice to know that you have an elegant outfit that makes you feel good on days when you feel like everything is going wrong. For me, this is that outfit. It's probably that simple elegance that appealed to me over a year and a half ago when I pinned it, and continues to appeal to me today.

P.S. Sorry I sounded like a downer today, gals! Here's a sneak peek at my Gwynnie Bee selection for later this week. How can I not smile when wearing this dress??

Monday, February 11, 2013

Weekend Wear: Geo Print Sweater

I spend so much time during the week dressing up, that usually by the time the weekend rolls around, I  am perfectly content to lounge around in my pajamas for 48 straight hours. Sometimes, thought, the day entails a little more effort. Saturday night Curtis and I went out to watch a movie and grab a bite to eat, and I was so excited to get to wear my first purchase in months.

Sweater- Forever 21 (similar here)
Skinny Jeans- Old Navy
Boots- Old Navy (similar here, wide calf option here)
Necklace- Forever 21
I have been looking for a Geo Print Sweater for months now, and last week within the span of three hours two of my favorite bloggers, Franish and Tieka, mentioned this Forever 21 sweater. Before the night was done, I had ordered it. Back in October, I made a conscience effort to buy less. It's been pretty easy with my Gwynnie Bee membership, and one month of no shopping turned into two and two turned into three, but I guess the streak is over.

However, just that short break from shopping has really opened my eyes to how much I have and how much I waste. That's not to say that I am a reformed shopaholic. I still fight the urge every day to hop online and buy myself something new and pretty, especially when I've had a bad day at work, but I really try to keep myself busy with other activities until the urge passes.

What do you do to avoid buying unnecessarily? 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Guest Post: Catie's Corner- How to Style Trouser Jeans

Hi there, I'm Catie from Catie's Corner.
Today I'm thrilled to be guest posting here at Hems for Her! I love Katie and her blog!
Every Friday at Catie's Corner it's Frivolous Fashion Friday. Every week's feature is different and full of fashion inspiration. This week Katie asked if I could put together a post all about trouser jeans to share with you all. Trouser jeans are just as versatile as your everyday jean, but they have the ability to turn a plan outfit into one that looks a bit more dressy and put together.

So what do you think? Are you loving the trouser jean now? 
I may have to run out a buy a pair! 
If you'd to know where the outfits are from click on the source link under each picture. And please pin from the original source. If you'd like a sneak peek to FFF follow me on Pinterest to see what I'm pinning. I have three style boards and hundreds and hundreds of outfits pinned! You can also follow me on Polyvore
Thanks soo much to Katie for having me today! Have a fabulous weekend! 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

How to Wear Trouser Jeans

In a world saturated with skinny, painted-on jeans and jeggings, trouser jeans are a refreshing option for many women. Much more forgiving than skinnies and more office appropriate, trouser jeans are dressy enough for the work day, but comfortable enough for the every day. After my last post featuring trouser jeans, many of you expressed an interest in a post dedicated to this wardrobe work horse, so I am teaming up with one of my favorites, Catie from Catie's Corner, to give you some tips on buying and wearing trouser jeans, and then tomorrow Catie will give you a ton of pinnable outfit ideas!

Tips for Buying and Wearing Trouser Jeans

* Fit is everything. Trouser jeans can be ultra-flattering for many body shapes- not just long-legged and slender ladies- but you must buy the right pair (or have them tailored).
 If you are on the petite side of the spectrum, look for trouser jeans with a lower-rise and wearing some rocking heels or wedges. 

* Trouser jeans are meant to be tailored and fitted. You shouldn't have a saggy backside! Ideally the trousers will fit your curves and butt and then fall straight down from the thigh.

* I've heard of women (meaning I don't do this but probably should) who buy two pairs of the same trouser jeans and have one pair hemmed to wear with flats and the other pair for heels. If you think this doesn't make a difference in how polished you look, then hop over to Audrey's post on proper fit and look at her before and after photos.

* You want to "even" out the fullness of your bottom half with a closer-fitting, feminine top. Cropped blazers look especially sharp with dark trouser jeans.

* Trousers jeans can be easily dressed up or down by changing your heel height or top- they make great wardrobe staples for Casual Fridays, but if you are lucky, you may can dress them up enough to wear any day of the week.

Remember to be sure to come back tomorrow to see all the awesome outfits that Catie has picked out for us! My favorites are # 6, 8 and 11!!

P.S. Did you win the Kiyonna giveaway? 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Attitude Re-BOOT

Don't forget to enter to win $100 from Kiyonna and Hems for Her. You have until midnight to enter! Sweepstakes Entry Here!

I may never get tired of wearing knee high boots with skirts and big scarves. For whatever reason I just LOVE the combination. I am as comfortable as being in any other casual outfit, but I feel so much more pulled together and stylish.

Cowl Neck Sweater- Old Dana Buchman (similar here and here)
Corduroy Pencil Skirt- Last season Old Navy (similar here and here)
Floral Scarf- Last season New York & Co (similar here )
Riding Boots- Old Navy (similar here )
These boots were a purchase from Old Navy back in the fall of 2011 and they have truly become a staple of my wardrobe. I sometimes feel pressured to upgrade to a nicer pair, but I slide them on and the fit just right around my calves, and I fall in love all over again. So I intend to wear them until they fall apart...or until I find my dream pair of Frye boots on sale for $50 ;)

One thing I've noticed after blogging for over a year is the increased pressure to buy, buy, buy and have, have, have. I joke about the boots, but ,seriously, sometimes I feel like I'm not a "real" blogger until I have certain brands and certain items in my closet. The funny thing is many of these brands don't cater to my size, so even if money wasn't a roadblock, the lack of extended sizes would stop me in my tracks. The good thing is it forces me to work with what I can get my hands on. The bad thing is it is sometimes really discouraging. I know I'm not the only woman dealing with this, right?

P.S. I added several pieces to my StoreEnvy shop over the weekend, including a sweet faux leather pencil skirt I never even got to wear! Check it out here!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Up Cloche and Personal- How to Wear a Cloche Hat

I'm so ready for this dumb week to be over that I wore this all black ensemble just to be moody and emo. I wanted it to scream, "Keep away from me!", but apparently a cute cloche is an invitation to talk. I can honestly say I don't ever wear hats of any kind, not since my unfortunate Blossom-phase back in 7th grade. As a teacher in a public high school, I spend approximately 92.3478322% of my day getting on to students about breaking dress code, so it seems perfectly normal that the hat stayed in my car during the work week.

Dress- c/o Eshakti- sold out (similar here, here, and here)
Boots- Old Navy- last year (similar here, here, and here)
Cloche- In store only- Charming Charlie's (similar, similar)
Belt- Target (double strand- similar , cute option from Levi)

However, after work we went out to eat and I was faced with a different problem. I'm not really up to date on my hat etiquette. Can you wear them in restaurants? In movie theatres? I ending up taking my cloche off because I felt like a horse wearing blinders; I couldn't see anything out of my peripheral. I guess I have a long ways to go before wearing a hat just feels natural!

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