Sunday, May 29, 2016

Double Time

I don't typically buy bathing suits, like ever; I avoid it at all costs when I can.  I probably only wore a bathing suit like three times last summer.

This year is different though.  I've changed the way I eat (cutting out most junk food; I drink more water and eat more fruits and veggies), exercise more, and I feel much better about myself because of it!  I even bought a few new suits in celebration of my new found confidence! 😁

One Piece: aerie (on sale for $15!) || Jacket: rue21, via Poshmark (similar)* || 
Shoes: H&M, sold out (check in store sales section though!; similar) || 
Leggings: LC Lauren Conrad, clearance find (similar) || Belt: Forever 21 || 
Choker: Forever 21 || Sunnies: Wish app (similar)

*use code PNXBH when you sign up (for free!) to get $10 credit towards your first Poshmark find!

I just got this aerie one piece, because I loved how I felt when I tried it on; I felt like Khloe Kardashian with her banging new revenge body (it's empowering, everyone should try it)!

And honestly when I saw it, I bought it to wear as a body suit, not even to wear as swim!

Not gonna lie, I felt pretty badass in this outfit; like Sandy at the end of Grease, meets rocker boho (I don't know if rocker boho is a thing, but it is now!).  I love that it's sexy, but it's not overkill; the neckline is modest in the front and then the back and sides are low cut so it's just enough skin!  And the best part?  You can totally take this suit from the beach to the bar (perfect for weekend getaways or vacations)!!

What do you think about making your swim work double time?  :)

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sea Side Stripes

I can't remember the last time the weather was so indecisive!  It's almost June, and in still rocking my jeans and longs sleeves!  The only thing that's changed is that now I'm wearing sandals with my layers instead of boots, lol.

Stripe Top: aerie, old (similar) || Jeans: American Eagle || 
Sandals: American Eagle ||  Sunnies: Wish app (similar) || 
Watermelon Clutch: Kate Spade, gift (similar, more linked up below!)

These light, ripped boyfriend jeans and comfy, relaxed sandals are perfect for a spring day that hasn't quite warmed up yet--easy, breezy.

And this striped top, tied up at the side, is a fun, "nauti" take on the jeans and tee look.

Um, and how cute is this watermelon clutch?  It's seriously the perfect little detail for summer time!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fresh & Festive

Lately the weather's been pretty great; pretty much all of last week was warm and filled with lots of sun.

And then today, the weather took a turn...again.  All this back and forth with the weather makes it such a pain in the butt to get dressed in the morning; even though it's May, it's still pretty chilly most days, but then later in the day it starts to warm up for a little, before cooling down again.  I've learned that the best way to combat this crazy weather is to just layer.

Overalls: GAP || Sweater: GAP, old (similar) || 
Jacket: H&M, no longer online (H&M has the best bold jackets, like this one & this one!)|| 
Headband: aerie || Sunnies: Wish app (similar) || Earrings: H&M || 
Sneakers: Puma ||  Crossbody: Banana Republic

I stood in front of my closet for a good five minutes before I came up with this outfit idea, and I was so happy it worked out once I put it on.  I've only really worn this H&M jacket (it's no longer available online, but I have seen a few in stores, on sale!) a few times (seen here!), but since it was pretty chilly, I was excited to get to wear it again before it gets warmer!

The combo of the festival-inspired jacket and these GAP overalls was a really fun and funky outfit!  I love the idea of white overalls because they're great for warmer weather; the white gives your outfit a fresh look and the overalls are great for cooler days.

This outfit was an unexpected surprise, because I put it together in a rush and I absolutely LOVED how different it was!; and I got a ton of compliments from people saying that they loved how fun and unique this look was!

How do you layer up on cold, spring days?  :)

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Pocket Full of Sunshine

The sun is finally out and it's actually starting to feel like May!  With the weather doing so much flip-flopping, sometimes it's hard to plan an outfit out for a day that will start off chilly and yucky, and then halfway through warm up.  My solution?  A classic jeans and tee combo, layered with a cute denim jacket!

Tee: aerie || Jeans: GAP || Sandals: MIA Shoes, via Marshalls || Sunnies: aerie || Bag: Kate Spade (similar) || Pom Poms: Wish app (similar) || Watch: c/o Fossil || Jacket: GAP, via Savers

Seriously, how stinking cute is this graphic pocket tee from aerie?!  It's one of their many, many super soft cotton tees, and my t-shirt drawer (that's right, I have a drawer in my dresser dedicated to all my basic tees), is full of these bad boys.  They're ridiculously soft, they're fitted, but not skin tight, and they're perfect for layering, or just rocking with a pair of your fave jeans!

And right now, you can stock up on all the colorful, super soft tees, because it's BOGO 50% off!

How do you rock the jeans and tee combo?  :)

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Equestrian Street Style

My style is always flip-flopping between preppy and street style, edgy and classic, sporty and simple; because of this, I tend to mix a lot of styles together to create a unique look (grungy prep anyone? lol).

Just recently I got a Poshmark package in the mail: a Zara blazer, complete with elbow patches (I LOVE me some elbow patches).  If you didn't know already, I'm a sucker for a good blazer (I probably have almost ten now in my closet as we speak), and when I scrolled through the Poshmark app and saw this tweed beauty, I knew I just had to have it!

I love the old, English feel of it; that is to say, it reminds me of someone going out to a hunt or horse riding (my inner prep is loving it).

Today I wasn't feeling totally old English aristocrat (even though I have an awesome pair of riding-inspired jeggings), so I paired my blazer with a simple black sweater (even though it's May, it's still cold and rainy... so typical English-like weather lol), and my favorite boyfriend jeans.  It's a pretty simple outfit, but it's also a great combination of differing styles.

The blazer is a chic and sophisticated addition to jeans and a sweater, bringing this rainy day outfit to the next level (any excuse for me to throw on a blazer is good enough for me!).  And these lace up boots (also a Poshmark find!), add a little subtle edginess, giving my outfit a street style meets English equestrian look.

I love it!

Blazer: ZARA, via Poshmark* (similar) || Sweater: aerie, old (similar, under $20!) ||
Jeans: GAP || Watch: c/o Fossil || Bag: Banana Republic ||
Sunnies: Wish app (similar) || Pearl Bracelet: J. Crew clearance (similar)
Boots: Lucky Brand, via Poshmark (similar)

*Use code PNXBH when you sign up (for free!) to get a $10 credit (I've gotten shoes for $13!!) towards your first purchase!

Poshmark is great for finding your favorite brands for cheap; as well as making some extra money on the side, selling all the clothes that take up space in your closet.

Need some cute pieces to update your wardrobe, but your wallet isn't up to a major spending spree?  Poshmark is awesome because you can score pieces for 50-75% off retail price!  My Lucky boots?  I got them for only $30!!  Such an easy way to treat yo self on the cheap and add some great pieces to your wardrobe without going into debt.

And if you have a closet full of clothes you don't wear (I think we're all guilty of holding onto pieces we probably won't ever wear), Poshmark is an easy way to get rid of the excess, while making a little extra money for guilt-free shopping or putting into your savings (you can get a check sent to you or have it direct deposited!).  It's super easy, and it's all done through the app, so you can run your closet on the go!

How do you style mash-up?  :)
Gracefullee Made

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Spring Trench + Stripes

J. Crew is on point with their spring jackets; and I'm completely on board (I also love this field jacket that I featured on the blog yesterday)! 

As I get older, I'm starting to realize the phrase "quality over quantity" is truer and truer (you were right after all, mom).  While I still love buying fun trendy pieces, I've come to realize that I need to be smarter in spending my money, and that the bulk of my money spent on my wardrobe should be dedicated to well-fitting, quality pieces that are classic and can be worn for many, many more years.

Enter, this beauty, the J. Crew Factory trench jacket.

Even though April just ended, the weather has been very unpredictable with many cooler and rainier days.  That being said, jackets are still a must even though summer is right around the corner.  I love this timelessness of the trench, and that I can throw it over any outfit (good or lazy...) and still look put together!

Trench: J. Crew (on sale!) || Tee: J. Crew || Jeggings: American Eagle || 
Sneakers: Puma || Crossbody: Banana Republic || Sunnies: aerie || 
Watch: c/o Fossil || Bracelet: J. Crew, clearance find (similar)

The trench is a classic wardrobe staple, that looks awesome thrown over a fun sailor stripe tee and jeans for a chic casual look.  It was perfect for a day of shopping and lunch with my mom!

Speaking of classic investment pieces, how gorge is this Banana Republic cross body (also comes in a nude color) I scored at their sale yesterday (40% off!)?  Every girl needs at least one good leather bag in her style arsenal for a quick polished look.

What are your classic wardrobe staples?  :)

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