And the Winner is…

And the Winner is…

The winner of the giveaway is Kathy McAlhany! Congratulations!!

Please e-mail me your address at caitlin (at) greaterthanrubies (dot) net, and I will ship your prize package!

The Lovely Lookbook: Stripes

The Lovely Lookbook: Stripes

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Welcome to The Lovely Lookbook, a monthly link up to share your style and find outfit inspiration!

Our goal for The Lovely Lookbook is to help women of all shapes, sizes, and styles share their looks and find new outfits based on the theme of the month.

For each Lovely Lookbook, Sarah and I will share our height and the size of clothing we’re wearing as a reference to help show you how to dress your body.

We hope you’ll join us! We want you to share your style to inspire others, and if you’re trying to figure out your style, we want to help you look and feel amazing in your own skin and clothing!

November’s Lovely Lookbook features stripes, and here are our looks:

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Sarah paired her striped dress with a jacket, which defines her waist (always a great idea if you’re wearing horizontal stripes!) and makes her look taller by creating a top and bottom half visually. The dark stripes and heels make the light colored jacket and statement necklace pop. It’s such a visually interesting outfit I can’t stop staring at it. (I promise I’m not a creeper! :))

Sarah’s dress is a medium and her jacket is a small. She’s 5’3″. 

I wore a lot of striped looks in the 31 Days, 31 Ways Remix we just wrapped up at Greater Than Rubies. My favorite was this final look: a white button up, striped jacket, dark wash jeans, and leopard flats. Fancy-casual, if you will.

Stripes are a great pattern mixing candidate, especially a pinstripe. From far away it reads as a solid, so it’s perfect for pairing with leopard, floral, or dots. (Really any pattern you like!)

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My button up is a small from Old Navy, the jacket is a small from Marshall’s, and the pants are a hand me down from Gap, size 4. My shoes were on crazy clearance at the Cole Haan Outlet
($50 down from almost $200.) Don’t you love a deal like that?! Oh! And I’m 5’11.

So there you have it, two striped looks for two different body types.

Let’s see yours! Oh! And a little reminder from us to y’all! We wear all kind of sizes to make sure we can get the fit of things right. Every designer’s sizing is different. No one else sees the size on the tag, and if the items fit, all they notice is that you look put together! Don’t be held captive to a size.

A quick reminder of how The Lovely Lookbook will work:

The link up begins on the 1st of every month. So, on the 1st, visit Greater Than Rubies or Tucker Up to link up your styled item. We want you to share your style and/or find inspiration from how others styled their looks. Feel free to link up as many looks as you’d like. If you wear stripes every day for the next two weeks and want to link up each one, awesome. Just one? Perfect. If you aren’t a blogger, feel free to just stop by for some inspiration!

The link up will run for two weeks (today’s closes on November 14th).

Also, from the 1st through the 14th, you can vote for the next month’s topic. (Starting today, you’ll vote for December’s.)

On the 15th of every month, we’ll do a recap post and announce the following month’s theme. 

All we ask is that you link your post(s) back to both of our blogs (Tucker Up and Greater Than Rubies) or grab our buttons from our sidebars. You don’t have to follow us, or give us your first born child to participate. :)

If you Instagram, you can use the hashtag #thelovelylookbook to share your style for all to see (or get people to vote for the theme you want next month!) and follow us @TheLovelyLookbook if you like! We’re so excited about this opportunity to showcase a bunch of different ways that women style items they already own!

Now link up those stripes, browse for inspiration, and cast your vote!

What do you want to wear and see styled for the December 1 Lovely Lookbook? PS We are having trouble finding a poll that works across WordPress and Blogger. If you know of one, please let us know!

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31 Days, 31 Ways Week 4 Link Up

31 Days, 31 Ways Week 4 Link Up

This week was my favorite yet. I always come up with the outfits I like the most at the end of the remix. I think it just proves the more you practice, the better you get at shopping your closet for new looks!

It’s been a ca-razy week at la casa de Skidmore, so we’ll keep today’s post short and sweet- just 3 things you need to know:

  1. You are gorgeous and I’m really thankful for you! Muah!
  2. We all want to see your looks from week 3, so link up below!
  3. The Lovely Lookbook opens tomorrow, so get that striped look ready to go!

Have a great weekend, loves!

Week 4

Show us your week 3 looks! Link them up here:

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Here’s extra info on 31 Days, 31 Ways if you’re just joining us!

Introductory Post (Guidelines, tips & tricks to handle emergencies, how to link up, and more.)

All the 31 Days, 31 Ways-Related Posts

31 Days, 31 Ways Remix Link Up Schedule:


PS Tomorrow kicks off the November edition of The Lovely Lookbook!

October’s link up featured fall colors, and these two ladies let their fall colors shine bright! Riva killed it with her DIY blanket scarf. Who needs Zara when you can make your own? ;) And Robyn mixed patterns like a pro! A big thanks to all of you gorgeous ladies for linking up with us- we can’t wait to see you back here tomorrow!

October TLL Recap

A New Way to Find Outfit Inspiration + 100s of Outfits to Copy

A New Way to Find Outfit Inspiration + 100s of Outfits to Copy

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Why is it that we have overstuffed closets and we’re constantly saying we have nothing to wear?

We’ve got to reframe our thinking: we’ve got plenty to wear, we’re just not sure how to put it all together to look and feel amazing.

I’ve been practicing remixing my closet for a few years now, and I’ve found the easiest thing is to break it down to a step by step process. Look at the individual pieces first- the basic building blocks of an outfit:

  • tank
  • tee
  • short sleeve blouse
  • long sleeve blouse
  • button up
  • sweater
  • cardigan
  • jacket
  • dress
  • skirt
  • shorts
  • pants

Subbing these into “outfit formulas” helps you create “new” outfits from what you already have in your closet.

This one is super simple: tank + maxi + accessories: a scarf, belt, and sandals.

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Because half the battle of an outfit is visualizing, so I’ve created some new pinboards for you by outfit piece:

Using these looks as a starting point, you can come up with TONS of new looks by subbing in pieces that you have. I’m working on some really fun ways to help my e-mail list do that over the next few months. We’d love to have you along! You can always sign up on the righthand side of the page ->.

Happy Wednesday, lovelies!

Linking up with WIWWTucker UpGet Your Pretty On & Mix & Match Fashion.

Remix Rewear Restyle I On-Trend Secondhand Looks

Remix Rewear Restyle I On-Trend Secondhand Looks

Happy Monday, Remixinistas!

If you’re new, Remix Rewear Restyle is a weekly challenge to shop your closet and show us how you style a certain piece. Don’t worry about being right or wrong- there aren’t any rules except to include a piece that fits the challenge. So go shop that closet and link up your look!

Today’s remix showcases on-trend looks from secondhand pieces. Shopping pre-loved items is one of my favorite things to do!

Often, you can find amazing and unique pieces at ridiculously low prices. Places with second hand items frequently support a great cause, and shopping used reduces your carbon footprint. I also love to swap with or borrow pieces from friends. Even if you’re different sizes, jewelry and accessories can change up an outfit to keep it feeling fresh.

Here in Texas, the weather has been a crazed yo-yo, so on the colder days, I’ve been reaching for colors and patterns that feel like spring so I can at least pretend it’s here to stay.

Floral prints have been everywhere lately, and 95% of my floral tops are second hand pieces. (I always feel a little bit like an evil genius when items I’ve thrifted or found via consignment are hot.)

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 These jeans are also secondhand via a hand me down. They’ve been dyed a couple of times to keep the dark wash look. (As requested, a post on how to do that is coming soon!)

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A couple of other reasons I love this top: it has a small keyhole, which is a different neckline than most of my other blouses, and it has a built in tie at the waist, which nips in to create more of an hourglass figure. It falls just right so I can eat Chuy’s nacho bar all night and still hide my food baby. :D

I’m so excited to see the second hand looks you’re rocking!
Link up your take on this week’s challenge below.

I also want to invite you to share your weekly looks on the GTR Weekly Remix Pinboard! If you want to join in, please be sure you’re following me on Pinterest and leave your Pinterest account name below.
(We have to be mutual followers  before I can invite you.)

Linking up with WIWW & Tucker Up!

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Coming up:

March 31: Dress Up (Or Down!) Your favorite way to style a dress.

Share your suggestions for the April remixes below in the comments!


Want to see more remixes & get inspired to shop your closet?
View all our Remix Rewear Restyles here.

PS Today’s remix was inspired by Redress. This year, they are hosting monthly challenges to inspire sustainable fashion and encourage people to ‘redress’ items rather than throw them away. Their goal is to call attention to the impact our clothing choices have on the environment. Just the tiny bit I’ve peeked into the subject has made it clear that limiting purchases and disposal even slightly can have incredible effects. Beyond that, it’s a great place to look for outfit inspiration!

Shop Today’s Look

blouse (the clothes mentor: similar; if you want to belt on your own, this is a gorgeous option.)
jacket (forever 21: similar)
jeans (j. crew: exact)
wedges (rack room shoes: similar)


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Dressed Up & Dressed Down Valentine’s Day Looks

Dressed Up & Dressed Down Valentine’s Day Looks

I am so excited to partner with Live & Prosper for Free Style, a monthly column.

Jason and Heather Reynolds, L&P’s owners and publishers, are some of the kindest people I know. Their heart for Prosper and the surrounding community is evident in their actions. They’re constantly going above and beyond to bless others {I’ve seen this up close at my day job} and it’s an honor to be part of the things they’re doing in North Texas.

Free Style’s premise is similar to GTR; my goal is to teach women how to shop their closets & make the most of what they have. Each month, I’ll share a snippet of the column, with a link to the online magazine so you can check it out.

February’s column features Dressed Up & Dressed Down Valentine’s Day Looks. {Click to page 27 for the full article.}

Sneak peek: This look hints at the holiday without being over the top. Trouser jeans are a great fit for all body types- look for a cut that falls in a straight line from the waist to the ground to elongate the leg. Add a pair of wedges to dress up your look without without worrying about stability. It’s also the perfect time to experiment with mixing reds, burgundys, and pinks without feeling self-conscious. Blame St. Valentine!

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What are you planning to wear for Valentine’s Day?

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Remix Rewear Restyle Link Up: Scarves

Remix Rewear Restyle Link Up: Scarves

Happy Monday, remixinistas!

If you’re on my mailing list, your inbox and I got very well acquainted today. Sorry for the overload! I’m getting a new site design up and launched, which is exciting, but not without it’s challenges :) Everything should be updated soon, but I apologize for any inconvenience or glitches in the meantime.

If you’re new, Remix Rewear Restyle is a weekly challenge to shop your closet and show us how you style a certain piece. Don’t worry about being right or wrong- there aren’t any rules except to include a piece that fits the challenge. So go shop that closet and link up your look!

Scarves are my cold weather BFF. I am always freezing, and this layer is a great way to add interest and warmth to an outfit. Here are four outfit combinations I have on repeat:

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Swap out the cardigan for a favorite sweater and you’ve got another great look.

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Paired with stripes and leather. The bulky knit of the scarf softens the outfit.

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Use the scarf pattern to pull together the rest of the outfit.
Stay in the same color family like I did, or use one of my favorite illustrations from What Not to Wear: think of a crayon box. If the colors are in the same area {like orange and yellow}, they go together.

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Tuck your scarf into a vest or closed jacket to add warmth and another layer of style.

For the last two looks, I used regular scarves and the trick below to turn them into infinity scarves for the day:

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Are you as big of a scarf fan as I am? Let’s see your remix! I can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with.

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Coming up:

February 10 {Lady in Red} Wear your favorite red, pink, maroon, etc. ensemble!
February 17 {Favorite Staple} What has stood the test of time in your closet?
February 24 {Winter Wear} How do you look put together despite the cold? Show us your go-to winter ensemble, your outerwear, or both!

PS- this Friday, I’ll post all my looks from the Winter Remix, so if you’ve participated,
I hope you’ll link up, too. We want to see all your outfits in one big group!
This will also serve as the January link up for the 365 Days of Remixing challenge.
Get ready to be inspired to shop your closet!


Want to see more remixes & get inspired to shop your closet?
View all our Remix Rewear Restyles here.

Shop the Looks

Look 1

Look 2

Look 3

Look 4

  • cognac crew neck sweater {old navy- exactsimilar}
  • herringbone vest {j. crew outlet- similar}
  • blue jean skinnies {the loft- exact}
  • cognac riding boots {rack room shoes- similarsimilar}

“Infinity” Scarf

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PS I’m linking up with WIWW & Mix It Mondays!