The Lovely Lookbook: Hats

The Lovely Lookbook: Hats

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Welcome to The Lovely Lookbook, a link up to share and find outfit inspiration from gorgeous ladies of all styles, shapes, and sizes based on the theme of the month. You’ll definitely find new ways to wear your go-to’s, and we hope you share them with us!

This time, The Lovely Lookbook is showcasing hats.

Sarah wore a monogrammed baseball cap with her plaid button up, cozy vest, leggings, and gray boots.

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Monogram anything is perfection. Slap a monogram on a hat and you’ve got the perfect hat for all occasions. Going-to-the-store-hat, check! Going-out-to-eat-hat, check! Actually-need-a-hat-to-block-the-sun-hat, check!

Outfit details: baseball hat via Tin Roof Designs, vest via Old Navy, tights via Nike, boyfriend button up via Old Navy, boots via Francesca’s. 

Caitlin wore a big, floppy hat with her white button up, textured boyfriend cardigan,
cuffed jeans, and booties.

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I wanted to create a dressed down look for my go-to white button up, so I paired it with my floppy hat, cozy cardigan, and cuffed jeans. Tucking the top in helps define my waist and keeps the boyfriend cardigan from making me look like a box! ;) This look is perfect for a weekend or running errands!

Outfit details: hat via Target, button up via Charming Charlie, cardi and booties via Nordstrom Rack, jeans via The Clothes Mentor.

Now link up those looks below, and be sure to come back to browse for inspiration!

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The Lovely Lookbook: Red

The Lovely Lookbook: Red

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Well hello, lovely ladies in red!

Welcome to The Lovely Lookbook, a monthly link up to share and find outfit inspiration from gorgeous ladies of all styles, shapes, and sizes based on the theme of the month. You’ll definitely find new ways to wear your go-to’s, and we hope you share them with us!

This month, The Lovely Lookbook features red.

Sarah wore a red v-neck blouse and classic black blazer with fun printed pants and killer heels.

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Red is not only my favorite color to wear, but it is also my favorite color in general! I love how it contrasts with my dark hair. Here I paired a flowy red top with printed bottoms, then added a more structured blazer. The blazer keeps the outfit from being mistaken for pajamas :)

Outfit details: the top was a hand-me-down from Caitlin. The pants are from Ross (for $7!),
and the blazer is from Forever 21. 

Caitlin wore a red bow blouse, leather pants, and a pair of black suede pumps.

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I love making outfits out of opposites. This one is a favorite with the edgy leather and feminine blouse and heels. The top and pants are two of Troy’s favorite pieces, so I’m planning to wear them on our Valentine’s Day date even though they’re not part of the Shop Your Closet remix. :)

Outfit details: bow blouse via Target, leather pants via Loft, heels via DSW.

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Use It Or Lose It

Use It Or Lose It

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As I’ve been setting my 2015 goals, I’ve been looking back at what worked last year and what didn’t.

It’s helped me realize there are things I want to intentionally limit and a few that I want to build into more of my schedule. Like less time spent wishing I would start wanting to work out (and suck it up and just make it happen) and more adventures with Troy and walks with Magnum and maybe a new hobby or two. I’ve started to realize that these things I want don’t just magically happen. They get crowded out by urgent and regular old to do lists unless I make them happen.

The same thing is true of our clothes.

It’s much easier to stay with the same old same old, but a few minutes spent asking what’s been working and what hasn’t can give you huge insights into your closet and start breaking down invisible scripts that hold you and your style back.

Here are a few examples to get you started. (You’ll get the most out of this by writing it down. There’s something about seeing your thoughts on paper and you can also see patterns that you’ll miss if you’re just thinking through it. So go grab your pretty self a pen and some paper!)

First, what’s been working?

  • Look at the items you reach for the most. (Usually about 20% of your closet.) What is it about them that you like? Cut? Color? Feel? Something else?
  • Which items are so worn out you really shouldn’t be wearing them, but you love them so much you can’t bear to get rid of them? Why do you keep hanging on to these specific pieces?
  • What items do you get the most compliments in? Think about the comments and try to pinpoint what each piece’s best feature is.

Use what you’ve learned to make what you have work! Shop your closet for new outfits with these specific elements and/or add the specific cuts, fabrics, and colors to your shopping list.

What hasn’t been working?

  • Do you have items with the tags still on? Why do you (gut honestly) think you haven’t worn them?
  • What items do you keep because you feel like you have to or think you should? If you don’t love them and feel great in them, maybe it’s time to let go.
  • Is there a style you’ve been wanting to try but haven’t been able to get up the courage? Just wear it! My favorite test is the grocery store. If the sky doesn’t fall because I’ve worn that piece or style, I usually end up loving it and feeling a sense of accomplishment and adventure by the time I leave. Dramatic? A little, but it works!
  • Are you feeling uninspired, no idea where to start, or anything less than gorgeous? Ask yourself why, and come up with one tiny baby action step you can take to start moving past those negative thoughts and emotions today.

A few tiny baby step ideas:

  • Browse the remix page for two minutes and pick one article to read.
  • Set a timer for 5-10 minutes and make a pros and cons list of your closet.
  • Take 1 minute to sign up for the GTR e-mail list and get a free bonus e-mail series that guides you through putting together 30+ new outfits that make you feel gorgeous and fit your life perfectly.

Have another idea? Share it in the comments of this post.

Here’s to a year of curating a style that you love, fits your life perfectly, and makes you feel as gorgeous as you are!

Just Flip It

Just Flip It

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A friend and I were having coffee last week, and she was telling me about her latest purchases when she said something I loved: “I really like the look of a white blazer, but that doesn’t fit my life very well. So I thought about how I could make it work for me, and realized I wear my jean jacket all the time. I’d wear it every day if I could. So I got a white jean jacket and have been browsing Pinterest for ways to wear it.”

She flipped the “I have to have that piece” mindset to, “How can I make this look I like work for my life?” Perfect!

You can even take it a little further, and use any look with a white completer piece as inspiration:

Is there an item you like that just doesn’t work for your life? How have you (or will you) flip it?

The Lovely Lookbook: Boots & Booties

The Lovely Lookbook: Boots & Booties

Happy New Year! We’re so glad you’re here.

The Lovely Lookbook is a monthly link up featuring gorgeous looks from women of all shapes, sizes and styles based on the theme of the month. You’ll definitely find new ways to wear your go-to’s, and we hope you share them with us!

This month, The Lovely Lookbook features boots and booties.

Sarah wore tall gray boots.

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This is one of my favorite casual looks. A basic tee dressed up with a blazer; couldn’t be more perfect.

Outfit details: blazer via KUT from the Kloth, tee via Target, jeans via Ross, boots via Francesca’s. Now is the time to stock up on boots with all the sales going on. I got these boots for 40% off and they have been a staple in my winter wardrobe for two years now.

Caitlin wore little black booties.

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I’ve been wanting to create a cozy look with my sequin skirt, so I paired it with a soft turtle neck, and added tights and booties in the same color to lengthen my leg line. The skirt makes a big statement, so I kept my jewelry to simple earrings to finish off the look.

Outfit details: turtleneck via Gap; skirt via J. Crew Factory; opaque hose via Target, and booties via Payless.

What did you wear? We can’t wait to see your looks! Link them up below.

Click here to read all about The Lovely Lookbook and view past look books.

Just a quick housekeeping note. We’re changing The Lovely Lookbook just a smidge. From here on out, we’ll let you know the looks for each quarter ahead of time. We decided to do away with the poll because we couldn’t find one to work across WordPress and Blogger and the poll also crashed Caitlin’s site during our last link up…yikes!  Here’s a look at the next few themes.

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Now link up those looks below, and be sure to come back and browse for inspiration!

PS Want to join in, but not sure how to style your boots? Click here for tons of inspiration.

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Walking the Line Between Remixing & Overkill

Walking the Line Between Remixing & Overkill

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When something works, it works. Like this cardigan. I have worn it about 5.75 out of the last 7 days because it’s just cozy and I want to feel cozy and I have no shame.

Until yesterday, when Troy gave me an intervention. He told me very sweetly that just because I’m remixing it doesn’t mean that certain people in my life don’t see that it’s the same item and people like variety. (Hmm…who in the world could he possibly be talking about? :))

The man’s got a point.

I love variety, too. But sometimes I need a little push to get there.

Even though I love pushing myself to come up with new outfits, sometimes it’s still hard to get out of a rut.

It’s always easier to stay with what’s comfortable. Always. But there are so many things out there I want to try, whether that’s an outfit that pushes me out of my comfort zone or coming up with somewhere new to eat rather than our tried and true restaurant or taking a big ol scary risk.

We’re coming up on a new year, which is always a great time to start fresh, but there’s no need to wait. Any day is a great day to make things happen.

Go Do Them

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What are you waiting for? Go make what matters happen!

Psst. Also, if you’re looking for a guide to help you get things done, I am obsessed with Lara’s Power Sheets. Ob-sessed. They usually sell out before the end of the year, so get cho self some.

How To: 3 Ways to Wear A Blanket Scarf With Live & Prosper Magazine

How To: 3 Ways to Wear A Blanket Scarf With Live & Prosper Magazine

Would you rather be hot or cold? I’ve started an unofficial poll, and so far, the answers are dead even and almost everyone is super passionate about their side.

Me? I hate (hate, hate, hate) being cold. Hence, we live in Texas. And things like the car air conditioning being out in July and sidewalks that will fry an egg bring joy to my heart. But it’s been frigid lately, and our fireplace is currently broken and I’m cheap so I refuse to turn up the heat. My solution? I layer myself like a cake.

Right now, my favorite layer is the blanket scarf. It’s warm, cozy, and makes me feel like I’m still lying in bed.

This trend can be tricky to wear without feeling like you’re adding bulk to your frame, so I’m sharing my tips and tricks in this month’s Live & Prosper Magazine.

Click below and flip to page 30 for the ‘how to’ on 3 socially acceptable ways to wear a blanket outside of the house. Couch potatoes unite.

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