How To Transition Your Outfit By Substituting One Piece

Is it July? If you dropped me off in Memphis and I had no sense of time I’d swear it was the middle of the summer. I didn’t spend my summer in Memphis, I was in Columbus, but I’m pretty sure this is what it felt like. I am not complaining either, I love the heat. The humidity on the other hand could die down a little. Mainly because no matter how early I get up to run I feel like I am going to pass out one mile in. I also want to take Myles to a park and its too hot!

This weather rant explains my outfit. It’s the end of September so I am excited to wear booties but not about to wear jeans. Jean shorts I can handle. Hopefully you guys aren’t tired of seeing bodysuits. I must admit I’m a little over it. Or maybe I’m over certain people wearing the exact same style outfit, a variation of a bodysuit, jeans and heels. I did wear this bodysuit with jeans and heels out while I was in LA which is kinda cliche and I was annoyed with myself because half of the female population seems to wear this look. 
Have you guys been to Railgarten? I took these photos there but they weren’t open yet. This was my first time even seeing the place and it looks so fun. 
I put my own Memphis spin on this outfit. 

The Breakdown:
I’m trying this new thing wear I substitute one part of my outfit to make my whole look be more transitional and less summer or fall. The summer version of this would have been the bodysuit, shorts with black slides. I substituted the summer style shoes for the fall style booties. You could look at this a different way also. If it were actually fall and in the middle of October (or just not 90 degrees) I’d be wearing this whole look but with cropped distressed skinny jeans. With that version I’d be swapping out my skinny jeans for cutoffs. Swapping one part of your summer outfit and adding a fall piece is the easiest way to transition your summer wardrobe. I have a few outfits that I plan on posting and blogging about where I am substituting one piece to transition the whole outfit and I can’t wait to share with you! 

bodysuit | Fleur du Mal ‘Square Neck Bodysuit’  (on SALE!) (similar for less)
shorts | Rag & Bone ‘Cut Off Shorts’ (similar for less)
jacket | Blank NYC (similar)
shoes | Vince Camuto ‘Francia Bootie’ 
belt | Emporio Armani -borrowed from my husband
bag | Gucci ‘Marmont Mini Bag’ 
earrings | Aurelie Biedermann (similar)

Live votre rêve!


Wearing One Major Fall Trend - Velvet

Shoes are always an easy way to start wearing a trend which is why I would recommend you try velvet shoes if you are interested in wearing velvet. I jumped right in with a velvet top. I made sure not to spend a lot because I wasn’t sure how often I would wear it, turns out I wore that top a lot, I love velvet and this is now my third time blogging about velvet and I’m ready to start investing in it. I even have a velvet kimono
Next Thursday you can come meet us girls of Bluff City Lights! We will be at Joseph at 6pm, September 28th.
Shopping is always more fun with girlfriends. 

The Breakdown:
This look started with the velvet dress. I really liked it on the hanger and when I tried the dress on in the fitting room I fell in love. I’ve always been a big fan of this color too which I personally think makes my eyes look more green. Now, I needed to style this dress. Wearing it as a dress with some ankle boots would have been a great grungy/edgy look. I wanted to go for classy-edgy and I really wanted to wear these jeans and turn the tunic into a top (I styled this outfit similarly). To be honest, these pumps I’m wearing were not what I had in mind. I tried on three other pair of shoes and lastly gave these a try and it worked. You never know what will pair well together until you try it on. 

dress (worn as top) | Marc Jacobs ‘Velvet Shift Dress’ in eggplant (similar for less)
jeans | l’Agence ‘Highline Distressed Skinny Jeans’ (similar for less)
shoes | Christian Louboutin ‘Breche Metal Patent Pump’ (similar for less)
earrings | Lele Sadoughi ‘Windchime Hoop Drop Earrings’  (designer version)
bracelets |
clutch | Gucci ‘Sequine Angry Cat Supreme GG Pouch’ (similar for less)
lipstick | Giorgio Armani in night viper

*all of these items can be purchased at Joseph.



Bluff City Lights will be at Joseph next Thursday so come shop and ask us your style questions!


I’ve listed the othe girls outfits also.

Collins
sweater | 3.1 Phillip Lim ‘3/4 Sleeve Pullover’ 
jeans | Rag & Bone ‘High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans’ 
pumps | Gucci ‘Elaisa Crystals Bow Leather Pump’ 
bag | Jill Haber
earrings | Lele Sadoughi
Alex
top | Go Silk ‘Boat Neck Easy Tunic’ 
jacket | Helmut Lang ‘Faux-Fur Hooded Bomber Jacket
shoes | Aquazzura ‘Sandy 105 Pump’ 
bag | Chloe ‘Small Suede Leather Back Pack’ 
jewelry | Bash

Megan
dress | Caraven ‘Fleur Romantiques Dress’ 
shoes | Prada ‘Two-tone Velvet Ankle Strap
bag | Gucci ‘Dionysus GG Supreme’ 

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Olive Is Autumns Neutral

The brighter colors in my wardrobe are starting to shift towards the back as I bring out my fall neutrals and jewel tones. You can play it safe with black, white and gray. You can also play it safe on the warmer side with olive, khaki and cream. I’m pretty sure olive green is my favorite color, at least to wear. You can read past blog posts about olive herehere, and here. And here and here!
Nordstrom Rack is coming to Memphis this fall and should be opening very soon. I love shopping at Nordstrom Rack but only get to do that when I go home or go to other cities. Not sure if you guys know this but Haute Look and Nordstrom Rack are owned by the same company so you can do you shopping on your phone and can always return in to a Nordstrom Rack. This dress is from Haute Look and I chose to keep it. A lot of times I don’t like the fit of something and I don’t always feel like contacting the company to get a shipping label so I just pop in to Nordstrom Rack (when I’m in Ohio) and make my return. Looking forward to the Nordstrom Rack in Memphis. Fingers crossed they have a good selection. 

Holding onto summer!
This bracelet is from one of my old Rocksbox collections. I am thinking of joining again...
   

The Breakdown:
Not sure where to start other than I love this outfit. I did start with the dress and immediately had bra issues. I tried a racer back sports bra which didn’t work, nor did a strapless bra. I had this cute lace bra that I wore over my strapless bra. Sometimes outfits take a bit of work to look appropriate! I felt more comfortable with my jacket on or tied around my waist because the dress material is a little thing and showed off too much. Although, it has been way too hot to wear a jacket during the day here so it stayed put on my waist until I froze at dinner. I wasn’t sure if I would be walking far so I made sure to put on a pair of comfortable shoes that were still dressy, a chunky heel always does the job for me. I love the subtle print of these mules. The print reminds me of leopard but really they are just a bunch of dots!

What do you guys think about the color olive being a neutral?


dress | Bec & Bridge (strapless version)
shoes | Alexander Wang ‘Avery Mule
jacket | Joe’s Jeans  (love this one)
sunglasses | Forever 21
bag | knock off (designer version here)
lace bra | Urban Outfitters ‘Out From Under Lace Halter Bra

Live votre rêve!

Bringing Out Frills For Fall

Turns out I love fall. There is still color and warmth in our days, I just hate knowing winter is next. I finally had that realization this year and now have a new attitude, I am going to enjoy the warm afternoons and crisp mornings and evenings and worry about winter when it comes. Transition periods really are my favorite because I get to where my old stuff from the previous season along with some new things I’ve purchased here and there for the current season. 

My look here is the perfect example of that. My shoes I got in the spring so they are no longer new but not old either, my jeans, well,  I can’t even tell you how old they are and I’m going to talk more about them next and my sweater is new. I got it during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale (it also just got marked down 50%!) and I love it. I don’t typically wear pink like this but I love the shape and the color so I decided to go for it and I’m happy I did. It’s very thin so I jacket can be easily added in the evening. 
A little about these jeans. They are forever old and very simple, basic black skinny jeans. I probably got these jeans when skinny jeans first came out. I have held onto them because they are simple, black, skinny jeans and should always be in style. Most jeans are too long on me and when skinny jeans first came out it was ok to leave your pants scrunched at the bottom if they were too long. Then the crop style came in which was perfect for me because it ends up being a normal length. What did I do with my too long jeans during the crop phase?... I cuffed them 2-3 times. You can see how I did that here and here from previous posts. 

This past year hems of all different sorts have come out. One that I’m really into is the “step hem” which means the hem of your jeans is cut to be uneven. I took that look as inspiration and upgraded my basic skinny jeans by cutting off the hem. I did it quickly in the car after I realized I didn’t like that they were so long that I needed to cuff them a few times. I need to make these jeans have a bit more of a “step”, I’ll be doing a little more cutting until they are perfect. 

The Breakdown:
Jeans, a top and heels is my go to. I try to not let it be boring and finding pieces with accents helps keep my wardrobe interesting. Not only does this sweater have the cold shoulder, it has ruffles too! It doesn’t seem to get any more feminine than pink ruffles which is a little out of my comfort zone so I tried to edge the look up by wearing black. I’ll be taking another approach to this sweater next time I wear it for sure. Any advice?

top | Nordstrom BP ‘Ruffle Cold Shoulder Pullover’ (similar for less)
jeans | 7 For All Mankind (similar)
shoes | Stuart Weitzman ‘Morepearls Studded Sandal’ (smilar)
bag | Gucci ‘Marmont Quilted Leather Bag’ (similar for way less)
earrings | Nadri ‘Edwardian Ear Crawler’ from Nordstrom

Live votre rêve!

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