This relaxed chambray shirt (my go-to if you haven’t noticed already) was the perfect choice for a Saturday night spent strolling around the local fair and eating way too much fried food. Since I love a good contrast, I paired the denim ensemble with some flashier jewelry (after all, it was Saturday)!
Esta camisa de chambray (si no os habéis fijado ya es una de mis preferidas) era la elección obvia para un Sábado de feria. Pasamos la noche paseando y comiendo demasiada comida frita- ¡como debería de ser! Me encantan los contrastes así que escogí unos complementos un poco más llamativos.
Shorts- H&M (similar here), shirt- Old Navy, earrings- c/o Blue Lotus Boutique, bracelets- Pandora, Lotus, & Bijou Brigitte, shoes- Melissa, clutch- Misako, nail color- Beckoning Begonia (Shellac/CND), lip color- MAC/Impassioned.
Have I raved about Blue Lotus Boutique’s jewelry enough yet? Don’t forget to check out the rest of their beautiful pieces here.
¡Que no se os olvide echar un vistazo a los complementos (y ropa también) en la tienda online de Blue Lotus Boutique!
May your coffee be large and your Monday short. See you on Thursday!
¡Que sean vuestros cafés largos y los lunes cortos! Nos vemos el jueves.
A few weekends ago we went on our last beach trip of the summer. I must say I am looking forward to dusting off my leather boots and scarves, but of course had to take advantage of the last sun-soaked days by the water we’d have for awhile.
Hace unas semanas hicimos el último viaje del verano a la playa. Confieso que estoy deseando sacar las botas y bufandas para el otoño, pero había que aprovechar de los últimos días soleados al lado del agua.
You may remember this post where I wore the same kimono with a dress for a wedding. It was fun giving it a laid-back look with denim shorts and a cotton t-shirt.
Quizá os acordáis del kimono de este post, cuando me lo puse con un vestido para ir de boda. Aquí me lo he puesto con unos shorts y una camiseta de algodón para darle un aire más relajado.
I am obsessed with these earrings from Blue Lotus Boutique. They have such a unique selection of everything- from necklaces and earrings to bags and clothes! In addition to having reasonable prices, I always prefer to support small businesses instead of franchises when possible. I encourage you all to check it out- you won’t be disappointed!
Los pendientes son de Blue Lotus Boutique; estoy obsesionada con todo que venden en su tienda online. Tienen de todo- bisutería, bolsos, y ropa- a muy buen precio y con piezas únicas. Siempre prefiero comprar de empresas particulares antes de franquicias grandes cuando puedo- ¡os recomiendo a todas que echáis un vistazo en su página web!
The shoes I’m wearing are perfect for the pool and the beach. They’re soft rubber (not the kind that gives you blisters) which means they are waterproof and if they get dirty I just wipe them down with a wet cloth and they’re good as new!
Las zapatillas que llevo puestas son ideales para la piscina y playa. Son de goma suave (y no me dan ampollas), así que son resistentes al agua y si se ensucian les limpio con un trapo mojado, ¡y están como nuevas!
Do you ever feel like you’re in a style rut? Lately, despite having a closet full of clothes that I love (I’ve even recently cleaned out my closet), I’ve just felt a little bored with everything. Since we can’t (or shouldn’t) just go shopping every time we feel like we want something more exciting to wear, I’ve employed a few tactics to make my wardrobe feel new and exciting when I get dressed in the morning. The best part is you don’t have to spend a dime. What have you got to lose?
Here are my tips to refresh your wardrobe without spending any money:
1. Make your clothing/accessories attractive
Attractively displaying clothes and accessories in our closets makes us what what we’ve already got, instead of getting the urge to run out and buy something new. How can we make our things more attractive? I like to think of my closet as a display, as if it were in a store.
Iron clothes immediately after drying them so everything is always ready to wear.
Organize things in a way that is pleasing to the eye- display pretty necklaces, arrange shirts according to color, fold and stack jeans like they do at Gap! I use a tray for all of my go-to jewelry pieces and I have a few wall hangers where I hang the necklaces I wear most.
Throw away your wire hangers. Do it. Now. I prefer using all white plastic hangers, but don’t worry about them matching- just say no to wire hangers.
2. Get a new perspective.
We often fall into a routine of wearing the same shirt with the same pants with the same necklace every time. How can we break this habit? Get a friend whose style you admire to go through your closet and make outfits. You’d be surprised at how many combinations she’ll put together that you would have never even thought of!
This revelation came to me one day when a friend was looking through my closet. I had a jacket I was a little iffy about, so I asked her what she thought of it. She said “It’s cute, but I would definitely wear it with something dressy like black skinny pants.” I had been wearing it with destructed jeans- it never occurred to me that it would look cute with dressy pants, and her suggestion is actually one of my favorite combinations now!
Another way I like to get a new perspective is flipping through fashion magazines (and looking at blogs) and re-creating the outfits I like using pieces I have. Accessorizing is also an easy way to revamp an outfit. Since the idea here is not spending any money, you can update your accessories by layering necklaces and bracelets you usually don’t wear together. This creates a new aesthetic for you and makes your old pieces feel new.
Here are a few of my favorite layering combinations with my own necklaces (I’d recommend layering two small statement necklaces, or one smaller one with one bigger one):
3. Rotate clothes
Sometimes we want something new or get bored with our clothes not because we have worn something so many times, but because we just get so darn tired of looking at itevery day. Most probably already have the habit of rotating seasonal clothing (and if you don’t, you very well should), but I am also going to propose rotating clothes throughout the season.
I’m not talking about taking away pieces you don’t like. Just put away some things you know you won’t need to wear for awhile. Don’t put them in storage, as that will discourage you and make you panicky about subtracting pieces from your wardrobe. Just fold them up nicely and hide them on a shelf in your closet or in a box under your bed. After not seeing a piece hanging in your closet for a month or two, you would be surprised at how new and exciting it feels again.
So, are you convinced? Give this a try; your wardrobes-and wallets-will thank me!
Finally, a day that isn’t overwhelmingly hot! I had to take advantage of the opportunity (quite possibly the only one until mid-September) to wear jeans.
Por fin, hemos podido disfrutar de un día sin morirse de calor. Aproveché de la oportunidad (que seguramente será la única hasta septiembre) para ponerme un vaquero.
Top- Zara, jeans- Mango, necklace- Bauble Bar, watch- Michael Kors, flats- Michael Kors, lip color- Wet ‘n Wild/Purty Persimmon.
I love the look of an exposed shoulder; it’s universally flattering and plays into the current 70’s trend (this particular top has a preppy twist with the stripes).
Me encantan las camisas con los hombros descubiertos. Nos favorece a todas y está muy de moda, sobre todo con la tendencia de los 70 (aunque las rayas le aportan un estilo un poco más clásico).
If you haven’t noticed, this lip color is my summer favorite because it brightens up my face, and the orange undertones make it more daytime-appropriate than a deep red.
Este pintalabios es ideal para ponerse a diario porque tiene tonos anaranjados, haciéndolo más ponible que un rojo fuerte. Algo tan sencillo como pintar los labios nos alegra la cara y puede cambiar el look entero.
Thanks so much for reading. Come back on Thursday to see my tips for refreshing our wardrobe without spending a dime!
El jueves daré mis consejos para renovar nuestro armario sin tener que gastar- ¡que no se os olvide echar un vistazo!
As I have mentioned many times (see this post), I strongly believe the best way for us to continuously update and curate our wardrobe is to have an ongoing shopping list. I put together my list long ago and have been chipping away at it slowly but surely (you will also notice that some items from the previous list appear on the new one, as I didn’t buy them last season and still felt I needed them). This requires planning ahead and taking into consideration the items you already have-or lack-in your closet. In addition to preventing impulse buys, it also helps me save a lot of money by purchasing things on sale and out of season (more on that later), but that I know will be perfect when fall rolls around.
To start a shopping list, we first have to identify the styles that we like for the upcoming season. I have compiled a list of some of my favorite fall/winter trends (see below). This is nowhere near all of them, but they’re the ones I plan to incorporate into my rotation. Sometimes things we see on the runway just don’t translate into our day-to-day lives, so I have also included some pictures to show how to incorporate them into real life-and to prove that we don’t need to buy a whole new wardrobe every season to be on trend.
At the end of this post I’ve included my personal fall/winter shopping list as well as some items I’ve bought to prepare for fall. So let’s forget about the summer sun and sweltering heat for a moment; grab your favorite cup of tea and read on to gear up for the fall/winter season!
1. Always a classic, plaid is especially popular this season. It’s cozy, it’s festive and we probably already have some plaid pieces in our closets (here’s a post with one of my favorites)! Other popular prints this season are houndstooth, 70’s floral and aztec.
2. Bling: Feminine pieces that have plenty of sparkle and shine are one of my favorite trends. Brooches, earrings, necklaces and hairpieces are all ways we can incorporate this into our wardrobes. I have my eye on these earrings (shop them at bluelotusboutique.com).
3. Bootcut jeans (yes, think 90’s) and wider, loose-fitting boyfriend jeans are back! As much as I like this trend, it pains me to discard my whole entire skinny jean collection. I still plan on wearing them (especially to tuck into tall boots), but I do plan on investing in a few pairs of bootcut jeans.
4. Fur is a trend we saw a lot of last winter as well, so I plan to continue wearing my go-to fur vest from last year. I also really love dressier (faux) fur jackets; I saw one last year that I didn’t buy, but I may purchase one this season.
5. I was thrilled to see so much fringe on the runway. Not only can it be bohemian and casual, but it can also go a little more glam like we see below (continue reading to the end of this post to see the fringe piece I recently bought that I can’t wait to wear this fall!). I also plan to wear the black dress pictured below with tights, boots, and a chunky sweater over it to make it a bit more casual.
6. Capes are always chic and I am convinced they are always in style. I have a classic black one (see this post) and a fun printed one (pictured below), and in my opinion they are the easiest, most comfortable way to look put-together.
7. Head-to-toe black is flattering and instantly makes us look polished. Although it may seem a little restrictive, we can have fun by making it edgy and tough, or classic and simple.
8. Winter florals: There are many pieces straight out of the 70’s this season, and I think the florals are a great change of pace from the usual prints. The right pieces could also be used in spring/summer too! I really love this affordable dress from Zara- it’s the same dress I wore in my last post, just in a different print.
Working off of these trends, I made the following shopping list:
As you can see, I have done pretty well so far as all of the things I have bought were exactly what I wanted for far less than I would have paid during the fall/winter season. For those of you who are interested, here are the pieces I have purchased so far:
I hope you have been inspired to create a fall/winter shopping list! What are your favorite trends/must-have pieces for the upcoming season? Comment below! Thanks so much for reading.
We all have- or are searching for- that perfect bag. The one we can throw on with anything and that’s comfortable enough to carry around all day. We need it to be big enough to fit the necessities without too much room to fill up, as we all know we do if we have a big purse.
Todas tenemos- o buscamos- aquel bolso perfecto que nos combina con todo. Tiene que ser cómodo con espacio suficiente para llevar lo necesario, pero sin sobrar espacio (seamos sinceras- si tenemos un bolso grande, lo llenamos).
Here’s my “perfect bag”- a pistolera. In the shop I found it, I just couldn’t figure it out. Was it a backpack? A purse? A harness? Noooo- said the shop owner- it’s a pistolera. He explained that it was a popular item for festival-goers as it has the comfort of a backpack with the security of a bag you can carry under your arm.
Aquí veis mi “bolso perfecto”- una pistolera. Cuando la vi por primera vez, no sabía cómo ponérmela. ¿Es una mochila? ¿Un bolso? ¿Un arnés? Noooo- me dijo el dueño de la tienda- es una pistolera. Me explicó que es una prenda que se lleva mucho a los eventos como festivales porque es cómodo como una mochila, pero tiene la seguridad de un bolso que se queda debajo del brazo.
*Side note: read the end of the post to see how I made this beandeu bra cover!
The snaps also make it convenient to adjust it if you want to remove the backpack strap, or take off the short strap and change it out for the long strap to make a crossbody bag. Suede, fringe, and functional? I couldn’t say no!
Se puede quitar la correa corta tanto como la larga, y así la puedes poner como quieras en función con tu conjunto. Es práctica, tiene flecos, y es de ante- no podía decir que no!
DIY tip: the bandeau I’m wearing to cover my bra is just an old tank that I cut the right width for the coverage I wanted. It’s so difficult to find a bandeu big enough and the ones I have found are always so uncomfortable. This is perfect because you can choose the width, and you can tuck it under your bra to ensure that it stays put!
This past weekend we went to a romantic wedding in the middle of the countryside near a village. As the ceremony and reception were both held outside, I felt it was appropriate to incorporate this flower crown- something I’ve been wanting to try for quite awhile. Este fin de semana fuimos a una boda romántica en el campo al lado de un pueblo. Como la ceremonia y el convite se celebraron afuera, la corona de flores- algo de que tenía ganas hace tiempo- me parecía el tocado perfecto. I bought this dress on http://www.asos.com almost a year ago; it was on sale for €17 so I couldn’t pass it up. It was two sizes too big because it was one of the last ones (hence the sale), but I decided for the price I wouldn’t mind paying €20 more to get it tailored. Compré este vestido en http://www.asos.com hace un año rebajado por €17- lo ví y no podía decir que no. Me sobraba dos tallas, pero con ese precio no me importaba pagar €20 para que me lo arreglaran. Since the crown incorporates a few different colors, plus the pink clutch and my coral lipstick, I decided to match my nails to the dress to keep the cohesiveness. Como la corona, cartera, y el pintalabios llevan varios tonos de rosa, quería llevar las uñas del mismo color del vestido para no destacar demasiado. Again, to keep the cohesiveness of the outfit I didn’t want to add another color with my shoes so I kept them neutral. Wedges are always a good idea for an outdoor wedding! Como he dicho antes, no quería meter más color así que me puse el zapato neutro también. ¡Las cuñas siempre vienen bien para el césped! I know I’ve already mentioned it, but I can’t say enough good things about Clarin’s self-tanning mousse. I hadn’t been out in the sun since for two weeks, so any color I appear to have is thanks to this cream, which I put on the night before. En otros posts he mencionado el mousse autobronceador de Clarin’s; es la mejor que he probado. Entre el trabajo y el calor tremendo, no he podido tomar el sol últimamente. Me puse la crema la noche anterior y me da el toque de color perfecto. Thanks for reading, don’t forget to come back on Thursday!