I have a secret, I plan ahead

My guest post this week over at (Fredericksburg Parent)  is about how I plan all of my outfits ahead of time.

(A recent planned outfit)

I find that it really helps relieve the stress and craziness of my mornings. The mornings have me like…

(Coffee first, or I’ll cut you)

The struggle is real without coffee. I wish I had a sign that I could tape to my forehead that said “if I haven’t had coffee yet, don’t speak “. And that, my stylish friends, is why you need to plan your outfits. I usually plan up to two weeks out. I explain it all (here). And I have another tool…Pinterest.

 

Do you all use Pinterest?!? No, I’m not asking for pintresty ideas to organize the mess that is my kids playroom (I’ve already tried DIYing my own storage crates out of toothpicks and dust bunnies, but it didn’t meet my needs. Pinterest fail) I’m asking because you can use it to help plan your outfits. Yes, you can! It’s not just for crafty things and DIY projects. I often check Pinterest if I’m at a loss for something to pair with a top or a new way to wear my faux leather leggings (yes ma’am, I said faux leather leggings). Let’s say you really want to wear your new leopard pattern cardigan. Simply put in the search area “leopard pattern cardigan outfit” and whalaa!!! Magical Pinterest treasure trove of outfit inspiration!! It might also work the other way, let’s say you have a pair of lime green polka dotted Capri pants but Pinterest pulls up zero. That means one of two things, you are the lucky owner of a unique one of a kind item, OR they are out of style and you need to let those bad boys go to the donate pile. Unless when you held it, it gave you joy (hi, KonMari fans) then maybe repurpose them into kitchen towels or something. Now I’m currently searching Pinterest for diy kitchen towels.

For this outfit, I did a Pinterest search for “white dress outfit” and I found that I had all the pieces that I needed to recreate the outfit.  Score!!

 

I hope that you find planning your outfits ahead of time to be helpful.  And if you’re reading this before you’ve had coffee…I won’t take offense if even the mere thought of planning irritates you. I’ll simply hand you your coffee and back away, just don’t cut me.

-xo

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When music and style collide

It’s a rare occasion when I am not listening to music, it’s one of my greatest joys, besides my family, of course.  My brain is jam packed with song lyrics and band names.  I often find myself singing and even dancing to songs that I hear while running errands. Once, while in a store with my daughter, she was 3 at the time, Taylor Swifts song Shake it Off came on and my daughter started dancing and singing.  She made everyone around her smile.  And that’s the thing about music, it does things to you.  It has the power to change your mood, to help you up when you are down, to give you confidence and joy even sadness and anger.

And so does fashion. The two are connected, they both have the power to change you, to bring you to life, to make you feel.

It’s the art of expression.  Both music and fashion express who we are, wether you realize it or not.  I’ve often been told that I have a “vibe”. And, for the longest time I didn’t understand what people meant, heck I still don’t.  I guess it’s that edginess that I have? My pink hair? Is it that I love to wear black? I don’t know.  But I’m sure my style has something to do with it. And possibly my absolute love for Bon Jovi… seriously I LOVE Bon Jovi.  It’s an essential part of my “vibe”. I can relate almost any life situation to a Bon Jovi song, #howmanytimescanisayBonJovi?!?

Music and fashion are both very personal. Everyone has their own tastes for both (ahem Bon Jovi). I’ve never been much of a music snob, I sort of listen to whatever I happen to be in the mood for.  Same with fashion.  Of course, I tend to stick to my edgy stuff, but that’s not to say that I don’t enjoy a decent frilly dress sometimes too.

And then there’s the times when I combine music and fashion into an outfit…literally. Like a collision of two joys. Take this Rolling Stones shirt, and The Beatles shirt above, for example.

This Let it Bee shirt is also a nod to The Beatles… and I may or may not have a “Livin’ on a Prayer” shirt coming soon, because BON JOVI.

 

So why not let your love of music and fashion collide.  Band shirts or other music related shirts can be fun! Try pairing them with pencil skirts (watch your proportion and either tuck or knot the shirt if it’s too long or not tight enough) or faux leather leggings. Or even skinny jeans with booties or heels. I love mine with a bit of edge, but you don’t have to.  Be one with your vibe and be fearless.  Crank the music up (I don’t care what it happens to be) and dance, sing, express yourself and be stylish. And BON JOVI

Have any amazing music for me to listen to? Please let me know!!!

-xo

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Scarf me

Here’s a fun fact about me: I hate winter, I really do.  My hatred stems from attending college in Rochester, New York which is about an hour drive from Canada. Needless to say, the winters up there are harsh, dark and long.  Lots and lots of snow, and don’t even get me started on the lake effect snow! So cold… it was so cold even your tears would freeze and any boogers in your nose…frozen. Glamourous, right?!?

 

However, there is one thing that I do like about winter, and that my friends, is a good scarf.  LOVE them. I wear them all the time.

(Infinity scarf)

(Blanket scarf )

(Regular scarf)

 

I have a collection of all different kinds of scarves.  I have blanket scarves, infinity scarves, faux fur scarves, knit scarves… you name it and I probably have it.  I think I have an addiction to scarves.  When talking about scarves, people usually ask how I tie them, and today I will try my best to explain. Ya’ll, I even made a video (this is huge, I’m an introvert! ).  It’s apparently too big to post here (and my tech guy, aka husband, is at work) so I had to post the video on my Rain In Style Facebook page, find it here.  I demonstrate the regular scarf and blanket scarf tying method, so go check it out.

  • Infinity scarves– these are easy, I usually just double loop it around my neck, adjust it and carry on.  Unless they are too short to wrap twice, my faux fur ones are a once around deal.
  • Blanket scarves – these can be tricky and are often the ones I get asked the most about.  They also happen to be my favorites.  What I usually do, if it’s a big square, is fold the scarf diagonally, creating a triangle. Then I fold the triangle up a little, kind of like an accordion or how you would fold a fan.  Keep the triangle part in front of you and wrap the ends around your neck.  You can either let the ends hang in the front, or tie them underneath the triangle.  Adjust the folds until it lies the way that you like (see the picture above). Don’t over think it!
  • Regular scarvesfor these there are so many options! The only way I usually tie them though is to fold the scarf in half and wrap it around my neck, put one end through the loop (going over then under) and then the other end the opposite way (so under then through the loop).  Tying it this way makes and interesting knot. But seriously, you can look up on Pinterest and find sooooo many different ideas.  I’m kinda boring and stick to my old, tried and true ways.

What I really love about scarves, is that they add an extra dimension and interest to an outfit.  I mean, the warmth is nice too, but the interest is where it’s at.  For example, here are a few outfits where I showed layering and how the scarf adds that extra bit of interest (ok and warmth)

 

So go on and get your scarf on! Because I mean if it’s going to be winter and cold, you might as well add something happy to keep you going. Go forth and be happy and warm.

-xo

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