Is it a Kimono or a Ruana? Week 3

If you are new to my blog or to this series, I am looking at the difference between a kimono and a ruana. You can see the definition of each as I explained it here in last week's post. This week's outfit revolves around a more traditional kimono. The first post in this series featured an outfit with a short kimono. You can see that post here. Front and center this week is a longer kimono, which to me, seems more traditional to what I think a kimono is supposed to look like as far as shape and length. 

Kimono or ruana - floral kimono in berry and black

This kimono is thrifted Massini brand. Since the kimono has a lot going on with its vivid floral print, I decided to go with a more monochrome outfit underneath. 

kimono or ruana - berry and black floral kimono

This gray, embellished tank is Croft and Barrow and was thrifted. The pants are Falls Creek and a recent clearance purchase from Meijer. Once again, I like the idea of print mixing stripes and floral. This time the stripes are vertical rather than horizontal and worn on the bottom rather than the top. 

kimono or ruana - black and berry kimono

No outfit is complete without a few accessories. I added a silver necklace and a couple of unique bracelets. Since the tank has the beaded embellishment I went for a simple, understated necklace. 

kimono or ruana - berry and black kimono

I have also fallen in love with the color yellow and I couldn't resist adding the bright sunflower feel of this thrifted Elle bag to the berry and gray mix. Do you think it works?

kimono or ruana - black and berry kimono

I decided on my gray oxfords instead of sandals, which makes this a work approved outfit. We can't wear open toed shoes at the bookstore. Although, I'll tell you even a shoe like this will not keep your foot from getting injured when you drop a 1st Semester Nursing package on it. Ha, ha. 

Here is a back view of the kimono. The hem line is higher in the front and lower in the back. 

kimono or ruana - black and berry kimono
kimono or ruana - black and berry kimono

What do you think of this outfit? Do you have a kimono hanging in your closet? If not, I'm sharing a few pretty ones that I found in my shopping section. I also shared how you might put them together with pants and a top. These are just suggestions. These are affiliate links. If you click on a link I get a few pennies. If you purchase something through my links, I might get a small commission. All opinions are my own. 

I hope you enjoyed today's post. I'd love to hear from you. You can also see what I am wearing on a daily basis by checking out my Instagram account. I try to post on there at least three or four days a week. 

Have a great week everyone. 

Marvelous Maxis - The Dress Edition - Week 5

This is the last week of my marvelous maxi dress series. It has been fun, and good for me to pull these beauties out of my closet, and think about how to wear them. Let's face it, most of us will reach for the same pieces over and over, because we want things to be easy. I am finding that growth as a person does not happen by doing everything the same way. Sometimes you need to do something differently for your brain's sake, even if it is something as simple as starting your washing routine on the opposite side of your body. With these maxi dresses the easy way is to just throw them on, after all most maxi dresses can pretty much stand alone, but taking the time to think about adding a fun belt, fancy jewelry, the right shoes or a statement bag can take the outfit from boring to bold. 

This last dress is one of the very first maxi dresses I bought years ago. It is Sonoma brand. As I have mentioned before, I don't wear dresses very much, as I am more a jeans kind of girl, but I do like to have options and when I saw this particular dress, I thought the pattern and color combo perfect for summer and the empire waist hides many a bulge. I am showing you two ways to style this piece. 

Look 1 - Casual

Marvelous maxis - black and white dress

For the first look, I simply threw on my  black Mossimo shrug, a pair of beaded MIx-It thongs, a gold and silver necklace, charm bracelet, and carried my woven bag. 

Marvelous maxis - black and white dress

I know what they say about horizontal stripes that hit at the hips, but you know what? I don't really care. Ha!

Marvelous maxis - black and white dress
Marvelous maxis - black and white dress
Marvelous Maxis - black and white dress
Marvelous maxis - black and white dress

Look 2 - Dressy

For the second look, I decided to do a bit of print mixing by removing the black shrug and adding an elegant, floral, rectangular scarf that serves as a wrap. I swapped out the casual thongs for a pair of Kenneth Cole - Reaction, patent leather wedge heeled sandals and exchanged the jewelry and bag for something a bit fancier. 

Marvelous maxis - black and white dress
Marvelous Maxis - black and white dress
Marvelous maxis - black and white dress
Marvelous maxis - black and white dress
Marvelous maxis - black and white dress
Marvelous maxis - black and white dress

Just a few simple changes can take your look from every day to date night. Here are the outfits side by side 

I hope you enjoyed this series on the maxi dress. It might be fun to revisit these in the fall and see how I can style them for colder weather. What do you think? Is that something you would like to see? I love hearing from you.

Be sure to leave some love in the comments box. My comments box disappeared last week for some reason, but the next day it was back, so if you ever have an issue and want to leave a comment, just wait 24 hours and try again. Technology!

I've included a few shopping links just for fun. These are affiliate links, but all opinions are my own. 

Have a great day.

Photo credit Rebecca Trumbull. Make up Rachel Christensen.

Outfit Inspiration - Eva Trends - Asymmetrical Tassel Knit Sweater

I was contacted a month or so ago, by Eva Trends, a online retailer that features trendy, over size pieces including tops, sweaters, dresses and more. They asked me to feature their products on my blog and gifted me three fun and unique pieces that I was able to choose from their large selection of styles. This is the first of those items. These items were given to me, but all opinions are my own. 

Eva Trends - Asymmetrical sweater with fringe

This pretty pinky mauve tassel knitted sweater top is made of light weight knit fabric and will be perfect for spring and summer. The feel is silky soft. I was inspired to style this as two different outfits: casual and more dressy. 

Casual Look

For this look, which I decided to pair the sweater top with my Gloria Vanderbilt olive skinny jeans, a lace trim cami, my SO flats and a new Massini crossbody bag from Meijer. 

Eva Trends - asymmetrical sweater

This is what the sweater looks like left open. Unfortunately, when I took the pictures I didn't realize the one side was hitched up behind me. Oops! However, the sweater is fairly symmetrical when open. The fringe side hangs a tad bit longer due to the fringe, but it looks nice open. I'll show you another picture when I show you the dressier outfit. 

Eva Trends - asymmetrical sweater

In this photo you can see how the sweater buttons at the top opposite corners making the criss cross front. I like the way this drapes at the neck and how the fringe cascades down the front. For this casual look I added my yellow pendant necklace to tie in the yellow flowers on the bag. 

Dressy Look

Eva Trends - asymmetrical sweater

Because this sweater is a pinky purple, it looks great with pieces that are pink, blush or purple, but it would also look fabulous with navy, gray and brown. This time I paired it with a Faded Glory gray tee, a plaid skirt, my Life Stride gray heels, and a purple gray tote. 

Eva Trends - asymmetrical sweater

Here is another view of the sweater open. I like it both ways. 

Eva Trends - asymmetrical sweater

I wanted to show you this cute necklace I got on the clearance rack at JC Penney. It goes perfectly with this sweater outfit.

I was very impressed with how Eva Trends packaged their pieces when they arrived. Each item was in its own durable zip lock bag, a great way to protect them from the element. Items are shipped from China. 

Eva trends
Eva Trends

These are the three pieces I received, but you'll just have to wait to see how I style the other two. 

Here is my casual and dressy outfit side by side. 

I am pleased with my gifts from Eva Trends so far. I haven't washed anything yet, so I will let you know how that goes in a future post. The company does give washing instructions on their site, and most items are hand wash or delicate wash, so that is something to consider. 

Eva Trends is offering a 15% discount off your entire order. Just use the code AC15 check out. Be sure to head over to their site to check our their unique, trendy pieces. There is something for everyone! And stay tuned for my other two pieces from Eva Trends, coming up in a few weeks. 

Have a great weekend. 

Friday linking up with Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge, Nancy of Nancy's Fashion Style