Beautiful Blogger Bests - Outfit for a Special Night Out

If you have not been introduced to Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish, then I hope you will click on over to her site and see what a beautiful lady she is. Another red head, her sweet and gentle spirit touches all who come into contact with her, whether in person or over the internet. Jess was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome nine years ago. An illness that affects the muscles and joints, Jess hasn't let this stop her from being a very active and popular fashion blogger.  You can see more about EDS on Jess' About Me page on her blog. 

One of the many posts that Jess has inspired me with, was this one from just before Christmas, called Rockport - What to Wear to a Holiday Show. You can see her full post by clicking on the link. While Jess was doing the post for the Rockport shoe company, I just loved the look of her outfit and thought it could be incorporated for any dress up occasion, such as a concert, theater or other function. The following post is my take on the inspiration Jess provided from her post.

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While Jess wore a beautiful strapless black dress, I opted for a slightly less formal look by wearing this navy dress that I got from Christopher and Banks. It is a heavy weight polyester knit that hangs perfectly. The area on the bodice has a sort of criss-crossed ruching and a v-neck. 

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I opted for a black pair of loafer heels that have some fun buckles and stitching on the top of the toe. Dressy, but casual.

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The dress having short sleeves also prompted me, like Jess, to add a jacket over top. The berry color of this velvet piece pairs beautifully with the navy dress. You can see how I styled this jacket in these other posts here and here

Beautiful blogger bests - dressing up for a show

This is a fun little jacket with its 3/4 length sleeves, the velvet covered buttons and the ruching on the pockets. I am finding it a great blazer for dressing up or down. Here you can also see the statement necklace I added. Jess added a lovely necklace that adorned her neck with just the right amount of delicacy and bling. I tried to do a similar thing with this necklace I found a few years ago on the clearance rack at H&M.

Beautiful blogger bests - dressing up for a show

For my finishing touches I added a few silver bracelets and carried a black blingy clutch, which I have featured with other outfits. 

Beautiful blogger bests - what to wear to a show
Beautiful blogger bests - what to wear to a show

I love the way this outfit turned out. The sleek fabric of the dress and the jacket are a perfect back drop for the texture and bling of the statement necklace, sparkly clutch and buckled loafer heels. 

Please follow the link to Jess' site and give her some love. She has inspired me in so many ways and I know she will inspire you too. Let me know what you think of this outfit in the comments section below. Do you like to go to the theater and see live shows or are you more of a stay at home and cuddle on the couch kind of person? I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

Shop the Look:

Navy Dress - Kohl's - $89.99

Berry jacket - Make Me Chic - $37.00

Black loafer heels - Nordstrom - $114.95

Black clutch - Target - $29.99

Statement necklace - Charming Charlie - $24.00



Summer Outfit - Featuring Palazzo Pants

Before I introduce my denim series next week, I wanted to show you one more outfit from the last photo shoot I did. It was sort of a last idea in the series and I don't show it styled casual, only more dressy, but it would be easy to imagine it as a more casual outfit with just a few changes.

I like the way this pair of palazzo pants fit. They are a little more snug than some of my other pairs, but that seems to have a more slimming effect. Plus the pattern runs more vertical than horizontal. I love the feel of palazzos, but I think you have to find the pattern and fit that works for you. Not every pattern or material works for everyone. That is part of the importance of finding your own style.

Photo credit  Rebecca Trumbull . Make up  Rachel Christensen .

I styled these with my nude peep-toe heels, my white lace tee, gold accessories and a sparkly pewter clutch. I also included my neutral colored light weight cardigan. I adore this cardi. It has an open front, 3/4 length sleeves and is the perfect weight for summer.

Photo credit  Rebecca Trumbull . Make up  Rachel Christensen .

Photo credit Rebecca Trumbull. Make up Rachel Christensen.

Here, you can see a little more of the detail on the lace tee, and a little bit of the detailing on the long gold necklace with fringe and bead dangles on the end, the matching bracelet and a bit of the bling on the purse.

Photo credit  Rebecca Trumbull . Make up  Rachel Christensen .

This outfit could quickly become casual, by swapping the heels for a pair of flip flops, the lace tee for one with an asymmetrical hem, some fun colored beads and a canvas hobo bag. Just click on the links below to find similar pieces for the dressy look or possible add ons for a more casual look. 

Shopping the Look:

Palazzo pants - Loft - $64.99

Lace tee - Macy's - $27.99

Neutral Cardigan - Kohl's - $27.99

Peep-toe Heels - Macy's - $99.99

Clutch - Charming Charlie - $25.00

Necklace - Charming Charlie - $14.00

Suggested Casual Swaps:

Asymmetrical Tee - Soft Surroundings - $39.99

Sandals - DSW - $29.95

Bag - Kohl's - $30.00

Necklace - Charming Charlie - $15.00

Remember, fashion is for you. You decide what you want to wear. As bloggers we want to encourage you to find your own sense of fashion. If you enjoy these posts, do me a favor and invite your friends and family to subscribe. I appreciate every one of you. Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of this week's outfit, or any suggestions you have for future posts. 

Be sure to check back Thursday for my next new column which will feature the beautiful bloggers I love to follow and draw inspiration from. Until next time!

Monday linking up with Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb. Wednesday linking up with Allison of Sydney Fashion Hunter. Thursday linking up with Nicole of High Latitude Style. Friday linking up with Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots.

Styling a Maxi Skirt with a Denim Vest - Post 2

This week my post doesn't have a dramatic change from last week (see the casual look here). I am still wearing the same skirt, lace tee and denim vest. The only changes made had to do with my accessories. 

Last week I styled this look more casually with black espadrilles. This week they were swapped out for my nude peep toe heels. I tucked the lace tee in rather than leaving it out and I added a belt for a more polished look. 

In addition, I changed out the casual beaded necklace for a long gold chain with gold fringe and dangles with a matching bracelet. The gold also matched the gold of the belt. 

Lastly I added my sparkly pewter clutch. It is amazing how easy it is to change an outfit from casual to dressy. All you need is a few different accessories and a little creativity. The great thing about this sort of styling is that you can just throw a few things in a bag and go from the office to a night out with just a few simple changes.


Photos by Rebecca Trumbull. Make up by Rachel Christensen.

Shop the look:

Print maxi skirt - Macy's - $55.99

Denim vest - Christopher and Banks - $44.95

Lacy white tee - Christopher and Banks - $39.95

Nude peep toe heels - Zappos - $69.00

Belt - Mod Cloth - $22.99 

Necklace - JC Penney - $16.80

Next week I will be doing a recap of all these looks, so you can see them side by side. I hope you have enjoyed this series. Have a great week.

Monday linking up with Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb. Tuesday linking up with Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots and the Ageless Style Link Up and with Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish. Friday linking up with Nicole of High Latitude Style and Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots. 

Between the Lines: Week 7 and Styling A Pair of White Crop Pants - Part 2

Several weeks ago I styled a pair of white crop pants for a casual look. You can see that post here. This week you can see how I dressed up the look by changing the top, shoes and adding a sparkly bag.

Photo Credit  Rebecca Trumbull . Make up  Rachel Christensen .

Photo Credit Rebecca Trumbull. Make up Rachel Christensen.

The sandals are a taupe color and the clutch is what I would call pewter. I think it worked well together and you can't really tell they aren't the same color. The bag is covered in sparkles. I love my bling!

Photo Credit  Rebecca Trumbull .

Photo Credit Rebecca Trumbull.

The blouse is a sleeveless button up made out of a light weight polyester that I bought at Kohl's by Vera Wang. I am not a big fan of polyester being the sole content of a clothing item, particularly in the summer. It can be hot, but this was not too heavy and for an evening out, or in  the air conditioning I have no worries of getting too sweaty. The coloration is hard to see, but it has almost a greenish, gray tint in splotches along with the black and white. 

Photo Credit  Rebecca Trumbull . Make Up  Rachel Christensen .

Photo Credit Rebecca Trumbull. Make Up Rachel Christensen.

I also topped this outfit with a barely tan 3/4 length sleeve sweater. I love the feel of this piece and use it often in the summer. It is so soft, light weight and comfy and can be dressed up or down. I added some simple metal jewelry. The necklace is a pair of gold an silver rings linked together on a silver chain, and I am wearing a gold cuff. Sorry we didn't have more detailed pictures from this shoot. But hopefully you get the idea.

Photo Credit  Rebecca Trumbull . Make up  Rachel Christensen .

Photo Credit Rebecca Trumbull. Make up Rachel Christensen.

Photo Credit  Rebecca Trumbull . Make Up  Rachel Christensen .

Photo Credit Rebecca Trumbull. Make Up Rachel Christensen.

I showed you these last two pictures to show you that I am an actual woman, and sometimes a bit silly. 

Shopping the Look:

White Crop Pants - Christopher and Banks - $59.95

Print Blouse - Kohls - $33.00

3/4 Sleeve Sweater - Denim and Co. - $38. 50

Sandals - DSW - $39.95

Clutch - DSW - $29.95


Be sure to click on the link below for the 7th installment of the Between the Lines series, featuring bloggers over 50. 

Tuesday linking up with Catherine from Not Dressed as Lamb and the Ageless Style link up with Jennie at a Pocketful of Polkadots. Wednesday linking up with Allison from Sydney Fashion Hunter and Tania from 50 is Not Old.