Denim Daze 2.0 - Long Sleeve Chambray Shirt - Casual

Before I get into the actual post for today, I wanted to let you know that there is a nice interview with, yours truly, on Rebecca Trumbull Photography’s blog. As most of you know, Rebecca is both my photographer and my oldest daughter. Her website, not only includes information about her packages and what she offers, but her own blog, which gives her experiences with clients and some fantastic pictures. Be sure to click on over the the interview by clicking here and give us both some love.

There are times in the summer, where it gets really hot outside. The problem, then is not the heat, but the air conditioning. Many places have the air blasting and it makes it uncomfortable for people who like moderation. Especially if you are going from the cool house, to the hot car, to the hot outdoors and then back into the cool indoors. My husband and I always take a light weight sweater or jacket with in the summer months, just to have something to put on when the inside air gets too chilly.

This week’s denim piece is a long sleeve, polka dot chambray shirt. A light weight blouse like this is another great way to have extra coverage for those chilly indoor spaces. You can use it like a jacket and take it off, if you get too warm.

Denim Daze 2.0 - Long Sleeve Chambray Shirt - Casual

This Christopher and Banks blouse is light weight and covered with fun purple polka dots. I decided to do some print mixing wearing it over this purple printed popover sleeveless blouse by Izod.

Denim Daze 2.0 - Long Sleeve Chambray Shirt - Casual

I think the print mix works well, because the popover top, which has the busier, and larger print is paired with the smaller polka dots of the chambray blouse. It also works because I chose a common color to mix with, which in this case was the purple. Here is a close up of the two prints. In the close up, you can see the popover top does its own pattern mixing.

Denim Daze 2.0

White seemed the obvious choice for my bottoms. These cropped white jeans were thrifted.


We didn’t get a picture of the back pockets, but they have pretty bling on them. The cuffs on the bottom also add another interesting detail. The crop pant typically falls between where a capri would fall, several inches below the knee, and where an ankle pant would fall just at or a smidge above the ankle.

I wanted to add in another color, so when I chose this choker necklace that got passed over to me from my daughter, I decided to add green, thus the olive green hobo bag.

Denim Daze 2.0 - Long Sleeve Chambray shirt - casual
Denim Daze 2.0 - Long Sleeve Chambray Shirt - casual

I also added this pretty multi layered beaded bracelet. I got this on clearance at JC Penney a few years back and I really like the way the beads change color as they wrap around the wrist. Its colorful and has a fun boho vibe. Couldn’t you see this piece of jewelry with a long flowing tiered gypsy skirt, a bright top with an off the shoulder look, lots of beads and a bandana on the head? Maybe not on me, but you get the idea. Ha, ha.

Denim Daze 2.0 - Long Sleeve Chambray shirt - casual

I found these sandals at a thrift store and they went into my cart as soon as I tried them on. I love the color. I don’t own very many accessories that are purple, other than jewelry, so I thought these were a fun addition to the wardrobe. I also like that they cover more of my foot. I would love to wear those strappy cuties that many women wear, but my bulbous veins, are not attractive. That doesn’t mean I can’t wear sandals, it just means I try to find styles that give me a little more coverage.

Denim Daze 2.0 - Long Sleeve Chambray Shirt - casual

Do you own a long sleeve chambray shirt? Do you ever wear it like a jacket? Wearing long sleeve shirts as jackets can be done with any long sleeve, button-up in your closet, just keep it in mind when you are putting your outfit together, and pick accordingly.

Denim Daze 2.0 - Long Sleeve Chambray Shirt - casual

Be sure to check back on Thursday for a dressed up version with this long sleeve shirt. I’ve included a few shopping links for long sleeve chambray’s below. Be sure to check them out.

Have a great Tuesday.

Photo credit Rebecca Trumbull. Make up Rachel Christensen.

Outside the Box - Wearing a Crop Top - With a Tee

I'm sure many of you have seen crop tops. You might even own a few. I have never been a crop top kind of gal. I like my shirts to cover my middle with no skin exposed. We hear much these days about being less inhibited, wearing what we want to wear regardless of our age and equality of the genders. I want you to know, I'm okay with being more inhibited. I'm alright with not wearing the same things a thirteen year old might wear. I believe in equal pay for equal work, but I also believe that men and women were created differently and that is okay.

For today's post, I am featuring a crop top that I found a few years ago thrifting. This is Express brand. What really drew me to this little piece was the bling. I love my bling, as many of you know, so even though I knew this was shorter than I would normally wear, I thought I might be able to pop it over top of another shirt for a two in one type of look and still be able to have my fun bling. 

Outside the Box - crop top

I wore a Christopher and Banks navy tee for my under layer, which went perfectly with the navy stripes on the crop top. 

This next picture shows you the separation of the two shirts. 

Outside the Box - crop top

These Apt. 9, white, crop pants I just found at a Goodwill store near by. The combination of navy and white is always classic in the summer time and no matter how you wear it, I think it looks chic and fresh. I decided to pair this look with my red Ked peep toe wedges, a red clutch and a red bracelet. 

OUtside the box - crop top
Outside the box - crop top
Outside the box - crop top

In this pic you can see all the pretty bling. It also makes me look well endowed, which I am not, but here is a trick for those of you who are smaller in the bust line. Wearing horizontal stripes on the top can make you look bustier. Also, with the way this crop top stops at my waist it gives my waist a more cinched in look, another optical illusion. Isn't that part of what dressing is all about? Finding ways to hide what we don't like and accentuate what we do all helps build our confidence. 

Outside the box - crop top
Outside the box - crop top

I really like these Ked wedge heel peep toes, but they do have a tendency to slide off my heel. I need to get some of those gel pads to put in the back that help keep you heel in the shoe. Other than that these are quite comfortable and have a cute retro vibe. The wedges even have red polka dots on them. Here are a few options from DSW including a canvas stripe, a black textured, and a denim blue


What do you think of wearing a cropped shirt like this? Finding different ways to wear styles we may not usually reach for is a way to expand your wardrobe and wear something totally different. 

I hope you enjoyed today's post. Leave me some love and have a great weekend!

Photo credit Rebecca Trumbull. Make up Rachel Christensen

Casual and Dressy: Outfit Recap

This week I wanted to show you a recap of the last few weeks' outfits by showing the pictures side by side. This gives you a better idea of how I styled a piece casually and how I styled it more dressy.

The first two were styled around a pair of jeans. I swapped out the casual sneakers, tee and sweater for a dress and sparkly sandals.

These weeks revolved around a black maxi dress. Week 1 was a casual tee, espadrilles and yellow beads. Week 2 a sparkly vest, silver belt and black sandals.

The key piece in these posts was the white crop pants. Casual with the sparkly tee, dark wash denim button up and Keds was turned dressy by changing into a silky blouse, light weight sweater, neutral sandals and a sparkly pewter bag.

Here I styled a pair of light pink jeggings. Again you can see the change of shoes, top and jacket or sweater can take the look from casual to dressy.

In these final two posts there were only a few simple changes made. My black espadrilles were changed out for nude peep-toe heels, the pewter hobo bag became a sparkly pewter clutch, the jewelry switched from casual beads to shiny gold and the lace tee was tucked in a belt added.

I am, by nature a more casual dresser. I don't get dressed up for very many occasions, so this was a fun way to think about how I would make an outfit that started out casual, more dressy. I decided to take this adventure up a notch so starting in August I'll be doing another series on casual versus dressy styles, but this time using denim.

I hope you all enjoyed this series. Let me know your ideas for taking a casual style and turing it dressy. Have a great week.

Thursday linking up with Nicole of High Latitude Style.

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.

Between the Lines: Week 5 and Styling a Pair of White Crop Pants - Part 1

It's Fashion Tuesday again and that means a new outfit and another segment in the Between the Lines series, which features bloggers over 50. Be sure to read to the bottom of this post where you'll find the link to Katherine's Corners and the next ten bloggers featured in this series.

This week the clothing item I feature is the white crop pant. This pair, I found at Christopher and Banks on clearance. I tried on a bazillion (well, maybe not that many) white pants looking for a pair that had several features. First, they couldn't be see through. Second, they had to be made of fabric that wouldn't wrinkle the first time I sat down in them and third they had to fit my body!

Photo Credit  Rebecca Trumbull . Make up  Rachel Christensen .

Photo Credit Rebecca Trumbull. Make up Rachel Christensen.

You can't see in these pics, but the pants have little rhinestones on the front of the lower leg adding a bit of bling. Wanting to keep the bling throughout, I paired the pants with a gray tee with rhinestones scattered over the front and my gray sneakers with sparkly dots. I added the denim button up as a light weight jacket, and for that pop of color added a few yellow bracelets and a yellow bag.

white pants outfit
Photo Credit  Rebecca Trumbull . Make up  Rachel Christensen .

Photo Credit Rebecca Trumbull. Make up Rachel Christensen.

The pants have a stretchy feel to them and there are no zippers or buttons to have to deal with. They basically pull on and sit nicely around the waist and through the hips. I am a big fan of Christopher and Banks clothing, but especially their jeans and pants.

Photo Credit  Rebecca Trumbull.  Make up  Rachel Christensen.

Next week my hubby and I will be on vacation. So the second part of this series will be the following week. I hope to post a few things from our travels, so check in sometime next week. My internet service will be spotty as we will be camping part of that time.

Shop a Similar Look:

White crop pants - Christopher and Banks - $59.99

Gray Tee - Kohl's - $19.99

Dk Wash Button Up - Asos - $43.50

Gray Tennis Shoes - Macy's - $39.00

Yellow Bag - Kohl's - $33.00

Yellow Bracelets - Charming Charlie - $10.00

Click on the link below to view Week 5 in the Between the Lines series.