Summer Blue & White

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School may be right around the corner (which typically makes me only want to think about Fall, no matter how old I get), and Summer is still hot, literally, so that’s why these pants are the right pick for attempting to beat the heat. I love my skinny pants & jeans; however, these wide leg, cropped pants fit the bill when I need to hit the refresh button. They’re on sale, and an alternative to shorts, which I rarely wear anymore. These and these are also great options to choose from, if you like this cropped/wide leg style as much as I do.
I bought this classic top from Loft during a Spring sale, but there are so many great look-alikes out there, like this, this and this one! This one is embroidered, and a great deal to wear now, & put in your closet for next year, too! These kinds of tops are perfect “no-brainer” tops to wear with pretty much everything in your closet.

SHOP THE POST:

Loft One Shoulder top (sold out, similarsimilar) / Banana Republic Stripe Pants (on sale!) / J.Crew Factory Heels (old, similar) / Deux Lux Scallop Clutch (old, similar) / Vintage bracelet (similar) / Kate Spade Gold Watch (old, similar) / J.Crew Earrings (old, similar)

Have a happy Monday!
~KSSBelle

Plaid Perfection

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This top caught my eye for several reasons, besides it being classic, and oh so cute. The peplum mixed with a preppy, navy plaid won me over, so I immediately added it to my closet. Bonus, it’s also a great wear now & wear later piece. A top that can work overtime is one worth every penny in my book. I love it now with cropped pants, shorts, white denim, or later with jeans of any color, and a chic navy blazer. I can’t wait to style it this Fall/Winter, so stay tuned. The outfit options are endless because it’s pretty much perfection.

And, let’s just talk about these heels for a minute? I know that I squealed with excitement (inside of course, because we have babies sleeping down the hall from my office!) when I first saw them, and the best part is that right now, they’re a part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! They’re so fun & add just the right amount of happy to every outfit. I told you in my last post that I bought them in two colors, well, I may just have to add another. Too many, too much? I don’t think so.

SHOP THE POST:

Halogen Plaid Peplum Top / Loft cropped pants (sold out, similar) / Charles by Charles David Pumps / Kate Spade New York Handbag (sold out, similar) / Kate Spade New York Watch (sold out, similar) / J.Crew Resin bracelets (sold out, similar) / Stud earrings (similar)/

Happy Monday, Friends!
~KSSBelle

Classic Blue + Pink

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Anyone who really knows me, knows that I love to dress up. Any chance I get to dress up, I’m one happy girl. The majority of my closest is filled with dressier clothes that I’ve collected over the years, and even though I’m a busy Mom, I’m still drawn to the dressier side of my closet, every time. And, that’s why this silk top from J.Crew is the perfect top for me (and you!). It’s lightweight (great for beating the heat), it’s silk, and it dresses up anything you pair it with, just a little bit more. I think the tie neck bow was what really sealed the deal, and it’s one of my favorite parts about this top. It’s incredibly versatile too. You can wear it with cropped pants, jeans, skirts & even shorts.
Now, can we talk about these pink shoes? So much fun, and they’re under $30.00! They come in 3 colors. I would normally wear heels with this outfit, but this slide/mule trend is really stealing my heart these days. A cute flat that you can wear with pretty much anything in your closet. Oh, and I can still take care of our two kids (comfortably) in them as well. A no-brainer in my book.

SHOP THE POST:
J.Crew Stripe Silk Top / Loft Navy Pants (sold out, similar) / Cape Robbin Faux Fur Slides / Sunglasses (sold out, similar) / Kate Spade Handbag (sold out, similar) / Kate Spade Bracelet / Kate Spade Watch (sold out, similar) / J.Crew Bracelets (sold out, similar) / Loft Pearl Earrings (sold out, similar)

Have a happy Monday!
~KSSBelle

Wide Leg Linen Pants + Bow Blouse

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When I first saw these linen pants at J.Crew, I had to add them to my closet. I absolutely love the wide leg style & fit. They’re timeless, and oh so flattering (on so many body types!), and I know I’ll wear this navy color for years. These pants even have a subtle herringbone texture to them. This blouse has also been one of my favorites this Summer. I adore a bow, especially an unexpected one, in the back. Fun, right? Unfortunately, my blouse is sold out; however, this one (is on sale right now!) and this one are both very similar, and I like these styles just as much. These blouses go with pretty much any pair of pants (or shorts) in your closet, and can be dressed up or down, depending on where you’re headed. This clutch is so cute (and it also can be worn with straps), and it comes in a solid black color as well. I apparently can’t turn down a pretty bow. Who can? No one I know, that’s for sure! I normally would shy away from a white handbag with two kids, but I just save it for a night out. This would also make a fun Fourth of July outfit, don’t you think?

Hope you’re having a fun holiday weekend so far. Happy (early!) Fourth of July!

~KSSBelle

SHOP THE POST:

J.Crew Linen Pants / White Blouse (sold out, similar & similar) / Deux Lux Barrow ClutchChinese Laundry Sandals / Kate Spade Monterey Watch / Loft Sunglasses (sold old, but similar)/

Bell Sleeve Blouse + J. Crew Collection Leopard Pants

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I bought this blouse last year; however, it’s so good that ShopBop still has it this year! I also own it in white. It’s incredibly flattering, and the bell sleeves are the real reason to buy it. The best part is that you can dress it up or down. The sleeves are what caught my eye. And, now this pretty dress is calling my name for Summer, for the same reason. Now, let’s talk about these J.Crew Collection leopard pants, shall we? They were so fun to add to my closet! I have a few J.Crew Collection pieces, and the quality & style is timeless. I know I’ll be wearing these cropped pants for years, (leopard is a neutral) and that’s the best part about making a fashion investment. In my opinion, these investments really pay off, because you wear those pieces well past one season. You can shop the J.Crew collection pieces when they’re on sale (that’s when I snagged these pants I’m wearing!), and you can really scoop up some classics during those sales, so keep your eyes out, it’ll be worth it, trust me. Right now, I’ve got my eyes on these, these and this.

SHOP THE POST:
Endless Rose Belle Blouse / J.Crew Collection Leopard pants (old, similar) / J.Crew Resin bracelets / Chinese Laundry sandals /Deux Lux Clutch (old, similar)

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I’m definitely printing this quote, and framing it for my office.

Happy Monday!
~KSSBelle

Navy Blue + White

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I know that I’m not alone when I say I love blue & white paired together, especially navy blue. It’s such a crisp, yet classic summer outfit.  This blouse is so pretty, and even better in person. The peplum is a go-to favorite of mine, and the neckline is really flattering for any body type. I was a year round swimmer for many years growing up (fun fact, I know), so my shoulders are broader than most; therefore, I’m always on the lookout for tops that accentuate my “swimmer” shoulders. This one is another cute option as well.
And, these mules are so mom-friendly, yet still really, really fun! I’m pretty sure I bought these just because of the poms poms! They look great with white jeans and shorts, too. Sadly, mine are sold out, but these are just as chic. I actually had a hard time deciding between the two!

SHOP THE POST:
Loft Cropped Pants (sadly sold out, similar style) /  English Factory Emma Blouse / Kate Spade handbag (old, but similar style)/ J. Crew mules (sadly sold out! I hope they restock them soon. These are a really fun print, too!) / Kate Spade Watch / Kate Spade Heart of Gold bracelet / Loft Pearl Earrings / Loft Sunglasses (old, but similar style)

Have a happy day!
~KSSBelle

Classic Combination

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If there are two things that I love to wear together, it’s a pair of great skinny pants and a pretty blouse. This combination is a win win for work, date night or even every day as a Mom.  I never tire of this look, because it is always in style and it’s very flattering. I snagged the blouse that I’m wearing for $17.50 during one of J.Crew’s major sales. I love it so much that I bought it in black, too. Here’s a similar blouse that’s perfect for Spring. Blouses like these can be dressed up with skinny pants, but they’re also great paired with jeans or skirts. Remember to always wear skinny pants with a looser fitting top to balance your look. For any expectant Moms out there, it’s a great style to wear, too. I wore this combination a lot while I was expecting.

These J.Crew skinny pants are worth every penny.  I honestly don’t know how I ever lived without them. I actually own them in black, burgundy and navy. They are that good my friends. So, if you see them buy them in every color (especially if they’re on sale -and they are right now!). The best part is that you can wear them year round. Just switch out your Fall/Winter boots for cute sandals, and you’re set for Spring/Summer. I paired my favorite green sandals (old, but similar here) to add a pop of color. You can always add color to a classic combo like this through accessories like these, this, and these. That’s the best part of putting on a black/cream outfit like this – the endless options to wear great accessories to help change up your look.

 SHOP THE POST

J.Crew Minnie Pants // J.Crew Blouse {old, but similar here} // Kate Spade Initial Necklace // Kate Spade Cobble Hill handbag {old, but similar here} // Nine West Sandals {old, but similar here} // Ann Taylor Pearl Bracelet {old, but similar here} // Target sunglasses {old, but similar here}

 

 

Plan Your Look

How many times have you woken up in the morning, walked into your closet and said “I have nothing to wear,” even though your closet is full of wonderful clothes to wear? This happens to me so many times that I would be embarrassed to put a real number on it. Just ask my husband, he’s a numbers guy, so he may actually have the real number (And, Honey, I don’t want to know). Of course, that statement is soon followed by “I need to go shopping asap!” He just patiently listens until my little “fashion fit” is over. We always laugh about it after the fact, but it’s “real” to me in the moment. To a girl who LOVES fashion, it’s a crisis, even though deep down I know it’s not.

I love my clothes, I truly do, but let’s face it, we all get bored with them sometimes. And, sometimes, all we need is to do is to plan a little bit better. And, especially on those mornings where you don’t want to/have time to think about putting your look together.

So, if you follow me on instagram, you will know that I have been putting together outfits. It’s called “Plan Your Look” with Fancy Says Have A Ball. It’s a simple way to get inspired with clothes you already have in your closet. Just call me your “online stylist!” I love putting “looks” together, and even more so, if I am helping you, too. You’ll get a preview of each week’s outfits, if you follow me on instagram.

Some of the pieces I have owned for many years, and some I have just added to my closet. It’s fun to mix the old with the new, and it’s even better when it something all new! Every week, I plan to post several of my “plan your looks” on the blog. It might help you on those days where you want to look your best, but can’t see past getting your first cup of coffee in hand, and your long to-do list.

I plan to include outfits for any occasion you may have to attend. Whether it’s for work, church, a play date, a girls night out, or a date night. My hope is that you can find inspiration to go back and “shop” in your closet, and get ready with confidence!

 Look 1

This look would be great for a date night, church, or a night out with your girls! You could add a blazer to it, and a pair of flats to make it a work look.

Look 2

This would be great for work, church, or a date night. Change out the tote for a clutch at night. An all black outfit is so chic, no matter what the occasion.

Look 3
If your office has “casual” Fridays, this would be cute for work. It’s also a great look for the weekend, running errands, brunch, play dates or a movie date night.

Look 4
This look is perfect for work, a date night or girls night out.

Look 5
Another great look for work (you could add a cardigan or blazer), a cookout, a date night, brunch or even a play date.

Look 6
Perfect for running errands, a play date or brunch.

Look 7

A dress is so simple to dress up or down. The flats make it perfect for work or a play date. Add heels, and it’s a casual date night look.

I hope y’all found this helpful. I now have no excuse for the next week to say “I have nothing to wear!”

J.Crew Factory Sale

Happy Monday, Everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend, I know we sure did! And, as hard as Mondays can be, J.Crew Factory just made it a little bit brighter!

If you subscribe to the J.Crew Factory emails, then you know that they are having a major sale right now, so now’s definitely the time to stock up for Spring/Summer.

Here are my favorite picks out of the sale! Happy Shopping!

Factory Printed Racerback Tank

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I love the navy/red stripe combo. You can dress this up or down for day or night.

Factory Crossback Linen Tee

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This tee is really pretty in the back. I love the surprise crossback. The scalloped and eyelet detail are nice finishing touches. This top would look great with white jeans and tons of shorts.

Factory Linen Lace Tee

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This top is pretty and feminine. The mint color is perfect for this time of the year. I love the lace.

Factory Striped Infinity Shirt

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You can always use a classic button up in your closet. The navy and white stripe is great for mixing with tons of different prints. Stripes like these are considered a neutral.

Factory Pleated Stripe Short

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Love, love, love these shorts. The nautical stripe says “Summer is here.”

Factory 5″ Printed Stretch Chino Short

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These shorts are a happy, floral print. These would look great with the navy top above or the navy and white stripe button up shirt with the sleeves rolled up. These shorts are a nice length for all of us tall girls out there.

Factory Printed Tank Dress

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I really like the simplicity of this dress. The neckline is flattering, too. Add a blazer for work, or a pashmina for date night, and you’re done.

Factory Pleated Dress

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The pleated skirt was what caught my eye on this dress. I love the clean, crisp look of a white dress in the Summer. You can add bright heels and accessories to really make your outfit stand out. Endless outfit options with this one.

Factory Trench Coat

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I LIVED in my trench coat in college. You can add this to any outfit, and you will immediately look pulled together. An investment piece, yes, but one that is well-worth it.

Factory Floral Gemstone Cuff Bracelet 

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Navy, pink and teal – what a beautiful combination.

Factory Golden Cuff Bracelet

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This bracelet is perfect for every day. I would wear it with my watch. A style staple that you can layer or wear alone.

Factory Suede Demi-Wedge Sandals 

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These sandals are chic. Enough said. You will be glad you bought them. The low heel is nice for anyone with little ones.

So, that’s my round up of this great sale going on. I hope y’all have a happy day and even happier snail mail day later this week after ordering from this sale!