You probably know by now I adore black and gray. Besides the occasional striped shirt, most of my closet consists of dark clothing, especially in winter. Spring here is a little nuts weather-wise, but mostly it’s still quite cool and rainy, all the way through June-uary (the name says it all.)
But, while I will always love my black pieces so, all the spring flowers do actually inspire me to lighten up a bit this time of year. Clothing. I mean clothing-wise. This type-A has trouble ever lightening up beyond my outfit. (Sorry, family.)
So, I came up with a few ideas, using some new and old favorite pieces, to style an all black outfit for spring, and it’s definitely my newest go-to look. As my dad loves to say “I love it when a plan comes together!” Me, too, dad. Me, too! Check it out…
When I first put these shorts on, I was like “oh yeah, I’m keeping these babies” before I even looked in the mirror. They are hands-down the MOST comfortable item of clothing I’ve ever put on my body. (I mean, it didn’t hurt that they were under $40, too). So soft, so perfectly broken-in . . . long enough to wear without feeling like everything is hanging out . . . it almost didn’t even matter what they looked like. Almost.
The problem I have when I buy longer shorts is that they typically make me look wider than I am. Because I have to buy them large enough to fit my butt, the legs kind of stick out straight and make my thighs look bigger (where my big booty girls at – I know you know what I’m talking about!). So I just had to figure out how to make them flattering. The solution? A simple roll at the bottom gave them a bit more shape and voila – I found my new favorite pair of shorts.
Looking for fresh finds for your kiddos for Spring and Summer? I’ve got ya covered. And there are some insanely cute pieces, you guys. These round-ups are mostly sizes 2T – 14/16, for girls and for boys. Happy Spring Shopping!
Gang, I’m a longtime fan of Lemlem: the floaty scarves and dresses, the summer-ready patterns, and the fact that the brand is committed to hiring women, elevating African artisanship and creating more jobs in African nations. The only downside is that true artisanship – compared to fast fashion – costs more. Pieces in the Lemlem collection often range from $100 – $500.
Enter Joe Fresh, a Canadian-based fast fashion retailer. They’ve come together on a swimwear collaboration that is GORGEOUS – fans of the brand will recognize the Lemlem influence – with proceeds going to Liya Kebede Foundation.
Ahh, Spring. The perfect time (and temp) to switch up your style. Whether you’re going from parkas to sundresses or you’re a lucky one who’s been in shorts all year (cough, cough CAM) you want a little something new. When the TME girls gave me a style challenge, I was determined to take on “preppy” as best I could. Collared shirts, if we’re getting specific here. Damn, these girls are good at dishing out the hard stuff.
As much as I usually don’t like button-up collared shirts, I can’t help but be drawn to unique trends. Since I’ve been eyeing all the great new wrap-around style button up blouses I figured this was as good a time as any to try one.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE preppy style, I just feel like I can never quite pull it off. Mainly, I don’t like feeling constricted. As a child, I refused to stay dressed because I couldn’t stand how suffocating clothes made me feel. Obviously, I made it through the ‘no clothes’ phase but restrictive clothing isn’t necessarily conducive to my lifestyle. I’m constantly moving while working; I spread out on the floor when painting and drawing and stand and pace when writing.
The top I was planning on ordering was sold out in my size so I headed to the mall where I found a similar style at New York and Company. I paired it with my Rocket Citizens and (in true preppy fashion) my low-slung pointed toe leopard heels.
Of course, in the store, the top was professionally tied in a lovely bow that I had to dismantle in order to put the shirt on. I was never able to re-create their perfect wrap and knot but the long ties allowed me to get creative with styling and wrapping in different ways. I liked having it tied a little looser to give me some room to breathe and so my ta-ta’s weren’t too squished. My biggest concern of course was that it was going to be too constricting but the material was quite comfortable and had a nice bit of stretch for moving. Plus, I couldn’t believe how many compliments I received while wearing it.
I don’t know about you but graphic tees are such a go-to for me. They just add some interest and personality to a basic outfit. Being a huge MJ fan, I could not resist this Beet It tee. Love! I rounded up a few more tees that made me smile (and a few that made me say huh?) but all in the effort of fun. Check them out below…
This Leith shift dress has long been one of my favorites . . . it’s an easy dress to throw on and go, dress up or dress down and comes in a ton of colors (which change all the time). The cut is super flattering for all body types and doesn’t hug like some dresses do – even for this pear-shaped girl. Bonus: It’s machine-washable (hang to dry) and under $50. Here are four ways I’m wearing it:
Wow! The day finally came and I’m still pinching myself because I can’t believe I’m going to be a part of this great team. Shana was a big inspiration when I started my blog and I was always using the #myeverydayedit hashtag to see if I could get a feature. But this? I’m still in disbelief. And we met in person! We sat, talked and laughed while enjoying some chips and guac.
So…hola! I’m Julieta. I’m almost 29 years old, a wife to an amazing man, a mom to a threenager, a three-month-old and a baby I never got to hold. I was born and raised in Colombia, but love and fashion brought me to NY. During a semester I came to study English my now husband made the move and didn’t let me go back to my country without a ring on my hand. He was lucky because I always had in mind to finish college and come to NY to continue my fashion studies at FIT. I quickly returned to Colombia to finish my last semester. Once done, I got married, packed what I could of my life and moved to the United States at the young age of 21. I know I was crazy! oh and he’s Colombian too!
I’m looking at the gaggle of daffodils I planted in our yard last fall and noticing how vibrant the yellow looks on gray spring days. It’s definitely not a color that shies away from the spotlight! Even though dark neutrals are my comfort zone, I can’t help falling in love with all the lemon, mustard, and butter shades popping up in my favorite stores. Check out the happiest new yellow finds I rounded up for wearing and decorating…
I sure hope everyone had a beautiful Mother’s Day! Sienna, Camper and I got to have a special day recently where we pretended to be in France for a bit, right here in Portland. (You may have seen a sneak peek on my Instagram @elletrain) We bought lovely flowers at the adorable City Market and dined on French fare and pastries at St. Honoré. An old man with suspenders and a baguette in hand seriously walked by! I mean. Timing. And to top it all off, it was a sunny day here in PDX and it couldn’t have been lovelier. Special time with my girls plus pastries and sunshine? Good for this mama’s soul.
I wanted to wear a little something out of the norm for me, something with a bit more color that felt a little springy but still practical for chasing a kiddo and a puppy. The result? I came up with a new pairing I adore: springy mini dress + cropped ankle jeans. Check out this combo and our fun mother-daughter day.