'How-to' Petite Petite Style Guide

Guide to Clashing Prints with Fiercely Charming…

Shoes: Anthropologie (Old! Similar Fall style here) • Skirt: Francescas (Old! Similar style here) • Top: Lauren Conrad Collection • Earrings: Stella and Dot • Handbag: Givenchy (Similar style here) • Watch: Michele • Cuff: David Yurman • Ring: David Yurman • Lipstick: Kim KW by Charlotte Tilbury

I love mixing patterns but it can be hard to determine which patterns look good together – especially if they are both dominate. I love when I see gals mix two very bold prints – I’m always thinking, how did they come up with that look…and it looks good!

In this post, I’m going to review 3 ways to mix, match, and clash patterns that you can easily apply to your wardrobe.

  1. Pick two prints that Share a Similar Color. Similar to this outfit, you’ll notice the skirt is a navy blue, checkered pattern and the top is all florals (two very different patterns) – however, the top has blue hues which ties in the blue in the skirt.
  2. Treat Stripes and Checkered Patterns as Neutral Looks. This skirt is not the dominant pattern – the florals are. I look at the small, checkered pattern as a neutral and you can mix any other pattern with it – as long as the second pattern has blue in it, it will mix well.
  3. Break up Patterns with a Bold Shoe. Add a bold color to your 2 mixed patterns through an accessory – a belt or pair of shoes. The trick to adding a color is that is in the same color family. For example, in this look, I added a yellow shoe, but the yellow was a pastel color which matched well with the prints.

How do you mix and match your patterns?



Weekend Style

3 Ways to Get Ready Fast for Any Occasion…

Shoes: DSW (Old! Similar style here) • Skirt: J.Crew • Top: TopShop • Watch: Michele • Silver Cuff: David Yurman • Gold Cuff: Stella and Dot • Earrings: Stella and Dot • Necklace: Stella and Dot • Lipstick: YSL Le Rouge • Handbag: Givenchy (Similar style here) • Ring: David Yurman

I love weekends (I mean, who doesn’t!)! But I love having plans where I get to pick whatever outfit I want to wear and pair it with any accessory I have. When I get ready, I think about 3 things – Activity, Location, and Look. I’m going to break down how I pulled this together for a night out with friends.

  1. Activity. For this night out, we had dinner plans with friends so here’s what I think about – there won’t be a lot of walking, so heels is an accessory I could wear. I also think, we’re going to be sitting inside in AC, so a light sweater might be necessary.
  2. Location. The second thing I think about is the location. In this case, we were going to Purple Cafe, which isn’t casual but not too dressy. But let’s be real, anytime I’m going to a restaurant that isn’t casual is by default, dressy 🙂
  3. Look. After you think through the activity and aspects of the location, you’ll be able to simply put your look together. For this evening, I decided to pair a skirt with a simple black camisole and dressed it up with accessories – heels, fun handbag, and jewelry. Since it was hot that day, I simply brought a sweater to wear in the restaurant if I got cold. But otherwise, this look fit perfect for that evening.

It can be hard to determine the right outfit for an evening out – so breaking down your thoughts into these 3 areas can help you pull your look together. Try it and let me know how it works for you.

xo Lauren

Casual Style Office Style

Tips for Styling Distressed Denim into Fall…

Shoes: Valentino • Denim: Free People • Top: Lucky Brand (On sale for $39.99!) • Handbag: Zac Posen • Earrings: Stella and Dot • Watch: Michele • Cuff: David Yurman • Ring: David Yurman • Lip Liner: Pink Venus by Charlotte Tilbury • Lipstick: Kim KW by Charlotte Tilbury

There is a misconception that you can’t wear distressed denim in the Fall – for reasons I’m not entirely bought in on.  If you are petite like me, you know it’s super hard to find denim that a) fits you well and b) is the perfect length. When I do, I wear them all.the.time – especially in the Fall. I have had a pair of Banana Republic distressed denim and these Free People denim that I wear very often because they fit so well and look great paired with any outfit. Yes, they’re both distressed but trust me, you can pull them off in the Fall.

Here’s how:

  1. Pair with Booties. Whenever you’re wearing your distressed denim, add a pair of booties to your look.  Even when you’re wearing a summer-y top like in this post, when you add a pair of tan or black booties, it can add a Fall/Winter element.
  2. Add a Fedora. I don’t know about you but I love Fall Fedora hats – from light colors to dark – they are a perfect accessory to add to any outfit to dress it up for Fall.
  3. Throw on a Sweater. I mean, this is pretty obvious but throw on a cozy sweater and your distressed denim is instantly transformed into a Fall outfit.

How do you style your distressed denim?

'How-to' Petite Petite Style Guide

Do's and Don'ts for Transitioning from Summer to Fall…

Shoes: Tory Burch (On Sale for $199!) • Denim: Free People • Top: Evereve • Handbag: Saint Laurent (similar style here) • Watch: Michele • Cuff: David Yurman • Gold Cuff: Stella and Dot • Necklace: Stella and Dot (no longer available, but similar style here) • Earrings: Kate Spade • Lipstick: YSL #1 • Ring: David Yurman

I love a neutral lace look – it’s easy to wear with just about any bottom: denim, black pants, a skirt – it goes with everything. And can be worn in the summer and the Fall depending on how you pair it. I picked up this lace top from a local boutique called, Evereve – they have some darling items. And I thought it would be perfect to transition from these hot temps to the 60 degree weather.

Below, I’ve included some Do’s and Don’ts for transitioning your wardrobe from summer to Fall:

  1. Do Wear Leggings | Ladies, it’s time to break out leggings or tights with those dresses to keep you warm. Plus, I love taking a dress that I wore in the summer and pairing it with leggings for Fall.
  2. Don’t Wear Crop tops | To me, crop tops are specifically for spring and summer – I don’t know about you but showing my midriff in the Fall is like looking at a ghost. I recommend saving those tops for Summer 2018!
  3. Do Wear Sandals | I’m a big proponent of wearing sandals into Fall. For example, Paul Green’s sandals are perfect to pair with denim on days that aren’t freezing. So if you can extend your sandal wear into Fall, I highly recommend it.
  4. Don’tWear Hiking Gear Unless You’re Hiking | I know I live in Seattle so NorthFace, Patagonia, Arcteryx – they are all great brands with fantastic outdoor gear. But in the Fall, I try to invest in one coat/jacket that I can wear throughout the winter – one that is easy to layer and can be easy to wear on a warmer Fall day. I invested in this Burberry coat back in Spring and it has been so versatile and easy to wear throughout the summer nights so I can imagine it’s going to be perfect for Fall.
  5. Do Become Besties with this Accessory | Scarves, scarves, scarves! They are my go-to accessory for Fall. In fact, I have an entire dresser drawer dedicated to scarves. In the Fall, it’s so easy to throw on a top and some denim and dress it up with a fun, colorful or pattern-esque scarf. So if you’re low in the scarf department, go pick a few to add to your wardrobe.

What are your transition tips for Fall?

Weekend Style

How-to Sell Your Designer Handbags…

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If you’ve followed me for awhile or are a new follower (Welcome!), you know/will know that I love handbags. I’ve been a handbag gal forever – when I was little, I used to beg my mom to buy a new purse. I always loved switching them out to match different outfits.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve fallen in love with designer handbags – from the leather used to the quality of stitching to the look – I just enjoy them so much.

As I’ve collected a few, I’ve started to realize there are a few that I wear all the time and a few that sit on my shelf in my closet. Similar to how we purge our closets in Spring, I had a handbag purge the last few weeks to organize my shoe/handbag shelf.

Well, there are two handbags that I’m selling – my Celine Phantom Leather bag and my Tory Burch cross body. I’m selling my Celine bag on eBay and my Tory Burch bag on Tradesy.com. If you are interested or have any friends who are, please share this post – both bags are posted at a fair price.

Below, I’m going to share how to decide which designer reseller is best to use when selling your handbags:

  1. Trendlee and Fashionphile. I love purchasing lightly used designer bags from Trendlee – they are always authentic and easy to work with. If you are interested in selling your designer handbag with Trendlee or Fashionphile, you’ll have to provide information on  your bag, submit to their sites, and then they will offer you a price for your bag. Once you accept that offer, you will receive payment within a few days. Super easy!! And you don’t have to deal with selling your bag – they handle it all. However, the price you want for your bag may not be the price they can provide, given their services – they handle the selling, shipping, etc.
  2. Tradesy. I haven’t purchased anything on Tradesy but they have some quality designer bags, including Tory Burch (Trendlee doesn’t sell Tory).  With Tradesy, you list your bag on their site by providing all the details they need, they recommend a price for your item based on what you bought it for, and once your bag sells, you’ll receive your cash. Keep in mind – they do take a 17.8% commission on your bag so something to consider when you are selling.
  3. eBay. eBay is similar to Tradesy, where you post details of your bag, your listing posts, and once your item sells, you will get paid out. However, eBay doesn’t seem to have a set commission they take from your purchase – they have taxes and fees that they put on your purchase based on how you sell it. If you sell your item using PayPal, then they will take around 3% so that is something to keep in mind as you sell your item.

I highly recommend all 4 of these resellers based on my experience buying and selling on them – choosing the right seller depends on what you are selling and how much time and effort you want to put into the sale.

Which reseller have you tried?