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?

Day-to-Night Office Style

What to Buy Now and Wear in the Fall…

Shoes: Dolce Vita (sold out! Similar style here) • Dress: Nordstrom • Necklace: Stella and Dot • Vest: Gap (old! Similar style here) • Watch: Michele • Clutch: Louis Vuitton • Earrings: Kate Spade • Ring: David Yurman

With Fall right around the corner, I wanted to share a few items you could purchase now and wear in the Fall when the temps start dipping and the leaves start falling. It is seriously my favorite time of year and I’m not going to lie – I’m already ready for it to start 🙂 This whole 95 degree weather that’s supposed to come on Tuesday is cramping my style!

Below are a few items I’ve been eyeing for Fall that could easily be added to your wardrobe.

  1. Adidas Rain Coat | $150 | When you live in Seattle, a good coat is a necessity. Lately I’ve been loving the Adidas brand. They have made a come back since the 9th grade and I’m loving it. This rain coat is perfect for the weekend when you’re running errands or grabbing brunch with your girls. It isn’t too casual but not dressy either – easy to throw on with any outfit.
  2. The Perfect Pink Sweater | $45 | Ladies, I don’t know about you, but when Fall is around the corner, I’m always on the look out for sweaters upon sweaters. Because my go-to outfit is a pair of denim and a comfy sweater. This sweater is reasonably priced and will add a pop of color to any pair of pants or skirt you pair it with. I’d recommend wearing this to work on a Friday because it’s super easy to take from your workday to your date night with you man/woman.
  3. Denim for Work and Play | $225 | One item I love to invest in during Fall is a new pair of denim. I wear denim every single week, whether its to work or over the weekend, jeans are a huge staple in my Fall wardrobe. When denim is an item that you wear all the time, it’s important to invest in a high quality brand so they last longer. AG is a great brand, the color of the wash stays in tact and they keep their structure.
  4. Be Bold with a New Handbag | $48 | I love purchasing a new handbag for Fall! One that is easy to throw on and pair with any outfit. This under $50 handbag is the perfect Chloe dupe with the perfect bold color. Add a statement to your Fall look with this beauty of a bag.

I hope these items help you decide what additional Fall attire you need to add to your wardrobe.

What is your favorite Fall item to purchase?

 

My Life

You're Not Alone…

I know I’ve been a bit MIA for the past month or so – but I’m back! And not just with any old blog post but a really important one. The past 5-6 weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind – Chuck and I found out we were pregnant!! Which was so exciting. We were ready to start our little family and were ecstatic to know that we could get pregnant after trying for some time. We found out quite early – around 4 1/2 weeks. I honestly was a bit shocked but so excited.

So we let it sink in.

Around 6 weeks, I started feeling exhausted, nauseous, and really couldn’t stomach anything but cereal, crackers, and carbs (really not complaining on that one ;)). I scheduled my first appointment at the hospital – they schedule the first appointment when you’re between 9 and 11 weeks, so I booked close to 10 weeks. And from weeks 6- 9, I was exhausted and just felt like crap. But prayed to the Lord everyday to give me any and all the symptoms because I was just so excited and felt so blessed to be pregnant. Every night, we prayed for a healthy baby – we didn’t care about anything but that – healthy, healthy, healthy.

Fast forward to our very first appointment – last Friday, August 25th at 2:40PM. We were nervous but excited to see our little babe. Miscarriage had crossed my mind (as it naturally would in this vulnerable trimester) – I never thought I was invincible to it – I even thought about it on the way to the hospital, thinking that I could handle it. I’m the type of person that wants to prepare myself for the worst (a good and bad quality of mine!). We knew the Lord had a plan for us and if this was part of it, bring it.

We walked into our appointment and saw our doctor (who I just LOVE!!!). We chatted with her for a bit until it was time for the ultrasound. Chuck came around to my side while she setup the ultrasound equipment. As she started the ultrasound, I could tell something was wrong – she kept saying, the contrast on this machine is off – let me see if I can fix it. My heart started racing. Then she calmly said, ‘Ok – you can see the fetus here (and pointed to it)’ and she said, ‘usually you can visibly see a heartbeat….. and we can’t.’ I instantly felt like my heart stop and a tingling sense of heat was running through my body. I laid there in sheer utter SHOCK! Like, wait, what? This isn’t happening. Is this a joke? Holy smokes, it really did happen.

The doc then said, ‘I’m sorry, Lauren, but you’ve miscarried.’ And then she gave us a minute to process alone.

Chuck was the best companion, husband, friend, and person in this moment. He goes, ‘It’s ok. We’ll try again. We are a tough couple, we can get through anything.’ So matter-of-fact! Quick side note – he’s the most rational human being I know, even in these heart wrenching moments.

At this point, I’m still in shock – I sat there for 20 minutes staring into space as it started to sink in. For some reason, as we sat there, I felt a sense of peace and contentment come over me. I wasn’t mad – I was sad, but overall instantly at peace (very weird, I know!). Then we had to wait in that room for an hour and a half until an ultrasound nurse could see me and confirm what we saw. As we sat there, all the emotions came over us – we made a few phone calls to parents, cried, hugged each other, and got out the grit and pain in that hour and a half. Then we saw the ultrasound nurse where she confirmed the news. Most likely it was a chromosome imbalance (both the doc and nurse mentioned).

By far, this is one of the toughest life moments Chuck and I have had to experience – but thank the Lord, we have each other.

Why I’m Sharing this With You…

Before I go into why I’m sharing this, I want you to know that I’m not discussing this for pity, sympathy or attention. I am talking about it because it’s a huge part of (my) life. I’m discussing it to help others who have/are/will deal with the same struggle. To inform. To educate. To be matter-of-fact. To explain. To be supportive. So that those who do go through this devastating time know that they are not alone.

Honestly, I always thought to myself – if I ever experience this heart breaking life moment, I want to talk about it. It is such a taboo topic – for a very good reason – who wants to talk about a dreadful moment like this?

If this has happened to you, you know the emotions that run through your heart and mind – ashamed, apologetic, pressure, sadness, emptiness. Since the woman is carrying the child, there’s a sense of – what did I do wrong? that comes over you. But ladies, if there is anything I’ve learned through this process, it’s that we have zero control over this. And there is nothing we could have done to turn this situation around. It is all in God’s hands and He has a plan for our lives.

What We Believe…

God has a plan. We prayed and prayed and prayed (I mean, A TON!) for a healthy baby and I know with all my heart and soul that He will give us that. This one wasn’t it. This gives me peace. He is a prayer answering God and that gives us hope and courage. And I have zero worries for the future. The Lord comforts those who struggle and provides an abundance of blessings.

If you know me at all, you know that I’m a type A personality that needs to have a plan. I need to know what the next steps are – In fact, after the doctor told us the news, I said, ‘so what’s next? Do I need to get a D&C?’. I told my best friend this and she’s like – how were you so rational in that moment to know what to ask?

Well, Chuck always tells me when I’m overthinking something or ‘need to know’ more about something (goes with the Type A territory) that I need to have Faith. He says, ‘You don’t always need to know everything. What’s the point of Faith if you don’t use it or have it in every situation.’ Here he goes again, being all rational 🙂 But he’s right. In this situation, all I have to fall back on is my Faith – nothing else. And I’ve learned, as I go forward in life, that I need worry less and trust more.

How We’re Coping…

Ya know, we’re the type of people that will allow grief to play its role but will not dwell on a situation. We want to deal with it and move on. We’ve have always been that way as a couple. And that’s what we feel now. We loved that baby more than this world, and we’ll meet them one day, but in this moment in time, we need to move on. My family and friends are our BIGGEST support system – we don’t know what I’d do without them. I also have friends who have had miscarriages, who can relate to what we’re feeling and going through and that is something that can provide so much comfort, encouragement and peace.

All I can really think about are all the blessings in my life – I have a wonderful man as my husband, I have a great family (seriously the best!), the best friends a girl could ask for, a job where I get to work with people that have become like a family to me, a beautiful roof over my head, and a heart that beats everyday, all day. I am so so thankful.

Below are a few bible verses that have been so encouraging and helpful throughout this time. I hope they help you, if you are going through something like this:

  • ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’ Matthew 11:28-30
  • ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.’ Proverbs 3:5-6
  • ‘For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.’ Romans 8:18
  • ‘The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers Him out of them all.’ Psalm 34:18-19

How to Support Your Friends Going through This…

Show courage in the face of reality.

1. Check-in on them Everyday. Even if they don’t answer the phone every time, knowing you are thinking of them means so much. And if they do answer every time, maybe they needed a friend in that moment to help encourage them. Take 15 minutes a day, for the first few weeks, and call your friend – it will work wonders.

2. Listen to Speak. The reality is, there is nothing you can really say that is going to make your friend feel better permanently. But listen to their concerns, their sadness, and their heart and be that support system and encourager. If they are emotional, give them hope (and feel free to cry with them), if they are positive, reinforce that positive spirit.

3. Send Flowers and a Card. Knowing that someone went that extra mile to support you, always puts a smile on someones face. And let’s be real, who doesn’t love flowers 🙂

4. Share this Post. The best way to heal is through relatable stories and the success that came out of those. Share this post with you friend so she doesn’t feel alone.

 

Day-to-Night Office Style

Date Night Details + Update on No Shopping 'til September…

Shoes: Old! (Similar style here) • Denim: Banana Republic • Top: Banana Republic • Gold Cuff: The Styled Collection • Silver Cuff: David Yurman • Handbag: Celine (Similar style here) • Watch: Daniel Wellington • Lipstick: Christian Louboutin

Last weekend was the first weekend where we were home and didn’t have too many plans (which felt SO good!). We had a few date nights and then just relaxed the rest of the weekend. The weather has been gorgeous so it’s been nice wearing dresses and skirts to work. But this past weekend, I decided to break out my skinny denim with a sleeveless top and some flirty sandals. I’ve had this sleeveless sweater for a few years now and have found that it’s perfect year-round. I can wear it with a long sleeve shirt underneath in the winter or like this in the summer. I’ve linked a similar one from Banana Republic, so take a peek and snag one for yourself.

Shifting gears a little bit – a few weeks ago I wrote a blog post and made a statement that I was not shopping until September (even through the Nordy’s sale!). Ya’ll, it’s been HARD – I’m not going to lie. I’ve passed up SO many fantastic Nordy sale items – but at least I haven’t been splurging. However, I did make one purchase and feel like I need to be honest about it 🙂 I ended up snagging these classic, Chelsea booties – I just couldn’t pass them up for the price. I’ve been needing some classic, black booties that I could wear all fall and winter and when I saw these, I just had to have. So, there you go – I did make one splurge. But overall, it’s going well. Instead of going to the mall every weekend, I’ve been trying to do other things, like go on walks, run my other errands and be with Chuck. We’ll see how the entire month of August goes. I’ll keep you posted.

Hope you all have a great week.

xo Lauren

'How-to' Petite

3 Bride Approved Tips for Wedding Guest Attire…

Shoes: Michael Kors • Dress: Zara (old! Similar style here) • Handbag: Clare V • Watch: Michele • Silver Cuff: David Yurman • Gold Cuff: The Styled Collection • Earrings: Bauble Bar • Lipstick: Chanel

Weddings are so fun! Who’s with me? I love watching two people become a forever couple – such an amazing life moment. Chuck and I have been to 2 weddings this summer, so far, and both have been so beautiful in their own way. But when it comes to weddings, you must know what you can and cannot wear.

In this post, I’ve outlined 3 Bride Approved tips for wedding guest attire:

  1. Don’t Wear White. I think this is pretty obvious but the Bride is the only woman that can wear white to a wedding. And I hate to say it but I’ve definitely seen some offenders. However, I have found one bridal event that you could pull off white to – a Welcome Party. Now, don’t wear a full length white lace dress, but feel free to wear a dress that has a white background and a floral print or stripes. That is Bride approved!
  2. Do Wear Whatever Dress Length. Now, if it’s a summer wedding, you probably won’t wear a ball gown, but if that is your style and you want to wear that, do it. First step is to determine if there is a dress code. If there is one, you must abide to it to be considerate. However, if there is no dress code, feel free to wear as fancy of a dress as you want – it is completely up to you. There is nothing wrong with dressing up to a wedding. There is also nothing wrong with dressing more casual if it is outdoor and there isn’t a set dress code.
  3.  Don’t Be Shy. If you are unsure of what to wear to a specific wedding, send a quick text or email with a pic of what you’re planning to wear to ensure she approves. My rule is: If you’re attending a Fall wedding, wear a longer dress with flats (so you can break it down on the dance floor) and a cashmere shawl. That looks so classic and works every time. If you’re attending a summer wedding, wear whatever dress you feel comfortable in. Whether its a romper, jumpsuit, skort, dress – it’s completely up to you.

I hope this helps as Wedding Season continues.

xo Lauren

Petite Shopping Weekend Style

Restyle your Old Clothes with Accessories…

Shoes: Tory Burch • Dress: Old! • Watch: Michele • Bracelet: Stella and Dot • Cuff: David Yurman • Handbag: Zac Posen • Ring: David Yurman • Earrings: T & J Designs • Lipstick: Chanel

If you read my blog last week, you’d know that I am not shopping until Labor Day – I know, I’m crazy! This includes the Nordstrom Sale <insert stunned face now>. I’m trying to take a minute, evaluate the clothes I have in my closet, and actually wear them.

This dress is a hand-me down from my bestie (I’ve borrowed it from her for a long time and got it in her last closet purge – thanks sis!).  But I just love the print – Always have! And it fit me so well. I decided to wear it out to dinner with the fam and thought I’d dress it up a bit.

I paired it with my Tory Burch flats because they are so easy to dress up or dress down (one of the reason’s I wear them all.summer.long!). I also paired with jewelry that easily adds some glam to the look. But the one accessory that can always pop your outfit is – the handbag!! It’s all in the handbags. I decided on this particular cross body because it was a neutral color with some metal details. Since the dress is full of color, I thought I’d focus on the gold elements rather than a bright color.

How do you style your old clothes?

'How-to' Petite Weekend Style

Top 5 Nordstrom Sale Crossbody's Under $200!…

  1. AllSaints Ray Nubuck Crossbody | Sale Price: $185.90 | The color of this bag caught my eye. I love the maroon/burnt orange color for Fall (and we all know, we shop the Nordy’s sale to get a head start on our Fall items!). The braided detail around the border of the bag is so darling – it adds just enough texture without going over the top. And the tassel…I love! If you’re looking for the perfect Fall crossbody – this is the bag for you!
  2. Rebecca Minkoff Camera Bag | Sale Price: $196.90 | The strap on this bag is probably my fave! I’ve been loving the unique, patterned straps – it gives the bag so much character. Think of a weekend trip away with this darling cross body – the light gray color goes with any outfit and is the perfect size for a getaway. If you’ve got a Labor Trip on the horizon and you need a cross body that isn’t too small or too big, this one is for you!
  3. Ted Baker London Textured Bar Crossbody | Sale Price: $105.90 | First off, I love the gold bar detail on this cross body – It adds a classic element to it. And the interior lining is darling (even though no one will see that but you!). Imagine a neutral outfit, say white pants and a light gray or tan top with this cross body! This pop of hot pink would add so much color and sass to your look. Lastly, the chain strap adds a dressy feel so feel free to wear this to a wedding or any special occasion.
  4. Kate Spade New York Young Lane Crossbody | Sale Price: $129.90 | A black cross body is always necessary – I mean, it’s your everyday bag. Wear it to work, to dinner, to girls night, to date night, to just about anywhere – this is your daily bag. Kate Spade is high quality and will last and at this price, you just can’t beat it. If you’re looking for a new everyday bag for Fall, I’d swoop this one up before it’s gone!
  5. Rebecca Minkoff Small Love Nubuck Crossbody | Sale Price: $149.90 | This cross body style is such a classic look – it mirrors the Chanel look without the price tag. I haven’t seen this olive green, but how cute is this color? I see this bag as one you could wear daily as well. It looks like the texture is suede but this bag is in full leather (which holds up great when you need a bag you can wear all the time). What I love about this is one is the leather looks different than typical leather. It’s not too shiny, but has that matte look. I also love the mixed strap – chain and leather. The beauty of this is when you wear this bag over your shoulder, the chain won’t dig into your skin because there’s a leather strap to sit on your arm – perfection. If you’re in need for a Fall cross body that is a little bigger, looks designer, and will last – this is your pick!
Weekend Style

From Beach Cover-Up to Evening Attire + Exciting News!…

Shoes: Tory Burch • Dress: Target (old! Similar style here) • Scarf: Light and Bright Lifestyle (Similar style here) • Handbag: Kate Spade (Old! Similar style here) • Earrings: Anthropologie • Bracelet: Stella and Dot • Watch: Michele • Lipstick: YSL #1 Le Rouge

I love old dresses! Do any of you have dresses that you’ve had for years and just can’t get rid of? Even when you’re purging your closet, you’re like – I just can’t get rid of this one! Well that is how I feel about this dress. I have it in black too and I’ve had then since college (over 7 years ago!). The only thing that has crossed my mind is how can I dress this up so it’s not restricted to a beach cover up.

Below, I’ve outlined 3 tips for dressing up your old dresses so you can wear them beyond your errands and beach runs. I’d love to hear how you’ve dressed up your old dresses too!

  1. Jewelry is Key. When you have a simple dress that may seem a bit more casual, add colorful jewelry to bring a pop of color to your look. For this specific dress, I chose turquoise given that it’s summertime and that color just works. I also paired with a light blue clutch so it stays within the blue family. This will most definitely increase the dressy style in your look.
  2. Linen adds a Nautical Feel. I love linen in the summer. It’s light, airy and easy to wear. This scarf is linen and is perfect for a summer evening when the sun is starting to go down and it gets a bit cooler. And the color….I just LOVE! That baby pink is perfect to pair with any neutral look. I added it to this look to not only dress it up but to add functionality. It adds a summertime charm to your look and can be used when the sun starts to go down.
  3. It’s all in the Shoes. Now, I know I’m wearing flat sandals in this look, which you may think – gosh, that doesn’t look super dressy. Well, you’re right but it’s more dressy than flip flops 😉 Another idea would be to pair this outfit with heels or wedges to really enhance the attire for an evening out. Heels always elongate your look and add a sense of fancy to any look.

Now, you may be thinking – in the title, you have ‘Exciting News!’ as well, and you may be wondering what I’m going to share. Well, last weekend, I got an email saying that I was nominated on the Top 100 Fashion Bloggers’ Style Tips list. You can check it out here.

At first I was like, how in the heck did I get chosen (I mean, how cool!) but seriously how did this happen. I do Fiercely Charming for fun, as a creative outlet and hobby, and a way to serve other women around the world. Well, let me tell you! The criteria for making the list was based on 1) Google Ranking and Search, 2) Influence on social media, 3) Quality and consistency of posts, 4) Feedspot’s editorial team

Do I have a huge social media following? No. But I really try to be consistent and take my time writing my blog posts. So if I fall into any of those categories, the one I get most excited about it #3. For any of you gals who are toying with the idea of starting your own blog – I encourage you to start it. Over the past 2 years, I’ve learned SO much, met some great people, and am still having a ton of fun. Plus, you get these fun surprises once in awhile that just keeps your motivation high.

Thanks for letting me share this news and I hope you all have a great Monday!

xo Lauren

 

Casual Style Office Style

5 Reasons to Wear Platform Sneakers this Summer…

Shoes: SheIn (Only $37!) • Denim: Banana Republic • Top: Anthropologie • Silver Cuff: David Yurman • Gold Bracelet: The Styled Collection (On sale for $39!) • Watch: Michele • Ring: David Yurman • Handbag: Saint Laurent (Similar style here!) • Sunnies: Celine (Similar style here) • Earrings: Stella and Dot • Lipstick: YSL #1 Le Rouge

Even though summer is here, doesn’t mean we have to be restricted to flip flops and sandals – am I right? Don’t get me wrong, I love my summer sandals but sometimes it’s fun to change it up and wear a shoe that is unique to you – not one that everyone is wearing all the time.

I recently purchased these platform sneakers and ya’ll – I’ve received 1000 compliments on them, they are super comfortable, and they are easy to wear to work, to dinner, to lunch, to the mall – anywhere! AND they are breathable which makes them perfect for summer. Wanna know the icing on the cake with these – they are only $37! Yes, you heard right – $37!

If you are still on the fence, below are 5 reasons you should wear platform sneakers this summer:

  1. Easy to Pair with Any Outfit. These platforms can be worn with your favorite denim, dress, skirt, shorts – honestly, a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g!! They truly are perfect for any summer outfit and can easily be dressed up for a night out.
  2. The Price is a ‘thumbs up’. I’m sure you’ve seen the Gucci or Alexander Wang platform sneakers that are pricey – given they’re designer! And I love designer, but when you can get a similar look for less, I’m all about it! These are $37 – I repeat, $37! I’ve linked them above – snag them! SheIn also has other platform styles you may love too!
  3. Comfortable. Ok, so you may be thinking – well, those designer brands are more expensive because they are more comfortable. I can’t say you’re wrong, because I don’t own any, but what I can say is these are comfortable! They are super easy to wear.
  4. Unique to You. Now, I don’t know about you but I haven’t seen a ton of girls wearing platform sneakers (and I’m secretly loving it!). When I wear these, I feel like I’m the only girl around the office so if you are wanting to wear sneakers that are more unique, I’d highly recommend these babies.
  5. Set Your Heels Aside. I’m 5’0 – So I’m always wanting a little height. However, my feet are truly gnarly from heels so I’ve been branching out into wedges or platforms more. These have definitely satisfied my heel change. They give me a boost and people at the office are always like, ‘Whoa, you grew!’ – ya, thanks! 😉

How would you wear these platform sneakers?

My Life

How-to Play with Prints + a Personal Announcement…

Shoes: Dolce Vita (On Sale for $89!) • Shorts: Romwe (Only $12.99!) • Top: Ann Taylor • Earrings: Bauble Bar • Handbag: Givenchy (Similar style here) • Watch: Michele • Ring: David Yurman • Cuff: David Yurman • Lipstick: Chanel 

Do you ever go into your closet and say, ‘I have nothing to wear’? When we absolutely have clothes to wear…! Well, lately I’ve been feeling that way about my own closet (which is terrible!). It’s so easy to get bored of a top after wearing it once or feel like you wear the same denim all the time, when you have multiple pairs. Whenever I get this way, I get upset with myself because it seems so selfish. So I decided to make a change.

This summer, I’ve decided to – get ready for it – not purchase any clothes/accessories until Labor Day weekend (no exceptions) – starting this week. Eek! I know, I know.  I’m going to be honest, this seems like a major feat – but I’m going to accomplish it. What does this really mean, you might ask? Well, it means all blog posts from Fiercely Charming this summer will showcase various outfits paired together in different ways, highlighting how to embrace your accessories more – with tips on how you can do the same (if you are in the same boat).

I will let you all know how the shopping ban goes 😉 throughout the summer too!

My first outfit that I’ve put together from my closet, is above. I bought these $12.99 shorts last summer and have worn them once so I decided to pull them out for Church on Sunday. I love them because they are a skort (party in the front, modest in the back)! I loved the print of these skorts since I bought them but always struggled figuring out what to pair them with (other than a black tank). So I thought I’d mix prints and wear a striped tank instead to play with the look a little. And I’m going to be honest, I didn’t NOT like it 😉

One tip when it comes to mixing prints – you don’t want to mix prints that are too similar, i.e. stripes on stripes or florals on florals. This look is as close as it gets without being too similar. The best pattern play I’ve seen (just my opinion) is when you pair florals with stripes. It looks so darling and truly pops both prints. Try it and let me know what you think!

xo Lauren