WIW: Skirts and Skate Parks

 Photo credit: Ann Jones of Cliq Photography. Find her on Facebook and on Instagram @ann_cliqphotography

Casual top with fancy skirt on www.girllovesglam.com

 Let me start by telling you how obsessed I am with this look. I adore how a casual t-shirt can pair with a big, fluffy, fancy skirt. This shirt and skirt pair perfectly. Once the accessories are added, everything comes together like a match made in heaven. I also love it when my photographer has the crazy idea of doing a photo shoot in the middle of a skate park. I mean, who does that? I stood in the middle of the skate park as teenagers did kick flips and 50/50 grinds around me. I got some strange looks, but it was totally worth it in the end. I love how these photos turned out with all of the concrete around. Ann knows what she is doing and I am so grateful for her for her vision!

Gold Foiled Heart Tee from Style Lately on www.girllovesglam.com

 Let’s talk about the shirt first. I love how shiny the gold heart is on this shirt. It is perfect because it is easy to dress up or dress down. It would be cute with a pair of jeans, with leggings and a long cardigan, and with a fancy skirt! This shirt is from Style Lately. You can find it, HERE.

Redstar Sunglasses

 These sunglasses are by far the nicest, highest quality sunglasses I have ever owned. They are from RedStar. I love how chic they look and feel. You can find them HERE. Here is the extra cool part… RedStar is offering a free $500 gift card to my readers for sunglasses too! You just have to pay shipping and handling for them. Use the code “MTA14” to receive the $500 Redstar giftcard. These are really nice quality sunglasses. Jump on that deal! You can choose any of THESE sunglasses to use your $500 gift card for.

Polka dot Betsey Johnson Purse

The purse was a purchase from my trip to NYC. I got this lovely at Century 21. I knew I loved it from the moment I set eyes on it from across the room. As soon as I saw who made it, I knew that it was destiny. This is a Betsey Johnson purse. I have Betsey Johnson luggage that I already love so I knew I needed this purse too. It has already become the best purse I have ever owned in my entire life. It is perfect in every way. The bracelet is from Apple of My Eye (it is sold out, but they have other gorgeous bracelets too).

t-shirt with fancy skirt. The perfect look for spring.

 The skirt came from Romwe. I have coveted over that skirt for a long time. I finally decided to bite the bullet and get it before it was gone. It totally reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. I feel like I could party right along with the Mad Hatter. It brings a lot of whimsical qualities to every outfit I style it in. I love it! The shoes are from Aldo (6 years ago). There are some similar ones HERE. I wore these shoes on my wedding day. I still love them to this day.

How to Style Your Perfect Date Night Outfit

How to Style Your Perfect Date Night Outfit

 I want to dedicate this post to all of you who believe in a little thing called love. When you love somebody, you should love them unconditionally, right? That means you love them no matter how they look. Am I correct? Well, yes I am correct in that BUT it is also important to still impress the one you love too! Especially if you are a mom. Chances are, you don’t dress up for your man much if you have kids going to basketball practice and getting potty trained. That is why dressing up for date night is so important to help keep the fantasy and romance alive! Can I get an amen?!

I have come up with five tips to help you create your perfect date night look. Because let’s face it, we all have different styles and you might not want to create a look just like mine. That is the great thing about fashion! It can be customized to your style.

How to create a date night outfit

1. Show Off Your Best Feature- Yes, that arrow is pointing to my bum! I chose to show off my backside a little more in this outfit for a few reasons. The first being the fact that I know that my husband loves when I do wear clothing that shows it off a little more. Since I am dressing up for date night with him, I am going to show that off a little more. Another reason I chose that area is because I know that this skirt does wonders for it! My advice to you, is to choose one feature that you know your significant other loves and show it off a little bit. This doesn’t mean you have to wear a low cut top that will make jaws drop! Think of an area you want to show off, then think of what you can wear to show it off while still keeping the look classy. Something else to keep in mind is to only choose one area to feature. You don’t want your outfit to be confusing to anyone.

2. Be Yourself- If you know me at all, you know I have an unhealthy addiction to geometric prints. I love them. My favorite geometric print is houndstooth. By bringing the houndstooth print into my outfit, I automatically feel like myself. Bring at least one element into your outfit that makes you feel like yourself. You are the person that man fell in love with in the first place. Embrace who you are! You could choose your favorite color, wear your favorite lipstick, or keep your hair pulled back out of your face. Whatever it is that is going to make you feel like yourself!

3. Dress Up- We seem to live in a confusing time. I feel like I can go to Target and see people dressed in their sweats and other people dressed like they are about to go to New York Fashion Week. Dressing down seems to be more and more popular, while at the same time I feel like dressing up is becoming a major trend too. No matter how you dress normally, when it comes to date night, it shouldn’t look like the scene does at Target. It should be all the same. Dressed up! This doesn’t mean you have to wear nylons and your 6 inch heels. Think of where you are going for date night and plan accordingly. If you are going to a movie, maybe try wearing a nice pair of jeans with some adorable heels. Any situation can be dressed up a little bit. It is important for your man to feel like you are making a little extra effort for him. He’ll feel like a million dollars, and so will you!

4. Add an Element of Surprise- I always love adding a little surprise element when it comes to styling outfits. I think it keeps outfits interesting and makes it easy to switch up so you feel like you are wearing something different every time you wear an outfit. For this outfit, I chose the black tights with gold polka dots as my element of surprise. Those tights wouldn’t necessarily be a surprise element in every outfit, but because I already have a print in this outfit, these tights serve as my element of surprise. If you are nervous about mixing prints or colors, try wearing jewelry that doesn’t match perfectly with each other or with the outfit. I know that sounds strange, but I promise it works! I always just think of it as mixing hard with soft. If you are wearing a frilly shirt, maybe try wearing a more modern, edgy bracelet. If you are wearing a rhinestone necklace, try wearing some small bright colored earrings. The element of surprise doesn’t have to be big, but it does wonders to keep your outfit interesting.

5. Complete the Look From Head to Toe- It would be such a shame to style a perfect outfit for a date night only to just go on your date without completing the look. Complete your date night look by doing your hair and makeup, wearing jewelry, and spritzing yourself with a little perfume. It is all in the little details. While doing your hair and makeup, focus on staying true to yourself while vamping up your look a little bit. Try wearing a darker eye shadow or lipstick. Your significant other may not be able to put his finger down on what exactly it is that is different about you, but you will know deep down that it is all of those little details that makes the difference!

Winter Date Night Outfit

You can do this! Go enjoy your dates and don’t forget to dress to impress that man of yours!

How did your date go? What did you wear? Share it with us!

What I Wore: Spring Dress with Colorful Accents

Gray pleated dress for Spring

Spring is coming! Although there is snow on the ground one day, and bright sunny skies the next day here in Idaho, there is hope in the air for warm weather coming soon.

Sammy Dress Spring Look

What do you get most excited for about Spring? The warm weather? The flowers blooming? The Spring fashion?

Gray pleated dress Spring Look

I love mixing a neutral color with bright neon and deep colors. This outfit embraces all of that.

Spring Dress with Neon Accents

Dress: Sammy Dress | Belt: TJ Maxx | Tights: TJ Maxx | Booties: Target | Bracelets: JoAnn

WIW: To Adorn

Photo credit for all photos: Cliq Photography

I know it isn’t my usual day to post outfit posts, but I just couldn’t wait to show you all of the goodness I got to try from To Adorn!

Cheetah Print Legging Outfit

If you haven’t ever heard of To Adorn, it is a daily deal site that features products from individual boutiques for great prices. They have clothing, home decor, and handmade items too! They sent me some goodies to try out and I can’t wait to show them off to you.

First up, the Cheetah print leggings. These leggings are so soft and they are thick enough that you can’t see right through them. That is a winning combination in my book!

Winter Transitioning to Spring Outfit

Shirt: H&M | Scarf: Target | Leggings: c/o To Adorn | Boots: Target | Bracelet: c/o Sage and Harper | Ring: Target

Layered Look that can transition from Winter to Spring

Second, is this green and black chevron scarf! I love infinity scarves. I love the way they wrap around and make me feel nice and cozy. I own a lot of scarves, but not any in this color combination. I was happy to add this to my collection! This green color is a dream!

Chevron Scarf To Adorn

Green and Black Chevron Scarf

Scarf: c/o To Adorn | Shirt: H&M | Bracelet: c/o One Little Belt | Ring: Recessionista

Next up, This fun layered sweater. I haven’t ever been a fan of sweaters that are connected with shirts to make them look layered, but I like that this one looks more natural. It doesn’t look sewn in at all. I also love how long the back panel of the shirt is. It went perfectly with my faux leather leggings.

To adorn Sweater

P.S. The photo you are about to see is the face that my photographer gets from me sometimes. Probably most of the time. Maybe that is why people probably think I am a brat. Isn’t that the brattiest face you have ever seen? Okay, now I am embarrassed. Maybe don’t even look at the picture.

Sweater and Faux Leather Leggings

Sweater: c/o To Adorn | Leggings: Sears | Shoes: Ross

Pfew! Glad we are done looking at that photo! The last item To Adorn sent is this perfect flannel shirt. It is literally perfect. I love flannel shirts right now because of just how easy they are to layer. They are so easy to layer on top of and under other shirts. It went weirdly perfect with my favorite Ninja Turtles shirt.

Flannel Shirt Casual Look

Ring: Romwe | Bracelet: Sage and Harper

Plaid shirt Ninja Turtle

Flannel shirt: c/o To Adorn | Ninja Turtle shirt: Kohl’s | Jeans: Hudson | Shoes: Ross

Overall, I was really impressed with the quality of all of these items. I can’t wait to continue styling them with other items in my closet! Have you ever shopped on To Adorn?

 

WIW: Lipstick, Heels, and Late Nights

Style Lately Top

After I going out of town as often as I have lately, it is nice to just be home again. I can enjoy my own space and keep to myself.

leather blazer outfit

Maybe it is just me, but I like to dress up even on days that I know that I will be home all day. I like to feel like I accomplished something. Even if that is just getting ready for the day. I especially like dressing up after I have been traveling. Traveling always brings out the worst in the diet and exercise plan. It is a good reminder for me to kick things back into gear when I take off the travel sweats and put on jeans again. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t keep the heels on all day. That was mostly for the pictures. I just didn’t think you would appreciate seeing my toes with chipped polish right now.

Lipstick Heels and Late Nights

Faux leather blazer: Marshall’s | Shirt c/o: Style Lately | Jeans: Hudson | Booties: Target | Necklace c/o: Style Lately | Ring: JoAnn’s

What do you like to wear after you have been traveling?

Vintage Inspired Flirty Winter Look

All photo credit: Cliq Photography by Ann. Check her out on Facebook and Instagram @ann_cliqphotography

Vintage Inspired Winter Look on www.girllovesglam.com

I love all things vintage inspired. That is why I absolutely fell in love with this outfit once I put it all together.

Vintage Inspired Photo Shoot Love at First Bite Raspberry Drink

I was lucky enough to have this photo shoot at the lovely Love at First Bite. It was the perfect place to shoot this outfit. The flirty flair of the outfit fit the amazing spunk that is Love at First Bite.

Love at First Bite Almond Joy Cupcake

I mean, who gets to take photos in a cute flirty outfit AND eat delicious cupcakes, drinks, macarons at the same time? Love at First Bite is the absolute perfect place to shop for gifts too! They have everything from cooking oils to Abraham Lincoln bandages!

Vintage Inspired Flirty Winter Look

Now let’s talk outfit details. I just added this lovely dress from SheInside to my wardrobe and it may just be my new favorite piece of clothing. I love that the polka dots aren’t actually dots. They are rectangles, giving the dress the perfect modern twist. The coat is a newer addition to my wardrobe that I still can’t get over. I get compliments on it every time I wear it. The coral belt adds the perfect pop of color and the shoes are a long time favorite that has the exact amount of vintage inspiration I was looking for. The fleece lined leggings are a must when it comes to Idaho winters. It makes this outfit practical to wear in the bitter cold.

Love at First Bite Raspberry Cupcake

Now who is up for a cupcake GNO with me?

She Inside Polka Dot Vintage Inspired Dress

Coat: Romwe (sold out) | Dress c/o: SheInside | Leggings: Very Jane | Belt: Pick Your Plum | Glasses: Glasses USA | Shoes: Steve Madden

What is your perfect “go to” flirty winter look?

WIW: Dressed Up Grunge Look

First of all, mad props to my killer amazing photographer, Ann! Check out Cliq Photography on her site, Facebook, and Instagram!

If you are a longtime reader, or even just a not so longtime reader, you have probably noticed a few things about  me.

1. I am obsessed with geometric prints.

2. I love all things beauty.

3. I neglect my family so I can blog. Err… Did I say that out loud?

4. I thoroughly enjoy mixing up styles into one outfit. My heart warms every time I can find a perfect pair between hard and soft when it comes to my wardrobe.

Well today, we are focusing on number four on that list.

How to easily mix different styles to come up with the perfect dressed up grunge look.

When it comes to mixing styles, textures, or prints (or maybe all of the above like I did with this look), it is important to stick with one overall theme and then mix it up from there. You don’t want it to look like a hot mess. You want it to look planned but effortless. My theme for this look was grunge. I love a good grungy look that still looks polished. When mixing textures, this can be tricky and can use some practice. Try a few different pieces on to see how you feel with each of them on. My favorite thing is to throw in a fun print to an outfit to really mix things up. Add a print in a small way, but make sure it really pops! I chose my shoes.

Dressed Up Grunge Layered Look

Dressed up chiffon top

The perfect metallic turban for Fall and Winter

Metallic Turban c/o: Navy Perl |Chiffon Top c/o: Recycled Consign and Design | Jeans: Hudson | Vest c/o: Kohl’s

WIW: Fall Turning Winter

We just got our first fresh blanket of snow that didn’t instantly melt this year. This is a little later than usual for this area, but I enjoyed the weather without the snow while it lasted. The thing I do love about colder weather is layering my clothes. Nothing makes me feel more comfortable than layers! This outfit is one of my absolute favorite that I have ever styled. It is comfortable and a little edgy, but has just enough style to still make me feel like a million bucks.

All photo credit goes to Cliq Photography. She can be found on Instagram @ann_cliqphotography and Facebook too!

What I Wore Layered Fall look

This vest from Recycled Consign and Design is the most comfortable vest I have ever worn. It is the perfect layering piece too. It could literally be worn with almost anything.

Pop of color fall outfit

If you know me at all, you know I live in head wraps and turbans. Navy Perl is my absolute favorite brand. They are the highest quality ones I have ever owned and they have the greatest prints!

Black and Brown Pop of Color Fall look

Turban c/o: Navy Perl

Shirt and Leggings: The Jean Girl

Vest: (styled for) Recycled Consign and Design

Necklace c/o: Apple of My Eye Jewelry

Boots: Target (last year)

What I Wore: Vera Bradley Winter Collection #vbwishlist

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vera Bradley for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

When it comes to my wardrobe, I am all about finding pieces that are not only stylish, but can be worn in real, everyday life. That is one of the many reasons why I love Vera Bradley pieces. They are all made to be used by real women! Her new winter collection isn’t anything short of fabulous either! I am completely smitten by the two pieces that I received to try out and style with my clothing. I got the Miller Bag and Home and Away Cosmetic Bag both in the Venetian Paisley print.

Aren’t they gorgeous?! I absolutely loved styling my outfit around this HUGE, amazing bag. All of the colors in this Venetian Paisley print made it really easy to style.

This Miller bag is the perfect bag for busy moms. It is so big, you can fit your entire life in it. You can be a real life Mary Poppins! I turned my bag into a hybrid between my purse and my diaper bag. It is probably bigger than my other purse and my diaper bag put together!

With all of the pockets that are inside of the bag, it is easy to stay organized and stylish. I keep my wallet, my business cards, extra makeup, my sunglasses, protein bars, diapers, wipes, and even a spare jacket for my daughter in my bag, and yet there is still more room than I could even think of using! This bag is the bomb! It is perfect for everyday use, travel, or a day at the beach! This really is the bag for everything.

The cosmetic bag is an absolute dream! I think it is important to turn doing you rmakeup into a special experience. By keeping your makeup in a cute bag, you can make doing your makeup more of an experience rather than a chore.

The inside of this cosmetic bag is every makeup lover’s dream come true. There is a compartment for everything! It has a layer of protective fabric to cover the gorgeous chevron print fabric. The chevron print peeks through just enough to show through the protective fabric. It is pure perfection.

All of the bags and fabrics chosen for this winter collection are perfect for every busy mom out there. If you love the puffy quilted look or the chic solid colored look, this collection is for you. The colors in this collection are the perfect way to bring in fun, bright colors into your winter wardrobe without looking like you are dressing for another season. These bags are the perfect gift this holiday season! Add them to your list! I would love to give my mom a Vera Bradley bag for Christmas. She would love the prints and colors.

I created a Pinterest board called Colorful Holiday that is all inspired by these Vera Bradley bags. It will soon be full of my all time favorite looks for this winter! Be sure to follow it, repin the pins to your boards, and Vera Bradley on all of your social network channels to see all of the ways they have styled the new winter collection bags! You can find them on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

What is your favorite Vera Bradley piece in this new collection? Feel free to pin your favorite piece on Pinterest and use #vbwishlist to show your Vera Bradley style!

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Twist Knot Bun Hair Tutorial

I am so excited to be sharing one of my favorite hairstyles with you all today! It is the Twist Knot Bun. The greatest part? It can be done in less than 5 minutes! Because let’s be honest, some days we are all lucky to even be able to look in a mirror to get ready for more than 5 minutes!

Twist Knot Bun How To Tutorial

Care for a little back story? I have been making twist knots in my hair for years! I used to make seriously probably one hundred tiny ones right on top of my head and then pull the rest of my hair up. I loved it, then one day a boy told me I looked like I had monkey poop on my head. I then decided that having the twists on top of my head probably weren’t my best option! Secretly, I still call twist knots “monkey poops” in my head though because it makes me laugh thinking of how funny 16 year old boys can be. I think my more grown up style of the twist knot in a chic side bun classes it up and takes the “monkey poop” right out of the look!

How to do a twist knot bun via www.girllovesglam.com #hair #style #how #to

To do a twist knot bun…

1. Pull your hair into a pony tail

2. Take a section of the hair from the pony tail and start twisting it. If you want it to be super smooth, use hair cream to make your piece really smooth while twisting the hair.

3. Keep twisting the piece of hair until the piece starts curing up into what looks like a knot.

4. Bobby pin the piece into your hair to start making the base of your bun.

5. Repeat steps 2-4 over and over again until you have used all of the hair in your pony tail and twisted it into “knots”.

6. Go through and bobby pin pieces that feel less secure to be sure that your bun will stay in place.

7. Spray your hair with hairspray to smooth things out and keep the hair in place.

Now enjoy your new, quick hairstyle! Who says you need a lot of time to look and feel fabulous?!

Check out a few of my other beauty posts too…

Cut Swoop Bangs

Glitter Nails

Easy Messy Bun