Bold and Beauteous

Oh gosh. You probably would not believe that I am not a fan of bold prints. Well, I hadn’t been. But, I am surprisingly drawn to this season’s trendy oversize prints. And hey, the trend makes it easy for me to experiment a little.

This three-quarter length sleeve, wrap dress has a jazzy, in-your-face, black-and-white floral design. A blue cardigan is worn to tone down the print and add some color. Burgundy pumps complete the look.
Dress—Tahari via Marshalls Cardigan—Petite Sophisticate Shoes—Massimo Baldi via Marshalls



Spring Celebration

Oh yeah. This sketched ring print, cap-sleeve dress boldly celebrates spring’s arrival. The dress boasts details like shirring at the bodice and waist, a sweetheart v-neck, and a super soft silk/cotton material. A red cardigan adds a splash of color to the look while black cap-toe pumps and a string of pearls add finishing touches.
Dress—Banana Republic Cardigan—The Limited Shoes—Nine West via MarshallsPearls—Overstock

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Animal Instincts


So yeah. I am not a fan of animal prints. But, on a weekend trip to Marshalls, I found myself strangely drawn to these haircalf and patent leather skimmers. Immediately, I began imagining outfits that would not be complete without these shoes. So, I stepped out of my box and bought them.


Here is a casual look made very chic by the shoes.
Top—The Limited Jacket—French Cuff via Marshalls Jeans—Gap Outlet Shoes—MICHAEL Michael Kors via Marshalls

ZigZag

Lucky find. A striking burgundy, white, and black zigzag print adorns this empire waist silk dress. The dress also has attractive features like the cleavage-creating tie on the top, playful bell sleeves, and black piping along the bust line, neckline, and sleeves. It is worn with cross strap burgundy pumps and a white oversized clutch.
Dress—Gianni Bini via Rag-O-Rama Shoes—Massimo Baldi via Marshalls Clutch—Rag-O-Rama

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Sparkle and shine forever. Metallics have been a hot trend for the past few seasons. And, I am sold on the idea that metallics are classics. To safely incorporate them in my outfits, I turn to accessories—a great choice for the budget conscious. A metallic bag or shoe can be the perfect finishing touch to many looks.

Today’s post features a few of my favorites. A vintage gold clutch and a quilted patent leather skimmer with a dainty bow detail fulfill my golden desires. A silver clutch and peep-toe pumps with a stacked heel, elegant bow, and cut-out details add instant glam to many looks.
Gold clutch—Ebay Gold flats—Ann Taylor Loft Silver clutch—Gap Silver pumps—Jessica Simpson via Nordstrom