How to style spring florals differently

It’s that time of year again. The time where pastel florals are out in full swing everywhere. Some days you’re in the mood for them, others not so much. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against all the pretty floral prints out there right now. I do like floral prints. But I love going against the flow. Doing my own thing. This look is all about florals done a bit differently.

I decided to throw on my black and white floral skirt with a dusty lilac tee with an applique floral pattern on it. Casual yet cute. I found these cute laser wedge sandals at Ross and threw them on with this. Gotta love a good Ross deal! Only $16.99 for these wedge sandals. I find it hard to shop at regular retail stores unless I’m shopping their clearance racks. Ross, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx are my go-to places for new clothes for less.

This does not, by any means, mean that I am not going to throw on some pretty pastel florals at any point this spring. I love florals. I may even have to find some of those gigantic floral print dresses, reminiscent of the 90’s that are coming back in again. But sometimes, you’ve gotta switch things up a bit. You do you, boo.

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~ All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

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Shopping day – and what I kept and why

Yesterday was my son’s birthday and we took him out shopping for some clothes and then went to the Candy Basket Factory Outlet in Portland, Oregon. While he was shopping, I was trying on various outfits at Marshall’s. You’ll have to excuse the crappy cell phone pics. It’s what I had with me. And I’m not sure why I did the same pose in every single picture. Let’s just call it my fitting room pose. Ha. I ended up leaving with only one item. Can you guess which one?

Here’s what I found:

 

Burgundy Floral Jumpsuit

Burgundy Floral Jumpsuit

 

Black floral jumpsuit

Black floral jumpsuit

 

Blue and white kimono style dress

Blue and white kimono style dress

 

Gingham one-piece swimsuit

Gingham one-piece swimsuit

 

Loved the burgundy jumpsuit on me, but it had a bit of a stain on the bodice. And the material felt like silk, so I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get it out without taking it to the dry cleaners. What I did like was the built in bra. Nice touch for petite women like me, and with the spaghetti straps, you wouldn’t have to find a strapless bra as it’s built in. Still really like this item. Maybe another Marshall’s will have an unstained one in extra small.

The black one was a size small and fit okay, but I Iiked the fit of the extra small burgundy one with the stain better, and they didn’t have more in that color in my size. Plus, once I saw the stain, I was wondering how easy to clean this item would be. So, neither of those came home with me.

Then there was the blue and white kimono type dress. It didn’t look real flattering on, if you asked me. So a no go for that one.

I loved the gingham swimsuit, though. Still loving the gingham trend, and those little loop-de-loops in the front were a nice touch. The suit is by Jessica Simpson. So adorbs! I’d say it came home with me, but my mom was shopping with me that day and bought it so she can give it to me for my birthday in August. I’ll look surprised. August is a month and a half away, though. Wah. But if I wait until August to get a new bathing suit, there won’t be much to choose from. …Still, I want it now. Le sigh.

What trends are you loving this summer?

 

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