I got this Jennifer Lopez fuchsia bow tie top after Christmas on the clearance racks at Kohl’s. For less than $5. As usual. Ha. It has been such a cold winter and spring, I just now got around to wearing it for the first time. The top is a bit of a wrap top in the front and I didn’t realize until I was out and about in it that it looked like it had come un-sewn for about an inch and kept trying to flop open a bit too far. I’ll have to try and sew that back up again so I’m not having to keep holding it closed or put the straps from the bow over that spot in the future.
The denim skirt a friend gave me. And while it’s a really cute style with a back slit that I love, I didn’t like that it cut off right on the top of my knees. Knees being these weird knobby little things we don’t really want to draw the eyes to, I always think the hemline should either be an inch or so above the knees or just go ahead and fall right below them so we aren’t accentuating them. Amirite?
So, I used the old school trick I used to do in high school to make skirts shorter and rolled the hem up one turn at the top. Because of the heavy denim material and the pockets and slit on the back, any more than that wouldn’t have worked on this skirt. Since the top was pretty long, I just tucked a little in at the front and let it hang over the now bulky waistline so the roll up wasn’t noticeable.
The phone case is a Kate Spade. Gorgeous, huh?
The sunglasses are from TJ Maxx but came from American Eagle Outfitters. And the shoes are silver glitter Converse sneakers.
Yep, chillin’ like a villian. (A friend said that on a Snapchat post recently. Now the phrase is stuck in my head. Hahaha.)
What tricks do you have to make your clothes fit or look better on you?
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All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson. You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.
I think I must have decided this Lace Long Sleeve Off Shoulder High Waist Crop Top was a pirate lady top when I wore this shirt. It’s supposed to be an off the shoulder top and I pulled it up to my shoulders making it look more square-necked and somewhat pirate lady looking. And making it ride up super high on my stomach. I thought the top looked longer in the photo of it online here: Favolook Long Sleeve Lace Top – the fact that I pulled it up to my shoulders would be part of the reason why. The model in the photo wore it correctly. So, just assume I’m giving you another way to wear the Lace Long Sleeve Off Shoulder High Waist Crop Top. Even though unintentionally. Ha.
The lace sleeves are absolutely gorgeous, and part of what drew me in to this top. This is a wonderful smooth cotton/polyester blend. I went to iron it before wearing it and something sticky was on my iron. I actually managed to scrape it off of the surface really easily without causing a stain. The surface is slightly shiny and seemed to almost repel the sticky substance. Yeah for not ruining a new piece of clothing!
*Although I did receive this item at a discounted rate to review on Amazon, I was not asked to post it on my blog and am just sharing it with you for fun.
Just a side note – In case you think fashion shoots are all glamorous. I did this one on my own and probably ended up taking 4 times more photos than when I have my son do them – trying to get the photos in focus and not off center. I also at some point sat or leaned on some sap and ended up on Pinterest looking up ways to get sap out of clothing. Rubbing alcohol did not work all by itself and I had to move on the other method of mixing water with a bit of powdered detergent and rubbing that into the sap. I repeated both methods several times before I finally got the sap out!
And, since I am so picky about pinning vertical pins on Pinterest and couldn’t find a nice vertical one about how to get sap out of clothing, I didn’t even bother pinning the helpful article I found about how to remove sap from clothing onto any of my Pinterest boards. So, if you are one of those ‘helpful hints’ kinds of bloggers who does take the time to make nice vertical pins – an article on sap removal from clothing with vertical pins seems to be missing from Pinterest right now. Just lettin’ you know… Cause I’m helpful like that.
Lace Long Sleeve Off Shoulder High Waist Crop Top
Lace crop top + teal green maxi skirt
Back view of lace long sleeve top
Strike a pose!
Lace long sleeve crop top + cat ear sunglasses!