make dresses appropriate + more fashion tips

I have had several bits of fashion insight to share, so I’m bundling them and sharing now, starting with…

BuzzFeed – my beloved BuzzFeed – recently did a long piece, full of detailed charts and diagrams, regarding fashion rules and tips, such as…

-Not all sizes are created equal: I remember watching What Not To Wear at a young age and hearing that all clothes should be tailored; it would be weird if we all could buy one thing and that thing fit us all correctly!

-Mixing and matching: Sure, there are some color combos that will forever look good together, for everyone. I’ve learned with my husband, though, that noticing these combos doesn’t come naturally. Plus, fashion is about expressing yourself, so feel free to boldly mix plaid and polka dots, emerald green and hot pink and denim on denim!

-Clothing silhouettes: I had a student – in theater class – say that no one wears poodle skirt-type skirts any more, and I mentioned A-line skirts…and she looked lost and confused. Know your types, AND know which ones look best on YOU!

-Formality: Wedding season is here, and I already have my semiformal, formal and beach attire ready – but always go a little dressier if you’re not sure. You wouldn’t want to show up in jeans and be the only one in denim…but in a dress, you can elevate it with heels and heavier makeup or dress it down with sneakers and a ponytail.

Fun Tip…Vintage = Made at least 20 years ago!

Now, for some tips on how to balance your wardrobe between appropriate and … fun (you know, how to wear bandeaus and crop tops and cutouts to work and school!)…


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Depending on your setting, this is a way to wear a bandea but still be somewhat covered; lucky for me, this could work for at a funky startup office or while covering a fashion event!

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The trick to wearing a crop top without baring too much skin is pairing it with a high-waisted skirt or pair of pants.


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Have a dress that’s not appropriate for school, the office or the weather? Layer, as seen here and below!

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There are numerous ways to add pieces under and/or over your clothing to make it more appropriate for where you are going or what the weather is like…Just experiment and make it work!

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Image result for leggings and shirts under dresses for schoolLove the white t-shirt under a silk cami look, especially with cool, casual denim | discovered by Katerina Iatridou

And here’s a tip for you, men, from The Art of Manliness:

I also love this guide on how to update your look (great for transitioning out of college into the professional/adult world!)…

My Best Friend’s Wedding

I’ve never seen that movie, but I guess I’ll have to watch it now, because, yes, my best friend is engaged! She has a ring on her finger! There will be a wedding, and her name will change, and she’ll forever be connected to this one other person (that isn’t me… #bittersweet)!
In Woodson, Texas, there weren’t many friends to choose from, but the three other girls in my class and I used to say that even in a big school, we still would have chosen each other as BFFs. We had the ditzy blonde, the athlete, the wild child and me (the smart one? the tall one? the bossy one? I’ll let them decide;).
And even when the athlete moved away, we all stayed close, transitioned from the two-blondes-two-brunettes thing into being Charlie’s Angels (with the tall one in the middle).
And now, all four of us are in serious relationships, and we’re pretty sure we’ve all found the one, and we’ve all known that engagements were a not-too-distant thing…but now the first one has happened…and it’s like a huge surprise!
The shock, the excitement, the tears, all rolled into one phone call with the ditzy blonde, the blonde who…
I met when I was one
had the house I snuck over to during lunch, to steal Little Debbies for dessert
got her first kiss from the guy she wanted it with
won prom queen and Homecoming queen our senior year
had this horrid puffy yellow coat in elementary
passed me assist after assist in JH and HS basketball
I shared a bed with on every church and school trip
was always there for every moment, good or bad, every time
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I can’t wait for wedding planning and bachelorette parties…hers and the wild one’s and the athlete’s and mine…and many more memories to come!
PS: Happy four-year anniversary to myyy man;)