Bandana Print Skirt & Basket Weave Clutch: For The Love Of Birks

Bandana print skirt, peplum tank top and basket weave clutch.

This isn’t necessarily a story per se, it’s actually more of a disclaimer in regard to all posts for the foreseeable future…

THE STORY

…If you look at today’s picture, you’ll notice something is missing. Did you figure it out? The robot boot. It’s gone. Well, it’s not gone, it’s still here at my house, but it’s gone from my foot for the most part. I still occasionally need it when the pain and/or swelling kicks up. Saturday for example, I seriously overestimated my abilities and overused my foot. By late afternoon, not only was it really swollen, but it had also become decidedly “bruisier” looking so out came the ice pack and the boot.

The Birkenstocks (along with a bit of bandaging) have now replaced it. I can limp around pretty well in them truth be told. Here’s the problem though. The surgeon told me that my foot could remain swollen for 3 to 6 months. Yes, I said months. Not days, not weeks, but months. When she told me that my mouth said, “Okay”, but my brain said “WHAAAATTT???”

So here is where the disclaimer comes in. Out of the hundreds many pairs of shoes that I own, at this point the only pair that fits me are these Birks. These particular Birks actually. My pretty new mauve pink pair doesn’t have an adjustable buckle on the top strap therefore I can’t loosen them up to accommodate the swelling. To give you an idea of the size difference, the straps on my left sandal are on the tightest holes, but my right (the bad foot) are on the loosest holes. See the problem? So until I find more shoes/sandals that I can adjust to fit my poor little deformed foot into you’ll just have to ignore my footwear. Or maybe I should start cropping all of my shots at the ankle.  Honestly, I’m not complaining (too much). I’m glad to be out of that boot and I do love my Birks. I just don’t love them enough to be overjoyed about wearing them every. single. day.

THE OUTFIT

I actually stumbled upon this cute bandana print skirt the other day while cutting through JCPenney to get somewhere else. The pattern caught my eye, but besides being super cute it’s lightweight and currently only $12.99! How sweet is that? When I was thinking about what to wear with it, of course a plain white tee/tank top or a graphic tee is what first came to mind. But then I remembered this navy blue print peplum cami I had in my closet from last year…a bold move perhaps because not only was I mixing prints, but at the same time I was pairing two navy blue pieces together. Some may call it crazy, but I call it sartorial genius because I love how it turned out; it almost looks like a dress instead of two separate pieces.

This fabulous little go with everything tan basket weave clutch made it’s way to me c/o Charming Charlie. They are the perfect destination for all things jewelry and accessory related (they carry clothing and shoes too though). If you’ve never been in a Charming Charlie store, they group everything by color throughout the store. We used to have one in our mall, and whenever I went in I was always magnetically pulled towards the pink/purple/turquoise sections.

So when they approached me to be a brand ambassador I was super excited! Then when my goodie box arrived I was even more pumped when I saw all of the sparkly pink goodness along with this clutch which will be the perfect neutral companion to pretty much anything and will work perfectly all year long. And guess what? They also sent along a little somethin’ somethin’ for me to share with my readers. Head over to my Instagram and simply follow the directions under this post to be eligible to win a $50 gift card to treat yourself at Charming Charlie!Charming Charlie giveaway

THE TIP

Don’t be afraid to pair monochromatic pieces; especially navy blue with navy blue or black with black. It’s okay if the shades are off just a bit as long as the pieces work well together. For example, in today’s outfit the pattern in the top meshes well with the pattern in the bandana print skirt and the peplum echoes the tiers in the skirt.

THE LINK UPS

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Skirt: JCPenney;  Top: Old Navy (Similar);  Clutch: Charming Charlie (Similar);  Sandals: Birkenstock

**Clutch provided c/o Charming Charlie. All opinions, as always, are my own.

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20 Comments

  1. 06.18.2017 / 11:35 pm

    Wow—that would totally bum me out too, Debbie. Especially because I don’t have Birks, ha ha!!
    You could always do the barefoot thing?? (just trying to help).
    Or wear your hubbie’s shoes?

    But no matter what, we’ll still love you—same footwear or not!!!
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    • debbies
      06.19.2017 / 9:35 am

      Actually I thought of the barefoot look. I’ll probably do that once or twice if it works with what I’m wearing. My hubby’s shoes…lol!!! I’m glad you’ll still love me after I bore you to death with the Birkenstocks… 🙂

    • debbies
      06.19.2017 / 9:32 am

      What a fabulous idea Nancy! And you’re right…it’s a good thing I didn’t have the surgery done over Christmas break like I had originally intended…lol!

  2. 06.19.2017 / 9:10 am

    I know I always say this but I need that whole outfit! I have a pair of Birks that I got a couple of years ago. I wasn’t a big fan but felt I needed a pair. I finally found a pair that were actually pretty (like yours) and I love them so much! I wear them a lot here in the summer to festivals and farmers markets, etc. Now I have to go see if I can at least order that top you have on! Peace!
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    • debbies
      06.19.2017 / 9:31 am

      Awww…thank you Cheryl! You are always so kind. 🙂 The exact top I’m wearing is no longer available, but the one that I linked is super similar.

    • debbies
      06.19.2017 / 10:02 am

      Yes, they are Patti! But having only one pair to choose from is killing me…lol! I think I need to pick up another pair or two… 🙂

  3. 06.19.2017 / 10:31 am

    OUCH! That sounds painful – and to have the swelling {possibly} for months… even more ouch!
    Those Birkenstocks are gorgeous though! I love the detailing on the side – they’re much prettier than some of the more regular styles. I have a pretty pair – the ones that have a separate bit for the big toe. I bought them because they hide my bunions a little better than regular sandals. They’re super comfortable but I hate how dark the inner bed goes when the feet sweat :/
    I hope you have a lovely week, Debbie!
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    • debbies
      06.19.2017 / 1:07 pm

      My newer mauve pair sounds like yours…they go around the toe and are cut perfectly to hide bunions! That’s the other problem with that pair…the surgeon shortened the tendon between my big and next toe so anything between my toes is painful at the moment. 🙁

    • debbies
      06.19.2017 / 1:05 pm

      Thank you Jacqui! 🙂

  4. 06.20.2017 / 1:30 pm

    I am so sorry your foot will take so long to heal, it sucks. But you make these Birks so stylish. I could have sworn that was a dress, you fooled me. I love navy prints.

    Welcome by on Thursday and linkup with me pretty lady. And I’d love you to co-host Thursday Moda with me sometimes. I have dates open in July and August. Let me know if you are interested. Thanks, Ada. =)
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  5. 06.20.2017 / 3:36 pm

    I wouldn’t have guessed you were having a problem with your feet by the pictures. You look great and the outfit is absolutely adorable. I love Charming Charlie’s too! I always find something I love.

    Mary
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  6. Janet
    06.20.2017 / 9:39 pm

    I wouldn’t have thought of mixing the two pieces but it definitely works. The Birks look good too and I never used to be a fan. I hope your foot is better sooner than later!

  7. 06.27.2017 / 5:54 am

    The top and skirt work so well together, brilliant pattern mixing. I’ve seen some gorgeous Charming Charlie clutches online but I haven’t been able to find the brand in the UK. I’ve even looked on eBay but without success. How wonderful that you’re a brand ambassador – congratulations!

    Emma xxx
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  8. 06.28.2017 / 10:21 pm

    This outfit is so fun! I love the prints and navy color, as well as the easy, summer vibes you get with the sandals and tanks style of the top! So nicely done.

    Thank you for linking up with the Thursday Moda!
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