This outfit was inspired by the Real Girl Glam Denim Cutoffs Style Challenge.  I realize these aren’t cutoffs, but they are denim shorts, right?!  I love a challenge, so it was fun to take one of my favorite pairs of shorts and build a cute outfit around them. Take a minute and hop over to check out how the other ladies styled their denim…
     The shorts and tank top I’m wearing are actually two of the most often worn items I have in my summer rotation.  As I’ve mentioned before, gray is one of my favorite neutrals and this top is also soft and light. Therefore it gets thrown into the mix pretty often.  It can be dressed up or down, and looks just as good with a skirt, a statement necklace, and a pair of wedges.
     Today I’m also linking up with Two Thirty-Five Designs for the Casual Friday Link Up, Claire for her Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop, and Rachel and Lena for their Passion For Fashion Blog Hop…so, grab another cup of coffee and stop by to check out all of the fabulousness!

Style Tip:  Try to use items in your wardrobe in different ways and think outside of the box.  Casual items can be dressed up and dressier items can be dressed down.  That way you get more mileage out of things you already own.

                               

                                     
Top: Sears;  Shorts: GAP;  Sandals: Payless (no longer available)similar;  Necklaces: flea market finds  

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     I have a lot of ankle booties, but these are my favorites…the red suede version showed up in an earlier post.  I have a third pair that undoubtedly will make an appearance one day! They are soft leather and they’re so comfy.  They are also super versatile and pair well with so many things…the best part is I scored them for about $30 on Amazon.  Oh, how I love my bargains!
     I know, I know…coral again! At least this go round the coral is a little more toned down, kind of a dusty coral I guess.  I think I go kinda crazy with the coral during the warmer months because I don’t wear it much in the winter. Somehow coral just isn’t a snowstorm in mid-January type of shade.  I’ll miss it in a few months when the weather turns cool again, so I have to get it all out of my system now!
     Today I’m joining Tara at Mix & Match Fashion for her Summer Style Link Up and Leslie at My Fashion Forward Blog for her All Things Pretty Link Up.  Take a minute to have a look at what the other ladies are wearing today!

Style Tip:  Pairing a dressy item with something casual makes it wearable anytime.

                                 
                                         
T-shirt: Walmart (v-neck, which I actually prefer);  Skirt: Forever 21 (similar);  Booties: Amazon;  Necklace:   Gift

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     I used a couple hits of color to liven up what would otherwise be a plain t-shirt and jeans kind of outfit. Not that there’s anything wrong with a plain tee and jeans get-up, but sometimes a girl wants a little somethin’ extra.  I just got this top the other day from Conversation Pieces and I love it! It is so soft and airy…I can even wear it in this never-ending humidity and not feel like melting into a little puddle. The flower that I pinned to my top is actually for my daughter’s hair.  I saw it hanging there and thought, “Why not?”  The sandals are new too. They are for a wedding we are going to in August, but they’re so cute I couldn’t make them wait in the closet for another month!  My daughter helped pick them out…she was so happy when I actually went with the ones she chose. She’s got some fabulous taste, don’t you think?
     I’m linking up with Alison at Get Your Pretty On for her I Feel Pretty Link Up. Drop by and check it out!

Style Tip:  Adding one or two little extras can change the entire look of an outfit.  Experiment and try something unexpected.


                                                   

                                                       

Top: ShopConversationPieces;  Jeans: JCPenney (no longer available);  Sandals: Sears

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     I have so many striped tops that I wear all of the time, so I thought today I’d let my striped infinity scarf get a little love! Infinity scarves are perfect because they require minimal fuss…you just throw it on and you’re good to go!  I paired it with a plain black peplum tee and denim skirt so that it would really stand out.  And for the finishing touch, my favorite leopard pumps.
     Today I’m linking up with Erin for the Trend Spin Stars & Stripes Link Up, Lauren for her Style Sessions Fashion Link Up, Tori for her Anything & Everything Blog Hop, and Amber for the Real Girl Style Link Up.

Style Tip:  Use leopard print as a neutral.  You can pair leopard print with most anything whether it be a solid color or another complementary print.

Scarf: WalMart (available in-store);  Top: Delia’s (no longer available) similar;  Skirt: GAP via Ebay;  Shoes: Dorothy Perkins (no longer available);  Watch: Target

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     Do you know that feeling when you’re so excited for that package to arrive in the mail, and when it does you tear into it and…it’s not quite what you expected?  Bummer. It takes the air right out of your balloon. That’s kind of what happened with the top. When I saw it on sale at boohoo, I loved it.  I’ve developed a recent thing for skulls, so it was perfect. When I took it out of the package though, I wasn’t digging the material. The back is soft cotton, but the front is this weird crepey polyester, not a fan! I decided to keep it though because I really liked the graphic and the mix of blues and grays with a few studs here and there.  Because of the front material it hangs a bit boxy, so when I do wear it, I’ll just throw a blazer or cardigan over it to give it some shape.
     Today I’m linking up with Claire at http://www.clairejustineoxox.com/,  Patti at http://notdeadyetstyle.blogspot.com/, and Elena at http://dcinstyle.com/.  Stop over and check out what the other ladies have going on!

Style Tip:  A blazer, denim jacket, or cardigan can instantly change the look of an outfit.

                     
Top: boohoo.com (No longer available);  Skirt: boohoo.com;  Sandals: Target (no longer available);  Denim Moto Jacket: Ebay

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