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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     I wore this outfit recently to have coffee with my best friend. Just the right amount of casual, comfy, and cute.  The baseball tee is super soft cotton modal, which I love.  Cool, drapey perfection!  See what I mean about the right necklace taking an outfit up a notch? In yesterday’s post I sported the navy blue version of this necklace…today it’s turquoise. Without the necklace the outfit would be cute sure, but kind of ehhh…
On an unrelated note, this humidity is killing my hair! It’s like a giant ball of frizzy dryer lint.
     Today I’m linking up with Two Thirty-Five Designs ,Alison at Get Your Pretty On, and the Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop.

Style Tip:  Do a partial tuck on your tees and tops.  Either in the front or slightly off center.  It adds a little somethin’ and it’s more comfortable than a full tuck.

T-shirt: JCPenney;  Jeans: JCPenney;  Necklace: Sassy Steals;  Sandals: Payless (No longer available)
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     …but sort of not! The shorts are actually more of a pinky-coral than they are red.  When I put this outfit together it wasn’t for the 4th of July, but when I looked at the pics it could certainly pass as patriotically festive, right?  This is one of my new jcrew-inspired fan necklaces.  Love them! I also have it in turquoise.  If I removed the necklace and swapped the multi-color flats for white sandals or Converses, I’d have a perfectly acceptable backyard barbecue get-up!
     Today I’m linking up with Tara at Mix & Match Fashion for her Summer Style LinkUp. Stop by and say “Hello”!

Style Tip:  A statement necklace dresses up just about anything.  But in the summer when the heat might make a larger necklace uncomfortable, layer several more delicate necklaces in varying lengths to dress up your look.

Top: PacSun;  Shorts: GAP;  Shoes: Target (Prabal Gurung Collection-No longer available)

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     I love sweatshirts.  I own A LOT of them!  They are in regular rotation during the fall and winter months.  I always keep at least a few out of seasonal storage in the summer for those nights that are just a little too cool.  A sweatshirt is even better if it’s paired with something unexpected…like a pencil skirt, pumps, and a statement necklace.  What’s even better than that? A sweatshirt that is fancy on it’s own!  When I saw this sweatshirt with embellished shoulders on clearance at boohoo I thought, “You will be mine!” The only problem was picking a color.  I went with gray because it’s so versatile and it’s my favorite neutral.  What do you think? Do you “fancy up” your sweatshirts?
     Today I’m linking up with Rita at http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/ for her What We Wore Link Up.  Swing by and check out Rita and the other great blogs who are linking up!

Style Tip:  When you’re wearing a top that is embellished near the neckline, go with minimal or no jewelry up top (necklaces, earrings).  Let the embellishment take center stage.

Sweatshirt: boohoo.com;  Shorts: GAP;  Sandals: Victoria’s Secret (No longer available)

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