Ruffled Up: Combining Trends To Flatter Your Build

You know those moments when you walk into a store, see an item, and think, “oh, you’re totally going to be my best friend”?  That was the moment I had when I saw this top.  Not only was it an adorable light blue and white pinstripe, but it combined two of my favorite trends: ruffles and lace-up!  Even better, it was super flattering on me (and who doesn’t love that?)  I couldn’t say no, and I’m tempted to go back and get it in the darker color as well!

When it comes to figuring out which trends flatter your build, you have to ask yourself a very important question: what is my build?  I recently did a bit of research on this and came to the conclusion that I am a “lean column” – pretty straight all the way down, with minimal curves.  This means I need a little help accentuating my assets, so to speak, along with my chest (without making my shoulders appear too broad).  This outfit did all of that for me.

This skirt is my go-to when I need that extra “perk” to my booty.  It’s short without being too short, and the a-line shape is super flattering on my narrow waist and long legs.  The ruffled tank adds just enough detail along the neckline to help me appear slightly larger than I actually am up top, and the lace-up draws the eye without being excessively revealing.  While the ruffles form almost a cap sleeve, the top truly is sleeveless, and therefore only shows off the tone to my arms, rather than making them appear too large.

So maybe ruffles aren’t your thing, or lace-ups reveal a little more than you’d like, but possibly off-the-shoulder is the way to go for you, or you’re a fan of culottes to create length to your legs.  Whatever your most flattering trend may be, you better rock it, because no one can wear those items quite like you!

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She's a Firecracker: Preparing for the Summer Heat

I think my post’s title is ironic considering this past weekend had temperature’s in the 50’s, but hey, at least I’m prepared for anything, right?  Summer is coming whether we like it (or not), and so I’m seriously stocking up on my favorite summer piece: the sundress!  When the weather turns hot, I don’t want to think about a full outfit, with lots of layers.  I want something simple and cute that requires hardly any thought.  Printed dresses especially catch my eye because that’s exactly what they’ll do when I wear them – catch people’s eye!  Without too many additions to the outfit, you can still look totally killer!

Stepping into Express a few weeks ago was like stepping into a candy store: everything was brightly colored and I wanted to take it all home with me.  Thankfully, there was a sale going on, so my wallet didn’t hate me too much for getting spendy.  Thankfully for you, they’re putting out new sales daily!  Yesterday they had 50% off dresses, and today is 50% off all their tops.  Keep on checking the website to save big on your favorite items!

This particular dress is made of a super lightweight material that allows it to swish in the breeze and keep you feeling cool no matter how hot the summer temps get.  Because Express makes practically everything with me in mind (😉) they also made this adorable cami piece with adjustable straps – perfect for altering the length of the dress or bringing the neckline a little higher (or in my case, taking care of that annoying armpit droop – you know, when it drapes just low enough to show off your bra? BLEH)!  I will say it’s a bit on the short side, so for my leggy friends, you may be more interested in this fun maxi length dress!

Just for clarification, this post isn’t sponsored, I just really love the SS17 line from Express.  I was having some serious shopping woes a few weeks ago while hunting for the perfect vacation pieces for my trip to NJ, but the second I stepped into the store, I knew I would find what I was looking for.

If you visit the website, tell me which pieces you’re eyeing!  I think I just want them all!  Someone stop me before I shop ’til I drop!

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White Hot: Keeping the OTS Trend Going

Oh, bare shoulders, how we love you so.  From one-shoulder, to cold-shoulder, to completely off-the-shoulder, it seems as though our upper bodies are completely stealing the spotlight as of late.  Each season, I expect this trend to somehow take the back burner, but it truly doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.  So if you can’t beat ’em, you might as well join ’em, right?  I’m going to be 100% honest with you right now: I only own three OTS pieces.  Not because I hate them – I think they’re absolutely stunning – but because I think they’re completely impractical.  Yep, I styled one for this post, but I still have yet to find a piece that will actually be on major repeat.

I will state that out of the three pieces I do own, this romper from Chicwish is the most functional.  The neckline is a very thick, tight elastic that does a pretty good job keeping the sleeves where they should be.  However, like most OTS items, they do eventually ride up and turn into an awkward boat neck.  If you’re all about this trend and don’t mind fidgeting to keep your clothing in place most of the day, then you will adore this romper 😂  Just make sure to order a size up as it fits very small.  I ordered my typical XS and the waistline was uncomfortably tight.

Now, I can’t hate on the OTS trend entirely.  I am still trying to purchase more pieces to eventually find one that works for me.  I recently ordered this top and I’m anxious to see if it fits the way I’d like.  I’ve noticed that the trick is to find items that have sleeves separate from the body, that way when you move your arms, they’re less likely to slip and slide all over the place.  If you’re a big fan of this style, how do you manage to keep the off-the-shoulder, ya know… off the shoulder?  Once I figure this out, I will be wearing them nonstop!

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The Unicorns Made Me Do It: A Pink Dress and the Unicorn Frappucino

It’s been a hot minute since Starbucks released a truly spectacular drink.  Ever since the #PinkDrink went crazy last year, there have been variations made and a couple new additions to the team (all rainbow colors of course).  So, naturally, when they announced their #UnicornFrappe the world went nuts.  This concoction is nothing but magical sweetness in a cup.  The primary flavor is mango, with a subtle tangy aftertaste due to the sour blue drizzle.  Is it perfectly picturesque and fairy-tastical for your Instagram feed?  Absolutely.  Does it taste as divine as it looks?  Honestly, I think it’s pretty dang awesome.  I may be one of the few to truly enjoy this drink, all 280 calories (in a tall) of it.  While I expected it to be sickeningly sweet, I was pleasantly surprised that the sweetness wasn’t as overpowering, and tasted more like drinking liquid SweeTarts than anything else.

Even if this drink was a permanent item on the Starbucks menu, I don’t think it would replace my day-to-day coffee beverage, but it’s a fun treat, and a great way to bring some color to my blog.  I took it along as a yummy prop for my photoshoot today, and boy was I grateful to have it, since we experienced our first almost-90° day here in RVA.  Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’m switching from primarily pants to nonstop dresses.  Right before I left for my Easter trip up the coast with Brandon, I stopped into Versona to grab the perfect holiday dress.  I had tried this piece on just a couple weeks before in white, but when I saw this gorgeous ballerina pink shade, I knew it had to be mine.

It seems as though cold-shoulders and blush pink are taking over my closet this spring, and I’m not mad about it.  Before you know it, my entire clothing collection will consist of these trends.  The cold-shoulder style allows me to show off my arms without the pain of a completely OTS (off-the-shoulder) item that won’t stay put no matter what I do.  I think my child self would find it hilarious how much I love wearing pink, considering how much I disliked it while growing up, but it’s feminine and fun and now I can’t stop, won’t stop.

What do you think of these trends?  Cold-shoulders, blush pink, and unicorn frappuccinos?  Have you tried any or all of them?  Let me know your thoughts!

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Mad Love: How to Wear a Band Tee for Festival Season

The Coachella #FOMO is real, ya’ll!  I did get the opportunity to take a road trip this past weekend, but it was definitely not out to sunny California.  Instead, Brandon and I hopped into his car and traveled up the East Coast to New Jersey to visit some of his family.  If you followed along on my Instagram stories, you would have seen us do some bar-hopping, visit beautiful state parks that gave us a gorgeous view of the NYC skyline, and eat lots of great food with family and friends!  Of course, while I had an amazing time making such special memories, I was also envious of everyone sharing their awesome stories of great music and even greater fashion at Coachella on the opposite coast!  I took some of their experiences and used it as inspiration for this post: how to wear a band tee!

If you’re a regular festival attendee, I’m sure you’ve noticed the abundance of band tees worn in so many ways.  From Guns N’ Roses to Aerosmith and more, people are wearing them ripped, tucked in, laced-up, and layered.  Since I recently got the chance to see JoJo in concert, I picked up one of her tees from the merch table as a memento.  At every concert I go to, I try to come home with some form of merch, and it seems tees are my #1 go-to!  For those of you who have read She Saw Style for a while now, you may remember how I styled this one from the Dalton Rapattoni concert, or maybe even this hoodie from when I saw Moriah Peters nearly two years ago.  I own several more, and my family and boyfriend will vouch for how often I wear them – pretty much every day.

For my styling, I chose super simple pieces to pair together.  Since festivals can be hot during the day and cooler in the evenings, with unexpected rain showers in between, I went comfy with easy layers.  My tee is white with brighter colors in the graphic, so I wore it with black shorts and added a blue denim jacket – something that can be tied around the waist, laid on the ground to sit on, or worn over the shoulders when the chill of the night comes around.  Sneakers are totally the way to go, no matter how many other girls are wearing boots.  You’ll be walking and standing the whole day, so you want to choose something as comfortable as possible for your lil’ puppies.  Layer up on the sunscreen, but also bring a hat to shield your head.  Most girls like myself don’t want to smother their scalp in sunscreen and ruin their hair, so a hat keeps you from nasty sunburns.  Last but not least, stick with a crossbody bag to hold only the necessities.  You won’t want to lug around a giant purse and kill your shoulder, so pack light!

If you have the chance to purchase a band tee specifically for an artist you’ll be able to see at the festival, make sure to bring that along.  You never know how many friends you’ll make just because you have similar music tastes!  I’ve had several people come up to me while I’m wearing my JoJo shirt and tell me they love her too!  It’s so fun to see how much you might have in common with total strangers!

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