Raincoat Weather

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Raincoat: Same (and on sale!) Shirt: Similar Shoes: Stuart Weitzeman Corkswoon (Similar) Earrings: Same in Navy

This past weekend it rained like crazy here in the Midwest, which had me pulling one of my favorite rain jackets back out.  I love the wide stripes of this jacket, it gives it such a fun, nautical feel.  It is the perfect jacket for either dressing up or down.  Saturday I mostly just kind of chilled out not doing a whole lot other than running some errands towards the end of the day, but yesterday more than made up for how chill Saturday was!   I have a dance recital in two weeks and we had tech rehearsal in the afternoon.  I am getting so excited to dance on stage again, but it is also bittersweet since this is my last recital.

What did your weekend look like?

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

Finally Switching Out My Wardrobe

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I am loving the Spring Weather that has finally made its way back to Kansas this past weekend.  It gave me the final push of motivation to actually pull all of my spring clothes officially out of storage and pack the winter clothes away.  It is always a full morning or afternoons job, but I feel so much better once it is done.  I didn’t get any pictures of my method, but I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned over the years to make the packing and unpacking of seasonal clothes easier.

The first thing I always do is I pull the new seasons of clothes out of storage and place them in neat stacks on my bed, I then take all of the old seasons clothes and sort through what I know I’ll want for the next year packing it away and creating a pile of items that didn’t get worn a lot in a bag to donate.  I always keep a 3-4 pieces from the previous season out just in case the weather decides to go backwards again, but other than those few pieces, it all gets placed away in either bins or this old dresser in my storage room.  Now for all the new clothes, this is the fun part!  I choose a stack and start putting things away where I like to keep them, keeping similar things in the same area to make it easier to categorize them.  Once again I pull out any pieces that I don’t think that I will wear and place them in the donate bag.  Any pieces that I am on the fence about whether they will actually get worn or not I put up in my hanger with the hanger backwards facing me instead of away from me.  If I reach the end of the season and the hanger is still backwards I’ll know that the item was never worn and can be donated.

What are some of your tips for organizing your closet and surviving the transition between seasons?  Comment below or shoot me an email with them, I always love to get new ideas to make the transition smoother!

Happy Monday!

Leighton Michele

P.S. Isn’t this shirt just darling?  It can also be worn as a one shoulder, off the shoulders or strapless!

Raincoat Roundup

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They say that April showers bring May flowers, and if there is any truth to that then May is going to have some beautiful flowers this year!  Yesterday was the first day of sun in two weeks, so needless to say, cute rain outfits have been on my mind these past few weeks.  Even though we are finally experiencing sun now, I know that more rain is going to come, so I have rounded up my top 5 favorite raincoats.  The best part?  While not only keeping you warm and dry, they are classics that make an adorable statement.

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ONE: Yellow Coast Guard

TWO: Navy Floral

THREE: Big Stripes

FOUR: Smaller Stripes

FIVE: Living Pink

Below I’m sharing one of the ways I’ve been styling my Yellow Coast Guard raincoat through these past rainy weeks.  I have loved the bright pop of color it adds when the skies are so dreary, like a ray of sunshine.

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

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Easter Dress Inspiration

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Dress: Similar  and Similar Shoes: Similar

Holy cow, can it really be April already and Easter in only two weeks?  This year has just flown by, it feels like just yesterday we were celebrating New Years at a friends house and now it is time to start picking out Easter dresses.   As most of you know if you read this blog post, I already have my Easter dress picked out, but there are so many cute options out there, so I rounded up several of my top picks for you that can worn beyond Easter.  I’ve tried to choose dresses from a variety of price points, from the lower budget on up.  Which ones would you want to wear?

One: Retro Yellow

This fun yellow lace dress has me head over heels.  The color and lace pattern are perfect for Easter, and the silhouette is that retro look I love.

Two: Striped Shift Dress

This striped shift dress is a more affordable option for a dress and I am loving the nautical feel the stripes bring to it.  I can just picture it with a cute pair of wedges and nautical inspired accessories.  The best part is that this dress could totally be dressed down for the afternoon while watching the kids do their Easter Egg huts and be worn again throughout the whole summer.

Three: Stripe Addiction

In case you haven’t heard yet, I am seriously obsessed with stripes.  They are my go-to pattern and  I cannot get enough of them, which probably explains my obsession with this dress.  The stripes, the colors, it is absolutely perfection and under $100!  Definitely on my list of wants…. or is that needs?

Four: Striped Midi

This darling striped midi is reminiscent of a designer dress that was so popular last year, but actually affordable!  It is such a sweet look, and the midi length is so on trend for this year.

Five: Seersucker Inspiration

And for this final one I had to include a seersucker dress.  I mean, every girl needs at least one go-to seersucker in her wardrobe and it is the perfect fabric for spring and Easter.  This dress is the perfect combination of the traditional seersucker baby doll dress with a fun twist in the back that will have you head over heels in love with it.

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xoxo,

Leighton Michele

Spring Palm Trees

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Shirt: Similar Blazer: Same Heels: Same from this post

Here in the Midwest the weather is so fickle, it can literally be in the eighties one day and forty the next!  (True story for this past week especially.)  The cooler weather does not change my desire to dress like spring though, so bright colored tanks like this one layered with blazers are my go-to’s for the weather these days.  Ever since I thought to pair these two together this outfit has been on repeat for the past three weeks and I don’t see it leaving my wardrobe rotation anytime soon.  I actually can’t wait to pair it with a pair of white chino shorts and sandals for a fun polished look this summer.

What are your go-to’s when you’re wanting to dress like spring and the weather is so fickle?

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

The Power of Alterations

I’m sorry that this post is a week late, but last week on Friday I was at a rehearsal dinner for the besties wedding, so I’m afraid that this blog post was the last thing on my mind.  I am so excited to get to share it with you now though!  Earlier this month I started this blog series and in the first post I talked about defining your personal style and in the second about building a wardrobe you love.  Today we are going to wrap up this series and talk about the power of alterations. Learning to utilize alterations has been a game changer in my wardrobe as well as shopping.

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I love shopping the sale racks, at least 75% of my wardrobe, if not more, was bought on sale.  I love to find pieces I love that are still full price and then watch them for the day that they go on sale.  This works great until the item that you love is not left in your size when you get to the sale rack.  I have had to walk away from so many items over the years because they just didn’t fit quite right or they were not  the right size even though the price was totally right.   It wasn’t until I worked in a bridal shop while I was in college that I learned I did not have to leave those cute items on the sale rack for someone else.  At this job I was finally exposed to the wonderful world of alterations!

It all started clicking for me when I watched our alterations lady bring a size 20 dress down to a size 8 for a bride who had found a discontinued dress that she loved but was not in her size.  I would have never thought it would be possible, but when she was finished with that dress it looked perfect!  You never would have thought that it had been taken in by six sizes!  This got me to thinking, if I found a dress on the rack that I loved but was no longer available in my size, could I have it altered to fit also?  At what point does it make sense to do this?  Well, after a few years of practice, I now have answers to those questions.

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The dress in this post is a perfect example of alterations in action.  I found it on the  sale rack at Dillard’s and it was love at first sight.  My only problem?  It was a size 10, and typically in dresses I wear about a size 4 with a few exceptions.  The price was really good though, so knowing that it would cost about $15-$20 to alter it, I made the decision that the sale price was good enough to say yes to buying it and going for alterations.

One of the things I always consider before buying a piece that I know will need alterations is, “Will I get enough use out of this item to be willing to pay the price for alterations?” This is followed by,  “How good is the sale on the item I am buying?”  In the case of this dress, it was already on sale and I was buying it during the New Years Day sale so there was an extra 40% off the already on sale price, so the price was really good and I had been looking for a dress like this for awhile.  In cases like that, it is very easy to say yes to the idea of alterations, other times though, it is a little bit harder.

The next thing you need to consider is, will the shape of this item flatter my body shape when altered down to my size?  This one was a little harder for me to learn, but after a lot of trial and error and learning what shapes I like on my body type it has gotten easier over the years.  One way to answer this question is, do I have anything in my wardrobe that is a similar shape?  If so, do you like how it feels?  In the case of this dress, this is a very common silhouette for me, so it was a very easy yes.  I knew exactly how it would fit after alterations and that it was a shape I love wearing.  On other items it can sometimes be a little harder.  In these cases I will try to find something else in the store that is a similar shape in my size that I can try on.  If I can’t find any similar silhouettes, I try holding in the item in the places where I would have it taken in to try to get a feel for whether or not I would like it.

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Alterations can be a wonderful tool, and one that I have learned to utilize on a regular basis.  It is important though to realize that they do have their limits.  If an item is too small, there unfortunately is not a lot to do.  It can be hard, but in those cases it is better to leave it on the rack than buy it only to have it hang in your closet never worn because you don’t feel comfortable in it.

What are some of your tips when dealing with alterations?  Have you ever bought an item planning to have it altered before?  What was your experience?

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

Caught My Eye

If you follow me on Instagram then it is no secret that my bestie got married this weekend! What couldn’t be seen on Instagram was my panic when I realized that I totally had forgotten about shoes to go with my dress!  I know, I know, horrible fashion fail, I’ve just been so busy that I kept meaning to get around to it yet never quite got there.  *insert monkey hiding face in hands emoji* It hit me while I was at work on Thursday and I knew that I’d have to head straight to the mall after work.  I knew exactly what I was wanting, so this couldn’t be too hard, right?  Haha, how wrong I was!  I went to every store in that mall and couldn’t find anything even similar to what I was looking for or could even bring myself to consider.  Finally, it was 8:00 and I was getting desperate when I remembered what my coworker, Starla had told me.  We just recently got DSW in town and she told me I HAD to go there, but it is on the complete other side of town so I didn’t really feel like driving all that way out of my way, but desperate times call for desperate measures.  Well, it is all her fault, I am now head over heels for DSW!  They not only had my dream shoes for the wedding, I also walked out with these adorable chunky heels that were perfect for my rehearsal dinner dress and a list of shoes I am still drooling over.  ❤

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The best part?  For the price of one normal pair of shoes I totally walked out with two!  If youj’re reading this Starla, thanks a million for sending me there!  (even if you did cost me more money yet to be spent in the future 😉 )

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ONE: Kate Spade Surprise Sale

You guys, I was so excited to get the email that the Kate Spade Surprise Sale is back!!!!  Hurry though, it literally ends tonight and there are way too many cute deals to take a chance of missing out on!

TWO: DSW

You guys, I know I just wrote about them up above, but I am seriously in love with DSW!  They  have the cutest shoes for a great price.  I am seriously dying to go back and pick up some more cute heels for this summer!

THREE: Wildest Dreams Cover

This cover of Wildest Dreams by husband and wife duo, Daniel and Erin Morris is just too good!  His violin skills are incredible and she is just too adorable and great on the piano too.  I randomly stumbled upon their channel and have been loving the music.

FOUR: Retro Inspired Cameras

Ever since a young age I have loved anything that came from another era or looked like it does and I am totally loving the looks of this retro inspired camera with the ease of a digital.  Bonus points for the fact that it hooks up to wifi for easy posting. I definitely have my eye on this one for an easy point and shoot I can take on adventures with me while looking totally adorable in the process.

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Happy Hump Day!

Leighton Michele