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Fashion Friday

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I am SO excited to have my cousin, Emily, guest posting on the blog today. She is my fashion inspiration and has killer taste. We love to shop together and sometimes she picks some clothes out that I would never even consider, but she will buy it and ALWAYS makes it work. For the inspiration contest, she sent me not one, but FIVE pictures, so I figured I’d let her share her brilliant fashion mind with you all. Enjoy!

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I have to admit that I have an 3″ binder filled with “inspiration photos” gleaned from (mostly Lucky) magazines so participating in this challenge wasn’t much of a challenge. It did seem to me that this was unnecessarily challenging for some though. It shouldn’t be and it needn’t be.

Inspiration photos are there to help you be more yourself.They can help you wear clothes you like in a style you like.

If you’re like me, you shop, you buy things you like. Now you have a closet of clothes you like, but don’t always wear as much as you would like or as you would like. For me, inspiration photos aren’t about what I want to buy, it is about how to put together what I’ve already bought.

Go through magazines, take note at the mall, see how things are put together. It can be the piece itself (I have a kimono styled top I don’t know how to style), a color combination (what can I wear with my turquoise skinnies besides white, black or grey?), the proportion (full-cut bottoms, bell sleeved tops), or just the vibe (sleek modern, flowy bohemian, menswear classic).  You can use the inspiration as a pure template, or as a jumping off point. Play with color, play with pattern, play with proportion. You can use the inspiration pictures to help you step out of your comfort zone, or to just be more productive and creative within your comfort zone.

If I have an event to dress for (for these purposes an event can mean anything from MOPS to Christmas Eve dinner; I am a working mother of three so, really, getting dressed is in and of itself, an event!), staring at my closet wondering what to wear doesn’t always take me very far. I feel frustrated with how much I  have and how little of it I wear.

In comes my inspiration binder. Flip through the sections (I have it divided into edgy, ladlylike, evening/holiday, and casual to help my perusing) and see a lovely full lace skirt with opaque colored tights and a round toe heel. Bam! I have all the necessary elements to evoke this lovely ladylike ensemble. Done!

As a side note, I have found that when I shop for specific items to recreate looks I see, I tend not to wear them as much. It’s like I am trying to be someone else, taking on their style. But when I look at the pictures to help me use what I already have in new ways, I find a great sense of satisfaction in wearing something that feels like me without having to spend more money.

Try it. You might just rediscover and be able to repurpose some pieces that you thought were headed for the Goodwill pile. Actually, I have two piles; my Goodwill pile and my Rena pile. I would say close to a third of what I see in her pics is a hand-me-down from me. I am a reformed shopaholic and so now I treasure my inspiration binder even more – making old things new is a great way to keep from acquiring more new!

Maybe Rena would prefer that I not use my binder so much. Ha!

And just to show that you’re never too young to be excited about fashion, Emily’s daughter, Ava, got in on the fun!

Happy Friday! :)

 

Summery Summary

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This summer was a…

shaved ice eating,

puzzle completing,

“prom” attending,

fish face capturing,

giant slide riding,

adventure seeking,

cinnamon roll consuming,

skateboard rolling,

headband wearing,

country celebrating,

pudding smuggling,

Lego building,

dog paddling,

sunscreen wearing,

goggle sporting,

waterpark visiting,

flip flop wearing,

guacamole consuming,

spray park hanging,

raindrop catching,

crazy hair wearing,

mess making,

Legoland visiting,

backyard fixing,

sand licking,

mountain exploring,

afternoon resting,

helmet wearing,

truck watching,

bird holding,

smoothie sipping,

sunset watching,

sand castle building,

slurpee drinking,

snow cone devouring,

mandolin playing,

glasses purchasing,

fountain splashing,

fish feeding good time.

We are sad that it’s almost over, but thankful we were able to squeeze so much fun in.

Me time.

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What’s a girl to do when both her kids are napping?

Give herself a makeover, of course.

Housework can wait.

Mud Party

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Simon turned 2 and since he’s such a dirty kid and we were redoing our backyard…

the obvious solution was to have a MUD PARTY!!!

We put on our “dirty” clothes and turned on the sprinkler to get things going.

That didn’t make enough mud and the kids were turned off by water spraying in their faces, so we turned to the hose for more immediate mud. Then the kids started warming up to the idea of being dirty. Who would have thought kids would need to be “talked into” getting dirty?!

I think it helped them to see the grown-ups getting dirty. Or maybe it just confused them? Ha!

We took a break and had some pizza and dirt cups (obviously).

Blowing out his candle.

The party was a breeze to plan and prepare and at the end of the day, my little boy was happy and had fun with his friends, which makes me happy.

Happy birthday, baby boy!

Fashion Friday

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Inspiration Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone that entered! I loved seeing what inspired you and am super impressed with the outfits you created!

Too many outfits to just pick five.

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Danielle‘s outfit is so flirty fun.

Cheryl got creative by designing her own jeans.

Jen’s look is classic and functions for work or play.

I love Risa’s use of color.

Hilary made maternity clothes ultra stylish.

Heidi has a crisp tucked in look with a bright belt detail.

Sarah inspired me with her flannel and sweater layers.

Renata has me excited for fall with this big baggy sweater.

And even Jon was inspired by the Chargers! (P.S. Check out his awesome portrait photography website here!)

Feel inspired?

Happy Friday! :)

I’m melting.

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Disclaimer: I am a born and raised Southern Californian, so I realize that my “heat” is nothing compared to other states. That being said, if you are in the Midwest or other crazy hot states, feel free to send me hate mail. I will understand.

I am a happy, easygoing person 99% of the time. It takes a lot to make me upset or grumpy. That 1% when I am rattled is most likely caused by an increase in the temperature.

When it gets hot, I LOSE it. I go full-on Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde and transform into an evil, screaming person. Not pretty. Heat is the worst. I would rather be frozen cold because you can always layer up with clothes and blankets, but there are only so many clothes that you can take off. Ugh.


The only thing getting me through these EVIL, disgustingly hot days are frozen grapes or (as my oldest calls them) “ice grapes”. I keep a giant bowl in the freezer constantly during the summer months. God bless Costco and their huge box of grapes.

Can you tell I don’t have A/C or a pool? ;)

Fashion Friday

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I’ve spoken with people about my post last week and what I keep hearing is “I can’t find an outfit to enter”. Now I am 99.9% sure this doesn’t mean they are not inspired, but that they are following the inspiration to exactly.

I don’t want you to be exact, I want to see what INSPIRES you.

Yes, my outfits were pretty close to the inspiration pictures, but that doesn’t mean YOURS have to be.

I want to see WHAT inspires you, even if it’s just one thing you saw somewhere, you were inspired and that’s what I want to hear about.

Don’t feel like the color has to be exact or the created outfit EXACTLY the same as your inspiration. It’s just a loose interpretation. Here are some ideas:

Maybe you’re more of a jeans wearer and you saw something or someone that inspired you to wear a dress or a big chunky necklace. Or you saw this pic with the cut of the dress and thought that would look flattering on your body type, so you tried to duplicate it.

Maybe you’ve never tried tucking your shirt in or wearing a maxi skirt.

Maybe you like the idea of a striped shirt with shorts.

Or a striped shirt with a skirt. Again, you don’t have to include a belt or you can make it chunky instead of a skinny belt.

Or you’ve always wanted to try wearing a hat or scarf (don’t feel like you have to wear a leather jacket since it’s so DANG hot!)

Or boots with a dress.

The thing I love about fashion is its ability to change. I look back on what I wore a couple years back and have grown and changed so much since then. What you choose  to wear reflects so much of where you are in life, but can also reflect where you want to be. It’s also about taking risks and making changes.

What have you always wanted to try to wear, but didn’t think you could pull off? What did you try to wear, loved and stuck with?

Go through your wardrobe, find an outfit and email it to me at

thegirlwiththesmileblog@gmail.com

along with a picture or even just a comment on what inspired you.

Because you know what? You just might inspire someone else. ;)

Happy Friday! :)

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