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How to Try Spring Style Trends on a Budget

How to incorporate trendy styles on a budgetTweed, Pink, Plaid and Pleats

With pleats in style for spring last year, they’re back again but lighter and airier. Think a delicate few pleats in flowing fabrics. Not gonna lie, I’m not really into this 70s/90s thing fashion has going on right now but I can work with a pleat here or there.

How to try a fashion trend on a budgetHow to try a style trend on a budget

This outfit is a great example of how you can incorporate a trend seamlessly into your look, without needing to buy an entirely new outfit. In general, trend pieces are not where you want to spend a lot of money, because you likely won’t be wearing them for many seasons. Yes, things do come back into style eventually but only after you’ve finally given those items away. It’s practically a scientific law. Just ask my choker collection, which went MIA just in time for the Great Choker Revival of 2016.

brick wall classic

I picked up this skirt last spring when pleats were everywhere, just so I could try the trend. I hadn’t worn pleats since…I don’t know, 2003? The tweed jacket and plaid scarf are items of classic style and good quality. Admittedly, I did not splurge on them as they were given to me secondhand. But they are items I would say you could spend on if you wanted. The designer purse was a splurge (A similar one here  is a majorly discounted), the necklace a vintage heirloom and the cowgirl booties and tights were just things I had in my closet.

Spring style trends on a budgetSo the takeaway here is: Save on trendy items + Splurge on quality classics + Combine them into outfits that are the perfect mix of staples you can wear again and on-trend pieces that won’t destroy your clothing budget.

Then you can throw your scarf in the air without a care in the world!

Save money on style trends These photos were taken by Mo Ashley. They have a lovely early spring, Secret Garden-inspired aesthetic that I’m really enjoying. It reminds me of my Secret Garden Literary Scarf. For more of her work, see these earlier posts I did with her on my favorite ever Anthropologie dress, transitional season style and subtle colors.

Tweed pink and plaid with pleats in style for spring

What are you looking forward to this spring?

For more spring inspiration, take a peek at my Style Inspirations board on Pinterest.

How to try style trends on a budgetFor immediate shopping ideas to create your own look, start here:

 

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Try style trends without spending tons of cash on all new clothes

The Perfect Gift for Stylish Book Lovers

storiarts-literary-scarf-review2Which literary classic is your all-time favorite? There’s something soothing about literature that’s stood the test of time. No matter how much our world has changed since the books were written, the adventures of the characters are still the same. Among my favorites from the children’s classics I read growing up is The Secret Garden, which is the theme of the literary scarf I chose when Storiarts offered one to me for review. Believe me, this was a tough choice. Each scarf has a different combination of font and color. You can even get a music notes scarf and fingerless gloves.

Here are a few other Storiarts styles (click an image to shop):

Storiarts Literary Scarf Review

We all know a book lover, right? Maybe the book lover in your life is actually you. Well either way, these scarves make a great holiday or graduation gift.

They are made of double-layered cotton jersey, so the pattern shows on both sides. They are infinity scarves that can be looped once. I would call them mid-weight, as I have scarves that are lighter and scarves that are heavier. Next time I would probably order the summer weight scarf, which is made of the same type of fabric but less of it. The cotton jersey is stretchy and very wearable, but I would love it if Storiarts added more fabric options to the collection for more versatility. It’s a beautiful statement piece and conversation starter that I want to wear all year round, but it will get most of its use in the fall or early spring.

Storiarts literary scarfThis scarf is on my gift guide for Uncommon Goods and it can also be found directly from Storiarts, a small family business based in Oregon.storiarts-scarf-reviewI decided on The Secret Garden style for my Storiarts literary scarf review because of the green color and the line drawings, which not all the scarves have. Below I’ve included a photo of the scarf folded flat so you can see the full text excerpt and all three illustrations.

the-secret-garden-storiarts-scarfNow, I would love to hear what your favorite literary classic is! Today might be the perfect day November day to sit with a cup of tea and read one.

F+F Fashion & $100 Gift Card Giveaway

Where to work styles Minnesota is getting a lot of new food retailers lately, so much so that my favorite humor columnist wrote about it recently. But they don’t all offer clothing as well as food. Retailer Hy-Vee, which sponsored this post, is rolling out the British-inspired F+F fashion label at select locations. The most recent store to add it is the Eagan, MN Hy-Vee. The international fashion brand is in 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia and now the U.S. gets to experience the modern, trendy styles too.

ff-fashionSo here’s what it’s like to shop for apparel in a grocery store:

Before this, I had never shopped at a Hy-Vee. It is a giant grocery store, but it reminded me a little of a market or train station in Europe because it was filled with little departments selling different types of things. F+F is one of them–it’s a store within a store that’s laid out cleanly with styles for women, men and children.

It’s higher end and higher priced than I expected for a clothing line within a grocery store. Think better quality than fast fashion, but better pricing than a luxury department store. The fitting rooms were surprisingly luxe and made me forget I was shopping mere feet from the frozen food section. The trickiest part is adjusting to the sizing system. The sizes are European, but the labels also list U.S. and U.K. sizes. I tried on a few sizes before I settled on a Euro 38/U.S. 6.

The F+F fashion line space is small, but they make the most of it by merchandising everything well. There is enough variety to meet many different style tastes, with sections of pajamas, lingerie, shoes, active wear, casual wear, dresses and also styles you could wear to work. I gravitated toward the classic cardigans and blouses. I always check labels for fiber content, and while I had to work a little harder here to read these multi-language labels I was happy to find enough viscose available to satisfy my picky fabric palette. I made an exception for the poly-lined lace blouse, because the style was irresistible!

Fashion from Hy-Vee

Gift Card Giveaway

If you live near a Hy-Vee store, you can enter to win a gift card below! Note that not all locations have an F+F fashion store (you can look them up on the website’s store locator) but the gift card can be used on the great selection of other merchandise at the store.

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What to Wear & Do in San Francisco

What to wear in San FranciscoI was inspired to share this look today for a couple of reasons. First is that it’s the time of year I need to remember how to dress for fall. Like, I’ve actually forgotten. Please send help and something pumpkin spice flavored to jog my memory. Second is that today is Felt Hat day! I’ve been getting a lot of cross-seasonal use out of this felt hat that I first featured as part of a snowy winter ensemble.

Whenever I travel somewhere new, I always make note of what the locals are wearing and what I’m comfortable wearing in that city. If I make a return trip, I feel way more prepared with what to pack. Here is what I personally recommend for what to wear in San Francisco.

What to wear in San FranciscoWhat to Wear in San Francisco

Downtown is almost always windy and chilly, so I like a lightweight scarf and a hat.

A leather jacket is pretty perfect because it provides the right amount of wind protection and style.

Flat shoes or short boots are a must have. Promise me you won’t even try to wear heels, unless you bring a backup pair in your bag.

The perfect accessory for this outfit was a gold bar necklace courtesy of A-List Greek. The company specializes in sorority lettered jewelry. They can also custom stamp your initials, roman numerals of your anniversary, or map coordinates. Mine has my initials on it. The modern and minimal design just felt right with the black outfit. I’ve since experimented by layering it with other necklaces too which also works really well!

What to wear in San FranciscoCompared to other cities, I describe San Francisco as fashionable yet casual. Wear what you want and make being comfortable a priority, because you won’t enjoy the pretty views of the Bay if you’re cold!

 

My two favorite places to visit in San Francisco

The places to see in San Francisco are endless, but there are two favorites of mine that I have to share. The Palace of Fine Arts is a must see — read the post here. 

My other favorite is Alamo Square, best known for the iconic Victorians known as the painted ladies. It’s probably one of the most Instagrammable views in the city too. My most popular Instagram photo ever was taken in Alamo Square.

There’s a big park on the hill with amazing views of the city. It’s a peaceful oasis in the midst of the business. Dog lovers will enjoy Alamo Square, because it’s a popular spot to bring dogs — there’s even an unfenced section of the park where they’re allowed to run off leash. So if you’re looking for a downtown San Francisco dog park, this is one dog friendly spot I recommend!

What are your tips for things to do and what to wear in San Francisco?

For more travel explorations, check out where to shop in San Francisco and where to find the best desserts in San Francisco.