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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

Filtering by Tag: Relaxed Style

Field of Dreams

Jessica Wagner

Fall In Love With Relaxed & Happy Bohemian Style

Once in awhile you discover something that feels like home. Call it a vibe, call it a tribe. Call it bohemian meets shabby chic! I think I have found a new tribe. Or at least the vibe I wish I evoke.

Lately I have been majorly inspired by the brand - LoveShackFancy. It’s like Cher from Clueless meets Little House on the Prairie. When you discover a dreamy free-spirit world of inspiration, you cannot keep it to yourself! It makes me want to reinvent myself. (Or at least reinvent my wardrobe.) My love for the renaissance woman is strong and l am on a mission to emulate this relaxed and happy harmony when putting together outfits.

It's is an eclectic style for sure. Probably not a look you will rock on your average day of work/running errands. While I am a proprietor of eclecticism, I also get that it's not in the books for everyday. I am also a creature of comfort (believe it or not.) I like clothing that feels relaxed and “freeing.” So, while I get that a bit of practicality is handy, I also feel most comfortable in something that probably isn’t your average daywear. It lifts my mood. It makes me happy! Sometimes I need to believe I am beautiful, wild and free. Sometimes that means putting on an oversize hat, ruffles, and spinning in a field of gold.

I believe there is no reason you can't add a pretty ribbon around your wrist, glittery heels, pink to your hair, or a statement-maker to ANY outfit. It adds intrigue. You are intriguing! Jeans and a tee aren’t always intriguing, as much as I like to rock denim and cotton, I'm one of those people that also like to mix and match. Think antique mixed with modern pieces. I do the same with my house and closet. I love pale, rosey sunset colors. Lace and feminine florals. Old and new. Victorian corsets and satin ribbon paired with moto-boots and mini skirts.

Shabby chic, often referred to as country chic or vintage chic, is a look that reminds me of warm golden days. If you also love this soft and dreamy style, you're in luck, because shabby chic designs and vintage are easy and inexpensive to achieve! 

When shopping at vintage shops or modern retailers looks for elements of lace, ruffles, and floral. LOTS OF FORAL. It’s very feminine. While a style sometimes depends the cut, I think you can create a bohemian twist with your accessories and styling. In some ways it’s more about your own outlook and imagination when looking for the right pieces.

Fashion editor Rebecca Hessel Cohen, launched LoveShackFancy with the dream of designing the perfect, laid-back bridesmaid dress. Her original hand-dyed and printed silk dresses have since expanded into a collection of gowns, day-to-night dresses, and separates. As the brand continues to grow,  LoveShackFancy stays true to her original vision of "dancing barefoot in the garden under themoonlit summer night."

I'm pretty sure I want to always be prepared for dancing barefoot in a garden at a moment’s notice. I’m also aware that I live in Ohio and not the tropics! (So maybe we just need to be prepared to dance in the wheat field in a few 100 additional layers!)

I love second-hand and anything up-cycled. Some days I like to dress edgy and dramatic. Others like a California tomboy surf-babe. I like glam and sexy for nights out. Most days I am a cross between a nerdy librarian grandma and Maria from The Sound of Music. It’s hard for me to narrow it down to just one style, when I get so much joy out of trying new things!

I've said this before, but growing up my sisters and I favorite pastime was playing dress up. Maybe it was a form of escape. Maybe it still is... creative outlets are rejuvenating and oh so necessary. I dress for my mood a lot of the time. I'm attracted to ribbons and bows and florals, and romantic layers. This LoveShackFancy skirt actually has teeny tiny gold coins attached to the embroidered edges, so it jingles when you move, like little gypsy bells! Why I melt at this fact, is beyond me - but I cannot help but adore those little details. Like, to my core. This top is from local shop and favorite Ragazza, my hat is from Zara and my basket is from Free People.

I have been in a bit of a creative rut lately - feeling run down and uninspired. Maybe it’s the change of seasons? Trying to prioritize and make time for the creative side leave me with early mornings or late at night…. but it cannot be forced. I am hoping to get back to sharing more of my everyday style on this platform, and hopefully inspire you to change up your normal - even if it’s just with a fun new skirt or hitting up a vintage shop and walking out with something that feels exciting to wear! I want to encourage you to find what makes your heart sing.

Maybe it’s taking pictures with your soulmate on the side of the road at sunset. Maybe it’s slowly rebuilding your wardrobe to reflect quality over quantity. Looking for special details vs. impulse buys. Maybe it’s taking time to dream a little. Maybe it’s trying something new - rock climbing or cake decorating! Maybe it’s as simple as listening to that voice inside you - and building upon it… whatever it is for you follow your dreams. <3 <3 <3


Outfit Details

Hat: Zara Sunglasses: Chloe (old) Top: Ragazza Skirt: LoveShackFancy (on sale!) Necklace: C Sterling / Kendra Scott Basket: Free People

Borrowed From The Boys

Jessica Wagner

The Coolest Loafers Of The Season

Menswear inspired clothing is at it’s best when paired with relaxed, feminine details.

These luxury Gucci loafers have been around for some time (have you seen these ones?) While this style may be nothing new, these particular slides feature a rosy floral embroidery that feels perfect for spring.

When I spotted this pair (at Forever 21 of all places) I had to give them a try. (Alas, this may be the closest I will come to owning the actual high-end set.) This was a definite save, as the splurge was just not in my relative future.

When it comes to fast-fashion vs. luxury brands, weigh your decisions carefully. While I have been lusting after the real deal, I rather save my pennies for a classic Chanel purse or something that I know won’t be off-trend in a few months. That’s not to say you shouldn’t invest in a quality loafer, but you might want to pass on the added details that may not withstand the test of time. The great thing about finding a similar style to a high-end look is that you can stay within your budget. This really allows you to go for a test-drive. Before investing in luxury pieces, say sunglasses for example, spec out a similar pair at a lower price point and see how much you really love them/wear them. Nobody wants those shopping regret blues!

For this outfit, in terms of going for a minimalistic boyish look, I layered my new-found loafers with a men’s vintage tweed overcoat and it’s seriously one of my favorite pieces. Personally, I have found this style hard to come by. Tweed blazers seem to be more abundant in options than the longer jacket style for women, but this coat is such an easy, smart layer any time of year. This one has been in my closet a long time, and shows some wear but I think that’s part of the charm! When searching for one of your own, don’t be afraid to look in the men’s (or little boys!) section.

Keeping it feeling femme with a hint of lace. A white button up shirt can make a subtle sexy play when paired with an eyelash bralette. Button downs should be slightly fitted through the body and hit below the waist. Tuck in the front, for a loose look.

As for the rest, try a slouchy handbag and retro feeling shades. The '90s are here to stay, so why not try a pair of slim oval lenses? 

Dark-wash, raw-hem jeans, with an exposed ankle are still rounding out my favorite style denim, and keep it weekend-friendly.

As for hair: casual, effortless, elegance. I can’t wait to share with you guys how my experience using HairStory’s New Wash the last month has been going, but spoiler alert: I am loving my hair and having more fun with it in it’s natural state than I thought possible. Somehow I think we are brainwashed to believe if we don’t spend a certain amount of time tweaking our hair it doesn’t look good, and that’s just not true! I’m so used to having to curl and get those coveted “beach waves” that don’t come easy unless I invest a chunk of time to getting them just so. I have been washing, air-drying and leaving it natural and straight with the help of two other HairStory products, their Hair Balm and Dressed Up lotion. They give it subtle texture and I love running my fingers through it or pinning it up in a “real girl” bun. For some reason I’ve always felt self-conscious about my hair being “flat” or looking “boring” - if that’s the right word. I think my hair is also enjoying the freedom. (Anyway, full post and review to come!)

With Spring close at hand, I am ready to trade in my winter shoes for easy slip-on styles (and as we are about to go see Beauty and the Beast -favorite childhood Dinsney movie- there is no better time to add some rose -themed floral embroidery to your repertoire!)  Ever appropriate for that allure of apparent effortlessness. Relaxed and easy as Coca-Cola in a bottle (not Diet.)

Outfit Details:
Jacket: Men's Vintage Tweed Overcoat (similar here) Top: Old Navy Classic White Button Down Bra: Forever 21 Sheer Eyelash Lace Bralette Jeans: Free People Destroyed Ankle Skinny Shoes: Forever 21 Horsebit Floral Loafer Mules Glasses: Urban Outfitters Bag: Zara (old, similar here) Earrings: Stella & Dot Triangle Path Ear Climber Lipstick: Tart Creamy Matte Lip Paint Birthday Suit Nails: Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud

Rose Tinted

Jessica Wagner

Valentine's Day Casual

With Valentines Day three days away it’s the perfect time to pull together your girliest shades of pink for a head to toe pop of wow.

Whether you spend the day with a significant other, girlfriends, family, or yourself it’s a great excuse to wear something that makes you feel special and to spread the love.

This look flaunts a playful silhouette with graceful textures and hues that say, “made you blush!”

For an intimate yet relaxed look, take a lesson in layering with monochrome pale-rose and butter-soft knits, which always make a chic paring.

In this post here I talked about how monochromatic outfitting is an easy way to make a major style statement.

Today’s look is about a much softer color story in sheer tulle with whips of cream. (Trench last seen here, and bag last seen here.)

If you want to see life through rose -colored lenses, (last seen here) keeping a positive opinion of yourself is a crucial first step. Ever notice how a color can brighten your mood? An optimistic perception begins and ends with you. So you can start by dressing the part.

For me, that shade is usually something bright and fun.

The correlation between your outer presence and what’s on the inside are totally related. I know I feel my best when I look my best (that’s not to say I’m not at my best when dressed brooding, dark and moody.)

Try it. Set aside some time this week and dote on yourself (inside or out.) The other day I was feeling bored with life/myself and rather all-around uninspired, so I took 10 minutes to try out a new hair style. You would be amazed what a cute braid can do for your frame of mind (while exercise may be the best way to release those endorphins I find my spirit can be lifted by the simplest of pleasures!)

You ladies know what I am talking about! A fresh mani/pedi, new haircut, maybe even a new shade of lipstick. If you don’t have the cash to spend on the special treatment, do what I did and play around with your look at home. Put on a hat (princess crown) whatever makes you smile. For me, I say give me all the pink, and not just on Valentine’s Day. 

Positive thinking can be so easily influenced. If all else fails you can come borrow my pink shades, as I’m pretty sure rose-colored life is the best life.

Outfit Details:
Top: Old (similar here) Skirt: Forever 21 (similar herehere and here) Coat: Zara (similar here and here) Shoes: Lace Up Flats (similar here) Bag: Olivia + Joy Scarf: H&M (similar here) Hat: Forever 21 (similar here) Sunglasses: Le Specs Flashy Cotton Candy Necklace: Stella & Dot Covet Black Diamond Abundance Lips: Stila Baci Nails: Essie Ballet Slippers

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