OH HELLO WEEKEND!
Sometimes you get one of those crazy weeks where everything seems to be moving super fast and it seems like you don't have time to get anything done. That's been my past week, raise your little emoji hand if you feel me. Needless to say, I'm pretty pumped for this weekend.
One thing I've found through all the busyness is that I still need to make time for self-care and putting myself together in the mornings, even if it's just 5 minutes. On days I skip the 5-minute skincare and makeup routine or run errands all day in sweatpants, I always feel even more disheveled and disorganized than when I take a second to get ready before diving into my jam-packed day.
A peak into my week + My Haute Society
I know many of you will DM me to ask why my week was busy and offer encouragement, and seriously you guys are the best! I have to believe I have the most supportive following & readers in the world. But because I know you'll ask, here's a little peak into why I had a crazy week.
My blogger bestie C.J. and I are launching a new influencer community called My Haute Society and we hosted our very first event together this past Tuesday at Wish Boutique in Denver. The even was seriously a blast, we had a great time hanging out with some amazing Denver fashion & lifestyle bloggers and it really got us pumped up for the community we're working to build. (If you want a peak into the event, you can check out this post.) I can't say how happy I am to be partnering with C.J. to make this idea a reality. She is full of great ideas, keeps my nerdy side in check, and I seriously don't think I could have picked a better person to do this with.
In addition to our events, we're also working on our website and the membership component of the community that will include ecourses, guides, community forums, blogger groups and more. It's been a blast, but there is just so much to do before we officially open membership. (P.S. If you want to get on the list to find out as soon as membership opens, just pop over HERE. The first 50 people get free-for-life membership so it's totally worth it!)
Tips for a Casual Chic Look
Through leading a busy girlboss lifestyle, I've learned some tricks to building a casual look that is simple but still looks polished. My best tip for a easy but chic look is to just add pearls. You can dress up a simple tee and shorts or accent a more structured outfit in just this one step. It's not just pearls, any time you add a couple accessories to a look it's going to help your outfit feel more polished and put together, but there is just something classic about pearls that makes it seem like you put in just a little more effort than you actually did. #BusyGoals.
My next tip is to skip the patterns and try colorblocking, which used to be about pairing colors which are opposites on the color wheel togeher but is now more about mixing solid and saturated hues to create one sharp and polished look. If you're not a patterns person, this is totally the way for you to rock color. If you want to get even more simple that colorblocking, adding a strong pop of color to your look is an easy way to create an outfit that is crazy simple but still has some personality. This fits into a busy schedule because you don't have to worry about matching patterns.
My last tip is to add a little bit of a heel. We're not talking stilettos here, a busy girl doesn't have time to run around in those. A block or mule heel is just enough to add a finishing touch to the look and keep it feeling a little more chic but without the inconvenience of a pen-thin heel.
So I talked about these interchangeable shoes back in this NYFW Street Style post, but I got quite a few questions about them so I think it's time we dive deeper. The shoes are made by Alterre, which is one of my favorite shoe brands started by two amazing girlbosses who are on a mission to empower women through fashion. Seriously, each look is named after women they admire.
"Our shoes are inspired by strong women and the many roles they lead" - Harmony Pilobello & Shilpa Lyengar, Alterre Founders
They have essentially 3 lifts or base shoes that you can swap the straps on to create a whole new style without needing a whole new shoe. There is a sandal lift, a mule lift (the one I'm wearing) and a platform lift. The specific look I've got on is the Blush Carnaval Mule lift with mismatched straps: the yellow is the "Marilyn" style in Sunshine and the white strap is the "Bianca" style in Cream. I love that you can pack lighter and bring fewer pairs of shoes without having to give up having the perfect style to go with your outfit.
About the look
So first, this sweater because it's super fun. I got this back in May from a GAP outlet and it was the last one left. I can't find it anywhere to link to, but I did find a sort of similar "Hello" version here. If you need a little more of a statement sweater, here's one with a huge sunshine that would go well with some olive green pants. I paired my navy sweater with my favorite ever hot pink pants from Old Navy. I'm a huge fan of navy and hot pink together, especially in a colorblocking look, since I think they balance each other out really well and create an outfit that looks polished but is still fun.
I'm wearing the interchangeable shoes from Alterre that I linked above, plus a matching pearl necklace and earrings from Kate Spade. I'm not sure they carry these in stores anymore, but if you find them somewhere like Nordstrom Rack be sure to let me know! What I love about this pearl necklace is that it has a little gold bow in it (like this one) instead of just a solid string of pearls. The earrings also have matching bows at the top.
As always, You can shop this whole look via the VENNDY widget below.
What are your favorite casual chic looks? Excited to try these interchangeable shoes?
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P.S. The shoes were gifted from Alterre and the shoppable links are affiliate links