One of my faves in the store right now is this asymmetrical top from Daniel Rainn. What makes it my fave? Well, it’s black for one and it’s unique. I think that if you’re going to do a basic color, look for unique details. This top is a crepe fabric so it has some texture, it has wide enough straps to allow you to wear a regular bra, it has a slight pleat at the center of the neckline and it has side slits so it is just different. I’ve found many ways to wear it. I love it layered underneath our Daniel Rainn kimono, I like it alone with my favorite boyfriend jeans and I like it the way I’m wearing it with a skirt I’ve had for awhile and had stopped wearing.
Do you ever have items in your closet that you just can’t part with but you feel badly that you’re not wearing them? Well, I can help you with that! Bring that item into the store and I’ll either find something in the store to pair with it or I’ll make some suggestions as to what would make it complete and relevant today.
I love to hit boutiques when I travel. Well, I love to go to boutiques wherever I am. I spend most days in my own boutique and then I like to visit others when I have a chance. I guess you could say I’m obsessed. I also appreciate the curation that happens in a boutique because I know how much merchandise there is to search through before finding the real gems. Today I’m going to tell you about a couple boutiques that I loved this summer when I was visiting my daughter in Lincoln, Nebraska.
I visited Select Style, a store I hadn’t ever been to. Wow, the inside was beautiful. It was the type of store I love, clean, contemporary, minimally furnished with nice light. I looked at every item on every rack and ended up with a fitting room full. I decided to not look at price tags and to focus on what I liked instinctually. Thank goodness my son was patient (it helped that he brought a book). The owner and her mom were both working. I just can’t believe I hadn’t stopped in sooner to check it out. I liked that the store carried labels I hadn’t heard of. I had heard of some, such as Vince, Joie and Equipment. But I was thrilled to see some I wasn’t familiar with such as Lilla P. I tried on a lot of clothes, came out of the fitting room each time and the ladies gave me lots of feedback. I felt like they were genuine and not just trying to make a sale. Oh, and the fitting rooms were beautiful too, by the way. I ended up having to labor over which pieces to say no to and still ended up spending more than I’ve ever spent in a store on just myself. But I felt good that I was supporting a local business owner and a girl that has a passion just like mine. She had only had her store for two years! I bought a beautiful black dress by Lilla P, a great red top that I’ll wear once a week, a pair of the most amazing pants by a Danish designer that I definitely didn’t need but fell in love with, and a nice slip that I’ve never heard of the brand of and may have to carry in my own store.
Next I headed to a fave local shoe boutique that I’ve been visiting for several years, Pattino. I know the owner and she’s worked hard to make the store successful. I got lucky because she was working the day I stopped in. I love being able to converse with the person doing the buying and it doesn’t hurt that she has similar taste and wears the same size. I found a killer pair of sandals that were unique, comfortable and edgy and Italian. I wanted to buy several pairs plus some jewelry but I was worried about my son telling my husband and I had to be able to fit it all in my suitcase. Pattino has always carried unique, high quality brands and I know I will always find something I’ll want.
We hit a couple other boutiques while we were in town but they just didn’t compare to the quality and experience in the store. If you’re ever in Lincoln, Nebraska, make sure you stop into the College View Shopping District. You won’t be disappointed.
The great thing about the outfit in this picture is that the top is from my boutique, so I’m representing three boutiques in one outfit and that makes me so happy!
Planning a trip to the White House anytime soon? We just took our family vacation there last week and I can help you with your clothing choices!
First, many people aren’t aware that you can, in fact, go inside the White House. It just takes a little pre planning. As soon as you know the dates that you will be in Washington DC, contact your State Senator. Let them know you are interested in touring the White House. You may also let them know you’d like to sit in on a House of Representatives or a Senate session at the Capital, perhaps you can take care of both items with one call. We didn’t do this before our trip, we only took care of the White House. A background check is required for everyone entering the White House, therefore, have birthdates available for all those accompanying you on the tour. Also to be noted, handbags, backpacks or any bag of any kind is not allowed in the White House. Phones are permitted, there is even a hashtag for sharing your photos on social media, #WhiteHousetour.
We were in DC in May and weather varied each day. We had rain some days and sun with humidity others, so I highly recommend wearing lightweight pieces that can be layered and comfortable shoes because you’ll be walking and standing in lots of lines. I highly recommend a lightweight jacket or cardigan because often the interiors are air conditioned and could be a bit chilly.
A rainy day in Washington DC means layering.
Our White House tour day was sunny, thank goodness, since we stood outside in lines.
Fashion at the White House seemed a little more dressy, but we did see some wearing workout wear. As a sign of respect I believe dressing in something you would wear to work or to church is a good idea.
We’ve had some requests for what to wear to Country Thunder and we wanted to do a post with some of our suggestions for the biggest Country Music event in Arizona. I’m so excited because this year, I get to attend and I’m bringing my daughter, so it should be a great time! She doesn’t own any boots, so we’ll be hitting the stores to find her a pair, or maybe we’ll wait and shop at the venue, since boots are always being sold there.
As for apparel, we’ve got some great options in store right now with more arriving every day!
Our patterned tank dress with ruffled hemline is cool, loose fitting and really easy. It looks great with a pair of black booties or a pair of western cowboy boots. We got it first in small girls sizes and the ladies loved it so much, we had to order it for them!
The color in our strapless dress is just gorgeous, then add the white embroidery and it will be your fave. Country Thunder ladies will be asking where you got this incredible dress and since we only get six of each item in the store, it’s highly unlikely you’ll see yourself walking around in Florence, Arizona. Stay tuned for more new arrivals and to see them as they arrive, follow us on Facebook by clicking here.
Once upon a time there was a rule about wearing white after Labor Day. Women believed it was a fashion don’t. Well that rule is no more. Wear white, year ’round is what we say! If you watch the runway shows, anything goes, and that includes wearing white after Labor Day. Also florals are not just for spring and summer. Obviously a darker, deeper colored floral would be better for fall and winter so try it.
Do you think your shoes and bag should match? Obsolete rule. It’s almost best if they don’t match. A cheetah print shoe with a red bag is gorgeous! Are you a pattern mixer? There’s another thing that is perfectly acceptable today. Stripes with florals, plaids with stripes, polka dots with plaid, yes, all of these are very much in fashion today. I’m not gonna lie, I’m a little apprehensive on this one. I once wore a striped top with a floral skirt and I felt a little…funny, but it was cute. Another common fashion rule is wearing navy and black together. While that might be concerning if the shades of the two are very similar, if they are different, rock that look! Here’s another really common one; mixing gold and silver metals in jewelry. Do not worry about mixing. So many jewelry brands now are mixing the metals within one piece. You can easily do this. And does your wedding ring need to be the same color as your bracelet, no. I often wear my white gold wedding ring with gold or rose gold on my wrist. Perfectly acceptable.
Fashion today has evolved so much that truly the idea of always wearing the same outfits together is passé. Mix things up! And if you have trouble deciding if it will look ok, consult Pinterest. We have a great board called How To Style It that addresses things like this. Or message us on Facebook, we’ll help you or we’ll put you in touch with a local stylist who gets paid to help you work through those types of issues. We know many that would love to help!
I’ve never been a huge hat person but after seeing so many felt hats for this season I figured it was time to give them a try. And I’m so glad I did! They’re surprisingly versatile and add a whole new dimension to your look with minimal effort.
The feather trim on this hat gives it a little indie boho feel perfect for getting that fall-ish look despite sweltering Arizona temperatures.
The floppy hat frames the face in a flattering way, and is perfect for a casual but put-together look.
Not sure what to pair it with? Throw on a fuss-free casual dress and add turquoise jewelry to complement the feather detailing on the hat (as seen below).
A flowy shirt and dark wash skinny jeans would be another cute outfit, great for an outdoor dinner.
This might just become our favorite fall accessory. Which fall looks have caught your eye? Let us know in the comments!
Photography by Zach Asato
Did you know that the majority of women today fit into the sizes 12-16? What does that mean exactly when a 14 in one store is 3 sizes smaller than a 14 in another store? It’s complicated and I know all about this, because this is my world and my size. Not only do I own a boutique, I’m fashion obsessed. I shop for therapy, I shop for fun and I shop for my job (research). I know that the brands carried in most boutiques run small. A large in a boutique is typically a size 10. So, where does that leave me and a large number of other women? Yeah, good question. And do we want to be called plus sized? I don’t really love thinking of myself as plus sized but I have embraced the fact that I might not always fit into the large. The brands I carry in my store typically don’t offer XL and when I shop plus size brands, they carry extra large, 1X and 2X. So I’m experimenting with some of those brands in the store and online. There’s a challenge involved in that; when a woman comes into the store, and I can assess her size being larger than a 10, do I tell her about our plus sizes? I can’t possibly! Most women would be offended! I know I would be if I shopped in a store and they said to me “Hi there, here’s our plus size rack”. Again, can’t there be another word for it? Also, is it better to mix all the plus sizes in with the regular sizes and make ladies hunt for their size or separate it all so there’s only one section of plus sizes? One interesting thing that has been happening in the store is that ladies are asking for the items I’m carrying in plus size, in smaller sizes. Hmmm? Target launched a new plus size line this year. I’m seeing more ads with models that aren’t stick skinny. If you watch the Kardashians, the commercials are geared to a larger woman. New York has a plus size fashion week. And now Clothes Minded is experimenting with some larger sizes too, click here to shop! Or stop in and try them on!
Here’s a great article about how sizes have changed over the years.
And here’s my favorite plus sized piece:
Floral Trapeze Dress