Transitioning from season to season isn't always easy. Especially when the temps outside do nothing to encourage anything but summer-wear. This AZ heat is constantly trying to remind us its not quite fall. But, there are a few little touches to your style that can add to at least make it feel a bit more so. Here is just a quick look at how I like to style my long cardigan as we transition our style with the seasons.
Let me start by saying I'm a firm believer in white after Labor day. I'm just never quite ready to put away my 'summer whites'. But here we are. Its almost September and the seasons are changing. By adding a long (mid-thigh to mid-calf) cardigan, it creates a more comfortable and laid back look that doesn't just say sandcastles and sunshine. Truly an effortless look.
I chose to keep it simple, with minimal accessories and booties. But you could dress this up or down. It essentially just a combination of basics if you break it down. All year-round staples in my wardrobe:
The styling choices are entirely in your hands. By pairing with booties, I have a look that holds onto summer for a bit longer, while slowly getting myself into that fall state of mind.
Shop my favorite long cardigans below!
Long Heather Grey Cardigan | Lulu's | $42
Lightweight Boyfriend Cardigan | White House Black Market | $89 (also comes in Petite)
Long Favorite Cardigan | J. Jill | $50 on sale
Long Ribbed Cardigan | H&M | $29.99
Longline Marled Cardigan | Forever 21| $22.90
Woah, what happened? It's September already! One of our favorite months of the year. Any guesses to why? Well, for starters.. BOTH of our birthdays are this month!! On top of birthday month, we just love Fall and all the styles that accompany the changing weather.
To celebrate, we are hosting our second style challenge. This month we have weekly prompts and, as always, they are completely open to your interpretation. We CANNOT wait to see what you come up with!
At the end of the month, we will randomly select one lucky participant to win the most perfect long sleeve swing dress from Be You Boutique! Winner will get to select from 3 color choices; red, black or sand! Featured below, it's a perfect, versatile dress to bring you into fall.
We stumbled upon Be You Boutique through a fellow fashion blogger friend. After checking them out, we loved seeing what they stand for. Exactly as the name states, they believe in portraying the best version of you, in a stylish and affordable way! They have amazing styles that work for any age group. Be sure to check them out! Don't forget, play along and hashtag your photos with #mathsmashseptemberstyle for your chance to win the Long Sleeve Tunic dress. Check out the prompts below for the weekly challenges and ideas to help you make your outfits!
September 1-7: Last Chance Summer Styles
Here is your chance to breakout all those last minute summer styles! Think bright colors, sandals, summer dresses. White after labor day? We are ALL for it.
September 8-14: Birthday Week, Fearsome Favorites
Woooooo birthday week for Alexis and Ashley! But puh-leeeze, birthday week? Lets be real. Its our birthday MONTH! Ash's is the 10th and Alexis' is on the 12th! Show us your favorite, fabulous, fierce looks!
September 15-21: Pattern Mixing Party
Pattern mixing is all the rage, but its still new to many! Here is your chance, play with patterns. Stripes and florals, so much yes. Need some tips? These are by no means rules, but we hope they help! Remember, have fun with this!
September 22-30: Feels Like Fall
Hopefully it actually does feel like Fall where you're at. We are getting there here in the Arizona desert. By the last week of September, you best believe all the booties will be broken out of the closet regardless of temperatures. If the temps aren't very Fall inspired where you live, remember you can still make it work! Vests, scarves, booties, floppy hats, we want to see them all ladies! And of course they're all are acceptable with a pair of shorts and basic tank especially if you throw on a duster!
Thanks so much for joining us babes! We hope you feel as inspired as we do.
We are so looking forward to see your fabulous, unique styles.
Don't forget to follow both of our insta accounts, as well as Be You Boutique (@shopthebyb on instagram) to have your opportunity at winning! Winner will be randomly selected on September 30th.
Statement earrings are a fantastic way to add a little extra to your outfit and can give something basic that extra "oomph". Bonus points if it matches your highlighter!
Unfortunately, earrings are always hit or miss with me because of my past earlobe choices. Sounds strange right? Let me explain...when I was 19 I decided to stretch (or gauge) my three lower piercings to size 2. You can see my second hole is still gauged. And before you ask, yes I only have one earring. When I was 12 my mom didn't want me to get another piercing, but my genius little self was able to convince her into letting me and my sister "split the piercing", you know "because of all the lost earrings I can wear". Although I love statement earrings and how cute they can be! Even now at 27, I'm still debating whether or not I want to go back to gauges all the time. The reason that I took them out was because I had just gotten engaged and I decided that I wanted to wear my grandmothers jewelry. I didn't wear earrings or anything for about a year just so I could wear her opals that she passed down to me.
I've never been good at changing my jewelry and adding all those statement pieces, especially because weight is always an issue. These adorable (and cheap) chunky earrings I wore today would probably be totally fine for normal earlobes, and I did okay, but I only lasted for about 4 hours before I took them out! For all you earring lovers (and wearers) out there, I linked some adorable statement pieces below so I can vicariously live through you!
Patterns and prints are some of my favorite go-tos and with fall coming quickly (well not so much in Arizona...) I cannot wait to bust out the thigh high boots, vests, and fur. Be prepared, fall is my favorite....and Halloween as well so vampy, goth, and witch-esque styles will be coming to you soon!
Starting off my transition with Ashley's floppy hat, because you know, we raid each others closets constantly, and one of my favorite Forever 21 printed dresses. I love bird/animal prints and there are so many meanings for sparrows, but if you would like to know the basis of my favorite tattoo (maybe one day I'll show you....) check out Matthew 10:29-31!
Cannot wait to continue breaking out my fall attire filled with boots, black lace, and bell sleeves. Fall I am so ready for you. Shop the look below and see more of my current faves!
p.s. my adorable PearlsAndRocks bracelet is on sale for $9.90 right now!
Time is just one of those things, sometimes it just seems like there isn't enough of it. Other times, you it wish time would simply hurry the eff up. Occasionally we need a reminder that we cannot control time. However, we can control our mindsets regarding time. Take a deep breath, and if you have to check your watch every 5 mins (like me), make sure you're wearing a watch that you actually enjoy looking at.
Click the read more option to hear more. Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance at a $100 giftcard. Each entry gets you a $25 credit, just for entering! Giveaway ends Sept. 3rd! Go, go, go!
There are some companies that just have an appeal to them, something that stands out, unique, timeless. The moment I stumbled upon JORD watches, I knew I needed to have one in my life. Like they say, "moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time."
Time pieces are my favorite accessory because they are the most functional and necessary in my life. As a teacher with a flexible schedule (I'll save that for another post) time is always important. Click that "read more" tab to see how I styled my piece and don't forget to enter to win a $100 gift code to JORD! Contest ends Sept. 3!
One piece swimsuits have been the hottest trend this summer.
It is certainly a trend I can hang on to and I firmly believe it will!
Its the end of Summer y'all, its a sad truth that comes with each passing season. But its the best time to stock up for next year! School has started and most stores start making space for all the fall styles. Consequently, all the summer styles go on sale!
Plunging V-Neck Sheer Stripe One Piece | Wala Swim | $196 30% off with code SUMMERFUN30
*same as mine above*
White Crochet One Piece | Aerie American Eagle | $30 on sale
Lace Up One Piece Halter Swim Suit | Express | $34.95 on sale
Ruched Bandeau One Piece | J. Crew | $50 on sale
Shoulder Tie White One Piece | J. Crew | $54.99 on sale
Scallop Bandeau One Piece | Kate Spade | $120 free shipping/free returns
*not on sale, but its soooo cute*
Bootie season is almoooost upon us. Maybe its made it to your location already, we are still just left dreaming of it here in the Arizona desert. Nonetheless, I grew up in Washington State and I am addicted to booties. The first step is admitting it right? Well, I did just that. After makinig the realization, I did the dreaded task... I purged my booties. WHAT? How could I do such a thing you ask? Well, it helps that I had so many cute pairs. Don't worry, I still have plenty to choose from. In today's post, you'll find a handful of the ones who made the cut.
Animal print is always in style and add in cropped dress joggers, yes it's a thing, and I'm in heaven. I bought these pants a few seasons ago and am still in love with them. They're business in the front and a party in the back. Party meaning the amazing fact that the back half of the waist line is all elastic and makes for a comfortable day. I rocked these at work today with my Christian Siriano Flats that I got for half price! I can't find them anywhere online but linked similar, local Payless stores may still have them. Shop my look below, and check out my other animal print combo as well!
Nothing screams confidence like a great jumpsuit. They were all the rage in the 1970's. As we have seen with fashion over the eras, everything always comes back around. Jumpsuits have been maintaining a pretty steady status over the past couple of years, and frankly, I'm all for it!
This 'Retro Rose' Jumpsuit is unique with the front abdomen cutout, faux button up top, and wide leg. It also features a ruched back with a long zipper down the spine. It ensures the most fabulous fit. Seriously, nobody wants to ever feel like they can't breathe! None of that here wit this floral number.