I don't know about you but I love a basic style that can be dressed up or dressed down. A simple button down dress can be worn so many different ways to create multiple looks. I love a neutral color so that I can pair it with cardigans, belts, boots, and so much more to create the style I'm aiming for. With this highs in the 60's I decided to go for a more "winter" look today.
Theselayering tanks are lifesavers with dresses that don't have the length needed. I pair them under so many dresses to add length and to also give the look a different feel with the lace added. Add a belt, cardi, OTK boots and viola - a winter look made for a sunny, cool, day.
Shop my style below!
Happy Monday! My day started off unusual with jury duty this morning. Thankfully I was dismissed, otherwise it would have been a 4 day trial! I'm so glad to finally be home to finish cleaning and lesson planning, but I decided to take a break to share some of my fave Cyber Monday sales!
American Eagle - 40% off online + free shipping
All their sweaters are $25 and amazing! I linked a few of my favorites.
Macy's - Extra 20% off + free shipping at $25
I'm loving all their cardigans and sweaters.
Express - 50% off everything online + free shipping
Fighting the urge to buy everything on here with their half off sale!
Nordstrom - Extra 20% off selected sale items + up to 40% off designer clearance.
Crushing on so many shoes right now.
I wanted to be comfy today because I didn’t know how long I would be at the court house, so I wore my favorite Sawyer Striped Dress from Junky, my new leopard flats (which are on sale for $10 today!), and the coziest lace up sweater. The exact dress and sweater are out of stock, but linked some similar as well.
There’s nothing better than finding the perfect utility shirt that just screams fall. I scored this gorgeous blouse at Loft’s last 50% off sale and had to resist buying every one they had. Shop my look below and check out the other gorgeous styles I’m crushing on!
I have found the perfect fall flat at (you guessed it) Target! Loving the new brands that have been brought in, especially a new day! I’ve slowly started a collection and I can’t get enough of their adorable styles.
Of course I linked a few of my favorites for all ya'll.
These suede-esque flats are perfect for any fall outfit. Pair them with skinnies and a blouse, tights and a skirt, or leggings and an oversized tunic, and they’ll add the perfect pop of color and texture. Shop the look below!
Pumpkin patches, cozy fireplaces and cooling temperatures. Oh yes, fall is here in full swing.
October, we happily welcome you!
Ashley grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and nothing could beat driving down a quiet road, surrounded by multicolored trees of red, orange and gold. Cascading all around and littering the road ahead as leaves colored the streets. Its a bit different here in Arizona. It can feel similar in like Northern Arizona, but down here in the valley, we soak in our cool mornings and wait until November for fall! Not only are we in the spirit for fall, but it’s time for one of Alexis' favorite holidays,
Growing up the house was decorated for every holiday and Lex has continued that in her own household as well. Pumpkins, skulls, ghouls and more the house is always decked out & Halloween is always celebrated with a driveway fire and movies projected on the garage.
To kick of October, we hope you join our next month long style challenge and giveaway!! Plus, did you hear? This month there won't just be one winner! Two prizes means two winners!
We thought about the things we love about Fall, and put together a breakdown in hopes that you feel inspired and festive for this wonderful season. We can't wait to see your looks!
Each day has a prompt, inspired by a specific category for each day. Interpret them any way you wish! Need a little bit more help? Look below for some of our style suggestions and tips!
Sunday’s —> Sunday Sippin’. We want to see whats in your cup on Sundays! Beer at 10am kickoff? No judgement here ladies.
Monday’s—> Fall Inspired. Whether its 65 degrees or 95 degrees, show us how you incorporate your favorite Fall pieces.
Tuesday’s—> Tuesday Shoesday. Self explanatory.
"A woman carries her clothes, but it's a shoe that carries a woman." Christian Louboutin
Wednesday’s—> Accessories. Its in the details here. Got a hat you’re dying to try? Grandma's pearls? How do you accesorize?
Thursday’s—> Outerwear. This one is pretty cut and dry. Outerwear applies to any style of living. Well, unless you're a hermit that literally never goes outdoors...
Friday’s —> Denim Days. Casual Friday's are made for denim. No jeans in your office? How about a vest or jacket? Denim comes in every form. Brittany and Justin circa 2001 anyone?
Saturday’s —> Show Us Your Flatlay. Lay it all out there for everyone to see!
Sunday 1- Coffee Cake - Ashley's favorite alternative to pumpkin spice anything! Got a recipe? We would love to see. No coffee cake around? That's okay! Lets be real, coffee + any cake = happy.
Monday 2 - Best Vests - Vests are so versatile! Wear them alone or layered. They're one of our staple pieces.
Tuesday 3 - Ankle boots - Heeled or flat? We love ‘em all!
Wednesday 4 - Holy Guacamole - National Taco Day - Hopefully we will be joining the Taco Fest this year in Chandler!
Thursday 5 - Suede Style - Suede is a great way to add texture to an outfit. It isn't all about the color or pattern y'all! Textures are so fun to play with to add a spark to any outfit.
Friday 6 - No Mess Distressed - The most perfect year round denim. Do you like a little bit ? Or maybe you're all about the open holes. Fun tip: try layering over tights. Solid colored is a safe start. But lace tights are perfect and unexpected.
Saturday 7 - Fav Weekend Tee - Old rock band tee? A tee you have in 10 colors? We want to see them all.
Sunday 8 - Brunchin’ or Lunchin’ - Sunday brunch? Post church lunch? Pizza and wings watching football? All of the above? We may or may not have our hands raised.
Monday 9 - Wicked Webs - Getting a bit Halloween--y over here. Hocus Pocus anyone? Think delicate lace, intertwined and weaved to perfection.
Tuesday 10 - Pointy Toes - Heels or flats, pointy toed shoes are proven to make your legs look longer. Win!
Wednesday 11 - Felt Hats - Because lets be real, you just feel fashionable as f*** when you put these on.
Thursday 12 - Bitchin’ Blazer - Blazers are in our top fashion staples. Pair with jeans and pumps, throw one over a dress, or layer over a sweater, there really are so many options. Think outside the box. Pick one in a color that pops!
Friday 13 - Classic Crops - The most versatile denim. Dress them up, dress them down. You cant go wrong.
Saturday 14 - PJs All Day - It may be in the 90s, but all I want to do is light the fireplace and read a book.
Sunday 15 - Pumpkin Spice - And everything nice! Think rust tones, one of the best colors for Fall!
Monday 16 - Spooky in Scarves - Nothing screams Fall like a great scarf. Keep it sleek and simple or try it chunky and cozy. Too hot where you are? Pair a fun scarf with a basic tank, shorts & booties.
Tuesday 17 - Slide On Over - Show us your slides! Of course we welcome all mules as well!
Wednesday 18 - Arm Party - Bracelets and watches can really bring your outfit up a notch. Keep it simple with just a singular piece, or layer a bunch for a fun arm party.
Thursday 19 - Loving Those Layers - Don't be afraid to play with different patterns and textures!
Friday 20 - High Waisted - We love this revived flashback style. Instant long legs!
Saturday 21 - Pattern Play - Camo and stripes? Florals and polka dots? Don't be afraid to play around. Picking two different patterns with one common base color is a great place to start.
Sunday 22 - Red As Wine - Cheers to that.
Monday 23 - Smooth Like Velvet - Velvet is one of the top trends this season. Its touch is just sumptuous. Velvet is one of those reaccuring trends that is just oh so good. Keep it simple with just a touch, or go head to toe. Instant luxury.
Tuesday 24 - OTK and Through The Woods...We love OTK boots with so many styles. Pair them with dresses, skirts, leggings, or skinny jeans... We love a mid thigh hemline with the high knee.
Wednesday 25 - Skull Candy - Dia de los muertos is our inspiration for this one. Love the traditions and celebrations that surround this shared in our community.
Thursday 26 - Cardi Party - Cardigans are perfect for layering under jackets. Whether its a cool breeze outside or a chilly office, cardis don't have to be boring ladies. Don't be afraid of a bold pattern.
Friday 27 - Black As Night - Halloween Chic, you can't go wrong with black on black.
Saturday 28 - Sweater Weather - Knit and chunky, or leightweight and breezy, sweaters come in every variety. They're the perfect fall items for layering.
Sunday 29 - Witches Brew - Drinking anything spooky or festive for Halloween weekend? We want to see.
Monday 30 - Candy Corn - what’s better than mixing fall colors like candy? Just prepping for Halloween the next day!
Tuesday 31 - Costume Cutie - Happy Halloween!! Show us your costumes!
At the end of the month, we will randomly select two winners. Thats right, two! The first receiving a blanket scarf, beanie + boot cuffs from Junky Trunk Boutique, our favorite local boutique for all things fashion. The other will receive a free Lipsense color from our friend and local Lipsense gal, Dedra May.
Doing these style challenges has truly reminded us that fashion comes in many forms. Its so wonderful seeing all of your different interpretations for each of our prompts. Play all month, we can't wait to see!
Don't forget, you must be following all hosts (on instagram), and use hashtag #MathSmashOctoberStyle with your posts! You don't want to miss out on your chance to win one of these great prizes!
There’s nothing better than a good fitting pair of leopard pants! I’ve had these babes for years and found similar online. Paired with metallic flats, perfect casual look for work! Shop the look below!
I don't know about you but I'm seriously in love with mules. I have been on the hunt for the perfect pair for a while now. I still have quite a few on my radar, but for now I settled for the Steve Madden look-alikes I scored at Walmart for $16!
These Mossimo jeans were clearances to $8 and have the most adorable slit that is perfect with the crop. My front knotted tee is from Junky Trunk and is so comfy! Unfortunately it's not listed online anymore but they are adding so many new fall items I can't wear to share my most recent scores!
When you live in the desert the idea of fall is just too good. The second the temperature drops we like to pretend like it's totally fine to wear flannel, boots, and dusters because lets be real, we are just dying for a change. Summer in Arizona can last anywhere from April to October, so when the temperature dips, we're ready!
When the high today was 101 degrees...and it's already below 90 before 9 p.m. I've officially declared it's okay to dress for fall. Today I celebrated by rocking my fave hand-me-down flannel dress. I love t-shirt dresses and the menswear style. It's so comfy, yet you can still dress it up with accessories and shoes. Shop similar looks below!
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.