Tuesday, October 6, 2015

How to Tie a Scarf (3 Styles)

Hi friends!  It's been absolutely glorious COOLer weather here and everyone is Houston seems to be cherishing these days and is in an awesome mood!  We sweat our balls off all summer long, so when a cool front hits we are ridiculously giddy!  Soccer games are more enjoyable, we can run our errands without sweating, and we get to break out the SCARVES!!  See how happy I am?!?! Smiling with all my teeth showing! Ha! Might as well show them off after all those years of braces! #thanksGrandma! 

My usual fashion/style Wardrobe Wednesday series will be moving to Tuesdays for the next six weeks while I participate in the One Room Challenge that starts tomorrow!  I hope you come back to see what room we're redoing in just six weeks! I'm sure you regular reader friends can probably guess. ;) And I really hope I can actually pull it off! Because I'm seriously not sure.  

But onto today's Tuesday Wardrobe, I'm sharing some of my favorite (super easy) ways to tie a scarf. Since I tend to wear a lot of neutrals and solid colors, I like to dress up my outfit with a fun patterned or colorful scarf.  Neutral is nice and I am a fan of the monochromatic look, but a pop of color can make the outfit more interesting.  

See the difference between this all black outfit and then pairing it with a fun leopard scarf with colored trim below in the second picture.  This Topshop Scallop Frill Tee is the same one I wore in last Friday's Weekend Steals & Deals (It's Officially Fall!) post.

Topshop Scallop Frill Tee ($25) | leopard scarf with colored trim | GAP skinny inset panel maternity jeans ($79.95, $39.99) non-maternity Topshop black skinny jeans $65, 193 positive reviews) | black heels | Rocksbox necklace - get 1st month free with code HONEYWEREHOMEXOXO 


I have three go-to ways to wear a scarf that I'm showing you today: 1) Loop Style; 2) Infinity Style; and 3) Around the Neck.  Let's go! 

How to tie a Scarf - 3 ways


A loop style scarf is probably the first way I learned to tie a scarf and I like this one because it adds volume around the neck, but you can also see the length hanging down.


1.  Fold the scarf lengthwise and drape it around the back of your neck.
2.  Pull the two ends through the loop at the closed end.  
3.  Center the knot to your chest and adjust the ends as necessary. 

How to tie a Scarf - Loop Style


The infinity style scarf became so popular that many brands sell the scarf already sewn in the infinity loop.  But, you can wear a regular scarf infinity style too.


1.  Pull the scarf lengthwise around the back of your neck.
2.  Tie a knot at the end of the scarf (the closet to the end the better, so there's not a lot of scarf fabric hanging out).
3.  Twist the scarf in the middle and pull it over your head.
4.  Tuck in any pieces that are loose from the knot so they don't show.
5.  Fluff to achieve the desired look. 

How to tie a Scarf - Infinity Style


The Around the Neck style is similar to the Loop Style, but instead of there being a knot in the middle, each side hangs loose.


1.  Pull the scarf lengthwise around the back of your neck.
2.  Wrap one side of the scarf around your neck.
3.  Adjust the length of the front of the scarf until they're roughly even and pull the neck park forward so you're not choking! 

How to tie a Scarf - Around the Neck

I hope these tips and visual steps on how to tie a scarf are helpful!  I know someone had to teach me!

How to tie a Scarf - 3 ways

What's your favorite way to wear a scarf?


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Monday, October 5, 2015

Kid Closet Makeover (Elfa Installation & Final Reveal)

Back to the grind my friends!  Monday mornings are never my favorite and always require a dose of caffeine to get me going, but it's time to get going on lots of projects in the works over here!  If you've been following along, you know I was inspired to makeover my son's bedroom closet and met with a Container Store design consultant to create a custom closet that would function much better than what he currently had.  When we moved James from his colorful big boy room into the guest room, he lost the shelving that was in his former closet, so we was left with just hanging space for clothes.  Now, we have a closet that's much more functional and stylish!


This is what his closet looked like before we got started on the makeover.  You can see we only had two options for hanging clothes, but a complete waste of space in the middle.  And, I'd taken advantage of some of the space to store decor items we're not currently using like lamps, mirrors and frames!  Where is that stuff supposed to go?!?!  It's now in my office closet.   

Friday, October 2, 2015

Weekend Steals & Deals | It's Officially Fall!

Who's ready for the weekend?!  We are waking up to a gloriously cool day and it makes me feel like celebrating!  Who knew the weather could put you in such a good mood?!  This weekend will be busy because I'm getting ready for the launch of the One Room Challenge that starts on Wednesday, which means I have just 6 weeks to transform a room in our home and I'll be sharing the progress with you weekly every Wednesday.  I might be freaking out a little about the tight deadline! Any guesses on which room we'll be transforming?!?!  I can't wait to see everyone else's rooms too- the are always so good! No pressure, right?! ;)

That means Wardrobe Wednesday will temporarily move and if you missed it this week, definitely check out How to Wear Ankle Booties with lots of outfit inspiration!

I was looking through my Fall wardrobe recently and realized I was lacking thin, solid colored sweaters to dress up with different colored scarves and shoes.  I usually buy these basic pieces every couple years and get tons of use out of them until I wear them completely out.  This year, I bought the Dreamers V-Neck Sweater and the U-neck style, but didn't factor in this growing baby bump, so the XS are too small and need to be exchanged.  They tend to run small anyway, so you probably want to size up.  I love the quality and price (under $20!).


Fall fashion - distressed jeans, solid sweater, statement necklace, plaid scarf, booties
distressed jeans (similar) | Dreamers V-Neck Sweater | plaid scarf (similar) | tassel booties | Rocksbox necklace - get 1st month free with code HONEYWEREHOMEXOXO

Or change up the look with a leopard skinny belt and fierce leopard heels 

Fall fashion - distressed jeans, solid sweater, statement necklace, leopard heels

The navy is cute too with a leopard scarf and leopard heels

Fall fashion - distressed jeans, solid sweater, statement necklace, leopard heels

Fall fashion - basic solid thin v-neck sweater

Fall fashion - basic solid thin u-neck sweater

Fall fashion - striped v-neck sweater, gingham button down, jeans and booties
Gingham shirt (similar- even better with striped cuff!) | tassel booties

I found this Topshop Scallop Frill Tee ($25!) and it's too cute!  It comes in white and pink too, but I found the white a little too sheer.  The scallop detail is what I love about it. 

Fall fashion - all black, Topshop scallop tee
(size reference Small, the XS might have fit if I wasn't pregnant now).

Fall fashion - all black, Topshop scallop tee
Topshop Scallop Frill Tee ($25) | leopard scarf with colored trim | jeans | Rocksbox necklace - get 1st month free with code HONEYWEREHOMEXOXO

Fall fashion - all black, Topshop scallop tee

Fall fashion - all black, Topshop scallop tee

I'm all about the red lip these days and my go-to has been MAC Brave Red.  It's a true red and really pretty on.  I love MAC lipsticks because they last and don't have a funny taste or smell. 

Soon I'll be able to layer something like this BP Horizontal Stripe Poncho on top!  So cozy! 

Fall fashion - need to cozy up with this striped poncho
BP Horizontal Stripe Poncho $38 similar to my plaid poncho ($38) or Bobeau long cardigan ($29.90).

Mad for Plaid

With Fall officially underway, I feel a need to wear plaid more often! I'll take one of each of these tops please! 

Fall fashion - crazy over this plaid button down shirts
1-4 :: BP Plaid Flannel Shirt ($38)
5-6 :: Caslon Plaid Shirt (regular & petite) $58

Fall fashion - plaid button down and jeans

Fall fashion - plaid button down and jeans

Fall fashion - favorite tassel booties!
tassel booties - I've been wearing these all the time!  They are a perfect heel height for day or night and that tassel kills me!  See my Top 5 bootie picks for Fall right now here

These STS deconstructed skinny jeans have gotten five star reviews and are currently stocked in all sizes.  Bonus that they're only $59! I won't be buying any more regular jeans since my pregnant belly is too big, so if you get these, let us know in the comments how you like them!  I'll have to do a 'favorite maternity jean' roundup soon! 

Skinny deconstructed jeans, these got great reviews and under $60!


Y'all have heard me rave about this under $50 Racerback Shift Dress before, but I recently wore it with my Kristin Cavallari peep toe booties (this pretty color on sale), and love the summer-to-fall look so I wanted to share.  I'm still wearing an XS, and it's crazy how well it hides this 17 week baby bump.  Most of the time, this bump is undeniable! :)

This racerback dress can be dressed up or down and love the look for Fall with booties!

This racerback dress can be dressed up or down and love the look for Fall with booties!

With this racerback style dress, this kind of bra hides the straps.  Or if you want a little lace to show, this bralette  is a good option. (Both are currently price-matched). 

This racerback dress can be dressed up or down and love the look for Fall with booties! Racerback Shift Dress (under $50 and 8 colors). 

Sweater Zip Dress - so sexy for Fall with booties!
Zip Sweater Dress $58 How sexy is this?!  Love it with booties and then add tights when it gets cold. 

Hooded knit dress- need this in my life for the weekends!
Hooded Knit Dress $66, $40.80  I think I need this dress in my life for the weekends. 

Halogen Belted Sleeveless Shirtdress
Halogen Belted Sleeveless Shirtdress $118, $70.80 (regular & petite), runs large so order one size down.  The dark denim is super cute too!

Scarf Love

I'm digging this colored trim leopard scarf lately too.  It also comes with red or blue trim. 

leopard trim scarf

Fall Fashion - SCARF LOVE !!!
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

The Initial Necklace is still on sale for just $23.40 (originally $39), but they only have 13 letters left! I need to figure out which ones I need for Christmas gifts before they sell out.  I bet they'd even make a great teacher gift. Luckily, they still had our teachers' initials in stock!  

Initial Necklace - everyone is getting one of these for Christmas and they're on sale for under $25!

:: shop the looks ::

*note: exclusions may apply to the sales 

ANN TAYLOR50% off tops and sweaters.
FREE shipping on $175 or more & $8.95 flat rate shipping.  

BANANA REPULBIC Up to 40% off all sweaters, no code needed.

GAP:  35% off your purchase with code STYLE or cardmembers get 40% off with code GREAT.
Free shipping on all orders over $50, free returns.  

GIGI NY: Receive 10% off with email sign up. 


NORDSTROMFree shipping & free returns.

OLD NAVY:  Thank You event! Cardholder exclusive, 40% off your purchase with you use your card.  Code THANKYOU
Free shipping on orders over $50 + free returns.

SOLE SOCIETY: 40-60% off sale styles

Have a great weekend! 


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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wardrobe Wednesday | How to Wear Ankle Booties

It's right about now that I want to be in ankle booties daily, but being as short as I am, I didn't think I could pull them off.  I'm happy to report I've sound several styles of ankle booties that are flattering on all heights, including us shorties! ;) 

It's true that booties can cut off the visual line of your leg, but if you style your booties in a flattering way, you can wear booties with so many things from jeans to dresses to shorts and pants.  Below I'm sharing five of my favorite pair of ankle booties and how to wear them, so you have lots of outfit options and ideas!

How to wear ankle booties - 5 bootie styles and 15 different outfit ideas

First up, the booties I know and love are (as seen from top to bottom in the picture above):
Vince Camuto Maves Bootie (on sale)
Sole Society Talisha Tassel Bootie (current fave, under $100)
Kristin Cavallari Laurel Peep Toe Bootie (nude color on sale)
Baila Ashton Wedge Ankle Bootie
Mine are old Vince Camuto, this is the new version Vince Camuto Saron Bootie

*On all of these booties, I order a 1/2 size up so I can fit at least a thin sock or a "no show" sock if I need to.

But, in case my booties are sold out or unavailable in your size, I found some similar, reasonably priced options below.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Kid Closet Makeover (The Design Plan & Process)

If you've been following along recently, you know we moved our son from his colorful big boy room into the rarely used guest room.  The room is coming along with the big pieces in place like the bed that was in there before, a new dresser, his red desk and red bookshelf that I brought in from the playroom.  I'm still working on the other details like paint, drapes, art, and I'd like a floor lamp for the narrow space beside his bed.  

Having the opportunity to work with The Container Store last week prompted me to get started on his closet next.  It's perfect timing because The Container Store is currently having their shelving sale, including everything Elfa 25% off + 25% off installation.

The closet James has now is much smaller than the one in his former room with no built-in shelving (except for the shallow shelf separating the hanging space).  And, unfortunately for him, I still had quite a bit of decor stored in there like lamps, mirrors, and frames that needed to be housed elsewhere.  Today I'm sharing what the closet looked like before and the design for what the closet will look like once it gets a makeover!

:: Closet Before :: 

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