Poppy Picks!

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Am I celebrating my birthday a bit too early? The poppy is the flower for those of us born in August, and being an August baby myself, lately I’ve been gravitating toward poppy prints. I have great memories of my mom planting poppies for me as a kid–she also planted daffodils for my sister, born in March. This isn’t the first time I’ve worn poppies on the blog, and I keep finding more and more great poppy pieces! Not crazy about poppies? Remember this is a blog about developing your own personal style, and poppies just happen to be my thing. Think about your own favorite things when picking out clothes and accessories. Do you like astronomy? How about a dress in a galaxy print! Got a cute kitten at home? Try some cat-eye sunnies! You see what I mean! Nonetheless, I hope you like my poppy picks from around the web.

First, the outfit of the day:

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This is another fun Lucie Lu dress from Gwynnie Bee! I hoped that they would send me this one, and I’m so glad it worked. My sandals are from Torrid, and they’re a couple of years old. I had a tough time accessorizing this outfit, though, so I kept it simple…

 

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I decided to keep the accessories birthday-themed with both of my necklaces featuring my zodiac sign. Go LEO! The script necklace is from Shop Soul, and the constellation necklace is from Charming Charlie.

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Remember this outfit? This poppy skirt is still available at Modcloth! Here’s the original post for the rest of the outfit’s details.

 

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Of course we can’t talk about poppies without mentioning this classic Marimekko print. You can find on tons of fashion and home items in different colorways. You can even buy the fabric here!

Here are some sweet retro-inspired poppy print dresses:

–and this skirt!

Of course you need a purse! I’ve ordered from Queen Bee Creations a few times. Their bags are cute and durable!

I’ve also featured more of my poppy favorites on Pinterest including lots of amazing jewelry and artwork from Etsy sellers. I hope you enjoy! As for me, I’m off to see the wizard!

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Gwynnie Bee or Not to Be?

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Not too long ago, I posted an article about taking a break from shopping for a couple of months. That didn’t happen. I have, however, been more careful with my spending which was the goal in the first place, so…yay! I mentioned in that article trying out Gwynnie Bee. The best thing to compare them to is the snail mail version of Netflix, but instead of sending you DVDs, you get articles of clothing (ranging from sizes 10 – 32) from items you put in your virtual closet. You can wear what they send you until you’re bored with it and send it back, or if you love what you get, you can buy it at an extremely reduced price. The number of garments you have out at a time depends on which subscription plan you have, and right now they’re offering a free 30-day trial. I’m in the middle of my 2 garments at a time trial, to which they added and extra week because of reorganizing going on at their distribution center.

These were the first two dresses they sent me:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They didn’t work out. They looked cute on the site, but there were definite quality issues with both dresses. On the first one, the lining flipped out at the neck, and the shawl collar and drawstring belt on the second one looked sloppy. The material on both were not so great either, so they both went back. I was wondering if I should continue with the trial. The first two dresses were the same brand; however, I had experience with some of the other brands that GB offers, like Kiyonna, and knew that they are high-quality. I proceeded by removing all of the Spruce & Sage dresses from my closet, and I’ve had much better luck since!

IMG_2579I’ve actually bought three of the dresses they sent me, all by Lucie Lu, and the prices were great–especially since I’m still in the trial period. I will continue with the paid membership. I’m glad that if something doesn’t work, I can send it back, or if I love it, it can be mine!

Dress: Lucie Lu via Gwynnie Bee//Necklace: Charming Charlie//Shoes: Zappos

 

 

Try Again

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Does this dress look familiar? I’ve worn it on the blog before, as a skirt, here. Kinda blah, right? Honestly this convertible dress/skirt from Kiyonna has been sort of a problem child from the get-go. I originally ordered it a size bigger, but had to send it back. My waist is obviously much bigger than my bust, so it worked as a skirt, but as a dress, not so much. The problem didn’t completely resolve itself with the smaller size, but I was able to make it work by pinning it to my bra. I love the above outfit much more than my first go-round which goes to show some pieces of clothes deserve another chance!

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I have been in the market for a denim vest for a couple of years now, and until I came across this one from Lane Bryant, I had a tough time finding one I liked. I decided to dress up this casual outfit with gold accessories, like this fox necklace and earring set from Fossil and this vintage brooch from Femme DeBloom’s Etsy shop.

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Even my shoes are gold, and I love the bling on the heel! They’re from Jessica London.

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I took these pictures last week right before we had tons and tons of rain. There’s still stormy weather in the forecast. Looks like I gotta get more creative with taking indoor outfit picks! Thanks for stopping by!