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6 Ways to Style a Maxi Dress

how to style a maxi dress

A knit maxi dress is a versatile wardrobe piece. It is simple and comfortable to wear and easy to accessorize. There are so many ways to style a maxi dress!

Being that it’s one of my personal favorite items in my own closet, I wanted to share a few of my favorite ways to style a simple knit maxi dress. You very easily bring it from day to evening, casual to dressy with a few well chosen accessories. The possibilities truly are endless!

Here my 6 favorite ways to style a knit maxi dress….

With a scarf

Adding a scarf elevates a simple dress to another level and gives an added element of interest and style. You can express your personality with a fun or pretty scarf. And it’s so easy to change out the look simply by changing the scarf.

With a wide belt

I love the simplicity of a knit maxi dress with a wide belt. Not only does it emphasize the waistline, but the right belt can really make a statement. Choose one that’s colorful and interesting, and your outfit will be simple by far from boring.

With a jacket

Make a maxi dress office ready by adding a jacket or blazer. It can take the look up to a much dressier level. Worn with a pair of pumps and some statement jewelry, you have a comfortable by sophisticated look that’s work-wear ready.

With statement jewelry

Adding a statement necklace or earrings to a simple knit dress can really spice up the look and make an impact on the overall feel of the outfit. It’s a super simple way to look amazing. Let the simplicity of the dress be the perfect backdrop for an interesting and eye catching piece of jewelry to shine.

With a button down

Wear a button down shirt over your maxi dress, and you’ll instantly change the look completely. By adding a shirt over the top of the dress, you are creating an entirely new look. It will give the impression of a top worn with a skirt, and will multiply your styling options.

With a cardigan

I love this look for church, date night, or some other semi-dressy event where you want to look pretty without having to put in a ton of effort. A colorful cardigan over a neutral dress with be eye-catching and eye pleasing. Add some jewelry and a pair of feminine shoes are your good to go!

So, which of these options is your favorite? Personally, I’ve worn and love them all!

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Transitional Style in Blue and Paisley

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I’m back with another modest fashion post. This one features an outfit in blue and paisley for transitional style to bridge the seasons from summer into fall.

This is a simple outfit, but the look can be quite dressy. The flowing quality of the blouse and the length of the skirt lend itself to situations when personal style might need to elevated a bit. There is an easy elegance in this look. It was simple to put together, too.

The blouse featured in this outfit is a nice neutral navy. The material of the blouse has a crinkled texture and the silhouette is loose and flowy. The blouse is really more of a tunic style and looks really good as part of an outfit with a slimmer fitting bottom half.

I paired the blouse with an a-line knit maxi skirt with a subtle paisley pattern. Even thought the pattern is a very subdued gray, it has a nice impact. Although it is a patterned skirt, it feels like a neutral that can be styled with a lot of different looks. It’s a nice seasonal transitional piece that can be paired with a t-shirt or with a sweater to extend the season.

My favorite pair of denim colored espadrille wedge sandals round out the look. A few simple pieces of jewelry complete the outfit.

This outfit is a great transitional style for this time of year, with the warmer fall temperatures creeping into cooler days that will soon be turning into truly chilly weather.

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What I Wore

Blouse: NY & Co. (thrifted—find similar here)
Skirt: Chris & Carol (similar)
Shoes: Clarks
Earrings: Amazon Collection

 

 

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Fall Fab Fit Fun Unboxing 2017

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It’s time for another Fab Fit Fun unboxing! This box is the fall 2017 box. It’s full of all kinds of fun goodies. This is one subscription box that always has something really great included in it. The variety of items in each box is excellent and the choices the curators make are very well done. I look forward to receiving this box each season.

The fall box is no exception. There is a nice selection of different kinds of items in this box. Although there are some things included in this box that don’t excite me, most of them are things I am looking forward to trying out.

If you like what you see here, you can get a Fall Fab Fit Fun box of your own by using this link. The cost of the box is $49 per box and a new box comes out four times a year. The estimated value of the items in each box is always well over $250, so it really is a huge bargain. Plus, it’s like getting a surprise gift four times a year!

How fun is that?

Without further ado, let check out what’s in the Fall Fab Fit Fun box….

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Mer-Sea & Co. Scarf

This scarf is so luxuriously soft. When I took it out of the box, I was so excited. I love scarves, and the color of this one is beautiful. By far the best part of this scarf, though, is the soft texture. It’s cozy and snuggly and I can hardly wait for cooler weather to set in so I can start wearing it! (Retail value: $98)

Private Party Gym Bag

This cute bag features a denim style material and a fun saying on the front. It can make going to the gym more stylish and sassy! I don’t go to the gym—I do my workouts at home, but I can think of a bunch of other uses for this bag. (Retail value: $59)

IMM Living Coxet Wire Heart Ceramic Jewelry Holder

This pretty little holder is a great way to store some favorite jewelry pieces. It would look pretty on a vanity table or bathroom countertop. A handy and cute storage solution! (Retail value: $33)

Whish Beauty Renewing Mud Mask

This all natural beauty mask features ingredients like bentonite clay, aloe, and rosehip oil. It’s a naturally luxurious way to rejuvenate the skin. I’m looking forward to trying this one out. (Retail value: $48)

Mytagalongs Hot & Cold Gel Pack

An extremely versatile item, this hot and cold pack can be frozen or heated. It can be used to soothe any kind of ache or pain. (Retail value $15)

Trestique Matte Color & Shiny Balm Lip Crayon

A handy, 2-in-1 product, this lip crayon features creamy, lightweight lip color with a matte finish on one end, and a nourishing lip balm for added shine on the other. Mine came in the color Tuscan Wine, which is a deep burgundy red color. (Retail value: $28)

DPHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

I prefer to use all natural ingredients in my hair. I’ve made my own ACV rinse before, but this one is conveniently already mixed and ready to use. I’ll definitely be trying this one right away. (Retail value: $35)

The Jetset Diaries Cable Knit Beanie

This cozy little hat will be very handy as the weather turns cold. It’s soft and warm and oh-so-stylish. (Retail value: $49)

As you can see, there is a nice variety of things include in this box. As always, it will be fun to try each item and see how I like them. I’m excited to get started!

Want to try out Fab Fit Fun for yourself? Join in on the fun each season and get your own subscription! Just follow this referral link and get $10 off your first box. Try it—you’ll love it!

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Simple Seaside Style

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This week’s photos are from a recent trip my children and I took to visit my grandmother, who lives on Martha’s Vineyard. This is the perfect time of year to visit there. The weather is usually beautiful, the crowds are a bit smaller than they tend to be in the peak of the tourist season, and the water is still warm enough that you can enjoy the beach.

This outfit is a very simple one, yet it very much represents my personal style. It is everyday elegance at it’s core.

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I wore a simple navy long sleeved T-shirt. This shirt is so comfy and goes with anything. I bought it at a discount outlet near our home (anyone in Maine familiar with Mardens?) for a great price. It know this one is going to get a lot of use. A simple solid colored tee like this one is a wardrobe staple.

The knit maxi skirt I wore is a very simple one with an elastic waist. I’ve had this skirt for years and I don’t know what I’m going to do once it wears out, because I wear it so often! There’s something elegant about a long skirt blowing in the breeze, isn’t there?

To dress up the outfit and add a bit of interest to this very simple combination, I added a pretty light green scarf. This scarf ups the elegance factor by a lot!

Very simple stud earrings and my favorite Chloe + Isabel sunglasses round out the look.

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And of course, my bare feet make the outfit beach worthy! (I wore simple navy ballet flats with this outfit when I wasn’t walking on the sand.)

What I Wore

T-shirt: Ann Taylor
Maxi skirt: Old Navy (similar)
Scarf: Walmart (similar)
Earrings: (similar)
Sunglasses: Chloe + Isabel
Ballet flats (not shown): Nine West

 

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5 Fall Fashion Essentials

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Fall is here in all its glory. Around here, the weather has been unseasonably warm, but still the leaves are changing and the signs of fall continue to pop up all around us. And our wardrobes, despite the warmer temperatures, are beginning to show the change in seasons.

I love fall fashion. There’s something so cozy and comfortable about the items we tend to wear in fall. Call it “sweater weather” if you will, it’s a perfect blend of crisp morning air and sunshiny afternoon warmth.

For fall, I have a few standby wardrobe items I like to keep in my closet and at the ready for those perfect autumn days.

Here are some of my personal recommendations for fall fashion essentials.

Scarves

Nothing screams fall like a soft, cozy blanket scarf. Besides keeping you snuggly warm on those crisp autumn days, a scarf signals through your personal style that you are ready for the transition in the seasons. Scarves are my own favorite accessories and fall scarves are by far the best!

Here are a few options for stylish scarves that are perfect for fall.

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Boots

A nice pair of boots is not only a stylish option in footwear, but it’s also a great way to keep your feet toasty warm as the weather cools down. High boots, low booties, or something in between—they are all great for completing many fall outfits. Boots of any kind look fabulous with a variety of outfits, whether it’s a skirt with tights or jeans and a sweater.

Try these stylish options for great looking boots.

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Chambray

A chambray shirt is a wardrobe staple for any season, but there’s something about fall that enhances the wearability of a simple chambray button down. If you don’t already own one, go get yourself a nice quality chambray shirt to wear this fall.

 

Here are some to choose from.
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Cardigans

Another wardrobe staple that spans the seasons, a nice cardigan is the perfect transition piece. Cardigans are great for layering on those days in fall which start out cool in the mornings, then warm up by mid afternoon. Every girl should own a few in different colors.

These cardigans are especially nice choices.

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fall cardigans

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Plaid

Whether it’s a blanket scarf like I mentioned above or a cozy flannel shirt, plaid is the perfect pattern for fall. Something about wearing plaid in fall just somehow feels so authentically autumn.

Get yourself some plaid here. You won’t regret it!

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What are some of your favorite must have wardrobe items for fall? I’d love to hear from you, so please share in the comments below.

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Summer 2017 Lifestyle Favorites

Since starting this blog almost a year ago, each season I have shared a short list of all the things I’m especially loving lately. I really love sharing my lifestyle favorites each season. It’s a fun chance to look over the season and how I’ve passed my time and used my energy.

Since it’s coming to the end of the summer season and fall is just around the corner, it’s time for another lifestyle favorites post.

So, without further ado, here are my lifestyle favorites for summer 2017….

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Podcast—What Should I Read Next?

I’ve recently discovered the delightful world of podcasts. If you’re not listening to podcasts, you should be. There are several I enjoy enough to subscribe to. My favorite of all the podcasts I listen to regularly is “What Should I Read Next?” with Anne Bogel. Anne has a blog and started the podcast as a spinoff of that. If you like book recommendations from a fellow bibliophile as much as I do, you’ll love this podcast. (Just search for “What Should I Read Next” on iTunes.)

Reading

the happiness project book

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

I’ve just finished reading this book, and I found it insightful and encouraging. If you’ve ever felt like your life was great but you just weren’t enjoying it as much as you could or should, this book is for you. The basic premise is that the author went on a year long journey to find out what made her happy. What she discovers about herself, and about happiness in general, is fascinating.

Beauty/Personal Care

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Tree Hut Sugar Scrub

I’ve been using the Tree Hut Sugar Scrubs for a while, but I don’t believe I’ve ever mentioned them in one of my favorites list before, so I thought I would now. I love these scrubs. They are perfect for using in the shower. They smell great and really do the job of exfoliating. And the ingredients list isn’t too scary, either, which is always a plus. My current favorite scent is the coconut lime, though the honey almond is lovely, too.

Fashion

Michael Stars Ruana

This scarf/poncho/sarong came in my Fab Fit Fun Summer box. I like the monochromatic gray color scheme—it goes well with a lot of my wardrobe. It’s light and flowy and makes a nice accessory to dress up a simple outfit. I like to wear mine with a plain knit dress or t-shirt and pencil skirt.

Food

the republic of tea earl greyer tea

Earl Greyer Tea from The Republic of Tea

I am a huge Republic of Tea fan. I do not get any compensation for talking about them all the time—I just really love their teas. The variety of flavors is impressive and the quality is amazing. Recently, I tried their version of the classic Earl Grey and I loved it. It’s smooth and flavorful with just the right hint of bergamot and orange. It’s especially delicious with a splash of cream and a sprinkle of sugar or stevia.

Home

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Canvas Factory 16”X20” Photo Print Canvas

Last but not least, to wrap up this favorites list, I want to share my recent Canvas Factory print. I love using Canvas Factory to print some of my favorite photos. Their quality is excellent and their customer service is great. The process of designing the canvas is easy and fun. It’s also convenient and the prints always ship quickly. I’ve had a great experience every time I’ve used Canvas Factory.

I just received another photo canvas from them, and I’m so pleased with how it turned out, I just had to add it to my favorites list! This photo canvas is going to look amazing over the sofa in my den. The photo itself has special meaning to me—it is of one of my favorite spots on the Maine coast, a place we love to visit as a family. The room I plan to hang it in has a slightly rustic feel, so it will go perfectly with the design.

It’s giveaway time!

canvas factory giveaway

Recently, the folks at Canvas Factory reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in offering a giveaway to my blog readers (that’s you!). Of course, I said “Yes, please”! You may remember a similar giveaway I hosted a while back. I’m exited to offer one again!

To enter the giveaway to receive your own 16” x 20” canvas print (of a photo of your choice), use the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway will run for one week. It is open to those in the U.S. and Canada only.

What have you been loving lately? Leave a comment and let me know what your current favorites are.

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