Zara Style: The Floral Blazer

Zara Floral BlazerI must give credit where credit is due….  I have to thank my fabulous friend Jackie at Style My Dreams for the inspiration for today’s post.  In one of my prior floral posts, she commented that she had recently purchased a floral blazer and I admitted to her that I was a little hesitant to go all in.  Granted, I have no real idea why a blazer would be any different than say a skirt or pants but something was just holding me back!  Jackie encouraged me to go for it and well…  I did!!  Thanks girlie!!

Zara Floral BlazerI found this fabulous piece at Zara online (of course).  I think the key to styling a floral blazer is to use the blazer itself as as your statement piece.  Pair it with a simple color palette – a white tee and jeans for instance (black waxed denim would be awesome as well – that’s next on my styling list) or perhaps a basic white or black dress.  It’s a great way to really stand out in a crowd and add some instant (and pretty effortless) glam to your look!Zara Floral Blazer

What I’m Wearing: Zara Floral Blazer, Threads for Thought Tee, Zara Boyfriend Jeans, Nine West Suede Pumps, Zara Statement Pearl Necklace, Tumi Sunglasses, Vintage Fendi Tote

Where Am I: Arysley Town Center

Zara Floral BlazerAre you rocking floral blazers right now?

Zara Floral BlazerYou know, I just can’t end this post without saying I LOVE blogging and I love all of you!  There are so many cool people and so much encouragement and support!  It’s such an awesome community…  I love sharing with you all and learning from and about you all!  You guys rock!!

Zara Floral Blazer

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The Prabal Gurung for Target Collection

Prabal Gurung for Target DressI purchased this dress during all of the initial hoopla over the debut of the Prabal Gurung for Target Collection.  I happened to pick it up honestly because it was one of the few pieces that I was able to find that was actually still available in my size.

Prabal Gurung for Target DressNow, you might remember my initial post on a few of the other pieces.  While I was super stoked about the cute peplum top and the heels, I have to admit that I wasn’t all “head over heels” for this particular dress.  I thought it was cute but I just wasn’t loving it when I got home (which is probably the reason why you haven’t seen it before now).

Prabal Gurung for Target DressWhat was I thinking?  I mean…  after putting it on and styling it up a little…  I love it.  It’s quite cute and fits great.  But most of all, I love the colors.  Definitely spring appropriate.  I wore this to work earlier this week but this dress could easily serve many purposes and events.  It’s just a fun dress.  *Special Note* Yes, I somehow have a pink color theme going on with my recent posts.

Prabal Gurung for Target DressNow, the bad news….  you won’t be seeing the final dress that I purchased from the collection (check it out here).  I was excited about in the store but it turned out to be my least favorite once I got home.  Something was off in the fit in the arms — read * I couldn’t actually raise them*.  Add that to the fact that I felt a little like one of the original pilgrims in it and that pretty much equaled a “no go” people.

What I’m Wearing: Prabal Gurung for Target Dress, Prabal Gurung for Target Heels, J. Crew Skinny Belt, J. Crew Bubble Necklace, Michael Kors Purse

Where Am I: Lakepoint Center

Prabal Gurung for Target Dress

Color Alert: Pink and Mint Green

Pink and Mint Green TrendOf all of the recent color trends…  pink and mint green is probably my favorite.  I am definitely a pink girl (have been as long as I can remember)…  but I wouldn’t say historically that I’ve been a huge fan of mint.  After seeing Kerry Washington rock her gorgeous Oscar de la Renta gown for the NAACP Image Awards (see here) though…  I became, let’s say, inspired. Pink and Mint Green TrendSo, when I was on a recent weekend trip to Winston Salem and happened upon these mint green jeans (with polka dot print I might add — how awesome is that?) at Marshall’s, I immediately grabbed them from the rack and headed to the dressing room!  Added bonus = they were $10 on clearance!!!  It was the perfect find. Pink and Mint Green TrendNow, as spring and summer colors go, I think these two colors are nearly the best!   So airy and floaty….  they just give off that summer time vibe!  Honestly, whenever I see them, I tend to think about cotton candy or strawberry and pistachio ice cream scoops (but I am a bit greedy… so maybe that’s just me)!! Pink and Mint Green TrendWhat do you think about this color combo?  What other colors are you pairing mint green with? What I’m Wearing: Forever 21 Peplum Top, D. Jeans, Zara Heels, Louis Vuitton Vintage Clutch, Tumi Sunglasses, Zara Statement Necklace Where Am I: Lakepoint Center

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Pink and Mint Green Trend

What’s Trending Now: Spring Neon Brights

Spring Neon Colors One of the biggest trends for this spring is neon colors! Of course, pops of vibrant color are nothing new.  We’ve been seeing more and more brights on the runways and in the stores for several seasons now.

Spring NeonsBut, while I’ve certainly embraced the color explosion, I’ve been a little more hesitant to go all in on neons in particular.  For some reason, when I would hear neon, I’d conjure up visions of Punky Brewster and those infamous jelly shoes from the 80’s!  Hmmm….  Thankfully this fashion remix is a little bit different.

Adding neon to your closet is pretty easy.  Add one or 2 neon pieces to a neutral color (whites, blacks or blues for instance).  Now, to get your feet wet, start with neon hued accessories such as necklaces, belts or purses.  For me, I started with this pink MK purse.

Spring Neon - MK Pink PurseI’ve had it for quite awhile (if you are a regular reader, you’ve seen it plenty before) and I’ve been using it to add a bit of pizazz to my looks.  Over the past few months though, I’ve built up the courage to add more basic clothing pieces, such as this Loft Cardigan.

Have I mentioned that I’m glad it’s finally spring??

Spring Neons

How are you incorporating this trend this season?

What I’m Wearing: Loft Cardigan, J. Crew Tank, Zara Distressed Skinnies, Tesori Leopard Flats, J. Crew Necklace, Charming Charlie Earrings and Bracelet, Versona Accessories Ring, Michael Kors Purse and Watch, Kate Spade and Banana Republic Sunnies

Where Am I: Lakepoint Center

Spring Neons

BOGO: Black & White and Florals

Spring Florals Today’s post is definitely a mixed medley of some of my favorite current fashion trends: black and white, florals and even spring brights.  Of course if you are a regular  reader of the blog, you know that I’m all over florals in particular right now.  And with spring finally deciding to arrive, I’ve been ultra inspired to rock much of the latest spring fashion.Spring Florals

Enter this black and white floral skirt from Loft.  As soon as I saw it, I knew that it was a must have for my closet!  So, what does this have to do with Buy One – Get One Free?  Well, everybody loves a 2 for 1 deal right?  Well, think about this skirt as the ultimate BOGO deal!

Buying this skirt to dip your toe into the floral trend = getting the black and white trend for free!!!Spring Florals

See how easy that works?  Ha!  I love it!!  Seriously, though, this is a pretty good combo and it is a fairly easy way to test out 2 trends at one time!

Versona Ring and Charming Charlie BraceletZara Pearl NecklaceWhat I’m Wearing: Loft Cardigan, Loft Ruffled Cami Tee, Loft Floral Skirt, Zara Heels, J. Crew Skinny Belt, Zara Pearl Necklace, Versona Accesssories Ring and Earrings, Charming Charlie Bracelet, Michael Kors Watch, Chloe Purse, Kate Spade Sunnies

Where Am I: Random Parking Lot

What favorite spring trends are you mixing up right now?

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Finally, It’s Time for Spring Florals!

DSC_0013I have been waiting for the perfect day to pull out this fabulous thrifted skirt that I picked up from Value Village a few months back.  It was only $3.80!  Yes, you read that right.  $3.80!  Now, keep in mind that I had just purchased a floral skirt from Loft when I happened upon it in the store.  While I do love the Loft skirt, I think I like this one even more… if for no other reason than the amazing price!DSC_0025

I love that the print of this skirt is a bit more subdued than some floral pieces.  But because of that, I really wanted to pair it with a few other bold pieces to help the overall look stand out.  The peplum top and bright skinny belt seemed just right for it.DSC_0032
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Are you excited for spring?

What I’m Wearing: Victoria’s Secret Blazer, Top Shop Peplum Top, Thrifted Floral Skirt (Value Village $3.80), J. Crew Skinny Belt, Zara Heels, Zara Statement Necklace, Chloe Purse, Charming Charlie Bracelet.

Where Am I: Shopton Road and Steele CreekDSC_0027