3 Fresh Ways to do Animal Print (from JCP!)

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It’s looking like a jungle out there and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Animal print is everywhere right now. Typically not something we’ve seen so much of in the warmer months but I AM NOT COMPLAINING.

I have honestly talked myself out of buying at least 3 animal print shirts (not saying I won’t sneak in at least one at some point), but I feel as if my closet already has a good amount. So how else can I stock up on one of my favorite prints? In asking myself that question I thought I’d help you out as well and give you three fresh ways to do animal print…from pieces I found at JC Penney!

JC Penney in West Town Mall is one of my favorite places to pop in and get something good for a great price. I especially love walking up to the register while searching for coupons on my phone, knowing that I’m about to save even MORE.

And with Memorial Day behind us to kick off the official start to summer clearance season, I feel as if we’re going to be swimming in discounts. Let’s talk about these pieces…

Go for it in a Blazer:

When you first see this guy on a hanger, you think (at least I did) Ooo that’s too much going on. But honestly, when thrown over a white t-shirt and jeans (or in this case workout pants), it’s just right. I’m a huge fan of blazers with the cinched sleeves because I know I’m going to be cinching them anyway, if that could be built in that would be great. Also the length on this one is long but gives it a modern edge without being too oversized looking.

This would work both for a “feeling spiffy” day in the office over a simple black dress, or thrown on with a white shirt and distressed jeans to punch up a casual look.

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PS: The white tank I have on underneath that I grabbed just to make this outfit look normal (the shirt I came in wearing was lavender) is a wonderful shirt. I’m totally going back for it. They also have it in black. I’m wearing a small in both the tank top and jacket.

Take the print to your bottom half:

Please note: I am not a shorts girl. Don’t like them, don’t wear them, but I almost sold myself on these. They’re light weight, have a very comfortable elastic waist and are flowy without the fear of flashing someone. Also, they would give all your solid tees a great companion. And one word: POCKETS.

I’m wearing a large in these, but could probably have gotten away with a medium. They’re so flowy I was okay with a little extra room.

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Try animal print in a different color:

When it comes to wearing an animal print that’s outside the colors you would actually see on an animal – tread lightly. I know I’m¬†contradicting my headline with that sentence, but as I typed it I realized that your outfit can veer down a tacky road if you don’t keep your hands on the wheel so to speak.

However, I’ve seen this emerald green combo a couple times now and I think you can stay on the fashionably straight and narrow with this while still doing something fresh…

This top is a bit cropped with wider sleeves. Wear it with some high wasted jeans or even over a maxi dress for a fun new twist.

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I hope this gives you some summer style inspiration!

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Summer Shoe Inspiration

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Good news: I’ve got a great way to update your whole closet for summer without spending a lot of money.

Better news: It will always fit.

Maybe you just had a baby and your tight fitting shirts aren’t so flattering yet (HYPOTHETICALLY). Maybe you plan on eating a lot at summer cookouts and you don’t want it to show. Either way, there are two categories you should stick to that will breathe new life into your basics: jewelry and shoes. Now let’s cover the latter…

Summer shoe trends have changed in the last two years. Where we used to see lots of heavy gladiator styles, now we’re seeing more simple slides. I can’t say that it’s good comfort-wise because it really depends on the show. I can say that it’s great style wise because now we can more easily throw on a pair of patterned shoes with a totally neutral outfit and instantly add some personality.

Also, it’s another way to wear animal print. I’LL TAKE IT.

Here are some beautiful slide/animal print styles I found at Fiore Boutique in West Town Mall. They really have a shoe for every occasion this summer and I love all the fun details – like the scalloped edge on the black pair and the two different kinds of snakeskin slides.

And *bonus* all their shoes are currently 25% off! Not to mention their clearance section is buy one get one free (see last pic)! So get yourself in there and check them out! They recently moved to where The Limited used to be, down the Men’s Belk hallway.

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2019

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Well hello there,

It’s been quite the busy year already and we’re only two and a half months in.

I wanted to hop on here and post and update. I’m having a baby. Like really soon. So while I love the blog and sharing outfit ideas and product inspiration, I will be taking a short break to, you know, have a baby.

I do want to come back and share my thoughts on maternity style this time around (because it was winter so now I’ve experienced all the seasons while pregnant). And of course I will update you on her and all that she’s adding to our family.

But for now, enjoy all the packing help I’ve left you in the past couple of posts and dig even further! I’ve been writing this blog for 9 years now, so there’s PLENTY of posts to fill your cup.

Thanks so much for hanging in there and continuing to check in. I’m excited to put together blogs when I get back and continue helping you make every day a spiff day!

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Time to Upgrade to First Class Bags

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You’ll feel like you’re supposed to be in First Class with these bags.

If you’ve read any of my blogs or heard me emcee a fashion show, then you know of my burning passion for pockets. Lots of exclamation points when those guys are referenced.

Which is one of the reasons I love Vera Bradley bags so much – all the pockets. And that carries over into their travel bags. It’s like they take these things and run around with them thinking of what a woman would want to stash where and wha-la! They make a pocket for it.

I’m excited to be using their garment bag for when we pack next – which will be for the birth of my daughter! See my Instagram story for all the bonus features on that bag.

I popped into Vera at West Town Mall this week to take a look at all their travel goodies and snap some pictures to show you ALL the beautiful bags. And the 25% off applies to everything travel – even the smaller organizers (makes a great gift!). Or OR the pack-able tote! It’s a tote bag that folds into itself and is later unraveled for maximum travel-shopping enjoyment :)

Keep scrolling/reading to see the innovative bags they’ve got – the one boggled my MIND…

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Those up there are the pack-able totes!!

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This bag transforms from a backpack to a duffel and even pops out a cross body bag – HOW COOL IS THAT?!

It’s literally three bags in one. I want to schedule a complicated trip somewhere just to see how much stress I avoid using this bag, haha.

Trust me – whether you’re buying for yourself or stocking up on gifts, now is the time to get yourself into Vera Bradley tomorrow and stock up on travel bags!

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