How to Generate Creative Costume Ideas

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Also a part of that group, but not pictured is my 2013 costume of Jessica Day!

I love getting to be creative with these things and think outside the box. Obviously I didn’t go too far out of the box for myself, as all my characters are my favorite brunettes from TV and movies (Julia Louise Dreyfus has to be my all time favorite actress).

But for Jackson, I enjoyed thinking outside the baby box.

His cousin Eddie costume was decided super last minute and was really easy to create thanks to Amazon. I just hope every year I get to have some kind of say in what he wears. There may have to be lots and lots of candy involved.

My biggest pieces of advice are this…

Don’t over complicate it. Sometimes you can get inside your own head and talk yourself out of ideas that would actually be really cute. Especially if you’re dressing your kids – they’re going to look cute in whatever, so just have fun!

If you’re super stuck, base the outfit around something they love. Jackson currently loves carrying things around. So this year’s costume has something he can carry and he’s wearing something he’s comfortable in and won’t fuss with.

For yourself? Dress up in something you’re comfortable in! Last year when I dressed up as the neighbor from Christmas Vacation (in a literal sweat suit) I was mostly comfortable and also I probably lost 10 pounds in sweat after standing outside in it. So another note: think about your surroundings so you don’t pass out.

Have fun! And if you’re in/around Knoxville on the 31st, come to the Redemption Church fall festival!

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Tips for Wearing Boots/Booties in a Flattering Way

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Booties rocking everywhere.

I made the decision once October hit that I wasn’t going to show off my toes any more because Lord do I hate painting them. Can I get an AMEN. So I’m happy to not be sweating it out in boots anymore now that the weather DECIDED TO COOPERATE.

Since there are so many options when it comes to refreshing your shoe collection this fall, I thought I’d make it even harder with these beauties – Ha! JK. But seriously, it’s not going to be easy deciding which ones not to get.

I do hope the tips I give in the clip will help you decide which shoe is right for your frame.

Couple things I didn’t get to add but wanted to – is to make sure that if you wear a size 10 (like myself) that you try to stay away from pointy-toed boots as best you can. The will make your foot look longer and I’ve never found that to be something I’ve enjoyed – however I did read once that the bigger your foot looks, the smaller your legs looks by comparison. Sooo maybe it’s not such a bad thing to pile on the foot bulk? Haha

Another thing to keep in mind, is if you’re going for tall/flat boots, look for some with minimal hardware. That will help keep everything looking sleek and slim.

Enjoy the rest of these tips and these beautiful boots all found at West Town Mall! See their specific stores below…
Oh and not to mention my fun announcement about Elianna at the end! (PS: this is the first mention of her on TV, Abby just got confused :) – all things I’ll explain to Elianna when she asks why I didn’t save the “other” video)

Shoes from Fiore Boutique…

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Shoes from Francesca’s…

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Shoes from Charlotte Russe…

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The Perfect Transitional Top

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Say hi to my dog in the background!

Scallop your way into autumn.

Let’s get right down to it – IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!

Truly, this minute right here is my favorite. Fall has begun and we’re on the cusp of all the fun holidays. There is so much to look forward to and in addition to all of that, I’ve got this fabulous top to show you from a great boutique! I mean, the only way to send this over the edge is if I could pop out of your screen and hand you a calorie-free cupcake!

Since it’s going to take the weather a second to realize its supposed to be JACKET SEASON, HELLO! I think this sleeveless burgundy top is the perfect thing to wear right now.

The details are what really make it special – scalloped edges and the laser cut hem give it personality without being too loud. Making it perfect to pair with jeans or black pants and some patterned flats. A comfortable, stylish outfit I (literally) ran around all day in.

I’m such a huge fan of how scallops look against bare skin so while I originally planned to wear this under a blazer (and will probably do so later) I did want that detail to have its moment.

Another detail I’m a big fan of is how high the neckline sits. Its not uncomfortably high, but for a mother who is constantly bending down to talk to a toddler – its not uncomfortably low either. In fact I toyed with doing a necklace because it has that great spacing but I opted for giant earrings instead. Its nice though to have options for later use!

This top was sent to me by a boutique that is quickly becoming my favorite. They have pieces you dont typically see in the boutique carousel and offer them at really fair prices. Which is so refreshing. I get tired of seeing something I like only to realize its over $100.

Im also a huge fan of their accessories! Beautifully sculpted earrings haven’t seen everywhere giving me some fresh, unique picks. Can you tell I like to be original? Haha As someone who shops A LOT Im always excited to come across new options – so Im excited about Modern Maven!

Go check them out!

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Let’s Just Dance Because it’s FALL!

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All the feels for this wonderful season.

Every year I go to write a post about how excited I am about fall and every. single. year. without fail, I blank out because I’m SO EXCITED. All the words come rushing to the front of my head at once and no one can get through the door.

Cozy, cool weather, boots, scarves, happiness, orange, leaves, pumpkins, hot drinks, cloudy days, boots (oh I’ve said that already) all of those visuals are piled up in the front trying to get out in the most eloquent way and it never works out the way I want it to.

That’s why you’ll probably see a lot of all caps because I’m SO EXCITED. I wouldn’t be a true blogger if I wasn’t excited about this season, right? ;)

For my TV segment this week, honestly I wanted to just throw a big IT’S FALL party, but since I wanted to bring you actual tips and good content I went with showcasing little ways to up your game and keep yourself looking on trend this season.

To do that I visited a couple stores, even dipping into the home category because: PUMPKINS!!

Here are some of the major trends I saw coming down the runway for fall. PLEASE remember to wear trends responsibly – as in – don’t wear them because they’re trendy, wear them because you love them and they work with your style. I want you to love how you look (I guarantee it! Ha ;) and not be sulking around in something just because it’s “in style.”

Textures:

A couple different things fall into this category, first of all the pumpkins! Mix texture into your decor with a fun mix of pumpkins. All the one’s you see here are from Pottery Barn in West Town Mall. Go get them quick because they’ll be moving in Christmas stuff soon, so you don’t want to miss out!

Another place you can add texture is with layers…

Fiore Boutique has some cozy pieces that have that furry texture to them. That’s not only going to keep you warm (and feeling like you never left your bed) but it’s also going to add a great visual interest to your outfit. Especially when paired with neutral colors. Truly, you could go for a monochromatic look and pair that blush pink sweater on the end with another blush pink piece and still look good because of the mix of textures.

Patterns:

Plaid, floral and (THANKFULLY) animal print are great options for fall. I’m excited about the animal print part because I wear it anyway and when something I already wear is “on trend” it means there are going to be endless options for that piece. Example: I went looking for a leopard jacket the other day, while wearing a leopard jacket. Soooo…it’s feeding my addiction! Perfect.

The darker colored florals are going to help you transition into the cooler months and those kimonos you see up there came from Charming Charlie. Who, by the way, has a new size section called CC Curve! Go check that out! They have a lot of great options!

And if you’re ever iffy about a trend but think you’d might like to try it, a great way to go is with a clutch or a scarf. Like the pieces I have on the table. They are small additions to an outfit, but still let you test drive something and see how often you reach for it before fully committing to a piece that will hang in your closet.

I hope you enjoyed this and are as pee-in-your-pants excited about fall as I am :)

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Denim Jackets that Flatter Your Frame

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Delicious denim delights.

The best, most wearable things in your closet are pieces that you feel good in. Also, clothes cover your nakedness. #ObviousStatements

But you know why you feel good in certain items over others? Because more than likely they compliment your shape. Whether you consciously bought it for that purpose, those are the things that will go on repeat giving you the most bang for your buck.

So when it comes to buying something that can be an investment piece – like a jean jacket – it’s important you go into it knowing what elements will compliment your body type and what won’t.

To help with that, I’ve put together a guide for you to reference. Hopefully below you will find your shape and use the tips to get yourself THE perfect jacket (denim or otherwise) this fall*…

Are you petite? Look for short, cropped, fitted styles. The key to dressing for this body type is to not overwhelm your frame. Anything long or bulky is going to make your legs look stumpy (it’s a terrible word, I know, but I’m trying to scare you away from the wrong kind of jacket). Less bulk equals a no-fuss denim jacket without extra pockets, extra lines, extra closures. Go for something that hits right above your waist with clean lines. Here’s a great version!

Looking to hide a tummy? You want to find a jacket that’s long – even going down to your booty butt (toddler speak for bum). Always keep the jacket open and look for one for elongating lines – this one is PERFECT; oh and here’s a dark gray version; also a dark denim one.

Want to appear more…ahem…”well endowed”? Look for a jacket that curves in at the waist giving you more volume up top. And POCKETS. They’re not just great for hiding candy – they make your girlfriends look bigger. Oh. Yeah. Here’s a great option!

Wish to minimize broad shoulders? Do so with a soft, unstructured jacket. The flowier the better as it helps to balance out your frame and draw attention away from your upper half. Think these kinds of jean jackets don’t exist? Think again. And again.

Are you in the business of adding curves to your pencil-like frame? Jackets are the perfect fix – especially fitted, nipped and pocketed jackets because they’re going to give you a waist, some girlfriends and overall curves. Here’s a moto version; here’s a cute peplum style.

Need to downplay your “girlfriends”? Go with as little bulk as possible. This translates to a small lapel, clean lines and little to no pocket-age going on. This is a great example, and gosh would this thing be versatile. Also this because the pockets are small, as is the collar.

I hope these tips help! If you have more questions, or would like more suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below!

 

*YOU GUYS IT’S ALMOST OFFICIALLY FALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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