Do I have a treat for you today. A private fashion show right here in the comfort of your own home. Imagine, a catwalk stretching from my laptop to your device and featuring some of my favorite fashionistas, my Get Your Pretty On Style Me Challenge friends.
That’s what we have going on today.
So, if it is before noon grab a cuppa Joe and if it is after noon, grab a soda or your favorite adult beverage and settle in for a look at some great fashion trends as modeled by my sweet friends.
One quick bit of business. I have tried to provide direct links to some of the gals’ great items through ShopStyle. When you hover over the pictures and see a little bull’s eye icon appear, you can click on the bull’s eye to be taken to the store where the featured item can be purchased. Hope that will make shopping for these go-to summer look pieces even easier for you and me!
Couldn’t decide whose looks to feature first. Being the former librarian I am, decided to go with ABC order. Which means Janice from California is first up on the cat walk. (Yes, I had to sing the alphabet song while thinking of all the gals’ names! Pitiful!) Janice has a beautiful sense of style, in her personal look and in the home she has been remodeling this summer.
Janice shares: My go-to summer look is white jeans/capris/shorts and a gray tee. I’ve worn white jeans for years and have every size from 4 to 14. I never get rid of a good pair of white jeans! And I am currently obsessed with gray tees! With this combo, I slip on flip flops, wedge sandals, or my gray tennies and I’m out the door! Here are the ingredients to my looks: Jean jacket – Eddie Bauer, white tank – Coldwater Creek (old), leopard printed soft pants – Susan Graver, QVC, wedge sandals – Clark’s, really big pearls – Target/White jeans – Loft, curvy skinny fit, gray graphic tee – GYPO website, aqua waterfall sweater – QVC (old), gray tennies – Keen, really big pearls – Target/White jeans – Loft, curvy skinny fit, gray knot tee – Express, coral floral sweater – Isaac Mizrahi Live, QVC, leopard slip-ons – eBay, silver feather necklace – Target/White jeans – Loft, curvy skinny fit, gray tee – Target, aqua waterfall sweater – QVC (old), gray tennies – Keen, ladder necklace – jane.com.
Me: Aren’t these cute looks? I love them all but just think that coral-y-reddish cardi is divine with Janice’s beautiful coloring. I never think to wear red(ish) but on the accidental occasion that I do, I love it. I am thinking I may need that sweater. So glad Janice shared the shopping details so I can pick one up and you can, too. The Get Your Pretty On (GYPO) graphic tee is available here. And proceeds go to a great cause – to support the Pretty Strong program for women undergoing cancer treatment. If you or someone you know is battling cancer, Alison at GYPO would love to hear from you. Read more about that here.
ABCDEFG, HIJ…after J comes K. K for Karen. Who hails from Ohio. She is joined by her beautiful, photobombing granddaughter Bella (stylin’ leisure-wear). Karen has such an award-winning smile. It’s like a hug.
Karen comments: My go-to summer look seems to be the graphic tee. The first one is from Kohls, second and third tees are from JCrew Factory. The third graphic tee was on our GYPO Summer Style 2015 shopping list. You can find it here.
Me: I need to get Karen’s first tee and wear it as a reminder to take time to recognize and enjoy the beautiful world around me. So easy to just go through the motions of day-to-day life without “smelling the roses”. Thank you, Karen, for this gentle prompting.
I don’t have to sing the ABC song to know what letter is up next. L. L for Laurie. Laurie from New Hampshire. I have admired Laurie’s fabulous ‘office dwelling outfits’ throughout all of our challenges together. And she has a knack for adapting any work wear ensemble into something more casual for the weekend.
Laurie confides: I’ve been having a hard time coming up with a single go-to summer look. I have been doing lots of dresses and colored ankle pants for work and graphic tees, kimono & flowy tanks for home. Here are a few pics. The black tee says,”One should be a work of art or wear a work of art” ~ Oscar Wilde. Most are from Talbots, Macys, Old Navy. The kimonos are from Nordstrom and Forever 21. The navy and white jacket is from QVC. The gray tees are from Chowderheads, an online store for known for Boston gear.
Here are two more of Laurie’s lovely office dwelling ensembles.
Me: See what I mean about how Laurie can transition a look from day to night or night to day? I love that she has on shoes with that cute maxi skirt outfit but in the next picture, with the same kimono dressed-down, Laurie is barefoot! Fun.
My next guests forced me to take my alphabetizing skills to another level. I had to blow out the dust in my brain in order to remember how we (they?) alphabetize in the library beyond the first few letters because my next guests’ first names are Mary. Mary M. and Mary J.
After putting on my library cataloger’s hat again, I realized that Mary J. should come first, and here she is, joining us from Minnesota.
Mary J. explains: Now that it has “warmed” up…ok, it’s hot and humid, my go-to outfits are maxi skirts and graphic tees. ‘Faith, hope, love’ tee and skirt are from a (local) boutique, the green lace tank is from Maurices, skirt is from a boutique. ‘I have enough shoes’ tee is from American Eagle and my white crops are from Loft.
Me: While I am loving the graphic tee, too, I have to tell you that this teal/aqua/turqoise (what color is that???) outfit is sensational. Wait! GREEN, Mary? Green? No wonder I love it. And love the pattern in the skirt. I think almost all of my fashion friends have jumped on the bandwagon with Mary’s American Eagle shoe tee. I am forced to wait til payday to get mine. You can get one, too, right here.
This brings us to intermission in our fashion show.
If you need a refill, a bathroom break, to run around and do something in your house real quick so it will look like you have been busy to anyone who might care…this is is the time to do that. You have five minutes before I dim the lights again.
Ok, gals, please settle back in your seats for some more great summer go-to favorites.
Next up, Mary M. from my neighboring state New Mexico. She is the youngest of the challengers featured today. Mary recently began a shiny new job requiring her to dress-up a little more than she had been in her former position.
Mary M. adds: My favorite pieces this summer for both casual and office wear have been flowy tanks and blouses! The pink and purple are Portofino shirts from Express, which I am obsessed with. They come in every color and pattern imaginable! The blue ruffled top is from Anthropologie. I just love the look of a flowy top with skinny jeans, or tucked into shorts or a skirt.
Me: I think Mary was responsible for bringing the Portofino shirt to the summer challenge. And then it was everywhere. Everyone wanted one and got one. Available here, on sale – buy one, get one 50% off, in a rainbow of colors. It has an average of five stars in over two thousand reviews. Also available in a sleeveless version here. Will it ever be payday? I do have a couple of these but seeing Mary modeling again above, I realize I need a few more.
Coming down the runway next is Phyllis from California. She is a natural at this modeling and picture-taking and cute-clothes-wearing business. One snappy dressing gal.
Phyllis adds: Graphic tees have been my favorite go-to summer look for this year. They go with absolutely everything…..jeans, shorts, palazzo pants, skirts! They are my new go-to piece. I got my graphic tees at Macy’s, KMart, and on Amazon.
Me: Phyllis is rockin’ that GYPO tee shirt, too. Further proof that I need one. Don’t you? And I love that Limited Edition tee. I found one similar here on Amazon.com. I think I am probably not even a limited edition but a one-of-a-kind or slightly irregular. Wonder if there is a graphic tee like that? Found a similar “Will work for shoes” tee here.
Our final looks come to us from my end-of-the-alphabet friend Wendy from Michigan. I giggled when Wendy sent me a message along with her pictures, apologizing for her headless photos. I am glad we at least get a peek at her lovely face in a couple of her ‘photo shoots’.
Wendy shares: My go-to summer look is my white jeans, Old Navy. They are perfect for summer date nights and look good with any top. My boyfriend denim shorts, Target, are another go-to. Can dress them up with lace, Loft, or go super casual with a fun graphics tee, Target (old). My fav this summer is my butterfly shorts from Lands End.
Me: So much to love here. But those butterfly shorts were all the buzz (pardon the pun) on the summer challenge FB page. All of us loved them. You can find them here, along with a lot of other great print shorts in various lengths. And how ’bout that punch of green (belt) paired with the gray tee, denim shorts and those bright slip-ons? Great, huh?
Whew! I don’t know about you, but my head is swimming with all of these lovely looks. I cannot wait til payday so I can add a few new items to my wardrobe. I have been cleaning out my closet and dresser drawers this week. Now I have room for some new goodies. Call it rewarding myself for
spring summer cleaning.
Before we call it a wrap, please take a minute to enter my giveaway for a GYPO tee shirt of your choice.
They are available in lots of color and size and style options so there’s one for every fashionista!
Please enter by clicking on the link below.
A big thank you to each of my wonderful fashion friends for sharing their go-to summer look.
Thank you, girls.
Love you for being so much fun.
Hugs and kisses,