Opening up my fashion haus today for this summer fashion fun blog hop. Three of my bloggin’ buds and I are all participating in the Get Your Pretty On (GYPO) summer style challenge together. I have been late to the party because I was out of town when the challenge got underway. But have enjoyed seeing all of the great interpretations of the challenge’s first outfits on Dani at Family.Love.Inspiration., Michael Ann at Out and Back, and Jamie at No Delusions of Grandeur. As well as, all the other gals in the closed GYPO Facebook group.
For this blog hop, the four of us decided to feature our interpretation of one outfit we all loved, Day 7. Then a few of our own personal favs as well. We are on Day 17 of the 3 week challenge so it will be winding down shortly. When it does, maybe I can talk these gals into doing another blog hop featuring some of our other favorite looks from summer. You may be asking…
What’s a Get Your Pretty On Style Challenge?
That’s a great question!! If you are unfamiliar with the Get Your Pretty On challenges, let me take just a minute to explain how they work. And who better to explain the style challenges than creator, Alison Lumbatis.
Style Challenges® is an online wardrobe styling program that provides members with a seasonal shopping list of trendy and classic pieces styled into mix and match outfits. Since the first Style Challenge® in 2014, over 10,000 women in 20 countries have rediscovered their style, regained their confidence and made new friends in our vibrant community.
I got on board when Alison did her very first style challenge in 2014. Don’t know how I stumbled across them, but so thankful I did. Otherwise I probably would never have ‘met’ Dani, Jamie and Michael Ann.
Once you decide to register for a GYPO challenge, here’s what happens next.
✔ Select a Style Challenge® (there are seasonal challenges as well as SAHM and work wear challenges).
✔ Download the shopping list which includes 20+ coordinating tops, bottoms, accessories, and shoes.
✔ Check your closet for items you already have.
✔ Complete your wardrobe by shopping at stores YOU love.
✔ Get daily outfit ideas in your inbox.
✔ Check ‘getting dressed’ off your to-do list!
To learn more, please click here to visit the Get Your Pretty On website. And if you are interested in registering for the next challenge, I would be tickled to have you use my affiliate link. Click here to register through my affiliate link for the summer work wear challenge. Thank you!!
The fall challenges will be opening in a few months!! Stay tuned.
My Fashion Haus: Summer Fashion Fun Blog Hop
Now that we have all of that background business out of the way, it’s lights, camera, action on the catwalk. Meow! If you have stopped by here after visiting Jamie at No Delusions of Grandeur, welcome. So glad you have hopped by. Going to share outfits from Day 1, Day 7 (the outfit we are all styling) and Day 8.
White Top + Patterned Bottoms + Bright Shoes
Dress It Up: Go for the skirt option and pair up a block heel sandal.
Dress It Down: Swap out the top for a plain white tee.
Have you noticed that gingham is really trending this summer? I love it, don’t you? It’s crisp and fresh looking, even here in El Paso where we have had over 21 days above 100*F already. For my interpretation of Day 1, I originally paired my Ann Taylor black and white gingham skirt with a Target pink tank and a Loft Outlet lace tee, Limelight pink pumps from Rack Room Shoes.
But I didn’t like the way the tank and tee looked on when paired with the skirt. When that happens, what’s a girl to do? Go shopping, of course. And I found this white OTS ruffled tee at Target that I like much better with the skirt. Had to get a pink necklace at Charming Charlie, too.
Not sure why, but I felt very Maria Von Trapp from “The Sound of Music” in this skirt. Have never been a nun, or a nanny and I sure can’t sing. Anyone else hear “…the hills are alive?”
Kimono + Bright Top 1 + Denim Bottoms + Metallic Shoes
Dress It Up: Pair with metallic heels.
Dress It Down: Wear denim shorts and skip the kimono.
Along with gingham, kimonos are hot this summer. Ha! See what I did there? And I love them. They are the perfect wrap for 3 of 4 seasons in far West Texas. Found this one on Amazon. Paired it with a periwinkle Loft Outlet tee and a JCPenney denim skirt, old faithful metallic sandals from Target.
My straw bag…also a trending item this summer…was a gift from my daughter Lauren.
Wore a similar version of this OOTD while I was in Ft. Worth for Brennyn’s wedding celebration. Brennyn liked that outfit so well that she took about a dozen photos of me in it, posing by the front door of her shiny new house.
She takes much better pictures of me than I do! For this post, I tried so hard. But I am no fashionista. Set up my light kit, my tripod with my good camera, connected my phone to the camera so I could use it as a remote. Even tried my luck taking pictures outside. In 107* heat, I might add.
When I finished, sat down inside on the stairs to look over the photos and realized I had my tee shirt inside out the whole time. Here is a photo I somehow accidentally took while turning my shirt right side out.
See how hot I was? And yes, I turned it around and wore it the rest of the day. Have no idea how I took this picture. Both hands are on my tee. I am good after all.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I told the girls about my faux pas (thinking they might not want to link-up with me after all). But they all stuck by my side. Now that’s friendship. Told them you can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig. Said they could just call me Wilbur or Babe.
Black Top + Olive Bottoms + Neutral Shoes
Dress It Up: Wear an olive skirt or pixie pants.
Dress It Down: Skip the wedge heel and style flats instead.
Remember those olive pants I bragged about being able to wear in this post not so very long ago? Yeah, well, the zipper wouldn’t stay up on them when I tried them on today. What exactly do you think that means? Surely not too much wedding cake. Say it isn’t so.
At any rate, for Day 8, I styled both my too tight olive pants from Loft Outlet and my new Caslon olive shorts from Nordstrom with my black Express tee (has the cutest little layer of crepe fabric below the tee part), kerchief from H&M, Charming Charlie tassel necklaces (I knew better than to wear both at the same time) and Unisa wedges from DSW. Kerchief is an odd little word, isn’t it? Not used much any more for some reason.
Tried so hard to be nonchalant about clicking my phone as the remote control to my camera. Stealthily hiding it behind my back in this pic.
Not too sure about these shoes with the shorts. What say you?
Didn’t even try to hide my phone in this picture. And then guess what happened? I took all of my clothes off and somehow got a photo of myself from behind dressed only in my birthday suit. Have no idea how I did that either. Won’t share that with you here. Deleted it as fast as I could. No one should have to see that. EVER.
Have you tried gingham, kimonos or straw bags this summer? Is there a fashion trend you’ve seen and fallen in love with? I think one of the reasons I enjoy the GYPO style challenges so much is because it introduces me trends. Always say that El Paso is about a year behind the trends. For example, looked everywhere for gingham; wound up ordering my skirt online. Gathered a few samples of each of these trends for your window shopping pleasure. By clicking on any of the images, I earn a few pennies per click. Thank you!
But the best thing about the style challenges is the friendships I have made. While I haven’t met Dani, Jamie and Michael Ann in real life, they are still dear friends. Dani and I message back and forth, share family photos and sometimes she sends me pictures and video of her parents’ cows. So cute! I love cows. Jamie and I have done a couple of link-ups together and I always enjoy reading about this Retro Cutie. Michael Ann and I have actually spoken on the phone…once…and share similar tastes in books and I love camping vicariously through her blog posts. If you haven’t visited their blogs, please do so. Dani at Family.Love.Inspiration., Michael Ann at Out and Back, and Jamie at No Delusions of Grandeur.
Thank you for spending a few moments with me in the ole fashion haus. It wasn’t quite as dusty this time because I was in there for this Style Imitating Art post in May, and even spring cleaned the room in April. Hope to get back in there again in the near future.
Hugs and kisses,