Let’s Get Purse-onal

I used to not carry purses, but lately (now that we are transitioning into real grown-ups), I need to carry a lot of crap around. So feel free to learn a little more about me through the things I carry on the daily.

First off, my bag is from JustFab.com. I fell into their sales trap around Christmas time last year, and bought way too many shoes and accessories. But I love this bag because it has a faux leather exterior and a suede-like fabric inside, the color is my version of “bright”, so it makes me feel a little bold (even though it’s such a mundane shade), and of course, who doesn’t love oversized tote bags? File_004(1)Now to the good stuff…

What’s in Becca’s bag?

  1. Willard’s Keys. I can’t go far without my truck’s keys. Yes, my truck’s name is Willard, WIlly for short. And yes, he is named after the famous whale.
  2. My Work Keys. I have to carry my work keys because I am always the first one in the office every day (I get out earlier though).
  3. Michael Kors Wallet. Derek got me this wallet a few years ago, and I have managed to keep it clean and to not lose it. He got it from Nordstroms.
  4. iPhone. I’m sure everyone knows that this item is a piece of the holy grail. I don’t go anywhere without this. Mostly because it has all my random notes + embarrassing screenshots on it. (Not pictured)
  5. Black + Gold Journal. I recently just got this journal from Joann’s, and I am excited to use and carry this around with me to be able to write down my thoughts or doodle when I am bored.
  6. Pens + Pencils. Everyone is always looking for a pen, so I carry a few.  
  7. Sunnies. I have gone through so many sunglasses in my days. So you’ll probably see new pairs every now and then, because I either break or lose them. These rose gold aviators are from Urban Outfitters.

I realize that I really do not have very exciting or interesting pieces, but it is amazing to see the things that I carry around all day , every day to help my day go smoother + organized.

What do your purse items say about your daily tasks?

 

Our Classic Blouse

We are all about the leggings with t-shirt look but sometimes we attend functions that require us to be a little dressier (or just when we feel like it) which is why we love this basic yet fun + affordable blouse. This blouse is as versatile as they come, which is what we love!

Living in California for the summer, I come across crisp chill mornings that turn into blazing hot afternoons, then the day returns to a quiet cool evening. So, naturally, I change my outfit three times just to keep up with the weather. However, this blouse is so light and airy that I can comfortably wear it throughout the day + dress it up for a night out.

This blouse was purchased from H&M for $24.99.

img_1915-1For a business casual look, we paired the blouse with a black pencil skirt + comfortable flats or black booties for some flair. Add some tasteful jewelry, such as small pendant necklace or delicate pearls. This top completely tucked into the skirt accentuates the waist + creates an hourglass figure.

For a casual yet classic look, we paired the blouse with a dark wash jean + strappy sandals or wedge heels. Add some long chunky necklaces to balance the texture + make a statement. To design a more polished look, tucking in only the front of the blouse will give the blouse more shape + look more fluttering.

img_1923-1.jpgFor the ultimate casual look, we paired the blouse with denim shorts + some black booties. For an even more casual look, pair it with simple sandals. Add any fun statement jewelry, but maybe stay away from the pearls for this get up. To add more of a summer appearance, roll up the sleeves + unbutton the last pair of buttons + tie the two pieces of fabric into a loose knot.

We hope these quick easy styling tips help to create new ideas on how to wear our favorite black + cream stripe blouse. Let us know in the comments of your favorite staple piece of the summer!

The Challenge of Finding Styles for Tall Women

We know the struggle of walking into a department store + searching through the thousands of clothing choices, however, nothing will fit you. Becca + I have unique body shapes. We both are slender but were blessed with wide hips and big booties. And if we weren’t blessed enough, we are also 6 foot tall. It seems rare for a clothing designer to make affordable, yet cute clothes for tall women, but when it does happen, they are known to be too wide for our slender figures, or really pricey. The challenge growing up was real. However, we developed some tips + tricks to share with you on how we try to find the perfect fitting wardrobe!

Tip #1: Try EVERYTHING on! We know the process is a pain in the ass, but it will be worth it. Every designer is different so various sizes and cuts might fit better or worse. If anything, I take the same shirt in all sizes with me to the dressing room. The dressing room clerk isn’t always happy about it, but oh well.

Tip #2: Buy versatile/functional pieces. This becomes important when also trying to save $$. Looking for key pieces that can be used for multiple styles. For instance, a bodycon dress can also be used as a top tucked into a skirt. Or a jacket being used as a cardigan. Also a trick of ours is buying versatile pieces in neutral colors (white, black, gray, cream) so they can go with many outfits.

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Tip #3: Create a new style out of it. Our biggest thing that we learned is to accept the fact that most pants are not going to fit our desired length. I am comfortable in a 36 inch inseam and Becca in a 35 inch inseam. Our tip when buying jeans, particularly skinny jeans, is to roll up the bottom once or twice, and viola! New cropped jeans. This can be done with maxi skirts as well. Tie a mini knot on the bottom of one side of the skirt and now you have a stylish new look.

Tip #4: Sometimes going bigger is better. If your body shape is similar to ours, then you know that most items aren’t long enough. A tip is to order a size bigger and go get it tailored at a seamstress. We know this may sound bizarre, however, if it’s a piece you know you love + would keep for some time it sounds worth it to us. A customized piece is necessary in every wardrobe.

Tip #5: Use the resource of Internet. Buying clothes online might sound risky, but it is a great alternative to going to department stores. You have such a wider range to choose from because most stores put everything they have online. It is way more convenient to shop online these days. A tip of ours is to read the stores return policy before clicking confirm cart. Most are pretty lenient about returning unwanted/unworn items directly to the store or back through the mail. This way you can try on each piece in the comfort of your own home and take back the items that you don’t want.


Tip #6: Don’t give up. You were gifted with beautiful bodies, embrace it! Growing up, we resented our height, now we fully accept the challenge + learned to love it. As frustrating as it can be, never lose hope of finding those perfect pieces. They are out there and waiting for you!

Some of our favorite stores to shop at: The Windsor Store, Alloy.com, Nordstrom, Lulus.