Your Questions, Answered: Help Me Find an Outfit For My High School Reunion!

Today I’m answering a question sent in by a reader, just like you!  Kari writes:

I need help deciding what to wear for my 20 year high school reunion!

Details: July in Southern California (HOT!)
Time: 5:30-8:30 pm
Dress code: casual
Location: inside a micrbrewery

I’m thinking jeans, strappy sandals, and a dressy tank top but would love your ideas.

Thanks for writing in, Kari!  I definitely think you’ve got the right idea, but lets pick out a few options (just in case!)

If you opt for jeans, I’d go with a dark wash, which feels a little more dressed up…

I love the look and fit of Joe’s Jeans!

Find a top with a special detail to make it feel more put-together in a casual setting.

White lace is a lovely, Summery detail.

A grown-up bow puts a fun twist on a simple top.

Finish it off with a pair of wedges or an embellished sandal…

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If you’re worried about jeans being too warm, though, I think it’s totally appropriate to wear a not-too-fancy dress (but if it’s a casual affair, I’d pair it with some cute flats)…

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Hope this helps!

What do you think Kari should wear to her reunion?  Jeans or dress?  Send her your suggestions in the comments!!

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Wedding Wednesday: Our Proposal Story

I was sifting through old “Wedding Wednesday” posts, and I realized that I never shared our proposal story with you!  I told you about engagement chicken, but a lot happened between the day I cooked the bird and the day the ring was on my finger.  Want to know how it went down?

It was our last week in San Francisco, and we were packing for our move out of the city. After a particularly long week at work, Travis and I went to In ‘n Out for a cheeseburger. When the meal was over, Travis suggested we drive to a nearby mall to wait out the terrible Friday evening traffic in the city.

We “wandered” into a jewelry store to look at rings with no intention of actually purchasing one. But when the woman at the counter slipped the perfect ring onto my finger, Travis and I were both pretty excited.

He told me that he thought we should buy the ring. “But,” he said, “This is not an official proposal. You have to wait for me to give you the ring, and you can’t tell ANYONE that we bought it.”

I burst into tears of joy outside the Wetzel’s Pretzels and agreed anxiously to keep quiet.

We spent the next week trying to pack in a bunch of fun “San Francisco” activities before we moved—picnics at the beach and Dolores Park, romantic dinners— and each time we went out, I was sure he was going to propose. My stomach was in knots, and I was not-so-subtle about being ready to make it official.

We moved to our new place outside the city and I spent the first night unpacking our bedrom. Early the next morning, I felt Travis rustling around next to me in bed. He turned to me in my half-awake state and said, “You forgot to unpack one of the boxes.”  When I rolled over in my hazy state to see what on earth he was talking about, he opened the little box that I had been dying to see for eight long days. He found a way to surprise me, even though I knew the ring was coming… it was truly the best proposal I could’ve asked for.

(right after he proposed)

Married gals: tell me your proposal story!  Unmarried gals: have you envisioned your perfect proposal?  Do you know of any other good proposal stories?  (I love ‘em!)  Share in the comments!!

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Pops Of Color

I love when women wear neutrals but choose one piece to add a fun pop of color.  It looks so well-planned and sophisticated!  My new style resolution: bring a pop of color into my wardrobe!

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A simple way to change it up… don’t you think?

Are you a fan of this technique?  What do you use to add pops of color to your outfits?  Do you have any new style resolutions for the Summer?  Tell me about it in the comments!

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Simple Summer Makeup

This photo exemplifies everything I love about relaxed Summer beauty… so effortless!

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To get the look:

-High Beam by Benefit (to highlight your cheek bones, nose, chin, and the middle of your forehead)

-Cargo Bronzer in “Medium” (my favorite for that not-t00-shimmery Summer glow)

-Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in “Soft Nude” (my new go-to nude lipstick!)

What do you think of this easy-to-mimic Summer makeup look?  Have you tried any of the products above?  What are your go-to makeup items for Summertime?  Dish in the comments!

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POLL: Do You Buy Used?

I was raised to believe that secondhand stores, garage sales, and flea markets were a main source of clothing/furniture/etc… and to this day I am totally into buying “vintage”.

In fact, I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had any time to scour thrift stores or hit up a rummage sale, and I’ve been missing it!  Fortunately, there are places online where you can shop secondhand.  Here are a few fun finds:

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So what do you think…?

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Are you a fan of buying used?  Where do you like to shop (thrift stores, flea markets…)?  Are there certain items you’d NEVER buy used?  Tell me in the comments!

And have a happy weekend!!

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