Seafoam and Petals

I thought I would switch things up today with a “Dream Closet” outfit I created on Polyvore.

Sea Foam and Petals

MICHAEL Michael Kors printed shirt, $120 / Hudson Jeans bootcut jeans, $310 / Miss Sixty platform heels / Chloé tote handbag / Gold bangle / Janis By Janis Savitt clear crystal earrings / OPI nailpolish
In a dream world we would all have endless bank accounts and be able to buy all of the beautiful clothing we wanted. Alas, I certainly do not, so the outfits in my closet are formed on a budget. Don’t get me wrong, I am very fortunate, but I will have to start making a lot more money before you find a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes in my closet (Unless you’re reading and would like to give me a pair Mr. Louboutin!) 😉
I find myself being a huge fan of trends but never really trying them out in real life. The mint trend is a perfect example. Right now I don’t own any mint colored clothing. This polyvore set is my attempt at incorporating it without going overboard.
If I had this outfit it’d be perfect for transitioning in and out of summer. It has the summer color palette and the warmth of the jeans for slightly cooler weather.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! 🙂
Mindy

Olympic Spirit

I thought I would switch things up today with an Olympic inspired Polyvore set.

First Mate

Nicole Farhi striped t shirt, $59 / Tommy Hilfiger capri shorts, $59 / TOMS wedge / Clare Vivier leather tote bag / Kate Spade long earrings / Elie Saab chiffon scarve / Balenciaga aviator sunglasses / Essie nail polish

The Americans have really been strutting their stuff in the aquatic events at the 2012 Olympics. If I had the fortune of being able to attend the Olympics I would definitely wear something similar to this to the swimming and diving events.

The red, white and blue are clearly all there. The nautical stripes add a fun flare to the outfit. I live in Bermuda shorts during the summer. They are so comfortable and they’re nice and long so I don’t constantly feel like I need to pull them down to cover my legs.

Have you been watching they Olympics? Which events are your favorites? Which country are you cheering for?

Almost to the weekend! 🙂

Mindy

Lazy Monday Outfit

Happy Monday readers! I thought I’d switch things up today with another Polyvore creation. (If you haven’t checked out yesterday’s post I’ve got 3 of my own outfits up!)

Lazy afternoon

Monsoon cotton shirt / 7 For All Mankind low rise jeans / Flat shoes, $55 / Michael Kors handbag / Banana Republic pearl jewelry / Chandelier earrings / Bobbi Brown Cosmetics eyeshadow, $75 / Essie nail polish

I threw this outfit together starting with the coral top. The color caught my eye and I love anything that is loose and flowy. I think outfits are much more flattering if they hang loosely on the body. For the bottoms I chose skinny jeans. I am totally hooked on my skinny jeans. In the summer they go perfectly with my TOMS or with my boots in the fall. The Michael Kors bag is my idea of handbag perfection. The simple design and beautiful tan color would go with so many outfits. The earrings play off of the color of the shirt along with the dark copper nail polish. The sandals and bracelet dress the outfit up to make it look a little less casual.

I hope you all are having a great start to the week! Enjoy the sunshine! Mindy

Summer Casual

Sunny with a Strong Chance of Flowers

Old Navy racerback tank / Etoile Isabel Marant blue jeans, $215 / Leather sandals, $330 / Clare Vivier messenger tote / Jones New York cuff bracelet / LORD & TAYLOR fine jewelry
Happy Sunday readers!
Here is another one of my polyvore creations. The tank top is from Old Navy and there are still some left on sale for only $9! There are some other cute prints available too. The gold jewelry dresses the outfit up a bit so it doesn’t look too casual. It is a bit hot for this outfit right now but I think it would be great for those transition weeks from summer into fall. You know, when it’s still too warm to be bundled up but not hot enough for shorts.
I hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend so far! It has been super hot up here in New England with temps in the 90’s. I’m planning to spend a good chunk of the afternoon in the pool keeping cool. How are you spending this Sunday afternoon?
Enjoy your afternoon!
Mindy

Nautical Inspired Weekend Outfit

You "Red" my Mind

Kain Label stripe t shirt, $105 / J.Crew j crew shorts / Wet Seal ruffle sandals / Ralph Lauren zippered tote bag / Astley Clarke 18k jewelry / Jimmy Choo sunglasses / Essie nail polish

Summer is my favorite time to break out the bright colors. Everything is in bloom, the sun is shining, and we should be shining too!

I adore the detail on these red shorts. The scalloped edge is unique and adds interest. Nautical stripes are one of my favorite current trends, simple and chic. When I accessorized this I wanted the focus to stay on the bright reds. I chose the browns to add contrast as well. The canvas bag gives a textural contrast as well. When I’m wearing a casual outfit I prefer to keep my earrings simple. I have silver studs like these. They’re large enough to be seen but they don’t steal the show.

I love outfits like these for an afternoon shopping with the girls or taking a stroll along the beach. The look has a relaxed feel but I think it still looks quite pulled together.

Do you break out the bright colors during summer time? Do you prefer to stick to neutrals and subdued tones?

Fabulous Floral – A Polyvore Creation

Fabulous Floral

Something you will see me do often on Live Free and Fashionable is share one of my polyvore creations. When I am on polyvore I like to start off with an item I love, usually a shirt or a dress and design an outfit around it.

With my Fabulous Floral set I started with the Dolce and Gabbana floral tank. I was drawn to the tank top by the vibrant colors and soft ethereal fabric. The top definitely falls into the “Only in my Dreams” category due to the price, but let me tell you, if money were no object it would be in my closet!!

I wanted a summery look so I decided to pair it with the khaki shorts (though it would really go with any kind of bottoms). Now, I am incredibly picky when it comes to shoes. It took me quite a while to select the Emanuela Caruso sandals. I like them because they add a new texture to the outfit. The stones and crystals are chic.

The choice of a bag color was easy. I knew I wanted to draw from one of the colors in the D&G tank. I chose the bright red satchel because the color paired perfectly with the tank top, however the design was simple. Adding texture in the bag would have been overboard.

Lastly, I needed to accessorize. I threw in the hat as both a fashionable and practical point. I picture myself in this outfit strolling along the beach in the summer. The wide brimmed hat gives that cute look while keeping the wearer cool. The jewelry adds a little pop of sophistication with the earrings and glittery bangles.

Overall I feel this outfit gives a look of sophistication with a pop of cheeriness!

What do you wear for a stroll on the beach? Do you have any items similar to these in your closet? How would you pair them?