Spoiler alert: I’m not very good at taking outfit post photos, but that doesn’t mean I’m not wearing outfits I like here and there. Over the last few weeks I’ve been taking some little mirror shots to share a quick #OOTD post. Maybe next time I’ll take less photos in the bathroom!
PS-It’s probably pretty easy to see from these last two photos that I have a signature style at work: pants, a loose and light top, cardigan, scarf/necklace. It’s the easiest and most comfortable thing I can put together each morning that will let me walk to other offices in 90+ degree heat but still come back to sit at my desk in 65 degree AC. If you have any other more creative outfit suggestions, I’m all ears!
My office can be considered traditional and professional. It’s definitely dressier than any place I’ve worked in the past and sometimes it can be difficult to be creative when putting together outfits. So my newest goal is to find updated ways to wear current items in my closet…. although that didn’t stop me from buying a new suit dress recently….oops?
To make myself feel better, I started putting together some different outfit ideas for my dress. Because it’s simple and black I figured it would be easy, but it’s surprisingly difficult to think of new ways to wear something traditionally thought of under a blazer. So I started simple with option number one, updated the dress to fit my style with option number two, and then completely changed the look by adding a great shell last. What other ways do you wear your classics?
Looking for a new LBD? How about an LBD to wear for the next 365 days? That’s what Uniform Project founder, Sheena Matheiken, did back in 2009 when she decided to wear “one little black dress for 365 days as an exercise in sustainability and a fundraiser to support the Akanksha Foundation— a non-profit organization providing education to underprivileged children living in Indian slums.”
What started as a personal project with hopes for donations, has now turned into a global project with an overwhelming amount of donations. You can continue to support awareness and education by donating accessories, buying a LBD or taking the challenge for yourself!
U.P’s LBD grew beyond simply being a dress, becoming more of a symbol of social change for the community of supporters around the world. And the increased demand to share in this movement prompted U.P to produce their own proprietary fabric in an organic cotton and silk blend. Currently, a limited number of Classic LBDs are available at the U.P store with new design features like the detachable button-on collar and cuffable sleeves. via
Could you wear one dress for one year to send kids to school? What about for one month through the U.P. Pilot Program?
I have a treat for you today. Meet my friend Kristen of GLAMROCKSdesigns. She’s the artist behind the beautiful and chic pieces you swoon for on Etsy. Last summer I won my first ever blog giveaway: a set of knuckle rings from GLAMROCKS. I wear them often and I’ve been stalking out her sets ever since! Obviously I was really psyched when she was excited about the idea partnering up for a little interview session.
Learn more about GLAMROCKS:
How long have you been creating? I started making jewelry in 2010 for myself and friends. I opened my Etsy shop in 2011.
How did you get started making jewelry?
I was working as an Interior Designer doing hotel design until the economy forced me into unemployment. With extra time on my hands I opened a box of beads that I used to make my own wedding hair pins years back and decided to play around and make a necklace. I then signed up for some basic classes at a bead store down the street and was hooked. I wanted to make a better versions of the poor quality, mass produced jewelry out there. A lot of what’s in stores is very high priced for the cheap material that it is. I was tired of the plated necklaces, etc losing their metal color after 3 wears.
How would you describe your style in 3 words?
Modern, Boho, Refined
Which piece in your current collection is your favorite?
That seems to change every time I finish a new piece! I never leave home without one of my gold Layering Knuckle Rings though, I am still as obsessed as when I first made them. (note:I’m obsessed with mine, too!)
What inspires you to create?
Nature is the big one. There are so many amazing stones, it is hard to believe they came from the earth! My current summer collection is inspired from my favorite vacation spot, Tulum. I also absolutely love 70’s boho rocker fashion.
Learn more about Kristen:
What would you want to be if you weren’t an artist?
There’s no other profession I can even imagine other than being some type of designer. I would love to branch out into lighting or home accessory design someday.
Do you have any favorite blogs you read?
I really hate to say it, but I am not a big blog reader. I chalk that up to my age.
What kind of jewelry do you think every woman should own? Everyday classic pieces like my layering rings, bangles, and hoops. They go with everything, and each day can be worn a little different, layered, dressed up or down.
Skittles or m&ms?
definitely M&M’s, it’s a problem if they are in my house! (understandable!)
If someone handed you $100 to spend in a single shop on Etsy, what shop would you find yourself in?
I would be looking to some of my favorite stone and crystal shops- I’m always on the hunt for cool stones.
Any advice for someone looking to sell on Etsy?
Since I started this has been my full time official business, so I have taken time to build my brand and business outside of just having an Etsy shop. I direct all my sales through Etsy which has been really great while I build up to having my own e-commerce point of sale on my website. Be patient when starting. It took me a couple months for my first sale, and months to build a presence to get the ball rolling. Bloggers have been HUGE for my business, so building those relationships has helped. Read Etsy’s tips for sellers to figure out your keywords and how to get your listings viewed. And give good customer service by being prompt with lead times and answering emails.
So now that you feel connected to Kristen, you’re even more excited that she has offered to giveaway 2 of her newest rings from the aura collection, right?!
That’s 3 medals in one you see there and I’m in love! You can get them in any size that you’d like – 2 knuckle rings? maybe one knuckle and one normal? Up to you!
Keeping in mind that idea of summer comfort, this is what I wish I could be wearing today. Some simple shorts, a comfy but cute tee, fun sandals and simple accessories, make the perfect summer outfit for this little heat wave. (It’s been too hot here to wear anything else!)
On this lovely Thursday that is not yet Friday, I would like to be hitting up a local market and catching up on my reading at a local cafe in this cute summertime outfit. Instead I’ll be at work. At least we have AC.
What do you find yourself gravitating to in the summer?