Mixed prints and Crop tops

My rules for mixing prints are simple:

  • Like Colors 
  • Like Patterns 
  • Like Sizes 

If your patterns fit two of these rules, your safe to mix! Of course, with art there are no rules, but consider this a starting point. In the pieces I chose, we have two different stripes, both with white back grounds. So we have like patterns, and like colors.  

Look 1: Brunch 

This beautiful skirt is another vintage gem handmade by my grandmother. But I found some that you could create similar looks with at Lord and Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and She-Fashions. The high waisted silhouette is just right for pairing modestly with this top. Keep in mind that this could also be worn to work with a blazer or cardigan. 

 I decided to take a risk by adding a touch of contrasting pink into the mix. Even though there’s a lot going on, I think it works because all of the pieces are in classic, streamlined shapes. I used the pink watch to add balance by bringing the color all the way through the outfit, instead of focusing it in one spot. 

Look 2: Baseball 

 I wanted to transition this look into something I could take my kids to baseball practice in later in the afternoon. So I threw my white shortalls on over my crop top, and pulled on these cute Steven madden sneakers.  

I’m still mixing prints with the black and white striped top, and the black and white speckled sneakers, but in a more subdued way. And the coveralls hide any skin that may normally be peeking out of the top. 


I hope one of these outfits inspire you to step out of the box with your look! Just love yourself, your style, and have fun 🙂               

                     Taylor, with love 

Let all that you do be done in love. 1Cor. 16:14


Festival Wear

My sweetie and I made a day trip to SXSW yesterday. It was so much fun, but by the end we were exhausted and in pain. Thankfully, I was prepared. 

I wore my favorite Forever21 denim shorts. They just fit perfectly, they aren’t too short or too low on the hips, and I’ve had them for 3 years now and they are wearing in so well. I picked this lightweight knit top from Zenana Outfitters over a nude bralette. Although it is technically a knit, this top is lighter than some of my tshirts.  So it was perfect for keeping cool. 

I wore my favorite black booties. These are from Apri’ Italian shoemakers. They are so comfortable and were just perfect for walking around all day through grass and spilled drinks and everything else. My bag was a gift from my grandmother from a few years ago,and at first I wasn’t a fan of the practical shape. But it has saved my life at so many functions like this that I love it now. It’s a dark chestnut leather with brass studs from Coldwater Creek. It is designed to fit close to your body and keep out pickpocketers, while still keeping your id and cash in easy access for you. I finished off the look with minimal jewelry and a side braid to keep it no fuss for the long day. 

And that’s all folks! I hope my insight helps you pick out your own killer festival look. My feet were still killing me at the end of the day and the denim shorts were chaffing pretty badly, but when your on your feet walking, sweating, and dancing for 15 hours straight, there’s only so much you can do. Have a great time, and don’t forget to find ways to share the love. 

Taylor, with love