You can find more information on each piece here:
Fringe is still really hot this season and you’ll find it on just about everything from shoes to bags to tops. It captures my inner hippie. Plus it’s fun to wear!
“Picture it,” I say in my best Sophia of the Golden Girls voice, “it’s 1994 again and you’re shopping at the Buckle. You’ve saved up from that awful waitressing job to buy another pair of Lucky brand jeans and a flannel to wear with your Doc Martins.”
Or maybe it was yesterday.
Nothing against anyone who shops at the Buckle, they do have cute clothes. It will just forever be tainted in my mind as the store of my youth (and I was a youth in 1994!). I can’t bring myself to shop there.
But today’s post isn’t about the Buckle or brand name jeans, it’s about something that I remember everyone saying over and over again at the Buckle at the time. “Layers, layers, layers.”
So what was “layers” in 1994 is now what I’ve heard referred to as “the third piece.” Have you heard about this? I can’t remember where I first read about it but here’s the gist- to make an outfit visually interesting it needs a third piece. So it has to be beyond just a top and pants or skirt. Think about that for a minute. Look over the pins in your Pinterest board for fashion. What makes them special? Generally, it’s the third piece.
Now, in the wintertime, the third piece is pretty easy. And no, I’m not counting your coat, although it does add some dimension. Most of the day you’re not in your coat. During winter we bundle up in scarves, furry vests and cardigans.
But in the summer the third piece has to be a little more creative. Some ideas for a third piece in the summer are a lightweight vest, a statement jewelry piece, a lightweight long sleeve button up, a statement belt and if it’s not too warm, a blazer.
I hope this is just a little incentive to make your every day outfits say more about who you are than just a plain old shirt and pants. While it might not be the “layers” of yesterday, the third piece still adds a bit of something extra to make your outfit special.
I dare you to add in that third piece!
Here are some great “third piece” ideas from one of my favorite midwest fashion bloggers I turn to for inspiration! (She’s so adorable.)
This is a great work outfit look featuring a cute little cropped blazer from Chic Street Style. Note the bag and sunglasses are part of this look.
For more information on this look, you can visit her blog at:
Here’s one of my favorite fall looks-
I’m pretty sure I own a version of that scarf. That’s really the third piece here but don’t forget that bag with fabulous boots!
Here’s the link to that look- http://chicstreetstyle.me/rainy-day-wiww/
And lastly, here’s that allusive summer look that she does so well-
That thin little top is a great third piece and covering her arms makes her legs the attention getter! So cute and just a little bit gypsy for those who are, like me, obsessed with that look.
Again, here is the link to read more about that outfit-
Thank you so much Brenna for letting me feature you!
Don’t you hate it when you get something in the mail that you ordered online and it doesn’t fit right? Or it just isn’t what it appeared to be? I am no expert at making purchases online. But I do have a few tricks that I am giving away so our online purchases will make us delighted instead of frustrated. Below you’ll find my secrets for finding better fits for clothing purchased online, without trying it on. Because most of us can’t tell how something is going to fit our body on the hanger.
Woman Being Shocked By Amazon.com Delivery by franky242 via freedigitalphotos.net
5) Look carefully at how the clothes fit the model. Duh, right? But I think what I’m trying to say here is to look CAREFULLY. Here’s some examples.
One of my pet peeves is where shoulder seams hit. There’s a trend right now to have shoulder seams hit about mid-bicep. This isn’t what I’m referring to (although you should probably note that, if that’s not the look you’re going for). I’m talking about if the shoulder seam sits right at the top of the shoulder or if it hits slightly off. For me, having them hit slightly off makes my already broad shoulders appear much broader. Lots of cheap clothing isn’t tailored well and one thing I look for first.
See how this shirt’s shoulder seams are past the end of her shoulders. This is a great look for ladies who need to broaden their shoulders but a terrible look for those of us with muscular shoulders. 🙂 That small little shirring at the shoulder (did you notice that? if not, you didn’t look close enough!) is also going to make my shoulders look even bigger!
Do you see how this one is better? The shoulder seams are just a bit higher, hitting more on the start of the shoulder blade?
Other examples are- is the shirt fitted all the way down or does it fall away from the body? Pants are very difficult to buy without trying on but pay attention to what KIND of pant you’re looking for. If you have a curvy body, straight fits might not work well on you.
The best advice I can give you here is this- if it doesn’t fit the model well, stay away! There’s no hope for the piece if it doesn’t fit the “desirable” body type!
4) That leads me into the next part of shopping online. Pay attention to the description and check out all the photos. Again, if skinny jeans aren’t your favorite, then don’t be looking at pants that are described as skinny! Or body skimming. Or fitted through the leg. Most good clothing companies are going to give you all the important details of the piece in the description. If you don’t want back flap pockets then you better be reading the description. Another big tip, never buy a pant online without seeing the backview. If there’s no back view picture, forget it. WALK AWAY. How can you tell if the pockets hit high or low? (If you’ve forgotten, never buy jeans with high, small back pockets!) So what I’m saying here, if there isn’t a good description, be weary. Like buying a swimsuit that says shelf bra in top. Do you need cups? Do you need shaping? If you can’t see more, you might end up with a trainer bra that wouldn’t have worked for you in junior high!
I’m just going to make a big generalization here, but I find it true. The cheaper the piece, the less description there will be! If they are leaving out important details like the fabric or there’s only a front shot, keep in mind there might be some surprises when you get it in the mail.
3) Know your body. This one goes for shopping anywhere. Do you have a long torso? Do you have long legs? A small waist? Or broad shoulders? A big bust? Some of these things need to be taken into consideration. A bigger hipped lady needs a curvy fit. If you have long legs, you might need a tall length. A big bust, be careful that the button top you’re eyeing will close over the girls. The more you know about your body, the easier it is to narrow down what will work on you and what won’t.
2) Again, I’m telling you a picture is worth a thousand words. Look very carefully at the picture. Zoom in. Do you know the differences between fabrics? Is this garment 100% cotton, be careful that it might shrink. Does it have more than 2% spandex, it might fit more like workout gear. Does the fabric wrinkling strangely? Does it lay right? How about the color. Don’t go by what it looks like on your phone. Check on your computer if color is an issue. Here’s another big tip- what’s the coloring of the model who’s wearing the piece? Is she blonde and fair? Or olive skinned and brunette? That
1) Read reviews, especially on swimwear and shoes. Do they fit true to size or are they running narrow? Are some girls complaining about the torso length? If you’re buying boots, remember the calf width. Some fabulous boots won’t go over my thicker legs.
Clearly there are no guarantees. But with these tips, hopefully you’ll get better at the shot in the dark buying clothing online can be. I say, practice makes perfect. 😉
Source: freedigitalphotos.net, credit Africa
You’re not going to believe this, but I celebrated my last Christmas on the 8th and my last round of guests left on the 10th. So now that all of you have enjoyed weeks of resolutions and clearing out Christmas, I can finally begin.
At least putting Christmas stuff away doesn’t take near as long as getting it out and setting it all up, right? That’s what I’m going to tell myself anyway.
I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. It’s been a long ride this Christmas. And January is half over already!
These bitterly cold days are leaving me in a bit of a funk. I’m trying to slow life down just a bit and trying to not overschedule myself. But I’m also feeling the siren call of the paint can and I’m sure it’ll be project central here after those last Christmas totes are put away!
What do you have lined up for the new year? I need to borrow your mojo. As Home Depot says, “let’s do this!”
As promised I snapped some pictures of my home all dressed up for Christmas. I have WAY more Christmas decorations than the average person and I tend to go a bit overboard with the decorating. But my name is Holly, I have to love Christmas!
I hope you enjoy the tour!
And have yourself a very merry little Christmas!
Enough time has passed now I think I can talk about the front door situation without muttering any cuss words under my breath. I’m half kidding.
When the Mr. and I looked to replace the front door, we knew we wanted an entry system. That basically means that there are sidelights and a transom (the “window” above the door). We should have some experience purchasing said item as we put in a new entry system in our former home. That too was a long and painful experience that I have since pushed out of my memory like last year’s labor and delivery.
I don’t know how general contractors order these things. I suppose they just get everything standard and are in and out of Menards in a matter of minutes.
We, however, were not that lucky. We had some rotten luck straight out of the gate.
As the designer on this project, I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to choose for the new entry system. I wanted a craftsman look and surprisingly, I can make those choices at the design counter rather quickly that might have stumped your average joe. Because you know you can’t buy an entry system off the shelf at your local home store. It’s all custom order. Which leads to madness. MADNESS.
What color do you want your hinges? Do you want a hole b-o-r-e-d (ironically, that is how it’s spelled) for a dead bolt? These are all questions I can get through. And with the Mr. there helping with measurements, etc. We kinda knew what we wanted.
The very first time we were looking in the home store for IDEAS for an entry system, there was a returned entry system there on clearance. To save you the sad details of this experience, suffice it to say, we did not come home with said clearance entry system and we basically bought the same exact one for full price. Full price. That was bad luck number one.
Then we went countless rounds with our home store on trying to get the look we wanted- grills in the sidelights and in the transom and all matching white. I lost track of how many times we entered the door into that system.
We ended up finally ordering the door locally to get all of the specifics we were wanting and their price was better. But somewhere in the process we did not have the door prefinished.
Here is a picture of the door as it came.
However, I was confident that I could stain the front door. People do this every day, right? I did a bit of researched and decided to try the gel stain option. I watched some YouTube videos on how to apply it. And I got to work.
Again, in summary. I’m not a big fan of gel stain. At least not in this application.
I really took my time and applied the stain with a brush, very carefully. I mean, I have paint skillz! Here it was after application number one-
I was happy with it but the Mr. thought it looked too streaky. I thought that was the look we were going for but I told him that I would apply a second coat.
Here it is after coat number two-
Now it looked just streaky in spots and I didn’t like it. So after much sweating, researching and swearing/crying/freaking out, I applied coat number three. Here is the results of that-
Now, it looks great, don’t get me wrong. But basically I feel like I could have just purchased brown paint. That was not the look I was going for. But what is done is done. I finished with a top coat and I never want to do that again. NOT EVER.
What’s your experience with gel stain? Have you ever stained a front door?
Okay, so the snow officially “hit” here and I’m trying to put our fixer upper house projects on hold through the holidays. I’ll still post more updates as there is still a bunch to show you completed but, for now, our work has stalled. We need a holiday, literally.
Meanwhile I did a Christmas tree for our town’s Christmas tree festival and the theme this year was All Around the World. Instead of doing a big tree this year, I thought I’d keep it simple and do a vignette. So here is my door and desk with a typewriter dressed up for Christmas. Style from the Sticks is supposed to be writing Christmas cards which get sent all around the world. Get it?
Another item I don’t want to forget to mention is a little movie roll I recently had. I played the ditsy blonde in a movie that was made in my town. I’m always typecast. 🙂 I had a really small part but I had a good time doing it and meeting new people. Here I am before the premier. The best part is that three of my kids got to be extras and I know they were excited about that.
Oh, and I’ll be out Black Friday shopping again this year. If you’re out, live tweet with me! @stylefmthestixs
I am also hoping to get a little holiday tour of my house up later in the season. We’ll see how fast I can put things together!
Have a happy thanksgiving!
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