Polkadots & Pearls

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When at Alt Summit dress to stand out. This is something that I have learned over the years. The outfits at Alt are always top notch, oozing with creativity and style. There definitely is an unspoken pressure to showcase your personal style, and so I decided to pack my fluorescent orange skirt for one of my outfits. I am literally a walking traffic cone, but I LOVE it! When you need to stand out and have brands notice you count on neon to do it. AveStyles-7blogAveStyles-3blog

Also, mixing patterns is always a great way to express creativity. I decided to mix my polkadot cropped sweater with my damask orange skirt to create a more dynamic outfit. (Check out my earlier post where I paired my skirt with leather). A touch of pearls and a chambray shirt underneath gave a feminine and preppy element, but it wouldn't feel like "Alex" with out a little edge. My open-toe leather shooties (get similar ones here) did just that. Of course, you could pair a classic pointy toe pump with this outfit and continue to the classic vibe, but why be predictable? I'm wearing neon orange after all.

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Photos by the AMAZING portrait photographer Sarah Deragon. 

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My Summer Outfit

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A simple white dress is my summer go-to item when I want to get ready for a date with my hubby, go out with the girls or have a business meeting. You can dress it up or down with sandals or heels, a blazer or a chambray shirt, jewelry or a simple headband.

This outfit is what I would wear shopping or to a coffee meeting. It's relaxed and yet put together. I also love this combination because the chambray shirt can easily come off and be worn around my waist when it's hot, but it's the perfect cover up with I'm in a cold air conditioned building.

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The tiny white polka dots in this Shop and Apparel shirt really tie in the white dress. I added my white, vintage Dooney & Bourke bag and a colorful headband to pull it all together.

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What's your summer go-to outfit?

Get the look: White dress, chambray shirt, tan sandals, patterned headband

Photos by Michelle Herrick

Mint & Florals

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I mentioned in a past post that I don't own very pieces of clothing with floral patterns. I generally stick to simple stripes, plaid or solid colors. This minty floral skirt by Shop and Apparel really caught my eye, and I couldn't pass up the chance for it to be mine.

Mint has been a popular color for awhile now, and it has really grown on me. One of the things I love most about the color is that it often makes people look tan. I haven't seen a skin tone that looks bad in this color. Also, you would think that a tight pencil skirt wouldn't be too comfortable, but this one will prove you wrong. It's machine washable and let's me move freely so I can chase after my two-year-old.

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Because the skirt is so bright I paired it with a simple, fitted chambray shirt also from Shop and Apparel. It's incredibly comfortable as well. Chambray shirts have become one of those closet staples that can take you through every season of fashion. This one in particular is fitted and perfect for tucking into pants and skirts.

To add a bit of glam, I accessorized my outfit with a gold glitter belt, navy suede shoes with gold studs and gold spike earrings. I think a denim jacket, leather jacket, a white blazer and many other closet favorites would work well with this skirt. It's definitely my new favorite piece in my wardrobe.

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I Still Wear Pigtails

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I mentioned last week that a button down shirt and jeans is my stylish go-to outfit, and here's another piece of proof that it really is. But this time I added one of my favorite cardigans and pigtails. What can I say? I'm a preppy little girl at heart. Haha. 3-2-145

I find it so funny that I put my hair in pigtails more than I do Elle's. It's such an easy hairstyle when I'm on the go that I don't even care if I have something in common with a one year old.

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Get the look: Black skinny jeans (ZARA); Chambray shirt (GAP); Cardigan (Target).

Emma Magazine - Chambray Three Ways

Last week I introduced you to a new project that I'm a part of, Emma Magazine. I'm happy to announce that our holiday guide has been released just in time for all of your holiday shopping. In the issue you'll find several how-to's for holiday decor and parties, as well as how to wear chambray three ways for all of your holiday events.

Here's a peek...

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