Spring Style Mashup: Outfits & Exposés

True story – a few months ago I got braces, and I haven’t posted since because I hate the way I look.  It’s pretty sad because I’ve shot plenty of outfits, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to post them. I feel like my whole face looks different.  My mouth definitely does, and it’s just too weird.  So I’ve been staring at these photos on and off for months, wondering what to do.  I straight up contemplated giving up blogging for the next year and half, but the problem is I like it too much and I’m not eager to quit.  So I’ve concluded that I have to suck it up and deal with my new look if I want to keep going. This isn’t easy for me because I’m image conscious (duh!) and I feel so awkward with braces – they’re ugly, and my mouth looks all poofy, and I feel like I’m 12 years old. PLUS if I want to get glammed up and wear lipstick, it draws even more attention to the problem.  And that’s just the superficial side of things – I’m not even addressing all the pain and discomfort at this point!  That being said, I’m absolutely loving what’s new this spring, and I don’t want to miss out on the fun…

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Fancy Yachts & Paradise Palms

Sorry for the delay on this post!!  I’ve been hosting a bunch of family since last weekend and things have been hectic.  This is another look from my trip to the harbor with hubby.  It was truly such a pleasant staycation.  After soaking in the sunset by the water, we grabbed a late dinner downtown.  San Pedro is a really cute town with a lot of history and diversity.

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Tuesday Shoeday: Rachel Zoe

I’ve kind of loved Rachel Zoe’s line ever since it launched back in 2011.  The clothes are fab, and the shoes are even better.  They’re kind of pricey but not crazy high-end designer pricey…as in I could definitely afford a pair if I bought them on sale.  Since I’ve been MIA for a while, I thought it would be nice to offer a more in-depth Tuesday Shoeday today, and pair some of my current fave Rachel Zoe styles with on-trend spring outfits.  Without further ado….

RZ Seneca

My hands-down favorite style is the Seneca mule.  I’m a huge fan of heels, and this chunky style is more walkable than a traditional stiletto.  I love the sculptural feel and the metallic finish.  Wear with a trendy gingham print top (or dress) like this adorable peplum blouse from Zara.  This look could fly for day or night.

RZ Burke

If you’re not into heels, or you’re just looking for a more casual outfit, check out the Burke slip-on.  Equal parts chic and sporty, I love the woven leather texture.  This shoe would look great with a simple chambray shirtdress, like the one pictured (from Madewell).  Accessorize with a colorful tote and some trendy round frame sunnies and you’re good to go!

RZ SkylaFor a definite night-out ensemble, look to the sleek and sexy Skyla mule (also available in nude).  This shoe is the perfect combo of retro and modern, and would look smashing paired with an on-trend suede crop top.  The top pictured is super affordable via Oasis.  Wear with a flouncy skater skirt and a few key accessories for a hot night on the town.

The best part is, all of these styles are available via Piperlime, and right now they’re running a major sale with the discount code “chicsale”, so check it out and take advantage!!  Also, let me know if you like this more comprehensive format for Tuesday Shoeday, and I’ll be sure to do more in the future.