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Office Bells

Some days it is really obvious we are sisters….like today. We both showed up to work wearing bell sleeves. So, we scrapped our plans for the day (we love to be spontaneous!) and decided to once again showcase one of the hottest trends this season.

You might remember this top  (on sale!!) from a previous post where Alison styled the pink version. When I saw it, I had to get the blue. I have paired it with one of my favorite recent purchases, a uneven frayed hem jean. I also love this blush suede flat. Just like bell sleeves, blush is really hot right now. I have finished my look with matching earrings and necklace and my ever present bracelet stack (here, here, here and similar). On a personal note, the gold men’s watch was our father’s, given to him by his company on his 25th anniversary of employment.

This is one of the cutest bell sleeves tops  we have seen recently and the quality is amazing. Not surprisingly, the stripe seems to be out of stock so we linked the floral version from the same line. The royal blue and white stripe pairs perfectly with these white crop jeans (similar). The sand colored sandal is one of our must haves…they go with everything. The silver accents look great with the blue and white…chandelier earrings (similar), memory wire bracelet (similar) and Alison’s everyday stack of link bracelet and watch.

And now we want to introduce our office mate…Cami aka Doodlebug. This old, wise woman watches over us and keeps us focused. In other words, she might be the brains behind NYM50. We are still in the process of decorating our office so don’t worry…Cami will be receiving a new and much more dignified office bed.

Short Stacks

As accessorizing junkies, we almost feel naked if we leave the house without bracelets.  And like potato chips and margaritas, you can’t have just one.  There are no rules when it comes to stacking bracelets.  You can mix metals, bangles with links, pretty much anything that makes you feel good.  Here are some examples of combinations that we like.  We hope that you find some that you like too!

 

The memory wire bracelet above (shown in both gold (similar) and silver(similar)) was offered by Stella and Dot several years ago. You could substitute a stack of thin bangles or try this similar option. The silver stone bangle (a gift from big sister Cindy…you’ll see the gold option later) is actually made from a guitar string. The gold memory wire is paired with a gold link bracelet (similar) with a tassel and pearl charm.

 

These two stacks offer very different looks. On the left, we have paired a chunky crystal with two handmade thin rhinestone bracelets made by a local artist. The chunky crystal (similar) shown is in a dark topaz color but any color crystal will look great. The thin bracelets are offered in varying stone sizes and different colors of leather thread. On the right, it’s all about color. The framed stone link bracelet (similar) is a great anchor to the bangles. We have mixed different color bamboo bangles (similar here and here) with thin gold that have a rhinestone detail (similar). You could also pair the green stone bracelet with plain gold bangles for a more effortless look. All of these were offered a few years ago by Stella and Dot (seeing a pattern here?) but try these similar options.

 

On the left, we have paired two of Alison’s favorite pieces from her jewelry stash. The topaz tennis bracelet (similar) was a splurge that she has never regretted. It’s not a bad idea to have a few classics that you can mix with inexpensive pieces. The setting on the bracelet is mixed metals so it goes with anything. The stacked circle bracelet (similar) is a recent purchase from Stitch Fix that is already getting a lot of wear. The gold option on the right is mixing four different styles in one stack. A gold (or silver) link (similar) is a must have. So is a plain bangle. Added to this stack is a turquoise beaded multi-strand with a tassel embellishment (similar). We have finished with an open bangle dumbbell.

 

We love these snake chain crystal bracelets that are paired with the memory wire bracelet. They come in different colors and a stack of just them would be beautiful! The stack on the right is very traditional and can work for both dressy or casual occasions (gold link bracelet).

On the left, the silver link bracelet is an investment but will never go out of style. And it can be paired with just about anything. Here, it looks great with thin gold bangles with rhinestone detail and the gold version of the guitar string bracelet. The other combination includes options we have already featured…the gold link with the pearl and tassel charm and the snake chain crystal bracelets. We love this stack!

We couldn’t resist using the topaz tennis bracelet again. It looks great with this wide gold cuff. Of course, it looks great with almost anything. The chunky dark topaz crystal is another piece that gets a lot of wear. We love it with this gold cuff with rhinestone detail (similar). Two more stacks that can go dressy or casual.

We thought it would be fun to include our everyday stacks. Above, Tracy usually goes with her large face watch (cuts down on the necessity of grabbing the reading glasses to find out the time!) and adds several thin cuffs (similar). The other arm is all about Alex & Ani…..love, love love these eco-conscious bracelets.

Alison’s everyday stack is more just a little stackette. Her investment link bracelet looks beautiful with her stainless watch….minimalist but perfect!

Gray Day…Gray Shirt

As far as the weather goes, gray has become far too familiar around the Big D lately. We are definitely loving this gray shirt more than the weather! It is super comfy and can be styled so many ways.  At the top, it can be worn covering both shoulders, but for a night out or party, expose one or both. The body of the shirt can hang loosely or looks really great tucked in on one side. It goes perfectly with these skinny jeans but would also look awesome with leather leggings. Styled here with booties, but strappy sandals (especially when those shoulders are bare) or flats would work also. We like the look of long necklaces (here and similar) to balance with the length of the shirt. Bracelets (here, here and here) and a watch finish the look. This is a fun shirt so have fun styling it!

Southern Bells

 

Is there anything bigger than bells right now? I think this may be my favorite outfit for spring so far. I am such a fan of the bell sleeve. Who does it not look good on??? It fulfills the three f’s…..feminine, flattering and fun. And I absolutely love the lace up detail on the back! I’ve paired the top with a skinny white jean and block heel sandals. A long necklace (similar) with matching chandelier earrings and my go to bag complete this look. I am definitely ready for warmer temperatures with pieces like these in my spring wardrobe.

 

Might As Well Be In PJ’s

 

This is absolutely the most comfortable “running errands” outfit.  Just as comfy as pajamas and just as easy to wear.  I love that I can be this comfortable running around town while still looking put together.  This white tee is so light and soft and goes perfectly with these drawstring linen pants (same pants, similar color).  These pants are also a great alternative to jeans. Gold earrings (similar), layered bracelets (here and here) with a watch, necklaces (similar and similar) along with my favorite tote and go to sandals finish off this super casual look.

If It Weren’t For Church…

Thanks to church, I do occasionally dress up. I love this textured dress which can be dressy or casual. It is really comfortable and gives shape without a tight fit. Here I have gone for a dressy look, adding low heel suede pumps (similar) and clutch bag. I have also paired this with a jean jacket and flats. Sneakers (our favorite shoe style!) look great too. I have gone minimal (or minimal for me!) on the jewelry wearing only a watch, wide cuff bracelet (similar) and chandelier earrings (similar).

 

Rainy Days and Mondays…

Spring is on its way! And that usually means plenty of rain.  While rain may not always be fun to deal with, cute trenches and rain jackets definitely help! Really, there isn’t much that can get you down when you’re wearing a classic staple such as a trench or a great rain jacket! 

 

Who doesn’t love a trench? The mustard color of this one adds a pop and looks great over most any color. It is more of a neutral than people realize. It goes perfectly over this polka dot sweater (similar) but will look great over a polka dot blouse as well.  A chambray or denim shirt would be amazing too! The cropped jean is not only comfortable but the hem stays dry on those rainy days. The outfit is completed with red flats, a long necklace, gold earrings and my go to Longchamps bag.

 

 

Moving from the classic trench to a rain jacket, we love this black and white gingham option.  It is paired here with a solid blouse (similar) but don’t be afraid to mix a print in there! Florals, stripes and polka dots would all work and look great.  Worn here are white jeans but it can also look great with a light wash distressed jean or black pants for a more tailored look. The red rain boots add a fun pop of color.  Pearls don’t have to be restricted to formal wear, break them out for a feminine touch.  Same goes for the rhinestone earrings (similar).  A small, structured bag (similar) finishes the look.

It’s All About the Tote

 

The top picture reflects the look on your face when you finally purchase the tote you covet. I am in handbag heaven! It can add fun to almost any outfit but here I have paired it with a very traditional striped maritime dress layered with my favorite white blouse. Wedges or flats will look great with this dress but for a beautiful day at an outdoor mall I have chosen sneakers. Rhinestone earrings (similar) and assorted bracelets (similar) add a little sparkle. And remember…IT’S ALL ABOUT THE TOTE!!!

Girls’ Day Out

 

On what we believed was a much deserved day out (aren’t they all?) Alison chose a very simple, feminine look. A bell-sleeve shirt is worn with frayed denim.  The shoes are another one of our finds at the Nine West Outlet. If you have one close you should definitely pay a visit. Here is a similar option. Assorted bracelets (similar) are layered with a watch and these tassel earrings from the SUGARFIX by BaubleBar collection at Target were added for some fun!

 

 

Tracy chose to go with a very relaxed feel.  A sweatshirt dress and Stan Smith Adidas work great for exploring downtown shops (and maybe a wine bar).  Multiple bracelets, again layered with a watch, hoop earrings and a great tote round out her look.

 

Lunch Date to Date Night

A denim jacket (similar) is one of the easiest wardrobe staples to add to an outfit. It can make dressier pieces more casual and casual pieces look more finished. Here, one is put with our favorite crisp, white shirt and a great mustard skirt taking it from a great girls’  lunch to date night outfit.  The monogrammed tote  (monogrammed at a local embroidery shop) and pointy toe flats complete the look along with layered bracelets, a short beaded necklace (similar) and gold drop earrings (similar).