Monday, February 8, 2016

How To Style a Brown Suede Skirt

I have been on the look out for a brown suede skirt since they appeared on the fashion scene last spring,  but every one I kept finding was too short for my comfort zone.  So you can just imagine my excitement when I found this gorgeous, studded, brown, suede pencil skirt!

I did have a bit of a struggle styling this skirt.  I ultimately chose a black top with studs, that echoes the studs in the skirt and I wore a black faux leather jacket as my outerwear since it was a warm winter day.

Although I find pencil skirts uncomfortable to wear, they are definitely figure flattering.

The skirt is new, I bought it from Steinmart while vacationing in Florida.  The top is old, I bought it this past fall and showed it to you in THIS POST.  It's still not too late to buy it!  It's on clearance for only $13.99 from J.C. Penney HERE.

My vinyl snakeskin print bag I also picked up on clearance at JCP years ago.

I wore black suede wedge pumps from Famous Footwear (old)

I absolutely love the studs in the skirt,  however, they do make styling the skirt a challenge because you must tuck your shirt in if you want the studs to show.  I had two other tops I preferred wearing with this skirt:  a peplum top and a  dolmen sleeve top, but they both covered up the studs on the skirt.

For jewelry I wore black and gold bracelets, and brown and gold drop earrings.

And now, here are more ways to style a brown suede skirt from Pinterest!

Pair it with a white blouse and pretty scarf!
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Wear a Denim Jacket and Striped Shirt!

Wear a Black Fur Vest with a Brown Suede Skirt!

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Wear a Brown Suede Skirt with a Chambray Top!
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Go for a Boho Vibe with a Fringe Cardigan!
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So what about you?  Have you purchased a brown suede skirt yet?  How do you style your suede skirt?  I'd love to hear from you!

Have a great day!  Amy

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Plants and Flowers of Sea World

In last Wednesday's Travel Post, I shared with you my families visit to Sea World.  For this week's Sunday Garden Post,  I wanted to show you some of the beautiful plants and flowers of the park.

I know a lot of people like theme parks for the rides or shows, but my favorite part of theme parks would be the creative elements such as the decor, the costumes, and most of all...the landscape!

Because I live in the northern part of the United States, I'm fascinated with tropical plants and flowers.  Just look at the interesting shape of these palms!

Begonias are treated as annuals in my zone, but in Florida they produce beautiful flowers year round. What a gorgeous bed of begonias!

I really like how so much color can be brought into a garden bed by just using colorful foliage.  Isn't the deep red of this plant fascinating?

What a pretty and unique orange blossom this is!

In this garden bed there is another striking deep burgundy foliage plant with contrasting chartreuse colored ferns and  dark ornamental grass behind them.

I love the graduating height you see in this bed:  starting with an interesting spotted foliage plant in the foreground, then the spiked burgundy foliage in the middle, and the silver palm tree in the background.

I have no idea what type of flower this is, but we loved the purple blooms.

There is a beautiful, photogenic spot in Sea World that has a lovely water fall, plants and flowers in it.  All the guests usually wait their turn to get their picture taken in front of it.

Is this lush or what?  Wouldn't you love this in your backyard?  That gorgeous fern on the top always catches my eye.

 Bougainville was in bloom everywhere the week we were in Florida.  It was blooming and growing everywhere we went:  in pots, up trellises and windows, in yards....such a breath-taking plant it is!

Here is a close up of some of it's sweet papery blooms.

This yellow and green foliage plant is a houseplant in my neck of the woods, but it grows right in the ground in Florida!

I loved the size of these leaves!  The yellow stems and veins are so interesting as well.

Another gorgeous foliage plant happily growing in the ground.  I think I actually have one of these plants in my house!

And finally I leave you with a topiary of Shamu and a baby killer whale.   This display is right outside the Shamu theater.

Have a great day!  Amy

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas

Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away and I still have absolutely no idea what I'm going to wear.  My husband and I have tickets to see the musical "Newsies" in the twin cities.  I can hardly wait!  I have been dying to see that show.  We also got a hotel room in the cities for the night because the next morning I will be going to FLORIDA to see my babies!!!!!  I'm excited, but nervous.  It has been a long, long time since I've flown by myself, like over 20 years long!  The flight there shouldn't be too bad, but on the way home I have to change planes in Atlanta!  Yikes!  Someone help me!

Since I have no fashion pictures to show you due to my husband being very ill with the flu last week (he was not a very cooperative photographer, so I gave up),  I decided to just do an idea post.

Now even though I know exactly WHAT I'm doing for Valentine's Day, I have no idea what the weather will be.  Last year the weather really threw my Valentine's Day outfit plans for a loop!  It was bitter, bitter cold...the coldest day of the year in fact!  You can read about that HERE if you missed that post.

This is the outfit I ended up wearing:  a top with non-traditional blue hearts!

This year because we're going to a musical, I know it will involve a lot of walking from the parking structure to the theatre building.  So high heels and dresses might not work if it's cold and snowy.  But a girl can still dream, can't she?  Here's some Valentine Day outfits I really like!

I love this Farrah Solid Shirt Dress from Francesca's.  Except in my climate, I'd have to wear it with black tights/leggings and tall black boots.
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If red isn't your thing, what about this romantic Terrace Midi Dress from Anthropologie?  Again, I couldn't have my arms bare in my climate and I would have to wear a cardigan, shrug, cape, or blazer with it, along with tights and boots;  but isn't it just gorgeous?

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Now if your Valentine's Day plans are a lot more casual and you don't even need to dress up, here are some other options:

I LOVE these adorable fleece tee shirts from Wake Me Up Designs.  There is a pretty design on the sleeve that says "I wear my heart on my sleeve" too.  See the website for more details.

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Is the cutest sweater or what?  And the Hunter Boots are the perfect accessory!
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I adore this sexy top!

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And this girl's outfit would be perfect for my neck of the woods:  a long cozy tee with distressed jeans and tall boots.  

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If wearing a heart on your chest is a bit too much for you, what about your sleeves?

I love this sweatshirt available on Etsy!

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So what about you?  Do you have any Valentine plans this year?  What do you plan on wearing?  I'd love to hear from you!

Have a great day!  Amy

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