holla, it's the weekend

Simple, cozy and comfy; the perfect weekend outfit.

Tee and Coat - Forever 21
Leggings - Express
Scarf - Charming Charlie
Boots - Aldo


dots and color

A cozy outfit I wore last week to visit a winery we had not been to before. Schoolhouse Winery was definitely worth stopping at.

Long Sleeve Tee - Old Navy
Sweater - Necessary Clothing
Jeans and Earrings - Express
BraceletsRig & Co. and designer wanna-be's
Scarf - Local dollar store
Boots - Nine West from Marshall's


printed pants and denim

Long Sleeve Tee - Limited
Denim Shirt - Madewell
Vest Zara
Earrings - AE
Scarf - Local dollar store
Pants - Loft
Boots - Steve Madden from DSW


comfy layers

Long Sleeve Tee - Old Navy
Sweater Dress - Loft
Cardigan - Berlin Village Gift Barn (local store)
Leggings and Earrings - Express
Watch - Michael Kors
Bracelets and Scarf - from a street vendor
Boots - Zigi Soho from DSW
Handbag - Homespun Treasures


Oh no...

...I lost a most of the pictures from my blog posts. Please put up with me as I try to fix this problem. Very frustrating!

bold colors and patterns

A bright, bold and fun post to brighten your Monday. 

Vanessa, my niece did a few quick poses for me last week. She loves mixing prints, patterns and bold colors as much as I do. Sometimes my sister and I think she's really my child. I would take her.

Thank you Vanessa, you are beautiful, inside and out. 

Shirt and Pants - Lane Byant
Shoes - Gap


Happy Black Friday ...

...here is an easy, comfy, hands-free outfit as you go insane trying to find the best deals while shoving people out of the way. As you do all this I will be putting up my Christmas decorations and drinking hot chocolate with my kids. That's right, I can't handle the Black Friday madness.

If you are in my area skip over to Homespun Treasures and pick up the coziest fur scarf ever. My neck is a happy and warm neck today.

Long Sleeve Tee - Old Navy
Shirt - Forever 21
CardiganBerlin Village Gift Barn (local store)
Scarf and BraceletsHomespun Treasures (local store)
Watch - Michael Kors
Boots - Zigi Soho from DSW


Happy Thanksgiving ...

 May your day be blessed with family, friends and good food.

Sweater, Jeans and Earrings - Express
Scarf - Charming Charlie
Leather Jacketsimilar and similar
Boots - Nine West from Marshall's


overexposed and purple lace

Tee - Limited
Skirt - Loft
Scarf and Earrings - Express
Bracelets - Homespun Treasures (local store)
Watch - Michael Kors
Boots - Zigi Soho from DSW
TightsHue (my favorite brand; they hold up forever. Also available at Dillards or Macy's)


polka dots and stripes

Another pattern combination...I can't help myself, I just love how much fun and creativity it adds to an outfit. 
If you don't love the idea of wearing patterns together...simply don't. Layer a similar outfit by using a solid button down shirt with a patterned sweater or vice-versa. Whatever you wear, you should feel pretty in it; because life is too short and every person deserves it.

Shirt and Sweater - Forever 21
Jeans and Earrings - Express
Bracelets - designer wanna-be's from a street vendor
Watch - Michael Kors
Shoes - Aldo


neon and stripes

Dress and Necklace - Loft
Jacket - Zara
Earrings - Express
Shoes - Bandolino from DSW


double pattern play

Thanks for stopping by and happy weekend!

Denim Shirt - Madewell
Sweater - Necessary Clothing
Pants - Loft
Necklace - brand new at Rig & Co.
Watch - Michael Kors
Bracelets - Designer wanna-be's from a street vendor
Shoes - BCBG from Macy's


tweed . bold necklace .

Tee and JacketZara
Jeans and Earrings - Express
NecklaceHRH Collections
Shoes - Bandolino from DSW


chambray and spots

Like I have said before; a knit dress and leggings is one of the comfiest outfits ever. And this one is no exception. Adding a jacket and accessories makes it appropriate for work and dress up occasions.
Just wondering; do you prefer this type of outfit or dress pants for work?

Dress - H&M
Jacket - J Crew
Leggings and Earrings - Express
Boots - Madden Girl from DSW
Bracelets - street vendor
Necklace - Loft
Handbag - Homespun Treasures (local store)


tips on styling your family photo shoot

Does the idea of having your family pictures taken strike fear in your heart; wondering if the kids will be on their best behavior? Stress; because nobody has anything great to wear? Just plain and simple freaking out? 
Well here a few tips on styling your family's photo shoot and hopefully relieve some your stress. The kids behavior I can't help you with. I have my own to deal with. Sorry.

Be creative, interesting and detailed.
Gone are the days of being matchy-matchy; the goal is to have everyone compliment each other. Family photos will have a lot more depth and interest when you add texture and layers. 

With a family of six there is more thought process involved as you obviously have more people to dress. I wanted to give this family a style and "feel" to their photos that truly reflects who they are.

 I started by going through the family's closets and choosing a complimentary color theme and then adding pattern and neutrals. Pay attention to the small details; notice the polka dots and stripes throughout the picture. This creates a uniform look and is pleasing to the eye. Depth is created in this photo by adding lots of texture and layers.

Styled by Rhoda of Rig & Co.  Photo by A. Kline Photography

Be bold. 
Pick rich, bright colors to add fun to your photos and color to your complexion.
I chose four different colors for interest and only one pattern for a pop. 

Styled by Rhoda of Rig & Co.  Photo by A. Kline Photography

Stand out.
Have one person be the "stand-out" in your photos. Picking a pattern such as a stripe, animal print or polka dot will help you create this look. 

This family is mostly in neutrals and muted colors and the "stand-out" is created by adding a bold stripe to one individual. Small patterns in a few strategic places help create balance and interest. 

Styled by client. Photo by A. Kline Photography

Stand out.
Another example of using one person as the "stand-out" in your photo's. This was created by doing a stripe and bold color combination while keeping everyone else in complimentary colors and tones. 

You could also have your "stand-out" person wear a solid, bright color while everyone else wears a pattern. It's a fun way to mix things up and pull your look together. 

Styled by Rhoda of Rig & Co.  Photo by A. Kline Photography

Remember, it's about having fun and making it you!