Friday, May 24, 2013

Friday Finds- Practical

Today's find is practical. Sometimes accessories in fashion have no practical use, but I found something for me that has totally been invaluable. On our way to Disney over spring break, I spotted this girl with a wristlet that contained her IPhone. This was how I discovered the Kate Spade IPhone wristlet. I don't know about you, but I am constantly dropping my phone and can't often find it in my giant purse. I use this wristlet as a wallet, when I need it I grab it by itself. It is slightly expensive at $70.00, but it makes a great gift for someone or yourself!

Kate Spade 'Summer Cork' IPhone 5 Wristlet

I got this Kate Spade black and white striped wristlet. The only drawback with this wristlet is it is for the newer IPhone model, everything else about it is fabulous!!
Kate Spade Stripe IPhone 5 Wristlet

I found a few from Michael Kors that would work for some other IPhone models. 

Micheal Kors IPhone Clutch
Micheal Kors IPhone Python Wristlet

I hope everyone has a great long weekend? Do you have a favorite?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The "short" version

Hot temperatures means bringing out and buying shorts. Deciding on which length of shorts that are right for you can be difficult. Growing up, the rule for shorts was when your hands are down by your sides, your fingertips need to be longer than your shorts. My only problem with this rule is what if you have longer legs or arms, then this rule doesn't work. I think when picking your shorts it's about personal preference and good sense. Obviously, if your hind part is hanging out when you bend over or stand up, then they are to short. One style of shorts that I think that work well on many body types are the "boyfriend" short. This style gives some flexibility because you can roll these shorts up and adjust the length.

F21: Striped Shorts , Hinge Oxford , H&M Floral shirt- Similar

Do you have a personal preference when it comes to shorts?

Linking up at The Pleated Poppy  and Style Elixir.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Target- Sam & Libby

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a great weekend. The weather was fabulous for our sporting events. I must say I am glad things will be slowing down. I will actually be able to check out some of my favorite blogs. I wanted to share on today's post my love for Target's Sam & Libby shoe collaboration. I am pleasantly surprised, because I haven't seen Sam & Libby for years. To be honest I haven't been wowed by Target's spring shoe selection until now. This collection has a great price point of less than $35.00. There are so many choices to pick from. The one's that I fancied were these strappy Kylie sandal that have a cork material detail and stud embellishment that gives it just a little edge.

Sam & Libby Kylie Sandal , Zara Embellished Ankle Pants- Similar , Old Navy Leopard Sleeveless shirt- Similar

Sam & Libby Sonia Sandal

Sam & Libby Kylie Sandal

Sam & Libby Kelly Wedge
Have you checked out this collection at Target? Do you have a favorite?

Linking up at Monday Mingle and Visible Monday.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday's Finds

TGIF! During my down time lately I seem to be perusing the Internet. At night, it helps me relax and get inspired. So, on Friday's I am going to post anything I "find" that I think is worthy of a blog post. This Friday find has to do with footwear. When I came across these Marc Jacobs I fell in love, because lately I can't get enough of black and white. Besides the stripes, I love the detail of the pointed toe and that they are flats. My closet favorite similar to the Marc Jacob's flat are the Ciella from Shoemint, these have a great price point (which is a plus). Zara also offers a great striped pump and wedge.  Lastly, Target offers a flat for less than $20.00, which is a steal! This is my last crazy weekend for sports and hopefully things will soon get back to normal. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend.
Marc Jacobs Black and White Ballet Flats

Ciella- Shoemint
Zara: Black and White Pump
Zara: Fabric Wedge
Target: Mossimo Black and White StripedFlat

Do you have a favorite?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

If the shoe fits.....

Happy Wednesday. These weeks are flying by and the summer is creeping up. I can' t wait for the summer. I am making a vow to get back to my DIY's , I just haven't had time lately.This past weekend, I did a little shopping and hopped into the Gap.  I came across this fabulous sweater and mohair flats. I always love a good sale, especially if I have been eyeing the item for a while. A lot of stores have an extra percentage off sale to get rid of the spring merchandise, so it's a great time to shop. ( actually, it's always is a good time.) I thought since on Monday's post  I talked about different departments that I shop in, I thought this one I would talk about shoes in the kids department. I generally where a 6 or 6 1/2 and in the children's section this equates to a 4 or 4 1/2. The kids department shoes generally go to a 6 which is an 8 in adults. So, ladies sometimes looking in the children section is a great alternative for a brand that can be found in kids and adults sections.

Gap Polka Dot Sweater - Similar, J.Crew's Gingham Shirt, H&M Gray Skinny Jeans- Similar

Gap Mohair Flats- Similar

What had been your favorite shoes this spring?

Linking up at The Pleated Poppy, Transatlantic Blonde and Style Elixir.

Monday, May 13, 2013


 Hello everyone, I hope you had a fabulous weekend. My mother's day weekend included a little shopping and dinner with my friend Molly on Friday. Saturday, I went to one of my annual garage sales and got some great finds. Lastly, on Sunday I slept in, and finally watch Silver Linings Playbook.
 For this post, these days I am all about style and comfort. These Mimi Chica pants serve very well  for both of these purposes. These pants are from the juniors section at Nordstrom. I think most junior size clothing could fit many women. So, what are some of the differences between juniors and the women's sections. Juniors tend to offer more clothing on trend, straighter cuts, more form fitting clothing, and sizing tends to be in odd numbers like 1, 3, etc. Women's sections are more classic styles, cuts can be different in hips and bust, and sizes are even numbers like 0, 2,4, etc. If I am looking for something on trend, I generally can find it at a cheaper price than in the women's section, this is especially true for accessories.

Mimi Chica Woven Pants , Minnetonka Sandals- Similar

Tiffany & Co. Beaded Silver bracelet, Stella and Dot Gold Spike Bracelet

Do you always shop in one section or do you sometimes branch off into others?

Linking up at Visible Monday, Monday Mingle, and #YOLO Mondays.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day. I have had a fabulous weekend and I am so proud to be the mother of these two little rugrats.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Expression ?

Hello readers, sorry I haven't posted in a while. The madness has stopped and now I can blog. I read a comment on Facebook today that has stuck in my mind. It stated," 85% of women say that they are not controlled by fashion, but that it is an expression of their personality." I feel like this is a  statement I can truly relate to. For example, in this post I am featuring a Gap denim dress that I thrifted. This dress was very dark and for me not a "likable" dark. I actually tried this dress on, liked the fit, but despised the color. So, I thought about it for a day and decided to go back and buy it. I then brought out my new favorite chemical "bleach". I have been bleaching many things, but with dress I used a brushing technique. For this affect, I laid the dress in the bath tub and made a solution of half bleach and water. Then, I dipped the brush into the bucket and applied even strokes until I got the desired effect. I wish I had taken a before picture, but I have done so many DIY's on bleach I wasn't going to use this as one. But it is one of my favorite maxi's now. You say,"Carrie what does this have to do with the Facebook statement." Well, I like to take something in fashion and make it my own. This dress reflects my personality. This is my favorite thing about fashion, not how much something cost, not what label, but how I feel when I wear something and how it reflects me! This is the reason I named my blog Expressive Style.

Gap Thrifted Maxi Dress- Similar

Do you think your style is a reflection of you?

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Hello 80 degrees and happy Wednesday! This week is a busy one, so this post won't be a long one. Because of the gorgeous weather I decided to wear my citron Forever 21 top. One detail that I loved about the shirt is the back. This is the only item in my closet that has a cut out back, it was stepping out of my comfort zone. Also, I am sporting my Forever 21 acid wash jeans. I prefer the black acid wash it doesn't seem to shout "I love the 80's" (even though I do!)

F21: Black Skinny Acid Wash Jeans, F21 Citron Cutout Back Top

I am getting my hair done this afternoon, any thoughts on color? I used to be kind of crazy with color, but lately I feel like I have been pretty subdue. I would love to hear any suggestions.

I am linking up at The Pleated Poppy.