TV Finds: How I Met Your Mother

If I could steal any fictional character’s wardrobe, it would definitely be Robin Scherbatsky’s from How I Met Your Mother. I love her feminine corporate style of sharp blazers over billowy blouses with fitted jeans and heels. But every so often there’s one piece she wears that makes me immediately Google it on my phone.

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Mason by Michelle Mason Chiffon Inset Gown (Sold Out)

So damn pretty! I don’t consider myself short, but I definitely don’t think I have the height needed for this length of a gown. I’ve stayed away from maxi dresses because I don’t think they would suit my size and shape. However, the cinched waist on this gown is extremely flattering and the halter neck is a classy alternative to the usual v-neck cut maxi’s.

Considering this gown is sold out and completely out of my price range, I found a few similar alternatives for any special occasions this summer.

Robin Gown

1. Xscape Pleat Cutaway Blouson Dress
2. Ann Taylor Tall Halter Maxi Dress
3. Forever 21 Elegant M-Slit Maxi Dress

I like that these dresses have a slightly fuller skirt. This is ideal for apple shapes such as myself who don’t like to wear anything tight throughout the waist and hips. If I put on my big girl panties and wore this dress, I would pair it with rose gold sandal heels and dainty bracelets for an evening look.

Do you prefer shorter or longer gowns? How do you style your maxi dresses?

Faces and condensation

My love for Houston’s warmth is gone. Sunny skies and cool wind has been replaced with fog and humidity. I rather wear a coat than have to reapply deodorant at work. It’s not cute.

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Shirt: American Eagle (similar here)
Skirt: Hollister (similar here)
Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Ring: Forever 21 (similar here)

A little bit of gloom, a little bit school girl uniform. This white button up from AE is one of my favorites because it’s such a lightweight breathable piece. I was inspired by the large window in my living room and the overcast sky to play with lighting and shadow in these photos. It’s a little different, but I like it.

Have a great Tuesday and thank you for reading.

Leah

It was a promise of summer

I did it. I bought jeggings. After years of judging, I actually bought a pair and my god are they the most comfortable pair of pants I’ve ever owned. I even tweeted my praise to @AEO this morning and got a pleasant response. Let’s face it, they’re awesome. (Not just saying this because I’m competing in Project Live Your Life.) (I actually do love AE.) (A lot.)

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Shirt: American Eagle
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: American Eagle
Necklace: Baublebar
Bracelets: American Eagle
Nails: OPI

I may love these jeans now, but I know I am quickly going to trade them in for a dress or skirt as soon as Houston turns into a pit of fire in the summer.

Have a great Friday and thank you for reading!

Leah

Birthday hearts

It’s my birthday! I have been alive for 25 years!

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Dress: Asos
Cardigan: American Eagle (similar here)
Shoes: Target
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff
Necklace: Target
Earrings: Express
Ring: My grandma’s

I fell in love with this heart print when I first saw it on the popular Burberry shirts, and pretty much lost it when I saw this dress online. The fabric is light and soft, and I can’t help but be in the Valentine’s mood when wearing it.

I’m so glad my birthday is in February because I adore this short little month. It is unusually warm today, and I am writing to you from my parent’s home waiting for my party guests. Turning 25 is a big deal for me, especially since I don’t usually see the appeal of birthdays. As a kid, I always admired those who were 25-30, because they seemed to have everything figured out. Now that I’m here, I feel so accomplished and proud of who I have become. Thank you to everyone who visits my little blog, and I look forward to spending more birthdays with you.

Have a great Saturday and thank you for reading.

Leah

In the navy

Much like brie cheese and That 70’s Show, I love skirts with pockets.

This is my first purchase from Madewell and definitely not my last. The skirt is made of a thick wool but lined with a soft chiffon blend. The large striped pattern and pleats makes me feel like a Hispanic Zooey Deschanel.

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Shirt: Nordstrom
Skirt: Madewell (similar here)
Belt: Gap (similar here)
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Lovesick

I enjoy outfits that have little quirky details. The bow and arrow necklace is a fun gold accent to a dark outfit. If I were attending a formal event, I would exchange the necklace with something larger and swap my flats for heels and layer a nice jacket. I love the versatility of this skirt and the heavy material and neutral color makes it a new staple in my wardrobe. Not to mention I bought it for $25 when it was originally $118. Holla.

Have a great Monday and thank you for reading.

Leah

Cold

Hello. I’m freezing.

The blog Substance AND Style is hosting a fun “Dress Up Friday” theme with a few other blogs. I was graciously invited to include my own outfit, so here it is. It may be below freezing outside, but I’m in heels!

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Dress: Forever 21 (similar here)
Blazer: Macy’s
Necklace: Forever 21
Lips: MAC “Hang-Up”

This dress is short. I have no choice but to wear tights with it to spare the public. I paired it with my favorite (and warm) blazer that I picked up in the juniors section of Macy’s because I have age acceptance issues.

I love statement necklaces and I need more of them. I was always weary of having a chandelier around my neck, but now I see the appeal. You can pair them with a $5 dress you plucked off the clearance rack and KAPOW. You have a nice outfit to sit at home in. Just me? Just me.

Have a fancy Friday and thank you for reading!

Leah

Lavender Brown

Another Harry Potter reference. Are you even surprised?

Speaking of which, I just found out yesterday that I can become an associate of a college at Rice University, one of which calls themselves Slytherin. Yes? Yes.

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Shirt: Urban Outfitters (same cut, similar print here)
Cardigan: American Eagle
Pants: J.Crew
Boots: Delia’s
Necklace: My grandma’s

It’s still only January but Houston doesn’t care. It’s been in the low 70’s so in my mind, it’s spring. I’ll use any excuse to wear floral.

Have an amazing Saturday and thank you for reading.

Leah