Tag: Basics

On repeat.

Posted on April 4th, by Melanie

In a post a few weeks back I talked about a capsule wardrobe. These are some of the “basics” that I can’t stop wearing. They are mixing and matching with everything in my closet.

photos by Ruthie Stark, taken at Hotel Sorella KC 

This blazer from Evereve is one of my favorites because it can be dressed up or down. The hoodie is actually just a “dickie” of sorts that zips easily out of the jacket. So you can wear it more casual or dressed up without the hood. It looks identical to a much much more expensive brand that you may have seen. This one is only $148, you can shop it HERE. I am wearing an XS for reference.

What I am wearing under the blazer is actually a tee shirt, layered with one of the Evereve spider criss cross tanks. It is a fun way to add detail to a basic tee.… Continue Reading

Shopping Scout: Basics

Posted on February 16th, by Melanie

Basics aren’t all bad. In fact, when it comes to your clothing, basics should make up 60-70% of your closet, and the rest should be “trendy” and unique pieces that you switch out every few seasons.

basics collage

You will find that the more basics you invest in, the easier it will be to get dressed every day! These pieces mix and match with just about everything. They are the core of your closet and your go-to items.

I like to go through my closet at the beginning of each season and figure out what I need to replace or update. Basics do change a bit every season. For instance, this year distressed denim is a must, and we are seeing the return of the high rise, flare leg. The classic button down shirt is more oversized and longer in length than in past seasons.

Here is my short list of must-have basics for Spring

Shirts/Blouses: Sleeveless or short sleeve solids for layering, Longer Button Downs

Sweaters: Lightweight Spring Cardigans for transitional months (Feb-May)

Outerwear: Spring Suede or Leather, Classic Trench

Denim: Distressed and High Rise Flare

Skirts: Classic Midi A-Line Skirt

Olive Green Pant: I get a new pair every season, because they go with everything.… Continue Reading

Cheap and Chic: Navy and White Transitional Fashion

Posted on February 19th, by Melanie

One of my favorite transitional “trends” is the combo of Navy and White. I can’t seem to get enough of it! It is so easy to wear and it can be incorporated with pretty much any of your favorite colors. Give me stripes, polka dot or gingham every day of the week…the opportunities are endless with this classic color combo.

This might be just solid navy, but it’s fabulous…and you won’t believe the price!

hmjumpsuitH&M Jumpsuit $19.95

How Pretty is this blouse?


H&M Chiffon Blouse $29.95

I own this gingham top and LIVE in it all year long…


J.Crew Factory Shirt $39.50

This dress would be my spring go-to…and cute paired with some white converse!


Gap Reverse Terry Dress $64

For the working girl, I love this polka dot skirt! Or even dressed down with a white tee or tank for weekend.


J.Crew Factory Skirt $68 

Great layering tank and a steal at only $15!… Continue Reading

Can’t Live Without: Blazers

Posted on May 29th, by Melanie

Most people associate a blazer with a more professional look. I on the other hand sport a blazer as often as possible. I of course love them with my jeans, but don’t be afraid to layer them over a sundress, with a skirt or a pair of shorts. I love the blazer because it’s a season-less basic that will get TONS of mileage in your closet


This look is so simple, yet so incredibly chic! A white blazer with some fun details paired with a simple grey tee and a cool pendant. Love this.

The Rebecca Taylor pictured above is no longer available. But, don’t be sad because this Rebecca Minkoff is perfection! The fit is impeccable and it would be a fabulous year-round piece.



I could not have found a better pic to show how versatile a blazer is. One of these stunners is sporting her blazer more casually with shorts (maybe even cut-offs, it’s hard to tell in the pic) a simple tee and cool flat sandals.… Continue Reading