Green Swing Dress

I picked up this adorable green swing dress and I just had to share with you how I styled it. I bought it on a recent trip to Francesca’s which is a store that I absolutely love. All of their products are curated and their store is arranged to give the feeling of a small boutique and their clothes are so CUTE! This dress is just a solid green sleeveless swing dress. I styled it with a black cardigan, grey boots, and some gold jewelry.

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Dress: Francesca’s (couldn’t find it online) similarsimilarsimilar; Cardigan: Loft (0ld) similar; Socks: unknown similar; Boots: Target (old) similar; Necklace: Loft (couldn’t find it online) similarsimilar; Bracelet: unknown

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Casual Holiday Outfit

I meant to have this post up before Thanksgiving but unfortunately schedules didn’t work out. I put together an outfit that would be perfect for any casual occaision this holiday season. I wore it to my church’s harvest dinner and then to a Christmas decorating party at my work. You could wear it to a friendsgiving celebration or if you, like me, are celebrating thanksgiving late you could wear it for that as well.

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I paired a simple sweater and some leggings with black boots and a buffalo check scarf.

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Sweater: American Eagle (0ld) similar similar; Leggings: (old) similar; Boots: (handme downs but I think from Target) similar similar similar; Scarf: made by me from fabric from JoAnn (the fabric is a really good price right now go get yourself some!)

What are your plans for the holiday season?

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Fashion Friday: Another

Happy Friday! A few weeks ago I posted about this DIY plaid blanket scarf. Then I went to the fabric store again. A fabric store with a delightful selection of plaid flannel is a dangerous place for me. Pair that with a coupon and a sale, and it is a very good thing that the store is pretty far out of my way so I don’t go that often. This scarf is the most gorgeous muted army green with cream and navy blue, its beautiful and I think it will last into the holiday and winter season better than my other one.

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I paired the scarf with a navy pullover sweater, some jeans, and brown riding boots. Y’all, the boots are from children’s place and they are still a tiny bit too big. That’s how small my feet are.

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Scarf: made by me out of fabric from JoAnn (here’s some similar fabric), sweater: Old Navy, jeans: Aeropostale, boots: old similarsimilar 

Are you enjoying the fall weather? What is your favorite thing about autumn? Tell me in the comments!

~Maizy

Photo creds to Michelle at By Quiet Waters

Fashion Friday: Fall Concert

Happy Friday! The week’s almost over! Last night I went to a Rend Collective concert. I volunteered for Compassion International at the concert and it was a fantastic time. Seeing Rend Collective live was so much fun! Today I’m going to share the look I wore to the concert.

I paired a cozy sweater with some jeans, and cuffed them to sit on top of some black ankle boots.

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Sweater: American Eagle similarsimilar; Bralette: Francesca’s; Jeans: Aeropostale; Booties: Target similar

I love wearing oversized sweaters because they make it so easy to pull together a cute fall look, pair them with some boots and you are instantly stylish! I have the best luck at finding cute sweaters at American Eagle. They are thick, and soft. One of mine has accumulated some pilling but the other one has held up really well over a couple of years of wearing and washing it.

What is your favorite fall look? Tell me in the comments!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Fashion Friday: Monogrammed Blanket Scarf

I spied this adorable monogrammed blanket scarf on Etsy…but it was kind of expensive so I decided to wait a bit and decide how much I really wanted to buy it. Just a few days later I was at the fabric store and I saw some incredibly similar flannel for like $6/yd. So one yard, a few rows of zig zag stitches and some embroidery from the place I work at later, I have this adorable blanket scarf for a fraction of the price. Also if you live in the Colorado Springs area you must see The Button the Needle and the Wardrobe if you need clothing altered or want to get something embroidered, they are seriously awesome!

I paired the scarf with a navy and white long sleeve tee, some khakis, and a pair of blue sneakers. This is a really easy way to incorporate pattern mixing which is something I’ve seen a lot this season.

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Scarf made by me, Top old similar similar similar, Pants Arizona Jean Co. altered by me similar, Shoes G. H. Bass old similar, Bracelet gift similar

What is your favorite fall look right now? Tell me in the comments!

~Maizy

Cool Weather Wishlist

As much as warm weather seems to want to stick around forever I know that cooler weather is right around the corner so here are a few things I’ve been eyeing for this fall and into the winter.

This pullover looks perfect for cold weather workouts and hikes.

This flannel looks so cozy!

I’ve been eyeing one of these from Patagonia for a while now.

Loft has the best petite section.

This was almost my homecoming dress. It has pockets!

This vest would be perfect for layering.

I am definitely not obsessed with flannels. (And that was definitely a lie)

I’ve been on the lookout for a utility jacket this one from J. Crew. Yikes! It’s pricey but oh so cute, something to save up for.

What are you dreaming about for fall?

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

 

Ethical Formal Dress Shopping tips

Homecoming season is upon us so today I’m sharing some tips and ideas for anyone who is looking for an ethical alternative to the standard glittery formal dress that you wear once and then throw/give away.

My first tip is to buy second hand or thrift. This is a great idea if you still want a fancier dress but at a lower price point or as an ethical alternative. You can visit your local thrift and consignment stores or shop at an online resale and second hand shop. I personall haven’t bought anything from ThredUp but I have visited their website and looked around a few times and they have some great options! Because their stock is always changing its best to plan ahead if you want to get your dress from a second hand store. My mom and I pop into a Goodwill that is on our normal route every couple of months just to see what they have with the next event/dance in mind. Once we found a beautiful new with tags David’s Bridal bridesmaid dress for $25. It fit me perfectly except that it needed to be hemmed. We didn’t end up getting it because the color wasn’t right for me but that is the kind of thing you can sometimes find at thrift stores if you keep hunting.

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I went dress shopping at the same store recently and found this adorable green strapless dress.

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And this cute purple one. This one was a little too big for me but the great thing about thrift stores is that all of the dresses I found that day were $7.99! At that price I could have bought the dress and paid to get it tailored for possibly less than what I would spend paying full price for a new dress somewhere else.

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My second tip is to buy from an ethical brand. This can be pricier but it doesn’t have to be depending on the brand you buy from and how you time your purchase with sales. You probably won’t find many fancy dresses but you can find a lot of gorgeous simple ones that can be dressed up or down which I will go into in my next tip. I love this body con dressand this convertible one from Synergy; Threads for Thought has this gorgeous white mini dress.

My last tip is to buy a dress that you can wear again. My sister and I found our dresses for homecoming this yeat at Francesca’s. My sister chose off the shoulder dress and I chose this green cutout dress with this grey bralette. Neither of these dresses are fair trade but they are both dresses that we would wear over and over and maybe borrow and lend between ourselves. This dress is another one that could be worn in a broad range of occasions. This is a sustainable and ethical option if you find a dress that you can see yourself wearing for years into the future. The #thirtywears movement which was started by Livia Firth encourages consumers to be mindful about the clothes that they buy and to ask themselves “will I wear this 30 times?” to determine if this is truly a worthwhile purchase. She talks about it in this interview with The True Cost Movie.

I hope these tips give you some ideas as you shop for your homecoming dress! I’d love to see your dress! Share it on Instagram with #amaizylife so I can see it!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

 

Fashion Friday: Fall Flannel

Now that Labor Day has come and gone it is unofficially the fall time so I have been pulling out my flannels and dreaming about my ankle boots. For this outfit I paired a flannel tunic with some cuffed shorts because I might think its fall but the weather thinks otherwise. For shoes I wore my black converse.

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My earrings are the August Fair Trade Friday earring of the month. I’m giving away a pair here!

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flannel *Amazon shorts made by me from Aeropostale jeans shoes Converse

Happy Fall!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Fashion Friday: Soaking up the Last of Summer

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Who’s ready for autumn? This morning (the day I wrote this) I woke up and the air felt decidedly fall-like. In a couple of weeks or so I think I’ll be excited for autumn, especially when the aspens start changing colors up in the mountains, it’s probably the prettiest thing ever. Right now, though I’m still enjoying summer and don’t want it to end.

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I got this tshirt recently from REI I love the camping and mountain symbols on it. It is made in the USA out of organic cottons so its an awesome ethical fashion choice. I paired with some skinny jeans and a pair of black and white tribal print sandals.

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My bracelets were both gifts so I’m not sure where they are from but I’ll link some similar ones down below.

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top REI jeans aeropostale shoes Target bracelets similar  earrings Fair Trade Friday

Are you excited for fall? Or do you want summer to stay a little longer? Tell me in the comments!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Fashion Friday: Back to School Uniform Ideas

This post was originally published on A Maizy Life on March 14, 2016.

Last week I shared my back to school outfit idea, this week I’m sharing a post from last spring with some ideas to look cute even if you are wearing a uniform.

Hello!

I go to a school with a uniform. Its pretty relaxed and we have a lot of freedom on the colors and accessories we can wear, but its still difficult at times to come up with outfits that look good and fit my personal style and are still within the uniform. I have, however come up with a few tricks to make my school outfits cute. I also asked a few of the girls in my classes what their tricks were to share with you so hopefully you can find someone with a similar style to draw from. These tips can be easier or harder depending on how strict your dress code is but I hope you can still find a way to use them:).

tip #1 Choose Colors and Cuts to Flatter

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Make sure that your clothes fit well and are colors and styles that complement you body type and coloring. This will do so much to help make your uniform outfits look stylish. For example: I look good in blues and greens, and red is not a flattering color on me at all so I usually go for colors with a blue undertone instead of a red one. I am also really short and it can be hard to find pants that fit me well. I usually have success at Penney’s and Aeropostale

tip #2 Accessorize

Put a cute scarf or necklace over your shirt and it adds instant chic. Infinity scarves are really easy to wear but I like the regular ones because there are so many cute ways to tie them!

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tip #3 Have Fun with Your Hair and Makeup

If you are just having no luck with your outfits, put all of the attention on your hair or makeup. Find some cool new hairstyles on Pinterest, or wear and bright lipstick.

I asked some girls at my school how they would describe their style overall and how they try to make their uniform outfits reflect that.

Amber:

How would you describe your style? I have so many ways I’d describe my style it kinda varies from day to day. I’d say it’s kinda comfortable for sure, but almost bohemian at times. The long skirts, and frilly shirts.

How do you fit your style into your school uniform? Scarfs saved my life and also wearing black pants cause really anything looks good with black pants.

Rachel:

How would you describe your style? I like to base my overall style around the 90s’. I love the originality of the style from that era, and so my overall wardrobe is really inspired by that. Other than that main inspiration, I dress however I feel that day.

How do you fit your style into your school uniform? I usually wear black, navy blue, or white polos. Because I wasn’t a fan of the polos school provided, I went out and found white flowy-type shirts with a collar that worked perfect for school and were much more versatile and fit my style a lot better.With these white blouses that I found, I often wear them under solid colored sweaters that I find at thrift shops. To that, I usually wear my go to shoes, which are my white converse, and sometimes I like to add jewelry to enhance the polo neckline and show it off in a way, rather than hiding it. I think in the end it’s all about knowing what you like, what looks good, and playing around with the uniform and your personal style so it can all merge smoothly together in the end

Emma:

How would you describe your style? I would say my personal style is simple, comfy, and occasionally classy.

How do you fit your style into your school uniform? Because my school’s uniform policy is very particular, I struggle with finding outfits that I am comfortable wearing. But most days, I wear basic pants with either a sweatshirt or buttoned up top. Days where I am feeling more dressy, I will wear a scarf with my buttoned up top. Being able to wear simple accessories helps me stay within the dress code while also expressing myself.

Emily:

How do you fit your style into your school uniform? Hmm I love to wear sweaters with scarves, or Polo shirts with scarves or a shawl type thing. I also cheat and wear yoga pants (not leggings) lol and shoes make a big difference. I mostly stick with flats.

Sarah Grace:

How do you fit your style into your school uniform? Hmmm I like to wear scarves and peculiar earrings. Sometimes I wear flower crowns or wear thin strips of fabric braided through my hair. I aso like to wear bracelets. I often will wear a button up shirt over a T shirt with a scarf as well (technically I’m in uniform since it’s a collared shirt)

Annalise:

How would you describe your style? I believe that my personal style is modern but still conservative with solid colors. I don’t really have a specific style, just what I think would look good together or match.

How do you fit your style into your school uniform? I try to definitely go with solid colors or things with collars when picking out a school outfit. It’s hard to pick out something that is boarder line “out of dress code” so I think I try to experiment with a new garment for a couple of school days, and if something isn’t mentioned about it, then I continue to wear it!

Olivia:

How would you describe your style? My personal style is preppy, classy, and occasionally hippie inclined.

How do you fit your style into your school uniform? I find that there are several ways to work with my style within the dress code. Mostly involving layering with a pop of color under my uniform shirt and/or wearing scarves. Shoes and fun hairstyles are also ways I help my outfit out

Sophia:

How do you fit your style into your school uniform? One thing I do is wear a lot of fun bracelets that made mt outdo less boring. Also another cool thing getting solid colored leggings to wear under skirts!

Abbie:

How do you fit your style into your school uniform? Well first off I always like to throw in a nice scarf that will show a little bit of color. I also like to not button up my Oxfords and wear a t-shirt underneath… ( in all honesty im never really in uniform but when I am, that’s what I typically do😛)

I hope this gave you inpsiration to make your school outfits a little less boring!

Photo creds go to my mom at By Quiet Waters

Have a great day!

~Maizy