Shirttail Skirt

Just put on a skirt.

I’ve gotten way into skirts lately because they’re so comfortable plus they instantly make me look like I cared about my outfit 80% more than I did.

This particular skirt earns extra awesome points because it’s got a shirttail hem.

What does that mean? It’s curved up at the sides + longer in the back.

Why is that cool? It gives the illusion of longer looking legs, while keeping everything covered.

The key to wearing a shorter skirt like this one (and keeping it classy) is to pair it with flat shoes + a top that keeps you all covered up. I chose to go sporty + comfy with a pair of slip-on sneakers, and then I added coziness with a linen grey tee.

First let’s see how to style

Silence + Noise Silky Button-Down Shirttail Skirt - Urban OutfittersTIE DYED SHIRTTAIL MINI SKIRTAdd a sportif twist to your skirt routine with a jogger-styled piece. Elasticized drawstring waist. Slash pockets. Back welt pockets. Shirttail hem. 23" long.J.Crew silk pocket blouse and shirttail skirt.8 Ways To Pull Off A Denim Skirt #refinery29  http://www.refinery29.com/denim-skirt#slide1  In a light rinse and a fluid, forgiving cut, a knee-length denim skirt looks perfectly on-point for spring with soft neutral layers. A shirttail hem keeps the skirt from looking too throwback-ish, while a pair of unexpected off-white boots are a divine finishing touch.Fashion icon Garance Dore.  Gotta love this French woman who wears heels and wields a camera...GAP  Pull-on shirttail skirt

 

Let’s get shopping

Silk Island Skirthttps://is4.revolveassets.com/images/p4/n/d/LEVE-WQ2_V1.jpgPrimary Image of Jogger SkirtSun-Garden Shirttail Skirt in CHARCOALZip-pocket canvas mini skirtSusana Monaco Shirttail Skirt

So do you love this hem as much as I do? Comment below! Until next time loves!

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Pom Poms

Hope everyone has recovered from their nice, long weekend.  Gosh, what a difference it makes to have 3 days off versus the regular weekend! Since the weather is finally warm again I have been shopping all the amazing MDW sales and poms poms caught my eye. I think they are going to be the perfect additive to summer styles. Putting a bold rich color print trimmed in pom poms equals adorable style. So below I have how others style it, then where you can buy it and finally for my amazing DIY-ers out there, how to make your own!

 

How Pinterest Wears It

CHOiES Design - Blue Floral Elastic Waist Pom Pom ShortsLazy Oaf Pom DressThrow on a chambray with our pom pom shorts for a pop of color to a classic summer outfit! cheekypeachathens.com* a c c e s s o r i z e *Swimsuit Cover: Pom-Pom Kaftan #anthropologieWomen's Bottoms | uoionline.com: Women's Clothing BoutiqueMerrick's Art // Style + Sewing for the Everyday Girl: DIY FRIDAY: POM-POM BEACH SHORTSNeon Floral Pom Pom RomperRock 'n' Roll Style ☆ for love and lemons

 

Where You Can Buy It

Pom Pom ShortsSugar Rush ShortsBeach Bum Pom Pom Shortshttps://i0.wp.com/mediaus.topshop.com/wcsstore/TopShopUS/images/catalog/43V02HMON_large.jpgTribal Print Pom-Pom Flounce RomperImage 1 of ASOS Pom Pom Trim Infinity scarf In Geo-TribalRAGA SAMOAN SAND ROMPER

 

How to Make it! via Merrick’s Art

1. Using a pair of shorts (or pajama pants, in my case) as a pattern, cut 2 FRONT pieces and two BACK pieces for your shorts. Cut the sides to be slightly higher, and make sure to cut your BACK pieces longer so they completely cover your cheeks 🙂 Also cut a WAISTBAND, 1 1/2 to 2 times the circumference of your waist and 3″ tall.
2. Sew your two FRONT pieces together from waistband to crotch.
3. Repeat step 2 for your BACK pieces.
4. Put the FRONT and BACK pieces of your shorts together with right sides together.
5. With right sides together, sew the ends of your waistband together, forming a loop.
6. Fold the waistband in half so it’s now 1 1/2 inches tall and has a folded edge on one side and two selvaged edges on the other side.
7. Pin the waistband of the fabric around the top of the shorts. Make sure the folded side of the waistband is facing down toward the bottom of the shorts, as marked in this step. Sew around the entire waistband with a straight stitch and a 1/2″ seam allowance, but leave 3-4 inches open so you have a spot to slide your elastic inside.
8. Measure your natural waist and cut a piece of to this size. Attach a pin to one end and use it to feed the elastic through the waistband casing you just created. Make sure the other end of the elastic doesn’t disappear into your casing — secure it with a pin as it gets close. Once both ends of the elastic are sticking out of your casing and the elastic is completely fed through, sew the ends of the elastic together. I typically use a serged seam to securely sew them together, but you can use a straight stitch or a zigzag stitch.
9. With the waistband still folded down, like before, sew up the little opening in the casing.  Fold your waistband up and press in place.
10. Hem the shorts to your desired length.
11. Cut the pom-pom trim to your desired length for each leg, then pin to the shorts hem and sew around the leg holes one more time, attaching the trim to the bottom of your shorts. And you’re done!
So tell me are you loving this pom pom trend?? Because I am and I’m really excited to try it out! Comment below I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! So until next time!
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Neon Dreams

With summer right around the corner we will all be incorporating some more color into our wardrobe! Neon fashion is a returning trend and should  be supported with accessories from light-sticks bracelets all the way to a glowing yellow and pink maxi. So whatever your choice, if you wear this style, you will stand out in the crowd and will be the center of everyone’s attention. If you don’t feel brave enough to go head to toe neon then why not just accessorize your outfits with fluorescent bracelet or necklace? Or even try a pair of bright blue skinnies and a white tank. Easy enough and it won’t make you feel like you’re going to a rager in 1984.
Here are some of my favorite ways to style:
Jayeon Kim's pick:Neon Fashion Trend 2014Neon!neonNeon.NeonNeonneonNeon!neon tribal shortsOBSESSED! This gorgeous aztec print tank is to die for! And the neon pops of color make this a must-have for this summer!trendy womens tops #misshollyFitted Denim Shirt + Pleated Maxi Skirtpurple patterned top with turquoise accessories and skirt, gold sandals

So now you have some ideas on how to rock neon this summer! Click on the product pictures below and get shopping!

Loren Neon Off Shoulder Bodycon Dresssunnie romperRio Cross Body Tote in Peach: Featured Product ImageFactory jacquard skirt in neon floralView Larger ImageImage 1Butterfly KimonoMinting It TopStrapless Blouson Maxi Dress - Xhilaration®Embroidered Gauze Tank-Karlie Highlighter Embroidered Tank-$68.00http://lp.hm.com/hmprod?set=key,value[/environment/2015/4ST_0067_018R.jpg]&set=key[rotate],value[0.05]&set=key[width],value[3727]&set=key[height],value[4358]&set=key[x],value[622]&set=key[y],value[129]&set=key[type],value[FASHION_FRONT]&hmver=0&call=url[file:/product/large]Image 1 of ALDO Ybuvia Neon Yellow Heeled PumpsKrystal Sasso Neon Pearl Large Tooth NecklaceTruly Outrageous by Kaoir (Neon Rockstarr)
So is neon for you or have you lived it once and good for this lifetime? Comment below! I’d love to hear!
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Why I Don’t Work Out on Vacation

There is something about taking a vacation. Whether you want to lounge around your hometown for a few days or you’re leaving the country for a month to discover the 7 wonders of the world, it is a change of scenery from your mundane day to day activities.

There is so much to explore and do in a new place. So many experiences and memories to make. Why the fuck would I spend time in a gym? Wasting away valuable time! Is my body going to change that much in the next 7 days? I’m not a fitness model or walking a runway anytime soon so I have some wiggle room.

So you might be thinking well you can wake up early and do it before your day begins. Well yes I guess so but if I’m getting up early I’d want to see the sun rise over the Atlantic or eat at a new breakfast place that I wouldn’t get to experience elsewhere. There is so much to see and explore, so many new people to meet.

I went to New Orleans for a few days where you can keep busy for a literal 24 hours. Coming from Pennsylvania where it was 40 degrees, the 80 plus heat was a nice change of pace.  Why would I waste this amazing experience in a gym?

Go out. Explore. Eat. Enjoy the people around you.

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|| Dresses and Booties || Booties and Dresses ||

It took me a while to get on board with the ankle boot (or bootie) trend, mostly because I felt like they made women’s feet look chunky, and cut off their legs right above the ankle, making their ankles look wide and kankle like. Who knows what happened…maybe I just saw too many bloggers looking positively adorable in them that I could no longer resist? I don’t know. But now I own a pair and can’t get enough of them.

However, whenever I get something that falls out of my norm I tend to wear it the same way for too long a time. I have been looking into a few different ways to wear them so they are flattering, fashionable and don’t make me look like I have fat ankles (thankyouverymuch). Right now I am obsessed with the boho look. Baggy dresses and flowers in my hair. So this is what I am focusing on for the warmer days ahead. See the post below for the effortless dress and see below with how they pair with booties!

This is something i would wear- i practically own a replica outfit already10 Ways to Wear Ankle Boots (and 13 Tips To Wearing Them Well) With a Dress  Pairing booties with a dress is a fun and non-obvious choice. I like pairing my military style boots with a dress for an interesting juxtaposition.   Tip #12. Again, keep the hem of your dress above your knee to create the longest leg line possible.17 Ways to Wear Your Boots This Spring 2015 | 1:20 Photography Blog | www.120Photography.com/blog | Lifestyle blog for high school girls | Dallas Fort Worth Custom Senior Portrait PhotographerCute in general, but this would look so cute on someone who is pregnant.This Pin was discovered by Ashley (Olbeter) Wood. Discover (and save!) your own Pins on Pinterest.Floaty hot pink summer sun dress by Jen's Pirate Booty. Love the bohemian wrist wear and layered necklaces. Great studded booties too!Posted courtesy of: http://gregsinnercircle.com/money/Shop all you favorite fashion brands with student discountsGod I wish I could look this naturally comfortable in clothes. Love this!Love the long-sleeve short dress with the floppy hat combination. Perfect for a semi-chilly Summer day or transitioning to FallBoho Outfit Ideas - white sleeveless lace with boho booties leather handbag for Bohemain outfits

So get shopping! Click on the pictures below and style your booties for summer. Plus all styles under $100!

Pelle Moda Gal BootiesBlack Suede Perforated Women's Majorca Peep Toe BootiesBP. 'Trolley' Ankle Bootie

 Comment below and tell me how you wear your favorite bootie styles! I can’t wait to hear all about how you style this trend! Remember don’t pack them up with your winter clothes just yet!
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The Effortless Dress

I’ve been in love with the shift/t-shirt/ swing dress whatever you want to call it. They are amazingly simple but can be used as a blank slate. Pumps, gladiators, statement necklace to layered bracelets, the possibilities are endless. The t-shirt dress will always be in style, no matter what season. Summer with sandals or winter with tights and boots, above are the best baggy tee dresses I’ve seen and below I’ve linked some more so you’re sure to find a good one! All under $100! SO get in we’re going shopping bitches!

Image 1 of ASOS The T-Shirt DressFactory rolled-sleeve tee dressOvertime T-Shirt DressOak Drop Shoulder Tee DressFree Afternoons Dress in Grey - Grey, White, Stripes, Print, Pockets, Casual, Shift, Short Sleeves, Knit, Short, V Neck, NauticalAmerican Eagle Tie Back Shift Dress, Women's, Size: L, IvoryMANGO Minimal DressWomen's T-Shirt Dress Merona

So dress them up or down it doesn’t matter. But tag me on Instagram @theoxfordguide but until next time loves.

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Spring Dresses: Weekend Wear

It only just hit me that warm weather really is here – at least when it comes to fashion (the weather is still hesitant). Every store is promoting their warm weather collections, including dresses. Yes general dresses because all winter longer I refused to bare my legs and now getting ready is easy! Today’s post is about one of my favorite fashion things: dresses under $100. They make getting dressed so darn easy – you just throw one on and you’re instantly put together. And under $100? That’s totally speaking my language.

Whether you are running around and over buying at Target or meeting your friends for dancing and drinks, the summer dress is a great transitional piece from day to night. Don’t shy away from color and patterns because the weather is warm so this is how we should celebrate sans coat!

So here are some of my favorites! Click away and add them to your cart!

The Good Stroll Days Dress - Sundress, White, Mint, Solid, Casual, A-line, Sleeveless, Spring, Good, Mid-length, BeltedWish Fulfillment Dress in Chevron - Mini - Mid-length, Woven, Multi, Chevron, Casual, Shift, Spaghetti Straps, Summer, ScoopImage 1 of Vero Moda Stripe Shift DressTwist Around Bubble DressMy Hour Shift DressPRINTED CHIFFON TRAPEZE DRESSFactory striped knit tee dresshttps://i1.wp.com/slimages.macys.com/is/image/MCY/products/4/optimized/2165754_fpx.tifFloral Vintage Streamer DressSkater Dress w/ Belt - Lily StarStriped satin dress | MANGO

Comment below because I need to know where I can get cute dresses cheap! I had a hard time collaborating a list that I love so help me out here fashionistas! Until next time

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Only Children of the Corn 

National sibling day? Cause it’s not like we ever get the spotlight or anything…

I have no siblings. When I was 6 my best friends were a dog and my mom’s cousin. I also had three American girl dolls and a Bitty Baby. Some of my favorite things to play were tidying up my Play Mobile house and coloring inside the lines. I could do what I want when I wanted because my name is Ellen and I am an only child.

Obviously, not all only children are the same. But they do have a lot in common, having had to learn to entertain themselves at a young age with their imaginary friends Kenny and Ditto (Pronounced Dee Toe), listening to the Best of the 70s at adult dinner parties, going to bars with their parents and eventually learning to flip $4 in quarters off their elbow. Oh wait… Am I just talking about me now? Yes I am. So Only Child of me! Because I’m such a spoiled brat and here are some more of my finer qualities.

At times we are difficult to date

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I’m used to being on my own. There are many a times where I get lost in my own head and hear little that is going on around me. So that mean’s when my boyfriend is trying to talk to me, sometimes I just don’t hear him. I also just pick up and go wherever I please (typically to the mall with my mom) and forget to tell him. Plus you can’t compete with only children parents on birthdays…

Impatience is my strongest virtue

Again I’m not a brat it’s just that growing up I never really had to wait my turn for anything. I wasn’t the kid pushing children out of my way to be first but I’m not a patient person. I really don’t think this is an old child characteristic because I know a lot of people who enjoy instant gratification and they came from all types of families. But being the one and only I’m sure didn’t help!

Being an “only” is my prominent character flaw

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“OH you’re an only child” or “I didn’t know you were only only child!” People I’m not a leper, there are others like me. It’s a strong stigma that comes over me, yes but I promise you I try really hard to hide they fact that I can’t share and I’m 26…

Sharing is hard sometimes

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As stated above, sharing still gives me anxiety. It’s this strange feeling that overcomes me. I get the gist of it, you want something and I give it to you. Well my 26 years I never had to share the computer or the video games or toys. I can thank my friends from high school for helping me understand that these feelings are BAD and are not acceptable. But sometimes I still feel the urge to eat the good jelly beans and leave share the rest.

Being alone = favorite hobby

I am ok with going places alone, being alone for days on end, picking up or going somewhere without another companion. Which is amazing because I know that I can do it. I can entertain myself and quiet time makes me happy. But then there are the weekends where I haven’t responded to 12 text messages and I’ve the same t-shirt I was in since I got home from work on Friday because I actually have the ability to become a hermit…

Socially Awkward (along with Olivia)
is my middle name

I tell stories that are off the beaten path and at times have a hard time starting a conversation with people I perceive as being cooler than me. I remember weird things about people that I’m sure at times FREAKS them the fuck out but it’s how I have learned to relate. There was no other kids around to tell me I was being weird or to pick on me. I just had my parents and aunts and uncles and parent’s friends to just humor me and encourage the bizarre conversations I would start. Also, most of my social skills were developed on beanie babies.

I spent a lot of time with adults

23 Problems Every Only Child Will Understand

I’m not saying I’m mature because that is totally not the case. I just seem to get along so much better with people are more along my parents age. I like the conversations that are had. I can’t quite describe it. I have always gotten along with my friend’s parents and have seemed to blend right in when my mom has them over. I of course have my own friends but they themselves possess certain qualities that are more seen in 50-60 year old women.

I can pitch it but I can’t take it

23 Problems Every Only Child Will Understand

I can make fun of you until the cows come home but honestly if you make fun of me I’ll run in the house crying and refusing to go back outside. Again allowing me to hang out with the “grown-ups”. My pissy face is know by all in my life because I get annoyed easily. People who aren’t my parents don’t understand my “sensitivity” and by sensitivity I mean child like behaviors.

I have an interesting relationship
with my parents

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No one does holidays like my parents. Everything is made to be a special day for me! It always has been (in the most unselfish way) about me. They are my “go to” people for everything. There was never really anything I couldn’t say to them because for the majority of my life they were my source of entertainment and human interaction. From parties to vacations my parents have been my people.

I was the whiny housemate

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The basics of cohabitation don’t come naturally to me, like: don’t eat their food, respect their privacy, clean up after yourself etc. Basically I can no longer do whatever I want, whenever I want. Thankfully my college roommate was one of those good people who knew I was a psycho and had no concept of coexisting with another human. So she was added to the list of people who just understood.

 

I’m not going to say I wouldn’t change it for the world because I have no control over my parents and if they want more children, but obviously now it would be weird…Mostly because they’re divorced…This is who I am and I am a product of the people who raised me. This article though, is a shout-out to my second grade teacher Mrs. Thomas – for telling me that I was “lacking the required social skills,” but really the only thing I was lacking was the patience to deal with the animals that you desperately wanted me to play with. So here is to all the only’s out there and the people have have become our siblings! Thanks for helping us learn the ways of the world. Until next time loves,

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