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Mix It Up: How To Ace High-Low Dressing

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If you've been following our blog for awhile, then you know that I love high-low dressing. It's an easy way to wear those dressier pieces that live in your closet. You know which ones I am talking about... the nicer items you may have spent a little more on but always seem to be saving for a special occasion. I say embrace the day and wear what you want when you want!

What Is High-Low Dressing

High-low dressing is the art of mixing dressier pieces with more casual items to create an outfit that is uniquely you. Typically "high" pieces are more pricey and considered statement pieces such a designer purse, embellished jacket, or in my case the sequin skirt I am wearing. "Low" pieces are basics, such as a t-tee or your favorite denim. 

To Invest or Not Invest

We always recommend investing in timeless staples that you will wear over and over (such a tailored black pants, classic handbag, or a sharp blazer). Spend less on trend pieces that you will only wear for a season or two. Even then, make sure that it's something that is true to your own personal style. Don’t buy into anything that doesn't feel "you" when you put it on. 

Tips for High-Low Dressing

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High-low dressing is a lot easier than it can first appear. The key is to find the right balance. Here are some tips that will have you high-low dressing like a pro:

1. Pick Your WOW! Factor: What is your standout piece going to be? This is the item that the rest of your outfit will be based around. In this case, I wore a sequin skirt that I'd bought for my upcoming vacation but couldn't wait to wear.

1. Build with Basics: Think of these as the supporting characters. They are your more simple pieces, such as a bright white t-shirt or basic pair of denim that won't compete with your statement item. Since my sequin skirt was the focal point of my outfit, I went with a simple sweater and white K Swiss sneakers.

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2. Be Creative With Layers: You can make your less expensive pieces elegant by wearing them in creative layers. Add interest with contrasting hues. For example. I wore my $20 Target denim jacket over a bright yellow Vince. cashmere sweater.

4. Finish with Accessories: When in doubt, reach for an accessory. Often times these are the more expensive pieces in your wardrobe - and the ones you tend to wear the least often. A bold necklace or embellished pin can instantly make your outfit pop and stand out. I topped off my look with my face Gucci sunnies.

Stay Stylish,
M&K

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Posted on May 18, 2018 and filed under Style Stories, Stylish Living, Women.
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Little Tokens Of Love: Mother's Day Gifts for All Ages

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Mother's Day seems to have snuck up on us this year! As Kimberly and I have shared in the past, we are close to our moms and always like to treat them on Mother's Day.

So, what do you get the woman who deserves it all? Finding the perfect gift for mom can sometimes be tricky. This year, we have put together our guide for gifting to moms of all ages and stages.

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M&K


The New Mom

For the new mom, comfort and practicality are key...but it doesn't mean you have to skimp on style. A robe is a perfect gift especially when it's in an oh-so-soft machine washable fabric. Add a little femininity with lace details or keep things simple with a kimono cut, but make sure its a style she feels great in. If you want to splurge or save, the below styles are excellent options.


The Toddler Mom

Every woman needs a classic purse that's easy to wear and matches everything. It's time to ditch that diaper bag for something that can keep up with a little one on the go. We both own the Buxton tote, and it's a great all-purpose bag at an incredible price. Beyond the price, we love how easy it is to keep clean. Peanut butter hands--stand in fear! If you want to splurge, we have long been loyalists to Cuyana, who makes this crossbody that fits all her essentials and keeps her hands free.


The Mom Of Teens

Jewelry is always a special gift to receive. It has sentiment, stands the test of time, and is something that she can wear everyday. Now that grabby little hands are no longer a concern, spoil her with a delicate monogram necklace. Each option is available in silver or gold to suit her style and can be worn layered with multiple necklaces for a look all her own. 


The Grandmother

As cheesy as it may seem, a picture really is worth a million words. We love photo books and recommend Mosaic or Shutterfly for creating a custom album that is easy and a collectable. If that feels like a little too involved add a punch of personality and trend to her wardrobe with a scarf or wrap--bonus points if the grandkids help to wrap it or sign the card.


Posted on May 9, 2018 and filed under Stylish Living, Women.
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Shirt Alert: How We Are Styling Our Oversized Blouses for Spring

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A menswear-inspired blouse is a spring wardrobe essential. The styling options are endless and from prints to solids, there is something out there for everyone. This week, Kimberly and I are taking on the trend and sharing how we have made it our own. First up, Megan shows her go-to pinstripe option, and stay tuned to learn how Kimberly styles her favorite oversized button down on Friday's blog. 

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M&K


The Pajama Blouse

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The loungewear trend has recreated itself this spring in the form of unstructured, slightly oversized blouses for women. Just one of the styles in this category is the pajama-like silk top. I love being able to wear something comfortable, while still looking stylish, so I was excited to try this look out. I've always been a fan of balancing masculine pieces with feminine style, and this pinstripe blouse from Banana Republic (similar) seemed like the perfect balance.

Look for the Details

Sometimes it is the details that can really make a piece interesting. What I loved about this masculine striped shirt was the pearl buttons down the front, which add a touch of femininity, and the open french cuffs. Both helped to transform what could look like a pajama shirt into a stylish everyday blouse. I like to refer to little details like these as "built in accessories." They add interest without you having to layer too many 'extras' to your outfit.

Pro tip: If you don't like to wear a lot of jewelry, look for pieces that already have "built in accessories" like unique buttons, a print under the collar, or even some embroidery.

Add Balance

When thinking about how to wear a pajama-inspired blouse, you want to mix and match contrasting pieces. It's all about remembering you proportions - if it is loose on top, you want to go more fitted on the bottom. For example, pair an unstructured blouse with a tailored pant or tuck it into a pair of cuffed denim. To dress the look up, add a pair of strappy heels, a chunky necklace or play around with a bold eyes and lip.

Pro tip: If you are wearing the blouse untucked, try throwing a cropped leather or suede jacket over your shoulders for that extra hint of easy style. It will also help add shape and keep the blouse from overwhelming your frame.
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Posted on April 25, 2018 and filed under Stylish Living, Women.
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