Shopping My Closet + Styling a Find

Hello lovelies! It’s me, Sophie aka The Chic Flamingo, writing a blog post about fashion! It feels like a million years since I’ve sat down and wrote about an outfit, but I’m here today to share this ensemble I really love and a little bit about it.

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I’m about to be a super broke fashion student here in about 8 weeks, and I think that’s a little crazy to think about. As much as I’d love to drop a few thousand dollars on a brand new wardrobe, it’s a pretty unrealistic wish. Shopping my closet as been a necessity for me to create new looks, and along the way I’ve been finding forgotten gems in giveaway piles as well. That’s where this denim overall skirt comes in.

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I bought this gem from Old Navy (similar here) back before my sophomore year in high school for a 5SOS concert. If I had to guess, I’m sure I wore it less than five times before I shoved it to the back of my closet, only to be taken out when doing some spring cleaning, and thrown into a garbage sack bound for Goodwill.

The other day when I took that garbage sack out to drop it off at Goodwill, I rummaged through it to double check and see if I really wanted to get rid of everything in it. When I found the overalls, I about died because I couldn’t believe I was actually going to get rid of them!

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I’ve paired my black overall skirt with a tube top I purchased from Shein. I saw this style of top all over Instagram, and figured I’d go outside my comfort zone and try it out. I’m pretty sure I bought it for $5, so it was a good deal. My shoes were bought from Marshalls last summer, but I’ve linked a similar pair here. An outfit isn’t complete without a little pink in my opinion, so of course I’m carrying a pink crossbody. The super sassy shades are from Marshalls and are by the brand Quay.DSC01736

What kind of hidden gems have you found tucked into the back of your closet or in a giveaway pile?

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18 Dresses for the Class of 2018

Hello lovelies! It’s May which means it’s almost time for graduation! I’ve had my ceremony dress for awhile, but I know some girls are looking right now for one. Today, I’ve rounded up 18 dresses for every budget and for every style. A lot of the dresses I’ve included are white or a blush because from what I’ve read, that’s a tradition. At my school we are required to wear white because girls wear white gowns, but I get that’s not the case for everyone. Most of the dresses included today also come in multiple colors, so even if you’re looking for a non-white dress for graduation or a different event, keep reading!

Under $300

Under $300

1. Kate Spade Poppy Embellished Mini Dress

2. Eliza J Lace Fit & Flare Dress

3. Madewell Eyelet Lattice Dress

4. Vince Camuto Sequin Dress

5. Ted Baker London Skater Dress

6. Lilly Pulitzer Zina Romper

Under $100

under $100

1. Gap Midi Dress

2. Nordstrom Rack Floral Fit & Flare

3. Von Maur Illusion Hemline Dress

4. Dillard’s 3D Floral Dress

5. Dillard’s Illusion Neckline Dress

6. Topshop Blush Mini Dress

Under $50

under $50

1. Old Navy Embroidered-Yoke Dress

2. Shein Lace Overlay Dress

3. Target Fringe Dress

4. Target Scallop Trim Dress

5. Francesca’s Scallop Trim Lace Dress

6. Francesca’s Illusion Dress

Which dress was your favorite?

Let me know on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest!

xoxo, The Chic Flamingo

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The Beauty of Dad Denim

Hello lovelies! I’m usually a skinny jean gal, but lately I’ve been going out of my comfort zone. I picked up these wide straight leg jeans from Gap the other week when they were on sale, and I truly do love them. The best way to categorize this style of jeans is “dad denim.” Yep, they totally look like my dad’s light wash Levi’s he mows the lawn in, but for some reason, I’m really digging it.

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Now, these jeans aren’t for everyone, but they make a statement. To me, they say “yeah, I’m matching my dad but I don’t care!” I’ve honestly gotten a few stares when wearing them, and I really don’t care. They make me feel powerful, sophisticated, and feminine.

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I like to pair them with a basic white tee and mules to let the jeans do the talking, or with a pretty pink top and gingham wedges to show that I don’t need skintight jeans to look like a lady.

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Don’t get me wrong, I won’t be giving up my high-waisted skinnies anytime soon. I will be embracing the beauty of not caring in these unconventional jeans.

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My big dilemma with these jeans is whether or not I should cut a raw hem. I’m really loving the classic feel of them now, but I think with a raw hem they’d put off a more boho vibe. What do you think? Let me know in the comments or on my Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest!

xoxo, The Chic Flamingo

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The Foolproof Way for Classy Chic Girls to Wear Black Jeans

Hello lovelies! One of the harder pieces to style in a chic wardrobe is destructed black jeans. I have a pair of faded Gap ones that I wear all the time with sneakers and a tee when I want to wear something casual and edgy. I think mixing two different style s creates an interesting outfit, so today I’ve styled a pair of edgy black jeans to be chic and classy!

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My go-to classy top is a white blouse. They’re simple, relatively easy to style, and there is so many types to choose from. I’m wearing a white blouse with flutter sleeves from Trendz Boutique, but this outfit would look super cute with a classic white button up too.

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Accessories always make or break the look. I wanted to make sure I really made the chic part of the outfit come through, so I added mules. I’m not a huge fan of bright colors with black, but a subtle blush compliments the destructed denim well. Stripes are a pattern I heavily associate with a classy chic style. I’m living for my striped Sam bag right now and I’m constantly reaching for it no matter the occasion. If you want to read more about it, head on over to the review I did awhile back after you’re done reading this post!

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I kept my hair sleek with a low bun to finish off the look. Styling destructed black jeans to be chic can be a little hard. I suggest really amping up the girliness with the rest of your look, like I did with the flutter sleeves. Pick the right accessories that will contrast the edginess of the black jeans, but not clash.

What’s your favorite way to style black destructed jeans? Let me know on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest!

xoxo, The Chic Flamingo

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Spring Shopping Wishlist

Hello lovelies! A few weeks back on the blog, I shared how I budget shop for spring and a few items I was planning on getting. Although I’m trying to save money, it’s still fun to look! With this cold weather we are having right now in Ohio, I’ve been doing a tad bit more online shopping and window shopping than normal. I’m just tired of cold weather clothes, so I find myself scrolling through stores online finding inspiration and wishing I was able to wear the clothes I’m looking at. Today, I’ve rounded up a few of the items I have stashed in my online cart that are making me wish it was spring!

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1. Gap Bag 2. Target Top 3. Old Navy Romper 4. Old Navy Dress 5. Target Sunglasses

6. JCrew Skirt 7. Gap Top 8. Old Navy Shoes 9. Target Shoes 10. Gap Short

Seriously, I’m dying for warmer weather! I wish I could buy everything from this post, but I’m still saving up, like I mentioned in my Spring Budget Shopping post. Let me know what you’ve been dying to purchase on my Instagram, Facebook, or Pintereset!

xoxo, The Chic Flamingo

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Let’s Talk Trend: Kitten Heels

Hello lovelies! I am back for another edition of my “Let’s Talk Trend” series! If you don’t know already, “Let’s Talk Trend” is a series where I discuss current trends and showcase a few different pieces that encapsulate that trend. Today, we’re talking all about one of my new favorite trends, the slingback kitten heel. So, let’s talk trend!

The kitten heel has been a fashion girl favorite for awhile now, and it isn’t hard to see why. Kitten heels offer a little bit of height, but aren’t impossible to walk in. Lately, I’ve seen a lot of kitten heels in the retro slingback style, and I’m all about it!

From neutrals, prints, and pops of colors, slingback kitten heels can be found pretty much anywhere right now. Pair a hot pink pair with white denim and a white bell sleeve top for a fun, spring look. Or, style a white pair with a denim skirt and a graphic tee for a casual, cool girl vibe. There’s not doubt these fancy shoes go with everything!

Here’s a few of my favorite slingback kitten heels right now:

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The first pair of slingback kitten heels I came across were these Kate Spade Ollie heels. I think we all can agree that everything is better with a bow on it, so these KSNY heels really take the cake.

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Can we take a moment to thank Target for creating the most adorable, yet affordable shoes? If you want to rock this trend, I suggest these red heels from Target for only $24.99.

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I’m also really obsessing over this “shocking pink” pair from Gap. I swear one of these days I’m gonna crack down and buy them, but for now, they’ll just sit in my online cart.

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Neutral

I’ve always been a fan of Sam Edelman shoes, and these white slingback heels are no exception! Not to mention, white shoes are so on trend right now.

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What do you think about the slingback kitten heels trend? Let me know on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest!

xoxo, The Chic Flamingo

 

 

The Iconic Kate Spade Sam Bag

Hello lovelies! Last fall, Kate Spade showed an updated version of their iconic Sam bag at fashion week. I watched the Kate Spade live video on Instagram of their showcase, and knew immediately I had to get the bag! I have been obsessed with Kate Spade for years now, and own several bags from the brand. So, when the Sam was finally released about a month ago, I started to scope out which one I would get!

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Before I got the bag, I did check out all the different variations of the bag. The Sam comes in materials like fabric, leather, canvas, and even straw. There’s so many colors, patterns, and sizes to choose from, so it’s easy to say there is a Sam for every girl out there! Originally, I thought I wanted the black nylon Sam, but after seeing the striped nylon in store, I knew it was the one.

Typically I’d go for a leather bag, but in true spirit of the original Sam, I opted for the nylon. Plus, I didn’t have a nylon bag until I got it, so it’s a little bit different then the rest of my collection.

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The Sam is absolutely perfect for everyday use. It’s not too big or too small, and has a zipper closure to keep the bag shut. Inside, there’s two open pockets and one zippered pocket. It also came with a removable black strap, so it can be carried as a cross body, on the shoulder, or in your hand. The bottom of the bag is very sturdy and has metal feet to protect the underneath side of it from dust or dirt. I personally love that the bottom and edges of the bag are thicker because it will prevent the bag from slouching.

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Overall, the Kate Spade Sam lived up to every expectation I had. I’m in love with the striped nylon version, but you should definitely take a look at the other versions before you buy to see which one is right for you! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest to see more of my daily life!

xoxo, The Chic Flamingo