July 29, 2014

Raiding My Sister's Closet: Outfit Finishers

In a perfect world, I'd finish off every outfit with a jacket and maybe a scarf.

But I'm not living in a perfect world - I'm living in Arizona where it's 100,000 million degrees (in fact, yesterday, I looked at the weather and it said 104 and I said aloud, "That's not so bad." Save me). 

So I have to rely on non-layer type items to make me look put together. 

Here are my three favorite ways to look like I got dressed with the lights on:

1. Shoes. Nothing ruins a good outfit faster than the wrong shoes. (Really, my main outfit finisher is a full-length mirror. I can tell you how many times I've gotten dressed in a scenario where I couldn't see my full body and then later realized, "Wow, this looked much better in my head"). I've really gotten better in the last couple of years of buying realistic shoes for my lifestyle, so I have a fairly good collection of comfortable and cute shoes (these flats are on my to-buy list for London).

2. Lipstick. A couple of years ago, I was totally afraid of lipstick. Now? It's basically a necessity for me.  I especially like red and pink in the summer. I'm a fairly minimal makeup wearer, so I feel like lipstick makes a big difference. 

3. Earrings. I almost never go without earrings, even if it's just a tiny little pair. I'm not a huge jewelry wearer, but I feel a little naked without earrings. 

(Also, sunglasses). 

Hop on over and see Merrick and Landen's tricks for finishing off an outfit:



  1. Shoes- I'm working on that part. Getting better but...
    Lipstick- I was a former lipstick wearer, I wonder why I stopped...
    Earrings- YES! YES! YES! I'm a huge fan, they always make me feel pretty.

  2. I completely agree with having to wear earrings every day! I always intend to put on lipstick but most days I just forget (but can't do without concealer, mascara and blush/bronzer). I haven't had a full length mirror in 2 years and so when I see myself in one I'm often shocked that the shoes I'm wearing just don't seem to work with my outfit - Woops!!

  3. I'm not a huge jewelry wearer either...but always earrings!

  4. Where are your oxfords from? I never leave the house without earrings. I might as well not be wearing anything if I forget earrings.

    1. Well, bugger. They don't have the ones you're wearing, but they have approximately a million other cute ones.

  5. Ahh, lipstick. I need to get on that!

    Just wanted to say that I looooove your blog (found via the ever-hilarious Camp Patton). I've used so many of your book recommendations, for kids and adults. I have two little girls that are both about a year behind your girlies, so I always look forward to your posts!

  6. YES! Can you tell me where your cute tan leather oxfords are from?? I've been on the hunt for some for a while now and those are PERFECT!!

  7. Can you email me the info at ms.courtneyelaine@gmail.com for your oxfords? Thanks!!

  8. That pink shirt is so cute! Where is it from? Love your posts!

    1. It's from Choies, but it's sold out now (I got it last summer). Sorry!


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