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Calzatura!

Eternally stylish boutique owner Elizabeth grabbed my attention the second I discovered her blog. She's always put together with the perfect amount of quirk + glam. She has a gorgeous boutique in Florida called Calzatura. I definitely want to stop in if I'm ever in town! 

She answered some questions for zipped about her blog and the boutique business!

1. What is your favorite part about owning a boutique?

The clothes… oh the clothes! I love the buying aspect and deciding which pieces I think will work for my clients. It is so amazing to get a box of new items and recap all the reasons why I choose the pieces in the first place.

2. What are your favorite trends for spring?

I always look forward to soft supple fabrics that usually come with spring, but I am especially excited about anything sheer! Long sheer skirts will definitely be gracing my blog!

3. What made you decide to start blogging?

I had gotten an internship with a local fashion magazine and we had a blog for the magazine that I managed. I had gotten hooked on so many blogs that I felt I had to start one for myself. It’s been about six months and I LOVE it!

4. You always look supersuper put together, trendy, and sophisticated at the same time! How would you describe your style?

My style has always been a little more on the conservative style side. I like to think of it as girly chic. I try not to be too crazy trendy, but instead pick timeless pieces that I style differently each time I wear them.

Elizabeth has a great eye for styling and buying pieces for her boutique. I practically study her blog for inspiration.

Her boutique looks like so much fun! I would looove to get in there and style outfits from their stock. Check them out on Facebook, and check out Elizabeth's blog here.

Update: image hosting service unfortunately no longer exists, use your imagination!

This is the outfit I styled for Elizabeth--classic but with funky twists. Also, Tag.Loudly has made labeling any item I've featured in a moodboard so easy! Just roll your cursor over any of the pieces to see who made it and where to get it. I found the site through Dylana's blog Color Me Nana, so you can look for an invite code and more details there. Hope you all are enjoying life today!




Kenziefaith

You can't help but love cute + creative Kenzie! She is the third and final guest blogger. See you all on Mondaaaaaaaaaay!

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{shirt: the limited, skirt: century 21, leg warmers: kohl's, boots: urban outfitters}

Hi guys! I'm so excited to be guest blogging today. Chelsea asked me a while back if I'd like to, and I of course said yes! She is sooo sweet - & I'm not just saying that because she's the only person that responds to me on twitter. Hahaha. Anyway, I just wanted to start out thanking her for the opportunity!Onto my outfit.. You know those days when you spend an hour and a half watching 16 & Pregnant: Where are they now before church starts and then you look at the clock realizing you have only 20 minutes to get ready? Yesterday was that kind of day. Knowing that my hair & makeup would take 10 minutes, I only had 5 minutes to pick out an outfit (leaving the last 5 minutes to stare at myself in the mirror - debating whether or not I looked cute, of course :p) When I finished up with my hair and what not, I walked into my room, stared at my closet and couldn't help but think, "Nooooooo!" That's when I noticed my gray leg warmers. They reminded me of this cute outfit Tieka

 posted on her blog a while back. Somehow, out of that, I got this! It's a weird outfit for me since I don't like wearing shirts with puffy shoulders (they look horrible on me!) but for something different, I do like it!

Wellll, That's all I have to say for the day - for more outfits and what not, be sure to check out my blog! Hope this wasn't all "tl;dr." : )




What You Do Best!

Guest post from super down-to-earth miss Sophi! I hope you all are having a great week! Back soon.

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I have a new roommate this quarter, and today she asked me how it was that I manged to have on a thought-out outfit every day. My secret? I plan a good part of it the night before. Since Chelsea was kind enough to ask me to guest post this week, I thought I'd share with all of you my particular method for planning an outfit using today's ensemble as an example.

shirt: thrift -- blazer: thrift -- shoes: thrift -- tights: We Love Colors -- skirt: thrift

I always start by checking the weather. Today's forecast? Sunny with a high of 56 and no chance of rain. So what does that mean for my outfit? Suede shoes are a go, and no need for a rain-friendly coat.

The next step is to pick some sort of limiting factor. Sometimes I pull from recent inspiration, sometimes I build an outfit around a recent purchase, and sometimes I build an outfit around a particular garment I feel like wearing. Today, my main goal was to avoid the colors red and blue. Looking back at my blog, I realized that I've been wearing red or blue (or both!) in every single solitary outfit for quite some time, so I wanted to force myself to branch out.

Next, I figured out if I wanted to wear separates or a dress. I wasn't feeling any of my dresses, so I settled for separates. I like to save pants for lazier days, so I opted for a skirt. I tend to wear pretty basic skirts, so I decided to pick my top first.

I have this great western shirt that I don't wear nearly as often as I should, so I pulled that. It's a nice piece because it matches any neutral color you can think of. Today, I decided to pair it with a simple black miniskirt to balance the volume and detail of the shirt.

Now the fun part: jazzing it up a bit! I just got some new tights, and I've been eager to find a way to wear them. They're an odd brownish-purplish color, which happens to be a perfect match for the western blouse. Now it was time to pick out shoes. I couldn't decide last night, so I pulled a few pairs of shoes off of my shoe rack for experimentation in the morning.

After a few misfires, I opted for my Wallabee wedges. They're a little chunky and a little bad-90s, but the western shirt balances them out nicely. With my shoes all picked out, I selected a belt. I tried on a couple of statement belts, but decided that with the weird tights, chunky shoes, and detailed shirt, simplicity was key. A plain black suede belt brought it all together.

Choosing an outer layer is my least favorite part of getting dressed. I hate how blazers and coats hide tops, and it's always so difficult to find one with just the right proportions for the outfit you have on. This black velour blazer is a good fit for this outfit because it doesn't compete with anything and still shows off the funky western blouse. I threw on some earrings, and I was good to go!

I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into my outfit methodology :) Be sure to stop by my blog oh so sophi for more outfit posts, art photography, and occasional musings about my life.

Today's song title comes from More Than Love - Ian McFeron.