A Lil’ Cranberry Sweater for Brunch

Something I’ve really come to love is a crop top. Trust me, this is a surprise even to me, but a welcome one! Since it’s not the 90’s anymore I’ve learned there are numerous ways to style a crop, and in fact the trend goes hand in hand with my love of all things high-waisted. I’m super excited about this cranberry cropped sweater courtesy of Shopbop! While navigating their site this popped out at me right away due to the striking color. Plus it looked warm and cozy, so score! Let me tell you kitties, this sweater is soooo comfy! It’s warm and fuzzy and not itchy at all. It’s actually a little more cropped than I usually like, so instead of pairing it with a high waisted skirt I threw it over one of my favorite polka-dot dresses. This dress is normally a summer staple but works perfectly with a sweater. I pulled out another old favorite for this look, these tapestry shoes! I love these heels dearly, but since they are pretty unique they don’t get a lot of action in my every day life.

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We shot these pictures on a Sunday, before the husband and I went out to brunch. Now, if you know me at all you know I luvvv a good brunch. And since I’ve been extra busy it was the best feeling to sleep in, spend a little extra time getting ready and feeling lovely and heading to brunch with my honey. I ordered croque madame bread pudding (yummmm!) and John and I split lemon-blueberry pancakes. It was decadent and just what I needed. Maybe I’m crazy but I love getting a lil’ dressed up for brunch; is anyone else on the same page as me? If so I highly recommend checking out Shopbop for a cute little dress or darling skirt!
Outfit details: Sweater :: Shopbop | shoes :: Modcloth (similar) | dress :: Target

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The Black and White Striped Skirt Styled 4 Ways!

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This black and white striped skirt is my best fashion weapon, kitties! While I’ve only worn it on the blog twice, it’s definitely one of my go-tos, especially on days when nothing is working. This skirt always works because it has endless possibilities! I thought it would be fun to do a little tribute to it and show 4 different ways you can style this darling. The skirt shown is from Modcloth.

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1. Color Pop

This is the easiest one because it adds a beautiful contrast against the stark black and white. I love the button down with skirt, and adding little oxfords is so preppy and adorable!
Wyatt Cobalt Colorblock :: Bluefly
Cause for Collaboration Heel :: Modcloth
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2. Pattern Mixing
This option is the one I probably do the most. Plaids, cats, polka dots: have fun! This pretty fuchsia top is hitting all the right notes for me, and I love the edgy feel of it paired with the boots.
Hewitt Printed Blouse :: Francesca’s
Jeffrey Campbell St. Elmo Boots :: Urban Outfitters
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3. Casual Chic
A cute white graphic tee with red heels is a lovely match! Add a statement necklace and you’re all set.
Joie Rancher J Tee :: Shopbop (they have a million cute white graphic tees, seriously!)
Melissa Classic Heel Pumps :: Shopbop

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4. Stripe on Stripe

To make this work, I’d go either smaller stripes like this one, or introduce some color. Add a fun floral heel for a break from the Stripey-Stripe Club!
Striped Crop Top :: Forever 21
Waltz Floral Print Pumps :: Ruche

Here I am mixing mine up for a holiday party with sequins and another one with a ruffled plaid:

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See the full posts here and here!

Hope I’ve offered some inspiration today! Xoxo

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On Not Being Outdoorsy

Not so secret confession: I am not super outdoorsy. Sure, I’ll have a walk in the park moment but for the most part I’d prefer to be indoors. I’ve really always been that way:  when I was a kid my mom would push me outdoors and I’d just sit on my bike and read the latest Sweet Valley Twins book (am I the only one on Team Elizabeth?). My childhood (and current!) BFF Kim was (still is) super outdoorsy, loved sports (her street hockey phase was unbearable) and just being outside in general. We definitely had to take turns playing in the woods vs. playing Girl Talk.

So when we went on a little winter adventure with the frozen lake this past weekend, I wasn’t super pumped. I mean… you can literally hear the ice breaking and gurgling! Despite my husband’s soothing voice saying, “Honey, look at this ice. It’s super thick!” I just kept imagining our little family making the 5:00 news: FAMILY OF THREE DIES IN ANKLE DEEP CRACKED ICE, ALL FOR FASHION BLOG PHOTOS. This is how irrational I’ve become with my accident-prone 3 year-old!

Anyway, you will notice I am not in fact on the frozen lake in any of these pics and now you know why!

 

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Fashion time! I bought this skirt in a moment of desperation before Jessi’s Holiday Party. Nothing was working in my closet so I made a last ditch effort at the Target 2 minutes away and luckily it all turned into a success story. This cute top came to us courtesy of Shopbop, and I love it. It’s the perfect amount of crop mixed with the a lovely combination of comfort and style. Plus it’s a color I don’t have a lot of in my closet, so it’s been fun to mix it up.

Outfit details: Crop top :: c/o Shopbop | Hooray of Light Necklace :: Xmas gift from Joe, Modcloth | Striped skirt :: Target (similar) | Cupcake Contest Bag :: Xmas gift from Joe, Modcloth | Riding boots :: Target (these are on sale for $30!)

Hope you’ve had a great week, and happy weekend!

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New Year’s Eve: Outfit Inspiration

Need some last minute inspiration on what to wear tonight? New Year’s Eve is all about stepping it up a notch! So take a classic look: pretty dress, heels and a clutch, and make it memorable! Add a pop of color, some sequins, a luxe fabric… or all of the above!

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Outfit 1
1. Sequins always make it festive.
Sequin of Events Dress :: Lulus

2. This fringe adds a little sass.
B-Low the Belt Twiggy Clutch :: Shopbop

3. These are such a statement heel.
L.A.M.B. Tomas Ankle Pumps :: Shopbop
BONUS! Shopbop is having a “sale is on sale!” sale! 25% off with offer code CHEERS2015 until 1/1. Go buy cute stuff!

Outfit 2
1. Stun in a white dress with lace detailing.
For Love and Lemons Rosette Dress :: Nasty Gal

2. This crazy awesome clutch is the perfect accessory for NYE.
Santi Jewel Clutch :: Shopbop

3. Finish the look with the brightest heel you own!
Mojo Moxie Billie Pump :: DSW


Outfit 3

1. Blue velvet = always a good idea.
Sirens of the Time Dress :: Modcloth

2. Charlotte Olympia is killing me!
Charlotte Olympia Fantastic Chain Clutch :: Selfridges

3. Finish off the look with gold sequin heels with an adorable strap.
Yes I Candescent Heel in Gold:: Modcloth

Now that I’m looking at it, you could seriously mix and match all of these things in a number of ways!

Have fun tonight, and Happy New Year from us here at HPK!

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A Summer Dress in Autumn

I love finding new ways to wear clothes I’ve had for years. I stumbled upon this match-up late one night when I crazily packed up 95% of my clothes into cardboard boxes and announced to my empty bedroom, “We are moving to our new house in 30 days so I hereby declare my participation in the 30 for 30 fashion challenge!” More on that later, since as I write this I’m only on Day 18. (Note to self: Day 18?! I have so much to do in 12 days!!)

I’ve tried this look before, and it didn’t quite look right. If the shirt underneath is too big, or too clashy, this look will just not work. I’ve said it a million times, but one trick to matching patterns is to match one color and that’s what I did here. I love being able to wear my summer dresses when there’s a crispy chill in the air. My go-to is to usually wear the button down on top and tie it at the waist, but next time you feel like doing that, why not try going under?

My cat flats are the single biggest compliment-receiver in my office. It’s gotten to the point now whenever someone says they like them, I just meow at them instead of saying thanks! I use them in place of a plain, black flat and I must say it’s working well for me during this challenge-thingy.

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My little family has been trying to enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been having in between all the packing. Last Sunday (when Joe took these pics) we walked on a pretty trail in the city, and Charlie took his big wheel bike out. He’s growing up so fast! He just whips around these curves so fast that we have to run to catch up with him. And I just have to say this: 2 1/2 is where it’s at, kitties! He sleeps through the night, he loves routine but is still pretty laid back, and every day I’m just amazed at his crazy imagination and wit. Oh and maybe the best part: he loves to snuggle! Okay, I will stop but just know I could talk ad nauseam about my little Chazberry.

Outfit details: Polka dot button up :: JCP | Dress :: Dear Creatures at Vitae Design Collective | Mustard tights :: Target | Cat flats :: Gift from Jessi, Modcloth

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Favorites: Fall Booties!

This past week started the beautiful season of fall for us here in Iowa. I say that with authority because on Wednesday I broke out the tights! And what looks better with colorful tights than cute little fall booties? We think every pretty kitty needs at the very minimum a black pair and a brown pair. Here are some of our faves this season:

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1. I just bought these and I’m in looooove! -Mar
Jessica Simpson Orsona Bootie :: 6pm

2. Love a chic cut-out!
Started from the Blossom Booties :: Modcloth

3. A wedge is a great way to change it up.
Blowfish Luminate Wedge Bootie :: DSW

4. The quilted pattern makes these look so comfy.
Disc Golf Debut Boot :: Modcloth

5. Great for a girls night out.
Montoro Boot :: ALDO

6. Splurge on a pair of Frye booties: you won’t regret it!
Reina Booties by Frye :: Piperlime

7. Perf with a skirt and tights!
Black Polish Ankle Boots :: ROMWE

8. Pair with dark high-waisted jeans and a crop sweater.
Anda Triple Buckle Boots :: Topshop

9. Classic, reliable go-tos.
Lucky Penny Booties :: Seychelles

10. With an almost 3″ heel, these are perfect for stomping around in the leaves.
Cool Tan Boots :: Lulu’s

So are you more of a black or brown boot girl? We like both but there is definitely more brown than black in our closets!

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Our Favorite Sandals!

Well June is flying by and just yesterday it occurred to me to finally buy some new sandals. And there are so many cute ones out there, darlings! We love ourselves a good wedge or pretty flat…

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1. The cute cork panel is adorable with the stripes!
Nautical Wedge Sandals :: Forever 21

2. Add a few inches to your height in style!
Notch Strappy Heeled Sandals :: Topshop

3. These bright whites paired with some red and blue makes the ultimate July fourth ensemble.
New Look Peep Toe Sandals :: ASOS

4. These would be great and comfy to rock at an all day summer festival.
Black Swish Strap Sandals :: Dorothy Perkins

5. These can go with everything, all summer long!
City Classified Ashley Wedge Sandals :: Lulu’s

6. Nothing better than a red, woven flat sandal for work or for play!
Holdin’ My Breath Sandals :: Seychelles

7. A statement sandal adds a splash of fun.
Cabana Band Wedge :: Modcloth

8. Scour vintage stores, goodwill or etsy for some rad 70s wedges.
Vintage 1970s Peep Toe Wedges :: GirlLeastLikely via Etsy

9. Perfect for an evening stroll.
Swedish Hasbeens :: Urban Outfitters

Happy Sunday!

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