Here’s my take on the dress Marlena styled a few days ago! At Here Pretty Kitty we love layers and I decided to go for an old Jessi classic: throw a sweater on over a dress! While a cardigan over a dress is very practical it’s also very obvious, and I wanted to mix things up a bit! I don’t have a lot of yellow in my wardrobe but I noticed the yellow in this super cute Lularoe dress matched pretty perfectly with this great vintage sweater I so often forget about. A match made in heaven! This dress is SO comfortable and I really love the length. Trust me, I have plenty of short skirts and dresses in my closet, so the extra booty coverage is a welcome change! I actually can’t wait to bust this dress out on a beautiful spring day with sandals and bare arms. BUT none of that is happening in February in Iowa.
I’m a sucker for matching a brown belt with brown shoes, but took a detour from my usual brown booties for these wooden heels. Honestly guys, they are much easier to walk in than it looks!
Not to be cheesy, but I think all I’m missing from this yellow look is a little sunshine, amiright?!! To put a positive spin on the dreary, cold days we’ve been having I’m currently weighing which of my favorite indoor activities to partake in: cat cuddling, bad reality tv time, snacking, napping…. Everything?!
Be sure to check back because we’ve got a lot happening on the blog this week, including celebrating our 2nd blogiversary. Yay!!
Well, 10 inches of snow is falling outside right now so we thought we’d daydream about what we’d wear if it were spring!
1. Dress up any outfit with tassels!
Tassel Drop Earrings :: Saks 5th Avenue (on sale for $18!)
2. Brighten up your day instantly with this dress.
A.L.C. Thomsen Dress :: Shopbop
3. Nothing says “Spring Please!” like a little floral.
Pink Rose Hair Barrette :: ClaudiaMadeThis via Etsy
4. Cut the color with a little edge.
Lauren Merkin Snakeskin Clutch :: Shopbop
5. Purrrrfect for curing winter outfit blues.
Selima Suede Ankle Booties :: The Outnet (similar)
6. Contrast with colored tights.
Pink Tights :: Uniqlo
1. These are the perfect shape and color!
Bilko Shades :: Nasty Gal
2. A short sleeved sweater works with any coolness still lingering in the air.
3.1 Phillip Lim Sleeveless Crop Sweater :: Shopbop
3. What a cute springy pattern!
Oh My Love Floral Shorts :: Urban Outfitters
4. I love a darling flat when the weather gets nicer.
Dolce Vita Pavari Skimmers :: Anthropologie
5. The 80s really nailed the clutch.
Red Clutch :: TheVintageMistress via Etsy
Think Spring, Kitties, while you don those cute snowsuits!
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.
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
Happy new year kittens! I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m ringing in the new year busy as a bee. I’ve started another job (!!!) that is totally different from anything I’ve ever done before and it’s great and exhausting. The dress code for my new job is suuuuuper casual, so leggings, a big t-shirt and comfy hoodie have been my recent uniform. That means that putting on a skirt, fun tights and a pair of booties has some novelty for me!
This polka dot skirt has been a wardrobe staple for me since I unearthed it from a garage sale last summer. For the rest of this outfit though, I dug into the depths of my closet for some old favorites. These mint green tights don’t often make an appearance in my life, but I keep them around just in case. I’ve found they add a perfect pop of color to a drab winter day.
I’ve had this lil sweatshirt for years and it was hiding in a plastic bin shoved in the back of my closet. It was a little big for this high waisted skirt so I tied a side knot and voila!
Here’s a fun fact: this gold headband I’m wearing is not actually a headband but all, but instead gold gift-wrap ribbon that I tie around my head and call a headband. Genius or crazy?!
I, for one, had a pretty great holiday season full of friends, family, food, gifts and wine! By the time New Years Eve hit I was partied out and gathered two of my besties to ring in the new year with me by eating takeout and watching the ball drop on TV. Newsflash: I’m officially old!
Outfit details: Headband :: gold gift-wrap | Necklace :: Urban Outfitters | skirt :: thrifted | sweatshirt :: Forever21 | tights :: Target | booties :: Fergalicious
I can confidently say you did not get enough things cat-related for Christmas! Because of this, we’ve rounded up our favorite cat stuff you need in your life. Time to spend that stocking $$!
1. Forget about Christmas cookies… Cat cookies from meow on!
Cat Cookie Set :: Amazon
2. This is a total no brainer!
Cat Rose Sweater :: Romwe
3. Perfect for a cat nap!
Cat Eye Mask :: Catbird
Crazy Cat Lady Shower Curtain :: Society 6
5. Hello Kitty indeed!
Noir Hello Kitty earrings :: Shopbop
6. Every cat lover needs to represent on their phone.
Kate Spade Glitter Cat Case :: Shopbop
7. Surprise party guests year-round by popping some kitty cubes in a cocktail!
Ice Cube Cat Tray :: Amazon
8. Purrrrfectly cute and cozy
Eugenia Kim Cat Hat :: Shopbop
Weeeee! That was fun. We just scoured the internetz for some great gift ideas for your favorite fashion loving friend! Or ya know: you!
1. Give her something to keep the holidays alive with this gold headband.
Twist Scarf :: Ban.do
2. Every little kitty needs a pair of heels that really purrs!
You and Meow Forever Heels :: Modcloth
3. This Dear Creatures sweater is at the top of my wish list! -Jessi
More Sea Sweater :: Dear Creatures
4. The gift that keeps on giving! This tights-of-the-month-club sounds like a dream come true (wink wink nudge nudge…)
Tights of the Month Club :: Hello Holiday
5. Watches are such a classic, classy gift.
Nixon Kensington Leather Watch :: Shopbop
6. Polka dots are such a safe bet!
Monserat De Lucca Allegre Allegre pouch :: Shopbop
7. Love this take on a gold fringe necklace.
Sashi Sasha Necklace :: Shopbop
8. Style doesn’t end with sleep!
Flannel pajamas :: H&M
9. Don’t forget Etsy for your holiday shopping needs! Everyone knows a fashionista loves her phone and macaroons equally, right?!
Macaroon iPhone Case :: KasiaKases via Etsy
10. Lavish your lady with these festive Kate Spade earrings!
Kate Spade chandelier earrings :: Shopbop
Happy Holidays! Now can someone tell our husbands that this exists and we want everything on it?
The hubs and I don’t always get weekends off together, but we recently had a Sunday to ourselves and took full advantage of the situation. This means that we slept in late, stuffed ourselves with brunch and went to a movie matinee. Sooooo pretty much my perfect day!
There is almost nothing I love more than a good brunch on the weekends. I mean, at no other time is it appropriate to accompany Mac and Cheese with Biscuits and Gravy (my fav combo), plus a refreshing mimosa AND hot cup of tea, and don’t forget pastries! Brunch is where I hope to go when I die… So I’m sure you can imagine my delight when John agreed to hit up our favorite brunch spot on a rare Sunday off. I threw on this little number and coerced him to take my pictures, post brunch, in the sculpture garden downtown.
I’m obsessed with this top I recently got from American Apparel. The colors are super eye-catching and I love a good geometric print. The fabric is really stretchy and it’s a warm little crop top for winter! I’ve been pairing it with everything that I can, from high-waisted skirts to this mint, peter-pan collared dress. I’ve been so into crop tops recently and they transition nicely from summer to fall to winter when topped off over a dress.
We took these pictures right before it got to be unbearably cold and I was able to be jacket-less for what will probably be the last time in months. So many tears…
We kept the rest of the day very chill and saw the movie Nightcrawler (anyone seen it?) It was fantastic, especially if you love to see Mr. Gyllenhaal do his thing, and who doesn’t love that?
Outfit details: Sunglasses :: Ray-Ban | Top :: American Apparel | dress :: H&M (in black) | shoes :: ASOS (similar) | necklace :: Domestica