2 Versatile Date Night Looks

On a regular basis, I tend to dress pretty casually.  On the weekends, I like to be comfortable – because running errands in heels isn’t nearly as productive or appealing as doing so in sandals or sneakers.  Monday through Friday, my office doesn’t have a dress code, and while I am constantly striving to make even the most casual of outfits look pulled together and “work appropriate,” the lack of pressure to abide by a dress code essentially means I’m in weekend attire 7 days a week.

My only beef with my overtly casual lifestyle is that, when shopping for new additions to my closet, I still tend to gravitate toward elevated pieces that air on the dressier side of things.  As a fashion and trend lover, these pieces are more exciting to me, and are items that I would prefer to spend my hard-earned cash on.  While some of these pieces can easily be dressed down for my day job, many are simply better left for special occasions – i.e. date night.

Although any time James and I get to spend together can feel like a date night, evenings that actually involve leaving the house and sticking to some sort of concrete plan are more special, and warrant an elevated and equally special look.

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Blazer (old) – similar styles here and here | Cami | Shorts (old) – similar styles here and here | Shoes

I love the idea of dressing up pants or shorts for evening, and straying away from the go-to dress.  This look takes that notion one step further.  By mixing and matching monochromatic separates, you’re left with a warm-weather spin on a classic pantsuit.

When I purchased this cami, I immediately wanted to wear it with something structured and masculine, to juxtapose its feminine details.  I chose an oversized blazer, and love how the addition of the shorts further complement the mix of feminine and masculine elements.  On cooler nights, this blazer/cami combo would also look great paired with jeans or trousers.

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Jacket | Dress (old) – similar styles here, here, and here | Shoes (old) – similar style here

This look is super versatile, and will get so much wear beyond date night.  I love the contrasting elements of the tough and edgy leather jacket (a staple in my casual wardrobe as well) and the light and airy dress with feminine details (ruffled neckline, eyelash lace paneling).

My favorite aspect of this look is that I can pretty much wear the jacket with any dress and create tons of different outfits that all have a similar feel!  For future date nights, I can also mix up my accessories, by wearing a statement shoe or statement earrings.

What are some of your go-to date night looks?  Would love to hear your outfit ideas, or tips and tricks for date night dressing, in the comments below!

Trend Top 10: Statement Earrings

As much as I love an all-black outfit, I’ve always held a special place in my heart (and closet) for colorful clothes and accessories.  There’s something so uplifting and exciting about getting dressed in bold, bright pieces, especially after a long, cold winter.  So when colorful statement earrings began popping up everywhere, it didn’t take much convincing for me to jump on the bandwagon.  The trend is so easy to wear – statement jewels can be dressed up or down, and can be incorporated easily into an existing wardrobe, since they look just as great with neutral and colored clothing.  Plus, they can be a really budget-friendly way to update your closet for Spring.

Below, find 10 pairs of statement earrings I’m currently loving.

1.  J. Crew

Photo credit: J. Crew

These gorgeous earrings are definitely on my Spring wish list.  And since they are currently on backorder until May, I guess I’m not the only one obsessing over them!  With a rainbow of colors incorporated into the design, they’re super versatile, but I love the idea of wearing them with nautical navy stripes, or being bold and pairing them with a bright yellow top.

2.  BaubleBar

Photo credit: BaubleBar

No compilation of statement earrings would be complete without mentioning the one and only BaubleBar.  I actually couldn’t get away without mentioning them multiple times – their collection is just too good!  These earrings come in so many colors, but I especially love this grey color.  They’re neutral enough to pair with just about any item in your closet, but the ombré coloring is fun and different enough to make a simple outfit pop.

3.  SUGARFIX by BaubleBar

Photo credit: Target

I own these earrings in the Fuchsia color, and am so in love with them!  The colors are rich and vibrant, they are super lightweight (read: comfortable to wear all day), and are only $13!  It was really difficult to choose just one color (and there’s even more to choose from here), but now that I know how amazing they are, I’m definitely going back for a few more pairs.

4.  BaubleBar

Photo credit: BaubleBar

How pretty are these?  I love the unique shape of each stone, the saturated colors, and the linear silhouette.  Any of the beautiful colors would be right at home dressing up a breezy white sundress, or paired with one of the many Summer wedding guest dresses you’ll wear this year.

5.  Kate Spade New York

Photo credit: Shopbop

Consider this the first of many times I will say this: I am obsessed with most things Kate Spade.  Her pieces are young and quirky, but never immature…and these earrings are no exception!  How cool are these, with their tassels, beads, and enameled gold camel?  They’re everything I didn’t know I needed until I saw them.  I would wear these showstoppers with a simple black dress and loose bun, so the earrings can receive the attention they deserve.

6.  BaubleBar

Photo credit: BaubleBar

Always a classic, these beaded BaubleBar tassels are a great go-to statement earring.  The 25+ color choices means it will be really hard to make a decision (as it is, I can barely narrow my options down to a top 5…), but once I do, I’ll be wearing these beauties with everything from denim shorts to sundresses come Summer.  I am most excited to have some fun with them by pairing a bright earring with contrasting clothing for a big pop of color.  I love the Emerald pair worn with hot pink, or the Yellow pair worn with cobalt.

7.  SUGARFIX by BaubleBar

Photo credit: Target

Another great affordable earring choice from Target!  These earrings really appeal to the minimalist in me, but their size and interesting shape still make a statement.  They’re too inexpensive and versatile not to own both colors, and that way, no one has to make the tough choice between gold or silver.

8.  Mango

Photo credit: Mango

These are definitely one of my top picks – not just for Spring, but for all year round.  I love that they’re neutral, but not at all boring.  The fun star shape, embellished with pearls (so hot for Spring) and crystals, is begging to be paired with an all black outfit and dramatic makeup for a night out.

9.  Mango

Photo credit: Mango

These tassel earrings are another great seasonless pick.  I personally like the two-tone cream color – the circular post adds an element of simplicity, there’s a little bit of sparkle in the rhinestone center, and just the right amount of boho flair in the tassels.  They would look great paired with denim, to dress up an otherwise simple jeans and tee combo.

10.  BaubleBar

Photo credit: BaubleBar

These fringe earrings scream “I’m on vacation!”, which make them a must-have for the warmer months ahead.  I’m obsessed with the Red pair because they are so vibrant and the color is so on-trend.  I love them paired with a light neutral outfit (think: white, ivory, or tan), but would love to shake things up by pairing them with turquoise or yellow too.  Now all you need is a margarita…!

Are you on board with the statement earring/jewelry trend?  What pieces are you currently coveting?  I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

Lightening Up for Spring

Old Navy dress / Zara vest: similar here & here / Steve Madden booties

Spring cleaning has been well under way at my house for a couple of weeks now.  Last weekend, I checked so many small cleaning projects off my to-do list; ones that desperately needed to be done, yet always fell by the wayside in the midst of the weekly grind – vacuuming under the couch cushions, dusting the baseboards, and decluttering.  Another massive undertaking has been cleaning out our closets!  James has been in dire need of a closet overhaul for awhile now, and I channeled that energy into cleaning out a bit of my closet as well.  Some of it will be donated locally, but I’m hoping to have everything else uploaded to my Poshmark account within the next few weeks.

Getting in the spirit of the new season around the house has inspired me to lighten up my wardrobe as well.  This adorable dress is one of my newest buys from Old Navy, and I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.  The floral print is gorgeous, and the fabric is a great quality for the price (it’s a steal at less than $30).  The best news is: the dress isn’t sheer!  There is nothing more discomforting or potentially humiliating than spending your day feeling paranoid that your undergarments are being exposed to the world, so I consider this a HUGE win for white dress lovers everywhere.

Since this dress looks fantastic solo (all the better for showcasing the cute back seam detail), I’ve kept the rest of my outfit simple.  I can see myself throwing this dress on with sandals for the weekend, but I also love it paired with a classic camel vest and leather booties for a more pulled-together look.

 

Welcome to Katelyn Ann

Welcome to Katelyn Ann!  I’m a 20-something, and lover of all things fashion, beauty, and design.

I live in Los Angeles with my boyfriend, James, and our 2 cats, Isabel and Cleo.  We relocated last year from Reno, NV, and are loving all that this city has to offer!  With a never-ending supply of beaches, hiking, sightseeing, eating, and shopping, there’s always a new adventure to be had.

In between these adventures, I hope to share with you the inspiration that fashion evokes in my everyday life.  I hope this blog can serve as a creative outlet for not only me, but all my readers.  Thank you for reading along and joining me on this journey!

A few of my current favorite things: Old Navy floral dresses, Glossier Generation G lipsticks, my go-to Joe’s skinnies, Merona slides, & delicate Forever 21 rings