Hey, it's ok man, don't be scared.

Mixing prints and patterns can be scary.

The only scary thing here is the mess I made tbh. And the wrinkles. Yikes.

The only scary thing here is the mess I made tbh. And the wrinkles. Yikes.

I'm here to tell you:

HAVE NO FEAR! 

I know I know, easier said than done. If it was just that easy to erase fears I wouldn't be the deathly-afraid-of-centipedes person that I am I would just say to myself "stop being scared of this little bug you literally are 1000x bigger than it just step on it wait where are you going stop screaming come back oh my gosh there she goes again I need a drink."  My inner voice's patience is running thin with me.

But truthfully, mixing patterns and prints is not as scary as it seems. The first step is confidence. This is a no-brainer in any activity in your life. I know it's a tired idea but just bear with me here, ok? The second step is, "Alright... I have all these prints but how do I make them work together?"  When I mix prints I don't just throw things on willy-nilly, although that can work too. I find it easier to break down the process into three different categories of pattern-mixing and then see what I can come up with. 

#1: COLORED PATTERN + COLORED PATTERN

This one is my favorite and probably the most-used. It just makes sense. Pull a color from pattern #1 and match it with another color in pattern #2. Check out some examples:

This skirt is awesome. It has little beige flowers with a red center. I took the beige and matched it with a beige stripe in my yellow American Eagle tee. The colors in this outfit are all pretty muted, so nothing is competing.

This skirt is awesome. It has little beige flowers with a red center. I took the beige and matched it with a beige stripe in my yellow American Eagle tee. The colors in this outfit are all pretty muted, so nothing is competing.

Another American Eagle striped tee. This time I matched the coral-red color that is also found in the diamond shape on my pants. Had to throw my coral shoes in too.

Another American Eagle striped tee. This time I matched the coral-red color that is also found in the diamond shape on my pants. Had to throw my coral shoes in too.

Love my flannels! Matched the red in the flannel to the red in the flowers on this thrifted romper.

Love my flannels! Matched the red in the flannel to the red in the flowers on this thrifted romper.

#2: BLACK AND WHITE PATTERN + COLORED PATTERN

Another way I look to mix things up a bit is by choosing a pattern that is black and white and pairing it with a colored pattern. This simplifies things a little more than the previous option; it becomes no longer necessary to match colors up. Just look for prints that might go well together! The trick here is to find contrasting patterns. Stripes and Houndstooth. Floral and polka-dot. Or even the same pattern just in a different size and color! Check out some examples:

Polka dots and floral together are a little girly for me, but I just love how the focus is on the skirt, so you can essentially do whatever you want on top!

Polka dots and floral together are a little girly for me, but I just love how the focus is on the skirt, so you can essentially do whatever you want on top!

A more work-appropriate look. Wide-leg striped pants with a floral top.

A more work-appropriate look. Wide-leg striped pants with a floral top.

Stripes AND stripes? You bet. It helps that the stripes are going in different directions and are exceedingly different in size. 

Stripes AND stripes? You bet. It helps that the stripes are going in different directions and are exceedingly different in size. 

#2: BLACK AND WHITE PATTERN + BLACK AND WHITE PATTERN

Oh how I love my colorless clothing. Don't get me wrong, colors are great. But sometimes I just need to go back to the good ol' basics. Like the tip above, the trick is to find differing prints and essentially just holding them together and seeing if it pleases your eyeballs. If the patterns make you go a little dizzy then maybe they aren't meant to be together. But hey I mean if you like to look like a walking magic eye then more power to you!

Good ol' stripes and florals. These patterns are pretty similar size-wize, but the floral pattern is just small and concentrated enough that it works.

Good ol' stripes and florals. These patterns are pretty similar size-wize, but the floral pattern is just small and concentrated enough that it works.

Stripes and... uh... circle-y things? Sure! The "robe" is actually an oversized, really soft men's shirt I got recently at a goodwill.

Stripes and... uh... circle-y things? Sure! The "robe" is actually an oversized, really soft men's shirt I got recently at a goodwill.

WHAT'S THIS? HORIZONTAL STRIPES ON HORIZONTAL STRIPES?? Yes, I am out of control. Look, the stripes are completely different sizes! It also helps that the skirt is grey and black. Get that full black and white color spectrum workin'!

WHAT'S THIS? HORIZONTAL STRIPES ON HORIZONTAL STRIPES?? Yes, I am out of control. Look, the stripes are completely different sizes! It also helps that the skirt is grey and black. Get that full black and white color spectrum workin'!

WELL, THERE YA HAVE IT.

I hope this post made you think, "Hm... she is a wierdo but I am a little less scared of putting outfits together." Maybe you read this entire post thinking "this girl is a loony there is no way I'm wearing these prints she needs to get out of here". And that's fine too! Ultimately, I just wanted to share and show some ways that I personally try to mix things up in my closet. 

My biggest tip is to trust your eyeballs. They are right there inside your face for you. If a pattern pairing looks "right" to your eyes, it probably is! 

My second biggest tip is to always remember to rock anything you're wearing with confidence. 

And don't be scared of your clothes anymore! They are your friends. Embrace them.

Figuratively. Or I guess, literally. Like me.

Cars. Who needs them? ... (me. i need them)

AHOY!

Again, it's been awhile since I've done a blog posting. But what can I say I keep having excellent excuses! Such as this one:

The day I took these pictures was the last day I would ever drive my car. A 1999 Toyota Camry.

It's time had come. A few days earlier I had gone in for a routine oil change. Driving out, my car died in the parking lot. They kept it overnight but couldn't find a solution other than, "well, maybe your car is just old and dying." Granted, It did have a quarter of a million miles on it. 

Fast forward through multiple break-downs (both of the car and um... me), rescues by amazing people (thank you roomie!), more puzzled car repair experts, some seriously stressful rides to and home from work, and land on this day. Little did I know that when I was taking these pictures that morning that I would get behind-the-wheel of my beloved little camry for the last time.

I'm making things sound sadder than they are. In the end, I am so relieved that my car troubles are over. Forever. Seriously, have you seen my new wheels

YEEUUUUPP SORRY CAMRY BUDDY BUT YOUR TIME IS UP!!! ENJOY THE JUNKYARD, KID!!!!!

So here I am making excuses again. Anyway here's the post. 

MY NEW FAV NECKLACE. It's from Target.

MY NEW FAV NECKLACE. It's from Target.

Look at my face. So unaware. So innocent. So unaware of the trials that would come a mere 7 hours later... 

Look at my face. So unaware. So innocent. So unaware of the trials that would come a mere 7 hours later... 

That's all for now folks! I wish you all safe summer days with valid transportation. Seriously... Don't take vehicles for granted!!!

*insert sobbing emoji*

Oh. Hello June.

Ok you guys. I'm gonna be real. 

Keeping a blog is not easy for me. 

On top of my laziness I am also The World's #1 Procrastinator. I will not clean my room until there is absolutely not an ounce of carpet left for me to step on. Maybe I like the challenge of maneuvering around giant piles of clothes and shoes. I sleep next to half-emptied luggage bags and unopened bags of chips and new shoes and even sometimes dangerous objects like scissors or screwdrivers. It's a wonder I don't injure myself in my sleep.

What I am trying to say is: I am lazy, a procrastinator, and keeping a style blog is going to be hard.

I've also been pretty swamped with work, family happenings, and general nice-weatherness. 
I apologize. I will try to be better at this! Let's hope summer brings productiveness to me.

Speaking of summer, check out my summer-y, floral-y shirt.

Florals. I love florals.

This is one of my favorite and oldest shirts. I got it at a thrift store in high school and cut off the sleeves. It makes those hot days a little more bearable when there is less fabric on your arms. When I'm not dressing business casual for the workplace, I tie the bottom and pair it with a pair of high-rise shorts! Endless possibilities.

Wanna find your own floral button-down? I suggest heading to your local thrift store/goodwill and scour the racks for some awesome prints. If you don't really like second-hand clothing (which would be a tragedy), check out these online options!

#RubyWoo

#RubyWoo

Of course, I can't go around wearing a cut off shirt to work. This is where a good blazer always comes in handy! Mine is a recent purchase from H&M. It's lightweight and essentially wrinkle free, with an open-front design, so essentially I can throw it over anything. 

And of course, American Eagle Denim.

And of course, American Eagle Denim.

That's all folks! I'm going to go outside and try to enjoy this beautiful weather. You should too!

Another post soon.... I promise.

Pajama Day.

Look at what I am wearing. Sweat Pants. 
I wore sweat pants to work. I have reached peak laziness.

I found these fabulous Joggers in a Macy's clearance rack. What a wonderful place. 
Initially I thought, "wow these are incredibly soft I can definitely see myself binge watching Law & Order on my couch in these. Hot Dog!"

The next morning however, after staring aimlessly at my closet for a good 13 minutes, my new Joggers suddenly spoke to me. They said, "Emilee......... wear us... we are like wonderful pants made of clouds we promise you will have a good time today."
How could I resist?

So I caved. But I knew that I couldn't just get away with wearing literal sweatpants to work that easily. Needed to dress things up a bit. So I threw on some heels. I threw on a button-down, some nice jewelry and grabbed a blazer. JUXTAPOSITION!

I know that you too, would like to wear sweatpants to work. You can do it! Let's do it! let's start a revolution! I unfortunately couldn't find these exact pair of Joggers (G.H. Bass & Co,), but here are some options that you could totally rock in the workplace:

Who knew that when I learned the word Juxtaposition in the 9th grade that it would help me wear pajamas to work.

-Em