How to Elevate a Basic Outfit with 3 Simple Steps

How to Elevate a Basic Outfit with 3 Simple Steps

I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve been accused—used jokingly—of dressing up when everyone else is dressed casually. And my response usually is 1) I just love to dress up and 2) I’m wearing a simple outfit. And that right there is the main point of today’s post: how to take a simple, basic outfit and make it look more polished. So, with that in mind, I have three easy tips that you can incorporate to take your look from standard to stand-out!

Choose the Right Shoe

Let’s take the outfit above. Basically all I’m wearing is a white long-sleeve tee and black leggings. It doesn’t get more basic than that. But, using my first tip to choose the right shoe, the outfit is infinitely more eye catching. I will say just the fact that the shoes are snakeskin make the look more interesting, but the actual design of the shoe itself plays an important role. There’s something about a pointed toe that gives any outfit a more polished effect. And bonus—it helps elongate your legs! Along with that, the heel also adds some flavor. And it doesn’t have to be a stiletto like this one! Honestly, I never wear heels unless they’re a block heel. But any little lift makes all the difference.

Play With Draping

My next tip has to do with how you drape your clothes. I don’t think it’s a shock to anyone at this point that I like my shirts tucked in, whether that’s a full tuck or a half-tuck in the front. For this look, since the tee is pretty oversized, a half-tuck into the leggings worked well. It defines the waist and keeps you from getting lost in a sea of fabric. Not only should you pay attention to draping at the waist, but draping around the neck and shoulders is also important. Again, because the tee is oversized, it tends to fall off of the shoulder. To maximize this effect, I added a bralette underneath. It just makes the outfit that much more interesting. And even if your tee isn’t necessarily falling off of your shoulder, a bralette underneath gives a bit of a focal point.

Add Luxe Accessories

Last, but not least, adding luxe accessories really gives your outfit that wow-factor! And this doesn’t mean you need luxury/designer accessories, just pieces that are well crafted. For this outfit—but also pretty much all of my outfits—I added dainty, gold jewelry. Jewelry always helps an outfit look more pulled together, but it can also tear the look down. Over-the-top jewels are not your friend here. Instead, opt for minimal pieces that work together. And if you do decide you need to have a statement piece, make sure the it’s the only statement. Back to my outfit, though, I took the gold theme and carried it throughout. Both my handbag and my sunglasses feature gold hard wear—something you wouldn’t necessarily notice but creates harmony in the outfit. So, unless you’re a pro, I would avoid mixing your metals to keep the look cohesive.

Anway, those are my three tips for elevating a simple outfit. I would love to know your thoughts in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

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Top: Shein c/o (use the code thedaintydetails315 for 15% off) // Leggings: Zella // Bralette: Free People // Boots: Steve Madden // Bag: Gucci // Rings: Loft and similar // Necklace: similar // Sunglasses: Amazon // Lipstick: Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in “Exposed”

My Favorite Haircare Products and Tools

My Favorite Haircare Products and Tools

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a beauty post, so today I’m sharing all things hair! I really don’t do too much with my hair. I hardly put any product in and usually I curl or straighten my hair and am good to go for a few days. But anyway, here are the hair tools I use on a regular basis and the few products I put in!

Hair Tools

  • Revlon One Step Blow Dryer and Volumizer Brush: This is the latest addition to my collection. I actually just shared a tutorial on how I use it on IGTV yesterday, but I love that I can blow dry and style my hair at the same time, eliminating the need for multiple heat tools.
  • Conair InfinitiPro Hair Dryer: If I’m not using the blow dryer brush, I use this hair dryer to dry my hair. It has ionic technology which helps dry your hair faster, something that is necessary for my thick hair! I can usually dry my hair in 15 minutes.
  • BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Straightener: I’ve been using this straightener for a few years, ever since my CHI straightener died while I was in London. It works really well on my hair, which is naturally thick and wavy.
  • 1.5″ Curling Wand: I can’t find my exact wand, but lately I’ve been using a 1.5″ tapered curling wand to curl my hair. I love how my hair has been turning out!
  • Remington 1″ Curling Wand: When my hair was shorter this wand was always my go-to! I just recently switched over to a larger barrel because my hair was getting too long for the 1″ tapered wand. But, this wand gives me curls that last for DAYS! I definitely want to try this brand in a thicker barrel or maybe a 1″ non-tapered wand!

Hair Products

To tell you the truth, I don’t use a ton of products in my hair. But, here are the handful that I do:

  • Dove Dry Shampoo: Out of all of the dry shampoos I’ve tried, this is one of my favorites. It doesn’t leave a gross residue once you brush it through your hair and it definitely eliminates any oil.
  • Kendi Bamboo Oil: I started using this on my damp hair before blow drying and I love it! It adds shine and helps strengthen hair against damages.
  • Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast: I recently tried a sample of this volume spray and I have to be honest, I thought it was just okay. If you have thinner hair I think this would probably work well. I think my hair is just too heavy for it. I’m still on the hunt for a volume spray that really gives me more volume at the roots, and will report back when I do!

That’s all for this week! I hope you enjoyed reading about the hair care products and tools I love. Leave a comment with your hair must-haves!

xo,

Carey

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3 Spring Trends I Can Get Behind

3 Spring Trends I Can Get Behind

I think I’ve been saying this every day, but I am so, so ready for spring! I always feel like there’s a fashion slump right after Christmas where I feel so uninspired. And when February finally roles around, I start to embrace all things pink which has me longing for spring clothes. So, while I live in a fantasy land where it’s warm and sunny, I thought I should share the top three spring trends I’m loving and shopping for!

1. Tie-Dye

So this is probably my favorite trend this season. I’ve been sharing tie-dye pieces non-stop since the beginning of January, and have already started adding to my own collection. I love that you can incorporate this trend in so many ways. From tops to dresses to accessories, etc. there are so many options!

2. Neon

Bright, neon colors are having a moment, especially sherbet orange and hot pink! I’m a little wary of highlighter greens and yellows, but still think they can be so cute!

3. Crochet

Crochet is a new trend that I haven’t seen much of in the past, but I’m here for it! It’s definitely a 70s throwback, but with a modern twist. Crochet also gives off a boho vibe that is so fun for spring, especially during concert and festival season. I can’t wait to wear it!

Thanks for reading! Let me know what your favorite spring trend is in the comments below!

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Sweatshirt: Amazon // Leggings: Zella // Shoes: Frye, also here // Bag: Gucci, more affordable here // Sunglasses: Amazon // Watch: Michael Kors

Leopard Dress for Spring + Podcast Recommendations

Leopard Dress for Spring + Podcast Recommendations

Leopard Dress for Spring

Incorporating more lifestyle type posts was one of my goals this year, so I thought today would be a good day to start. And to start with a topic I’m quite passionate about: podcasts! But, before we get into that topic, we need to talk about this outfit. A leopard dress is a must any time of year. While I’m dreaming of spring, a lightweight dress in a leopard print is the perfect transitional piece.

I love that this long sleeve leopard dress can easily be styled in so many ways. It’s still pretty chilly in Maryland, so pairing it with knee-high boots (and a coat!) is a must. But, once the weather warms up, I think it would look so cute with sneakers and a denim jacket! The possibilities when it comes to this dress are almost endless. Whether you want to style it up or down, a leopard dress is a closet staple.

Podcast Recommendations

True Crime

  1. My Favorite Murder: If there is one podcast you’re going to listen to, make it this one! I’ve been a fan for years and it’s what actually got me into true crime in the first place. Hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark drop weekly episodes covering different true crime stories. What makes it different than others though is that they are so, so funny. You wouldn’t think true crime and humor go together, but they make it work!
  2. Serial: This is actually the first ever podcast I listened to (way back in my junior year of high school). A Journalist covers the murder of a Baltimore high school student in 1999 to uncover whether or not her boyfriend at the time is actually guilty. I still can’t make up my mind!
  3. Crime Junkie: I just started listening to this podcast, but I love the short, sweet, to-the-point way host, Ashley Flowers, cover true crime stories!

Pop Culture

  1. The Morning Toast: I’m not the biggest pop culture junkie, but I do like to stay informed. The Morning Toast, hosted by sisters Claudia Oshry (Girl With No Job) and Jackie Oshry, is absolutely hilarious. Every weekday morning the sisters share the top five pop culture stories you need to hear before, as they say, you “take a bite out of your morning toast.”
  2. The Snatchelor: If you like The Morning Toast, you’ll probably also want to listen to the Snatchelor, hosted by another Oshry sister, Margo. The Snatchelor covers all things Bachelor Nation every Tuesday morning. I highly recommend if you’re watching it this season!

Miscellaneous

  1. Blogging Unscripted: If you’re looking for a podcast that covers blogging tips, tricks, and best practices, this is my go-to! Host Danielle Gervino gives the best advice, covering so much information in each episode.
  2. Lore: I have always been weirdly interested in the supernatural and Lore definitely indulges me! This podcast delves into the origins of folklore, ghost stories, and more and I find it so fascinating. Also, the host’s voice is incredibly soothing!
  3. The Last Podcast On the Left: I didn’t include this podcast in the true crime list because even though the hosts do cover a ton of true crime stories, they do so much more. Basically, any nerdy topic is game on this show! I don’t listen all the time, but certain episodes catch my eye. One of my favorites was the 4 part series the three men did on Rasputin. Warning: this podcast is FULL of guy humor.

So, there you have it: the leopard dress I’m wearing now and into spring and the 8 podcasts I rotate between! Did you like today’s post? Let me know if I should cover more lifestyle topics in the comments! And definitely comment with your podcast recommendations!

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Dress: Shein c/o // Boots: Sam Edelman // Bag: Gucci, more affordable here // Sunglasses: Amazon // Watch: Michael Kors // Rings: Loft // Necklace: Similar

P.S. Use the code thedaintydetails315 to get my leopard dress (and your entire purchase) 15% off! And check out one of last week’s outfits from the same retailer!

Spring Workwear: 3 Tips for Office Dressing

Spring Workwear: 3 Tips for Office Dressing

In case you didn’t know, I started a new job this week! And like all changes happening to me or around me, I found new fashion inspiration. So to commemorate my new job, I had to share some spring workwear inspiration (also works for winter too!).

Monochrome Palette

While my office isn’t quite as dressed up as the befitting the outfit I’m sharing, I feel like there are a few principles to take away from the outfit. One thing that always elevates a look—and in this case makes it look more professional—is a monochrome palette. The cream and beige head-to-toe screams elegance. I love the soft, fresh colors for spring, but this tip definitely works year round; wearing all gray, all black, etc. has the same effect!

Versatile Pieces

What I love about the pieces I’m wearing is that they’re both so versatile. So while I might not wear a lacy blouse and pencil skirt to work, I might pair the blouse with a pair of dark jeans or the skirt with a light sweater.

This is especially important for spring workwear because the weather is always so iffy. One day you might have snow in March and the next day it’s sunny and 70 degrees. The key is to look for pieces that can be mixed and matched (this also helps your wallet!) and layered accordingly.

Structured Silhouettes

My last tip is to pay attention to silhouettes when it comes to spring work outfits. The lacy blouse I’m wearing comes with a high, ruffled collar and balloon sleeves fitted at the wrist to give the top an interesting shape. Spring is all about statement sleeves and shoulders, which transfers so well to workwear.

These three tips will have you looking elegant and stylish at the office, whether you can dress more casually like me or you need to wear business professional!

xo.

Carey

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Blouse: Chicwish c/o // Skirt: Chicwish: c/o // Heels: Sam Edelman // Bag: Gucci, more affordable option // Sunglasses: Amazon // Rings: Loft // Watch: Michael Kors

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Dress

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Dress

If you didn’t get enough Valentine’s Day content last week, don’t worry because I’m back again today with more inspo! As soon as I saw it, I immediately thought it would be such a cute option for a Valentine’s Day dress. If you are looking for something that’s a touch more dressy, but not over-the-top, this is the perfect dress!

I decided to tone the look down with knee-high, tan boots. The dress has such a fun silhouette and pattern that I wanted it to stand out. Honestly, I think this dress is so unique—from the pattern (it has elephants!) to the high, ruffled collar and puff shoulders I haven’t seen anything like it. And if red isn’t your color—because let’s be real, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea—it comes in a pretty blue color or black.

Spring is definitely on my mind when it comes to shopping and that’s another reason I love this dress. Even if you don’t want it for Valentine’s Day, it’s such a great transition piece. Right now I would wear this dress with boots and a coat (be warned, it is thin). But once the temps heat up I think it would be so cute with sneakers or sandals.

Like I mentioned with the boots, since the dress makes such a statement I kept accessories to a minimum. Subtle gold jewelry, my sunglasses, and a bag easily completed the look.

So, if you’re still looking for a Valentine’s Day dress, I highly recommend this one. And, you can get 15% off your entire order with the code thedaintydetails315!

xo,

Carey

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Dress: Shein c/o // Boots: old, this year’s version // Bag: Gucci, more affordable option // Sunglasses: Amazon // Watch: Michael Kors