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I’m back! It’s been about 3 months since I’ve blogged. What? I just got so busy with work and life that Sweet Cats! was pushed past the back burner and basically off the stove altogether. It made me sad, and I’ve been dying to get back to blogging, but I just haven’t had the time. Until now, when I got sicky and had to stay home for a few days! I’m not promising regular posts right now, but maybe a few!

It has been way longer than I thought since I last did an Instagram Round-Up…the last one was in July! Yikes! So some of these may be a little (okay a lot) out of season (looking at you, monogrammed bathing suit), but whatever. Just put it on your list for the summer, it’s never too early for that! Don’t forget to follow along on the Blogstagram (@sweetcatsblog) to see my most recent posts!

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I’m obsessed with this JCrew Factory skirt! It was great during the summer with my white swiss dot tank, and will be great in the fall with tights and riding boots! Here, I paired it with my JCrew Factory chambray, watch, Marley Lilly tassel bracelet (c/o), and a statement necklace (similar).  This is a great polished look for work or church!

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Beautiful earrings for pierced ears. I hope you caught that reference to one of my favorite books as a child! I had been searching high and low for a tiny “K” earring for my third hole. I finally found one at Nordstrom, and it has become a permanent fixture on my earlobe. I wore my Kendra Scott Alexandra earrings in Chalcedony, and I thought it was a great pair!

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Okay, okay, I know it’s February. But this is one of my favorite Instas ever. I paired my Marley Lilly monogrammed bandeau top with some bright coral swim bottoms (similar), grabbed my shades, $5 infused water from Whole Foods (this was before I had really grasped the concept of budgeting), and a pool read, and headed to the pool for one of the two times I went this summer.

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Yaaaaas the Greased Lightening dress! I love this little frock so much that I gave it a name, as you do. They don’t have this print anymore, but they do have it in the blue marble print, which my sister has and I love! I also have it in pink, because it’s so comfy for work!

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I’m literally obsessed with my Vera Bradley duffel. It’s like a Mary Poppins bag, you can just keep stuffing things inside and it never seems to fill up. This particular trip was for my birthday (in August lolz), and I packed my trusty denim shorts from Old Navy and my favorite little bird dress from SheInside. Also, this fluffy pink bedding makes me feel like a princess, and that’s the best feeling ever.

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Holy Shift. This is my score from the Lilly After Party Sale, and I honestly didn’t get to wear it enough before fall rolled around. This dress is no longer available, but I’m loving this one! I like to go for a classic look with my Lilly, pairing it with nude heels, a string of pearls layered with my monogrammed necklace, and my scalloped monogrammed clutch, c/o Marley Lilly. So Southern I almost can’t even handle myself.

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I had my eye on both of these BaubleBar pieces for quite some time. I love love LOVE BaubleBar, but it’s honestly too expensive for me to buy on a regular basis. But! They have awesome sales! Pro Tip: sign up for their emails- then you’ll get all the info. They have at least one piece for under $30 (a lot of the time it’s even $10 or $15!) each week! I got an excellent deal on these EKG studs that I wear nearly every day and this #obsessed dainty bracelet. The bracelet isn’t available anymore, but they have plenty of other dainty options!

loft skirt This is my favorite fall outfit! It’s one of those that I have to limit myself on wearing, because I would wear it every day. This blanket skirt from Loft is a fun addition to my autumn wardrobe. I paired it with a long-sleeved solid black tee, tights, and riding boots. To add some sparkle, I wore my Kendra Scott Rayne necklace in Pyrite (color bar only) and this fierce Gilded Leo Cuff by Baublebar (another Buried Bauble steal).

This was a big one! Fingers crossed that I will stay more on top of Instagram round-ups in the future.

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New Boyfriend

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I’m in love and I don’t care who knows!

 

No, not with a boy. I’ve finally found the perfect pair of denim shorts, and I can’t really get over it. Denim shorts have always been a touchy subject for me, I can never seem to find a pair that fits me how I want them to. They’re either a trashy level of too short or a mom level of too long, neither of which is flattering. So the other day when I was shopping with my mom, we wandered into Old Navy and saw that their shorts were on sale for $15, a great deal. My mom suggested that I try some on, and I did, expecting that they’d fit like everything else. I tried on a few pairs and was pleasantly surprised by The Boyfriend Cuffed Shorts.

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They sit right at the hips, and fit well, but still a little loose. I LOVE the length, and you can roll them down if you want! Also, I usually stay away from distressed denim, because I feel it makes the shorts/pants exclusively casual, but I actually really like the distressed details on these- it’s perfect for summer. I bought these last Saturday and I’ve already worn them twice, so it’s safe to say that I’m obsessed with my latest Boyfriend. (I’m probably having too much fun with this…whatever.) If you’re looking for a new pair of shorts, head over to Old Navy- they have a great selection and great prices!

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DIY-Summer Shorts

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As I mentioned last week, “re-purposing shorts” has been on my to-do list for two summers now. I bought all the supplies last year, but I never quite got around to making them. This summer, I was determined to finish (and start) the project. Before we go any further, let me be frank. This isn’t really going to be a detailed tutorial on how to embellish your denim shorts. I forgot to take too many crucial photographs along the way, and honestly, my mom did most of the sewing for me. Sewing isn’t really my thing. I wish it was, but I just can’t do it and I don’t really know why. This post serves as inspirational rather than instructional. That being said, you may be able to pick up a few tips along the way!

First, gather your supplies. You will need an old pair of jeans, (or capris, or shorts!) fabric, and embellishments of your choice. I chose these capri pants I’ve had since maybe about the eighth grade. A good tip from my friend China (we’ve been friends since before the eighth grade) is to get your jeans (if you’re buying them from a thrift store) a size larger so they will fit like shorts in the legs, instead of tight like jeans! I also chose a tribal-print fabric for an extra summery vibe, silver studs, and giant gold rick-rack that I ended up not using.

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Next, cut a considerable amount off of your pants. Cut them longer than you think you’ll want them, because you can always cut off more, but you can’t add it back! This is also the time to decide whether or not you want to hem or cuff the edges, or leave them to fray, because this will have an effect on the length. I cut one side, then folded it over to cut the other side, to make sure they were even.

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Next, cut your fabric to fit where you’re going to place it. I chose to do a panel of fabric on the front right side, and on the back left pocket. You’ll want to cut it a bit larger on each side so you can iron a small fold to avoid fraying ends. You can see on the pocket picture that it doesn’t fit-this picture was taken before I enlisted the help of my mother. I re-cut the fabric for the pocket, using parchment paper to trace the pocket as a pattern. Basically, if my mom didn’t help, I probably wouldn’t have finished these.

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Next, sew it on! I have little to no advice when it comes to working a sewing machine, so you’ll have to find someone else to help you with that if you don’t know how either. Godspeed.

Here’s the finished product! You can see on the opposite pocket that I inserted a few of the studs. I might add more later, but it was kind of hard so I gave up.

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I chose to roll the ends, but you could either hem them, leave them to fray, or add trim! If you do roll them, I would suggest tacking them so they don’t come unrolled.

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I’m really pleased with how these turned out, and I’m excited to wear them! I think they would look cute with either a solid tee or a flowy tank.

Hopefully you gained a few tips or a little inspiration for your own denim upgrade!

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In My Closet-Denim Jacket

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I know it’s only Tuesday, but I’m already ready for it to be the weekend! Mostly because my birthday is on Saturday! I’ve always loved having a summer birthday, since I never have to go to school or anything, and luckily, the first year I’m working, it’s on a Saturday. If only every August 3rd could be a Saturday. Anyways, I’m sure I will have more about that later this week and next. Right now, I need to share with you another segment of In My Closet- a blog series where I feature an item of clothing I personally own that I feel is a necessary staple in the wardrobe of a fashion-forward young woman. This week, I’ve decided to feature something I’ve had in my closet for years, but just now started appreciating its true value-my denim jacket!

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For a while, whenever I would think of a denim jacket, I thought about the one I had in elementary school that I kind of loved but kind of hated, It was from Old Navy (of course), and I wore it with literally everything. I thought it was cute (because that’s what my mom told me…she was right), but I hated how it felt-scratchy, stiff, and crunchy. I refused to wear one for a while, but I got this out of necessity my sophomore year of high school, when our homecoming dance was western-themed, and I needed something to go over my dress. It has stayed in the back of my closet for years, but I recently brought it out again for a western-themed date party. It was February and I had the cutest dress, but it was a bit chilly! That’s when I realized that this jacket was worth more than I was giving it credit for. As the weather got warmer, I started wearing the jacket with maxi dresses, cotton dresses, and colored jeans and solid tees. Sometimes I wish it wasn’t cropped, because that makes things awkward, but my denim jacket has truly become a valuable gem in my wardrobe. My favorite way to wear it is with my patterned maxi, sandals, and bold jewelry! It’s a great piece to throw over anything to make it more conservative or more fitting for cooler weather. I’m seeing denim jackets more and more this summer- my friend Kinsey wore hers over a cute floral dress with heels to church on Sunday, and one of the girls in my office wore one with a simple striped dress. As I said, I purchased mine so long ago that I can’t even remember where I got it, but I love this classic from Levi’s, this one (on sale!) from Old Navy, or this dark washed option from Joe’s Jeans. I’m excited to see what I can do with it in the fall-stay tuned! 

What’s your favorite way to wear a denim jacket?

That’s all for meow! 

Summer Style Watch

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First of all, how do you like the new blog? It’s very chic and sleek, which is what I was wanting for the blog, so I love it!

Also, since I’m home for the summer, I have plenty of time to craft, cook, and blog! I have so many crafts I plan on making for my new house next year, and I’m excited to share them with you. If I end up actually doing them.

But for now, I’m going to share my picks for my favorite fashion trends this summer! Summer has always been my favorite season: swimming, sunshine, no school, and the freedom to dress however you want. Now that I’m in college, I can wear whatever I want all the time, but before I couldn’t wait to be free from school dress code and wear shorts and tank tops all the time! I’ve noticed that my style becomes more relaxed and bohemian during the summer. Normally, I steer clear of anything that could be deemed “bohemian” due to my mostly preppy and classic wardrobe, but there’s something about the natural, messy style that I can’t stay away from while frolicking in the sun from May-August. It’s also fun to mix more relaxed pieces with structured pieces to create a unique look. But more on that later!

The first thing I’m loving this summer is mix-and-match swimsuits. I am fully aware that this trend has been around for a while, but I have just now hopped on the train! I decided to go for solid colors, that way I can wear them together and mix them with the patterned pieces I already have. The possibilities are endless! I bought these two at JCPenney’s the other day- each piece was just $5! Also, JCP has turned into a new favorite store- everything is so cute now, and very affordable!

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Next on my list is the maxi dress. I love maxi dresses- they can be dressed up or down, and are perfect for when you don’t feel like wearing anything too constricting. I feel like you can put on a maxi dress and say, “Well I really don’t care what I’m wearing but I’m still looking fabulous.” I’ve had my two favorites forever, but they’re both so versatile! I have a solid black dress that I like to wear with colorful sandals, statement earrings, and an armful of gold bangles. The printed dress I wear with wedges and my cropped denim jacket.

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I’m also on the hunt for a maxi skirt that I can pair with tanks and my denim jacket for a different look! I tried wearing the printed dress as a skirt to church a couple of weeks ago. It was really cute, but it was quite the struggle to walk and do other regular, necessary activities, so I won’t be doing that again. Also, my denim jacket that I mentioned has become a new favorite in my wardrobe. Living in East Texas/College Station, sometimes it’s okay to be a little bit country. I like to pair this with sundresses and boots when I go dancing, or over maxi dresses for church, or with other outfits when it might get a little chilly at night! I like mine because it’s cropped, so it’s not too bulky, and it has a cute design on the back that adds a little interest!

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Another thing I’m loving this summer is eyelet everything. Shorts, dresses, tops, you name it! I love the feminine look, and it’s the perfect summer fabric! My favorite is white, just because it’s crisp and classic, but it’s good to have colorful options, too! I love this eyelet tie-front tank from Dillard’s. It would pair well with colorful shorts, or a pair of dark wash cropped jeans and wedges!

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Every summer, I have to get a new pair of sunglasses. It seems there’s always a new shape that’s in, and I like to try them out! Also, I tend to lose or break sunglasses more than the average person. This year, I’m loving oversized circle frames. Ever since I spotted Kourtney Kardashian wearing these fab Prada frames on Kourtney & Kim Take Miami, I have been dying for them. Unfortunately, Prada is not within my college girl budget, so I’ll have to settle for the Target brand that’s not as fancy, but still the look I’m going for!

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There are so many more trends I’m wanting to try for summer, but there isn’t enough time, and this post would be obnoxiously long! What are your favorite summer styles? I would love to hear from you!

Coming soon: crafts for all of those t-shirts you don’t wear anymore! Gather them up and get ready to give them a new job besides taking up space in your closet! Until next time!