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Five Timeless Additions to One’s Wardrobe.

Hello, my dear friends! A happy Wednesday to you all! I spent the majority of today cleaning out my closet, which was exhausting, but also VERY rewarding. And while I was sorting through all of my clothing, it got me thinking about how we can go about building a near perfect wardrobe.

Today’s blog post is going to be a little one talking about FASHION. And finding inspiration in days past. I recently went to an antique store here in Traverse City and it really reignited my love of vintage fashion. There were so many clothing items that were so absolutely beautiful. And TIMELESS. There’s something so magical about a piece of clothing that has been around for fifty plus years that someone can see years later and still find beautiful.

Each decade has styles that certainly did not age well, but there are some that I think will never go out of style. Below is a list of some such pieces.

  1. A-line dresses. I think that a-line dresses are not only universally flattering, but they are also timeless. They can be dressed up or down, and they will always look put-together. It’s my personal favorite silhouette for dresses and skirts, and one that I never stray far from.
  2. Red Lipstick. Now, red lipstick isn’t an article of clothing, but I think that red lipstick is something that really just adds so much to an outfit. I’ve probably mentioned it in a blog post or two, but I think it bears repeating. It can be a bit intimidating, but once you find the type of red lipstick that works best with your skin tone, you’ll feel unstoppable!
    Red lipstick can be light or dark, it could be a blue-red or perhaps an orange-red. Remember, while red lipstick is classic, NOT ALL RED LIPSTICKS ARE CREATED EQUAL. Find the one that works best for YOU.
  3. A dress coat. I recently picked up a BEAUTIFUL vintage coat from the thrift store. It’s white and made of cashmere. I couldn’t tell you what year it’s from because it is just that classic and timeless. It reminds me a lot of Betty Draper’s blue coat on Mad Men. Truly timeless. I’m still on the search for a trench coat, though… another true classic.
  4. A black pair of heels. Even for those of us that aren’t the most coordinated, a pair of heels is a staple for a wardrobe. There are so many different styles of heels, and each can serve a different purpose. I prefer a good kitten heel, because, as stated above, I am not terribly coordinated. And if you do choose to wear a heel, make sure that you feel comfortable and confident in it. No matter how beautiful a pair of shoes is, if we don’t feel good in them, people will focus on our unease rather than our style.
  5. A well-fitted pair of jeans. A good pair of jeans is one of the most difficult items to add to one’s closet. There are so many different types of jeans, various fits, and varying washes. But once you find a good pair… you’ll feel like a brand new person! And a small little tip: some jeans may need to be tailored just a little bit to become your dream jeans! Speaking from my experience as a girl with short legs…

My dear friends, there are of course so many different classic pieces and styling choices we can add to our lives, but I’ll leave you with these five for now. Of course every style is different, but I think that these five are generally pretty universal. They’re some of my favorites, anyhow! ❤

Thank you so much for reading!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

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Decorating · Eco-friendly · OOTD

A Home Decor and Fall Fashion Goodwill Haul.

Hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! I hope that your week is going well! I’ve had quite the busy little week, and have been on a mission to get to decorating our apartment. Which you can see if you read this blog post. I wanted to take a trip to the thrift store to find some more pieces to add. And boy oh boy, did I find some treasures — the Goodwill here in Traverse City is phenomenal!

These boots! Oh my gosh. As if I wasn’t already plenty excited for fall… I’ve been wanting a pair of brown boots for awhile, and here they are! They’re a seven and a half, which is half a size bigger than what I usually wear, but with socks on, they fit perfectly! I picture many a cute outfits completed with these boots.

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This little sunflower piece! It’s so stinking cute and it fits in so well with all my other decor. When I took the Goodwill sticker off of it, some of the paint came off, so I put it behind this faux ivy to cover it up! It uses the space really well, and makes it look even more complete! Above the counter is quickly becoming my favorite part of our apartment.

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Isn’t this little basket the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? And believe it or not, these soaps are from Goodwill as well. I recently finished up my liquid soap and wanted to make the switch to bar soap, as it’s so much better for the environment! And they fit so nice in this little basket! It also looks so dang adorable on our countertop.

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This sweater!!! Oh my gosh! It was brand spankin’ new — with tags and everything! From the Gap! And it was originally $30! I was so happy to find this! And again, it’ll be perfect for fall, or even a summer night over a sundress. It’s so stinkin’ cute.

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This dress is probably my favorite find of the whole trip! It’s from L.L Bean, and it’s actually from the petite section which is awesome because I’m a bit on the short side… It is the coziest dress ever and I love this blue color! I paired it with some white flip flops and it was perfect. I also have a white denim jacket that I think it would look amazing with.

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We also bought some cups, but they’re fairly standard, so I didn’t bother taking photos of them. And a pan! But again, not super exciting! We were excited about them, which I suppose is just part of becoming adults. Ha!

Thank you so much for reading, friends!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

 

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OOTD: Reading in the Park.

Hello, friends! A happy little Wednesday to you! This blog is going up a little late — I just couldn’t think of what to write! And then, I thought about doing an OOTD. I have a bunch of photos from a past little photoshoot with Bobby, so I thought I would compile those into an OOTD blog post! A couple of these photos have made it to other blog posts, but I thought I’d do an OOTD of them all together!

It’s so funny how when we get our photo taken and absolutely HATE it, but then we look back at it a couple of months later… and we realize that it wasn’t so bad. That’s how I feel about this set of photos!

And this dress is probably my favorite of all time, so I wanted to feature it!

And here’s a breakdown of the items!

White coverup: Target

Dress: Old Navy

Bag: TJ Maxx

Shoes: BANGS

And that’s all, folks! A pretty short post, but I liked being able to do an OOTD again. Hopefully more to come in the near future!

Xoxo, Mattie Mae

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Shopping My Closet: Fourth of July.

Hello, friends! A happy Wednesday to all of you! I know that it may seem silly, but as I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I used to use holidays, yes, even the fourth of July, as excuses to buy new outfits. I love putting together cute outfits, and even more so when there’s a theme, but there comes a time when you need to realize that it’s really not necessary to do that. Especially when you have so many outfits from years passed… 

As a result of this, I’ve been trying to shop my own closet more. It’s such a simple thing, but it really allows you to look at your closet with fresh eyes. The other week I decided to wear a sweater that I’ve had since middle school. I remember not wearing it a lot because I thought it looked bad on me, and now, seven years later, I think it looks adorable! It’s funny how our perspective can change about such things. 

ANYWHO.

Let’s begin!

Accessories: 

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Sunglasses: I chose this pair of red, heart-shaped, sunglasses because I think they are so darn cute, first of all. Second of all, I think they’re just perfect for fourth of July. I really enjoy wearing sunglasses almost as one would wear a headband. I think it looks so effortlessly chic, not to mention practical, especially if you find yourself in a car with all of the windows down. And, of course, they’re quite useful when the sun gets in your eyes. I also have a pair of cat-eyed sunglasses that are red and white polka dot, that I think would be quite perfect. I think that as far as sunglasses go, it’s hard to go wrong with a red and/or white pair. And as far as where I got these red ones from, I do believe it was at Rue 21, maybe five years ago. Luckily, a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses are pretty easy to come by.

Earrings: In my opinion, pearl earrings — even if they’re fake, are a classic, and can be worn for just about every situation. I bought a pack of three from Kohl’s for my engagement pictures, and haven’t stopped wearing them since. In fact, as I type this, I’m wearing the middle pearl earrings right now. Again, effortlessly chic.  Now that’s the classic pearl earrings. I also have a pair of dangly-ish ones that would be adorable as well. I like to wear the original pearl ones if I have my hair up, and then the more dangly ones if I have my hair down, as they’re a little easier to see through my hair.  (Unfortunately, they were a gift, so I do not know where they are from. Sorry, friends.) Now that blue pair… these are so gorgeous and just deliciously gaudy. They remind me of the earrings that are really trendy right now, the big ones made up of fabric. I think these would be so cute if you had your hair up, maybe a white dress, and then a really fabulous red lip. And alas, these ones were a hand-me-down from my momma, so I do not know where they’re from. 

Watch: Again, a piece of jewelry from my engagement pictures. I think that any sort of white watch would look especially darling, because they’re just so classic. Especially if you were wearing an outfit that only had a touch of white, this would be perfect in tying in the whole look. I don’t have a brown watch, but I do think that would look very cute and polished as well. Especially if you chose to wear an outfit that was predominately navy. The brown would serve as a neutral to the outfit. Especially since black and navy don’t always seem to get along in an outfit.

Lipstick:I am probably one of the world’s biggest advocates for a good red lip. The lipstick that I do have is generally red. And on the fourth of July, what could be better? I envision a nice red lip with a really sleek bun, or perhaps some 1940’s movie starlet curls? I love a red lip with super minimal eye makeup, it really helps draw the eye to the red lip. The one I have featured is a Besame one, Victory Red is the name. It looks really nice paired with a gloss, especially if you don’t want it to feel as lipstick-y. There are so many different wonderful shades of red, and I know that everyone has a preference. This lipstick is more of a blue-red, which I find to be very flattering on me. I would definitely recommend trying different shades of red lipstick before writing it off completely… 

Bag: I’m not one who buys bags very often. I have two. This one, which I got from TJ Maxx, and a black one that I got from Kohl’s two years ago. Again, I will suggest a brown bag, instead of a black one, as I think the brown is a better neutral for red, white, and blue, and also a really great neutral for summer. I also absolutely adore the whicker bag trend that’s been really popular as of late. I think that it looks so precious, and like you’re on a perpetual picnic, and who doesn’t want that? Of course, if you’re spending your fourth on the beach, a nice, sturdy, canvas tote would also do. We love frivolity here at Midwest Mattie Mae, but practicality definitely has its time and place. 

Outfits:

Okay, so for this first outfit, I thought it would be a fun idea to make a swimsuit part of an outfit, as I typically find myself in a swimsuit during the fourth. I  generally opt for one piece bathing suits, but I’m sure you could pair some cute overalls with any swimsuit that you may have. I bought this swimsuit last summer from Target. I’m quite partial to polka dots or stripes for swimwear, and I think that either of them would be perfect for the holiday. Stars too, of course! And I’m quite fond of overalls. I’ve been wearing them since I was a little baby, thanks to my momma’s love of them. This pair was from Zumiez last winter. I, of course, would suggest going to a thrift shop to look for some overalls, I know that a lot of people have great luck finding them at thrift shops. Regardless of where you find them, they’re adorable and perfect for any summer event.

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The outfit below is probably my favorite. It features a hand-me-down red sweater that I’ve had to fix many times, as its quite prone to snags and holes. I remember going to church camp and thinking that the older girls who wore shorts and long sleeved shirts/sweatshirts/sweaters looked so cool. The pairing of shorts with a long sleeved top is the perfect look for later in the day, when it starts getting a little colder out. Watching the fireworks while being snuggled up in this sweater…and these shorts! They’re a pair of Levi’s that I found at Goodwill. They were actually jeans, but I cut them into shorts two summers ago. I really like that I was able to cut them into shorts, so that I could make them into a length that I feel comfortable with, as I don’t tend to like shorts that are too short.

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This outfit’s focal point is the shorts. They’re the cutest little pair of striped shorts, combined with a navy turtleneck. The top I found at Goodwill, and the shorts were another hand-me-down from my Momma, two years ago. I think that any pair of statement piece shorts would be perfect paired with a plain top.  Again, polka dots, stripes, or even stars, with a mixture of red, white, and blue. I generally don’t mix prints, but that’s of course just a personal preference of mine. I usually go for a statement top with a plain bottom, or vice versa. That being said, it can be quite fun to mix patterns, and I think that the fourth of July would be a perfect excuse to do so!

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This outfit is the perfect mixture of casual and dressed up. The delicate white top, paired with a more relaxed maxi dress. They’re both from Goodwill, from years ago. I think that a maxi skirt or dress is perfect for the summer. I think that they’re even more wonderful to wear to the beach, paired with a dainty sandal. I love the floral print of the skirts, because it’s not so fourth of July that you couldn’t wear it on just a regular ol’ day. And I definitely wear this skirt quite often. It’s one of my favorite pieces, and has been in my closet since high school. And I think that the top is not only adorable, but super practical as well. The material is quite breathable, so you won’t get so sweaty on these hot summer days.

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This outfit would be perfect for a day where it may be extra chilly for the entirety of the day. I paired some stretch pants from Van Heusen and this top from TJ Maxx. Again, I’ve had these pants since high school, and I’ve had the shirt for about a year and a half. I like this one as well because its a noncommittal pattern that can work for many an occasion. And how nice does light blue look with a tan? Or in my case… a sunburn.  And the pants look effortlessly chic, and are SO comfy. I know that not everyone wants to wear a pant that is closer to a jegging, but I absolutely love them, and find them to be quite flattering.

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Thank you so much for reading, my friends! Happy “shopping”!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

Engaged Life · OOTD

Head to Toe: My Engagement Pictures

Hello friends! Happy Monday to you all! Today’s blog I wanted to do a little something different. It’s sort of like an OOTD, but it’s more so a breakdown of what I wore/how I did my hair/makeup for my engagement pictures! I am by no means an expert in fashion, hair, or makeup, but I do thoroughly enjoy putting looks together.

I’ve said many a times that it is NOT necessary to buy an outfit for EVERY occasion, but I will admit that I did buy a new outfit for these pictures. My clothes don’t fit very well as of late, and I wanted to feel confident during these pictures, so I did buy them new. Had I not waited until the last second, (the day before), I probably would have tried to find them at a thrift store, but alas, I did not.

I did, however, incorporate some pieces that I already had, so I didn’t COMPLETELY go off the shopping deep-end.

And off we go!

Hair.

I am not confident in my hair-styling abilities whatsoever, so I just straightened my hair. I don’t know what straightener I use, I’ve had it for years and years. I can’t imagine straighteners work all that different from each other, so this one doesn’t matter so much!

Makeup.

 I chose a pretty natural and simple makeup look, pretty much the same as the look I describe in this blog post. The only difference being that I took the color, Cyprus Umber, from the Modern Renaissance palette on my lash line. I don’t like how eyeliner looks on me, especially black eyeliner, so I choose to do a more subtle look. I like taking a little brush like this, and do a thin line along my lases. It creates a look that is both subtle and slightly  dramatic. And the brown makes my green eyes POP. I think it’s important when taking engagement pictures to choose a makeup look that is very close to your day-to-day makeup, just elevated slightly. They’re pictures that you’ll have for the rest of your life! You want to still look like YOU. It’s definitely not a time to experiment with vastly different makeup looks, because some looks photograph better than others. If you do want to do a look that is very different from your regular look, I recommend trying it out ahead of time, and taking photos of yourself. That way you have an idea of what it will look like in your engagement pictures!

Accessories.

Necklace: Bobby bought me this necklace for Christmas, so I can’t find the exact one, but here is one that is similar. I think that a simple necklace is perfect for photos.  It makes you look just a little more put together quite effortlessly. I seldom take this necklace off, so I didn’t even really think about not wearing a necklace! It’s important to make sure that your necklace matches with the neckline of the shirt you’re wearing. Some necklaces look better with a neckline than others. Just something to be conscious of!

Here is one that is similar to mine!

Pearls: I’ve always adored the look of pearls. They are so timeless, and I think it’s important for engagement pictures to feel timeless. I hope one day to own a pair of real fancy-pants lady pearl earrings, but for now, I’m a-okay with the ones I have. I believe in quality over quantity, but something like earrings, I can’t seem to justify spending heaps of money on. I’m fine with a handful of well-chosen cheap earrings. I generally opt for earrings that are more dangly, but again, I wanted to make sure things looked timeless, so, pearl earring it was! Below I’ve listed the exact pearls I  bought, and then a similar, cheaper, pair from Amazon.

The set I bought.

And here’s a cheaper alternative, using my Amazon Affiliate link!

Watch: Again, I wanted to choose an accessory that I thought to be quite timeless. I think that a delicate watch can be so striking, especially a faux white leather one. I’m not normally a fan of gold, or even a rose gold, but I found this watch to be quite charming. I think that if it were to be a silver watch, (which is generally my favorite) the white wouldn’t stand out as much. I think that sticking with one accessory on the wrists is a good idea. The star of the show should be your engagement ring! Pick additional pieces that are beautiful and simplistic so as to not take away the spotlight from that beautiful ring on your finger!

The watch I bought.

And here’s a cheaper alternative, using my Amazon Affiliate link!

Fake Nails: Speaking of the spotlight being on our rings… Arguably one of the most important things for engagement pictures: THE NAILS!!! My nails are generally in some sort of disarray.  Whether it be from me picking at the skin surrounding them, ripping them off, or even my sad attempt at giving myself a manicure. I generally go for red nails, but I thought that with my outfit being blue and white,  the red would make me look better prepared for a fourth of July barbecue, and not engagement pictures. So instead, I went with a  mauve pink color. I didn’t want to mess with with the nail salon or painting my nails myself, so I bought this pair of fake nails. I am 100% sure that I put them on wrong,  but they look better than my plain nails would’ve! So, success! I also included a nail polish color that is similar, in case you wanted to get them done at a salon or do them yourself! Not everyone is as inept at nails as me! (Ha!)

The set I bought.

And here’s an alternative, if you want a similar look with no fake nails!

Shoes: The shoes I wore are about five years old, from Cracker Barrel. I couldn’t find the exact pair that I have, so here are some similar ones that are honestly even cuter!

Option One.

Option Two.

Clothing.

Shirt: As I stated earlier, I’ve recently put on some weight. As a result, I have very few clothes that fit me correctly. I want to be able to be comfortable in the clothing I wear, especially for such an important occasion as engagement photos. When I do purchase something, I like to find items that are useful for me now, and items that could be useful to be if I were to fluctuate in weight again. A white t-shirt is such a wonderful option to have, and can be so flattering on everyone. Phew, that’s a lot of talk for saying I bought a white t-shirt.

Here’s the one that I bought.

And here’s a cheaper alternative, using my Amazon Affiliate link!

Skirt: As I mentioned previously, I want to purchase clothing that will serve me for a long time to come. This skirt is perfect for that, because it’s a true wrap skirt, so it will fit my waist at many different sizes. I also find this silhouette to be so flattering. I knew that I wanted to have a more fitted top paired with a looser bottom because I find it looks the nicest on me, especially in pictures. It’s important to know what works for YOU. These pieces that work great for me may not work for you at all, but maybe they will! Which is why I wanted to list them!

Here’s the one that I bought.

And here’s a cheaper alternative, using my Amazon Affiliate link!

And that’s about it, folks! I’m pretty sure that’s a recap of everything that I did/wore for these pictures! This is a different blog than what I usually do, but I had a lot of fun with it! I am not a fashionista, a makeup artist, or a hair stylist, but I enjoy it all the same!

If you do choose to purchase any of the products I’ve listed from Amazon, I will make a profit from it (with no extra cost to you!), as I am an Amazon Affiliate! No pressure on you to purchase anything, just wanted to give some options! ❤

Thank you so much for reading!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

 

OOTD

I Can’t Wait Until the Flowers Bloom OOTD

Hi, friends! Happy Monday! I hope that your week is off to a great start. My photographer (and lovely fiancé) is back!!! If these photos seem better quality than the ones before, that’s because they are! I have two lenses, and I hadn’t really played around with the other one. This is the result! I think they look even better than normal!

Sunglasses: I honestly don’t know where these are from! I found them abandoned at church camp, many years ago (haha!)

Shirt: Thrifted!

Pants: ModCloth! (But I got them at Goodwill!)

Shoes: Cracker Barrel!

Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!

Xoxo,

Mattie Mae

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A Black and White OOTD Captured with a Self-timer.

Hi, friends! Happy Monday to y’all! My day was pretty great today! It’s hard not to be happy when it stays light out for so much longer. Like right now, it’s seven pm and it’s still so light out! It makes me so happy!! I was also really productive today. I did a lot of schoolwork and started getting my apartment cleaned up. Since it’s finally getting to feel like spring, I suppose it’s time for some spring cleaning!

Bobby is gone for work this week, so my photos may not look as cool, unfortunately. For today’s, I decided to just shoot it at my apartment with the self-timer. I think they turned out okay! This outfit is super cozy and still looks put together! A perfect outfit for school.

Jacket: TJ Maxx

T-shirt/Dress: Forever 21

Leggings: American Eagle

Shoes: Converse

Thank you so much for reading! Have a great week!!!!

Xoxo,

Mattie Mae

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A Very Casual Church OOTD

Hello, friends! Happy Sunday! I hope that your Sunday was wonderful! Sunday’s are my favorite day of the week, despite it being one day away from Monday. Bobby and I go to church and then we will have lunch with my family and usually spend the afternoon with them. It’s my favorite. We all just sit, talk, watch tv, knit, or maybe take a little cat nap. (Which I totally did today.) It’s just such a cozy day of relaxation and reflection.

My outfit today was super simple, and probably not too interesting, but I thought I’d share it all the same!

Sweater: TJ Maxx

Scarf: J Crew

Pants: Van Heusen

Shoes: TJ Maxx

Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!!!

Xoxo,

Mattie Mae

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An OOTD from the Archives.

Hi, friends! I admit, this OOTD is not from today. Today was a super chill day so I wore a really basic outfit. I figured that wouldn’t be very exciting, so I thought I’d use these pictures that I have from Thanksgiving! I really liked this look because it was pretty cozy, but still put-together. Especially paired with my curly hair. My cousin told me I had Marilyn Monroe hair, so, I, of course, was pretty flattered.

Sweater: Thrifted

Jeans: TJ Maxx

Shoes: Target

Thanks so much for reading, friends! Have a great day!!!

Xoxo,

Mattie Mae

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A Date Night OOTD

Happy Friday, friends!!! I am so happy it’s the weekend! And even more excited because Friday is date night!! Bobby and I are going to the movies later tonight and I’m really excited! It’s pretty cold out today, but oh so sunny! I think I’ll definitely change my shoes for something warmer and cozier, but these were so perfect, I couldn’t resist!

Sweater: Target

Leather Jacket: TJ Max

Jeans: TJ Maxx

Sunglasses: TJ Maxx

Shoes: Target

Have a fantastic Friday, friends!!

Xoxo,

Mattie Mae