Minimalist Necklaces (plus Kendra Scott dupe!)

Statement necklaces are certainly a fun trend. They come in all shapes and sizes, and instantly dress up an otherwise simple outfit. Tee shirt and shorts + statement necklace= suddenly you’re frickin’Nefertiti.

frickin’ Nefertiti

However, sometimes you just want a little somethin’ special to complete an outfit rather than be a queen in all your regalia. In these instances, minimalist jewelry is your best friend. It has a low profile and is light on your neck, but still brings a little finesse. Personally, I don’t really feel like my outfit is complete without at least a small necklace and my watch. For the most part, I tend to prefer minimalist jewelry in every day wear, and save the big guns for a fancy dinner or an interview where I want to look like a million bucks.

I like the Kendra Scott brand. I own a Rayne tassel necklace that I wear all the time. it’s basically my go to necklace when I’m running out the door, 5 minutes behind schedule but want to look like I actually planned my outfit.  Kendra necklaces look unique and have a lot of variety for different tastes.

Kendra Scott Rayne necklace


Recently, I was intrigued by the smaller Elisa pendant, and I knew I wanted it asap. However, as a poor nursing student I’m not so cool with the price tag. I envy the ladies who can afford drop $50 for a necklace, but these days my broke self can only dream.
Right when I was about to add it to my “one day” wish list and move on with my life, I tried Etsy. Etsy almost always has good quality knock offs of popular clothes and jewelry, adn this search did not disappoint. I found a vendor who makes all different kinds of Kendra Scott inspired necklaces, and are almost perfect copies for only $10!!!


I could see myself choosing this necklace for everyday wear with casual outfits (I opted for the pearl white option, as it will match everything).

What do you think? Do you have any favorite jewelry brands, or know any money saving dupes?


Trend Snark: WTF are Culottes?!

Source: Zara

In my early 20’s, I survived the gaucho pants trend, which are basically wide leg yoga pants that unapologetically embrace their ugliness.  They say what comes around goes around, and now the impoverished 19th century orphan trend is back for 2016! The fashion industry has taken what has been collecting dust on Goodwill racks across the country, and has found a way to turn it into the next haute look!

Looking fetch, Oliver Twist!

I’ve never much been a fan of capris, or cropped pants in general with the possible exception of athletic wear. This trend just looks ridiculous to me. It doesn’t add the illusion of length, and sits at an awkward angle on the part of the leg it actually covers. I mean, it’s not like clothes are supposed to be flattering, right?

A wide leg pant that stops mid-calf is just bizarre to me. How do you even style it? The only passable examples I have seen kind of flare out a little bit and look more like a skirt than pants.

less strange, but still puzzling

But in this case, why not just get a skirt? Are you really that worried about a Marilyn-Monroe-over-the-air-duct moment?

I see this trend appealing to those of us who take issue with showing leg in the scorching summer months, or who want to easily disguise that they’re 9 months pregnant.

Any thoughts/arguments for this trend? I remain unconvinced that is an example of good “style”.

Trend Snark: Wedgie or Edgy, the dilemma of high-waisted shorts

yours truly at the local farmer’s market here in Chattanooga. Also, my boyfriend is a Purdue alum, so I’m repping in my hat. #tennesseepride #boilerup

I like the idea of high waisted shorts. I really do. It took me a long time to get to this place of acceptance, because when I first saw the trend emerging I thought we must’ve fallen short of ideas if we were embracing cropped mom jeans.

Then I saw some cute tops that would look ridiculous with my low-rise pants and shorts (unless of course, you’re Britney Spears and you breathe through your bellybutton so it must always always be exposed) and I thought……maybe.

Whenever I want to try a new look out, I go to my local thirft shop and get a $5 version to play around with. That way, if I hate it, I’m not out much money and I can donate it to Goodwill.

The thing I learned about high waisted shorts though, is that you can’t buy your normal size and expect them to not ride up your butt. It feels like wearing a thong attached to a girdle and I couldn’t stand it. When I tried on larger sizes they were too large in the waist and I reminded myself of those women on diet magazine covers showing their before and after waistband size by wearing a pair of “fat pants”. It seemed there was no way to win unless I wanted to buy the fat pants and have them altered to fit my 24 inch waist.

Then I read about spandex jean shorts. Its not exactly denim, but some stretchy hybrid material that hugs your booty but doesn’t ride up. I still have to go up a size to avoid the Kardashian effect, but they fit well and are actually cute! Plus, on amazon the pair I found were only $14!

From what I’ve found, they key is to find the ideal shorts is similar to finding a good relationship: flexible and with room to grow. Seriously though, order a few sizes larger so you can bend over without feeling like you’re about to get a yeast infection.

Sheer Top Solutions: The Bralette

One of the more avant-garde trends lately has been summer shirts that are pretty, but basically see through. I’ve been surprised to buy tops from some of my favorite retailers, only to find the fabric so thin or sheer that one has to be incredibly creative to avoid flashing your bits at people. And let’s be real, just wearing a bra underneath isn’t necessarily enough coverage either.

One of my fellow bloggers recently posted a shirt she found and loves, but wasn’t sure how to style because it was so sheer.

Right when I was about to ship back a lot of recent purchases, I discovered the bralette and found a way to make stylish lemonade from an odd trend. Basically, it offers similar support (padded boob holder), but it has more coverage than your traditional braziere. And, you can find very affordable options with cute silhouettes so that the sheer top becomes part of the charm of the outfit, rather than something to make you feel self conscious. Bralettes come in many different shapes and sizes, and accommodate different shirt styles (racerback, criss-cross, bare-shouldered, one sleeved, etc). I personally enjoy the flair they offer (cut outs! lace!), and recently ordered this snazzy number in white from Amazon for less than $10. It really is like an undergarment/accessory hybrid!

Unlike camisoles, which are an entire extra layer (just thinking about it makes me sweat), the bralette doesn’t burn you up, but still gives you more cover-up and support than a bra.
The ones I’ve bought are super comfortable and don’t make you feel like your outfit is bulky or seasonally inappropriate.

The only drawback is if you happen to be a larger chested woman ( FYI I’m a 32C, and I don’t have a problem) this option doesn’t offer as much support as say, a traditional underwire bra. However, unlike a camisole it does actually offer moderate support. The girls will be supported, but not lifted, if that makes any sense.

What do you think of this option?



Dinner Date Outfit (for under $100!)

*fanfare music*

I turned 29 this past Saturday and my better half took us out for some dinner at a favorite local Italian restaurant. It’s a beautiful venue and I wanted to wear an outfit that felt special and pretty.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I had my qualms about the cold-shoulder trend, but I found a shirt that not only fits well, but can be worn with my high waisted skirts. I paired the shirt with a flouncy yellow patterned skirt from old navy (similar style) and some J. Crew canvas espadrille wedges.

In this Tennessee July heat, the crop top with the light, airy skirt felt so appropriate. After dinner we went to a impromptu outdoor concert and I didn’t feel like I was melting!



What do you think about how I styled this look?

Trend Snark: Off the Shoulder Edition

I’m starting a new series wherein I make good natured jabs at some of the seasons’ more ridiculous trends. Here at IHC, I believe that trendy fashion is like the annoying pre-teen sister of timeless style: awkwardly trying to find herself and fit in with the crowd.

This week’s feature: the off the shoulder trend

At a recent local music festival, girls were positively swimming in this look. I get what it’s trying to achieve: flirty feminine ruffles, and a different/unique neckline. If you’re trying to show off your shoulders/neckline this certainly would seem like a great option.

However, when you get down to the brass tacks, this look is more complicated. I can’t help but be reminded of a little girl trying to play dress up in her mother’s clothes, which are pitifully large and are sliding off of her small frame. I’ve seen it styled with shorts and wedges, but it still makes the wearer’s figure look off-kilter.

Also, what kind of bra is she wearing? Like, forreal. I don’t know about y’all but I’ve never found a strapless bra that didnt either make me feel like I was in a restraint or found its way down to my bellybutton unless I constantly tugged it up. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Maybe she could wear pasties, but even then, if the shirt doesn’t stay put somehow (tape?) that sounds like a recipe for a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.

“But Beth!” you say “haven’t you seen the options with the straps AND the off the shoulder look?” Um, yeah. She looks like she got into a cage fight and chunks of her shirt got torn off her shoulders. Remember Cinderella after her stepsisters got ahold of her?


Yeah, I just can’t get behind it.

As always, you do you. While this isn’t my favorite look of the season by a long shot, I have found a version that I find more attractive: the fitted off the shoulder crop top. There’s a snazzy little number on Amazon from American Apparel for under $15 too. While its relationship with gravity is still questionable, it doesn’t eat you alive and since its form-fitting, odds are it’ll stay on your body better. Since its cropped AND slim fit, it will look fantastic with all your high waisted pants, skirts, shorts, etc.

image from American Apparel

I ordered one in black. So, in this case, my fashion snark isn’t a complete wash. 😉

Thanks for reading!