pleats and pearls

currently craving: twin sets

Fashion FixKaylee DeLacyComment

Happy Friday, friends!

As spring product is starting to really hit stores and online, I'm starting to craft my wishlist (my official spring 15 wishlist to come next week!).  Spring lines look fantastic this year and I'm just dying to buy just about every botanical print and circle skirt out there.  One of the obvious trends this year is twin sets:  matching tops and bottoms that are actually meant to be worn together, a lot like Garanimals for adults.  From LOFT to Boden, these twin sets are all over the market.  The bandwagon is here, so it's time to jump on.

1. J. Crew Firework Top and Skirt   2. LOFT Bedrock Sweatshirt and Skirt   3. Boden Emilie Botanical Crop Top and Pencil Skirt   4. LOFT Windowpane Sweatshirt and Skirt   5. River Island Textured Crop Top and Skirt 

I personally have been dying over these sets.  I splurged and bought the botanical set from Boden to be my birthday outfit.  I'm now waiting for a good sale on the LOFT windowpane set.  Pictures to come!

Until next time–

out of a fashion show

Fashion FixKaylee DeLacyComment

Oh hello there!  Aren't you just itching for it to be spring?  I know I am.  It's funny– because I am not that big of a spring person.  Or even a summer person for that matter.  I am strictly a fall-lover and that's about it.  So I don't know if it's this winter that's lasted a lifetime, or the botanical prints killing it in Boden's spring catalog, but I am dying for warmer weather.  But until then,  I'm getting my dark wintery outfits out of my system, so I can fully appreciate the citrons and florals of spring.

Over the weekend, I received my first Rocksbox.  For those of you unfamiliar with Rocksbox, it's like the Birchbox of jewelry.  You sign up for an account, and create a "wishlist", and then a stylist will send you three pieces of jewelry.  You can keep and wear this jewelry as long as you'd like, and then when you send it back, they'll send you three more.  Pretty awesome, right?  It's great for those trend pieces that you don't really want to spend the money on and only want to wear for a short amount of time.  But the great part is, if you do love what your stylist sent you, you can keep it and buy it!  Pretty cool gig.  I was just ecstatic to get my first box, mostly because it had my name on it!

And whenever I see my name somewhere, I automatically feel famous.  Thanks, Rocksbox!  I love the first box my stylist sent me.  It's so edgy and fun, while maintaining a level of sophistication.  It worked perfectly with my Saturday shopping ensemble– a mix of leather, olive, and a preppy button-down.  I must have looked pretty on point, as my barista at Teavana said I looked "straight up out of a fashion show."

LOFT Mixed Media Top | LOFT Jogger Pants | Target Converse Button-down (similar) | Target Sam & Libby Ankle Boots | Assorted Madewell Rings | Rocksbox Necklace, Bracelet, and Earrings

Great stuff, am I right?  If you love the idea of Rocksbox, then you're in luck!  Use the code pleatsandpearlsxoxo for your first month subscription for FREE!

Until next time–

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red carpet rundown: academy awards

Fashion FixKaylee DeLacyComment

Happy Monday!  For once I may argue that Monday is going to be one of the better days this week, as today all of the "who wore it best?" Oscar red carpet posts will be going live.  The Academy Awards are by far the most glamorous of all award shows, so I knew that picking just 10 well dressed ladies was going to be tough.  This years' red carpet was no different.  But I found these ten ladies to really stand out, not only with what they wore, but with the confidence they exude and the example they set for women.

10. Reese Witherspoon

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Reese was all smiles in a simple black and white gown.  She's so adorable. Am I right?

9. Rosamund Pike

Rosamund went bold with a striking scarlet gown.

8. Kelly Ripa

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Who knew a simple black dress with minimal jewelry could look so fabulous?

7. Kerry Washington

s if I didn't already love Kerry Washington enough– she had to look absolutely flawless at the Oscars.  I don't think there is anyone who pulls off ivory quite like she does.

6. Dakota Johnson

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I'm not big on 50 Shades of Grey and refuse to see the movie– but Dakota nearly convinced me with her cute interviews on the red carpet.  She seemed like a total sweetheart– and dressed the part too.

5. Zoe Saldana

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Zoe showed us less is more with her simple blush gown with statement necklace.

4. Emma Stone

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Perhaps the only person I love more than Kerry Washington is Emma Stone.  She truly stunned in a showstopping shimmery chartreuse– a perfect contrast to her fiery locks.

3. Anna Kendrick

First and foremost, how cute was Anna Kendrick during the opening number?  Nearly as cute as she was on the red carpet.  She looked fresh-faced and ready for spring in salmon.

2. Jenna Dewan Tatum

I typically am not a huge fan of white dresses outside of weddings– but Mrs. Tatum is really changing my mind.  She looked simply sophisticated and completely classic in this deep V.

1. Jennifer Aniston

Everyone who knows me, knows that Jennifer Aniston is one of my favorite actresses of all time.  This academy awards just further proves that she is defying everything you know about aging.  She looked joyful and glamorous in this strapless number.  I mean, look how fun she is!  Her best accessory?  Confidence.

Until next time–

layered in lime

Fashion FixKaylee DeLacyComment

Oh hello friends.  It's been far too long since we last chatted.  I want to apologize for my sporadic presence as of late.  It's really been a combination of things, but for the abridged version:

Work has been super busy (may or may not have put in a few 12 hour days last week...).  My roommate is planning to move downtown, so I'm now in a mad hunt for an affordable one bedroom apartment that is still in reasonable proximity to work (hoping for less than 45 minute commute to work).  I bet you can guess how well that's going.  My computer is on it's last leg.  It keeps dying, miraculously coming back to life, and then dying again.  The latest in the slow death of my Macbook saga:  now my charger is dead.  So I can use my computer when it's plugged into my roommate's charger (hence the lack of blog posts).  Just spent my tax refund buying a new one– to be delivered at the beginning of March.  Still have a few weeks to go!  

Lastly, it's damn cold!  That's right– I'm using it as an excuse.  In college,  Brenna and I would have a rule that we would take pictures as long as it was above zero.  Well, it hasn't been above zero.  I've been struggling to get any fashion fix pictures because the weather is actually life threateningly cold or I can't find someone crazy enough to bear the weather with me.  I know, I know– excuses, excuses.  But with all of these things piling up, I have been struggling to juggle it all.  I promise that once the weather is a teensy bit warmer (at least 20°) and I get my new, fully functioning laptop, I will be so much better.  Promise!

Speaking of people crazy enough to bear the cold with me.  God bless my sister, Mallory.  I visited her last weekend for her 26th birthday.  With the windchill, it was about -20° and she still trekked into the cold with me to get a few shots.  The wind?  Frigid.  The snow?  Blowing in my face.  We did it in two takes since her fingers (understandably so) kept losing feeling.  So I definitely don't look cute and there are only a few usable takes, thanks to the piercing wind blowing my hair about.  But we did it.  On her birthday.  If that's not dedication, I don't know what is.

I've been wanting to get pictures of this outfit for awhile.  It's combining all of my current favorite things:  sweaters, tunics, leather pants, and my new leather booties.  I also love the contrast of the lime against the black leather.  It's a fun spring transitional look with the softness of the green next to the starkness of the leather.  A little edgy and definitely fun; the perfect way to brighten a subzero day (don't worry, I wore a jacket most of the day!). 

Lands' End Shaker Sweater | Lands' End Popover Tunic | Lauren Conrad Leather Leggings (similar) | Target Sam & Libby Leather Boots | Herve Leger Cosmetic Bag | Target Faux Fur Infinity Scarf |

Until next time–

cupid + color: handmade valentine DIY

Things I've MadeKaylee DeLacyComment

Hi friends!

With Valentine's Day just three days away, you may be in the same boat as I was– needing a little something for your coworkers/friends/classmates, but no good ideas!  I wanted to do something cute, but unique for my coworkers this year.  Store bought valentines just weren't going to cut it. So I got a little inspiration from fellow Midwest Blogger, Laura, of Beauty and the Beard, who always makes the cutest crafts.  She recently made watercolor valentines, which are just about the most adorable thing since puppies in sweater vests.  

So I naturally got inspired!  I decided to make handmade valentines for each of the members on my team at work.  Each one is different, but all were made the same way– with watercolors, yarn, sharpies, and chocolate.  It was an easy, quick, and inexpensive little project that has a pretty cool outcome.  Mine definitely aren't nearly as good as Laura's and more so resemble a child's art project, but I'm fine with that.  Still a cute concept that people will definitely appreciate!

Here's what you need:

- Watercolors (Got mine for less than $2 at Target!)

- Yarn

- Hole puncher

- Scissors

- Markers (I used my Sharpie Paint Pens from my Sharpie Mug DIY)

- Chocolate of your choosing

- Tape

- Cardstock / Watercolor paper

- Small bowl with water

First, you'll want to cut your paper to size.  I just cut mine in half and folded each in half (1 piece of paper = 2 cards).  Once you have the size you want, just start painting!  It was super fun– I felt like a kid again.  I made each one different and just painted what I wanted.  Now you just need to wait for them to dry.  If you want to speed up the process, like I did, use a hair dryer on them, using an "on-off method" of 10 seconds on, 10 seconds off until dry.

Now, if you want to jazz it up a bit with a bow, punch two holes in either side of the front of the card.  Cut your string to be about 4X the distance between the punches, then lace it through.

Then personalize away!  And don't forget to add your chocolate!

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So get crackin'! And start crafting the day away.

Until next time–