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what to wear to a summer wedding

The Look For Less, Fashion FixKaylee DeLacyComment

Hi friends!

Wedding season is around the corner.  Whether you just have one to go to this year, or say – 8, like one of my coworkers – you're going to need a dress (or five). Not all weddings are created equal, just like not all summer weddings should be treated the same when it comes to dressing.  There are outdoor weddings, indoor weddings, black-tie weddings, casual weddings, destination weddings, and just about everything in between. If you have a handful of weddings this summer, finding the right dress for each occasion is not an easy or fun task.  So I decided to make it a little easier on you by sharing a bit of inspiration!  I divided weddings into three main wearing occasions:  beach, casual, and formal.  Of course each wedding is a little different, but most would fall into one of these three categories.

Check out my picks for the best dresses for each type of wedding, that can work for all different types of budgets.  All of these fabulous dresses are under $100, with many under $50!

Let's start with the most casual and work our way up.

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Beach weddings are the epitome of casual – meaning, you can definitely get away with showing a little more skin.  You often can wear casual sandals or even go barefoot.  Thin straps and flowy fabrics are welcome.  I would even venture to say that bold prints are the most accepted at such an affair.  Pick a dress that's breezy and breathable, since it'll likely be pretty toasty out!

Sometimes it can be hard to decipher if you should be wearing a more casual or formal dress for a particular wedding.  Although there are no set rules, there are some indicators of a more casual setting.  If the wedding is outside, for example, you likely can be a little more on the casual side than if the wedding is in a church.  Sometimes day weddings are a little less formal than evening weddings – but again, totally depends on the wedding, and that's up to you to determine which direction you'd like to go.  If you do go the casual route, there are many knit dress options that would work wonderfully!  A fit and flare is an easy go-to, as it looks refined, but it's super comfortable and flattering.  A simple shift paired with a statement flat or neutral heel will be sophisticated and a bit of an unexpected choice!

A lot of your more traditional weddings skew to the formal end of the spectrum.  Not necessarily a black tie affair (although it can be), but the expectation is to still be dressy and refined.  For my formal occasions, I usually steer clear of knit dresses, which are definitely more casual.  If you don't know the difference between a knit and woven, an easy tell is that a knit is very stretchy (in both directions) usually with more drape, and a woven is more structured, and only has stretch if spandex is included.  Woven dresses are definitely more formal-occasion-friendly, and perfect for your formal weddings!  There are, of course, exceptions to the rule, like ponte dresses.  Ponte is a thicker, heavier weight, knit fabric that is refined, a little more structured and smoothes the silhouette (see dress on far right). Regardless of the dress you choose, you'll probably want to pair it with a dressy pair of sandals or heels, and perhaps a shrug or cardigan.

Until next time–

Soft Heart Knit iPhone Cover

Things I've MadeKaylee DeLacy1 Comment
Use any contrasting yarn color for the heart

Use any contrasting yarn color for the heart

Hi lovelies,

I am new to blogging so bear with me as I learn the ropes. This is the beginning of a great friendship for us I think. And stay tuned for more fun projects coming soon!

In the mean time I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Anna and I am a Wisconsin girl, born and raised. Go bucky! I’m a designer, a wife, and a crazy dog lover. Kaylee is one of my dearest friends and I am so thankful to have her in my life. I am guest posting on pleatsandpearls today as your resident craft geek and DIY guru. So heat up some tea, grab your knitting needles and lets make something heartfelt!

Just me and the love of my life.

Just me and the love of my life.

I am a bit of a Luddite.  Or at least I used to be. Being a twenty-something designer in the age of Millennials is a challenge when you intentionally shy away from technology. Don’t get me wrong, I love learning about new technology and I am certainly capable of navigating my way through a new interface. But I am a social person. I seek out that deep connection forged by a handshake, a hug and genuine conversation.

So it is with a mildly heavy heart that I inform you I have finally purchased a Smartphone. Whew! Big steps here people.  I have endeavored to remain apart from this cold plastic machine. And to keep it from fusing to my hand like some go-go gadget extension (look it up kids), I also want to make it as personal and homey as I can. This of course means some authentic, handmade accessories.

Therefore, today I am going to show you how to make an Intarsia Knit Iphone Cover! It is sweet, personal, and cozy just like you! If you know the basics of knitting (knit, purl, cast-on, bind off) then this project is totally doable. Don’t let the intarsia of it all scare you off. I promise it’s not that hard when you get the hang of it. And the results are so gorgeous and versatile. This cover is a great item to make for yourself and an even better gift for someone you love.

Part One:

Part Two:

The free pattern is listed below. Check out the video tutorial for step-by-step instructions. Share your beautiful iterations in the comments and be sure to link back to this page whenever you use the pattern.

Front of work before sewing the pocket.

Front of work before sewing the pocket.

Back of work before sewing the pocket.

Back of work before sewing the pocket.

Soft Heart Knit Iphone Cover - Free Pattern

Cast on 22 Stitches

Row 1: K1 P1*

Row 2: K1 P1*

Row 3: K1 P1*

Row 4: K all st

Row 5: P all st

Row 6: K all st

Row 7: P all st

Intarsia:

Row 8: K5(cream); Add red; K17(cream)

Row 9: P16(cream); P3(red); P4(cream)

Row 10: K3(cream); K5(red); K15(cream)

Row 11: P14(C); P7(R); P2(C)

Row 12: K1(C); K9(R); K13(C)

Row 13: P13(C); P9(R); P1(C)

Row 14: K2(C); K3(R); K1(C); K3(R); K14(C)

Row 15: P14(C); P2(R); P3(C); P2(R); P2(C)

Row 16: K all st (Cream)

Row 17: P all st (Cream)

Row 18: K all st (Cream)

Row 19: P all st (Cream)

Row 20: K1 P1*

Row 21: K1 P1*

Row 22: K1 P1*

Bind off fairly tight to ensure a tight pocket

 

Thank you so much for checking out my video tutorials! My brand new blog will be up soon with lots more DIY and craft fun.

<3 Anna

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the one with the summer bucket list

A Day In The LifeKaylee DeLacyComment

Hi friends!  Happy hump day!

With summer just around the corner, if you're like me, you're probably getting antsy for swimming suits, shorts, ice cold lemonade, and all day sunshine.  Summer is a funny thing, really.  It feels like we're always counting down to it, planning all these things to do in the summer, yet it feels like the season that goes by the fastest.  

By now you've probably heard me talk about Kast and Ali.  They're my closest friends out here and I do just about everything with them (including my blog pictures - they take those 95% of the time).  This summer is likely our last one all together – so we decided to make a list.  We crafted a summer bucket list of 8 things we need to do this summer.  Some of these things we've always talked about, but never had gotten around to.  Some are just things we decided would be fun.  

Just a typical day at the terrace

Just a typical day at the terrace

So, here's the list!

1. Go camping

2. Adventure Day in Dubuque (including but not limited to: trolleys, mines, and Copper Kettle)

3. Trampoline Park Day

4. Adventure Day in Chicago (including but not limited to: shopping and the bean!)

5. Wisconsin Dells (Pirates Cove is a must!)

6. Beach Day!

7. Go to a baseball game

8. Tropical Vacation (this one is already in the works - I just applied for my passport!)

So there it is – the official list.  Writing it down makes it official and will hold me accountable (especially to #1....that's not my favorite item on the list).  And what better way to commemorate our last hurrah than to take a ton of pictures and share each event? As we check each item off the list, I'll be sure to share the wonderful stories of our antics (and pictures!) right here.

Check back this Friday for an exciting DIY + Tutorial and the blogging debut of my dear friend Anna!

Until next time–

summer scallops

Fashion FixKaylee DeLacyComment

Hey kids!  It's been awhile since we last chatted.  I've definitely kept myself busy since my last post with prepping for my upcoming move back into Madison.  U-Haul is booked, utilities are switched over, carpet in my current place is shampooed (thanks, Dad!) – all I need to do is find a new internet provider, and I'm golden.  I also applied for my passport last week, so I can officially go on a much needed tropical vacation with my friends (more on that later this week!).  I've also been busy working with my good friend Anna (who helped design this very site!) on a little collaboration for the blog.  Anna is spectacular at knitting and anything crafty – so I've invited her to share DIYs and tutorials as a guest on pleatsandpearls!  I'm super excited to have her, so make sure to tune in later this week for her debut!

I had a pretty busy weekend.  My parents came to visit on Friday night – the first time they've ever visited on a day that I'm NOT moving.  They weren't here for long, as they were just crashing on their way to a wedding in Milwaukee the next day, but it was still nice having them.  We had wine and popcorn (Olivia Pope style) and watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – which is arguably one of my favorite movies of all time.  Before they left Saturday, my dad fixed everything he possibly could in my apartment.  He fixed my vacuum, my clock, and my TV.  He shampooed my carpet and got my place move-out ready.  That Garbear is just the best.  After they left, I spent the day with Ali and Kast, who I haven't seen since my birthday last month!  Ali and I went shopping during the day.  You would be proud to know that after my shopping freeze, this being my first time at the mall, I only bought one thing – a pair of shorts at J.Crew that were on sale.  Not too shabby!  

The weather was beautiful, so I took advantage and busted my new favorite shorts out for our day of shopping.  I'm absolutely obsessed with these textured, scallop-hem shorts from LOFT.  They're feminine, fun, and so perfect for summer!

J. Crew Weekdays Tee | LOFT Scalloped Riviera Short | Target Studded Flat (similar) | LOFT Sunglasses | Lauren Conrad Bangle | Lauren Conrad Midi Ring | Madewell Rings

Until next time–

april no shopping challenge: the results

A Day In The LifeKaylee DeLacyComment

Hi friends!

Happy Friday!  I'm pretty excited for the weekend, but then again, when aren't I?  But this weekend isn't a typical one.  After work, I'm heading to my college stomping grounds (Ames) to visit some friends.  On Saturday, I'm meeting my family to see The Lion King musical in Des Moines.  Less than 48 hours will be packed with lots of college friends, my family, a musical, and a whole lot of driving.  But before the weekend can officially begin, today at work is our 4th Annual Lands' End Dress Day!  I played a huge part in coordinating it this year, so I'm super excited to head to work and see my coworkers wearing our dresses!  I will personally be wearing my new favorite dress – the sleeveless ponte sheath!

It's May 1st, which means that my no-shopping challenge has officially come to an end.  I technically started in March, so that was 40 days with no shopping!!  I am proud to say that I was successful!  That's right –  I didn't cheat, not even a little.  Last year when I did a no shopping challenge, I found a loophole and my sister and I "bought each other" gifts for no reason.  Yup, that, my friends, is pathetic Kaylee at its finest.  But, there was none of that this year!  

Now, I know what you're thinking – it's finally May, so I'm going to go completely crazy and buy everything in site, right?  Probably not.  Although I am itching to go into J.Crew, my time without shopping has made me prioritize my purchases and mull over which ones are necessary and which aren't.  I've even made a bit of a wish list over the past month of some items that I know I definitely want, because I haven't stopped thinking about them all month.  You know what, though?  Not shopping was kind of refreshing.  I played with my outfitting a little more and saved a ton of money!  I think this is something that I should do more than once a year, for sure.

Have you ever done a no shopping challenge?  Tell me about it! I'd love to hear your triumphs and downfalls.

Until next time–