Breaking the Silence

“Hey! Long time no post!” you say. It’s true. Lots of reasons for that… one being LIFE. The other, and quite honestly, the largest contributor to my hiatus was that I had much I wanted to say, but didn’t know where to start. And because I’m a bit of a perfectionist, I want everything to be thought out and neat and tidy and, well, perfect. So in that situation, I tend to say nothing.

Not the best course of action, I know.

All those drafts of blog posts may be reworked and published someday. But today I’m breaking the silence and starting with right now. So let’s pretend I just bumped into you on the street and we’re talking summer fashion, shall we?

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dressed up Old Navy swing dress
Two words for you this summer: SWING DRESSES. They are flowy and flattering and SO COMFY! Also very easy to style – throw on a statement necklace and some sandals and you’re good to go.

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Stella & Dot Aviator Sunglasses in White and Nomad Statement Necklace, Old Navy Swing Dress
stella dot aviators, goofy, old navy swing dress, silly,
no, I cannot take this seriously
 

When you want a dress to be versatile (remember my style mantra: Dress it Up, Dress it Down, Wear it Straightforward), consider color and pattern. Neutrals tend to look dressier, with black being the easiest to pull off as dressy. Patterns tend to dress down an article of clothing, so if you’re hoping to wear your dress to something a little fancy, stick with a solid color.
Don’t get me wrong, a pattern can be fancy, too. Like my Stella & Dot scarf.

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Stella & Dot Destination Scarf, Mirage Necklace and Bungalow Hoop Earrings with Old Navy Swing Dress
If she wasn’t so darn cute!

stella dot nomad necklace destination scarf bunglaow hoops on fashion blogger old navy swing tank dress
would you look at that beautiful print

There’s only one item you need to own to dress down any piece of clothing: Denim Jacket You can use other methods, too, but if you don’t have this wardrobe staple, you need to buy one.

fashion blogger drinking coffee old navy denim jacket swing dress stella dot necklace
must caffeinate
trust me, you couldn’t tell her no
 

Food for thought: Have you ever had to start up a conversation with someone after a period of silence? It doesn’t matter if it’s a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in months or years. It’s weird. And sometimes hard. And we tend to allow the voices in our heads to tell us to stay quiet. That the relationship is broken and can’t be fixed.

That we have no good reason to get in contact. That the other person will ask what took you so long, get angry, or not answer/text back, or hang up if they do answer, scream obscenities, spit in our faces, or any of a zillion other goofy things we come up with. The truth is, the other person will probably just be happy to hear from you. Take a deep breath and tell the voices in your head to hush up, because you have something you want to say, and you’re going to say it even if you’re a little nervous or scared. ❤️ 

Direct Links for Clothing and Accessories:

Old Navy: Swing Dress, Ghillie-Tie Gladiator Sandals

Stella & Dot: Destination Scarf, Mirage Pendant Necklace, Nomad Statement Necklace, Bungalow Hoops, Quinn Cuff, Nomad Stretch Bracelets, Nolita Crossbody in cork, Aviator Sunglasses

Target: Merona Eve Quarter Strap Sandals

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A huge thank you to Amanda for being my photog for this post! You can find her fashionable self on Instagram @amalynstyle.

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Armparty Demystified: Formula for the Perfect Bracelet Stack

I don’t want to brag, but I throw a mean armparty. 

Friends often tell me they don’t know how to layer bracelets. Naturally, my desire to help others and demystify what seems mysterious led me to create a formula. I used to say I didn’t have a specific way to stack my bracelets – it was all trial and error. Then I paid attention to what I was doing and lo and behold – I did have a pattern I followed when layering my bracelets! Amazing what happens when you think about what you’re doing. 😁

In the spirit of helping a sister out, I gift you this formula that you may always have the perfect stack: anchor + interest + sparkle = awesome armparty

The Anchor – Not a literal anchor, this piece is the one that you’ll build your armparty around. It’s usually solid in structure or color. Sometimes it’s the largest piece in your armparty. I’ll begin with the Ally wrap bracelet in white. 

 stella dot ally wrap bracelet armparty anchor  

Interest – this piece can be something with color, movement, cutouts, layers… anything interesting. A bracelet with spikes, studs, charms, colorful stones would fit the bill. I chose the Renegade bracelet for its edgy spikes. 

  

You can always stop here with your little stack, but we’re talking ARMPARTY, and two bracelets does not an armparty make. 

Sometimes I like to add a little more interest and balance out my armparty at this point. Enter the Sawyer Stone stretch bracelet in white to create a little symmetry and interest…

   

…and the Gilded Arrow bangle for more interest with its space between the two ends and the trendy motif itself. 
 

The sparkle – probably doesn’t need much explanation, right? I just place it in a spot that needs more sparkle, away from any other pieces that might be sparkly. In this case, the Renegade bracelet has crystal rounds in it. So my sparkle won’t go next to it. 

  

The finished product, left to right:

Pavé chevron cuff, Ally double wrap bracelet in white, Renegade bracelet, Sawyer Stone stretch bracelet in white, Gilded Arrow bangle in gold. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m a Stella & Dot Stylist. You can order all of these pieces and many more fabulous bracelets through my Stella & Dot website: www.stelladot.com/alicetegtmeier 

Here are a few more of my recent arm parties from my Instagram account (also all Stella & Dot bracelets)

  
P.S. If you were to host an online Trunk Show, you’d likely have enough hostess credits to get a whole armparty FREE. Email me if you’re interested at instyleandinsanity@gmail.com and we’ll get you some free jewels!

So, who’s gonna have an armparty tomorrow? Let me know if this was helpful/eye opening/life changing, totally how you already go about layering your bracelets, or so much work your brain hurts in the comments below – I’d love to know where you are on the armparty spectrum! And be sure to share your new knowledge with a friend by sending her the link to this post! It is Valentine’s Day and all 😉