Outfit Post: Forecastle ‘fit

Before I launch into my Forescastle experience, if you were there – send me your pics! I’m working on a recap and would love to see everyone’s pics. Tag me on instagram (@louwhatwear) or email them to me – danielle @ louwhatwear.com and you could see your smiling face up on here later this week!

It may not be Coachella, Lolapalooza or Hang Out Fest but Louisville’s Forecastle Festival is pretty legit (don’t take my word for it, Rolling Stone agrees). We sat out last year but when I saw that Outkast was headlining this year – I purchase my tickets immediately.

My love for Outkast ranks right up there with my love for Kentucky Basketball, Mean Girls and Bingo (yup – i love all of those things A LOT, I’m a weird bird) so Friday night’s concert was something of a religious experience for me. It was also our friend’s birthday so we assembled a fun crew to head down to the waterfront and enjoy all things Forecastle. Which for us meant forgetting all about acting age appropriate (thank god for babysitters).

The weather this year was a combo of rainy and chilly – not quite ideal for a summer festival. That being said, I was staying strong with my choice of cut-off shorts  (remember, I said I threw caution to the wind when it came to dressing/acting/being age appropriate – it was Outkast after all) and paired them with this jacket that I scored on major sale last week. When I bought I definitely didn’t think I’d get to use it so soon but it was pretty clutch. It ended up working out perfectly though because it made my denim cut-off choice feel a little more grown-up and clean. I also decided to be pretty cliche and do a little headband braid – it was a festival after all. Feel free to judge.

We snapped this pics in a hurry before heading down there and my pal Caitlin’s lab Maddy just couldn’t help but get in on the action. She may be starting her own blog soon. Stay tuned.

All in all, the show was amazing and we had way too much fun for our own good (hangover + two month old = horrible morning). I may still be a tiny bit sad that they cut my most favorite song short but I’ll get over it … eventually.

 Field Jacket: J.Crew; Denim Cut-Off Shorts: Urban Outfitters (I went a size up in these so that they were a bit looser and longer than the ‘cheeky’ name suggests); Tee: Urban Outfitters; Moccasins (no dirty festie feet for me thank you very much): Minnetonka; Belt: J.Crew (so old)
Necklaces – Small lowercase ‘d’: Jewelmint; @louwhatwear Name Plate: c/o TAudrey; Gold Bar: c/o Gorjana & Griffin

I’m pretty obsessed with these dainty gold necklaces that we got at the SBS Conference last week. I’ve wanted one with the blog moniker on it for a while but thought it might be silly to splurge on one so getting this TAudry one as a gift was perfect. Her site is full of simple personalized pieces and as a Miami native, I can’t help but love her ‘Miss Miami’ section. I would love to do one of these with my kiddos birthdays too but may need this ‘305’ one first. These make the perfect wedding/new baby/graduation gift and she even has a sorority section for the college gals in your life. Beware friends, you will probably be getting this as a {birthday, engagement, baby} gift in the near future.

Gold Necklaces * Taudrey Name Plate * Gorgana Bar Necklace

Me, Caitlin (who took these pics) and Kelly ready to take on the Waterfront.

Outfit Post: A Spring Bouquet

Look outside (or more accurately step outside), it’s definitely not spring yet (at lease not here).

But I can’t help but get inspired by all the bright colors in stores. Couple that with my boredom at winter attire and you get the look below.

I already know that this look (or a variation of it) will be my go to this spring. I spotted this picture a few weeks ago and immediately pinned it (yup, it’s another one of these posts). Then I went on a hunt to find a bright floral skirt of my own. Once I found this one (it’s on sale now too, see below for details), I’ve counted down the days until I could get away with leaving the house without tights on.

So my apologies for getting overzealous for spring but I couldn’t help myself.

p.s. – I’m heading on a little mini-vacay the rest of the week. I’ll be popping in with posts but you can catch all the fun on instagram.

Stripe Tee: StyleMint (old but similar here and here and both are under $40); Skirt: LOFT (on sale now! save 30% off with code ENJOY30); Shoes: DSW; Necklaces: BaubleBar and Anthropologie (sold but love this and this) ; Sunglasses: LOFT; Bag: Coach

 Photos by Whitney Neal.

Outfit Post: Blue Monday

Today has been a manic Monday and it’s only 11 am.

My mom came in town to visit this weekend and I’m recovering from a weekend of the chaos that ensues when she teams up with my two-year old. Just imagine lots of candy and messes.

But it was a lot of fun and I’m bummed that she’s heading home, although I’m sure she’s happy to be heading back to the sunny, 80-degree Miami weather and getting out of this freezing snow. I’m also a little bummed that I’m not in the final countdown to heading to NYC for Fashion Week. I’m looking forward to following along on the adventures through Twitter and counting down to September already. But enough of my Debbie Downer attitude. It’s the start of a new month, the Ravens won the Super Bowl (Congrats to Ray Lewis, Ed Reed & Bryant McKinnie! Representing the U well!) and Beyonce absolutely killed it last night (how amazing was the Destiny’s Child reunion).

This month, I’m planning on keeping the inspiration posts coming and I’ll also be putting together a little recap of January’s exercise in using what you’ve got – so stay tuned for that. I’ve also got some fun collaboration posts in the works – one of which will be up later this week. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that it has a little Valentine’s inspiration.

Alas today’s outfit keeps with the Blue Monday theme. All blue everything with a little primary color pop. I know that red, blue and yellow can look a little ABC, primary color-ish but I think when you just add in pops of the primary that it has a playful and casual feel. This outfit is decidedly low-key but with a block heel it gives it just a little bit of polish. I think next time, I’d throw a blazer or cardigan over top to dress it up a little.

Hope your week is off to a good start!

Button-down: J.Crew (similar); Polka Dot Tee: StyleMint; Necklace: Piperlime; Jeans: J.Crew (on sale now); Heels: CLEO –  Sole Society; Sunglasses: Kate Spade

 Photos by Whitney Neal.

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Style Spotting: Navy

Clearly I’m obsessed with stripes (it’s a problem, I know). Last week, I was on a mission to wear my new stylemint stripped tee so I put together this naval-inspired look just to show it off. Nothing was going to stop me, not even a day full of client meetings so I dressed it up a little with these high-waisted pants and my new favorite statement necklace (that I snagged at a great deal from my pal Tina’s sample sale).

I’m still trying to get the hang of this outfit posting thing so please pardon my slouching and scrunching on my pants (note to self: make sure to take pictures in the morning!). Also, thanks to my co-worker Kelly for not totally mocking me when I asked her to take pictures of me. (I’m sure some of our next door neighbors think I’m crazy).

Top: Stylemint, Pants: BCBG (old), Necklace: Stella & Dot, Shoes: Jessica Simpson (similar here), Belt: Calvin Klein (old), Watch: Michael Kors, Aviators: Michael Kors 


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