Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Maximizing Options

Yesterday? Magnificent. Spectacular. Glorious. The birds were singing. Not a cloud in the sky. Temperatures in the eighties. The grass seemed to get a little greener overnight. And I finally got new contacts. Bye-bye pink eye! Life is on the up and up. I promise to show my eyes again. I know the sunnies have been on repeat for over a week-and-a-half. Believe me, it wasn't fun. Putting on mascara again never felt so liberating. Ah, the little things. 

Old Navy Sweater (option here and here) // Forever 21 Maxi Skirt (option here and here) // Forever 21 Crossbody (option here and here) // Target Gold Sandals (option here and here) // Sira & Mara Turquoise Necklace c/o // Wallis Stone Drop Necklace c/o (option here ) // Wrenn Jewelry Ring c/o // Forever 21 Rings (exact and option here) // Ettika Bracelet c/o // Lilac Bijoux XO Bangle c/o // Forever 21 Sunglasses 

You know what else is liberating? Putting on sandals that haven't been worn in months. Digging them out from under the pile in my closet and slipping them on with this maxi skirt literally had me skipping down the sidewalk. This time of year and days like yesterday just make me happy. Plain and simple.

What doesn't make me happy? Every single time I post an item purchased from Forever 21 it's sold out before I can share it with you guys. Drives.Me.Nuts. I got this skirt just two weeks ago and it's already gone. So, from now on, when I do buy something from there I am going to immediately add it to my "SHOP" tab up above. So, check back often because the good stuff from F21 doesn't seem to last long and this one is oh, so good. It's already been doted on a couple of times since it's arrival. I got a similar one from Forever 21 last year that also received an immense amount of love. I am a sucker for elastic waists, bright, abstract prints and anything with the word maxi in it (when it comes to clothes).

On a styling note, some of you girls may think you are not tall enough to wear maxi skirts. I beg to differ. I actually pulled this one past my belly button (Steve Urkel style) and tucked in a sleeveless sweater. It actually gave the illusion of a dress. In fact, Ross said, "I like your dress today, babe." I said thank and quickly corrected him. I wanted to wear flat sandals, so I hiked it up a few inches and viola, it wasn't dragging the ground. If I want to wear wedges next time, I will scoot it down just a tad. 

Yes, the bad news is this skirt is long gone online. The good news is I found some great printed maxi skirt options all $100 or much less. If you buy anything this spring season, I would highly recommend picking up a few maxi skirts. I personally do not own enough of them and plan on adding a few solid colors to my closet soon.



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Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.


Shanna

61 comments:

Elizabeth M said...

This skirt is so pretty! I can't wait until it is warm enough here to start wearing mine.

Alyssa said...

I love the 3rd maxi! So pretty.
I have quite a few maxi dresses, but I want to invest in a few skirts. They're so comfy! xo
Alyssa

alyssabarnettbeauty.com

Alice Warren said...

What a pretty maxi skirt! I think maxi dresses/skirts can really elongate anyone's height status. You look great!


Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Sara said...

That blue maxi is to die for! Love it!

Elegance and Mommyhood said...

That is such an unique and pretty maxi skirt. Sort of ethnic. I also like that other option you have listed. Beautiful necklaces & cobalt over-the-shoulder purse, too. Yeaaaay for the 80-degree weather. Spread it out all over the country!

IDK If you read them but I also stopped by yesterday and left you some comments. You have been knocking it out of the park, lately. =) I am wearing my Kelly Green Pants today, like you did yesterday.

Happy Hump Day! Ada. =)

Cate @ Wild Ruffle said...

That skirt. Oh. My. Goodness. I'm in love. And I'm super jealous that you've got sandal weather.:)

Rachel said...

That color blue is stunning on you!!
I can't wait for sandal weather--hopefully it'll get warmer in April :)
www.floralandfudge.blogspot.com

prettyanddelectable.com said...

Beautiful skirt! So glad to hear your eyes are better. Have a wonderful day!

Rachelle (http://pinksole.com/) said...

That skirt is gorgeous and it really does look like a dress. As soon as my shopping ban is over I need to get myself a maxi skirt you look beautiful.

Whitney and Blaire said...

That skirt is to die for! I'm definitely loving skirts lately. thank you for hosting the link up.
xo, Whitney and Blaire
Peaches In A Pod

Nina Piccini said...

*WHINE* I'm so jealous that you had a gorgeous 80 degree day! This skirt is lovely, too!! I love all your stacked jewelry it's just bohemian perfection, Shanna!!

xo, Nina
afterthe40barfinish

Victoria Mason said...

I have to agree with Nina, *WHINE*. We had more snow again. I know how you feel about F21 too. Stuff goes so fast! I should really pick up the items I posted today! Ha.

TaraMixandMatch said...

That skirt is so pretty...I am longing for 80 degree days!

Susan Jeffries said...

Seriously Shanna, you look great in everything. I just got my very first maxi skirt in my Stitch Fix yesterday. I am afraid to try it on because I may be too short! But I am going to try this look with something tucked in - so hopefully it will be a go!! Happy sunny day!! Susan

E Mamakli said...

Shanna I absolutely LOVE this outfit. For one I totally thought it was a maxi dress too until I read your post. You blended that sleeveless sweater so perfectly with the maxi, it's flawless and a brilliant idea. As a not super tall girl who can't live without maxi skirts/dresses in summer; I appreciate your suggestion of hiking the skirt up and down. Always have to do the same with flats. As usual great accessories, very cute bag color. Yayyy can't wait for summer days for sure! XOXO, Elif @ Theboxqueen

Charnele Michel said...

Adore this maxi skirt! The print is perfection

xo,
http://www.chachathefashiongenius.com/

JP Lord said...

This whole post just makes me SO READY for spring. Or to move to Texas, either way I want maxi and sandal weather! You look gorgeous and yay for no more pink eye and wearing mascara! You did buy new mascara to avoid another relapse...right?
love you!

Ashley said...

Bless your heart!! Pink eye, and anything with your eyes are the worst! (I haven't even noticed a bunch of sunglasses pictures, though!)

This really is THE cutest outfit. I like that it really does look like a dress.

myrosecoloredshades.com said...

What a beautiful skirt! And I love the shoulder bag. Glad your pink eye is gone. It's funny that you couldn't wait to put on mascara again. I wear my shades on my posts sometimes because I'm too lazy to wear eye makeup.

Cynthia
http://myrosecoloredshades.com

Kellie said...

Beautiful Skirt! I like the way you tucked the sweater into it...not sure I could pull that off, but it's worth trying. So jealous of your weather!!
Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

Lauren {Fizz and Frosting} said...

I am living vicariously through you and your warm weather! Our snow from Monday finally melted and I'm hoping that will be the end of Winter around here! I just LOVE this maxi skirt and your layered necklaces! Looking gorgeous, Shanna!

garaytreasures said...

Sorry about your recent pink eye, those are the worst. I can't stand not seeing correctly during those times (I wear contacts, older prescription glasses). Anyway, cute skirt. I couldn't believe you pulled off sandals in a "maxi" item. You look great! And thank you for hosting Random Wednesday . Rachel xo

Becky M said...

I love wearing sandals that haven't been worn in forever! Love all the cobalt blue you're wearing!

agirlandhersparkles.blogspot.com

Lewis Lane said...

They are so cute. I am 4'10" so none of them ever look right on me. Make me look even shorter and I sure don't need that lol

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I'm much more suited to an A-line hit at the knee dress. I love the maxis though but when I try them on I look like a dumpster. hahaha

Love that print, and the feeling of spring! Glorious. I can't wait to feel that. It could still be a while up here.

Rachel said...

So pretty! I love maxi dresses & skirts, but finding one for my short body can be hard. I love trying different brands/stores to find the perfect length

Carly said...

Glad you're on the mend!!! And you look ADORABLE!

Susan Liberatore said...

So pretty!
Perfection over a swimsuit. xo

Rebecca said...

Gorgeous skirt for a new season....& I'm so happy that pink eye is gone!!!

Rebecca
www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

Courtney D said...

Ok, so question....high school girls have been maxi skirts for about a year now...I was thinking of buying one, but I'm a notorious "late adopter" of fashion trends....you are thinking they will stay in style for this spring/summer?

Helene in Between said...

wearing sandals is the best. yesterday's weather was glorious!! i just need it to stick! and of course it's sold out- it always sells out so fast!

Natalie Ast said...

love the print of that skirt! it's such a great cobalt colour on you too! xo, natalie http://natalieast.com

Danielle Arsenault said...

Oh girl I totally sympathize - I am just getting over pink eye too and it's been the worst!!! But you look adorable, and that maxi is so fabulous. I wish it was warm enough here to wear sandals!!! So jealous!!!
xoxo Danielle @ For the Love of Leopard

TheTinyHeart said...

Ahhh so jealous that you're in sandals while I'm still wearing boots! Totally agree that petites can wear maxi dresses too...it just involves some hemming :)

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
$520 Giveaway!

Amy said...

So glad you got rid of your pink eye finally. Love this maxi skirt on you and am jealous of your warm weather. It's back to snow for me...

xo Amy
www.urbanfrill.com

Rachel Lynne said...

Shanna this outfit is BEAUTIFUL! Boho chic for sure :) Hope you are having a great week!

Sandy a la Mode said...

seriously, what a gorgeous skirt! love the pattern!

xo,
Sandy
Sandy a la Mode

Kristine@thefoleyfam said...

Yay for being on the up and up! I totally rock my maxis up high like that too #highwaistedsistersunite Thanks for hosting!

Niki {Glossy Blonde} said...

I cannot WAIT to wear sandals again! And I love the sweater and maxi combo - this is so gorgeous! And yay for new contacts!

Daily Express said...

Ugh, yes, I have had contacts for about 3 years and have had pink eye like once a year since getting them and I never had it before that SO frustrating! Glad you are doing better, though. I hear you on the "I just bought this a week ago and I already can't link to it?!" nonsense! Also frustrating! But glad you had some perfect spring weather to brighten things up!
Gina @ On the Daily Express

Sarah said...

I love all of these skirts and the prints! Last summer I stole one of my moms skirts from one of her high school dances and it could be straight off the F21 shelves. I love it so much and love that it's vintage!

Kacie Ellis said...

I love the print of your maxi! And you styled it perfectly!

http://kacieskloset.blogspot.com/

Erica Zar said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! I hate how fast F21 sells out of things! I can never link anything I have purchased from there as well. I am a huge fan of maxi skirt and dresses and I LOVE the skirts you posted! Especially the one from Dillard's - seriously only 34 dollars?! Good find Shanna!

xo, Erica
Casually Styled

snippetswithalex.com said...

Gorgeous skirt! You pull it off so well!
-Alex of http://snippetswithalex.com

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

Yes! I need to invest in a few maxi skirts for spring. I have one and it's not a very versatile color/print. I love these with lots of colors!! The weather has been beautiful here too. :)

Rebecca Lately said...

Shanna, that skirt is amazing!

Megan Diaz said...

Love this skirt and your accessories! Too cute!
xx
Hot Pink Day
Libi & Lola

ashlyn williams said...

SO jealous of your warm weather. send some of that my way! & love this outfit -- that skirt is super cute.

loved our chat today! :) xoxo, little sis.

Caroline said...

Hooray for sunshine! I'm SO excited to go back to California next week and just... bathe in it for a few hours. Gray looks good on London, but I tired of it quickly.

Laura B @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels said...

Have I told you you look stunning in cobalt blue?! Love this color on you!

Maggie Frost said...

I had the same problem with my f21 jumpsuit from today's post! :( But the maxi looks amazing on you!

xo. Maggie

Penniless Socialite said...

We're about to go above 40 degrees this weekend! I am very excited. I am somehow weirdly prone to pink eye. I get it like once a year! It sucks! Love the print on that maxi.
Tara
Penniless Socialite
Necklace Giveaway!

Paige Flamm said...

I love that skirt! I'm sad they're sold out!

Paige
http://thehappyflammily.com

Kelly said...

This maxi is amazing!

xx Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

Ashleigh said...

I love the cobalt blue with your blond hair! I thought it was a dres as well, you totally fooled me! I actually size down in elastic waist maxis. I get a M, and the end up the correct length and still fit with the elastic.
-Ash
www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

GnomeLover said...

Thank you for hosting! Love that necklace!

Jenni

Jenn @ WLB said...

yayyyy! Glad you're feeling better!

Cece said...

I'm really late to the Maxi party but now I love them. I only have one maxi skirt but I'm looking for more and I finally bought some maxi dresses last summer.

After Eleven Blog said...

I hate being so short - it's so hard to shop for dresses and skirts!

Because of Jackie said...

These pictures are gorgeous, loving the fun angles;) I adore maxi skirts and feel like they are the most comfortable items in my closet, this one you have is awesome!

Janna Renee said...

I want a new maxi skirt, but I always put them in the dryer by accident and they shrink too short!

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