Matching Sets: The Best Investment

Matching Sets: The Best Investment

Matching Sets: The Best Investment

My Favorite Summertime Trend

Besides dresses, nothing is easier to throw on & go in the mornings than a good matching set. The pieces themselves have already done all the work for you! They match, they’re cute, & they are sure to get loads of compliments from those around you. Without even trying, they are total crowd pleasers. This trend can be found in the form of shorts & a top (like this one), a top with a skirt (worn in this post or this one), or even pants & a cute top (like here & here). I absolutely love all of these options (clearly) & it’s safe to say I’ll be wearing them year after year. Not only are they cute, but they are great pieces to invest your money in…let me tell you why…


Matching Sets: The Best Investment
Matching Sets: The Best Investment
Matching Sets: The Best Investment

What I’m Wearing

Matching Set // African Basket Bag // Mules // Sunnies // Earrings // Bracelet // Pearl Nail Polish // Pearl Ring


Matching Sets: The Best Investment
Matching Sets: The Best Investment

An Investment Worth Every Penny

I love just how versatile a matching set is. Not only can they be styled differently with different shoes, bags, & accessories, but they can be worn as separates you can mix & match with! Take this set for example. This skirt can be worn with so many different tops. I love to wear this green with a bit of yellow for a lemon lime vibe, but it would also look amazing with white, navy, brown, pink, florals, stripes, really almost anything! For the top, my favorite way to wear it as a separate is with my navy midi skirt, but it would also look cute with white or floral shorts, white, pink, or yellow skirts, & again florals & stripes. Seriously, the possibilities are endless! (see the mixing & matching in action in this video!)

This is why it’s totally worth every penny to invest in matching sets like this one. They are a wonderful asset to your wardrobe. Don’t worry, the word “investment” doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money. I’m sharing my favorite matching sets below & you can hover over each picture to see the prices. Some are splurge worthy favorites while others are under $20! Either way, I know you’ll get so much wear out of them.


Matching Sets: The Best Investment


Matching Sets: The Best Investment

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How To Be A Smart Shopper

How To Be A Smart Shopper

How To Be A Smart Shopper

Let’s Go Shopping!

Let’s be honest, we’ve all made bad decisions while shopping. Whether it’s spending too much on something, or buying something we don’t need or really even like, we’ve all been there. In an effort to stop making bad shopping decisions, I’ve put some new rules into practice to help make me a smart(er) shopper. Smart shopping means having more money in your bank account & a clear & curated wardrobe making putting outfits together a breeze.


How To Be A Good Shopper

Outfit Details

Whimsical Buttercream Mini Dress // White Espadrilles // Bow In Hair // Bag // Bracelet // Earrings


How To Be A Good Shopper
How To Be A Good Shopper

Before Spending Any Money…

First things first, before you go shopping, you first have to know what you actually have. I recommend going through your closet & taking a bit of inventory on the things you currently own. Having a good idea of what you already have will help you tremendously when trying to be a smarter shopper. This will help choose pieces that will fit seamlessly into your wardrobe.

Next is the fun part. It’s time to get inspired! I like to get my outfit inspiration from a few places: fashion blogs, Instagram, Pinterest, & my newest favorite, the LikeToKnow.it app, but you choose what inspires you the most. When you find an image or item that you like, save it, pin it, or screenshot it immediately to come back to when you’re about to shop.

Creating Wishlists

Finding images other places can be fun & inspiring, indeed, but let me tell you why using the LikeToKnow.it app might be the smartest decision when it comes to shopping. On this free app, you can follow fashion bloggers & influencers & see the exact items you’re inspired by right then & there. Not only can you see how much things cost, but you can also save items you love to wishlists within the app to come back to later! I’ve spent many hours doing this recently, because so many bloggers have been sharing amazing affordable options. You can also find all of my looks & exclusive content by following me (felixandflora) in the app.

You’re almost ready to go shopping! All you need to do now is make a list of items your wardrobe needs. Maybe that’s a classic trench coat, a LND, a pair of denim culottes, espadrilles, or some new accessories. Create your list of items & be specific. Think about the colors you want to look for that will go well with other items in your wardrobe. Knowing these specific details will make you a much smarter shopper. Now let’s go!


How To Be A Good Shopper
How To Be A Good Shopper

We’re Finally Shopping! Now What?

When you’re out shopping or even shopping online, & you find a piece you’re considering buying, it’s time for the interrogation process. Here are some questions to ask yourself: Is this the right color for my wardrobe? Will it flatter my body? & most importantly: Does this go with at least 2-3 other pieces in my wardrobe? If you can only think of one way to wear it with your current wardrobe, ditch it. You need versatile pieces that will ensure you’re making a smart decision by choosing to invest your money in them. If the pieces pass the interrogation, yippee! You’ve just added another lovely item into your wardrobe!

Immediately upon arriving home or receiving your items in the mail, TRY THEM ON! Not just alone, try them on with different pieces in your wardrobe & accessories. If you can’t make at least 2-3 different looks with them, send them back! Never be afraid to return items. In fact, the smartest shoppers return things frequently, because they only want to keep items in their wardrobes that bring them joy, inspiration, & versatility.


How To Be A Good Shopper


How To Be A Good Shopper


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Feminine Shorts

Feminine Shorts

Feminine Shorts

How Do Shorts Fit Into My Wardrobe?

I sometimes have a hard time finding shorts that still have that feminine feel. When searching for the perfect pair, I look for feminine details that will help elevate my look & make a fun statement. Today I want to share a bit about this super cute outfit I’ll be living in this summer. Also, I’m rounding up my favorite feminine shorts on the market right now!


Feminine Shorts
Feminine Shorts

Outfit Details

Wrap Top // Floral Shorts // Lace Flats // Basket Bag // Toile Scarf // Earrings // Pearl Clips // Bracelet


Feminine Shorts
Feminine Shorts


Feminine Shorts

Mixing Florals

This outfit perfectly displays print mixing that follows all the rules I outlined in my Print Mixing For Beginners post. The contrasting sizes & common color palette help make these pieces a perfect match. Also, I love the silhouette this outfit creates. The high waisted shorts combined with the wrap top & puffy sleeves make that classic feminine shape I’m all about.

What To Look For…

When it comes to searching for the perfect pair of feminine shorts, there are a few things I tend to look for. First off, I don’t want them to be too short or too tight. I like my shorts to fully cover me so that I can even bend down without fear of showing more skin than I would like. This goes without saying, but of course they will also have to be high-waisted. I can’t comfortably wear non-high waisted things anymore. What can I say, I’m hooked!

As far as details go, I love these shorts because of the lovely floral print on display. Not to mention this is a Laura Ashley print which I have loved basically my entire life. I search for those details like a fun floral print, bows, or a unique color to make a statement & bring that feminine flair I love so much.


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Summer Smocking

Summer Smocking

Summer Smocking

Summer Trend: Smocking

I don’t know about you, but I love to be comfortable in the summer. On hot days, I don’t want things to be too tight on my body, but I still want to wear flattering pieces. Smocking details do just that! This allows articles of clothing to have a flattering fit while also providing stretch & comfort for easy wearing. I’m totally into this trend at the moment & wanted to share how I’m wearing this trend over the next few months.


Summer Smocking
Summer Smocking

Outfit Details

Pink Dress from Prim & Pop Boutique // White Espadrilles // Basket Bag (from Africa! Similar here) // Woven Earrings // Bracelet


Summer Smocking
Summer Smocking

My Look

This look is perfect for warm summer days. It’s both comfortable & cute while also being on-trend & affordable. What makes this dress so special is the rainbow smocking details. It’s quite unique & makes a great statement. I’ve styled this dress with a number of different shoes (see here), but you can never go wrong with a classic pair of white espadrilles. Basket bags are all I’m wearing in terms of bags these days. This one, my mother in law sent me from Africa! How sweet! I’ve found a similar one here if you want to get the look. As far as accessories go, I’m wearing these super affordable woven hoops that go with just about everything, & of course, my gold coin bracelet.

Other Ways To Wear Summer Smocking

There are so many ways to wear this summer smocking trend. Try a full smocked dress like this one or a jumpsuit like this one. I’m currently crushing on this amazing set with smocking details. In fact, you can almost guarantee I will be purchasing it after my next payday. This smocked top in lemon print is just so perfect for summer. I’m also curious about wearing a mini skirt like this one. Whichever style you choose, they are sure to be the most comfortable & stylish things to wear all summer long.


Summer Smocking


Summer Smocking

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Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer

Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer

Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer

Bring On The Warmth

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems as though spring was here for about 3 weeks & now we are in full summer mode. At least here in Richmond, it’s already so hot & humid. Even though summer doesn’t technically start until June 21st, the weather certainly says otherwise. The weather & colors outside greatly affect the outfits I wear on a daily basis. Around this time of year, the sun has a way of bringing out all the warm tones of nature & casting a warm, yellow tint around us. Therefore, it’s easy to see why all I want to wear are lovely, feminine, warm tone pieces. What can I say, I like to blend in with nature!


Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer
Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer

Outfit Details

Warm Tone Striped Dress // Blush Espadrilles // Basket Bag // Toile Scarf // Woven Earrings // Bracelet // Sunglasses


Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer
Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer


Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer

What’s Not To Love?

This look is basically a compilation of all my current favorite things. First of all, this warm-toned, striped dress is so comfortable & on sale for under $25! I’m in love with the colors, the button front details, & the feminine ties on the sides. When I wear button front dresses that don’t have very full skirts, I like to unbutton a few of the bottom buttons to show a little leg & add more drama.

My blush espadrilles add the perfect touch of warmth & match my dress so well. Espadrilles are my favorite shoes to wear in the summer. They can be both casual & dressy, but they also provide those dreamy vacation vibes I crave on the daily.

My newest basket bag was an obvious choice to pair with this look. I love how the lines on my dress are mimicked by the structure of this bag. This Laura Ashley toile scarf was the perfect accessory to this bag. It’s warm pinky-peach tones are gorgeous & toile is a print I’ve loved since I was a child. I know this will be my most worn scarf of the season.


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