Showing posts with label outfit of the day & night. Show all posts
Showing posts with label outfit of the day & night. Show all posts

4.08.2022

 This past weekend, Nate and I finally went back to Palm Springs for a mini getaway. After a long hiatus due to restrictions during the height of the pandemic, it felt so good to be back. I really missed the colorful desert oasis! It's the one place where I feel compelled to do absolutely nothing but relax by a pool, enjoy the sun and beautiful views, and just escape. 

I brought three dresses with me on this trip, but the one I'm wearing below was by far my favorite. I love a halter style maxi dress. It may be hard to tell, but the background of it is a dark green with large blush and white flowers. It also has a keyhole that's fun without being too revealing. It really combines two trends I am living for at the moment: bright colors and sexy cut-out dresses. You'll be seeing them everywhere!



I plan on getting a ton of wear out of it in the coming months. I'm getting so excited because we are entering into my favorite time of year. More day trips, more road trips, and hopefully more time with family and friends. Even just a couple days away can be enough to recharge. 

Do you have any little getaways planned, or perhaps a big trip coming up? I hope you all are doing well! 

3.03.2022

 I've been on the hunt for a great fitting pair of jeans since last year. Like probably most of you, I struggle to find a brand that I can stick with because styles and sizing vary so differently. I do love the last pair I bought, but I had been wanting something more basic that I could wear with everything. I tried Good American, Abercrombie & Fitch, Kut From The Cloth, and Target but I wasn't really thrilled with any of them. It was a game of "too much stretch" or "not enough." 

Linking what's available // Express jeans, Sezane bag, Similar flats

Linking what's available// Express jeans, Express bodysuit, Sezane bag and shoes

Before giving up on my quest, I decided to give Express jeans another try. Express has long been one of my favorite retailers, and they've definitely made a bit of a comeback for me after a few years of disappointment. Totally on a whim, I ordered their new Flexx jeans. Super high waist, the perfect shade of medium blue, short length to ensure I don't need to hem them, and just the right amount of stretch. Meet my new favorite skinny jeans! I know skinny styles are out, but I still prefer them over wide leg silhouettes. I'm obviously a creature of habit in that way, but I just find them to be more flattering. So why are they called Flexx? They move with your body, and come in sizes XS - XL instead of the usual standard sizing. For example, I am usually a size 8 or 29 in denim. I took a medium which is meant for sizes 6-10. I was skeptical of that amount of range, but once on my body, they hugged my curves perfectly without feeling loose nor restrictive. Basically, they feel like leggings. No gap in the waistband, but not tight in the legs either. I want them in every wash. I highly recommend giving them a try if you're shopping for jeans this Spring! 

11.22.2021

 I never in a million years thought that I'd be into bodysuits. They look great with high waisted jeans and skirts, but are they really even comfortable? I decided to test one out a few months ago and was pleasantly surprised! Yes, bodysuits can be supremely wearable. Now I have four, including this long sleeve version from one of my all-time favorite retailers. Express does it again. This is what I plan on wearing for this holiday season. 


I told my best friend that it feels like second skin. It's soft as can be and can be dressed up or down depending on what you pair with it. This holiday season, I like the in-between of wearing such an outfit. Not as casual as leggings, but not quite as glam as a dress. The in-between seems apt after almost two years of not knowing what the hell what to wear! Express has always been a go-to for chic basics but they have really stepped things up with their body contour line. I highly recommend giving them a try. 

This is my last post of the month. I'm going on a family trip to Maui on the 29th to celebrate my brother-in-law becoming a nurse. It's my first real family vacation and I can't wait to tell you all about it when I get back! You can keep up with me on Instagram of course ( Noelleengel). 

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the U.S. <3

10.29.2021

 I have to admit, this is probably one of my favorite transitonal Fall outfits I've ever worn. It's hard to explain why really, but I just feel so put together and chic without sacrificing comfort. I did also receive some compliments and let's face it, that's always a nice feeling! Living in sunny southern California, Fall weather is much warmer than say, New York. It's more of a wish than an actual season here, so it takes a little creativity to incorporate trends in a way that works for me. 

(Don't mind that little string on my shorts in these pics. I had no idea it was there the whole time! Hey, it's life. No fancy photographer here.)


For the past few seasons, longer length or duster cardigans have been all the rage and while I love those and own a few, I'm actually really happy that shorter cropped cardigans are trendy right now. Cropped anything can be tricky to pull off, especially if you're a more modest dresser like me. But pair one with high waisted bottoms and any hesitation disappears! The best of both worlds. I love the juxtaposition, and ultimately I find the combination flattering. The cardigan can be worn open over a tank or bodysuit, but I prefer wearing it buttoned as a shirt itself. I wore these linen blend shorts a lot over the Summer, and because they are black, what better way to transition them into Fall than with a cozy, soft-as-can-be cardigan? This whole look is fun for a night out, or switch out the heels for some ankle boots or flats for a casual day. 

What's the weather like where you live? I hope you all have a fantastic Halloween weekend! 

10.25.2021

I've shopped Gibsonlook at Nordstrom for a few years and have loved their soft, comfortable, elevated basics. When I found out that one of my favorite petite bloggers Nasreen was doing a collaboration with the brand, I knew I wanted to try one of their pieces. I was drawn to a few of the styles, but instantly fell in love with this beautiful blouson sleeve burgundy floral dress. It's perfect for Fall and the upcoming holidays. 


I find that Gibsonlook runs large so I went down to a small in the dress and it fits just how I want it to.  It's a pull-on style with lining in the body and sheer billowy sleeves that cuff at the wrists. I absolutely love the print! You can't tell from these photos but there is a really pretty metallic gold threading throughout. Nate and I have only done family photos for the holidays once, but if we were to do them again I would definitely wear this! I highly recommend it for so many different types of occasions this Fall and Winter. 

I also wanted to briefly mention that Nasreen shared some heartbreaking news recently on her social media. She has breast cancer. Because October is national breast cancer awareness month and because Nasreen is making it her mission to help other women, I too would like to remind you ladies to please please make those annual appointments with your gynecologists. I actually had my first mammogram a few months ago when I found a rather large, incredibly painful lump. I first did the mammogram (which was definitely awkward but not painful) followed by an ultrasound. I had tears in my eyes while the nurse had me shift in various positions. I kept thinking of the ways in which my life would change if if she told me it was cancer. Thankfully, it wasn't cancer (just my hormones run amuck). There is no family history of breast cancer, but you still can't be complacent. That experience has shown me just how important self breast exams are, as well as making sure you see your doctor for those annual exams. I hope if you don't already follow Nasreen that you will do so now! Let's lift her and other women up in prayer and allow them to share their stories in hopes of preventing more people from going through the same thing. 

9.15.2021

 It was my 37th birthday on Sunday and I couldn't wait to wear this black maxi dress from Abercrombie & Fitch. Yes, that's right - I, a 37 year old woman, wore A&F on my birthday. I'm telling you, they have really done a remarkable job at ushering in a new look and feel to their brand. 


Every year I like to buy a new dress to celebrate. Since 2020 was such a mess, I really wanted this one to be different. I wanted to wear something fun, something typically out of my comfort zone.  I found this backless cut-out dress on sale and I knew instantly that I wanted to wear it on my birthday. It comes in petite, so I got my normal size and I love it! The back is quite dramatic but I still feel comfortable because the front of the dress is more modest. I like the balance of both! Simple nude accessories and delicate gold jewelry made it casual for walking around the beach. Nate and I spent the day driving down PCH. We stopped at South Coast Plaza but I wasn't in the mood for shopping. Malls in general just don't have the same appeal to me post pandemic. I really just wanted to eat, have some drinks, and head for the coast, so that's exactly what we did. We stopped in Laguna and enjoyed some cocktails overlooking the water. Laguna is one of my favorite areas in California so it was the perfect way to mark year 37. What a wild ride it's been...

8.11.2021

 Kimonos, dusters, kaftans, and cover ups have been trendy for many seasons, and they're still my favorite way to layer and add interest to any Summer outfit. Let's face it, unless you're on a tropical vacation, the heat doesn't exactly inspire creative looks! I think most of the time, we are all pretty intent on being comfortable and cool in the sun and humidity. But when we want to elevate our Summer basics, a pretty kimono is the easiest way to do that. 

Wearing // L*Space Anita cover up dress, Sold out MinkPink dress but similar here, Vici bag, Gorjana necklace with Miranda Frye charm, Gorjana bracelet here & here

Now, my newest kimono is actually a cover up dress or tunic by the brand L*Space. They have a gorgeous selection of swimwear and accessories but everything is pretty pricey. This particular cover up is called the Anita, and it's just such a classic piece. It has a shirt collar, functional buttons, and can be worn multiple ways. I have worn it completely open over dresses, but I've also worn it tied at the waist with denim shorts and a bodysuit. The slits on either side allows you to do this and it looks so chic that way. So even though it's a pricier item, the versatility and quality makes it worth it. I wore this exact outfit in Vegas, and although it was well over 100 degrees (because you know, July in Vegas), I still felt cool and put together walking around some of the hotels. 

I have more ways to style a kimono coming up soon. Are you into them?

8.03.2021

 Well hello! Long time, no blog. How are you doing? I hope you're enjoying your Summer as much as I have been. At the end of June, Nate and I went on a week long road trip with stops in Vegas, Utah, and Wyoming. It was such a great time that I plan on doing a little recap for you very soon. But until then, I'm back today sharing this romantic floral maxi dress I wore to go wine tasting. 

Wearing // Forever 21 maxi dress (sold out), Miranda Frye pendant, Gorjana necklace, Target clutch, Similar shoes


I've always loved a good maxi dress, but because I'm only 5'2, they can be a bit tricky to pull off. Usually I end up tripping over myself! I saw this particular dress on a blogger I follow and decided to give it a try before it sold out. I love the delicate floral print, the straps that tie at the shoulders (or can even be tucked in and the dress can be worn strapless) and I really love anything smocked! It holds you in while still being incredibly comfortable. This is my first Forever 21 purchase in years. I think I stopped shopping there when I turned 30, but hey, you can still find some great items if you do a little digging. I currently can only wear this dress with heels, but I may eventually get it shortened. Don't be afraid of maxi dress or skirts if you're petite. I find they can be elongating, especially worn with a heel. You just have to find the right style, color, or print. Throw in some fun accessories and you're set for a breezy Summer day (or night). 


5.19.2021

 When we went into lockdown last Spring, I remember writing that dressing up was one of the (trivial) things I was missing the most. Now that things are finally getting back to normal, I'm wearing all of the pretty dresses I can to make up for lost time. 

Wearing // Abercrombie dress (I got the M petite), Jeffrey Campbell sandals (sold out but love these), Gorjana bracelet

This dress is from a place I used to idolize in college, but couldn't really afford to shop in on my student budget. Abercrombie & Fitch has come a long way since then! They are much more size inclusive, and their website no longer makes me feel guilty for not being a size 00. My friend Gina told me to check it out a couple years ago when I think they were beginning to transition, but I still felt too sheepish to take a look. I ended up buying some of their active wear during the Fall, and now I check in (just to look) fairly regularly. 
When I saw this adorable smocked dress on their site, I knew it would be perfect for Spring and Summer. Smocked dresses are having a big moment right now and I'm so glad because it's such a flattering, comfortable trend. My mom used to wear smocked everything when she was in her 20's and 30's so the look is purely nostalgic for me. So is this pretty mint color! The dress slips on overhead and is fully lined. The silhouette is feminine and airy - exactly how I plan on feeling for the next few hot months. 

Are you buying any new dresses? You'll definitely see them a lot here!