How To Mix High & Low Fashion


Mixing high and low fashion is something I love - I don't spend a lot on clothing pieces, unless it's a staple I know I will wear for years to come. Jackets, coats, and denim (if I can't find them sale) are the pieces I'm willing to splurge on. I aim to keep my tops under $100, dresses under $150, and skirts/shorts under $100 as often as possible. I get tired of clothes quickly - especially trendy pieces, so it pains me to spend $$$ on something and get tired of it after a few wears. I save splurges for accessories - bags, shoes, and sunglasses because these items can elevate any look & you can wear them over and over (unlike most clothes). This jacket was a splurge, but this tank is under $20 (wearing size small), and I love them paired together.
My tips for mixing high & low fashion are:
1. Invest in bags, sunglasses, and shoes - in that order. There are so many great budget-friendly sunglasses & shoes out there right now, so I would start with a bag if you're just looking to get started with mixing high and low pieces. Some of my favorite bags are: this one (50% off, $389), this one ($595), this one ($980), and this one ($995). 
2. Do not invest in trend pieces. For trendy items, I shop Forever21, H&M, Zara, Asos, and Mango. Some of my favorite on-trend pieces under $50: this slip dress ($45) this off the shoulder top ($25), this twist back sweater ($43), and this dress ($50). 
3. Choose simple/plain fabrics. This isn't always the case (floral, for example), but most of the time I try to stick to solids or stripes when looking for inexpensive pieces to add to my closet. It's easier to mix simple pieces into your wardrobe, and you won't get tired of them as quickly (they also look more expensive than a crazy printed fabric). Some examples of great, simple pieces: this tee, this dress ($10 - comes in six colors), and this top (which I also have and love!). 
4. Stay true to your personal style. Don't buy something (a save or a splurge) just because someone tells you it's the best thing ever! Staying true to your style is key to pulling off any look with confidence. 
5. Buy now, wear later. This is theeee best way to save money on splurge items! Shop for amazing coats & boots in early spring (like this coat & these boots!), and designer sandals after summer ends.  Farfetch is one of my favorite sites to find designer deals (you can sometimes find pieces at a discount since items are sourced from boutiques around the world - always 100% authentic). Also, don't be afraid to shop second-hand from Vestiaire Collective, The Real Real, and Fashionphile
jacket (wearing size 0) | tank (wearing small) | jeans | shoes (order up 1 full size) | bag | sunglasses 

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My Favorite Summer Maxi Dresses

I'm already on my third cup of coffee this AM...I seriously feel like a zombie from the Reward Style Conference that was here in Dallas all weekend. I was superrrr nervous rolling solo (Brooke wasn't able to make it) and not knowing anyone. I had a vision of everyone being super clicky and catty but I was WAY off. Everyone was so nice and welcoming! I'm happy I pushed myself and went because I learned a lot and met so many amazing women. It was funny meeting bloggers I've followed forever because I already knew so much about them lol! #stalkerstatus But it was definitely fun having your instagram friends turn into real life friends. I shot some of my looks I wore to the conference and will be posting them later this week. I didn't buy anything new (due to heavy procrastination) so had to play around with pieces in my closet. 
But first, I wanted to show you guys this gorg maxi dress I recently got! I'm usually not one to wear a lot of color but this one caught my eye. It's so comfy and an easy dress to throw on for dinner, brunch, shopping, etc. It also comes in a blue/white combo and it's sooo pretty!
I love the high slit! Adds a little drama to the dress ;)
It also comes in a short version with long sleeves - SO cute!
dress (wearing xs) | sandals | sunglasses | bag | lipstick

More maxi dresses I'm loving (all under $150)


Weekend Deals

This top is 40% off today along with so many other great pieces - just added this top & this tee to my cart (love the sleeves!). Use code: GETHAPPY

These distressed denim shorts are so good & only $60. 

I picked up this tank (in stripes) at Target yesterday. Seriously so cute & looks much more expensive than $18! Also love this lace trim cami

In love with this top - love the blue & white stripes! 

These jeans are perfection, under $100, and look like a pair I just saw for over $300! I think we all need! 

I need new workout tops, how amazing is the back of this tee?! Would look so cute with these leggings (love the burgundy)! 

This FP dress just went 40% off - obsessed + perfect for summer! 

We looooove this crossbody for festival season (or just spring in general!), under $70! 

This romper is SO cute - love the black and white! Wear it with sneakers or sandals. 

This white dress is perfect for brunch, pool, or the beach and also comes in a really pretty clay color. 

Super cute wedding-guest dresses under $100 - here, here, here, and here

Sneaker love! Obsessed with these ($85) and these ($80)- both are perfect to throw on with any outfit! 

Just ordered this off the shoulder in black for summer date nights - black always looks so good for a night out! It comes in white as well! 

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#coffeetalk

1. How do you both find time to go to the gym? I have two little ones and can't seem to find time with their schedules (naps, music classes, etc), and needing to get errands done. My youngest is 8 months old and I still have baby weight to lose. Any tips would be much appreciated! 
Brooke: I definitely struggle with this as well, but they key for me is making it a priority & getting it done in the morning if possible. Sophia goes to school every day (1/2 day) and it always works best for me to be dressed and ready to go to the gym right after I drop her off at school (if I come home after dropoff, I know I'm probably not making it to the gym that day). My gym has a daycare, so I drop Avery there while I work out. Here are my tips: find a gym with a daycare or go to the gym before your kids wake up in the morning (if that's an option), or do BBG! I really recommend it for busy moms - the workouts are only 30 minutes, and can be done anywhere with minimal equipment! Just search #bbgvideo on insta and you'll see! The BBG workouts are 3x's a week, and 3 days a week you're supposed to do 35-45 minutes of light cardio - you could go on a walk/jog, or even just take your kids outside and run around! I purchased the eBook and that's what I use. I'm actually going to start BBG again next Monday and I'm excited! Good luck, I think the hardest part is just finding a routine!
Meggan: When I lived in Chicago, I went mid-morning which I wasn't really liking because it took up a big chunk of time before lunch/Cam's nap. Plus Camden hattted going to the daycare. He would cry until I picked him up which made working out miserable. I always shortened them because I knew he was sad. Now I go in AM before Cam and Kyle are up and I love it. I started doing Orange Theory twice a week (the 6:15 class) and go to the gym twice a week (wake up at 6:15). I definitely miss sleeping in but it feels good to get it out of the way. Sometimes I even stop at the grocery store after so I don't have to go during the day and it's feels amazing to get both those checked off my list by 8am!

2. Can you do a roundup of your favorite distressed denim shorts for spring/summer? Preferably a little on the longer side so nothing is hanging out while I run errands with my little one :)
I (Meggan) got these and love them (see them on me here). A few others are these Levi's, this pair by Topshop, and this BlankNYC pair!

3. Not a very fun question (but you've given some great budgeting tips before), but do you ladies save for retirement?
Brooke: Yes. When I was working (before blogging) I maxed out my 401K each year that I could afford to - it may not seem that fun, but you'll thank yourself later - at least I hope so ;). Now that we're self-employed, I opened a SEP IRA account for retirement. I'll be honest, depositing money into that account is kind of painful lol but I know it will be worth it for my future self/family! I would suggest talking to a financial advisor if you have any questions - finances can be intimidating, but so liberating when you're in control (and understand) them!
Meggan: I also have a 401k from my former employers and I'm talking with my financial advisor right now about opening an account (similar to Brooke's).

4. Brooke - based on the past posts I've realized we have very similar tastes in perfumes. I already own pretty much all of the scents you've mentioned. You posted about Tom Ford Santal Blush, which I do love but I feel like its a little strong/overpowering (and expensive, especially if I already feel unsure). Do you feel that way when you wear it or is it just me? I'm loving the sandalwood tones for my next perfume purchase so I was wondering if you knew of any similar that might not be as intense?
I love Santal Blush but your right, it's super expensive for perfume. My husband gave it to me for Christmas, I don't think I would have bought it for myself. However, I do love it and after having it, I can say I would re-purchase it for myself! It is stronger than other fragrances which also means it lasts longer - something about the oil content (I can't remember exactly what it is!) in Tom Ford's perfume is more concentrated which is why it's more expensive. I honestly only use one spray and that's enough for a full day. If you're unsure about it I would go to Nordstrom and ask them to create a sample for you (it's a pretty big sample) so you can try it out to see if you like it or not! I'm not sure of any similar scents off the top of my head, but this one sounds amazing (I love Nest Fragrances as well), and although it's not sandalwood the MK one we posted about a few weeks ago has been my daily go-to recently. Meggan and I are both obsessed with it - but it's definitely not sandalwood, so if that's what you're looking for I would try the Tom Ford sample or the Nest one! Hope that helps!

5. I'm going to a wedding next month, and am looking for a high/low dress. Any favorites? 
We love this one, this one, this one (comes in so many colors), and this one (obsessed)!

6. Heading on family vacation to the beach next month and wondering what sunscreen you like best for your kids?
Meggan: I use Alba Botanica on Cam and love it! He's never been burnt and it's chemical free!
Brooke: I used Supergoop on myself & my girls in Miami (I loved it and it was great for Sophia), but Avery kept having a reaction when it got close to her eyes (I think it was getting in her eyes when she would rub her eyes with her hands), so I'm looking for a different one for her this summer. I'll have to try the one Meggan suggested. 

7. I'm going to Vegas this summer - any suggestions for nights out and days by the pool?
For a night out - this dress (looks just like Alexander Wang but under $100!), this dress, this one, and this one - all super fun! For days by the pool we love this dress, this suit, and this coverup.

8. My husband and I are going to Chicago in May for a long weekend. This will be the first time we are away from our daughter (23 months). I would love any suggestions for restaurants/shopping/things to do. Thank you!
West Loop has so many amazing restaurants and fun spots to get a drink so I would definitely hang out in there one night. A few of my favorites are Girl & The Goat, Bar Sienna, Formentos, Momotaro, Duck Duck Goat, and Parlor. So many new ones have popped up since I moved so I would definitely too. A few other favorite spots are RPM Italian, GT Fish & Oyster, and Sunda. You should definitely get a drink at The Signature Room (95th floor at the John Hancock) - it has the most amazing views of the city! Shopping you should hit up Michigan Ave (touristy but something you kind of have to do) or Bucktown has good shopping too! Old Town and Lincoln Park are fun neighborhood to explore too. You should see if movies in the park start by the time your there - they are so fun!

9. I'm a bridesmaid in a wedding in Colorado this July. This is the dress I'm wearing (in coral) and the bride wants us to wear a nude shoe in any style we want. Can you give me some suggestions on flats and heels that would be comfortable and look good?
You could wear something classic like this or this (the block heel would probably be more comfy!) or do something fun like this! For flats we love this pair and this pair - both are so fun and could be worn all the time after the wedding!

10. Any new recipes you've tried lately that are good? I love when you post what you're making on insta!
Meggan: I am obsessed with this spaghetti squash pad thai - I make it at least once a week. This grilled salmon is so good (I added jalapeño to the mango salsa for a little kick) and so are these thai chicken lettuce tacos.
Brooke: I love this clean cashew chicken, and my sweet potato, egg, avocado bowl (you've probably seen it on insta stories lol). I've had so many questions about the recipe so here it is: sauté sweet potato in avocado oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, red chili flakes & anything else you like, add (cooked) brown rice and stir together, once that is done, make room for an egg in the same pan, cook the egg over easy/medium or fried (runny yolk is key), combine everything in a bowl and top with avocado! SO good & healthy. I've had it for lunch every day this week.

11. I have a trip to DC in a couple weeks that will involve LOTS of walking/sightseeing + nights out, so I need versatile outfits that go with comfy shoes and maybe a cute backpack? Any outfit suggestions/bag? I'm not really a sneakers person!
We would probably do comfy dresses (here, here, and here) and bring a denim jacket (love this one) to throw on if it gets chilly. You could do comfy sandals if you're not a sneaker person! For a backpack - I have this one and love it, highly recommend it!

12. I'm a personal attendant in a wedding this June. The bride would like me to wear a dress in any shade of blue or purple (the main wedding color is navy). Any suggestions for a dress under $100?
A few we think would be super cute are: this ruffle onethis lace midi, this off-the-shoulder, another pretty lace option, and this tulle dress (fun and girly!).

13. I'm on the hunt for a new coffee table and would love to know where you both got yours and if you have any others you are loving?
Brooke: Both of mine are from RH - one is super old, I don't think they even make it anymore but it's similar to this, and this is the other one - I love it, but it's impossible to keep clean with little hands! This coffee table is soooo cool, and this one is a super cool budget-friendly option!
Meggan: I put two tables together (see pic here) and they're both from West Elm - shocker, my house could be WE showroom lol. Here is the tall one and this is the short one. A few others I've spotted and loving are thisthis (why so expensive ughhh), and this one (obsessed with mid-century furniture).

14. I just recently got promoted to nurse manager!! I've never had to wear business clothes to work since I've always worked in scrubs. What are some stylish yet hospital appropriate outfits?
Congratulations! We loooove these pants (they come in so many different colors & patterns) - wear them with loafers (we love these and these) for a young + fun look, this blouse is great, this skirt in yellow is so fun for spring/summer, and we would pair it with a long sleeve blouse (like this one - if you look closely you can see it has yellow on the stripes, so fun!).

15. My closet, under the bed bins, and dresser are filled to the max. How do you determine what to purge, what to keep and what to box up for storage?
Meggan: I used to have the hardest time letting go of clothes! I usually end up purging trendy/cheap clothes (Forever21, H&M, etc) that I know I probably won't wear next season or items I haven't worn in over a year.
Brooke: Same, I've gotten better in recent years. I agree with Meggan - the first things I get rid of are the cheap + trendy pieces I know I won't be wearing again. I don't really keep anything for storage (other than bags). I donate most, sell some, and trash things really need to go and aren't in good enough shape to be donated.

16. I have an Alexander McQueen silk scarf (dark camo colored green with black skulls). I've had it forever and NEVER worn it because I just don't know how! Any suggestions?
That color combo sounds amazing! For spring/summer we love this look and this look- casual with a basic top and cute shorts! You could also pair it with a simple maxi like this. Let the scarf do the talking since it's a statement piece!

17. I'm on the lookout for a pair of cute, versatile flats to wear to work (flats b/c I'm super tall - 6'2" and live in NY so comfort is key!). I know there are tons of options, but I wear a size 12-13. Any hot tips on shoes that aren't hideous for a tall girl?
If you want to splurge, these loafers come in a size 12 (love). These are so cute (saw them in store today), and we also love this pair (so many fun color options) & this pair - love the blush!

Leave your questions below or email them to brookeandmeggan@somewherelately.com with #coffeetalk in the subject! xx

How To Wear Culottes

Culottes are one trend I'm totally on board with - I've always loved them. A lot of people find culottes intimidating and aren't sure how to wear them - styling them correctly is key to pulling off the look! 
1. Find the best fit. First, you want to make sure they fit properly - you don't want them to be too tight (especially if you have hips and a booty like I do). Too tight is just not a good look. If I'm in between sizes, I always go for the larger size. 
2. Keep the top simple. Pair them with a fitted, simple top (tuck it in to accentuate your waist), and if you need a jacket, make it cropped. 
3. Wear heels. If you have super long, thin legs you can get away with wearing flats, but heels are best for most of us. It helps elongate your leg and keeps the look from falling into the frumpy zone. 
4.  Keep your accessories simple. Let the pants stand out and be the "hero" piece of this look. When it comes to culottes, try to adopt a minimalistic style. 
I picked up this pair at Zara before our trip to Miami and wore them to my favorite restaurant - Casa Tua. They're a fun change from a dress and I loved the look. I just added this culotte jumpsuit to my cart - obsessed! A jumpsuit is a great start if you're still unsure about styling the look. Meggan and I both got this two piece set and it's so cute - another great option! 
pants + top both found in store at zara | sunglasses | sandals | bag

My favorite culottes:


SkinMedica Serum Review & Giveaway

Hi guys! We've been getting a lot of skincare questions and blog post requests, so we're going to start sharing more beauty-related posts in 2017! We're always sharing our routines and favorites on instagram stories, but we'll make it a point to share more on the blog as well!
Today, we're talking about the SkinMedica serum we're both currently using - their 2.0 Lytera Pigment Correcting Serum. This is a pigment correcting serum that restores your skin to an even shade and helps improve hyper-pigmentation. Bonus: it also aids in preventing future discoloration! From spending too much time in the sun during our teenage years, to having kids and the hormones that come along with pregnancy, our skin has suffered some discoloration. We both have some sun spots/damage, and we're doing everything in our power to prevent any further harm to our skin as we age.
Since this serum is new in our routines, we were excited that so many of you messaged us and commented on instagram telling us how much you love it as well as other SkinMedica products!
Meggan: My chest is a major problem area for me. The color is uneven and looks blotchy - you can tell I've sunburned it many times over the years (ugh!). I've mentioned this before, but I have been doing IPL treatments on my face and recently had two done on my chest (going back for a third before my wedding). I was happy to hear that this serum helps optimize results of laser treatments, along with chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and prescription care products. I called my laser technician before I started using (just to double check it was okay!) and she actually recommended using it. I'm excited to see results and start evening out my complexion - I will keep you guys posted!
Brooke: As I get closer to the big 3-0 (next year!), I've noticed some faint sun spots starting to show up on my lower cheeks/jawline. Admittedly they aren't terrible, but sun spots only get worse over time and that's not something I'm looking forward to, so I am really excited to have added this serum to my morning + night routine (I apply after cleansing in the morning and after my serum at night - always before applying moisturizer). The before & after photos are what really sold me, and I'm always extremely happy with products created by a dermatologist. The clinical results showed that Lytera 2.0 reduces the appearance of hyper-pigmentation and prevents future discoloration, so this is certainly a product I needed to add to my routine. I also suffer from redness, so this moisturizer is next on my list to try! 
Since we're so happy with the product, we've decided to host a giveaway (yaaasss!). We will be gifting one of you a bottle of the 2.0 Lytera Correcting Serum + all you need to do to enter is leave a comment below sharing why you'd like to try the product. XO
In collaboration with SkinMedica

The Accessory Edit

We have both been buying some ahmaazing accessories from Nordstrom this spring - not sure what it is about this season, but we've been really gravitating towards accessories more than we normally do! 
How amazing is this romper/maxi dress?! The lace overlay is so gorg and the details are perfect. I couldn't believe it the price tag after I tried it on - it looks so expensive!
I picked up this wide brim hat a couple months ago from Nordstrom and it's been on repeat ever since. I love it so much, I feel like I need to buy it in every color! I'm really into the navy and beige. A few other accessories I bought are these tassel earrings (found the navy in store) and this crisscross ring. Baublebar has the cuttteesssttt collection out right now. How amazing are these pom earrings - so fun!
I usually gravitate toward aviator sunglasses (this pair & this pair are my favorite/most worn) but wanted to switch it up so I ordered these round Ray-Bans. They are definitely different from my norm but I'm totally loving them - especially the retro vibe they give an outfit!
maxi ( wearing size xs) | sandals | hat | bagsunglasses | earrings | ring
I kept it super casual for Easter Sunday - we went to our favorite taco place and had margs on the patio (yaassss!). There's nothing I love more than a basic dress that can be worn with sneakers and a jacket or strappy sandals for date night. You can totally change the look with the accessories you choose. This dress just sold out, but this one (under $100) and this one are both nearly identical! 
These sunglasses are my current favorites & most worn. If you've been following along, you know that I lost them in Hawaii (uhg!) but repurchased b/c I love them that much. This pair looks the exact same for $12 - crazy! Both of us have been all about statement earrings lately & I love these stars because they're super cute but still casual enough to go with any outfit. I also just spotted the ear jacket version - may have to snag these as well. 
I've had this watch for a while, and wear it a lot - it's simple, comfortable, and minimal. I just got this Michele watch in the mail yesterday (you may have seen it on insta stories) and am in love! 
earrings | necklace | sunglasses | watch | sneakers | bag | bandana | jacket | dress (just sold out! love this one and this one - both are almost identical) | lipstick (in shade rosecliff) 

THE ACCESSORY EDIT (everything is under $50!)


In collaboration with Nordstrom
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