Celeb Inspired Style – Kristin Cavallari

Welcome to my newest addiction hobby – Polyvore! This combines my love of online shopping with my need to show people (like my husband) how I would dress or how our house would look if I could just buy it all at once. I’m not talking about super high-priced items – I’m all about finding good deals! – it just takes a while to build a wardrobe or complete a room.

So I’m starting a series of celeb inspired style, or how to dress fab like a celeb while on a normal person’s budget.

With all this polar-vortex-crap going on I think we could all use a little touch of spring. I live in Florida for crying out loud but it’s supposed to snow 3-5 inches here on Wednesday. You might find me wearing shorts and sandals inside the house with the thermostat turned waaaay up in protest. Our first style is inspired by a super-cute springy outfit worn by Kristin Cavallari.

Celeb Inspired Style - Kristin Cavallari


Neutral Cut-Out Shoulder Tee
Yellow Blazer
Skinny Jean


Black & White Dress

So when I told my husband how I wanted to post more about what I wore everyday instead of just every once in awhile, he started laughing so hard he fell on the floor.  Ok, so I wear a lot of lounge clothes. I admit it. But, I can still get dressed up to go to the grocery store! Another reason why I substitute teach, I can wear my cute dresses and patterned pants.


Black and white dresses are awesome because you can wear them during any season and you can wear almost any type of shoe and any type of accessory.   In fact, if you follow this blog I’m sure you will see a lot of black and white dresses.

A lot of times I put a bright belt with this dress, but today I decided to go with a more classic look and put my gold belt and clear bead statement necklace with it.


I added a touch of color with this great hunter green jacket from LOFT.


Finally I added this great metallic grey scarf to add a little extra layering and also to be more conservative at work.

You can see how easy it is to layer in the winter! If it was freezing I would have added tights, and worn a long coat over the small blazer.


Where to find:

Black and White Dress

Clockwise from top left:

1. LOFT 2. Anthropologie 3. Anthropologie 4. Banana Republic 5. Old Navy 6. Forever 21


Colored Blazer, Similar (ON SALE)

Brown Boots, Similar

Gold Belt, Similar

Clear Bead Statement Necklace

Scarf, very similar

Chunky Gold Chain

So I was on Pinterest last night and found something Pinteresting (see how I did that? I made Pinterest into an adjective…).  In a capsule collection by Giuliana Rancic at LOFT there is a gorgeous chunky gold chain that looks VERY similar to one that we have at Niloulu!


So I thought I would take the look that Brittany Snow was wearing and do it myself.


Now of course I am not  Brittany Snow, but the look was pretty easy to put together.  All you need is a white blouse, patterned pants, a bright clutch, and of course the Chunky Gold Chain Necklace from niloulu.

Here are similar styles:

Chunky Gold Chain from Niloulu

White Blouse– Similar

Party Pants:


Clockwise from top left: Forever21, Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor

Nude Pumps

Bright clutch–similarsimilar

Layering Neon

This past week at the local high school was spirit week, and one of the days was “Neon Day”.  I decided that neon day would be the best day for me to substitute, obviously.  However, I was disappointed with the amount of neon being worn.

I have the perfect dress for neon day.  It is so neon that it reflects off of my face. How awesome is that?


In order to calm it down at little, I put very neutral accessories with it: Gold belt, Clear bead statement necklace, brown boots, and my cat. (I honestly could not get my cat to stop walking in front of me in every picture, I don’t get it.  Maybe he was a model in a past life, I don’t know. Moving on!)


Because it was cold outside and I wanted to make the look a little more casual, I added a floral scarf.


Picking out my jacket was the hardest part. What do you put with neon? A brown jacket would have added too much brown to the outfit, but grey did not make sense either.  Finally I came to my senses, NAVY.  Navy blue looks awesome with neon and adds a mature touch to the look.

The most important thing to remember about wearing neon is to put neutral accessories with it.  Taupe, gold, and navy blue look great with most neon colors. OR if you have a neon statement piece, let it stand out by wearing neutral clothes.


To find:

Neon Corral Lace Dress (ON SALE!)–similar, similar

Navy Blue Blazer–Very SimilarSimilar

Floral Scarf–Similar

Clear Bead Statement Necklace

Brown Boots–Similar

Gold belt–Similar, Similar

What I Wore Wednesday

Today was a catch up day.  Not that I really needed one–I substitute taught two days in a row and I feel entitled to it.  However, today was a day of comfort ( and also I wanted to make use of a few wonderful Christmas presents!)

I am really enjoying this new leather trend, so I bought these awesome coated skinny jeans from Madewell (so I get the look of leather without the sweating and squeeking)  Of course they look great with Chambray, and since I was cold I added a polka-dot sweater, my favorite necklace, and of course this AMAZING kate spade purse my wonderful husband gave me.  (You’ll be seeing this purse a lot, since it is practical, and since I wear mostly neutrals it adds color to all my outfits)


I really could have worn almost any of my pullover or cardigan sweaters with this outfit.  Now that I’m thinking about it I could have worn my fox sweater with it… I should have worn my fox sweater with it…. NO, I must learn to not regret mistakes I have made in the past!

Also, I put my necklace under the collar again… I’m starting to ease into this new trend, yay!

To find:

Coated Black Leather skinny jeans


Polka Dot Sweater: similar

Clear Bead Statement Necklace

Bright cross body bag: similar, similar

Seeing Plaid

Plaid is BACK! Not that it was ever really gone, it never really seems to go out of style.

I have very limited plaid in my closet, but when I saw this skirt in Madewell I had to try it! I like how simple and easy it is to wear in many different ways.  Plus the shirttail silhouette is very flattering.

Lately I have had a lot of fun wearing t-shirts in unexpected ways.  For example, wearing this PURRFECT “Oklahoma Kitty” t-shirt from local Tulsa artist Bombs Away Art with my plaid skirt, among other things.  Look for a slouchy tee with a black and white print, it will go with everything! I  usually buy the unisex styles, instead of the styles designed for women. I do not like cap sleeves and  I do not like small v-necks thank you very much. Who looks good in a cap sleeve anyway?? WHO?? Ok, enough with my rant.  I also usually go up a size to add a little extra slouch and if the sleeves are too long, roll them up.


There is that small tuck in the front again, see how effortless of a look it makes? And to top it all off, add a bright accessory, especially if you are wearing a dark plaid.


If you want to go with a more classic look, try wearing a shirt that matches one of the less prominent colors in the plaid, or of course chambray.


Of course add a piece of jewelry, simple or bold! I put the Clear Bead Statement necklace with it to add a little understated sparkle.  Although it is a fashion jump for me, I buttoned up the shirt and put the necklace right up under the collar.


In conclusion, you do not have to be a lumberjack or a catholic school girl to wear plaid.  Just find the right piece for you.  For a good classy plaid, J. Crew, Madewell, and Ann Taylor are good places to start.  If you want unconventional plaid, check out Free People.

To find:

Plaid Skirt

Military Jacket

-Booties, similar

Green Button Down shirt

Gold Necklace

Clear Bead Statement Necklace

Chunky Scarf (custom made at niloulu, email us through our etsy store for details!)

-T-shirt (Bombs Away Art)

-Kate Spade Crossbody bag, similar

How to Wear a Dress in the Cold!

I really, REALLY tried today.  I tried to look cute in my house although I was freezing for no reason.  I, however, found myself adding more and more layers as the day went on.  I started with a cute sweatshirt dress, then added my ugg slippers, then a scarf, then I added my yoga pants, and lastly a fleece hoodie.  I basically ended up looking like the cat lady that I really am… NO ONE CAN KNOW… I must find a way to disguise my “cat-ladiness”.

I am determined that we can all look cute even when we are FREEZING.

However, until they start making house slippers that don’t make me look like the sad part in a rom-com, I will continue to make use of mine.

A lot of my friends cannot believe that I wear dresses when it is so cold outside. The thing is, I love wearing dresses so I had to figure out how to keep wearing them even in the middle of winter. The most important part in wearing a dress when you decide to weather the cold is layering, and of course a baller winter coat. You do not necessarily want to wear a long sleeve dress when you go out into the cold… your destination might be very warm inside  and you will end up getting sweatier than you thought.

I like to wear a simple tank dress and add layers:



-Wooly socks (if your feet are warm, you will be warm)


-Sparkly necklace

-Light to heavy jacket (or light jacket under a heavy jacket)

-Boots (tall or short depending on the weather)

-Scarf and gloves.

This way, when you end up in a place where they decided to pay extra for heat, you can just keep peeling layers until you feel comfortable.

I like to wear flouncy, chiffon dresses under structured coats.  It adds a romantic dimension to to your winter look, plus adds some excitement to your day when there is a sudden gust of wind.


It definitely helps to wear a longer jacket when you wear a dress into the cold weather.  Longer jackets are also great because you can wear all sorts of sweaters underneath and they will not peek out at the bottom.


Body-con dresses are great layering pieces as well.  They are great if you have loose sweaters and accessories to wear over it.  Pick one in a thick, forgiving fabric for warmth and also so it does not reveal every imperfection.  A super warm chunky scarf helps too, and this one is extremely versatile with a little sparkle.20140112-155456.jpg

Wearing control top tights helps to smooth out the bumps. (Add a skinny belt to camouflage the bump it makes at the top- if you’re like me and don’t have rock hard abs)


Of course you can wear tall boots with your dress as well, I just love these booties!

So as you can see, wearing a dress in the winter is really just a formula.  Just change out the dress and small accessories, and keep almost everything else the same! (Especially the warm socks)

To find:

-Black coat, Similar

-Flouncy Chiffon Dress, Similar

Military inspired jacket

-Booties, Similar

-Scarf (handmade at niloulu, custom ordering available just email us through etsy!)

Feather Necklace

Clear Bead Statement Necklace

Body-con Dress (ON SALE!!)