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    Work Appropriate Rain Shoes

    (Sorry for the bad Beyonce reference. No, I actually like it.) Jelly flats are one of those things that I didn’t know that I really needed until now. Like on all those days when it rains on a workday, and I’m sploshing around in nice shoes. And yes, I have rain boots, but I’m not wearing them to work. How much sense does that make? I need little shoes I can still wear to work and – you know – not be afraid to splosh* in. There are tons of jelly SANDALS but not a whole lot of options for jelly flats… because sandals would totally equal wet feet… yuck. So, I rounded up my favorite jelly FLATS for everyone else who might need proper rain and work footwear in one. I’m thinking the jelly boat shoes would be more of weekend/casual Friday wear, of course.

    I tried and tried to find the Tory Burch Reva jellies… but it seems they’re only on Ebay now. Fingers crossed that Tory brings them back!

    * I know splosh is not an actual word. I just like using made up words sometimes… And I realize every workplace has different dress codes, so jellies might not be appropriate for everywhere, BUT they’re still super convenient if you want to change into your nice shoes once you actually get to work.

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    Old Shelf – New Life

    So this is just a sneak at a recent project – can’t show you the final pictures just yet. But I did want to share an idea on how to turn an eyesore shelf into something more appealing. I got this shelf for FREE when they were cleaning out the video room at work, and I desperately needed additional shoe organization. Those crappy over the door hangers simply do not cut it. The shelf sat for a long time bare and sad, so I searched and searched for some way to make it look better. I found that it’s as simple as fabric and upholstery tacks, really. The longest part took finding a fabric. I was going to link back to the Premier Prints website for the fabric but it seems to be sold out – there was also a similar one I found on Spoonflower called Charcoal Dots HERE.

    (These pictures were taken before the bottom was hemmed up and the sides were tied back. Better ones to come!)

    Also a reminder about the Warehouse/Oasis giveaway going on right now!

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    Warehouse and Other Brands

    Butterfly Shift Dress c/o Oasis / Floppy straw hat c/o Warehouse / ASOS Sonic pointed heel (no longer in white (SIMILAR); BLACK and TAN styles still available) / Zara Metallic clutch (SIMILAR) / The Limited lucite necklace (SIMILAR) / Olive pendant necklace c/o Shabana Khan / Bracelets: Dotted Tusk, Stella & Dot Renegade, leather wrap c/o Clover Boutique, gold beaded bracelet c/o Accessory Auctions, orange bangle DIY, horn bracelet and two vintage gold bracelets / Michael Kors watch / Eternity band c/o Anjolee / Marrakech ring c/o KiraKira.

    This post has been almost a month in the making, and I am SO excited to show the final outcome of my collaboration with Warehouse and Other Brands. It’s been a hard secret to keep as we planned a post to kickoff summer style utilizing pieces from both of the Warehouse and Oasis brands. I can’t think of more necessary and versatile summer pieces than a colorful shift, white heels, floppy hat and metallic clutch. Here’s a little rundown of each…

    The Oasis Butterfly shift dress is one of my favorite, new summer arrivals. The reflective, mirror design and gold, zippered back immediately caught my attention. Because I’m tall, the length is somewhat short on me but is perfect to pair with low heels like the ASOS Sonic pointed heel. Remember back when I posted about white heels? Yep, snatched these up, and good thing I did because the white version is completely sold out now.

    Floppy hats – you know you covet one every time you see one pinned on Pinterest in some exotic location. BUT, you don’t need a far-away beach to rock a floppy straw hat. Summer concerts, days by the pool, weekend BBQs and patio brunches – heck anytime you’re out in the sun, you can wear a floppy hat like this one from Warehouse. I’m also loving this black and white floppy straw hat version too.

    A fun outfit like this calls for a fun purse as well – but not one with lots of color. A metallic clutch makes a statement without stealing the spotlight, and in fact, it actually reflects the colors you’re already wearing. Pile on some bracelet stacks and layer some necklaces to complete the metallic look!

    Are you liking Warehouse and Other Brands so far? I think you’re going to like them even more because they are giving one of my readers a $100 shopping credit! I can name about 20+ things I’d like to spend that $100 on… but let me get to the important stuff:

    GIVEAWAY Requirements
    1. LIKE A Pinch of Lovely and And Other Brands on Facebook
    2. SHARE the giveaway post on the A Pinch of Lovely page to your own Facebook timeline (Hint: The image will look like the one below.)
    3. COMMENT on this post or on FB with your email address
    4. CROSS your fingers

    Okay, so number 4 was clearly a joke, but it wouldn’t hurt…

    This giveaway is open until May 31st and will result in only one winner. Each entrant much complete each of the three requirements to be eligible. Official winner will be contacted by email and announced on social media. Email with any questions regarding this contest. And Good Luck!

    Photos taken by Brei Olivier.

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    People Stylewatch June Feature + Style Picks

    Okay, so I already put it on all my social media accounts – but I had to make it blog official too! If you haven’t heard/seen, check out the June issue of People Stylewatch (page 48). I got a little shout out in the “You Got It Right” article! APoL is going national y’all! 🙂

    Anyway, you’ll also find a lot of awesome trends for summer, so I picked some of my favorites from the issue to share in today’s post:

    1. Billabong Little Mama crop – Crops and bandeaus are everywhere, and this is one of my favorites.
    2. Kate Spade Saturday Easy On Sandals – Love the simple style in an unexpected color.
    3. Sun Junk Tote – Fab colors and design.
    4. DV by Dolce Vita Briza sandal – Suede, beads and tassels – enough said.
    5. Dittos Misty Lovebird cutoff shorts – Neon tropical bird print denim. Yes.
    6. BCBGeneration Broken Pleat shorts – Shorts that look like a skirt, so you don’t have to worry about that gust-of-wind-embarrassing-moment…
    7. Dots and Dahlias Chambray shirt – You have chambray but do you have patterned chambray?
    8. Ombre Straw Tote – I imagine lots of fresh flowers being carried in this straw bag.

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    Festival Style Pt 2

    Tank, Nola necklace and K Alphaline bracelet c/o Sarah Ott; vintage fan, bag, handpainted sunglasses and skirt c/o Time Warp BoutiqueLayla Earrings, Sunshine BeadsCamille BraceletBrittney Bracelet c/o Dotted Tusk; BCBGeneration sandals; Stella & Dot Spirit bracelet (benefitting Autism Awareness); spike and gold bead bracelet c/o Accessory Auctions.

    Welcome to Part 2 of the music festival style series! New Orleans is obviously known for Jazz Fest, but there are actually festivals all year round which means it’s one of the best places to find unique festival fashion. And, it also means there are cute, New Orleans themed shirts and accessories to wear to said festivals like the ones in today’s post available in Sarah Ott’s online boutique. Not to mention, people from and around New Orleans are Nola-proud making Sarah’s “Nola” necklace (seen in today’s post) and bangle (seen in last week’s post) hot commodities. I especially love this festival tank featuring a guitar comprised of different New Orleans words and illustrations – but more on that tomorrow!

    I also had some awesome picks again from my Time Warp Boutique edit. I mean, hand-painted sunglasses and a vintage, woven fan. It really can’t get any better than that (especially since I’m always wishing for a fan in the Louisiana heat). Time Warp had several of them in different colors too. I also had my Dotted Tusk bracelets stacked on, and this time, I added another one – the Sunshine Beads bracelet in bright yellow. I wear this one more often than you’d think because I find it really does bring a little sunshine to my day and in this case, to this photoshoot!

    I look forward to further introducing you to Sarah Ott tomorrow!!

    All images taken by Brei Olivier.

    Don’t Forget!! The Dotted Tusk Instagram Giveaway ends TOMORROW. 
    If you haven’t entered yet – see the giveaway post for full information and instructions!