Print Button-Up Shirt: From Day to Night

Top: Gap via thredUP | Flowerc/o Hot Magnets | Shorts: Gap Outlet (refashioned from these!) – $26 | FlatsHush Puppies – $70 | Total = $96
I wore this last weekend when my parents were in town and Chase and I were able to go grocery shopping BY OURSELVES. It was amazing. No intricate car seat buckles, no trying to contain a handsy and wiggly baby in the shopping cart, is this what heaven is like? I think I can hear angels singing..
I just got this button-up from thredUP and I’m in love. They’re TEA CUPS! I didn’t realize I was so whimsical.


Close up of my….crotch? :/ Just focus on the tea cups…
Top: Gap via thredUP | Flowerc/o Hot Magnets | Jeans: thrifted Target (and skinnied) – $8 (similar) | Shoes: Target – gift (similar) | Total = $8

We also had a birthday dinner that night for my brother-in-law and I wanted to dress up and to cut down on standing in front of my closet for an hour trying on 298374 different outfits again, I just changed out the bottoms and shoes. Afterwards, my parents watched Grey while some of us went to my BIL’s friends’ band play for their 10th(!!!!!) anniversary. It was so loud and late and I felt so old, butbutbut….we did young people stuff!!!11

Sign up sheet right here

TeeTarget – $6 | Necklacesc/o Max & Chloe, Forever 21 – $3 | Pants: via sample sale – $1 (similar) | Sandals: Walmart – $10 (similar) | Total = $20
This past weekend my parents came to visit. Those who know me and/or follow me on Twitter know that it is the MOST stressful thing for me. It’s been better since we’ve had Grey so their attention is placed elsewhere…i.e., away from me and onto Grey who soaks up all the attention like a ShamWow.
The best part of their stay was a half an hour before I was supposed to go pick them up when Grey had the BIGGEST blow out of the century…like all over his car seat, his legs, and his arms and hands. I think I puked in my mouth a little…or a lot. I had also reserved that half an hour to do a last minute cleaning for my neurotic and germophobe mother. Instead, I spent TWO hours bathing Grey and cleaning, dissassembling, washing, drying, and REassembling the car seat. I thought I was going to die of a stress attack that day…and I would’ve welcomed it. I did not sign up for this…!!!!!
Anyone have any good news today? Just writing this out again is making me anxious and giving me hot flashes..

(And, yes, I totally copied the fabulous Sydney’s outfit.)

P.S.. If you missed it, there’s a giveaway going on right now for a colorful short-sleeve maxi dress HERE!

I miss 30 Rock.. 🙁 Moving on… with a tear.
Blazer: Modest Mob – $30 | Necklacec/o Max & Chloe | Tank: J.Crew c/o thredUP (similar) | Jeans: Gap via thredUP (similar) | Sneakers: Forever 21 – $10 (similar) | Total = $40

I wore this casual get-up a couple weekends ago when we had a sleepover at my in-laws’ house. We go there a few times each month and sometimes stay the night because it’s our second home…and they have a pool…and stocked fridge and pantry…and cable. It’s like, why did we leave again?? (To backtrack, we lived with them for a few months earlier this year while I was recovering from a C-section and so we’d have more time finding an apartment for our new family of tres.)

I realized right after I put this outfit on that I wore the same tank top and light blazer as I did here:

It just goes together, you know? And by “goes“, I mean that blazer is the lightest covering I have for this kind of weather. Come on…..FALL!
So I guess you can consider the outfit below as a casual after-church version??

K, moving on to the newest addition to my closet….these straight leg jeans. My very first pair. I’m calling them The New Boyfriend Jeans. They’re just as comfy but with a more fitted leg, so it doesn’t look like you’re actually wearing your boyfriend’s jeans. And they’re kind of my favorite right now and forever.

Hey! My thredUP code is still active! 35% off and free shipping for new customers when you use CM35.

Oh, and here are some pics of my baby in a hat because I couldn’t get enough of him on my Insta. <3

And some more. Story:  My father-in-law thrifted this tiny armchair and bought it for Grey!! It’s the perfect size for him to lounge and watch his Saturday morning cartoons once a month and demand his milk. Please tell me I’m not the only one who sees a future teenage Grey.. Someone stop time!!!! :(:( I’m not ready.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! Try not to die in this heat. For me.

What to wear in hot weather as a sister missionary

I got an email from a soon-to-be Mormon sister missionary who is going to Texas – read: hot and humid, and even more so when you have to dress modestly and be outside most of the time. I wrote a post about how to dress for that kind of weather a couple of years ago…and I still stand behind everything I said! To reiterate…
  • Keep your hair away from your face and neck.
  • Shower (at least) 5 times a day. (IT’S A JOKE! Kind of.)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen are muy importante.
  • Wear breathable fabric like cotton. NO polyester or synthetic fabrics that may stick to your skin when you sweat.
  • Avoid layers, especially those layering tees!! Simple is best! Think basic essentials:  top, bottoms, shoes, and jewelry. You’ll be so hot you won’t care about looking good. So make sure your BASICS look good!
  • Breathable shoes…but, please… NO flip-flops.
  • Try to avoid dark colors because all that stuff you learned in science class in elementary school is f’real.

The Mormon church recently updated their missionary guidelines for dress and personal grooming that you can see here. I loved that they gave you examples, but it seems to be only for cool weather. I mean, why are they all wearing jackets?!? They’d roast here in Sacramento. (We’ve been seeing high 90s here the past couple of weeks. So I pretty much hate life.) I’d advise sister missionaries in hot climates to NOT wear jackets if you don’t want to be hospitalized. Just thinking about it is giving me hot flashes.. Instead of wearing a jacket/blazer, focus on clothing with details that will make it more professional for you.

When it’s too hot to think about looking presentable, the easiest solution would be a DRESS. You can get creative with your accessories and hair to change it up each time. Here are some missionary-worthy dress outfits (well, to me, at least.. I may be wrong.. I’ve never served a mission. I was a child-bride.)
For the outfit details going L to R.. 123456

And here are some modest dresses I found for you. All under $25!! OH YEAH

I mentioned this in my old post, and I’ll say it again… FULL SKIRTS! the ones that fall away from your body. No clinging of any kind here because once you add sweat into the mix…it ain’t pretty.

What am I wearing? L-R: 12345678

And a few of my picks.. again all under $25!!

I also picked out some COTTON and RAYON TOPS that I thought were cute for a sister missionary:
OKAY, where are all my RM sisters at?!? Can you weigh in with your words of wisdom? (hehe)


T-shirt: Forever 21 – $4 | Belt: thrifted – $2 | Skirt: via thredUP – $1 | ShoesHush Puppies – $70 | Total = $77
I wore this a couple weekends ago when Chase and I were running errands and shopping. Now that this guy has a job with a business dress code, we’re starting to realize a work wardrobe solely based on H&M isn’t going to last very long. So we went to Nordstrom during their anniversary sale and bumped into an internet friend of mine, Kali!! She used to have a fashion blog and is a photographer in Stockton. We’ve been talking about getting together so it was so funny to see her out of the blue. She’s the sweetest and it was so great to finally meet her in person. Even Grey couldn’t get enough of her! 🙂

P.S. ThredUP gave me a coupon code to share with new customers. Enter CM35 at check-out to get 35% off and free shipping!! Or use this link to get $10 off your first purchase (no free shipping). Unfortunately, you can’t use both deals! The code expires at the end of the month so getitgetit.

For Breastfeeding Week

Necklace: Anthropologie – gift card (similar) | Shirt: Gap – gift card (similar) | Skirt: thrifted – $3 | Heels: Vince Camuto – $76 (similar) | Total = $79
Wore this to church a couple weeks ago but I’ve worn this outfit plllenty of times before that. Loose untucked shirt for easy access to the boob? CHECK. Loose skirt because summer sucks? CHECK. It’s like once I became a mom, I’ve given up on anything form-fitting and that has zippers, which is like half of my closet. Pre-baby Elaine didn’t know what was up. I should’ve warned her.

It was World Breastfeeding Week last week and I’d like to share an experience that confirms the importance of breastfeeding awareness..

I breastfed Grey (WITH A COVER) during church the same day I wore this outfit and got the ultimate stare-down from a high-up-there church leader. Even though I want to believe he was staring because he was proud of me for doing something so simple yet controversial in the house of the Lord, I’m pretty sure his stares were those of disapproval.

In most of the Mormon church buildings, there’s a private room called the “Mother’s Lounge,” which is basically a closet with two gross chairs and maybe a counter for diaper-changing… and I hate it. I feel disconnected and isolated to have to go in a separate room to do something as simple as FEED my BABY.


For better posts about breastfeeding, you should read Lauren’s of Brimleys Take Flight and Stacey’s of Mrs. Sargent.

Personal Style Rules by Rebecca

Top: Zara (similar) | Pants: Dr. Jays (similar) | Wedges: Target | Tank: Anthropologie

This one broke a lot of personal rules for me. The first being to avoid black always and forever. And the second being to avoid animal print forever and always. Not because I have anything against them. It’s just one of those things that looks great on other people. No, I don’t feel liberated or empowered. I’ll still probably avoid black and animal print, but I have a number one rule that trumps all other rules. And that is, if you find a pair of fun pants for less than $15, you buy them. Period. The end. Over and out.

Christmas in July by Melissa

Skirt: J.Crew (similar) | Shirt: J.Crew (similar) | Sandals: DVF (similar) | Necklace: Ann Taylor | Sunnies: graduation gift (similar)
I really like my tartan-patterned skirt. It has pockets and elastic around the waist. Could you get more perfect? Comfort, practicality – I might actually convince my husband this is an essential item :). I love it so much, I have totally disregarded the fact that it’s screaming Christmas. Paired it with a little summer wear and viola! It’s totally summer, right? Besides, doesn’t everyone say they want Christmas in July?

Wearing this for one hour warrants an outfit post

Jacket: Modest Mob – $30 (similar) | Necklace: thrifted – $3 (similar) | Tank top: J.Crew c/o thredUP (similar) | Skirt: Forever 21 – $6 (similar) | Heels: Vince Camuto – $70 | Total = $109
I wore this to church this past Sunday for an hour because Grey was being the most well-behaved child and we wanted to go home early and cherish it forever. (Yeah……. NOPE.)

This tank is another item I received from thredUP. It’s super soft and it has BUTTONS, which cometofindout are the BEST for nursing. I gave all of my button-ups away because the ladies were too big, and I didn’t want to take anyone’s eyes out. You’re welcome, world.

So that same day, we had dinner with Meredith and her fam. I’m embarrassed it took like 3 months to meet her!! Her kiddos are so cute, especially that Everly. I knew Grey was big for his age but compared to Ev, he’s a monster baby…my monster baby, I mean. <3 And I’m pretty sure Chase and Bronson are BFFs now.

How Midi can you go

Necklace: giveaway win (similar) | Shirt: thrifted Target – $3 | Skirt: vintage c/o thredUP (similar) | Heels: thrifted Nine West – $3 (similar) | Total = $6
This midi skirt is my third item from thredUP! (If you didn’t know, you can get $10 off your first purchase through this link.) My first perfect-midi-length skirt. I have a floral one that hit at a weird part on my calves that made my already big calves look very…attractive. So I hemmed it. THIS, however, doesn’t require any alterations because it’s PERFECT and makes my ankles look so sexy. You can’t deny.
Has anyone else had trouble finding the perfect midi skirt? Or is it just me and my big legs? (and sexy ankles.)

One gray dress, Two ways

This gray sweater dress is my second item from thredUP! I mean, what is better than a sweater dress in 100° weather! Because I’m a genius. I can’t wait til the temps get cooler so I can wear it with leggings and boots.. For now, I’ll sweat my way through each wear because I love it so much…which is why I wore it twice in a row! Here’s how I styled a gray sweater dress for summer weather..

Dress: Michael Kors c/o thredUP (similar) | Flowerc/o Hot Magnets | Belt: thrifted – $1 (similar) | Sandals: Walmart – $10 (similar) | Total = $11
During the high temps, I like to keep my outfits super simple and fuss-free. Like instead of jewelry, I opted for a skinny belt with a magnetic flower, which may not have been a good idea when you’re carrying a 23-pound weight on your hip and he keeps plucking at it. Babies… amirite?
Dress: Michael Kors c/o thredUP (similar) | Bootsc/o Wanted Shoes
This is my run-out-the-door-just-hurry-up-and-wear-something outfit. Bun, dress, boots – can’t get simpler and quicker than that!
Also, any new pose requests? My pose shuffle is stuck.

Helping the earth kind of

Top: Sherry Taylor c/o thredUP (similar) | Necklace: JCPenney – gift card via giveaway win (similar) | Shorts: thrifted Forever 21 – $5 (similar) | Shoes: Target – gift (similar) | Total = $5
I received a box of clothes from thredUP last week and can’t wait to show you guys! They have trendy, practically new clothes for a fraction of the retail price. Plus, you can sell your clothes and get credit back. Being the cheapskate I am, I love me some secondhand clothes. I like to feel I’m helping the earth…one clothing at a time.
And maybe I convinced Chase that we needed to go to the mall so I could wear my “new” shirt because it’s a million degrees outside, and then he ended up trying on and buying clothes (not me for once) so win-win!
Big cheeses to make my boy smile!! // Shirt shopping is rough for a tall, handsome drink of water.
The fam and I are headed up north to the Redwoods to escape the heat for 4th of July!! I’m so excited. I’ve never seen the big trees and it’ll be nice to be away from the city and my laptop for a little. Although I can’t cut myself off entirely from technology… I’m bringing my tablet and phone. WHAT.
Stay cool, ‘Murica. I’ll be back..

Graduation Dress Tips by Melissa

Dress: Anthropologie | Sandals: DVF (similar) | Sunnies: gift (similar)

In May I finally donned a cap and gown and officially graduated! Yay! For all those graduating, here is my personal advice on how to dress under that cap and gown:

  1. Where something light. A cap and gown are heavy and hot, especially if your graduation ceremony is outside.
  2. Pockets are necessary. Never underestimate the power of pockets. You can’t carry a purse up on stage, but you need a phone to find your family afterward. Solution: Have a pocket available. Also, from past experience, it isn’t a bad idea to have a light snack hiding in one of your pockets. I like fishy crackers.
  3. Flat shoes. I wore heels at my last graduation and my feet HURT by the end of the day. This time around I was all over my flat sandals – made my life so much easier.
  4. Jewelry. I personally forgo almost all jewelry on graduation day. I love replacing it with the leis – candy or flower.
  5. Finally, hair. I personally wear it down so I can run my fingers through it when I take off my cap. But, always have bobby pins in one of those pockets – your cap can always use a little extra hold.

Congrats to all of you who graduated/are graduating this year!

Hats & Hair by Melissa

Hat: Marshalls (similar) | Top: J.Crew | Skirt: Madewell (similar) | ShoesTarget
I am very excited that I finally found a hair cut that will work with hats! Seriously, my hair is thick and curly (AKA frizzy). Short hair just poofed out under hats, and I have such a long face I needed something to give the illusion of less face – welcome bangs! It has taken all my woman-power to not cut my hair off…so far I am happy I haven’t. Let’s see if this lasts through the summer.. Anyone else find their perfect hair cut?

Iffy by Melissa

Button-up: Madewell (similar) | T-shirt: Shade Clothing | Skirt: Madewell (similar) | Shoes: J.Crew (very similar!)
To be honest, I am not quite sure what I was thinking here. Was it “How many patterns can I fit in ONE outfit?” or “I am going to pick blindly from the closet and just put it on.” Maybe it was “I am going to be wearing camo for the next month – get in all other patterns while you still can.” Whatever it was, I still thought it was pretty fantastic till about half way through the day. Then it was more like, “What am I wearing?!?” Anyone else feel iffy about their outfit choices as the day ends?

How To Make a Colorblock Dress from T-Shirts by Kristina

Sometimes a favorite piece is just too comfortable to throw away. I didn’t want to get rid of my perfect fit tee from the GAP so I decided to up-cycle three extra large men’s polo shirts from Goodwill to create a dress inspired by this colorblock dress.
Chic Girl’s Tip: Anytime you plan to up-cycle jersey knit pieces, wash and dry the clothes before cutting them for your projects. For this project, I used the largest shirt as the bottom layer and smallest for the top to make sure the shape of the skirt portion was a-line.
More color block maxi dresses:

Photo Tips for Fashion Bloggers #3 by Emily

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Here’s a quick tip on getting flattering outfit posts/portraits when you’ve got to work with that pesky middle-of-the-day light. Making this one SUPER simple change when you’re shooting can make your photo much more clear, flattering, and all-around blog-worthy. Check out the before and after below where all I did was change one aspect of shooting the picture…

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All I did was simply change the angle of where the model and camera are facing. So simple! Angle #1 causes some pretty harsh under-eye shadows. You can see every wrinkle and fold in her clothing and it’s not the most flattering. Angle #2 gives her nice, even lighting all around her face and clothing that doesn’t distract from the picture. The downside of angle #2 is that the background and sky are inevitably a touch overexposed.

Keep in mind that achieving nice lighting of angle #2 requires some tweaking in Photoshop. Looking at the before and after below, you can see a little editing goes a long way.

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I did basic fixes in Camera Raw (though another program like Lightroom or Elements works just as well) to bump up the exposure and add lots of fill light. I made the dark areas darker with the “black” slider and added just a little bit of clarity to the image to keep in nice and sharp. Afterwards, I opened my image and photoshop and used the “dodge” tool around her face just to brighten it up a tiny bit more.

What other photography questions do you have?

More fashion blog photography posts:

How To Make a Safety Pin Watch by Kristina

You can find these supplies at most craft stores, but for this project I wanted a watch face that would hide the attached elastic beneath the watch. I ordered this simple square one at Goody Beads online.
Because the elastic will stretch out once you put in on your arm, the length of the watch should be 1.5 times as long as the other watch. This will prevent the elastic cord from showing beneath the bead work.

How To Lengthen a Mini Dress by Kristina

I’ve been drooling over the mixed print trend that floated down the spring runway, especially since mixing prints opens up all kinds of DIY opportunities — it’s like an invitation to break all the rules. I used an oversize mini dress from Charlotte Russe to create this look. The base color of the floral pattern was navy blue, so I thought a navy polka dot fabric would be an obvious choice, then made sure to incorporate the navy print with a small rectangle pocket flap. DIY win!
*Kristina J.’s tip: The contrasting print you choose should be the same scale as the print of your dress. The proportions of these polka dots are small like the flowers in the dress. Oversize polka dots might not have worked as well with the small floral print.

MFB Crush: Rachel Sayumi by Tiffany

I LOVE reading Rachel Sayumi!! She’s very beautiful, down to earth, and friendly. I love reading her posts on her engagement, her marriage, and now her new life as a Mrs. She isn’t afraid to be herself and to share what she loves on her blog. Go check her out!! 🙂

How did you come to choose your blog name? Any special meaning?
Well, my name is Rachel Sayumi Porter. I stated my blog before I was married, so I just dropped my last name, and used Rachel Sayumi as my ‘internet name’. I’ve had a blogging identity crisis a few times, meaning I have switched my blog name like… three too many times, haha! But Rachel Sayumi is special to me, because I am half Japanese. My middle name always makes me think of my heritage, my family, and Japan. I love Japan so much! I never want to lose touch with that side of myself :).

When did you first fall in love with fashion? What was it that interested you?
I think I have always loved clothes. In high school, I would tend to go to Target or the mall, and walk around a lot, just admiring clothes. I would usually wear a cute shirt with jeans or whatever, but I definitely became more “fashion conscious” my sophomore year of college. I feel like I’ve always dressed fine, but now I actually really enjoy it. I love mixing and matching clothes, trying out trends, and shopping for key items that are versatile with my wardrobe!

Where do you hope to see you, your family, and your blog in five years?
My husband, Justin, plans on attending grad school, so we still have some of that ahead of us! I will hopefully land a good job, and just work to support him through school. I’m sure within 5 years we will have at least one lil baby :). With my blog, I hope to keep on expanding my personal style. My husband actually gave me a sewing machine for Valentine’s day, and I’m taking a sewing class in the fall. So I hope to do some refashions and tutorials! Maybe even learn to make some pretty clothes or jewelry, and open up an Etsy shop or something. That would be a dream!

What is your spouse’s style like?
My husband is so cute! He dresses really well. He’s not a big fan of the baggy T-shirts and gym shorts look (unless we’re lounging), which makes me happy because he is sooo handsome dressed up! When he dresses up, he will wear a tailored collared button-up + tie with fitted pants. If it’s cold, a sweater over that. When it’s warmer and we are in a casual setting, he wears his clothes from PacSun. They have some nice shirts in awesome colors. You’ll see his style from time to time on my blog :).

Who/What/Where do you draw from for your fashion inspiration?
Other bloggers and Pinterest. I’ve never been one to copy magazine outfits much (those are usually a little too crazy, and look silly in real life..), but I love bloggers and Pinterest. The outfits I see there are so much more relate-able, and doable! I’m usually drawn to patterns and color schemes. If I see a color combination or pattern I like, it inspires me and makes me want to put together a similar outfit!

What are some key pieces in your closet that tie your wardrobe together? What can’t you live without?
Oh man! I definitely have quite a few key pieces! Some include: White button up collared blouse, dark wash skinny jeans, white v-neck shirt, striped shirt, peplum shirt, nude heels, and tons of pencil skirts, haha! With those few items, I’m able to mix and match with the rest of my closet. They are great!

If you carry a makeup bag, what is in it?
I don’t really carry a makeup bag, but in my purse I will ALWAYS have Burt’s Bee’sVictoria’s Secret Beauty Rush lipglossCovergirl lipstick, bobby pins and a hair tie, and a little travel perfume. Oh, and a mirror. These are all perfect for a quick touch-up on the go!

What is your nighttime face routine?
It’s nothing special—But I ALWAYS wash my face off. I feel gross if I don’t! I use Pond’s make-up wipes. They are amazing! I have only been using them for the past month or so, but my face has been so much clearer because of them. After wiping the makeup off, I wash my face with St. Ive’s Apricot Facial Scrub. Then I always put lotion on my face after!

Do you face any challenges in keeping your style authentic? If so, how do you deal with them?
This is a great question!! I feel that in the fashion world, everyone tends to copy each other. And I honestly don’t think it’s bad! Trends come up, and everyone wants to experiment. That doesn’t necessarily make your style unauthentic– it’s all about the execution. If I see a style or outfit I love, and decide to copy it, I always make sure to give credit to who/what inspired me, and of course, I add my own twist to it. I don’t like copying piece-by-piece someone else’s outfit. I’ll mix and match different jewelry, I’ll add something funky, etc. Even if you credit them at this point, it’s so boring because it’s already been done! If you are going to copy someone, I think it’s important to take your own interpretation of the outfit, and make it authentic in that way!


How to Make a Peplum by Kristina

Peplums are a huge trend right now, so I though it high time to show you how to smarten up your act by creating an on-trend peplum blouse using only a cropped top and half a yard of fabric. You can match the colors as I did for this project or make the peplum a different color entirely. That would work really well using black and white. The main thing is that your peplum length flare gently over the hips — it shouldn’t be any longer than six inches. So, update a cropped top with a flattering peplum to create a fashion piece that will glam up the most hectic of mornings.

Fashionable Comfort by Kristina

Kristina J. dress | Target cardigan (similar) | Target belt (similar) | Aeropostale denim jacket (similar) | American Eagle watch | FOSSIL bag

Generally, I over-wear particular pieces in my closet until I’m sick of them, then forget about them, then discover them, then get all giddy over them again, then…I know. Vicious cycle. I keep waiting for this jersey dress to get old, but it just doesn’t. Jersey knit stripes are just the thing a girl needs to get her comfy on without completely abandoning all fashion sense!