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Green Lace Skirt and a White Tee

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Banana Republic Skirt | Banana Republic White Tee| Sam Edelman Heels


Y’all know I love a good, comfy outfit. But I also want it to look pretty and feminine. That’s why I am LOVING this green lace skirt for fall. I found it at Banana Republic a few weeks ago and grabbed it immediately because I had been wanting a similar skirt by For Love and Lemons for YEARS. Seriously – like since my Neiman’s buying office days.

And for you short gals like me, the beauty of shopping at Banana is that just about every style comes in petite sizes, including this lace skirt!

Even though I don’t have to go into an office anymore, I’m still getting SO much use out of this skirt because I’ve figured out how to dress it down with a white tee, which has by far been one of my fave looks this past year.

I’m also really loving this white tee from Banana. I love that the neckline isn’t too high but it’s not a v-neck. Heads up – the tee kind of stretches out a bit BUT I totally love that because I LIVE for a loose fitted tee. I love throwing it on with leggings just as much as I do with this very fall green lace skirt.

ALSO extra bonus about this outfit for YOU is that all of it is on sale. Seriously, you could get this entire outfit that is so perf for fall all on sale. You can’t beat that.

P.S. If you’ve been wanting to step up your Instagram game whether you’re a blogger or biz owner, I’m hosting a free 5-day challenge starting October 3rd! Check out the deets here! I’m going to be sharing tips that you can implement each day via videos and Insta-Stories. It’s going to be really fun PLUS there’s going to be PRIZES!!

BLACK AND WHITE OUTFIT + MY FAVORITE WHITE JEANS

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MADEWELL TOP | MADEWELL CARDIGAN (SIMILAR) | RAG & BONE JEANS
CHANEL BAG| BANANA REPUBLIC SHOES (SIMILAR)


I’m SO excited that it’s time for another outfit post on the blog. I found a fab new photographer in KC ( Morgan Foitle) and she was so much fun to shoot with. If you’re looking for a blogger in Kansas City – I highly recommend her and I already can’t wait for the next shoot so that I can share with y’all more outfits for fall!

One of the fun things about this shoot was getting to shoot inside a brand new restaurant in the River Market called Brown & Loe. They have coffee shop in the morning and full service restaurant for lunch and dinner. The decor is FAB. It used to be an old bank and it feels like very Chicago-ish. Also – they have the yummiest refreshing cocktail that’s lemon, gin, and prosecco and it is EVERYTHING.

I loved getting to do these indoor shots which are going to be perf for the relaunch of MonicaWoodhams.com which will be the home for my Social Media Strategy and Consulting services.

So about this black and white outfit which is currently one of my top 3 fave outfits…

I’ve been gravitating towards grey and black recently and it’s probably because I’m ready for colder weather and that’s when my wardrobe turns into various shades of grey and black.

Whenever I get back into this grey and black mode, I always love how classic the look is.

Even though I’m beyond ready for some 75 degree weather so that I can wear this Madewell cardi every single day, it’s still like 90 degrees out. So, to brighten up the outfit, I paired the black and grey with my fave white Rag & Bone jeans to create my fave black and white outfit.

I’m totally a believer in the year-round white jean, so if you’ve been looking for a premium pair, my faves are ON SALE! Heads up – so I think they’re technically ankle length and they have zippers on the inside by the ankles, but since i’m petite at 5’1″ it basically just meant that I didn’t have to get them hemmed.

This Madewell cardigan has been one of my favorites all summer. I love how long it is and it is seriously SO comfy. I should have bought it in the other colors, but I figured it would be in stock through fall. WRONG. Everytime I pop into Madewell it’s not there and I can’t find it on the site.

IF ANYONE FROM J.CREW OR MADEWELL IS READING THIS PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BRING THIS BACK AND I WILL BUY THEM ALL.


MY BEAUTY PRODUCT WISHLIST

BEAUTY PRODUCT WISHLIST - 45 FAIRMOUNT BY MONICA WOODHAMS

KOPARI COCONUT MELT | DIOR MASCARA | GOOP DISCOVERY SET
SHU UEMERA EYELASH CURLER | DRYBAR CONDITIONER
KHIEL’S BODYWASH | MOON JUICE DUST | DRYBAR BRUSH


In the last year, I’ve seriously down-sized on beauty products and tossed an embarrassingly amount of beauty products that I accumulated either through subscription boxes and samples for the most part. I made a commitment to myself that I would only buy products that I knew were filling a void in my beauty routine.

I don’t wear makeup enough to need 5 different shades of blush and 10 different eyeshadow palettes. I honestly don’t wear enough to justify 2 eyeshadow palettes. I’m not committed to my beauty routine enough to have 9 bottles of face cream. You get the point.

So with this minimalist approach, that means that when I run out of something, I like actually run out. No back up product of one that “I kind of like and will do for now.”

And now here we are and I’ve literally run out of almost everything. So I’ve made a list of a few things that I need to stock up on ASAP and a few that I want to try. And even though I rarely talk about beauty on the blog (because I really don’t know that much about it), I wanted to share the products that I’m confident in purchasing ASAP.

Kopari Coconut Melt – Ok so this is one of the products that I haven’t yet tried, but I’m so excited about it that I’m telling myself if I finish writing this I can order it. As y’all know, coconut oil does everything and I’m almost as passionate about it as I am Apple Cider Vinegar. What really drew me to this is just how it’s a multi-tasker which means it’ll save me some counter space.

Dior Mascara – I’ve tried SO many mascaras. I’ve tried the drugstore cult faves, I’ve tried the department store faves, but time and time again I’m never as happy with it as I am with Dior’s mascara. It’ll be a forever staple in my bag.

Goop Discovery Set – I know you might be skeptical, but honestly I appreciate Goop and as ridiculous as GP can be sometimes in her lifestyle suggests to us commoners, at least she’s not trying to pretend to live a lifestyle that she doesn’t know. I’ve tried Juice Beauty products before who’s behind the Goop beauty products and I’ve liked them in the past, so why not.

Shu Uemera Eyelash Curler – I’ve never used a more magical eyelash curler. Period. If you’ve used it you know.

DryBar Conditioner – If you ask me what one of the top 3 things missing from Kansas City is, I would say DryBar. I miss it so much. I left a conference early once so I could fit in DryBar before I headed home. So if I can’t have it, at least I can have the scent follow me around through my conditioner.

Khiel’s Bodywash – So then if you asked me what another one would be, I’d say Equinox. I’ve never loved a gym so much. And I miss the Khiel’s shower products. Someone please open an Equinox in KC and put a DryBar next door. K THX.

Moon Juice Dust – I have been wanting to try Moon Juice Dust for FOREVERRRRRR. Like forever. And I have no idea why I’ve never ordered it, but I have had the worst time sleeping recently and this Good Night Dust is calling my name.

DryBar Brush – I’ve been using the travel version of this brush for the past year. I’m 26 years old. It’s time for a normal sized brush. I told you I’m not very committed to my beauty routine…


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016

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FRESH Beauty Rituals | Joie Shoes | Rag & Bone Jeans | Rails Top | BLANK NYC Jeans | BP TopVince Camuto Shoes


Annnnnd there’s 3 days left to get anything during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! It’s officially crunch time to get any fall faves before they go up to regular price on August 8th.

Every year I tell myself I’ll be ready to do my shopping during the #NSale. And every year I wait until the last minute or tell myself I’ll wait until fall and end up paying regular price. And then tell myself that next year I need to seriously just get it on sale because I know I’m going to want it anyway.

This year is no different. I have these items sitting in my cart and I just need to pull the trigger. So, here are my fave items that are still in stock (because most of my picks are no longer in stock – LIFE REGRETS on not getting the BKR bottle bundle).

Fresh Beauty Rituals – I LOVE a good beauty exclusive bundle and I have loved Fresh products for years. Fresh lip treatment has seriously changed my life. I wont use anything else. Their face masks are also awesome and the fact that this comes with both plus more is hard to say no to!

Joie Shoes – I’m obsessed with Joie shoes. They’re crazy comfortable, and these chunky heels make them even more comfortable. Seriously I can wear Joie stilettos all day, but strictly Joie. I think my mom thought that this is something that I had convinced myself of just because I love Joie shoes – but turns out they’re made with memory foam. I KNEW IT!

Rag & Bone Jeans – If I could wear strictly Rag & Bone Jeans for the rest of my life, I’d totally be ok with that. And this color. At this price. NEED.

Rails Top – If you don’t have a Rails Hunter Top, you have no idea what you’re missing. This is hands down the softest shirt you will ever own. If you looooove comfortable, soft clothes like I do, this is the time to get it.

BLANK NYC Jeans – I’m not going to lie, I used to be really skeptical of BLANK denim because of the price point, but I finally tried a pair on when I worked at Neiman’s and OMG they fit amazing and they’re so comfortable. The fact that these are $58 is INSANE. Also, y’all know I’m a sucker for a good pair of ripped jeans, sorry dad!

BP Top  – If I were to wear one outfit from this list right this second I would be wearing this henley with the BLANK jeans. Is there a better Friday outfit? I don’t think so.

Vince Camuto Shoes  – Lace up shoes are hear to stay! I just bought some really cute snake print flat ones from Banana the other day (they were also on sale), but I think I need the heel version too!


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How to find a bra that actually fits with ThirdLove.com

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24/7 LACE BALCONETTE BRA | LACE BALCONETTE BRA


For about 99% of things in my life, when I realize there’s a problem I am DETERMINED to find a solution. The 1% where this hasn’t happened is when it comes to bras. For some reason, I decided to throw in the towel long ago on finding a bra that fits perfectly.

Seriously, bra shopping is the worst.

My temporary solution has been to go the bralette and sticky boobs route because I just try to avoid wearing a bra at all costs.

The reason why my bras don’t seem to fit right are because the cups seem to be too small no matter what style of bra I’m wearing. I recently learned, from my friends at ThirdLove that this is called “quad-boob” because of how it looks in a tight t-shirt. YIKES. If there were ever a reason to motivate me to go bra shopping again, it’s that.

One of the best things about online shopping is that it makes shopping for things that you hate shopping for easier and that is the problem that ThirdLove is tackling. By addressing the bra questions that we’re not sure how to even ask, because we’ve just settled for that “fit,” I am one step closer to being able to finally expand beyond my bralettes and sticky boobs.

The site is crazy easy to navigate and I love how it walks you through whether or not that bra works well for your shape.

Check out the guide below to find the solution to your ongoing BRABLEMS.

And once you’re ready to buy a bra that really does fit, you can get 15% off at ThirdLove by using promo code BRABLEMS

 

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Embroidered Blue Free People Dress

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 LC LAUREN CONRAD SHOES (SIMILAR HERE) | KENDRA SCOTT EARRINGS


I’m seriously obsessed with this Free People dress. I feel IN LOVE with it when I was on the Free People website earlier this year, but I knew it was once of those dresses I couldn’t ordered online because I had NO CLUE how it would fit. Anytime there’s a baggy borderline sack dress, it definitely needs to be tried on before purchase or I risk it engulfing all 5′ 1″ of me.

I really hate ordering clothes online if it’s something that might have a high chance of not fitting, so I deemed this dress as a loss especially because it was online only.

BUT THEN. Two weeks later I walked into Free People in KC and THERE IT WAS. Someone had returned it and it was a size small. I tried it on and this blue is just SO GOOD in person. Seriously.

So honestly, I could have used an extra small in this dress so it wouldn’t be as loose fitting as it is, but I was just too obsessed with the dress to not make it work. So in order to balance it out a bit, I just try to wear heels with it as often as possible.

PS..this dress and photoshoot is a prime example of how I have no idea how to use an iron. I PROMISE that I worked so hard to iron this dress, yet you would never know. There was a huge part of me that thought I shouldn’t posted, but I mean this is honestly how I’ve worn it out before anyway…I normally SWEAR by my steamer. It’s so much faster and does the job so much better than an Iron, but it broke and it makes me so sad. So if any of y’all have any suggestions on a great steamer – and also a travel one at that, let me know!!


BLUE LACE DRESS

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BLUE LACE DRESS | SHOES | CLUTCH (similar here) | BRACELET


 I’m going to be honest. I didn’t like this dress when I first bought it. I was in South Carolina with my family and I needed a dress for a wedding the following weekend. We had about 15 minutes to kill so my cousins, aunt, my mom and I went into Anthropologie just to look around.

My mom came across this dress and said it was absolutely perfect for the following weekend. I had something specific in mind for what I wanted to wear (off shoulder blouse with a midi skirt) so I was not having it.

So, she convinced me to get it and said that I could always return it if I change my mind in a few days, so I went along with it. Turns out I didn’t change my mind. WHY ARE MOMS ALWAYS RIGHT?!

After wearing the dress, I realized this is such an easy go to for any summer occasion, whether it’s a nice dinner or wedding, it’s easy to style and is comfortable to wear because I’m not dealing with any weird necklines.

Also – how cute are these suede nude shoes from Sam Edelman? First of all, who doesn’t love Sam Edelman? Second of all, as I’m writing this they’re on sale for $39. Their price point for the quality of shoe seriously can’t be beat. I bought these for my best friend from high school’s wedding and I just LOVE them. Caveat – they’re pretty tall so if you’re going to be standing in them for a while please get some Dr. Scholl’s inserts (I like these that are made specifically for high heels). I don’t care that I sound like an old lady suggesting that. The comfort is worth getting over the silliness of it.

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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

In the grander scheme of things, the only dress that really matters at a wedding is the one that the bride has got on, yet you’re still expected to show up in something fabulous. And it’s not just any old thing that you can just throw on and get away with. As the writers for PopSugar describe, “Wedding dress codes come with a lot of stipulations – don’t go too short, don’t go too flashy, and please, please don’t wear white.”

Keeping all the appropriate wedding attire in mind, you then think of the guidelines of formalwear. Formal occasions will call for evening gowns, luxe embellishments, and pop bright cocktail dresses, according to the style editors that curated the range of dresses on Lyst. However, the rules of summer weddings are definitely not as rigid and a little more playful than that, as it’s all about finding the right silhouettes and colors.

Here are a few wedding outfit ideas you might be interested in:

A Flirty LBD
Black dresses tend to be kind of a no-no for weddings, especially one during the summer, though as long as you choose a shape that’s more romantic and light rather than sexy, a LBD is a suitable choice for an evening reception.

Tasteful Cutouts
If bridesmaids can wear dresses with cutouts, Glamour says there’s no reason why guests can’t. Just be mindful of where you’re showing skin. After all, you don’t want to be revealing too much.

A Full Pleated Skirt
A pleated dress nipped at the waist flatters every figure out there, thus fashion gurus from Marie Claire advise that you be on the lookout for maxi or midi length skirts in this design when shopping for your dress.

Anything Lacy
Whether it’s a shift dress or bodycon, a lacy frock instantly deems it appropriate for celebrating a love affair. Colors such as taupe are great for day and night, but don’t be afraid to go for bolder hues.

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FLORAL OFF SHOULDER TOP

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Floral Off Shoulder Top | Free People Shorts (on sale under $50) | Kendra Scott Earrings | Hermes Bracelet  | Tory Burch Sandals (similar) | Celine Bag (similar)


As y’all know, the off shoulder trend has taken over my closet. Remember my favorite off shoulder dress here? I fell in love with this floral off shoulder top the second I saw it on the hanger at Anthropologie.

Over the last few months, I feel like I’ve been having the BEST luck at Anthro. Seriously, before this year I rarely walked in because it felt too earthy and teacher-knitted-sweatery for me.

But recently they have so many feminine tops and dress that don’t break the bank either. I’ve been loving the brand Maeve (the brand of the floral top) because they have so many original prints and styles starting around $40 and no more than $168.

I didn’t even realize it, but when looking back at all my recent Anthro purchases, most of the items are by Maeve!

Also – I bet you’re wondering (because I was wondering this too – what in the world bra do I wear with these off shoulder tops and dresses? After trying out a few options, I said goodbye to the strapless bra because they bug me and I cant find one that is truly comfortable and have now become the number 1 fan of sticky boobs. These from Commando are my all time favorite and I wear them probably more than I’d like to admit.


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The Off-Shoulder Dress

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Madewell Dress | Prada Bag | Panama Hat | Hermes Bracelet | LC Lauren Conrad Shoes


So you know how once you find an outfit that you love you, you can’t stop wearing it and you’re do the point that you just don’t care if your majorly guilty of the outfit repeat? This is that dress for me.

A few months ago I was wearing my favorite black off shoulder dress in Dallas and may have gotten a little to into the One Direction song that was playing in the Uber and the elastic on the dress snapped. Luckily Taylor from A Pearl Kind of Girl was there to save to day and manage to use bobby pins to keep the dress from falling.

When I got back home, I made it my mission to find a dress that I loved just as much and I found it in this one from Madewell. It’s technically a cover up, but it totally works as a dress. The light fabric has been a LIFESAVER during this 90 degree days in KC and I don’t see myself slowing down in the wear of the dress anytime soon.

Seriously, y’all know I love a comfortable outfit.



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