Styling a Statement Blazer with Shabby Apple

A few months ago Shabby Apple asked if they could send me a piece from their Summer collection to review. Of course I was thrilled and chose the Jackson Jacket. The Jackson Jacket is a little more bold, pattern-wise, than I usually go for, but I wanted the little challenge of styling it in a completely different way than was portrayed on the model. This jacket instantly evokes visions of 1960s housewives in bouffant hair and an apron (which I love!), but versatility is the life of any well-trimmed wardrobe, and I wanted to see where this jacket would fit in my own style.

Below is the Jackson jacket on the Shabby Apple model:

Jackson Jacket Shabby Apple

You get what I mean about the retro housewife vibe, right? Very Betty Draper!

My vision for styling the Jackson jacket was 1.) Modern & 2.) Casual. This is what I came up with:

Shabby Apple Jackson Jacket

When styling a statement piece with a distinct vibe make sure the color palette lends to the style you want to create. I wanted to move away from 1960s, towards 2015 so I chose crisp white and deep blue, which compliment the jacket’s pattern.

Shabby Apple Jackson Jacket

Since this jacket has a lot going on (like the polka dots and the shoulder bow) I couldn’t introduce any new patterns into the mix. Let the polka dot madness shine!

Shabby Apple Jackson Jacket

When choosing accessories I stuck with one accent metal (rose gold) and implemented that from the simple and modern cross body, all the way down to the hardware on my wedge shoes.

Shabby Apple Jackson Jacket

I opted for two, very simple, classic pieces of jewelry by Loren Hope (c/o Rocksbox), who is also known for her clean, modern take on traditionalism. An arm cuff and a pair of studs in the same clear crystal stone added a little sparkle. I chose not to wear a necklace as the shoulder bow on the Jackson jacket is neck ornamentation enough. Anything more would be overwhelming to the outfit. Depending on the specifics of the statement jacket you are styling you may choose to wear a necklace, but opt out of a bracelet, because your jacket is sporting gorgeous ruffles around the wrist. See what I mean? It’s all about working with the jacket to show off it’s best assets.

Shabby Apple Jackson Jacket

There were definitely many elements about this jacket I loved, including the high quality fabric and stunning tailored cut. I also liked the comfortable arm length, which hit just above the elbow, making it acceptable for Spring or Summer wear despite the humid Nashville weather I’ve been experiencing!

I’m normally not a fan of mirror selfies in my outfit blog posts but I had no one around to help me with these so here you go! At least you get the idea of the whole look styled in person.

Shabby Apple Jackson jacket

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Shop the Jackson jacket (on sale now!) and get an additional 20% off with code AUGUST.

So what did you think? Were these helpful tips for styling a statement jacket or blazer? Let me know your favorite ways to wear statement pieces and check out more of my favorite Shabby Apple pieces on Pinterest!

Follow Rachel @ MyDIY.life’s board Shabby Apple | Shades of Blue on Pinterest.

Jackson jacket c/o Shabby Apple. All opinions are my own.

Dress Your Tech! 4 Free Glittery Wallpapers

I cannot believe it’s been almost 2 weeks since the last time I posted anything here! To say I’m sorry, and to let you all know I haven’t disappeared, I have created some fun phone wallpapers with my namesake icon! Also, let me just say… HELLO March! I am so happy to see you! Just 3 weeks till Spring is officially here.
Please feel free to pin the image above if you want to spread the glittery bow love!
To download these wall papers click the links below:

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Purabellezza Giveaway!

 The lovely and talented Loren owner of Purabellezza let me choose a piece to review from her new jewelry line! It was so hard to decide on one thing but as soon as I saw THESE gold and navy stone earrings I knew they had to be mine! There are several things I love about these earrings… 1. they are very light-weight without looking flimsy. 2. The bows are 3D (not flat). 3. The size; big enough to appreciate the details but small enough to not feel like they’re taking all the attention from my face!

There are dozens of accessories to choose from on Purabellezza! A few more of my favorites are THIS pink and gold necklace and THESE floral and gold earrings.

Enter to win $25 to spend on your own one of a kind goodies at Purabellezza by entering the giveaway below! 
Good luck!  

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Fall Goodies & PSL

Hello loves! I finally got a pumpkin spice latte IN GERMANY! woo hoo! Last year (as I’ve said on Instagram recently!) I had to drive about 5 hours for one and it wasn’t in Germany! The lovely Betsy from JavaCupcake.com and I drove down to Nuremburg for a day of shopping and Starbucks indulgence and I thought I’d share some of my snapshots. We hit up some of our favorite places to shop in Germany: Douglas (like Sephora), H&M (you have those in the States!), Müller (like Target) and Galeria Kaufhof (Like any large mall) ^_^

Fine Knit sweater H&M $25 // Balconette bra in navy/cream H&M $18 //  Lace Hipster briefs in navy/cream H&M $10 // Wood/Metal/Crystal statement necklace Anthropologie.uk £48 // Bare Minerals glittering blush in ‘Vintage Peach’  22 // Ciate paint pots nail varnish in ‘Pillow Fight’ €10 // 
Other items shown are YSL metallic silver flats (similar HERE), crystal/gold J.Crew necklace (similar HERE) and THIS navy leather handbag

What do you look forward to when Autumn comes around?

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