5 Ways to Dress up a Tee

We all love our tee shirts but hate that we can’t basically live in them, am I right? Well in the getting dressed department there’s no reason we can’t have our cake and eat it too! I’ve rounded up 5 easy ways to dress up your favorite tee shirt (watch my news segment here)! Graphic tees, basic tees, V-necks, band tees, oversized tunics, whatever your flavor of tee shirt is, use one of these 5 tips to dress it up and feel like you’re not wearing that old tee again!

1. Statement necklace – A statement necklace is the quickest and easiest way to dress up a basic top. It instantly adds a little pop of glam!


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2. Faux Fur – Faux fur is everywhere for fall and there are lots of great ways to incorporate fur into your outfits. Keeping your top basic is a great way to show off your fur vest or snood!


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3. Vests – a vest is one of my favorite layering pieces and you can always keep your bottom layer simple with a long sleeve tee.


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4. Leather – a leather jacket or faux leather leggings are the perfect way to dress up a basic top buy giving it a little edge. You could keep everything black for a look that’s chic and edgy.


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5. Scarves – I love to let my scarves do the talking so I try to keep my top to a solid basic color that coordinates with the scarf. And I’m definitely a “go big or go home” girl on the scarves! The bigger the better!

Septemberfall white-2

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Bloggers Who Budget: Fall For Less


We’re back with the Bloggers Who Budget collab and I’m so excited to finally debut this new Gap dress! As I‘ve mentioned before Gap can do no wrong in the shirt dress department and this one is no exception! The perfect budget friendly fall piece to show off for today’s collab!


Since it’s not cold here just yet, this dress was perfect on its own with a little coordinating heel action but I know it will offer lots of layering potential once its cooled off even more. And my favorite part? I just love the subtle camo!

Don’t forget to check out everyone’s Fall For Less looks! Lots of great pieces for under $60! And we have some fun news! The #BloggersWhoBudget Collab will now be open for you to link up with us starting next month. Our theme for November 17th will be “Mad for Plaid” with a budget of $75 and under. If you have your own budget style, we want to see your look too! Swing by every third Monday of the month starting in November and follow the instructions to link-up with us!







Gap Dress | Bauble Bar necklace | Shoemint heels


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Wedding Season


Oh hello fall wedding season! It’s a little crazy how weddings have become my new normal for the weekends. I’m actually headed to my last one of the season tomorrow night and while I love attending weddings, it can be a little stressful worrying about what to wear to each one. Because heaven forbid you’re photographed wearing the same dress at two different weddings! #instasuicide ha! But this little number is the perfect mix of dressy, comfortable and danceable and not to mention it’s under $100! Wedding guest dress perfection!

Happy Friday! And if you’re headed to a wedding too, Cheers!






ONE by Pink Stitch dress | Zara heels (similar) | J.Crew earrings | vintage Fendi clutch

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Jeans & a Statement necklace on Pearls & Twirls

So we all know I like things with a little edge. As I discussed last week there’s just something about a piece with a little edgy-ness to it that I gravitate towards. Somehow I stumbled across DylanLex on instagram a while back (before she even launched her store) and fell IN LOVE with her seriously edgy style. I mean the girl only wears black, white and silver but is a total bad ass. Anyway, I’ve been lusting over her killer necklaces but couldn’t justify the $900 price tag so the moment I saw this stunner available at BaubleBar I scooped it up faster than I could even check my credit card balance.

Bauble Bar Cleopatra Bib

And I will admit I’ve been channeling her every time I wear it! So far I’ve pretty consistently worn it over lots of tee shirts and edgy layers and I love that it dresses up an oversized graphic tee and jeans outfit.

Pretty sure I’ve found my go-to fall/winter accessory. Just in time to live in comfy pants and oversized layers all season? Score!

Tee shirt, blazer, statement necklace and destructed denim

Statement necklace

BaubleBar Statement necklace on Pearls and Twirls

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli in Coral

Tee shirt & statement necklace

BaubleBar Cleopatra Bib on Pearls & Twirls

My Kind of Lovely tee | gifted Karen Kane blazer (similar under $100) | Bauble Bar necklace | Gap jeans | Shoemint booties | Karen Walker sunglasses | 3.1 Phillip Lim bag

Photography by Jose Salas

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Today I’m interrupting my regular (that’s not been so regular lately) blog posting to take a quick little moment to get real over here. I’ve been in somewhat of a blogging “funk” lately which I’ve mainly contributed to just being super busy and feeling like I didn’t have enough time to produce quality content. No one wants crappy consistency, am I right? But recently I’ve realized a lot of my interests have also shifted this year. I no longer am looking to some of my once favorite, “picture perfect” bloggers and lusting over the latest arrivals at shopbop but rather reading educational articles, signing up for writing classes, practicing my photography skills and only reading my top, inspiring fashion blogs. It’s quite funny how we change without even realizing it sometimes.


With a lot of personal changes and improvements happening I feel a little bit of change coming to this space as well. That’s where I need your help! I want Pearls & Twirls to be one of your favorite places to come! I want you to look forward to new posts and I want Pearls & Twirls to inspire you just like I get inspired when I read my favorite blogs. I want to start incorporating new content, maybe some lifestyle posts, beauty & fitness posts and possibly even some personal stories?

What do you guys think? What do you want to see more of?


I feel like now more than ever I actually have a lot I want to share, but I want to make sure it’s stuff you want to hear, read, talk about, etc. Blogging can be difficult at times because even though when I started Pearls & Twirls I had a fairly clear vision of what I wanted to accomplish but I still often find myself asking “why am I even doing this?” I think I’ve officially come to the realization that I really want this to be more of a creative place to express myself and less about shopping, buying, name brands and spending money. Ya feel me? So many blogs and bloggers are all about posting new, new, new and omg-buy-everything-I’m-wearing-right-now that it feels a little overkill. A little (ok a lot) too much and something that’s definitely not attainable for the regular person. And while I get it, us bloggers need to make money too, but selling clothes is not what I’m here to do (now that’s a different story over at My Kind of Lovely ;)) and I also don’t ever want you guys to feel like I’m pushing product over here.

SO In my attempt to better Pearls & Twirls I would love to hear your thoughts! Please feel free to leave your thoughts and comments in the comment section below and if you have a minute I would LOVE for you to take my survey (it’s only 5 questions, I promise it won’t take long!) If you love outfit posts and want them to stay, let me know! If you would love more lifestyle, how-to, shopping posts, etc. let me know!

But don’t worry. Things around here will for the most part stay the same (new outfit coming atcha tomorrow). You’ll probably see me trying out a few new things in the near future and if you come across something you love, please feel free to comment and let me know! And same goes for something you hate, if you hate when I post things out of your price range, feel free to comment (and let me know what your price range is)! I want to hear your thoughts, even the bad ones! Seriously.

Quote via Coco & Mingo

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