29
Jun

Fourth of July Summer Fashion!

Wow, does anyone else feel like you blinked and suddenly you’re standing in the middle of summer?  It seems we were just talking about the Colors of the Year back in February, and now it’s time to talk summer fashion!  The Fourth of July is just around the corner, so if you’re looking for some patriotic apparel to celebrate the land of the free, check out our top picks from our latest arrivals!

It’s always fun to mix and match, but what could be more fun than sporting a matched set playsuit?  The light chambray fabric has a weathered look with frayed seam detail and delicate white embroidery with a Native American-inspired tribal pattern.  We love the sporty and laid-back appeal to this feminine ensemble, and it’s the perfect answer to “What am I going to wear?” to celebrate the 4th!

Maybe it’s just because I’m an ’80s baby, but nothing says “summer” to me like tie dye!  This cut-out shoulder top is very on-trend for 2016, and the soft, oversized fabric will keep you breezy at those outdoor celebrations.  The Shibori tie dye pattern is reminiscent of our grand ol’ flag with horizontal blocks of red, white, and blue.  Pair with your favorite white jeans or shorts for some funky summer fun!

Dani tie dye top

Dani Top – $22.95

If you want to sport your patriotic colors with a more creative expression, this gorgeous top will give you a little splash of variety!  The mint background beautifully features red ranunculus and blue cornflowers in an elegant pattern.  If you’re looking for a slightly more formal look for your holiday, check out this print in a lovely and simple sleeveless dress!

You just can’t get better than simple, clean, classic white.  A thin white cotton dress is the South’s LBD – versatile, classic, and COMFORTABLE!  Let’s face it, in this humid heat, you’ve gotta have some comfort.  The Gracee dress may be my favorite item of our summer collection with it’s off-the-shoulder neckline and eyelet detail on the ruffled sleeves and scalloped hem.  It’s the perfect combination of elegance and casual comfort for an outdoor celebration!

Well, we kept it short and sweet today, y’all, but those are my favorite Walker picks for the summer holiday.  Tell us your July  4th celebration plans in the comments below!  

~ A note from the author, Sydney: Some of the most unforgettable summer memories are made over this special holiday.  The hallmarks of my July usually involve watermelon, fireworks, boiled peanuts, and Coca-Cola.  Sometimes it’s easy to just focus on the dead heat and scent of bug spray (let’s be honest), but I hope your holiday is special this year with memories made with family and friends, and a sacred moment to recognize the sacrifices men and women have made for our 240 years of precious freedom.  Don’t let the day go by without thanking someone who has sacrificed their normalcy, their finances, their time with family, or that last full measure of devotion, their lives.  Semper Fi.

23
Mar

Happy Easter from Walker Boutique

 

The arrival of  Easter is much like the sunrise that I have watched as I write this entry; the still darkness seems to saturate everything, until a sudden and glorious light peers over the horizon and casts the shadows to the ground.  Each holiday brings with it the memories of past celebrations and milestones, as well as new opportunities for creating new memories.  For some, those memories might carry the bitter sting of what has been lost, or serve as a reminder of just how much everything has changed.  But this weekend, we celebrate the one holiday that faithfully reminds us that what was lost has been restored, and that everything has indeed changed… eternally, for the better.

No matter what circumstance you find yourself in, remember as you go throughout this week that darkness can never become a permanent shadow over your life because God’s grace is available to you in Christ.  

This is just your friendly Wednesday reminder that no matter how things change, His promises remain.  Seasons change, but He is faithful and able.  He is not here, but He is risen… and you are welcome in His presence.  

Pin our image below for a constant reminder of the everlasting significance of that Good Friday, and that even more glorious Sunday.  Happy Easter from all of us at Walker Boutique!

spurgeon quote

Charles. H. Spurgeon

 

~ A note from the author, Sydney: Thank you for visiting with us this Wednesday, where we wanted to take a step back from the world of business to lift up and  share the life-changing truth of Good Friday and Easter Sunday that so many of us have experienced for ourselves.  We hope that you feel the presence and love of God that is without end, displayed for you and celebrated 2,000 years later on this weekend.  Grace and peace to you, dear reader!

24
Feb

5 Spring Fashion Trends To Inspire You In 2016

 

Spring Fashion Trends

                                                                          Spring Fashion Trends 

I don’t know about you, but I have approached fashion trend reports with more than a little caution – and for good reason!  To be honest, I don’t like to be told what to do when it comes to fashion (okay, maybe when it comes to life in general, too).  Perhaps you’re like me and your rebel streak comes out when someone tries to dictate your wardrobe.  Excuse me, you don’t know my life!  This is especially frustrating when those orchestrating the trends are designing clothes for only one body type.  And frankly, it is unsettling when there is a mystery around what designs, silhouettes, and colors are going to trickle down from the runway or fashion blog.  No matter how high-end some try to make it look, let’s face it: some designs just don’t work for the everywoman!

However, as I began to study fashion in college and became more familiar with how to observe cohesive designs or predict coming trends, I became more comfortable with the idea of allowing these designs to inspire my own personal taste rather than brainwash me into “what’s hot” and what’s not.  Because each woman is different in her figure and in her personality, it is illogical to feel as though fashion bloggers and runway designers set unbreakable rules in place.  So instead of seeing these predictions as intimidating rules to live by, we are free to instead view them as assets in bringing refreshing new ideas to our own personal expressions of style.  Without further ado, we would like to reveal five upcoming trends from the runways and street style inspiration that you can make your own for spring 2016!

One: Flared denim

In fashion, the pendulum tends to swing from one extreme to the other within a period of time and brings refreshing differences from the way we have grown accustomed to styling our wardrobes.  For instance, skinny jeans have taken culture by storm and are here to stay as classic standards.  But this spring, it’s time to celebrate the pendulum’s swing to the other side and to break out the universally-flattering flare leg!  How this cut ever faded into the background is a mystery.  The slim design from thigh to mid-calf is accentuated with a tasteful flare that brings dimension and balance to your figure, and with high waists also enjoying some popularity, the combination gives you endless options to elongate your legs and flatter your shape.  Be sure to check out this how-to in selecting the best shoes to pair with this look!

 

Two: Ruffles

To be certain, this trend will be fun to watch as it is interpreted for a variety of styles from the dynamic and dramatic to the simple and feminine.  Although I have always been one to approach this style with hesitation, the variations in design for 2016 are eye-catching show stoppers, such as dainty ruffles on cap sleeves or flowing waves encircling maxi skirts.  In our boutique, we love this classic design from Mud Pie in lightweight chambray with fun ruffles on the neckline.  It’s perfectly suited to your work apparel or after-hours “playtime”!

 

Three: High Necklines

 The high neckline is coming back in a couple of different variations such as the Victorian-era fashions from the runways that feature delicate accents like ruffles and lace.  The ’90s are also inspiring a lot of high neck halters that we saw bring a more feminine appeal than the traditional open-neck halter.  We particularly love the high necklines in swimsuit designs for 2016!

 

Cut-out Shoulders

It’s time to break out the shoulder workouts this season because you might just be playing peekaboo with your sleeves!  The runways are featuring more fun and funky designs to reveal a little skin, but fashion bloggers and street style fashion photographers are capturing this look in a more relatable style with appealing designs.  We are seeing a lot of off-the-shoulder tops, but the most popular style is the cut-out sleeve that guarantees you’ll be comfortable in your own skin.  Enjoy showing a little shoulder as the temperature rises!

 

Wrap skirts 

The hallmark of any trend worth noticing is versatility, and the wrap skirt has such potential to transform your ability to mix and match.  Examples of this trend are all over the map from casual minis to dramatic, flowy maxis, but my personal favorite is the twist on the classy pencil skirt!  The midi length gives the wrap design a chance to spruce up office attire without risking wardrobe malfunctions, and the silhouette is stunning in solids or fun prints!

These are just a few ideas to kickstart your spring wardrobe inspiration!  Other honorable mentions for upcoming trends are:

What do you think of these looks?  Which ones would you try this season?  We would love to know your expert opinion!

 

~ A note from the author, Sydney:

Thanks for stopping by today for our spring trend forecast!  The study of fashion and culture is fascinating, and I love that we can recreate and inspire with such creativity even with our wardrobes.  I don’t know how I feel about the mule shoe trend, but I am personally very excited to pull my yellow cathead sneakers out again and flare leg jeans are my true love in denim 🙂  Be brave this year and do your thing with your favorite designs that you see!  As a wise lady, once said, “You do you, girl!”  Happy Wednesday, we will see you next week!

20
Jan

4 Sources of Inspiration: A Collection of Our Favorite Blogs and Websites

 

The Internet is saturated with information, a zillion different blogs, and Pinterest categories that we try to wade through to find the inspiration and knowledge that we seek.  With all the information out there to wade through and our limited time to read it all, how can we decide where to find the best information?  Tutorials – which are the most effective?  Recipes – whose are the tastiest?  Editorials – who is telling the truth?  The best resource providers and bloggers out there are going to give you the best quality of information that they know how to provide.  You should be able to visit and come away feeling more encouraged, more inspired, more knowledgeable, or more introspective than before.  So today, we are bringing you a round up of some of the best resources out there for you to add to your inspiration repertoire!  From beauty to design to lifestyle, we are showcasing the best business owners and designers in their respective fields!

4 Sources of Inspiration

Katie. Brittany Jepsen. Dale Partridge. Lauren Hooker.

Beauty & the Boutique – British stylist and makeup artist simply known on her site as “Katie” founded this site where you can find all manner of beauty and styling tips, tricks, and information in her video tutorials.  As one who struggled with confidence in the area of beauty products, Katie founded her site to share her victory over self-esteem struggles.  Now a very successful makeup artist, she can give you all the inside information about the easy and inexpensive ways to reveal your natural beauty and personal style!  Some of our favorite videos are The Right Way To Apply Eyeliner For Your Eye ShapeOne Genius Way To Inspire Every Outfit, and How To Layer Your Tops Like Never Before!

Elle & Co. Design – Graphic designer and entrepreneur Lauren Hooker devotes her time and business to helping “other creative business owners through designing their brands, offering e-courses, and sharing tips and insights” on her blog.  This brilliant lady possesses a unique belief that a business owner doesn’t have to hide her secrets of success, but can become successful as a resource to help others achieve their dreams, even if they become competitors in her own field.  You will find in her an inexhaustible wealth of information for how to run your beautifully designed business or blog in a successful and distinct way.  She is the embodiment of what Zig Ziglar meant when he said, “Stop selling.  Start helping.”  Check out her amazing blog here and don’t miss her offered courses in Adobe Illustrator and more! 

The House That Lars Built – Interior designer Brittany Jepsen has turned her degree in design into a successful and gorgeous platform where she shares her latest creations, collaborations with other artists, and DIY projects.  I discovered her on Pinterest and had to control my temptation to spend twelve or more hours just looking at her innovative, bright, and cheerful ideas! Follow this link to print her beautiful floral (and FREE) 2016 calendar!

The Daily Positive – Entrepreneur Dale Partridge founded this source of daily encouragement and thought-provoking challenges after his own struggle with anxiety.  In keeping with his mission for starting this site, each article will provide you with the reminder you need to daily “live a life of purpose.”  From How To Become A Millionaire By 30 to 3 Hard Truths About Liars to How The Most Mature People Create Meaningful Relationships, this site endeavors to help you stand all the way up into the person you were meant to be by delivering articles of hard truths and sound wisdom.  It’s more than just a database of motivational quotes; you can find deep encouragement of substance in Health, Relationships, Business, Leadership, Faith, and Culture in daily doses that give your mind just enough to chew on and become inspired!  Check out one of my favorite infographics from their post on How To Become A Morning Person And Love It to help you kick-start your productivity!

Do This, Not That - Become a Productive Person

Take Back Your Mornings

 

~ A note from the author, Sydney: One of my favorite quotes is from entrepreneur Dale Partridge: “A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.”  Isn’t that so true today?  With an infinity of information at our fingertips, we live in a constant state of needing inspiration, direction, motivation, or knowledge; but our time – and attention spans – are so limited.  I hope that today’s post provided you with time well-spent discovering meaningful resources that will encourage you and challenge you to live the life to which you are called and to chase after the dream that ignites a fire in your bones!  As Zig Ziglar said, “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”  Now go – take a hold of that dream!  We’ll see you next week!