Rewarding Risks:

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

This is one of my favorite quotes. I aim for this quote and Theodore Roosevelt’s quote about daring greatly to guide me as I journey through life

Not only does this attitude guide my life, but it even influences my personal style to some extent. I love expressing myself through fashion. More over, I enjoy discovering myself through style. I learn so much about what makes me tick — my likes, my dislikes, what I embrace, what I shy away from, what excites me, and so much more.

Now, keep in mind, risks are by definition, well, risky. If they were fool-proof solid formulas for success, they wouldn’t be called risks. So, when taking risks and stepping out of the safe harbor, be prepared for some criticism. But, it is after all just fashion. Experiment and have fun with yourBut sometimes you have to experiment and enjoy the process!

Having said all of that, today’s post is the first in a new series I am calling “Rewarding Risks.”

The Risk:

My risk for this look was layering a skirt over skinny jeans.

“Why?” you might ask… Just because! Because it was fun + different + quirky! But beyond that, I did do it for several intentional reasons…

1. It allowed me to work the cropped top and skinny jeans trend in a softer, more age-appropriate way. The loose, flirty nature of the skirt tones down the fitted top and jeans. It even masks some of the exposed skin.

2. The skirt adds a nice contrast in shape and texture. It added a nice peplum-like detail to an otherwise all fitted look. The eyelet material also adds a different texture to the outfit.

Keep reading for details on the look and shopping links…

The Look:

Shop the Risky Piece:

My white overlay piece is by Alaia from Forty Five Ten boutique in Dallas. The exact piece is not available online, but here I have rounded up some white skirt options across all price points that might work well, if you would like to duplicate this look.

Reasonably priced options (less than $500):

McQ Alexander McQueen skirt (here) | Rag & Bone skirt (here) | Kate Spade skirt (here) | Madewell skirt (here)

Inexpensive options (less than $100):

Gap skirt (here) | Target skirt (under $30 – here) | Forever 21 skirt (under $30 – here) | Forever 21 skirt (under $20 – here)

Shop My Look:

Proenza Schouler cropped top (here; reasonably priced option here; inexpensive options here and here) | JBrand jeans (here; inexpensive option here) | 3.1 Phillip Lim heels (here; flat version here) | Marni necklace (here) | Elena Ghisellini felina bag (here) | Karen Walker sunglasses (here) | Essie nail polish (here) | Nars jungle red lipstick (here)

Dare to be bold and adventurous with your fashion. What fun is it to imitate someone else? Be you! Enjoy the adventure of discovering and expressing yourself through your style. Push the envelope. Take risks. If there is no risk, perhaps there is no reward.

What fashion risk might you be willing to take? Whatever it is, have fun with it! Thanks for reading!


Have a great day,


Photos by the super talented Justin James Photography



  1. Susannah says:

    Possibly the most beautiful clutch I have ever seen!

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah, thanks Susannah! It’s a favorite of mine. 🙂

  2. Sam says:

    You go girl!! I LOVE risk taking when it comes to style and fashion! That’s what makes it so fun!

    Can’t wait to see what you have next in the series!

    xx, Sam

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Sam. I really appreciate that. 🙂

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you! It’s my favorite.

  3. Vanessa says:

    SO beautiful! I absolutely love this! You’re STUNNING!!
    Sending you much love!
    xoxo, Vanessa

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Vanessa!

  4. Tatyanna says:

    The quirkiness of this outfit makes it awesome. I am really big on creating my own style and this look is perfect to me. Stay beautiful <3

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Tatyanna! 🙂

  5. Jane says:

    Such a fun outfit Carrie! Love how you paired up skirt with jeans!
    xo, Jane

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Jane. 🙂

  6. Ashley says:

    This “risk” positively paid OFF!! I love love love this look! What a brilliant idea to pair a perforated skirt with jeans — so fresh and clean without feeling unnecessarily bulky (the crop top helps with the proportions too). I love THIS!!

    1. Carrie says:

      Hey thanks, Ashley! I really appreciate your commentary. Have a great weekend!

  7. Carolyn says:

    said it on Instagram and I’ll say it again, love this outfit! love the clutch especially!

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah, thanks so much, Carolyn!!! 🙂

  8. Vanessa says:

    Happy Fri-YAY, love! You look lovely, as always! I’m completely smitten with this look!
    Wishing you a fab weekend, and thank you for being such an inspiration!
    xoxo, Vanessa

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank YOU for being such an encouragement, lovely lady! 🙂

  9. Pam says:

    This is a very cool look! Unexpected, but very fashion-forward. You have an amazing taste and fashion sense!

    Have a great Friday!

    xx Pam

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you a bunch, Pam!

  10. you pull this look off effortlessly! You are braver than me- you look so incredible! That clutch is amazing.

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you so much! I appreciate that. Isn’t the Elena Ghisellini clutch fabulous? She is my favorite!

  11. Greta Hollar says:

    Hi! I love your style. If your readers want to follow someone with similar style, take a look at

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Greta!

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