Styling a Sequin Skirt

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Top: Last Call | Skirt: J.Crew [runs large, wearing 00] | Shoes: CNY [c/o] | Sunglasses: Alice & Olivia | Bag: NM [c/o] | Lipstick: Snob, Soar Liner

Photography by: Angie Garcia

I skipped out on Fashion Week this year for a few reasons. My mom had her wrist surgery and she still needs help with a few things [she doesn’t have full mobility/use of hand yet] so I didn’t want to leave her at home during the day alone. Plus, she couldn’t have taken care of Maxi while I went if she was on the mend as well! However, I’ve loved seeing all my girlfriends style their gorgeous looks and I couldn’t skip out on the fun, too. I figured what better time to style a sequin skirt?! What better time?!

There’s a lot of huff and puff about J.Crew the past few years. I’ve gone in waves of liking their collections and then not purchasing a thing for months. Sometimes I find their pieces over-the-top not practical. Extremely thin silk in summer? Ummm…do you not sweat, J.crew?! Do you not sweat? Because if you don’t that’s a medical issue that needs to be looked into. Or sweatshirts in July. Okay, the entire country isn’t New England. Most of us are barely breathing in the humidity. But lately? I’m loving everything including this sequin skirt. Had I gone this season to NYC, I definitely would have styled this skirt with a little lace top like this. My favorite aspect of styling sequins is putting together 2 different textures. You can keep a neutral palette but it still looks exciting! If I wanted something a bit more casual, I’d have done a white-button up blouse with a thin sweat over it like this! It thrills me to be back on the J.Crew love track as J.Crew was the first brand that really got me excited about styling clothes. I love how they’ve always embraced mix and match and excessive jewelry. It’s classic styles, styled in such an interesting manner and in college it was truly all I wore!

On a note less exciting than sequins, I started BBG yesterday! That is no joke. I didn’t even complete the entire workout before my legs were shaking and this was just day 1. It wasn’t the *best* start as I wasn’t able to start it until 9:30 at night. But at least I got it in, right?! By the end I nearly keeled over from my legs being sore. I reminded myself that in the past year I grew a human, gave birth and breastfed but it was still shocking to see how difficult it was. I’d love if some of y’all wanted to do it with me! Maybe you could lie to me and tell me that you barely made it through the first workout as well? 😉 However, my favorite thing about starting a new workout routine is starting at the bottom. It’s such a good reminder that even if you can easily do two back-to-back spin classes or run 5 miles, your body has an amazing ability to improve at something else. Let me know if you want workout updates on the blog or my thoughts on the program a few weeks from now!

Thank you so much for reading!

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  1. Deepika wrote:

    You can do it , girl !! Even a few weeks in I still felt like it was SO hard, but it gets better. And by the half way point you’ll be feeling like Beyoncé.

    Published 12 Sep 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Ahh thank you girl! I woke up this morning like, “Um did I run a marathon yesterday?!” baha!! Anything to make me feel like Beyoncé I will try! xo

      Published 12 Sep 17Reply
  2. Yes please talk more about BBG!!! I am so interesting in trying it and learning more about the program. And I am also loving J.Crew right now. I buy something new every day lol

    Amanda //

    Published 12 Sep 17Reply
  3. Alex wrote:

    I’ve been wanting to try that program but haven’t found it in me to switch from my normal routine!! Let me know what you think! Are you using their app?

    Published 12 Sep 17Reply
  4. Lauren wrote:

    I’m not going to lie, I was so sad you didn’t make it to NYC! I would have loved to have met you!!! I totally understand you not being able to go though, I would have stayed back too if I were in your position 🙂

    Also, welcome to the BBG club! I have been doing the program for over two years. Just stay consistent and you will grow stronger with the program.


    Published 12 Sep 17Reply
  5. Olivia wrote:

    I started BBG yesterday too!! 🙂

    Published 12 Sep 17Reply
  6. Courtney wrote:

    Would love more workout posts and your comments on BBG! I did it to get ready for my wedding this year….SUCH tough workouts but I could really see a difference. And so great that you can pretty much do them anywhere…even at night when you finally have alone time 🙂

    Thanks for always producing great content!

    Published 12 Sep 17Reply
  7. Ellie wrote:

    I do barre 5 days a week and can run miles like no one’s business and I couldn’t even finish the first week of BBG… So then I tried the “Pre-Workout” weeks of BBG and couldn’t even finish those… You aren’t alone!!!

    Published 12 Sep 17Reply
  8. Autumn wrote:

    I officially started it yesterday too. The last few weeks I have been doing it on and off a few days here and there. I couldn’t walk for a day after doing it the first time. My stomach felt like it was ripping apart every time I moved after doing the abs. I still haven’t completed the whole circuit. Glad to hear someone else isn’t able to easily do it right away!

    Published 12 Sep 17Reply
  9. Winter wrote:

    Girl, I’ve been dying to try BBG! I think you just convinced me.

    Published 12 Sep 17Reply
  10. Kimberly Daya wrote:

    I have to tell you…I get it. I’ve always been skinny fat & hated to work out because I have an autoimmune illness that causes massive amounts of fatigue. In the past year I’ve lost 40 lbs and went on to compete in a fitness competition 8 weeks ago. I am enjoying this lifestyle so much more than I ever realized I could…so much of it is the right diet & nutrition also! You can do anything girl, and over time {I’m proof} you may even grow to enjoy it!????

    Congrats on your new journey, Katey!!❤


    Published 12 Sep 17Reply
  11. Erin wrote:

    Does the skirt and shirt fit true to size? Thanks!

    Published 12 Sep 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Erin! Shirt fits TTS and skirt sizing is listed under shop the post and I put my size I got so hopefully that helps you! Let me know if you have any other questions! Xo

      Published 12 Sep 17Reply
  12. Girl, you’ve got this! But I want to do it with you! I’ve been debating it for a while and at this point I can’t blame it on baby weight, haha. I’m in!

    Published 12 Sep 17Reply
  13. In love with this skirt!! <3

    Published 12 Sep 17Reply
  14. Kendra wrote:

    I just started yesterday and woah, that leg workout was tough! My legs are so sore today! But like you said, I’m so excited to see where I’ll be at the end of 12 weeks! 🙂

    Published 12 Sep 17Reply
  15. I actually have never heard of BBG. Will have to look into it. I am loving that skirt though! I always love sparkly things!

    Published 12 Sep 17Reply
  16. ALL about the sequins!! Might be why my blog is called Sequins are the New Black! Good luck with BBG,I bet you will make it past the second week unlike myself haha
    xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black

    Published 12 Sep 17Reply
  17. mary wrote:

    You look absolutely amazing! I can’t believe you just had a baby! Also, I adore this top (great price) and skirt! Beautiful look!!

    Published 12 Sep 17Reply
  18. Elise wrote:

    I love the sequined skirt! Everyone has been talking about BBG, so I’d love to hear how it goes!

    Published 12 Sep 17Reply
  19. You look beautiful in the dress – it suits you so well!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Published 12 Sep 17Reply