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Karly’s Closet…

25 Jan

Hey BYU fashionista’s.

I am excited and honored to be working with the brilliant and beautiful writers of BYU style.

I was born and raised in a relatively small town. I’ll never forget the day Old Navy showed up. I thought we had made it to the big leagues.

Needless to say shopping always required some creativity by my stylin’ Mom. My husband tells me I am turning into her. And I couldn’t be more flattered.

So, today my BYU Style tip comes straight from the mouth of my Mother.

My freshman year at BYU I was bombarded by brands. The only “true religion” I knew of was the one I practiced and I often wondered if “ed hardy” was the up and coming rock band or a cigarette company.

Feeling awkward that I didn’t own a pair of designer jeans I headed home for the Christmas break with high hopes of returning to my dorm room–arms full of brand name clothing.

I’ll never forget standing in TJ Maxx with my tattoo looking shirt in hand and hearing my Mom say…

“I just have one question. If that name wasn’t on the shirt–would you think it was cute?”

Suddenly I realized I was about to by a hideous shirt simply because of the logo. It wasn’t even remotely flattering or cute.

Since that day I have made a conscious effort to ask myself, “If this (insert brand name of clothing or accessory here) was hanging in Wal-Mart would I think it was cute?”

You will never believe what you will discover.

Suddenly bags with letters all over them simply become just that.

Bags with letters. What makes them cute? The brand or the design?

Look for unique items that people will wonder where did she get that or how much did it cost?

Be creative.

After all fashion isn’t about picking what someone else designed for you it’s about designing for yourself.

Posted by Karly Barker from The Married Life


Worth it?

16 Dec

I purchased these boots while I was in Italy at “Bata” because I really needed a pair. I was getting so sick of my vans.

I saw them. I loved them. I bought them. 70 euro. But it was worth it to me because I honestly loved them… THEN I found out that they are also sold at Famous Footwear… Lame. Was I a little upset? Absolutely, but I got over it because I still loved them. {especially that red zipper detail on the back, c’mon, that’s cool, right?}

Anyhow, the awful weather, gravel paths, and cobblestone streets totally THRASHED these boots. There was a huge hole in the bottom of them.   I was sad, but figured they had lived a good life and I would just find a new pair of boots.

Then my sister told me I should just get them resoled. I had never even heard of this idea. I took them in to Modern Shoe Repair on Center Street and they said it would cost 50 dollars to get them resoled and put a new heel on… OR I could buy the same pair again, new, for 80 dollars, OR I could just buy a totally new pair of boots. A dilemma. I hate making decisions like this.

I thought about it for 2 days and finally decided to get the original pair of boots resoled. Why? Because I love them and it was the cheapest option. Then I decided, if you love something, it makes sense to get it repaired ESPECIALLY a staple item like a great pair of boots, a classic pencil skirt, or a perfect wool coat. Get the boots resoled, fix that seam, sew on those buttons. It’s worth it.

xo xo


From Her Street to Yours

15 Dec

I love looking at other girls’ outfits. Whenever I’m in a restaurant or at the mall or waiting in the airport, I am constantly looking around me and finding inspiration in other girls’ outfits. While this is fun it can be frustrating when you don’t know where they got it from. Of course you can ask where they got their gorgeous bag, or their fun shoes, but when you ask about the shoes, jacket, headband, belt, sweater, and jeans?  Maybe not the best idea.

On the Lucky Magazine website, they have a Street Style photo gallery. They have photos from all over the world: Paris, New York, Stockholm, everywhere. (Lucky Magazine is one of my favorites. It talks about style and fashion and beauty. And that’s it. None of that dramatic political, sex, celebrity junk—just the good stuff. ) Today I bring you one of the photos from Lucky Street Style and how to get it on your body—by shopping at Forever 21.

“Why Forever 21?” you may ask. It’s inexpensive. It’s huge. And it’s edgy. They may have a lot of ridiculous items, but you can find some awesome treasures there.

I chose this outfit because I think it’s classy and edgy. She stays classy with the animal print and the red jacket, but the cropped sleeves, the skinny pants, the boots, and the proportion take it a little closer to the edge. The items I found at Forever 21 match almost perfectly and you can get the whole outfit for less than $100. That may seem like a lot up front but think of all the ways you can remix each item!

All of these items are on the Forever 21 website and you can probably find most if not all of them in the store closest to you.


BYUStyle Guest Girl – Amanda

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