What Are You Wearing?

Kayla Cuore's Practical Style

Kayla Cuore's daily life revolves around her kids, but that doesn't mean that she has to dress like a mom.

The 26-year-old blogs about her daily outfits, and gives her readers little peeks into her life on her blog, Freckles In April.

"It can be so tempting to stay in pajamas all day," She says. "The other day my 18 month old came up to me twice just to blow his nose on my clothes (nasty). But there is a confidence that comes with heels and a skirt that sweatpants and a ponytail can't touch, and that confidence is so important to me."

What are you wearing?
A red blazer I got for free from a church swap, gray Gap skinnies, heels from Marshalls (I spray painted them neon pink), a Hanes v-neck (altered and stenciled by me), bangles from F21.

Can you tell us a little bit about your style?
I think my style is accessible, affordable and practical. The challenge is to keep those things from being boring. I love DIY projects and sewing so I have a lot of fun with my clothes.

What are some of your favorite places to shop?
I have never been able to bring myself to pay full price for anything so I love thrift stores and places like Last Chance. Some people hate to dig but for me that's part of the thrill. I love going through all those racks! Just walking into Goodwill gives me chills.

What was the last clothing purchase you made?
Turquoise boots from Charlotte Russe on sale. I feel kind of silly about it after the fact since they are a little impractical and kind of difficult to walk in, but they're fun!

What are you favorite trends for fall?
I've always had a soft spot for boots and I look forward to them every fall. Also, I'm so glad that maxi skirts are still hanging on. I love the romance of long skirts and dresses.

What item of clothing do you covet at the moment?
I am in dire need of a good pair of wedges for fall. Something with a closed toe and not too much height since I want them for every day kind of wear. Also, something herringbone. The Goodwill gods have been surprisingly stingy with that one.

Give us a childhood memory of you and clothing.
When we were little, my little sister and I would wander around the house in our slips. They were white, shiny and silky and I'm sure we felt devastatingly beautiful in them. Sometimes we paired them with tutus worn on our heads. The pictures from that time are pretty funny.

What do you like to accessorize with?
Bangles! You can get large stacks in all kinds of colors and finishes for cheap AND they work great for bribing my kids. They love my jewelry and a proffered bangle in the middle of the grocery store will usually put an end to any freak-out.

Where would you love to have a shopping spree?
There's this awesome boutique my family and I stumbled on in LA once while we were visiting. I remember the tiny front window just stopped me in my tracks. We popped inside only to discover multi-hundred dollar price tags on just about everything but it was all gorgeous, show-stopping type pieces. When I inherit millions I'm starting there.

Name five things every woman should have in their closet.
Killer heels (that don't kill your feet), a flattering pair of jeans, a pretty dress that makes you feel like a million bucks, a cozy sweater and something good and sparkly.

What is your one piece of fashion advice for Phoenix?
Sunscreen! It won't matter what you're wearing if you've got that awful leather skin going on.

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