Wide-Leg Jean Trend

One trend I want to stay around forever: WIDE-LEG JEANS

I can’t even believe how much I love this trend! I have to admit when I first saw this trend appearing I wasn’t sure if it was for me. Because of my smaller frame, clothing that is larger or flowy can sometimes overwhelm me. So in all honesty, I was a little slow to jump on the wide-leg jean train. But now I’m fully on board and wear wide-leg jeans almost exclusively. Here’s why:

First off, wide-leg pants are super flattering. Wider at the bottom means smaller in your waist. (who doesn’t want that?!) Most of the wide-leg jeans out right now are also slightly cropped. As someone who went to Catholic school and our socks had to cover our ankle bone (yes, this was part of our uniform), it’s super scandalous to show my ankles. Jk on feeling scandalous! But the cropped hem does keep the look young, fun, and trendy. Not to mention your legs can breathe with the wide leg. Sorry skinny jeans, I still love ya. But sometimes a girl just needs a little space (pun intended).

There are also a lot of cuts of wide-leg jeans! These jeans here are called the “slim wide-leg jeans.” The slim fit definitely fits smaller in the waist and hips than other wide-legs jeans I have. I like looser fitting jeans as well, but this fit felt super flattering for most body shapes and a good transition jean if you still aren’t sure if the wide-leg could look baggy. So there are a ton of options for people looking for different fits of wide-leg jeans.

Now what do you pair wide-leg jeans with, you ask? On a normal “day-to-day” outfit/running errands, I usually just throw on a smaller or regular fit tee. I say “smaller or regular fit” to mean “not over-sized.” I like to try to balance the larger fit on bottom with smaller on top. Once it cools off I’ll pair them with a pullover sweater or cardigan. But here I paired them with this blue floral blouse and tucked the front in a little. I was surprised I liked the loose on top and wide leg on bottom! I think it works really well here (likely because of the slim fit in the hips). Wide-leg jeans also look KILLER with a bodysuit for date-night.

And now for shoes. I swear almost ANYTHING looks great. Tennis shoes, sandals, little heels, mules, loafers, booties… there are almost limitless options. Whether it’s a new pair of shoes you’re eyeing or your favorite pair you’ve been rocking for seasons, they’ll probably look awesome with wide-leg jeans. Your shoes can also be such a simple way to transition your jeans from day to night.

I know this was a pretty lengthy post about a single fit of jeans, but as you can see I absolutely love wide-leg jeans! So in conclusion, I am a huge fan of the versatility and comfort of the wide-leg jeans trend. There are so many fits, styles, colors, and  lengths that you can totally find a pair (or a few) for you. Keep it casual or dress it up, I know I’ll be rocking this trend until the very end.

How do you wear wide-leg jeans? Were you unsure at first like I was?

Outfit Links

Jeans, Top, Purse (other, other, designer)

Wear White After Labor Day

The old rule “don’t wear white after Labor Day” is long gone. And even though it’s super normal to continue to wear white through fall and winter, part of me really thinks it can feel super summery. (anyone else?!) So here’s a few of my tips to take white into a fall without feeling summery.

First, pair it with something that is fall colored (like I did here). These white jeans were a summer staple of mine, but they can so easily be worn with endless “fall” tops like blouses, sweaters, jackets, etc. This long sleeve maroon top I have on feels super fall-ish! The sleeves are also lightweight. (Perfect considering its still in the 90s outside.)

Secondly, wear a heavier material (like a sweater) with white jeans. Once the weather eventually decides to cooperate and agree that it’s fall (any day now!), I’ll be sporting these jeans with sweaters and mules or booties!

Lastly, start incorporating your fall accessories such as a darker purse, shoes, and jewelry. I’m all about finding the perfect fall shoes right now. I can’t stay away from the mules, loafers, and booties. And throw it with a dark bag and neutral jewelry. Remember it’s the little things that can make the difference in your outfit!

How are you wearing white past Labor Day??

Clothing Links

Jeans, Espadrilles, Sunglasses (and higher quality), top is old Anthropologie

PS: I just this new hair waver and I sort of feel like a mermaid.. and I absolutely LOVE it

Half-Marathon Training

I’d say I’m an “avid runner,” meaning that with my schedule I typically run about 3 or 4 days a week (depending on the season and what I have going on). I’m usually pretty happy with this; it keeps me pretty content with my fitness level and endurance. BUT then some crazy part of me thinks, “let’s run a race!” And here we are…

I’ve been a runner for pretty much my entire life because my parents are both runners. I ran cross country and track from 5th grade through my senior year of high school. I even thought about running in college! But when faced with more “serious” ideas about what I wanted to do in college and even after college, I decided running could be something I do on my own, in a less serious atmosphere. I still stuck with running though! As it turned out, my sophomore year of college I got the crazy idea to run a marathon. YES, THAT’S RIGHT. A full marathon. The competitive side of me saw people who weren’t really “runners” signing up for half-marathons. So then I had the brilliant idea to say “well if they can run a half, I can run a full.”

I ran a marathon that year under the guidance and coaching of my dad, then ran 2 more half marathons over the next couple of years. Then school got busy and life took me to a whole new part of the country. I didn’t run many races, if any for a couple years. But now that I feel more settled in my new home, I decided I want to train for something. It’s hard to exercise and work out when the only reason I do it is “to be healthy.”  So, CHARLOTTE HALF-MARATHON, here I come!

Luckily Charlotte is close enough to Winston that I shouldn’t have to deal with any major weather differences between training and race day. Additionally, my dad was kind enough to make me a training schedule. I know you can find tons of sample training guides on line, but knowing that my dad took the time to help me means so much to me. We used to run together all the time. Running is something really special that we share.

So training is underway and I’ve been trying to beat the heat and run as early as the sun is up. I can’t wait for the weather to cool down (Please God, any day now!) Before you know it, November will be here and I’ll be lined up at the starting line! Follow along and I will share more updates on training and prepping for race day.

FAQ’s

  1. Where does the name for the blog come from?
    • The name for this blog comes from my last name, Finan (pronounced with a long “i”, like fine-an). So Finan Dandy sounds a bit like “fine and dandy”!
  2. Where are you from?
    • I’m originally from central Illinois, went to Butler University (go dawgs!), then moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  3. Where do you most commonly shop?
    • Anthropologie
    • Madewell
    • Tuckernuck
    • Shopbob
    • Nordstrom
    • H&M

The Maxi Dress I’m Transitioning from Summer to Fall

dress: H&M, bag: Anthropologie, earrings, sandals: old J. Crew, sunglasses: old H&M

Who else loves a maxi dress?? (me!) And who else is usually SWIMMING in one? (yep, also me) The idea of a maxi dress is just so effortless and can be fun and stylish, but for a while I gave up on them because they never seem to fit my 5’3″ frame. However, I stumbled upon this dress and could not pass it up!

I found this black and brown maxi dress while looking for my sister’s birthday present (don’t worry, I found her something equally as cute) at H&M. I saw it and the usual question I ask myself when I see something I like popped in my head: “where would I wear this?” Endless options crossed my mind like “to dinner! to church! summer and fall because look at these colors!” and finally “to the beach!” We had a trip planned to Charleston about 5 weeks away and I knew immediately that if this dress fit it would be perfect for Charleston. I already envisioned wearing it to brunch. So back to the dressing room I went. And maybe by a miracle, his dress fit perfectly! And even better, it was about $45. I couldn’t (shouldn’t) say no.

Now for my review of the dress: first, such a good price. The colors and pattern make this so easy to transition from summer to fall with a little jacket. It’s also super flowy, which added to the beachy, casual feel I was looking for. However, I will say the dress is not lined. Now for the price, I wouldn’t expect it to be. This was a positive in the hot Charleston summer heat, but I definitely recommend nude undergarments.

It’s perfect to wear alone with a simple sandal and gold hoops. And now that it’s starting to turn into fall, I am already planning how to change up the look with a jacket, maybe darker bag, and other shoes. A maxi dress can be the one of the easiest ways to create a simple yet stylish look! With a few accessories you look totally put together and it probably takes less than 2 minutes to get ready. That’s a win-win in my book.

Why I Love Running

“So you like running?! Why??”

I get this question ALL. THE. TIME. How could I possibly enjoy running?  Now I know running isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s by far my favorite way to exercise. There are so many physical and mental benefits to running, some personal added bonuses, and definitely a boost of confidence it gives me to run.

So there are a few things that are absolute positives with running:

  1. You need very little equipment and very little coordination (perfect for me, lol)
  2. It is something you can do totally alone (who else needs a little “me time?”) or in a group (there are so many running clubs to join)
  3. You always feel better after you run, ALWAYS
  4. It makes you happier (scientifically proven)
  5. It can help you lose and maintain a healthy weight

All these reasons (which are just SOME of the benefits to running) are why I enjoy running. But specifically from all the reasons listed above, one of my favorite is using running as “me time.” I don’t listen to music, or podcasts, or really anything when I run. (yes, you can call me crazy now.) If I’m running alone, it’s my time to just be with my thoughts. Sure, sometimes I’ll listen to a little rap music before I run so I’ll sing a couple songs in my head. Also, the weird organizer, “Type A” part of me loves to make lists in my head and schedule my day while I run. But don’t get me wrong, I like running with people too. And probably my second favorite part about running is how it makes me feel so much stronger and leaner. Not to mention it really picks up my appetite; which is a great added bonus because I love food!

A lot of people may not understand me when I say I love running, but it’s definitely my favorite way to exercise. I love pushing myself to set new goals. And when you achieve those goals…. There is seriously no better feeling.

A few quotes related to running I’ve heard over the years that I love: “There is no one that can let you down in running except yourself.” And, “You’ll get out of running what you put in;” which may be one of my favorite parts about it! If there’s any of you reading who also like running, let me know why! And of those who don’t, what’s your go-to work out and what do you love about it?

Links to items below:

top (old Alo, similar), shorts, watch, shoes

About Me

My name is Kelsi, and welcome to Finan Dandy!  Here you’ll find fashion that favors classic styles with trends sprinkled in, as well  as some other things I love like fitness (big runner), food (self-proclaimed foodie), and travel (always looking for where to go next).

I started this blog as a creative outlet from my usual day-to-day life. I currently live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and work as a retail pharmacist. But long before I decided I wanted to be a pharmacist I developed a love of fashion. I never lost that love, which is why I decided to break out of my shell and start this blog. I hope this space brings a light to your day and inspires you to be whatever makes you feel “fine and dandy.” Feel free to follow along and follow me on Instagram!

How to Rock a Blush Velvet Couch

If you’re like me, the moment you realize you have total freedom when decorating your apartment, the Instagram and Pinterest searches go CRAZY. I had very little of my own furniture when I moved into my apartment in Winston, so that was a little scary. I needed A LOT! (To put into perspective, I had a bed, a dresser, and a few decorating pieces. That was all.) So I hit up all the “cheaper” furniture and decorating stores you can think of. IKEA, Target, HomeGoods; I was there! So when it came to decorating the living area, I knew I wanted a blush pink couch.

Would you believe me if I told you almost everyone gave me backlash for this idea? Yep. My sister tried to tell me how impractical this idea was; my dad simply rolled his eyes and laughed because that’s just classic me wanting a pink couch. But I had quite the comeback, and it was this: “how many times in my life will I have no one else to think of when I’m decorating? There will probably never be another time when it’s my opinion alone that matters the most. No compromising on colors, size, comfort. Any of it! Just me!” and with that, everyone just smiled when I told them I was looking for a blush pink velvet couch.

T couch is small, the perfect size for just me and a friend. I love neutrals anyway, so I knew it would be easy to find simple accents to toss around and finish the space. So below I detailed the spaces in the room and how I u completed the look for a chic, girly feel.

Couch area: a throw is a MUST for me. I love blankets! This was a gift from the dearest people who I just adore as a moving present. I tossed a couple throw pillows I already had on the other end and love the simple yet fun pop that the Dalmatian pillow and faux fur bring!

Rug/coffee table area: I still wanted to mix some other colors into the space so that it wasn’t just pink. I already had the ginger jars and love the look of pink and blue. I found this rug online for such a good price. Looking back I think I could have gotten it slightly larger because it is a large open room, but I don’t think it looks bad (and this size was in my budget lol). I love the clear table, which was a HomeGoods find. It is glass so it is actually pretty heavy! I honestly don’t know how I got it from my car, into the building, and then into my apartment all by myself but I did. (GIRL POWER!) Right now I just have a simple coffee tablet book, ginger jar, and candle on the coffee table, but I also have a little gold and mirrored table tray that I love to bring out as well as several vases for when I’m feeling extra and need fresh flowers. It also a perfect space to throw something seasonal. The pouf adds a little bit of bohemian vibe. (It was also used when I couldn’t see my TV from the couch before I went to the ophthalmologist; so would drag it in front of the coffee table. Oops! Don’t worry now I have glasses.)

Side tables: the wooden side table is actually two separate tables. I like again the light and airy feel of the table. I didn’t need tons of storage so I loved the open feeling. I love coffee table books (maybe slightly addicted), so I stacked up two and put a more rounded/stout ginger jar and circular picture frame to offset the square and rectangular shapes. On the other end is a gold and marble topped round end table. I had several ginger jars from my previous apartment that I wanted to display here. So I stuck them underneath to fill the space in a little more, and again tossed a couple of fun coffee table books, candle, coasters, and one of those gold starburst/spiky things on top.

Wall: I love how floating shelves look so simple and clean. These I found on amazon. I already had most of the pictures, so I just got a couple of the bigger ones at Hobby Lobby and moved them all around until I found a look I liked. Now I do have to give a shout out to Sam here. I got these shelves just a little while after we met/started dating and the instructions said I needed power tools. Sam, being the handy man that he is and trying to look all cool and strong when we first met, came over and helped me install them. (Thanks Sam!)

So overall, I kept with a neutral theme of colors and fun textures to play up the pink velvet couch. I change things up for the seasons and holidays, which really isn’t as hard as you may think with a pink couch. I love how personal this area feels and how “me” it is. Does anyone else have something in their home/apartment that makes them feel so happy and personal?!