Month: March 2014

Easy Layers

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Layering is an essential part of dressing during the limbo between winter and spring. This morning started off 35 and snowy and by midday I was able to shed my trench coat and enjoy the 60 and sunny New York afternoon. Days like these can always be hard to dress for, which is when layering comes in. It’s all about light layers. At some point in the day you may be wearing 2 or 3 lays and at others you might be down to the bare minimum. Make sure your layers are cohesive and that your outfit works as you shed each layer. My favorite layering piece is this soft, rolled-up sleeve blazer from Zara. It’s lightweight, but still warm enough, it works with probably 95% of my closet and I can easily fit another jacket over it if need be. This was a relatively inexpensive piece, but I recommend investing in a staple layering piece like a denim jacket, a solid cardigan, or a blazer.

Blazer: Zara   Blouse: Sinequanone (old) – similar   Pants: Zara – similar   Shoes: similar   Sunnies: Valentino (old) – similar   Trench: Burberry

Shoe Crush Saturday: Céline Pump

Céline is known for their off the beat and path trendsetting ways and also for their geometric bags that happen to be the “it” bag right now. Some of their things err on the side of ridiculously outrageous, but they also have some great classics. My favorite Céline pieces are usually a combination of outrageous and classic like these gold pumps. These pumps are elegant, but super funky. The block heel puts a really trendy, fresh twist on what could have been a classic gold pump. It would be unlike Céline to not put some funky twist on their shoes. The pointed toe has a sophisticated look and and they’re made of soft, shiny leather.

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#Mindymademedoit

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For those of you that are as obsessed with Mindy Kaling as I am, I’m trying to get this hashtag to trend. I’ve been dreaming of a life where Mindy Kaling is my super hilarious and totally real best friend and we just shop in each others closets, go to brunch, and eat ALL the chocolate. I’ll keep dreaming, but while I’m doing that, I will and am using her as fashion inspiration. As a confident size 10, Mindy is not afraid to show off her curves and she proved that by showing up to her book signing the other night in a matching crop top and pencil skirt duo. I never really thought I could pull off a crop top until I saw Mindy rock one. I may not have hair and makeup assistants and stylists, but I actually did feel really confident and empowered wearing this today. You may be thinking that I look nuts – stripes and floral print don’t match – well, I think you’re nuts if that’s the case. Stripes (and leopard) have become almost as much of a neutral as black or white. I’m really diggin’ the way these two prints work together, especially when tied together with nude pumps and a necklace that brings out the colors in the skirt.

Top: Olive & Oak – similar & similar   Skirt: similar & similar   Necklace: (from Ecuador) – similar   Sunnies: Coach (old)   Shoes: Steve Madden

Pastel and Polka Dots

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Two of my favorite things about spring fashion: pastels and cute, flirty prints. What better way to embrace these trends than by combining them in a very classic look. Beneath the pencil exterior of this skirt, it’s actually a wrap skirt, which for a mildly spastic person like myself, meant I was living pretty dangerously today (haha!). Both my skirt and top belonged to my grandma and she definitely understood timeless trends. I can only hope that I wear them as well as she did.

Shirt: similar   Cardigan: similar   Skirt: Tahari (old) – similar & similar   Heels: Corso Como  Denim Jacket: Lucky Brand (old) – similar   Necklace: similar   Sunnies: Ray Ban

[Extra]ordinary

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Magazines, blogs, companies, etc. are always posting pictures of celebrities looking fabulous in what, if a plebian were to wear them, would be considered a pretty ordinary outfit. We just think they’re fabulous because they’re on these celebrities we put on pedestals. And we try and emulate their outfits, but they just never look quite as put together and street style ready. I’m here to remind you of that. All that chicness that oozes from a snapshot of a celeb in skinnies, a baggy sweater, and funky sneakers is a result of hair, makeup, great photography, and the fan hype. What I’m wearing today isn’t really anything super special – a cashmere tee, Zara cardy, skinnies, boots. What brings ordinary to the next level is accessorizing correctly. I added this [extra] factor with my favorite handmade necklace from Greece.

Shirt: Bird by Juicy Couture – similar   Cardigan: Zara (old) – similar   Jeans: True Religion   Boots: Nine West – similar   Necklace: a boutique called Glam Scope in Greece

White Out

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It’s never too early to wear white on white. Just like all black, it’s such an elegant, clean look. It’s simple, sophisticated and über feminine. I feel like I normally stray from wearing white because it’s the least forgiving color, but any singular color from head to toe has a slimming effect so I gave all white a whirl. I just can’t go without some color though, so I specifically chose this contrast collar blouse to add a little spice to the mix. White truly is a blank canvas so it’s very easy to accessorize. For that reason, I also added this floral necklace and turquoise shoes.

Blouse: Forever 21 – similar   Jeans: Hudson   Shoes: Schutz   Necklace: Bimba y Lola   Nails: Deborah Lippmann – “Call Me Irresponsible”   Lips: MAC – “Pink Poodle”

Modcloth and Sasha Fierce

Modcloth asked me to participate in their Uniquely You campaign by creating an ensemble and story based on their Beach Blanket Bingo One Piece in Red on Wanelo. Basically, they provided me with the image of this flirty one piece bathing suit and I had to compile an outfit using other vintage-inspired pieces from Modcloth.

I was inspired by the vintage and pin-up girl quality of this swim suit and went for a modern pin-up girl look with flirty cat eye sunglasses, a vintage perfume bottle necklace, beach bag tote, pin-up polka dot head wrap scarf, high-waisted shorts, and mint sandals. This look works for any beach or poolside activity! They have other really cute vintage-inspired one piece and two piece bathing suits that are going to make you wish that you could transport yourself right back into the 40s.

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Shoe Crush Saturday: Marni Sandals

There is one thing in my closet that my boyfriend thinks is the most horrendous thing ever and that is my Birkenstocks. He’s right; Birkenstocks aren’t known for being pretty or sexy, but they’re comfortable and practical. While Birkenstocks are revamping their styles in different colors, other luxury brands like Marni have jumped on the ugly pretty bandwagon and are creating their versions of these clunky comfort sandals for spring. As a lifetime wearer of these ugly sandals, I must say that I’m definitely thrilled that, finally, comfortable shoes are trendy. These Marni sandals take into consideration high-end materials like leather and sexy trends like metallics and fringes while still having this “ugly” comfortable shoe hiding underneath. They’re practical and pretty and I hope this trend lasts.

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Romper

 

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Rompers, as cute and springy as they are, must have been first designed by men because there was no planning as to how women would go to the bathroom in them. As I have mentioned before, I become completely dysfunctional when I wear one-pieces. Going to the bathroom is an absolute nightmare; you have to take off everything you’re wearing and then put it back on again. Why couldn’t there be those convenient little snaps like on a baby onesie – now I’d buy that. Despite my hatred for undressing and dressing multiple times a day, I still think rompers are chic and playful. This romper has a really classic look, a flattering belted waist, and flattering 3/4 sleeves. The other thing I’m not a huge fan of is mom butt. Rompers can make your butt look longer and like you’re wearing mom jeans, but hey, I don’t have to look at my own butt and from the front, I love the way this romper looks. It so easily pairs with these floral tights and geometric gold jewelry.

Romper: French Connection – similar & similar   Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs    Tights: Betsey Johnson   Shoes: Elizabeth & James – similar & similar   Nails: Deborah Lippmann – “Groove is in the Heart”   Necklace: Anarchy Street

High Fashion

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Something about this vest makes me feel like royalty. Maybe not the Kate Middleton kind, but the New York socialyte-y, street style icon kind. Pairing it with these lambskin jeans also happens to be make a kickass combo. Everything I’m wearing right now is unbelievably soft, comfortable, and luxurious that I couldn’t stop petting myself all day. Under this faux-fur vest (which btdubs has pockets – so sick), I’m wearing a silk blouse. These three materials make for a really interesting composition of textures. Even with a two-tone color palette, which is pretty simple, luxurious materials and different textures can make your outfit go from ho-hum to hot-damn.

Vest: Tahari – similar   Blouse: Ann Taylor (old) – similar   Pants: rag&bone – similar   Boots: Franco Sarto