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.
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
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
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
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 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.
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.
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
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
Tomorrow is officially spring and I am welcoming it with open arms and plenty of sweet spring pastels and cheerful bright hues. I’ve lugged my winter clothes back into their spring/summer hiding place and transformed my closet into an array of pastels, bright colors, and perky girly prints in a wide assortment of blouses, skirts, and dresses. They look so beautiful all put together hanging there that I wish I could wear them all together, but that would just be a hot mess. The outfit I ended up putting together really combines some of my fashion favorites for spring: bright teal; sheer blouses; pastel yellow (mostly because it makes me think of peeps… Mmmm); open shoes. A great way to combine a large spectrum of colors into your outfit with different pieces without looking too busy, is to work with a wide variety of shades from off-white shades to dark colors. You could even work an ombré/monochromatic look that way.
Blouse: Jaye.e. Cardigan: H&M – similar Pants: French Connection – similar Shoes: Steve Madden (old) – similar