Archive | March, 2013

My New and Improved Style : Polka Dots and Colored Jeans

30 Mar

Brightening up Neutral Polka Dots with Colored Jeans
Brightening up Neutral Polka Dots with Colored Jeans
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Button Up : Old Navy
Colored Jeans : Macy’s
Heels : Rampage from Macy’s
Belt : Forever 21
Bag : Dooney and Bourke

As one grows older, one’s style changes, and the past few years have been a time of style transition for me. I’ve always been attracted to bright clothes and girly silhouettes but as I’ve grown, I’ve started to gravitate towards more classic styles. Button-downs have now become a wardrobe staple, and blazers complete many of my outfits.

In addition to that, my growing comfort in my own skin has slowly raised the hemlines on my skirts. All of this has resulted in a very different look from a few years ago. I’ve still kept my love for bright colors and girly silhouettes, just now I incorporate them in a way that is a little more sophisticated, while still being fun.

Brightening up Neutral Polka Dots with Colored Jeans
This outfit is a great representation of my updated style. The outfit still incorporates fun prints and bright colors, but the button up shirt, the bag, and the heels elevate the look and make it a little more elegant.

1 Striped Tee : 9 Outfits

28 Mar

Ways to Wear a Striped Shirt
I had to head into the city for work yesterday, and I couldn’t help but notice that I’m not the only one who has a penchant for stripes. Men and women alike were walking around in stripes styled in so many ways, and they all inspired me to go a slightly different direction with today’s post.

As I’ve said at least a million times, stripes are ridiculously versatile. A simple striped top can be transformed into numerous different looks, and here are just a few of them.

1) Pairing it with a blazer, scarf and jeans (see post here).
This in itself can be taken in numerous different directions by using different colors blazers and scarves.
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2) Tuck it into a high-waisted skirt (see post here).
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3) Layer it under a chambray button up.
You can change this up by using almost any button up.
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4) Combine the striped tee with other striped pieces.
Make sure to use differing widths though, or it’ll be confusing to the eye.
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5) Wear your striped shirt with a leather jacket for an edgier look (see post here).
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6) Pair it with colored jeans of any color.
Colored jeans can make any outfit a little more special and unique, and when they’re worn with a striped top, you get an effortlessly chic look. Add a top knot for French girl class.
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7) Layer it on top of a simple knee-length skirt. Add some pop with a fun printed scarf.
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8) Mix prints by adding another printed piece to your outfit (see post here).
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9) Layer it under a bright cardigan.
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Wow. That’s a long post! Hope that you guys enjoyed it! Let me know if you want to see the breakdowns of any of the outfits that I haven’t posted yet.

To Hat or To Not Hat?

26 Mar

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Dress : Forever 21
Ring : Macy’s
Shoes : Macy’s
Belt : Forever 21
Fedora : Charlotte Russe

My obsession with fedoras began with Johnny (Gabriel Macht) in the movie Because I Said So, and it was revitalized by Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) of the TV show White Collar. Two very gorgeous men, and the start of a serious love for fedoras. I quickly found that I have a larger than average head and that most fedoras didn’t fit me like they should, but I got lucky with this one.

I was in a fedora mood today, but I can’t decide if I like the outfit better with or without the hat, so I’ll let you guys decide.

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While I wouldn’t have bought this dress for myself because the fabric is so thin and inexpensive feeling, I had no issue with borrowing it from my sister. Peter Pan collars are a really fun touch on clothing, and the lace makes it look so sweet and pretty. While I don’t own one yet, I think that the Peter Pan collar necklaces are a great investment because they can completely change the look of a top or a dress.

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Do you own a fedora and/or a Peter Pan collar piece? And if you do, how do you like to wear them?

Sparkly, Shimmery, Sequin Skirt!

24 Mar

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Blouse : JCPenney
Skirt : JCPenney
Necklace : Claires
Bag : JCPenney
Shoes : Abella DSW

Next time you go to the mall you need to step into JCPenney. Seriously. I hadn’t stepped in the store in years, but when I did a few weeks ago, I was taken aback. They’ve changed a lot about the store and it looks really young and the clothing is adorable and affordable. Sequin skirts have been on the top of my need list for a while, so when I saw this one I had to try it on. I looked at the tag and it was $2. You barely even buy a pack of gum for that much! So of course it came home with me, along with some other steals that I found in the store.

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Sequin skirts are surprisingly versatile, and can be easily dressed down or up. Pair it with a nicer top for a fancier look, or pair it with a big sweater for a more casual look. I’m a huge fan of sparkles, so this skirt is a perfect addition to my closet.

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Tip: I’m sure I’ve said this before, but adding bright accessories can really elevate a neutral outfit and make it more fun and interesting.

Print Mixing : Bows and Stripes

21 Mar

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Button Up : Pimkie
T-Shirt : H&M
Scarf : Made by Me
Jeans : Unknown
Shoes : Unknown

Is it just me or does this outfit look really similar to this one? I promise it wasn’t on purpose! Well, by now I’m sure that you know that I’m more than a little stripe obsessed. And also I have this problem where I have to wear new things as soon as I get them and then wear them over and over until I get super bored of them. I’m sure both of these will happen with this scarf, but not so sure about the striped top. There’s just so many different ways to wear it! And this is probably my new favorite.

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Print mixing is sometimes a little scary, but when you’re sticking to the same color palette it looks super chic and it’s extremely easy!

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Tip: Treat stripes as a neutral; you can pair pretty much anything with a striped top, skirt, or jacket.

I apologize for all of the unknown pieces. Most of that is because I haven’t really changed sizes since the 8th grade and so a lot of these staple pieces have been in my wardrobe for a long time and I have no idea where some of them came from. And also some things are gifts and it would be weird to be like “Hey, where did you get this from?” Though I’m not sure my friends would remember either.

My Little Gray Dress (LGD)

19 Mar

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Dress : Tulip Hem Raglan Sleeve Dress from Express
Necklace : Macy’s
Wedges : Charlotte Russe
Hobo Bag : Unknown

According to all of the fashion magazines, websites, and blogs, everyone’s supposed to have that perfect little black dress right? The one that can be worn for any occasion and makes you feel like a million bucks? Well I’ll let you in on a little secret: I don’t own one.

Instead, I have a little gray dress. I find it so much more versatile than the typical LBD. I wear can dress it down with some flats, boots or wedges; and I can dress it up with fun heels. To me, this gray dress is the perfect blank canvas that can be painted on in any way that I wish.

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Tip 1: An easy way to put together an outfit effortlessly is match your shoes to another one of your accessories. You can do this with a neutral dress, like this one, but also with bright clothing.

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The cut of the dress is extremely flattering as well. The ruching on the side hides all one’s lumps and bumps, and the length is perfect: not too long or too short. Express sells it in a million different colors, and I own both this gray and a blue and black cheetah print. Readers, this is the only dress in my wardrobe that I have two of. That, in itself, should tell you how awesome it is.

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Now I ask you to take a look at my eyes. I actually have dark brown, almost inky black, eyes, but today they’re a light purply brown, thanks to colored contacts. I’m always a little torn about colored contacts. I love having fun with my appearance and changing things up, but then I feel like with colored contacts I’m treading a fine line. Eyes are such a defining feature; the windows to the soul, everyone says. And changing them, to me, feels equivalent to getting a nose job for a day. What are your feelings on them?

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Tip 2: If you decide to ever wear colored eyeliner, don’t make the same mistake I did this morning and make sure to put mascara on afterwards to cover any eyeliner that may have ended up on your eyelashes.
After the photoshoot today, I had to run back upstairs today and fix it before I left the house.

Layering Sweaters over Button-Ups

17 Mar

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Shorts : Old Navy
Button-Up : Levis
Sweater : Cotton On
Shoes : Unknown
Glasses : Warby Parker

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! I promise my sweater is green, so you’re not even allowed to think about pinching me ok? It’s this muted yellow-green that is a color I don’t see very often, but a flattering, easy to wear green.

My mother told me that I wasn’t showing my legs enough in posts so people were going to think I was a nun, so Ma this post is for you. Honestly, I often just pull on a pair of tights because I’m a total wimp with weather and I’d rather be really warm than even the slightest bit cold. But as the weather warms up that’s become less of an issue.

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See my hair? I’ve never been able to pull off a top knot before, but since I got that haircut, I feel like this style is a lot more flattering. I think it’s because I have those face framing pieces that make it look a little less harsh.

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Tip 1: Layer sweaters over button ups to add variety to your wardrobe. I think the extra pop of color at the collar and at the sleeves makes a simple sweater more interesting.

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Tip 2: Roll up your sleeves both so you can see the button-up peek out underneath and so that you don’t look like you’re being swallowed up by the sweater and shirt combo. Since layering a sweater on top of a button-up adds extra width, showing off even a little bit of your arms kind of balances that out.

Don’t forget to wear green today! I’ve gotten pinched one too many times over the years. I typically forget that it’s St. Patrick’s Day, walk out of the house and then get pinched by everyone I know. But today, I remembered!