Archive | May, 2014

6 Ways to Style Graphic Tees

23 May

6 Ways to Wear Graphic Tees
Lately, graphic tees are everywhere. And why not? They come in so many different styles, and they really allow you to express yourself. So myself and some of my new blogger friends decided to get together and share some of our tips for styling graphic tees (click through to see breakdowns of their looks from above):
“For an easy way to dress up a graphic tee, pair it with a bold pencil skirt: try a midi for an on-trend look.” Me!

“To add polish to a casual tee topped with denim, pair it with bold jewelry, a slim pencil skirt and strappy heels.” Meagan of Meagan’s Moda

“Look through your parents’ old clothes! I’ve found a couple staple pieces that I’m not even sure they noticed I stole.” Thea of Ever So Thea

“You can dress up an otherwise casual outfit with heels and jewelry, and wearing a monochromatic outfit emphasizes the graphic tee.” Laura of Have Need Want

“Style it with overalls for an edgier look” Kayleigh of Kayleigh’s Kloset

“Pair your graphic tee with a feminine, flowy skirt (mini, midi or maxi), great heels and a statement necklace for a look that’s effortlessly chic and translates well from day to evening.” Martha of Sun Fun Fashion

So here’s my take on a graphic tee look.

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Top: DIY (see here)
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Lifestride
I love graphic tees. They’re so easy to dress up or down, and its so easy to make a unique personalized one like I did with this shirt here.

I tend to like graphic tees with the graphic localized higher up on the tee because you can easily tuck them in without half of the image or text disappearing, but my favorite part of them is always how you can find one to fit you so perfectly. I own a bunch of different ones right now, but my favorites are probably this DIY one, and this adorable french one (which you’ll see in my next blogpost).

Here’s to Never Growing Up: Despicable Me Outfit

17 May

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Tshirt: Target (similar)
Shorts: American Eagle
Shoes: Unknown
Glasses: Warby Parker

I’m a kid at heart, and most days my wardrobe is a subtle expression of that; bright colors, fun prints, girly silhouettes. But this shirt is full on kid. I’m normally not a huge crew neck girl, but this shirt was too cute to resist.

Tip: Go for boxier silhouettes with graphic tees. It makes it easier to tuck and style them in different ways.

Pairing the shirt with my glasses was a no brainer because I wanted to be able to make a minion face. Yes I know, I’m a total five year old. Too bad I don’t have round glasses like the minion in the picture.

Graphic Tee and Floral Wedges

9 May Eric and Lani Cat Print Tee

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Baseball TeeTop: Eric and Lani (via Macys)
Bottom: Levi’s
Shoes: Lifestride
Bag: Coach (similar)
Belt: Nordstrom Rack (similar)

I normally find myself gravitating towards individual pieces rather than designers and brands, but when I found this cat print graphic tee in Macy’s, I also completely fell in love with a new designer. I grabbed a bunch of stuff off the rack to try on, and when I got into the fitting room, I realized nearly everything I had gotten was by Eric and Lani. It was like this brand had distilled my own personal style into their clothing line.

Their clothing is filled with cute little unique details that just make each piece so special. For example, this top has chiffon sleeves, and the print is just perfectly thought out so I could easily tuck this in without breaking up the pattern. Everything in their catalog is the perfect balance between cute and quirky, and it’s so in line with my style. It was such a hard decision picking which of the pieces I’d tried on I wanted to buy.

To emphasize the quirkiness of this top, I paired it with these fun floral wedges. If you wanted something a little more subtle, it’d also work great with a neutral look.

Things I’m Loving & Things I’m Coveting

7 May

Express Reversible V-Neck Cami, Mightiest Maraschino Clinique Chubby Stick, Linea Pelle Grayson Bar Crossbody, Fossil Mint CelineYou know those people who listen to their new favorite song on repeat until everyone around them starts to hate that song? Do they drive you crazy? Well I have a confession. I’m one of those people. I’ll listen to a song on repeat until I know all the words and then a bunch of times afterward. And when I’m done with that, I don’t dump it and move on to the next song, no, that song then goes into regular rotation along with the other songs that I obsessed about once upon a time.

And it’s not just with songs. It’s the same whenever I discover something new that I love. And since I’ve been obsessing about these things for a while now, I thought it was time to share these with all of you.

Express Reversible V-Neck Tank
I’m completely in love with this reversible tank from Express. It’s such a versatile piece, and the fact that it’s reversible makes it even more so. It’s a perfect staple piece that anyone could use in their wardrobe, and the fact that it’s both a neutral and a bright in one makes it even better. Especially with the weather warming up I’ve found myself gravitating to it more and more. It looks great tucked or untucked, and both colors work well in my wardrobe. I’m considering picking up 2 more in different colors.

Mightiest Maraschino Clinique Chubby Stick
I found the Clinique Chubby Stick in a friend’s makeup bag, and after trying it on, instantly knew I needed one of my own. It’s a lipstick/lip balm/lip gloss hybrid that takes the best parts of all three and fuses them together. The red is vibrant and bold, but since it’s slightly sheer, it looks more casual than a typical red lip and works for any occasion. And the fact that it’s moisturizing is definitely a plus.

And the Stila Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Pen. Apparently I’m the last person to get on this bandwagon; pretty much every one of my friends had one of these before I did. And after using their pencils a few times, I knew that my eyeliner just wasn’t going to cut it anymore. I normally use Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner, and I do still like it, but there’s something just so pretty about the clean and sharp lines of a liquid eyeliner, and this one makes it so easy to do it neatly.

And now a few things that I’m obsessing about that I don’t actually own…well at least not yet.

Mint Face Fossil Celine
When I saw this watch for the first time, my heart may have stopped for a second. The mint. It has a mint face! And I’d been thinking about getting a gold watch for some time now. But then I saw it was rose gold and my excitement waned a little. I’m not a huge fan of how rose gold looks on my skin tone. I don’t feel like it pops enough. But I love this watch. And I’ve been staring at pictures of it online. So I think I might try it on and see how it looks on me and then see if I still want it as bad.

Linea Pelle Grayson Bar Bag
And then there’s this Linea Pelle bag. I’m normally a clutch girl, but I’ve recently rediscovered how convenient crossbody bags are. This bag is the perfect hybrid between the two and I love the unique design. And the blue color is would work well with my wardrobe. So now it’s just a matter of waiting for the next sale, if I can wait that long that is.

Back in Color

6 May

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Top: Cotton On (similar)
Shorts: American Eagle
Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar)
Sunglasses: c/o ZeroUV

While black and white was fun for a while, I was starting to miss color. So I donned this bright yellow-green sweater, and paired it with a bright red lip. The mesh makes it perfect for spring because it adds that extra layer, but it isn’t too warm.

When it’s warmer, I typically push up the sleeves of any sweater and jacket that I wear, but here the sleeves felt too bulky when I tried doing that. So instead I cuffed the sleeves a few times before pushing them up.

Tip: If where a shirt ends lines up where the sleeves end, you’ll have a straight line running across your midsection, which isn’t always the most flattering. To avoid this, push up your sleeves when you leave a longer shirt untucked, or leave them alone when you do tuck in.

Here I could have pushed my sleeves up a little for a more flattering look overall.

And how fun are these sunglasses? The perfectly round lenses make me feel a little like I’ve got alien eyes and that’s always fun. Also the detail on the side is so pretty that I feel like I need to have my hair up whenever I wear them.

Pseudo Boyfriend Jeans – Tips on Cuffing Jeans

2 May

Cuffing Bootcut Jeans
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Jeans: PacSun
Top: Fossil (similar)
Bag: Forever 21 (similar)
Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar)

I’ve always liked the carefree look of boyfriend jeans, but never really bought a pair for myself because the looser fit often meant that my larger hips and thighs looked even bigger than usual. And so when I stumbled on this awesome trick of cuffing bootcut jeans to get a boyfriend jean look from another blogger (whose post I can’t seem to find anymore 😦 ), I had to do my own take of it.

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Tip: So to get that slimmer silhouette on top while still getting the looser leg of boyfriend jeans, grab a pair of reasonably decent fitting bootcut jeans, taper the leg slightly by folding it in over itself, and cuff it twice.

And I love the effect I got. I got something that was flattering, while still embodying the silhouette of the boyfriend jean. I like to fold over the leg before I cuff it for a cleaner looking cuff that also has more volume above it.

I might take some sand paper and distress my jeans a little bit to get the effect I’m going for.

Black and White Dress Up Day

1 May

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Dress: H&M (similar and unbelievably gorgeous)
Hat: Unknown (similar)
Bag: Coach (similar)
Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar)
Watch: Micheal Kors
Belt:Unknown (similar)

Best way to beat the heat is go for light colors and hide under a wide hat. And boy has it been hot here lately. So this airy lace dress paired with the beachy sun hat worked well yesterday when I spent almost all day outside.

But the two pieces paired together looked a little too much like a pretty garden party look for my tastes. So to balance that out, I accessorized slightly less girly accessories. A studded black belt, black sandals and a chunky watch worked well to balance out girliness of the outfit.

Tip: Don’t underestimate some of the dressier pieces in your wardrobe. This dress I bought for graduation and haven’t really worn since because I didn’t feel like I had an occasion that suited it, but paired with the right accessories it worked perfectly for a simple day out.

Lately I’ve been drawn towards black and white looks (see here too) which is a little out of character for my color obsessed self, and also out of the norm of typical spring wardrobe, but there’s something so crisp and clean about black and white together.

Tip: Try an all black and white look, you may be surprised how put together the bold colors make you feel (pattern mixing makes it all the more fun).