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Pseudo Boyfriend Jeans – Tips on Cuffing Jeans

2 May

Cuffing Bootcut Jeans
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Cuffing Bootcut Jeans - DIY Boyfriend Jeans
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.

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From Simple to Stylin’: Button-Up and Jeans Edition

13 Mar

Before & After Updating a Basic Look
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Top: Express
Jeans: New York and Company
Shoes: Steve Madden
Watch: Michael Kors
Clutch: Neiman Marcus

We all get into style ruts when we find ourselves wearing the same things over and over, but there are always little adjustments you can make to a look to take it from something that looks simple and ordinary to something that looks chic and fashionable.

This series focuses on covering simple tips that can elevate the basic pieces that we often gravitate to.

Here I’ve just thrown on skinny jeans and a chiffon button-up. On their own they’re great pieces, and put together they make a fine outfit, but it’s rather simple.

To take this look from simple to stylin’ I made the following tweaks:

  1.  I rolled up the sleeves of my button-up three quarters way up (to right below my elbows).
  2. I tucked in the top so you could actually see my belt.
  3. I cuffed my jeans so instead of gathering at my feet they hit a little above my ankle.
  4. I switched out the flip-flops for these fun strappy shoes.
  5. And I accessorized with a chunky watch and a cute clutch.

Rolling up sleeves keeps them out of the way, and makes top more appropriate for warmer weather. It’s also a great way to dress down more formal tops.

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I love tucking in tops in general because it accentuates your waist and allows you to show off your belt even with a longer top. With button-ups you can do a full or a half tuck and both look equally flattering.

Here I chose to cuff my jeans specifically because the shoes I wanted to wear hit higher on my calf and I didn’t want the excess fabric at my ankles to be draw from those gorgeous shoes. When you’re wearing simple pieces like I am in this outfit it’s always a great opportunity to showcase your more interesting shoes.

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I love my watch, and I’ve found that the chunky piece goes well with nearly any outfit and is a great statement piece.  Whether your favorite statement piece is a great necklace or a bold necklace, it can really add a lot to a simple look such as this one. And then I added my blue clutch for a pop of color to an otherwise neutral outfit.

And to all my blogger followers I’d love to see your take on “From Simple to Stylin'”. I know we all have out little style tricks that we use to brighten up an otherwise ordinary look. If you link to this post with your own Simple to Stylin’ post, I’ll make sure to share it with my readers as well!

Stylebook App Giveaway!

7 Nov

You know those mornings where nothing looks good so you end up trying on pretty much your whole closet before you find something you feel good in? And then you’re left with a pile of clothes that you need to rehang?

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Well I used to have mornings like that. But then I found this amazing app called Stylebook that let’s me catalog all the clothing in my closet and then put together outfits using pieces from my own closet (Is it just me or is this reading a lot like an infomercial? I promise it’s all true!). All you have to do is take pictures of your clothing, or you can even pull the images off the store’s websites, and then Stylebook helps you strip out the background so you can use your own clothing to assemble outfits.

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I wanted to show you how easy it was to put together outfits using Stylebook, so I took the 39 pieces from my Building a Wardrobe Series : Part 1Part 2Part 3, and Part 4; and put together a month’s worth of outfits. That’s another great feature of Stylebook, you can put your outfits into a calendar so you can avoid wearing the same outfit twice in a week, or you can plan out your outfits in advance.

Ok so I’ve talked enough about the app, how about I give you a chance to try it yourself? Today, I’ve partnered with Stylebook to give away 5 copies of the Stylebook App to my followers (that means you!), and you can enter right here! The giveaway will run from today to next Friday November 15th at 12:00AM PST.

Stylebook Giveaway
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Building a Wardrobe: Must-Have Accessories

6 Nov

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Accessories can really make a look, and honestly I have so many accessories that I can’t live without because they really transform a outfit. If I had it my way, I’d do a post for each of these: shoes, bags, jewelry, scarves, but I just don’t have the time. So I’ve tried to narrow it down to my favorites. When I travel and can’t take more than one small suitcase, these are the pieces I typically take so that I can increase the versatility of the clothing that I’ve packed.

For jewelry, I typically tend towards the bold statement pieces that really draw in the eye. When you have plain tops or dresses, statement necklaces are really a great way to spice things up.

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I love how this chunky masculine watch perfectly compliments my girly style. It makes me feel effortlessly cool.

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It’s nice how these light airy scarves can play the same role as a statement necklace without all of the added weight.

Infinity scarves are my go-to because they require so little effort to look good and they do a great job at keeping you warm. Lately I’ve been making most of mine, but I still adore the ones that I’ve bought.

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I have a bunch of different bags that I use depending on my mood and the occasion, but these get the most wear.

A neutral bag is an easy basic that goes with almost any outfit and season. This Dooney and Bourke one was my first real splurge in the bag department, and it was totally worth it. I love how it’s very different from a lot of the bags that you see on the street, but is still a great neutral piece.

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For me, my wallet does double-duty as a clutch. I love that I can just grab my wallet and go, on days that I don’t need a purse, and it’s also great to not need to transfer anything when I’m heading out. If you’re looking to upgrade your wallet I’d definitely recommend a neutral but visually interesting long wallet like this one.

I’m also on a hunt for my perfect pop of color bag, and a more structured tote style would be a great complement to my collection. A fun colored bag can really add some interest to a casual outfit. Right now I’m torn between an oxblood and a mustard color because both are such versatile colors, but then a bright teal would also be so much fun. I think it’s safe to say that it’ll be a while before I make up my mind.

Ok, now shoes are hard because they’re so season dependent, but these are my four current favorites.

My lazy day go-to shoes are my black flats. These look good with pretty much anything, and they’re comfy to work in all day.

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These heels are so ridiculously comfortable, and the fun blue makes them easy to pair with anything while still adding a little color. While most women have a neutral pump in their collection, I’d recommend going for something a little more bright, but not too out there.

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These combat boots add a great edge to any look, and the fact that you can wear them as long or short boots is awesome.

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I just got these cage heels and they totally rock. The soft tan makes them more day wear than a black, and you can rock these all through fall and winter by pairing them with a warm pair of tights.

And I just realized that I completely forgot to include belts! Belts really add that extra pop to a look and can really help define the waist. I always like to have a wide variety of thick and thin belts around in various different colors.
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And that almost wraps up my Building a Wardrobe series. Make sure to stop by tomorrow because I have a special treat to share with you all. And don’t forget to check out parts 1-3 of the series:
Building a Wardrobe: 8 Tops Every Woman Needs
Building a Wardrobe: Shorts, Pants and Skirts Everyone Needs
Building a Wardrobe : Outer Layers You Can’t Live Without

You can find all of the pieces featured in this post here:
Statement Necklace: Modcloth
Watch: Micheal Kors
Infinity Scarf: Modcloth
Silk Scarf: Bluefly
Neutral Bag: Dooney and Bourke
Clutch: Nordstroms/Anne Klein
Colored Bag: Micheal Kors/ London Fog
Flats: Abella
Blue Heels: Jessica Simpson
Combat Boot: Madden Girl
Cage Heels: Steve Madden

Building a Wardrobe : Outer Layers You Can’t Live Without

29 Oct

Here’s part 3 of the Building a Wardrobe series; parts 1 (Tops Every Woman Needs) and part 2 (Shorts, Pants and Skirts Everyone Needs) can be found here.

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I seriously don’t know what I’d do without my layers. For someone like me who gets cold easily, its always nice to have something that I can put on or take off depending on how I feel. Especially if you work in an office like mine that is perpetually ice cold year-round. Not only that, but layers can add dimension to an outfit and therefore increase the number of different outfits you can put together.

A leather (or faux leather) jacket can add a great edgy feel to an outfit. I have a brown faux leather one that I picked up when I was in France, and now looking for a black leather one to round out my collection.

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A plain black blazer is a must-have in anyone’s closet. I love this particular one because it’s the perfect length and fit for almost any purpose. It looks great on a skirt, on jeans, and on dress pants.

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As a California girl, I never really needed anything warmer than a light jacket until my study abroad experience in France. Since then though, this wool peacoat has come in very handy for my trips across country. So while the material of such a coat depends on where you live, a peacoat is always a great thing to have. I have two: my nicer wool one which I typically don’t wear unless I’m traveling somewhere cold, and my lighter one that I got from Forever 21 which is much more practical for California weather.

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I love cardigans in general. They come in so many different cuts and lengths that can be then styled in so many different ways. Its always nice to have a bright cardigan to add a pop to a simple outfit.

Simple, neutral cardigans are also great ones to have to throw onto any outfit. I have grey and cream ones that work really well.

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A print cardigan works similarly to a colored cardigan. It can be used if you want to experiment with print mixing, or just to incorporate a print into any look.

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And who can forget the trench? Its length makes it the perfect piece to layer over a dress, yet it still works great with jeans and pretty much anything else.

Also keep in mind that all of your button up tops can also be styled as outer layers over another shirt.

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Here’s where you can find all of these pieces for your own wardrobe:
Leather Jacket: Uniqlo/Dillard’s
Peacoat: Calvin Klein/Target
Blazer: H&M
Colored Cardigan: Target
Neutral Cardigan: Old Navy/Target
Print Cardigan: Target
Trench Coat: Macy’s

Building a Wardrobe: Shorts, Pants and Skirts Everyone Needs

18 Oct

Well this took me significantly longer than I had initially thought it would, but here is part 2 of the Building A Wardrobe series. You can check out part 1, which gives a breakdown of the must-have tops, here.

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As I mentioned in the previous post, these are the pieces that I personally cannot live without, but depending on your activities and preferences, your list might vary. I like that all of these bottoms are very versatile and can be easily paired with a wide variety of tops.

I can’t live without my skinny jeans. I pretty much live in these Forever 21 ones. I know I know, these are pretty low quality on the scale of jeans, but I have a big butt and small waist, and  so for me, shopping for jeans really stinks. So I go for the ones with the most stretch, and still belt them most days. The Forever ones work well for me because they don’t stretch out too much after a couple wears.

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I also love my boyfriend jeans. I own a lot of feminine pieces and the looser fit on these jeans makes them a perfect match for a more fitted, feminine top. The incorporation of a more masculine bottom can instantly make an ordinary outfit something more fashion forward.

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I also think white denim is a huge wardrobe must. Sometimes with my clumsiness white pants can be as much of a curse as a blessing, but I can’t deny how sharp they make any look appear.

Oh colored jeans, how I love you so. I love that you can incorporate color in a slightly different and unexpected way with colored jeans, and I’ve found that even the slightly wackier, or the really bright colors can be a great purchase. This yellow jean was an investment buy for me because the color is so versatile, but I also bought a bright mint jean at Forever 21 that I got a ton more wear out of than I expected.

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I’m not normally a huge shorts person, so there aren’t a huge number in my closet, but the ones that I definitely can’t live with out  are just my plain denim shorts, and then my tweed shorts that have a little higher than normal waist. I like that the tweed ones offer a dressier look that’s kind of different, and denim shorts are just a must-have in everyone’s wardrobe.

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I love skirts. I love how fun and girly they can be, and I love the huge variety of different skirts that you can get. So it was very hard for me to narrow it down to my favorites, but here’s what I ended up with.

A black pencil skirt is a must. It can be paired with nearly any top and still look fantastic. You can pair it with a graphic tee, a plain t-shirt, a button up, a blouse, or something a little more blinged out. It’s a great basic piece that can be repurposed in so many different ways.

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Everyone needs a little print in their lives, and a fun printed skirt is a great way to incorporate prints. Also if you can find one that’s just slightly above the knee, that’s pretty much the most flattering length on anyone.

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And then to round out your skirt collection, a long maxi in a neutral color. This one from H&M is just perfect. The length is good, the fabric is nice, and it has pockets! What more could a girl want?

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Here’s where you can find all of these pieces for your own wardrobe:

Skinny Jeans: Forever 21
Boyfriend Jeans: Asos
White Jeans: Levi’s
Colored Jeans: 7 for all Mankind/Forever 21
Jean Shorts: Calvin Klein
Tweed Shorts: Gap
Black Pencil Skirt: Target
Knee-length Print Skirt: Target
Long Maxi Skirt: H&M

I hope this part of the series was helpful, and I’d love to hear some of your wardrobe must-haves that I may not have mentioned here, or any of the pieces that I did mention that you really can’t live without.

Building a Wardrobe: 8 Tops Every Woman Needs

9 Sep

I know some of you have asked me for suggestions on how to put together a complete and versatile wardrobe, so I’ve started this series on wardrobe tips that I hope will help with that. Feel free to shoot any other questions you have my way!

So before we begin, I just want to clarify that these are my must haves and they’ll likely be very different from person to person depending on what you need to dress for on a day to day basis. I’d also love to hear how your requirements are similar or different from mine.

Today we’ll be covering the tops that I could not live without.

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The great thing about all of these tops is they work well either tucked or untucked, and because they are on the simpler side, they can be styled in so many different ways.

For plain v-necks and scoop necks, my favorites by far are the Mossimo ones that Target carries. They aren’t too thin like some of the other ones I’ve purchased at other stores, they’re have just the right amount of stretch, they come in such a great variety of colors, and they’re very affordable. When buying this kind of t-shirt, go for something that’s fitted but not tight. If you go for one that clings to your body too tightly, the top might look good on jeans, but it won’t look as nice when you try to tuck it in.

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Here you can see how I used my simple scoop neck as a base to build a fun outfit.

I have a variety of different embellished tees, some traditional t-shirts and others out of alternative materials, but this one is great because while that little extra sparkle makes it pop, it’s still a very versatile top that can go from day to night.

I’ve already gone on and on about the wonders of striped tops so I’ll just include a shot of one of my favorite striped shirt outfits and where you can find my favorite striped top.

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As for button-ups, they’re pretty much the dressed up version of an ordinary t-shirt so they end up being just as versatile as the typical tee. My favorites are the chambray, chiffon, an all-purpose white, and a sleeveless for more casual occasions.

A chambray button-down goes with everything and every color, just like a pair of jeans would, which makes it a necessity in any woman’s wardrobe. My personal favorite is this one from Levi’s.

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As for a chiffon button-up, the drape makes them so flattering on almost anyone, and they’re a softer, less professional take on the traditional button-up.

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A white button front shirt can be the perfect canvas to accessorize and build an outfit around, and a sleeveless buttoned top is a more relaxed take on such a top.

Where you can find these items for your wardrobe:
Plain Scoop Neck and V-Neck Tees: Target
Embellished T-Shirt: Target
Striped Shirt: H&M
Chambray Button-Down: Levi’s
White Button-Front: New York and Company/Liz Claiborne
Chiffon Button-Up : JCPenney
Sleeveless Button-Down : Express/JCPenney

I hope this was helpful to you all! Keep an eye out for more posts in the wardrobe tips series.