Tag Archives: black and white

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).

Mixing Black and White Prints

16 Apr

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Skirt: Forever 21
Top: Express (similar)
Shoes: Abella via DSW
Clutch: Target (similar)

So I wanted to go all black and white with this look, but the pop of green from my clutch turned it into a mostly black and white look. I normally love mixing polka dots and stripes, so this was a fun updated take on that. I love the heart print, and the fact that it’s black and white gives it a bolder more graphic look.

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And what goes better with black and white than a red lip? Lately I’ve found myself gravitating towards a red lip because my Clinique Chubby Stick makes it so easy. If you don’t know what I’m talking about you definitely need to check them out. They’re a cross between a lip balm and a lip stick, some are closer to a tinted lip balm, while others are a lot more pigmented and feel like moisturizing lip sticks. They’re pretty comparable to some of my nicer lip sticks, and they’re designed to look like crayons but are twist up which is great. The one I’m wearing here is Mightiest Maraschino.

Lazy Print Mixing

12 Jun

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Headband : Unknown
Skirt : Macy’s (similar)
Collared Shirt: H&M (find in store)
T-shirt : Target
Shoes : Abella
Bracelet : Mardi Gras beads wrapped around a few times ūüėČ

This is my lazy rendition of print mixing, and it’s also an easy way to try mixing prints. Because both prints have the same black and white color palette, they’re easy to combine. Honestly, if you weren’t looking too closely you’d probably confuse them for being the same print. The only problem is that you don’t really get the same effect when two prints are so close. I’d suggest playing with scale more if you’re using the exact same color palette.

My new trick for headbands is to pin back my hair first before putting on the headband. This way I don’t have to worry about my hair moving around or sticking up when the headband moves around and I have great hair all day. I’d definitely recommend trying it.

And if you’d like to see more print mixing, check out this great print mixing collaboration post that I did with a few other bloggers a few weeks ago.

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.