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Barely High-Waisted Shorts

12 Oct

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Sweater : H&M (similar)

Shorts: Forever 21 (similar/similar)

Shoes: Soft Soles (similar)

If you can find the perfect high-waisted short, it can really do fabulous things to your legs. The trick is to find one that doesn’t cut your torso too short in the process. That’s why I’m a huge fan of the barely high-waisted short, as I like to call them. This pair is an older one from Forever 21, but there are many great ones that you can find.

I know that I’ll be wearing these well into winter because the slightly looser fit on the bottom and the tweedy texture makes them easy to pair with tights or leggings.

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Blazer + Graphic Tee

10 Oct

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Blazer : H&M
T-shirt: Unknown
Jeans: Forever 21
Heels: Jessica Simpson (similar)

I was on the hunt for the perfect interview blazer last month, and seriously I must have checked almost every single store. Excluding a stunning purple blazer which Nordstrom sadly didn’t carry in my size, the only place I found an appropriate, flattering blazer was H&M.

I love all of the little details on it. Like how it’s lined with a striped satin that peeks out when you roll up the sleeves, and how it is structured and looks significantly more expensive than it was.

Tip: Layer a blazer over a casual graphic tee to take a simple day outfit to a more dressed up level.

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Also I’ve been obsessed with fishtail braids lately. I love how my highlights really accent the braid, since when I used to try braids when my hair was completely black, a lot of detail of the braid was often lost. But since my hair has so many layers right now, I have to be careful to braid very tightly otherwise by the time I get home in the evening my hair looks messier than I’d like.

Cardigan Turned Sweater

2 Oct

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Sweater : H&M
Belt: Anne Klein
Jeans: Forever 21
Shoes: Ross

I am a firm believer in styling pieces in your closet as many different ways as you can to really get the most out of your clothing, so when I got this great chunky cardigan my first instinct was to see if I could style it as a sweater. I think I might even love this cardigan more as a sweater than as a cardigan!

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Style Tip: You can always darken lipsticks with a touch of smudgy black eyeliner. I love this red lipstick normally, but it was too bright to complement this particular outfit, so a tad of black smudged over gave it that rich vampy look that I was looking for.

On a side note, I am so ecstatic that H&M is finally selling online, but it’s frustrating that you can’t return items you don’t like in store and that shipping isn’t free. I’ll likely still end up taking advantage of it though.

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.

My Recent Buys

5 Sep

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Top: Forever 21
Jeans:7 For All Mankind
Watch: Michael Kors
Shoes: DSW

Guess what? I finally decided I was going to make the jump and splurged on the Micheal Kors watch I’ve been eying for a while. I was iffy about it because I learned that Micheal Kors watches are all made by Fossil, which are typically at a much lower price point, but I just couldn’t find another watch that was as perfect for me as this one was. Plus Amazon was selling it for almost $100 off of retail price which puts it on par with the the other watches Fossil sells when it comes to price.

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And I’m glad I did, because I love it to pieces and want to wear it with everything.

Also rocking light mustard jeans that I found this weekend during my labor day shopping expedition. They’re so comfy and cute!

My Style Secret: Sweaters Edition

10 Aug

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Skirt : Forever 21
Sweater : Old Navy
Shoes : DSW

I have a little style secret to share with you guys today. I’ve learned that was a big thing a few decades ago, but has since been forgotten. My sister thinks it’s silly, but I love how this little trick doubles my sweater collection in an instant.

You know the top in this outfit?

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Well, it’s actually a cardigan! A cardigan you’ve seen before in this post, to be exact. I love reversing cardigans and wearing them backwards. The v-neck ones are amazing because then the back is open and interesting, but still leaves your bra completely covered.

The only thing you need to do is take a seam ripper to the cardigans you already own and carefully remove the tag from the back. Do this very carefully because if you’re not paying attention you can cut a hole in your cardigan (guess how I know). And then you’re good to go!

How do you feel about backwards cardigans?

Hard and Soft

8 Aug

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Top : Forever 21 (similar)
Cargo Pants : Unknown (Similar)
Flats : Betsyville via JCPenney

Cargo pants, particularly this pair, can come across as utilitarian and masculine, so pairing them with a floaty feminine top like I did here can really pull it together into a cohesive outfit.

Tip : Next time when you’re looking through your wardrobe for the perfect outfit, pair together some opposites- an edgy studded belt goes great with a soft, cozy sweater, and a fitted tee goes great with some loose draped pants.

When you use this trick you get a great balance and  your outfit will just click. Also, if you want to switch things up, take a shirt your usually belt at the waistline and tuck it in instead for a totally different look.

What are your favorite opposites combinations?

P.S. Voting for the style competition I’m competing in (Modest Fashionistas) closes tonight so make sure to get your votes in! I’m in second place right now, but a few more votes is all I need to get bumped up to first!