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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.

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.

Cuffing Bootcut Jeans - DIY Boyfriend Jeans
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).

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!

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.

outerlayers

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

Pop of Yellow

22 Oct

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T-shirt: Target
Cardigan: Old Navy
Jeans: 7 for All Mankind
Shoes: Betsyville via JCPenney
Watch: Micheal Kors
Sunglasses: Armani Exchange

For those who aren’t huge colored jeans people, this post is for you. I love colored jeans because you can add a big pop of color to a relatively neutral outfit, or build a more unique color scheme that you may not have been able to do otherwise. Just switch out your traditional blue denim for something colored and I guarantee you’ll fall in love with it.

I also love these flats I’m wearing. I was so sad to find that Betsy Johnson went out of business because her pieces are so fun, but thankfully she’s still doing her store lines.

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.

bottoms

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.