Sep 30, 2016
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Happy Friday my dear friends!
I hope you all had a great week and are ready for a wonderful weekend, what are your plans?
As mentioned on Monday, we'll be celebrating my birthday, which was yesterday, with family.
Thank you SO very much for all your incredibly kind and sweet birthday wishes yesterday and this week, you really touched me, made me smile, and made my birthday that much more special.
This is the outfit I wore for my birthday dinner last weekend with just Eddie and myself. He had been raving about this Italian restaurant for several months, boasting that it would be the best Italian food I've ever had in my life. So I had high hopes, haha, and to be honest, indeed it was! The name is Angelo's Ristorante and it's in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Ah, you have to go if you're in the area, you won't regret it!
As for my outfit, this dress is definitely one of my favorites when the weather starts to dip. It's so cozy and practical for both now and winter, since it's light enough to wear during the early fall weeks and it can be easily layered with tights and a turtleneck underneath come winter, as I did in this look. Aside from the coziness, I love it for the obvious reasons, the super cute and colorful pom pom details!
I love dresses that have either a cute pattern or detail along the entire neckline, eliminating the need to find the perfect necklace, which truth be told, can be quite difficult! Plus, it adds nice dimension to the bust area, which is particularly flattering for all my fellow pear and athletic shapes, too!
If you have wider shoulders or a fuller upper body, I'd suggest avoiding styles like this, that have details that span across the entire chest, as they can make you appear wider. Instead, I suggest you opt for styles that narrow into the shape of a v, which will help to balance out and flatter the width of your chest and shoulders, such as this cute sweater dress!
Are there any specific pieces in your fall wardrobe that you're excited to wear now that the weather is staring to cool down?
Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends, and I hope you have the most amazing weekend ahead!
Sep 29, 2016
Happy Thursday friends!
Today is an EXTRA special Thursday for me because it's my birthday, woohoo! As mentioned on Monday, Eddie and I celebrated over dinner on Saturday night and we have plans to do so again, but this time with my mom and mother-in-law this weekend, which I'm pretty excited about!
Moving right along...
Last week, we officially entered boot season! Shopping for boots, unless you know exactly what you're looking for, can be a little overwhelming with so many options to choose from. I've been browsing some sites lately in search of a pair of velvet over the knee boots, very specific! I've read numerous comments on fashion sites and stores of women sharing that they've had such a hard and negative experience shopping for boots, other than ankle styles, that work for their thinner legs and calves without constantly falling down. This gave me the idea for this post, which I hope you find helpful, if you're in the same boat. I really hate the thought of you feeling as though you can't wear taller boots entirely, when there are styles that could perhaps work; here are my 3 suggestions:
1. I'd suggest a high-low style, like the one I'm wearing in the above photo. Though mine is not as distinguished, I'd suggest a more noticeable style, if you wish to achieve the over the knee (OTK) look, but without worrying they'll fall down, like this one.
2. Another option would be to look for an OTK boot that has an adjustable string in the back so you can tighten them to fit your calf/leg size, like this pair.
3. If you just wish to add more fullness to your calves, then I'd suggest slouchy styles, like these, because they add dimension with the extra layered material.
:SHOP FLATTERING Tall BOOT STYLES:
QUICK TIP: Leather (genuine or faux) is more structured and less likely to fall down your calves than suede or other textiles.
I hope you found this post helpful and that it made finding your perfect pair of boots that much easier! Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have the most amazing day!
Sep 28, 2016
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Happy Hump Day my gorgeous friends!
Do I look a little uncomfortable in these photos because I'm not gunna lie, I totally was. You guys, I'm so bad at hiding my emotions, I definitely don't have a "poker face."
Okay, so I scored this vintage leather shirt jacket at the beginning of the summer. I instantly fell in love with it, I mean, it's so unique and gorgeous! I love the concept and the chevron pattern at the waist, which is super flattering. Plus, it's 1970s vintage from Finland, 'common, you have to know that it was coming home with me, haha.
Well, let me tell you, it's stiff! REAL stiff! I really need to break it in, but I was so excited to finally share it with you, that I didn't wear it beforehand and obviously I didn't have the chance to, we just entered fall last week!
So, what's the uncertainty about in the title? Well, as much as I absolutely love this shirt jacket, I'm actually having a hard time coming up with ways to style it. I initially thought to pair it with the shorts I wore in last Friday's post, but changed my mind and went with a pair of simple skinny jeans; how do you think it would look? I obviously want to do more with it and so, I'm asking YOU for some advice. I know this may not be a favorable style for everyone, but help me and think outside the box and let me know how you suggest I style it next!
Thanks for your help and suggestions in advance my dear friends, any feedback is much appreciated! I hope you have a wonderful day, "see" you tomorrow!
Sep 27, 2016
Happy Tuesday friends!
There has been a jacket/coat detail that has been gaining a lot of momentum in recent years, thanks to more minimalistic styles and trends, and that's the waterfall. What exactly is this? It's a specific style in which the lapels of a jacket are large and unattached to the jacket (like large flaps) and because of this, it can either have a casual or dressed-up vibe, depending on you style the rest of your look. I have a couple of jackets that have this detail (seen here & here).
Since it's becoming more and more popular, we're seeing all sorts of lengths and styles appear, which I think is awesome. Prior to this, the downside had been, in my opinion, that it could potentially be a bit tricky to style, particularly if one has a more ample bust and/or midsection, as it can make those areas appear more exaggerated, which may not be a desired effect for some (mentioned in this post).
However, as mentioned in previous posts, I do believe that most of the times, there are ways we can style pieces and/or colors that don't typically flatter us on their own, if styled with other elements that do or that have specific details that help to work with our features to balance everything out and create a more flattering effect.
If you are busty or are self-conscious about your midsection, but wish to wear this style and don't know if it would at all be flattering, I'd suggest opting for longer styles because they will evenly distribute the dimension the oversized lapels create. In fact, I feel every body shape can experiment with longer styles for that reason and it's also a great option for those who have short torsos because they add length to the upper body by extending it visually.
:SHOP WATERFALL JACKETS:
What are YOUR thoughts on this style, would you embrace it or instead opt for a more classic style? Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope your day is as beautiful as YOU!
Sep 26, 2016
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Bodysuit: Missguided (similar HERE) // Skirt: Kate Spade (similar HERE) // Bracelets: c/o Athra Luxe & Joey J. Jewelry // Purse: Louis Vuitton // Pom Charm: Marshalls (similar HERE) // Shoes: Nine West (similar HERE)
Happy Monday my beautiful friends!
How was your weekend, did you do anything exciting for the first fall weekend?! Eddie and I celebrated my birthday on Saturday night with a nice dinner. We decided to celebrate it just the two of us because late Sunday night, we picked up my mother-in-law from the airport, who's visiting from Guatemala and will be staying with us for about a month. You may remember me talking about it all in this post, in which you were all so VERY supportive! The plan is that she'll be staying with all of her kids for one month each, so she'll be making her rounds, haha.
We decided to celebrate together and then next weekend, my mom will be coming up from Brooklyn and we'll celebrate again with both mommies. My birthday is this Thursday, so weekend celebrations it is and I'm totally okay with that! We have a month long celebration actually because Eddie's birthday was the 7th, mine is the 29th, and then our 8 year wedding anniversary is on Oct.7th. Yup, I got married young, at age 20!
Anyway, let's talk about today's look, shall we?! The title of the post is Feminine Flare and it's in reference to this fit and flare skirt I'm wearing. In my post Olive + Radiant Orchid, I asked you what your favorite skirt was; most replied with the pencil skirt, which is what I wore in that post, and some with the maxi and/or flare.
I can definitely understand why some of you love the flare because it's ultra feminine and for the most part, figure flattering, since they tend to have an a-line shape. One thing that used to get me so confused was when I would read the description of skirts and it would say a-line. I'd be like, what the heck is that? Lol.
Basically, if you look at the skirt as it nears the hem, it slightly flares out like the letter A does. The reason it's generally figure flattering is that if you have wider hips, the flare doesn't extend at the widest part, rather below, so it won't exaggerate the fullness. There are various styles that have an a-line shape, such as the skater. This skirt has a more relaxed, less structured fit. In other words, it's looser and more flowy, so the a-line shape isn't as notable as the one I'm wearing, but it still has the effect.
For those who don't have wider hips and wish to create some curves to the area, it can create a nice shape. It's one of those win-win pieces, which is pretty awesome, right!?
:SHOP A-LINE SKIRTS I'M LOVING:
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, I hope you enjoyed this post and have the most amazing start to your week; "see" you tomorrow!
Sep 23, 2016
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Top: H&M (similar HERE) // Necklace: Express (similar HERE) // Shorts: Missguided (HERE) // Bag: Louis Vuitton // Pom Keychain: Bed Bath & Beyond (haha, I know..weird, similar HERE) // Shoes: Sam Edelman (HERE)
Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!
We've made it to the end of the week, woohoo! Any fun weekend plans?
As mentioned earlier this week, though we're officially in autumn, the temperatures are still high and so, I've been opting for practical pieces in fall colors. If you remember, during the start of the spring season, I shared a post discussing how yellow and a few other spice-like colors were trending. Well, those colors couldn't be more perfect for fall as well!
Today, I'm combining terracotta with a camel brown shade. Though this particular color has a very notable blue undertone, I've combined it with a slightly warmer color, caramel brown.
Combining pieces that have opposite undertones is a great way to wear a color that may otherwise not work for or flatter your skin tone. I believe they can balance the undertones out rather nicely. You can wear the color with the undertone that's most flattering nearest your face (in a top) and the other on the opposite end. The one that's most suitable will provide a nice glow to the skin and the one that's least won't be obvious!
Side Note: If you have pale skin, terracotta will look GORGE-WAH on you!
I hope you like the look and tips I've shared, my friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have the most amazing weekend!
Sep 22, 2016
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Hey gorgeous girlies!
Today is the official first day of fall, woohoo! This is one of my favorite seasons, aside from spring. I love transitional seasons because the weather is perfect, not too hot, not too cold, just right!
Plus, I feel that fall, in particular, allows for us to showcase our personal styles more. During the summer, I tend to feel a little too hot and moody to think everything through (am I the only one?) and in the winter, we can be cute and cozy underneath our coats, but no-one gets to see it.
Though we dress for ourselves, let's be honest, we like to share our effort, don't we?!
One of my fall must have layering pieces is a faux fur vest or as my UK babes call it, a gilet! Since I'm from the States, I love when I interact with all of you outside the U.S. and learn the different names you have for clothing. I've learnt for example, whenever I got to the UK, not to compliment someone on their pants, instead they're trousers, otherwise they may give me a look and think you pervert you, haha! Though I'm sure they'd know what I'm talking about, right?
Anyway, I love faux fur vests because they're versatile and can be a very personal piece. In other words, you can style them in a way that's entirely reflective of your personal style or the mood/vibe you're going for, while adding both texture and warmth.
As a layering piece, I not only like to wear it over a long/short sleeve top, but over a leather jacket, too (seen here)! For more added shape, I also like to belt them, as seen above, which creates a nice silhouette (which will of course flatter every body shape) and polished look, but when I'm going for a more relaxed vibe, I'll leave it as is.
Do YOU own a fur vest and if so, what's YOUR favorite way to wear/style it? Or, share what your favorite fall item is, I'd love to know!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope your day is as beautiful as YOU, "see you" in tomorrow's post (I can't believe it'll be FRIDAY!).
Sep 21, 2016
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Happy Hump Day friends!
How's your week going so far?
Today I'm demonstrating what I mentioned in the Make Your Monochrome Outfit Come to Life This Fall with Velvet post. If you remember, I stated that velvet (a huge trend this season) is a great way to add texture to a look, specifically a monochrome pairing, while still flattering your curves.
My velvet jeans are in a deep sage green color, so I decided to brighten the look on top with a citron, lime green tank and I love how they blend together (I hope YOU do, too!). Though the tank is such a bright color, it's balanced out beautifully with a darker hue. This is something you can keep in mind when reaching for some of your favorite summer brights; you can still wear during the fall, just combine them with darker hues of the color for a more seasonal pairing!
Are you tired of seeing these leopard printed pumps yet? Haha! I've been wearing them a lot and I plan on wearing them all season long, they go with everything! They're a great way to add a pop of print and did you know that leopard/cheetah print serves as a neutral? Yes! So you can wear them as you would your nude shoe, taking your outfit up a notch!
How are YOU planning on wear velvet this season? I hope you enjoyed this post, my gorgeous friends, and I hope you're having a wonderful day!
Sep 20, 2016
Hey my gorgeous friends!
Many, if not most of us, know that serenity blue was named one of this year's colors of the year by Pantone and because of that, we've seen such a huge influx of clothing and accessories appear everywhere in the color. If you're one who is either into trendy fashion or just happen to love blue in its many shades, then chances are you've added a piece (or two) in the color to your wardrobe at some point.
Since the color of the year isn't announced until January, we don't have much inspiration shown for just how to style pieces in the acclaimed color for fall because it's announced afterwards. We've seen plenty of inspiration, I'm sure, on how to wear and style the color for winter and spring, which is pretty easy given it's a light blue shade, so it's very springy and can transition easily into summer, but what about fall? How can we get the most wear out of our favorite pieces in this shade this quickly approaching season?
Well, hopefully, after leaving the blog, you'll have a few ideas for how you can wear your beloved piece this season.
Now, you'll notice that I've created looks centered around a blue leather jacket and that's because it's kind of giving you an idea for how I'll be wearing one that I have that's quite similar. If you don't happen to have a jacket, feel free to use this as a general color pairing guide, even if it's a purse or pair of shoes you'd be working with. The point is to help give you ideas on how you can continue to wear your pieces in this color throughout the season!
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What are your thoughts on the looks I've created? Let me know which one(s) is most reflective of your style or what you'd love to wear, which I hope you do! Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope your day is as amazing as YOU!
Sep 19, 2016
Happy Monday beauties!
When it comes to stripe dresses, specifically tube styles that are more form fitting, it can be tricky to wear when all the stripes are horizontal, as they can perfectly widen (visually) areas you wish, while doing the same to areas you may not wish, haha.