Feb 19, 2018
Happy Monday my friends!
One of many ways to look chic in the winter (and all year long) is to go monochrome. We've talked about the power of monochrome quite a few times on the blog, but I wanted to break it down a bit more in this post and we all know that repetition and the more examples make for better understanding and inspiration. At least that what works for me! So, I figured it would be a great idea to compile them all into one post.
1. ALL BLACK
2. ALL GREY
3. ALL WHITE (WELL, ALMOST ;)
4. ALL BROWN
Usually, when monochrome is done in the winter, it's often done in black. Hopefully, this winter I've given you some ideas for creating the effect with other colors. We've already created an outfit with winter whites. Though that outfit was broken up a bit with the addition of the olive green boots, as seen above. Another idea is to go all grey, but with the addition of silver metallic. Metallics not only add a nice sheen that makes the outfit more vivid, but when done in clothing in particular (think a metallic maxi skirt) it adds nice fluid movement, which is quite lovely and really helps to bring the outfit to life.
The key things to consider when creating a monochrome outfit, particularly in the winter, is to mix and match textures in neutrals which is super easy to do. Since many of us are wearing knits to keep warm and cozy, a sweater would be a great option to start with. The second piece (the bottom) could be in the form of denim, leather or suede to create a notable contrast. If you opt for a blouse on top and pair it with slacks, unless the top is tucked in and a bit on the flowy side, it can look one dimensional and doesn't present the same chic factor.
As mentioned, I suggest working with neutrals because it'd be easier for you create your outfit without having to go shopping. For the most part, I'm sure most of you have either grey, black or white jeans in your wardrobe and perhaps a pair of brown bottoms? Plus, it's a great way to make a statement that isn't too bold, as it would be if you were to go for an all pink monochrome, which I'm all for, but know that it wouldn't necessarily be the most favorable option for some.
When it comes to footwear you can go for boots or pumps, depending on your weather situation. This is where it can get a little fun. Don't limit yourself to only a solid colored pair because you can further enhance the effect with a metallic or printed pair! Though when we work with prints, there are often other colors incorporated, the color that you're working on top and bottom would pull out the same color in the print, making it appear more dominant than the rest, keeping the monochrome going.
Out of the different winter monochrome outfits I've worn, I think today's outfit is the most comfy for the simple fact that suede is a softer and therefore cozier option to leather and denim. The next comfy option would be denim and leather would be last. I'd honestly go for leather if it were an event at night, where it's more about dressing up than being comfy.
What's your favorite color to wear when creating a monochrome outfit?
Thanks so much for stopping by my sweet friends! What did you do this weekend? I did get a chance to sleep, which felt quite amazing and I feel ready for the week. Aviah is doing much better, so this week is looking good!
Feb 16, 2018
Happy Friday friends!
When was the last time you wore a mini-skirt if ever? Okay, how often do you wear a mini? I'm guessing that many of you don't wear them for the simple fact that they're well, mini, and quite short. I can totally understand if you've avoided anythign mid though for fear of looking risque becaues they require more thought when styling to prevent such a vibe. I for one stayed clear for many years because I'd like to consider myself quite conservative when it comes to my fashion choices and the thought of exposing a bit too much doesn't necessarily appeal to me.
Feb 15, 2018
Happy Thursday my sweet friends!
Today, I'm reviewing a straightening brush from HerStyler. When the folks over at HerStyler provided me with the opportunity to review one of their hot tools, I immediately took the opportunity to try out their straight brush pro. I'd been hearing a lot about straightening brushes, but had never tried them before. I either blow dry my hair or use a flat iron (which they also offer) so I thought this would be a great time to try one out and see how it works. Keep reading for my thoughts on it, as well as a step-by-step tutorial on what I did to achieve the finished look.
Feb 12, 2018
:: SHOP ::
Happy Monday my beautiful friends!
Since I've been doing some online shopping these past few days, I figured it would be a good idea to share some of the things I've ordered and some things I've been eyeing, in case you plan on doing some shopping yourselves and want some inspiration. Most of the things I've purchased and are eyeing is from H&M and I ordered one of the white mules I featured in Friday's post, number 6. As much as I wanted to get everything that made my eyes look like the heart eyed emoji, I know my wallet would tightly close on me, so I got what I knew I'd get the absolute most wear out of for the start of spring and into summer. On that note, the pieces with the heart eyed emoji are the ones on my wish list, everything else is what I purchased.
Feb 09, 2018
:: SHOP THE SET ::
Happy Friday my lovely friends!
I'm sure many of you know that white boots are quite the trend this winter and have been since the start of fall. I personally don't see the white shoe trend slowing down this spring and summer. In fact, I think it'll only gain more momentum, since they'll be more practical to wear during the warmer months. I mean, let's face it, though white boots may look uber chic, they aren't necessarily the shoe of choice when it's raining, snowing, or there's a mix of both, which basically defines winter; at least in the northeast. It's almost inevitable that you'll get them dirty and it can be annoying to try and wipe them clean again.
Feb 07, 2018
Happy Wednesday my sweet friends!
Valentine's Day is in exactly one week, so I thought it was a good time to share some cute gift ideas with all of you. In recent years, Eddie and I have decided to make it a family holiday, including my step-daughter and now Aviah. I believe it's a "holiday" that should embrace love in all relationships and not just those that are romantic. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed going on those romantic dinner dates for two to some of the fanciest restaurants, but it can be so overrated. Speaking of restaurants, before we get into the gift ideas, I have to share this story with you.
Feb 05, 2018
Happy Monday my sweet friends!
Being a fashion blogger, I do challenge myself to think outside the box and wear clothing that perhaps I wouldn't otherwise wear and through doing so, I've found that some pieces I'd perhaps turn my head to are actually quite practical, one of which are faux fur coats. Before blogging, I would've most likely thought, though stylish, they wouldn't be at all practical for everyday kind of wear and save them more for special occasions. Honestly, that couldn't be further from the truth. Perhaps some of you feel this way and for that reason alone don't own one, feeling as though you'd never get any real use out if it. These three outfits are ones that I feel can be easily worn on the regular. It all comes down to how you put the pieces together to make it more practical and less forced.
Feb 02, 2018
Happy Friday my sweet friends!
When it comes to creating a chic and stylish outfit that's easy, you're best bet is to seek out black pieces. You'll always get plenty of use by styling them with other colors and prints, but they look all sorts of chic when paired together. Key pieces to have are a pair of sunglasses, a top, bag and pair of shoes. Since we're styling for the colder months, the top can be in the form of a sweater or turtleneck. What I love about the turtleneck in particular is that it looks so chic when done with just about any bottom. However, I love it even more when it's paired with denim. There's something about the simplistic combination that's effortlessly edgy and sleek.
Jan 31, 2018
Happy Wednesday friends!
Are you in a winter outfit rut? The best way to snap out of it is to do a little pattern mixing and the easiest and most classic pattern mix of all time is leopard and stripes. There are so many ways you can work this mix. Today, I've chosen to do a bit of layering for the cold winter days by wearing a striped turtleneck underneath a sweater paired with leopard printed boots.
Jan 30, 2018
Happy Tuesday my sweet friends!
I hope you're having a great day so far. Today, I'm sharing my current morning skincare routine. As with anything else, the use of some of these products may change at some point, especially since I like to try out new skincare when I'm out of a particular product. I enjoy reading what products others' use. In fact, this is how I'm often introduced to new brands and products. Some, I've come to know through former collaborations.