• Stripes on Stipes

    May 27, 2016

     

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    Shirt: W5 (similar HERE// Pants: Per Se (similar HERE// Sandals: Similar HERE // Watch: Kenneth Cole (similar ON SALE HERE)

     

     

    Happy Friday, beautiful friends!

    It's finally starting to warm up around here (New York) and you have no idea how happy I am about that, seriously! We haven't had much of a spring at all and here we are only about a month left until the official start of summer, crazy! Well, I'll take it, as disappointed as I am. I love feeling like I've experienced the best of each season, but it is what it is, Mother Nature doesn't play by the rules apparently, haha.

    Today's look is very relaxed, stylish, extremely comfy and perfect for the Memorial Day weekend! You guys, I'm obsessed with these striped pants! I actually purchased them the same time I did the striped graphic tee and I knew right then and there that I wanted to combine the two into one look for a trendy stripe on stripe outfit. Remember in yesterday's post on 'The Most Flattering Striped Tees That Flatter Your Upper Body', I mentioned at the end how there are ways to style a striped top that may not typically be the most flattering for us, in a way that totally works?! Well, today's outfit is a prime example of doing just that! As stated in the post, thin condensed stripes, like the ones in my tee, will make the area appear smaller. If you don't wish to create this effect, but come across a tee that has a graphic of some sort on the shirt as well, it will help to visually counteract it. This is why I seek to always showcase different variations of trends (and classics) with ways to style specific pieces because there is almost always an exception to the "rule" (I use this word loosely) when it comes to fashion and styling. I don't want you to ever feel that something is completely dismissive because of your body shape, height, or skin tone. There is always something that can be added or altered by working with different styles or variations to allow it to work with you and not against. 

    I hope you enjoyed and felt inspired by this post, my dear friends! I wish you a very happy Memorial Day weekend!

     

    XO, 

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  • The Most Flattering Striped Tees That Flatter Your Upper Body

    May 26, 2016

    Happy Thursday, my dear friends!

    Every woman needs versatile, timeless basics that help to fill in the gaps in a wardrobe, regardless of personal style, age or profession. One of these essential wardrobe staples is the striped tee. While this is a classic piece that everybody can wear, no two striped tees are the same, which also means that they don't produce the same visual effect. This all depends on a number of factors, such as: the neckline, stripe size, direction of the stripes, and base color. While your are, of course, free to wear whichever styles you so choose, styling them in a way that's flattering and comfortable enough for your liking, I'd still like to suggest some tips for finding the most flattering options. I especially want to share these tips with those of you who feel that stripes don't work for you at all or feel as though you can't get away with wearing them; I'm here to tell you, you most certainly can! 

     

     

    Depending on your body shape and the goal or effect you wish to achieve, the base color can either help in creating that effect or do the exact opposite. If you look at the stripes in set A., you'll notice that the base color of both of the tees are white, this has all to do with the white stripes being larger than those of the black. This style will highlight the upper body because as we know, white highlights and black conceals or minimizes. So, if you wish to create some depth to the upper body or visual dimension, then you'd select a tee with this style. Another thing to consider is that generally speaking, v-necks have the tendency to visually narrow the upper body, since it tapers in towards the center of the neckline.  Now, if you turn to your attention to set B., you'll notice the exact opposite in the effect that the stripes in set A. create. If you wish to conceal or visually slim the upper body, then a striped tee with a more pronounced black stripe pattern would be the best option, since it can make the upper body upper slimmer overall.

    I hope you found this post helpful in selecting and wearing the most flattering striped tees for your body shape! As with anything else, you can of course wear the exact opposite of what I suggested, these suggestions are intended to simplify the styling process. You can always add other pieces to your look to help balance everything out.  Since we're on the topic of stripes, feel free to check out my post, 'How to Wear 2016's Bold Stripe Trend for Your Body Shape' for a more in depth look at different variations of the classic stripe that's currently trending! As always, thanks so much for stopping by, my beautiful friends, and I hope your day is as amazing as YOU!

     

    XO,

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  • Get the Most out of Your Favorite Dress This Season!

    May 25, 2016

     

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    Denim Dress: c/o Bluefaith (HERE// Skirt: Similar style HERE // Necklace: c/o Anitanja (similar HERE)  // Bracelet: Little Switzerland (similar HERE)  // Clutch: Marshalls (similar HERE)  // Shoes: GUESS (similar ON SALE HERE)

     

     

    Happy Hump Day, friends!

    I hope you're all having a great week so far! Have you ever really loved a dress, but it was either too short to wear or perhaps you've been trying to think of new and different ways to wear it? Sometimes, it can be tricky to get enough use out of a dress if it's in a notable color, print or fabric, making it obvious if you wear it often. I believe I have just the trick that will help you get a bit more use out of it! Just as in fall and winter when we layer a button down shirt under our sleeveless dresses, in the spring and summer months, we can wear them under a loose maxi or midi skirt. This will allow for the dress to double as a top, which would be a great way to showcase any unique details or patterns that are mostly found on the top portion of the dress. It would also be a great space saving strategy when traveling, allowing for you to have more room in your luggage!

    The denim one I'm wearing is way too short for me to wear alone, but I love the neckline and the fact that it's denim, so I decided to wear it under a pleated maxi skirt and I love the way the two look together, creating such a lovely contrast with strong springtime, boho vibes. I'd like to note that this is an extremely flattering outfit for all my fellow pear shapes, since the dress has a sweetheart neckline, which helps to visually widen the chest area, while creating visual dimension to the bust. The fine pleats on the skirt also flatter the hips and when placed under the bust, create the illusion of longer legs, also mentioned in my 'More Pleats Please!' post. Placing the skirt high above the natural waistline not only lengthens the body, but also conceals a fuller midsection, making it a great styling strategy for BBQ season (I always eat too much), am I right?!? Haha! If you really want to take it a step further in lengthening the legs, you can add a pair of shoes that are within the same color scheme as your skirt, as I did here with the wedged sandals

    I hope this post gave you some ideas for getting some extended use out of your beloved dresses this season! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing day, my dear friends


    XO,

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  • Embracing Embroidery for Your Body Shape

    May 24, 2016

    Happy Tuesday, beautiful friends!

    I hope you're all having a great day so far! Today, I'll be suggesting the pieces that I think would be most flattering for your body shape that incorporate one of the season's popular, yet timeless trends, embroidery! Though it's currently trending hard, it's an intricate detail that our grandmothers have been rockin' and making for years! Dolce & Gabbana have also had a leg up on this trend, I feel in a sense, they were the ones who first ignited it to become more popular recently, as well as the rise of all things pom pom! They are one of my favorite designer brands because they have such a way of fusing old school, traditional style, in a way that's refreshing and relevant to today's modern style.

    As always I hope you find my ideas helpful in selecting the most flattering styles for your fabulous shape, ensuring you'll look and feel fab embracing this classic-trend all season long! Let's get started with our first body shape, the apple! 

     

     

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    For the apple shape, dresses and tops that have an embroidery on a v-neckline are extremely flattering, as they help to visually slim and work with either the width of your upper (this shape tends to have wider shoulders, chest and back) body and/or a larger bust. The dress I selected is a perfect example, as it creates an embroidered line down the center, stopping at the waist, where there is an elastic waistband, which is perfect for creating a more flattering effect to the waistline. I also chose a jumpsuit with a wrap neckline; the cross effect flatters a larger bust by not adding any additional volume or dimension, but rather highlighting what's already there. Once again, this piece also has an elastic waistband that allows you to adjust the area to your liking, flattering the midsection. Jeansskirts or shorts that are embroidered are a great option to bring attention to those fabulous lean legs of yours and when there's details around the hip area, as seen on all three bottoms in the set, it creates a focal point to the hips, which for this shape is typically narrow, but when the embroidery is large and contoured, it will create the illusion of wider hips. 

     

     

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    Next up is the pear shape! Embroidered tops that are flowy, loose and voluminous are ideal for you, as they help to draw the eye upward and highlight the chest area, balancing out the hips. However, this does not mean that you cannot or should not attempt to wear embroidered skirts because you most certainly can, in a way that's flattering to your curvaceous hips. I've selected a longer skirt style, which really plays up the boho vibes embroidered pieces can exude, which skims the surface of the hips with an embroidery line that doesn't extend across the widest part; much of the detail is placed on the lower portion. I also chose both a romper and dress that have much of the embroidery, if not all, on the top portion of the piece. The romper features a pop up top, which adds dimension and the dress I selected features the details all across the top, with a tassel belt that re-establishes the waistline. I would suggest you avoid jeans or shorts with embroidery on the sides of the hips, as they can make them appear larger, especially if it's a large embroidered pattern, unless you wear a top that's flowy or offers more volume to help balance out the visual width the details will create for a more figure flattering ensemble. 

     

     

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    Lastly, we have both the rectangular and hourglass shapes! I don't typically group these two together, but since this trend is more about details and placement as opposed to overall shapes and styles, I'd suggest pretty much the same styles for both shapes, since they're both proportional. You'll notice that the majority of the pieces I've shared above have a bit of shape to them, with the exception of the shorts. Either of these shapes can freely experiment with various textures and shapes, since as mentioned, the upper and lower portions of the body are the same. The only distinguishing factor between the two is that the waist of the hourglass is more defined.

     

    I hope you found my suggestions helpful in selecting the most figure flattering styles for your body shape! Of course you can wear whichever style you so choose, these are only tips to give you a better idea as to which pieces you could easily work with, without having to put much effort into styling your entire outfit to balance out proportions. Thank you so much for stopping by and let me know your thoughts on the embroidery trend, as well as which pieces from the post are your favorite! I hope your day is as fabulous as YOU!

     

    XO,

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  • Cool & Minty

    May 23, 2016

     

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    Romper: c/o Tobi (ON SALE 1 SIZE LEFT HEREsimilar style ON SALE HERE)  // Necklace: c/o Happinees Boutique (HERE)  // Belt: New York & Compnay (similar ON SALE HERE)  // Sandals: BCBGeneration (similar HERE)

     

    Happy Monday, my dear friends!

    I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are off to a great start to your Monday so far! Today's look is one that's perfect for a number of spring and summer gatherings, since it includes an ultra feminine romper! The camera created more of an aquamarine color, but it's actually more of a light mint green, which exudes a very light and refreshing vibe. Before I get into the rest of the look, I just want to point out how perfect this romper is for all of my apple and inverted triangle shaped ladies! It would simply look ah-mazing on you, as it works with and flatters an ample bust, has a v wrap neckline and has a tied waist belt attached to it to define the waistline, which I tucked under the floral waist belt I added. 

    For this particular pairing, I wanted to create a very strong spring vibe, which is why I opted for the belt. Plus, I also liked the color contrast between the two. Taupe and mint green always look great together, regardless of the shade or intensity you're working with because they both have cool undertones, which compliment each other since they share the same undertone. I also added taupe sandals and a silver statement necklace, to further play up the cool and refreshing vibes. I also think that brass or antique gold would work just as well in creating the same effect, while adding a vintage, boho-like touch.

    I hope this look inspired you in some way my beautiful friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope your day is as amazing as YOU! 


    *This post is sponsored by TOBI.com. Check out their latest styles and receive 50% off your first order: RompersCrop TopsJumpsuitsSkirtsCardigans & Bodysuits!

     

    XO,

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  • Marmalade

    May 20, 2016

     

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    Trench: Guess (similar ON SALE HERE// Tank: Cynthia Rowley // Jeans: GUESS (similar HERE)  // Shoes: Nine West (loving THESE

     

     

    It's Friday, friends, whoop, whoop! 

    I have a thing for outerwear, but just not any outerwear, colorful or printed outerwear! I'm sure that comes at no surprise to many of you, haha! While a classic beige trench coat is certainly a wardrobe staple, one of which I have, but looking to replace (I'm no longer fond of the particular style I have), I love the idea of a colorful trench to add into the mix. The main reason is that it helps to brighten my mood and keep me optimistic about the present season, even if the temps may not necessarily want to cooperate and favor my desire for clear skies and warmer weather. I know all of my British ladies feel me, am I right? What I love about this orange trench coat is that it can be worn during both the spring and fall months. Remember how I styled this same jacket in my post, In the Trenches, this past fall? I love pieces that can be worn either all year long or at least for multiple seasons; it allows me to enjoy my beloved pieces longer and get more use out of my money! 

    For this outfit, I decided to keep both my top and bottom simple, having just the jacket and shoes serve as the two main statement pieces in the look. Outerwear and shoes can make all the difference to the overall vibe of an outfit, providing you with so many different options for styling your basic pieces. I actually wore this exact tank and jean combo in my Neutrals post, which was totally comprised of soft neutrals. So, if you're one who prefers a simple tee and jean combo, but are looking for some ways to add a little spice to your looks (remember yesterday's post?!) without changing your overall laid back effortless style, outerwear and shoes are the way to go! 

    While I actually found this trench at Guess, if you're ever thinking of a specific color for a jacket or even a blazer, I highly suggest you check New York & Company because chances are they have it! I've been a customer of theirs for years because they offer not only the basics, but have such a lovely selection of colorful and printed pieces, their denim is amazing and they always have the BEST sales (I love their B1G1 free event)! The same is true for Nine West. Most of the colorful shoes in my collection are from them and their shoes are extremely comfy! Let's just say that for my entire four years of college, I didn't wear flats or sneakers at all, just 5 inch heels all day, everyday, nearly all from Nine West! 

    What are your favorite accessories to wear and what is your go-to piece to help liven up your outfits? Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, I hope you found some inspiration in this post, have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you back here on Monday with a new post! 

     

    XO, 

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  • Let's Spice Things Up!

    May 19, 2016



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    Happy Thursday, my dear friends!

    I've mentioned quite often how yellow is trending hard this season, a color that many of you, I know, don't feel flatters your skin tone, as per our discussions in the comment's section of some of my previous posts featuring some yellow pieces. So, I thought now would be the perfect time to provide some suggestions on wearing this color, regardless of your skin tone. I noticed a common thread with those of you who didn't like the way yellow looked against the skin and it was that you all have cool undertones. So it makes perfect sense for you not to be fond of the bright yellows, as they can create a flat, one dimensional effect to cooler skin tones.

    There is one particular shade of yellow, however, that I feel would flatter those of you with cool tones, light blonde or strawberry blonde hair and that's mustard yellow. Depending on the intensity, it can have both a mix of cool and warm tones, blending together harmoniously in a way that, I feel, flatters all skin tones. If you really look at the mustard colored pieces I've selected above, you can see how they have both a bluish, yet golden tint to them, which is why they would work for both cool and warm tones. There are also two other universally flattering trending shades, rust orange (tumeric) and true red (red pepper). What I really love about these pieces is that they can easily carry over into fall with a bit of layering, allowing you to get more wear out of your pieces, which is pretty awesome! Plus, all of these shades would look wonderful paired with neutrals and I love how both rust and mustard yellow look together, I feel the they scream summertime vibes!

    So will you be spicing things up this season?! Let me know in the comment's section! Thank so much for stopping by, dear friends, and I hope your day is as wonderful as YOU!

     

    XO,

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  • Blush & Blue

    May 18, 2016

     

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    Top: Cynthia Rowley (similar ON SALE HERE// Skirt: H&M (similar HERE)  // Earrings: What Would V Wear Collection (HERE// Bracelet: Alexis Bittar (similar ON SALE 50% OFF HERE// Sandals: similar HERE


     

    Happy Hump Day, friends!

    I hope you're all having a great week so far! Today's outfit features a feminine and classy color combination which I adore, blue and blush. As you all know, I love pink, actually I'm quite obsessed! In recent months, I've been reaching for nearly all of the the pink pieces in my wardrobe, many of which I didn't even know I had in the color! Since I've been reaching for them so often, I've been looking for ways to combine them with other colors and I've found that all shades of blue look absolutely beautiful against one particular shade of pink, blush! It all depends on the mood or vibe you wish to create when putting together your outfit, since different shades produce different vibes. For example, navy or darker shades of blue are more sophisticated and would be a great option to combine your blush piece with for the office or in a more professional setting. Lighter shades, such as serenity blue or turquoise have more of a soothing or tranquil vibe, so they're more relaxed. 

    As you can see, the floral tee I'm wearing features both navy and turquoise shades, as well as a hint of blush within the pattern. I decided to pull out both the turquoise and blush by wearing these gorgeous turquoise colored earrings, which are another beloved piece of mine from Vanessa's beautiful jewelry line, What Would V Wear Collection, which I mentioned in Monday's post, as well as a blush pink leather skirt. This is something I do quite often when working with one printed piece, I pull out a couple of the colors found within the pattern to equally distribute the colors in the entire outfit. At the same tiime, I'll sometimes throw in a wild card with an unexpected color because I feel it works well with all of the others in the pattern, but sticking with the presented colors is definitely a fool proof, no fuss way of working with patterns. The more colors the pattern has, the more options! I've styled this top in so many ways here on the blog, two of which you can check out here and here.

    What do you think of the look? I hope it inspired you to create some outfits using various shades of blue, instead of just the serenity we've been seeing a lot of this season. Since Pantone announced that both serenity and rose quartz were the official colors of the year, we've been seeing them styled quite often. Although the duo is indeed lovely and one I also enjoy wearing, I encourage you to have fun and mix other shades for a more unique and less trendy combination. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope your day is as fabulous as YOU!

     

    XO, 

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  • Pattern of the Moment: Pineapple

    May 17, 2016

     

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    Happy Tuesday, beautiful friends!

    A cute and jovial print that I'm loving for spring transitioning into summer is the pineapple print. Though it was trending last season, this time around, we're seeing it in styles that are more practical, versatile and less juvenile, such as the pineapple blouse and printed shorts, both of which can be dressed up or down, same is true for these Jon Josef linen loafers. I'm also loving the printed dress, which I feel is suitable for every body shape, since the top portion features a buttoned neckline, wider shoulders to flatter the upper body of both the inverted triangle and apple shapes, an a-line hem that will flatter the hips for the two bottom curvier shapes, pear and hourglass, as well as a fitted waist to flatter all my rectangular shaped ladies, by creating an establishment to the waistline. You can also opt for a pineapple charm belt paired with a simple top and a pair of jeans or shorts to keep the accent subtle. However you choose to wear the pineapple print this season, it's a print that's both refreshing and alluring, perfect for these upcoming warmer months! 

    What's your favorite print(s) this season and what's your favorite way(s) to wear it? Thanks so much for stopping by, dear friends, I hope you have a wonderful day!

     

    XO, 

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  • Cognac

    May 16, 2016

     

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    Blazer: H&M (similar HERE// Shirt: Cynthia Rowley (similar HERE// Necklace: What Would V Wear (HERE)  // Jeans: c/o Bluefaith Denim (similar HERE)  // Belt: Thrifted (similar HERE // Shoes: Kenneth Cole (similar HERE// Purse: Zac Posen (similar HERE)

     

     

    Happy Monday, beauties! 

    I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready for a fresh start to a new week! Speaking of fresh, no other color comes to my mind when thinking of fresh and airy vibes other than white! As we transition into warmer weather, white pieces are essential not only for retracting the heat, but for creating seasonal outfits with a lighter color palette. As we all know, white can be worn with every color and pattern, just like black, but there are specific colors that pair best with it that exude different vibes, such as cognac. I love this shade of brown paired with white, I feel it's a very sophisticated, yet bold combination, most suitable for spring and summer. 

    Of course you can opt for any shade of brown to create this effect and I'd like to share some suggestions on which shades would look best for either your skin tone or hair color. If you have a warm undertone and/or brown or dirty blonde hair, cognac or camel visually produces a nice healthy glow to the skin. The reason is because these shades have a more golden undertone, which as you may know is the most flattering metal of choice for those with this skin tone. If, on the other hand, you have a cool undertone and/or platinum blonde or red hair, tan shades, which are a bit lighter, are a great option for creating that luminescent glow because of it's subtle ash tint, which as we know includes grey and silver, the metals that look best against cooler skin tones. It's amazing what different colors and shades can do for the skin, isn't it?! 

    Now, I have to let you all know how much I love this tassel necklace, which is incredibly special to me because it's from the jewelry collection handmade and designed by my dear friend and fellow blogger, Vanessa Lambert of What Would V Wear. Vanessa and I haven't had the opportunity to meet in person (yet), but have connected through social media and I'm so thankful that we have because she truly is such a wonderful and talented woman, whom I admire! This necklace is simply gorgeous and so well made, featuring a beautiful natural druzy stone and silk tassels. She makes them in an array of colors, so be sure to check them out! Plus, tassels alongside pom poms are a huge trend this season! 

    So, what do you think of the look?! I hope it inspired you with an idea for wearing and styling your white pieces this season! I hope you have the most amazing start to your week, my dear friends, thanks so much for stopping by!

     

    XO, 

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