Mar 28, 2017
Happy Tuesday my gorgeous friends!
As the weather begins to get nicer and we no longer need the bulky wool coats to keep us warm, we often look for lighter jackets that we can wear that will serve us well on those often chilly spring (and fall) mornings; a perfect option in such case is a trench coat. What inspired me to write this post was the conversations some of you and I had on a recent post of me styling a trench coat. Some of you were unsure as to which styles would be flattering for your particular body shape as well as what color to get. Hopefully after reading this post, some of your uncertainties will be made certain, so you can shop with confidence for a style that will meet your particular needs!
1. BODY SHAPE
As with many of the clothing choices I discuss here on the blog, body shape has a lot, if not everything, to do with how a trench coat will look on you, so it's certainly something to consider!
Large busts (apple or hourglass shapes): I'd suggest a trench coat with a double breasted "military" design (like this one). The two columns will help to visually slim the bust and will typically give you more room to work with for a more comfortable and flattering fit. Chances are there won't be any gaping, which can happen with single button columns when you have a larger bust, brining attention right to the center of your chest, whereas the double breasted design buttons is a bit off centered. This style is actually quite easy to find, since many trench coat styles offer this design anyway.
Curvaceous hips (pear or hourglass shapes): To highlight your lower curves in a flattering manner, you can either look for styles that are cropped, taking on the look of a blazer or for styles the fall mid thigh. A double breasted design in a cropped length will not only flatter your hips, but also balance out your upper body by providing two focal points to the center of your chest with the buttons align. If you'll opt for this length, I'd suggest avoiding any additional details to the hem that can add unwanted fullness to the hips.
Tall: For those of you who are tall, it all comes down to what you feel most comfortable with in terms of length. Do keep in mind that if you opt for cropped styles or those that hit around the upper thigh will make your legs appear longer, so if you have a short torso and long legs and seek to balance out your proportions, you may want to avoid this by opting for a longer length.
Petite: The opposite to what I've suggested for tall frames would work best for you, so cropped styles or those that fall around upper to mid thigh would lengthen the leg visually and prevent your frame from appearing lost in the extra length. That said, I'd suggest avoiding long styles, though this all comes down to personal preference of course.
This is coming from someone who loves color, neutrals are best. Though you've seen me style my bold orange trend a number of times and it can certainly be worn in numerous ways, neutrals undoubtably allow for more wear. That said, I'd personally suggest beige as the color of choice. Why? It's lighter in tone, so it works well for both spring and fall. The darker the color, the more likely it will exude fall and winter vibes only and you of course want a more timeless and non season restricted option. I mentioned in a former post that I did have a classic beige color that I had for years, but the style was no longer suitable for me, which brings me to my next point.
4. GO CLASSIC
Considering everything else I've mentioned above and reiterating a bit of what I mentioned for the pear shape in my first point, opt for classic styles that don't have any extras. No trendy embroidery, embellishments, or color blocking. The reason is, you want to keep this piece for as long as possible and chances are over time, your style will change, mine did and now I'm starting over again in my personal search for a trench that's suitable for me. If you already have a more classic style and want to add another that's more trendy to your collection, then by all means do so! You at least have a basic you can always count on.
I'm sure many, if not all, of us have a classic Burberry trench on our wish lists! What may be keeping it on that wish list is the hefty price tag, haha. Though with a timeless classic essential, the price is justifiable, so if you have the funds, go for it (but try it on in person first, keeping all the pointers I mentioned in mind). If the funds don't currently allow, you can still find great trench coats no matter your budget, there are so many brands and shops that produce this classic! You can even try your luck at thrifting and maybe, just maybe, you'll find yourself a Burberry ;)
I hope this post gave you some helpful tips to consider when shopping for a trench coat. It's a piece you'll often wear, so it does require a bit more thought than an of the moment piece. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you're having the best start to your week so far, my beautiful friends!
Mar 27, 2017
Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!
How was your weekend? I did some online shopping; I FINALLY found a couple pairs of cute AND affordable maternity jeans on Asos' site, fingers crossed that they'll fit. You guys, it really is so hard to find them in my size and price range. I don't want to spend a ton on maternity jeans because I won't be wearing them long, so I just can't justify the hefty price tag.
I managed to still wear these distressed favorites of mine with the help of the belly band. I swear, I have a love-hate relationship with this thing, lol. Sometimes it comes through for me and others, not so much. I guess it's really the fault of the denim, as every pair of jeans fit differently. I don't know.
What I do know, though, is that I love blush pink and white for spring, it's so refreshing. It's not an extraordinary color combo by any means, but I love it nonetheless! I love the way the soft pink and distressed white denim create somewhat of a juxtaposition with a feminine and edgy fuse.
I'm learning when it comes to dressing a (growing) baby bump, stretch is key. Pieces that have a more fitted (but not overly snug) design are most flattering because they don't add any additional visual weight. They instead flatter the bump by showing off the actual shape, while laying nicely on the rest of the body, which any pregnant woman or any woman in general for that matter would appreciate, am I right!? It's always a win when a piece falls nicely on the body in all the right places, now if it were easy to find them all the time, it'd be even better, lol!
Anyway, I hope you're all having the best start to your Monday so far and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by (and say hello!); have a wonderful week ahead, my friends!
Mar 24, 2017
Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!
We've made it to the end of the week, which calls for celebration! It did kind of seem to go a little fast this time around though, perhaps it's because of all the naps I've been taking lately?!
I'm not going to be a negative nelly and harp on the cold weather we've been having and my disdain for it, but it did interfere with me being able to share an outfit post, as I typically would on a Friday. So, I figured I'd share a little #flashbackfriday post featuring some outfits that are perfect for spring and are quite unique in color combination.
As you all know, I love to play around with colors, sometimes I create successes, other times not so much, but that's how you learn what works, right!? Well, today, I'm hopefully taking some guess work out of your hands with some color combinations I've put together last season and received so many compliments on. Of course your pieces will vary, but even if you happen to have some accessories in the colors that are within any of the outfits, you'd be able to recreate the look with your own spin. Since it's Friday and you may have some night out plans, let's start off with an outfit/color combination that'll be perfect for the occasion.
1. MINT GREEN/AQUA/TURQUOISE & BLACK WITH SILVER ACCENTS
This combination is beyond perfect for a spring/summer night out. As you can see, I paired the aqua blouse with black leather leggings, but this would look just as cute paired with black leather shorts or a leather skirt if you're being blessed with warm weather right now (so jelly!)
2. NAVY & BLUSH PINK
Since we're still in the very start of spring, navy is still wearable, though I know some prefer to wear it all year round, it's all a matter of personal preference. Blush is trending BIG this season, as we discussed in this post, so here's a great way you can wear your favorite blush piece with colors other than the usual white, grey, or black to mix things up a bit!
3. COGNAC/CAMEL BROWN & WHITE
I mentioned in Wednesday's post how much I love earthy tones come spring and fall, including lighter shades of brown. I like to pair them with softer neutrals, such as light grey or white, which creates a nice light refreshing feel, perfect for spring. For a more stand out effect, I'd suggest a white top and bottom (the contrast is even sharper and makes for such a great duo) paired with a cognac/camel blazer, duster cardigan, or light weight coat and some sandals. If you don't have shoes in the color, but have a pair of leopards, that would totally work!
4. TERRACOTTA/RUST/BURNT ORANGE & LIGHT WASH DENIM
We're so used to seeing rust associated with fall fashion, but to me, it's an earthy tone, so it can be worn both during the fall and spring. To lighten up the color and exude more of a spring vibe, I'd suggest pairing your piece with some light wash denim. Be it a vest, jacket, or pair of jeans, depending on what piece you have in the color. When I think of this color, one of the first things that comes to my mind are flower pots; I mean how close can we get to a spring vibe, am I right!?
5. PASTEL BLUE AND/OR CITRON AND/OR FUSHIA
Okay, this one may be for the fashion adventurous, the one who loves all things color and bold looks. ALL of these colors look great on all skin tones btw! You can wear them all together in one outfit for a color block effect or you can pair any of the three together (pastel blue and fuchsia, or pastel blue and citron, or citron and fuchsia). That kind of felt like solving a probability equation, remember those?! Haha!
6. NEON YELLOW & EMERALD/HUNTER GREEN/TEAL WITH GOLD ACCESSORIES
This may be my favorite of the bunch, I just LOVE the contrast of the bright, neon yellow and the rich, saturated green shade. I know neon is not a widely accepted color group because it brings back really bad 80s fashion memories, but hey, 80s fashion is trending again and this time around, we can get it right, haha! If you have fair skin, neon yellow can have the tendency to wash you out, so I'd suggest perhaps either a buttercup or mustard yellow shade instead, which are more dense in color.
I hope this gave you all some unique color combination ideas for creating your next seasonal outfit. Perhaps for Easter or Mother's Day even? Thanks so much for stopping by my dear friends and do let me know which look(s) is YOUR favorite! Have a wonderful weekend!
Mar 23, 2017
Happy Thursday my gorgeous friends!
I'm back with yet another beauty post! I'm really loving this change because not only am I sharing products I've been loving and using for a while, but it also encourages me to try different brands and products, too, and by the response I received in my previous beauty post, you seem to enjoy the idea of adding beauty related content to TSC as well, which makes me all the more excited!
Today's post is on a brand that I'm very much familiar with and have been using for years! I do want to start off by saying that this post is no way sponsored by Shea Moisture, as you know, I'll always indicate if a post is indeed sponsored, so you'll never have to wonder or guess. I just wanted to address that in case you were curious ;)
I've been using Shea Moisture's products off and on for quite a few years now, maybe 3 or 4. One product that was completely new to me was their Coconut & Hibiscus Hand & Body Scrub. I purchased it on a whim a couple of weeks ago on that trip I took to Target; remember when I purchased the Who What Wear dress?! Since that trip, I've been using it every other day or every two days and I absolutely LOVE it! What initially sold me was the ingredients, smell, and the gorgeous hibiscus flower pedals that can be seen on the bottom of the tub. I love anything and everything coconut; this is a heads up, if you don't like coconut or products with a strong sent, this is not for you. You really get that strong coconut, tropical sent and it lingers even after using a body wash/soap and different scented lotions, making it perfect for both spring and summer! It also fills the bathroom with a tropical aroma, which I personally love!
I have to be honest and say that prior to pregnancy, I hadn't really exfoliated much, neither my face nor my body and I wondered why I was struggling with acne (insert eye roll emoji). My mom is a huge beauty buff and as I told you in my Bio-Oil review (I'm now onto my fourth bottle btw!) she really had been stressing the importance of taking extra care of my skin, since it's been and will continue to stretch and grow. This scrub leaves my skin feeling uber soft and helps to provide a perfect surface for my oils and lotions to absorb and adhere to. I feel that coupled with the moisturizing, this has really helped in improving the overall appearance of my skin and keep stretch marks at bay, especially since it contains certified organic coconut which contains vitamins e and k, as well as iron and fatty acids, all of which are known to help firm and tone the skin.
I don't know if you can tell, but I'm more than half way through the tub and have already stocked up on another. This time around, I also purchased the body butter in the coconut & hibiscus collection, which I'm looking forward to try for the first time as well!
Once again, I'd definitely suggest this scrub if:
1. You love the scent of coconut
2. You love products with a strong, lingering scent
3. You prefer products that contain naturally derived ingredients
4. You're looking for a cruelty free brand to try
5. You're looking for an affordable natural drug store brand
6. Are pregnant and looking for more ways to moisturize your changing body (I did my research while in store before purchasing and the ingredients are not harmful to neither you or baby)
PS: If you really want to see a lot of those pretty hibiscus petals as you see in the photos shown above, be sure to check the bottom of the tub. I've noticed that since this contains natural ingredients, the amount may vary; I wasn't so lucky with the second tub :(
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having the best week so far! Feel free to share your favorite body scrub brands in the comment's section, I'd love to know your faves!
Mar 22, 2017
Happy Wednesday my gorgeous friends!
I hope you're all having a great week so far!
This time of year is when I often love to play around with earthy tones and printed neutrals the most because I feel they fit the transitional season best. Such colors include olive greens, lighter shades of brown, grey in all shades, and of course my favorite all year round printed neutral, leopard print. If there ever was a shoe I wore nearly all the time these babies are it! Whenever you want to add a little sass to your outfit, they're the perfect option and they pair well with everything!
Olive green is one of those tricky colors to work with a times and I know they can pose a threat to some blondes, depending on the shade because it can make the locks appear a little brassy, a concern I've heard from my dirty blonde beauties. I don't believe that you have to rule it out entirely if this applies to you though! I think if you wear a shirt opened like I'm doing here paired with a white top, it can help to offset that effect. I'd suggest you avoid wearing it with grey, however, because it can further enhance the effect if you're roots are dark and your hair is more of a golden blonde.
When it comes to jewelry, I prefer wearing gold with olive because the warm tones blend and compliment each other perfectly, silver can often clash, unless paired with gold or brassy pieces. So, if you don't like wearing gold or it doesn't compliment your skin tone, perhaps you can keep your jewelry at a minimum when wearing the shade for a more cohesive and flattering look. You see, you can wear the shade and here you thought you couldn't ;)
Do YOU like wearing earthy colors come spring? What shade is your favorite accent color? Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope your day is as wonderful as YOU!
Mar 21, 2017
Happy Tuesday sweet friends!
As many of you may have noticed from spotting what some of the elite fashionistas and celebrities have been wearing and what our favorite brands are pushing out for their spring 2017 collections, is that much of the details that were notable trends from last season are still going strong!
If you were on the fence the first time around and perhaps missed my posts covering these trends, now's the time to catch up and hopefully become inspired! I've broken it down on what to look for and avoid for your body shape to ensure that you feel confident while exploring some new found territory because let's be honest, trying something new in general isn't always easy and not knowing if we can pull it off is usually the deterring factor. I don't believe that'll be the case after checking out these recaps though, I'm almost certain ;)
So, be sure to click on the "original post" link to take you over to the complete post, where you can find more details and examples of trends still going strong this year. Keep in mind that the pieces I've included in the sets may be sold out, since they're past season, so feel free to pin the posts to refer to as a guide while shopping!
5. BOLD STRIPES
What trend(s) are YOU most excited about that's still trending?! Which are you secretly hoping will die down? Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope your day is as fabulous as YOU!
Mar 20, 2017
Happy Monday my beautiful friends!
How was your weekend?! My mom and my niece did end up spending the weekend with us and we had such a great time! We watched a couple of movies and made s'mores by the fireplace, which I must admit is probably the only thing I'll miss about this cold weather once it finally leaves, since today is the first day of spring! However, though it's the first day of what should be warmer weather, it's still pretty cold, which is of course expected for this transitional time making the trench coat a perfect staple for both now and later in the fall.
It's a perfect alternative for a heavier coat or leather jacket on those 50 degree weather days when you still need some warmth minus the bulk. You all know how much I love my outerwear, but surprisingly I now currently own two trench coats, this orange one, which I love, and another one that's a grey leopard print that's more of a blend of a rain coat. Well, I guess it's not that surprising, since you also know how much I love my color and leopard print, haha!
I'm on the search for a classic khaki trench, but for now, I don't mind adding a pop of color with an orange one. The key to getting the most use out of such a vibrant piece is to keep the rest of your look fairly basic or neutral. Of course you can implement it as an additional statement to an already bold pairing, but to make it more versatile, neutral is key. Any color pairs well with neutrals, so don't think you're extremely limited when considering a colorful piece. I've actually worn this trench with a nude cami last year, mid-spring, and it looked great against the shade, which you can check out here for some more inspo!
What kind of outerwear do YOU prefer to wear most come spring? Leather jackets, trench coats, bombers?!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope this week is filled with lots of positivity and productivity for us all!
Mar 17, 2017
Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!
I will be keeping this blog post short and sweet today because I'm exhausted! It seems as though the fatigue is coming back, sigh. But, it's not nearly as bad as my first and early second trimester, which is great. I was on an energy high for about two weeks straight and now it seems to be fluctuating, so I'm going to get some rest. Especially since this weekend may be a bit busy, but busy doing fun things! My mom and niece may be stopping by this weekend to celebrate my step-daughter's birthday, which was last week and we always have so much fun when all the girls are together; I can't wait until Baby A joins us :)
I hope you all have an amazing weekend ahead, my dear friends, and thanks so much for stopping by!
Mar 16, 2017
Happy Thursday my sweet friends!
Today's topic is on one of my favorite wardrobe pieces, which I'm sure Eddie will agree with, shoes! What I love about shoes is that they can really help to pull an outfit together or add a nice bold statement to an otherwise simple look, such is certainly the case with embroidered shoes. Often times when something that's trending gains huge momentum, we begin to see it translated into many forms, making it more relevant to one's personal style or allows for an easier experimentation of a trend without fully committing to a larger piece and price tag!
With embroidered shoes, I'd personally suggest keeping much of the outfit basic in color and/or in style itself. For example: a basic white tee, denim jeans (perhaps even a frayed hem, which is also trending), and a pair of embroidered ankle boots. You could also do a simple dress and a pair of embroidered pumps or mules for that boho-chic factor synonymous with spring.
If it's still a bit nippy where you are (it's far from nippy here in CT, it's cold!!!) you can top off your basic outfit with a leather jacket, either traditional or suede. Keep in mind that both can have very different vibes. Traditional leather can add more of an edgy vibe and suede can really enhance the boho feel of the embroidery; something to keep in mind depending on the effect you may want to go for, but both are great options! You could also add a denim vest or jacket for a 90s feel as well. As you can see, there are quite a few options!
I hope this post inspired those of you who love the trend and have been considering a pair of shoes, but weren't sure how to wear and style them. I personally love the trend and I'm really eyeing those grey slides (#3)! They're a MUCH more affordable option for the popular Gucci ones that have been floating around social media and I just love the grey and white combination, so chic, versatile, and perfect for spring!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having the best day so far!
Mar 15, 2017
Happy Wednesday my lovely friends!
I hope all my fellow east coast friends kept warm and safe during snowstorm Stella yesterday! We got a lot of snow and the wind was crazy. To top it all off, we have some more snow in our forecast for this Sunday, which I hope we miss because well, one snowstorm is more than enough, lol!
Anyway, I've really been embracing neutrals lately, specifically black and beige. There's something about the combination that reads chic and sophisticated and it's one that looks great on everyone. Another great alternative I'm loving that can actually visually brighten the skin during these dull winter days, which I'm sure we all can appreciate, is camel; they give off the same sophisticated and polished vibe.