because i can't stop shopping printed, skinny jeans.
they are everywhere i am it seems, and with endless prints in sight, each being so different, it's hard to pass a pair up. these i picked up at Target (when i went in to get one thing, of course) and they were a perfect fit for my best friend's at-home, suprise, birthday party when i wanted to be in that in-between area. you know - between too casual and too dressed up. made up of peacocks and and feathers (and such) they were really a party on their own, but paired with some bright red accessories (including the new stella & dot tech case/wallet) and color-blocked heels really made them pop, don't you think?
next time they will be seen on my legs, preferably while shopping because i NEED to do that this weekend, paired with an oversized, preferably grey, knit sweater and flat booties.
Sugar Lips Blouse c/o | Xhilaration Printed Skinny Jeans | Nicole Miller Pumps via Goodwill (aren't these amazing too?) | Betsy Johnson Sunglasses | JouJou Leather Jacket | Stella & Dot Jewelry, Tech Case
"finding Nicole Miller pumps for $20 at Goodwill totally sucks," said by no one ever.
which leads me to my next point, everyone meet my newest DC Goodwill find from their fashion show gala a few weeks ago - a pair of almost new, black and white, Nicole Miller pumps in my size. i'm excited to share the rest of the outfit and how i styled them with you tomorrow.
ps - a few, fun changes will be taking place around here within the next few days, so be sure to check back in for updates!
When DailyBuzz asked me to participate in their 9X9 this week, and i found out the subject was 'Favorite Fall Trends,' the first thing that came to mind was the BCBG Max Azria tuxedo-style blazer hanging in my closet. Thanks to YSL and Helmut Newton's famous image Le Smoking, the women’s tuxedo suit and feminine meets masculine fashion has become an ever-growing trend, and I've been seeing a whole lot of it this fall. From the woman's pants suit to loafers and structured jackets, it’s pretty empowering as a woman to see these once masculine trends come down the runways on high fashion, female models.
When it comes to Fall 2012 Outerwear, blazers are the new coat and a simple silhouette, a modern collar, and a hint of the 1970’s is exactly what I was looking for in my blazer-coat to stay stylish and warm this season. But, I will say now that my next tuxedo-style, looks-like-menswear blazer will be the Lawson Boyfriend Tuxedo Jacket or the Bowie Tuxedo Jacket because this print looks like wood and I love it.
Oh, and I had to throw in a harness, because ever since the BCBG Max Azria show at New York Fashion Week I have been craving to try out this new trend. Just as blazers are the new coat, harnesses are the belt!
i've been dying to wear my new spike headband. before this, the only action it got was when i refused to take it off in the store prior to actually paying for it. and remember when i turned a skirt into a dress? well, dresses are pretty awesome in that they can work both ways too. here, i layered on a tee over this peplum dress and viola - a peplum skirt appears! i'm already thinking of countless ways i can get use of out summer dresses in the winter, like an oversized knit sweater belted over a sequined dress or a crop top over sleeveless maxi. so, that's my little lesson for the day in dual purpose clothing. happy monday!
ps - i'm still listening to this song...
my closet is probably the most sacred place in my home. let's just say - whenever my boyfriend needs me, he knows where to find me. and when it's not organized to my likings, my whole life feels off balance. does anyone else get that feeling too? my boyfriend and i are moving into a bigger place in January, so naturally the first thing that comes to mind is 'how am i going to organize my new closet(s)?'
after a lot of research (pinning) and scheduling a time for two of my good (very kind and patient) friends Ashley & Morgan to come over and help me, i've come up with some ideas for my next closet organizing adventure. clearly, this (above) is not an option at the moment, for neither me or my pups, unless i can convince my AMAZING boyfriend (shameless sucking up happening here) to let me turn the spare bedroom into a closet, here's what i'm going to do:
shoes & accessories are getting a bit out of hand as well,
so here's a few great organizing ideas i've found and will be using
any other fabulous closet organizing tips you may have for me, please share!
Vintage Chanel Purse side note | please check out the uber trendy skirt situation going on at Target right now
Ellie Goulding's new album, Halcyon, came out last week and since then her new single "Anything Could Happen" has been on repeat. It's the perfect source for a much-needed burst of energy this Monday morning. Doesn't it make you want to dance?
hope everyone has a great day.
it's a brand new week to start something brand new!
I mean, we can't think of a better way to spend a Tuesday, can you?
You can purchase your tickets here and we'll see you there!
In the mean time, check out the article I wrote for their blog - What to Wear to a Wine Tasting
wow - when people say it's "wedding season," they really mean it. last week was dedicated to prep for our good friend's wedding here in DC. this week has been dedicated to even more wedding prep than the last, because i am actually in my cousin's wedding this weekend (eee - so excited Brittany!) we're heading a bit west for her more country style wedding, so i've been spending my time lately breaking in my first real pair of cowboy boots and practicing my messy up-do's.
but i'm happy to say that i've found a few minutes to share some photos that my friend Tammy took of me a few sunday's ago after our boozy, blogger brunch. it's an outfit that combines trends and comfort, which is more "me" than anything. i threw on my favorite pair of baggy, boyfriend jeans, which technically belong to erika, which means they're still mine, and styled them up with a rough and tough leather moto jacket and high-heeled leopard booties, feeling more than ready to hit the mimosa bar. just like champagne and fresh juice puree's, booties and boyfriends will always be a winning combo in my book!
BDG White Tee| JouJou Leather Jacket (old, similar) | American Eagle Boyfriend Jeans (want these next) | Diba Leopard Booties | Vince Camuto Sunglasses | Vintage Chanel Purse | Stella & Dot, Jewel Mint Rings
get the look
Bracelets can really make an outfit and today’s celebrities are making use of one of the world’s oldest accessories. Accessories are back. Adornment is at an all-time high. Celebrities such as Michelle Williams are padding their accessory arsenal with bracelets of every color and style. Zoe Kravitz broke the mould with a wide metal cuff worn with a laser cut leather dress. Charlize Theron adds sparkle with diamond look cuffs.
Charm bracelets are making a comeback as well. Combine different stones with an elegant metal chain or cuff. Pandora charm bracelets come in sterling silver, 14 karat gold, leather and textiles. Pandora has a special feature where you can create your own charm bracelet. Select a bracelet and select each charm. You can add as many or as few as you like. Celebrities sporting charm bracelets include Leighton Meester, Blake Lively and Angelina Jolie.
Make the most of the bracelet trend this year and stock up on bracelets for every outfit and occasion. Stack slender metal and leather bracelets and chunky cuffs. Buy a charm to match every colour in your wardrobe. Today’s styles combine colour and charm to lend elegance to every outfit. Pandora has every style you need this year.
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1. Check Your Wardrobe
Before you hit the mall or your favorite store, go through your complete wardrobe to see what you already own. If you have trouble limiting your spending you may be one of those people with two (or three!) of everything. There's no need to make an inventory but get an idea of what you already own so you don't buy something that's practically the same when you go out shopping.
2. Look for Fashion Staples in Your Wardrobe If you love to follow the latest trends, try looking through your wardrobe for staples that can be transformed. Sleek black dresses never go out of style but you can add a trendy shoe, belt or hat to give it a fresh look.
3. Don't Spend too Much Time Browsing
Try to limit the amount of time you spend browsing through your favorite store or mall. You'll only find must-haves that you can't pass up. Try stopping by the bookstore instead or get a cup of coffee.
4. Buy Convertible Clothes
Rather than buying everything you see, try focusing on a few pieces that convert to many styles. Some convertible dresses, for example, can be worn 14 different ways for a new look every night! American Apparel also makes an awesome circle scarf for men and women that transforms from a simple scarf to a tunic dress and more.
5. Focus on Accessories
If you simply must go shopping, try focusing on just a few accessories to remake what you already have at home. Whether it's a trendy new pair of fall boots or a pair of earrings, accessories have the ability to completely transform an otherwise basic outfit. And you know how we feel about accessorizing over here...
6. Recognize Emotional Spending
Do you go shopping when you're upset, sad or stressed out? Don't! Only go shopping during a so-called 'emotionally neutral' time when you won't be tempted to overspend to brighten your mood. We tend to often engage in retail therapy but the rush of euphoria can quickly be replaced by guilt when you get everything home.
7. Don't Go Overboard on Trends
While it's fine to follow fashion trends, don't go overboard and spend a lot of money on trendy clothes that you won't be wearing next year. Instead, choose a few pieces to enjoy for the season.
8. Shop with Cash
Finally, leave your credit cards at home and go shopping with a budget in mind. When you shop with only the cash in your pocket, you're less likely to give in to those spur-of-the-moment buys at the store. If you see something you really think you need, try the 24-hour rule as well. Leave that killer top or watch at the store, go home and think about it for a full day. Sometimes this cool-off period helps you drop that habit to buy everything you love and decide what you really want to spend the money to own.
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What to Wear to a Winery:
1. Dress in layers because tasting rooms are kept cold
2. Wear pracitcal shoes for walking on rough terrain
Flat boots are a great way to stay comfortable and fashionable at the same time
3. Dress in darker colors, like burgundy, brown, black or gray to avoid stains from red wine splashes.
How perfect are these wine colored leggings by Karen Kane
4. Carry a large handbag for sunglasses, a jacket, your camera, snacks, lipstick (because you will need to re-apply like ten times), and whatever else you will need for a full day at the winery
and lastly, don't forget your puppy! most wineries are dog friendly :)
my look is compiled of basic pieces, that anyone can easily recreate.
below, i even created another wine tasting outfit, following my own four simple rules.
to break up the ridiculousness that is a full length, floral romper i threw a white blazer over top of it. i think it's as cute as can be, but some sleek tailoring and structure was necessary for this instance. without it, i would maybe slightly resemble someone's grandmother's couch (not mine, of course). but anyways, thank god for bcbg maxazria because if they are good at anything it's creating beautifully tailored clothes. and clutches for that matter. i've been wanting a clear, plastic clutch but couldn't quite get over the fact that my purse's contents would have to be organized neatly at all times (i'm just not that girl) for the world to see. however, smokey plastic, and modern angles i can do.
H&M Floral Jumpsuit (via the last DewDropDC Swap) (similar and inexpensive) | BCBG Maxazria Blazer (old, similar) | Trouve Wedge Sandal | BCBG Maxazria Clutch (love it) | Stella & Dot Bracelets, Rings, & Cross Necklace | Betsy Johnson Sunglasses (old, similar)
Photo's taken by Carlis, before the Goodwill Fashion Gala at the Italian Embassy