Weekend Style Guide

Just for kicks and giggles I decided to bring back a favorite of mine, my weekend style guides. I have always struggled with achieving the perfect casual outfit for my down time. I always feel more comfortable when dressed up and when the weekend rolls around I feel so sloppy. I love the idea of a basic white tee and jeans but I just don’t feel like myself in them. I am in desperate need of some inspiration. Usually, putting these mood boards together does the trick and jumpstarts my creativity. There is one store in particular that I am really drawn to at the moment. That store is Madewell. Have you been in lately? When putting together my research for this post, I gravitated to their casual designs. I feel that Madewell is the exact store I need to get me out of my weekend style rut. I mixed other brands in there as well and I am really excited about what I have found so far. If you too are seeking guidance, I hope this post gives you the ideas you’ve been looking for. So today, in lieu of my Weekly Finds, I have three fabulous outfits that will raise your weekend style game.

 

Weekend Style Guide

1. Madewell – Lisbon Top | 2. Hat Attack – Clutch | 3. Madewell – Denim Overalls | 4. Juliet & Company – Forget Me Knot Earrings | 5. Daniel Wellington – Watch | 6. Asos – Sandals

 

 

Weekend Style Guide

1. KT Collection – Hoop Earrings | 2. Clare V – Oui Clutch | 3. Madewell – Embroidered Dress | 4. Zara – Leaf Print Headband | 5. Sole Society – Sabina Sandal

 

Weekend Style Guide

1. Madewell – Printed Blouse | 2. Kate Spade – Cedar Street Cami Crossbody | 3. Madewell – Chambray Shorts | 4. BaubleBar – Bone Links | 5. Vince Camuto – Tarita Sandal

Currently Coveting: Embroidered Detail

There is something about the warmer weather that makes me gravitate towards festive patterns and fabrics.  I have always had a soft spot for embroidered garments, and there is no better time to wear them during the spring/summer season.  Blouses, skirts, and dresses all etched with detailed designs make me smile.  Often times when you think of embroidery, it conjures up visions of your grandmother’s furniture.  However, recently designers have taken a more modern approach and incorporated this art form into their collections in a youthful way.  A lot of times the embroidery is created on loose fitting garments.  While I rarely wear boho inspired clothing, there is something about these flowy decorated styles that look lovely.  Most of the pieces that I found had floral designs. I also loved the flamingo shoes below.  There are a lot of fun ways to wear this trend.  For one, embroidery on a white shirt or blouse really elevates the look.  Secondly, I love to carry embroidered bags.  It’s a fun way to bring color and texture to your outfit.  I will definitely be giving this trend a try this season, but first I needed to round up my favorites to decide how I’ll be wearing it.  Which one of these do you want to add to your spring/summer wardrobe?

 

 

Currently Coveting: Embroidered Details
 
Currently Coveting: Embroidered Details
 
Currently Coveting: Embroidered Details

 

Currently Coveting: Embroidered Details

 

IN THIS POST:

1. H&M – Embroidered Blouse | 2. Glamorous – Cold Shoulder Dress | 3. H&M – Embroidered Skirt | 4. Mango – Embroidered Panel Dress | 5. Soludos – Smoking Slippers | 6. J.Crew – Embroidered Top | 7. Madewell – Embroidered Mini Dress | 8. Asos – Palm Tree Clutch | 9. Madewell – Embroidered Blouse | 10. Club Monaco – Elasaid Denim Skirt | 11. Mango – Embroidered Envelope Bag

12 Dresses for Spring

After a long winter of covering up, it’s that glorious time of year when we can wear dresses with bare legs!  It’s a liberating feeling that I cannot wait to experience.  Every girl needs that secret style weapon she can use when she needs to look her best.  For me that is a dress!  There is nothing out there that makes me feel as good as I do when I have a dress on.  I wear them year round, even when it’s below zero outside.  Of course I get the most enjoyment out of the style when it’s warmer.  To me, there is nothing more freeing then wearing a dress.  It definitely puts an extra pep in my step and my confidence soars.  Not only is it comfortable, when it is accessorized properly, it is appropriate for work, nightlife, and chic events.  Basically, it is the most versatile piece that I have in my closet, and it’s a rare day when I’m not wearing one.  In my opinion, everyone needs a throw-on-and-go dress.  It’s an easy, one-piece outfit that you can just throw on when you need to leave the house in a pinch.  Not only are dresses easy to wear, but also the style options are endless due to the variety of silhouettes, patterns, and colors.  You can find a dress that is sexy, edgy, feminine, sophisticated, or casual.  There is a style for anyone to embrace, rock, and love.  You just need to discover the dress of your dreams, and I suggest that you start with these fabulous finds.  I am always on the lookout for new dresses, so it wasn’t hard for me to do the research for this post.  Now that it is spring, there are so many choices out there for any and all occasions.  As for me, I am looking for a great weekend worthy shift dress that is casual but not frumpy.  Happy shopping and I can’t wait to hear from you which of these is your favorite!

 

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IN THIS POST:

JOIE | ANN TAYLOR | ASOS

MADEWELL | ZARA | J.CREW

JIGSAW | COS | DOROTHY PERKINS

CLUB MONACO | MADEWELL | CECE BY CYNTHIA STEFFE

3 Ways to Style A Chambray Shirt

A chambray shirt is one of those items that you must have in your closet.  I thought it would be easy to find one, but it can take awhile to find the perfect shade of chambray.  Whether you go light or dark, once you have found one, you will want to get the most wear out of it as possible. And trust me, the styling options are endless.  It can be worn with pants, skirts, shorts, and even as a layering piece over dresses.  Keep it simple by pairing it with white pants for a classic look or go outside the box and wear it with colorful patterns.  Also, I love to dress up a chambray shirt with a pencil or midi skirt.  Even though a chambray shirt can be worn all year round, during the spring/summer months are when it really shines.  It’s refreshing, light, and can be easily worn from day to night.  I can’t seem to stop purchasing this wardrobe essential, so you need to make sure you’re stocked with enough how-to options for styling it.  Ahead are three chic outfits that will make sure you get the most out of this shirt as possible.  With all of these style recycling tips, you’ll always have something to wear!

 

3 Ways to Style A Chambray Shirt

1. J.Crew – Always Chambray Shirt | 2. Gigi New York – Claire Clutch | 3. Mango – Fluted Hem Skirt | 4. KT Collection – Teardrop Hoops with Nuggets | 5. Sole Society – Elise Caged Sandal

 

3 Ways to Style A Chambray Shirt

1. J.Crew – Always Chambray Shirt | 2. Asos – Scallop Cross Body Bag | 3. J.Crew Factory – Basketweave shorts | 4. Rag & Bone – Fedora | 5. Ann Taylor – Carrys Strappy Flats

 

3 Ways to Style A Chambray Shirt

1. J.Crew – Always Chambray Shirt | 2. Sole Society – Nevin Bucket Bag | 3. Banana Republic – Avery Floral Pants | 4. Allison Cole Jewelry – Nautical Rope Bracelet | 5. Vince Camuto – Reta D’Orsay Flat

 

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3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

Whenever I see a pair of patterned pants in a store, many thoughts run through my head.   I want them!  I need them!   Will they make my hips look wider?  What will I wear with them?  The whole experience can be a bit overwhelming and in the end, the same thing always happens, I never buy them.  Most of the time, I never even try them on to give them a shot.  This has to end because I desperately want a pair of patterned pants for my wardrobe.  My style is classic minimalist, so I tend to stick to solid colors with an occasional stripped print every now and then.  I am not proud of this; I would like to venture out of my comfort zone more and try bold and daring prints.  So, now all that is left to do is to find the perfect pair of printed pants and style them accordingly.  These are a few things to keep in mind before wearing a pair of bold pants:

  1. The silhouette is everything.  I suggest a cigarette pant opposed to wide legged pants or culottes.  You want to have as little fabric as possible so that the pattern isn’t as overwhelming.  Proportions are everything.  Make sure if you do wear a wider leg, keep the top structured or tucked in.
  2. Tie your whole outfit together by choosing one color within the print and match it with your top.  This way you will have a color coordinated outfit that will look more complete and polished.  This can also pertain to your shoes and bag.
  3. Don’t go crazy with mixing and matching prints.  Keep it simple by wearing a solid color top.  Once you get comfortable, ease in by mixing the print with a striped top.  The important thing about wearing one or more prints is to make sure that you wear them rather them wearing you.  You don’t want your outfit to look too busy.  However, in order to embrace the playfulness of the pant, try a chunky necklace for a glamorous touch.

 

When putting together today’s style guide, I took all three of these tips into consideration.  Here are two/three outfits that I hope will inspire you to wear printed pants with confidence.

 

 

3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

1. Mango – Polka Dot Blouse | 2. Charles & Keith – Bucket Bag | 3. Banana Republic – Floral Pant | 4. Lisi Lerch – Tassel Earring | 5. Sam Edelman – Hadley Sling Back

3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

1. Madewell – Crepe Top | 2. Clare V – Foldover Clutch | 3. J.Crew – Gingham Pants | 4. BaubleBar – Mosaic Collar Necklace | 5. Sole Society – Avalon Pump 

 

3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

1. J.Crew – Striped Sweater | 2. Gigi New York – Kelly Saddle Bag | 3. Zara – Printed Trousers | 4. Julie Vos – Santorini Bracelets | 5. Hinge – Drea Sandal

 

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Wear Now & Later

Spring is creeping around the corner, and no one is happier about it than I am. Now, I know, we had a very mild winter, but there is nothing better than taking long walks outside, flowers blooming, and longer days. While we wait for warmer days, we need to start getting our closets prepared for a new season of fashion. All of your favorite stores are currently selling spring collections and this is the best time to shop. If you start shopping now, you’ll be sure to have a bigger selection and more sizes available to you. The only problem is that, at least where I live, it’s not quite warm enough to wear the newer clothes. March can still be cool and, as much as you want to wear lighter layers, you can’t just yet. However, I am so sick of turtlenecks, heavy coats, and tights. All I want to wear are my new purchases. That is why I am bringing back one of my favorite stories, Now vs. Later. This is when I choose three items that I love wearing for spring that, when paired well, can work for winter too. We are in that annoying transitional time of year when one day it’s hot and the next day it’s cold. The only way to survive is by layering, and I’ve become a pro at it.

 

WHITE JEANS

White jeans are my favorite because they can be paired with any color and style top. I really can’t wait any longer to wear them, so, before it gets warm, pair these jeans with a chunky sweater and your favorite jacket. Then, when the weather changes, wear it with a light blouse and sandals for a softer look.

 

Wear Now & Later

1. H&M – Melange Sweater | 2. Asos – Duffle Bag | 3. TopShop – White Jeans | 4. Jules Smith – Earrings | 5. Charles & Keith – Booties

 

Wear Now & Later

1. Mango – Printed Blouse | 2. Gigi New York – Kelly Saddle Bag | 3. TopShop – White Jeans | 4. Allison Cole Jewelry – Nautical Rope Bracelet | 5. Vince Camuto – Tarita Sandal

 

GINGHAM DRESS
I recently bought this dress and I want to start wearing it as soon as possible. For the now outfit I styled it with a heavy coat, scarf, and booties. This will make you more comfortable until you can ditch the layers for flats and a lighter trench. If you’re still in need of layers, try wearing it over a light turtleneck.

Wear Now & Later

1. H&M – Jacket | 2. Charles & Keith – Slouchy Bag | 3. Madewell – Checked Shirt Dress | 4. Humble Chic – Infinity Scarf | 5. Nine West – Bootie

 

Wear Now & Later

1. Kate Spade New York – Square Studs | 2. Zara – City Bag | 3. Madewell – Checked Shirt Dress | 4. H&M – Trenchcoat | 5. Asos – Tie Up Flats

 

MIDI SKIRT

I love this floral midi skirt from Zara and I have a feeling that this won’t be its last appearance on the blog. There are so many different ways I want to wear this for spring: with a blouse, flats, heels, a chambray shirt. The list just goes on and on. But, in the meantime, a sweater or turtleneck would look great with it. I suggest you find some rich colors for some contrast, either with a navy bag or chocolate brown booties.

Wear Now & Later

1. Mango – Turtleneck | 2. Gigi New York – Chelsea Crossbody | 3. Zara – Floral Print Skirt | 4. Jules Smith – Earrings | 5. Louise et Cie – Vianne Bootie

 

Wear Now & Later

1. J.Crew Factory – Chambray Shirt | 2. Sole Society – Vaughn Clutch | 3.Zara – Floral Print Skirt | 4. KT Collection – Cluster Turquoise Necklace | 5. Sole Society – Caged City Sandal 

 

 

 

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A Few of My Favorite Things for March

A Few of My Favorite Things For March

 

It’s March!!!!!!!! This means that, even if it’s still cool out, we have gotten through the dreary boring winter months. Put away your puffy coat because March is all about getting ready for spring to arrive.   Flowers will be starting to bloom and trench coats will be the new outerwear of choice. As for me, there will be some traveling back and forth from New York to California. I am looking forward to spending more time outside with the little one; being cooped up in a tiny apartment with a baby is not fun. But now that it’s warming up, not only will I be outside more but I will be getting ready for spring fashions. I’m just now starting my spring shopping so stay tuned for a month full of stories about what to wear and do this month.

 

WHAT TO WEAR: It should be no surprise to you that I will be posting a lot of style guides focusing on spring fashions. After all, a new season is very exciting for us shopaholics and, I think, we should start now by browsing for a new trench coat.

 

INSPIRATION: I get most of my style inspiration from street style pictures and my fellow bloggers.  A new season of fashion can be a bit overwhelming.  That is why I like to create a mood board with images I have found in magazines or on blogs.  It really helps to keep the ideas organized and to be your very own stylist. Don’t forget that Pinterest is also a great way to compile these images; just make sure you’re following me.

 

GET ORGANIZED: March is a great time to do a little spring-cleaning!  This may be a dreaded event for some, but it’s a great way to clean out the clutter, get rid of that sparkly top you’ve had since your club days, and get organized.  If you need some help getting started, check out this article I did for tips on doing it right.

 

WHAT TO DO: Like I said, being stuck indoors during the wintery months can be brutal. That is why, when the weather starts getting warmer, all you want to be is outside.  Here are fun activities that are being held this month in the city that you can enjoy with your friends, significant other, or family!

 

IN BLOOM: I absolutely love flowers and, even though I’m allergic to a lot of them, it’s wonderful to have fresh flowers in my home. I thought it could be fun to take a class in floral arranging like this one.

 

 

 

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