Month: March 2014

Tough Love

It was love at first sight. I’ve been wanting a leather jacket for years now. Leather jackets are an investment piece, so I knew when I came across price tags over $500 that it was going to become a mission to find one within my budget. This H&M one is everything I can ask for in a leather jacket: the carefully crafted detailing of the zippers, the quilting , the comfortable fit of the jacket matches its remarkable quality, and let’s not forget the best part of all, the price; a real leather jacket for $199! (You can find more leather from H&M’s premium quality products on their website).

There is something about wearing a leather jacket that suddenly oozes out a bad girl attitude. On top of feeling tough and edgy, it’s also very versatile, you can wear a leather jacket the way I do here with jeans and a t-shirt but also over any girly outfit to tone down a feminine statement. Either way a leather jacket is a timeless piece that is worth the investment.
What is your investment piece?
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  • H&M Leather Biker Jacket; $199, similar and budget-friendly here and more Moto Inspired Jackets at Forever 21
  • Old Navy Scoop Neck Tee (a couple of years old), similar tee at Old Navy and Target, or if you want  to splurge
  • Joe’s Honey Booty Fit Bootcut Jean in Black from Bloomingdale’s, I had them tailored into skinny jeans
  • Forever 21 Classic Fit Buffalo Check Flannel (a couple of years old), similar shirts at Forever 21MEN AND Get Beyonce’s Flawless version here
  • DV by Dolce Vita ‘Zela’ Leather Boots, $99.99 from Marshalls (no longer available), same one here and similar one at BlueFly
  • Tiffany &Co. Elsa Peretti Band Ring (gift)
  • H&M 2-Pack Rings; $4.95 (only wearing silver)
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Really Red

Let It Go

Can you tell by the layers and layers of black that I am mourning the delayed arrival of Spring? In New York City, it seems like Winter just doesn’t want to let go. I opted out of the bulkiness of a coat and went for the sleek monochromatic layered look by combining a slim turtleneck, skinny jeans and smooth leather accessories to the heavy textured boucle vest.

How did you layer up this Winter?

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  •  Adrienne Vittadini Boucle Vest from Neiman Marcus (no longer available), similar style here
  • H&M Turtleneck; $10
  • GAP Double O-Ring Belt, similar style here
  • Joe’s Honey Booty Fit Bootcut Jean in Black from Bloomingdale’s, I had them tailored into skinny jeans
  • Wythe NY ‘Rachel’ Over the Knee Boot from Gilt; $159 (no longer available), similar styles here and here
  • Luana Top Handle Handbag from Marshall’s (over 5 years old), you can find Luana Handbags on ebay.com

Be a Good Sport

The sporty trend is everywhere: mesh tops, track pants, jerseys, and sneaker wedges. The trend is so popular that everyone has a sporty side to them.  What I like about athletic inspired looks are the embellishments and luxe materials that are intermixed.  This past Friday, I went for a studded chunky sweater, skinny jeans, and sexy high heels. To give the look a sporty “edge”, I added a baseball cap and toughened it up with a moto jacket. Do you think I hit it out of the park?

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  • American Apparel Salt and Pepper Hat in Dark Ash; $32
  • H&M Wool Moto Jacket, no longer available at H&M but you can find one here and here
  • Forever 21 Studded Chunky Sweater in White; $17.80, now on sale in Mint for $11.99
  • J Brand Mid Rise Super Skinny Jean in Revenge, available at Revolve Clothing
  • Pour La Victoire Eastona Patent Pointy-Toe Pump in White, more white pumps here and here

 


 

 

No Sweat

I’m loving the evolving sweatshirt trend. It has become a fashion staple for many of us who enjoy being comfy and effortlessly chic. Here I’ve paired it with cuffed boyfriend jeans, a moto jacket and white pumps for a cool but sophisticated look. The sweatshirt is sort of like the LBD (Little Black Dress), versatile, classic and comfortable.

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  • Peter Pilotto for Target Sweatshirt in light blue floral/stripe print; $29.99 (You can still find some on eBay!)
  • Levi’s Boyfriend Skinny Fit in Mid Wash, available at asos.com
  • Pour La Victoire Eastona Patent Pointy-Toe Pump in White, also available in Black and in Nude
  • H&M Wool Moto Jacket, no longer available at H&M but you can find one here and here

How do you wear the sweatshirt trend?

Making a Little White Noise

Since it was my last beach day, I wanted to go out with a bang. A cut-out one-piece was the way to go. A classic silhouette with a modern twist, and white HOT! I paired the swimsuit with a colorful cover-up, simple straw hat, and piece of jewelry to glam up my look. I know it sounds like a lot, but sometimes more is more.

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  • Forever 21 Daydreamer Woven Kimono; $19.80
  • Asos Cutwork Detail Swimsuit; $33.87
  • Urban Outfitters Roseville Metal Cuff, $28.00 (about 2 years old), similar styles here. Before I left on vacation I stopped in Forever 21 and saw they have a cuff identical to this one in gold and silver.
  • J.Crew Summer Straw Hat in Natural (purchased in 2011); $34.50
  • MICHAEL Michael Kors Santorini Straw Tote; $150 at Marshalls (5 years old), no longer available but you can find this one and more at ebay.com
  • Havaianas Slim Animal Flip-Flops in Dark Grey; $11.05 , a Bloomingdales sale 2 months ago, more Havaianas Flip-Flops at Bloomingdales, 6pm.com and Havaianas.com

Dancing is like dreaming with your feet

The name of this dress couldn’t be more on point: “Dreamy”. It falls gracefully onto the body, shows just the right amount of skin, and flows as you walk, leaving little to the imagination. When I slipped on this delicately sexy dress, I was walking on air.  The clutch from one of my previous looks added a little romance, while my go-to metallic heeled sandals made me feel like I could dance the night away. And there I was waiting for my dance partner…

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  • Forever 21’s Love 21 Dreamy A-Line Dress; $24.80, now on sale for $17.36!
  • Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Sandal in Gold; $79.95
  • Cavalcanti Genuine Leather Floral Clutch; $49.99 at Marshalls, available on ebay.com
  • Gold over Silver Bangles with Clear Stone; $27 at a sample sale, similar style here and sign up for sample sales here
  • Forever 21 Rhinestone Cocktail Ring; $5.80, More cocktail rings at Forever21.com

What’s your dream outfit? What are your go-to dancing shoes? 

Quote: “Dancing is like dreaming with your feet.” -Constanze

Cooling Down at the Cabana

After a few days of fun in the sun, what better way to cool down than to sip on a freshly picked coconut? It just so happens that I had the nails to match; Essie’s 2014 resort collection’s “Cocktails and Coconuts”. I chose this polish specifically because it was a neutral with a hint of razzle-dazzle and perfect for any and every outfit I packed on this trip. It’s also a good way to highlight my tropicool bikini. The vivacious colors from this MINKPINK bikini emphasized my tan and my curves.

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  • MINKPINK Copacabana Triangle Bikini Top and Copacabana String Bottom from Bloomingdales, $45 each, Similar and budget-friendly tropical and on trend prints at asos.com
  • I bought 2 sets of Forever 21 High Wattage Bangle Set (I removed the colored bangles from the bunch), $6.80
  • Jones New York Sunglasses from Marshall’s, similar style here
  • *Essie, Cocktails and Coconuts: Resort 2014 Collection

Will you be diving into tropical prints this summer?