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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Gingham Style

Jacket, AG.  Dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs.  Shoes, Aldo.  Bag, H&M.

This morning, I narrowly avoided a disaterous situation.  While I'm supposed to wake up at 5:30am to get ready for work, today I opened my eyes at 6:42 and had a mini nervous breakdown- only 18 minutes to get ready, get dressed, and get to work!!  It may seem impossible, but I am happy to report that I made it to work by 7:03am thanks in part to some dangerous/skillfull driving, a pre-made breakfast and lunch, and this handly little outfit!
I first wore this combo out to the flea market last Sunday and it served me well (that's when I snapped these pics by the way).  Knowing an easy, breezy outfit was within arm's reach in my closet helped calm my nerves when I was brushing my teeth and brushing my hair at the same time!!

I hate to call it a "New Years Resolution", but since the beginning of January I've been going to a fitness boot camp a few times a week!  As someone who's never really worked out a day in her life, this lifestyle change has been fun but challenging.  To stay motivated, I've come up with a reward system for myself: progress = new clothes!  After 3 weeks of going to boot camp 3x/week, I treated myself to this fabulous gingham printed Marc by Marc Jacobs dress via Wasteland. 

I loved the mix of colors: the pink/maroon/sky blue/navy blue combination makes this piece ideal for any season.  For a summery twist I paired it with bright pink pumps and a denim jacket, but it could just as easily be worn with maroon tights and big brown boots for colder weather! 

There are so many little details in this dress that I just love:  the sleeves tie up into bows and can adjust to any length- so no tailoring needed even if you're super short or super tall!  The accordian pleating on the pockets adds a girly touch, and the cute buttons at the bust break up the busy pattern. 

My cropped denim jacket has become a wardrobe staple and I'm now a firm believer that every girl needs a short overpiece in their closet!  Since my AG denim topper ends at my waistline, it doesn't ruin the hourglass shape that this Marc by Marc dress creates.  If I had chosen a blazer that ended at my hips or an oversized flowy sweater, my figure would get lost and the ultimate effect would be frumpy. 


A purse in a contrasting print serves as another way to break up the all-over plaid look, and a quirky fly brooch from H&M was the finishing touch!

Fashion Tips from "Gingham Style":

1.  Have a few easy outfits on-hand for those days when you wake up late, feel like you have "nothing to wear", or just don't feel like getting dressed.  Knowing that I could throw this combo on and go was a huge relief admist the stress of my late morning!  A sundress + blazer set or a loose top + fitted pants combo usually works for any and all occasions.

2.  Ladies, get your hands on a cropped jacket!  A short denim style or a shrunken pea coat will provide figure-flattering warmth- no need to sacrifice fashion just becasue you're freezing!

3.  Wearing an all-over print is tricky because a bold print has the potential to steal the spotlight away from you. To make sure people still notice YOU before they notice your clothes, find ways to break up a busy pattern.  A cross-body bag (like mine here) breaks a print into smaller pieces, while a solid jacket or belt will tone it down as well. 

4.  Do you have seperate summer and winter wardrobes?  I bet if you take a second look you can make some of your clothing work double-duty!  Try out a "summer" dress with thick tights and a blazer, or try an oversized "winter" sweater with cutoff denim shorts.  You might find you have more options than you think you do!

I'll leave you with some silly pictures of me attempting to capture a spin on camera.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pink Lady

On New Year's Eve, I did the unthinkable: I rang in the New Year sans lipstick.  

I spent all of New Year's Eve day planning outfits in my head, and I took a lot of inspiration from the 1960s.  I knew I wanted to do heavy, Twiggy-esque eye makeup and tease my hair up into a bouffant, and I had just purchased some Pepto-pink pumps that I wanted to wear.  This combination left no room for my signature red lips, and the New Year is all about change, right?  So I went bare-lipped, and it was so freeing! 

Sweater, F21.  Skirt, Carolina Herrera.  Bag, Vintage.  Shoes, Aldo.

While I've still been rocking red most days of 2013, my NYE experience has opened me up to more pucker possibilities: glossy lips, nude lips, purple lips- but most of all, pink lips!  I've been so obsessed with this new look that I planned a whole outfit to match my mouth- there's just something so classic and classy about one head-to-toe color!

My newest heels (a great find at Wasteland) were an obvious choice, and a vintage Carolina Herrara skirt (that I wore WAY back in 2011 here) completed the pink trifecta.  Because head-to-toe pink seems a tad over the top, a mod black and white sweater provided some contrast but still kept up with the 1960s mood I've been feeling lately.  I added a vintage bag handed down to me from my Nanny, teased my hair up a little bigger than usual and swiped on my new favorite lipstick and my outfit was almost complete!

Earrings, F21 (customized by me).  Ring, Alexis Bittar.  Brooch, H&M.

I had some fun with my jewelry and decided on a "garden" theme- bugs and flowers aplenty.  Collecting animal jewelry is one of my hobbies, so I had plenty of garden creatures to choose from.  Today I added a fly brooch, flower earrings, and a beetle ring to my 60s look.  It's so important to have fun dressing up, and little add-ons like an animal pin, a printed scarf, or even frilly socks make a fashion statement so much more personal!

Fashion Tips from "Pink Lady": 

1.  Find part of your look that is the same everyday (for instance, do you always part your hair in the middle? Do you throw the same hoodie on over everything?) and change it up!  Maybe it won't stick, but the spirit of change will inspire you to see yourself and your style in new ways!

2.  Anything can be a jumping-off point for a new look or outfit, so be open to anything!  The idea of a 60s bouffant hairdo translated into a mood/lipstick/trend change in my wardrobe- maybe an 80s song on the radio will inspire you to break out your legwarmers, or a finding a new recipe to try out might trigger a 50s housewife phase.

3.  Want to try a matchy-matchy look?  You have some options!  To test head-to-toe color, vary the shades: classic denim paired with a bright blue tee shirt and a navy blazer makes for a modern monochrome moment.  For a look that is similar to the one I wore here, try wearing a dress and shoes of the same shade and break it up with a neutral belt at the waist. 

4.  Pencil skirts (a straight up-and-down cut that usually stops below the knee) like the one I wore here are traditionally worn with tight fitting tops, button downs, or blazers.  Try an oversize sweater or even a peplum top for a new spin on a classic piece. 

5.  Make your hair and makeup an extension of your outfit- this one goes for guys too!  The same way an interview-appropriate outfit can be ruined by messy hair or an unruly beard, a fancy updo or freshly trimmed mustache can elevate a basic look.

My next post is going to be about taking inspiration from a personal style icon.  Who are your favorite fashionistas (or fashionistos)??