Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Be Iconic

I’m excited for today’s post because I’ve teamed up with bebe, a brand that I have worn for years.  They’re known for super chic and trendy pieces that can take you from the office straight to happy hour and all things in between.  Their dresses have definitely made my birthdays much more special through out the years. They’ve recently launched their new Fall 2015 collection, which celebrates iconic fashion styles from around the world.  This collection has a huge emphasis on unique prints and you all know how much I love printed pieces!  They make such a statement and wearing them makes me feel both confident and bold.

When you basically grow up with a brand, it’s so great to see how they evolve, while still remaining true to themselves.  It’s sort of like how we evolve our own personal styles.  My favorite part about this new collection is that it’s very fashion-forward and versatile.  There really are so many great pieces for the fall season that you can wear in many ways.  I chose to style this printed high-low shirt because I loved the coattail hem and thought this print was so different from everything else that I have.  It has this perfect balance of being both casual & dressy at the same time.  Since the top itself is such a statement piece, I wanted to put together a clean and simple look, but still one that really popped out and exuded confidence.  For me, the best way to do this was by adding in my wide-brim hat and a pop of red with my bag and lipstick. I think this look is chic with a little bit of edge and right on trend for fall. :) 

Thanks so much for checking out today’s post!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by bebe and Refinery29.  All opinions expressed are my own and this has not been edited by any third parties.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support A Love Affair With Fashion! 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Laid Back For Fall

Happy Monday!  I'm kicking off this week with a new style post.  You might remember this trench coat from the summer time when I wore it with a pair of distressed denim shorts.  Now that fall is here, I wanted to show its versatility and style it in a completely new way. 

Jacket: Charlotte Russe | Shirt: MUDD | Jeans: H&M [similar style]
Shoes: Tamar | Bag: H&M [also love] | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban 

I'm extremely inspired by menswear and love incorporating those styles into my outfits.  My goal with this look was to keep it super casual and relaxed.  One of the best ways to do this is by wearing either boyfriend or girlfriend jeans.  I love this GF fit because not only is it very comfortable, but it also gives off that laid back vibe I was going for.  I feel like in the past I would have styled this trench with skinny jeans since it's long and loose fitted, but I wanted to try something a little different.  I just really love those outfits where it seems as though they were effortlessly thrown together.  

These leopard print pumps [say that 3 times fast] have become my go-to shoe for awhile now and I seriously can't get enough of them.  They work well with so many different looks.  I now consider them to be a wardrobe staple, just like black or nude.  I especially like how they mixed with the other pieces in this outfit.  Leopard is always the perfect pop of print. 
Hope you all have a great start to the new week! <3 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Miami Recap With Kipling

Happy Friday loves!  I'm closing this week out with a full recap of the Miami trip that I took last weekend with Kipling.  I stayed at The Miami Beach EDITION Hotel and it was seriously amazing.   If you were following along on instagram, then you already saw some of these photos.  I was only there for two nights, but I definitely wanted to get into more detail and of course, share more. There's lots of photos! :) 

This wasn't a typical blogger trip as it was more press related and I have to say it was one of the best experiences for me.  It was very eye opening and great to see things from a different perspective in the industry.  I loved everyone that went and it was nothing but good vibes and great energy! I feel like I learned a lot last weekend and also had so much fun.  I went paddle boarding for the first time and was so proud of myself for not falling into the water. [ha!]  I even stood up and did it twice although my legs were trembling. A random fact is that I am a horrible swimmer.  I stay in the doggy paddle zone so when they asked if I wanted to wear a life vest you know I jumped up. 

This purpose of this press trip was to celebrate the launch of the new Kipling x David Bromstad Collection .  They wanted to show us the inspiration behind the designs and give us the opportunity to meet with both the Kipling team and David.  David Bromstad is probably my new favorite person.  No lie.  His energy was so contagious and he is extremely talented.  He is known for his interior design work on HGTV and once I met him, I instantly saw why he was such a good fit for the new Kipling collection.  Kipling is a brand that definitely takes me back to my school years in the 90s.  I used to wear their backpacks!  I love seeing the new direction that they have taken over the years and how they have expanded.  Their collection with David was heavily influenced by the art in the design district in Miami.  They actually took us on a walking art tour in Wynwood and I was seriously just blown away by the street art and galleries.  It was my first time there and probably won't be my last.  I have such an appreciation for art and it was incredible to be surrounded by so much of it. I loved hearing David's thought process behind the designs too.  Here are some of my favorite snaps from the art tour. 

After the tour they took us to a delicious dinner and to see some of the collection up close and personal.  The capsule collection features three unique hand drawn prints by David.  My favorite pieces are the ones that were inspired by passport stamps.  How amazing is that?!  Now that is the type of travel bag that I want to have.  I feel like it would inspire me to take more trips.  I also really loved the handprinted luggage stack.  So original and fun! The collection has everything from luggage to carry-ons to backpacks and even toiletry bags.  There is definitely something to suit all of your travel needs.

Here's a better look at the collection! 

The last day I just hung out by the pool and finally got to hang on the beach for a few.  I feel like I took hundreds of photos within those two days so let me stop it here. :) 

Hope you enjoyed this recap!  A huge thank you to the Kipling team for such an amazing time.  Looking forward to my next trip in November!  Happy weekend loves. :)