Monday, September 15, 2014

White Shirt Challenge: The Button Down

When it comes to staple pieces, a white shirt is in my top 3.   It’s one of the easiest items to style because it literally works so well with almost anything that you have in your wardrobe.  Most people only wear about 20% of the clothes in their closet, (crazy!) so don’t forget to utilize the other 80% that is hanging there.  The best way to do this is by reworking those older pieces in new ways.  It’s an instant update to your looks.  Once you have a basic versatile piece to build off of, this will become so much easier.

 Target challenged me to create three distinctive looks using their Mossimo White Shirt and other items that I already have in my closet.  For only $22.99, this was a steal!  I was definitely happy to accept this challenge, especially since I have been on the hunt for a new white button down shirt.  As we transition into the fall, this is a piece that I will be using over and over and I am sure that you will too.

With Printed Pants 

Outfit 1 Details 

Shirt: Mossimo / Pants: H&M  / Shoes: Prima Donna / Clutch: P.S. I Adore You (also love)

Sometimes it can be difficult figuring out what to wear with a pair of printed pants.  With this look I wanted to show that you can never go wrong by styling them with a white button down.  This shirt is great for layering and pairing with other pieces, however it works well on its own too.  I love the laid back feel with the collar undone and the sleeves rolled up.  The white up top creates a great balance with the pops of pink on the bottom half.  Scored these pants on clearance for $7 by the way! 

Layered With A Sweater

Outfit 2 Details 

Shirt: Mossimo / Sweater: Dynamite (old, cropped sweater here) / Jeans: Paige / Oxfords: Prima Donna 
Bag: French Connection 

One of my favorite things to do with a button down is layer them underneath sweaters.  Right now a huge trend is doing this with a cropped sweater.  Believe it or not it's already sweater weather here at night!  Not only does the layering provide a little extra warmth, but it's also stylish too and a great look for fall.  I decided to go with a casual school girl vibe by wearing my oxfords (new favorite flats) and my geek chic glasses.  This would look super cute with a skirt too! 

Underneath A Blazer 

Outfit 3 Details 

Shirt: Mossimo / Blazer: Mandee (similar) / Jeans: Dittos / Shoes: Nine West (blue snakeskin) / Necklace: Capwell 
Bag Tommy Hilfiger 

I'm a blazer girl all the way so I decided to do a preppier look by styling the white shirt with one.  Total menswear inspired.  This time I buttoned it all the way up to the top and added a fun statement necklace to make the look pop a bit more.  A bold colored blazer works best with a white button down in my opinion and a great way to break up the solids is with a pair of printed shoes.  My obsession with this snakeskin pair continues.  This works well with dress pants or a skirt for the office, but I chose dark denim to give it more of a casual feel.

Hope you enjoyed today's post!  Which look is your favorite? <3
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

City Chic

Outfit Details 

Skirt: Aqua / Crop Top: Aqua / Shoes: Prima Donna / Necklace: Prima Donna (also love)
Clutch: Daily Look (borrowed from friend, also love) / Knuckle Ring: Kendra Scott

I definitely did some shopping before heading into NYC and I tried to go to several stores that I don't shop at frequently.  I have to admit that whenever I go to Bloomies, I usually just hit up their makeup section, so I finally decided to venture off into the clothing department and checked out Aqua.  I fell in love with this printed two piece set because of course they can be worn together or as separates.  You all know I love my sets!  It makes me feel like I am getting more for my money.  I was a little skeptical at first when adding on this coin statement necklace because I didn't want it to seem overdone with the print.  But I guess when it comes to fashion week it's never too much.  I really ended up liking the necklace addition though and I feel like it added the right touch to this look.  Instead of the obvious black bag, I borrowed my friend's clear clutch to add a fun element.  My mophie mini matched perfectly with the print too.  I ended up wearing this to the Nanette Lepore show and then for dinner & drinks afterwards.  ;)

Caught in a moment with my babe Chevy.  Thanks for the pics boo!

Happy Saturday babes!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Rocker Meets School Girl

Outfit Details 

Vest: OASAP / Top: H&M / Skirt: Forever21 
Shoes: BarIII / Necklace: Dynamite (similar) / Bag: Prima Donna / Cuff: Prima Donna 

I guess you can say a common theme with my NYFW looks was crop tops!  I was trying to focus more on incorporating a statement piece and leaving the rest somewhat simple.  This look came together super last minute but it was definitely one of my favorites.  There's a little mixture of edgy, rocker-chic, and school girl that I really love.  I wore this to a few shows and then a party afterwards and it was actually the most humid day we had in September so far.  Thankfully I used half a bottle of hair spray. lol (no lie) 

Since I wore the hell out of my white vest this summer, I thought it would be best to get a black one too.   The stripes in the skirt are navy, but I pretended that they were black. ;) This vest will also serve as a great transitional piece as we head into the fall season.  Pretty soon I have to say goodbye to my beloved crop tops! 

Wishing you all a happy weekend.  In order to play catch up on these outfits, I might be posting tomorrow & Sunday too.  

Cheers! <3 

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

90s Vibes

Photos thanks to Ryan Chua 

Outfit Details 

Jacket: Zara (similar jacket) / Skirt: H&M (similar style) / Top: Furor Moda (old, similar
Booties: Nordstrom Rack (love these) / Bag: Danielle Nicole / Necklace: Prima Donna 

For the second day, I wanted to create something that was edgy and chic with a fun twist.  I went with a little bit of a 90s vibe with the high pony and zippers.  I scored this pink jacket on clearance at Zara for only $40.  Originally, it was $160.  What a steal!  I seriously love the sales at Zara.  I am all about moto style jackets for the fall so I instantly gravitated towards this one.  The zipper detailing is perfection.  Initially, I was not really sure how I wanted to style it because there are so many different ways to do it.  I ended up finding this skirt and really liked the black/white and pink combo.  Since I've been all about crop tops lately, I decided to do it again with this look and instead of pumps, I went with booties this time.  I also borrowed this bag from my NYFW roomie, Daniela.

Now on a completely separate note...
My heart goes out to everyone today on 9/11.  It's been 13 years and I will never forget exactly where I was the moment I heard the news.  This day will forever be remembered. <3

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Retro Print For NYFW Day 1

Photos thanks to Ryan Chua

Outfit Details 

Pants: Missguided / Top: Forever21 / Shoes: Prima Donna / Bag: Prima Donna 
Necklace: Prima Donna / Sunglasses: Tommy Hilfiger (love these)

When it comes to most things in my life, I pretty much wait until the last minute for everything.  I've always been such a huge procrastinator and for some reason I just really thrive off of that last minute pressure to get things done.  I probably give myself ulcers in the process because I definitely stress myself out for no reason. haha   For fashion week, it was no exception.  I didn't really have anything planned out until a day or two before I got into the city.  For my outfits, I just wanted to create different looks and vibes for all of the days that I would be attending.  I wore this the first day and it was one of my favorite looks.  It's super simple, but the pants are such a great statement piece.  And you all know I am print crazy.  I wanted the pants to do all the talking, so I paired them with this black crop top and added a pink statement necklace. I thought that black would create a good balance with the loud colors in the print. It's hard to see in photos, but both the pants and top are the same texture, which worked out really well.

 Hope you liked day 1's outfit!
Happy hump day loves.

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