Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The New "A Love Affair With Fashion"

Hi loves and welcome to the new A Love Affair With Fashion!  
I am so excited that after 3 years, it FINALLY got a makeover.  About time, right?!  I really hope that you love this new design as much as I do.  A lot of thought and time went into this because I wanted to make sure that it was more personal and a better representation of who I am.  I believe that it is. As I evolve, I want my blog to evolve with me.  Change is necessary for growth.  :)

The more I looked at my blog, the more I realized I had outgrown the design.  It didn't feel personal enough for me.  It just didn't feel like me at all.  That's mostly because I have no idea how to design for my life. lol  I honestly felt like I was in a bit of a slump because I knew that I needed to update it all, but I couldn't find someone to do it.  Thankfully, I connected with Vanessa, who instantly saw my vision, and she saved me!  I highly recommend working with her if you are in need of a web designer.  She has been such a pleasure to work with and has seriously gone above and beyond to make sure that I was 100% satisfied with everything.  We basically connected all the way back in August, but because of personal things and our schedules, we were not able to start working on this fully until November.  I had no idea how long of a process something like this could be, but I am so grateful to her for having patience with my indecisiveness and exceeding my expectations.  She is extremely talented and creative.

My main goal with this new layout was for everything to be simple, chic, cohesive and clean.  I want whoever comes to my site to get a better feel for who I am.  This goes beyond my outfits and style.  So much of what we go through in life makes us who we are today, so you will notice that my "about" section is a bit more personal too.  I added categories in the sidebar so that I can start sharing more on here than just my outfits.   The main focus will still be fashion, but I really do want to share so much more with you all.  I am focused on creating new content that I hope you will enjoy.  You might have noticed that the Google Friend Connect is gone, however all of the heart icons are linked to bloglovin' so that you can follow my posts there!  I picked a color combo that has been one of my favorites for a very long time and I think it represents me better than the coral I had before.  If you are viewing from mobile, make sure to click "view web version" so that you can see all of these changes.  We are hoping to create a better mobile version soon too.  There are still a few little elements that we will be adding, like a fun FAQ page, but for now this is it. I really hope that you love it! <3 

If by chance you are looking for a designer and want to work with Vanessa, she is offering 20% off to all of my readers.  If you click on her name it will bring you to her site.  It's under construction, but her email address is listed there.  Feel free to shoot her an email with your ideas and hopefully you can work together.
Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Statement Coat

Outfit Details 

Coat: Desigual (on sale!) / Sweater: H&M (love this) / Jeans: Target
Shoes: Prima Donna / Bag: olivia + joy (similar style)

It's a snow day over here in Jersey, but luckily we didn't get hit with as much as they were expecting.  #Juno, the snowstorm of 2015, was supposed to bring us at least 2 feet in the NYC area.  I'm happy that it wasn't so bad.  I know that some areas got hit much worse, so I hope you all stay safe and warm!

I wore this outfit over the weekend and was in the mood for some color.  How cool is this ombré shaggy coat?  I love the color mix and the detailing on the two front buttons.  It's really warm too, which makes it that much better.  Initially, I had no idea how to style this.  It's such a statement piece, so  I wanted to keep the rest of the look somewhat subtle.  I did want to brighten things up a little more though, so I decided to wear this mustard sweater.  I really like how it mixes with the colors in the coat.   The only bad thing about this sweater is that it wrinkles in literally 2.5 seconds.  [Boooo!]  I went with distressed denim because it also adds a little bit of edginess, which I love.  If you get stuck with outfits this season, just grab a statement coat and keep the rest of your look simple.   It will still be "winter chic." ;)

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Casual Monday

Outfit Details 

Sweater: Target (love this one) / Leggings: HUE / Sneakers: Reebok 
Clutch: ClareV / Beanie: Target (similar)

It's casual Monday! Ever since I've gotten back in the gym, I've fallen in love with the comfort of sneakers all over again.  I used to wear them all the time.  I had a crazy sneaker collection when I was younger and then as I got older I just got more into heels.  I want to get a few new pairs so there will probably be more outfits with them from time to time. :) 

Styling casual looks, especially with a pair of kicks, is a bit more of a challenge for me since I don't do it very often. I wore this outfit last week and it was just one of those days when I really didn't want to get dressed at all.  I 100% went for comfort!  You can't go wrong with a pair of leggings and an oversized sweater during the winter season.  I also wore a long sleeve tee underneath, since the cold air can easily seep through the holes in the sweater.  I added the scarf and beanie for some extra warmth as well.  I love burgundy and leopard so much, so I decided to use this clutch to bring a fun element to the outfit.  If I could, I would wear something like this all day every dayyyy.  Seriously, it's one of the most comfortable things I have ever worn.  On another note, I've been into nude lipstick a lot more lately.  This one is Naked2 from Urban Decay. 

We are about to get hit with a huge snowstorm.  They're saying 18-24 inches! 
 Hope you all stay safe and warm.