Friday, September 19, 2014

Classic Black & White

Outfit Details 

Dress: Maison Jules / Hat: H&M (similar) / Shoes: Prima Donna / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff 
Rings & Earrings: Julie Vos / Watch: Daniel Wellington (use code aloveaffair for 15% off)

Happy Friday loves! 
I went with another classic black & white look for today's post.  Even though I love color so much, I think I could wear this combination every day.  I don't ever get tired of it.  Do you?  It's been awhile since I have worn polka dots.  I'm not sure why, but they make me happy.  It instantly takes me back to years ago when I wore this print on a constant basis.  I wanted to do something a little different with this look, so I wore my favorite hat which added a fun element.  It also makes this look a bit more casual, but still chic.  By the way, Julie Vos just recently revamped their entire website and to celebrate with my readers, they have given a special 20% off discount code "aloveaffair."  They have gorgeous statement jewelry and every day pieces!

Here's a little story about this bag.  At my Nordstrom Rack event two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Amanda.  She has been reading my blog for awhile and we have both been following each other on instagram for awhile too.  We connected instantly as she has been through a very similar experience with her father.  We emailed about it in the past and I tried my best to give her some words of encouragement, in terms of dealing with that difficult moment in her life.  I didn't realize at the time how much I was actually helping her and she expressed that to me when I met her at the event.  We shared a beautiful and emotional moment together and as a sign of gratitude, she surprised me with this bag.  It's not about the gift itself, but the meaning behind it that touched me so much and I will always cherish that moment with her.  To me, my blog is way more than just the clothes that I wear.  I love being able to connect with others on a deeper level, and as difficult as it has been to open up and share my story, I realize how important it is to do so.  So many of us are fighting our own battles and it's nice to know that we are not in it alone.  I am so happy that I got to meet you Amanda. Thank you for that amazing gesture and for being so genuine.  So much love for you! <3 

Cheers to the weekend.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Today's post is actually an invitation for all of you living in the NYC area and I really hope that you can make it out!  Lucky Magazine is hosting Shop Out New York, an event in Soho that will provide a ton of entertaining activities throughout the weekend including styling sessions, beauty touch ups, DJS, photobooths, discount offers and more.  You can check out the full list of participating stores HERE.

I will be at the Lady Footlocker in SOHO (523 Broadway) both Saturday & Sunday from 11am-6pm styling customers in workout gear and Reebok Skyscapes!  There is going to be a DJ, complimentary juices from Juice Press, and the first 100 shoppers will receive a Reebok gift bag including a water bottle, towel, and ear phones.  Also, there will be one $50 Lady Footlocker gift card to give away each day to a customer.  Don't miss out!

Since I just recently got back to a normal running routine and back into the gym (sort of), I was really excited to participate in this event with Reebok.  I think styling workout gear will be a fun change from my normal #OOTDS and of course it's always nice to trade in the heels for a pair of sneakers.  But these can also be worn for any of your daily activities too, which is what I wanted to show with this outfit.  I will probably be wearing this one of the days at the event!

 Now let's get into these Skyscapes for a minute.  I kid you not these are the most comfortable sneakers that I have ever tried on. I am not just saying this to say it.  They are so lightweight that it feels like I am walking on air and if you get to try on a pair then you will know exactly what I mean.  It sort of feels like I don't even have shoes on. They come in other colors too, but I went with black as I feel I would wear them more often.  The ones that I have on are called Skyscape RunAround.  These are even machine washable.

I can't lie, it feels good to have the heels off! I really hope that some of you are able to come this weekend as I know it will be so much fun and I would love to have you try these babies on and help you find some new workout gear!

Hope to see you there!! 

*Disclosure:  This post has been sponsored by Reebok & Lucky Magazine.  All opinions expressed are my own and this has not been edited by any third parties. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Clueless Vibes

Outfit Details 

Blazer: Dynamite / Skirt: Dynamite / Top: Dex (love this one) / Bag: Tommy Hilfiger (also love)
Shoes: Prima Donna / Sunglasses: Tommy Hilfiger / Necklace: Prima Donna 
Ring: Kendra Scott 

AS IF!  I'm totally channeling one of my favorite movies ever with this matching plaid skirt suit.  As soon as I saw it I thought of my girls Cher & Dionne. haha Seriously love that movie. 
I ended up wearing this to the Tommy Hilfiger and Angel Sanchez shows on my last full day of NYFW.  It's got a preppy-meets-chic vibe going on and I am definitely mad for plaid this fall season!  My favorite part about this set is the cut of the skirt and the faux leather trimming.  It's those subtle details that really make a difference for me.  I decided to pop it with some color and instead of the obvious black shoe and bag, I went with white.  I will ALWAYS wear white after Labor Day by the way.  #fashionrebel.  Just kidding with the hashtag, but seriously I hate fashion rules. ;)

Happy mid-week loves! 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fall Trend With HUE: MOTO

I'm excited to finally announce a new campaign for fall that I have been working on with HUE!  Over the next month, I will be showing you three different trends and how I styled them using HUE's leggings.  For now, you can get a sneak peek at all three looks, plus a few of my styling tips for each trend on HUE's Facebook Tab.  At the end of the campaign there is going to be a huge surprise for you guys that I can't wait to reveal.  Trust me when I say that it's something you don't want to miss out on!  

Moto style leggings are definitely an edgy piece, especially this pair with the two front zippers and cross stitch detailing.  They can be styled in so many different ways, but I decided to stick with neutrals by adding the white top and denim jacket.  Then for a fun effect and a little bit of dimension, I finished off the look with a leopard print clutch and a bold lip.  It definitely helped to make this simple outfit stand out more.  I actually shot this back in August, so I've been anxiously waiting to post it!

A pair of black leggings is such an essential part of my wardrobe.  I definitely consider it to be one of my staple pieces for the fall season.  What I love most about HUE is that even though these are leggings, they still feel and fit more like pants.  For me, it makes them easier to style.  If you've worn HUE before then you know exactly what I mean. :)

Stay tuned for the second trend coming soon!  Make sure to check out HUE on Facebook too. 
Happy Tuesday <3

Disclosure:  This post has been sponsored by HUE.  All opinions expressed are my own and this has not been edited by any third parties. 

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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