Friday, August 29, 2014

Pink & Plaid

Outfit Details 

Blazer: H&M (similar blazer) / Top: Cotton On (similar on sale) / Shorts: Cici Hot (here)
Shoes: Zara (similar style) / Bag: H&M (love this one) / Necklace: Dynamite
 Watch: Daniel Wellington (use code loveaffair for 15% off all products)

Happy Friday loves!

For today's look, I wanted to incorporate one of the biggest fall print trends: plaid.  Although these are shorts, I thought this was a fun way to start wearing the trend now as we reach the end of summer.  Plaid can obviously be worn all year round, but it usually dominates during the fall season.  Since these shorts are short, I wanted to balance that out up top by pairing them with a blazer.  I think it's always good to create that balance.

I ditched my typical pop of red and went with hot pink instead.  I've always liked the pink and black combo.  Since the shorts are high-waisted, I wanted to do a crop top.   I was definitely crop top obsessed this summer!  I can't promise that they won't continue to show up over the next two weeks before fall really comes.  ;)

New York Fashion Week is just a couple of days away so I look forward to sharing a fun recap with you all!  If any of you are going to be in the city, let me know as I would love to meet you! <3

Cheers to the weekend!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Statement Shoes

Outfit Details 

Top: Forever21 (similar) / Skirt: H&M (similar style) / Shoes: Cici Hot (here
Bag: Tommy Hilfiger (similar tote) / Necklace: Capwell / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

It's the end of summer and it's been super hot all week.  I had to take advantage and wear these statement sandals that I recently got.  I love a good printed heel since they are a great way to pull an entire look together.  I wasn't really sure at first how I wanted to style these.  Initially, I was thinking of doing a color block mix with the pink and yellow, but I actually don't have any yellow tops.  But at least I have yellow nails! I decided to keep it more simple and allow the shoes to be the focal point of the outfit.  It sort of reminds me of a school girl with the button down and pleated skirt.  You really can't go wrong with a white top!

Happy Thursday <3

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Skinnies & Booties

Outfit Details 

Top: Dex / Jeans: Paige Denim Via Nordstrom Rack (similar Deisel) / Hat: H&M (similar hat)
Booties: Franco Sarto via Nordstrom Rack (here) / Clutch: Galian 
Necklace: Dynamite (similar) / Sunglasses: Charlotte Russe (similar) / Watch: Daniel Wellington

Black is back!  But then again, it never really left.  One of my favorite combinations is black on black with a pop of red.  It's just a classic color combo that I can't seem to get enough of and as we head into the fall season, I will probably be wearing more of it.  I tried to give this look a little bit of a "tough girl" vibe with my black skinnies, leather booties, hat and studded clutch.  If it was a little bit cooler out, I would have worn a moto jacket on top too.  I've been on the hunt for the perfect pair of black denim and I can honestly say that I finally found them.  The stretch on this pair is amazing.  These were originally almost $200, but I got them for $80 at Nordstrom Rack!  I consider these to be a new staple in my wardrobe too, as I know that I will be getting a lot of use out of them.  They had a variety of other black skinny jeans too, but these were my favorite. 

A fall must-have for me is definitely a great pair of booties.  I had a pair that I wore last year with literally almost everything.  You might even remember them! haha When I found these, I was really drawn to the sling back style since I don't have any other booties like this. Plus, I got them for 50% off  at Nordstrom Rack .  Another good deal!  Booties are a great way to add some instant edge to your looks and I especially love pairing them with skinnies and skater skirts.  They've got that casual meets chic vibe going on.  As we transition into next season, they're the perfect shoe to wear with many different outfits.  

Have a lovely day!

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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

By Night

Outfit Details 

Dress: H&M (here) / Shoes: (old, similer here) / Clutch: Dynamite (sequin clutch here)

For today's post I'm introducing you all to H&M's new capsule collection, "By Night."  This is an exclusive party collection that will add some extra edge and femininity for any of your special occasions.  The "By Night" collection includes fitted jumpsuits, body con dresses, crop tops & bustiers with lacy details and cut outs, and even exotic animal prints with sequin embellishments and neckline d├ęcor.  These pieces will work great for anything that you have going on at night.  You will definitely stand out!

I chose this one sleeve lace dress because I thought that it would be perfect to wear to a wedding.  It's classy, sophisticated and chic.  These are three things that I definitely always look for, especially when it comes to dressing for a special occasion.  I actually have three weddings coming up, one in which I will be a bridesmaid.  Very exciting! I decided to go with a wine colored lip, which I think compliments the lace detailing and as for my hair, I put it back in a low bun with a little bit of curls left in front.  

I hope all of you have a great day and thank you so much for your kind & encouraging words on yesterday's post, whether it was on the blog or via instagram.  You all made my day a little bit easier and brighter.  Love you all! 

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

Monday, August 25, 2014

Life, Love & Loss

Four years ago today my world came crashing down and I have been trying to put the pieces back together ever since.  Losing my father was like losing a part of me.  It's a void that may never be completely filled.  For a very long time I was in a dark place and it took me awhile to get back into the light.  When you reach your breaking point you have to dig deep within yourself and in that moment of weakness, you will find strength.  I still struggle with this even though so much time has passed by.  People say that time heals all wounds, but that isn't always the case.  There are certain things in life that we never fully recover from.  It's been 4 years yet somehow it still feels like he was just here.  I think of him every single day, but I never allow myself to relive those last three months of his life until his anniversary.  This time of year is always the hardest as I am brought back to that place emotionally all over again.  I will never forget feeling his last heartbeat and seeing him smile right before he passed.  It's an image that has been engraved in my mind.

   I learned to deal with my father's death without really dealing with it.  By this I mean that I put 100% of myself into whatever I was doing at the time whether it was singing or writing or starting this blog.  All of that was my therapy and escape from the pain that I felt.  It didn't bring my father back, but it made it a little bit easier for me to get through each day.  When you experience a great loss in your life it's so important to have some form of outlet.  I didn't want to talk to anyone about it.  I felt like no one could possibly understand how I felt.  It honestly took me awhile to even open myself up again, which is why I wanted to write this post today.  I don't always have it all together.  My life is no where near perfect, I am not perfect and sometimes, I break too.  It's not easy to expose my vulnerable side with all of you, but I've learned that so many other people are broken in their own ways and sometimes talking about it makes it a little bit easier.  It's just nice to know that you are not in it alone even though it may seem that way.  

My father always pushed me to be a better person.  He was the kind of man that saw greatness and ability in everyone.  He didn't tolerate laziness or negativity or complaints.  If you wanted to make a change, then he would say to stop talking about it and do something about it.  He taught me that life was not always going to be fair and I couldn't spend too much time crying over what could have happened.   If something didn't work out, then he told me to try something different. "Whatever you do today you have to live with tomorrow." He always told me that when you treat people the way you want to be treated you will go farther in life.  And he was absolutely right.  He always knew I was a big dreamer and he supported my dreams, but he also showed me that I needed to be practical as well.  He helped me create that balance in my life.  

My biggest source of inspiration and motivation comes from my father and that is what fuels me every single day to do what makes me happy and to chase my dreams.  Because of him, I am not afraid of anything in life anymore.  He's made me step outside of my comfort zone in ways that I never knew that I could.  Nothing can ever hurt me or affect me the way his death has.  It truly shook me to the core.  I see my life now compared to what it was four years ago and I still can't believe how much has changed.  I can't believe all of the moments that he has missed and all of the ones that are still to come.  I know that he is still with me and always will be and sometimes I swear that I can feel his presence.  But I would give anything for him to physically be here again.   

Today, I celebrate your life dad and the amazing legacy that you left behind.  Thank you for showing me that I can do anything I put my mind to and thank you for pushing me to be a better person.  I am me because of you.  Forever changed and forever grateful for all you have given me.  I love you and miss you with every inch of my heart and soul.  



Friday, August 22, 2014

White x Red x Leopard

Outfit Details 

Blazer: Charlotte Russe (old, love this one) / Jeans: H&M (old, similar white jeans
Top: NY & Co (similar) / Shoes: Bakers (old, love this version) / Clutch: Clare V via Poshmark 
Necklace: N/A (similar) / Sunglasses: Rivet & Sway (similar aviators

I challenged myself to put together a look with a couple of my older pieces and this is what I came up with!  As great as it is to get new things to wear, I also like showing my older pieces some love too and coming up with different ways to style them.  I actually haven't worn these white jeans in a very long time.  I'm a huge fan of white on white.  I've done a couple of different all white outfits in the past.  This time though, I wanted to incorporate a bright pop of color and a fun print, so what's better than red and leopard?!  I threw on the chain necklace and aviators to bring a little bit of edginess to this chic look.  What's your favorite way to wear white?

Happy Friday & cheers to the weekend!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dark Denim Days

Outfit Details 

Jeans: Mossimo via Target / Top: Dynamite (similar crop top) / Bomber Jacket: Old Navy
Shoes: Lauren Conrad (love this style) / Bag: H&M (also love) / Sunglasses: Target
Watch: Daniel Wellington 

If I could create an everyday uniform for myself it would probably look something like this: dark distressed denim, a crop top, and a jacket layered on top.  Right now I'm into the whole sporty vibe.  It's simple and casual, but still has a chic twist. 

 When it comes to denim, I truthfully cannot get enough.  There are endless styles to choose from and so many different ways that they can be worn.  I remember not too long ago I went through a "no jean" phase.   But now, I want to wear them all the time.  Although my collection consists of both light and dark, I am definitely more partial to darker wash jeans, especially skinnies.  They're easier to dress up and work well for so many different occasions from a casual day with friends to lunch meetings to dinner and all things in between.  A pop of color or a fun print are always great ways to dress them up, although sometimes I prefer sticking to neutrals, like today. :)  Distressed denim always adds the right amount of edge to a look too, which is why it's probably my favorite style next to boyfriend jeans.

 Again, I was pleasantly surprised by Target's denim collection.  I actually got 3 different pairs and each were under $30!  That's a great deal in my book.  They've got a ton of different shades and styles to choose from too.  These and the other ones I wore here are definitely my favorites!

Have a great day loves<3

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