Wedding Season Events

With so many celebrations that follow up to the big day, each one calls for a different outfit!  From the bridal shower to the big bachelorette bash to the rehearsal dinner – being part of  a wedding party calls for quite a few clothing options.  However, looking back on a wedding “event schedule” my go-to choice has been short dresses that were perfectly appropriate for each separate occasion.

The Bridal Shower – the bride requested that all her lovely ‘maids wear her wedding colors (red/orange).  I picked this lovely simple coral number at Marshalls!  Necklace – J. Crew Factory

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The Bachelorette Party – Since the bachelorette party was to be in Atlantic City, dancing the night away, I opted for a sassier dress -this sheer paneled black fit-and-flare Topshop piece.  I thought it would be a bit difficult to wear with certain things showing or popping out when I didn’t want (!!!) but it stayed perfectly all night and was ideal for a last fling before a ring!

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The Rehearsal Dinner – To celebrate the last night before the couple makes it official, I opted for a classy, slightly preppy pastel yellow fit-and-flare from Nordstrom.  The rehearsal took place in a church and the dinner was at the groom’s old college club (kind of like a fraternity but much nicer – so awesome!).

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The best part is – WEDDING SEASON AIN’T OVER YET!!  Stay tuned!

F/W 2014 Essentials

There is something about the temperatures dropping and daylight becoming more and more scarce each day that makes me want to pile on as many layers as possible… Which also leads to wanting shop as much as possible for all of the cold-weather necessities.  There are certain pieces that are so covetable this season, I had to share them with you.  To ensure you are not left out in the cold (wink), grab these winter-time essentials to have ready at a moment’s notice!

 

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Inspiration Post #2

Maybe it’s the cool, crisp weather we’ve been having but I am CRAVING fall and its fabulous new fashions that come along with the season.  All I want is to break out some amazing coats, cozy knits and great boots.  This inspiration post is all about the warmed up styles for those cooler days that are quickly approaching!   With major borrowings from menswear, this season is all about oversize well, everything!  And I can’t love it more!

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Summer Black + White

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Many think that summer is all about vibrant colors, popping prints and glowing ensembles in general.  However, we can’t forget about the old-faithful color combo – black and white!  Yes, this can be done in the summer months and can look put-together and cool (even in sweltering temps).  All you need is a few shorter hems and some breezy material and you’ve got yourself a classic summer look.  Take a look at the inspiration below for fabulous summertime blacks and whites!

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A Whole New World for PJ’s

I have to admit, when I first heard/saw/read about this whole “pajama” inspired style, I was totally skeptical.  There is nothing that disgraces the human race more than seeing someone walking around IN PUBLIC while still wearing their pajamas.  Honestly people, have some dignity!  Throw on some jeans!

However, I saw this trend growing quickly and realized that there was a way to make this just-rolled-out-of-bed look into a totally fashionable and acceptable ensemble.  So, I went out to H&M and purchased a pair of white and gray, vertically and slanted-striped pants with a zipper bottom.  Firstly, I was impressed by the fit – I’m 5’1″ and finding a pair of pants that don’t drag inches behind me is a rarity.  Secondly, OMG were these not the most comfortable pants in the world?  Yes, they were.  Finally, the slouchy fit wasn’t all that terrible due to the fact that the zippers at the bottom brought the pants into a skinnier fit on the bottom.  But totally not Justin Bieber and his latest obsession with M.C. Hammer harem pants.

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I chose to pair them with a longer white tee, my cute BCBG jellies and threw on a colorful necklace to add some color. It was by far the most comfortable day of work and walking around I have ever had and I will absolutely be purchasing more of this style of pants!

See some more looks below of how to pull-off this relaxed look while also staying totally trendy!

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Fashionably Versatile

There is one fashion issue we all run into every now and again, and that’s how to wear coveted pieces from season to season.  One piece that can survive  the cold months of winter right through the sweltering summer days is the denim shirt.  Denim, chambray, jean – call it what you want but also wear it with whatever you want!  The denim trend has caught on like fire in recent years and it continues to hold strong with so many favoring the denim shirt.  Styling it has become a favorite past time of mine and let’s face it, one can never have too many of these shirts.  Pair it with a statement necklace and printed skinnies & heels – you’ll look like you walked out of the latest J.Crew catalog.  Below are some ways you can change it up with chambray!

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Denim shirt tucked into a striped skirt + military-inspired vest + flats = spring

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Denim shirt adorned with some statement necklaces + pop of color skirt + nude heels = summer

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Coral for Spring

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I can’t think of a punchier, perkier or more perfect color for spring than coral.  It’s the just-right mix of pastel and bright, depending on the hue you choose.  It compliments every skin color.  It also goes with every color of the rainbow – so color and outfit combos are truly endless!  Coral is also a perfect color to wear into the hot summer months.  But for now, we will just use it as a summer buffer to wear during the spring months.  The above look is from J. Crew and it inspired me to scour sites for everything coral to add to my closet.

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Left to right – Top row – H&M Slingbacks, Tom Ford Lip Color in True Coral, Essie Nail Polish in Tart Deco, BaubleBar Coral Bezel Bead Cuff, Zara Strappy Dress, Steve Madden wedges, Zara Button Neck Shirt. Bottom row – Stella McCartney Tailored Trousers, Zara Ankle Strap Sandal, River Island Coral jersey belted maxi skirt, Kate Spade new york Charlotte Street Small Sloan

Easter Attire

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With Easter only a little over a week away, it’s time to square away the most important aspect of the holiday – the outfit!  While it’s pretty obvious that this is the first major spring event and pastels will be involved, why not incorporate some other trends as well.  I chose florals and a neutral shoe to compliment the minty hue.  The white blazer is the perfect touch because it dresses up the outfit but still keeps things light and casual.

Do you know what you’re wearing for Easter yet?

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River Island crop top, $38 / Dorothy Perkins cream blazer / Biba skinny jeans, $84 / Bottega Veneta platform high heels / Gold bracelets and bangle / Wet Seal statement necklace

SugarLips Spring/Summer Lookbook

LA-based brand, Sugarlips truly captures the Spring and Summer seasons on the West Coast with their new lookbook.  With flow-y dresses and tops, peplum and lace in black & white, neutrals and brights such as coral and red, Sugarlips provides the perfect pieces for a day of walking around town or for a swanky night out.  The best part about this brand is that it features fashion bloggers that get to style the looks any way they want.  Take a look at a few of the shots from their lookbook and see the all the looks here!

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Particularly Pleasant Printed Pumps

While our choice of footwear is usually an after-thought to the main event, our outfit, fashionistas everywhere are rethinking this age-old procedure of getting ready thanks to printed pumps.  These pumps are quickly becoming the spotlight of the entire ensemble due to the crazy prints and patterns they come in, as well as a plethora of colors.  So what about the rest of the outfit?  Keep it fairly simple or mix prints!  Just remember, next time you go to build your outfit for the day, start from the bottom up!

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