Pearls, Combat Boots and Coral

Ok I've been a little obsessed with the combat boots/feminine thing lately but it really works!  If you wore this with heels you would have to be going to a New Years Eve party or something. With the boots you could wear this to a more everyday location like shopping with friends or going out to lunch.  The purse is fun because it adds some color and personality to an otherwise black and white ensemble.  Where would you wear this?

Tip of the day: Shirts with embellishments can really look expensive because of all the different materials used.  No one will know it was actually affordable...isn't that the whole point?:)

Embellished black shirt: Forever 21, White shirt: Forever 21, Combat boots: Bucco Capensis (Ross), Coral purse: Coach (Macy's)<3

Black Illusion, Flowers and Combat Boots

I love combining a more formal dress with combat boots because it makes it more appropriate for everyday wear and less "super girly" to use the official term;)  I've had this dress for a few years and was just in the mood for it.

I don't know if you constantly get rid of clothes you haven't worn in a while but I personally don't recommend it.  I love looking in my closet and finding treasures I didn't remember I had!  Don't become a hoarder though...if anything is damaged or you don't like it anymore get rid of it.  But things come in and out of style quickly and preference changes so, if you have the space for it, why not keep it?  Organization is key though: If things are everywhere you will just keep wearing the same things because it will be too hard to find anything.  Just tips to keep in mind:)

Tip of the day: Try a long necklace with some kind of pendant-it will lengthen your line making you appear taller and thinner.  Plus they're coming back for fall 2014!

Black illusion dress: Forever 21 (purchased at Plato's closet), Combat boots: Bucco Capensis (Ross), Black purse: Liz Claiborne<3

Knee-high socks: Fashion Do or Don't?

This picture of Taylor Swift was featured in the August Issue of Glamour magazine on page 42 (in case you want to follow along:).  They were discussing if knee-high socks are a do or don't in fashion.  It was pretty controversial topic with only 57% of readers saying they were a do.  I personally liked the way these were styled so I recreated my own version above with things I had.  I do think there is a age limit though: You can wear them in your teens and twenties but when you become a real adult (somewhere around 30 maybe?) they become too juvenile.

What do you think?  Do you like knee high socks and what ages are they appropriate at?

Tip of the day: This burgundy color has been a hot trend for awhile in skinny jeans and knee high socks.  The trend still seems to be going strong probably because they act like an updated neutral.  Have fun and experiment:)

Brown floral hat: Mossimo (Target), Blue button-down shirt: Old Navy, Khaki shorts: Mossimo (Target), Burgundy socks: Urbanog, Nude wedges: Dexter, Floral necklace: Kohls, Beige bow bag: DSW<3

Edgy Black Sophistication

I love fashion because it's like playing dress up.  When I wear something like this, I feel like I've made it.  I can confidently walk into Nordstrom and pick up $1200 shoes with no shame because I feel worthy of looking at them.  It's almost like role playing because each outfit gives a different feeling.  The more I feel that I look like a successful person, the closer I feel to success. Don't ignore the power of perception.  I didn't make any more money than I made yesterday but somehow I feel richer...and better about myself.

Tip of the day:  Add some leather to basic black for an edgier look (notice the collar and button area is faux leather!).

I'm going to a conference for the next few days so I'm going to take a short break from blogging.  I will be back on Monday, July 21st.  Can't wait to talk to you again then:)

Black button front blouse: Forever 21, 3-tiered triangle necklace: Charlotte Russe, Dark wash jeans: Nicole, Silver studs: Claire's, Black caged heels: Via Spiega (TJ Maxx), Black mini purse: Dooney and Burke<3

The Fashion Formula

Here's a nice formula I found to help when you're having trouble deciding what to wear.  It breaks down an outfit into smaller parts so you don't feel so overwhelmed trying to put together a whole look.  Here's how my outfit breaks down:

1 Basic=Dark jeans +

1 Interest piece=Floral Blouse +

1 Completer piece=Wood belt +

Accessories= Blue boots, Coral purse, Love necklace, Heart earrings, Blue beaded bracelet

I wouldn't recommend using this all the time since fashion is an art and not a formula.  However, it's great when your having one of those days...you know?

Tip of the day: Flare jeans should not end at your ankles.  When you are wearing heels they should cover the ankle and just show some of the toe and heel.

Dark jeans: Merona (Target), Floral Blouse: Eyelash Couture (Kohls), Wood belt: Target, Blue boots: Clarks (Macy's), Coral purse: Coach (Macy's), Love necklace: Old Navy, Heart earrings: Claire's, Blue beaded bracelet: Mother's Market<3

Black, Tan and Gold

Sometimes it's fun to play with necklines-I used a collar necklace on a v-neck dress to be different and add some interest:)  I know it's the middle of July and your probably thinking "Why are you wearing high boots?".  Well when it's a little cooler in the evening you can afford to wear something a little more winter-like.  Plus I didn't add tights so you won't be boiling!

This outfit is a mix of neutrals which adds sophistication.  Just be careful not to cross into the land of dull and boring when you don't have bright colors.  I did this by adding the gold jewelry and picking a dress with unique embellishments.  What do you think about people who wear all neutrals?

Tip of the day: Sometimes less is more in an outfit.  If you don't believe me take a hint from Coco Chanel;)

I think this is a odd quote for someone who sells accessories but she does have a point. Minimalism can be beautiful.  Too many accessories can make an outfit look busy.  I think this is more important to keep in mind if you want to be taken seriously.  If it's a casual day overdoing the accessories can be kind of fun:)

Tan safari dress: Alfani (Macy's), Tall black boots: Bass Outlet, Black mini purse: Dooney & Burke, Yellow floral earrings: Betsey Johnson, Gold collar necklace: Claire's<3

Neon Cloud Dress

This is a dress you are going to either love or hate.  Either way, it will grab your attention.  Neon's are notorious for that:)  I was thinking of the best place to wear this and my conclusion was an acting audition.  In a sea of people in "regular clothes" you will stand out and, if nothing else, be remembered!  In LA being remembered if half the battle right?  If acting's not your thing I would suggest wearing it when you want to go out, have fun with friends and meet people.  It's kind of a conversation starter:)

Tip of the day: Try some sunglasses with color on the frames and have fun matching them with your outfits:)

Neon cloud dress: L<3 Amour (JC Penny), Black caged heels: Via Spiga (TJ Maxx), Bow Necklace: Forever 21, Stud earrings: Claire's, Fearless bracelet: Nordstrom Rack, Blue Purse: Kate Spade (Nordstrom Rack)<3

Prom and Combat Boots

I wore this necklace to my senior prom in high school sooo I didn't think that I could wear it on a daily basis.  But since statement necklaces are in and I'm just at home today working on my music, I decided to give it a try.  The sparkle shorts make the necklace make sense while the combat boots add a bit of edge so I don't look too sweet and princess-like (a new adjective I just coined:)  Bty the necklace is not as sparkly in person as it is on camera so keep that in mind when voicing your opinion!  What do you think?

Tip of the day: Mixing opposites is a great way to add balance and interest to an outfit.  For example, this outfit mixes feminine jewelry with masculine combat boots.

Floral ruffle top: Kimchi Blue (Urban Outfitters), High-waisted sparkle jean shorts: Hollister, Black combat boots: Bucco Capensis (Ross), Black mini purse: Dooney & Burke, Sparkle necklace: Claire's, Stud earrings: Claire's<3

Brown and Purple Florals

Country, vintage, cute and floral are the first words I think of when describing this outfit:)  It's a kind of relaxed bohemian vibe which I think makes you look approachable.  What do you think?

Tip of the day: Remember that light wash jeans are generally considered more casual than darker wash jeans.  Style appropriately!;)

Floral shirt: MIne (purchased at Plato's closet), Nude undershirt: Forever 21, Jeans: Kut, Nude wedges: Dexter, Stud earrings: Claire's, Beige bow bag: DSW<3

Black, White and Light Blue Lace

I got this light blue blazer and wasn't exactly sure how to wear it but anything goes with black and white-right?  On Thursdays I usually go shopping at The Camp in Costa Mesa before going to my aerial class because rush hour traffic is awful.  The Camp is this adorable little bohemian like village with lots of handmade stuff and wonderful places to eat.  The details are so cute and amazing-you have to see for yourself!  Also, yes, I take aerial classes for fun and exercise because running kind of makes me want to shoot myself:P  I like interesting and creative forms of exercise-you should give it a try it's loads of fun:)

Anyways I picked up a few blazers at Plato's closet because colored blazers are a hot trend for fall.  This one was only $8 and the black one was $12 so for both it was $20 which was a great deal.  The store sells slightly used clothing but this store is clean while other second hand stores smell and feel gross:P  I prefer cropped blazers like this one because they are less formal and show off more of your figure.  It just doesn't look cropped on the mannequin because she is very flat chested:)

Tip of the day: Black & White + a pop of color is a good fashion formula for the fun but sophisticated look...have fun!;)

Blue lace cropped blazer: Charlotte Russe (Plato's Closet), Black cami: Forever 21, White and black tuxedo shorts: Mossimo (Target), Shiny black oxfords: Joe's Jeans (DSW), Wish bracelet: Bonton, Silver charm bracelet: Juicy Couture, Black mini purse: Dooney and Bourke<3

Tropical Paradise

So I wore this today to see The Other Woman (again) in the $2 theater near my house.  I love Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann together-so hilarious!  Anyways I won't spoil it for you even though you should have seen it months ago;)

I got this dress yesterday at Urban Outfitters for $10 (unfortunately the exact dress isn't online but may be in stores) which was kind of a steal for that place.  I was like "what's wrong with it it's adorable!".  I even got a compliment on it today which I always appreciate.  It's a body con dress so I know not everyone is comfortable wearing them.  But a lot of times baggy clothes don't hide anything they just make you look bigger so why not go for it?  What is your opinion on body con dresses?

Tip of the day: Summer is the perfect time for tropical print in case you get invited to any of those parties with poolside midnight dancing or something...Also a jacket tied around your waist is practical but also gives a casual, cool vibe:)

Tropical dress: Kimchi Blue (Urban Outfitters), Pink Cardigan: Old Navy, White and Gold bow sandals: Steve Madden, Neon floral necklace: Forever 21, Tropical charm bracelet: Juicy Couture, Yellow stone bracelet: Wal Mart, Fearless bracelet: Nordstrom Rack, Black Mini Purse: Dooney and Bourke<3

Jeans and Oxfords

I didn't realize how Taylor Swift this looked until after I wore this.  Jeans and oxfords are kind of her thing but it's fun to steal sometimes:)

I got these oxfords the other day and was wondering if I'd wear them enough because of the shine (they're not plain like Taylor's!).  The girl at the store said they would amp up basic outfits and I actually agree with her.  The shoes are still basics but upgraded to keep them from being boring.  What do you think of shiny black oxfords?

Tip of the day: You can recreate your favorite celebrity's style without breaking the bank-look at lots of pictures and find similar pieces in stores that are in your price range:)

Shiny black oxfords: Joe's Jeans (DSW), Dark red jeans: Refuge (Charlotte Russe), Gray t shirt: Active Basics, Zodiac necklace: Juicy Couture, Silver charm bracelet: Juicy Couture, Black mini purse: Dooney & Burke<3

White and Black Leather

So I think it would be cool to have a lot of money.  Anyone with me?  Sometimes I like to go to South Coast Plaza and just go into the really expensive stores like Chanel, Prada, Jimmy Choo and etc. and just let my imagination run wild.  I'm not going to buy a $1200 pair of shoes but I can at least dream about it:)

In order to have the experience be fun and not embarrassing, you have to look and act the part. That means you have to look rich and act like your loaded.  How do you do that?  Well here are a few tips:

1)  DO NOT gasp at the prices.  Act like you see them everyday.  If you start to feel nausiated just take a couple of zeros off and pretend what your looking at is that price;)  

2)  Look sophisticated like someone who prefers quality over quantity.  I like to do this by wearing classic pieces like button down shirts, pencil skirts, blazers, pumps etc.  You want too look like you made it in this world and not like a joke.

3) Act like you belong there.  Pretend your walking into a store that your more comfortable in and try to maintain that same presence.  Remember that you are entitled, you belong there, and you deserve the best.

4) One piece of good news if that you don't need the labels to show because it can look like your trying to hard.  Just focus on the details like having your nails, hair and makeup done.  This video's kind of interesting on how to act rich.

5) What this really is about is social status.  Designer goods signify we have high social status. So if you don't think of yourself as someone who is upper class, your going to feel intimidated walking into those stores.  Use your acting skills: For the next hour be upper class and superior-have fun with it!

Do you ever walk into designer stores even when you can't really buy anything?  What was your experience like?

Tip of the day: Black and white is great when you want to look sophisticated.  The stereotype with black and white is the New York businesswoman: and people who do business in New York (think Wall Street) have money:)  Also you can use black and white to accentuate and downplay different features.  White makes things appear bigger and black makes them appear smaller.  If you are pear shaped, for example, wear black on the bottom and white on the top.  If you're chesty, simply switch this around:)

White button down shirt: H&M, Black (faux which is animal friendly to admit:) leather skirt: Mossimo (Target) (Plato's closet), Black mesh heels: International Concepts (Macy's), White bandeau: local boutique, Black and white floral statement necklace: Nordstrom Rack, Black mini purse: Dooney and Bourke (TJ Maxx)<3

Dolce and Gabbana Runway Inspiration

I'm getting some inspiration today from the high fashion world of Dolce and Gabanna!:)  I was wondering what everyone liked better: light or dark florals with gold?  I like them both but it depends on my mood: light florals for a more carefree day and dark for one that is (slightly) more serious.  I mean, they're still flowers after all:)

All of talk about high fashion is making me think of one of my favorite sites called the fashion police which can be reached here.  They are absolutely hilarious!-they basically make fun of ridiculous fashion trends that are usually high priced and point out others that they believe are on the fence.  I mean I appreciate high fashion for what it is, but you have to admit there aren't a lot of places you could wear the two runway outfits pictured above.  While they don't have practical value, they are beautiful which is not always the case with high fashion.

Here's an example:

I mean, like, is this for real? I found this image at WTF (ashion) which can be located here.  Visit the website for even more fun and laughs:)

Tip of the day:  Don't get swept away by trends that are not even likeable.  Remember Crocs! yeah I'm sad to say I had a couple pairs.  They actually were kind of growing on me until they started putting on those charm things in the holes.

This is not for a 2 year old...there is a playboy bunny on the right shoe! And Jesus didn't fit.  Oops:P

Light floral: Dress: Forever 21, Daisy earrings: Nordstrom Rack, Coin necklace: H&M, Belt: Target, Gold heels: Bandolino, Blue purse: Kate Spade<3

Dark floral: Dress: Forever 21, Coin necklace: H&M, Gold belt: Target, Gold flats: Old Navy, Gold charm bracelet: Juicy Couture, Black mini purse: Dooney and Burke<3

Iridescent Necklace and Coral

Cutoffs are the easiest diy ever and always seem to come back in style!  They, along with the hat, make this coral button down shirt less formal and therefore more appropriate for casual summer events.  The necklace is just fun-it has these iridescent stones that pick up almost any color:)  I'd probably wear this for going out shopping and hanging out with friends.  Where would you wear it?

I'm asking this because one of my goals with this blog is to create outfits that are fashionable but also practical and wearable.  If you can't think of anywear to wear these outfits then I haven't done my job.

Let me know in the comments section below:)

I also wanted to add that I just finished fixing all of my links.  I'm sorry if you were having trouble with them-there were some technical difficulties!

Tip of the day: Sheer shirts can be tricky to wear because you don't want your bra to show through.  I would suggest either a camisole, bandeau, or a plain cami style crop top underneath!

Camisole: http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=promo-basics&ProductID=2000049495&VariantID=

Bandeau: http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=promo-basics&ProductID=2000125648&VariantID=

Crop top: http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=promo-basics&ProductID=2000125613&VariantID=

Coral button down shirt: Charlotte Russe, Denim diy cuttoffs: Zanadi, White and gold bow sandals: Steve Madden, Blue purse: Kate Spade (Nordstrom Rack), Hat: Old Navy, Iridescent statement necklace: Kohls<3

 

Independence Day

So today is obviously going to be red, white and blue!  This casual outfit is perfect for going to barbecues, street fairs and laying in the grass to watch the fireworks:)

Crop tops and overalls are a great combo because it makes the crop top less revealing.  Plus it takes care of two trends at once!  I added more blue with a statement necklace which upgrades the look to from casual to cute casual.

On a different note, I found out some interesting facts about the Fourth of July!  You can go to the article with the link here: http://thefw.com/things-about-fourth-of-july/

What weirded me out was that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died in 1826, on the fourth of July within 5 hours of each other.  Freaky!  What I thought was funny was that our flag was designed for a high school project and originally the student only got a B-.  I guess grades aren't everything:)

Tip of the day: Try a statement necklace that really contrasts against the background to make the color pop!  This will bring attention up to your neck and face:)

Red and white striped crop top: Forever 21, Acid wash overalls: Forever 21, Blue bubble necklace: Wal Mart, White and gold bow sandals: Steve Madden, Blue braided bracelet: Target<3

Buttons and Oxfords

I like this because I kind of feel like a sexy English librarian...maybe it's the oxfords?  Anyways, I guess you could call this my version of summer business attire because I'm wearing shorts instead of pants and a vest instead of a suit jacket:)

I dress this way when I want to look cute but slightly more sophisticated than normal.  After all, it's hard to be taken that seriously in a crop top even though it's the middle of summer:)

I think it's important to love what your wearing but also be aware of how your look will influence what others think of you.  After all, people look at you and make first impressions in a split second.  Unfortunately people sometimes act skin deep.

Still, I think confidence overshadows any outfit imperfections.  People can sense when your comfortable and when your not.  They choose to spend time with the ones that look comfortable because they want to feel comfortable too.  So be yourself!

Anyway, no more ranting about confidence just go ahead and get yourself some!

Tip of the day: Try shoes with a mid-length heel like the oxfords in the image.  The're stylish without well, let's just say it, making you fall down?  Also you'll look cute but not overdressed which is great for everyday events:)

Black T-shirt: Active Basics, Plaid vest: Charlotte Russe, Black tuxedo shorts: Contempo Casuals, Black Oxfords: Steve Madden (DSW),  Blue Purse: Kate Spade (Nordstrom Rack), Lock and Key earrings: Kohls, Silver charm bracelet: Juicy Couture<3

Printed Dress and Stillettos

I love printed dresses like these with multiple colors because you can pair them with so many different accessories.  It makes it easier to not wear the same outfit twice:)  I also like this dress because the waist can be adjusted up and down to suit a wide variety of different body types.  I hate those dresses that have a waist that's not actually at your waist...so annoying! 

I've had this dress for a few years now and pulling it out brought back a lot of memories about how different my life was when I got it.  I'm not usually that nostalgic but for some reason I was thinking about that today.  Do you have any pieces like that?  Tell me about them in the comments section below.

Tip of the day: Long necklaces like the one in the picture lengthen your vertical line which makes you look taller and thinner-use to your hearts content:)

Black printed dress: Cooperativ (TJ Maxx), Blue stilletto boots: Impo (DSW), Silver charm bracelet: Juicy Couture, Coral purse: Coach (Macy's),<3

Floral with Wedged Sneakers

Welcome to July:)  I've had these sneakers for a while and don't think I've used them on my blog yet!  They're the ones with hidden wedges that were really popular a couple years ago.  I do pay attention to new trends but I also don't think it's a crime to wear something that was popular a few years ago if you still like it.  They're in really good condition and give this artsy urban vibe which I love:)

This overall dress is a great way to rock the overall trend if your unsure about actual overalls. You won't be mistaken for a worker in this!:)

Tip of the Day: Pay attention to trends but be true to what you like.  If you don't like the trend, don't wear it.  Find your own unique style:)

Floral overall dress: One Clothing (TJ Maxx), Black T-shirt: Active Basics, Wedge Sneakers: Princess Vera Wang (Kohls), Giant Pink Clutch: Betsey Johnson (TJ Maxx), Blue and pink bangles: Forever 21, Geometric bracelet: Vince Camuto (Nordstrom)<3

Top 10 Fashion Trends Summer 2014

For the last day in June I'm going to do something a little different.  Here are summer's hottest trend with examples of how to wear them (in no particular order):

1.) White on White

2.) Statement Necklaces

3.) Crop Tops

4.) High-Waisted Shorts

5.) Daisies

6.) Bracelet stack

7.) Tribal Print

8.) Long Open Cardigan

9) Overalls

10) Midi Rings

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1) White on White

2) Statement Necklace

3) Crop Top

4) High-Waisted Shorts

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5) Daisies

6) Bracelet Stack

7) Tribal Print

8) Long Open Cardigan

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9) Overalls

10) Midi Rings

I hope you found this helpful.  Enjoy<3