April 15, 2014

How to Mix Prints

Mixing prints has recently been a popular trend on the runways, in fashion magazines/websites, and increasingly seen on the streets. But for most, this trend is either never attempted or results in a fashion don't. If the mixing prints look is something you've been intrigued by, yet haven't mustered the courage to put your outfit into action; read on for my mixing prints tips and guidelines.

Tips to master mixing prints:
1. Channel your inner child - Left to their own devices, children mix prints all the time. They choose prints that are aesthetically appealing to them, and try to wear them together for no other reason than they "love it all". Often, the results can be surprisingly good. I learned this firsthand by watching my seven year old daughter get dressed. The first time I noticed this, I saw her put 2 pieces together which triggered my "There is no way you're leaving the house in that!" response. After taking a step back and some insistence on her part, I had to admit that it looked pretty good. Who knew? Anyway, the trick is to focus on your intuitive reaction and keep the traditional fashion rules to the side. 

2. Balance - Incorporate a solid, neutral color into your look to tie the prints together. The separate prints may already have this color in common. The image above is a great example of this.

3. Hair & Make-up - Keep it simple and sophisticated.

4. Confidence - Without this, what's the point?

Still scared? Forget mixing clothing prints, and mix in an accessory instead (see image below).

photo source: image 1. via STREETFSN, 2. via Style.com (Tommy Ton)

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April 10, 2014

Wardrobe Essential: A Classic Belt

close-up of brownish gray belt
Depending on your style, you may or may not wear many belts. But regardless of your style, every wardrobe needs at least 1 or 2 classic belts. A classic belt has a neutral color, is simple in style, is not over-embellished, and is brand neutral (no obvious logo or no logo at all). It can be worn at any age and is timeless. An essential when you need to quickly pull together an outfit, or realize that your pants are slipping!

The belt above is one of my classic belts.  It's more of a grayish-brown (see a another image of it in this post), so it works well as an alternate to black. Definitely a piece worth the purchase.

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April 8, 2014

#OOTD - A Dressed Down Tuxedo Blazer

outfit- Sandro jacket, Alexander Wang t-shirt, J Brand photo-ready jeans, Ivanka Trump heels
Not just for formal events or the holiday season, I love a tuxedo blazer dressed down with a casual outfit. It pulls a look together and adds instant chic with its higher quality(often heavier weight) fabric and subtle shine. The tuxedo blazer is my year-round wardrobe essential!

outfit- Sandro jacket, Alexander Wang t-shirt, J Brand photo-ready jeans, Ivanka Trump heels

close-up of calf-hair clutch
Obsessed... Jimmy Choo made a similar shoe to the one I'm wearing in this shade of pink, but sold out a while ago. I searched [obsessively] for months for a similar pair only to find ones in a pink too light, too dark, too orangey, or just uncomfortable. Finally found these by Ivanka Trump, and I love them!

close-up of pink Ivanka Trump pink suede stilettos

Outfit Details:
jacket- Sandro (similar here)
shirt- T by Alexander Wang
pants- J Brand
bag- from Ah!Dorned
sunglasses- Ray-Ban
necklace- J.Crew (similar here)
bracelet- Topshop
watch- ESQ 'One' Movado
shoes- Ivanka Trump (on sale here!)

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April 4, 2014

6 Favorite Fringe Shoes

collage of shoes with fringe- Valentino, B Brian Atwood, Schutz, Golden Goose, Gucci, Ash
As much as I love fringe on bags (see my recent post here), I love it even more on shoes! Above are my 6 favorite fringe shoes of the season. (From top L to R: Valentino, B Brian Atwood, Schutz, Golden Goose, Gucci, Ash)

The fringe on these shoes take them beyond the boho luxe look to add an element of sophisticated drama to an outfit. Coordinate the shoes with more minimal and/or neutral outfit pieces to highlight the fringe detail while maintaining a sleek silhouette.

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Have a great weekend!

April 2, 2014

A Denim Must-Have

J Brand Kassidy Jean in Grey
J Brand Kassidy Jean in Grey

If you don't already own J Brand's Photo Ready Kassidy Denim, then I recommend you go try them on... now. Regardless of the season, this is one pant (on sale here!that should be in your wardrobe, either now or after you have saved up for them! They are soooo flattering (and comfortable). Made with a special [Photo Ready] denim fabric, these pants were designed to lift and contour to result in a slimming effect. Now I'm not sure about the technology of this fabric, but these pants really do create a slimming effect. Also, with this particular shade of grey that is not too dark and not too light, the pants add another neutral alternative beyond your basic blue denim.

I bought these a couple of weeks ago and want to wear them every day!

My favorite design element of these pants are the zippers at the ankles. An edgy/cool detail, these zippers also make getting dressed easier, since the pants have a super skinny silhouette!

March 31, 2014

7 Favorite Fringe Bags

7 Favorite Fringe Bags-Stella McCartney, Valentino, Loeffler Randall, B-Low, Pedro Garcia, Rebecca Minkoff

On-trend for Spring, fringe is a detail that I especially love on accessories. Above are my 7 favorite fringe bags of the season. (From top L to R: Stella McCartney, Valentino, Valentino, Loeffler Randall, B-Low The Belt, Pedro Garcia, Rebecca Minkoff)

The sophisticated design and quality of these bags make them perfect for a boho luxe look!

Shop the post and some more fringe bags I love:

Check back later in the week for my favorite fringe shoes! :) 

March 27, 2014

Statement Necklaces and a Sale!

A popular trend the past few seasons, the statement necklace is especially important for Spring 2014. A statement necklace can be a luxe highlight to a minimal/understated outfit, and can also provide an easy way to add a bright pop of color to a neutral look. BaubleBar is my go-to for fun, on-trend, and inexpensive yet good quality costume jewelry. The 4 necklaces above are my top picks of their statement necklace collection. (clockwise from top left: Corazon Cabochon Collar, Crystal Holly Necklace, Electric Scarab Collar, Smoky Brilliant Strand)

BaubleBar is currently having a sale on all of its necklaces. Enter code 'NECKLACES' at checkout for 25% off. The sale ends at 11:59PM EST on March 28, 2014, but even if you don't make the sale, these necklaces are still worth a look!

March 25, 2014

Today's Beauty Pick - Philosophy Eye Duo

Philosophy Full of Promise Eye Cream Duo

Most eye creams only focus on under-eye issues. Dark circles, bags, crepey skin, wrinkles... ✓, there's a cream for that. But what about the skin of the upper-lid? As I get older, this is definitely an area of my face that I want to lift, minimize puffiness and keep firm. You know, to maintain that 'awake' look even when you're dead-tired and stressed out. And since prevention is half the battle, this is something to think about even before you really need it. 

Recently, I was introduced to an eye moisturizer by Philosophy called full of promise for eyes. What I love about this product is that it targets the 2 individual eye areas within the packaging of one product. One end of the tube dispenses a cream for smoothing and firming the under-eye while the other end dispenses a gel specifically for lifting the upper lid. Per product packaging instructions, it is recommended that it is used twice a day for 4 weeks to see results. I just started using it a few days ago. Upon application, it definitely feels like it's tightening, but as far as a visible difference... I guess I'll have to wait and see. Regardless of the outcome, my eyes are at least moisturized!

March 21, 2014

Love that Look

oversized dress shirt + edgy reinterpretation of a traditional trench coat + distressed boyfriend jeans with a rolled cuff + chunky heel ankle shoe = effortless cool and on-trend for Spring!!

photo: via STREETFSN

March 18, 2014

In My Bag...

White Balenciaga bag surrounded by it's contents
My daily essentials:

Ray-Ban sunglassesFrends headphonesPinch Provisions emergency kit*Tokyo Milk cosmetic bag*, Laura Mercier translucent powderTrish McEvoy lipliner (in 'iced nude', the best nude lipliner ever!), 3 lip glosses (Jouer, NARS, Trish McEvoy), Kiehl's lip balm and hand creamComme des Garçons wallet, cell phone, Poppin notebook*, French class notes (because you never know when you have an extra moment!)

*courtesy of their respective brands

A better image of the "emergency kit" (I accidentally cropped it out of the photo!):

If I were a man, I'm sure that I would have a man purse. There are just some things that I need and want with me throughout the day. 

So, what's in your bag?