Saturday, March 2, 2013
boots: nine west
scarf: the limited
lipstick: maybelline vivids in fuchsia flash
Talk about spring fever! I'm ready to lighten up my layers, say sayonara to the snow and break out all the spring trends. Dressing between seasons can be easy with the right pieces. I live in the Midwest, so the transition isn't always so smooth; One day it could be 65 degrees and sunny, the next 32 and snowing. Think layers in lighter colors and lighter fabrics. Here I incorporated one of spring's biggest trends, black & white. Spring always calls for brights, too. A sleeveless blouse and blazer combo is perfect for spring since the blazer can easily be removed if temperatures rise. I love the sheer shoulder and piping detail on this Prabal Gurung for Target top. It would look great with a slim pencil skirt in a neutral like the blazer, or a full patterned skirt, in a similar color scheme as the blouse, of course. Swap the boots with ballet flats or strappy wedges and you're warm-weather ready. A silk scarf is another staple for spring. They add a little warmth for a chilly morning and make a great accent to a handbag midday.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
This outfit is streamlined with the wide-leg trousers and structured jacket. A nice wide-leg pant will never go out of style and is flattering on nearly every shape; definitely a wardrobe staple. I've had this pair for almost 3 years! The brights and pattern keep this look fun and fresh. I tend to wear a lot of black, but it's nice to add a splash of color once in a while. And who doesn't love a little sparkle? The blouse is Tracy Reese from the Neiman Marcus line at Target. It could be worn with straight leg jeans, flat boots or nude flats, and a boyfriend blazer for a more relaxed look.
I love details, and that's what drew me to this salmon jacket. The zippers add a rugged, moto touch and the cut is interesting.
The outfit transitions well from the office, to dinner and drinks. Just add a stand-out clutch like the Proenza Schouler one here from Target. Gotta love Target, right?
Top it off with a classic pair of black pumps.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
belt: elliott consignment chicago
boots: ugg australia
lipstick: maybelline fuchsia flash
Dressing in winter can be difficult and sometimes function wins over fashion. But big cozy layers can be cute. With the right accessories, of course. And skirts aren't just for warm weather, either. Here I paired a maxi skirt with a knit turtleneck from Gap. It's a refreshing change from having to wear pants all the time. The wide belt helps break up all the black and gives shape, so I'm not drowning in fabric. The boots I found at TJ Maxx for 100 bucks, more than half off of what they originally cost. Super steal, and super warm!
I've become such a lipstick lover. I'm always drawn to more dramatic shades; dark and Morticia Addams-esque like HERE or bright, bold and wow like the one I'm wearing by Maybelline's New Vivids line in Fuchsia Flash.
Monday, November 19, 2012
sheer maxi cardigan: forever21
It's Monday, and what's better to do while I wait around to go to work? Play dress up! Seeing all the glitter, lights and growing holiday spirit, I was feeling a little glamorous. Here, I layered a sheer maxi cardigan (for $7!) underneath a peplum top, all tucked into a fuzzy abominable snowman-esque skirt and topped off with a blazer and some Zara bling. The necklace (courtesy of my sister, Bri) goes great with anything, especially boyfriend jeans, a simple t-shirt and chunky moto boots.
With that being said, Happy Monday and off to work I go! In a different outfit :) I'll share in another post!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
And my inspiration......
Phillip Lim Fall 2012
Romance Was Born SS II 2012 Berserkergang
(Romance was born quite literally after I saw this line; I've fallen in love!.. And basically with every other creative work from the two masterminds behind this Australian fashion label, Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales. Check more out HERE. You'll be glad you did!)
And of course, I was most inspired by the late American pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein, who's birthday was October 27.. the day I turned myself into a human form of pop art. How weird is that?! My friend informed me of this the day of.. I had no idea!
Now for the making of my costume:
I basically already had everything.. The shirt was from TJ Maxx, little sequin knickers from Topshop (previously used two Halloweens ago for a ventriloquist doll costume), black leather over-the-knee boots, which you can't see, were from hautelook.com, and white leather belt from American Eagle, bought a long time ago. The belt buckle I found online from The Alley Chicago. It couldn't have been more perfect for my costume; I love it!
Now for the arts and crafts:
For the gloves.. I found them in the Halloween section at Target. I cut off the fingers (thought that would look cooler), painted red dots with acrylic paint and added lightening bolts and other random pieces of felt cut into what I thought looked comic book-ish.
For the shirt.. Using felt again, I cut out lettering and a crazy, spiky bubble and sewed it on.
For the clutch.. I cut out pieces of foam paper into quote bubbles, slapped some glue on and pasted them to a cheap black wristlet from Walmart. The letters (and symbols on the opposite side) were, again, cut from felt.
I'm not a huge makeup guru, [but I am a glamor guru.. ;) HA!, name of my blog..anyway..] so I was a little afraid I wouldn't be able to pull this off.
-L'Oréal BB cream to even out my skin
-my regular concealer and eye brightener (Neutrogena, I think?)
-Light purple shadow on my lids and a creamy white on the brow bone from Victoria's Secret
-Revlon liquid eyeliner for all the countours and dramatic brows
-Rimmel white eyeliner pencil for the glared lip
-Rimmel red lip liner
-Sephora red lipstick in C28
-false lashes, L'Oréal Voluminous Mascara in blackest black
-And white Halloween face paint