Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Preppy Badass















shirt-Joseph Altuzarra for Target, pants-Uniqlo(similarish here), vest-Thrifted(similar from Mango here), bracelet-Michael Kors, rings-Jewel Mint, sunnies-ViVI, loafers-Zara

This outfit is a total Preppy McPrepperson and very "boy" what with the pinstripe button-down, plaid trousers, loafers, and vest. My new haircut plays into the androgynous vibe and takes this outfit into badass territory. I've always been a fan of style mashups. and usually that entails wearing pieces representative of  two (or three) different types of styles. Here, the overall outfit is from one school of fashion, but my hair and sunnies give it an edgy twist. My point being, when outfitting utilize/take into consideration all aspects of your look, i.e. hair and makeup, not just individual garments when putting it all together. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Springtime Snood












trench-Asos(similar here), snood-BCBGeneration(similar here) via Le Tote, dress--Landsend(more options here), cargoes-Saks off Fifth(similar here), bag-J.Jill(similarish here), necklace-Gifted/Vintage, boots-Target(similar here

What, do they say? April is the cruelest month? Well, it certainly is unpredictable, one week it's in the high 60s, the next in the 40s. Much like fall, early spring requires some interesting layering tactics, which is happening here with these cargoes acting as leggings, AND a "hidden" thermal, long-sleeve tee underneath the shirtdress. The snood, not only compliments the change to my hair color, it also sports a fun bright hue that gives a nod to spring blooms, while at the same time provides warmth for those chillier spring days.

What tricks are you using to stay warm during this cool spring? Let me know in the comments below. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hobo Chic








sweater-Kensie via Le Tote, blazer-J.Crew(similar here), jeans-J.Crew Factory(similar here), boots-L.L Bean, bandanna-"found", watch-Michael Kors(similar here)

With the distressed jeans, bandanna, boots, and baggy silhouette this outfit would fit right in for jumping the rails! I just need an old timey bindle, right? Maybe not, the bright blue wouldn't be ideal for sneaking on trains, but it works so well with the print of this sweater I couldn't resist. I've had this blazer for a few years now, and I always come back to it, especially during the spring. It's a great color to anticipate the warmer weather. The boots were a practical choice as the ground was a bit damp and muddy, while the bandanna was a last minute add-on when I found it in my sock drawer. I think I must have "borrowed" it from my dad at one point. 

We shot these pics at the Susquehanna State Park in my hometown during a quick visit this past weekend. That's the Susquehanna River in the background. Granted the trees aren't budding as much as they are in Pittsburgh, but that green, green grass shows that spring has arrived! 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Fellow Blogger Inspiration














 blazer-J.Crew(similar here), shirt-Skies are Blue via Le Tote, pants-Zara(similar here), necklace-Banana Republic(similar here), bracelet-Michael Kors, heels-Isabel Toledo for Payless available on Ebay here

 This outfit was inspired by this pic from a blogger out in Seattle
Discovered on  Chictopia from Blogger Not Billionaire 

These leather pants are similar to the pair I got on sale from Zara. And, of course I gravitated right away to the striped shirt (obviously), but then received this blouse in my latest Le Tote package and a decided to switch up my approach. The colors of this plaid work beautifully with my cobalt blue blazer and from there the outfit came together. Originally, I wasn't going to pair socks with these striped heels (again with the stripes) but it was a bit brisk this past week and bare toes where not an option for this outfitter.  As I've shown in the past here and here, taking inspiration from another look isn't about copying the exact elements, but giving your creativity (and personal style) a new springboard from which to jump off. 

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This Old Dress

cardi-Banana Republic(similar here ), dress- Le Tote , necklace-H&M(similarish here ), bracelet/ring-...