Monday, March 31, 2014

Quilted Leather on Rainy Days

Hi there! Hope you had a beautiful weekend!

Our weekend here on the east coast was full of rain and dreary weather. Nevertheless, I took advantage of the few spots of dry(ish) weather to get outside and snap some blog photos! A little drizzle never hurt anyone :) I scored this beautiful leather jacket this month for nothing less than an amazing deal, and what I loved most about it was how much it reminded me of the Rockstud line from Mr. Maison Valentino. It's a beautiful quilted mauve-purple leather with lots of edge and zippered detail, plus a warm inner lining (I am a total sucker for jacket/blazer linings. Is this weird?)! If you've been following me for awhile, you'll know that I love to juxtapose edgy with girly, so the perfect pairing for me was a bejeweled neckline sweater layered over a button down collared shirt against this jacket. 

I've also really been loving the look of skinny jeans with a zipper that I can flare open just a bit, topped off with a solid pair of pumps. I think it's such an effortlessly easy way to dress up a look with just a little bit more class and edge. 




P.S. Make sure to check back Thursday for a new post! I will be switching back to my regular Monday/Thursday posting schedule now that my blog collaboration with the girls have ended.

Leather Jacket: Rebecca Taylor | Sweater: J.Crew (on sale + 30% off!) | Top: Old Navy (old) | Jeans: J Brand (old) - similar here | Pumps: Aldo - similar here | Clutch: Forever 21

Thanks so much for reading!!


XOXO, 
E ♥

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pop Rocks

Hi everyone! Hope you're all doing fantastic!

Anna via A Lily Love Affair // Jenny via Stuff I Love // Gaby + Yumi via Soul of a Fashionista

Today's look marks the end of our "On Wednesdays We Wear" blogger collaboration series :( I've had so much fun working with these fabulous ladies for the last few weeks. Meeting other girls through the fashion blogging community is one of my favorite parts of being a blogger because you get to meet all these people who share the same interests and passions as you, and our paths really would not have crossed otherwise! It's an amazingly supportive community where so much inspiration can be drawn, and I've felt nothing but love from these girls and all the others whom I've met so far! Special shout out to each and every one of you - love you all!!

I went through a phase where I really loved lace. It's pretty, it's feminine, and it's romantic. However, I haven't purchased a whole lot of lace lately, so I took it upon myself to remix something I've worn before in a whole new way! My lace piece of choice is pretty subtle in this pairing, but it's actually a bright neon-striped lace dress I got from Ann Taylor last summer. I decided to style it as a top and contrast it with blue, which was extremely complementary to the colors of the stripes. I've never mixed so many colors at once, but you know me - I love the challenge! Plus, it's spring so I figured why not go all out and really celebrate with some fun pops of neon?


An easy way to really elevate a look is to style your hair in some loose waves, pull it all to one side, and wear a pair of statement earrings! It frames the face and adds the perfect touch of elegance without a whole lot of work. 


Blazer: Ralph Lauren Black Label (old) - latest here | Dress (worn as top): Ann Taylor - love this | Skirt: J.Crew - linen version here | Pumps: Nine West - love these | Belt: J.Crew | Earrings: Stella&Dot | Clutch: Stella McCartney | Rings: Tiffany&Co., Stella&Dot


Thanks so much for reading!!

XOXO, 
E ♥

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Camouflage Chameleon

Hi there! Happy fabulous Monday :)

I'm super excited to be sharing this look with you today because I finally, finally got my hands on a pair of camouflage skinnies that I adore. A bit late to the game, but hey - that's what happens when you're extremely picky and particular about buying those stand out pieces. So even though it's finally spring, I guess I'm still stuck in the lull of the winter blues. It's weird, I've never been much of a navy person until this year when I realized just how much navy I've been wearing! Keeping a fashion blog sure makes you a lot more aware of the color palettes you gravitate towards on the regular. 

For me, a pair of camouflage bottoms gives off a tremendous amount of "cool girl" factor. Therefore, I wanted to feminize the look but also play up the deep navy tones, so I chose a sparsely embellished top with a plunging neckline (yes - this is plunging for my standards!). I threw on a pretty crystal necklace that fell beautifully with the neckline of this top, but streamlined the whole look with a long-lapeled blazer that has a more masculine feel. I love to mix feminine pieces with the unexpected, and I've found that this is the essence behind a lot of my pairings. 





P.S. Was anyone else completely sold on these jeans with the zipper detail on the inside? Because I was!

Urban Outfitters Blazer (old) - similar here | Madewell Top (sold out) - try this! On sale + 30% off with code HELLOSPRING | Zara Jeans - similar here | J.Crew Pumps - similar here | Forever 21 Bag | J.Crew Necklace - newer style here | Juicy Couture Earrings | Pandora Bracelet | Rings: Tiffany&Co., Stella&Dot

Thanks so much for reading!!

XOXO, 
E ♥

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

C'est La Vie

Hey there! Hope you're having a fantastic week!!

Anna from A Lily Love Affair // Jenny from Stuff I Love // Gaby from Soul of a Fashionista // Yumi from Petite in Style

If you don't already know what "C'est la vie" means, I'll save you the trouble of Google translating it. It's French for "That's life". I fell in love with this tee at first site for a couple reasons. 1) It's written in floral words. I am a huge sucker for floral. 2) I love anything that's French. French sayings, French bulldogs, French designers, French food, French accents, French macarons, and yes, French fries.



Being a huge advocate of floral print, you're probably wondering why I went with such a subtle floral for a collaboration post dedicated solely to floral prints. Well, I'll tell you why: 1) Sometimes, subtle is better,  2) I assumed everyone else would choose  loud floral pieces and of course, I always like to be different, but mostly 3) I just really wanted to wear this shirt, okay?

I've realized as of late that I really love to mix jewel tones. I think the richness of their colors really play off well with each other and they compliment beautifully in pairings. I went a little bolder this time around with not two, but three jewel tones, pulling the navy and turquoise hues from the print and adding my own punch of burgundy. 


What are your favorite color stories for outfit pairings? I'd love to know! 


 Doma Leather Jacket - same color, different style here (on sale!) | J.Crew Graphic Tee | J.Crew Pixie Pants | Aldo Pumps | Vince Camuto Purse - similar here | Necklace c/o Gorjana | Bracelets: DailyLook, Madewell | Rings: Gorjana, Kate Spade Saturday, Madewell

Thanks so much for reading!!


XOXO, 
E ♥

Monday, March 17, 2014

Red

Hi everyone! A fabulous happy Monday to you all because...it's spring break!! 

As gorgeous as the weather looks in these photos, I'm currently vacationing in a place where there's never a need for snow boots or down jackets, the land of sunshine and happiness, my home away from home :) Can anyone guess where? 


I love me a good pair of cropped military chinos; zipper on the side? Even better. Why might you ask? Because they're the perfect cool girl pant for that "I woke up like this" fabulous effect. They're easy to throw on with a casual white top paired with a nice jacket to elevate the look and finished off with your trusty chucks. An easy trick to feminize this look is to layer on those dainty gold necklaces. You can never buy enough, so why not wear them all at once? {insert stupid hashtag, i.e. #yolo}

As I mentioned in last Wednesday's post, I seriously love Aéropostale's bottoms. I know many of you who are around my age, aka late teens to early-mid 20s, probably have not stepped foot in an Aéropostale store since junior high. However, please do yourself a favor and take the leap of faith. I promise you won't be disappointed. Like I always tell myself (and anyone else who has the misfortune of shopping with me)...it never hurts to try it on cause trying something on is always free. That is until you really like the item and then well, sorry wallet, but farewell savings. It was nice knowin' ya. 





Zara Leather Moto Jacket - splurge here, save here | Top (Unknown) - similar here | Bottoms c/o Aéropostale Bethany Mota Collection | Converse Sneakers | Ray-Ban Sunnies (vintage) - similar here | 3.1 Philip Lim for Target Bag (limited edition) | Necklaces: Gorjana c/o, Forever 21 | Rings: Gorjana, Kate Spade Saturday

Thanks so much for reading!


XOXO, 
E ♥

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Play Date

Hi everyone!

Anna from A Lily Love Affair // Jenny from Stuff I Love // Gaby from Soul of a Fashionista // Yumi from Petite in Style

Spring is definitely in the air, despite all that snow still surrounding me in these photos. I'm confident it is all melting as we speak. This week's collaboration was a fun, but challenging one since my closet isn't exactly overflowing with pastel choices. Thus, I decided to get a little creative by mixing a light wash (aka pastel blue, duh) moto jacket with a pair of dusty pink jeggings, both thanks to Aéropostale. I have to say, Aéropostale actually makes some fantastic pants, and the first pair I picked up from them which you all are probably pretty familiar (last seen here), are actually one of my favorite pairs of jeans. They're very comfortable and very flattering. Plus they hold up extremely well in the wash, and best of all - they're super duper affordable!


This look is definitely a little out of my element, but if you haven't noticed I really like to experiment with different styles. Personally, I classify myself as kind of a fashion chameleon cause I wear lots of different hats and feel right at home in lots of different skins - metaphorically speaking. I think this is a really easy-going look, perfect for a casual day out to run some errands or romp around on a play ground to relive our elementary school days. 




Fun fact: Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers! Can you guess what my all time favorite flower is? I'll give you a hint: it's white and yellow, and I'd love to frolic through a whole field of them!





Jacket c/o Aéropostale (sold out) - similar here | Top c/o Aéropostale Bethany Mota Collection | Jeans c/o Aéropostale | Uniqlo Gingham Shirt | Converse Sneakers | Stella McCartney Clutch - similar here | Necklace c/o Gorjana | Rings: Gorjana, Madewell

Thanks so much for reading!


XOXO, 
E ♥