Monday, April 28, 2014

Skyline

Hi everyone! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! 

This past weekend I attended a senior cruise that was planned and hosted by my university, so I decided to share the outfit I wore for that night with you all today! I was born and raised on the east coast and have frequented the city and Hoboken/Jersey City area. I've seen most of the sights, but this was my first time going on a skyline cruise along the Hudson River, seeing the New York City skyline up close. It was quite beautiful and a very enjoyable few hours dining and wining with friends. 


Since the event was cocktail attire, I decided to go with black and sparkle - my favorite combination for a dressy night out. I tried on a couple pairings, but settled for this one because it was comfortable and a little warmer than my other options. I love me a good shift dress, and if it's structured I'll probably love it even more. I thought this one was adorable with the added collar, yet still cool with the slight high-low hemline. I also love the material, which has a slight neoprene feel. 


I paired it with my sequin jacket from Joe's Jeans, and fortunately it cut perfectly with the drop-waist design of this dress. Quick poll - does the pattern of these swirls remind you more of a baroque, renaissance print or the sky from Van Gogh's Starry Night painting? I personally vote for the latter, which is one of the reasons why I love this jacket so much!





Jacket: Joe's Jeans - similar color here and pattern here | Dress: Madewell | Shoes: Zara (sold out) - similar here | Necklace: J.Crew (sold out) - similar here | Bag: Forever 21 via giveaway | Sunnies: Cole Haan - similar here | Rings: Tiffany&Co.

Thanks so much for reading!!


XOXO, 
E ♥

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Laissez Faire

Hi there! Hope you're having a great week!

The origin of the word laissez faire comes from the French, meaning "to let people do as they choose" - not to be confused by the laissez faire term we use nowadays for economics. I'm a strong advocate of the idea "to each his own", and for the most part I really like to just do my own thing. Personal happiness is key, right? :)


Like I mentioned in my last post, I wanted to share an outfit that transitioned this blazer from day to night. I think a white blazer is a great staple piece for the closet, and I actually wore this look out to the city with friends for a nice dinner and late-night adventure seeking. 

I love the silhouette of these shoes from Zara. They're a mix between a heeled sandal and a cutout bootie - both trends that I've really been enjoying. 



One of my favorite things to do is layer statement necklaces. If you know me, either personally or just from following this blog, you'll know that I have a slight obsession with J.Crew jewels. Since their larger pieces tend to be quite pricey (but quite beautiful as well), I don't purchase those often. Instead, my trick is to buy the simpler pieces and layer them together to create the effect of one huge statement piece. I've fooled many people before with this trick, and in the process also received tons of compliments on my "necklace", which many people are pleasantly surprised to find out are actually two  separate necklaces. 




I was kindly sent this black suede tote from MimicDesign for review. MimicDesign is an Etsy shop that primarily sells handmade leather goods and dainty jewelry. The quality of her pieces are amazing, and most of the bags and clutches can also be personalized with monogramming. Since the items are handmade, it does require a little bit more time. The shop owner is also extremely kind and helpful! I liked the idea of a black monogram on top of the black suede, which isn't something she usually makes. However, she made it happen and I love it! I really wanted a there-but-not-really-there monogram on my tote, and I think it turned out just perfectly. For more details you can visit her Etsy page here, or find her on Facebook!

Blazer: Aéropostale - similar here and here | Top: J.Crew (on sale + extra 50% off!) | Bottoms: Zara - similar here | Bag: MimicDesign c/o | Shoes: Zara - save here, crave here | Necklaces: J.Crew | Bracelets: ShopLately, J.Crew Factory, TatumBradley&Co. | Rings: Madewell, BCBGMaxazria | Sunnies: Cole Haan

Thanks so much for reading!!


XOXO,
E ♥

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Fling

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful, beautiful weekend :)

One of the reasons I love being from the East Coast is the deep appreciation you grow to have for each season. Yes, I won't deny that California is a beautiful place with perfect weather almost all year round and the undeniable palm trees that just sucker you in....but you will never really know that amazing feeling when winter finally becomes spring and you know you've successfully braved another cold winter in order to enjoy the awakening of spring blossoms and balmy weather. 

I figured there was no more an appropriate time than now to finally break out these floral paneled silk shorts I bought at the end of last summer. By then I didn't have much chance to wear them and they haven't been seasonally appropriate until now. They do remind me a bit of silk pajama bottoms, but that's what makes them the perfect shorts to feminize and elevate into a chic, daytime outfit. 






Though I do already own an off-white blazer, I've been searching for one that was a true white with longer lapels for a more streamlined look. I've found while pairing many outfits that I was lacking this basic from my wardrobe. Luckily, I found this one on the sale rack at Aéropostale for only $14, so I know I won't mind wearing it around super casually without the fear of staining it beyond repair (my other blazer was much more of an investment piece!) and I also love the cut and feel. 

Since I styled the blazer today for a daytime look, tune in on Thursday to see how I carried this blazer over for a dressier, evening-out look! Picking closet basics is key to building a wholesome wardrobe, so I always love to pick up new tips and tricks to diversify my wardrobe through rotating the staples :)

 Blazer: Aéropostale (sold out online) - similar here and here | Top: Ann Taylor - similar here | Silk Shorts: Rebecca Taylor - love this and this | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Shoes: Aldo (old) - similar here | Sunnies: House of Harlow

Thanks so much for reading!!


XOXO, 
E ♥

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Poppy

Hi there! Hope you're having a great week!

Check out Christina's full look at Looks By Lau!

Today is the second collaboration post with fellow style blogger Christina from Looks by Lau. As a theme we chose pencil skirts, which I feel have become more of a youthful trend as of late - meaning it's being dressed up and/or down in many more versatile ways than just office wear. When it comes to pencil skirts, I shy away from the blacks, greys, and navys because to me those scream corporate culture and I'm really not about that life if you know what I'm saying. This pencil skirt is much more up my alley with the fun painted florals in pops of fuchsia and lavender. 

I personally would love to pair this skirt with a lavender top, but I don't own much lavender so I opted for a navy. The great thing about prints is that you can easily pair it with any color that's already been incorporated into the design, essentially providing you a set palette for mixing and matching. It pretty much makes color a no brainer and you can simply focus more on silhouette. 



I chose a dressier route because I wore this for church-going, but for more casual days you can simply pop on a slubby white tee, some jewels, and you're out the door. How do you style your pencil skirts? We'd love to know!!


 Top: J.Crew - similar here | Skirt: Ann Taylor - love this | Bag: Stella McCartney | Pumps: Aldo (old) - similar here | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: Pandora

Thanks so much for reading :)


XOXO, 
E ♥

Monday, April 14, 2014

Collegiate Chic

Hey everyone! Welcome to another beautiful week :)

Today's look was inspired by and styled around this cardigan. It has a very collegiate/varsity feel because of its navy color and varsity stripes on the sleeve, and immediately upon trying it on I knew it was the perfect cardigan to pair with a boyfriend jean. Surprisingly (and sadly), I don't own a super distressed pair of boyfriend jeans, but I think this sweater would pair perfectly with a light-wash boyfriend jean that are generously destroyed and it was what I had initially envisioned. Guess you know what's next on my shopping list of "items to fill the holes of my wardrobe"!!


This could also work great with a slubby white tee, but since all the ones I own are in desperate need of replacement, I decided to go for some texture and threw on my cropped lace tank from American Apparel which has proved to be a great basic. At full price, I think it was a little pricey for what it is, but in this case, quantity really bought good quality, and this top has held up amazingly well with wear which is extremely impressive for a lace anything. 


How else could you see this varsity style cardigan being styled? 


Cardigan: Madewell (on sale!) | Top: American Apparel (50% off!) | Jeans: Rich and Skinny - love these | Pumps: Aldo - similar here | Bag: Madewell | Sunnies: Cole Haan | Necklaces: Forever 21, Tiffany&Co. | Bracelets: J.Crew (on sale + 50% off!), Pandora, ShopLately c/o

Thanks so much for reading!!


XOXO, 
E ♥