May 23, 2016

The top you will wear all Summer

This peplum top makes the outfit! It is definitely a business in the front. party in the back situation. The button up front and collar creates a classic look. The combination of the fitted bust and peplum gives some curves even if you don't have any. Once you turn around there is a little surprise. I absolutely love the cut out details. Somehow this top has so much going on and yet looks effortless! I'm not sure how Madewell did it.

I know I'll be wearing this top all summer. I wore this outfit to a birthday dinner last week for one of my close friends! Since the top was black, I wanted to keep the rest of the color scheme neutral as well. For the last month, I have worn my white jeans atleast once a week. They seem to dress up every outfit! Since I'm not to ever keep things too simple, a rose gold clutch spices things up a bit. I got this clutch as a gift for being in one of best friend's wedding. I'm surprised with how much the rose gold goes with but I use it all the time! This clutch is sold out but I have found a few that are similar.

Bow Clutch, sold out (similar here and here

May 20, 2016

My Future is so Bright... I need Shades

Ever summer I'm always eager to add another pair of shades to my collection! This year I'm in to bold sunglasses. I love bright colors, fun patterns and crazy shapes. The best part?  All of these sunglasses are under $100. As always style is always affordable!

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May 18, 2016

Palm Print

Palm leaf print makes me think of warm summer days and cold fruity drinks! Lately I have found myself drawn to the print. The bright green color looks great on most skin tones. If you aren't me and actually get a tan in the summer, it will show that off too! The abstract print dress I'm wearing here is old but I've found so many great pieces below. Dresses, rompers, shorts and swimsuits.... palm print can be on almost anything! 

Abstract Dress, old - Tassel Heels - Crossbody Bag, old (similar here)

Palm leaf print can go both dressy and casual. This one piece and cover up are made for your pool days. This casual dress can double as a cover up too. Updating your work out wear is easy with these palm leaf print pants!

This dress and this jumpsuit are made for a summer date night. Since palm print is quite loud, you don't need to add much to it accessory wise. Nude colored heels or sandals will complete your look.  I love all rompers but this one may be my new favorite. The tie front detail makes it a bit more flirty but still classy.

Matching sets are on trend again this year. This palm print top and shorts make a perfect set. The off the shoulder top would also go well with your favorite white denim!


May 16, 2016

Capsule Wardrobe: Business Casual (Part 1)

Building a work wardrobe can take time and be a headache. It is hard to know wear to start and what is worth investing in. Whether you just graduated and are starting your career, changing careers, or just need a work wardrobe update, I am here to help! In the business world and beyond the most common type of dress code is business casual. In a multi-part series, I'm going to share my idea of the perfect business casual capsule wardrobe. These pieces will help you start your wardrobe. Most of them can be dressed up or down so you can fit them to the exact formal level of your work place. 

What is a capsule wardrobe? Many stylists, bloggers and people in the fashion wardrobe have different definitions of capsule wardrobe. For me, it is the basic staple pieces of a wardrobe that don't go out of style. You will wear them year after year and every season. Once you have the capsule wardrobe down, you can add trendy seasonal pieces to reflect more of your personality.

I won't be focusing on your wardrobe as a whole. This capsule wardrobe is about what you need if you work in a business casual environment.  These are the essential items to start with. Most of them will be in a neutral color scheme and will mix and match with everything. Today, I'm starting with skirts and pants!

I would suggest two to three skirts in your capsule work wardrobe. Atleast one should be black and the others can be navy, khaki or grey. For any work skirt, I suggest a length that almost hits the knee or longer. This way whether you are sitting or standing, you are covered and work appropriate. If you like wearing skirts more than pants you may invest in a few more than I suggested.

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A pencil skirt may be the quintessential work skirt! It flatters every body type. If you have curves it will skim them and if you don't have any curves it helps create them.  A classic pencil skirt in a lightweight fabric will last you forever! You can wear it with almost any top you have. Once you have a pencil skirt in a neutral color, you can add one with a great texture like this one or this one.

Once you have a pencil skirt, I suggest another in a different shape. A-line is another classic skirt shape that is also flattering to most body shapes. If you want something a bit more fashion forward, this ruffled one is an update on a classic.

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Finding a great pair of pants is a little bit harder than shopping for skirts. There are quite a few different styles and fabrics. You may have to try on a few before you find some that you love. I think having three pairs of great fitting pants is a must for your work wardrobe. 

The most basic and classic look is a straight or wide leg trouser. A straight leg will look good on anyone. This classic look will skim your legs and create a long, lean look. A wider leg pant also looks great on most. If you are a bit self conscience of your hips or bottom a wide leg can balance that out. These pants need to be hemmed to just be slightly above the ground. You'll need to know what heels you'll be wearing with them to have hem hemmed correctly.

Ankle pants may seem more as a trendier item, but I believe they have now become a classic. Skinny or straight legged, they belong in everyone's work wardrobe. This shape is my favorite work pants to wear! You may have to get them hemmed so that they hit right at your ankle bone. These pants pair well with any heel height or even flats. I've styled them here and here

May 13, 2016

Piece It All Together

Not long ago, one piece swimsuits only came in a few shapes and prints. If you wanted something beyond the Speedo brand one piece, it took a lot of effort to find. Now most swimsuit designers are designing one pieces that are as fashion forward as bikinis. One pieces are not a one design fits all anymore. The prints, patterns and cuts have created a wide variety of one pieces and there is one to flatter every body. They can be as fun, fashionable and sexy as any bikini!

I found some amazing one pieces. For anyone that needs some extra support, there are plenty of one pieces with underwire. Many of these can be ordered in bra sizes too. Ted Baker always has such great prints for swimsuits like this one and this one! The underwire and print combo help create an hourglass figure. 

Cut out details have been all over fashion for a few years. It is only natural for the trend to make it's way to swim wear! Cut outs can be sweet like this peplum one piece and this floral one piece. A cut out detail can also be sexy like this one and this one

The plunge neckline is flattering on all types of bodies. Small or large chests look great with this neckline, if you are comfortable with this much skin showing. The plunge neckline should be your one piece if you want a sexy look but still a one piece. This crocodile print on this one piece adds even more sex appeal to the plunge neckline. The sweet print of this one creates a contrast to the sexy neckline. 

Simple can still be flattering! You don't have to show a lot of skin to look sexy. Classic black gets updated with a one shoulder ruffle detail. This bow detail accentuates the bust for a flirty detail. The pattern on this one piece creates a longer torso and waist!

Now a one piece is a fashionable addition to anyone's swimsuit collection!