When it comes to coordinate pieces, making sure they don't feel juvenile is important. I broke up the set by layering a jean jacket on top and buttoning the top two buttons, exposing some skin and changing the originally fitted silhouette.
Photography | Juliette Sandleitner
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Groundbreaking news: you can layer in other seasons aside from winter. Now I know it may seem counter intuitive layering in warmer temps, but hear me out. Layering in spring/summer is the best way to keep your wardrobe interesting.
Don't have anything cute to wear? layer.
Can't find anything cute in the stores? layer.
Strategically layering is my new favorite form of styling. If you have the right two pieces, you can create a unique look. This may be a more challenging way to style, but like #NoShopFebruary it forces you to look at your closet in a new way, and save money. Take my look below, I paired a ruffled crop top with a structured jumpsuit. They are meant to be worn separately, but together, they create a unique silhouette that can be styled from day to drinks with the swap of an accessory.
This shoot was portrait centered, but what I love about these beautiful images is how they capture movement.
BEHIND THE SCENES | CAPTURING THE SHOT
sharing my weekend outfits with you from New York to Nashville.
Maybe it's been the cold front, or maybe its just me, but I've been v lazy these days. The shirt and jean combo hasn't been cutting it for me, so I decided to spice things up and start utilizing the jumpsuits in my closet. Not only are they easier to wear (hello, it's already a full outfit), but you know they look good because they are one full piece already.
The Room Label sent me this beautiful clementine colored strapless jumpsuit and I fell in love. After patiently waiting for the cold weather to pass, I wore it for the first time to Jordan's sister's wedding in late April. And even though temps were nowhere near warm, I wore it with pride (and goosebumps). Aside from being obsessed with the sleek and flattering cut, I absolutely love the idea of having a linen jumpsuit to last me through summer. I picture wearing it for casual daytime looks, like ones similar to below, but I know that I can just as easily throw on a pair of strappy heels (like I did here) and dress it up.
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Photography | Elissa Garza from Style Wire
Jumpsuit | gifted from The Room Label
I accessorized this jumpsuit with white sneakers and earrings to make it more summery. I kept the look casual with sneakers and a denim jacket, and it was perfect for the activities that Elissa and I post shoot.
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I don't know about you, but this New England weather has been giving me the blues...literally. So it's only fitting that I experiment with blue lipstain for this shoot. It seems like a shocking color, but when paired with a matching coat and top knot, it feels strong and sophisticated. To counter this dark hue, I kept the rest of my look neutral and clean. It's important to keep everything else simple so that the color can be the pop. With this look, it allows the blue to take center stage.
I would describe a blue lip, like a colored mascara: it's virtually undetectable until you view it from close up. From far away, it creates a beautiful dimension to your lips, and can be perceived as a dark red or Burgundy. But after a closer look shows the rich, cooler tone of the blue, that really pops on any skin tone. This is a color for the confident, which I know you are since you're reading this.
Like fashion, beauty is a vehicle for you to express yourself in a unique way. Although I am a minimal makeup kind of gal, I really enjoy experimenting with bold lip hues. I love the statement that they make and the conversations that they encourage. I'm drawn to the uncomfortable nature of products that push me out of my comfort zone, so it makes sense that I'm drawn to dramatic lip colors. Wearing a taboo color gives me a rush, and when paired properly makes me feel on top of the world. The most important thing about wearing non-traditional pieces, is the confidence behind them because in the end, that's what makes the look stand out.
I styled the look around the white turtleneck that Hope Ave gifted me. I love the sleek neckline, baby soft material and long length. The structural style elevates the look, making it perfect for a bougie brunch with your friends. Wear it with a nude lip for brunch, and add the blue for dinner or a night out. If you want to start a conversation, or make a statement, this blue is the perfect color for you. When I wear a bold color like this blue, I get a lot of questions about it, specifically where one can get it too.
For Weekend |
If you loved this look for the weekend, wear it for work too. Here's how:
For Work |
The only positive thing about this weather is that you can continue to wear faux fur jackets. They are a warm, pop of color for this chilly spring. Since they're a cold weather piece, they usually go on sale during this time, so you can get great deals. Below are my picks for colorful faux fur:
When it comes to silhouettes, the paper bag waist pant has peaked my curiosity. I was first drawn to the style when I saw how flattering they were on Kendall Jenner. She wore a paper bag waist trouser with a strapless top, and I've been intrigued ever since. When paired correctly, they have the ability to slim waists, and give a unique, yet figure flattering silhouette. Before purchasing these pants, make sure that they are fitted properly to your proportion because it's crucial that they hit you at the slimmest part of your waist. Lucky for me Hope Ave. sent me a pair of paper bag waist culottes that fit perfectly (shop these exact pants here, and in mustard here). My favorite thing about these pants is how figure flattering they are, how formal the material looks, and the fact they they also have pockets. As a tall woman, it's almost impossible to find a long trouser in a paper bag waist, so a culotte is the next best thing. If you struggle with finding pants, a culotte is the perfect alternative, just make sure that they hit at the right spot. If you're short, make sure that they hit right under the knee, and for taller women, mid shin is good.
Just remember to pair them with a fitted, or cropped top so that they can best accentuate your shape.
For Work |
- Fitted Turtleneck + Paper Bag Waist Pant + Heel
- Like I did below.
For Casual |
- Graphic Tee + Paper Bag Waist Pant + Slides
- Like I did with this look
For A Night Out |
- Fitted Crop Top + Paper Bag Waist Pant + Sock Boots
These pants have been on my wardrobe list for a while, so when I received this pair, I was ecstatic. In addition to being easy to wear for streetwear, they are also great for the office. They have an old school, tailored feel to them that can be transitioned in many different ways. I paired them with a fitted turtleneck, camel coat and heels.
This first look is my take on an early evening outfit, it transitions nicely from day to dinner. I paired a loose blouse with an A line floral skirt, sock boots and a blazer. To spice it up, I tied a black neckerchief around my neck to create an elevated, choker-like look. When it comes to evening wear, I think that chokers are super sexy, but can come across as childish. The perfect alternative for a more mature look is a thin scarf or neckerchief. Mine was a parting gift from DRESSHIRT, the fashion company that I used to intern for.
Forget the cardigans and khakis, let's spice things up. The patent leather creates a rock and roll edge that this romper needs. I kept it simple on the accessories because of the bold materials of this look. Add a leather jacket to contrast a glitzy piece.
Olive green is one of my favorite colors for fall. It is flattering on almost all skin tones and pairs well with everything. To me it is the perfect neutral color to integrate into your winter wardrobe.
how to wear velvet and metallic stars for the holidays. The holidays are coming up, so let's ring them in in style. Swap your sweater for a textured blazer, and get decked out in sparkles. I worked with LIT Boutique to create a fun holiday look. We paired textured red velvet and some sparkles to create the perfect look for a night out.
My new favorite piece to add to a holiday look is a fitted bodysuit. They hug your figure and create a tailored fit that a shirt can't match. Luckily for us brands are starting to take notice and creating unique styles that can be worn for formal occasions instead of for a night out. For an elevated twist on a holiday party look, I paired a sheer, high neck bodysuit with green corduroy trousers. It's sexy, yet sophisticated and even though the suit is sheer, it doesn't feel over the top. Plus the green trousers also add a pop of color and a holiday feel.
how to wear the statement sleeves trend for a work outfit and for a casual outfit. 80's are back. When I first heard this I cringed, the 80's are my least favorite decade in fashion. The styles were so out there and gaudy with neon colors, perms and ill fitting clothing (MC Hammer pants). Even after seeing the Saint Laurent sparkle boot during fashion week my feelings haven't changed much. However, when details are taken from the decade and simplified, and modernized, I can get behind them. Like this simplified statement sleeve with a wrap waist. In addition to being "on trend", it creates a flattering silhouette. The volume of the sleeves paired with a slim waist, creates the illusion of a smaller med section. I chose to pair this H&M balloon sleeve top with high waisted denim and a monogram belt. This style can be overwhelming, so I recommend keeping the look simple. Here are some other ways that I plan on wearing it:
experimenting with fall fashion and pairing polka dots and leather.
Photographing fashion with Athel.
working with Lit Boutique to show you how to wear metallics for fall.
Showing you how to wear a pageboy cap.
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