Monthly Archives: October 2012

Cinderella Style

Who says Halloween doesn’t have to do with style?? It’s a day you can emulate any person, thing, or whatever  you want.  And some of those people we dress up as are people who are considered to be style icons.  Now, a lot of the time style icons are actual people…but they can be animated people too can’t they?  Sayyyy, Cinderella?  I mean, Cindy rocked those rags, and showed us all how she and her little mouse friends were designers and seamstresses.  And even after the devastating destruction of her beautiful blush masterpiece, she stilll rocked an amazing ice blue ball gown! AND got a royal ride to the castle in an elaborate pumpkin carriage.  What a crafty woman.  And one with style at that.  Who wouldn’t want to emulate Cinderella for Halloween??  Unfortunately, I was unable to come up with my own Cinderella ball gown (this year!) to dress up as my very favorite Disney character/animated style icon…so this pumpkin carriage is the closest I’ll get this year. ;)

Happy Halloween!! Everyone be safe!

And thoughts and prayers go out to those on the east coast, stay somewhere safe.

The Epitome of Fall: Jackets and Boots

Two of my favorite things about Fall are 1) jackets, and 2) boots.  They both are important elements in a cool, laid back, Fall outfit.  For me, they can take an otherwise simple get-up to something a little more interesting and appealing.  And let’s face it, in this chilly weather, no one can see what we’re really wearing anyway, so we might as well make sure our outer layers do all the talking, and make those stylish first impressions for us.

Here, I’m wearing my FaVoriTE Fall jacket.  It’s a faux leather, asymetrical zip that I will always consider to be my best fashion find while I studied abroad in London.  The boots are my Arturo Chiang combat boots that I’ve had not even a year, and have already managed to truly break them in and rough them up, but that’s ok, they’re better that way anyway.

Another Target find, on clearance in the jewelry department. Scarf is H&M.

The sweater is BCBGeneration, Jessica Simpson jeggings (GREAT fall staple to pair with those oversize cozy sweaters), they’re also great because they’re designed more like an actual pant…and are a double knit, so are thicker and warmer too.

Baroque is Not Broke

Baroque styles are pretty big for fall.  I’m not complaining…these styles are so Marie Antoinette.  Elaborate and beautiful, where too much is never enough.  The more opulant the better. But in real life, you probably just want to show off a little taste of the ‘Baroque’ trend…not head to toe,  so this is my toned down version.

My mom made this jacket for me a few years ago.  It’s a metallic tweed fabric.  Verrrry cool and one of my favorites that I’ll cherish forever, and also truely one of a kind.  I think it gives off that ‘Baroque’ vibe.  And what’s best about it, is that I can make it casual, like this… or I could dress it up with a nice pencil skirt and heels.

I paired it with a stripe tee from Forever 21, skinnies, and my Arturo Chang combat boots.  Scarf is from H&M, earrings from Dillard’s.

close up of the fabric.  Really unique.

The Flirty Skirt

The other day, I was flipping through the October issue of People Style Watch, and saw this skirt I bought from Target a couple weeks ago! I got excited…it’s fun to see stuff you’ve bought featured in magazines!! Also, gives you ideas on how to put stuff together.  I know I tend to post a lot of non-brand things… but that is why I’m here.  Style comes from everywhere, whether that means high end department stores or your local thrift shop.  Style is about mixing and matching, highs and lows–brand name with vintage, lace with leather, denim with a tailored jacket.  It’s all about balance…and adding a little bit of YOU.

Talk about high and low! This skirt says just that…it’s got girly pleats in a feminine crepe chiffon, with a faux leather waistband!!

Here’s how I wore it. Vince Camuto silk blouse, faux leather jacket, also from Target, Hue opaque tights, Arturo Chang suede slouchy boots.

Belt is BCBG, Mom’s ‘lantern’ necklace, and Botkier for Target metallic clutch.

Watch for more, I’m quite excited to experiment more with this flirty find! :))

Accessory Add-ON

I know that it’s said that ‘diamonds are a girls best friend’…but really, it’s accessories.  Accessories are a girls best friend. Why? Because they are so dependable.  Accessories are just what a girl needs to make an outfit, an outfit.  One that catches your eye.  I must warn though, a lot of the time the accessory/ies become the star of the show.

For example, this necklace.  It’s a knockout.  Just walking through a farmer’s market, I got asked about it by 3 people in a row! “Is that real jade??!” one asked.  The answer was “no, it’s not..but it sure looks like it, huh?”  Just a tad more modestly priced over here at Anthropologie.  My absolute favorite place for very unique accessories (especially jewelry) AND housewares.

To go with my ‘blues’ color palette, I thought I needed a little something  in the warmer color family to pull it together.  So I went with this bright orange wristlet/clutch from Target–which I found for $5! Not a bad accessory add-on.

Navy blazer with faux suede elbow patches, H&M; colored skinnies and teal tee,  Target; belt, Grandpas; cowboy boots, from a cowboy shop.

Designers for Less=LOVE

I don’t know about you guys, but I get super excited when Target comes out with their designer collections.  The most recent is Kirna Zabete for Target, a fashion duo with a store in Soho, NY.  I got this fun, printed high/ low skirt for only $30! Also, another great reason to look forward to the design collections at Target–super affordable fashions by of the moment designers!

Worn here with bright blue dolman sleeve top, bone colored faux leather moto jacket (both Dillard’s), strappy black high heel sandals.

I paired my ensemble with this stud belt (Steve Madden?) from Dillard’s-the studs are actually silver, but seem to look gold in this pic, and this hunter green faux croc clutch, also from Target. (only $19.99!)