Show Your Stripes // orange & blue jacket + ruffle blouse

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

spring outfit ideas 2017
The secret's out - I'm crazy for stripes! And while I wear J.Crew striped T's as much as the next millennial, you've GOT to change up your style game every once in a while. So showing my stripes off in a whole new way, I styled this funky look. And it just so happens to be ultra office appropriate and totally street-style chic all wrapped up in one. 
white ruffle blouse
outfits you can wear to work
Don't be shy, go ahead and flaunt those stripes! When I first saw this Ann Taylor top coat, I knew it was a special piece. Featuring both vertical and horizontal stripes, it's definitely one of those clothing items that make your entire outfit a "complete look." It's unique, vibrant, and perfect for spring. Basically, it's what fashion "It" girls dream of.
spring fashion ideas
orange blue jacket
Ruffles. If you're into the fashion scene whatsoever, you already know frills and froufrou have been dominating stores lately. This blouse, although a few years old (and by "a few" I mean I bought it in 2012), is still completely relevant today. But I gave it an edgier look by throwing such a powerful jacket over it. So if "romance dressing" isn't your thing, don't forget how impactful accessories can be!
how to wear ruffles
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Ankle trousers - or as I like to call them, cigarette pants - are a complete must-have for any modern woman. They're THE office pant to own, and they totally come in handy when you're sick of wearing denim. Since I'm barely 5'2, I bought mine in petite to ensure they hit my ankles in jussst the right spot. Because when it comes to, well, pretty much anything, fit is everything. 
navy ankle pants
nyc spring fashion
While I love statement footwear - from metallic, to leopard, to glitter - sometimes you need to go back to the basics. Nude ankle-strap heels are a sure winner if you don't know what shoe to slip on with that crazy printed top of yours. They blend in while still looking uber polished and ladylike. 
nude ankle strap heels
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A clean white purse is one of those spring accessories you never knew you needed. While black is timeless and sophisticated, white is fresh and cheerful. And with a woven texture and fun tassels, this Michael Kors beauty easily compliments anything I wear. 
white michael kors purse
striped jacket
These nude-hued sunnies have been my obsession lately. Sometimes when I wear white, or any other bright color, I don't want to throw my look off by sporting contrasting black frames. Sunglasses like these are the perfect solution. See how black could be overpowering with an outfit like this?
nude sunglasses
striped ann taylor jacket
Dainty dangle earrings were the only real jewelry I needed here. With ruffles galore, I understandably didn't want to pile on the jewels. This style is glamorous without competing for attention. 
silver dangle earrings
spring makeup 2017
Keeping my makeup simple and light, I opted for Urban Decay's "Sin" shadow on my lids followed by "Suspect" on my eyelid creases, and "Mushroom" on my outer corners. And don't forget to use Primer Potion as a first layer! 
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Photos by Antonio Owens 
[top coat: Ann Taylor (I also like this style) // top: Ann Taylor (similar style here) // pants: Ann Taylor // heels: Ann Taylor (similar style here) // purse: Michael Kors (similar style here) // sunglasses: Banana Republic // earrings: Gorjana (I also like this pair) // watch: Fossil // lipstick: Bite Beauty]

Shedding your big puffy coat once winter wraps up is one of life's biggest joys. Showing off a new, lighter, much more stylish jacket in its place is another. Basically just an extra long blazer with big buttons, this top coat is my spring essential for 2017, and I've already worn it countless times!
striped topcoat
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Springtime's Edge // ruffle blouse + leather jacket

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

spring street style
While spring is the perfect time of year to bust out your favorite floral, ruffle, and lacy pieces, it's fun to mix it up and add a little leather in between all the romanticism. Giving a polished girly blouse majorly edgy vibes, I'll show you how to put a badass spin on springtime classics. 
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how to wear pointed toe loafers
Thanks to Hamilton, high-neck ruffle blouses owned the runways this past spring season. But you don't need to feel "stuffy" to rock this trend. Rather than pairing my top with a pencil skirt, I gave it a modern makeover and styled it with so-now accessories and rock-n-roll extras. 
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how to wear leather jacket
It all begins with leather. A black moto jacket is a classic closet staple that I can't speak highly enough of. It especially comes in handy in times like these; when you're craving some edge with a side of rocker-chic polish. A layer like this will instantly transform your "grandma" blouse into something suitable for 2017. In short, a leather jacket can be a real outfit saver.
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fashion blogger snakeskin bag
When simple blue jeans won't cut it, I turn to black denim. There's just something so fresh about a midnight pair of jeans -- they scream rockstar to me. And while I love holey pants, this pair is office-approved and STILL stylish. Paired with a matching black jacket, this may just be your new uniform.
black skinny jeans leather jacket
nyc spring street style
Black and white is great and all, but I couldn't resist adding a dash of fun into the mix here. Cobalt blue looks so sharp paired with black, and with a pointed-toe, these loafers are the definition of #ShoeGoals. Without them, my outfit would not be nearly as interesting. 
tibi blue pointed toe loafers
edgy work outift ideas
Another focal point of my look, a printed bag provides edge and excitement to any ensemble. Leopard is chic and "uptown" while snakeskin is urban and "downtown." 
snakeskin rebecca minkoff purse
nyc spring fashion
Does it get any more classic-cool than Ray-Bans Wayfarers? The answer is no, it does not. These iconic sunglasses are effortless, versatile, and super hip. 
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kats fashion fix
White pearl earrings are a lot of things, but "edgy" is not one of them. To give my outfit that extra oomph, I put on gray pearl studs. They compliment my feminine blouse while paying tribute to my moody extras.gray pearl earrings
how to wear white blouse
Neutral makeup with a subtle flushed glow was what I tried to achieve with this beauty look. I love how my lips are unmistakably red, but they're not over-the-top cherry red. It's a happy medium! 
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how to wear leather jacket to work
Photos by Dan Harper
[top: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // jacket: Guess (similar style here) // pants: Nordstrom (similar style here) // shoes: Tibi (I also like this pair) // purse: Rebecca Minkoff (I also like this option) // sunglasses: Ray-Ban // earrings: fine jewelry (similar pair here) // eyeshadow: Urban Decay's Naked palette]

I put this look together to prove that hard and soft styles CAN live together in harmony. It's all about seamlessly blending romantic pieces with tough pieces to create a modern feminine aesthetic. And honestly, I'm kind of hooked on the result!  
spring outfit ideas
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Anything But Ordinary // tulle sweatshirt + metallic boots

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

skirt with jeans
Dare to be different in a sweatshirt that doubles as a dress, dare to stand out in look-at-me metallic booties, and dare to attention seek in piled-on accessories because, after all, you're anything but ordinary ;) You know that quote? "In a world full of Cheerios, be the Fruit Loop?" Yeah, it's kind of like that. 
spring makeup trends
brookfield place photoshoot
Inject a little tulle into your life! Not a fan of over-the-top ballerina skirts? This unique sweatshirt may just be your new BFF. It's a top that has long, drapey tulle attached to its hem, and, I don't know about you, but I am SO into it. It's def a statement piece, and even better, it never fails to attract compliments!
how to wear skirt with jeans
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Paired with this top, I wanted my pants to be super skinny. I opted for dark-wash high-rise denim, and it almost looks like I'm wearing leggings. Once temps get even warmer, I'm planning on wearing black shorts underneath instead of jeans.
tulle jeans silver booties
tulle skirt over jeans fashion
I feel like these booties are straight out of a sci fi novel! But while metallic is definitely out-of-this-world, the trend is also so NOW. In shoe form, such a mirrored finish adds instant polish while giving you major style cred. Fun fact: Ice-T once complimented me on these beauties!
metallic silver booties
nyc spring style
Of course ONE metallic piece is never enough, right? I couldn't resist throwing this bronze clutch into the mix as a funky way to add even more shine to my dark, moody look. 
metallic clutch
metallic mirror sunglasses
Sunglasses always amp up your ensemble. Once again, I chose my shiniest pair to echo the metallic finish of my shoes and bag. So much silver has me feeling like I belong in the future! 
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Chokers have been my go-to jewelry item lately, and my favorite of the moment is this gorgeous Free People piece. It's fresher than your typical black velvet strip and it looks super fierce when paired with a longer, edgy necklace. Seriously, the power of necklace layering is real!  
Free People black choker
choker necklace layering
 While I originally thought I was going to wear a super dark plum shade of lipstick with this look, I changed my mind at the last minute and decided to paint my pout with a nude matte gloss - a total 180! I'm so glad I went neutral though, as my look is already enough borderline-goth for me as it is. A fresh, bright face is just what my outfit needed! 
balayage hair
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Pants worn under skirts/dresses is totally a thing now! Has anyone else noticed? If you don't believe me, check out Emma Watson here, this runway model here, and this fashion blogger here. Have I convinced you enough to try the trend for yourself? 
how to wear tulle
nude matte lipgloss
While standing out isn't for everyone, I love rocking pieces that have a little flair. I'm not one to go CRAZY when it comes to street style, but tulle attached to a sweatshirt? Sign me up! If you're looking to stand out more, without feeling like Lady Gaga, try starting small with metallic accessories. They're attention-grabbing yet mainstream. 
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zara tulle sweatshirt
Photos by Dan Harper
[sweatshirt with tulle attached: Zara // jeans: Gap // booties: Zara (also love this pair) // clutch: Carlo Fellini (I also like this one) // sunglasses: Anthropologie (similar style here) // choker: Free People // necklace: Eddie Borgo (similar piece here) // lipgloss: Sephora collection cream lip stain in "Pink Peony"]

Just like last week, this is another indoor photoshoot! But the best part? I was happily proved wrong that shooting indoors CAN look good! You just have to make sure there's plenty of natural light. This set was taken inside Brookfield Place and I love how they turned out. If you have any, share your tips for shooting indoors below! 
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