Comfort Zone // sweater dress + peep-toe booties

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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Is anyone else (and their wardrobe) seasonally confused? As crazy as it is to experience 60-degree days in February, there's no need to have a wardrobe freakout. I've got the PERFECT summer-in-February solution for you - and it all begins with this beyond fabulous dress from Welcome to The Comfort Zone, people!
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A sweater dress provides you with the best of both worlds when the temperatures are giving you whiplash. And This style from Tobi is a must-have. Why? It's crazy comfy, super flattering, and surprisingly versatile. Example: while peep-toe booties are perfect for springtime, I've also worn black over-the-knee suede boots with this chic little number. See what I mean? This piece is virtually seasonless. 
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Peep-toe booties are THE transitional shoe to own. They shine the brightest during these times of seasonal confusion and can carry you all the way through fall. I'm loving nude for spring and summer and so are the runways - so jump on the bandwagon now!
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What'd I tell you about nude? If these neutral-hued sunglasses haven't convinced you yet, then I don't know what will. Rightfully so, I'm obsessed with these beauties. Get your own pair here and prepare to feel like a supermodel.
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Since my dress already has quite a commanding presence, I wanted to keep my purse small, minimal, and streamlined. My trusty Michael Kors crossbody did the trick as it polished off my outfit with elegance and sophistication. 
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Weird-shaped earrings are my thing right now, and I've been super into experimenting with my two piercings. Try breaking the mold and putting a larger earring in your top hole. Although I didn't do that here, it's something I've had fun with before - it instantly gives you an edge. 
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Keeping it simple, I wore my usual everyday jewelry. I know I should switch it up, but I wear these same rings and bracelets every day - and this rose gold watch is my most versatile (rose gold counts as nude, right?) 
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While some may call wearing a dress in February sans tights "jumping the gun," I call it "following my heart." If YOUR heart is also leading you prematurely towards springtime, a sweater dress is the recommended way to let your legs breathe without shivering to death. Voila - your pre-spring fashion prayers have been answered!
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I kept my makeup light and fresh with a peachy lip by Bite Beauty and a shimmery bronze lid by Urban Decay. In spring, it's fun to enhance your natural beauty with minimal makeup and an easy-breezy beauty routine (like throwing your hair in a high pony LOL). 
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Can you tell I'm ready for spring? 
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Photos by Antonio Owens 
[dress: Tobi // shoes: Sam Edelman (similar style here) // sunglasses: Banana Republic // purse: Michael Kors (similar style here) // earrings: & Other Stories // watch: Fossil // heart tag bracelet: Tiffany & Co. // amethyst bangle: David Yurman // lipstick: Bite Beauty in "Pepper" // eyeshadow: Urban Decay's Naked palette]

You GUYS, this past weekend was drop-dead gorgeous, and I could not get enough. This magical taste of spring has left me craving warmer weather like never before - and you better believe I'm jazzed for March 20 (aka the first official day of spring). But in the meantime, I've got my trusty no-fail sweater dress to tide me over ;)
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X's & O's // graphic sweater + OTK boots

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

In an effort to style a simple, everyday fall/spring outfit, I brought together a few major trends: pops of color, high-waisted jeans, graphic statements, & thigh-high boots. The result? An enviable street look that's chock full of style. And even better, it's a cinch to recreate. 
It's my humble opinion that you can never own too much outerwear (or shoes for that matter...) Think about it - when it's THIS cold outside, your coat basically is your outfit. So you might as well make it count, right? This cherry red topcoat is a favorite of mine as it's bright and cheerful and really pops against an urban sea of black. 
A graphic sweater definitely knows how to make a statement. While I'm not a huge fan of having words on my clothes (this phrase being an exception,) a simple "XO" is pretty darn irresistible. It transforms a simple black sweater into something more much fun and Insta-worthy! And this piece's side slits are simply fabulous. 
Rocking a side-slit sweater or any kind of crop top calls for throwing on your fav pair of high-waisted jeans. These figure-hugging beauties are flattering and elongating, which makes them my go-to high-rise denim. Plus, they're skinny enough to perfectly fit inside these skin-tight boots! 
...Speaking of boots! Suede over-the-knee boots have been a fan favorite these past two seasons, and THIS girl is definitely in love. Whether worn with bare legs, leggings, or skinny jeans, they're undoubtedly flattering and sexy. I recently added a black pair to my collection as well, but I like how gray is a bit unexpected - it seems fresher for spring! 
In need of a dose of print, I added my favorite Rebecca Minkoff bag into the mix. The style is edgy and eye-popping, which perfectly compliments a relatively neutral outfit. 
Oh hello sunglasses! While round sunnies aren't everyone's cup of tea (they weren't mine until recently,) I find this pair from The Row super fun and statement-making. The mint green only makes them THAT much more interesting and exciting to style. And maybe I look like a bug in them, but at least I look like a STYLISH bug. 
 Photos by Antonio Owens 
[coat: Ann Taylor (similar style here) // sweater: Banana Republic (I also like this one) // jeans: Gap // boots: Wendy Williams via QVC (similar pair here) // purse: Rebecca Minkoff (I also like this one) // sunglasses: The Row // earrings: Ella Moss (I also like this pair) // leather cuff: Michael Dawkins // watch: Marc Jacobs // heart tag bracelet: Tiffany & Co. // amethyst bangle: David Yurman]

 If it looks like these photos were NOT taken in February, that's because they weren't - you caught me! Maybe the full-on greenery in the background gave it away? Or the fact that my fingers aren't bright red with frostbite! While I never had time to post these pics back when they were taken in early November, I found them totally appropriate for the end of winter. 

Ok, maybe I'm getting ahead of myself with the whole "end of winter" thing, but hey, a girl can dream, right? Regardless - boots, jeans, a sweater, and a fabulous coat is definitely a combo I can get behind, not matter WHAT stage of winter we're in. 
 // SHOP //

Valentine's Day Casual Look // cropped sweater + boyfriend jeans

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

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While I love dressing up for Valentine's Day as much as the next girl (ok let's be real - MORE than the next girl), sometimes there's simply no need to go all out. Most recently I shared a fancier V-Day look with you all, but THIS ensemble is perfect for a laid-back holiday spent at the movies or you & your valentine's favorite pizza joint. Because there's no reason jeans and a sweatshirt can't be just as sexy and festive as heels and a skirt. #amirite? 
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When it comes to Valentine's Day, red is queen. So if you're opting for a super casual or relaxed vibe, it's best to get festive with color. Otherwise, it could be just any normal day! This top goes the extra mile with its glitter fabric, which I'm unapologetically a huge fan of. Even better, the cropped fit takes this sweater from typical-sweatshirt status to stylish statement-making streetwear. 
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This is one of my favorite pairs of jeans. They're distressed in all the right places, the wash is not too light and not too dark, and they're beyond flattering. Pick YOUR most-loved denim to wear on date night, and you'll feel confident and comfortable - which is always the sexiest thing you can wear anyways! It's not necessarily about WHAT you wear, but HOW you wear it. 
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Sticking with my beloved Adidas sneaks, I knew I couldn't go wrong. Yes, heels would have taken this outfit to new heights (no pun intended) and given it some polished flair. And booties would've turned it into a fierce look fit for a club, but sometimes you just have to do your poor feet a solid. It also doesn't hurt that these shoes have just as much street cred as they do cushion.
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This sassy leopard belt really pulls my outfit together. Without it, I would look and feel incomplete. It's that tiny detail that can easily be overlooked, but once it's added, it completely changes everything. I was also in desperate need of some print, so this fun accessory satisfied that need perfectly. 
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I got my red, and with this simple little crossbody, I got my pink too! Blush looks fabulous with everything, and for Valentine's Day especially, there's no equivalent alternative. 
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Mirrored sunnies are a chic addition to a chill outfit. They'll give you effortless polish and can be worn to edge up a girly frock or add major polish to jeans and a tee. Any way you slice it, they're super fun!
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Trying to incorporate even more V-Day inspo into my look, I couldn't resist throwing on my precious "Love" necklace. This is a very special piece to me and has been since I got it back in eighth grade. It's delicate, beautiful, and ideal for this love-filled holiday. 
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 When dressed down, makeup becomes even more essential than usual. A neutral look, while chic, would be a little too muted for date night when I'm already in such casual attire. So I painted my pout with a deep red matte gloss to make a statement. 
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This isn't your everyday loungewear, which is why this look works for an informal date night. While it IS comfy and casual, it's also stylish and well thought out. 
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 Photos by Antonio Owens 
[sweater: & Other Stories // jeans: Gap // sneakers: Adidas // purse: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // belt: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // sunglasses: Anthropologie (I also like this style) // necklace: Tiffany & Co. (less expensive version here) // earrings: & Other Stories // lipstick: Kylie Cosmetics' KoKo Collection in "Gorg" (similar product here)]

Dressing up for Valentine's Day is a ton of fun, and it's something I do every year. But in all honesty, this year -- especially since Feb. 14 falls on a Tuesday -- I think I'm going to wear this exact outfit. While my boyfriend and I have romantic plans the weekend AFTER V-Day, on the actual day we're keeping things low-key with a simple dinner-and-a-movie combo.  
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 // SHOP //