Outfit Details & Links:
Jumpsuit- Urban Outfitters
Hat- Free People
With only a few weeks left of summer, I figured I was running out of opportunities to bring out my bold floral prints so I decided to take advantage. This cut out jumpsuit is a piece I’ve had for a couple of years now and it still never fails to make a statement and remain one of my favorite summer items. As far as comfort and ease, this piece takes the cake by far and requires hardly any effort at all when it comes to styling. The look was definitely inspired by festival fashion with a hint of western elements as well. Though many accessories are not needed to complete this look due to such an “in your face” pattern, I still decided to add my black wide brimmed hat for a little extra personality and fun. While I am excited for cooler temperatures that may require me to throw on a leather jacket, there is something about summer fashion that I will miss as well. I guess this post is an ode to the flowy garments and cut outs that will soon be fading to the back of my closet until next year. Goodbye summer, hello fall.
This was probably the first shoot I’ve done in which the vision was almost completely dictated by the location. As soon as we decided on the playground, the ensemble took on a whole new life of it’s own. It brought me back to the many years I spent in private school with those stark white collared shirts, and plaid skirts (of course they were much longer back then) and how we would always try our best to make our uniforms as flattering and unique as possible. Needless to say, we weren’t that successful but those years definitely helped shape who I am today and had its fun moments. For this look I wanted to focus on the subtle details of the pieces, such as the double hem of the top and the intricate stitching on the leather mini. To add a little fun and movement to the look, I threw on a pair of fringe heeled sandals and enjoyed the moment. As I’m sure the kids and their parents looked at me like I was crazy, I had a blast reliving a moment of my childhood, in a much more fashionable way of course! 😉
For my first styling segment I decided to keep it pretty simple but fun with a casual look that was inspired by both the 70’s decade, since that has been one of the biggest trends this season, and bohemian-chic. Luckily, my beautiful friend Clarise was more than willing to be my model and had a nice selection of clothes to choose from. From the moment I saw this dress in her closet I instantly had my vision. I decided to make the frock the focal point of the look and just build around it with accessories. Since the dress was printed, I chose a black wide-brimmed hat and gladiator sandals to prevent clashing but still keep the look eye-catching and fashionable. For a pop of color, at the last minute, I also added a red backpack that seemed to tie everything together and compliment the dress pattern perfectly. Overall I’d say this shoot was a success! 😀
Aside from the pulling of the ensemble, I also tapped into another interest of mine which is makeup. Because this was a daytime look, I chose to keep the makeup pretty neutral with bronzy eyes and cheeks, finished off with a neutral brown lip. For hair, I thought it would be fitting to keep it sleek and straight because it is the most adaptable and I wasn’t sure what accessories I would be selecting until the day of. As a whole, I think that the hair and makeup worked seamlessly for the look. I am definitely pleased with my work for my first documented styling shoot and thankful to my friend for participating in this experience. Stay tuned for more to come!
If I had to choose my favorite fabrics, denim would definitely be in my top three. Why, you may ask? In my opinion, it is the perfect fabric because it is structured enough to almost always have you looking put together, and neutral enough to go with almost anything; in other words, an all-around winning situation. On this particular day, I decided to style this denim, oversized, long-line button up shirt as dress for a relaxed feminine vibe while I took a stroll around the streets of Harlem. Looks like these are perfect for running errands, meeting with friends, or simply hanging out around the city. As far as simplicity and comfort, I really don’t think you can go wrong with a denim dress and a cute pair of flats. I recently took to the stores to purchase a few more pairs to add to my collection and spice up my more casual ensembles. “Simple Summer.” I think that’s the motto I’m going to live by for the rest of the season. Wait, who am I kidding, I’m way too indecisive! Lol. Tell me what you prefer, bright and bold summer looks or more toned down outfits. Enjoy!:D
Outfit Details & Links:
Bag- Dooney & Bourke