Teddy coats have really taken the fashion world by storm during the Winter months. Though this isn’t the newest trend, it seems that versions of this style of outerwear have become increasingly popular and a staple in the wardrobes of most “fashionistas.” As with most trends, I took my time and waited to see if this was something I felt that I “needed” while considering which design would be best for my personal style. Traditionally, I’ve seen these coats most worn in neutral tones being either tan or beige. That being said, when I came across this cranberry colored option, I was instantly intrigued. There was something about the richness of the hue that really drew me in and made this a “must-have” piece. As we all know, maintaining warmth is the most important thing during this time of year (especially when you live in the Northeast), and because of that a lot of times your ensemble can become hidden underneath a multitude of layers. For this reason, I think its important to develop a collection of statement outwear pieces that are stylish as well as practical. Because I’ve been styling a lot trousers lately, I knew I wanted to switch things up with either a dress or skirt, and to my surprise it wasn’t that hard to find. This plaid printed dress was perfect because it was neutral enough to not take the focus off of the coat, but still eye-catching and on trend. As it’s still January, I knew better than to wear this frock alone; however I also didn’t want to pair it with a turtleneck because to me, it was the obvious choice. After weighing my options, I finally settled on an over-sized cream colored hoodie to layer it with. In my opinion, this really elevated the look in the most casual way. I loved the juxtaposition of the relaxed sweatshirt against the more fitted and feminine dress. To finish off the look, I threw on my new slouchy over-the-knee leather boots. I absolutely love these because I feel like they give a cool edge to the typical thigh-highs while still remaining sexy and sleek. Overall, I was very much pleased with how this look turned out. It also caused me to me reminisce on my private school days and how I would’ve liked to style my uniform then if given the choice. Comment below your favorite piece of Winter outerwear and whether or not you’re a fan of teddy coats. Until next time!
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With so many trends rotating in and out each season, I find it intriguing to sometimes do a bit of research to really appreciate and get a sense of the decade in which they came from. While the 90’s continues to be a major source of inspiration, other eras are also getting called upon for their iconic styles. White booties have become increasingly popular and are a direct nod to the “go-go boots” of the mid to late 60’s. As per usual, I didn’t jump on this trend immediately as I wasn’t sure if it was something that I could authentically pull off. That said, after months of seeing variations of these shoes strut down every street and runway, I finally found a pair that worked for me! Though minimal, these boots are definitely still a statement piece so I wanted to make sure that I paired them with a look that was the perfect combination of simple yet fun. Winter florals are another trend that don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, so once I saw these bold printed trousers I knew they’d be a nice asset to my wardrobe. It was almost like a match made in heaven as both the pants and booties contained elements inspired by decades past. Since the bottom portion of this look was already quite eye-catching, I decided to add a modern twist by throwing on an oatmeal colored cable knit. As we all know it is still Winter, so any opportunity I have to throw on a chunky sweater will be gladly taken! I really liked the overall balance of this look and finished it off with my navy monogram cross-body bag to highlight the base color of the slacks. All in all, I loved how this look turned out and I already feel like 2018 is off to a great stylish start. Let me know in the comments what was your favorite decade of fashion. Until next time!
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Bag- GiGi New York
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Checked outerwear has become a huge staple for elevating ensembles especially during the Fall/Winter months. With such a wide variety of prints to choose from, anyone can rock this style and take on the smart and polished look with ease. Below I’ve rounded up some of the blazers that have recently caught my eye. Comment below if you’re fan of this trend and don’t forget to click the images to shop my picks. Until next time!
The blazer/menswear trend has been extremely popular over the last few years. This year however, it seems to have taken on an even bigger presence with various prints: specifically checkered, plaid, and “Prince of Wales.” Being an individual who can appreciate a sleek and tailored look, I knew it was only a matter of time before I would eventually incorporate this trend into my wardrobe. Because there is such a wide variety of retailers selling this popular outerwear piece, I wanted to make sure that I took my time and purchased a blazer that was the perfect tone, print, and style for me. In the midst of my search, and without any real intention, I ended up buying other items that are extremely high on the must-have list for Fall/Winter. Last year, I bought a red vinyl mini skirt and while it is definitely a statement piece on it’s own, I didn’t feel the need to go overboard and stock up on a bunch of PVC items. On a recent shopping trip however, this pair of black pants really caught my eye and after trying them on, I knew they’d be a great closet addition. What really drew me in was the high-waist fit and contrast white stitching that added an interesting element I’m not used to seeing very often. Because the trousers were so bold and gave an 80’s rock feel, I decided to stick with the theme and pair them with a simple slogan tee. In the end to complete the ensemble, I settled on a long-line checked blazer that consisted of warmer tones and gold hardware. To bump up the chic factor, I decided to throw on an old pair of gold-capped pumps that really tied everything together. Overall, I loved the look but still felt like something was missing especially since I opted out of carrying a bag. Luckily, I had just received my new glasses and this was the perfect look to showcase them! The tortoise print of the frames added a “smart” factor to the outfit as a whole, without taking away from any of the more casual and edgy pieces. The way everything came together so seamlessly, definitely made this look a favorite and hopefully one you guys enjoyed as well! Until next time!
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Heels- Jessica Buurman
Glasses- Miu Miu
The holidays wouldn’t be the same without traditions, loved ones, hearty meals and of course festive beverages. The Fall and Winter seasons specifically, are highly anticipated for their annual liquid creations. Whether virgin or alcoholic, there’s never a shortage of drink options to kick off your celebrations and embrace this time of year. Below I’ve rounded up a few recipes that I’d personally love to try out during my time off! If you’re interested, click on the images and let me know in the comments which one you’ve tried and how you liked it. Until next time, happy holidays!
“Tis’ the season to be jolly… ” and that, I most certainly am! The warmth and joy that this time of year brings, is honestly something I don’t think I’ll ever stop being excited for! Given the fact that Christmas is literally days away, I knew I wanted to style a look that was festive but I didn’t have any specific pieces in mind. After a pretty hectic shopping trip around the city, I had a decent haul of items that unfortunately could be paired in so many different combinations I was left with quite the dilemma. My initial thought was to pair the glittery bronze midi dress with a blazer, but the tones ended up being a bit too similar and it left the ensemble feeling quite dull. After getting the pieces home and clearing my head, I remembered that I had recently purchased a red sweater that I had yet to shoot in! Suddenly everything began to fall into place as I layered the chunky knit over the frock and found an old belt to cinch the waist giving the look a more feminine shape. Because I was wearing such a bold color, I wanted to keep my makeup and accessories very neutral and subdued. For footwear I chose a pair of closed toe heels with cross strap detailing, that I definitely think added an extra bit of interest and chicness to the outfit. Overall, I feel like this would be the perfect look for a celebratory family dinner, office party, or even a holi-date, (get it?) lol. With only a few weeks left of the year, I just want to spend my time around the people I love while reflecting on my journey and growth thus far. Most importantly, I’d like to spend this time being happy and continuing to find ways to become my best self– while staying well-dressed of course! I hope you guys are having an amazing holiday season and enjoyed this look. Until next time!
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The holidays never really seem complete without a bit of sparkle. Whether it be with decorations, shiny new gifts, or even clothing, everything in sight appears to have a little more shine during this festive time of year. As a lover of the the season, I would be lying if I said I didn’t also enjoy getting dressed up and styling looks with a bit of holiday glam. Below I’ve rounded up a few pieces that have caught my eye and are sure to make you stand out amongst the crowd this holiday season. Don’t forget to click the images to shop my picks! Until next time!!
The holiday season is by far one of my favorite times of year, and though my excitement never ceases to dwindle, there are a few things that I tend to find a bit repetitive. Aside from the decorations, music, and events, I sometimes wish there were new style trends to experiment with aside from the typical, metallic, sequins, fur, etc. This year, I decided to make a conscious effort to try out some new things with my holiday looks and so far I feel like I’m off to a great start! While making a point not to stray too far from the festive sparkle, I was thrilled when I found this pair of trousers. The rosey hue added a uniqueness that in my opinion was even more eye-catching than the traditional silver or gold; and I loved it! With each look I style for my blog, it’s rare that there isn’t a point of slight difficulty; and in this case, it was deciding on a top. Because I had my mind set on not creating a look that was blatantly “obvious,” it took me awhile to find a piece that was formal enough while still being a bit unexpected. After going back and forth with two drastically different tops, I made the executive decision to layer them and, “VOILA;” the look came to life! I think the juxtaposition of the lace turtleneck and distressed graphic t-shirt made for the most amazing contrast that somehow meshed seamlessly without disrupting the sleek tailoring of the bottoms. Also because of the blend of casual and classic elements, this is a look that can easily be worn in a variety of settings and stand out amongst the crowd! With so many textures going on, I chose to keep my footwear minimal with a pair of black heeled sandals; and though I didn’t grab a bag, I decided to wear my silver geometric earrings for an extra pop of glitz. This ensemble totally gave me “rock&roll-chic” vibes, and I loved how it turned out. Comment below if you prefer to keep it traditional or mix it up with your annual holiday looks. Stay tuned for more festive outfits to come, until next time!
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T-shirt- Forever 21
Lace Top- H&M
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I absolutely love the process of shopping for loved ones during the holidays and believe it or not, I actually enjoy browsing through the men’s department the most! It’s probably because I don’t do it often and it gives me an opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone, see other trends, and find items that I personally think the guys in my life should have (whether they think they need them or not, lol). Below I’ve rounded up some of the gifts that would be at the top of my list, and I hope they provide some helpful ideas as you knock out your holiday shopping! Don’t forget to click the images to shop my picks! Until next time!