“Happy Love Day!”

It’s Valentine’s day!  Do you have any plans for today/tonight?  In need of a last-minute going out/date outfit?  I’ve got you covered.  Something easy and not the usual cliché (cherry red!) that will make you arrive in style without looking like a Valentine’s day enthusiast!

Instead of wearing a red dress, I opted for darker colors: an oversized black blazer with a little peek of my bralette showing and a silver metallic pleated skirt with black pumps. If skirts don’t tickle your fancy, you can also do a leather pant or even denim and still look effortless!  For my flirty details, I added touches of pinks and blushes throughout. Not too much, but just enough to compliment the darks and for contrast.  Accessory tip:  statement earrings can easily add glam and polish such a simple look.  I wanted a fresh-faced look so I kept my makeup soft and finished it off with a cute little topknot!

Hope you guys like my no-fuss look for Valentine’s day.  It’s sweet without looking over the top!  Have fun celebrating love day. ❤

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Photos by Gladys Jem

Elizabeth and James Oversized Blazer // Mango Blazer / Draped Jacket
Topshop Metallic Skirt // Free People Skirt
Rasa Bra Top // Fiore Bralette / Love Stories Racerback
BaubleBar Statement Earrings (sold out) // BaubleBar Angelic Drop Earrings
Coach bag // Coach Saddle Bag 23

“How to pull off a leather skirt (without looking like a…)”

A leather skirt by itself is innately sexy.  Don’t get me wrong, looking sexy isn’t a bad thing, but even with the longer hems of that leather skirt, it can be read as “skanky” if you’re not careful!  When wearing such a bold piece, it is crucial for me to balance it out by keeping the top part modest with loose silhouettes, especially if you are going to wear heels. Balance is key, ladies!  If heels aren’t your thing, you can wear it with booties or flats instead and swap out that loose shirt with a fitted top.  Uh, huh.  That’s right.  Balance is key, ladies!!! (three snaps in a “Z” formation!)

I love the contrast of black and white together so I paired this leather peplum skirt with just a plain ‘ol white tee.  I also love a pop of color, so I decided to play it up with a colorful clutch which also happens to match my bold lips!  Winning!  For my signature “sunnies with every outfit” look, I wore oversized frames to keep it classy and finished my ensemble with fun laced up heels – very downtown cool AND modest. ❤

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Photos by Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Feature Peptalk skirt // Rag and Bone leather skirt
Zara white v-neck tee // Madewell v-neck
Dolce Vita Tessa high heels // Dolce Vita Helena sandals
Alexander Wang clutch // Valentino Rockstud clutch
Valley Eyewear Dash sunnies // Fendi Iridia sunnies
8 Other Reasons Undefeated ring // Acne Studios Elisa ring

“Spring Fling with my closet favorites”

Is it possible to fall in love with your wardrobe?  My answer is, YES!  Currently lusting over these amazing items and I just can’t get enough!  Which one is your favorite?  What items are you craving this spring season?  Currently lusting over my Spring must haves!

Lovers Friends jacket – I’ve been wearing this closet staple quite a lot lately! The distressing of this jacket makes me feel more badass.  Love it!
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J Brand distressed skinny jeans – J Brand does it again and this time, in white with holes.  How can you not love this?
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Vince flatform sandals – SO comfortable, yet so stylish!  This color is new this season and I am in love with it!
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Splendid stripe beach tote – How cute are the stripes and that tassel?  Perfect for shopping or just to carry your beach essentials.
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Jacquie Aiche cluster earrings – Anything from her collection is a winner for me.  This ear jacket is anything but amazing!
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Madewell panama hat – Adding instant spring/summer to your outfit as soon as you throw this on.
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Fendi sunglasses – White and cat eye make a great combination.  Perfect sunnies if you’d like to make a statement!
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Everlane – I love a blush colored blouse and this one from Everlane is easy to wear with anything.  So feminine!
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“White is my new Black”

I have quite a confession to make: I own a lot of black.  Black tops, bottoms, shoes etc. You name it, I will mostly likely have it in black.  Haha!  Why black?  Because anything in black looks good until I realized that white is JUST AS GREAT!  As much as I love black’s simplicity and slimming effect, I am equally partial to any white ensemble. White is classic, crisp, and eye-catching.  I picked up this white blazer and I plan to wear it as much as possible.  There are so many ways to wear this season’s must-have.  It can easily take you from work (with a tailored pant and pumps) to a girls’ night out (with leather skinnies and a simple tank) to the weekend (with boyfriend jeans and flats or sneakers).  I wore my white blazer with a blue silk jumpsuit and paired it with metallic pumps.  I also added some gold details with my jewelry because I love how gold looks against white.  We all know how easily dirt can get on whites so I do recommend keeping Tide To Go Pens on hand just in case, but other than that, there’s no cooler way to dress!  White is oh so right! ❤

 

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Photos by Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Slouchy Boyfriend Blazer // Asos Blazer
Silk open back Jumpsuit // Capulet V Neck racerback jumpsuit
Coach metallic pumps // Club Monaco Jaime pumps / Manolo Blahnik Point-toe Metallic
Times New Bangle // Pave Gold bracelet
Nixon Time Teller // Nixon Kensington

‘Spring Cravings”

Spring is almost here and I am craving for a transition in my wardrobe!  California weather has been kind of tricky these past couple of weeks. One day it’s warm, then the next day is cold and gloomy.  Like, what?  Stop confusing me!  Haha! I don’t like it when the weather interferes with my wardrobe planning.  Anybody else feel that way sometimes? Let’s keep it real for a second, this bipolar weather can make wardrobe styling a little bit confusing!  I tend to stay away from heavy, winter wear around this time of year because I feel it is unnecessary.  When the spring month is near approaching, I am all about lighter fabrics, softer color palettes and less layers.

It’s good to invest in a light spring coat or trench depending on your preference.  Trench coats are a great option and the weatherproof ones are pretty darn amazing!  Also, choosing the right color is key when it comes to picking out a great spring coat.  I am obsessed with light neutrals and pastels because it doesn’t remind me of the dark and cold winter months!  I fell in love with this patterned coat in a beautiful powdered pink color because it is so pretty and feminine!  The material is enough to keep me cozy when it does get chilly, but not too heavy for when it gets warmer either!  It’s a perfect coat that can transition from winter to spring which is why this piece makes a great addition to any wardrobe.

I wear ripped jeans all year round because they’re easy to pair with anything.  Whether you are wearing multiple layers or none, dressed up or down, it adds a little edge to your look.  I’m wearing my Topshop jeans here and these have been on heavy rotation ever since I got them.  It’s a grayish almost black wash (not too dark!) and I loved the fit so much that I stocked up in other colors!  To streamline the palette, I paired it with a basic tank in gray (also from Topshop) and my nude, clear heel sandals from Jeffrey Campbell (sold out)!  I love the feeling of being able to ditch the boots and socks to show off my pedicures finally!  I played around with my jewelry by mixing gold accents with jewel tones to finish this “ready for spring” outfit.  I am looking forward to dressing up for the warmer months ahead!  Who else is ready to spring forward with me? ❤

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Photos by Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Patterned short coat // Asos trapeze coat
Topshop Jaime jeans // Asos ankle grazer jeans
Topshop U Neck tank // Express tank
Jeffrey Campbell Sandals // Vince Camuto Nude Sandals

GUEST POST: Camryn of “CORAL AND CHARM”

Hello sweet readers of our favorite fashion girl, Grace! I think I can take just a moment to acknowledge our mutual agreement that she’s just the cutest, right? Well, I’m more than excited to get the chance to guest post today and talk about all of the good things we love: CLOTHES.

My name is Camryn, and I blog over at Coral & Charm! I wish I could say that I also share in the warm, sunny-weather state of California, but currently I’m trying to stay bundled up against the winter of Virginia. I woke up to sunshine and slipped on these cute snakeskin flats, but my love for style got ahead of my toes inability to self-heat. I mean, fashion first though ha (half joking…). But in honesty when you find a pair of shoes like these it just becomes too much to have to wait to wear them! Right now my eyes automatically navigate to any animal print in the store, and when it’s in shoe form, I’m done. I need it.

I threw on this cozy wool sweater, jeans, and then a statement necklace to dress it up a bit. Easy to replicate and easy to repeat. Sometimes you just need simplicity, you know?

 

#XOXO

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“Best Dressed”

HELLO 2015!  I am excited to welcome the new year and share with you my very first blog post! ❤

 

FUN FACT:  I was voted “Best Dressed” during my senior year in high school!  When I saw this Sincerely Jules “Best Dressed” tee, I just had to have it!

Sequins are my go-to pieces for night, but I like dressing it down a little to make it daytime appropriate. I usually wear my sequins how I like to wear my leather – with a touch of casual!  Here I paired it with a graphic tee and an oversized jean jacket to keep it low-key, but fun!  Sparkly skirts with a basic top is a 24/7 do. The Valentino rock stud kitten heels (fave!) will make any outfit standout with its signature studs and straps. These beauties go with almost anything!

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Photos: Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Astr sequined skirt  // Nasty Gal skirt
Best Dressed Tee // Zoe Karssen Tee
Brandy Melville Jean Jacket // Current Elliot Jean Jacket / Shop Bop / Levi’s                                              Quay Australia Asha Sunglasses // Le Specs Half Moon Magic Sunnies

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