“The must have sandal this season!”

Happy Friday, everyone!  With summer fast-approaching, I’ve spent many hours spring cleaning AKA my annual closet purge.  The hardest part was letting go of my favorite pieces, but let’s be honest here: less is more.  It’s really not the quantity in your closet, but it’s having well-chosen pieces that you love and serve you well.  I made lots of room in my closet this year and adding to my collection is the must have sandal this season: the chunky platform sandal.  Chunky trend is here to stay and will be everywhere this season.  The platforms give you the comfort of a flat with a little extra lift for added height!  I’m barely 5’2 tall, and these babies give me a little extra boost! These are perfect for trekking around the city and an upgrade from my trusted pair of Birkenstocks.  Also, they look good with pretty much anything from shorts to dresses! This is a trend that you want to be a part of, no matter what height.  So, are you in on the chunky sandal trend?


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Photos by Gladys Jem

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

Sweater With Knot Front // Tibi Front Tie Shirt
Skirt With Slit // T By Alexander Wang Skirt
Flap Pocket Shirt // Topshop “Olivia” Shirt /
Dior Abstract // Dior Abstract Mirrored
Wedges With Crossover Straps // Via Spiga “Neza” / Topshop “Wave” Wedge

 

“Neutrals are your friend.”

I’ve always been big on neutrals.  I love the subtleness and the flexibility on being able to interchange several pieces – it ALWAYS works.  It also looks luxurious without looking over the top.  With a simple grey tee from Kit & Ace to start with, (which by the way, the softest shirt I have ever owned. Thanks Kit & Ace!) I was able to build this look by piling more neutrals on top.  The best part is, you can add ANY color from a neutral palette and it simply works.  It’s definitely a no brainer!  If you want to stick with just one color, that’s ok too!  Tip: Just make sure you try mixing different textures and layers to break up the silhouette.  So easy, right?!  Neutrals for the win! ❤

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Photos by Gladys Jem

What I’m wearing // Other options

Kit and Ace tee // Kaye Crew
Zara Taupe Leather Jacket // Blank NYC Taupe Vegan Leather Jacket
Taupe skirt // Solid Knit Pencil Skirt / Ribbed Knit Skirt
Dior Abstract // Dior Abstract Mirrored 
Isabel Marant Bobby Suede  // Isabel Marant Bobby Taupe

“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

“Sparkling Holiday”

Hello everyone and Happy Holidays!  It’s been hectic around here, but amidst all the craziness, I am thankful that I have spent it with my loved ones and I hope that you did as well.  🙂

Now on to the next holiday – NYE.  Here’s a couple of NYE looks with a little help from my beautiful and fellow blogger, Monica from LivinginVogue.  Sparkles and sequins go hand in hand with NYE, so here we are in our party-ready ensembles!

This sequin mini skirt paired with a cozy turtleneck sweater is a perfect combination for a less than formal affair.  My love for a good ol’ denim jacket is undeniable so I decided to throw it on for a little casualness.  Yes, it is unexpected, but it works for a street-chic look which is my personal favorite.  For added interest, I wore over the knee socks with heels because I am currently obsessed with this cool combo lately!  Layer with a scarf or a beanie for extra warmth and voila!  NYE ready for those swanky parties.

It’s been a great year, but I’m ready to welcome 2016.  Who’s with me?!  Cheers to all and thank you for following along.  I appreciate you guys so much! ❤

 

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Photos by Nathalie Bize

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

H&M Sequin Mini Skirt // Black Sequin Mini / Slim Fit Skirt
Gap Turtleneck Sweater // Side Slit Turtle Neck
Nine West Pointy Toe Pumps // Black Suede Ellipsis Pumps
Free People Over the knee socks // H&M over the knee socks
Essex LA clutch // Loeffler Randall Tassel Clutch

“DIY denim vest”

I know that there are some old items in your closet hanging lonely in the dark, but can be an inspiration for something new.  I had an old denim jacket from high school that I just can’t seem to toss.  I’ve always wanted a denim vest, but can’t seem to find the perfect one yet (picky shopper here) so I thought to myself “hmm, what if I..?” Then, the easiest DIY happened in a matter of minutes and I scored myself a denim vest! Winning!

Who doesn’t love a super easy DIY project?  Easy as in all you need is a pair of scissors to make this happen.  Say what?!  Oh and that old jean jacket of yours collecting dust in your closet.  Don’t own a pair? You can even find one at your local thrift store.  Now that’s a great way of picking one up without shelling out the cash!

Ready for this?  It gets easier.  Start cutting the sleeves off as close to the sleeve seam as possible.  Clean up the edges.  Done.  No hemming or sewing needed.  Oh my goodness, was that easy or what?  Now you’ve got yourself a denim vest!  I love denim vests because you can basically throw them over anything.  It’s my summer staple at the moment!  Here I’m showing a little bit of skin, so I made my crop top daytime appropriate by wearing it with a high-waisted skirt.  I layered it with my denim vest that I made (yay!) to balance it out.  I added printed sandals and a clutch both in neutral colors to keep it simple.  And lastly, sunglasses because you all know this girl and her sunnies are an inseparable bond. ❤

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Photos by Gladys Jem

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

American Eagle Jean jacket (now a vest!) // Maison Jules denim vest
Feature Midi Skirt // Nicholas window lace a-line skirt
David Lerner triangle bralette // Free People lace bralette
Steve by Steve Madden Catelena sandals // Givenchy Leopard print sandal / DV by Dolce Vita sandal
Louis Vuitton monogram pochette twin pm (from Japan) // Louis Vuitton vintage monogram
Nailed it bangle // Kate Spade gold bangle / Elizabeth and James Margaux bangle
Ray-ban Clubmaster sunglasses // Valley Eyewear DB sunglasses

“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

“Yes to matchy-matchy!”

Own a pair of co-ordinating sets?  Let’s face it, you really can’t get a cuter combo than a matching set.  My favorite thing about owning co-ords is the versatility.  It is a great way to do separates and show different styling options.  For some people, this “matchy-matchy” style may seem a bit much, but you can break up this bold look by showing a little bit of skin.  Crop tops paired with a high waisted bottom make a gorgeously cohesive and chic look!

I am crushin’ hard on Feature Clothing‘s co-ords set!  Two pieces aren’t just for the beach anymore, and this luxe matching set is on my must-haves list this season!  The simplicity of the white is so fresh and I love the diagonal layout of the stripes on the skirt (flattering, ladies!).  You can create multiple looks with this combo by wearing a different top with the skirt and vice versa.  I wanted to show off the two pieces together, so I just added a jean jacket over the crop top for a little attitude and red pumps for a pop of color and glam!  For accessories, I did gold accents and these fabulous sunnies by Valley Eyewear which by the way are SO FAB, don’t even get me started!

Get co-ordinating ladies because matchy-matchy is just so cool. ❤

 

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Photos by Gladys Jem

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

Opening Ceremony Crop Top
Opening Ceremony Skirt
Vintage Jean Jacket // Joe’s Jeans Relaxed Jean Jacket
Valley Eyewear Dash Sunnies //
Charles David pumps // Jimmy Choo pumps