Monday, May 22, 2017

Rainbow Bright



Sunnies: c/o HERE| Earrings: HERE| Top: c/o HERE|  Skirt: HERE| Apple purse: c/o HERE| Red sandals: Older, similar options HERE & HERE

How was your weekend Loves?! Mine was pretty good- I mean just that fact that it was a W E E K E N D makes it GOOD right?!

Today’s style story revolves around this rainbow-like beauty (actually called Vibrant by the retailer) that I spotted HERE a few weeks back. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the rainbow color combination and the full/midi length design. I was skeptical about ordering it because I wasn’t sure how voluminous it would be or if its design would prove to be bulky on me… I read through the reviews and decided to throw my apprehensions to the wind- if it didn’t work out I’d simply send it back! Well it arrived and wouldn't you know that it totally met my best expectations. Don’t you love it when that happens?! 
Sidebar: Reading reviews are super helpful for me when ordering clothing online. I especially love it when I can see pictures of an item on actual customers versus the brand/retailer's model.
Back to the story: I already had an idea in mind to pair this skirt with red (my childhood favorite color – stories of which I’ve bored you with several times) and this OTS top was a perfect companion.
Actually, I have an ample selection of OTS (off the shoulder) tops right now, the thought has crossed my mind of what will I do when I’m tired of this effect (I'm a chronic planner)… The obvious conclusion is that a few favorites will make the cut- while others will be donated during my monthly purge cycle(s). Even still, have you noticed that it is a challenge to find/purchase a top nowadays that isn’t off the shoulder? Hopefully when the times comes, designers/brands/retailers will step up and get back to the business of providing regular old fashioned shirts- LOL! Until then: Long live shoulders!!!!
Ciao for now,
Xx

Friday, May 19, 2017

Let's Go Steady Again


Watch: c/o HERE πŸ’¨now offering watch engraving| Hat: Nordstrom, similar HERE| Statement necklace: Nairobi, Kenya| Top: Zara (worn HERE)
Pants: c/o HERE (size up 1)| Shoes: Vince Camuto, another option HERE (apparently this color is hard to come by now)


Alongside my very first style love, vintage fashion - lies a close runner up: bold color. If you know me personally, or have been following my style blog over the years, you may have become accustomed to seeing me clothed in bold color. However, as is the inevitable for a personality such as mine (I like to switch things up), over the years I observed a noticeable shift. What do I mean?
Well, prior to my move to the west coast, I only had a handful of black colored clothing in my possession. However, within the last two years or so, I have acquired a considerable number of black dresses/jackets/skirts/pants. My wardrobe is organized/grouped by color - I can clearly distinguish what’s what. Each month when I do my necessary closet purge (I try to follow a one in, one out rule – donating my rejects), I notice how my wardrobe has changed. What was once a vintage saturated inventory boasting every bold color and pattern, now more so consists of modern investment pieces, a dash of trends (because of the brands I work with), glimmers of vintage (hats/dresses/bags/jewelry), and a new adequate supply of dark clothing. I had to ask myself, why the shift?
Of course, there are a few reasons, but one stood out in the center of them all: The more that mainstream fashion/the blogger world became saturated with bold colors, the less interested I was in wearing them! LOL! 
But where does that leave my love for bold color?
Basically, I took a break from it. I needed time to reassess and revamp my style intentions. Alas the time has passed, and I’m back! I’ve reinvigorated my love for bold color by challenging myself to experiment with unique color combinations 😊 Today’s look is one example of such. Like who thinks to pair yellow, burgundy, and cobalt together?! Thanks to my trusty Pinterest account, I am restocked with a plethora of ideas for color loving combinations πŸ’“ I am so happy to be back together!
Have you noticed me sporting a new wood watch in my posts over the last month? Here's the scoop: I got it (FIELDCREST series) from my pals at JORD Wood Watches, whom now offers custom wood engraving! Watches are ideal graduation gifts– top that with an engraved gift – you are now equipped with a perfect touch of sentiment & meaning!
When I thought about exactly what I wanted to have engraved on the back of my watch, something that I constantly tell myself came to mind. Live in each moment, enjoy every single second possible, leave worry/planning in its proper place. After all, there is only one moment, exactly like this one.
Score this great gift for the grad in your life + check out all that JORD has to offer HERE.

Until next time Babes,
XO

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Leather LBD Edition


Sunnies: c/o HERE| Dress: HERE| Studded handbag: Kate Spade, sold out| Suede sandals: Older, other options HERE & HERE

A few posts back, I slipped into LBD planning gear with a new scuba high-low number, HERE. My personal LBD collection is pretty solid at this point... honestly I had no intention of adding another newbie to my repertoire- that is until I came across this BABY πŸ’₯ON SALE HEREπŸ’₯ 
It suddenly occurred to me that a successful LBD collection should consist not only of varied styles, but also of varied textures! Like how did I miss that necessary fact previously?! LOL!
Seriously ladies, this dress was designed for evey exception. Even before I purchased it, I could see what a fantastic addition it would make to the fold. Faux leather, flutter sleeves, and a ruffle hem!!! 
Since I live in a relatively mild climate, the material and style of this dress makes it ideal for yearlong wear- including the colder months. I’m picturing chunky layers, textured tights, and cute booties just for starters… Even now, although we are supposedly in spring and just about one month away from the inferno of summer…I am wearing it comfortably. 
Of course once we tip into the 90s, I’ll probably retire it to the ‘Rest-up' section of my closet, meanwhile boiling over in anticipation of its next venture out πŸ‘€
For my very first run in it, I kept it simple, opting for an all black color palette, an embellished handbag + suede sandals. I got so many compliments on this! Several people even thought that it was real leatherπŸ˜€
I assured them that it was not, but it’s definitely nice to know that it looks just as good as the real thing.
Until next time Babes,
Xx