Tuesday, January 20, 2015

10 Basic Must-Haves Worth Investing In

Black Leather Jacket (All Saints "Hawks Leather Biker Jacket" $630)  
This list is in no specific order however, a black leather jacket has to be my favorite of closet essentials. To me no piece works as a better confidence boost. A black leather jacket with a swipe of red lipstick is the quickest way to feeling like a total bad-ass. You don't even have to worry about doing your hair or spending a million hours on your make up, just throw on your jacket over a tee and you're good to go. It's perfect for those days when you have five minutes to get out the door. It works day-to-night all year long. So all in all, there is no reason for you NOT to go buy a leather jacket immediately. 

LBD (Alice + Olivia "Strapped Back Dress" $198) 
You didn't really think the LBD would be left out of this list did you? I know, I know, you've heard it a million times. You're mom has told you, style.com has told you, Vogue has told you, and so has basically every other woman and fashion resource you have ever encountered. An LBD is a MUST. I don't even know how it would be possible to function without one in your closet. They work for everything from office parties to date night to nights out with your girls. There is one important key to the the perfect LBD though and that is to keep it simple. The point is to invest in a dress that is versatile. Black can be work anytime of the year and simplicity works for a million different occasions. It there is one thing you get from this list it should be that as a woman you must own a LBD. 
Black Booties (Steve Madden "Wantagh" $170) 
Booties are an extremely important item to have in your wardrobe. Ideally both a black and brown. however, seeing that most often black matches I felt that black booties trumped brown on this list. Just like the LBD, don't try to get to crazy with your booties unless you already have a simple pair. Buckles and studs are great don't get me wrong but, they just don't always work. I promise you will regret spending hundreds on a pair of decorated booties when you realize there is no way you can wear them with half the things you own. Keep it simple. I wear my black booties almost daily, they work with honestly everything. 
Black Skinny Jeans (Madewell "Skinny Skinny" $115) 
I can't not emphasize this enough: you absolutely have to own a pair of black skinny jeans. No excuses, you absolutely must have at least one pair of good black skinny jeans. They're less casual than dress pants but, dressier than blue jeans. You really should own them for that point alone. If you need more convincing, also note that they will match just about everything.

White Tee (Madewell "Tailored Tee" $79) 
I'm sure by now you've caught on to the theme here: basic, basics, basics. A white tee should be a no-brainer. It's a staple piece in every one's closet. You can wear it alone, under a jacket, with a blazer, you name it and a white tee will match it. What I love about this Madewell tee is that it is a little nicer than average, giving it a little more versatility. Plus, Madewell tees are unbelievably amazing. 
Black Pumps (Kate Spade "Licorice Too" $298) 
You had to have seen this one coming. Every woman on the planet must own a pair of black pumps. I don't care if you are the sports girl in the world. You will need a pair of black pumps at some point. Most likely you will need them on numerous occasions. You'll need them at the office, for an interview, on date, for a night on the town. There is zero chance of avoiding situations in which black pumps are a part of the uniform. These are and item to splurge on. 

White Button Down (Aritzia / Babaton "Dax Shirt" $85) 
This is really just a more formal version of the white tee so, copy and paste what I wrote there. This is just a little bit nicer version. Get it. Wear it. Love it.  
Black Blazer (Zara "Long Blazer" $80) 
This is probably the most important piece on this list. Just like the black pump, there is no escaping the fact that you need a black blazer. First of all you will absolutely need one for a job interview at some point. A black blazer is the core of any professional wardrobe. They aren't just for the work place though. There is nothing chicer than a blazer for a night out on the town. Glam it up and it can be totally sexy. I suggest trying on a blazer before you purchase it though. There are too many different fits to just pick one out of no where. 
Black Ballet Flats (Tory Burch "York" $195) 
These are more a practicality piece. If you are anything like me you would chose even the tiniest heel over flats any day. Truth of the matter is, you really do need a pair. Especially all you city-dwellers out there. You do not want to walk blocks to work or back home from the bars in 6 inch stilettos. I promise you you will regret it and your feet will hate you for the rest of eternity. Give your heels a break and at least throw a pair of these into your back for your commute and throw your heels on at the office. 
Basic Turtleneck (Aritzia / Babaton "Nicolas Sweater" $165) 
For are you who think turtlenecks are too old for you, I was in the same boat once. Until I realized that turtle necks are actually a gift from god. They really are a need. I personally prefer the loser necked one. Not only are they more comfortable but they're a little funkier if you're worried about looking like a grandma. But just like the blazer, I suggest trying them on in person. To all you doubters, at least give one a try. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Top 5 Golden Globe Looks

Amelia Warner in Louis Vuitton  
If winning the red carpet was a thing, Amelia Warner would take the cake. I would define this look as perfection, absolute magical perfection. It's simple, it's classy, and it's unique. The girl is already a timeless beauty but, this look just assists in proving that to be true. Not to mention her man makes a gorgeous accessory. Double points for Amelia. 

Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein Collection 
Reese is and always has been a classic Hollywood beauty. She's the blue-eyed and blonde girl next door. She tends to stay simple and understated with her red carpet looks but, never boring. She looks stunning in this dress and would look stunning wearing the same this 20 years in the past and 20 years in the future. 

Lupita Nyong'o in Giambattista Vallie Haute Couture  
I find it very obvious that Lupita is the reigning queen of the red carpet and probably will be until her last. What I love about her style is that it is so true to her. This dress couldn't work on everyone but it is magic on her. Long live the Queen! 

Emma Stone in Lavin 
I'm a sucker for pants on the red carpet...and Emma Stone. This Lavin is classic and I don't know if it needs to be described as anything but that. It's just classic. The beaded top is elegant and girly, the bottom is masculine and sophisticated, and the bow is perfect. I have a feeling this will be one of my favorite looks of the season. 

Sienna Miller in Mui Mui 
I can't even really pinpoint what it is I love about this look. It's elegant and classic but there is more too it than that. Maybe it's just that it's fantastically flattering on her or maybe it's the combo of the length and the neckline. Whatever it is, I love it. Also, her hair and accessories couldn't be more perfect for the dress. Amazing look head to toe. 
Kiera Knightley in custom Chanel 
Here's a plot twist: Maggie Gyllenhaal isn't worst dressed! Nope, Kiera Knightley stole that title from her on this red carpet. It's just a mess. The dress is unfaltering, she's wearing a bib, and she's wearing an ecosystem and I hate everything about it. Don't let it happen again Kiera. 
And just so no one forgets, Lupita wore this Ralph Lauren to the Golden Globes last year and stole the title of best dressed for all eternity. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Years Resolution: Get Fit (Seriously)

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If you are anything like most of your fellow New Years resolution makers, getting into shape is probably number one on your list. It most likely has been your number one for the last 5 years in-fact but, not only are you a great resolution maker, you are also the queen of making excuses. Make this the year you beat your excuses and get back into the gym. Being as gym-crazy as I am, my obsession with style has made its way into my gym wardrobe now too. The better you look, the better you feel, the better work-out you can get in. It sounds silly but, working out, just like everything else you do requires confidence. And what is a better confidence booster than feeling good in what you wear? Dress for success doesn't just apply to the office and job interviews, it works just as well at the gym. Now go use that gym membership you've been paying for but never used. Well, after you Pinterest a cute workout braid first. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014 Style Icon: Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What

photos from weworewhat.com 
With the chaotic year that was 2014 coming to an end, I decided to reflect on my year. Now unlike most I did not reflect on how much weight I lost, the unhealthy fad-diets I attempted, or why I couldn't get the attention of that cutie on the same Starbucks schedule as me. How every I did take time to reflect on who inspired me this year. Gracing the top of my list with her cool girl style was Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What. Now of course I was inspired by much more than one person. Bernstein got my top spot due to her easy, effortless, and covetable style. Her style seems achievable,  like maybe you too can look as simple and amazing as Bernstein. Now, of course you're going to have to fill your closet with the perfect basic pieces, and array of chic over-sized sweaters, and coats that would make Mira Duma green with envy. She has a "oh this old thing?" vibe that i'm totally into. I'm sure most of you have explored her blog a time or two but, if you haven't I suggest you do so this instant. After you finish up here of course. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Five Trends I'm Thankful For

 All Images from harpersbazzar.com 

In the spirit of this holiday season, and being that Thanksgiving was only two days ago, I decided to share with you all (in no specific order) the top 5 trends I am thankful for this year. So here they are!

Fringe is hands down one of the funnest trends of 2014. It adds such a fun vibe to any look. It is a unique way to add something different to an outfit without the use of embellishments or glitter. One thing about this trend though is it has to be done right. It requires the right fabric, the right context, and the right length. 

It should be absolutely no surprise to anyone who reads my blog that the black and white trend would make my list. Honestly, if this was in any specific order this trend would take number one. The fact of the matter is that black and white is just chic. Always. It's a timeless combination and as much as people may love color, color goes out of style. Black and white is always in. 

I. Love. Fur. What more is there to say? I just love it. There is something about a woman in fur that  makes her seem important. It's such an easy way to add a little something to any outfit. Simple black jeans and a tee? Add a fur vest. Your LBD a little too boring? Add a fur coat. This is definitely a trend comeback that I am absolutely loving.

Here we have a trend that isn't necessarily new but one that is all too important, light-weight knit sweaters. This trend is God's gift to us all and is amazingly versatile. There isn't really a time of year where they aren't acceptable. They look fun with a pair of short-shorts in summer and look chic with a pair of skinnys and boots in the winter. Not to mention the layering options are endless. Say yes to light-weight sweaters and watch your world change. 

My love for this bright red trend may stem from the fact that it looks just like my favorite lipstick shade (Lady Danger by MAC). Actually, it 100% stems from the fact that it resembles the coral-esque lip color. It's an absolutely fantastic color that truly looks good on everyone. It's fun without being obnoxious. Again, I hope this trend sticks around for at least a little while longer. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Top 5: Milan Fashion Week

All images from style.com
Dolce and Gabbana 
It goes without saying that Dolce and Gabbana presents amazing shows during every fashion week and will continue to until the end of time. It also goes without saying that every collection is clearly made for a woman who enjoys luxury and the finer things in life. This has to be one of my favorite collections they have ever done. Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce's Spanish inspired line brought to us and array of gorgeous looks. This matador cape is absolutely everything to me. This is a look for someone who is ready to take some names (and kill a few bulls on the way). 

No. 21 
Chic business wear is one of my absolute favorite things and I think there can never be too much of it. I realize that this look is excessively simple but, that is exactly what earned it it's spot on my top five list. I think it's so important to realize how much a little detail can transform and otherwise boring look into something beautiful. Oh, and the shoes. Just look at the shoes. 

It's almost hard for me to form words about how majorly obsessed I am with this look. I would wear this dress everyday of my life until it fell apart and I might try to keep wearing it even then. Other than the obvious fact that the materials, color, and silhouette of this dress work together in perfect harmony - I love this look because is is so obviously Fendi. If I had never seen this dress in my life and saw a woman walking down the Champs-Élysée in it, I would know it was Fendi. It's glamorous and it's chic and it is everything I have ever wanted a dress to be. 

Gareth Pugh 
It's hard to judge whether this look was a part of Fashion Week or an art exhibit. If you haven't gone through the Gareth Pugh presentation yet I suggest you take the time to do so immediately. I would honestly put the presentation in my top five favorites of all time without a second thought. It was so hard to pick one favorite. This happens to be one of the least artistic looks as far as presentation goes (the masks and hats on many of the looks are insane), however the dress was my favorite piece. The architecture and precision is outstanding. I want this dress almost purely for display. You can't look at this without understanding that fashion, architecture, and art are all one in the same. 

Luisa Beccaria 
I have a strong feeling this dress is going to be repined on Pinterest wedding boards everywhere. This dress is a dream and actually makes me debate tying-the-knot far too young purely so I can wear this. The whole look is ultra-feminine. With just the right amount of tulle and subtle touches of lace, Luisa Beccaria and Lucilla Bonaccorsi created a masterpiece.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Top 5: London Fashion Week

All images forms style.com
Can we all just start by agreeing that a botanical theme is almost always a good choice? Whether it's done in a lighter fashion or in a darker, more sinister way (just like this Erdem line), botanical is always right. This dress was by far my my favorite in the whole collection. The amount of detail is stunning. This dress is proof that fashion design and architecture can be one in the same.

Once again, a magically-wonderful botanically themed line graces fashion week. I'm currently obsessed with this trend (if that isn't evident already). I also am extremely drawn to that darker side of the trend. I stared at this dress for a solid ten minutes just taking in how magnificent it was. The materials, the silhouette, and the color pallet work in perfect harmony to create a dress that creates such feeling. This dress set the mood for the whole entire collection. 

Marques'  Almeida 
I absolutely love when younger labels, just like Marques' Almeida (the brand first launched in 2011), bring such amazing lines to the table. Younger labels are sadly so often over looked. However, If Marques' Almeida's newest collection doesn't earn them a little more recognition I don't know what would. The whole line channeled both the grunge scene in the 90s as well as a more modern woman. A delicious combination. Let me not forget to mention that the fabrics were stunning. The black silk and asymmetrical look took the cake for me. Favorite by far. 

Surprise-surprise a simple look made it onto my top five look. That never happens right? Really though, this look just proves again how chic simple is. The coat is without a doubt one of my favorites I have ever seen and I LOVE coats. I'm always impressed when a clean cut and muted look like this can stand out among a sea of elaborate architectural looks that fill fashion week (not to say I don't love those too). This look should be every woman's goal when getting dressed. 

This is what business casual should be. I don't even know where to start with why I love this look so much. I was just flipping through all the LFW lines and when I came across this I just though; YES. Yes. Yes. Yes. The pants are not only perfectly tailored, which I am a complete sucker for, but the sweat pant inspiration makes them totally chic. The top is the perfect amount of cropped and the perfect amount of structure. Combined, this is the new working woman's look.