Fashion

High End Summer Fashion Wish List

This summer, I’ve been dreaming about some very beautiful and very high priced fashion items. However, I’ve got Saks dreams on a Forever 21 budget. The likelihood that I’ll buy these any time soon is slim to none, but I figured I’d share a few of the items that are on my wish list. If anyone has any occasions to help me justify these purchases, please let me know. Thanks.

House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve

Nicole Richie’s brand, House of Harlow 1960, is one of my favorite brands actually. She makes great quality, on trend pieces that satisfy my need for beautiful color and it’s not so far out of budget (especially when they go on sale!!). Below are a few of my wish list items from House of Harlow 1960:

Shopbop

Shopbop is one of my favorite sites to look at all the beautiful designer pieces and get inspiration so that I can go and find dupes or less expensive alternatives. I get almost all my style inspiration from very high end fashion, so shops like this one always give me the best ideas. Shopbop is great because they carry very high end brands such as Alexandre Birman, Zimmerman, and LOVESHACKFANCY and also lower end brands such as Levi’s, Madewell, and Free People, so it’s not completely unattainable. Here are some of my wish list picks from Shopbop:

FWRD by Elyse Walker

This is my favorite shop for ogling at all the beautiful high end designer items that I can never justify buying. This is one of my favorite shops for your standard designer pieces, such as Gucci, Chloe and Saint Laurent. It’s also a partner of Revolve, which means that the quality of service will always be top notch and they offer FREE 2 Day Shipping. Here are some of my FWRD by Elyse Walker wish list picks:

Thank you for reading! xx

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Favorite Fall/Winter Accessories

In the fall and winter, your accessories really help to make your outfit look less frumpy and more ~fashion~. It can be tough to look cute in the winter while also trying to keep warm. So, I rounded up some of my favorite kinds of fall accessories to make your fall and winter outfit styling easier.

Scarves

I like all kinds of scarves, but personally I love a good blanket scarf. The bigger the better! I love all the colors and prints and patterns because you can really make it match your outfit no matter what. Because it’s part of your outerwear, it’s okay to wear your yellow scarf with your red sweater and your pink coat. That’s the best part! I love the scarves from Urban Outfitters and Zara.

Knit Hats

I love those chunky knit hats! They are so good for keeping your head toasty and hiding your bad hair day. Bonus points if it has a fuzzy ball on top too! If you’re not a hat person, a good alternative is a cute knit headband. I usually get mine from Target.

Gold Jewelry

I think gold jewelry is so pretty in the fall. It matches the changing leaves and the pumpkins perfectly. I love all kinds of gold jewelry, but recently I really love dainty gold jewelry like thin chain necklaces or tiny stud earrings. I also LOVE a very thin gold hoop!  I get most of my jewelry from Francesca’s, Target and Baublebar.

Oversize Clutches/Pouches

These babies are absolutely everywhere this fall and I am HERE FOR IT. It’s not quite the same as the mini bag trend that’s been around since the spring and summer, but it’s a similar concept. No one wants to carry a giant heavy bag around all day and I think this is a great alternative. They’re usually bigger than mini bags so you can fit all your necessities but you don’t have to weigh down your shoulders either! The only issue is you may not always have a free hand with these. Still cute, though!

Chunky Knit Socks

We all know there’s  nothing cozier than cuddling up on the couch with a pair of fuzzy socks and your jammies on. The best part about winter is that it’s also acceptable to wear your fuzzy knit socks out of the house! You have to keep your toes warm somehow! Pairing a nice thick chunky pair of socks with cute ankle boots is super trendy with jeans and even skirts if you’re daring enough to wear a skirt in the winter. Target has the BEST chunky knit socks, but I also love the ones from Aerie.

 

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Fall Trend I Love: Animal Print

In a previous post, I mentioned my love for leopard print. I don’t want you all to think I’m exclusively dating leopard print so I thought I’d share some outfit ideas for all kinds of animal print! They’re all amazing and help to keep your looks interesting by adding texture to the outfit. I personally think one of the best things you can do is add texture to an outfit with materials like (faux) leather, (faux) fur, satin, etc. They really help to take your look to the next level!

Here I’m sharing a few more animal print inspired looks for the fall and winter. Some are bold because animal print is usually very bold anyway and some are simple and subdued. I hope you enjoy!

Outfit #1:

I’m starting off with this pretty snake print cami and pairing it with (faux) leather shorts. It would be so cute for a night out with the girls or even date night! You can also switch out the shorts for (faux) leather leggings to stay warm!

Cami: Zara / Shorts: Zara / Jacket: Nasty Gal / Boots: Public Desire

Outfit #2:

I absolutely love croc print for accessories! It just looks so pretty and chic on shoes and bags and I consider it a staple in my wardrobe. I styled these burgundy croc print boots with some mom jeans and a sweater to be comfy and cozy but added a leather jacket for a more grungey look.

Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Jacket: Nasty Gal / Boots: XLE by Lauren Elizabeth

Outfit #3:

Since snake print is everywhere, I thought I should add in another version of it. I found this pretty dress at Zara and practically fell over! The style is stunning and super flattering. I paired it with these suede knee high boots, but scrunched them down because it’s ~trendy~ and slapped on a black waist belt. The deep V neckline is a little bit too deep for the office on it’s own, but with a cami underneath we can make it work!

Dress: Zara / Belt: Gucci / Boots: SomethingNavy (Nordstrom)

Outfit #4:

I found this beauty at Zara a few weeks ago too and fell in love. We all know I love leopard print and this dress is no exception. It’s pretty, flowy and very bold. I love it with pointy toe black sock boots for work but throw on a leather jacket and it’s a great look for play too!

Dress: Zara / Boots: SomethingNavy (Nordstrom)

Outfit #5:

This is the ultimate bold outfit right here. These snakeprint pants are CRAZY in the best way. They are sort of out of my comfort zone (compared to my leopard pants I guess???) so I figured I’d style a pretty, crazy outfit for it. I took this gray bell sleeve sweater and added these navy ankle boots to keep it simple but went with this baby pink coat for a major pop of color. So fun!

Sweater: Target / Jeans: Zara / Coat: H&M / Belt: Gucci / Boots: Steve Madden

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October 2018 Favorites

October has come and gone and I’m back with my monthly favorites! 2018 is FLYING and I think I say that every month but it’s really true. I can’t believe it’s already November. This month, I have lots of fashion favorites because I finally figured out what my fall style is. I also have some more fall things and life stuff that I’m loving because it’s FINALLY starting to feel chilly and cozy and I’m ready to hibernate for 4 months. Let’s get started, shall we?

1. SomethingNavy at Nordstrom

I’m a long time fan of Arielle Charnas and her blog, SomethingNavy. I think she was actually the very first blogger I ever followed  on instagram about 5 years ago during my freshman year of college so we go way back. I even remember her reaching 100K followers and now she has over 1 million. Anyway, she released her clothing line at Nordstrom at the end of September and now that it’s October and chilly out, I finally was in the mood to throw on some boots and a fuzzy coat. I am absolutely loving her clothing line this month and probably for the rest of my life. I got 5 of her shoes because I think they are so good. She’s got great taste in shoes, honestly. All her pieces are perfectly curated and go so well together. I think she’s really found her niche with creating elevated basics. I’m crazy excited for her November and December collections.

2. Zara

I think I’ve been living under a rock for at least the last 5 years because I just started shopping at Zara in September and have fallen IN LOVE. I completely understand why everyone feels the way they do about Zara. I think my style is finally evolving into a more mature smart casual look and I think Zara really reflects that. I’ve been spending way too much money there and I’m not even mad about it. I think Zara will definitely be my go to store for my work and casual clothes for the fall and winter. I always struggle with spring and summer clothes so we’ll see how I feel when that time comes!

3. Denim

My job changed it’s dress code from Business Casual to “Use Your Best Judgement” which I absolutely love because that means no more uncomfy dress pants for me. This is what I mean in my bullet above about a more smart casual look. Now that I can wear jeans to work, I have been denim obsessed. I’ve recently acquired an absurd amount of jeans because I can wear them all the time. Prior to this I was also a leggings/sweatpants kind of girl but now I even like wearing jeans…on the weekend (UGH THE HORROR). I’ve been getting all my new jeans from Topshop. As you all know I LOVE their Mom jeans and the Jamie jeans. I also found a few pairs of the Joni jeans that I like (cue my leopard pants). I also (sadly) love distressed jeans that I can’t wear to work so I’m trying to resist the urge. I think next I want to try out GRLFRND, Paige and Levi’s for my denim. I’m looking to explore some new brands for denim so please feel free to leave suggestions/reviews in the comments!

4. The Book of Joy

I mentioned this in my What I’m Reading post for this month and thought I’d bring it up again. I really am enjoying this book because I think it’s exactly what I needed this month. Since I’m struggling a lot with not being miserable about where I am in life, I thought I’d try reading this because everyone loves His Holiness the Dalai Lama, right? Him and the Archbishop are world renowned spiritual leaders for a reason. It helps me to put things in perspective and take a step back and remember what it really means to be joyful.

5. Briogeo: Don’t Despair, Repair!

I’m not sure why I haven’t mentioned this before. I’ve been using it since August and have really been loving it. It makes my hair feel really soft and not like I tried to bleach my curly, ethnic hair more than once (cue my 9 million regretful thoughts). In combination with all my other hair care products, it’s been such a big help keeping my hair healthy as I journey to grow it out as far as I can.

6. Dark Nail Polish

No surprise here that I like dark nail polish for fall. But I’m really loving purple/berry color nail polish. It’s such a pretty and flattering color. I think it really looks great on every skin tone because there’s such a wide variety of dark berry pinks and plum purples. My favorites for this month are Bahama Mama by Essie and Maki Me Happy by Essie.

7. Blazers

For the fall, I just fell in love with blazers and denim. Remember what I said about smart casual? Here it’s coming into play again. It all makes sense now, right? Okay, so yes BLAZERS. I love to dress them down with jeans and a t-shirt but keep the look put together by adding in some ankle boots. I’m loving all kinds of blazers and really missing my employee discount from BCBG. They have the best blazers. Very chic and stylish, but still classic. I’m still exploring some brands, but I’ve been looking into what Revolve has to offer and I found this very cool corduroy blazer from BlankNYC. I’m also recently obsessed with &OtherStories so I’ve been looking there for nice blazers also. I’m heavily inspired by Arielle Charnas (of course, see bullet #1 for proof) and Danielle Bernstein of WeWoreWhat.

8. Dallas, TX

I’ve been traveling quite a bit in September and October (and never took any photos because I’m a bad blogger). I went to Dallas for a weekend to go to a Cowboys game and I had such a great time. The atmosphere was just totally different from New York. There’s a real sense of pride in where you’re from with people in Texas. Everyone in Texas loves Texas and it makes it hard to not feel the same way. I felt so happy and comfortable and it was such a great experience. We ate some AMAZING brisket and had lots of beers and even got to try In n Out. I’m definitely looking forward to heading back there!

 

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How to Wear Shorts for Fall

Fall is definitely my favorite season for fashion but you can’t transition everything into your cold weather wardrobe. I thought it would be really fun to style a pair of shorts for the fall/winter months.

I found these super cute faux leather shorts at Zara and thought they were absolutely perfect for fall. The color is so beautiful and goes very well with the changing leaves! I decided to pair it with this nude sweater from Urban Outfitters. I love turtlenecks, but in the fall you don’t always need a thick heavy sweater so this one is a great transitional piece and can easily be layered with vests or heavier coats. For shoes, I thought black suede over the knee boots were the perfect match for this outfit.

I hope you enjoy!

 

 

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Save vs. Splurge: Fall Edition

Everyone has a different opinion on what you should save on and what you should splurge on. My mom’s idea of splurging is finding a designer bag on sale for under $100, while mine is… a little different. Whatever your opinion might be, I wanted to share some pieces that I think are wardrobe staples to splurge on and pieces that maybe you should try and find at Forever 21. I’d love to know, what are some items you think are worth splurging on and what would you rather save on?

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SLURGE

1. Coats/Jackets

For the fall and winter season, especially in New York, a good coat is an absolute MUST. It gets chilly pretty quickly here, so you need at least 2 coats (a light one and a heavy one) to cover all your bases. I think no matter where you live or what the temperature is, it’s important to have a coat that fits your needs and will last you a long time so I would definitely splurge on a good coat.

2. Denim

A great pair of jeans can do wonders for your wardrobe and give it some more longevity compared to more trendy items. Denim is forever, so I am definitely willing to spend a little bit more on a pair of jeans or a denim jacket. It’s more so an investment. But, if you’re pregnant or going through a time where your weight/body shape isn’t consistent, hold off on buying those $200 jeans until you feel you’ll get a good cost per wear ratio.

3. Boots

Boots are such a classic piece and they come in all sorts of styles and colors. If you find a style that works for your wardrobe and your budget, it’s totally okay to spend a few extra dollars on a pair that will last. Boots will never go out of style, so I personally like to invest a little bit more money into them, especially my ankle boots. But I’m not talking about all the trendy chunky boots, or glittery over the knee boots. Classic black ankle boots, tan/brown riding boots, or black over the knee boots, are always going to be in style so definitely worth splurging!

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SAVE

4. Basics

This might be an unpopular opinion, but I think there are plenty of good quality affordable basics, so it’s not necessary to spend $40 on a white t-shirt. Target and Nordstrom’s bp. brand carry loads of high quality basic t-shirts and tanks, so it just makes more sense to spend less for the same quality. Plus, these are usually much easier to take care of! Who really wants to take 10 t-shirts to the dry cleaners??

5. Trendy Pieces

This one is probably a no brainer, but trends are so temporary that there’s just no point in spending a lot of money on something you can’t wear 6 months from now. With fast fashion stores like Zara, H&M, Forever 21 and online shopping sites like Fashion Nova, there’s really no need to to spend a lot on these pieces. These stores have made trendy fashion attainable, without breaking the bank.

6. Accessories

This might also be an unpopular opinion, but when I say accessories, I’m not talking about your high quality gold jewelry or Grandma’s vintage Chanel bag. I’m thinking more along the lines of statement earrings, “belt” bags, visors, or whatever else. Along the same lines as the trendy items, does it make sense to spend a lot on that metallic fanny pack that you won’t even want to wear in 3 weeks? I didn’t think so.

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It’s Up to You!

These are the items, that could really go either way depending on what works with your style, needs, or values. These are up for you to decide if you want to splurge or save on them!

7. Sweaters

You know I love a good sweater, but sometimes the cost to maintain the quality is not always worth it. I like to buy my sweaters moderately priced in fabrics or from brands that I know are easy to wash and wear. I love sweaters from Urban Outfitters, because they are moderately priced (approx. $39-69) but they wear really well and can be washed in your washing machine at home!

8. Leather/Faux Leather

This is totally dependent on your values and your style. I think leather-looking pieces are an absolute staple for my own wardrobe, but someone else can probably live without them. There’s also the financial and moral issue of buying real leather or fake leather. I personally, prefer to buy faux leather, but I like them to be high quality since I wear them often so I spend a little bit more. This one is all about what you prefer and if it will work for you!

9. Handbags

A good handbag can really go the distance and give you the best cost per wear. However, if you’re someone who likes to use a different bag every day, maybe it’s okay to spend less on handbags. Or maybe you like spending more on your handbags BECAUSE you don’t use them every day. This is definitely a personal choice! I personally, like to invest in a handbag that I will get the use out of. Whether it’s a structured bag for work, a leather tote or a small crossbody, if I know I’ll use it, then I’ll buy the designer bag for a little (or a lot) more.

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My Top 8 Favorite Stores!

As you’ll start to notice, I only shop at a select few stores. Mostly because I hate going to the mall to try things on and I trust that these clothes will fit me really well, but also because they make excellent quality clothing! Today, I’m sharing with you my top 8 (count ’em) favorite stores!

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Dress: H&M / Shoes: Target /  Sunnies: Quay Australia / Earrings: Forever 21

1. Target

Everyone loves Target, tbh. But I love target specifically because they carry the Who What Wear brand. They make the best clothes for work which is where I spend most of my time anyway (at work, not Target HA). They also carry great accessories and SHOES! Let’s not forget that Target is also the home of some of the best basic t-shirts, tanks and cardigans.

2. Old Navy

Again, this is mainly for work clothes because I spend so much of my time there. I love the Pixie Pants from Old Navy, because they are comfortable and stretchy while also being work appropriate. They hit right above the ankle too which makes them good to wear with flats, heels and ankle boots! Old Navy also is great for inexpensive belts, shoes and high quality button downs!

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Top: Revolve / Skirt: American Eagle / Shoes: Superga /  Sunnies: Quay Australia

3. H&M

Sticking with my work clothes theme, H&M is another top choice when it comes to buying clothes for my 9 to 5. I love to get dresses at H&M because they have a huge variety of styles but I find them all very flattering. H&M isn’t amazing quality, since it falls into the fast fashion category, but they do have some really good basic styles that integrate the cool factor that comes with fast fashion items.

4. Revolve

When I’m looking for more dressy or special occasion piece, Revolve is definitely the way to go. They have the most amazing brands compiled onto one site and with free 2 day shipping and free returns, it’s a breeze to shop here.

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Dress & Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Bag: Steve Madden / Sunnies: Quay Australia / Earrings: Forever 21

5. Urban Outfitters

As summer comes to an end, you’ll soon realize my obsession with Urban Outfitters sweaters. They are literally the coziest sweaters EVER and I buy some every single year because they are THAT good. Along with their sweaters, I also love their dresses and shoes. The dresses have such cute cuts and patterns and the shoes are a little bit funky which keeps my outfits fun.

6. Steve Madden

You’ll also eventually realize that I have a thing for shoes. All kinds of shoes. Heels, boots, flats, you name it, I probably love it. Even Crocs, cause they’re undeniably comfy and surprisingly cute. Anyway, my all time favorite shoe brand is Steve Madden. I can usually always find what I’m looking for there and sometimes I find things that I didn’t even know I was looking for and it’s just fantastic. Plus I love racking up some rewards points on here!

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Top: American Eagle /  Jeans: Topshop /  Shoes: Charlotte Russe / Bag: Steve Madden /  Earrings: Target /  Sunnies: Quay Australia

7. American Eagle

These last two are some brands that are very near and dear to my heart because they are my two favorite places to buy jeans. Being curvy, I struggle finding jeans that fit my smaller waist and my big ole booty. The jeggings from American Eagle are super comfortable and ultra stretchy (without falling down by the end of the day) which is exactly what I look for in a pair of jeans. They come in lots of washes and lots of styles too.

8. Topshop

If you love mom jeans, you need to get your booty over to Topshop and buy theirs. They are the best mom jeans on the market, in my opinion. They are a nice non-stretch denim that wears really well and get perfectly tight again after you wash and dry them. I also love to get some of my skinny jeans here also because the Jamie jeans are AMAZING. I especially love the way they do their knee slits (who knew knee slits could be so flattering?) and raw hem. 10/10 would recommend!!

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Top: Forever 21 / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes & Bag: Steve Madden / Sunnies: Quay Australia / Earrings: Baublebar

 

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