Spring Fashion Must Haves

Fashion

Now that we’re approaching Spring, it’s time to update the wardrobe!  Although, with this weird weather who knows what season it is.  But the sun is out today, so flowy, light, floral pieces are on my mind.

Since my stint at Anthropologie, I have been obsessed with jackets!  They have such special, bold, artistic, prints that make an outfit pop with little effort.  These are a few I found on Pinterest that I’ve been inspired by.

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Moving on down, boyfriend jeans are perfect for Seattle’s mild weather.  They pair well with a simple, uncomplicated, outfit, and can be dressed up with a heel for a sexy look or go full tomboy with sneakers and a baggy t-shirt.  Madewell and Urban Outfitters would be great places to start looking for this style.  I still haven’t found the perfect pair so I’m on the hunt.  Here’s what I have in mind.

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Finally, let’s get some shoes.  On my list are sneakers not meant for working out in and mules.

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What’s on your shopping list this Spring?

-S

Grammy After Thoughts

Fashion, Music, Reviews

After watching the Grammy’s on Sunday night, I’m buzzing with thoughts on all the high fashion and variety of musical performances!  I was surprisingly impressed with Katy Perry singing a beautiful ballad, the fact that there was a full performance in Spanish, multiple country and rock artists and some interesting collaborations.  The only musical let down of the night for me was Gwen Stafani singing with Adam Lavine.  However, her red carpet jumpsuit by Atelier Versace was a spectacular piece of work.

And with that, on to the Fashion!  There were some major trends this year, from sparkles to sleek form fitting, cutouts and lots of black and white.  Some of my favorite details!  I was so inspired by the rock and roll, tailored suits and glamour that I ended up in all black with a suit blazer at work on Monday, which is very unlike my usual style.  I think you’ll understand why when you see my favorites from the night.

Favorite Dress: Katy Perry in Zuhair Murad dress and Sophia Webster shoes (love her!)

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What can I say, I love sparkle, fringe and purple hair.  Always.

Favorite Suit: Anna Kendrick in Band of Outsiders

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Best Jumpsuit: Gwen Stefani in Atelier Versace

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HIGHLIGHTS:

Kim Kardashian in Jean Paul Gaultier

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I’m getting a little sick of her mile long slits, but this dress is stunning.  I’m attracted to almost anything sparkly, and the bead work on this dress is amazing, it must way a ton!

Rihanna in Giambattista Valli

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I was shocked when the camera landed on Rihanna getting out of her car, I think my jaw actually dropped.  This was just so unexpected, though it definitely grew on me throughout the night though.  The shade of pink is beautiful, the top 1/100th of the dress fits very nicely and it softens Bad Girl Riri in a way.  I think she won most talked about for sure, so good for her.

What was your favorite and least favorite look of the night?  I didn’t even touch on the men’s fashion, my only thoughts being that John Mayer and Dierks Bentley looked dreamy.

-S

What makes an outfit?

Fashion, Quick Read

I have never been very good at this whole fashion thing. Putting together outfits doesn’t come easily to me.

Until I started paying attention to style a few years ago, I was the girl who wore leggings and a hoodie sweatshirt every day.

Now, even though I put a lot more thought and effort into my outfits than I used to, I still find myself wondering how other women manage to look so darn stylish and put together. Personally, I feel like I’m just wearing clothes… Not necessarily a complete outfit.

So I’ve been trying to figure out the answer to this question: what makes an outfit? And while I’m sure there are dozens of ways to answer that question, if I have learned one thing so far it’s that shoes are a secret weapon. Shoes can take an otherwise average outfit and turn it into something intentional, creative, and complete.

Let’s get some shoes.

What else do you keep in mind when creating an outfit?

-L

Rethinking Fashion and Retail

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As someone who does not enjoy the mall shopping experience, I have turned into an avid online shopper. I prefer higher-priced, long-lasting pieces to their cheaper counterparts which is hard to determine when shopping online. My mind always wonders “What makes this so cheap?” or “What makes this so expensive?”. There is also the questions of where the pieces are produced. A fashion business has picked up on these concerns and created Everlane, a “radically transparent” line available online for men and women.  It has grown from an invitation only experience for a few items to a site where new arrivals are sold out in preorder. Each item displays the factory where they were produced, in-depth style details, and transparent prices. They are continually listening to their customers and making changes accordingly: they have added pop up shops, offered 1-hour delivery in NYC, and now new customers can try styles at home and return at no cost! You can learn more and join here. We can both earn $25 towards a purchase! Happy shopping! — J

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(Note: This is not sponsored by Everlane 🙂 I just like them!)

O.O.T.D. x 1 Week

Awkward Girl, Beauty, Fashion, Workplace

There’s definitely a theme to my outfit choices since working at Anthropologie…go figure.  It seemed a good time for this post as I am wrapping up my time there for this holiday season.  The rewards of working there have far surpassed my expectations of just fueling my shopping habit.  I found working with the strong, confident, beautiful women (and one man) both inside and out, gave me so much inspiration and a renewed excitement and confidence in myself.  The positive and encouraging atmosphere was so refreshing compared to my stuffy office job, and really promoted creativity and self expression through fashion.

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Monday – Anthropologie Tunic, Banana Republic Skirt, Anthropologie Dolce Vita Boots

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Tuesday – Aritzia Hat, Anthropologie Coat, Urban Outfitters Scarf, Aritzia Sweater, Tom’s Booties

Wednesday – Aritzia Jacket found at Plato’s Closet, Aritzia Top, Free People Skirt, Seychelles Boots from Anthropologie

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Thursday – Anthropologie Jumper, Anthropologie Heels, Aritzia Top

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Friday – Seahawks t-shirt, Anthropologie pants, Zara boots & repeat jacket from Wednesday

Single & Mingling

Awkward Girl, Dating, Fashion

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“In today’s Tinder-verse, everyone and anyone can get laid if they really want to, so just be real about what you want.” –Emily Sher

I feel like Emily Sher summed up my feelings on tinder and dating perfectly.  It’s so easy for people to find a quick hook up with such little effort that the excitement of dating and getting to know another person seems to be getting left behind.  Is dating a thing of the past?  I sure hope not, because being an introvert and a cautious person in general, I can’t handle this modern dating scene!  Having been quite single since leaving college and my small college town, I get asked by friends, family and some randoms who have no business asking, if I’m dating anyone and if I’ve tried online dating.  I can feel my blood start to boil just thinking about how uncomfortable this makes me.  I just want to run away!  No I haven’t tried online dating, I’m only 24!

So for now, I read about other peoples dabbles in online dating.  Natalie Joos, of the Tales of Endearment blog I recomended in my Fashion Blogs to Follow, has some great insight and a lassez faire attitude I really appreciate and relate to.  Her take on dressing for dates is super helpful for the girls like me who dress for other fashion girls as oppose to appealing to a larger audience (i.e. men).

Maybe a time will come when I decide to try online dating, but for now I’m hoping to meet someone the old school way.  I won’t be waiting around for Prince Charming though.  My approach is to be real about what I want and when I am interested in someone, I don’t hesitate to make it known.  Rejection happens, but dating is fun!  Getting to know myself and new people is what it’s all about.  I’d love to hear other philosophies on dating, so please share!

-S

New Year’s Eve Outfit Inspiration

Awkward Girl, Curated, Fashion, Holidays, Quick Read

I’m pretty sure every girly girl, myself included, pictures a little, sparkly, dress for New Year’s eve.  Since I already wore my sequin dress for my birthday this year I’d like to go in a different direction for New Year’s eve.  Something bold and cozy…I’m thinking a crop sweater and soft, leather, skirt.  Maybe a matching two piece ensemble?  Now that I’m out of college and truly in my mid-twenties, I am not going to freeze my ass off in a tiny, revealing outfit.  So here are my New Year’s eve outfit ideas, let me know what you think!  And please feel free to post your own outfits in a comment, I’d love to see what everyone else is wearing.

Click on the picture to see where an item is from =)

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The theme of my choices is texture.  I think a variety of textures paired together can make an outfit go from flat and simple to eye catching and interesting.  I love the contrast of the leather skirt paired with bold, metal jewelry and the silk culottes with a thick, knit sweater.  Try something out of the box for the New Year, it’s a great time to break out of your comfort zone!

-S

Fashion Blogs to Follow

Beauty, Dating, Fashion, Quick Read, Travel, Workplace

These are my most visited blogs and I’ll tell you why!

purse 'n boots

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Written by: Ashley Glorioso

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Senior Stylist for Nasty Gal.  She is a bad ass boho chick, who knows how to make fun of herself and some of her off the wall fashion choices.  I love the little tidbits she writes at the bottom of her photo’s that chronicle a bit of her life and how/why she put that particular outfit together.  She wears lots of Zara, For Love and Lemons, Nasty Gal and amazing vintage finds.  Her style faves seem to be booties, ripped tees, sequins, fur jackets, lace/knits and a touch of well layered and simple jewelery.  Check out her feature on the Nasty Gal Blog as well.

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talesofendearment.com

Written By: Natalie Joos

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I think of her as the real life Carrie Bradshaw.  A real, New York City casting agent and consultant to fashion brands across the board.  She’s a street style favorite and has a look that is so uniquely her own, I have yet to see anyone else master it quite as well.  With pieces of clothing that look more like artwork to me, she is able to mix and match bold prints and shapes that many would never think to do.  She pulls it all off, always, with simple hair and makeup that rivals all the gold and glitter I’m usually attracted to.  A must read from vintage to modern fashion lovers.

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chicityfashion.com

Written By: Jena Gambaccini

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I am not totally sure how I stumbled upon this blog, but I think it was through the popular page on Instagram.  I’d love to live in Chicago at some point, so I started following chicityfashion with the idea that I could get a feel for what the fashion there is like.  Turns out Jena is a girl after my own heart who loves food, fashion and living the city life!  Her style has a bit of a structured, tomboy feel, with lots of girly details.  She loves everything over sized, simple gold jewelry and mani Monday.

Above are my top three, that I literally look at almost everyday.  Here are a few others to check out.

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thezoereport.com

Written By: Rachel Zoe & Team

The Zoe Report is less of a blog and more straight to the point fashion and beauty recommendations.  The reason I don’t frequent it more often is because the products are often out of my price range, which just makes me sad.  I am not a fan of window shopping, which is what it feels like to oggle over designer goods on The Zoe Report.  What I do like is the the coverage of fashion trends and happenings in the fashion world.

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refinery29.com

Founded By: Philippe Von Bories, Justin Sefano, Christene Barberich & Piera Gelardi

This site has many writers now, but started from a small team of four friends.  Their posts are definitely aimed at the mid-20’s gal which obviously appeals to me. The overall tone of the site is best described as cheeky.  Most of their articles have a fun/naughty twist which makes reading about things like cures for acne more tolerable.  I’ve put to good use much of their beauty and fashion advice.

 

 

Gift Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Books, Fashion, Holidays

Budgeting gifts can be a bit overwhelming.  Friends, family, coworkers, pets.  On my list are mom, dad, brother, four of my closest girlfriends, one office party gift and a white elephant gift.  I have been prowling the internet for affordable gifts guides, and by affordable I mean under $25 to adhere to the price limit for the office and white elephant gift.  So far I have seen under $100 from The Zoe Report and under $50 from chicityfashion.com, which just won’t do!  So here’s what I’m getting for my people.

For the moms:

Polychroma DOF Glass

Chocolate Book

Dads/Brothers:

’47 Brand Seattle Seahawks Hat

Mobile Phone Bike Mount

Girlfriends:

They have 10 other cities to choose from as well!

City Beanie

Gold Stemless Wine Glasses

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Office Party:

Abhati Hanging Lantern

I added a mini bottle of Whiskey and stuck it in the lantern too 😉

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For an office with a younger crowd:

Clip String Lights

  

White Elephant:

Friday Night Wine Glass (My Favorite Gift)

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Happy Hippo Biscuits

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My favorite places to look for gifts are Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and World Market.  I tend to look for unique/fun items that whoever I am gifting them to would not pick out themselves but will love!  Urban Outfitters has tons of quirky books and funny items like a stuffed animal grumpy cat, and is great for both men and women of all ages.  I’d go to Anthropologie for the more refined gifts, for those people who love pretty, sparkly things.  Their home goods are spectacular and will add a bit of flair to any home.  World Market has everything, and great quality for the price you pay.  Shop away!

-S

Winter Fashion Favorites

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The staples I’ve been lusting after…over the knee boots & high waist, light wash, denim & a long, collared coat.

Fashion is always one or two seasons ahead at all times.  With spring ’15 having been previewed in the September fashion shows around the world, this winters looks seem to be mimicking the feel of the Spring shows.  What I took away from the spring fashion theme was a mod, 70’s look.  Designers that stood out in this department for me were Saint Laurent, Chanel and Tommy Hilfiger, pictured in that order ( Vogue.com).  These three looks embody the cool, feminine flair of the era and each have a different air about them that can be adapted into your own wardrobe.  Look for deep, bold hues, floral and rich, varied textures.

Above: The Rock Groupie

Above: The Business Woman

Above: The Music Festival Goer

When mixing winter and spring styles together I picture tall go-go boots, platform heels, color blocking, boxy jackets and fur vests for my winter look.  Check out two of my favorite shops online, anthropologie.com & asos.com, to combine that sweet, boho, chic look from Anthropologie with modern, edgy, tailored pieces from Asos.  How have the Spring fashion shows influenced your winter look?