June 28, 2012

One Peplum Top 2 Ways

It took me a while to come around to this trend. To be honest I wasn't a fan of the peplum top until I got a chance to view Joy Cioci's Fall 2012 Collection (read here) that I thought "maybe this trend isn't so bad after all." Of course I had to search for a peplum top for myself, after trying it on it didn't seem so scary and the endless possibilities of outfits started pouring out. The simple rule for the peplum top is keep everything else straight. This is the best way to pull of this trend and to show off your curves. The two best looks are probably the simplest and clothing that many of us might have in our closets already: 1. a pencil skirt 2. high waist skinny jeans.

The Peplum Top: 2 Ways

1. The Pencil Skirt. Pencil skirts help elongate the legs and accentuate your curves in all the right ways. While the peplum gives you a little hip action, whether you have them or not. The peplum top and pencil skirt plays on portions-- makes your torso look shorter and your legs long. When doing a pencil skirt go for a sexy little stiletto for height.

How I pulled this look off:

Top: H&M
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: L.A.M.B (bought on RueLaLa)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (bought at Sample Sale last year)
Sunglasses: H&M
Ring: Forever21
Bracelets: H&M, Gifted

The reason why I love this look: This is the perfect summer look that can take you to the office and to after work cocktails. It's chic and sophisticated.

2. High Waist Skinny Jeans. Like pencil skirts these two give the look of long legs. Keeping a straight line is important-- if you go with a wider pants leg you'll end looking wider. Keeping to a straight line is key to looking long and lean. This spring is all about printed jeans so go for a fun print pants like the Topshop MOTO Geo Jamie Jeans (currently on sale $40). Of course to give you a lift and for a flirty summer look do a wedge heel.

How I pulled this look off:

Top: H&M
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: Kelsi Dagger
Bag: c/o Remi & Emmy

Necklaces: H&M
Sunglasses: local Brooklyn Boutique

The reason why I love this look: Peplum tops can look to formal so this is a great mix of formal and casual. This look works for a casual date, brunch with friends, or even a casual office look.

Which look is your favorite? How would you wear the peplum top?

**all above photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh**

June 26, 2012

Weekend Wear: Ferry Rides and Art

Dress: H&M
Shoes: H&M
Bag: c/o Remi & Emmy
Sunglasses: Tobi.com
Ring: H&M

photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh

This is love. Love to me is beyond the squish feeling that you get in your stomach and even much more then physical attraction. Love to me is the support that you give one another, in everything that you do. It makes each of you a better person in every way. Only a few of us get it right the first time around, but some of us have to fall in love with the wrong person to know when its right. I couldn't be more proud of my boyfriend in his art, at his job and the person he is becoming. This weekend was really special to his see is art being shown at a one night video and performance art festival, Lumen, on Staten Island in the coolest location ever (the salt holding grounds for NYC called the Atlantic Salt Yards). Being an artist is never easy and getting your work out here is even harder. I'm so happy for him and his accomplishments this year. Not only was he in this festival but also a video festival in Athens, Greece (which sadly we couldn't attend). I couldn't be more lucky to have someone that is so artistic, loving, caring, and is also willing to back me in my endvors too. I mean after all he is willing to snap photos for me after a long day of work.

**If you would like to see his work, Distances, that was in festival click here or to see any of his works please visit his website and blog. (Yes, I always link to him).

June 25, 2012

Inspirational Monday: Yellow + Black + White

Yellow + Black + White

Last Monday I saw a post on Mae Badiyan's blog on the color combo yellow, black, and white. Of course after her post and seeing some fashionable ladies dressed in this color combo I had to give it a try. What better way to pair my new DVF yellow skirt then with a DVF like print. I had bought this H&M shirt when I first started working (so we are talking about 4 years ago). It's one of those shirts that I got a lot of wear out of it and then threw it in the back of my dresser. After seeing this color combo this was the first pairing that came to my mind.Don't know why this shirt would be the first top I thought of but it was and it worked perfectly. Not only the perfect yellow, black, and white combo but the perfect little tribute to DVF.

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

Shirt: H&M
Skirt: DVF (bought at sample sale)

Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

What do you think of this combo? Would you give it a shot?

June 21, 2012

What to Wear with a Sheer Maxi Skirt

Sheer clothing can be quite intimating especially when it comes to sheer skirts, because really who wants to show their undies to the world? The simple solution to sheer skirts are of course slips.  Easy to pair up with and hide-- they come in nudes, black, and white. But after all this is a fashion blog and I'm not all about easy solutions. Two of my favorite fun funky ways of wearing sheer skirts are with a colorful mini underneath or wearing a body fitting tunic dress.
What to Wear with a Sheer Skirt

1. The Tunic Dress. This is probably the easiest to pull off since you don't have to worry about trying to find a top, you have it all there. Pick a more fitting tunic dress and that doesn't have ridges or ruffles. A simple bodycon dress like the American Apparel cotton spandex jersey dress would do the trick.You can go nude colored or more bold to show some pop of color. I'm a fan of wedges with maxi skirts so pull in simple accessories for your look.

I had fun pulling this look off myself recently. I bought this American Apparel white maxi skirt at the Warehouse Sale (for those of you in NYC yes it is still going on!). I went for a pretty ballerina look using my New York and Company tunic as a underlay. 

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

Tunic: New York and Company
Skirt: American Apparel
Shoes: Aerosoles
Bag: Zara (old)
Headband worn around my bun: H&M (old)
Necklace: H&M
Suglasses: Local Brooklyn Boutique

2. Brightly Colored Mini Skirt. Want a more fun bold look? Pull in a bodycon mini skirt in a bold color. Doing it under a sheer skirt (especially one that is nude or white) will give the whole look a fun overlay. It will also help tone down something bright but have a peek-a-boo effect. Make sure to chose a bodycon skirt that doesn't have any textures, you want to keep it smooth. If you're daring try one with print! Keep your accessories sleek and clean.

When in doubt....pair it with a bathing suit! It is summer after all! And Liz of Late Afternoon pulled this look off fantastically!

photo from Late Afternoon

What do you think of the sheer skirt? How would you wear it? 

June 19, 2012

Weekend Wear: Stoop Kid

Shirt: H&M
DIY Cutoffs: Zara 

Sandals: Forever21
Bag: c/o Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses: Raybans

photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh

I must admit when editing my photos all I could think about was the Stoop Kid episode of Hey Arnold. For those of you who aren't children of the 90s and have no idea what I'm talking about click on CLIP to see what I'm talking about. I miss my old Nickelodeon cartoons -- Doug, Angry Beavers, Hey Arnold. Those were the good ole days.

ANYWAY- Sometimes it's nice to just spend a day just walking around your neighborhood. This is exactly what the boyfriend and I did on Saturday. We wandered around the hood (even though we thought there was going to a block fair and there wasn't we miss understood the event). Then a friend of mine ended up coming into the neighborhood and we just went from bar to bar. I always like going to different places and trying different drinks. We haven't been to a few places in the hood so it was fun trying some out.

June 18, 2012

Inspirational Monday: Electric Bras

You Sexy Little Thing

American Eagle outfitter, $29. 50 (on SALE NOW for $19.99)
H M underwire bra, £7.99 ($12)
American Eagle outfitter$29. 50 (on SALE NOW for $19.99)
American Eagle outfitter$29. 50 (on SALE NOW for $19.99)
American Eagle outfitter$29. 50 (on SALE NOW for $19.99)

I don't usually do post on lingerie but I couldn't help share my little pops of bright finds. This season is all about bright color and skin. No I'm not saying walk out the house with just a bra on but do show a glimpse of sexy by wearing a neon bra with a sheer top. Or my favorite look-- the muscle tee with bigger arm holes that bare the side of your straps of your bra. For this look pick a bra that has lace paneling and that is brightly colored. To really make your look pop still with dark t's. For sheer tops white is the best to really show off your assets-- just remember to choose bras for this look with padding you don't want to show off everything.

With this trend you don't need to spend a lot of money on new bras. My favorite is the Arie Vintage Lace Underwire Bralette they are originally $29.50 but are on sale NOW for $19.99! These come in four delicious colors (as seen above) and with a price tag like that you can stock up. Personally, I'm a huge fan of Arie undergarments, they are inexpensive, last along top, and so soft and plush. For the big spenders out there my pick is the Stella McCartney Jane Snuggling Underwire Bra ($140)-- I just adore the lace design and the back lace detail.

What do you think of the neon bras?

PS I got a lot of questions about my H&M boots in my last post. Yes I did get them recently...like last week recent lol. I really got lucky with them, there were only 2 left and one just happened to be in my size. 

June 15, 2012

Outfit Post: Risk Taker

Shirt: Zara
Pants: Zara
Boots: H&M
Bag: c/o Remi & Emmy
Sunglasses: local boutique
Ring: H&M
Bracelet: Forever21

photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh

Sometimes you just need to go out on a fashion limb and take a risk with your outfit. Actually this was the first outfit I thought up of when I stood on line to buy these booties. I honestly don't know why this would be the first outfit that would pop into my head but it was and I'm so glad that it worked out. What really can be better then glitter and snake print together? Maybe combining more snake print? Usually I like keeping everything simple when doing two bold pieces-- ie the Zara snake skin print pants and the H&M booties. I thought pairing it up with the simple white tank, cuff bracelet, and metal rings would help tone down the extremeness of the look. But I couldn't help just adding one more daring element to this look: my new Remi & Emmy Glastonbury Convertible Clutch. I don't know what it is I've never been a huge fan of snake skin print but after buying these jeans back in January my whole outlook on snake skin has changed. I mean look at me I'm snake skin blocking (is that even a thing? If not I just made it one!)!

June 13, 2012

Oo La Love, I’ve Fallen in Love...

Dress worn as a shirt: Tobi.com, Skirt: American Apparel, Bracelets: DIY, Forever21, Punta Cana

Pictures taken by myself and Brian Cavanaugh

"...and it’s better this time than ever before"

Monday night the boyfriend and I went to see Foster the People at the Summer Stage in Central Park. It was actually my first time at the Summer Stage. In all honesty it was a smaller space then what I was expecting. I was thinking a big open field but nope-- it was a small gated area with turf and bleacher seats. The sound system definitely was not loud enough to over power all the people that talked through out the show, ie the women standing behind us and the couple in front of us. I never understood the point of paying money to see a concert just to end up talking throughout the whole show. For that put your iPod on a speaker and have some drinks at home, out on your patio, or at the park. Of course everyone went crazy over Pumped Up Kicks which was the last song they played. They sounded good from what I could hear but, I would actually like to see them again but at an inclosed space so I can really get the full effect of their show. 
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