May 31, 2013

Summer Fridays: Graphic Tee and Pencil Skirt

Many offices celebrate the summer by giving their employes summer Fridays. Which usually means half days. Well Fridays in my office just got a little quieter, our summer Fridays means full day off Fridays. Okay not every Friday, but 7 Fridays. I'll take it! Since the office will be more quiet and Fridays have always been more casual I decided to play around with the graphic tee by dressing it up a bit with a pencil skirt. I went bold with my Ninja Turtles graphic tee and paired it with my Tibi skirt (another score from the sampel sale!). To finish the look, I paired it with ankle strap heels to keep it dressy.

Shirt: Urban Outfitters | Skirt: Tibi | Shoes: Tibi | Clutch: c/o Ann Taylor

Dressing up a graphic tee is perfect for those days that call for after work hour cocktails. Also know your office surroundings. Don't go too bold with a graphic tee if you don't think it'll be work appropriate, instead try tees like Ted Baker Briya Bird Graphic Tee or Michael Kors Palm-Print Jersey T-Shirt.

Would you dare to wear a graphic tee with a pencil skirt?

May 28, 2013

Outfit Post: Speak French to Me

Jacket: H&M | Shirt: TiBi | Jeans: Carmar from LF Store | Shoes: Shoemint | Bag: c/o Rebecca Minkoff

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

Something about this outfit spoke Parisan to me. Maybe the black and white stripes and red lips did it. Either way I'm completely in love with my new midriff baring Tibi shirt that I acquired from the their sample sale. I found it after digging through sample boxes and once I tried it on I knew it had to come home with me. The shirt was simply too adorable to pass up on. This def. won't be the last time you see it. Also, how cute are these Shoemint shoes? Cute right...well they are also deadly. They have no traction on them so walking on carpet is a bad life choice. I nearly broke my neck walking down my apartment building stairs (I live in a walk up that has carpeted stairs). I learned my lesson take it slow down the stairs when  wearing these shoes.

May 24, 2013

Macy's Fall 2013 Preview

Macy's holds a special place in my heart. It's where I met the "real" Santa...well more like cried in his lap and proceeded to tell him I wanted a puppy for Christmas. I never did get that puppy. As a kid, my mom would drag me around from section to section, touching and picking up everything for me to try on. I hated shopping then. Throughout the years I spent a lot of time shopping there for myself, special occasions, and the holidays. Lots of last minute gift purchases were made there on Christmas Eve. So when Macy's asked me to preview the Fall 2013 collection I couldn't help but feel a little bit nostalgic about it. 

The collection, in Macy fashion, was filled with trendy pieces for all ages, taste, and lifestyles. They even created a new athletic line where proceeds will go to breast cancer research. The t-shirts for this line were super cute and reminded me a lot of what Nike has been doing with their own woman athletic shirts. 

Lots of different prints could be found in this collection as well, from your typical stripes and florals to more cutesy fun prints like scottish terriers and scissors. One of my favorite lines was the MADE Fashion Week line. It played to the young woman, someone who might be in there 20s, working but still wants to show her fashionable side.

There were some stand out accessories in this line that are on my must have list for Fall 2013, including the double headed tiger bracelet. These pieces are perfect to take from work to date night. Or even from work week to weekend.

Then of course Macy's is known for their special occasion dressing, especially their teen dresses. I have to admit I'd would wear a couple of these dresses. I absolutely adored the rufflely floral dress with the beaded waist line. It's just the perfect little dress, something I could see myself wearing to my bridal shower. I also loved the lace and turquoise dress. The cream colored lace paired with the turquoise was a match made in heaven. It's a dress that I can see girls wearing to school dances or even to graduation. 

all photos taken by me. to see more of the collection check out my facebook page

Macy's always has something for the whole family. And this collection is nothing short of that! I already started my Macy's Must Have Fall 2013 List-- the eyeglass print sweater, the MADE white sweater with leather detail sleeves, and of course the tiger bracelet are on there for sure. 

What do you thing of Macy's Fall 2013?

May 22, 2013

Things My Mom Never Taught Me: How to Wear a Bra Correctly

Not that I walk around with a bra on my head. Even though, I don't think I would get a second glance in NYC if I did. Or that my mom is, or ever was, prudish. Actually she is the exact opposite. My mother is a free spirit that was very open with me about my body and sex starting at a young age. I guess teaching a woman how to wear a bra correctly with a smaller chest is something that isn't taught; my mom too has a small chest.  Even though we barely have enough to fill up a cup and can get away with not wearing a bra, don't you think we should also be taught how to size ourselves correctly? "Stick a band-aid on it" as my bra stylist, Katie, from Intimacy laughed as we talked about lingerie companies not really catering towards woman with smaller chest. I've never ever splurged on a bra, unless you consider a Victoria Secrets bra a splurge, because I never thought I had to. I've always figured woman with large chest needed the support and comfort so with that came splurging on bras that would give them what they needed. Given the opportunity to get fitted and to be gifted a with a fancy bra and undie set from Intimacy I knew I had to jump at this opportunity. I've gotten sized at VS before but being sized at Intimacy was a total different experience. No measuring tape used, just their own eyes and knowledge. Katie not only helped me find the right bra for me but also taught me how to wear my bra correctly. For as long as I've been wearing a bra I've been wearing them too high. Thanks mom.

I've always been self-conscious about having a smaller chest. I'm a padded bra type of girl, to at least give the illusion that I have something. But I have become comfortable with my own body and have embraced my chest, embraced it enough to "stick a band-aid on it" or at least a flower petal with a top that I don't necessary need a bra with. I've never been the lacey bra girl since most lace bras are not the everyday look, but as I get older I want to feel more "sexy." At least if not for myself, for my fiance. Okay maybe getting to personal here. ANYWAY the Marie-Jo bra that Katie helped me pick out was just perfect. It's flirty with the scallop lace trim on the straps, the lace detail around the bra, and it was my favorite powder blue color. The set was just too darling not to pick out for myself. Actually the scallop lace on the straps reminded me of the Stella McCarthy Bra that I featured on here some time ago.

bra and undie set: Marie-Jo c/o Intimacy 

The experience at Intimacy was one that I would recommend to any woman. The stylist know their bras, know woman, and have an ease about them that won't make you feel uncomfortable. As I have learned, you should treat yourself to some fancy undergarments, even if they'll be something that you won't wear everyday. An amazing bra can do wonders not only for your figure, but for your confidence as well. No matter what size you are, it's so worth feeling sexy. I will be back to get my wedding day essentials from Intimacy, that's for sure!

May 20, 2013

Inspirational Monday: Modern Day Gatsby

Top Picture: NY Post | Bottom Picture: taken by me at Joy Cioci's Spring 2013 | Shoes: YSL | Bag: DVF
Dress: Notte by Marchessa 

I've always loved the 1920s fashion...fringe, beading, feathers, ohmy! There was never enough embellishments in the 1920s. I remember reading The Great Gatsby in high school and falling in love with the book and the culture that was the roaring 20s. The 20s style never really left, you can constantly see hints of it in designer wear, but ever more so within these past few seasons.

The fiance and I went to go see The Great Gatsby this past Friday. Of course, I had to play with my modern day take of the 20s look. Nothing like a shaggy skirt on a Friday paired with a jean jacket to take it to modern day.

Jacket: American Eagle | Shirt: Target (super old) | Skirt: H&M (old) | Sandals: Forever21 | Bag: Coach
Sunglasses: c/o | Necklace: H&M

pictures by Brian Cavanaugh

Baz Luhrmann's adaptation was what I was expecting it to be a little over the top with a little of a modern day twist to much like how Romeo and Juliet's adaptation was. Though the music choices were ummm....interesting...the fashion was dead on. The costume designer, Catherine Martin, did an amazing job bring the 1920s to life. I wish men still got dressed up everyday. *sigh*

What do you guys think of the 20s style?

May 15, 2013

Outfit Post: Creature of Comfort

Sweater: T by Alexander Wang | Shorts: Tibi | Shoes: Shoemint | Bag: Urban Expression c/o Baghaus
Bracelet: Forever21

photos by Brian Cavanaugh

The weather has been pretty fickle lately going in between 50s to 70s...It's hard to even try and figure out what to throw on most days. I must admit I do love the cooler 60 degree weather as much as I love the warmer 70s. Being able to throw on a sweater or a hoodie paired with bare legs is one of my ultimate favorite looks. Mostly because I'm a creature of comfort and like to wear things that allow me to feel like I'm relaxing but still dressed up.

May 13, 2013

Wedding Bells: Engagement Photos

all photos taken by Alex Smirnov 

Since I barely dive into my personal life here I wanted to take this time out to share this moment and these special photos with you all. If you keep up with me on twitter, instagram or even remember my post from October you'll know that I'm engaged and in the midst of planning a wedding. My fiance and I had our engagement photo session last month at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. We seriously couldn't have asked for a better time. We went with a photography company -George Street Photography- and picked out our photographer on work alone, so this was the first time meeting Alex. It's a pretty nerve wrecking feeling not knowing the person you'll be working with (especially since my fiance's sister generously bought us an engagement photographer in Hawaii, where we got engaged. We had some really beautiful shots but to put it nicely the photographer wasn't for us)...Since the last experience wasn't stellar, I was totally nervous on top of not being 100% comfortable in front of a camera...which you'd think for a fashion blogger who takes style photos sitting pretty in front of a camera would be easy.WRONG. I'm so uncomfortable in front of a camera unless its my fiance or someone I know well, and even then I feel awkward. I honestly couldn't have been more thrilled to have Alex be our photographer. He was a freaking ball. Running around, picking up some random Asian guy as our 2nd photographer since he wouldn't stop following us, and almost getting caught by  security for sitting in grass we weren't allowed in...o and of course getting my fiance into an ice-cream truck. He felt more like a friend...with a really nice camera. He allowed us to be able to be the corky loving couple that we are, which his camera caught so beautifully. I def. have no worries about my wedding day photos, I know he's going to do an AMAZING job.

I know as planning really starts to pick up, I'll  post more personal stuff, DIY projects, and whatever else I see fit. If you are truly interested in know what the heck is going on please follow me on  twitter and instagram...or even pinterest (since you'll be able to get a feel for my wedding inspiration).

outfit details:
on Heather
Jacket: American Eagle | Dress: LOFT Ann Taylor | Sneakers: American Apparel

on Brian:
Shirt: Banana Republic | Jeans: Banana Republic | Sneakers: Keds 

May 8, 2013

Outfit Post: Penciled In

Shirt: The Gap | Skirt: H&M | Shoes: H&M | Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Sunglasses: Ray Bans | Necklace: H&M

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

Lately, I have found myself opting for the basic t-shirt. It's an easy throw on and go article of clothing that is perfect to dress with a pair of skinny jeans or a pencil skirt. I love taking a basic tee and pairing it with bold bright colors like a pair of neon pumps or a floral skirt, it makes it feel less....basic...

How do you wear the basic tee? 

May 6, 2013

Inspirational Monday: Summer Whites

pictures from left to right: Natalie of La Vagabond Dame | Ivania of Love Aesthetic
Harper's Bazaar designer: Giambattista Valli

I've always admire woman that can pull off the white on white trend, especially woman like Ivania of Love Aesthetic. She's someone that take a all white minimal look and make it look crisp, fresh, and interesting. I've never felt like I was the girl that can wear an all white look, I'm usually to clumsy to wear white. I put my fears of spillage aside and put together a summer white look that I'd feel comfortable in. The trick I figured out is to mix in cremes with whites, for me the thought of a creme and ivory seems more interesting than a starchy white outfit. Also somehow, the off-white colors make it less intimating. If your worried about seeming to dull in an all white look pick pieces that have details like, lace or beading. 

Sweater: Zara | Skirt: Urban Outfitters | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | Bag: Coach | Sunglasses: Glow Accessories 

What do you think of the all white summer look?

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