The Gilliegan Hat Challenge + Giveaway

Ellie Hayes Gilliegan Bucket Hat

Boy I can’t remember the last time I wore a bucket hat. Scratch that…I do remember. I was going to a watch basketball game in 9th grade, feeling like I’m the coolest kid around because I went to the game with my then-crush, who was a senior. And also, of course, because I had the coolest hat on (duh).

I didn’t really have plans ever revisit the bucket hat trend, until Ellie Hayes approached me to style their Gilliegan hat. The super cute elephant and pineapple print is right up my alley, but on a bucket hat?
Well you know I’m not one to shy away from a fashion challenges. Plus, part of Ellie Hayes’s sale profit goes to fund Clinics of Hope. No one’s going to say no to looking good for a good cause (because that’s a lot of good). Bring on the bucket challenge!

Ellie Hayes Gilliegan Bucket Hat

Not gonna lie: I was pretty nervous about challenging myself to style a bucket hat, but I think I’m rocking this look. So much so, that I’m officially putting bucket hats on my end-of-summer trend list.
To help spread the good will around, we are giving one lucky reader a brand-spankin new Giellegan hat, just like the one I have here.

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City Dweller

Motel Rocks Demelza Dress

I usually reserve hats for day-3 hairs, since it’s a classic fix up for days when you’re too busy or too lazy to wash your hair. So of course on a day when I have freshly coiffed hair, I pick an outfit that’s just begging for a hat. Oh well, sometimes you just gotta surrender to your accessories need and deal with the flat hair later.

Outfit Combo: demelza dress from Motel Rocks, denim chambray shirt from Lark & Wolff, hat from Obey, backpack from Deena & Ozzy, necklace from ModCloth, necklace from Madewell, boots from Dolce Vita.

Motel Rocks Demelza Dress

Motel Rocks Demelza Dress

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Black and Gold

H&M textured skirt

I can’t think of a more classic color combo than black and gold, with a bold red lip to round it out.

Outfit Combo: textured skirt from H&M, top from Gap, ophelia pumps from Coach, duxbury clutch from Brahmin, necklace from ModCloth, headband from Banana Republic.

H&M textured skirt

H&M textured skirt

H&M textured skirt

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Colors

Ever since Gita sent me some Buxom goodies I’ve been less and less afraid of putting some color on my lips. I started out with the lip polish in Jessica (DUH) BTW if anyone has a fear of lipstick like I did, starting with the lip polish IS the way to go. I have now moved on up to the big girl leagues aka lipstick the color is called Provocateur … Oh la la!

Outfit Combo: top: H&M tee and Zara vest, bottom: rag & bone skinny distressed jeans, heels: Madewell (old), bag: Alexander McQueen, and sunnies: Ray-Ban Original Aviators

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Giveaway Friday: It’s a ChicPeek Bling Party!

Update: Congratulations to Trudy Z. on winning this giveaway!
Win Femme Fatale Jewelry

We had a ChicPeek giveaway on the blog awhile back, but it was so good that we just had to put it on repeat. The metal bling party is fully on for today’s giveaway Friday! One lucky reader will get their pick of any jewelry piece from ChicPeek. Yes, you read that right: any piece.

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Two Times

Floral shorts again?!??!!? HECK YEA. These shorts are so comfy that I’ve been wearing them to run errands, meet friends for drinks, and even lounging on the couch. I really didn’t think I would be so obsessed, since I bought them to be my ‘fancy’ shorts. It just goes to show that you really never know how much you love a piece of clothing until you try it on and wear it out!

Outfit Combo: top: Asos, bottom: French Connection Genevieve print shorts, booties: Elizabeth and James (old), bag: Cole Haan Vestry mini cross body, and sunnies: Ray-Ban Original Aviators

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Playing Professor

Ted Baker Lochus Satchel

For today’s look, I thought it would be fun to do a more tomboy look to contrast Monday’s girly-girl look. There’s two items in this outfit, the Ted Baker satchel and Zara bow tie, that I straight up bought at the men’s section of the store. Because, limiting yourself to just the women’s section is just boring.
I also love the academic feel that bow tie and satchel gives to look. Just call me Professor Gita in this outfit!

Outfit Combo: pleated crepe shorts J.Crew, button-up from American Apparel, bowtie from Zara, blazer from Zara, prop pumps from Jeffrey Campbell, lochus satchel from Ted Baker.

Ted Baker Lochus Satchel

Ted Baker Lochus Satchel

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One Dress, Two Ways

One Dress Two Ways

I love versatile dresses, like this red swing dress from River Island, that acts as a blank palate for the rest of my outfit. Not only are they easy to style, because they go with virtually everything, they are also mega money savers for the same reason. They’re perfect for me since I do like to switch up my style every once in awhile, but I don’t necessarily want to break the bank doing it.

Which one is your fave go-to office look? Sporty or Glam?

SPORTY
 ♥ Vest: Current/Elliot
 ♥ Glasses: Jeepers Peepers
 ♥ Satchel: River Island
 ♥ Sneakers: Ted Baker

GLAM
 ♥ Necklace: River Island
 ♥ Blazer: River Island
 ♥ Oversized Clutch: ASOS
 ♥ Pumps: Schutz

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Girly In Florals

Voodoo Vixen Finely Dress

I wouldn’t call myself a girly-girl, or at least not when it comes to dressing up. I probably borrow from my hubby’s side of the closet way too many times to be labeled that. But sometimes I figure, why not? It’s fun to go outside of your comfort zone a bit and try something you wouldn’t usually pick. For me that would be this Finley dress from Voodoo Vixen.
While floral prints are nothing new, the über feminine silhouette of this vintage-inspired dress definitely is. I must say: I don’t look half bad in this girly-girl outfit. What do you think?

Outfit Combo: finley dress by Voodoo Vixen, heels from Valentino, clutch from Chanel, necklace from ModCloth.

Voodoo Vixen Finely Dress

Voodoo Vixen Finely Dress

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Giveaway Friday: Buxom Mascara Bar

Update: Congratulations to Elisabeth G. on winning this giveaway!
Buxom Cosmetics Mascara Bar

So you found a great mascara formula that you love: it doesn’t smudge, it volumizes and nourishes your lashes. But too bad you don’t like the wand shape: it’s big and clunky, so you keep getting errant mascara on your eyelids. Has this ever happened to you? Or maybe you wish you can customize your “mascara coverage” for a demure daytime office look or a va-va-voom going out look.

The Buxom mascara bar is here to the rescue! You can now personalize the wand that will go with the Buxom Vanity Lash mascara. There are seven sexy options to select from: curl & contour, lush & lifted, strong & long, full & fabulous, bick & bushy, thick & defined, itty bitty.
Personally, the itty bitty is my favorite.

One lucky winner will get a set containing the Buxom Vanity Lash mascara and all seven wands, so they can decide for themselves which one is the best.
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Tribal Skirt

H&M patterned maxi skirt

I got this gorgeous skirt from H&M a few weeks ago. I went in exclusively for the purposes of getting swim trunks for the hubby, but got totally distracted by this gorgeous piece that was on the mannequin. Ugh, you got me good H&M!
It’s almost perfect with the exception of the length that’s a tad to long for my shorty-pants figure. Being my usual forgetful self, I keep forgetting to take it to the tailor to get hemmed. Thankfully for this day, my trusted high heel Loubis came to the rescue. I still have plans on shortening the length though, so it can be worn with flats and shorter heels. Because, lets keep it real, I’m not about to walk around NYC all day in my Loubis. Mega heel days are also known as expensive cab days in my book LOL.

Outfit Combo: patterned maxi skirt H&M, blouse from Frenchi, heels from Christian Louboutin, clutch from ASOS, necklace from Capwell + Co.

H&M patterned maxi skirt

H&M patterned maxi skirt

H&M patterned maxi skirt

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Color Block

H&M Blazer and J.Crew Pleated Crepe Shorts

Although I’m a fan of prints and I’ll usually say yes even to the craziest of patterns, sometimes my dress-up is all about mixing solids. Color block FTW!

Outfit Combo: pleated crepe shorts J.Crew, blouse from Frenchi/em>, blazer from H&M, heels from Dolce & Gabbana, rockie crossbody bag from Alexander Wang.

H&M Blazer and J.Crew Pleated Crepe Shorts

H&M Blazer and J.Crew Pleated Crepe Shorts

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Again

You ever wear an outfit, think it looks alright, take a photo… then realize OH SNAP, that is not hot!!?!? Uh yea… me either (cough to clear throat). In other news, I wore lipstick again :) ching!

Outfit Combo: top: H&M tee and Ralph Lauren denim jacket, bottom: French Connection Genevieve print shorts, boots: Vince Camuto, and sunnies: Ray-Ban Original Aviators

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Boyfriend Jeans

ASOS Boyfriend Jeans

I wasn’t always a huge fan of the boyfriend jeans, but thanks to Jess, I’m jumping on the slouchy jeans bandwagon. Jess purchased this jeans from ASOS but unfortunately it didn’t fit her quite right. Rather than dealing with the hassle of returning the jeans, she decided to pass it on to me instead. YAY! I must say I am becoming a huge fan of how comfy this baby is.

Outfit Combo: blouse from Zara, boyfriend jeans from ASOS, heels from Stuart Weitzman, clutch from Monserat de Lucca.

ASOS Boyfriend Jeans

ASOS Boyfriend Jeans

ASOS Boyfriend Jeans

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Flashback Friday: 90′s Edition

Flashback Friday 90s Outfit

Ah the 90′s: it was a glorious time of crop tops, doc martens, teeny backpacks, and super dark lipstick. I am so glad that fashion is cyclical because some of my favorite items from the good ol’ days is back in style again.

Some of my fave 90′s style pictured above, in left-to-right top-to-bottom order:
 ♥ Blue Cropped Sweater – $30
 ♥ ASOS Suede Mini Backpack – $57.16
 ♥ Gold Tone and Light Pink Bar Necklace – $24
 ♥ Dr Martens Core Pascal Boots – $120.04
 ♥ Barry M Moisturizing Lip Paints – $5.72
 ♥ Floral Print Mini Skirt – $50

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That Red and Blue

Blue BCBG Bodycon skirt

Sooooo… you may have noticed a bit of absence in blogging this past week. Life has been keeping Jess and I a tad busy lately, and as a consequence we’ve been unintentionally neglecting the blog. For those of you who doesn’t blog as a full time job (or maybe even if you do), sometimes your “real” life can take over and you just have those weeks where you’re not willing to stay up until 2am to write a blog.

But I digress! ☺ Today’s post is all about that red and blue color combo. I don’t do this color combo very often, because for some reason it reminds me of Superman. I guess it’s the same way that I avoid mixing red and green, especially during the wintertime, for fear of looking like an Christmas elf LOL. What about you guys? Is there any color combo that you’re sketchy about wearing?

Outfit Combo: blouse from Langford Market, skirt from BCBG, heels from Stuart Weitzman, clutch from Monserat de Lucca, necklace from Forever 21.

Blue BCBG Bodycon skirt

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The Only

Sometimes I wear the same thing over and over, so much so that you would think it’s the only thing in my closet BUT honey badger don’t care! When you find a pair of jeans you LOVE ain’t no shame in wearing them all day erry-day (REAL TALK). I did try one new thing out… Gita finally got me to try some lipstick!

Outfit Combo: top: BP. v-neck tee, bottom: Joe’s boyfriend jeans, bag: 3.1 Philip Lim ‘Pashli – Medium’ leather satchel, shoes: B Brian Atwood(old, similar here), and sunnies: Ray-Ban Original Aviators

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Minty Neutrals

J.Crew Pleated short in cotton piqué

I can’t think of a color that goes better with mint than tan neutrals. Well I guess most everything goes well with tan neutrals, but mint is an especially great match.

Outfit Combo: pleated short in cotton piqué tank from J.Crew (get additional 40% off with code “SHOPMORE”), blouse from Banana Republic, estelle leather flat sandals from Pour La Victoire, borrowed tote bag, necklace from Gorjana Griffin.

J.Crew Pleated short in cotton piqué

J.Crew Pleated short in cotton piqué

J.Crew Pleated short in cotton piqué

J.Crew Pleated short in cotton piqué

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Giveaway Friday: Oasap Gift Cards

Update: Congratulations to Rara on winning this giveaway!
Win $50 gift card to Oasap

Have you guys heard of Oasap? Until very recently I was unaware of this store (and was totally missing out on fabulous shopping finds). This online store has tons of cute and trendy stuff at very inexpensive prices. So it’s great for those of us who wants to look great, but don’t necessarily want to pay an arm and a leg to do it. To get you guys acquainted with the fabulousness that is Oasap, we are giving away a $50 gift card to one lucky reader.

Here’s a sampling of the fabulous deals you can snag with the gift card:
 ♥ Floral Sleeveless Rompers – $29.90
 ♥ Sexy Lip Shape Shoulder Bag – $31.68
 ♥ Retro Cute Mouselet Ring – $1.90
 ♥ Vintage Round Sunglasses – $10.50
 ♥ Street-chic Cherry Necklace – $5.90
 ♥ Cutout Pointed Toe Heels – $43.54

And we also have good news for our non-US readers: Oasap ships internationally, so you can join this giveaway too!

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Another

This another one of my French Connection sale finds! I couldn’t help stocking up on a few jumpers when Gita first alerted me to the sale. For me they were all smart sale purchases because I’ll wear them into fall and possibly winter (layered of course). My only regret?!?? A few jumpers I wanted were already sold out in my size #shoppingprobs

Outfit Combo: top: French Connection Stevie Knits PU Jumper, bottom: Old Navy boyfriend jean shorts, bag: 3.1 Philip Lim ‘Pashli – Medium’ leather satchel, shoes: Loeffler Randall (old), and sunnies: Ray-Ban Original Aviators

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