Summertime in Stripes

June 22, 2017

Old Navy Bow-Tie Back Swing Dress

OK so when you think of summer fashion, what comes to mind? Probably color. Something bold and bright. But you know what, I’m quite fond of breaking the rules, so for this blog I’m eschewing the summer colors for a black and white outfit.

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Cecilie Copenhagen

June 19, 2017

Cecilie Copenhagen scarf-jacquard cotton top and shorts

I can’t pinpoint exactly why I’m such a huge fan of matching separates. I think there’s something about bringing together two matching patterns that brings an easy instant chic factor to any outfit. And I’m all about those foolproof shortcuts to style. Whenever I shop now, I feel like I (almost subconsciously) always seek them out. So the only thing more exciting about discovering Cecilie Copenhagen, who has a good amount of matching separates in her collection, is finding out that it’s pretty affordable.

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Friday Finds + Iluminate Essentials Giveaway

June 16, 2017

Friday Finds

Aw lordy lordy, this week has been a crazy one for me. Hence the lack of blogs from me this week and posting this blog at a ridiculously late time Friday night. But it’s all good in the hood — it’s better to post at 11:30pm est than not to post at all, right? Today’s post is all about make-up (and one additional “skin prep” item). And of course in keeping with #FridayFinds tradition, there will be a giveaway at the end of the rainbow. So here we goooooooo…

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Green Kimono

June 6, 2017

Zara long floral print kimono

As a blogger, I get asked a lot for advice on what to wear (need help? hit me on the DM). So when a friend of mine told me about her woe’s searching for a school dance outfit for daughter, I got to cracking. My unique challange for this was that my friend’s daughter is quite the tomboy, so dresses are definitely out of the picture. I immediately thought of matching suit sets as the perfect non-dress dance outfit and put together a list of possible options on pinterest.

Shopping for other people is like being a foster parent for kittens. You know you’re doing this for someone else and you’re not supposed to keep them for yourself. But damn, sometimes you just can’t help yourself: the kittens are just too friggin cute. It’s just one of the dangers, I guess. Zara has quite the collection of kimono style blazers (that comes with matching bottoms, if you’re into that), and they were too good for me to pass up. The pants that matched this top is a bit too long for me, but the kimono is working out juuuuust fine. I love the exotic vibes that the print gives and it’s definitely something you can dress up or down. Pair the kimono with matching bottom for a more formal dressed-up look, or with tank and jeans for an elevated casual look.

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Friday Finds + Charming Charlie Giveaway

June 2, 2017

Goldfaden MD Fresh A Peel

Happy Friday and happy National Doughnut Day! I wish I could be sharing some donuts with you guys by passing it through the computer screen. But alas, we don’t have 3D printers that can do that just yet. So instead today I will be sharing some of my recent favorite finds in a new segment of the blog called #FridayFinds. As a blogger, I get a lot of clothing and beauty products sent my way, so much so that it’s becoming difficult to store and organize them in my small one-bedroom New York City apartment. Out of this “problem”, an idea came to mind: why not have a segment where I not just share my faves with the readers, but also share the love through a product giveaway? So obvious spoiler alert: there will be a giveaway at the end of this blog. Read on to discover my faves and find out how you can win some awesome goodies.

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Oversized and Pearly

May 30, 2017

Zara flowing shirt with pearly appliqués

Didn’t I tell you that I was huge fan of the oversized shirt trend? It’s really interesting how cyclical trends are. I remember being a huge fan of the baggy trend in middle school and high school (although I drew the line on JNCO jeans, I can proudly say I’ve never worn those). Then a few years ago, bodycon everything was all the rage. My closet was chockfull of bodycon dresses and bodysuits. Now I’m really glad that we’re back to being baggy, because really any trend that lets me hide all the food I just eat, I will be all about. I’ve shown you how to wear the trend with a front tuck and a half tuck. For today’s look, I’m fully embracing the baggy look with no tucking in sight.

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Love Binetti

May 24, 2017

Love Binetti

Last week, I blogged about my experience going to the Intermezzo Collection trade show and meeting some really cool people (shoutout to Laolu) and brands I haven’t heard of before. One of those brands that I am sooooooo super stoked to find is Love Binetti. I’m just so gaga for their collection, I’m not even sure where begin to tell you what I love about them (hint: it’s everything). For sure my favorite part of the collection is the prints and all the fun details that give it an exotic flair (like the tassels). I’m usually not a huge fan of overly complicated mixes of prints and patterns, but I couldn’t resist these.

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Laolu

May 18, 2017

Lalou NYC x Kenneth Cole Jacket

A week ago I had the opportunity to attend the Intermezzo Collections trade show. Being a part time blogger, I’m always eager to get a glimpse of the fashion world beyond the retail stores and fashion show. It was really fascinating being able to walk amongst the buyers and get a “behind the curtain” look of how the clothes get from the makers to the retail stores. I got to meet a lot of cool people and get to know brands I’ve never heard of before (hint: more on that next week). And one of that cool people I got to meet is Laolu Senbajo. I was immediately taken by his art as soon as I saw it from far away — not to be Janet Jackson cheesy, but it was seriously moth to a fire moment. If his art work may look familiar to you, it’s probably because you saw it on Beyoncé’s video. What can I say, the queen and I share good taste in art.

Lalou was nice enough to lend me one of his jacket (excuse me how rude, I mean to say art piece) for the day. It was a little big on me, but hot damn it was so cool, I did not want to give it back.

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Patched Denim

May 12, 2017

Dusty Rose Vintage Denim Jacket

Do you guys do a lot of thrift shopping? I’m admittedly horrible at it. I think if I was better at it I would do a lot more thrift shopping. It’s probably because I can be pretty impatient when it comes to shopping (or most things, really). I’ll come pretty enthusiastically to the vintage store, but quickly get fatigued after going through a few racks. The thing is, I just don’t have the stamina to find that one gem hidden amongst the tens and hundreds of duds. After I lose my patience, I’ll pretty much speed through the racks and “not find anything”. And then, of course some vintage queen will walk by carrying a heap of clothing that gets me wondering: I would totally wear all of those, where the hell did she find them?!? Dammit how did I missed all these goodies when I went through all the racks already.

That’s why I was so excited to find Dusty Rose Vintage at the Intermezzo Collection show. They’ve got so many gems in their vintage collection, you don’t have to look hard at all. If anything you’ll probably have the opposite problem and have a hard time deciding which one you want to take home with you, since you can’t take everything. This patched denim jacket was definitely a favorite of mine — I mean talk about one of a kind piece. Of course they only had a sampling of their vintage collection at the show, so I’m planning a trip to visit their warehouse/em> soon. I can’t wait to find out what gems I’ll discover there! Who wants to go with me?

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White Half Tuck + PONO Bracelet Giveaway

May 9, 2017

Update: congrats to Rebecca R, Theresa J, and Amber H for winning this giveaway.

I just can’t get enough of the oversized shirt trend. A couple of weeks ago, I told you guys about how I was tempted by the devil while doing some casual window shopping at Zara. He told me to buy up all of the oversized shirts in the store. Don’t worry, you guys. I stayed strong…and bought only three LOL. Maybe it had to do with it being a cold day when I had my shopping spree, but I couldn’t resist this white eyelet shirt. There’s just something about the color and design that screams sunny perfect weather. It has been a mostly chilly spring, but we finally got a day where it was breezy yet sunny enough to wear the oversized shirt and miniskirt sans jacket. And a good thing too: the cut of most of these oversized shirts are just not made to be layered under jackets.

One of my favorite ways to wear oversized shirt is to do the half tuck. It’s a great way to give the outfit some definition without loosing the oversize-ness of the shirt. I also like the sort-of-messy-yes-I-woke-up-looking-this-fabulous look about the half tuck.

My newly acquired bracelet from PONO by Joan Goodman ended up being the perfect accessory to go with this outfit. This bracelet is just the most gorgeous statement piece. It’s been one of my go-to accessories lately. And guess what? I’m partnering with PONO and two fellow bloggers, FASH in NY and Adrianna Naomi, to give three lucky readers a set of these bracelet. Read on to find out how you can win.

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