Does anyone else wake up on a Saturday morning and think style? OK, actually first I think coffee, then I think style. There are always so many events going on, especially during the summer, that I often find myself mentally going through my closet before I've even wiped the sleep out of my eyes. And, as my entire blog indicates, I take a lot of notes from things I see on TV. My spirit animal, Nicole Richie, is back on the media circuit promoting her new VH1 show "Candidly Nicole". I've been following the series since it first popped up as web short on AOL last year, so you know I'll be tuning in on July 17th (#notsponsored #justloveher ). As usual, Nic is nailing it with her high fashion looks...like the Pucci print she wore on Jimmy Fallon. While Pucci is not attainable for most of us (tip: you can find some scores if you dig through "The Runway" section of TJ Maxx) let prints be your muse for summer with some more affordable frocks.
The inspiration: Nicole Richie in Emilio Pucci Fall 2014
I am still recovering from PLL100. So much to discuss! The Emison kiss, Caleb's weird hair, Ezria forever...and ohh the massive explosion??! But most importantly- the fashion. Hanna's hangover chic is simply inspired. Obsessed with the shades. And Alison can't keep a dead mom and budding lesbian romance keep her from a geek chic cat T-shirt. Taylor Swift would be so proud. Those and more odds and ends from PLL100 below. Meow!
Hanna's sunglasses- "Prada oversized square sunglasses"
Hanna's beanie- "BDG Cuffed Rib-Knit Beanie"
Alison's Cat T-shirt- "Sandro Elie Top"
Alison's trench- "Bebe Bianca Coated Trench Coat"
The unofficial start of start of summer has come and gone, which means beach season is underway in many parts of the country. Despite what may have been the longest winter in years, I still feel like warm weather crept up quickly- leaving me unprepared to bare all on the sand. That's why I'm loving Jessica Simpson's one-piece with cutouts by Mara Hoffman. The queen of graphic prints delivers a fun, sexy vibe, while still being a little more covered up. Weird tan lines be damned! Who really cares when we all use fake tanner anyway? Check out some more (less expensive) one-piece wonders below!
Jessica Simpson in Mara Hoffman
Victoria's Secret Flounce One-piece ...also comes in super cute floral print!
Although spring is technically here, besides the allergies, it sure doesn't feel like it! It's still jacket weather, despite the fact that we are all antsy to invoke our right to bear arms (get it?). While jackets don't exactly scream chic, there are some that can work seamlessly into your layering wardrobe to keep the chill off (and the style) on until warmer weather really arrives.
An edgy take on denim with this moto style from H&M.
The anorak! Goes with anything- especially in a military inspired olive tone. I have a similar one & constantly get compliments. This one is from Athleta. Similar here and here.
It's happened to all of us before. Shopping fatigue. You've gone to every store, tried on ever shirt, pair of pants, dress...whatever, only to find, yup you guessed it- nothing! Truthfully, I have a higher tolerance than most for digging through racks to find exactly what I'm looking for, but even I've been in a spot that an extra shot of espresso can't pull me out of. Enter Stitch Fix. My very fashionable, albeit tired of dragging through the mall and finding nothing she liked, friend turned me on to this new service.
Here's how it works: you create a profile so they can get to know your style, then they send you five items that their stylists pick for you based on said profile. You keep (and pay for) the items you like then send the rest back. And the fee for all this styling goodness? $20! I think that's pretty reasonable if they do a good job. Plus if you keep any of the items the fee goes towards what you keep. So,you ask, "Do they do a good job?". I can tell you from my friend's experience that I thought overall they picked items that fit her style well.
Things to keep in mind: you don't really know what you're going to get. You may like nothing, or you may like something but it's not in your budget (average item price $65). If you consider this going in and have reasonable expectations, I don't think you'll be disappointed. If the stylist does a good job, that $20 is SO worth it. If you don't really like anything, consider the $20 an entertainment fee. One thing I really liked was the option to provide them with a specific pinterest board. I have one that is just dedicated to my own personal style, so I supplied that one as inspo for my stylist. My overall verdict? If you have an extra $20 this month, and you're tired of shopping all the usual spots- give it a try! I just placed my first order to arrive next week, and I have a feeling this could be my new obsession! Check back to see how my personal order turns out!
Rain, rain- go away! You may have noticed that Noah and his ark didn't only arrive in theaters over the weekend...it's also here in New England! I'd love to believe this is the end of the April Fool's-like weather, but let's get real- the joke is on us, and there is likely plenty more precipitation to come over the next month. Time to upgrade your spring showers gear- with some affordable, but oh-so-chic basics!
Item of the day, because sometimes Mondays feel like going to war.
J Crew Camo Sweatshirt- 25% off right now w / code "HEYSPRING"
It's here, It's here! Can you believe it? Spring has sprung! The new season officially arrived at 12:57pm and all I can think about is flowers and sunshine! The sunshine may be free, but the flowers you'll have to buy. While I'd gladly accept a bouquet from an admirer, I'm more the type to buy it for myself. But, don't forget what your wise great-grandmother always said, "Flowers die, but shoes...they last forever!" So instead of buying myself some pretty peonies (my fave- for those keeping score at home), I'd probably be better served with some spring stilettos instead. Of course, I can hear Miranda Priestly's voice from "The Devil Wears Prada" echoing in my head, "Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking." Whatever, Miranda wasn't right about everything.
And just like that, the red carpet is rolled up! So many great looks from this year's Oscars. No one looked truly horrible besides poor Liza Minnelli- but at least she's fun! Overall my favorites were in the neutral, pastel, or metallic categories, but I had to throw in one HOT red dress! My "best dressed" for the 2014 Academy Awards below!
As expected, Lupita Nyong'o was best dressed and looked like Cinderella in Prada.
Another princess look: Cate Blanchett in Armani. This is a love or hate look. I love it.
Giving off that old Hollywood glam, Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace looked so perfect for the occasion.
People can hate on Kim K all they want, but I think she is drop dead gorgeous in this Celia Kritharioti gown.
Ellen may have commanded the stage, but Portia De Rossi ruled the red carpet in Naeem Khan.
Looking just like a little Oscar herself, Kristin Chenoweth glittered in gold Cavalli.
It's a lot of look, but I adore Jenna Dewan-Tatum in this Reem Acra. Talk about a hot mama!
I don't know about you, but between this month's weather, mercury in retrograde (TG- it's ending) and other general life crappiness, I'm in a skull kind of mood. Apparently, Aria feels the same way. Break-ups will do that to you! Did anyone else feel strangely satisfied watching her absolutely demolish Ezra's apartment this week on PLL, btw? I digress. Luckily for me (and you!) we can have her skull sweater, too! Because breaking up is hard enough to do without worrying about your outfit.
Aria (Lucy Hale) in 360 Skull Cashmere Jack D Pullover