Thursday, April 13, 2017

AZ 2- off-the-shoulder shenanigans

day 2: swimming and shopping

     Second day in Arizona was all about chillin' out and having fun! This outfit was perfect for the pool, shopping, and dinner. In addition to the relaxed fit and casual style, this dress was super light-weight and easy to move in. For sure a summer essential. 

     Jewelry and my big floppy hat added to the look. We walked most places we went, so although Birkenstocks wouldn't have been my first choice here, they were by far the comfiest option.  The off-the-shoulder fit of this dress made it tough to layer with other items, but if I was layering, this dress would look amazing with a denim jacket or even a looser fit sweater for a "beachy" look. I grabbed a cream colored crew sweater but didn't end up needing it. My apple watch was perfect for this day. This tiny gold necklace was just right in completing the bare-shouldered look.  I decided to skip rings to keep things super casual.
Off the shoulder dress- (same style, different color) 
Brown Floppy hat- Peter Grimm Hats
Stone Colored Arizona Birkenstocks
Brown Leather double wrap band- Amazon (similar) 
Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace- Rose gold Drusy 

     Dresses don't have to be dressy. Easy accessories and casual pieces can make the perfect spring look. Hope you enjoyed. Check back tomorrow for AZ- day 3.

"Fashion is an instant language."
Muccia Prada


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

AZ 1- out of town, in style

day 1: Traveling and Lounging

     Decided to try something new and do a series of posts over the next three days. While in Arizona spring breaking it up I captured three days and three looks. Each post will be short and simple, but give an idea of just what I'm wearing and give some spring time inspiration. I kept things super comfy and simple. 

     Started the look with this super light weight off-the-shoulder top. It's long sleeve which was perfect for the morning in STL, but light enough that it worked in the cooler AZ afternoon. Dark wash jeans to contrast with the white and metallic sandals to "edge" it all up. Finished with gold rings, necklace and my favorite new watch band. Seriously, a game changer when it comes to rocking the Apple Watch. Started carrying the perfect sized tote. I love this bag as a carry on and for shopping (super great for throwing in things I've bought!)

Metallic Jack Rogers-
Dark wash skinnies- American Eagle
Brown leather watch band- Amazon (similar) 
Arrow wrap ring- Alex and Ani Wrap ring
Purple faded mark- mr ehs

White off the shoulder blouse-
Grey tote- Longchamp LePliage Large tote
Pink lens sunglasses- Wildfox Classic Fox "Nightfall" 

     Hope you enjoy these next few post and let me know what ya' think!

"The joy of dressing is an art."
John Galliano


Monday, February 20, 2017

Simple City Sweaters

     It was time for another trip to Chicago! I had so much fun exploring the city with my mom. I packed and planned in about 15 minutes,  and my main goal was comfort, so these aren't the most original outfits. Walking up to 6-7 miles a day doesn't go too well with heeled booties or really anything other than comfy shoes. These two looks are nearly identical, but I loved the small touches! 

      This cream colored sweater is a little heavier, but it has an open knit so I always throw a t-shirt underneath for extra warmth. My jeans have a cool distressing on the back ankle and I love how they accent any flat shoe. Speaking of ankles, even though it looks like it, my ankle was not broken while taking this picture. My sunglasses have bold pink and gold mirror lenses and a dark black cat-eye frame. Lastly, I started the day with my black Stuart Weitzman flats, but ended up changing to be more comfortable.  My go to walking shoes are these slip on Vans.  I have them in 3 colors and wear them at least once a week.  
//Stuart Wietzman Gilligan Flat 

For day 2, I am wearing the same look with a similar white sweater that has a flared sleeve and is open knit. This day I went with a burnt orange bralette and the same jeans. Here is another color of the Vans. I love the bold metallic of them and how easily they can be thrown on. Both days I wore my Alex and Ani bangles, my Apple Watch, and my brown leather cross-body. 

//Alex and Ani Bangles and Ring
//Lucky Brand Brown Leather Fringe Crossbody
//Black Vans Slip Ons

//Gap White flared Sleeve sweater
//American Eagle distressed wash Jeans
//Vans Metallic Slip on (Simliar)
//Quay Australia Avalon Sunglasses
//American Eagle Cream Sweater
//American Eagle Soft and Sexy Tan t-shirt

Hope you enjoyed!
XO- Lo

"People will stare. Make it worth their while." 
-Harry Winston

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Urban Edge

     Sometimes all it takes to make you feel so good is an outfit right outside of your norm. This outfit is perfect for those days you want to look better than ever and super edgy, too. I created this look with basics and added flare with unique accessories. Best idea ever! 
Black and white marble sunnies- Quay Australia 
     Black jeans add instant edge to any look and are the easiest piece to pair. These are actually super comfortable, too because they have a slight stretch. I chose to go without distressing, but that would also add to the trendy look.
Oversized denim jacket- American Eagle
    I have been wearing this oversized jacket for years and I love the fit, wash, and distressing. If opting for dark or black jeans, I love pairing denim on top to bring in color and texture.
     This blush colored t-shirt has been the easiest layering item ever. It's super soft and easy to throw on top of bralettes and bodysuits, but also under sweaters. I went for the blush color to add to the contrast and the cut to compliment the skinny fit jeans. My cream colored body suit added a layered look and also kept me warm all day long. 

Black skinny jeggings- Dear John metro jegging
     My sunglasses are the boldest element of the look. The bright lenses and graphic patterned frames tie well into the edgy accents, along with the dark jeans. This pendant choker adds the smallest touch of glam with a dark leather cord and small jeweled charm. I love the blue detail and how well it ties into the denim jacket. 

     These black boots have been worn so much they're starting to show it. The simple Chelsea style goes with just about everything. I opted for black to keep long clean lines from the jeans down. 

     Trendy doesn't have to be scary! Stick to the basics and add small touches of pattern, color, and unique fit for the best looks. Give it a try and you might just find your self surprised by how "2017" you look! 
Black leather Chelsea boots- Franco Sarto
Blush colored tee-shirt- American Eagle "Soft and Sexy
Cream body suit- Forever 21
Nails- OPI "My gondola or Yours?" 
Black leather cord choker- TJ Maxx

"Dress like you're already famous."

XO- Lo


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Manly Must-haves

     Trying something new never hurt anyone! These are my top fashion essentials for any man. All of these items are affordable, practical, and super easy to find. Shop all the pieces shown in the links below, and find yourself "dressed to the nines" any day of the week. From Christmas parties, to casual hang-outs and day to day wear, these pieces are perfect. 

"Dressing well is a form of good manners"
-Tom Ford

Xo- Lo

Monday, December 5, 2016

Chi-Town Chic

          It can be tough dressing for cold weather. Large coats, big bulky scarves, hats, and gloves can throw a wrench in cute outfits. I made it my mission to find the very best way to tackle the cold. And the cold wasn't my only issue; they don't call it the windy city for nothin'. I successfully dressed to beat the elements and here's how you can too.

Black Long sleeve sweater- Old Navy
Plaid Blanket Scarf- Forever 21

Layers:   I worked with several layers to create a seamless look that actually had me bundled up. Start with a long sleeve t-shirt that can be easily concealed. Add a sweater in a neutral color, and let the thicker layers add the flare. I opted for a fur vest and a plaid blanket scarf to accent my black sweater. This scarf is especially big, (hints the "blanket",) so it was great for keeping the wind off of my face and neck.

Brown floppy hat- Forever 21
Hat:    Winter hats don't have to be the usual beanie type hat. Play around with different shapes, colors and patterns, and find yourself surprised at how warm some other styles can be. This brimmed hat was deeper in color, and thicker in material, so perfect for winter. My head was toasty warm all day.

Jeans:   I don't think you can go wrong with jeans on a cold day. These always seem to be the warmest for me. If you're dealing with extra cold, add a layer under jeans for super warmth. I went with medium wash to offset the black sweater.

Cream Furry Vest- Old Navy
P.S. I know I look like a pack mule, but camera bags are not cute

Shoes:   For this look I chose a small black ankle bootie, but truthfully, if I had a do-over I would have chosen a taller boot. When using larger, thicker, or even flowier layers on top, I typically go for a taller, elongating shoe. This creates a lengthening and slimming affect to offset the upper body. 

Medium Wash Jeans- American Eagle
Black Ankle Boots- Franco Sarto
Black Crossbody bag- Kate Spade

Accessories:   I would let the bold patterns and textures do the talking in this look and shy away from lots of jewelry. Keep things minimal with one tone. Thinner, lighter pieces will keep things from getting cluttered. 

Shop this post-
Black Ankle Booties (similar)
Oversized Plaid Scarf (similar)
Fur Vest (on sale for only $25!)
Black V-Neck Sweater (on sale for $10!) 
 Floppy Hat (Similar) 

Beat cold weather with the best tool you've got: a killer outfit.

"Fashion is just another accessory for someone with great style."
- Unknown

Monday, October 10, 2016

Pattern Play & Daring Denim

    I can remember the first time that I saw denim on denim featured in a fashion magazine. I immediately thought about how much the fashion trend broke every rule I had ever learned about fashion. It was a little like navy and black, shocking at first, but in some cases it really worked. Later, I started noticing lots of bold patterns all used together, complimenting one another and I realized how much fun breaking "the rules of fashion" could be. This look is bold, fun and definitely my new favorite outfit. Along with comfortable, chic, and extra easy, this look is the perfect mixture of a casual weekend outfit and a high fashion combo.  

Denim Shirt: Marshalls- Joan Vass
  Starting with the denim: I found my go to denim shirt about a month ago and I haven't stopped reaching for it. I wanted a medium wash and I bought it a little big so I can wear it many ways. As you can see in the first all-denim outfit, the shirt is longer in the back so it is perfect with leggings or over a t-shirt dress for hotter fall days. In the second look you can see how it works fabulously layered under a sweater and paired with some jeans.  A good denim shirt is a fall must-have and can be found almost anywhere.
Star Sweater- Forever 21
   The key to denim on denim is all in the wash. To make creating a bold outfit easy, try picking opposite wash pieces. If you opt for a light or medium wash shirt/jacket, go for a darker wash jean. Follow the same rule when choosing jeans first. Since my shirt was a medium wash I chose the darkest blue denim I had. This pair is super skinny, but to go super crazy try a bell bottom or even culottes. With these more flared options, try tucking in the shirt for a cleaner, sleeker look.
Jeans- American Eagle

  To tone down my all-denim look I threw on my fun star sweater. This piece is extra unique with the large distressed holes. I found this sweater for super cheap and it can easily be compared to the pricey look-alikes at Wildfox. The large distressing allows the denim to show through but still tames the overall look. To keep the flow of the outfit, try a sweater that is slightly shorter than the shirt underneath. This will create the illusion of a longer figure as the denim flows all the way from collar to ankle.

   I always say that jewelry and shoes can make or break an outfit. I took a leap with another bold pattern in my shoes. These leopard slip-ons are just simple enough that they do not compete with the larger pattern of the sweater. I love how easy they are to throw on. Along with the sweater, these fun shoes finish the outfit with a casual vibe. Rings and a watch were all this outfit needed and I opted for gold tones for a more formal look.   For on the go necessities I grabbed my black hobo cross body bag and used this piece to tie into my gold jewelry.   


Gold Cuff Watch - Kate Spade
Fish wrap around ring- Alex and Ani
Arrow wrap around ring- Alex and Ani
Black Hobo Cross Body- Kate Spade

Leopard Flats- Target (on clearance)
"I don't do fashion, I am fashion."
-Coco Chanel