stressed but well dressed,
If I said I was only mildly obsessed with this clutch I would be lying. I feel like it depicts my life so perfectly...stressed, but well dressed. But I would rather be that way than any other way! More well-known obsessions of mine are distressed boyfriend jeans and ankle strap heels. It creates an undone, but still polished look. I paired this super simple look with this great statement necklace from Wantable. It's a great new styling service for makeup, accessories, and intimates. You get to fill out a personal profile, and your stylist chooses pieces for you based on your personal preferences. A new box of five pieces is shipped to you each month...it's like Christmas! It's definitely worth it for the jewelry junkies out there...they have such unique pieces that you will never find anywhere else! Keep on accessorizing, fashion friends!
stressed but well dressed,
The majority of the population is afraid of the hottest trend right now-the crop top. A good way to try it and get away with it without showing the entire belly is to do it how I'm showing you with this look. Wear it a little looser and pair it with something high-waisted like pants or a skirt. This way, you're not showing off the less-than-summer-ready belly but still rocking the crop top trend. I paired this simple white crop top with some statement pants and muted metallic accessories.
go step out of your comfort zone,
Surprise, surprise! I'm mixing grunge with ladylike again! I paired the feminine pants and heels with a plain grey tee and grungy plaid button up. Even my accessories are a mix of grungy and feminine-the super uber feminine matte pink lipstick, and the grungy chain link necklace. I went with a soft palette for this look to keep it light and Springy. Go try to mix it up with mixing a few styles here and there! Even if it's just two pieces that have a distinctly different style...try it out and get out of your comfort zone!
Let's face it...we all wish we could bring six suitcases on vacation with us. It's so stressful packing for vacation when we don't know exactly what the atmosphere is going to be like or what we will be doing at every second of the day. I've put together a conglomeration of necessities for your next tropical vacay that are versatile for any thing you might come across on vacation and will make packing stress-free!
A common misconception (even though I'm an offender sometimes) is that you need a different bag/hat/shoes/etc. for each outfit. This is so false! As long as you are switching up the look enough, you will be fine with two pairs of shoes and one bag. Wear a dress with the sandals and floppy hat for the daytime, and switch into your wedges and add a cardigan and some bling for night. Repeat this process every day with different clothing pieces and the same shoes and accessories, and voila! See how easy that is to create two completely different looks with one piece?
The key to versatile clothing pieces for traveling is multiple uses! Dresses and rompers are great for a beach vacay because they can be worn three ways. Wear a romper over your bathing suit at the beach or to a casual lunch with sandals and your straw floppy hat. Wear a maxi dress from the pool to dinner by adding wedges, a cardigan, and a statement necklace to dress up the look.
A flowy blouse is also versatile because it can double as a cover-up with shorts, or out and about with some flowy linen pants. Crisp white shorts are perfect for a resort vacay, because they make any outfit look more chic and put together. Whether it's with a simple tank and sandals or a flowy blouse and wedges, it'll pull the look together in an instant.
Volumizing Dry Shampoo: A vacationer's lifesaver
Dry shampoo is a must-have for traveling. There is just way too much to experience on vacation to wash our hair every day. This Sexy Hair dry shampoo does not leave a white residue and a god-awful stench like most. It's super light, smells great, and also adds volume!
Sunscreen is a must for a sunny adventure, unless you opt to return home with at least 15 more sun spots than you left with. This paraben-free sunscreen will protect you against the harsh rays and de-age you at the same time. Plus, it's super light and won't clog your pores. Definitely a must-have on my list!
Vitamin C Lip Treament
Let's face it, you're going to get dry lips. There are so many forces going against you on vacation...sitting in the sun, sipping on drinks, smooching with your travel buddy (maybe?). You'll need some serious lip recovery from these harsh elements, and this vitamin C treatment is my fave!
Anti-Frizz Hair Serum
Beaches are humid, period. And what does humid entail? A lion's mane on your head. This hair serum is great to keep your hair shiny and sleek-looking at the beach without making it greasy.
Motives Bronzing Lotion
Keep your sun-kissed glow after protecting yourself from the sun with tons of SPF. This bronzing lotion is quick-drying, streak-free, and soothes your skin with aloe vera just in case you've overdone it in the sunshine.
Nail Lacquer in "Celebutante"
This color is natural and beachy-looking, and will hold up for your whole vacation. I lalalaloooove this nail lacquer because it lasts longer than polish! Lacquer is known for being a more durable alternative, and is great for traveling, because no one wants to constantly be touching up their nails on vacay!
Kate Somerville Tanning Pads
For a cancer-free glow. I love these because they're sooo easy to use and ond don't leave a gross residue. I like to use them for the more sensitive skin where I don't want to apply actual self-tanning lotion, like my face. They don't leave you orange and streaky or have a gross tanning lotion scent, and they're refreshing!
Bronzer in "Miami Glow"
If there's one makeup product that I could bring on vacation it's bronzer. Just a couple dabs in your t-zone and on the apples of your cheeks liven your face up and make you look like you actually fit in to your tropical atmosphere. I love this line of makeup, because it is so pure you could fall asleep in it and it won't clog your pores. Perfect for your afternoon beach nap.
Makeup Setting Spray
How annoying is it when you're sightseeing and have to retouch your makeup?! I love this spray, because you can just set your makeup for the day and forget about it! It also gives you a dewey glow, which I love.
Magic Potion for Beachy Waves
I like to use this after showering when I want to go for the natural look (aka...when I don't have time to do my hair). It creates a beachy texture and keeps your waves in tact. Gone are the days of bringing 3 different hot tools to style your hair on vacation, only to ruin it the second you go in the water.
Oil Blotting Sheets
These Shiseido blotting sheets are my favorite. I use these about every day, because my face will get oily half-way through the day and it's a great refresher to mattify my face, or clean it up a little before touching up my makeup.
Bobbi Brown Beach Fragrance
Seriously the best beachy scent! We vacation to get away from the norm, so why not smell like where you're going? It's a light cent of citrus and sea mist, which is perfect for your beachy vacation.
Alexa Chung's It
A good read is a must for your hours of laying out in the sun. Instead of bringing 10 pounds of magazines, just bring one good read that you'll be able to finish during your stay.
Phone Case/Wristlet (aka: lifesaver)
This ziparound wallet/phone case is my fave. For making a quick run to the hotel bar for a daquiri, or going to the spa for a massage...it's much more convenient for quick trips and is thief-proof. No one can reach into your bag or snatch it from you, because it keeps everything safe in its zipper and stays nicely on your wrist.
Fragrance-Free Face Wipes
For when you need a quick refresher or cleanup, but don't want to go through your whole face-washing regimen. Maybe you feel dirty from the beach or the airport, or just went on a run and need a refresher (if you're one of those crazies). These are a great quick cleanup without the mess of a sink and face wash.
Kelly green is a must-have this Spring! It's such a classic staple and matches with so many colors. I like pairing it with other jewel tones like cobalt blue, royal purple, and bright canary yellow. But I just can't resist the crisp freshness of this bright hue with white and metallics. Pair an emerald green top with a bright blue flowy skirt or some canary yellow shorts for a bold look. If you want to try it with another jewel-toned color but are afraid to be too bold, try the secondary color in an accessory! A bright clutch or statement necklace would be great simple and colorful additions to a kelly green top.
It's so difficult to stay chic and casual at the same time! My rule is to just add a bright lip and a couple fun accessories. You will feel fabulous, and it will distract everyone away from your casual look. I'm wearing a simple outfit with flats (gasp!), but dressed it up a little with my fun Wantable bracelet and a bright "r-orange" lip from Motives. Trust me...a bright lip and a few fun accessories take a boring, casual look from drab to fab!
This past weekend in LA was very event-filled and crazy! I came from Detroit from seeing my boyfriend to LAX...let's just say that buying WiFi was 100% worth the investment for that 6-hour flight. I stepped right off the plane to dinner with friends at Moonshadows Malibu. We sat outside right on the water and listened to the waves crash against the shore while eating dinner...it was so great! I had an amazingly fresh lobster Caesar salad and my favorite Clos du Bois Chardonnay.
The next morning I had breakfast with friends at Toast Bakery Cafe. It was the cutest place! They had a cute little candy and sweets shop attached. I had an amazing (and really filling) breakfast called The Oscar. We went to Ashtanga yoga at Equinox later in the early afternoon...it was the coolest gym and it was a great class. We didn't hurry out of there because we took full advantage of the steam room and the Kiehl's shampoo and conditioner in the showers.
That night, I went to the Duplex on Third in Beverly Hills for a Lucky FABB pre-party. It was a very unique and intimate venue. We took over the second floor, where they had multiple rooms and a bar. I got my hair done by Sexy Hair...she gave me an old Hollywood glam look and I loved it! I'm definitely inspired to start doing more with my hair now, instead of the usual waves I normally do. The theme of the night was 20's glamour, so quotes from Marilyn everywhere and a "bombshell" drink were appropriate. I met a new blogger friend, Brookelyn Urig from Best of Bklyn. It turns out we're from the same hometown and know a lot of the same people...what a small world, right?!
Friday was the Lucky FABB conference! The editor in chief of Lucky Magazine, Eva Chen interviewed a few great success stories in the fashion world. I got to hear a panel that included Raman Kia of Condé Nast, Stephanie Mark of The Coveteur, and Hilary Peterson of Lyst. Eva Chen also interviewed Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of NastyGal...she was amazing! I got to listen to Nicole Richie talk about life and her label, House of Harlow. She was sooo sweet and down to earth...I was actually kind of surprised! I got to sit by the fabulous and gorgeous Marianna Hewitt, from La La Mer.
We had lunch catered by The Bazaar restaurant at the SLS Beverly Hills, and I was able to network with a bunch of new brands that you might be seeing on the blog coming up soon! We had 3 breakout sessions after lunch, and I was able to hear business tips from January Jones of MadMen and Cassandra Grey of Violet Grey. I also got to hear from model Karolina Kurkova and my blogger idol, Aimee Song from Song of Style. Next, I got to enjoy LaMarca Prosecco during happy hour provided by MissMe Jeans (I wasn't complaining!) We wrapped up the day by hearing from the hilarious, amazing, inspiring, down to earth supermodel Coco Rocha. It was a fabulous day!
I got dinner and drinks with a friend at The Churchill in Beverly Hills, and met up with some of my boyfriend's family that was coincidentally in LA for the weekend also. I was really pooped, but managed to make it out that night to spend some time with friends in Hollywood.
Saturday morning was a wrap-up brunch at the SLS Beverly Hills, and I got to enjoy some more LaMarca Prosecco with my mimosas. I met Sakura from Bloguettes...also randomly from Scottsdale (what's up with all the people I meet being from Scottsdale?!) I want to say thank you to Lucky Magazine and all of the brands at the event that I got to meet!
That afternoon, I celebrated my friend's birthday at Malibu Wines. I am definitely going back. There was a live band, and tons of people with their picnic blankets and cheese and crackers to go along with the great wine from the winery. We made our way to Paradise Cove afterwards, and headed back for a quiet night in.
Sunday, I had a yummy eggs benedict from The Larder at Burton Way with friends and relaxed on the beach in Venice for a few hours before I headed to the airport. It was an amazing weekend in the good ol' BH, but necessary to be home and get back to giving you guys some more blogs!
shoot for the stars,
Being fashionable at the office is always a struggle...we don't want to seem like we're trying too hard, but we also don't want to look frumpy. It's a proven fact: looking our best means that we feel our best, and when we feel our best we perform at our best. And guess what performing at our best means?! Ding, ding ding! Promotion! So go ahead and take a risk with your work clothes if that means that you'll hold your head a little higher around the office. Just follow my simple recipe for dressing for work:
1 trendy piece (the top is always the safest bet)
2 very classic pieces (a simple pump, a pencil skirt, a structured blazer, etc.)
1 statement piece (best to keep it a small item like your jewelry, shoes, etc.)
1 fun color (hint: if it's not on your clothes, put it on your lips!)
all nice fabrics (we want people to take us seriously, don't we?)
=a fashion-foward but appropriate work look!
*note: you can also incorporate your trendy and your color into your classic pieces, like I did with this outfit. My pants are half trendy/half classic, and my top is a classic pinstripe but a not-so-classic silhouette. Wear your pop of color on a classic trouser pant, or a fun trendy print on a structured button-up.
Preppy is one of my favorite looks! It's hard for me to pull off, because preppy looks are made for stick figure girls, but tucking in a button-up with shorts is usually my go-to preppy outfit. There's something about cuffed shorts that are so clean and crisp, and adding the striped button-up made it even more crisp. It's easy to make a preppy look boyish if you're wearing a typical preppy shoe like a boat shoe, so I feminized this look with a heel but kept it simple with the color. I added the red-orange lip for a more feminine and nautical feel.
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