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ShoeMint, JustFab & JewelMint: Subscription Shopping Sites

An interesting recent trend are subscription shopping websites where you pay a monthly recurring fee that goes towards the cost of the pieces you select. You answer a handful of questions about your personal style and each month you receive a curated selection of pieces chosen to suit your personal style.

Over the last few years I’ve tried a few of these services and today I’m going to share my thoughts so that you can make the best choice for your needs! ūüôā

ShoeMint

  • Cost: $79.98 a month
  • Selection: Seriously cute selection of shoes & accessories – Though fewer bags than shoes. Narrowing down my choice was the hardest party, luckily they list the heel height so once I realized that I was looking at shoes I couldn’t walk in for more than 3 minutes I moved on.
  • Overall Impression: This site provides as a well curated collection of pieces that not only¬†updates frequently but stays on top of fashion trends.

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JustFab

  • Cost: $39.95 a month
  • Selection: The site is pretty large and includes clothing, shoes, handbags, and jewelry. While some of the pieces didn’t really strike my fancy (shoes too high, not enough material…), I’ve had great success with the items that I’ve ordered.
  • Overall Impression: You’ll have to hunt through the website but you’ll likely find something you’ll love. The heels that I ordered I got more compliments than any other pair of shoes in my closet ever have! ūüôā

I got a chance to meet the ladies of JustFab while I was in Los Angeles for Lucky FABB in April so I got a chance to see the pieces in person which was great. I also got a chance to see these lovely heels in person and fell in love!

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JewelMint

  • Cost: $29.95 a month
  • Selection: JewelMint has a great, great selection – Not only do you get a specialized collection based on your personal taste and purchase history, but you can also shop boutique collections, sales & other pieces available on the site.
  • Overall Impression: I’ve actually been a client of JewelMint¬†since 2011 and I can’t recommend it highly enough. I love vintage jewelry so in general my style tends to be classic and timeless, I love gold, statement pieces, and layering bracelets – And JewelMint has never disappointed.

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Have you tried any of these services or any other similar ones?¬†If you haven’t, would you try one?


MCLV Style: Animal Prints

Nothing in the world is easier and more comfortable for a Saturday full of errands than leggings and a tunic. The main pieces in this look are the definition of basic black.

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Zipper Tunic РAlfani via Macys, LeggingsExpress, Clutch РBCBG, Flats РNicole,  Necklace РSasha Maks Vintage, Bracelet & Ring РJewelMint}

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In order to keep the look from being boring I spiced it up with my new oversized orange+cheetah BCBG clutch, zebra print smoking flats, and a vintage elephant pendant. Cheetah, zebra, and elephant, you say? Now that’s not so basic!

Are you a fan of mixing prints? What about mixing animal prints like I did here? How many different prints is too many in your opinion?


MCLV Style: Embellish Me

Fun accessories and embellished pieces are a great way to take a basic look to a new level. So next time you’re putting together a nighttime look be creative and layer on the extras!

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Pleated Leather SkirtThe Limited, Embellished Top – Zara, Oxblood Knit Tights¬†– DKNY via Bloomingdales, Spike Embellished HeelsThe Limited,¬†Black Patent Clutch¬†–¬†MICHAEL Michael Kors via¬†Nordstrom,¬†Ring¬†– BCBG¬†Max¬†Azria & Bracelet – Forever 21}

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This outfit could have just been black skirt + black top but with the addition of brightly colored tights, an embellished collar, fun jewelry, and spiked heels it’s a more one-of-a-kind look. But I did discover that the downside of this too-cute pleated faux leather skirt¬†from The Limited is that it wrinkles sooooo easily. And quickly. Thus the absence of straight-on shots!

What’s your favorite fun extra this Winter or the piece you’re most excited to try out?


MCLV Style: Lazy Stripes

Sometimes what a girl needs is layers. And lots of them. This was a look that I threw together for a CrossFit competition a few weeks ago – The keys for that kind of day are :(1) Comfortable, (2) Easy to move in, and (3) Warm! The third ended up being especially important as the venue had a huge open door and it started raining when we first got there!

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Striped Sweater Tunic РH&M, Leggings РForever 21, Cropped BlazerBanana Republic, Studded Ankle Boots РC Label via Piperlime, Patent Satchel Express, Skull Pendant Asos, and Bracelets РH&M, Asos & JewelMint}

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I have a confession to make. This blazer is one of the oldest {non-heirloom} pieces in my closet. My mother bought it for me SEVEN years ago when she took me on a shopping trip to equip me for interviewing and starting my first post-collegiate job. When people say “classic” or “investment piece” this, my friends, is what they’re referring to!

Do you have any classic, it’ll-always-be-in-style pieces in your wardrobe? What’s your favorite investment piece that you’ve bought over the years?


MCLV Style: Lady of the Night

If you’re a MCLV regular you’ve probably noticed that most of the personal fashion featured on my site is either¬†work-related or geared toward daytime styling – I’m not much of a late night girl these days. My weeks are filled to the brim with stress, deadlines, To Do Lists, and social obligations, so when the weekends roll around I’m much more interested in sleeping in, running errands, and relaxing than I am in partying the night away. Clubbing, dancing, and all-night bar hopping are things of the past it would seem.

But every once in a while there’s a social obligation or outing that requires dressing up and getting off my laptop for a night of fun and frivolity – And I definitely enjoy those evenings!

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Printed TrousersZara, Narciso Rodriguez Sequined Top¬†– Kohl’s, Blazer – Aqua via Bloomingdale’s,¬†¬†ClutchExpress, Ankle Strap Heels ‚Äď Fendi,¬†Skull & Spike Bracelets – Asos.com, Chainlink Bracelet¬†– JewelMint, Star Ring¬†– BCBG, Swarovski Crystal¬†Ring – Gift & Elephant Pendant¬†– Sasha Maks Vintage from her recent Holiday Trunk Show}

{You can view this outfit on both Lookbook.nu and Pose}

{Check out outtakes from this shoot here ‚Äď Just log into Facebook to view}

That being said, on occasion I relish the opportunity to enjoy a night out on the town – Whether it’s a date night, a girls night out, or just dinner and drinks in the neighborhood¬†– Sometimes it’s fun to get all dressed up and enjoy some cocktails & laughs.

When I get dressed for a night out I like to pair something fun – And maybe new – With my favorite tried and true pieces. This blazer is one of my all time favorites {Aque via Bloomingdale’s} and I’ve come to love this tank for its layering capabilities.

I’m a skirt & dress girl through-and-through but I’m absolutely mad about all of the great pants for Fall and Winter this season. Prints, brocades, plaids, lace¬†& stripes… Are you stocking up on pants this season as well?


MCLV Style: Prim & Proper

Working in the corporate world means that¬†my office style tends towards classic and traditional – I keep my arms covered and wear knee-length skirts or dresses 4¬†– 5 days a week. But just because my style is fairly formal doesn’t mean I can’t have fun with work fashion!

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Embellished Empire-Waist Dress РDonna Ricco from Nordstrom, T-Strap Heels РZara, Top-Handle Handbag РZara, Black Leather Bow HeadbandBanana Republic, Geometric Gold Bracelet РBCBG, Gold Wrap Ring РJewelMint & Black Bow Ring РForever 21}

{You can view this outfit on both Lookbook.nu and Pose}

{Check out outtakes from this shoot here ‚Äď Just log into Facebook to view}

What drew me to this was the embellished empire waist, it gave the retro-silhouetted¬†dress a little something extra. And because the waist is already so dramatic¬†I usually skip the necklaces with this dress and just pile on bracelets and rings. Or in this case, a black faux leather bow headband – J’adore! ‚̧

What’s the dress code in your office? Do you usually dress formally, informally, or business casual like me? Do you have a work “uniform” that you usually wear?


Fall On A Budget

At the beginning of October I shared my Fall 2012 Must Haves, which included eye-catching patterns & prints, faux leather, fun pants, tweed pieces, asymmetrical details, and the color de jour for Fall РOxblood.

It’s easy to see pictures from the Fall 2012 collections and put together a mental list of all the things you want, and then give up in frustration¬†because you can’t afford straight-from-the-runway pieces. But I’m here to tell you that we can very easily update your wardrobe for Fall without having to dip into your 401k. I promise!

I like to get¬†one or two great new¬†investment pieces each season – something like¬†an updated but¬†classic Little Black Dress, a chic new handbag, or a timeless trench – but I’ll also collect a handful of fun, on-trend pieces from less expensive stores that quickly update my looks for the season. There are great stores like Zara, ASOS, H&M, and TopShop were you can find trendy, well-made pieces each season for a steal. Read on for some of my personal suggestions & recommendations as well as a collection of great articles that’ll steer you in the right direction for all of your Fall 2012 needs.

I have to confess that some of my favorite places to shop are the Spanish retailers that¬†I was first introduced to when I lived in Italy at the age of 21 –¬†H&M, Mango, and Zara.¬†The clothing is stylish and well-made, but doesn’t cost a fortune and the collections are updated frequently so there’s always something new in stores and online.
{Lace Trousers – $90 @ Zara, Blouse – $60 @ H&M & Contrast Panelled Dress – $30 @ Mango}
  • Where Do Editors Really Shop¬†from Refinery 29 is just the sort of article that I love to read – Knowing where the most fashionable and stylish women in the fashion world shop is like being handed the keys to the kingdom! And wouldn’t you know it, along with the high-end designers that you’d expect them to mention, they also list great inexpensive shopping destinations like E-bay, Target, Zara, Amazon, Madewell, J.Crew, TopShop, JewelMint, ShoeMint, and even The Salvation Army. Great news, isn’t it?

Another lucky break for us fashion obsessed is that more and more high-end designers have been coming out with reasonably priced collections for retailer giants like Payless, Target, and Macys.

{Long-sleeve Shirt Dress in Red Geometric Print Р$40 @ Kirna Zabete for Target, Long-Sleeve Satin Blazer Р$60 (on sale) @ Nicole Richie for Impulse & Racquel Side Zip Bootine Р$50 @ Christian Siriano for Payless}

  • Lucky Magazine’s 100 Cheap Fall Finds is a trove of fun Fall pieces from printed pants and embellished collars to chic dresses and leather trimmed jackets. In addition to featuring clothing from Luckymag.com, they included other¬†retail websites like¬†Romwe.com, Pixiemarket.com, Urban1972.com, Levis.com, and Ulta.com.
  • Two of the trends that I’m¬†most excited for this Fall are printed pants and leather-trimmed pieces and luckily for all of us the fun website¬†The Cheap Chica’s Guide¬†to Style featured¬†fabulous recommendations for both trends – ¬†Geometry Class & Just The Sleeves Please. So no matter what type of fashion you’re in the mood for this site has what you’re looking for!

The less expensive secondary lines created by designers and sold at department stores like Bloomingdale’s, Macys, Nordstrom, and Kolh’s are great pieces to keep an eye out for.

{Left to Right: Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Jac’ Denim Leggings – $140 @ Nordstrom, MICHAEL Michael Kors Sleeveless Cowl Neck Banded Bottom Dress – $45 (on sale) @ Bloomingdale’s, and LC Lauren Conrad Embellished Ruffle Tee – $40 @ Kohl’s}

  • Not quite sure how to approach stores like Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, or Ross? Refinery 29 took it upon themselves to teach us how in their piece Discount Shopping – How To Shop At Marshalls where they had three different editors put together 6 cute looks under $50. Wow!
  • Waiting for stores to have announce a big sale is a great way to find the pieces you’re craving without paying full-price. Not sure just how to make this tactic work for you? Check out Sales Rack Skinny: The Subtle Statement‚Äôs Sale Shop Tactics¬†for tips that’ll help you find just what you’re looking for in stores or even online.

Are you still in the mood for more tips, recommendations, and suggestions for updating your wardrobe, Fall dressing, and online shopping? Stay tuned for an upcoming interview with Style For Hire and a series of informative posts all about online shopping.


MCLV Style: Pardon My French

I fell madly in love with this sweater when I saw it online and knew that it had¬†to be mine –¬†Totally fun and perfect for Fall!¬†First I tried pairing it with flirty, pleated black skirt but I ended up deciding on my favorite cropped black pants.

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Pardon My French Sweater – Forever 21, Cropped Black PantsJuicy Couture @ Bloomingdale‘s, Patent Leather Chainlink BagExpress, Vintage Inspired Gold Bracelets¬†– JewelMint, Spiked BraceletAsos.com}

{You can also view this outfit on both Lookbook.nu and Pose}

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I wore this¬†for my company’s End Of Summer party two weeks ago. It was a great night filled with games – skee ball, bouncy houses, golf, mechanical bull, even a zip line – an open bar, lives music, tons of food, and a great view.

I have to admit that it’s been a while since I wore a top that had writing¬†across the front¬†and I’d forgotten how nerve-wracking it is when you feel like everyone’s staring at you trying to read your shirt!

How do you feel about wearing a shirt or a sweater that has writing on it?


MCLV Style: Ditzy Fox

“Are those¬†foxes?”

“Yes. Yes they are.”

Who was it that said that boys don’t pay attention to women’s clothing? Well maybe you just need to wear something as eye-catching as a ditzy fox sweater… ūüôā

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Faux-Leather Velvet A-Line Skirt – Nicole Richie for Macys Impulse, Ditsy Fox Sweater – Forever 21, Tan Heeled SandalsMadden Girl, Chainlink HandbagExpress, SunglassesThreadSence, Studded Bracelet – H&M, Spiked BraceletAsos.com, Bow Ring –¬†French Connection¬†& Bee Ring¬†– JewelMint}

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This was the perfect look for this past weekend – The sweater and velvet kept me warm while the skirt and open-toed heels gave an appropriate¬†nod to it being an end-of-Summer weekend. Trading in my Summer brights¬†for neutrals, browns, and blacks¬†is a time-honored tradition for me when I’m making my Summer-to-Fall transition.

How do you adjust your daily looks when it comes to seasonal changes? Do you reorganize your closet so that you can more easily find your cold-weather pieces?


MCLV Style: New York City

New York City BABY!

As I’m sure you picked up, I was¬†beyond excited for this trip – Seeing my best friend, attending IFBCON, and getting the chance to spend some quality time in NYC, a city that I’ve been having a love affaire with for years now.

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Embellished Striped Top – Zara, Zipper Detail ShortsZara, Ankle Strap HeelsFendi, Oversized Crocodile Clutch¬†– Express, Silver Art Deco Bracelet – JewelMint, Silver Bow Bracelet –¬†Forever 21, Silver Chainlink Watch – Vintage & Ring – Tiffany’s}

 

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When I was packing for my trip to New York I found myself in a quandary¬†–¬†it was going to be extremely hot and humid but I’m a fairly formal dresser. Luckily for my internal body temperature this was the first Summer that I’ve worn shorts since Junior High, so I packed a few pairs for the trip. But how to style them? Shorts &¬†a tank might be an appropriate bathing suit coverup, but for walking down the streets of New York City? Definitely not!

So with that in mind I paired my exposed zipper shorts from Zara with a striped tee with a rhinestone embellished collar, tons of chunky silver jewelry, ankle strap heels, and an oversized envelope clutch. I was comfortable temperature-wise, but still felt stylish enough to strut my stuff all over Manhattan! ūüôā

Interesting in more fashion from my September trip to New York City? Check out these previous posts:

Did you have fun wearing shorts over the Summer? What’s your favorite style of shorts to wear when the weather heats up?


MCLV Style: Florals

While florals for Summer aren’t exactly groundbreaking, I thought that this floral shift dress in dark, moody purples was a fun twist on¬†tradition¬†for a hot summer night.

{Floral Dess РRare from Asos.com, Sunglasses РChristian Dior, Multi-Chain Necklace РVintage, Bracelets РJewelMint & Sandals РVintage}

{You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu, shop similar pieces on ASOS Fashion Finder, or click the hyperlinks above to shop comparable pieces and visit store websites}

Check out more outtakes from this shoot here (just log into Facebook to view).

I wore this dress while wandering around Sacramento two weekends ago. The temperature was in the triple digits – sigh – but this dress worked quite well for dinner Friday night once the sun went down. And not give away the outtakes or anything, but I was chasing a chicken around this park moments before these pictures were taken… ūüôā

What’s your favorite piece of clothing been this Summer? Have you tried any new trends during the season or bought any new pieces that you just can’t get enough of?


Celebratory Weekend

This past weekend was a once in a life time celebration for my family –¬†My baby brother, who happens to be¬†the only male cousin, celebrated his recent engagement. He and his adorable fiance drove (drove!!!) up from Albuquerque for a week in California which ended with three days of non-stop celebrating¬†in San Francisco.

The festivities began Friday night with our longtime tradition, dinner at our favorite North Beach spot, Don Pistos. The chips & salsa are amazing and we always gorge ourselves on them long before the food ever arrives, the tacos and seafood specials never disappoint, and their sangria is top-notch. Which is very important in a restaurant.

Ceviche tacos, carne asada, fried calamari, fish tacos, wine & sangria, and unpictured (eaten too quickly…) veggie tacos for me.

Why do boys never tire of trying to scare you?

After leaving dinner, totally stuffed as always, we walked past Washington Square Park and headed to another fun North Beach spot, the always lively brewery Rogue which has great outdoor tables and a huge beer list.

How cute is my future sister? ūüôā

I’m always exhausted on Friday nights, the week always seems to come crashing down on me riiight around 7pm, so I made my life easier and just threw on a little black dress and some killer gold jewelry for our Friday night out.

V-Neck Dress РMink (from the North Beach boutique Annabella’s), Heeled Sandals РRalph Lauren, Lariat Necklace РVendome (from the Sasha Maks Vintage Jewelry Trunk Show), Bracelets РJewelMint & Vintage, and Ring РBCBG {Click on the hyperlinks above to visit sites where you can find similar pieces}

For the main event on Saturday the rest of our family joined us for brunch and bottomless mimosas at a little hole in the wall bar/restaurant¬†in North Beach called Tiernan’s Irish Pub.

And yes, I ate sweet potato fries for brunch. Completely worth it.

Comparing bling with fabulous friends – An important part of any good outing

Most of our extended family departed after brunch wrapped up, so those of us who remained walked over to the beach at Ghirardelli Square for some celebratory bubbly and a toast with a killer view.

Fashion highlight? Realizing Sean had been wearing my little¬†pink running socks from Victoria’s Secret with his new Banana Republic¬†dress shoes all day…

And what did I wear for this fabulous event you ask?

Zara Zara Zara

Striped Blouse – Zara, ¬†Royal Blue Shorts – Zara, Shoes ‚Äď MaddenGirl, and Zebra Print Aviators ‚Äď Piperlime¬†{You can shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder or click on the hyperlinks above to visit websites where you can find similar pieces}

In conclusion, it was an amazing, sentimental, crazy¬†fun weekend, and now I feel like I need to sleep for a week to recover. ūüôā

How was your weekend?


Looks of the Week – Workwear Edition

I thought that I’d take our usual Monday¬†Looks of the Week post and specialize it just a bit this week. Rather than including just the street style looks that catch my fancy, this week is going to be all about fashionable looks that you can try out at the office. They’ll run the gamut from power suits for you corporate ladies out there to great separates, and inspiration for working¬†pants and pencil skirts¬†into your work wardrobe.

Frequently my sartorial excitement is focused on my weekend and evening looks –¬†those are the ones that I plan in advance and day-dream about. Unfortunately that can mean that on workday mornings¬†I just throw on a black dress and pumps without giving my choice much thought, even though I’ll be wearing them for 12+ hours.

Sound familiar?

My goal with this post is to inject a little enthusiasm and inspiration into our how we dress for work. Why not add some spice to the pieces and outfits that you end up spending most of your day in?

The Pencil Skirt:

This is SUCH a versatile piece, a building block for an unlimited number of outfits and styles. You can try a retro silhouette, put together a traditional suit look, or spice things up with a printed or brightly colored version for a more fun spin.

Whatever you’re in the mood for!

Think stripes or prints wont work for the office? Think again. A subtle pattern can go a long way.

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Don’t be afraid of color! This is a great example of a stylish look that’s fashionable and fun, but still office-appropriate.

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The Wrap Dress:

A basic wrap dress is one of my favorites for the office. You can go with basic black, a fun color, or even a print like the one I donned below from Banana Republic during the Mission: Put Together 2012 challenge.

Printed Wrap Dress: Banana Republic, Shoes: Zara & Jewelry: JewelMint, Banana Republic, Forever 21 & Juicy Couture

The Slacks:

When you’re mixing separates like slacks, a button down, and a blazer, you have more freedom to be creative than with a suit or a dress. So take some chances and make the most of it by includes bold hues, mixing colors, or even adding prints & patterns.

Tired of basic slacks? Why not roll the cuffs? Or add a contrasting blazer? Or both? ūüôā

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This is a gorgeous, colorful look. No need to stick to boring black this Summer, why not draw inspiration from this look and try out some fun colors?

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Wide leg trousers can be chic chic chic РJust see how The Glamourai spices hers up!

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The Suit:

Luckily the suit has come a long way from its initial inception, we’re no longer constrained to a boring, basic black pants and¬†jacket blazer combination like we were in the past. These days there are an endless number of¬†choices out there¬†and all sorts of different colors, cuts, patterns, fabrics, and silhouettes to choose from.

Head-to-toe color is a great way to stand out. This chic emerald-green suit is phenomenal and I love that she accessorized with white rather than black.

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You don’t have to match your suit jacket to your pants, so why not wear slacks with a shell and pair the look with a contrasting coat?

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If you need some more workwear¬†ideas check out The Everygirl’s Transcend The Office Dress Code With IFB,¬†Harper’s Bazaar’s Fabulous at Every Age: Workwear Refresh,¬†or my Workin’ That Tee or What NOT To Wear To Work.

Does this inspire you to try something that’s new¬†for you,¬†or add some color, prints, and fresh silhouettes to your everyday work outfits? Did this post give you¬†some fun ideas for how to update your wardrobe?


MCLV Style: Workin’ That Tee

Last year I published a post called What NOT To Wear To Work where I discussed, among other things, whether or not a T-shirt could be considered appropriate office attire. Ultimately my conclusion was that while casual graphic and burn-out tees were out of the question unless you work in fashion-forward industries like fashion, music, or film, there were appropriate possibilities out there if you looked hard enough and styled them properly.

 

To make this type of look work you just need to keep the pieces clean and simple, and go for a thick, well-made shirt in an appropriate cut, color, and silhouette for the occasion.

In this case I went with a royal purple Zara Basics t-shirt with cap-sleeves paired with a basic black pencil skirt, round-toed pumps, and a vintage-inspired gold belt.

Tee –¬†Zara Basics, Pencil Skirt – Zara, Pumps – Franco Sarto, Bracelets¬†– JewelMint, Vintage, & Forever 21, Rings – Vintage, Multi-Strand Gold Necklace – Express, and Retro Gold Belt¬†– BCBG

You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu, shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder, or click the hyperlinks above for some comparable pieces that you can buy.

And believe me, I’m not the only one who enjoys a good tee. Mixing high and low, like adding a basic shirt into a work or night out look, is an art form practiced by many.

A loosely fitted highlighter colored t-shirt can keep a slouchy black suit from being boring or too business-like.

Old-school denim overalls are perfect for a hot summer day and a little white tee is the perfect finishing touch.

If you’re going to work a layering look nothing beats a basic t-shirt. It’s the perfect building block!

You can even roll up the sleeves of your basic t-shirt to give it a more unique and one-of-a-kind feeling.

What better than a basic white tee to pair with denim cut-offs and a vintage style leopard print coat for a walk on the streets of New York City.

Even high-end designers like Oscar de la Renta¬†can’t help but enjoy a good striped tee.

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Are you creative when it comes to building new and fun looks using your favorite tees? What do you think about wearing a T-shirt to work – ya or nay?


Mission: Put Together 2012 – Week II

I’m here today to give you a¬†Week II breakdown for Definitely RA‘s 2012 fashion challenge – Mission: Put Together¬†(similar to¬†Freckles In Aprils’ 10 Day Style Challenge¬†from earlier in the year) – my initial post on¬†Week I post was published on May 15th. Clearly I’ve had a hectic Spring, but I’m glad that I’m finally sharing these fun pictures.

Ready for some color?

M:PT 2012 Challenges

Week #2 was about one thing – Prints Prints Prints! I went from a solid black girl to mixing patterned pieces like a pro, the very reason that I wanted to take on this challenge in the first place.

Summer Stripes:

I feel like I should preference this by saying that¬†this is the first time I’ve worn shorts since JUNIOR HIGH.

Striped Top: Zara, Royal Blue Shorts: Zara, Sandals: Vintage, Black Bag: Chanel, Sunglasses: Christian Dior, & Jewelry: JewelMint

You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu, shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder, or click the hyperlinks above for some comparable pieces that you can buy.

I traded in my vintage sandals for MaddenGirl heels to grab a glass of wine outside at a cafe.

That’s right. Junior High.

And of course I paired these too-cute bright blue Zara shorts with fun zipper details with a basic striped T-shirt. We all know how much I love stripes!

Polka Dots:

Polka Dot Blouse: Zara, Pleated Chiffon Mini Skirt: Zara, Black Blazer: Aqua, Clutch: Chanel, & Nude Heels: BCBGeneration

You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu, shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder, or click the hyperlinks above for some comparable pieces that you can buy.

I was totally mad for this outfit! Every once in a while I put something together that makes me just plain¬†excited to go outside. And this is an example of that. I was bouncing around like a sugar-crazed little kid while Sean and I were waiting to meet my parents for¬†dinner that¬†night. I couldn’t even wait until after dinner to take pictures, we ran across the street from the restaurant after placing our orders to take these shots.

People were definitely stopping to stare at us while we were taking these pictures in Washington Square Park. I think trying to figure out who I was and why I was posing for photographs on a bike path…

Graffiti Girl:

When I saw this dress I knew it had to be mine.

Geometric Print Dress: Mango, T-Strap Heels: Zara, and Handbag: Zara

You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu, shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder, or click the hyperlinks above for some comparable pieces that you can buy.

I have a bad habit of wearing dresses that aren’t ideal for my body type. For example, I absolutely adore 6o’s mod-inspired styles and shift dresses, which are better suited for someone with a boyish figure – a la Twiggy.

Flower Child:

What do you wear when it’s gorgeous out on a lazy Sunday morning? Go hippie of course! And since I wanted to stay true to the challenge, I made sure to pick a fun floral printed dress to run errands in.

While I adore this print, what really made this dress stand out to me was the crocheted strip around the middle. Such a fun, unique detail.

Floral Dress: Vintage, Sunglasses: D&G, Cross-Body Bag: BCBGeneration & Floral Cuff: Vintage

You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu, shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder, or click the hyperlinks above for some comparable pieces that you can buy.

Print On Print:

Who would have ever guessed that me, the girl who wore nothing but solid black for years, would be involved in something as crazy as pattern mixing?

I love this dress and I’ve worn it a few times this season,¬†but it was really fun to try to pick out a great patterned bag to pair with it this time, something that I wouldn’t necessary choose during a random wearing.

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer via Bloomingdale’s, Sandals: Vintage, Striped Tote: Forever 21, Charm bracelet: Juicy Couture, Flower Ring: Forever 21, & Turquoise Ring: Asos

You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu, shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder, or click the hyperlinks above for some comparable pieces that you can buy.

Color. Prints. Mixing patterned pieces. This was a big week for me, I definitely stretched my sartorial muscles. I’m sure that you also noticed that these are all weekend after-hours looks. I included a number of work outfits in Week I and wanted to try to incorporate more street style type looks this week.

Do you like the idea of a fashion challenge that forces you to make new and interesting fashion choices? Are you getting inspired to try out some fun new looks for Summer?


MCLV Style: Pleats & Peplums

Happy – it’s almost the end of the week –¬†Thursday!¬†To celebrate I’d like to¬†share some of my recent looks so that I can show how¬†hard I’m working to meet my June fashion¬†goals.

I have to confess, one of my favorite parts about having a stand-up desk at work is that I can wear pleated skirts to the office without having to worry about the pleats getting squished by sitting on them all day!

It’s the little things in life. ūüôā

SkirtVince Camuto from Bloomingdale’s, Wide-strap tank – Zara, Cardigan – H&M, Mary Jane’s – Merona¬†from Target, Rings – JewelMint, Vintage & Juicy Couture, and Watch – Vintage

You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu or shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder or by clicking the hyperlinks in the outfit breakdown above.

When I saw this skirt I knew that¬†it was going to be mine, I loved both the stripes and the pleats.¬†It’s also¬†a fun length, almost like a cheerleader skirt (which I’ve never worn.,I swear).¬†This whole look was inspired by the brightly colored, stripe-filled¬†Jason Wu for Target Collection. And my love of stripes, of course.

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I also recently made my¬†first peplum¬†attempt of the season. I’ve seen so many cute variations of this trend lately –¬†from simple peplum¬†tops to fun & wild¬†peplum dresses –¬†and I wanted to give it a try as well.

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Liz from Late Afternoon has a fabulous and one-of-a-kind style, she frequently appears in my Looks of the Week posts, and I took her peplum outfit above as the inspiration for the look that I put together below.

Floral Dress РVintage from Belle Cose, Peplum top РZara, Patent (faux) Leather Oxford Booties РWild Diva, Necklace РExpress, Rings РJewelMint, Vintage & Juicy Couture, and Bracelets РJewelMint & Forever 21

In these photos is doesn’t appear that¬†my body type is ideal for the peplum¬†trend, but I decided that it was just the silhouette of the dress I’d chosen to wear under the peplum¬†top. Besides, as far as I’m concerned the highlight of this look is the jewelry anyway. The finger-length floral ring is a recent acquisition from JewelMint¬†and I’m madly madly in love.

Peplum Attempt Take II

Peplum Top РZara, Pencil Skirt РZara, Black & White Jacket РZara, Round Toe Pumps РVery Volatile, Tweed Handbag РKate Spade, Necklace РAsos, and Rings & Bracelets РJewelMint, Vintage, Forever 21 & BCBG

You can HYPE these looks on Lookbook.nu or shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder or by clicking the hyperlinks in the outfit breakdown above.

“I’m a Zara girl, in a Zara world…” I was definitely singing Barbie Girl in my head all morning. ūüôā¬†The pencil skirt did a much better job of complementing the volume¬†of the peplum¬†top than the floral dress that I chose the first day. I’m glad that I gave this another try¬†and didn’t give up after the first attempt was a disappointment!

What do you guys think? Are you willing to try interesting new trends each season? Or do you prefer to stick to your tried-and-true personal style?

A¬†special thank you to my friend Liz for her help with these pictures, I’m an awful subject because I’m so uncomfortable in front of the camera, and I appreciate her never-ending patience with me!


Sasha Maks Vintage Jewelry Trunk Show

You had me at vintage jewelry…

Amirite?

I’ve mentioned The Factory in the past, I attended an opening last spring where I purchased one of my all time favorite coats, and I also joined them to¬†celebrated¬†the April¬†Howard Capsule Collection this¬†past December.

The setting is great –¬†an airy, brick-walled¬†loft space in SOMA, and this past Thursday it was once again¬†crammed to the rafters with beautiful clothes. And swoon worthy jewelry.

{Oh, there were people there too. I think. I was busy.}

A special trunk show featuring Sasha Maks Vintage jewelry and all designs featured June 24th in Dior: A Life in Pictures. Shop the unique vintage costume jewelry collection that includes the best of 20th century designs by Dior, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Lanvin and a myriad of unsigned statement pieces.

Unfortunately I had been unable to attend the June 24th Christian Dior exhibit so this was a great chance to catch up on a few of the designs that I missed out on earlier. Beautiful clothing, vintage magazines and photographs, and a phenomenal layout.

I walked down to SOMA to photograph the event and browse the trunk show. And what does a girl wear to a trunk show?

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Striped Pocket Sweater – Everyly¬†via the¬†seriously adorable North Beach boutique Annabella’s, Pleated Black Mini –¬†Zara & Studded Peep-Toe BootiesVince Camuto}

{Black & white + vintage jewelry, of course!}

After admiring the eye-candy and taking pictures, I dove head-first into the gorgeous collection of jewelry. I tried on Chanel charm bracelets, costume jewelry earrings, animal cuffs, giant enamel pendants… And then I was lucky enough to stumble upon a phenomenal tassel adorned lariat¬†necklace designed by Jean Vendome.

It was love at first sight!

I couldn’t wait to take it for a spin so I threw together an outfit on Friday so that I would have an excuse to wear it immediately. I wanted something simple so that the drama of the necklace would be the central part of the look.

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Maxi Dress – BCBGeneration, Nude Sandals – Vintage, Wrap Ring – JewelMint, Gold Wrap Bracelet – Forever 21 & Necklace – Vendome}

You can even check out my new necklace in this Elle Girl Japan editorial below.

Do you like to wear vintage jewelry? What’s your¬†favorite vintage piece that you’ve collected over the years?


Looks of the Week

Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend?

Let’s get this week started on a fashionable note with some great outfits that I’ve tracked down, and I’ll start with my absolute favorite look that I discovered.

How ridiculously cute is this???

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I love the striped skirt (obviously) and I’ve been wearing my own polka dotted blouse to death so this gives me some great inspiration and ideas. Love it!

I love stripes, I love chain link necklaces, I love day clutches, and I love fun blouses. There’s basically nothing I don’t love about this look.

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One piece can totally make a look and this is a fabulous example. This goal is absolutely to DIE for!

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How cute is this dress? I love the pleats and the top half, how gorgeous the color looks on her, and the dainty little gold necklace.

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Proof that neutrals are anything but boring! This is a great, casual look. Not only is she making that hat look GOOD, but those ankle boots are killer.

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Fabulous colors. Amazing styling. And the most perfect¬†accessories possible. Just what we’ve all come to expect from Liz. I adore this look, from her ombre top to her GORGEOUS Atwood-clad feet.

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Doesn’t this look just make you want to go play in your closet? It’s such a fun, original combination of pieces and fabrics and prints. It makes me want to try something one-of-a-kind too!

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Not sure about vests boys? This is a great example of how to pull one off and look really put together in the process.

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Summer chic at it’s finest. Crisp white, some splashes of color, and a some skin!

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What a fun, sassy look. I love the 70’s inspired jumpsuit – Too cute.

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Do these pictures motivate you to be more creative with your fashion choices?


MCLV Style

Welcome back to another MCLV personal style post, I hope you enjoy these shots of some of my daily looks and of the place where the magic happens – cue the dramatic,¬†swelling music…

I’m not going to lie, this walk in closet – along with two hall closets – was about 75% of the reason that I picked this apartment. A girl’s gotta be able to spread out. Purses need their air.

Dress: Zara, Pumps: Franco Sarto & Jewelry: Vintage

Sometimes polka dots are really the only option! ūüôā¬†I love this mini to death,¬†it’s fun and¬†flirty, but the long-sleeves make it appropriate enough to wear all day long. Perfect for errands and lounging after work!

Shirt: Zara, Jeans: Juicy, Jewelry: JewelMint & Rachel Roy and Shoes: Asos.com

Clearly I love stripes just as much as I love my polka dots.¬†Definitely couldn’t pick between the two. Sophie’s choice!

And those shoes… I was trying to find the perfect shoes to wear to an upcoming wedding and since the bride-to-be is one of the coolest chicks ever and the wedding is going to be a ridiculously good time, I thought something fun like polka dots would be perfectly appropriate. Then they arrived and I KNEW, I just knew. They were destined for this wedding. Destined I tell you.

So now¬†I’m just breaking them in. Promise.

Dress: Zara, Shoes: Very Volatile, Tights: DKNY, and Belt: BCBG

Typical work look for me, a dress in a flattering silhouette paired with¬†pumps,and accessories. It’s the shoes, belts, headbands, scarves, and jewelry that’s the fun part¬†for me – I like playing with the extras and adding them to¬†my classic basics.

Dress: Vintage, Coat: Unknown (bought it in Rome years ago) & Shoes: BCBG

Chanel pendant, Manila pearls, JewelMint, Tiffany’s & Express

I frequently tend towards solid colors, but some days I really crave color. And patterns. This look is a double whammy РA colorful, floral patterned vintage dress with a traditional looking black & white plaid coat.

Dress: Banana Republic & Shoes: Franco Sarto

Pendant: JewelMint, Leaf necklace: Vintage & Ring: Rachel Roy

I love wrap dresses –¬†from H&M to Zara to Diane Von Furstenberg. I have a couple of these faux wrap dresses from Banana Republic in different colors and patterns. They’re comfortable, flattering, and perfect to throw on during a hectic morning when you don’t have time to put mix and match separates.

Along with my personal style snaps I wanted to share with you a new obsession that is just too juicy not to spill – Emm Kuo accessories. These handbags are just divine, I adore the classic, structured styles and the versatile but unique and one-of-a-kind colors, fabrics, and patterns. From dramatic shoulder bags to the perfect day bag to envelope clutches for every possible occasion – they’ve got you covered.

Enjoy the bag porn!

You’re welcome!

Interested in my personal rules on business wear? Check out What NOT To Wear To Work.


MCLV Fashion & Lessons In Self Portraits

While I originally strove for the impossible here¬†– i.e. decent looking self portraits –¬†I decided to give this another attempt this past week. I’ve been having a lot of fun with my fashion choices¬†lately and wanted to share it with you guys as best I can.

Pocket tunic - Express, Pants - DKNY, Sweater - Banana Republic, Boots - Can't remember & Jewelry - Vintage (Belle Cose)

A tunic over slim pants is one of my favorite silhouettes and I adore layering vintage gold jewelry so I really love this type of look. These boots, that I got years and years ago, are my current favorites – I like the thick heel because they’re incredibly comfortable, while the buckles give them a bit of a rock n’ roll feel.

Dress - BCBG, Jewelry- JewelMint & Vintage, Wristlet - Mango & Shoes - MaddenGirl

This colors in this dress¬†are perfect for Spring while the subtle pattern is fresh and eye-catching. Styling it is fun because of the different ways that you can go – In January I went with a bright red coat, tights, and black pumps during the 10 Day Style Challenge. These new MaddenGirl shoes are really comfortable and I’m absolutely mad about them right now.

I always feel like Inspector Gadget when I wear bucket hats! ūüôā

Coat - H&M, Booties - BCBG, Jewelry - Tiffany's & Hat - GAP

A belted jacket is such a great, classic look when its chilly out. No matter the occasion, day or night, a great coat can finish your look. It gives your outfit an overall air of polish.

Skirt - Zara, Tank - Anthropology, Booties - Max Studio & Bag - Givenchy

I love pleated skirts and excitedly picked up three for this Spring season. This black one is incredibly versatile, it can be worn with tights and boots when its colder out or with sandals and a tank during warmer weather.

Unfortunately we’re still suffering through day after day of rain here in San Francisco, so despite my desire to pull out all of my Spring clothes I’m still very much in winter mode from a wardrobe standpoint.

Have you switched to your Spring clothes & accessories yet?


10 Day Style Challenge – Part II

Welcome to Part II of Freckles in April‘s 10 Day Challenge: Winter Edition. In an attempt to keep my personal style interesting and steer clear of fashion ruts I’m participating in¬†this fashion challenge. Each day Kayla provides us with a theme for our outfit and we dress accordingly, then share the pictures.

If you’d like to catch up on Day 1 & Day 2 you can see them here.

Freckles in April

Day 3: Embrace A Trend

Sometimes it’s easiest to just stay in our own little comfort zone of classics and basics and ignore passing trends. But for tomorrow I want you to pick a trend that intrigues you and go for it. Neon nails? Sure! Faux fur? Heck yes. Red pants? You know I love ’em.

This is such a great prompt, it really makes you face your fears and try something new and unusual. I stood in my closet and spent some time on Style.com weighing the pros and cons of various trends. Would this one be flattering? Am I brave enough to try this? And you know what I decided to go with?

STAR STRUCK!

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As much as I’ve adored the Dolce & Gabbana¬†star-studded gowns that have made it to the red carpets lately, the key to making this trend work for me was going to be translating it into a day-to-day, wearable format. Sadly that meant the hotpants were out too. Tragic really.

Tunic - Zara, Cigarette Pants - Juicy, Bag - Express, Jewelry - Vintage, JewelMint & Tiffany's, Scarf - Zara, Flats - Lucky & Blazer - Aqua

Slim pants and a tunic is one of my favorite silhouettes, so taking a style that I’m comfortable with and than¬†amping up the trendiness with prints, accessories and jewelry kept me from feeling completely out of my element. I was amazing by how many star-studded pieces I’d accumulated and it was fun to pair them all together in one look.
 

Day 4: Channel Someone

For tomorrow I want you to channel someone. Alive or dead, fictional or real, famous or regular Joe – doesn’t matter. The trick here is to keep your outfit from looking costumey. You don’t have to copy them exactly…just try and capture the flavor. Pick something they might wear. Give their hairstyle a go.

When I saw this prompt my brain went into overdrive! Audrey Hepburn. No – Grace Kelly. No – Jackie O. No – Twiggy. No – Someone original, someone no one else will pick. To save my pride I’ll lie about how long that little conversation in my head went on for and just say that it went on for a while.

So where did I end up?

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I really wanted to channel a 60’s-era¬†Mod girl but since Twiggy is a bit out of my range¬†size-wise, I went with Jean Shrimpton who not only had some curves, she also had long hair with straight, dramatic bangs.

E Voila!

Dress - Burberry, Boots - Zara, Coat - H&M & Purse - Vintage

Pretty simple, I wanted the focus to be on the key pieces so I didn’t add a ton of accessories. The perfect little black shift dress, my Sergent Pepper coat and some go-go style boots to finish the look off.
 
This challenge is turning into one of the most fun and creative outlets that I’ve found in a long time, I am really, really enjoying myself. So stay tuned for the next two looks and I promise to keep posing like a mad woman! ūüôā

10 Day Style Challenge

In an effort to shake things up style-wise I decided to participate in Freckles in April‘s 10 Day Challenge, which¬†started on Monday, January 23. I don’t know about you, but I have favorite pieces in my closet and tried-and-true looks that I throw together on a regular basis. Perhaps too frequently…¬†While it’s great to have some go-to looks to save you¬†time in the mornings, sometimes that can mean a style rut or even – gasp – forgetting about great pieces that are smashed in the back of your closet.

Freckles in April

The 10 Day Challenge: Winter Edition consisted of Miss Kayla providing a daily prompt for inspiration and the participants using said prompts to choose their look for the following day. Since the majority of my day is spent in the office and I don’t always change before running errands or going out after work, I wanted to include some work looks as well as more casual attire over the course of the 10 days. I’m going to share the looks with you two at a time so that I don’t overwhelm you with pictures of me for the next two weeks.

You’re welcome!

My friend Liz was kind enough to act as photographer over the course of the 10 day period and she’s doing a great job despite my complete and utter hatred of having my picture taken. Hopefully this challenge will be the beginning of¬†me sharing more of my daily fashion looks!

Day 1 : Layer It

I’m starting you off easy! But the biggest perk of doing a winter challenge is that we can wear layers. Layers add depth and complexity to an outfit as well as warmth. It’s a great way to work in pattern or texture and there are a million different ways you can go about it.

What I love about layering is that it gives you a chance to give an outfit depth. As amazing as a fabulous dress or a great suit can look, layers allow you more creativity and a chance to make a look wholly your own.

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I wanted my layers look to be colorful and fun so that it got me out of my all black phase, warm enough to survive the day and professional looking so that it would be appropriate for a Monday at the office.

Dress: BCBG, Coat: Zara, Purse: Zara, Gloves: H&M, Tights: Kate Spade, Pumps: Very Volatile, Pashmina: from market in Manila & Sunglasses: Christian Dior

 
I was worried that the red coat with a thick black belt would be too Santa Clause but the vibe ended up at the other end of the spectrum, closer to Little Red Riding Hood. It turned out pretty well if I do say so myself!
 

Day 2 : Monochrome

There is just something about a monochromatic outfit that feels so wonderfully organized and clean to me. Last time I went safe with blue..we’ll see if I can be a little bolder this time!

I agree with Kayla’s comment above, the first word that I would use to describe most monochromatic looks would be “clean.” And who better to take as my inspiration than the King of Clean himself –¬†Michael Kors?

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I’m not going to lie, it took ever fiber of self-control¬†that I have not to wear all black for my monochromatic look. Its safe. Its slimming. Oh, and I have any entire closet full of¬†it…¬†But, it’s also my go-to and the point of this little exercise is to mix things up.

Dress: Banana, Purse: BCBG, Jewelry - Vintage, JewelMint & Tiffany's, Booties: BCBG & Coat: H&M

I was surprised by how well the various shades of grey worked together –¬†the tights and booties ended up¬†complimenting the dress even better than I’d hoped. No, I’ll never be Zoe, but I can emulate her style! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

Stay tuned for the next eight looks of the challenge, including some separates and street clothes…