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How to: Wear a Cape

6 Dec

After my lovely night with French Connection I fell absolutely in LOVE with capes. The look is an adorable twist on winter fashion and new throwback to the style scene.

1. If you want to keep the elegance factor to the cape, pair it with an ultra girly mini, tights, and the highest of heels. Above I am wearing French Connection’s Penny Party dress. I paired the flirty ruffles with French Connection’s 5″ Mary Janes and FC’s  Crusader Cape. Throw on a shimmery scarf and a silver bow clutch, and you have the most feminine of outfits!

2. If you want to dress down your cape, pair it with skinnies, either denim or black and a basic long sleeve shirt. Most capes have open arms so you want to stay warm through the chilly months, and a tee, like LNA or The Row, is your best bet.

3. To go all out with your look, take your cape to the next level with flared jeans a la Rachel Zoe. Elizabeth and James’ Stevie Jean, above from Revolve Clothing, is the perfect 70’s style pant to pair with a printed l/s tee, and a floppy black hat such as this cheap & chic one from F21.

 

I am loving the cape for Fall/Winter 2010, are you?!


Disclaimer: French Connection cape and Mary Janes were purchased in part through a gifted discount.

Recreate the Look of the Day: Olivia Palermo

30 Nov

Olivia Palermo at the Mango fashion show in Spain is the epitome of chic and class. The feminine but structured look is taken to perfection with Olivia and I’m here to help you re-create it!

Olivia looks sky high with tailored wide leg trousers, the highest of heels, and the little girly detailing of a pussybow. Luckily for us the look can be redone with a variety of price points. While Olivia is rocking the brand’s look, the overall aesthetic is easily accomplished with easy to find pieces styled together for an A+ outfit.

Top, Diane von Furstenburg ($172, Similar style at ASOS for $48). Wide Leg Pants, McQ ($265, now on sale for $80). Heels, TopShop ($250). Clutch, J.Crew ($139, now on sale for $98). Belt, ASOS ($48). Bangles, Via Nativa ($36, with a percentage donated to charity).

 

I love Olivia’s look because it’s so simple to put together. Whether you shop high or lower end most stores will have a white button down and tan trousers. Utilize the accessories you own to create a cohesive look with your heels, belt, and clutch in one color scheme. For me, it’s most important to rock a fierce heel when wearing wide leg trousers in order to get that illusive height and to show off the pant proudly.

 

What do you think? Would you recreate Olivia’s look?

Hair Painting at mizu Salon

22 Nov

If you’ve followed my blog for awhile you’d know that in the past year I’ve been blonde, brunette and even a redhead. I’ve had brazilian blowouts, bangs, and attempted to dye my own hair out of a box! After all this I decided to go to one of the most well-reviewed salons in New York City, mizu, in order to bring my hair back to my favorite look: light brunette with blonde highlights inspired by Ashley here!

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Everyone always says I look like two different people with my hair in the various colors I sport. But for now I love the change! Suzette at mizu is a genius who brought my deep, dark locks into my fave golden tone. Suzette is most well-known for her hair painting and ombre techniques, two of the hottest trends in hair this Fall!

Before, left… and after!

Suzette decided that partial highlights were best for my color to seem “natural” and accomplished it through her speciality, hair painting. Hair Painting is a technique in which the stylist uses a comb to brush on the color rather than using foils in order to prevent the obvious line of color when hair grows out. For girls highlighting their hair more than two colors lighter or darker this is much better so that re-growth is more transitional than harsh. I felt pretty silly with my hair wrapped in saran wrap but I must say that overall the highlights seem much more blended rather than the “stripes” that can occur after foiling.

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mizu has locations in both New York and Boston and have some of the most amazing specials: “Happy Hour” Thursdays and Fridays in Boston after 5pm with cheap blow dries so you look fab for your friends! And in their New York salon they have blow dry packages AND a special for students 22 and under on Tuesdays: Haircuts are $75, Wash and Styles $45, Single Process Hair Color is $60, and highlights are only $100!! I would’ve done anything for that deal when I was in college!

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I would highly recommend mizu salon to anyone in New York, the space is absolutely beautiful, the stylists are sweet and truthful and fully trained. If you’re looking to re-do your do, head over to Suzette and mizu and try out hair painting for yourself! You can see pricing HERE! What do you think? Would you try hair painting?

 

* mizu provided this service for editorial consideration but I plan on going back to visit Suzette on my own dime!

LOVE: LF Lookbook

12 Nov

About three years ago I was wandering around Magazine Street in New Orleans and spotted the most perfect boutique: LF. I was devastated that it wouldn’t be a regular shopping spot for me as I was only in the NO for the week. Luckily, about a year later I stumbled upon LF #2 in Laguna Beach near my college and learned that LF has multiple locations!! I.e. I became the happiest girl ever! LF has a few stores in Manhattan and dangerously, only 3 blocks from my office! I can count on LF for chic staples, edgy outerwear, and comfy basics. It’s also my go to spot for my Jeffrey Campbell shoes, like these.


LF’s most recent lookbook just came out: Drifter. The fur, cozy sweaters, fair isle, and chunky socks have me craving a shopping spree, and I think I know just the right place…

What do you think? Are you lovin LF like I am?

 

Photos from LF online.

A Closet Dream.

27 May

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve always dreamed about spacious, light filled closets to house my excessive amounts of clothing and hopefully the row after row of Louboutins I will own. Of course, when I was 5, I was not specifying the gunmetal gray glitter shoes with the beautiful red sole, but I was picturing a Barbie Dream House-esque room that just happened to hold my attire and accessories. For now, I have given up my closet dreams in exchange for a beautiful Manhattan apartment with a closet (term used loosely) that is filled to the brim after about 1/3 of a season’s repertoire.

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For now, I swoon over Mariah Carey, Paris Hilton, and other celeb closets who have the luxury of being an under the radar hoarder due to the excessive size of their space.

Yep. I’m officially in love.

If you’re lucky enough to have an even, normal-sized closet look to these examples for inspiration:

1. The more natural light the better.

2. Clean colors and textures will accentuate a room better than anything too ostentatious.

3. Chandeliers add a glorious touch of luxury, and thrifting one can be an affordable option.

4. Organization is key: separate by material, season, or item in order to have easier access.

5. No closet should be without a full length mirror.

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Enjoy these photos while I go back to shoving my 32nd sundress onto one rack.

Get the Look… Taylor Swift.

11 May

If there is one young starlet who epitomizes the feminine, romantic, or classy look it would one hundred percent be Taylor Swift. Her style is super cute chic but never under- or over done, unlike some of her peers. Her hemlines are flirty but not scandalous, her make up is fresh but not full-faced and her ability to rock countless sparkle dresses to perfection gives her the ultimate style A+ in my book!

Taylor’s look in the above photo is covetable to say the least. Her spring style is perfect for weekend shopping, brunch attire, or even a day-date! I love the mix of patterns between the tote and dress, the feminine bow detail of her necklace, as well as the pop of color with her t-strap teal heels! But for us non-superstars this outfit is a little out of our reach, with the dress alone being $495!

I have recreated her look using more affordable pieces below…

Cardigan, PacSun, $30. Dress, Delias, $36. Necklace, Urban Outfitters, $21. Tote, TopShop, $80. Heels, Ami, $21.

Whole Outfit: $188.

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I love Rebecca Taylor as much as the next girl, but in reality, I could get an entire outfit for 1/3 of the price of her dress! Any floral frock will do and try to mix and match patterns and colors to create a look just like Taylor’s! You never know, with this sweet style you may become Fearless and have your very own Love Story! ♥ Blonde curls not included.