As the weather in NYC becomes warmer the layers start coming off. We begin wearing less bulky items. The other day I went out with a couple of friends and decided to wear something light since it was a really pleasant weekend in NY. I wore a light weight button down shirt from H&M; perfect for spring weather. I paired it up with high waisted jeans from forever 21. Lastly, I went into Marshall's a couple of weeks ago and found these great suede Steve Madden pumps. The aviator glasses are from Ray-ban. I love their selection because their styles go perfect with my small framed face. Now that spring has officially begun, begin to shed your winter weight off by taking off those winter layers.
This week's fashion find is a classic trench coat. It is a piece that should be in every woman and man's closet. The trench coat has always been a piece that stays in fashion. It is a timeless piece. You can wear it with a dressy outfit or a casual one. If you are looking for a versatile jacket that can be worn with nearly anything then this is a perfect purchase to make.
Click on the link below to find the trench coat and other pieces that I wore in this shoot
Trench Coat_Gap Shoes_Target Boyfriend Jeans_Forever 21
In this new quest to find a great item for fall season I happened to come across three great items instead; they are perfect for fall season. I went into H&M and found this fabulous mustard yellow fine knit sweater for $24.99 and that is how it all started. Next, I needed to pair it with some boyfriend jeans which I found at Forever 21 for just $27.90. It was a great price for boyfriend jeans and they were also fit wonderfully. Last but not least I went to target to pick up some items for the home, and you know when you go to Target it means that you will most likely be going home with more items that weren't initially on your shopping list. That's exactly what happened to me; I found these wonderful looking burgundy Dixie pumps for just $39.99 from Sam & Libby. Stay tuned for next week's quest to find a fall jacket.
H&M Sweater / Forever 21 Boyfriend jeans / Target Shoes
Green is one of my favorite colors this fall. I bought a cute pleated high neck dress from Forever 21 at an amazing price of $24.90. The fit of this dress is very flowy. You can change the look of the dress by adding a belt like I did, and instantly your look changes. Recently, I changed my hair color for the fall and I love the way the color stands out with this dress. I wore Dolce Vitas shoes that I bought last year from Macy's. They are still in great condition. I added burgundy touches with a Forever 21 purse that I purchased last year.
- Green Dress_Forever 21
Last weekend my husband and I went to Cape May for an anniversary getaway. We usually go to Miami to celebrate our anniversary but this time we decided to do something different, and we came across Cape May in New Jersey. The drive from NYC to Cape May was three hours. It was a great little road trip with the hubs; listening to music and having great conversations along the way. The moment we arrived at Cape May we knew we were going to have a great getaway and it was going to be a different experience altogether. We booked The Virginia hotel, which was a real gem. It is a beautiful Victorian house and our room was so lovely. We even had a balcony (perfect for our daily complimentary breakfast). The beach was so beautiful, peaceful, and relaxing. We paid for a beach cabana which was a great idea because we had our own little nook on the beach. I wore my white vintage bathing suit from forever 21 (top 14.99 and high bottoms 14.99) with a blue Kimono from forever 21 (24.99). My first night out we decided to eat at the Ebbitt Room. For the night out I wore wide leg pants from forever21 ($19.99), a crop top also from forever 21 ($9.99) with brown sandals that I bought from H&M ($39.99), and finished the whole look with a tuxedo blazer from H&M ($34.99). This outfit was perfect for the beautiful cool night in Cape May. On our second day we to checked out some interesting things that the town had to offer. We went to the lighthouse, and at the beach by the light house there was a bunker that was built during world war 2 that was fascinating to see. I love history so it was nice to see something that was over 70 years still standing. I wore a thin sleeveless black shirt from H&M ($9.99) and blue high waisted shorts also from H&M. I decided to wear nude string sandals that I bought from Lulus for ($21.99). After the light house we went to Plum Beach farm, which was in the same town that lot of the local restaurants use their ingredients from. It was relaxing and nice to walk around the farm just looking at the chickens and pigs, and all the vegetables and fruits. After the farm I changed my outfit and wore shorts from h&m ($12.99) and a silk sleeveless shirt also from H&M ($17.99), which I actually got on discount for ($4.99) and some comfortable leather heels also from H&M ($39.99). We went to a beach called Sunset Beach; an amazing beach for watching sunsets. When we came back to the room I changed my shoes to black Vince Camuto shoes that I got from Macy's on sale last year ($39.99), and added a black blazer, which changed the whole outfit by giving me a more appropriate look for dinner at the Blue Pig Tavern. I had an amazing time in Cape May, and I will definitely come back. I highly recommend the hotel and all the restaurants that I visited this weekend.
This blog I want to step away from the color scheme and go into classic colors that can be worn in any season; whether spring, summer, fall, or winter. Colors such as beige and black never go out of season. In this shoot I was able to add different patterns to my look by incorporating the leopard shoes (Steve Madden $109), a beige and black stripe shirt (H&M $9.99), and pulled it all together with black wide leg pants (H&M $29.99). Never fear the combination of different patterns together. One rule of thumb for combining patterns is to make sure that there is one color that can be found in each pattern. As always, develop and evolve your style by stepping out of the box of what is conventional and familiar to you. Never close yourself off to the endless possibilities that fashion has to offer. There is no way for you to know what works well with your style if you don't give things a try.
This day in age most of us are very busy people and we always seem to be pressed for time, especially living in a place like New York City. Just stop for a moment during your morning commute and you will quickly realize by simply looking at people's facial expressions that time is always scarce and never in their favor. Such is usually the case when going from one place to another that at times may take a little longer than anticipated. I have had some instances where I have been at work all day and have gotten out later than expected; meanwhile having previously made plans to be at another event later that evening and not having the sufficient amount of time to go back home and change my outfit. Hopefully, through this blog you are able to see that by just making small adjustments or minor changes to your outfit it will make a world of a difference. Having to transition from day to night is something working people often experience; whether going from a job to a night out with friends, dinner with family (or friends), and even at times making plans with a significant other. As you can see, in the first shot I am wearing a shirt dress, a sweater over the dress, and ankle boots (but one could also wear flats with the dress as displayed in the picture). Now, let's say that you went to work with a similar outfit and were planning on going out that evening, all you would need to do to is take off the sweater, and with that minor change alone your look is transformed. The outfit is now a nice solid dress for you to fashionably accessorize (necklace, earrings and bracelets) in the same way that a blank canvas is to an artist. With a dress like this you can add heels and a clutch, and instantly you have an outfit that is more fitting for an evening out. Giorgio Armani said it best, "To create something exceptional, our mindset must be relentlessly focused on the SMALLEST DETAIL." To accomplish a look similar to this one does not take much effort or thought; all it takes is small changes to the initial outfit; for it is in the tiny details that we are able to set ourselves apart from others and be the unique beings that we all are.
Click on any of the links below to find what I was wearing for this photo-shoot: Photography by R&D Photography, shirt dress, sweater and burgundy necklace by H&M, burgundy ankle boots by Call it Spring
It is funny how life comes full circle. This is so true of fashion. When I was 15 years old I loved the color brown; nearly all of my clothes and shoes were that color. One could say that I had a fascination with the color brown. As some time passed I lost interest in wearing anything brown. Perhaps subconsciously I had told myself that I had enough of it in my life so I decided to let it go and move on to other colors. Now that I am I older I have learned to include different colors; not giving one color more preference than another. With this particular photo shoot I had fun putting all these different shades of browns together. The colors complemented each other well, and adding a striped blue top to the outfit made it stand out even more. My advice to anyone playing with color schemes is to not be afraid of putting together different shades of the same color for fear of looking too "matchie." A person that is dear and close to my heart once expressed to me, "A possibility gone unexplored is a potentially wasted opportunity to deepen one's own growth." Learn what works and doesn't work for your style and look, which comes via trial and error. Start with the basics such as the neutral colors: black, brown, beige, white, blue, and gray; for you can never go wrong with these colors, and then add your pop of varied colors to draw the eyes in. Do not be afraid to take risks in life for one of our greatest teachers is experience.