About cea green

Recent graduate of the University of Vermont with a BS in Environmental Studies and Women's Health. Passions include clothes, shoes, animals, family, friends, boyfriend, clothes, shoes, nature, cooking, beach, plants, clothes, shoes...

Back to Basics

Neutrals are my favorite fashion staples, not only because they are easy to mix and match, but they allow you to be the statement, rather than your clothes. Here are some ideas:

Light neutrals are a great transition from spring to summer. I particularly love the tight dress with the oversized, asymmetrical cut sweater. I would wear platforms just to make the shoes look less painful, but hey, to each his or her own.

Another tight dress from American Apparel with an oversized cardi. Simple, basic, yet chic.

 

This neutral maxi is stunning on its own, but the statement belt, fun necklace, and oversized ring only enhance the look.

 

Feel free to experiment with jewelry, hair, and makeup when you stick to the basics!

xoxo

Lets talk… FRINGE

Any boho goddess knows that fringe is one of the most fun yet still on-trend fashion statements. There are so many ways to play with fringe, so lets explore some of them today!

Here are some ways I plan on rocking fringe this summer:

Yay, bikini season is finally here! I’m not gonna lie, I have this L*Space swimmie in not one, but two colors (neon green and black w/patterned bottoms). This classic style has been seen on countless celebs, but still won’t break the bank for the average fashionista! Also, the fabric is super soft – perfect for naps on the beach or by the pool. I was nervous the fringe may make for awkward tan lines, but rest assured, it does not at all!

I am obsessed with these Minnetonka Nicki Wedge Sandals. I bought mine from work, but they are all over the internet and super affordable for such a soft suede. They are perfect for the nights when you want to add some extra height, but still stay casual. They are also so comfortable that I have been able to work an entire 8 hour shift in them! The bright color is super fun to color block as well, while the fringe adds excitement to a basic outfit.

This fringe tank from Nasty Gal is going to be another one of my favorite pieces this summer as I travel around following music. The fabric is so light and soft, and you can tell it’s high quality. Still, it’s basic and super affordable. The great thing about this style is that there are also a ton of easy DIYs. I love taking old tees and adding fringe to the bottom or the sleeves. It’s easy, and fun if you like getting a little crafty now and then.

So boho, or simply trendy fashionistas, embrace fringe this summer, as it is everywhere and too fun to avoid! xoxo

A Chanel kind of day…

So today my friend dragged me (okay, maybe I wasn’t as resistant as I could have been…) to the Short Hills Mall, or more eloquently known as, “The Mall at Short Hills”. This mall is legendary in NJ (and around the world, actually) because it is home to all of the high-end designer stores you can imagine. Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Michael Kors, Coach, Henri Bendel, Miu Miu, Hermes, Dolce and Gabbana, Tory Burch, and Betsey Johnson are just some of the top of the line brands that have their own personal shops all under this one roof. The Mall at Short Hills is so renowned, that people actually travel from across the country, and across the world to come visit it. And who said New Jersey was trashy? Anyway, I obviously was only a giddy admirer in these stores. In fact, I kind of felt like I shouldn’t be allowed to enter some of them, like I wasn’t “high society” enough. Let me tell you, the Chanel store had more security than President Obama did when he came to visit UVM. Three men guard the doors inside the store, while one stands outside looking in. It was insane, but these “guards” couldn’t help but spy and chuckle at my friend and I as we awkwardly snapped shots of ourselves standing under the logo. I guess even super serious high end body store guards have a sense of humor, too.

All of this designer lusting was made easier by the fact that my classic flap bag is now in my possession! My aunt got it for me for a great deal (the woman has connections, what can I say?) for my college graduation, and I have literally been too afraid to open it. Since I got home about a week ago it has sat in my closet inside of two bags, only to come out long enough for me to admire it’s beauty. Well, watching my friend try on variations of my bag inspired me to finally take the plastic off of the strap (I haven’t worked up the guts to take the plastic off the clasp yet), and actually like, try it on. Well, I’m obsessed. I still don’t think I’m sophisticated enough for it, but maybe everybody shouldn’t take Chanel so seriously. Besides the insane prices (and impeccable quality…) it is really not so different than any other high end designer, right? My bag is big, and I am little, so I was afraid that it would look awkward on me. It may look a bit large, but to be honest (or as you already know if you read my posts), I have a thing for oversized fashion items. Here is a picture: Please don’t mind the random bowl on my floor, it was filled with salad for my bunny.

What I’m Wearing:

Image 1 – Pretty Pleats tank in navy (nastygal.com), Free People white jeggings, DV by Dolce Vita wedges, Michael Kors purse, and pastel stacked skull bracelets. The shopping bag I’m holding is Anthropologie. I couldn’t resist this cute little cropped halter.

Image 2 – Frenchi bandeau, Audrey 3+1 shorts, Chanel classic flap bag in black and gold (caviar textured leather), and obviously, bare feet

Hope you are all having a fabulous day, xoxo

Earrings!

Phew! It has been a white since I have written – my apologizes! Well, since my last post I have officially become a college graduate (grad pic of me and my boy below), and moved back home to NJ. I miss Burlington dearly, but I have plans with my boyfriend to travel out west at the end of the summer to catch the end of the Phish summer tour. I have never been to Cali, but have been drawn to the state for as long as I can remember. Perhaps I will find my new home out there? But in the meantime, I suppose I need to finish unpacking the last four years of my life into one tiny room…. But enough about me, lets talk bling!

One of my guiltiest pleasures is my love for oversized fashion items. From tops, to scarves, even hats – the bigger the better! Recently, I have been applying this to my jewelry as well. Statement necklaces are my new fav, but I also have been experimenting with extra large earrings. As for piercings, I have two holes in both ears, top cartilage pierced on my right ear, and my lower rook on the left. I have always tried to be mindful of not going over the top with ear accessories, because keeping it classy is key, but recent trends and inspiration have proved that it may be possible to do both!

Pearls are usually a little to preppy for my personal taste, but this bold look takes them from safe to fashion forward. Yes, they make a statement – but I think it’s a pretty trendy one. Best part is, fake pearls are easy to find and usually quite affordable!

The coral and turquoise colors are right on target when it comes to “it colors” this summer. I like that the first hole is the statement earring, while all the others just compliment it.

Not gonna lie, the first time I saw this photo I wanted to run down to the piercing salon and get my ears pierced all the way up exactly like this. I exercised self control, but I still think this look is awesome and so different. The reason this works is because the earrings are all small, fairly simple studs (with the exception of the small hoop). Since I love big hoops and elaborate earrings I don’t know that I would be able to pull this off, but I still adore it!

Last but not least. I love this idea because it is understated and chic. It doesn’t make a huge statement, but it is still fun and adventurous. I am thinking about going for it.

What do you all think? xoxo

Summer of Bustier Tops

This season is all about bustier tops. The term “bustier” has taken on a completely new meaning, from something more risque than fashion forward, to a totally wearable wardrobe essential for this summer. Not only do these tops make the “girls” (ehem) look great, but their tight nature also helps suck you in a bit and creates smoother lines. This may not be the best trend to rock at an event where lots of beer and food is going to be consumed, but we all suffer a little for fashion sometimes, right?

Here are some of my favorite looks:

I am really into pairing a bustier top with high waisted denim shorts. I adore wearing grunge with a feminine twist, so you can bet this will be one of my go-to outfits this summer.

A more traditional bustier top can be played down by adding modern, on-trend additions. These tribal print, high waisted shorts give the outfit a fashion forward flare, while still covering the belly area to keep the look chic rather than promiscuous.

I know, I know. This Mara Hoffman bustier top is to die for. Despite it’s teensy size, it’s possible to keep this look high fashion by simply being mindful of proportions. If you have very little on top, add more on the bottom. That’s why a maxi is the perfect addition.

Last but not least – a full skirted bustier dress is another great way to play with proportions. I find this look to be particularly flattering on my body type, because I’m bigger on top than on bottom. The fitted top creates a clean shape, while the full skirt gives the illusion that I have more of an hourglass figure than I actually do. This shape is also great for girls who lack curves, or have more of an athletic build.

xoxo

Statement Shorts

One of the hugest trends for this upcoming summer is statement shorts. Whether it is tie-dye, tribal print, or lace, denim shorts are no longer just the essential addition to an outfit with a really cute top, but are now taking the stage themselves! Here are some of my favorite looks.

Although studs aren’t really my thing, I do adore the not-too-over the top tie-dye and distressing. This would look super cute with a feminine yet trendy bustier on top.

Tribal printed shorts. This trend is all over this season. Tone down the bold print with a simple tank or oversized tee on top. This leaves a lot of room to play with jewelry! You can either take the natural route, or glam it up with bright metals.

Lace detailing leaves so much room for creativity! You can either keep this look soft by playing into the femininity of the lace, or make it edgy by going off of the distressed detailing that comes along with most denim shorts. I love the idea of mixing hard and soft, and obviously this look would be perfect topped off with a pair of Jeffrey Campbells.

xoxo