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

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

Chanel can be Boho, too!

I should probably be sleeping. I completed a culminating assignment in one sitting today, on my floor, surrounded by clothes, soil (one of my hanging plants fell), my bunny hopping all over me, and all of my pillows (5 to be exact). Now I am completely finished with the class that the assignment was for, which is such a relief, because it was online, and online classes aren’t really my thing (I rely on participation and silliness probably too often…). BUT ANYWAY, here is just my final thought before my fried brain slips into slumber.

The universes have aligned – it’s Chanel, in boho! I’m not sure if this would be as easy to pull off as it looks in this photo, but damn, do I wish I had the chance to try. The lace shirt really does me in, I’m obsessed. Anyway, I am finished with academia (possibly forever…) on Wednesday! This is all too weird. I have presentations tomorrow and Wednesday, and an exam Tuesday. Three more “to do”s. Where did  the past 4 years go? I’ll try to keep the posts coming through the final stretch! xoxo

Boho Chic: Hair Version

If you haven’t been able to tell, I’ve been rather into posting about hair recently. I’m not sure why, but perhaps it has something to do with the fact that in the past month I reclaimed my light blonde locks after letting my friend from work dye me dark brown. Being brunette was fun, but I am just blonde at heart. Now that I am back to “normal”, I am still trying to find ways to keep my hairstyles interesting. So, with my upcoming summer presenting a flux of hippie shows and nomadic behavior, I figure that this hair post has only one destiny: boho chic.

This is my favorite. The flowers are girly yet hippie couture. Although Nicole’s hair was obviously teased and styled by professionals, it is still reminiscent of what mine looks like after a few days without a hairbrush. Take home point – get or make a flower headpiece.

Never underestimate the power of a hairband. When I have no clue what to do with my hair, or my outfit feels bland, a simple band like this one spices things up a bit. Not only does it tame crazy locks, but it also allows you to add some volume on top.

Tie up a low pony with some pizazz. A low ponytail will always work, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve showered. Taking that pony to the next level is a sure way to make it go from boring, to totally bohemian/festy chic. You can easily make your own hairpiece by weaving some beads into string, or even re-purpose an old necklace.

xoxo

My Favorite New Accessory: Hamsa Bracelet

I would like to thank The Nautical Wheeler for providing me with a beautiful new bracelet, perfect for stacking or wearing alone. Not only are the designs unique, versatile, and handmade, but they are also totally affordable. I purchased this Hamsa Bracelet in gold (silver is also available), and there is also a black version if blue isn’t for you. Thank you Jen, from The Nautical Wheeler once again! Here are some ways I plan on wearing this new addition to my jewelry collection:

Looks great on it’s own

Stacked with wooden and antique beads for a boho style

Stacked with gold and druzy for a glam style

xoxo

My love affair with Chanel

Let me begin by saying this, which you may or may not believe after reading this post, but, I DO NOT advocate spending a million trillion dollars on something simply because it is an upscale designer brand. If you love it for other reasons (really), then maybe. However, my one and only exception to this rule is Chanel. Oh my, something about it – the 2.55 in particular – is so beyond classic. It just makes me have a total Zoe Moment (my friends coined the term, “zoeing out”. I am the only one who this phrase is used for, though…).

I am almost at a loss for words trying to express my feelings for this bag, as it is impossibly chic. If I had endless dollars I can tell you all, I would own one in every color.

My aunt is way too kind, and got me the classic black and gold for graduation (I am more of a gold girl than silver). I told her not to send it up to me here in BTV, as Chanel doesn’t really fit into the style profile around here. Not that has ever stopped me before.. but this bag is something special, and I feel like I won’t truly be deserving of it until I reach that next level of maturity that comes along when it is no longer socially acceptable to get sloshed every weekend on rum, blast Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe (hey, cool name), and make random friends on the streets of Burlington at 2 am. Then I will be Chanel ready!

xoxo, fashionistas

A Woman with Good Shoes is Never Ugly – Coco Chanel

The best purchase I’ve made in a while.

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Yay, my first PERSONAL photograph. I promise the rest will be better quality – this was just spontaneously taken on my iPhone. Compliments to Jeffrey Campbell (as always) and Stella-Mae (the most fabulous boutique in Burlington, that I have the honor of working at). This style is called Virgo. Today is the first day I wore them around town and they’ve already broken in. Trust me, I don’t strut around in sky high heels, wedges, platforms, whatever, unless they are pain-free . This is something Jeffrey has mastered – style without compromising comfort.

I’ll say it again, A Woman with Good Shoes is Never Ugly.

More personal pictures to come, xoxo