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

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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

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

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

Petite!

Not only do I think Vanessa Hudgens is just simply beautiful, I also adore her style. This is not only because she rocks boho chic quite often, but because she is petite like me, and not stick thin. Let’s face it – most of the time we look at clothes (except for at a store), we are looking at them on rail thin, 6 ft tall women. If your body is shaped like this naturally, good for you. But mine is certainly not, and I don’t actually know anybody who’s is. So, for all those petite ladies out there (i’m only 5’0 without heels – yes, I’m very tiny!), lets all take a tip or two from V. Hudg…

-Casual but trendy. Smaller girls need to be careful with super high boots/socks, so the best way to balance it out? Short shorts! The denim and low-key olive green jacket helps this look stay classy rather than trashy. 

-Oversized and slouchy is one of my favorite looks. I always joke that I love to wear oversized things because I’m so small. But you know what, it does work. Keep your eye on length and proportions and your good to go.

-I love that Vanessa rocks maxis even though she is petite. I do the same, and I don’t care if it’s not what low quality fashion magazines tell us is okay, I think it looks fine if the dress/skirt fits properly. I own that shirt (Jen’s Pirate Booty), and love pairing it with a flowy skirt such as this one. Boho chic at it’s finest!

-Nothing lengthens your legs like some good old high waisted pants. I like that she chooses a wide leg, so that the proportions work (I’ve said it once, and I’m saying it again – proportions, proportions, proportions!). Be mindful of what you wear on top, because high waist means a shorter torso.

Good luck to all my fellow shorties out there! xoxo

Tag Game

Carrie from StilishBabe included me in this game, and although I don’t have the time to fully participate, I thought the first question would be a fun one to answer, along with the personal question she tagged me in. Please check out her blog if you are interested in participating in this game. This is my official “tag” to all of my wonderful followers!

Q : What is the time period, as far as style goes, that you would have most loved, and which one would you have most hated? Why?

The time period best suit for me is definitely the current one! I love being able to draw inspiration from ALL the different eras when it comes to fashion. From the flapper-esque dresses of the 20s, to the bohemian flare of the 60s and early 70s, to the flannel and grunge of the 90s. I love having all of that inspiration in my back pocket. As for a time period that I would probably least enjoy being restricted to, I would have to say the 50s. Although the femininity of the dresses were cute, the patterns and collars aren’t particularly for me. My mom has a ton of vintage dresses from the 50s, and they all look awful on my body-type. I also don’t like this particular decade’s mentality of the woman being well dressed, yet expected to stay at home to cook and clean.

Q: Cea Green: What made you want to become a fashion blogger? Was it on a list you wanted to do or what?

Well, hearing myself identified as a “fashion blogger” is still new and exciting. I took a course last semester called Media Literacy and the Environment, where we had to make personal blogs, so I learned about how to make one that appeals to a particular audience. That blog was only for posts regarding classwork, but I felt comfortable using the blogosphere. Next, there is my passion for fashion (ha). I am obsessed. I love to shop, explore, as well as just admire and learn more about style. I realized that I have so much to say about it, and could probably offer some pretty good advice. All of my friends and roommates always come rushing to me asking me to dress them or approve their outfits. I’m no Rachel Zoe (though I’d like to be), but I figured, if I can help them, maybe I am worthy of my own blog dedicated to my perspective on fashion. No, this blog hasn’t been a long, thought out plan of mine – but it was a spark that ignited, and became something that I find really creatively stimulating, and something that I hope can lead me somewhere someday in the fashion world.

xoxo