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

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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