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

The new way to truly color your hair.

Quite obviously, for the first time in my lifetime, colored hair is major in fashion. I personally don’t think I’m cool enough to pull it off, but I think it looks great on a lot of girls. I’ve been seeing a lot of steaks, dyed ends, and even entire heads (a la, Kelly Osbourne). I was actually really surprised to see a super conservative girl in one of my classes come in with a pink streak. Here are some pictures that I think are pretty, and would be my inspiration if I ever found the courage to embrace this trend.

The colors are reminiscent of a beach, while her retro style takes this took beyond trendy, into something really unique. Perfect hairdo as well.

Subtle strand placement with vibrant color! Love the addition of the braid. Looks great on this brown tone. Edgy but still pretty and feminine.

I just LOVE the colors. Once again reminiscent of the beach (can you tell I’m ready for summer?), but the styling makes this look so much more bohemian and carefree.

Whole head of pastels! This is for the risk takers out there, and I love it! The subtle ombre and not-so-vibrant colors make this less over the top, and more fashion forward.

In conclusion, colored hair can be fierce and badass, as well as soft and girly. It all depends on how you integrate your personal style into your ‘do. I’m curious, would any of you consider adding a pop of color to your luscious locks? Please share! xoxo

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

Stacked Bracelets: How much is too much?

So here I am, going off on another Pinterest rant. I can’t lie, every time I see one of those pictures of bangles, watches, and shiny jewels all stacked miles high, the only thing I can think is “WHERE CAN I GET ALL OF THESE?!?!?”

However, I was playing around at work with our jewelry today (we have everything from bangles, to stretchy beaded bracelets, to leather cuffs), and I attempted to emulate some of my favorite Pinterest photos. I felt so accomplished, but when I looked in the mirror I realized that it was way too much.

So heres my advice. Strike a balance when it comes bracelet layering. Although less is more has never exactly been my motto when it comes to accessorizing, sometimes what looks great in pictures looks not so great in person.

Some examples

^ too much

^ just right

^ too much

^ just right

^ too much…

^ just right

^ -or- get the same style with a cuff! seems like a fun diy project to me

(if crafts aren’t your thing, go visit: http://www.etsy.com/listing/64134075/custom-diamonds-are-a-girls-best)

Remember this: too much chunk = too much. If you want to wear more rather than less, use skinnier bracelets – this will help keep it classy

Layer on ladies! xoxo

White for Spring!

Yes, it’s risky. 90% of the time I walk out of the house in my cute white blouse, I come home and do laundry. BUT, that doesn’t mean that I’m not super excited to put my white jeans on again this spring. Nothing is more festive for the warmer weather, and it makes a tan pop! Needless to say, I’ll be stocking up on detergent this season.

Here are some of my favorite white looks

white dress with colored accent belt

white on white (love the loose, off the shoulder look)

white maxi, so beachy!

little black white dress (and festive tan chanel)

white with pops of color (and a cute dog)

Some tips for wearing white:

1. Look before you sit down! A dirty butt is not cute, and usually the thing you don’t find out about until someone tells you (extra embarrassing).

2. Keep an instant stain remover on you at all times.

3. Don’t wait! It’s best to tackle a stain immediately (use seltzer if you don’t have a stain remover), then wash when you get home. Letting the stain sit and seep into the fabric means you run the risk of permanently staining your garment, and nobody wants to have to pull out the bleach…

tell me, how do you plan on wearing white this season?

xoxo

Going Backless

It’s no surprise that Spring 2012 is all about the open back. Models seem to have no problem rocking this look, but what about the rest of us? I recently purchased this backless bra. It has adhesive to prevent slippage, and you can even trim the tabs (there are lines for guidance) for a custom fit. I haven’t tried it yet, as spring has not yet fully sprung here in Vermont, but I am hoping for good things.

I’m curious, what are some of your tips and tricks for wearing backless fashion?

xoxo