Thursday, November 20, 2014

Patch Me If You Can

Outfit Details: Kings of Cole Elbow Patch Shirt (more styles here), H&M Skirt & Dotted Tights, Aldo Booties, BCBGeneration Vest (similar), My Monogram Necklace (c/o), Urban Outfitters Sunglasses (similar)

As the cold winter temps set in, it's time to seriously think about adding more chunky sweaters, knits and thermals to your wardrobe. When shopping for winter essentials, I always make sure the garments I select have some sort of uniqueness to it. Just because the weather is dreary, doesn't mean your clothes need to be!

 Lately, I've been crushing on elbow patches. They make any outfit a hundred times cuter...and perhaps cozier. I scored this adorable skull elbow patch thermal at Kings of Cole earlier this fall. Which, if you haven't heard of Kings of Cole, they have the most ridiculously comfortable loungewear. They are most well known for their zipped hoodies and femme sweatpants, as seen on Khloe Kardashian and J.Lo. Trust me, you'll want these boyfriend-inspired sweatpants on your holiday wish list. They are so comfortable. I could live in them!

When it comes to winter, there are several tried-and-trusted style favorites that are must-haves for your wardrobe. So even if you are planning to hibernate this season, the items in my Winter Essentials Mavatar collection may change your mind. As a side note, all proceeds from this collection will be donated to NYC Coalition for Homeless. Let the holiday shopping commence :).
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Transitional Outerwear: Trench Coats

Outfit Details: Chicwish Drape Trench Coat (c/o), Express Crocodile Embossed Scuba Leggings, LuLu*s Snakeskin Pointed Heels (c/o), H&M Handbag

I'm excited to share that the Coast To Coast Style Series is back on the blog this week with Alina and Johnnalynn for a fun collaboration with Chicwish. This time of year is very tough to dress for. You will either feel completely under-dressed or over-dressed. To help you give your wardrobe an appropriate update, we decided to share our secret to seasonal dressing...the trench coat!

A trench coat is a great investment piece that you can utilize during the transitional months. Admittedly, I wait until the very last second to break out my winter coat. Nothing is worse than being stuck on a NYC subway train stuffed in a down jacket when it's above 40 degrees outside. For this reason, my closet is filled with in-between outerwear that keeps me warm when it's chilly in the morning, and cool enough when it's sunny. The trench coat works for every occasion and it's one of my favorite in-betweeners, yes that just became a word.

This classic draped khaki trench by Chicwish is a staple piece that works well on every body type. It features a self-tie belt that helps to smooth out the outfit and narrow the waistline. In short, you need one...or two or three in your closet this season. Click through the Mavatar button below to shop over 10 versions of my favorite trench coats.

Don't forget to stop by Style By Alina and StushiGal Style to see their take on the trench coat!
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Borrowed From The Boyfriend

Outfit Details: Aqua Top, Slim Boyfriend Jeans by East & Lo (c/o), ASTR Black Oversized Sweater (similar here), Vans Shoes, Ray Ban Sunglasses

Meet the most comfortable jeans you'll ever slip into...the slim boyfriend. If you only buy one pair of jeans this season, I encourage you to purchase boyfriend jeans. It's a menswear inspired look that will pair effortlessly with almost any top or statement accessories. Not sure how to style them? The fit should be tight around the waistline and rather "roomy" near your thighs. Don't be afraid to feel a little slouch. It's supposed to be that way. If they still feel too loose add a thin belt. For a dressed up look, try pairing with an oversized blazer or faux fur. Slip on some sneaks and an oversized sweater to rock the casual look- as seen above. Who needs a boyfriend when you have these jeans ;)? 

Where to shop the boyfriend look: 
You can find boyfriend jeans at most retailers, but to score a premium and affordable brand you will want to head over to East & Lo. Recently, East & Lo teamed up with Flying Monkey for an exclusive collection. They currently have four denim styles available online including: boyfriend, skinny, distressed skinny and jegging. Each style is available in multiple colors. The best part? They retail for under $100! To shop the slim boyfriend jeans pictured above, click here!

Don't forget to give East & Lo a follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Happy Shopping!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

5 Ways To Wear A Crop Top In The Winter Featuring LuLu*s

Outfit Details: Duo Burgundy Lace Two-Piece Dress by LuLu*s (c/o), Snakeskin Pointed Pumps by LuLu*s (c/o), Grey Oversized Sweater by LuLu*s (c/o), Mimi Boutique Handbag (similar)

I've been searching for a curve-loving staple piece for the past few months and I'm super excited to share this ultra luxe crop set I found over at lulus.com. It's all about layering patterns and fun details to give your style that overall high-fashion feel. Even though the winter months are upon us, you're going to see this look crop up everywhere. Why not give this style a try? Here are my top 5 Ways To Wear A Crop Top In The Winter:

1- Play with proportions. One of my favorite crop tops that I own is a white high-collar sleeveless crop from Astr. I wear it right through the colder months by pairing it with high-waisted jeans or a high-waisted skirt. It helps lessen the exposure of skin, but still maintains the cool-girl look.
2- Crop it over a button down. Cropped sweaters paired over a button-down turns an everyday look into something dramatic.
3- Dress it up with a blazer. If you have a super skimpy crop top that you are itching to wear, layer it under a fun blazer. Don't forget to add a beanie hat and skinny jeans for extra warmth.
4-Invest in a cropped jacket (like this one from my last blog post).
5- Reach for a comfy cardi. In the mood to wear a crop top and looking to off-set your bare skin? Layer an oversized cardigan on top, like this cozy grey hooded sweater from LuLu*s!

I hope you found these tips helpful. If you dare to bare, make sure you share a photo!
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