Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tropical Wrap Dress With Lulus.com

Okay, so I might not actually be in a tropical location, but this dress sure makes me feel like it! This week, the Coast to Coast Style Series features lightweight fabrics and tropical vibes from Lulus.com that will help take you from day to night. 

Lately, I have been reaching for dresses with long sleeves to keep comfortable in the frigid AC when traveling to meetings. When I saw this exclusive "falling for hue" ivory wrap dress from Lulus.com, I knew it would be a summer staple piece in my wardrobe. And I was right, because I can't stop wearing it! This dress is unfortunately sold out because it was so popular, but the good news is you can shop similar styles by clicking here and here
All the reasons to <3 wrap dresses:
1. They are super versatile. Printed wrap dresses can be worn from 9 to 5, to happy hour with friends, or even to a cocktail event. 
2. Easy to pack, easy to wear. I live out of a suitcase in the summer so it's important for me to have clothes that can fold up and be pulled out and styled later without wrinkles or the need for steaming. This particular dress from Lulus.com is so soft and light. It's flexible enough to roll up into a small handbag or clutch.
3. It's the ultimate wardrobe concealer. The wrap dress will fit and flatter any body shape. It will hide imperfections while at the same time highlight your waistline.  
4. Accessorizing the wrap dress is easy. Add a belt to accentuate your waistline, or keep it simple with stud earrings and delicate layered necklaces. 
5. It's appropriate for all girls at any age!

Keep the look young, bold and fresh by adding a pop of electric colors. Since the rest of my outfit is conservative, I decided to show off my legs with these Lemon Yellow High Heel Sandals from LuLu*s. Shop the look here

So what do you think of the wrap dress? Will you be mixing it into your summer wardrobe? Don't forget to stop by StushiGal Style and Style By Alina to see how they rocked their looks from LuLu*s. 

XO,
Photography by Alexandra Rodrigues
This post contains items that were gifted for review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, July 21, 2014

First Date Essentials

You only have one chance to make that first impression, so make sure it's a good one!  I'll never forget my first date with my boyfriend, Rob. I was so nervous to meet him because I heard so much about him through friends. He was essentially a Greek God. He took his fraternity life serious (in a competitive way) and everyone around campus knew him. His fraternity brothers even had a t-shirt with his face on the back of it that they would wear...I couldn't decide at the time if that was super cheesy or super cool, but I was into it. I went shopping the day before and spent hours trying to find the perfect dress. This was 5 years ago, there was no such thing as social sharing fashion apps. I had to do it the old fashion way, buy 5 dresses and hope one of them was approved by the fashion committee, aka my roommates and best friends. I finally decided to wear a little black dress with ruffle details down the sides. It was so comfortable and so, me.

The countless hours spent at the mall paid off, but looking back I still remember how frantic I was shopping for the perfect dress. I wished there was a way to bring all my friends along, but not everyone has time to schlep over to the mall. Thankfully, now there is a fun way to share outfit choices with friends online. To help you get glam for your first date in the most speedy way possible, I put together a collection on Mavatar featuring my must-have beauty and style essentials. 

First date check list:
1. Dress to impress. Make sure you are physically and emotionally comfortable with your outfit. Sky high heels might seem like a cute idea, but if you decide to go for a walk after your meal you'll be fidgeting the whole time.
2. Don't over accessorize or overdo your makeup. 
3. Emphasize your features. Do you have nice shoulders, long legs, or a killer waistline? Now is your time to highlight them! The key is to conceal your chest and show off another part of your body that you feel confident about. Your outfit should be sophisticated and fun like this adorable strappy heart cut-out peplum dress from Charlotte Russe. The peplum details at the center are super flirty and the open back is so unusual. It's perfect for a romantic date night. 
4. Don't wear something with a plunging neckline. Give him something to wander about. Plus, you can always save the sultry dresses for the third date ;). 
5. Add a hint of self tanner if you are in need of a glow. It will help brighten up your look. 

Must-have first date essentials:
-Travel brush. I always say this, don't be caught in a frizz!
-Roll on perfume. It's especially important to pack a mini perfume bottle in the summer time. You need to keep it fresh and fierce in front of your new man or girl friend!
-Gum or mints. Enough said.
-Lip gloss, not lipstick. When eating is involved, you run the risk of smudges and getting it on your teeth. Not a cute look. Reach for a light lipgloss instead. It will help keep your lips smooth and the tint will fade before you begin to eat.

To view all of my first date essentials and to shop the look, click on any of the products in the below product map or hit the Mavatar button.
What I'm Wearing: Strappy Heart Cut-Out Peplum Dress- Charlotte Russe , Shoes- Aldo (similar look here), Necklace- Lough Jewelry (similar look here), Handbag- Zara

What He's Wearing: Express Top, Kenneth Cole Jeans, Burberry Watch, Nike Stefan Janoski Shoes, Firenze Tie

You can view more first date inspiration by heading over to Mavatar and typing "first date" in the search bar. There are tons of cute collections curated by other featured editors! 

XO,

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mastering The Color Mix

In the summer I always get the urge to pile on as many bright colors as I own. The idea always seems much greater in my head. The mirror tells a different story...Mixing colors is about creating an eye-pleasing look. It is not a talent, it's a skill that takes practice. Which is why I want to share some of my master mixing skills with you to make the process fun!

Step #1: Find a print you love.
For me, I like using whites, splashy blues, and pinks. I found this adorable off the shoulder crop tee from Zara this past weekend and I fell in love. I actually waited in line for an hour and a half to get this shirt. It was on sale for $9! Such a steal. That's dedication.
Step #2: Consult the color wheel.
Start by mixing in colors that are complementary. These colors are typically directly across from each other on the color wheel. Let's take my outfit for example. As you can see, the base of this outfit stems from this adorable minty blue pencil skirt from Charlotte Russe. If you look directly across from the blue hues in the below diagram, you can find the complementary colors. In this case, it's pops of yellow and orange. I decided to add a touch of orange with this convertible shoulder bag from Aaraa Boutique.  It's important to note that when you are creating this look you must keep the colors within the same family. Which brings me to my next point...

Step #3: Don't disobey the color family.
Have you ever seen a mix-matched outfit gone wrong? Well, I have and it's my worst nightmare. When you are building an outfit make sure to keep the colors in the same family. Cool tones (shades of blue, light pink, purples, greens..etc) do not mix well with warm tones (deeper colors such as red and brown).

Step #4: Intensify your outfit with saturation.
This is the last part of building a mix-matched colored outfit. Once you have the base of your look you can start playing with the hues. Think of your outfit as a photo you have just taken with your phone. What filter would you like to put on it? Do you want to increase the saturation and make your outfit bold and rich? Or do you want to desaturate it by toning down the color and creating an ombre effect? For example, if you look at the shade of my skirt and heels you will  notice they are actually a very similar color, their levels of saturation are just slightly different. When these two elements are combined it adds a little extra oomph.
Step #5: Have fun, be playful.
Don't forget the basics. It's ok to mix bright colors with...more bright colors! There really are no rules (except for the ones I've outlined above). Have fun with it and when in doubt, send me pics of your color combos. A little honest love always goes a long way ;).
What I'm Wearing: Charlotte Russe Skirt (more adorable looks here), Zara Top and Shoes (on sale for under $25!!, click here), Aaraa of Hoboken Clutch, Necklace, Bracelet and Ring.


XO,



Monday, July 14, 2014

Style Series: Broadway Lights The Night

I am so excited to share that I will be styling Leigh Emery, Founder and Owner of Broadway Lights The Night (BLTN), for her upcoming black-tie gala in Morristown, NJ. Leigh and I met in High School and I always admired her for her passion and drive for music. She has a big, soulful voice that sends the good-feeling chills up your spine. I knew one day she would put her talents to use in a beautiful way. 
The Story Behind BLTN:
Leigh was inspired by her father's journey and diagnosis with leukemia. Doctors anticipated the disease would progress quickly, but because of organizations like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, he and countless others live full and healthy lives every day. Leigh wanted to continue to spread this positive lifestyle and communal support in honor of her father. It was while chatting over coffee that Leigh said "I love the Light the Night walks. Wouldn't it be nice if some friends sang to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?" to which her friend Ashley (co-founder/co-owner) replied "think bigger."...And Broadway Lights The Night was born. Since that day, they have raised close to $45,000 for charities around the country!!

This year, Leigh will be hosting the 2nd annual Broadway Lights The Night gala on July 21st. Over the past few weeks, I have been working with Leigh to help her find the perfect dress for her big night. Leigh has a very girly/feminine style, with a beautiful hourglass shape. Her blonde hair and blue eyes pair well with just about...anything. I wanted to make sure she stood out on stage while at the same time comfortable enough to remain in one dress the entire evening. We will also be using a very special accessory from Karma For A Cure (a stylish and charitable fashion line) to complete the outfit. I can't wait to share her final look with you!
If you are located in the tri-state area we would love to see you on July 21st. Here are more details on the event:
  • Location: Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum
  • Time: Doors open at 6pm & silent auction begins. 7pm, Performance featuring some of Broadway's finest stars from Jersey Boys, Hairspray, and more!
  • Tickets can be purchased at BroadwayLightsTheNight.com
  • Can't attend but want to donate? Click here! Any bit helps :)
Don't forget to give BLTN a "like" on Facebook and a "follow" on twitter (@broadwayLTN). We hope to see you there, and stay tuned for the final look!

XO,



Friday, July 11, 2014

Ethereal Romance Featuring Free People

Ethereal style doesn't just mean ruffles, lace and soft drappery. It goes beyond that. To embrace the free-spirited look you must approach it with a creative persona. Romantic dressers are typically youthful, flirtatious and enchanting with their style choices. They express their personality through layering and delicate accessories. The look should channel your inner goddess. For this feature, the Coast to Coast style girls, Johnnalynn of StushiGal Style, Alina of Style By Alina, and myself, have teamed up with Free People to put together one-of-a-kind whimsical outfits to illustrate our version of ethereal style.

I have always been a romantic dresser at heart. I love the softness and femininity behind the look. My closet is filled with skirts, dresses, florals, oversized prints, and flowing fabrics. It's clear my eye drifts towards the feminine factor. When searching for the perfect maxi dress for this look, I did not want to shy away from lace and ruffles. I fell in love with this beautiful French Courtship Dress, double layered with ruffles and completed with lace from head-to-toe. The deep plum color is alluring and unique. I truly felt luxurious. I can't wait to restyle this dress for a cocktail party or date night with the bf! For more romantic looks be sure to stop by Free People and checkout their endless selection of dresses and rompers.

Styling tips for your romantic side:
1- Stay away from perfectly matched outfits. The romantic dresser pulls inspiration from the earth and dresses in fun variations of the "non-color"- ivory, eggshell, vanilla, snow...etc.
2-Lace, crochet and tulle should become your best friend.
3-Flowers in your hair or used as an accessory is always a must.
4-Keep your shoewear simple. The romantic look should be easy on the eye.
5-Your jewelry should be light, antique or vintage-looking.

Outfit details: Dress: Free People , Sandals: Steve Madden (similar here), Body Chain: So Good located in Soho, Headband: Aldo Accessories, Nail Color: Cajun Shrimp by OPI
This post contains a product gifted for review. All opinions are my own.
XO,

Monday, July 7, 2014

Double Trouble: One Dress, Two Ways

I am all about versatile dresses in my wardrobe. I like to reinvent each piece over and over to get the most use out of it. When I saw this dress on Karen Kane's site I instantly visualized all of the unique outfits I could put together. Transforming a look is one of my favorite parts about style. It allows us to play with our creative side. You don't have to dye your hair or lose 20 pounds to reinvent your image. All it takes is a few smaller changes to help update your appearance. To help you draw inspiration, I put together two looks with the same printed tank dress. Which style is your favorite?

Simple daytime look:
What I'm Wearing: Karen Kane Blue Reflection Dress (c/o), JCrew Metallic Sandals, Anthropologie Sunglasses (similar here), Express Clutch (also loving this clutch), Isabel Marant for H&M Bracelet, Aaraa of Hoboken Wrap Bracelet, Madewell Rings (adore this stack)

Downtown babe:
What I'm Wearing: Karen Kane Blue Reflection Dress (c/o), JCrew Chambray Top, Steve Madden Heels, Urban Outfitters Pebbled Tiered Necklace, Express Clutch, Anthropologie Sunglasses (similar here)


XO,