Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bringing Spring On with Old Navy

Outfit c/o Old Navy // Undershirt: Zara // Sunglasses: Dior 

Spring weather has finally arrived in New York City and I'm thrilled to welcome it in this cute outfit of the day. I received these items at the Old Navy press preview event (read all about it here).

The focal point of this ensemble is this simple yet eye-catching yellow dress. It's Old Navy's Fit & Flare Ponte-Tank Dress in Sunkissed Lime. I love how bright it is. It definitely made some heads turn as I walked through Astoria Park.

The fit of this dress is so great. I also adore the princess seams that provide a contoured fit. The skirt flares out at the hip for a flattering and feminine look. 

I wore a white thermal-like undershirt by Zara underneath the dress since the weather is still quite breezy and can get chilly under the shade. I didn't feel too covered up thanks to the 3/4 sleeves and open neckline, so it provided the perfect amount of warmth.

I also added an Old Navy denim vest. They're in a light denim shade which is perfectly compliments this casual spring look.

These Old Navy sneakers are so adorable and comfortable. They're lace-up canvas sneakers in blue chambray but come in an array of colors. Some sneakers in this style can tend to make your feet look wide. Surprisingly, these do not. I just love them and have been wearing them nonstop since I received them. You can purchase them here.

To finish this Spring look, I wore my Dior Sunglasses. You should always protect your eyes when the sun is out. These provide my eyes protection from UV rays while also adding a touch of glamour to the outfit. I'm also wearing Dolce & Gabbana's Italian Monica lipstick. You can buy it here.

How are you bringing Spring on? Let me know in the comment section below.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Channeling Audrey

Top: Max Azria // Skirt: c/o Modcloth // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Sunglasses: Prada // Earrings: My Pacific Pearls

When you ask women who their style icons are, Audrey Hepburn is a name you'll frequently hear. Who can forget the image of Audrey standing on 5th Avenue in a Givenchy dress in Breakfast at Tiffany's? Let's not forget that simple yet chic white button down shirt and full skirt she wore in Roman Holiday.

I'm channeling the stylish muse in this outfit of the day. You can see it with my full skirt and large black glasses as well as my pulled back hair in a ponytail (I'm just missing Audrey's signature bangs). 

The black long-sleeve top is by Max Azria. The material is soft and super comfortable. It's cut in a deep V which beautifully frames the chest and shows off the collar bone. The top also featured a knot design giving it an additional chic detail. 

The bottom is the Essential Elegance Skirt by Modcloth. I love Modcloth's pieces because, although they are a retro/vintage-reproduction brand, many of their products are timeless. You can wear them without looking costumey  because the silhouettes are classic. This skirt is one of my favorites and I always get compliments whenever I wear I wear it.

The skirt is a full circle midi skirt in a bold red. This shape has been a huge trend as of late but I feel you could always wear a piece like this regardless of what's being shown on the runways. Wouldn't you agree?

I'm wearing these gorgeous Christian Louboutin pumps. They belong to my mother and were dyed black (originally a light color) some years ago. They feature thick textured ribbons that crisscross on the front of the shoe and around the edge. The curved heel gives it a 16th Century Parisian feel. I'm currently selling these in my Poshmark closet here (they're 36.5). Feel free to ask me any questions about the shoes if you're interested.

I topped the look off by adding large Audrey Hepburn-style sunglasses. These are by Prada. I also added some pearl earrings for an added retro touch. 

How do you channel Audrey in your wardrobe? Let me know in the comment section below.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Evening Spring Eye Makeup Tutorial

In this Quick and Easy Makeup Tutorial, I'll show you how to recreate this beautiful Spring evening eye makeup look using Urban Decay's Vice 2 palette. You can always use similar shades in your makeup collection if you don't own the Vice 2 palette. I hope you like it and will try it soon. Enjoy!

Urban Decay's Vice 2 Palette

Brush that comes with the Vice 2 Palette

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Evening Blush

Dress: JS Collections // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Handbag: Louis Vuitton // Bracelet: Prima Donna // Earrings: House of Harlow via Rocksbox // Ring: Gorjana & Griffin via Rocksbox

Blush is a huge color for Spring and Summer and I, for one, am a huge fan. It's so lady-like and feminine. The color just adds a touch of delicacy and refinement to most looks.

I'm wearing this beautiful blush dress by JS Collections in this Outfit of the Day. I purchased it at Dillard's in New Orleans during their annual New Year's sale and I'm thrilled to finally take it out for a spin. I wore it to my How About We date. How About We is a site you can join as a single person or couple and it helps you experience wonderful date nights. They plan everything and you just pick and chose which dates are right for you. Stay tuned for details on our first HAW date!

I love so many things about this dress. For example, the skirt is super flowy and sways ever so elegantly as you walk. There is nothing like chiffon to lend an air of grace and sophistication. But the best part is that it feels so lovely as the material brushes against your skin.

This dress gives you a chic and eye-catching décolletage. The cut is sexy without being too revealing. The ruching or pleating of the bodice is exquisite. The details immediately drew me to the dress when I saw it and I'm so glad to have this chic garment in my collection.

In this outfit of the night, I'm wearing my newest addition to my Louis Vuitton collection - the Alma BB Vernis in Rose Angelique. Although I purchased this bag several weeks ago, I haven't been able to wear it because of the weather. What a better way to debut this handbag than with this outfit for our date night? Check out my full video review of this bag here.

The bracelet I'm wearing is from one of my favorite accessories stores, Prima Donna. You can see my review of the shop here. Although the bracelet is quite large with three faux pink stones, it's still looks delicate thanks to the thin gold-toned wires. It's a perfect addition to this look. The midi ring is by Gorjana & Griffin and I received it in my latest Rocksbox delivery. I also received this gorgeous retro earrings from Rocksbox and it's by House of Harlow

Last but certainly not least are the shoes. They are the Charlene Mary Jane Pumps by Christian Louboutin. Mary Janes are my favorite kind of shoes and I coveted this amazing pair the moment I saw them. The red soles really pop next to the nude patent leather. Nude shoes are another must-have that every woman should own. This is one of the more comfortable pairs of Christian Louboutins you'll find so I highly recommend the pair.

Do you plan to wear blush pieces this Spring and Summer? Would you like me to do a video review of these shoes? Let me know in the comment section below.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Workwear for the Fashionable Woman

There is an unfortunate misconception out there that women cannot be fashionable in the workplace. Some seem to think that women will look like they care more about what they're wearing than their work. This is completely 100% not true. Women can absolutely be taken seriously while also flaunting chic, professional style. (See Audrey Gelman's latest feature in Vogue)

25 Bedford founder, Keri Ferry, noticed she had two wardrobes - one for work and another one for when she was off the clock. She also recognized the need for a brand that would allow busy women to quickly purchase staple pieces that could easily be mix and matched for an endless supply of fashionable, work-appropriate looks. With 25 Bedford, women can build a versatile closet with items that can by styled to be business casual to fancier evening outfits.

Below are additional photos I took of her collection at a press preview event. I hope that it inspires you to step up your work game with these functional and fashionable pieces. Be sure to check out their lookbook and blog to see the endless ways you can style and pair her clothes.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sephora's 1st VIB Rouge Event & Huge Haul

Sephora had its very 1st VIB Rouge event on March 30th. Several Sephora locations across the country opened its doors early and solely for a few VIB Rouge members for a few hours. The event featured some breakfast treats and had several cosmetic companies showcasing their products. Attendees were able to get complimentary mini facials, try out several Spring looks and check out must-have skincare products.

Hear more about my experience and watch my HUGE Sephora Haul below. I was able to purchase a ton of products thanks to their 15% off sale at the event and the week that followed.

Products Purchased at the VIB Rouge Event:
Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner in Trooper
Ole Hendrikson Oil-Free Pore Refining Wipes 
Ole Hendrikson Lemon Stip Flash Peel 
Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette 
Josie Maran Argan Oil 
Clarisonic Mia
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
Peter Thomas Roth Set
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish 
Bliss The Tight Stuff Set

Products Purchased during the Friends & Family Sale:
Tarte Off the Cuff Blush Palette
Jack Black Triple Luxury Set
Makeup Forever HD Foundation
WEN by Chaz Dean Almon Mint Shampoo
Kate Summerville EradiKate Ance Treatment 
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer 
Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette
Smashbox High Definition Concealer 
Soap & Glory Bright & Bubbly Set
Jack Black The Hit List

If you'd like to see reviews or tutorials featuring any of the items I purchased at this event and the previous Friends and Family Sale, let me know in the comments section below.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cómo Hacer Un Ramo de Broches: Parte 2

Esta es la segunda parte de mi tutorial de Cómo Hacer Un Ramo de Broches. Esten atentos para la tercera parte de esta serie de videos.

Lo que necesitará:
Flores de broches - (Usé 25 de para el mío)
Alambre (22 gauge)
Un Clipper o tijeras
Flores sinteticas
Cinta floral

Puede encontrar la primera parte aquí.

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