Friday, September 21, 2012

So Inspired by Rebecca Minkoff's Spring 2013 Collection

When I think of effortless cool-girl-chic, I think Rebecca Minkoff. Her bags are absolutely to die for (I cannot live without my MAC mini, as seen in around half of my posts), but her spring 2013 collection is a gorgeous synthesis of casual and feminine. Very much inspired, I decided to channel a few of her looks and come up with one of my own. 

I played off the striking blue tones used in the collection, along with the long top and short shorts silhouette. Also, being captivated by the mixture of casual and polished pieces, I decided to mimic the second look pictured by adding a striped pull over to a pair of silk scalloped shorts for a similar effect. I tossed in a chain detail bag to top it all off and ta-da, my own Rebecca Minkoff spring 2013 inspired  ensemble.

Sunglasses by Marc by Marc Jacobs
Sweater by Rachel Rachel Roy
Shorts by Francesca's Collections
Bag by Michael Kors
Watch by Michael Kors
Shoes by Sam Edelman

Monday, September 17, 2012

Paint it plum

  Happy Monday! As much as today happens to me my least favorite day of the week, it did come with a pleasent little surprise in my mail box this morning... my three new favorite nail polish shades from Zoya's Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week collection! 
  Every year, before I even start to make my usual fall purchases (new sweaters, new boots and some type of trendy piece of jewlery) I always stock up on the hottest nail colors for fall. It is an obsession I don't plan on giving up any time soon considering it costs me very little money to keep up with. 
  This fall, saturated shades of plum seem to be the crown jewel of the hip nail scene. I purchased a set of three shades, all with red and purple undertones. I will always be a sucker for black nails during the cooler months, but I have no problem trying out these new yummy dark plums and sensual reds for this up and coming season.

(From left to right) Rehkafor sale here, Toni for sale here, and Monica for sale here

The colors come out much darker than they appear in the bottle, but I love them all the less.
I used Toni & Monica for my manicure today.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Nicole does it again

The gorgeous Ms. Richie has nailed every fashion related field she has touched within the past few years. Her jewelry line, House of Harlow 1960, has provided boho staples at an affordable price, while Winter Kate, her upscale clothing line, has made us all salivate with its printed frocks reminiscent of a more glamorous 70's time period. Basically, we all want a little bit of Nicole in our wardrobes.
Macy's contemporary department, cleverly named Impulse, has just launched Nicole's new and more affordable line. It is filled with saturated hues and edgy faux leather details. In a nutshell, I'd call it a smart mix of boho and biker chick chic. The pieces range from around $40 to $140 and will look undoubtably amazing incorporated into any fall ensemble. I can't wait to see what else Nicole has in store for us.

Buy it HERE

Monday, September 10, 2012

One dress, 24 hours

There is nothing better than owning a dress that can take you from class to the club with nothing more than a swift change of shoes. Being a college student, some days I barely have time to make even the quickest of outfit changes. Having a few perfect day to night dresses in my closet not only makes sense for times sake, but for my wallet's well being to boot. Here is how one Bebe dress does the trick,

Time for class

Bebe dress, Gap sweater, Alexander McQueen scarf, Marc by Marc Jacobs watch
and Michael Kors loafers.
While this little number has the obvious propensity to scream sex appeal, it can just as easily be toned down to be more classy chic. Adding a black cardigan (or blazer) keeps skin baring to a minimum, while the scarf helps to keep attention off how form fitting the dress really is. The mixture of contrasting patterns between the scarf and dress also lend their way to a more day time appropriate look. Lastly, adding a pair of loafers creates a more business casual feel that will separate the outfit even further from appearing overly "girls night out". 

Night on the town

Rebecca Minkoff bag, Forever 21 necklace, Simply Vera by Vera Wang wedges
Break out the Pino and toss the cardigan, its time to go out. Transitioning this dress from day to night is as simple as 1 2 3. Replace your scarf with a bright statement necklace for a little sparkle. Add your favorite sultry heels or wedges to take it up a notch and you are ready to go. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

As preppy as it gets

As with any trend or specific genre of dress, the allure is always undeniable but typically untransferable when it comes to my own wardrobe.While attempting to nail the quintessential preppy look, I find JCrew adds positively inspiring yet simply cannot see myself looking that put together. (If you catch my drift) The quest for an outfit that falls somewhere in the middle of  "East Hampton polo match" and  "trendy Soho cafe" is a never ending journey, but I like to think my own personal style is on the track to getting it just right.

Substituting the typically bland sweater top for one with neon pink stripes spices up any super
preppy look.

Trade in plain leather loafers for these soft and studded snakeskin printed babies to add a little edge to the look.
Sunglasses - Marc by Marc Jacobs
Shorts - BCBGeneration
Bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs
Loafers - Sam Edelman