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Friday, February 20, 2015

In honor of New York Fashion Week

Here is my fashion from New York a few weeks ago.

From what I've seen and heard I got pretty lucky with the weather in New York. My husband and I went a couple weeks ago for a quick little weekend trip away. When people heard that we were leaving warm California to "vacation" in New York they thought we were crazy! I must admit I was quite nervous that I didn't pack, or own for that matter, enough warm clothes for winter in New York. What is a girl to do in this scenario? Shop, of course!

Right before we went to New York I went on a bit of a shopping spree. I bought fleece lined leggings and all of the affordable and fashionable long sleeve shirts I could dig up in the California stores. It was quite the mission because all of the stores already had their spring lines out! This actually worked in my favor as most of the items I found were heavily discounted.

The key to dressing well in winter weather is all in the layers. I literally wore two to three pairs of pants day and night. My base layer everyday was thermal pants followed by fleece lined leggings and then topped with stretch denim or jeggings. This really helped take away the frigid bite from the wind.

Over-the-knee boots help fight the cold as well and are really quite practical in cold weather. I scored these Circus by Sam Edelman black leather boots from the Neiman Marcus Outlet for about $100 and let me tell you, they were worth every penny! The chunky heel was easy and comfortable to walk around in even given the snowy conditions. My feet and legs stayed a whole lot warmer as well in these boots. I about froze my toes off in my flat faux leather combat boots and consequently wore these boots for most of my trip. New York involves a lot of walking so comfort most of the times trumps style. However, these boots worked out so well that I love them even more now than when I first bought them!

I found this black and blue faux fur jacket on the clearance rack at Forever 21. It was love at first sight and a perfect match to my Blue Celine bag! The quality is outstanding since it is from their premium collection and the price was so low that it seemed like a mistake. It had been marked down so many times that I ended up paying less than $20 for this blue beauty! It was quite warm, I might add.

Keeping with the layered theme I wore a tight camisole underneath a black mock turtleneck for warmth. I also kept black gloves on me at all times. I was very pleased that I bought the kind of gloves that you can still operate you phone with while wearing. It is no fun having to take your gloves off in the cold every time you want to use your phone.

What I'm Wearing

Black Calvin Klein Pants- $30 from Costco
Fleece Lined Leggings- $8 from  I'm Haute
Circus by Sam Edleman Black Over-the-Knee Boots- $115 from Neiman Marcus Outlets
Indigo Blue Mini Luggage Bag- Celine
Black Mock Turtleneck- $12 from Forever 21
Blue Faux Fur Coat- $16 from Forever 21
Blue Hat- $58 from Nordstrom

I also packed several scarves, thick warm socks and my favorite ear muffs!
Staying haute in the cold isn't so bad... for a few days vacation!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Midi Skirt Style

I know a lot of people who can't wait for Fall/Winter but I on the other hand am fully embracing this mild weather. We may be nearing the end of October but with temps still in the 70's & 80's I'm keeping my fuzzy sweaters packed away. Instead, I'm opting for more "transitional" pieces like this midi skirt and box top.

Transitional outfits are great for those confusing days when the weather feels a bit like all of the season's rolled into one. These days are typically really cold in the early morning and evening but come the afternoon it feels like a blissful summer day. Since the temperature
ranges so widely it is best to dress neutral. You wouldn't want to wear a sundress because you would be shivering on your way home from work. Vice versa, you would be roasting during lunch in a turtle neck.

Enter the midi skirt to make all of our lives just a little bit easier! But first, what is a midi skirt? 
A midi skirt is a skirt (duh) whose hemline hits at your mid calf... ahh the name makes so much sense now! Midi skirts come in several different shapes and look great on all sizes. If you are self-conscious of your midsection then opt for a flowing midi skirt instead and take your midi to the tailor if you're on the shorter side so that they can shorten the hemline for you a bit. Nude heels are also a great way to elongate your silhouette if you're worried about a midi skirt making you look stumpy.

I paired my midi skirt with my favorite single soled heels. Simple open heels like this are a great choice because the bare leg and foot makes your legs appear longer. I've seen some women wear booties with midi skirts but I'm not a big fan of this combo. I think that booties would fight too much for attention with the low hanging hemline of this skirt. When in doubt keep it simple.

A great feature of this black skirt is the hidden zipper down the back. This genius zipper gives you the option of a slit which makes walking a whole lot easier. I love the look and fit of this midi with the zipper completely zipped but if you need to speed walk anywhere - good luck! 

What I'm Wearing:

Snakeskin Box Top- Le Tote
Black Midi Skirt- Le Tote
Silver Single Sole Heels- I'm Haute
Silver CC Logo Necklace- Chanel
Black Watch- I'm Haute
Black Python Clutch- Christian Louboutin
Chanel Sunnies- Nordstrom

Thanks so much for checking out my midi skirt blog post!  Midi skirts are set to be a big trend this Fall and I can definitely see why. What do you think abut this trend?

Photography by: Dayne Farley

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pencil Skirt Chic

With the temps still soaring up into the hundreds lately I've been reaching for anything to help keep me cool. Skirts and crop tops seem like an obvious choice especially when the crop top in question has a huge heart cutout detail on the back. The occasional breeze paired with this open back design is quite pleasant and welcomed on such scorching hot days.

I wore my hot pink crop top with a lace printed high-waisted pencil skirt from Le Tote. I chose this combo to keep things classy and chic since I had to pop into the office. I absolutely adore this skirt. It is super stretchy which means it is super comfy. Making it even more perfect for this heat wave is the light and airy fabric.

I took the pop of pink a step further, literally, with my matching gold and pink single sole heels. The gold ankle detail plays up my gold jewelry and the gold studs on my crossbody bag. You may have seen this purse featured in previous posts because I carry it a lot. It is lightweight, easy to carry and can also be used as a clutch by removing the strap. I got it at Foreign Exchange about a year ago but I still see similar styles around the mall. I should probably pick one up next time I see one because I'll be sad if this bag ever gets ruined.

What I'm Wearing

Pink Heart Back Crop Top- I'm Haute
Black Lace Bralette- Wet Seal
Gold Bracelet- Michael Kors
Gold Earrings- The Icing
Lace Print Pencil Skirt- Le Tote
Black Crossbody Bag- Foreign Exchange
Pink Heels- Pink Basis

Thank you all so much for checking out my latest blog post. 

I want to take this time to apologize for not posting in awhile. 
Along with running my online fashion boutique, I'm Haute, I have taken the position as Director of Photography for a new auction company, Longfellow Auctions. Between juggling these two very important opportunities and moving into a new house I haven't had much free time. I will try to plan my schedule better so that I can make time to still do the things that I love to do. Such as creating new content and blog posts as well as making new videos for my YouTube channel. Lately I have been getting comments on my instagram asking when I will make videos again... Soon, very soon.

I love you all and cherish the love and support you guys have always given me throughout the years. Thank you for being patient during this time of change and for pushing me to keep going. 

See you soon.