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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Leather & Chiffon

Summer is my favorite time of year. I love all the vibrant color everywhere, the care-free vibes and the warm inviting weather. This outfit is the perfect option for a warm summer day. Heck, given all the luxe elements you could even dress this up with high-heels and a clutch for a night out if you wanted to. I decided to keep things casual for my day of running errands around town. If you follow me on instagram then you probably know that my hubby and I just purchased our first home together. (eek!) I couldn't be more excited but I'm also super busy with new projects and a mile long to-do list. I am an avid high-heels lover but given our war zone at the new house I opted for cute and comfy sandals instead. They really play down this look and to me they embody the summer spirit.

What I'm Wearing

Chiffon Blouse- Le Tote- Available Here
Blue Vegan Leather Shorts- I'm Haute- Available Here
White Cross-Body Bag- I'm Haute- Available Here
White Buckle Sandals- Available Here
Gold Sunglasses- Louis Vuitton

Monday, May 12, 2014

Envelope Skirt

My sweet pink mini skirt is called an envelope skirt because of it's unique zig-zag hemline that appears to be folded over like, you guessed it- an envelope! I've seen several "skorts" versions of this style but I was never really a fan of them because they looked like a skirt from the front yet shorts from the back. Admittedly those skorts reminded me of horrible outfits from my childhood which I care not to recreate. I like the clean lines of this envelope mini skirt much more and find it aesthetically pleasing and ridiculously cute!

I wanted to keep this outfit chic so I opted for classic black and white pieces with feminine flare. I scored my over-sized circle sunglasses for a few dollars on sale at Claire's a few weeks ago. They are a bit funky but I feel glamorous wearing them so who cares! They mesh well with my black and white striped blouse that is covered in flirty ruffles and my minimalistic single-sole heels.

To add a bit more glamour to my outfit I wore this gorgeous black Speedy Bandouliere 30 bag which I can't help but drool over. My first designer handbag was the classic brown monogram speedy 30 when I was nineteen. I wore that bag with pride for five years and eventually ended up selling it in very worn condition for more than half of what I originally paid for it. There are people who look at designer bags as a waste of money but I sure as heck don't! Some bags actually hold their value fairly well throughout the years. 

Before splurging on a designer handbag you should ask yourself these 6 things:

  1. Can I afford it?
  2. Will I wear this bag very often?
  3. Does it match with things in my current wardrobe?
  4. Is this a classic design that won't soon go out of style?
  5. Can I not live without this?
  6. Does this brand hold good resale value?

If you answered yes to most of  these questions then why not treat yourself to a little designer indulgence!

Also, take this into consideration: if I divide how much my first Louis Vuitton cost by the amount of days I wore it the price of owning that bag cost me less than 32 cents a day! Now if you factor in the money I got back when I sold my used speedy years later I basically paid 15 cents a day for a Louis Vuitton bag. I don't know about you but spending 15 cents a day to carry a designer handbag is totally worth it to me! Obviously this rate will be different for every bag but a good rule of thumb is to figure out how often you would seriously wear the bag and then divide the price by that number. If you can justify spending 'X' amount per time you wear it then by all means buy it.

What I'm Wearing

Pink Envelope Skirt- I'm Haute- Available Here
Black & White Striped Ruffle Blouse- I'm Haute- Available Here
Black Pearl Circle Sunglasses- Claire's
Black Speedy Bandouliere 30- Louis Vuitton- Available Here
Black & White Ankle Strap Heels- Similar Here and Here

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

May Flowers Romper

Ahh, it is beginning to feel like summer! You know what that means? Time for spray tans, bikinis, umbrella drinks, short dresses and even shorter rompers! You can get away with crazy short rompers because after all they are shorts and protect your lady bits from showing. Rompers are one of my latest obsessions. I've only been wearing rompers which are sometimes referred to as playsuits depending on where you reside in the world for about a year or so. I admired them on others but since I had never worn one I thought they weren't for me. Boy was I wrong! Now I'm pretty sure that I could live in rompers all summer long. They are as easy as throwing on a dress which takes the guess work out of pairing up separates for a cohesive outfit but they offer the practicality and comfort of shorts. To top it off, rompers have become so popular that you can find one suitable for just about any occasion.

The romper I'm wearing today is from my sister-in-law's fashion truck. Yes, fashion truck! Can you believe it? It is quite possibly one of the coolest ideas ever. You can check out her website here to learn more about her mobile fashion services. If you live too far for her to come to you she can ship you anything she has in stock but let's get back to this romper. Obviously floral print is a huge trend in spring and summer! With all the flowers in bloom why not rock some buds on your duds as well? This look is all sorts of cute yet still comfy and casual making it perfect for running around town, music festivals, you name it.

The low cut back is my favorite. I love showing off my back for several reasons but most of all because my husband loves it. Since typical fashion styles hide this part of our bodies an exposed back is like a special treat. 

I must admit that I am a sunblock addict! I never used to wear sunscreen and would frequent the tanning beds on a regular basis when I was younger. Oh man, think of all that damage I caused. Now that I'm creeping up on thirty (older and wiser) I'm freaked out about aging, sun damage and skin cancer. So I lather on the sunscreen and I always, always, always wear SPF on my face! A big floppy hat is just an added bonus which happens to be fashionable while preventing wrinkles.

What I'm Wearing

Floral Print Romper- Alibu Fashion Truck
Brown Floppy Hat- I'm Haute- Available Here
Black Ankle Booties- H&M
Black Circle Sunglasses- I'm Haute- Available Here
Black Watch- I'm Haute- Available Here

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope that the weather is warming up wherever you are as well. Summer if my favorite time of year. How about you? Drop me a line below to stay in touch.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Neon Orange Pants

I think most people shy away from wearing such loud colors but I find it fun to embrace fashion risks. I've always been drawn to bold styles and unique pieces. When I saw these neon orange pants I instantly felt a connection and although I wasn't quite sure how I would wear them I knew I would find a way. I knew that they would match my Stephen Sprouse Louis Vuitton Speedy and I didn't need to know much more than that. If I fall in love with an odd fashion find and it matches one of my designer hand bags it is pretty much a done deal.

What I'm Wearing

Neon Orange Pants- Several years old
Striped Blouse- Le Tote
Blue Pointy Toe Heels- Similar here
Stephen Sprouse Speedy- Louis Vuitton
Blue Statement Necklace- The Icing
Blue Gem Bracelet- The Icing

I have had these neon orange pants for several years. I don't wear them too often but I love how I feel when I do. They make a bold statement any season and the best part about them is they are insanely comfortable. Comfort has grown more important to me over the years so I always hold on to pieces that make me feel good and feel good on. Since I don't wear these neon orange pants on a regular basis they have really held up nicely. Below you can watch a quick outfit of the day video that I featured these awesome pants in two years ago.