Monthly Archives: April 2012

girls who wear pearls

11th April 2012

women usually either love or hate pearls, but I personally love to be dripping in pretty girly pearls! 
so this outfit is centered around pretty statement pearls! take a peak and how I wore them.

Mixing mediums can be really fun and add interesting aspects to an outfit.
so when I decided to drape myself in pearls this morning, I made sure I added an unexpected edge to the look… a leather skirt and bright pumps!
pearls are great! they make you feel girlie… and like carrie bradshaw!
 
also, pilling on the pearls, or any statement necklace can be a really easy way to dress up a basic white button up.
the finishing touch, was bundling up in another key basic: a tan trench
 Trench: H&M (2010) (similar). Top: Basic White Button up, J.Crew. Bag: Kate Spade (Old). Pearls: H&M and My Grandmothers. Belt: Gold Braided, J.Crew. Skirt: Pleated Leather, H&M. Earrings: Gold, My moms from the 80’s (similar) Shoes: Medugorje Pumps, John Fluevog. Ring: All Wrapped Up Bow Ring, kate Spade (still available in select stores!)
so what did we learn today? make the most of your basics! you can always make a statement with a few key pieces or unexpected pairings!

Watermelon Stripes

11th April 2012

fun fact: I love watermelon, how it looks how it tastes and the fun colors!
so for this look I paired watermelon colors with statement jewelry and lots of layering!

By layering a pink button up under a striped cardigan I took my basics from boring bold
I also layered my pearly statement necklace over the sweater but under the collar.
 my favorite part of this outfit is the carryon luggage piece
I received this set of luggage for christmas from the fabulous Katrina! Imagine my surprise when I opened it up to use it a month later and found this cute little carry on piece inside! So somedays I wear it as a purse!
Sweater: Green Striped, The Gap. Shirt: Pink Button Up (worn under), Foxcroft (similar here or here). Jacket: Thrift Store Find. Skirt: Simply Sublime Skirt, now available at modcloth. Basic Black Tights. Shoes: Vintage. Purse: Carry On Luggage, La Vida. Necklace: Pearls, Vintage. Idiom Bangles, Kate Spade. Glasses: Cat Eye, Tom Ford. Earrings: Gumdrops, Kate Spade. 

April is Hopping

10th April 2012

Being the marketing junkie I am, I have decided to launch a new segment… Marketing Monday! Where I will feature a new colorful ad campaign or newsworthy marketing action each week!

for this first post were focusing on the new and improved jcpenney!
before we dive in, lets take a peak at the newest jcp commercial for april!


so what do you think? adorable right? simple and classic, and I love the song they use, we have that on our cd at katespade and it always makes me want to do the Charleston or something!

 jcp’s spring charm continues with its print and internet ads for april (jcp is creating new month based ads each month, a topic to be discussed on another mkt mon)

and even the store got a make over…

oh, and did you notice the new logo? fair and square

 so how else is jcp putting its best foot forward? well by reinventing themselves from the inside out, starting with the creation of the jcp “dream team”.

The new CEO, Ron Johnson (formerly from Apple and responsible for launching the apple retail stores) joined the team last year and Michael Francis, the new JCP president is the marketing genius behind some of targets most successful campaigns. Together, these two are turning heads in the industry and Forbes even states that JCP will be the most interesting retailer of 2012.

But what about the product?
We know JCP can talk the talk, but can they walk the walk? Since marketing will only get people in the door, all campaigns need to be supported by up to par product, otherwise no one will buy anything. Good thing that JCP has some spring steals for clothing and accessories in store and online today.

click here for the spring dresses product information
I am really into statement jewelry, especially for spring! So now lets take a look at the amazing accessories in stores at jcp!

jewelry product information

So what do you think about the new and improved jcp? will you be shopping there this season?

and what do you think about marketing monday? is it a hit or a miss? and are there any particular retailers or industries that you would like to see featured?

prints and pearls

9th April 2012

My looks have been a little over the top lately, so this one is a more simple, sophisticated and somewhat retro inspired look.
A little bit of leopard can go a long way, so sometimes its best to keep it minimal. But that doesn’t mean you have to be boring! Pick a theme, an era or an icon and channel it with your leopard. I choose the fifties (surprise, surprise) took on a mad men inspired look. check it out…

So today I am the lady in leopard with a splash of pearls and a dab of fifties flair.
To make a retro-inspired look current, start by using a classic silhouette, like a classic cardie and a full skirt.
Then pile on the jewelry or take a chance with fun accessories like polka dot tights. These unexpected touches will help keep it classy while making it current.
They say you are never truly dressed without a smile. I like to amend this statement to read, that you are never truly dressed without lipstick!
For this look, the perfect red/orange lip served both as my finishing touch and pop of color in an outfit full of neutrals (and yes, leopard is a neutral!).
Cardigan: H&M Via Consignment (Similar here or here). Tights: Polka dot, Modcloth. Skirt: Simply Sublime, now available at ModCloth. Shoes: Jocelyn, Kate Spade (No Long Available). Necklaces: Pearls and Gold Pave Dots, both from my Grandma’s closet (Thanks for having amazing taste Grandma!). Idiom Bangles, Kate Spade. Bracelet: Pearl Cluster, Vintage (similar on sale until 4/10). Earrings: Gum Drops in Black, Kate Spade. Bracelet: Gold Link, Vintage, My mom’s from the 80’s (similar).
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Spotted with a chance of shine

7th April 2012

Whether you are headed to work, or out for a night on the town, polka dots and pops of color will help get you spotted. But before we get started, lets see what pieces we were working with…
This outfit is a little bit of everything: bright colors, bolt prints, a chic blazer and fun bangles all while playing with proportions! but how do they all work together? let me show you!

This look is kind of fun because with cropped lengths, bright colors and awesome patterns it is a weekend take on a work look.Everyone should own a fun cropped blazer, they work all year around!Just make sure to get one that flatters your body, mine works because the bold shoulders and loose frame  are a nice contrast with a mini skirt that synchs at the smallest point.
If this skirt were a pencil, and my blazer a bit longer, this outfit would work for the office. But since this is a spring weekend look, I piled on the accessories!
Buzzzzz did you notice a stylish little queen bee buzzing about out on my blazer? You too can bling up a black blazer with some fun pins! Buy some at a vintage or thrift store, or even try ebay!
Jacket: Vintage. Tights: Polka Dot. Shirt: Pebble top, Forever 21 (now on sale). Shoes: Vintage (sorry so much vintage in this post, similar). Skirt: Vintage, Donna Karen (similar, uk). Gold Bracelet: Vintage, My moms from the 80’s (similar on sale). Glasses: Tom Ford. Lipstick: Dragon Girls, NARS. Earrings: Black Gum Drops, Kate Spade. Broach: Bee Bug Pin, Vintage (similar here or here). Ring: All Wrapped Up Bow Ring, Kate Spade. Bangles: Idiom Bangles, Kate Spade.
 I really like to double or even triple up on the prints, so I paired a polka dot top with dotted shoes before adding spotted tights and a polka bangle.


But what do you think about my polka dot outfit extravaganza? too much or just enough?

Katy’s Komeback

5th April 2012

The secrets out… I love Katy Perry … and her new teen vouge cover!
so this post is for you Katy!
Teen Vogue!
Katy will be gracing the may issue of teen vogue, blue hair and all! Here’s a sneak peak…

so yes, we love her retro elegance in this shoot, but why else do we love katy? oh let me count the ways!
Her hair is awesome… and ever changing!
 She loves her fans… and can rock pink hair (do we see a theme here?)
 She’s smoking hot and has a fun retro flair.
She’s been through something rough, but she’s strong…. and her hair is pink. 
And most importantly, once upon a time she wore a watermelon romper. Maybe sometime this summer I’ll make myself one of these because I am sew obsessed :] !
Why do you love katy?

Simply Sublime

4th April 2012

You don’t have to have a big wardrobe to dress fabulously! In fact even though I am a bit of a clothes hoarder (who are we kidding, I have a problem…) I get the best use out of some of my few favorite pieces! You can too, and the post is the proof! I’ll be sharing with you one of my closet favorites!
Okay here’s the scoop on this skirt…

I actually bought it two years ago in some little tiny boutique in Soho, New York! Since then I have worn it constantly (at one point I was wearing it once a week) and I always get compliments on it, and people asking me where it is from, but I am always sad to tell them “some random store in new york” because I knew they wouldn’t be able to get and love this skirt as much as I do… boo.
So imagine my surprise when I made my daily visit to modcloth.com to check out the new arrivals (yes daily, I told you I have a problem… but hey they put up new stuff everyday!) and saw this skirt! It is the exact one I bought two years ago (except for the slight increase in price)!
So now does the skirt look familiar? I hope so! Especially my fashion twin Katrina (Seriously… we are obsessed with all the same things!), because this post is dedicated to her!
Katrina,
I remember you really wanting to get one of these skirts for yourself last summer when you asked me where it was from, I am so happy that the wait is over, and you can finally add one of these perfect pieces to your already wardrobe See Katrina featured as my personal paper doll

Anyways back to the skirt!
It is so amazing because there are so many ways to wear it! you can dress it up, dress it down, wear it to work or wear it out!

This simply sublime skirt is a rare find because it makes a silent statement, the black keeps it simple but the shape makes it fun! As a result, it is the perfect basic and will be a wardrobe workhorse for you and your closet!

Are you sold yet?
if so buy this amazing skirt here, quick before its gone!
I wear mine so much that I think I will pick up a second one myself! And here’s a plus: modcloth has easy and free returns, just print off the return label and ship it back for free!

a double dose of dots

4th April 2012

There’s no pattern like polka dots!

These cute little spots can spice up a simple outfit, pair well with other patterns or even mix with other polka dot pieces for a fabulously over-the-time dotted ensemble. Today I choose the latter by mixing five polka dot pieces into one outfit (2 bangles, tights, dress and blouse) take a peak!
Remember when I confessed my new love of layering is yesterday’s post? well I wasn’t kidding and this post is the proof!
I am obviously drawn to black and white polka dot silk because I have two (well actually five… don’t judge me!) pieces constructed from this fabric.
So for this look I layered a cowl neck blouse over a Jessica McClintock polka dot prom dress to give the dress a more conservative and retro vibe, then I cinched my waste with a kate spade bow belt, I choose to use black in order to not distract from the doubled up dots.
I continued my dot fetish with polka dot tights and kept the 50’s vibe going with contrasting mary janes, a red lip and a retro hairstyle.
As always, I piled on the bangles and used my florence bag for the perfect color pop!
Since this polka dot print is so simple and classic, I like to pair it with other, bolder patterns like this vintage black&yellow jacket!
Dress: Polka Dot Prom Dress, Jessica McClintock via Consignment. Top: Polka Dot Cowl Neck Blouse, Vintage. Tights: Polka Dot, ModCloth (similar here, here and lots of options here). Shoes: Mary Janes, Jessica Simpson (old, Spring 2005). Jacket: Vintage. Belt: Gathered Bow Belt, Kate Spade (similar). Bracelets: Idiom bangles, Kate Spade. Bag: New Bond Street Florence in Shocking pink, Kate Spade. Ring: All Wrapped Up, Kate Spade.

dance class

2nd April 2012

One and Two and Cha Cha Cha.
Lets dance our way from the holiday season all the way into Spring, with a remixed school-girl-style look.

I love my Kate Spade holiday Cha Cha Cha sweater! But some people think it is just that, a holiday sweater. Since I refuse to limit myself to a season, I updated this sweater for spring!
I’m really into layering right now for 3 mains reasons:
1) Layering is really great for the fashionista on a budget by allowing you to remix your wardrobe 
2) Layering allows wearers to create complex and interesting looks out of really simple basic pieces
3) Layering is a fun and creative way to challenge yourself!
Top: Basic White Button-up (Worn Under). Sweater: Cha Cha Cha Holiday 2011 Sweater, Kate Spade (over). Skirt: Candy Striper Skirt, Forever 21. Tights: Basic Black. Socks: Red Knee Highs, Kate Spade. Boots: Ridding Boots, Nicole. Bangles: Idiom Bangles, Kate Spade. Ring: All Wrapped Up Bow Ring, Kate Spade. Glassess: Cat Eye, Tom Ford*. Earrings: Black Gum Drop Studs, Kate Spade. Bag: Leather Leopard Metal Satchel, Asos*
What do you think? Will you give layering a try?

Asos Bag Review:
This was one of the first times I wore this bag, and I had to return it shortly after, the strap started to stretch and seamed as if it would break and the magnet would not stay closed. Although it is cute, and just what I was looking for, the quality is simply not up to par.

red hot polka dot

2nd April 2012

Polka dots straddle the line between fun and chic, so everyone needs some dots in their world and wardrobe!

Many women wear red to make a bold or sexy statement, but I like doing unexpected things with color, like wearing red in a more sophisticated way but keeping it fun with pops of dots. 
Also try challenging color combinations. Green & red is not just for the holidays! Pair a little bit of green with an outfit full of red for a season-less stunner.
I’m really into chunky over the top accessories right now. bling it on.
Top: Polka Dot Bow Blouse: H&M (Spring 2012). Dress: Vintage Silk Shift Dress, Hugo Buscati (Similar). Bangles: Idiom Bangles, Kate Spade. Bracelets: Chucky Pearl, Vintage (Similar) & Thick Gold Chain Bracelet, Vintage (Mom’s from the 80’s… thanks mom!) (Similar here or here). Shoes: Mary Jane Pumps, Jessica Simpson (old, ’06). Ring: All Wrapped Up Bow, Kate Spade. Ring: Turquoise Cocktail Ring, Vintage (similar here and here). Earrings: Gold & Red Drops, Vintage (Mom’s from the 80’s… you rock mom) (similar). Lipstick: Supercalafragalipstick in Adventurous Red, Poppy King for Kate Spade.