Monthly Archives: September 2013

Costume Craze

27th September 2013

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and it’s quickly approaching! But I am so over bland off the rack costumes, they’re uncomfortable, over-priced and unoriginal! So I like to create fashionable diy costumes made from wearable pieces you may already have in your closet! Today’s post features a fierce female feline hero and a elegantly evil super villain. 
My Halloween fixation started earlier then I anticipated this year when I received my first costume request: Poison Ivy. I was Poison Ivy in high school one year, I paired an emerald velvet leotard and matching skirt from a dance costume with red fishnets and red pumps. I finished the look with red lipstick and pining fake foliage to my dress.
So incase you feel like going green this halloween, here are five ways to get the look! I suggest adding fake foliage or even some real leafs to your outfit, by pinning a few in your hair, wearing some as a broach or attaching a few sporadically on your outfit.   

masks: one // two
mask options: 
one // two // three // four // five 
six // seven // eight // nine

for more cat-woman costume inspiration, check out this post.
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Starting now, I am taking requests for other DIY outfit options, so send me a message or leave a comment with the costume you would like, and I will do my best to create some easy DIY options for you! 
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Until then, make sure you stop by my other
costume craze posts for more diy outfit ideas

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So Long Sweet Summer

23rd September 2013

I’m obsessed with these necessary clothing shorts (last seen here), they were the perfect throw-on piece for summer, so easy and chic! I’m actually kind of sad to retire them for fall, but I’ll pull them out next summer!

Shop this look and similar styles:
top: francescas // shorts: necessary clothing // sunnies: karen walker // shoes: sam edleman (red) // necklace: marc by marc jacobs // bag: francescas // rings: wire wrap // vintage 

Can you believe summer is almost over?
I will be sad to see it go, but I must admit that I am excited for fall in the city! Growing up in Arizona, I never really had seasons, and San Francisco (where I lived last year) is pretty seasonless as well, so I am excited to welcome the change! My style got simplified this summer, so I am also anxious to see how it evolves with my first nyc fall! I’m also more than ready to indulge in a pumpkin spice steamer (i don’t drink coffee, so this is the alternative version… tastes the same without the kick!), I know it’s already here but I’m not ready to invest in one until the weather starts to change! Anyways, what are you looking forward to most this fall? 
Oh and Before you go,
check out some of my simple summer favorites…
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White Stripes

19th September 2013

Summer has pretty much come and gone, so I had to squeeze in a few more summer styles before the seasons change!
I made a love connection this summer: My white skort from zara! I’ll be sad to put it away for awhile , but will definitely pull it out next spring! It might even make a winter white appearance with tights and booties… stay tuned!
I love love LOVE to layer, but on a hot and sticky NYC summer day, lathering up in layers was the last think I wanted to do! This outfit provided a simple solution: I layered with a short sleeve top to help beat the heat! So I was still able to get the layering look without sweating to death.
If you’re short like me (I’m 5 foot nothing!) an all white look can sometimes shrink you, and no one wants that! So if you are choosing to do white on white, make sure you 1) define your waist at it’s smallest and highest point (like I did with my knotted top), this will make you look longer and 2) Go with a nude shoe, they always help elongate! Even a strappy sandal (like mine) that might usually chop you up and make you look shorter, can help lengthen legs when it’s the right nude!

white top: j.crew // stripe top: ralph lauren // skort: zara // handbag: francescas // shoes: nine west // arm party: sequin // vintage // kate spade // j crew // button: vintage // sunnies: karen walker 

Polka Dot Picnic

18th September 2013

This weekend, I spent my sunday picnicking at the park with polka dots and my pup!
The weather has been beautiful lately! We’re smack in the middler of summer and fall, it’s cooled down quite of bit, making the temperature just right! So Paris and I decided to take Waffles on a little polka dot picnic at Washington Square Park. 

It’s no secret I’m a polka dot enthusiast, (basically everything I own is dotted) so I had to our bring my signature spots to our sunday adventure! Our blanket is actually an old shower curtain in disguise, (curtains work the best because of their durability) and the feast included fried chicken, biscuits, strawberries and lemonade served on polka dot plates, confetti glasses, spotted silverware and a dotted thermos (are you noticing a theme here?).  
3’s Company…
The picnic started out so pretty… but after fighting off waffles with much strength and creativity, we quickly devoured it! Here’s the aftermath…

Plates: Kate Spade // cups: DIY (I’ll share a tutorial soon!) // Silverware: Present Time via Modcloth
Dotted dinning wear shop!
Did you happen to notice my basket? Last time I was in Arizona, I found this amazing cross-body picnic basket and thought it would be perfect for the city! Soon after, my mom sent it me in NYC and I have been itching to use it ever since! It makes picnicking a breeze and it’s so easy to tote around the city!
Dress: Kate Spade // Jacket: h&m // sunnies: Karen Walker // Picnic Basket: Vintage // Shoes: H&M (similar) // Ring: Forever 21 // Wristlet: Coach (similar)

 Twirl time! I was also excited to get one last summer look out of one of my favorite twirl-worthy dresses. I dressed it down with keds and a denim jacket, but was still able to spin with a smile. 1, 2, 3, Twirl!
What are you plans for the weekend? If the weather permits it, I challenge you to sneak in one last picnic before we’re up to our turtle necks in knee-high boots and pumpkin spice lattes! Ta-ta for now….
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denim days

16th September 2013

I hope summer never ends, so I never have to take off this hat!
So labor day has come and gone… but I’m still wearing white bottoms! Hey, rules are meant to be broken, right? right!

As I’ve mentioned before, my style took a simplified turn this summer and this hat became my go-to accessory! I found it at a vintage store! I was unsure about it at first and it took me a few weeks to get up the courage to wear it; but ever since putting it on I have not been able to part with it!
To dress up my chambray shirt, and give the whole look a sense of whimsy I created a broach collage using vintage pieces! The bee and airplane broaches are real vintage pieces, while the elephant is part of  a vintage earring set! Actually, the airplane broach belonged to a gal who was an airplane stewardess in the sixties!

Shop Similar Items:

On Me: skort: zara (see it here) // bag: kate spade // top: banana republic (last seen here) // shoes: tory burch // broaches: all vintage (one’s an earring) // rings: wire wrap // hat: vintage // anchor bracelet: tomorrow’s unknown (obsessed!) // arm party: j.crew // kate // vintage 

What have you been wearing all summer? Are you sad to see it go?
Oh, and before you go …


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15th September 2013

Today I’m entering a blogger contest hosted by one of my favorite sites 
wwzdw: what would Zooey Deschanel wear.

So today’s look is inspired by the new girl herself, Zooey Deschanel. I’ve adapted her “adorkable” style by pairing a retro-inspired modcloth dress in a novelty print with a bright party-cardie and four eyes. 

so todays post serves as my contest entry (cross your fingers for me), where wwzdw asks bloggers to answer the question: “what would zooey deschanel wear?” with either an outfit post or style suggestions. For my look, I decided to go with a fun, novelty printed dress from my favorite retailer: modcloth! To keep it conservative and bright, I layered with a matching cardigan and neutral oxfords. Zooey usually keeps it simple with accessories, so I paired pretty rings with a vintage-esque bag, added a braided white belt and finished with my tortoise frames. 
Zooey Deschanel star’s in Fox’s “New Girl” & is half of my favorite musical duo, She & Him (See my post about thier concert here). But I admire her for much more than just her screen and stage skills, I’m also obsessed with her sense of style, so when I heard about the wwzdw contest, I had to participate!
Pardon me, while I gush about WWZDW…
The site allows you to style stalk Zooey Deschanel from the comfort of your computer. She breaks down the specific outfit details of everything Zooey wears on “The New Girl” and in real life and has two other equally amazing sites: What Would Taylor (Swift) Wear and Worn On TV (which combines my two loves: tv and fashion by covering all other TV shows worth style stalking. I especially love the fashion of pretty little liars, hart of dixie and the carrie diaries!

dress: modcloth (last seen here) // cardie: kate spade // belt: vintage // glasses: kate spade // wedges: vince camuto (love these) // rings: wire wrap // bag: kate spade (sale!) // lips: nars 

Can’t get enough of my Zooey inspired style? Here are some more looks that might make Zooey Proud! Click the images to see the full post!
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Be sure to tune in to fox on tuesday for the series premier of new girl! And follow wwzwd for all your Zooey Deschanel style stalking needs!
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sky high

10th September 2013

 there’s a place way, way up high… a pretty little park in the sky!

 today’s post will be featuring some fun photos taken along the nyc high-line: a park built upon an abandoned railroad in my neighborhood!
top: h&m // jeans: wetseal // shoes: converse // bag: moschino // tassel: j.crew // earrings: francescas (check me out at their blogger event here) // sunnies: karen walker (similar for $17) // necklace: marc by marc jacobs // rings: Wire wrap // arm party: idiom bangles // kate spade  // j.crew ($28 version) // hat: vintage

please forgive my tardiness… these photos were taken during my birthday week, but i’m just now getting around to posting them! I just loved this sharing this beautiful with two of my besties…


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white out

2nd September 2013

in honor of labor day, i’m stepping out in head to toe bright white!
so the rule is, no white pants or shoes after labor day, but i don’t necessarily believe in or follow that rule for a few reasons 1) i grew up in Arizona, where “summer” lasts until November, so I saw nothing wrong with rocking a white until the temp dropped to double digits. 2) i love all white for winter!

I’ve jumped on the zara skort bandwagon, every blogger, celebrities and women in new york city has been wearing this skort all summer long! it’s just so practical for the city, i love my white one so much I also picked it up in black for fall. 
blouse: necessary clothing // skort: zara // shoes: nine west (loving these from target lately, only $30) // bag:  kate spade // anchor bracelet: thanks to tomorrow’s unknown // sunnies: karen walker (similar for $17) // lips: nars, dragon girl // earrings: francescas (check me out at their blogger event here) // necklace: marc by marc jacobs // rings: Wire wrap // arm party: idiom bangles // kate spade  //j.crew ($28 version)

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