one set of stripes is never enough, so today i doubled up by pairing stripes on stripes with other b&w patterns. plus i reveal the winner of our wire wrap giveaway!
we’re at the weird time between winter && spring where we’re all itching to step out in color but the weather isn’t taking the hint. so a color pop serves as the perfect cure, because it gives you just a little touch of spring to get your fix!
bold black && white prints are what’s trending for spring 2013! try mixing your matches, doubling up on one pattern or both to make a graphic && trendy look!
dress: zara // top: kate spade (try white for spring) // belt: kate spade (more colors!) // tuxedo vest: halogen // shoes: shoegasm // handbag: kate spade // arm party: idioms // sequin // necklace: statement pearls // kate spade // socks: kate spade // rings: kate spade // wire wrap // sunnies: kate spade
&& the winner is…
congrats to our wire wrap give away winner!
congrats martha! you have 48 hours to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your choice of a ring && ring size to claim your prize!
thanks to everyone else for playing && a big giant thank you to wire wrap! if you didn’t win, stay tuned a different giveaway will be posted soon!
for this look i’m using a pop of poppy paired with b&w patterns to make a statement.
if you are hesitant about mixing patterns, try pairing two black && white prints together! it won’t come off as shocking as other pattern pairs && is uses something you probably already have lying around in your closet! try pairing your polka dots with stripes or even houndstooth like i did today! also use a solid piece, like i did with my black skirt, to keep from going over board!
some disagree, but i think leopard as a natural! i put my leopard skinny belt to work once again && used it to bring an unexpected twist to the outfit. i finalized with another spot of polka dots south of my ankles && brought some color to the look by doubling up on my poppy pins!
one tip for layering is to “double layer” or layer on either side of a specific piece. in my case, i choose a solid black skirt as my center piece && layered my patterned polka dot skirt under it && my cardigan over it. if you choose to double layer (under && over) choose a layering center piece that is opposite of your other garnets. for example, go for a solid to pair with two patterned pieces (like me) or use a pattered center piece to pair with two solid ones for maximum contrast without overdoing it!
blouse: forever 21 (similar) // cardigan: target (similar) // skirt: modcloth // shoes: kate spade // red poppies x2 // bag: kate spade // belt: express (similar) // arm party: kate spade// j.crew // sequin // kate spade // sequin // earrings: kate spade
It is no secret that I am obsessed with my new Kate Spade Celina Dress, so of course I had to feature it in yet another post, but this time I gave the dress an unexpect-red twist while lunching on maiden lane!
Last time you saw the striped Celina, I was channeling my inner Audrey Hepburn in audrey-esuqe.
But this time I wore my celina dress with an unexpect-red pop of color, with bright punches of red with the accessories and throughout the look!
Dress: Kate Spade Celina Dress. Red Petticoat. Belt: Kate Spade Gathered Bow Belt (fall 2011, similar styles). Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane All Eyes on You Necklace. Glasses: Kate Spade Rebecca Readers. Shoes: Kate Spade Marie Pumps. Earrings: Kate Spade Gum Drop Studs. Arm Party: J.crew Pave Link Bracelet, Kate Spade Lady Marmalade Sparkle Bracelet, Kate Spade This is the Year to Bangle, Vintage Pearl Bracelet (similar), Juicy Couture Gold Buckle Bangle, Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Bow Ring, Forever 21 Heart Ring (similar), Vintage Gold Ring.
Glitter, glitz and glam can be any girl’s best friend, but it’s all about how you wear it!
It’s no secret that I am a bit of the top, I eat sleep and breathe bold colors and in your face outfits. But not everyone enjoys being as obnoxious with their outfits as I do, so here’s a way to a sparkly style in a sophisticated way.
As you know by now, I am all about the layering. To take a sweater or shirt from basic to bold, I pair it with a button up blouse. And to make a statement I layered on the necklaces!
Do any of these pieces look familiar? It’s because I wear them all the time! This outfit contains a few key investment pieces that could be worn a million ways: white skirt (a la zara), a black bow belt (kate spade) and a white button up. If you are color crazy like me, a bright bag and bold pumps may also make your investment list!
Over all, I like this outfit because it’s classy enough to make a good impression but still classic Courtney with bold pops of color and a little bit of glitz. I guess the moral of this outfit is you don’t have to sacrifice your personal style to “look the part”, you just have to intertwine the two.
Shirt: basic button-up, J.crew. Top: Sparkle Top, J.Crew (similar). Skirt: Tulip, Zara (similar). Belt: Gathered Bow Belt, Kate Spade. Shoes: Medugorje Pumps, John Fluevog. Purse: New Bond Street Florence Handbag, Kate Spade. Jewels: Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Ring, Kate Spade Gum Drop Studs, All Eyes On You Kenneth Jay Lane Necklace, Statement Pearl Necklace.
nothing says “hello, i’m here, notice me” like a little bit of yellow.
today I was bold and bright in statement jewelry, pops of color, bold prints and a little bit of yellow. here’s how I wore it…
the day started out chilly, so I started out in a checked cape
but as it warmed up, I revealed pattern and color underneath.
Since I am currently layer obsessed, I paired two patterns together before tucking it all into this yellow mini.
The layering doesn’t stop with clothing, I pile on the bangles and bracelets too, mixing colors and textures.
My store finally got the aqua gum drops back in, they make the perfect pop of color to compliment my matching ring
I noticed that I am wearing some of my favroites: polka dot flats, gathered bow belt, new bond street florence and kjl necklaces.
my last little bit of layering was doubling up on the necklaces, I loved my turquoise kenneth jay lane one so much I had to get the black one too, and today I couldn’t choose.. so I wore both!
Necklaces: All Eyes On You worn doubled up in Turquoise and Black, Kenneth Jay Lane. Skirt: Yellow Mini, Donna Karen via consignment + alterations (similar here, here or here). Bag: New Bond Street Florence in Shocking Pink (On Sale!). Top: Polka Dot Cowl Neck Top, Vintage (similar). Shoes: pointed toe polka dot flats, vintage (similar). Shirt: Black long sleeve (worn under), H&M. Basic Black Tights. Jewelry: kate spade all wrapped up bow ring, kate spade aqua gum drop studs, kate spade idiom bangles, turquoise ring, vintage link bracelet (similar), pearls.
Dress: Navy/Teal pocket dress, French Connection. Tuxedo Blazer: Karen Kane (similar here or here) Shoes: Jocelyn, No longer Available, Kate Spade. Bag: New Bond Street Florence in Stunning Pink, Kate Spade. Idom Bangles: This is the year, Play Hooky, In the Spotlight, a shining light, Kate Spade. Tights: Black Argyle, Kate Spade. Girlie Bangle, Henri Bendel. Ring: All Wrapped Up Bow, Kate Spade. Belt: Skinny Calf Hair Leopard, Express. Glasses: Cat-Eye, Tom Ford*. Lipstick: Girl About Town, Mac.