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Buttons & Bows

21st June 2012

Today’s look has a few componets: it helps us dress down a dressy dress while combining a few current trends: tomato red, denim, pops of color and arm parties.
Recognize this dress? It’s the Kate Spade Jillian dress I wore for my MBA graduation, but today it’s getting a casual make over! Here’s how I took it from dress to day…

With the Jillian dress, a little bit of layering can go a long way! I paired a button up shirt under the dress  to dress it down a bit!
Arm partys are all the rage right now! So as always I piled on the arm candy with lots of bracelets, bangles and bling!
A pop of color is always a great way to make a statement for spring! For this outfit I choose a turquoise necklace and turquoise gum drop studs for that perfect pop! 
Denim is also really big right now from colored skinnies to chambray tops. For this look, layering a denim button up under the jillian helped dress it down!
Tomato red was all over the spring runway from prints and patterns to bold solids! It is a super easy trend to try, play it safe by pairing it navy, denim or brown, or be bold by pairing it with turquoise (like me) or even yellow!
 I finished the look by neutralizing it with gold.
Shirt: Banana Republic Denim Button up. Dress: Kate Spade Jillian Dress (sale!). Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane All Eyes On You Necklace. Necklace: Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Sparkle Necklace. Earrings: Kate Spade Gum Drop Studs. Bag: Kate Spade Gold Scout. Shoes: Vince Camuto Oxford Booties. Ring: Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Bow Ring. Arm Party: Kate Spade Idiom Bangles, Juicy Couture Buckle Bangle, Kate Spade Lady Marmalade Bracelet, J.Crew Pave Link Bracelet.

layering love.

20th April 2012

Surprise surprise, another layering look, I started with these pieces…
and transformed them into…

are you sick of my blabbing on about the magic of layering yet?
It really is the easiest way to play up your basics and add dimension to any look.
everyone has a basic skirt and a button up shirt, so switch it up by layering a patterned long sleeve (mine was $5 at H&M) underneath your dress shirt.
if you are into obnoxious accessories like me, double up on your necklaces and pile on the bracelet bling!
did you notice the polka dot tights? if you are a tights wearer like me these sheer polka dot ones are a great way to still get tight-like coverage for spring and summer! You can wear them all year long, so I highly suggest investing in a pair.
 Shirt: Turquoise button up, Foxcroft. Tights: Polka Dots, Modcloth (similar). Shoes: Oxford Heels, Miz Mooz (similar here or here) Piano Clutch: Recital Farrah, Kate Spade (similar here or here). Skirt: Tulip skirt, Zara (Spring 2011). Shirt: Striped Long Sleeve (worn under), H&M. Necklace: Layered Gold Necklace, Vintage. Necklace: Kate Spade. Jewels: Idiom Bangles, All Wrapped Up Bow Ring, Kate Spade.