A little leopard can go a long way in pumping out an otherwise bland outfit. So instead of falling into the all-black slump that can happen during these wintery months, I leapt into leopard! A spotted coat and a red lip can add an element of effortless glam to an otherwise all black look.
Coat: Asos (similar here // just a little leopard here) // Purse: c/o Francescas // Skort: Zara // Turtleneck: Forever 21 // Booties: Kate Spade (similar) // Sunnies: Karen Walker // Lip: Mac, Ruby Woo
If a little leopard isn’t enough, add a bright bag for fun contrast. I picked up this bag at a blogger event last fall before Pantone announced the color of the year, but now 2014 is the perfect time to rock a radiant orchid color pop!
Sometimes you have to go back to basics, as I did here with black, white and a little bit of leopard.
blouse: asos (get the bow here) // skirt: modcloth // bag: kate spade (similar) // trench: h&m (similar) // sunnies: karen walker // boots: kate spade // bracelet: jcrew // tights: capezio // belt: express (similar) //
Just black and white is a little bit boring, so red lips and red nails serve as the perfect pop of color! Gold accents like the logo on my karen walkers, gold rings and gold buttons on my blouse and boots also give the look an extra point of contrast. Anyone can replicate this look with closet staples: a black skirt, white blouse, black boots, black tights and a trench coat. You can even create your own black bow with ribbon or your boyfriends tie!
spots on spots on spots: today i pair leopard print with my go to polka dot!
forget what they say, i believe leopard is a neutral so it must be true! don’t be afraid to mix it with unexpected colors && patterns, you’ll end up looking like the cats meow.
hold the phone! && check out my new (old) favorite earrings. i picked them out at the cutest hole in the wall vintage store, they belonged to a little lady based out of south carolina with a big personality and even bigger sense of style! she worked for a telephone company && i ended up picking up about half of her jewelry collection which included watermelon earrings && a giant giraffe brooch.
if you’re ever on the hunt for hidden treasures at a vintage store, ask about your purchases! they shop owners sometimes know tidbits about the previous owner && you’ll love them so much more
a little red can go a long way, but i decided to wear a lot of it to make a big statement. oh && don’t let a chill in the air discourage you from wearing your favorite peep toes, just pair them with a matching colored tight (black on black is your safest option) && make them work for winter!
dress: french connection // coat: asks (similar) // belt: kate spade (this year’s version) // necklace: kate spade // shoes: kate spade (similar) // sunnies: miu miu // bag: kate spade // rings: wire wrap // betsey johnson // kate spade // arm party: vintage bobbles // sequin // kate spade idioms // vintage // michael kors // vintage // jcrew
today we’re saying hello to holiday with a dash of green, a little bit of leopard and stand out sparkle.
one easy way to stand out is to be bold in black, but also dare to adorn a statement necklace for that extra pop of color.
you don’t have to say goodbye your short sleeve shirts just because the temperature has dropped, simply slip a long sleeve shirt with the same color as your tee underneath, to keep you warm while looking wonderful.
top: j.crew // shirt: h&m // denim: kate spade // necklace: j.crew // shoes: kate spade // rings: kate spade // wire wrap // betsey johnson // sunnies: miu miu // earrings: kate spade // bag: moschino // arm party: sequin // kate spade (similar) // sequin // kate spade idioms // kate spade // j.crew // michael kors
let’s talk leopard… && pair this puurrfect print with a cute contrasting color combo
reds && blues make a great color combo && any shade will work. here i went for a deeper teal blue with a bright candy apple red, but turquoise && red orange also work really well together!
when you are working with a contrasting color combo, just try to keep the rest of the outfit neutral with golds, nudes or black && white. but don’t be afraid to spice it all up with a little bit of leopard
sweater: kate spade (i scored this little lady for a steal at the ksny palm springs outlet earlier this week) (here’s this year’s version) // skirt: h&m // pumps: kate spade (only in stores) // purse: kate spade (another outlet steal) // necklace: francescas // belt: kate spade (similar) // rings: kate spade // forever 21 (old) // arm party: sequin // kate spade (similar) // sequin // kate spade (old) // michael kors // kate spade
for today’s look, i dressed down my favorite polka dot peplum with denim…
&& no that was not a typo, i’m actually wearing jeans!
nothing pop like a polka dot peplum! this top is red hot && lots of fun, so i cooled it down && gave it a casual touch with some slouchy boyfriend jeans.
heres a tip – to keep from looking too sweet, use a little bit of leopard in your look for that extra edge! leopard print is a great neural and looks great with almost everything! i used a little bit of leopard south of my ankles for that unexpected edge.
peplum: asos (on sale!) // denim: gap // belt: white house black market (red) // bag: moschino // shoes: kate spade (not online but in stores; the perfect leopard pump) // vintage aviators // necklace: francescas // rings: kate spade // wire wrap x2 (my new obsession) // francescas // earrings: kate spade // wire wrap // arm party: sequin // kate spade (similar) // sequin // vintage // pearls // kate spade (old)
If that wasn’t enough, I’m pairing these prints with a perfect peplum, lets take a peek…
If you want to dabble in animal print mixing, you don’t have to go over the top. Start by playing it safe with just a hint of mixing, I just used a little bit of leopard to get the look without going overboard.
If you have a sleeveless or short sleeve peplum top, try giving it sassy twist by layering a collared blouse underneath! Oh, and fyi, A basic short sleeve blouse is a good basic to have for all your layering needs!
All black & white can be chic, but also borderline boring! So if you find yourself in a b&w outfit, pump up your look with a pop of color! A bright shoe or bold bag can be your perfect little pop to help take a look from drab to fab.
Top: Forever 21 (worn under) // Peplum: Kate Spade (Sale!) // Skirt: Boutique’d (now @ modcloth) // Shoes: Kate Spade // Handbag: Moschino (vintage) // Belt: J.crew // Sunglasses: Tom Ford // Earrings: Kate Spade // Arm Party: Kate Spade // J.crew // Juicy Couture // Kate Spade (old) // Kate Spade Ring // Domino Ring
so today, we’re taking on the always trendy animal prints in prints of prey.
Animal prints are always wildly popular for fall, we saw it last year and we will probably see it again in 2012. This year, its leopard vs zebra, where some prints will be battling for reign of the runway!
before you go wild, make sure you learn the rules of the jungle with my tips and tricks for wearing animal prints and really any big or bold pattern.
one: prints like to be the star of an outfit, so pair them with complimentary neutral hues & basic pieces to let them shine // two: prints can go cheap in a hurry, be sure to invest in quality printed pieces that will last you a lifetime while looking lush // brighten up your animalistic look with fun pops of color try green or pink for leopard and yellow or red for zebra // pile on the prints! animal patterns can be the perfect pattern mixing piece // since animal prints can go trashy fast, above all, stay classy. use classic silhouettes and timeless shapes to keep from going too wild // here’s how I do it…
and if you are torn between these perfect prints? pair predator with prey in a zebra meets leopard look!
Put your best print forward:
something to consider before picking your print: skin tone! Good news for you tan ladies (whether you got it from a salon, the sun or your momma) who can really get away with leopard or zebra (with my carmel complexion, the black and white contrast looks best on me)! But if you are on the fairer side, a darker leopard may suit you best but beware of those lighter leopards with a pale base that will wash you out!
while I love me some leopard (and I love being a leo), I am really into zebra right no, so that’s the pattern I pick.. for the moment. nevertheless, my wardrobe may beg to differ since leopard is my current king of my closet.
so where does your allegiance lie? spots or stripes leopard or zebra? predator or prey?
Everyone has (or should have) a denim button down in their closet, but just because this piece is a basic doesn’t mean the look has to be ordinary as well!
Denim is a classic! But it does not have to be worn in simple and casual ways!
Giving your denim a much needed girlie make-over can be super simple, just spice up your look with fun pops of color or flirty accessories.
instead give your jean a girlie make over with fun pops of color or flirty accessories. Try bows, leopard and the color red, these classics never go out of style but breathe life into any otherwise boring look.
Shirt: Banana Republic // Skirt: H&M (old) // Shoes: Kate Spade // Scarf: Topshop (similar) // Red Flower // Arm Party: KSNY Idiom Bangles // J.crew Pave Link // KSNY Lady Maramalde // KSNY Bow Ring // Forever 21 Ring.
I am beyond obsessed with all things dotted and have a strong desire to dress as a leopard lady, so it was only a matter of time before these perfect prints got paired.
I first dabbled in pattern mixing when the trend caught my eye a few years ago and I have become a print pairing addict ever since.
Pattern mixing can be often used to make a bold or even unexpected statement by pairing loud prints. But I took a different approach by pairing timeless patterns with basic silhouettes to give the look classic twist.
Oh and by the way, did you happen to notice what is happening south of my ankles? I’ve been twirling through the streets in my brand new Kate Spade Dazzle Shoes. The low block heel makes them super functional and comfortable but the big gold accent adds a touch of whimsy.
Michael Kors Polka Dot Blouse (Similar) // H&M Leopard Cardigan (Twinsies: one, two, three) // Basic Black Skirt available at Modcloth // Kate Spade Black Dazzle Shoes (Brand New!!) // Tom Ford Nikita Cat-Eye Sunnies // Kate Spade Gold Flicker Scout Bag // Juicy Couture Gold Buckle Bangle // Kate Spade Idiom Bangles // J.crew Pave Link Bracelet // Kate Spade Lady Marmalade Small Bracelet // Vintage Hand-Me-Down Gold Earrings (Thanks Mom!) // Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Bow Ring.