April 18, 2014

building a wardrobe

I have had a number of questions recently about how to update/build/rebuild your wardrobe. When stores and brands are constantly getting new products and focusing on the coming season, that can seem overwhelming. How much does it take to complete a wardrobe? When do I have enough to work with? How do I have a good wardrobe without going into debt? I decided to answer these various questions with an all-inclusive post.

Let me start off by saying, your wardrobe basics will be an investment. That's important. When you expect an item to last years and lots of wears, it needs to be high quality. These are not the pieces to skimp on. So if you have to start a little clothing fund and practice patience, it will be worth it in the end! Once this foundation is set, it is simple to accessorize with less expensive items and seasonal accents.

Here are my top eleven items to start (and sustain) a versatile wardrobe for any body type:

1. black blazer, AYR 
2. dark wash bootcut denim, Citizens of Humanity
3. LBD, Zara
4. neutral clutch, BCBG 
5. white blouse, Alice and Olivia 
6. black flats, Regina Frye 
7. cardigan, Browns Fashion 
8. trousers, Zara
9. nude pumps, Stuart Weitzman 
10. pencil skirt, Classiques Entier 
11. simple chain necklace, Neiman Marcus

Take these mix-and-match essentials, add seasonal pops of color, and enjoy a wardrobe 
that is never going out of style.

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April 17, 2014

hit the bricks

[H&M blazer, J.Crew tee (love this), Vigoss jeans, Guess sandals (or these in black), vintage bangle (gorgeous version), Ray Ban aviators, Louis Vuitton purse]
This has been the first full week of gorgeousness. Boston is buzzing with that influx of spring breakers and cooped up New Englanders finally seeing sun again. That means I've switched purses, gone to sandals, and keep my Aviators on a daily regimen.

While these jeans are a staple for my spring wardrobe, the blush pink blazer is a recent addition I can't stop wearing. The flyaway front and light fabric make it an easy layer over any outfit. In keeping with this spring feeling, I even gave my Louis Vuitton a seasonal face-lift with a favorite vintage scarf. The simple accent gives a unique flair to the popular pattern.

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April 16, 2014

Easter cake pops

Easter treats are by far the prettiest. Sweet pastels and sugary decorations make for splendid eye candy. I came across this recipe for Easter Cake Pops (without the pops) and fell in love with the idea of funfetti in bite-sized portions. 

Now let me give a small disclaimer: this recipe is very simple but it is time-consuming. The process has multiple, long steps. The cake first has to be baked before it is mushed, remolded, and finally coated. But don't let that deter you, because the final product is marvelous. 

These yummy Easter bites keep well and make a delightful addition to the dessert table. 

April 15, 2014

blue bandage

[Max Azria dress (similar here), Shoemint heels c/o,  Mark Ciel clutch, Alex and Ani bangles]

I've been paring down to single pieces for this warmer weather. As temperatures (slowly) climb, the fewer the layers and the simpler items I want to wear. This Max Azria dress is an eclectic structure with its eye-catching design. I was drawn to the varying lines and bandage, wrap skirt. Harsh horizontal lines or severe vertical ones have the potential to create unflattering optical illusions. However, the contrasting mix makes a beautiful statement without the worries of a warped figure. Paired with nude heels and a complementing clutch, the look is complete yet uncomplicated.