Muy Cool Spenglish Tee

Nina Garcia is unquestionably one of my idols when it comes to all things fashion.  I think she has a great eye that knows how to pick out lasting quality, but is also keen and modern.  Mix this utmost respect with a schoolgirl joy that I derive from having a package show up on my doorstep, and it’s no surprise that I subscribed to her Quarterly box.  One such box included a Spenglish tee that immediately caught my eye.  I love graphic tees, I love print tees, and I love wearing these tees: paired with prints, while rocking some killer shoes, as pajamas.  How can you go wrong?

So I paired my ‘Muy Cool’ Spenglish tee with a Double Zero high-low skirt with some killer edge.  I feel that high-low skirts can fall into the “beachy” category, especially during the summer, but this particular black number, with its sheer layers and kick-ass pleather tie belt, is the exception.  Today was a perfect excuse to rock out in my Nine West neon leopard pumps, and finish things off with a statement necklace and black/gold arm party.

[Fun fact:  My husband adamantly pointed out that "Muy Cool" is not a correct Spanish phrase.  I astutely pointed out that this is why it's Spenglish, and he obviously can't sit with us.  Boom!]

 

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Photo Credits: Allison Rossi

Urban Jungle with 3.1 Phillip Lim Trousers

I may not be 31 yet, but I still have a constant yearning for success and simplicity within my workplace.  Needless to say, Phillip Lim speaks to me – deeply.  On days when I want to knock out some wins in the 9-5, I reach for a piece by the designer and everything seems so much … easier.  Today I wore these green silk trousers, which caught even the eye of my fashion-blind boss.

To finish the look, I topped the trousers off with a BCBG 2-in-one blouse, my favorite Jimmy Choo heels, a statement bib, and an unexpected cuff.  Cheers to the weekend, just around the bend.

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Bonus: Elastic waist on the trousers does wonders to minimize the baby bump

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Stella & Dot’s Pegasus Necklace (BUY NOW)

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A touch of edge with this BaubleBar Cuff

Photo Credits: Allison Rossi

French Connection Dress Merges Antique & Modern

Hump day, with its loads of meetings and countdown to Friday, proved a little monochromatic.  But I made it through the day in a wonderful form-fitting dress from French Connection.  Made out of a soft jersey material, it’s pretty much as close to pajamas as you can get in a trendy silhouette fit for work and play.  In short, it might be the perfect selection.  I loved how the modern shape melded with the traditional floral design.  I kept the rest of my outfit in line with the black/white simplicity – some of my favorite BCBG heels, a pendant necklace, and a beaded arm party.  Countdown to the weekend is ON!

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Photo Credits: Allison Rossi

4 Copper Eyeshadows for Summer/Fall Transition

I attended a Sephora VIP Rouge event on Sunday, and had the chance to try out and snag some new eye shades.  I love the golden/copper hues of these four in particular – perfect for summer tans, but they’ll all transition seamlessly into fall:

 

1. Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour – Wet/Dry in Terracotta
2. Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia (1931)
3. Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Quick Take (Vanilla, Ambient, & Serpent)
4. Make Up For Ever Diamond Shadow in 306

 

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L – R: Nars, Make Up For Ever, Smashbox, Laura Mercier

 

I don’t wear much eye make-up, but when I do I find that the quality of Laura Mercier cosmetics is unbeatable.  One of my very first purchases during my year in New York back in 2007 was a Laura Mercier palette in violet hues.  It was magical.  This Baked Eye Colour is sure to last all day, which is a necessity for a girl like me who just doesn’t do mid-day touch-ups.  I will probably stick to the dry application, but go with a wet application if you’re hoping for some heavier pigmentation.

The Nars Dual-Intensity can also be used either wet/dry.  I’m looking forward to this shade in a sheer application.  The company describes Himalia as “shimmering topaz”, and claims a crease-less application.  I can’t wait to give this a try, because I’ve yet to meet a Nars product that disappoints.

The Smashbox trio will probably become my go-to shade, because of the simplicity of working with a palette.  It contains a base shade, a highlighter, and a contour color – what more could a girl need?  I am in love with the emerald green that is included; as a brown-eyed girl, green shades are nothing short of amazing.

Finally, I had to include Make Up For Ever’s Diamond Shadow (part of their new Artist Shadows line) because of its light-weight, ultra-fine application.  It has just the right amount of shimmer without looking glittery or heavy like so many other shades that are on the market.

Give these shades a try, or let me know what gold/copper-y hues are working for you this month!

 

Bright Yellow Marni Kind Of Day

Sometimes, you just want to look like a giant banana.  Put on a bright yellow cowl neck dress, highlight the baby bump, wear some purple lipstick (holla, NARS La Paz).  Party in the front, rave in the back.  Today: one of those days.

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Warning: Don’t touch a giant tin building in 95 degree weather at peak sun-angle.  HOTT!

 

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Bet you didn’t expect this surprise….or did you?

 

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Stella & Dot Sutton Necklace – Gold (BUY NOW)

Photo Credits: Allison Rossi

DVF Wrap Dress

I’ll be the first to admit – I don’t normally wear wrap dresses.  I don’t have the iconic love for them that many women do.  I find that the tie always figures out a way to come undone, and I spend the day fiddling with the closures and trying to prevent wardrobe malfunctions.  This issue first arose back in 2007, when I fell in love with a Kara Janx wrap shirt.  I’m scarred emotionally.

But when I do get the urge to sport the look, there’s only one label to turn to – DVF.  If you’re gonna do something, go big or go home.  Today I wore this DVF Silk Wrap – it’s gold, which really elevates the traditional khaki styling of the look.  Such a wardrobe staple called for a big chunky necklace and a great pair of Jimmy Choos.  I spent the day dreaming of safaris (Chelsea Handler-style) and South African cuisine.

 

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Want to add a DVF wrap dress to your closet?  Here’s one of my fave finds!

On a budget?  Try this faux wrap from Ivy & Blu.

 

Photo Credits: Allison Rossi

Make Up By One Direction – Up All Night Collection

MarkWins International teamed up with One Direction on an exclusive cosmetics collection.  They sent me a pre-launch preview, and you can view my YouTube thoughts here:

 

 

With products named after One Direction songs, it seems the band is really try to connect to its fan-base.  You can easily picture these products worn by concert-goers grooving out to the tunes, but the collection is versatile enough to provide daily wear.  The eyeshadow palette included shades “More Than This” and “Gotta Be You” – a great pink/brown neutral pairing for eyes.  “I Should Have Kissed You” is a bubble-gum pink matte lipstick, but surprisingly wearable for day and a great summer hue.  And the enclosed mascara has a very nice brush and premium application that could easily rival more recognizable brands currently on the market (think: Too Faced, Blinc).

Ideal Audience: One Direction fans between the ages of 12-19.  Cross-over use to 20-29 demographic.

For more information, check out: http://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection

 

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Colorful Details, feat. DVF Shift

Diane von Furstenburg may be known for her wrap dresses, but I prefer her shifts.  They are perfectly tailored, colorful, and when they make even a baby bump look good, well, how can you resist?

I wore my favorite DVF shift today, and accessorized with bright jewelry and fun shoes.  What a way to break free from the Hump Day doldrums.

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Love the way Diane von Furstenburg works with patterns and colors

 

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Stella & Dot’s Spring Awakening Necklace (ON SALE!)

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These flats from Just Fab are both stylish & comfortable.  I <3 them!!

Photo Credits: Allison Rossi

Casual J.Crew Friday

Some days, you just wake up and want to wear sweatpants to the office.  Some days – you do!  If Juicy Couture was once cool enough for dinner and drinks, why can’t the newest sweat sets break similar barriers?  The key to sweats is to style them well – steer clear of sandals or flip-flops (please, please steer clear of the flops) and opt instead for some flats or cigarette shoes.  Try a casual button-down instead of a form-fitting tee.  And accessorize to truly finish the look.

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Stella & Dot Cassady Collar Necklace (BUY NOW)

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Photo Credits: Allison Rossi

How To Style High-Waisted Pants: Look 1

I’ve reached that stage in pregnancy where jeans are in the bottom of the pile, and pants that have elastic waistbands are automatically the greatest thing since Nutella Fondue.  But there’s more to comfy pants than yoga and PJ styles.  A loose, high-waisted version can be a great office staple.  Let’s explore some ways to style the look this week.

 

High-waisted pants are definitely a carry-over from decades past.  And it’s not like 2014 is going to see some magical “resurgence” of the style.  In actuality, Calvin Klein started the slow return of the high-waist back in 2010 during his Fall runway show.  Or at least, that’s when I started taking notice.  And often when you think of the high-waist, you think of fitted styles with a tummy tuck.  I fell in love with this pair from Theory, however, which has a loose waist and a tapered leg.  We all know how much I like a fitted ankle paired with some leg volume.  Mmhmmm.

These pants pair well with a silk blouse for a classic cool.  I love pointy pumps as an exclamation to the outfit.  For jewelry, try a longer, hanging style to continue the vintage vibe and elongate the silhouette.

 

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It’s an incredibly sunny day in Virginia

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Stella & Dot Kimberly Necklace (BUY NOW)

Photo Credits: Allison Rossi