Saturday, December 27, 2014

Holiday Chic








Crop top: Misguided
Skirt: Three Floor Fashion
Boots: DSW
Silk Scarf: Vintage

Long time, no see ;) I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and has something epic planned for New Years! 

I had a blast hitting the holiday sales - I probably had too much fun, if you catch my drift, but my wallet can handle a little Christmas splurging. This skirt is from Three Floor, which is hands down one of the coolest and uniquest brands out there. All of their pieces are incredibly intricate and beautiful and the quality is amazing. This skirt caught my eye because it combines classic colors and patterns with unique asymmetrical structuring. The material is heavy and wool-like, making it appropriate for winter.   

Aside from Three Floor (my ultimate splurge-worthy brand), I also gave some love to New Look and River Island. I swear, the UK hosts the best designers. Lately, I've been really into structural purses in neutral and pastel colors. These were all the bags on my wish list - the bottom three have now become part of my beloved collection. And the best part is, they are all extremely affordable and extremely good quality! Yay UK! 
(From the top): New Look Structured Bag with Blue Contrast, New Look Didi Check Duffle Bag, River Island Gusset Detail, New Look Color Block Tote, New Look Xhatch Backpack, River Island Slouchy Duffle 

I also did a little shoe shopping, because let's face it, I have no willpower when it comes to shoes. But I only bought two pairs, which is quite toned down for me ;). The Report Deshah and Venni booties joined the rest of my winter favorites (pictured here) that I've accumulated over the years. I really love the Call it Spring booties because the soft camel color is the perfect way to incorporate lighter tones into my winter palate. 

(From the top): Report Deshah Booties, Call it Spring Taowien Boots, Jessica Simpson Astery Booties, Report Venni Booties, Franco Sarto Walker Wedge Boots, C. Stuart Over-the-Knee Boots

The holidays are a little overwhelming with all of those sales. How I keep myself from buying EVERYTHING is to create a list in advance of specific things I'm looking for. I only allow myself five or so items and I hold myself to a spending cap. I enjoy my purchases so much more when I know I haven't broken the bank to get them.

Have a happy New Years and (for all of those college students like myself out there), enjoy a much deserved break from classes!  

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Pleats













Cropped Top: Eight-sixty
Pleated Skort: River Island 
Ankle boots: Guess

Skorts are awesome! It's business in the front, party in the back. This pleated version from River Island is so elegant and refined and looks so modern with the scoop-back crop top. Mixing patterns and textures doesn't always work but when you keep the colors neutral, it can work really well. 

Nothing goes as well with high-waisted skirts/shorts as crop tops! They are form fitting, show a sliver of skin, and create a slender and lean shape. This striped and scalloped one from Eight-Sixty is my favorite. The material is silky soft and the circle cutouts add intrigue, as does the wide low-cut back. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Eye Candy


Rachel Zoe is a shoe goddess! I'm not usually a bling-y person but these are one of my absolute favorite pairs of shoes. The studded criss-cross ankle strap and intricate gold design add so much interest to basic black booties. I, for one, am an enormous fan of black ankle boots. With these beauties added to my collection, I own approximately eight pairs ;)! Ankle boots are great for adding some sass to my outfits - they are edgy, sexy, and confident. I particularly like how the flat heel of these makes them a bit more hipster and relaxed than heels would be. 

Some Thoughts on Fashion and Finance

I'm an Economics student in college and so this is something I've been thinking about a lot recently: I follow a lot of fashion bloggers and they all seem to be packing thousands of dollars of designer clothing per outfit. Now, I absolutely love designer fashion - I subscribe to many of the major fashion magazines (in fact, I one day hope to work for one of them in the marketing department) and am inspired and amazed by the intricacies and details of the clothing pictured. I have a deep love and appreciation for the finer things of life. While I hope at some point in my life to be able to afford more of them, at 19 years old, I simply cannot and I know this is true for most people. 

I used to work for JCPenny and most of my closet came from there or Forever 21 (the great favorite amongst teen girls). I was pretty happy about this for a while. But then I bought two button-up shirts at Forever 21 about two years ago. The next day, I put one on for the first time and two buttons popped off. I decided then and there I was done prioritizing quantity over quality. There had to be a way to have high quality clothing for less exorbitant prices than those of my favorite designers. Since then, I have systematically replaced every single item in my closet. 
Now, I know that I spend too much money on fashion and beauty. I work two jobs (one in the Economics department of my university and the other at a cafe) to save money for my study abroad next year and to afford nicer clothes. To me, it's worth it to have two jobs in order to fully enjoy my passion; I am a deeply artistic person and fashion is my creative outlet. But even with two jobs, there's no way I can afford Valentino heels or Chloe purses or Burberry jackets. And to be completely honest, if I did own anything that expensive, I would be terrified to wear it for fear of ruining it accidentally. 
So instead I found a compromise. I buy clothes from designers and websites that still use high quality materials, but are at prices I can afford. These include: Zara, Asos, Free People, FrontRowShop, DKNY, etc. I love the website Bluefly because it has a huge compilation of designers (Alice and Olivia, Elizabeth and James, Aryn K, French Connection, etc.) for pretty amazing prices. 

Of course, everyone loves to splurge occasionally and I am no exception. But, when I do, I make sure it's really worth it and the item is ALWAYS on sale. French Connection, BCBG, and Three Floor are my guilty pleasure brands ;). This Black Friday, for instance, Asos was having a 30% off sale. I'd been obsessed with three absolutely incredible Three Floor skirts for a good month, and so when I saw they were on sale (and that there were only 1 of each left in my size) I jumped on them. Or, every now and then, Nordstrom will have an Alice and Olivia skirt originally at $395 on sale for $45. Who can resist that?! 
I always feel myself getting jealous when I scroll a fashion blog and see that the shoes I was lusting after were Jimmy Choos and cost $800. And I lecture myself afterward because that's just not realistic. Fashion magazines are fantasy, and fashion bloggers are supposed to be reality. But lately, bloggers are just another kind of fantasy - and it's worse because it's the kind of fantasy that tricks you into thinking it could be reality. Maybe someday I'll be able to own a few real designer pieces, but I think I might have to question my priorities if I find myself at 30 in head-to-toe couture. It reminds me of that Sex and the City episode where Carrie goes "I spent $40,000 in shoes and I have no place to live!? I will literally be the old lady who lives in her shoes."