August 27, 2014

#TargetStyle: Dark Denim for Fall

The only reason I'm excited about Fall is the plethora of new wardrobe options. To start the transition I always bring out the dark denim and typically keep my summer sandals! Slowly but surely the new booties and loafers will come out. 

I picked up these dark blues from Target before my European vacay and could not stop wearing them...
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target style, target denim, mossimo, fall outfits, what is fashion
target style, target denim, mossimo, fall outfits, what is fashion
target style, target denim, mossimo, fall outfits, what is fashion
target style, target denim, mossimo, fall outfits, what is fashion
target style, target denim, mossimo, fall outfits, what is fashion
target style, target denim, mossimo, fall outfits, what is fashion
{mossimo top // mossimo jeans // sole society bag // mossimo sandals - similar // gorjana cuff // elizabeth and james x ring}

I've dubbed these my new comfy jeans; not too tight and stretch in all the right places for those "bloated" days.  This outfit made me giggle a bit because until about 2 years ago I used to despise mixing black and brown accessories. Funny how style changes over the years! See how I styled another pair of Tarjay fall denim during my trip here and don't forget to find your style @targetstyle!


Btw, compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. As always, the opinions expressed in this post are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

August 26, 2014

#TuesdayShoesday: Loafer Lust

Of the many Fall shoes I'm lusting over, loafers have got to be on top of the list. There's something about them... the clean lines, minimal structure... and they really give off a "I've got my sh*t together" look, you know what I mean? Here are a few of my fave styles: 



The leopard ones are to-die-for; leave it to J. Crew to kill the loafer game. Ooh and these ones from Zara are great too! Are you a loafer girl? Would love to know what styles you're coveting for fall!

Psst... are you headed to NYFW or planning to cover it from your couch? Join me and Glam.com for a twitter chat all about tips & tricks for tackling NYFW - mark your calendars for Sept. 2nd at 8pm ET and use #glamfamchat to join the convo! 


August 25, 2014

VMA Glam

Over the weekend I had the privilege of getting styled by CLD Style House  for a fun pre-VMA brunch with Caress. Walking into the sequined filled showroom was like a fairytale and trying them on was even more incredible. Add a few glasses of champagne and let's just say this girl was in heaven. Here's what what I walked out with...
mac duggal dress, sequins mini dress, haute hippie, red carpet dress, zara
mac duggal dress, sequins mini dress, haute hippie, red carpet dress, zara
mac duggal dress, sequins mini dress, haute hippie, red carpet dress, zara sheer sequins mini dress, haute hippie, red carpet dress, zara
sheer sequins mini dress, haute hippie, red carpet dress, zara
sheer sequins mini dress, haute hippie, red carpet dress, zara
sheer sequins mini dress, haute hippie, red carpet dress, zara
sheer sequins mini dress, haute hippie, red carpet dress, zara
{mac duggal via cld style house // zara heels & leather jacket}

At first I was a little intimidated by the SPARKLE but then I reminded myself that there aren't very many opportunities to go glam, so I did it. The detailed sequins is strategically placed to cover all the right places, thank goodness! I paired it with a leather jacket and messy braid to give it more of an edgy feel. When I walked out of the bathroom my bf said "okay, J. Lo!" Considering how Jennifer Lopez looked last night, I'm going to take that as a compliment.

Btw, CLD Style House had a piece that looked like it was pulled straight out of Beyonce's dressing room - SO fierce! What did you guys think of the Beyonce's performance? My fingers and toes are crossed that her and Jay stay together!

{pursuing sequins} 




Peachy Picnic

 The end of summer is near but at least there's one last chance to throw a great party... hello, Labor Day! Planning a boozy brunch, day by the pool, or just a catch up sesh with some friends? Make it easy on yourself with peach cocktails and delicious bites; we're talking under-10-minutes-to-prepare-everything easy.

Over the weekend my friend Danielle from Envision Pretty came over and we put together delectable crostinis and Smirnoff Ice cocktails for a sunset rooftop picnic. It was kind of romantic...
labor day picnic, smirnoff vodka, peach crostini, brunch idea
labor day picnic, smirnoff vodka, fig goat cheese crostini, brunch idea
... and oh-so pretty! To make it simple we went with ingredients that could do double duty (peaches & goat cheese).
First up: the drannks.
labor day picnic, smirnoff vodka, fig goat cheese crostini, brunch idea
{smirnoff ice peach bellini cocktail}
1 part Smirnoff Ice Peach Bellini
1 part extra dry champagne
Peach slices

Smirnoff Ice Peach Bellini is pretty delicious but as you can suspect, very sweet. Adding the extra dry champagne cuts that sweetness and creates a refreshing concoction with a hint of peach. They also look beautiful!
labor day picnic, smirnoff vodka, peach crostini, brunch idea
Next up is fig and goat cheese crostinis. When figs are in season this is just one of my favorite ways to eat them, the other is in an arugula salad with prosciutto and goat cheese! #yum 
labor day picnic, smirnoff vodka, fig goat cheese crostini, brunch idea
{fig & goat cheese crostini}
brioche toast from Trader Joes
goat cheese + a few tbsps of half & half = delicious whipped goat cheese
black figs
garnish with honey & thyme

The half & half adds a fluffy touch, kind of like milk in omelets. Once you've created the whipped goat cheese then also use it on the peach and prosciutto crostinis:
labor day picnic, smirnoff vodka, fig goat cheese crostini, brunch idea
{prosciutto & peach crostini} 
brioche toast from Trader Joes
goat cheese + a few tbsps of half & half = delicious whipped goat cheese
prosciutto & sliced peaches
garnish with honey & thyme

If you're a prosciutto lover like myself then this crostini tastes like heaven! 
labor day picnic, smirnoff vodka, fig goat cheese crostini, brunch idea
Excuse me while I go pull out some leftovers. Cheers to a fabulous last week of summer! 
Btw, compensation was provided by Smirnoff via Mode Media. The opinions in the post are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Smirnoff.

August 22, 2014

Just Do It

Just do it! It's a good life mantra even when it comes to little things like wearing sneakers anywhere other than the gym. Truth: until recently I refused to wear tennis shoes IRL (in real life).  Even a day at an amusement park or trekking miles through a new city on vacation couldn't get me to put on comfortable, cushy footwear. That all changed on my most recent vacation and I have two hunches why: 1) I'm getting older and my feet hurt or 2) tennis shoes are now totally appropriate and stylish for every day! I'm going with the latter...
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nike free outfit, casual friday look, jbrand jeans, how to wear sneakers
nike free shoes, casual friday look, jbrand jeans, how to wear sneakers
nike free shoes, casual friday look, jbrand jeans, how to wear sneakers
nike free shoes, casual friday look, jbrand jeans, how to wear sneakers
nike free shoes, casual friday look, jbrand jeans, how to wear sneakers
nike free shoes, casual friday look, jbrand jeans, how to wear sneakers
{madewell bien fait sweatshirt - similar // j brand jeans // karen walker sunnies // sole society bag c/o // nike free 5.0}

Casual all black everything = perfect for Fridays. Have a great weekend, shoe lovers!

{pursuing casual Fridays}







August 19, 2014

Feeling Flirty

Sometimes there's nothing better then getting glammed up. Am I right? That's one of the things I love about cruising: every night is a fashion show if you want it to be! Borrowed this dress from The Stylist LA and paired it with my new fave capelet for a flirty dinner look:
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parker dress, bb dakota capelet, date night look, vacation, what is fashion, how to wear
parker dress, bb dakota capelet, date night look, vacation, what is fashion, how to wear
parker dress, bb dakota capelet, date night look, vacation, what is fashion, how to wear
parker dress, bb dakota capelet, date night look, vacation, what is fashion, how to wear
sam edelman heels, parker dress, bb dakota capelet, date night look, vacation, what is fashion, how to wear
sam edelman heels, parker dress, bb dakota capelet, date night look, vacation, what is fashion, how to wear

The fit and flare style of this dress is super flattering and the length shows just enough leg. Secret: I was super indecisive about these heels originally and now I don't know what I was thinking because a) they're beyond comfy b) they're hot c) I wear the all the time! 

Happy Tuesday! 

August 18, 2014

Gingham + Guinness

Back from vacay! Holy moly this week is going to be rough. Post vacay blues haven't set in yet but I can predict that they will hit around Wednesday. You know how it goes?! Thank goodness I can re-live some of my fave moments (and outfits) right here.

My number one stop in Ireland was Dublin; it's a metropolitan city buzzing with culture, amazing architecture and Guinness!! Yes, the fam and I took a tour of the Guinness Brewery (more on that come Friday). The best part? Seeing my 18 yr. old siblings try the Irish stout for the first time. Hah, it's definitely an acquired taste to say the least. The trip called for a test drive of the Sole Society booties I mentioned a few weeks back
gingham blouse, distressed denim, how to dress for fall, what is fashion, Ireland Guinness
gingham blouse, distressed denim, how to dress for fall, what is fashion, Ireland Guinness
gingham blouse, distressed denim, how to dress for fall, what is fashion, Ireland Guinness
gingham blouse, distressed denim, how to dress for fall, what is fashion, Ireland Guinness
gingham blouse, distressed denim, how to dress for fall, what is fashion, Ireland Guinness
{j brand jeans // equipment top // sole society booties & bag c/o // karen walker sunnies}

These babies didn't disappoint - just enough height without being uncomfortable + perfect perforated details. I also brought out what I like to call my Peter Pan pouch aka the Sole Society bag. The size lends itself to adventure time; I was able to fit my big Canon T5 in it as we went from port to port.  More and more I realize how much I love a nice blouse and jeans combo. Does that mean I'm getting old?! 

{pursuing gingham style}