Category Archives: Styling Tips

(sweater-H&M, pants-?, shoes-Loeffler Randall, bag-Zara, cuff- Asos)
Finding this metallic sweater at H&M was like a dream come true. Cozy, oversized, asymmetrical and metallic? Perfection. I love finding those pieces you instantly know you’re going to wear forever.

Style philosophy: Buy what you’ll wear forever.

I wrote a little article for Chictopia’s Everybody Is Ugly blog.
Basically I came up with 15 essential items to pack for Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.
Some of these things I’m actually bringing, others I wish was.
You can read the complete article here.

*The List*

1. Gloves
Gloves are the number one thing most people forget when packing. Bring them, or risk icicle hands (seriously).
Asos leather gloves

2. Sunglasses
What can I say? Sun reflecting of snow is brighter than you think. Plus, it’s totally not cool to be showing your eyeballs at MBFW.
Karen Walker Super Duper sunglasses

3. Chunky Scarf.
Bring the warmest scarf you can find. This might seem like common sense, but that doesn’t mean I can’t remind you.
Tips: The bigger, the better. You can use a large scarf as a pillow or a blanket on your flight.
Ruche tubular scarf

4.Tunic Dress.
At least one no fuss dress is a must for those last minute events and parties you’ll be jetting off to.
Tip: Get a dress with breathing room, it’s perfect when you’re feeling rundown.
All Saints Xanthi tunic dress

5.Tailored Trousers.
A pair of tailored trousers will be your best friend, I promise.
Tip: Dress them up with blouses for events, dress them down with cozy knits for meet ups and lunch dates.
Alexander Wang leather trimmed trouser

6. Long Coat.
Bring the longest and thickest coat possible.
Tip: Invest in a coat that is neural in color and simple in shape. That way you can be sure it will match with everything.
“Alexander Wang Nubby oversized coat

7. Killer Boots
Want to get photographed by a streetstyle photog? A pair of fierce pavement stomping boots is a must.
Tip: Bring a comfy pair to switch into.
All Saints Anat Chelsea boot

8. Large Carry-on.
I’ve been traveling with this bag for the last 6 years, it’s my most trusted companion. It’s small enough to be a carry-on but big enough to fit my laptop, camera, and a jacket.
Tip: Pack a change of clothes in your carry-on. You never know if your bags will arrive at the same time you do.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Standard Supply Classic tote

9. Flat Boots.
Bring a comfy pair of flat boots for walking.
Tip: Bring them in your bag and change into them after the shows.
Need Supply Tundra Brown Shearling boots

10. Sweatshirt.
Pack a comfy sweatshirt, just in case.
Topshop sweater

11. Oversized Bag.
Pick a big bag that can fit your camera, a change of shoes and snacks.
Tip: A bag with a shoulder strap will save you unnecessary back pain.
Modcloth Weave it to me bag

12. Snacks.
Yes, you can buy snacks in New York. But you also might spend all your money on having too much fun. Bring some granola bars and popcorn. You won’t regret it.
Kashi Go Lean bars

13. Portable Computer
Although an IPad is the ideal personal computer for blogging on the go, any laptop will do.
Tip: Post your show review as soon as you can. The fresher the content the more valuable it is to your readers.
“IPad”

14. DSLR.
What’s the point of going to Fashion Week if you won’t have any pictures to remember all the fabulousness? Buy, borrow or steal a DSLR to capture all the fun.
Tip: Take streetstyle photos of all the glamorous people to share with your readers.
Canon60D

15. Knit Turban.
This last one doesn’t have to be a turban, anything that keeps your head warm will do.
Tip: Use head accessories to make a statement with your look.
Asos Bow Headband turban

(top-Zara dress, eyelet shorts- UO, shoes-JC c/o Designer Apparel, hat-vintage via Chic Swap, socks-drugstore)
Getting the most out of your closet requires some creative thinking, but finding possibilities in seasoned pieces is like finding chocolate when you were 100% sure there was none to be found. There is nothing better than the thrill of discovering new ways to wear an old favorite.
Tips for Making the Most of Your Wardrobe
*Wear your dress as a top
*Slip a skirt under your dress to add volume or length
*Tuck or tie hemlines to change up the shape of your garments
*Try wearing something backwards
*Layer tops over dresses to create new separates
*Turn your t-shirts into turbans
*An oversized button down can make for a great skirt
*Create a bandeau out of a scarf

Do you have other ideas for remixing your clothing?
Leave your ideas in the comment section and I’ll post my favorites (of course I’ll credit you in the feature).

Have you guys checked out Chic Swap on Chictopia? I’ve been addicted ever since I scored this vintage hat. I’ve also been using Chic Swap to post some of the pieces I no longer wear. Check it out when you have a minute, you might see something you like.

 (pants-AA, top-courtesy of Modcloth, jacket-WinterKate, scarf-Love Quote, bag-MbyMJ shoes-courtesy of NeedSupply)
I tend to avoid celebrity lines like they’re the plague, but when I modeled this Winter Kate silk jacket I accidentally fell in love. After a week of inner turmoil I came to grips with the sad reality that I needed to have it.  I caved and purchased it from tobi.com last week. The lightness of the jacket makes it ideal for summer layering, it seamlessly transitions from cool summer days into chilly San Francisco nights.

Summer Styling Tips 
*A light color palette is refreshing and cool.
  *Nude accessories are the perfect summer staple. Go for beige shoes, bags and belts.

*Play around with airy layering. Throw on a breathy vest or a sheer chiffon button down over your romper or shorts.
*Silk jackets are the perfect alternative to blazers, leather and denim.
*Go for texture. Lace, eyelet, chiffon and silk are all a great way to add 
some charming detail to your look.
*Invest in a light pair of trousers in white, grey or nude for those warm summer nights.
*Pair ankle socks and brown woodies with a chiffon dress for a sweet and easy summer look.

(dress, jacket, sunglasses & necklace-h&m, key necklace-vintage/gift, ring-Crossroads, bag- courtesy of Storets, shoes- courtesy of Modcloth)
Today I woke up feeling a little under the weather, but thankfully I had a day off this week so I decided to take it today and worked from home.
Later on Sam and I decided to run a few errands and it was marvelous having my maxi dress around. It only takes a few seconds of browsing the bloggersphere and Chictopia to realize how trendy maxi dresses are. I saw at least 3 on the first page of the Chictopia style gallery alone. This trendyness does not make them any less comfortable and honestly this is one trend I’m all over right now. I was able to get dressed in 5 minutes and with no coffee, a feat even Sam was impressed by.
As we ran our errands we stopped at our favorite local haunts.
My poison was LeftOvers, the best consignment furniture store over on Polk, where I immediatly found the chez lounge of my dreams that was way out of our budget. Sam stopped into Blick, one of his favorite art supply stores, to pick up some paints.
While walking home we noticed a sign for $1 nigiri sushi and decided this was a meal we could not pass up.
Now to keep myself from getting sick this week, lots of vitamin C and tea.
Have you guys noticed I spend like 75% of my life sick? Haha, I have the worst immune system ever :(

Tips for Styling Maxi Dresses
1. Find one that is the right length, longer is better than shorter.
2. Pair with summer heels and socks.
3. Keep the silhouettes simple and streamlined.
4. Pair with short or cropped jackets.
5. Cinch at the waist to create a flattering shape.
6. Don’t over accessorize a patterned or colorful maxi, it’s already a whole lot of look.
6. Pair with some oversized chandelier earrings for a nighttime look.
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