Lace and Glitter

All that know me know I love glittery shoes. When I saw these gold beauties at Zara, I had to add them to my collection. The black and gold glitter Mary Jane’s with low heel are a festive alternative to the traditional sky high heels and can be worn to any holiday party. The glitter shoes fit perfectly with the BCBG black lace dress that I purchased on Black Friday at Bloomingdale’s. The high neck, buttons on the wrists, and lace trim all add to the unique look of this design. I wore a pair of HUE sweater tights, but black sheer tights would also work.

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My makeup look includes a soft red lip by Laura Mercier in Red Amour a shimmering pink blush with gold flecks by Laini Cosmetics from the Bronze Goddess palette,  and a smokey grey/brown eye from The Nudes palette by Maybelline.

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Cool Winter Fashion

The color palette of my accessories in this shoot are not typical in my wardrobe. However, I was interested in incorporating a couple of Pantone’s Fall/Winter 2016 colors. As accents to my simple all black look, I paired cool tones including Airy Blue and Sharkskin. Some of the shades this season are on the vibrant side, but adding them sparsely with a neutral outfit is the perfect way to experiment with these bold shades.

The focal point of my look is the faux leather pencil skirt from Karen Millen. This skirt is incredibly versatile as you could wear out with heels and a fancy top or as I have more casually. My black sheer top may look simple, but the cuffs have a little detail. They are cut in a “v” shape around the wrists. Sparkly tights are not just for when you are five years old- or maybe I was feeling nostalgic. The silver thread in the tights worked well with the silver coiled bracelet from Charming Charlie. The weather was brisk, but sunny. I wore a reversible black and Sharkskin shawl. My flats with a silver zipper in faux patent leather, which are comfortable and chic. The entire look was completed with a satchel bag with silver lock in Airy Blue.

My makeup needed to also incorporate the cool tones of my look. I applied the silver and light cream eyeshadow over my entire lid and crease from the Haute Right Now palette by Laini Cosmetics. To my cheeks, I added the pink blush to my cheeks and the Sophia Loren lipstick in gorgeous pink nude from Dolce & Gabbana. My nail polish is called Charmer- a silvery blue from the organic brand, Scotch Naturals.

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Apples and Frills

The weather was absolutely beautiful over this long holiday weekend so taking a trip to Solebury Orchards for fresh apples, apple butter and cider and visiting Bountiful Acres for fairytale pumpkins for cooking was a quintessential fall day.

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My style on this crisp, sunny day was inspired by the one and only Stevie Nicks. I have been a fan since I was little and over the past months I have been listening to Gypsy almost everyday, singing along to Landslide and watching video clips about the tumultuous band Fleetwood Mac. Music just speaks to you differently throughout the years, which is one of my favorite parts, the meaning changes.

These over the knee boots, I found at Lulu’s, which offers a large selection of vegan apparel and clothing. I paired the faux suede boots with a fun mini dress with frilly sleeves from Zara- another trend this season. I did not want the look to feel like a costume so I avoided some of my favorite accessories like hoop earrings and long chain necklaces. I wanted it to seem modern and fresh even though this style was around in the seventies.

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I focused more on my skin than a heavy amount of makeup. I wanted to create dewey skin by applying face moisturizer and then cream makeup products. I applied Laura Mercier cream blush in Praline to the apples of my cheeks. To my eyes, I applied M.A.C. Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly and two coats of False Lashes mascara. I defined my lips using the In Control lipliner, then applied Mehr matte lipstick all over my lips and Plushglass in Big Baby only to the center of my lips. Layering creates fullness to lips. What are your favorite beauty and fashion trends this season?

 

 

Black leggings

Several weeks ago, I purchased a solid black outfit, which is not very surprising for me. However, the pieces individually needed a little boost because they were simple and steam line. My brother recently ran the marathon in Greece and my father and uncle went with him. Warren did an amazing job and I am so proud of him. They brought back souvenirs including a beautiful pink and purple scarf and olive tree carved bracelet. These were the perfect additions to my otherwise plain black look and gave it the pizzazz that was needed.

Over the weekend, I worked on a beauty photo shoot with Laini Bianculli for an upcoming article that will be posted on the Style with Laini blog. This was the perfect time to wear this look. Believe it or not my heels are very comfortable and the weather was perfect for a gorgeous scarf.

In this look I am wearing a simple long sleeved tunic that I purchased in the BP. department at Nordstrom. I wore this black tunic over a pair of Lysse leggings and Ivanka Trump heels.  My Greek scarf and bracelet topped off the look along with a tuxedo jacket from Zara that I purchased years ago.

I tried something a little different for my makeup. My beauty look is centered around M.A.C.’s stone lipstick– a greyish brown color. To compliment the grey in the lipstick I wore the light silver/grey color eyeshadow in the Independent palette from Laini Cosmetics. Stone can be a very dramatic shade and can very easily drain the color from your face. It is important to find the right makeup to enhance your skin and not detract. An even skin tone, complementing shadow, and blush will ensure that stone looks its best. Silver, taupe, and purple shadows would be beautiful with this lipstick. You could easily contour your face for an evening look, but for the daytime try using a wine shade blush. In my case, the scarf really brings life to my beauty look and the purple undertone in the lipstick.

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Fall Style Pieces

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Fall and winter are my favorite seasons for fashion, but I usually do my shopping in dribs and drabs. I like to first make a game plan, picking staple pieces and supplementing the rest with last year’s wardrobe. I have a collection of boots, coats, and sweaters which carry over each season so I try to add accessories and new pieces to freshen up the look.

Here are some of my picks for a stylish and impeccable fall wardrobe.

Faux suede leggings at Ann Taylor. You cannot kill the clothing from Ann Taylor. The quality is remarkable. Each piece keeps its shape and color beautifully even with multiple washes.

Houndstooth jacket at Zara. The blazers at Zara are the perfect option for those of us who like the fit of tailored clothing without having the trouble of getting it tailored specifically.

Long sleeved bodysuit at Asos. Adding a thin shirt to your wardrobe is important so you have the option to layer.

Knee high boots at H&M. The taller the boot, the warmer. They can be worn over leggings or with opaque tights and a skirt.

Chucky knitwear at shopbop. A well fitting sweater is a staple for fall. Depending on the weather you may only need a flattering sweater with a scarf and a pair of jeans.

Bermuda shorts

During the summer months skirts and sundresses are my go-to style choices. I do not usually wear shorts, but I could not resist purchasing a pair of stretch, dark wash denim bermuda shorts this season. I forgot how comfortable these shorts are and versatile. You could wear them out at night with a pair of heels and dressy top or with a simple pair of sandals and casual top.

I wore the later with my red bag from Zara the other day on a trip to Philadelphia. My sandals with cork soles were purchased at Steve Madden and I found the bermuda shorts at JCPenney. Sadly, both are unavailable now because they were on sale when I purchased them, but there are plenty of similar alternatives.

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I had a hair appointment over the weekend and then went over to Reading Terminal Market for lunch. It was the perfect day to break out the shorts and flat sandals, especially since there is some walking required within the city and market. I know that I sound like a broken record, but if you have not been to this Philly treasure you should plan a trip. There is a little something for every taste whether you have dietary restrictions or not. Fresh produce, specialty items, fishmongers, and every type of ethnic food you can image.

On this particular occasion I bought the most delicious fried potato wedges from one of the Pennsylvania Dutch merchants. They were gluten free, lightly dusted with sweet and sour spices, and fried in vegetable oil. If you do suffer from allergies, restrictions, or simply eat a clean diet then make sure to inspect the prepared items just incase for any cross contamination. I also purchased a jar of homemade apple butter for the road, which I add to hot quinoa flakes cereal for breakfast or just eat right out of the jar like applesauce.

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Neutral with a pop of red

Navy blue and beige are not very popular colors in my closet. I happened to find this fit and flare dress at Ann Taylor at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets. This dress simply struck me and even though it is not something I would typically buy, I had to try it on. I mean, who could resist a front zipper detail?! Needless to say once I tried it on I walked straight to the register. To my complete shock and awe it rang up at $25!!!!

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My accessories needed to pop against the neutral color blocking in the dress. The red bag breaks up the coordinating dress and shoes with a gorgeous burst of color. I chose a vegan red handbag with lock detail from Zara.

Zara red handbag

The shoes are a little older, but they matched the dress to a tee and I could not resist wearing these slip on Marc Jacobs sandals.

Marc Jacobs sandals

Maxi and mules

Wearing another one of my fabulous finds from Walmart. I just could not pass up this maxi dress- cinched waist, detailed top, side slit- what more could you want from a $10 dress?! I paired the look with one of my favorite shoes, simple black mules purchased at Zara last summer. With a dress this affordable, you can spend a little more on the accessories. I am wearing my Alex and Ani Fortune’s Bliss Sweet Pea Charm Bangle.

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I kept my makeup look simple, with jewel tones. I wore the Density eyeshadow trio and 3 in 1 stick in Berry Glow by Mineral Fusion. My lips needed a little moisturizer so I wore the Black Honey Almost Lipstick. It is my eyelashes that were really impressive. I tried for the first time last night the Za Za Zu mascara from Nyx cosmetics. This mascara lengthened and created volume, did not drop any black under the eye, and stayed on all night looking flawless. One of the best drugstore purchases!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I am not Irish, but my brother was born on this day WITH bright red hair, which really frosted the Irish nurse that helped deliver him. She was convinced after taking one look at my dark haired mother and father that my brother would not have red hair. Surprise! He was such a sweetheart, beautiful face like a cherub and red hair. Needless to say he was too precious to resist and she scooped him up and showed him off to the maternity ward. It was only when he got to be three or four years old did his hair begin to darken and join the ranks of the other members of his immediate family. Happy Birthday to the best little brother!!!

In light of today and Spring approaching, I have included an outfit idea. There are only some shades of green that I like, mostly because green is not a flattering color on my skin tone. However, I think I found a pretty green that is perfect for the Spring/Summer.

Begin with this off the shoulder white dress with an asymmetrical hem line at Tibi. Pair with these beautiful moss colored sandals by Sarah Jessica Parker and sold at Nordstrom exclusively. There is a beautiful clutch at Zara that incorporates almost antique colors in the embroidered exterior. Then I found a gemstone bracelet at J.Crew with many shades of green that will tie the whole look together!

Blue neoprene dress

The other night I attended the chic Trunk Show celebrating, Entrepreneur, Chloe Johnston and Fashion Designer, Amy Devan. As it was a Parisian themed event, I knew for certain that red lipstick was my shade of choice. I wore Red Amour Creme Smooth Lip Colour by Laura Mercier. The rest of my makeup look was very uncomplicated. I only accentuated my eye sockets with a light brown from the Maybelline nude palette collection, which I have featured previously, and Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic also from Laura Mercier.

As for the ensemble. I resurrected my blue neoprene blend long sleeved dress from Zara. I wore this dress two Christmases ago to my cousin’s wedding. Cerulean is one of my favorite shades of blue and is flattering on so many skin tones. Actually, I was more inclined to wear the dress again after I found a fun and bedazzled pair of french navy tights from Kate Spade. Unfortunately, they were a sale item and are now sold out. Similar pair here. I just love the way the rhinestones catch the light and spice up an otherwise simple look.

I decided to leave my heels at home and opted for a pair of comfortable Aldo black flats, which I have also worn this winter. As the winter starts to fade away, moving towards the warmer season, think about recycling your existing clothing. Instead of purchasing new pieces mix and match to get more use out of your favorite pieces.

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