Blanket Statement

You’ve all seen the hype around wearing blanket wraps. The monogrammed Burberry one in particular was super popular this season. On a less expensive note, however, there are so many options available that still look super cool and keep you nice and toasty. I found this one at the Zara sale. It’s so soft. I’ve thrown it over everything from jeans to a skirt and top. It’s also an amazing option when you want to be warm, but don’t want to lug a coat around.

Zara Blanket Scarf

Blanket Wrap

Cozy Chic Striped Scarf

Zara Sweater

Statement Necklace

Ash Boots

Blanket Scarf – Zara
Sweater – Zara (In White Here)
Pants – Helmut Lang (Neiman Marcus, Similar)
Boots – Ash (Saks Off Fifth, Can only find them here)
Sunglasses – Italia Independent
Necklace – A gift from a friend

Cheers!

Shaggy Baby

I admit it. I totally coveted this sweater from the day I saw it at Free People. I watched it, visited it, knew I absolutely had to have it. However, I never spend full price on anything, especially when it’s that expensive. It’s just a sweater. I could wait. And wait I did. Finally — 50% off! Woohoo! Mine! Since the sweater itself is such a statement I chose funky, but all black to wear with it so as not to overpower its awesomeness. Like it?

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Bootie

Ruched Joes Jeans

Shaggy Free People Sweater

Sweater Jacket – Free People
Black Faux Leather Top – ASTR (Nordstrom, Similar)
Black Coated, Ruched Pants – Joe’s Jeans (Neiman Marcus, Available Here)
Booties – Marc by Marc Jacobs (Bloomingdale’s, Similar)

Cheers!

How Have You Been?

Did anyone else get totally overwhelmed by the holiday season, family events, stuff going on? Not to mention not enough daylight hours to take pictures! Ugh! Sorry I haven’t been around. I haven’t even had a chance to share this amazing wrap coat/cape with all of you. You see, the Zara closest to me was closed for what seemed like an eternity (or three months) to revamp the store. The outcome was totally worth it because it’s beautiful now, but the withdrawal symptoms were kind of hard to deal with (#bloggerproblems). This was one of the first things I bought when they reopened. It’s roomy enough to put great layers underneath. You know all those sweaters you own that don’t fit under a proper coat? Problem solved!

Forever 21 Scarf

Round Ray Ban Sunglasses

Ash Studded Biker Boots

Zara Cape

Coat – Zara – Major Sale!
Distressed Jeans – Zara (Similar)
Scarf – Forever 21
Sunglasses – Ray Ban (Available Here)
Boots – Ash (Similar)

Cheers!

How to Survive (Fashionably) this Winter Season

There is beauty in winter, with the first snowflakes, the ice skating opportunity, houses covered in snow and the romance that could bloom this season.

Of course, with the changing of the season comes a different set of fashion rules and guidelines. And to help you survive the cold without looking frumpy, let me share to you my top 10 rules for winter dressing.

Rule #1 – Sleeves all the way

Everything should have sleeves. It’s really cold out there, you know? Sweaters are perfect for this since they provide comfort and warmth.  But besides that, sweaters can add life and colour to your bland winter ensembles because, as you know, they come in a different designs, prints, sizes and colors. No matter what design you choose, sweaters can add oomph to your outfit. So if you prefer something oversized as opposed to those with snug fit, don’t worry because you can still look stylish in them. All you have to do is just learn how to wear slouchy sweater.

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Rule #2 — It’s all about the scarves

Although initially, they’re designed for additional protection, they’re now considered essential winter fashion pieces. Just learn the different ways to tie scarf and you’ll be on your merry way looking chic as ever. It’s as if winter is made just for you. 

Faux Woolen Tartan Shawl

Faux Woolen Tartan Shawl

Animal Print Tassel Scarf

Animal Print Tassel Scarf

Rule #3 — The shoe queen

Although boots are an obvious choice for the snowy season, don’t limit yourself to them only. Ballet flats, pumps and even sandals can be worn in the winter. Just let your creativity flow and you’ll find lots of ways to keep your feet from freezing. 

Louise et Cie Booties

Open Toe Booties

Rule #4 — The coat of love

Why blend when you can stand out? While neutral shades, like black and grey, are a safe choice this winter, it doesn’t mean you have to conform to the norms. Choose the brightest, baddest, and most stylish coat you can find, and you’re sure to make winter one heck of a fashionable season.

Double-breasted Faux Woolen Coat

Double-breasted Faux Woolen Coat

Khaki Classic Trench Coat

Khaki Classic Trench Coat

Rule #5 — Hello shorty

Cold? So what? You can still wear skater skirts and shorts in the winter provided you wear thick leggings underneath them. 

Khaki Micro Suede Shorts

Khaki Micro Suede Shorts

Snake Skin Print Leggings

Snake Skin Print Leggings

Rule #6 — My sweet Beanie

Winters and beanies definitely go together. And not just because they keep your pretty head from freezing but can also be the perfect accessories to your outfits. 

Fancy Mesh Striped Beanie

Fancy Mesh Striped Beanie

Rule #7 — Red, hot, candy-licious

Stand out in sea of white, gray and black by wearing something red. Red coat, red top, red dress — red whatever!

Red Removable Collar Coat

Red Removable Collar Coat

Rule #8 — Dress to impress

Don’t just choose an ordinary dress. Go for a knitted sweater dress.  How cozy is that?

Rule #9 — Capes of Stylishness

Add a little drama to your outfits, be it casual or formal, by wearing capes instead of the usual coats and cardigans. 

Charlie Brown Style Christmas

Charlie Brown Style Winter

Rule # 10 — Layers of fabulousness

Beat the chill with an arsenal of layered outfits. Layering clothes is a great way to stay warm while looking fabulous. 

Black Side Zip Sweater

Black Side Zip Sweater

White Ruffled Tulle Coat

White Ruffled Tulle Coat

Have a fashionable, fab winter!

Cheers!

2014 in review

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Truly Madly Deeply

This shirt has been haunting me at Urban Outfitters for weeks. Want, want, want. Should I spend that much on a tee shirt? No — I should wait for it to go on sale. I so didn’t. That’s the advantage of having birthday money — you can spend it on fun items just because! I’m not sure what grabbed here but it was love at first sight. It just looked so cool hanging there. Notice I had to tie knots in the bottom because I’m so short! Apparently the woman behind me in line at TJ Maxx wasn’t so enamoured of said shirt when I was wearing it a few days later. She actually almost yelled at me! She exclaimed, “What the hell are you wearing? That’s no way for a young lady to go out in public! You can’t do any better?” I just giggled.

Ray Ban Round Sunglasses

Long Knit Scarf

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Zara Distressed Jeans

Top with Tails

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Wedge Sneakers

Marc by Marc Jacobs Detail

 Extreme High/Low Henley – Truly Madly Deeply (Urban Outfitters)
Distressed Skinny Jeans – Zara
Wedge Sneakers – Marc by Marc Jacobs (Bloomingdale’s, Other Colour Here)
Sunglasses – Ray Ban (Available Here)
Scarf – A gift from my brother, niece and nephew

Cheers!

Holiday Cas’

Not every night during holiday season calls for full blown cocktail attire. For dinner with friends I wanted something fun and holiday”ish” but we weren’t going anywhere fancy. Layers are key for me. Even when it’s chilly out I’m always way too hot when  I’m inside. While most of my outfit was in accordance with my standard black uniform, the top added shine and fun fringes. People make fun of us Northeasters for all of our black clothing, but there are so many pluses to the colour. Black is chic, slimming and elongating. When black pants are paired with black shoes or boots with one seamlessly fading into the other they trick the eye seeing long thin legs. Not so bad huh?

All Saints Sweater

ASTR Fringe Hem Tank

Black and Gold Holiday Casual

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Booties

Fringe Detail

Cardigan – All Saints (Old, Love this One)
Ruched Pants – Joes (Neiman Marcus, Available Here)
Gold and Black Tank – ASTR (Nordstrom, now at Rack)
Booties – Marc by Marc Jacobs (Bloomingdale’s, Similar)

Cheers!