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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

IGNITE Inspiration: Faux Leopard and Black

Just when I thought I was home free and had made it through the winter flu-free....BAM!  In bed, fever/chills/aches all weekend long.  But tomorrow, back to work I go!

Here's a look featuring this fun coat I got from Nasty Gal on sale a while back. 

Tip:  Even though at this time of year we're all anxious to get our hands on spring clothes, don't forget to check those sale racks and clearance tabs for deeply discounted winter gear.  Just be sure to focus on things that are timeless, not trendy so that you're sure to get good use out of it for seasons to come.  Trench coats, down jackets, faux furs, moto jackets are all good bets.


It's actually not as heavy as it looks so it's perfect for fall or spring.


Here I paired it with all black but it would look great with basic dark blue skinnies and a v-neck white tee too.


Cherishing the last few days I can actually wear this coat....spring is approaching!!

Outfit links:

Coat: Nasty Gal, cute options on sale now here and here // Tee: Old Navy // Skinnies: H&M // Booties: GoJane similar here or here

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

#TuesdayShoesday: A Shoe that Grows

This Tuesday, I want to shake things up a bit and share this story I saw on my FB feed this week.

I love shoes.  You love shoes.  We all love shoes.  Just opening up our closets to see our growing collections puts a smile on our face, right?  Right.  And there is absolutely nothing wrong with this!

But sometimes, it's good to think outside the box and put ourselves in someone else's shoes (sorry, but pun intended!)


  


In striving for the cutest or in some cases, the most expensive, extravagant shoes, we forget that for us, shoes only serve as adornment or status symbols, not for protection or utility.

You may remember the pioneer of this movement: Tom's shoes.  Sure you do...with every purchase made, they donate a pair of shoes to those in need.  Well as you can see from the video, the Shoe that Grows, from Because International takes it a step further by eliminating the need for multiple pairs of shoes that the child grows out of and instead focuses on one pair that expands in size as the child grows....pretty genius, right?


While we may drool over the latest "it" shoes to have, these amazing shoes are the "it" shoes in many communities across the globe.  Love this idea!

For more info, visit their website at:



Monday, February 29, 2016

IGNITE Inspiration: Multi-Colored Moccasins

Last week, I told you guys about my newest comfy shoes I scored for $6 at Kmart in this post.  I've worn them a few times now (on warmer days) and figured I'd show you how I rocked them.


Please excuse the crazy fly-aways.  It's been a little windy lately-- always great for my wisps of baby hair that surrounds my face.  C'est la vie.

The beauty of these moccasins is that because of their color, you can literally pair them with ANYTHING.  I've worn them with blue skinny jeans and a Pepto-Bismol pink sweater for a serious color boost but this time, I wanted all focus to be on the shoes and paired it with a simple denim button-up layered under a chunky black sweater and black skinnies.



Yeah, I wore this exact outfit last weekend too.  What can I say?  It's perfect for meandering around the city on a chilly but thankfully-not-bone-chilling-cold day.

Like this look?  Here's where I got everything:

Moccasins: Kmart // Jeans: Old Navy (similar) // Denim shirt: F21 (similar) // Sweater: H&M (similar)

** The moccasins are full price on the Kmart website but I think it's worth checking out your local Kmart first to see if you can snag them on sale like I did!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Fairy Tale Fashion

Good morning, everyone!  Last weekend, I was in serious need of some r&r after a long work week, as I'm sure we can all relate to every once in a while.  But instead of getting sucked into couch potato land (as tempting as that can be), we visited one of my favorite museums- the Museum at FIT. 

The exhibit is called Fairy Tale Fashion and features (mostly) modern day interpretations of traditional fairy tales.


For the next few days, I'll be posting pics from the exhibit on our Facebook and Instagram
( @ignite_style ) feeds.  Check in (and follow!) to see if you can name the Fairy Tale associated with each pic!

For more on the exhibit, visit the online exhibit.  But no cheating! :P

See you soon!



Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Watch How Designers at Dior Craft the Prettiest Pleats via Refinery29

ICYMI, last week I posted this video showing how a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti pumps is made.  Wasn't it mesmerizing?

Well, I can never get enough of watching masters at their craft, especially when it involves working with their hands building or creating something out of nothing-- hello, Bob Ross and his happy little clouds!  LOL.

I guess it's because of this that I also loved New Yankee Workshop, with Norm Abrams.  Yeah, he was the shit.  Look it up, you'll see!

Anyway, here is a vid from Refinery 29 on making the prettiest lighter-than-air, pleated pieces you've ever seen (from Dior). 


  

After seeing just what goes into making one of these couture pieces, is it really any wonder why they are so expensive?

 Just beautiful!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

#TuesdayShoesday: Multi-Colored Moccasins

Never underestimate big box stores.  While I love F21 and H&M, some of my best finds have come from Walmart, and in this case Kmart!

(ICYMI, more of my big box bargains here and here.)

These were a complete impulse buy, which is funny because normally I shun the typical impulse buys like candy or gum.  But put me near a great bargain on shoes?  BAM!  There's my impulse buy.

I don't remember what I was picking up at the time but on my way to the register, I passed these cuties.  They stood out from the sea of heavy black winter shoes that lined the aisles so I took a peek at the price tag and found them on sale for $6!  (I found them here for full price but it's def worth checking to see if they're on sale at your local store too).


They're lined with faux shearling and have a fairly thick rubber sole which makes them pretty warm and comfy.

The pattern and color are just so sunny and bright- much needed on these late winter days when the clouds and overcast seem like a constant presence.


They're pretty well-constructed and VERY comfortable.  I pair them with dark or black skinny jeans and whatever color shirt- they go with everything!  More on that in a future post...


Here they are out on the town!  We ran into a random street fair in Chinatown.  Confetti covered the streets and was just so cheery.  That's the beauty of NYC, you never know what you're gonna find.  Plus, we got to play with this little guy...



And I do mean play....he came into the restaurant where we were eating and "bit" me as he danced by...so cute!  Apparently, this is considered to be good luck!

Such a great day.  I credit the shoes  :)

Friday, February 19, 2016

Weekend Web Look: Spiked

One week closer to spring!  I don't know about you but I'm past ready for warmer temperatures and more opportunities to sport cute outfits like this!

Just look at those heels!  Love the cheery colors,  T-strap and gold studs.  They truly steal the show and complement the statement necklace perfectly.  The navy jumpsuit provides a neutral backdrop which allows the accessories to take center stage.


Another cute look for under $100.  What's not to love?  Want to get it for yourself?

Jumpsuit: H&M // Shoes: GoJane // Necklace: F21 // Ring: F21 (set of 2)

Enjoy this weekend!  Check back in next week for more style updates!