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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!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

#TuesdayShoesday: The Art of the Pair

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I first saw this at an exhibit called Killer Heels at the Brooklyn Museum here in NYC.  It was an awesome exhibit but this video is what I remember most out of everything.  I couldn't take my eyes off of it.


   

Talk about white glove service!  But really though...There's something about watching a master at his/her craft that is so calming, almost mesmerizing, don't you think?

Now, I am not one to discriminate when it comes to shoes.  My closet is full of them---mostly all under $100.  But there's no denying that these beauts certainly deserve the higher price tag.

What do you think?  How much is too much to spend on a pair of Z's?

Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine's Day Inspiration: Dinner Date

Last week, we shared a cute Valentine's Day Brunch date look.  This week, we've got you covered for that special V-Day dinner date!


I saw this dress in black at H&M a few weeks ago and thought it was adorable.  It looks like they've now made it in pink, which is even cuter!  I love the double shoulder straps and dropped waist. 

Granted, pink dresses are not as versatile as LBDs but they are absolutely perfect for special occasions.  Leopard print heels add the perfect amount of sass while the closed toe is good for cooler February temps.   The simple drop earrings are a steal at $4.90!

Outfit details:
Dress: H&M // Heels: GoJane // Earrings: F21

Have an enchanted weekend, lovelies!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

#TBT 100 Years of Fashion: Workout Style via Mode.com

Have you guys checked out mode.com's 100 Years of Fashion Series?  This one is about Workout style and oh man, it's a doosie...


  

That 70s leotard was the game changer, it seems.  And those 80s slouch socks (2 pairs, of course)...lawd!

I'm embarrassed to admit that I had a *very* similar get-up to the 90s one.  I took gymnastics at the time...my leotard was black and I wore a pair of black and white geometric biker shorts....underneath the leotard.  Thank God I don't have a pic of that.  But even if I did, I wouldn't show it!

So let's hear it... if you had to pick- which decade (before the 2000s) would you re-visit?  I think I'd have to go with 80s....ugly as hell but at least it's fun!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

It's National Umbrella Day!

Who knew?  Personally, I'm glad.  Umbrellas are the most under appreciated, overlooked accessory :(
Here in NYC, we're a city of pedestrians so a good umbrella is absolutely essential!  And I'm not talking about the $2 kind that break within 5 minutes of buying it...you know the ones I'm talking about...






A bright, fun umbrella (like this one) is just what any gloomy day needs.  And paired with stylish rain gear (like this and this) you're sure to stand out.

Now if only I could get one of these guys to follow me around:


 Ah, if only.

Anyway, I'll leave you on this National Umbrella Day with a pic of this lovely art installation in Agueda, Portugal:


 Has anyone been here?  What a perfectly lovely way to spend a summer afternoon :)


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tuesday Shoesday: Runway Mishaps

LOL!  When you see things like this....





If I'm being honest, my first instinct is to laugh....you had *one* job!  But then again, I'm sure I wouldn't be able to walk in some of these shoes either.

Why, oh why, do the models clap during/after the fall?  Leave that to your audience, if they feel so inclined.  Awkward!!

Then again, I shouldn't be talking.  One of my most embarrassing falls ever occurred when I was wearing rubber flip flops....yeah...

How about you guys?  Any footwear blunders?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine's Day Inspiration: Brunch Date

This year, Valentine's Day is on a Sunday!  You know what that means....brunch date!  Celebrate the whole day (not just dinner) starting with this cute look:


And of course, all for under $100!  Love the playful jumpsuit and sexy, strappy heels.  Top it off with a cute floppy hat and you're ready to go.  Best part?  The shoes and accessories can be used with so many other outfits...gotta love those multi-purpose items.

Outfit Links:
Jumpsuit: H&M // Hat: H&M (on sale) // Shoes: GoJane // Necklace: F21

Another look to come....stay tuned!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

#TBT Matchy Matchy

Throwin' it waaaay back.  Judging from the haircut, I'm guessing I was about 6 or 7 years old here--  You know, just being me in my matching pink coat and pants.  Not sure what our neighborhood friend was trying to do but looks like I wasn't interested.


What an angel.  Luckily, I haven't changed a bit.  =0P


Thankfully, my wardrobe choices have!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

IGNITE Style Radar: Opal

A while back I posted about the growing popularity of geodes and semi-precious stones.  (ICYMI, here you go!)  And since then am happy to see them all over the place- they're so pretty! 

On our radar now?  OPAL.

I've always loved opals.  The first time I ever laid eyes on one was while I was going through  my mom's jewelry box as a child.  She had/has this amazing ring with a beautiful opal surrounded by sapphires.  I loved it so much, I laid claim to it right then and there and informed my mother of my wishes to have it passed down to me (not my sister) LOL!  I was such a sweet child.

Anyway, there are lots of different types of opals (crystal, synthetic, created and on and on).  Some are milky and white and some are darker, which I prefer since the flecks of color seem to stand out more (even though according to this, the darker ones are more likely to be fake).  The whiter ones remind me of mother of pearl but with more depth.  Real or not, hey are just so feminine and mysterious.



So you can imagine my delight when I found this ring set at H&M...

Quartz AND opal?  Yes, please!  I found these beauts on Etsy from Sarradise.  I can't imagine they're real but really, who cares?  They're just darling:






This one from EldorTinaJewelry on Etsy is so over the top but I love it:




I'll be keeping my eye out for more of these colorful gems.  What do you guys think?  Will these be hot or no?  We shall see!!




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tuesday ShoesDay! Striped and Stacked

In case you couldn't tell...I love stripes.  Specifically black and white stripes.  It's pretty obvious- see here and here.

So when I came across these cuties on GoJane I couldn't resist...



Of course the real focal point is those stripes but the platform and ankle straps are great too.


Double trouble!  It's still a little too slushy out to wear these but looking forward to taking these out for a spin!

If you'd like to add these cuties to your collection you can get them at GoJane.com or by clicking here.

Happy ShoesDay everyone!

Monday, February 1, 2016

IGNITE Inspiration: A Cat and a Hat

If you've been following me from the beginning, you'll remember that I had pretty long locks a few months back.  See?  That was before I did the unthinkable and chopped it all off.  Nothing unusual for me since I like a drastic change every now and then but I *was* nervous that the shorter 'do wouldn't go so well with hats.  I love me some hats.  I bought this one when I had my longer tresses but was happy to see that it still worked with my shorter hair.


The sweater is old and I can't even remember where I got it.  Either H&M or F21, I'm sure.  I couldn't resist the embroidery.  Fierce yet understated at the same time--- just my style!  Here's a close up:


Isn't she cute?  Kinda like the Kenzo shirts so popular a few years back but without all the pattern and color.  The plaid bracelet is one of my all-time favs.  I picked it up on a trip to Brooks Brothers (with the hubs) a long time ago.  I don't know if it was for men or not.  All I knew was I liked it, it was on sale and it would be mine.  Done deal.


Since there were already two focal points in this outfit, I paired it with a classic white button up, dark skinny jeans and black booties.

This one is hard to link since a lot of the pieces are old but let's try:

Hat: old F21 but I like this one // Sweater: old** // Button-up: H&M   // Jeans: F21 // Booties: old, similar here // Bracelet: old, similar here or here (beaded option)

**if anyone finds this top, let me know!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Weekend Web Look: Daydreaming of Summer

Even though the worst is behind us (fingers crossed!) summer still can't come soon enough.  Got me daydreaming...

Oh, the colors!  I'm thinking summer brunch date.  Let's pretend we can actually wear this right now.  And if you can where you live, I'm coming to visit, k?

Outfit details:
Dress: H&M // Shoes: GoJane // Head scarf: Lush // Necklace: F21 // Sunnies: H&M

Enjoy this weekend, lovelies!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

#TBT Debbie Harry

Before there was Gwen, there was Debbie.


Still wearable today....


Rocking light to dark ombre in the early 80s!


Why yes, I would like to raid your closet, Ms. Harry.

Debbie Harry: Style Icon.  'Tis all....


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Confessions of a Thrift Store Nube

It wasn't until a year ago that I began my journey into thrifting.  I'll admit: all my life I had an aversion to buying ANYTHING second hand.  Not because I was accustomed to the finer things in life or because we were living in the lap of luxury.  In fact, quite the opposite.  Like most people, I assumed that thrift stores carried outdated or damaged merchandise. But even more so, I had this (admittedly) weird obsession with what kind of experiences the clothes (or their past owners) went through and carried with them.  That if I bought something second hand, I would somehow adopt whatever karma came with that piece of clothing.

What did she say??
 I told you it was (read: I am) weird.  BUT I'm here to say that I have overcome my past aversions and eccentricities....mostly.

Luckily, NYC has lots of great second hand stores that helped me ease into this world of thrifting.  And this is what I've learned so far:

1.  Don't just be on trend.  Be uniquely on trend. 

Aside from the obvious low prices, thrift stores offer one huge advantage over department stores: exclusivity.

In fashion, everything old is new again.  It's easy to buy the same pair of flared jeans that everyone else is buying at the mall but that's just what you'll get...the. same. pair. of. jeans.  Nothing special, nothing different.

This is where the beauty of thrift stores comes in.  It's very possible that your local thrift store has it's own collection of flared jeans (from the last time they were in style).  Snag a pair here and be guaranteed none of your friends will have a pair like yours.



Check out this vintage dress I picked up second hand.  Actually, I'm pretty sure it was a shirt back in the day.  I was looking for something a little different to wear to a music event with the hubs and scored this cutie for less than $20.  Sure, I could have picked up something from any one of my fast fashion favs but for the same price (or less) I was sure I would be the only one at the event wearing wearing my dress.

2.  Labels for less.

To be clear, I'm not hugely into labels.  I have nothing against them, except their price tags!  LOL
However, if labels are your thing, you'll be glad to know that you can find some serious deals at the second hand shop.  I can't tell you how many times (in my short thrifting life) I've come across perfectly wearable, stylish J. Crew sweaters, Nicole Miller cocktail dresses and Tory Burch accessories (to name a few) for literally a fraction of the price.  No really....like, less than $10 for a designer sweater.  You'd be surprised.  I was!

3.  Original tags.

Yes.  Another revelation I had.  A good portion of the "second hand" purchases I've made had their original tags still attached!  I bought this dress to wear to a wedding.  It was originally from Zara, brand new, with the tags still attached....for a quarter of the original price.




4.  Designer samples.

In addition to new retail items, I've also come across designer samples with tags still attached.  These are items that a designer or agency distribute to potential vendors in hopes the vendor will carry the item in their store.  This awesome faux fur poncho was one of these items.  This is another great opportunity to snag something truly unique and stand out from the crowd.





5.  Curation, curation, curation!

Today's thrift stores are experiencing a new birth of sorts.  Shop owners are closing the gap between the retail and second hand shopping experiences by sprucing up and modernizing decor, upping their visual merchandising game with up-to-date displays and stylishly dressed mannequins, and overall creating a more contemporary atmosphere.  While there seems to be a growth in self-contained second hand boutiques, many long-established chains like Goodwill are featuring in-store boutiques which cater to more fashion-savvy thrifters.

Goodwill's Deja Blue Boutique in Las Vegas, NV


Perhaps the biggest shift is in curation.   These shop owners carefully and deliberately sift through each piece of their incoming merchandise for items that fit the overall style of the store or are currently on trend.  The items are still arranged by article of clothing and size but may further be categorized by occasion (i.e. cocktail vs formal dress, business attire) or era (i.e. vintage finds).

To see more about this new trend in thrift store curation, check out Akron, OH blogger Dina (dinasdays.com) and her Goodwill Boutique called the "Spice Rack".

6.  From across the pond.

This kinda goes with #1 but specifically about where items come from.  You'd be surprised how many interesting things pop up in thrift stores from people's travels.  I've seen beautifully embroidered tops from Mexico, gorgeous patterened skirts from Africa and one of my fav thrifted tops:



Until I can make it to Bermuda IRL, I'll def settle for this little gem.  So you see, you can find all kinds of items from places you might not have had access to otherwise.

So there it is, my thrift journey thus far.  I still love my H&M and F21 dearly but I'm so glad I've added second hand shopping to my routine.

What about you guys?  Any thrifty veterans out there willing to share their experiences/tips/best finds?

Monday, January 25, 2016

IGNITE Inspiration: Striped Up Top

Just a fun little look this week.  Easy, simple, classic.


Black and white stripes.  What's not to love?  Paired this with basic skinny jeans, platform booties and geometric pendant necklace.


Close up of necklace...



Now if I could just get myself to a beach for some color....

Outfit links here:
Top: H&M // Jeans: F21 // Boots: similar GoJane // Necklace: in-store at H&M but not online, I like these though F21 and F21

Have a good one, lovelies!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

7 Stylish Snow Boots (You Actually Want to Wear)



 Here in NYC, the snow is gently falling leaving a fresh white coat on the streets outside.  It's beautiful.....for now.  We all know what happens next.  As soon as we burrow out of our little caves (ok, apartments) that pristine scene turns into a big slushy mess.  This calls for some serious footwear.  But let's be honest, snow boots aren't exactly the most attractive items in your shoe closet (if they even make it into your closet!).  Am I right, ladies?

Luckily, I've found some pairs that won't put a damper on your snow day style.

1. Rodway Women's Winter Boots from Aldo, $50 (on sale)

I like how these very much resemble regular sneakers but with a thicker sole and faux shearling band around the ankle.



2. Snap To It Duck Boots from GoJane, $30

The rubber bottoms cover the entire foot (not just the soles) so your feet are sure to stay dry in these.  The red laces and faux fur make these boots stand out.



3.  Athletec Women's Antonia Snow Boot from Kmart, $35

I like the simplicity of these.  The thick laces and D ring lace holes give added interest to this boot.



4.  Mad Love Women's Wanda Shearling Style Boots from Target, $38

These neutral-toned boots are so chic.  Probably not the best for heavy snow days but are great when it's just a light dusting  :)  Best part: wrap around laces.  I want these now!




5. Monsoon Rain Boot from Payless, $25

Technically, these are rain boots and generally I'm not the biggest fan of this style since they can be a little clunky to walk in.  BUT, they are perfect for navigating tall snow drifts and even better for those slush puddles- you know, the ones that form at the corner of every intersection and are too big to go around.  The ones you thought were only an inch or two deep...until you stepped in it and found yourself ankle deep in freezing, dirty snow water.  Yeah.  These are perfect for that.




6.  Athletec's Tamika Faux Fur Snow Boot from Kmart, $35

Again, these are probably for lighter snow but I love the hounds tooth on these. 


7. Tread Climber Denim Duck Boot from GoJane, $28

I love this style.  It comes in red and black too but I love the denim because it is so unexpected.  But it looks great with the brown patent rubber bottoms.  The padded cuff, sturdy laces and wrap-around ankle strap are added bonuses.


As you can see, all of these styles are under $50 so they won't break the bank.  Who knew snow boots could look so cute?  Maybe now they'll be allowed in the shoe closet with all the others?  Here's hoping!

Stay warm everyone!

xoxo



Monday, January 18, 2016

IGNITE Inspiration: Not Your Mama's Sweater and Leggings

So we actually made it out to see The Revenant this weekend and let me just say,  I was NOT disappointed.  It was super intense but was beautifully done and more than deserving of the hype.  Leo has done it again! To the hubs, sorry if I left grip marks in your arm.  I hope they're not permanent.  It was unintentional...I promise.  The movie made me do it.

Anyway, this is what I wore:



This sweater is more of a poncho, I guess.  Except that it wraps in the front so really I don't know what to call it but in any case, it is very warm.  My winter coat didn't really fit over it so I wore it with long sleeved layers underneath and it was more than warm enough in 30 something degree weather.

The leggings are from H&M.  They were a total impulse buy but that print was too good to pass up, especially for the $10 price tag.


I love the texture of the fabric of this top and also love that despite its volume it still has shape, which can be adjusted a little by using another hidden button under the top layer.


I know what you're thinking...she just posted about those boots a week or two ago.  And to you I say- yes, and?  LOL!  What can I say?  These GoJane beauts are among my new favorites for winter.  They keep my tootsies nice and toasty and the hidden wedge gives me a few inches (always a plus).


Sweater: SheIn // Leggings: (similar) H&M // Boots: GoJane // Sunnies: F21


Have a good one, dolls!