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  Like most people, I assumed that thrift stores carried outdated or damaged merchandise.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, 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 ( 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!


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!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Weekend Web Look: Magenta & Black Geo

Mid-January already?  I can't believe it.  We're one week closer to spring!  Feeling some casual vibes for this weekend and this (almost) all black look fits the bill.

Again, almost everything in this collection is a staple piece so well-worth the $.  But really, at $94 for the whole look, you can't go wrong.  i.e. Switch out the slip-ons with some heeled booties and you've got a totally different look. 

Tee: H&M // Cardigan: SheIn // Shoes: H&M // Coated Pants: H&M // Rings: F21 // Necklace: F21 Beanie: F21

Happy Weekend, everyone!  Make the most of it!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

#TBT Deadly Fashion

Oh, the things women (and sometimes men) do for beauty.  Implants of any/everything you can imagine, cancer-causing tanning beds, and this  You've probably seen images like these floating around:

Yep, waist training- aka modern day corsets.  For some (including myself) these are extreme measures to go to for beauty and are certainly not a new concept but they're nothing compared to some trends highlighted in a story featured on entitled 25 of History's Deadliest Fashion and Beauty Trends.  Just a few examples: 
Sky high wigs attracted and housed a variety of pests....

Now, I've heard of a lot of these trends but Muslin Disease was new to me:  Dampening the body before dressing which resulted in the muslin fabric of the dress clinging to the body to accentuate curves.  In cold weather, it ultimately led to pneumonia and other potentially fatal illnesses.
Sheesh!  This stuff is hard core.
Check out the full story for a quick, interesting read: 25 of History's Deadliest Fashion and Beauty Trends
Moral of the story: There is nothing wrong with enhancing the attributes you are born with but nothing is worth putting your health at risk!  (After all, hospital gowns are notoriously unflattering.)
Have you tried any controversial dietary, surgical or fashion trends in the name of beauty?  How far is too far?  Let's hear it!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Wilde'in on the Red Carpet- Golden Globes 2016

Did you all watch the Golden Globes on Sunday?  I was able to catch pieces of it here and there (not to worry, Fashion Police always gives a great synopsis!) but I have to say Olivia Wilde was my fav...

 That color tho, right??  Not surprising that she looked stunning this year, considering some of her past Golden Globe appearances...

 How.  For real, HOW does someone look so chic and on point...while pregnant!?  Gorgeous.

 Like she was turned upside-down and dunked in a vat of pixie dust just before leaving the limo.  

Definitely an IGNITE Style crush.  We see you, Olivia!

Some other fav looks of the night were surprising...

So nice not to see her in a costume!  So talented, this Lady.

 And the award for best acceptance speech goes to Taraji P. Henson.  The dress is beautiful but that speech?  Slay, Cookie.  LOL!

Oh, and this...

Love her!

Did you watch?  What was your fav. GG moment/look? 

Monday, January 11, 2016

IGNITE Inspiration: Bespoke Ombre Scarf

Starting this week off with a new IGNITE Inspiration look.  I did the flat lay of this outfit last week in this post.

I paired it with a basic faux leather moto jacket for warmth and some sunnies....because why not?

This American Apparel dress is my fav LBD and is a great basic piece.  I usually wear it with boots but sometimes take it out for a spin with heels depending on where we're going.  I love the scoop back (sorry, you can't see it in these pics) too.

Side note:  I saw a gorgeous cardinal in the tree by out patio when this pic was taken.  So nice to see nature's bright colors when it's so dreary outside.

If you live in a mostly pedestrian city like NYC, you could def pair this with some sheer black  or textured tights and it'd still look great.  But for those of you who can hop in your heated car (lucky you!) bare legs are just fine :)

Another close-up of my mom's handiwork.  Thanks mama!

This 'fit is so easy to duplicate but here are some suggestions, just for the hell of it:

Dress: American Apparel (half price!!) // Boots: similar GoJane // Scarf: gifted but similar here or here // Jacket: old, similar H&M // Sunnies: F21

Friday, January 8, 2016

Weekend Web Look: Preppy Date Night

Calling all Leo fans!  This week's Weekend Web Look is in honor of Mr. Di Caprio's new movie coming out tonight, The Revenant.  This gif, however, is from his earlier days:

Can you name the movie?  One of my favs... Tell us in the comments!

If you're planning on dinner and a movie this weekend, make it a preppy date with this look:

I don't know about you but there's nothing worse than sitting in a crowded theater in less-than-comfy clothes.  With this look, that shouldn't be a problem!  Plus, you can mix and match all of these pieces to make plenty of other outfits.  Oh yeah, and the whole outfit costs only $82!  Less if you already own any of these staple items.  All clothing items this week are from H&M. 

Jeans: here // Sweater: here // Button-up: here
Shoes: GoJane // Ear cuffs:  F21


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Cold Days, Cozy Scarves

Some gifts are luxurious.  Some are useful.  But the best gifts are both of these things. 
This Christmas, my mom knitted the hubby and I some beautiful wool scarves.  She's amazing when it comes to needlework.  Check out some of her work:

Isn't this awesome??  I saw this idea on Pinterest and after a few modifications this was the final product!  Gotta get it framed ASAP!

These 12 Days of Christmas ornaments are so intricate and so pretty.  I love them.  Good work, mom!

And now, on to the scarves...

Of course, mine is in black and white.  Hubby got a blue version.  I paired it with my go-to LBD from American Apparel and OTK boots.  Knowing me, I'd probably throw a black beanie on too but it looks great as is.

Here's a close up:

I love having hand-made items sprinkled throughout my wardrobe and home.  They add a little more personality and meaning and best of all, noone else will have them!

These are a few of mine....What are your favorite bespoke items?  Share, share!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

IGNITE Inspiration: Utility Dress & New Boots

Good morning, everyone!  How's this first week of January treating you?  This is another one of my transitional outfits using black tights.  The dress is more autumn-y but paired with black tights and some warm pieces underneath it's just fine for colder temps.

Oh, and these are some new boots!  I got them from GoJane and wear them all the time.  They have a hidden wedge for height and are super comfy.  You know me and my combat boots ;)

I've had this dress for ages and love how I can layer it or wear it alone.  But I've found some others that would work (in the links below):

Dress: similar here or here // Tights: here // Boots: here // Beanie: here

Until next time!  xoxo

Monday, January 4, 2016

Re-stocked: Le Petit Marseillais Shower Gels

But you already posted about these!! 

I know, I posted about these a few months back but for good reason.  They are THAT good.  In all honesty, these shower gels are not going to erase wrinkles or lighten dark spots or perform any other miracles that some products claim nowadays.  But they smell SO divine.  More on these in a sec but first, remember these?

Yeah, I thought you would.  I mean what girl didn't have at least one full set of these back in the day?
Well, consider Le Petit Marseillais line an updated, more grown-up version.  The scents in these shower gels (below) are less artificial/alcohol-y smelling and much more plant-like than synthetic, if that makes sense.

For example, the mint leaf smells more like the actual leaf than it does of a peppermint candy.  Still minty but not overpoweringly so.  The citrus verbena has a hint of lemon but is much more floral and not at all cleaning solution-y.

I can't speak to any other products in their line, but I'm quite happy with just the shower gels.  Poor mom had to lug all these back from France in her suitcase from her last visit to see my sis.  Thank you mommy!  And thank you sis for picking these up for me :)

Clockwise: Mimosa, White Peach & Nectarine, Lime & Olive Leaf, Mint Leaf, Verbena & Citrus, Pine & Samphire, Cotton Milk & Poppy

Is it bath time yet?