Working It!

It’s hot then it’s cold. Temps are down then it’s up. Nothing flip-flops more than the weather this time of year. The key to surviving the work week during this awkward transitional period is through light layering. My favorite layering combination right now has to be lightweight pants or jeans with a blazer. If the right fabrics are combined it makes for a very chic look.

I like to pair a heavier fabric with a simple t-shirt and a pair of heels.

For a more casual take, I love styling my suit with a graphic or plain white tee and sneakers. This really modernizes the classic pantsuit and still looks polished.

A blazer can drastically dress up jeans and a t-shirt, totally transforming the outfit. Add some heels and a fun clutch for a casual Friday look. Or you can mix and match by dressing up your distressed jeans with a blazer, and some cute booties for a weekend look.

What are your transitional go to favorites this time of year?

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

Animal Instinct

It’s a zoo out there! From leopard and snake prints to zebra and tiger stripes, it seems like all the trendsetters are going wild over animal prints. Why? Because it is the secret wardrobe weapon that adds easy drama and glamour to almost any outfit.

To be honest I was not always a fan of animal print. I thought it was too loud and felt intimidated trying to tame animal prints. However, my mom is a bit of an animal print addict. She always makes it look so chic and effortless. So, I got some styling tips from her. Mom told me to start small and “Experiment until you find what works for you, there’s really no wrong way to wear animal print”. Experiment I did and found the winning combo for me.

I’ve learned that a little bit of animal print can go a long way. The simpler and more monochromatic the rest of your look, the more the touch of print will pop. Accessorize with a narrow belt to draw attention to your waist, or maybe a scarf to draw the eye up toward your face or my current favorite a pair of animal print booties that adds just the right amount of ferociousness to an outfit.

Scroll through the ensembles I’ve created and let me know how you like to pay tribute to this trend.

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

My Valentine’s Day Edit

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to start prepping the ultimate date night (or day) outfit.

There’s no one right way to do Valentine’s Day. However, the one thing I do know is that you can never have enough red or pink. I decided not to shop for this holiday. I wanted to dress up some pieces that I have in my closet.

So, whether you’re staying in for a cozy night with your boo or catching a movie with your girlfriends, I hope these inspiration shots guarantee you a fashionable holiday.

1. Fancy Romantic

I am always up for a dressy romantic sit down dinner… or lunch. If you’re like me and love to get dressed up then this look is for you! Personally, I wanted a dress I could wear for Valentine’s Day and which could also easily transition into spring. That’s why I chose this floral dress paired with some red booties. I just adore the relaxed feminine silhouette and the filly sleeves.

The simplest ways to transform this Valentine’s Day look from day to night! ~ Add red pumps and a cute bag. I know you ladies have a floral dress somewhere in your closet just add red pumps, a cute bag some red lipstick and you’re good to go.

2. Girls Night Out

Valentine’s Day is not all about romantic relationships. Although your significant other is important so are the lovely ladies in your life. So, throw on something sassy like this pink and white slip dress, grab your crew of loving and lovable gal pals and hit the town for some drinks and dancing.

3. Netflix & Chill

No need to get sloppy in your sweats if you’re chilling at home. I love this oversized fuzzy sweater paired with leggings or jeans. The comfort level of this sweater suits any homebody activity. So turn on Netflix, order in the Thai food, and hunker down in utter coziness.

Gift for him or her

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Let me know how you’re celebrating the day of love this year! Whatever you do, I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Happy Valentine’s Day.

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine