Throwback Thursday: Aruba!

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I went to Aruba back in 2011 with my boyfriend. It was our first real vacation together, other than weekend trips to LBI or our work trip to Orlando, FL together. I still vividly remember the whole trip, not just because it was our first vacation together, but because Aruba is one of my favorite places and I cannot wait to go back! I was trying to think of a  post for this week and I have been itching to travel lately, so naturally I felt like I needed a travel post! And what better to post about than one of my favorite trips?

I stayed at the Hyatt Regency Aruba and I highly recommend this resort to anyone looking to visit the island. While it is not all

inclusive (which can make for a very expensive trip because drinks and food add up REAL quick!), the hotel and beach are absolutely beautiful and the service is great! A big selling point: they have waiters/waitresses who bring your drinks directly to you while you lay in your lounge chair at the beach. What more do you need?

One of my favorite parts of the hotel is the gorgeous landscape. The stonework mixed with the tropical plant life and ponds with swans is just breathtaking! These are the details that are overlooked at many resorts, as they feel that being located on or adjacent to a beach is sufficient. While that may be sufficient to bring people for a first visit, it is the attention to detail in other aspects, such as the landscaping and other property details, that keep people coming back. That is why the Hyatt is worth the additional cost you pay compared to an all-inclusive in Aruba.

Another awesome thing about the Hyatt Regency Aruba is that there is also a casino and spa on-site. You honestly don’t even need to leave the resort if you don’t want to. However, if you do want to go off the resort, the hotel is located within walking distance of several shops and restaurants, so you don’t even have to worry about taxis to explore the island a little bit.

Aside from the amazing details of out hotel, Aruba is just a really great island to vacation. It is much more Americanized than other Caribbean islands I have visited (which has its pros and cons), which I found nice because it makes it easier to explore. The weather is also perfect. The rain showers, if there are any, last for a minimal amount of time, allowing you to not miss a single beach day while you’re there. The sunsets are out of the world (see pictures below) and the water temperature could not be better.

Here are some of the many pictures I took on my trip to Aruba, which still don’t even do the island or hotel or trip justice!

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Splurge vs Steal: Hilary Duff

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Hilary Duff has been a long-time girl crush of mine. I loved her back in the Lizzie McGuire days when I was younger and I still love her just as much now. She just seems like one of those celebrities that never let the fame go to her head and she was able to stay normal through it all. So naturally, with my love for her, I follow Hilary Duff on social media, in magazines, and through the internet, etc. I came across this outfit and I thought it was such a classic look that could work for anyone on any budget, so I figured it would be a perfect Splurge vs Steal blog post. I personally think this outfit would make a super cute date night outfit.

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Splurge

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Sandal- Top Left: Saint Laurent Snakeskin (sold out) $1,095
Sandal- Top Right: Saint Laurent Black $795
Skirt: Jonathan Simkhai $315
Top: Proenza Schouler $690


Steal

Steal

Top: Leith $24
Skirt: Vince Camuto $69
Sandal: Kurt Geiger $147.39

  

Showing Some Skin

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Spring is finally here! The weather here in New York has warmed up to 50s and 60s and I am absolutely loving it. This shoot was done last weekend (busy week so I’m FINALLY just getting around to posting), so there’s still a bit of snow in the background, but mostly all of the snow has melted now!

The beginning of spring is always a great time for fashion, in my opinion, because you can mix so many pieces from different seasons. You can wear booties with t-shirts and open toe shoes with sweaters; it’s just wonderful to not be confined to articles of clothing that will keep me warmest!

For this shoot I wore a sweater with jeans and pumps, which may sound like a winter outfit; however, the best part of this sweater is the gorgeous open back. I am in love with backless and low back pieces. I just think that showing your back is a subtle way to show some skin without being overly sexy. I fell in love with Sanctuary Clothing sweater as soon as I saw it. I was browsing around Marshall’s a few weeks ago because I had some gift cards that still needed to be spent and I came across this sweater as I was going through the racks of clothing and I just knew I had to have it. I will definitely be getting a lot of use out of it.

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Pumps: Nine West (similar) | Sunnies: Jessica Simpson (similar)
Bag: BCBGMaxazria (similar here and here)

  

Zip Zip Hooray

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My photographer is currently in the process of getting ready for a trip to Europe, where she will be for about 3 weeks (dying of jealousy), so in the meantime I will be attempting to use my own camera with a little help from the boyfriend. However, it is back to freezing temperatures in NY (even though it is now officially spring), so this was a super quick photoshoot because me and my body are so over the cold that we just couldn’t bear to be out there for too long.

As for the focus of this post, it is this amazing Design History sweater and the zippers on both shoulders. The zippers make for a subtle, yet attention-drawing detail. I really feel that just a little bit of detail can make all the difference on clothes. The zippers on the sweater take it from preppy to edgy and I love that. Aside from the zippers, I also love the maroon color of the sweater and the fact that it’s oversized, making it super comfortable. The color of the sweater pairs perfectly with my Louis Vuitton Vernis. I paired the shirt with medium wash denim and added these Michael by Michael Kors black pumps because I thought the gold accents on them went really well with the gold details on my bag. This outfit is perfect for an dressy casual occasion, especially dinner.

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Sweater: Design History (diff color) | Jeans: Cult of Individuality
Pumps: Michael Michael Kors (diff color) | Bag: Louis Vuitton
Sunglasses: Versace

  

Splurge vs Steal: Aubrey Plaza

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First and foremost, I just want to apologize for the lack of posts. Work has been crazy and my weekends have been packed with plans. My boyfriend and I have been looking for a dog the past few weeks and, fingers crossed, we should have him on Saturday! More to come on that, but now back to the main attraction.

Today’s Splurge versus Steal look is Aubrey Plaza at the Fresno film premiere.

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I absolutely love this outfit. It consists of just three colors and no patterns, but altogether I find it to be just stunning. The bright white and beautiful salmon color of the skirt pair perfectly with the black ankle strap sandals. I like that she went with black shoes here. I feel like white would have been too matchy-matchy and nude would have kind of gotten lost. Each piece of the outfit stands out and yet goes together at the same time. I’ve put together similar looks below, one splurge option and one steal option. Hope you guys like it! I know I’ll be trying to copy this look once the weather finally gets warm enough!

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Skirt: Joseph $355ysl shoeSandals: Saint Laurent $795

Steal

joa topTop: J.O.A. $58

salmon skirtSkirt: ASOS $18.90
lacoste skirtSkirt: Lacoste $98
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Sandals: Shoe Cult $68

  

Splurge vs Steal: Sofia Vergara

This is my first “Splurge vs Steal” blog post. In these posts, I will be taking pictures of celebrity street style and showing you two different options to get a similar look: the splurge version (pricey) and the steal version (affordable).

The first Splurge versus Steal look I am featuring is this casual chic outfit by Sofia Vergara.

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I love the simplicity and versatility of jeans and a white button down. You can choose to dress it up with a cute pair of heels, a printed or colorful bag, and some jewelry; or you can dress it down with some sneakers, boots, or flats and a crossbody. Sofia Vergara goes for a more dressed up version below, but still not over the top. I will definitely be stealing this look.

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Tom FordSunglasses: Tom Ford $395Equipment BlouseShirt: Equipment $168

Adriano Goldschmied Jeans Jeans: Adriano Goldschmied $215

Gucci HeelSandals: Gucci $469.99

24-Small-leopard-Givenchy-AntigonaBag: Givenchy $3,146 (different color)

Steal

Giselle SunglassSunglasses: Olympic Eyewear $27

Side Stitch ShirtShirt: Side Stitch $46.80

Kiind of Artful JeansJeans: Kiind Of $41.40Aldo
Sandals: Aldo $64.98

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Bag: Co-Lab by Christopher Kon $78.73

  

Rich & Skinny

I have a couple pairs of Rich & Skinny jeans and I absolutely love them all. My favorite thing about these jeans is the amazing print on them. They’re just so unique. Not to mention, Rich & Skinny jeans are incredibly comfortable, and I am all about comfort while looking cute. I paired these jeans with all black details: a solid black sweater, black boots, black sunglasses, and a black necklace. No pattern mixing here, as I wanted all the focus to be on these gorgeous pants.

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Boots: Michael Kors (similar here and here) | Necklace: Gift (similar)
Sunglasses: Versace (here)

  

Blue & Grey

 

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Pumps: Banana Republic (similar here and here)
Necklace: Charming Charlie (similar here and here)

I love these electric blue pants! They’re just so versatile. They can be worn through all of the seasons. I paired them here with a blue necklace, solid grey sweater and grey patent leather pumps for a simple, classic winter look. I also really like these pants with solid black. However, I am looking forward to pairing these pants with a floral or patterned shirt in the spring time. I seriously cannot wait for the warmer weather. I’ve already been planning so many outfits to wear in my head for once the temperatures are out of the 30’s and below!

  

Oscars 2015: Best & Worst Dressed

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Best Dressed
I am very pleased with the Oscars Fashion overall. I actually struggled to narrow down my 5 best dressed, which is a big deal compared to disappoint of the previous awards shows of 2015. My favorite by far though was Emma Stone in Elie Saab.
I mean honestly, isn’t she just perfection in this dress? The color pairs so well with her fair skin and red hair. I’m loving the high slit and high neckline combination, too, so that it reveals just enough. Not to mention the gorgeous details of the beading. Absolutely flawless.
Anna Kendrick was stunning in this Thakoon gown. Again, perfect color with her skin tone. I also like that the dress is rather simple with just a great cut-out placement and pretty neckline.

Rosamund Pike nailed it in this Givenchy gown. I am loving that this dress is form fitting with a high slit, but no low neckline, and the detailing of the fabric is just beautiful.
Jenna Dewan-Tatum looked gorgeous in this Zuhair Murad dress. The beading, low neckline, and fit are all just right here.

Another beautiful Zuhair Murad gown to grace the Oscars on Chrissy Teigen. I think this baby blue color is so pretty. I love the intricate beading of the top, the belt, and the flow of the bottom part of this gown.
Worst Dressed

First of all, why does Solange Knowles get to attend the Oscars? But second of all, this Christian Soriano jumpsuit is a complete fail. It looks like she wrapped a blanket around herself a couple of times and tucked it in around her legs. Maybe if it was more form fitting it could have worked, but it absolutely did not work as is.

Chloe Grace Moretz has so much potential to look amazing in a gown, but this Miu Miu gown would make you think otherwise. I’m really not a fan of gowns with prints at these awards shows, but especially not when the print reminds me of my grandma’s sheets from the 70’s/80’s. The gown also poofs out way too high up, making her look shapeless.

Behati Prinsloo looks like she rolled around in red lint while wrapped in velcro in this Armani Prive gown. The peplum this above the waist doesn’t make sense; the red seems to be much more patchy on the bottom part of the gown; it shouldn’t be see-through at the bottom; and the fishnet/mesh looks like a thin barbed wire fence. Also, terrible choice in hairstyle. Just no.

I read that it took 25 people and 1600 hours to make this Azzedine Alaia dress on Lady Gaga. Well, there are several other more productive things those 25 people could have done with those 1600 hours. The wide sleeves on this gown would not look good on anyone. But most importantly, Lady Gaga looks like she should be in my kitchen washing my dishes for me with those red rubber gloves. So inappropriate for the Oscars.

Keira Knightley seems to know how to disappoint during awards shows. I get that she’s pregnant, but there are way prettier was to style a baby bump than this Valentino disasters. The words on this dress just don’t belong on this dress. Also, the nude color does not work on Keira’s skin tone. This dress has so much potential, but I am so disappointed in the outcome on Keira.

  

BCBG

Top: BCBG Maxazri (different pattern)(similar colors) | Pants: Bleulab (different color)
Bag: Badgley Mischka (similar) | Booties: BCBG Paris (similar)
Bracelet: Jewelry store in NYC (similar here and here) | Bracelet: Positano, Italy (similar)
I got this BCBG Maxazria top for Christmas and I am so in love with it. I like that the stripes aren’t as clean-cut and defined as normal striped tops are. I also think the color combinations work really well together, mixing the green, tans, browns, black, and white. The material is also super comfortable and lightweight, which means I can wear it over multiple seasons.
I paired the top with my Bleulab black coated pants, some BCBG Paris brown suede booties, a simple golden necklace, this gorgeous green and tan handmade beaded bracelet from my trip to Italy, and my brown and gold Badgley Mischka bag. I wanted to bring out all of the different colors from the shirt in the other aspects of my outfit (the white aspect being my super pale skin =P).