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!

Splurge

tibi-halter-cami-ivory-cropped-side-t0000shs72096Halter Top: Tibi $198

 

 

 

expensive skirt

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

Steal

joa topTop: J.O.A. $58

salmon skirtSkirt: ASOS $18.90
lacoste skirtSkirt: Lacoste $98
nasty gal shoes
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.

Splurge

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.

IMG_3755 IMG_3756 IMG_3758 IMG_3760 IMG_3762 IMG_3764Sweater: Charter Club (similar) | Pants: Rich & Skinny (similar here and here)
Boots: Michael Kors (similar here and here) | Necklace: Gift (similar)
Sunglasses: Versace (here)

  

Blue & Grey

 

IMG_3793IMG_3778 IMG_3781 IMG_3782 IMG_3785 IMG_3787 IMG_3789 IMG_3790Pants: Express (here) | Sweater: Sweet Romeo (similar)
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).
  

Polka Dot Tights

Sweater: Gap (similar) | Skirt: Express (here)
Stockings: Express (similar) | Pumps: Jessica Simpson (here)
Bracelet: French Connection | Bag: Coach (similar)

I am obsessed with these polka dot tights from Express! With the freezing cold temperatures lately, I’ve found myself in pants every single day and I needed to find a way to be able to wear skirts and/or dresses again. I have a few pairs of plain black or nude stockings, but those get boring real quick. These polka dot tights are a simple way to add a little bit of pattern. I like that the dots are very small, so it adds just enough to the tights without being too much. Surprisingly, these are extremely comfortable too and super soft. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a pair of patterned tights.

  

Grammy’s 2015

This awards season has been one of the worst ones for fashion, in my opinion. I usually struggle limiting my favorites, but it was extremely difficult for me to even find favorites at the Grammy’s. However, there were several worst dressed, just as at the Golden Globes. See below for my best and worst dressed.

WORST

One trend that I cannot get on board with is the also nude look. I do like a little peek-a-boo, but I am not into the visible body suit underneath the dress look. Body suits are for gymnastics, not the red carpet
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With a solid nude lining underneath this dress instead of the complete see-through mess that it is, this dress and Katy Perry could have been on the best dressed list.

Wayyyy too much skin and silver. That is all.

I didn’t realize bathrobes were considered red carpet fashion, even if they are very shiny.
Charlie XCX and Madonna (below) both look like they accidentally stepped onto the red carpet instead of the circus, where they belonged.
And these two were on their way to the gym, but thought it would be good to make a Grammy’s appearance first. Cute, except not at all.
I’m sure you’ve all seen the memes involving Rhianna’s dress, my favorite being the loofah comparison as it is most accurate. Therefore, no need to discuss this any further.
 BEST
Kimberly Perry is only my best dressed list. I am loving the solid black bottom of the dress with the intricate details of the top half. The combination is just stunning.
Chrissy Teigen looks stunning in white, with the modest cutouts and her beachy waves. A+.

I’m not particularly a fan of jumpsuits on the red carpet, but with the slim pickings and the fact that this is actually beautiful, Gwen made it on my best dressed list.
I know that several people disliked Taylor Swift’s dress, but I really loved it. The purple shoes were a little bit of a miss, but not enough for me to take her off my best dressed list with everything else looking gorgeous.

Meaghan Trainor looks stunning in this Galia Lahav gown. She absolutely nailed this look. My favorite dress of the night.
  

Things I’m Currently Really Into

I’ve really been slacking with taking some updated outfit pictures due to lots of work and really awful weather here in New York. So, in the meantime, I wanted to share with you some things I’m really into right now. This is a collection of items I am really loving for either myself or my home.

Black Pleated Faux Leather Mini Skirts:

I especially love that they still look super cute with stockings/tights. It’s hard to pull off, but I really like it.

Valentino Rockstuds in Nude:

Fingers crossed for Valentine’s Day!

Asymmetrical Skirts:

Some about the asymmetrical thing just makes me really happy.

Sweaters (anything to keep me warm in this brrrrr weather):

I’m really loving the deep V of this sweater.

Fitbit:

But more importantly, this gorgeous Tory Burch bracelet to go over it

Skinnytaste Cookbook/Recipes:

And here are some pictures of a few dishes I’ve made from the cookbook. Note: Took these quickly with my cell before eating every last bite ;)

White Desks:

I am so in love with this desk, but, unfortunately, it’s too big for the spot I need it :(

Agate Coasters:

I keep going back and forth about these coasters because while they are quite beautiful, we are not really coaster-type people, so I’m sure they’d be functional.