October 29, 2014

Outfit of the Day: In The Park

This past weekend I decided to a bit of Fall outdoorsy things. I started my day with a long browse through The Book Thing in Baltimore. If you're an avid reader it's a must go to in Baltimore. A non-profit organization who's mission is to put unwanted books in the hands of people who want them. You can take as many books as you like (maximum 150,000 per day, per person) for absolutely, completely free. No catch. It's only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 6pm I like to try and get there early to scope out to books before a rush comes in and hopefully get the 'good ones'. I tend to avoid going on extremely hot or cold days as there's no AC and it's not heated so a Fall or Spring day is ideal!

Okay, okay I'm done promoting The Book Thing.... moving on to my outfit. After book hunting I went to Wyman Park to meet up with some friends so I wanted something comfortable for moving around in. A stretchy pair of leggings and oversized plaid shirt was the perfect choice for playing a bit of ping pong in (my first time, I was better than I thought!). I threw on an old olive jacket I had bought at a surplus store a couple years back and a pair of boots and was ready for playing in the park. 

Jacket: Surplus Store // Shirt: Forever 21 (Similar)  // Bracelets: Alex & Ani & Kate Spade // Boots: Forever 21 (Similar) // Leggings: Nordstrom // Watch: Micheal Kors

October 28, 2014

Splurge // Save - Moto Boots

I'm going to be completely honest, those Saint Laurent boots are my dream boots. If I could, I would buy them right this second. I tried them on once and nearly cried while contemplating robbery to have them. But at over $1,000 they are most definitely out of my price range indefinitely.

But, when perusing Target these beauties caught my eye and I did a double take. Nearly identical to the Saint Laurent boots they are what I've nicknamed my "too cool for school bad girl boots". I love wearing them and they look much higher end than how they're priced rounding up many complements on them. If you're interested in getting them, I would buy a half size to a size up. I tend to buy a half size up for boots regardless to have room for socks, but some reviewers complained of them being tight.

If you can buy the Saint Laurent version, do it, they are heavenly. But if your budget is tight consider the Target version. I wore these for nearly 9 hrs of walking around NYC and felt no discomfort, but I would try before you buy! Regardless, for the price they are an absolute steal and will definitely give you some cool style points. x

October 27, 2014

Halloween Inspired by the Runway

(Photo from: World Fashion)
It's getting down to the wire for Halloween and I'm sure most of you have your costumes planned out but if you're still unsure what you're being here's a rather unconventional idea! I thought of putting this together thanks to friend and fellow blogger Megan Portorreal who when doing a Twitter Q&A someone asked about Fashion inspired Halloween costumes. I responded with Comme des Garçons being a great Fashion Halloween costume which then got me thinking.... Spring/Summer 2015 RTW had tons of collections that you could use for inspiration. Unless you surround yourself with fashion obsessed individuals most may not get it, but they'll still be quite the conversation starters!

Let's start with an obvious choice, Moschino's Barbie inspired collection is a perfect Halloween costume because if people don't "get it" you can simply state you're Barbie. It was hard to narrow it down to three options as the whole collection is inspiration gold!
Betsy's cheeky 'Prenup' collection can be a little racy, but absolutely doable! Not daring enough to wear lingerie in public? That's okay, wear a big fluffy white frock, bedazzle some letters to create a prenup necklace and don't for get lots of messy eyeliner and bright red lips.

Rock your inner Spanish goddess with these looks from Dolce & Gabbana. From beautitful bullfighter inspired outfits to fabulous flamenco dresses to precious princess crowns. Think lots of embellishments and a color palette of black, white, and red. 

Slightly creepy, slightly dark, having an American Horror Story vibe is Comme des Garcons. Pile on the red, tease your hair out as big as you can get it, or simply throw on a ultra massive hood. You be sure to scare at least one or two people.

Full of a wealth of ideas from the incredibly over the top (see the elk horns) to the more demure. Undercover has got you covered when it comes to Runway on Halloween, take some style notes and plan accordingly.

Hopefully now you're feeling inspired! x
(All runway photos from: Style.com)

October 26, 2014

Sunday Link Round Up

Is everyone ready for Halloween yet? It's creeping up pretty quick! If not here are a few last bits for the Sunday Round Up that might help you pull together your Halloween ensemble/party/excitement. 

The Coveteur has five ultra easy fashion inspired Halloween costumes for all you last minute gals. My favorites: the "#WokeUpLikeThis" and "Baby North West."

These Pumpkin Pie Pops are almost too cute to eat!

Another little last minute costume idea, over at Nouvelle Daily they have a nifty tutorial for half skeleton face using make up.

Cute and easy directions for making 'mini mummies' off of Oh Happy Day.

Another DIY courtesy of A Beautiful Mess" a lollipop ghost bouquet.

I adore these photos from Babiekins Magazine of an adorable family Halloween party. How clever are the black party hats on the plates making them look like witches hats for place settings?!

If you're feeling generous/creative with your trick or treaters I love this idea of making a little 's'mores' goodie bag.

What are your Halloween plans? Are you excited for the spooky night coming up this Friday? x

(Photo from: Seemingly Grounded)

October 24, 2014

Something New

I know, I know, I shouldn't be buying anymore lipsticks, but when browsing my local Target this caught my eye and I had to get it! I love a good matte lip and Maybelline has finally ventured into the matte finish in their Color Sensational line.

One thing that usually turns people away from matte lipsticks is that they can be drying. I've definitely experienced that with some mattes meaning that I spend a lot of time doing lip prep work before even putting the lipstick on! But what about when you just want to swipe something on real quick?! Maybelline's Color Sensational Matte Lip Color line is incredibly creamy going on smooth with no 'dragging' feeling. It is hydrating keeping my lips soft with no hints of drying. Plus I love color I bought, Lust for Blush. A great mauve-y, pinkish, my lips but better shade. I used just one swipe but could definitely be built up for more intensity.

I've been reaching for this, for nearly two weeks now and still love it! I hope Maybelline keeps these around because they are winners! Now I just got to grab some other shades.... Divine Wine looks perfect for winter. x

October 23, 2014

Outfit Of The Day : Palm Leaves

This outfit of the day is featuring my dream jacket. I had wanted this palm print Topshop number since July but kept putting it off until eventually it disappeared from the Topshop website and I chalked it up as a fashion loss on my part. However, when browsing Nordstrom's I found it! And for nearly 50% off, I jumped on it immediately.

I already have many outfit ideas for it in my head but for this outfit I paired it with a basic grey dress and my favorite moto boots (a post about those in the working!). The sleeves really pop! Can't wait for other opportunities to wear this beautiful jacket.

Jacket: Tropical Scuba Jacket from Topshop // Dress: Grey Skater Jersey Dress from Forever 21 // Boots: Harmony Combat Boots from Target

October 22, 2014

Remembering Oscar De La Renta

Oscar de la Renta has been a favorite designer of mine for years. He was able to make the most gorgeous gowns and outfits that when worn would make the wearer quite literally glow. His final collection prior this his passing, early this fall, was a perfect example of that. Feminine, polished, ladylike, lush, elegant.... I could go on and on. I was heartbroken to hear that he lost his battle with cancer yesterday. The world lost a truly magnificent designer, man, and genius - and to quote Karlie Kloss "There is no one on earth who makes a woman feel more beautiful than Oscar de la Renta." Here are a few favorite looks he created in his 50 year span within fashion.

Resort 2007 // Fall 2006 Ready To Wear // Fall 2008 Ready To Wear

 Fall 2008 Ready To Wear // Fall 2010 Ready To Wear // Fall 2010 Ready To Wear

Fall 2012 Ready To Wear // Fall 2014 Ready To Wear // Resort 2010

Resort 2012 // Resort 2013 // Spring 2007 Ready To Wear

 Spring 2009 Ready To Wear // Spring 2009 Ready To Wear // Spring 2012 Ready To Wear

 Spring 2014 Ready To Wear // Spring 2014 Ready To Wear // Spring 2015 Ready To Wear

Oscar, you will definitely be missed. Rest in peace. xx

(All runway photos from: Style.com // Oscar de la Renta photo from: Miss Info)