Floral Maxi Dress

A floral feminine wrap maxi dress is a perfect outfit for a date night.

I enjoy easy outfits which don’t require too much planning or coordination. For warm summer nights, I really like this floral wrap dress by Wink Gal. It’s super romantic and girly, and the cut and design are very slimming. The V neck is pretty deep making it most appropriate for a romantic night out. It’s too low of a cut for me to wear it as is, so I wore it with a black camisole. If you’re in the market for a date night dress that makes you feel girly, go with this dress and you won’t have any regrets.

You can find this pretty floral maxi dress here on sale!

Also, its always a good idea to have  a good stock pile of basics. Camisoles are my go to item for fixing all difficult to wear items. When I was purchasing this dress, I knew I wouldn’t have the courage to wear it as is due to the low neck line or else I’d give every one an unwanted show. I have a drawer full of tanks and camisoles to wear as undergarments and as night shirts, but my latest favorite discovery is by Jockey. Here is a link to buy these on sale.

Accessories: Below you can see how I wore this maxi dress. I kept the accessories to a minimum and out on gold and teal earrings which I purchased from Amazon for under $10.00. The heels I’m wearing are a bit of a splurge for me. I bought them earlier this year when they finally went on sale for under $100.00 on Amazon by Gwen Stefani.

Makeup: This is a very quick and simple look which involves minimum amount of products. Always starting with my favorite moisturizer by Estee Lauder, I put on a little foundation, setting powder, peachy blush, pink lipgloss, and lots of coats of mascara.By the way, if you are in the market for an amazing and inexpensive mascara, give this one a try: Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara . You will absolutely thank me. Unfortunately the price i’m seeing on Amazon is quite high as it sells for $4.99 at Target! This mascara gives length and volume and the brush separates and coats all the eye lashes (even the tiny ones near the inner eye corners) really well. After my makeup was complete, I blew dry my hair and parted it to the side and considered it done. I like having freshly washed hair without product weighing it down or hairspray freezing it to a solid stiff hold from time to time.

This simple outfit with minimal makeup and accessories will have you ready and out the door in no time!

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July 4th Outfit Of The Day

Hope everyone had a great July 4th! I love this holiday as it gives us a chance to get together with friends and family, BBQ food, spend some quality time and watch fireworks! We decided to watch them at Fairplex in Pomona. It was their 30th annual show and they seem to get better every year!

Summer Fashion: I never take living in Southern California for granted as we have pleasant weather all year round. Even in the middle of summer, our nights a comfortable cool 70 degrees. After a long day of cooking and mingling, I wanted to be comfortable while watching the fireworks. I chose to wear jeans, a worn-in tank top, and a kimono style cover-up.

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Kimono

Boho Style Kimono: I absolutely love this versatile cover-up with a bohemian vibe. It’s comfortable and soft and is a great addition to your wardrobe as it can be worn all year round. The color is dark blue with beige flowers and it actually looks prettier in person. This top is a mix between a kimono and a shawl. It’s a one size fits all style that can actually fit women of all different shapes and sizes as the sleeves aren’t sewn in which is a great plus!On a side note, this would obviously be a great swimsuit cover up, but can definitely be worn outside the pool as well.

Celebrity Inspired Layered Necklaces: Find them ON SALE here!

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Layered Necklaces: I like keeping my jewelry to  a minimum so I generally only wear one or two pieces at most. I’ve been loving the Layered Necklace trend lately – it’s a great time saver to put on one necklace but get the effect of a few delicate mix and match type of pieces. To add to the hippie vibe to my own outfit, i wore a long layered gold and blue necklace which was very inexpensive on this site! I kept my hair natural with loose waves and curls which I quickly achieved with a 2″ barrel curling iron. I knew there would be a lot of walking so I opted for simple flats. We walked around the park while waiting for the Fireworks show to start and I remained comfortable and felt stylish enough for date night with my outfit choice.

 

Stuart Weitzman Gladiator Sandals

In the past gladiator sandals have been flat-soled and open-toed shoes that feature several straps of leather crisscrossing around the leg, usually with lots of flimsy ties. However over the past seasons, they have continued to transform. Jesus sandals was a term often used by people who did not feel these sandals flattered any fashionista’s style. Designers have been evolving the gladiator sandal and are now offering us upgraded versions. Gladiator sandals can now be found in various styles from chic high heels to contemporary flats.

Two of my recent favorite gladiator styles are by the celebrity designer Stuart Weitzman. SW pieces are handcrafted in Spain and are made of high quality material and natural leather, all boasting a soft cushioned sole. Both of these models are an epitome of comfort and style.

  1. Stuart Weitzman Backview Gladiator Sandal
  2. Stuart Weitzman Women’s Gladiator Sandal

Stuart Weitzman Backview Gladiator Designer Sandal
Stuart Weitzman Women’s Backview Gladiator Sandal

The Backview Gladiator: These Stuart Weitzman sandals update the gladiator profile in sturdy pebbled leather. This style has velcro closures and elastic straps offering a comfortable and customized fit. It boasts studded matte finish metal accents, has a 1″ stacked heel and a rubber sole.

Here are some convenient features about this style:

  • Leather/Textile
  • Imported from Spain
  • Leather/Textile sole
  • Shaft measures approximately 15.5″ from arch
  • Heel measures approximately 1″
  • Low-heel gladiator sandal featuring open-back shaft with elasticized straps and hook-and-loop closures
  • Metallic studs along sides of shaft
SW Backview in black
Stuart Weitzman Backview Gladiator

The Original Gladiator: These Stuart Weitzman gladiators are more traditional in style. The designer has perfected this gladiator sandal with knee-high length and metal accents. This style is made of leather and elastic straps which makes them conform the the individual’s leg offering luxury with comfort.

Here are some convenient features about this style:

  • 50% Leather, 50% Elastic
  • Imported from Spain
  • Leather sole
  • Heel measures approximately 1″
  • Boot opening measures approximately 15.25″ around
  • Stuart Weitzman perfects this gladiator sandal with knee-high length and metal accents
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Stuart Weitzman Gladiator – Black
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Stuart Weitzman Gladiator – Cava

Both of these styles are extremely comfortable and are suited to be worn all day. Despite being thin, the sole feels soft, supportive, and well cushioned. These can be easily cleaned by a gentle damp wipe. The black is a matte finish, and the “cava” color is a soft golden hue with gold hardware. Quick tip, i’ve found that they go on sale quote often on Amazon – so  if you don’t need them by a specific date, please do watch the price on Amazon as you maybe able to save up to $200 if you happen to catch them when they are on sale. Also, if you happen to be a Prime Member with them, shipping is absolutely free for both purchases and returns. Feel free to enjoy being a prime member for free for 30 days – i’m providing a link below for Amazon Prime Free Trial.

The designer Stuart Weitzman’s has said “I design shoes to make women happy”. I can confirm that when I have an SW pair on, I feel happy knowing I look stylish and also feel comfortable. These two luxe gladiator styles also happen to scream posh warrior princess  which most girls won’t mind identifying with – these celebrities certainly don’t! Enjoy the images below with model Chanel Iman who styled her gladiators in a fashionable bohemian garb. Reality star Kourtney Kardashian and actress Ashley Tisdale looks polished while being casual. The last image is the designer Stuart Weitzman himself next to supermodel Giselle who he worked with while launching the Spring 2015 collection which included these glamourous yet fierce gladiators.

Chanel Iman Wearing Stuart-Weitzman Backview Gladiator Sandals
Chanel Iman Wearing Stuart-Weitzman Backview Gladiator Sandals

 

Kourtney Kardashian wearing Stewart Weitzman Gladiator Sandals
Kourtney Kardashian Wearing Stuart Weitzman Gladiator Sandals

 

Ashley Tisdale Wearing Stuart Weitzman Gladiator Sandals
Ashley Tisdale Wearing Stuart Weitzman Gladiator Sandals

 

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Designer Stuart Weitzman & Supermodel Giselle

 

Casual Look Featuring (Minus) The Leather Jacket from Express

You may start to observe that I love adding jackets to my looks. Your favorite leather jacket can perfectly take you from late summer temperatures to the cool beginnings of fall. This specific jacket is from Express. Its called (minus the) leather jacket, and I have it in the dark brown color. For the past few years Express has been bringing it back in their stores right before the winter months and it disappears right before spring starts. They offer it in black, and a lighter brown color. I have noticed that outwear from Express usually runs a bit large, but this specific style is pretty true to size.

Express minus the leather jacket
Express minus the leather jacket

My necklace is from a designer named Yochi. Each of her pieces are handmade in the New York Fashion District and they all have a unique quality about them- each piece looks like a work of art, adorning simple outfits and making them look special.  This specific necklace feels like a statement piece. Its a shiny gold metal with a few rows of bright crystals. The classic collar design creates the ideal, vintage look and the ridges along with the crystals adds a special flair. It is perfect for matching with collared tops and sweaters adding a bit of edginess into prim and proper silhouettes. Since its a bit of a “loud” piece of jewelry, I stay away from adding any more trinkets so the necklace alone can get the attention it deserves.

Brown jacket with a black maxi dress
Brown jacket with a black maxi dress

The long black maxi racer back tank dress I’m wearing under my jacket is very light and comfortable. It was fairly inexpensive, around $20 by a brand called KMystic I found on Amazon. I’ve only washed it once so far, so I cant speak much about the quality yet, but I can say that the black color did not fade at all after the first wash and there was no shrinkage either. It’s a blend of polyester and spandex so it has a slight stretch and a hint of shine to it which makes is appear more expensive than its cost.  It comes in about a dozen different colors but basing on the “thinness” of the material, I think its pretty safe to say that anything lighter than black will be at least semi sheer.

My hair is simply blow dried and I’ve kept my makeup pretty standard. Brown eye shadows with multiple  coats of mascara and a slightly darker shade of pink lipstick complete this look.

Here is what I’m wearing for your convenience:

KMystic Long Maxi Solid Racerback Dress in black

Express (minus the) leather jacket in brown

Yochi Crystal Accent Snake Color Necklace

My favorite go to mascara

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara

 

 

Menswear Inspired Look

Though I thoroughly enjoy dawning frilly frocks and gowns, at times I get my fashion inspiration from menswear. Its easy to look natural, effortless, yet put-together with clothes that have a slight androgynous vibe. The key to pulling the look off is often pure tailoring and proportion, paired with feminine accessories. Think pinstripes, blazers, oxfords, collared button down shirts and tailored trousers- styled with a chic, feminine twist.

Here I’ve kept my look fairly simple. The key piece to this ensemble is the oversized silky plaid  pattered long sleeve button down shirt I purchased from Forever 21 a few months ago. Its easy to feel comfortable and freely move around in this billowy top which is another advantage from menswear inspired fashion.

Though I was not able to locate this exact shirt, below you may find a few similar plaid shirts to achieve a similar look:

Joie Women’s Nyree Silk Chain Plaid Print Long-Sleeve Blouse

PAIGE Women’s Audrey Shirt In Clifton Plaid/Wicker Floral Combo

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Close up of the button down long sleeve plaid shirt
Close up of the button down long sleeve plaid shirt

The other clothing pieces are fairly simple and basic to not take away from the shirt. I have on a pair of solid black opaque leggings bye a brand called Hue which I also wore in a previous post. These have been washed numerous times and have not faded or pilled. Under my shirt, I’m wearing a black formfitting camisole.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Hesh Boot
BCBGMAXAZRIA Hesh Boot

I would like to point out the booties I chose to wear called the “Hesh Boot” by BCBGMAXAZRIA. Despite having a four inch heel, these shoes are quite comfortable to wear as they have a lightly cushioned footbed. Here’s a closeup so you can check out the details – high heels, rubberized sole, and 100% leather exterior with an open toe design.

A statement necklace which I purchased from Target last holiday season and  red lipstick give just the right amount of feminine touch to this menswear inspired outfit. Though my exact necklace isn’t available anymore, I’ve included a fun colorful statement necklace example which isnt too over the top.

 

All Black with a Pop of Pink

Although most of my wardrobe consists of basic staples in shades of black, I still try to create outfits which show my style and personality. Since I work in an office all day where impromptu meetings are often called, I strive to dress comfortable yet still polished to an extent. Luckily my office dress code is very business casual which gives me a lot of flexibility. Here is an example of what I wore to work a couple of weeks ago when the weather was a little cooler.

Duri wearing Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots
Wearing Stuart Weitzman 5050 over the knee boots – a must have item for your closet

As I mentioned in a previous post, a pair of black comfortable over the knee boots are a wardrobe staple for every girl. My favorite ones are the Stuart Weitzman 5050’s – They are extremely comfortable, and true to size. I can walk miles in these and it feels like I’m walking on butter. These boots are offered in several colors and finishes, but the black napa leather is my favorite option. The leggings I’m wearing are super soft, stretchy, and opaque which is must- especially when your top isn’t long enough to cover your entire butt. These leggings by Hue have a wide waistband which offers comfort with style and stays in place all day; no pulling and tugging required! The basic black tee is light weight and hasn’t faded after going through at least twenty wash cycles. Its by a brand called Three Dots which can be found in most department stores and Amazon. It is great on its own or as base shirt for layering and it is available in over thirty colors! I own a few other colors besides the black one I’m wearing here, and they have all kept their original color and shape after multiple washes. Lastly, this Armani Exchange jacket is one of my favorites. Its a mix of faux leather and a jersey knit which makes it very comfortable and easy to move around in. I bought mine at the Armani store in Pasadena, Ca.

Armani Exchange Jacket
Close up of the jacket – Armani Exchange mixed media moto jacket

Notice the small pop of pink? Pink hello kitty crystal earrings, pink nail polish, and the pink gloss help me show my girly side. I have had these earrings for over two years now and they have yet to loose their shine. At just under $20 bucks, they are quite a steal. I tend to keep my makeup fairly simple for work; neutral eye shadows, a quick swipe of pink blush, and some pink lipgloss complete the look.

Hello Kitty cute earrings
Hello Kitty Earrings add a pop of pink to the all black ensemble

Here is what I’m wearing if you wanted to get a similar look:

  1. Top: Three Dots Women’s Short Sleeve Mid-V Neck Tee
  2. Jacket: Armani Exchange Mixed Media Jacket
  3. Leggings: Hue Women’s Ultra Leggings with wide waistband
  4. Over the knee boots: Stuart Weitzman Women’s 5050 Over-the-knee boot
  5. Earrings: Pink crystal hello kitty earrings
  6. Nail polish: Loreal Paris Colour Riche Nail Enamel, Pink Me Up
  7. Lipgloss: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pink Pop
Cute Hello Kitty Crystal Earrings
Hello Kitty Earrings – Large 3/4″ Kitty Stud Earrings

P.S – This particular Armani Exchange jacket is sold out currently, so I found a few similar “mixed media” options.

XOXO Juniors Beaded Sleeve Faux-Leather Moto Jacket

BCBGeneration Women’s Mixed Media Wool Jacket with Leather Sleeves

French Connection Women’s Fast Jacket

BCBGMAXAZRIA Women’s Donna Mixed Media Moto Jacket with Leather Sleeves

 

French Connection Women’s Feather Ruth Classic Fit-and-Flare Dress

I wanted to share one of my favorite dresses here. Honestly, this dress is a staple for every girl’s closet. It can be easily styled for the office, or for a night out. The minimalistic design along with the figure flattering silhouette is perfect for all body types. Here’s the fabric composition: 62% Polyester, 33% Viscose and 5% Elastane. It feels like weighty yet soft cotton with a slight stretch, hiding any imperfections perfectly.

It can be easily dressed up or down with other accessories and is appropriate for all seasons. I have worn it with leggings, jacket, and my favorite over-the-knee boots in fall and winter. Summer time requires no additional clothing staples; put on a pair of your favorite strappy sandals and instantly feel like a starlet.

French Connection blue dress
Feather Ruth Classic Dress in whisper blue color

It’s available in a few different versions to fit your style- one with a plain boat neck, another with a cutout in the front, and one with a sexy open back.

French Connection designer Dress in black, white, and blue
French Connection Women’s Feather Ruth Classic Fit-and-Flare Dress in black, white, and nocturnal

The first classic version is a fit-and-flare dress with an arched waistline and pleated skirt. It’s a sleeveless boat neck with a zipper closure. I have this dress in black, white, and blue. Yes, I loved it so much that I had to get in three different color!

Find them all here: French Connection Women’s Feather Ruth Classic Fit-and-Flare Dress

French Connection Feather Ruth Classic Cut Out Fit and Flare Dress in black
French Connection Women’s Feather Ruth Classic Cut Out Fit and Flare Dress in black

The second version has a cut out detail in the front. Be forewarned ladies, this dress is a bit less modest as the cut out is strategically placed to show some cleavage. Though I didn’t feel comfortable with this version due to the cutout, it may be suitable for someone else.

French Connection Red dress
French Connection Women’s Feather Ruth Fit-and-Flare Dress with open back style in a rich red color

Find this version here: French Connection Women’s Feather Ruth Classic Cut Out Fit-and-Flare Dress

The newest version of this dress has a plain boat neck with a sexy cut out in the back. It’s simply beautiful.

It can be found here: French Connection Women’s Feather Ruth Fit-and-Flare Dress

I feel elegant in this simple yet standout dress every time I wear it. A word of advice, French Connection tends to run 1 size small, so a size 6 in most brands is a size 8 in French Connection. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

 

Must Have Over-The-Knee Boots

A pair of comfortable and stylish black boots are a must have in every girl’s closet. My absolute favorite boots are the Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots in black nappa leather. The 5050’s are an international best selling model. This over the knee boot has a stylish design of half micro stretch (in the back) and half nappa leather (in the front). The elasticized fabric allows for the ultimate stretch to fit most legs, while the buttery napa leather provides a sleek and modern look. Due to the genius design, women with both thin and thick calves can enjoy these boots equally. Adorned by various Hollywood celebrities, the 5050 model is a beautiful boot which will never go out of style. These can be dressed up or down very easily, and are a staple for every fashionista.

Find Stuart Weitzman 5050 over-the-knee boots in various colors here : Stuart Weitzman 5050

Here are a few celebrities wearing these boots. These instantly glam up every outfit and are perfect for both day and night time.

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Selena Gomez wearing Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots

Actress and singer Selena Gomez is seen traveling in these boots. I travel in these very often so I can speak with experience- it’s very easy to quickly take them off and on while going through TSA! These are no less comfortable than wearing Ugg boots, but also provide a more polished look to your outfit.

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Emma Stone wearing Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots

Actress Emma Stone looks feminine and flirty while pairing these boots with patterned stockings and a mini skirt. This spring outfit is proof that these can be worn all year round!

Celebrities in Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots
Various celebrities wearing Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots

Here’s a glance at a few celebrities; actresses and super models wearing the Stuart Weitzman 5050’s. Each outfit looks perfectly chic and fabulous.

Stuart Weitzman shoes are popular among editors, stylists, and celebrities. The designer Stuart Weitzman’s has said “I design shoes to make women happy”. Each shoe is made in Spain with attention to detail so it looks as great as it feels. I think the 5050’s are a precise mix of comfort, class, and style.