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.

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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.

 

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

 

 

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