The Bomber Jacket: Why You Need One

This 90’s grunge (at least in my memory) has taken quite a a major turn and presented us with a pretty unforeseen comeback. Sure Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid were seen wearing this but is that enough to make it a closet staple? It a little bit is.

I remember seeing boys with jeans wrapped around their thighs wearing oversized bomber jackets in high school, which was almost 12 years ago (huge gasp), and I never thought in a million years that I would see this come back like it did. The great thing about a black bomber jacket is that the shape is unique enough to create a really interesting look. If you’re wearing a classic look, it’s enough to add enough to add that extra edge to your look.

It’s unexpected.

I’ve come to love bomber jackets so much that I’d almost classify it as a closet staple. Jackets come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important to find the ones that work for you and I do feel as though this one works for just about anyone. Whether you’re draping it around your shoulders your simply have it zipped over your work out clothes, it’s really a great look.

Check out these examples below!

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The Uniform: How To Be Stylish 100% Of The Time

We all have those days where putting on clothing is the hardest thing your brain can comprehend to do. You’ve had a long week, you’re exhausted, you can’t think straight, you have deadlines looming and the babies are screaming. It’s at these times we see mommas rocking their pj’s to drop their kids off at school.

Recently in the UK a school principle wrote a letter to ask parents to stop this habit (only in the UK would something like this happen) but there was stiff opposition, and even friendly protesting. I imagine getting your kids ready for school means that you pay zero attention to yourself in those frantic 30 min before the bell rings.

For those of you who aren’t  mothers, but have the same scheduling demands, the pressure can be just as overwhelming. You’re running out of the house, coffee mug in hand and you have no idea what you’re wearing. Raise a hand if you’ve been there.

I don’t have kids, but in the past, when I was pressed for time, I developed a habit of creating uniforms to streamline my preparation for the day. As well as waking up earlier, I found that I had some extra time every morning to add a bit more mascara, or actually eat a piece of toast before the hectic day began. Creating a “uniform” will help you focus on what you need to focus on, and you’ll feel good about yourself at the same time!

My go to off duty outfit will always be high-waisted black skinny pants/jeans and a black fitted tee, when I’m in a rush or getting dressed feels hard. It’s extremely simple. So much so that writing an article about it seems like a major waste of time. It’s the obvious choice. I accessorize however with earrings and fun belts and shoes. It works for me. I have multiples in tees and jeans which means I can grab and go. No rummaging around.

If you work in an office environment and are having a hard time creating looks on the go, try purchasing classic, trendy pieces (still office appropriate and stylish) and you’ll notice how you’ll feel strangely free from the extra burden of deciding what to wear.

Check out these examples of stylish looks that can easily become uniforms if you purchase multiples. Remember to purchase things according to your body type, but don’t be afraid to experiment. If you’re buying multiples of a certain style, make sure it’s the most flattering fit you can find and definitely opt for high quality goods.

The Office Look

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Here, your basic outfit stays the same, but your accessories and beauty looks change. Every day you wear a different pair of shoes and perhaps one day a feminine neck tie, and the next day perhaps just an open collar with some dainty gold jewelry. You can also focus on doing your hair and makeup nicely; and now you have an amazing look. You’re not only investing into your wardrobe, but also into your time. Time management is critical in todays fast paced society.

 

Off Duty Look

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Here again, your basic look stays the same, but your accessories are what make your look pop. This look is great if you need to run out the door (certainly put more time into your looks where you can, I love putting together great outfits!)

I live in kitten heels, they’re easy to wear, feminine and chic, and your feet don’t hate you at the end of a long day. I also love having a great tote bag. I keep the critical things in a little clutch that I can pull out if I’m not in the mood to carry a larger bag, but can easily throw into the tote when I’m on the go. Invest in good leather products that can last forever. 

Get amazing accessories! You’ll never be let down and you’ll always feel chic and ready to go. Keep a watch on one wrist and a simple bracelet on the other. It’s not time consuming, it’s easy to throw on and you’ll look amazing. Same goes for the necklace and earrings. Have one or two nice pair of sunglasses and belts you can alternate between to mix up your overall look. 

If high waisted skinny jeans aren’t your jam then opt for a look that you know flatters you nicely. The reason this outfit plan works is that you’re dealing with minimal colors and patterns. It’s hard for your outfit to not work. 

 

Living in todays fast paced society doesn’t mean we need to sacrifice looking and feeling amazing. By tweaking our wardrobes and managing our time better, we get to have the best of both worlds.

Let me know what your morning routines are and what works for you! I’ll feature them in the next article!

 

 

 

 

5 Great Reasons You Should Thrift

I love shopping at consignment and thrift stores. You never know what you’ll come across, and I’ve always managed to find real gems. Apart from feeling like you’re contributing to society by up-cycling goods that may’ve never had another chance, you’ll feel like you’re wearing unique pieces not accessible to every single person.

5 Good Reasons To Thrift Shop:

  1. Finding last season gems is always a fun find! Especially if they’re a classic piece you can style regardless of the trends.
  2. Saving Cash. Thrifting is a great way to scratch that shopping itch, and you save money by doing it.
  3. Finding pieces they don’t even sell in your country! So much win.
  4. Vintage treasures you’ll never regret finding. Think denim, skirts, boxy blouses, oversized sweaters!
  5. Amazing fur coats. They always have the best fur coats.

I recently found a light grey, slight cropped, cashmere polo neck sweater, made in Italy, for £4. You literally can’t go wrong.

Check it out here!

Winter Style: Palazzo Pants

I’m loving this look, how the shapes work together to create a visually intriguing outfit.

Cropped sweater and palazzo pants are a classic, chic look, whether summer or winter, that’ll always be in style. What I specifically love about this look is the casual dressy-ness of it. The sweater seems to be a bit more informal while the pants pick the look up nicely. Add the booties and some earrings with an interesting bag and you have a wholesome look. Add accessories for fun. IMG_2993

 

Check out these looks for more outfit inspiration:

 

Flouncy Little Blouses 

This past season we were all totally obsessed, bonkers, over 70’s style. I mean, it was tasseled EVERYTHING, suede all over the place and for all those girls who love flared jeans; their moment to shine.

I didn’t hate it.

A key aspect of 70’s style that might’ve been overlooked just a touch was the Blouse. In the 70’s it was the uniform of the independent, working woman. The flouncier, the better. Since then, blouses with neckties have  been relegated to the secretaries and the upper-class house wives. It was kind of a fashion no-no to be seen in one in the 90’s and 2000’s in terms of street style, and up until recently you really couldn’t find an adorable alternative, unless you worked in an office.

What I love about the blouse I’m wearing is:

1. It’s sheer. It’s sexy. It’s mysterious.

2. The texture is on point. Literally. It has little velvet polka dots all over it.

3. It oozes femininity, in an age of “be all and everything”.

You can really dress this up or down, but I prefer to wear blouses like this one with ripped jeans and other statement pieces. That way you give it a bit of an edge and it doesn’t come across as dowdy, or secretarial.

Let me know what you think!

 

This look can go big, wavy hair, or half-up half down and still look glamorous.

(I’m embarrassed at how utterly “Stepford Wives” this pose it. But I had to try it.)

For makeup I went with a smokey eye and nude lip. Modern but also timeless. I did my hair in the end in a half top-knot, such a on-trend look really helps keep your look in the present.

How To Rock Your Girl Boss Blazer

Every fashion group preaches from the roof-tops that a major closet staple is a black blazer. The necessity is real, whether it’s a boyfriend fit or completely tailored to your body. Wearing a blazer in such a way that you don’t come across like a wannabe lawyer takes a little bit of crafting, but it’s totally do-able and the look is absolutely amazing.

Throw a blazer over a vintage tee with distressed denim and you have a classic cool-girl look. It’s the perfect accessory to a really bold look, for instance a heavily textured skirt or dress, perhaps something with really bold patterns.

I felt like this is the year of the girl boss for me, and I found this blazer just in time! There’s something uplifting and strengthening about wearing what you’re feeling. It encourages you to take bold steps and make risky decisions, that hopefully pay off in the long run.

Happy New Year!!

  

Why You Should Try Unique Sweaters!

Apart from really elevating a look and giving your over style a total makeover, unique sweaters (ones with a special or different design or design element) are a timeless commodity.

Some examples:

You can dress any of these up or down depending on your situation and your wardrobe contents. I love pairing a unique sweater with a midi length pencil skirt and ankle boots. It creates a really fun, distinct look that stands out in a crowd. Dressing it down can be as easy as throwing on your favorite jeans and sneakers.

Check out my look below!

 

Your Boldest NYE Look Ever!

New Years Eve is a prime time to cover yourself in head to toe sparkles. Anything with sequins is a go. BUT for those of us who need to for-go sparkly dresses for a heavy night of YOLO (my best named this years soiree.. Who still says “yolo”!? She does..), then you’ll need a look that can transcend both weather, time and activities.

Taking a cue from Miranda Kerr and her booties with stockings and shorts look; the look below is a few notches up from street style, to evening wear.

I love wearing shorts and stockings, it’s the perfect balance between comfortable and chic, and you can do just about anything in them! Dress this years ensemble up by wearing shorts with a major WOW factor. Pair it with ankle boots and an oversized coat for comfort, but don’t forget those design details! A mesh shirt and silky tank is a great balance between sexy and a 90’s party.

Wear your hair tousled and loose for a fun, playful look.

Check it out!

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Christmas Day Look!

I love oversized sweater dresses! They’re amazingly comfortable and have a certain city chic look about them. Make sure if you buy one that it’s not too long, or too short. Mid to low thigh is perfect. They’re versatile to wear, think sneakers, flats or even sandals, in warmer climates. This is a great piece to have in your closet!

Pair your dress with some chic ankle boots and chunky accessories for a fun, laid back look. I draped a oversized military style coat over the shoulders of the dress to ward off the cold.

Shopping tip: If you can’t find a dress you love, try sweaters that are bigger than your size. They’ll be longer but still have a good shape, though you may have to roll up the sleeves.

Check it out!

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Some street style looks for inspiration..