I’ve had a love affair with all things earrings since I was a child, running around the house with my moms clip-ons and a scarf as a cape.
Oversized earrings have made a tremendous comeback. Dolce and Gabbana have been paving the way for years, but the rest of the populace have finally caught up to the exotic, the fabulous, the chic oversized earrings. There’s something pretty striking about a woman who can rock great accessories.
My favorite look is a tee, a pair of jeans, booties and a great pair of oversized earrings. They make a great statement piece without you losing the luxury of comfort.
Check out this look below!
I’m loving these styles from Mango and H&M!
You can find amazing pairs at Mango, Zara, H&M etc. etc.
We moved into this gorgeous old house and I’m loving playing around with the different rooms. It has this captains house vibe to it so it inspired my sailor look. It’s all about detail! Experiment with different ways to tuck in a shirt, it’s one of those key pieces that everyone should at least have a couple of options in. This is a classic Ralph Lauren button up mens shirt that I stole from my husband back when we were friends.
I always have trouble collecting stylish tops and blouses since I mainly revert back to the ole t-shirt and denim shorts situation. It actually takes effort to not be lazy when it comes to looking great! (I raise my hand in guilt).
Anything orange sorbet. I love this color, it’s so fresh and looks great on a summer complexion.
Little lacy tops. Feminine, adorable, and can be worn with either an undone look or put together.
Silk tank tops. This is my go-to summer top. It’s light, airy, easy to wear, and stylish.
Vintage polo shirts. No I’m talking Hollister or Ralph Lauren, but go for one in a flimsy cotton material thats light and airy. This number is making quite a comeback as a stylish item and can be worn with just about anything. I love this royal blue as well, it’s fresh and clean.
70’s inspired blouses. You know it’s true and you know that this specific one has my heart. Perfect for breezy summer days.
Knitted tanks. This tank by Zara is perfect in every way, but anything like it is also awesome. It gives some texture to your outfit instead of just wearing a plain t-shirt.
The sailor boy-friend tee. Striped tee’s will never not be in style, and there’s no greater way to ring in summer by declaring your love for all things nautical.
The wrap. Flattering to the womanly figure, breezy to wear. Is there anything greater?
Denim. This Tibi top is playful, flattering and so easy to style with either skirts, shorts or jeans. Picture yourself in a sleeveless denim, front-tie top drinking pimms in the park.
And all the women rejoice! Flats and sneakers have pretty much become staple closet items in the last year or so and that certainly won’t change going into spring and summer. Specifically, pointed toe flats and loafers which we’re seeing in all shapes and sizes. Get yourself a staple pair and get ready to live in them. I love this black and white snake skin motif because it’s so much more eye-catching than a regular black pair. Mix and match your prints and textures as well. This lace embroidered blouse with the tassels are great with these flats and make your overall look interesting and fun.
Play with patterns, textures and prints, don’t be afraid to experiment!
Winged eyeliner is the animal that almost can’t be tamed, but it’s also the animal, that once tamed invokes a feeling of mysterious glamour. I love cat eyes for summer, with a relatively makeup free face, it reminds me of Brigette Bardot and her laid back style, even though she it seems like she never sacrificed her chic.
I had to buy emergency makeup since mine got lost so I had the ELF liner with me. (We recently moved to the UK). It worked alright but I’d definitely go back to getting something more solid. Benefit has a great waterproof liner that’s easy to apply.
We all know that it’s never realistic to spend $$$ on outfits or outfit pieces that cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars/pounds and we can sit and drool or go into massive debt, but you’ll never feel totally satisfied.
Here are four looks then with each of the pieces being less than 100 GBP or Dollars (depending on where you live) and they’re totally trendy and chic. Being fabulous doesn’t mean spending tons of money to get the latest trends, it does mean being a little more style savvy and possesing the willingness to hunt for great treasures in every nook and cranny.
Monki Dora Sunglasses at MONKI.COM : 8.00GBP (Great Britian Pounds)
River Island Black Shaker hat at RIVERISLAND.COM : 25.00GBP
BlackFive Concise Solid-tone Fully Line Leather Tote at BLACKFIVE.COM : $49.99
Crossbody Suede Bag at MANGO.COM : 29.99GBP
Zara Crepe Tank Top at ZARA.COM : 12.99GBP
Zara Flared Jeans at ZARA.COM : 29.00GBP
Asos Hall Leather Heeled Sandals at ASOS.COM : 35.00GBP
Mango Soft Denim Shirt at JOHNLEWIS.COM : 29.99GBP
Zara High-Waisted Culottes at ZARA.COM : 39.00GBP
Midi Sandals at NEXT.CO.UK : 30.00GBP
Zara V-Neck Tank Top at ZARA.COM : 19.00GBP
H&M Skinny High-Waisted Jeans at HM.COM : 29.99GBP
H&M Loafers at HM.COM : 19.99GBP
Unisex Sheer Jersey Short Sleeve V-Neck at AMERICANAPPAREL.NET : 20.00GBP (H&M sold out of the cream one shown here, but the American Apparel one is close-ish)
Wrap Skirt at HM.COM : 12.99GBP
H&M Platform Sneakers at HM.COM : 14.99GBP
The Cinderella movie just came out, and though I haven’t seen it yet, twitters’ all abuzz about the size of poor Cindy’s waist. Comments from it being airbrushed, to how the actress, Lily James, needed to go on a liquid diet to fit into the dress, and how it’s a terrible role model for children. The part that really gets me is where she is a “bad role model for children”, mainly because people come in all shapes and sizes, and because you’re not that size, you’re unaccepting of her as a person.
I feel passionate about body image because I didn’t always love myself; I knew I was pretty because my mom always said so, but I felt like an outsider at school because I was bullied, which made me terrified of people. Today it’s a different story. I love my body, I love myself, and I have a healthy (maybe too healthy..) level of confidence to where I can be in the buff in front of my hubby and not feel ashamed or ugly. Though to be honest, when I see a truly fit girl, I do feel a pang of dolefulness at my lack of discipline when it comes to working out. But nevertheless, I’ll tell you how I got to a place of loving my body.
I have a gorgeous mother. She has the body of a woman who had two kids but she’s beautiful and very fit. When I was growing up, I’d watch her faithfully put on makeup every day and refresh her lipstick before my dad got home. She believes that you must always look your best for your husband. She took care of her body in that she ate heartily and healthily, she was very active and is still quite fit for her age. She washed her face with amazing skin care products and later on would switch to all natural oils, lotions and potions. This paid off in that her skin looks like a 45 year old’s and she’s well into her 60’s. I watched her religiously put body butter on her whole body when she got out of the shower in the morning, and before she would go to bed at night. She would put lotion on her hands the second she got into the car, every single time. She was the woman that always had fabulous hairdressers, and I remember thinking that she was at the cutting edge of fashion and style. A real modern woman.
She had clothing for every situation, and her wardrobe was impressive. She could find amazing clothes anywhere she shopped and I would prance around the house in her clothing that she brought back from Greece and Israel. I stomped around in her high heels and played the “I’m so beautiful game” as a humble 5 year old, and my sister and I would pretend that we were princesses with the scarves she had gotten from some far away land. My mother didn’t only dress well though, she lived well, and she was the embodiment of a confident, loving, beautiful woman that I wanted to be one day.
She and my dad complimented my sister and I endlessly, and she would give us manicures and pedicures and put lotion on our hands and we would watch her spend time on herself like that. She championed our independence when it came to picking out our own clothes. She wasn’t my favorite person when she disciplined us, but I always knew without a doubt that I was my mom’s (and dad’s) princess, and that my sister was their rose. Those were her nicknames for us and they still are. Sure there were times when it wasn’t all rosy and things were hard and unfair. My dad and her would be gone a lot on business or really busy with work, but I remember the good times.
When we moved to the United States, it all got worse, compared to what it had been at school back home. I didn’t know who I was, where I belonged and I felt like I really stood out. I went into a bit of a grunge phase and, though I was confident and strong, I felt like I wasn’t being myself. After 4 years of painful high school memories and so many bad moments, I graduated and I knew that I could choose who I wanted to be. After a year of detoxing from school and being thrust into a new life in a city surrounded by amazing people, I finally stepped into “myself”. I knew who I was and started acting accordingly. I started being like that princess my mom always called me. I started doing my hair and makeup every day, had a nice wardrobe and really started loving myself. I changed my outlook on life, and decided that it was fun and I was meant to live it to the fullest.
When I’m about town I notice things, and I see moms who don’t love themselves, they don’t take care of themselves, and their outward image speaks of “I don’t care, I don’t know how to care, why does it matter” etc. I see wives who don’t try to look their absolute best for their husbands. I also hear moms who never compliment their daughters for fear that they might grow up with a false sense of self. They don’t want to pressure them into being someone specific, rather let them have the freedom to choose whatever. What they’re doing, in fact, is not giving them a framework to thrive in; those girls, therefore, will be the ones who succumb to society’s “ideal woman” and they will be the ones struggling with their body image because it was perpetuated through their mothers’ insecurity.
It’s those same mothers who are offended at the Cinderellas’ of the industry. You see, although in principle it might sound nice to give a child the choice of who they want to be, you can’t expect them to make decisions like adults do. They haven’t been given the options, seen the consequences, made the mistakes, intellectually derived solutions to problems, and lived through years of regret, understanding, knowledge of wisdom, like adults have. All they see are unicorns, flowers, fun, not fun, sad, happy. They don’t understand, or can’t comprehend, the “choose whatever” lifestyle. Why? Because they’re kids. Their brains haven’t fully formed to a place where they can decide for themselves. All they’re doing is absorbing, like sponges, information around them. They aren’t deciding anything, just absorbing.
What role model are you being for your daughter or son, so that the information they’re absorbing is information you can be proud of. The information I absorbed about body image around my mother, was that I could be beautiful, that I was a princess, that I had a good heart, that it mattered that I loved myself for my future husband’s sake.
So it all starts at home. Mothers, love yourselves. Show your daughters that you love yourselves. If you don’t love yourself then do something to change it. Change your diet and start working out. Those endorphins will immediately change your mood! Find the things about you that you love and if you’re having a hard time, grab a girlfriend and chat about it. Be open, honest, and real. The best thing you can do for your daughter is give her a proper framework for what true beauty is. Actually, be an amazing role model for her. Teach her what you think she should know about beauty and body image. Rather say something than nothing at all. Teach her to love her body, in whatever shape or size it is, whether it’s tall and willowy or a little tubby.
Before I got married, I weighed a very slight 125lbs. For a 5’9″ girl, that’s quite skinny. After marriage I quickly gained the “marriage weight” and clocked in at a solid 140lbs. That felt like a lot to me. You guys. It was real. I was so ashamed. My husband didn’t really care because we were both in the marriage muffin boat. I went from prancing around the house in my undies as a single girl to wearing t-shirts to bed. This was so not me! I loved being free and loving myself! I knew something had to change, and drastically. First I cut out the pizzas and Krispy Kremes, the chocolates, and the drinks, and I joined a gym. (Although, you haven’t lived if you haven’t had a freshly glazed hot Krispy Kreme donut right off the belt.) That was fine but I realized that my mindset concerning myself wasn’t changing. I decided that I would stare at myself in the mirror until I could accept myself and love my body. I continued to faithfully put lotion on every night, and I would stare at myself until the day came that I realized I looked like a cherub. I kid you not. Those little angels in Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? Those ones. I laughed so hard the moment I realized it, because I loved it. I started feeling playful again, and then soon after that I felt sexy. I felt like the models in those old paintings, the ones lounging lazily on a couch with grapes in their hands. When I saw myself like that, I started loving my body. My sexiness hadn’t diminished with the extra love. It was there all along; I just had to realize it.
I’m closer now to the size I was when I got married and I remind myself every now and then that I might not look like a Victoria’s Secret model, yet, but I sure do feel like one. And that’s what counts.
The “girls just wanna boys” look has been around since women first started wearing pants.. circa 1920’s. We saw androgynous looks on the runway this year (and every year past) which means that the trend of women wearing mens clothing, and vise versa, really isn’t going anywhere, any time soon. If you love being feminine (like me) it might seem hard to trade your heels for brogues or loafers, and your a-line skirts for trousers, but there is a way to rock this trend while still staying true to our girly selves.
Check out these looks below for some menswear inspired trends!
These are some basic “borrowed from the boys” pieces, mix and match and have some fun outfits! The way to rock this look is all in the details. Soft and feminine hair and makeup, accessories and the right shoes.
In celebration of the warmer weather I did a little shoot with this amazing sun dress from Asos. It has lots of little details including little ties on the sleeves and lace around the collar. I’m loving fresh, crisp colors for spring with lots of room to breathe. If it’s a cooler day, pair your little dress with booties for a warmer look. I also added this silver choker to add a bit of structure and a bit of shine. Play around with layering accessories like necklaces or bracelets. Throw on a pair of chunky earrings to give your look a Dolce and Gabbana vibe.