My New/Old Love: Skirts

I absolutely cannot wait for cool/cold weather, and wearing skirts and ankle booties with leather jackets and cozy sweaters has me more excited than a kid on christmas morning. I’ve re-inspired myself by getting my fall and winter wardrobe ready, and so far, it’s looking good. Taking cues from fashion week with bold silhouettes, vintage inspired looks, street style and my obsession with leather and black, I’ve created some cute looks and outfit ideas for my two favorite cold weather skirts.

I love this midi 50’s inspired skirt because it just oozes elegance and city chic. Pair it with a rocker esq tee or a cropped sweater with cute shoes and you’ll have an outfit to die for. My other love, the classic leather pencil skirt, is just perfect for an every day glam look. You could wear it with just about anything and easily make it a day to night look with some extra accessories.

Check out these outfits! Have fun and experiment!

Much Love,

Cat.

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Get This Fall Cozy Look!

I’m so beyond excited for Fall to come! Cool weather, crisp, sunny days and hot caramel lattes are what I see when I imagine this gorgeous season. Things I’m excited to wear are ankle booties, fur vests and chunky knit sweaters. Not to mention smokey eyes and demure looks.

Check out this look! It’s so cozy and if the day turns out to be a little warmer than expected, throw on a t-shirt or a blouse and this it would still be city chic.

Fall Cozy Look

Get this look!

Saint Laurent Rabbit Felt Fedora from net-a-porter.com, Omso sweater from nelly.de, Calypso St. Barth Mongolian Fur Vest from calypsostbarth.com, slashed acid wash skinny jeans from etsy.com, Silk blend scarf from jades24.com, Kate Spade New York small black stud earrings from piperlime.com, Zara bucket bag from zara.com, Gianvito Rossi Suede Bootie from bergdorfgoodman.com

Beach Babe to City Slicker Part 5

The Blazer

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Why do I love a blazer so much?  A blazer can be worn with your shorts, shredded blue denim or dress pants, and it’ll work all around. Pair it with a blouse or vintage tee and it just works. It can be layered with a oversized cardi and rolled at the sleeves with your cigarette leg trousers and pumps or thrown on over a tee and skinny’s with booties for a dressed down effect. Fit wise I’d go for something that’s tailored, especially if you have a “straight up and down” build. For this specific blazer (there are hundreds of different styles of blazers) keep it fit and trim. No more than two buttons and a nice little baby flare at the hip. Keep the collar the standard size (though I’m always a fan for a nice, high collar) and try on blazers with different material. You don’t necessarily want to get one out of the business wear section at your local department store (those tend to be a bit bland) but choose one that has a hint of sass. Good for day and evening wear.

Below are some outfit inspirations!

Look of the Day!

          Jill’s look is a chiffon black and white striped shirt layered with a white tank underneath and black cut-offs. The red blazer adds that extra pop of color and structure that the outfit needed to ritz it up just a touch. Any pair of shoes would work! Depending on the weather, you could do black ballet flats, ankle booties or even strappy sandals. Throw on a pair of black stockings, a chunky scarf and your outfit is Winter ready!

Look of the Day!

Jill’s look is a oversized flannel, layered with a slightly cropped sweater, black ripped shorts and the “party from last night” gold kitten heels.

This look is great for every day running around, keeping cozy and looking cute while doing it!

Throw on a pair of black stockings and ankle boots or flats to warm up your look.

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Beach Babe to City Slicker

In the last few weeks I’ve been covering how to smoothly transition from your beach babe attire back into the chic Fall wardrobe. We’re seeing it everywhere; that the laid back Summer jams is drawing slowly to a close, the weather is getting chillier and it’s time to step it up a notch. We soon will no longer have the excuse of it being simply too hot to get properly dressed in the morning. The transition from Beach Babe to City Slicker need not cost you a fortune, nor need it be confusing or overwhelming. All you need are those key transitional items that can be worn during the Summer scorch or Fall chill.

This weeks item is a good pair of shorts.

Not necessarily the frayed cutoffs you’ve been wearing to the beach, but one with a little more sass. My favorites so far going into this season have been the lace kind, or even sequin shorts. For city ritz, I try to stay away from skin tight, short shorts. I leave those to the sizzling summer days where I’m wearing longer tees and tanks and the heat ruins poise and half a sense of propriety. (You know exactly what I’m talking about). My favorites for being a little more city-esq is something made a little looser (not baggy, not skin tight), like lace for instance, or just a simple linen, cotton or velvet short. Pair with a cute pair of heels, (nothing to hooker-ish) and a soft blouse or modal tee with either a blazer or boyfriend cardi and you’re golden. Accessories and cute bag, a must.

As soon as the weather gets chilly you can throw stockings (not tights, not the 80’s) underneath with a chic pair of booties or flats and a comfy oversize knit sweater or blazer and you’ve transitioned beautifully. Maintain your Summer wild hair and a bit of glow (Jergen’s has a great lotion for giving off a glow without the trauma of a tanning bed or alternatively you can lather on a natural body oil after a shower and your skin will remain soft, supple and dewy), and combined with your transitional wardrobe would be a great look to have reminding everyone about the long beach days and Summer bliss.

Below are some fun outfit ideas!

 

City Slicker Part Three: Denim

Part Three!

Denim

If you’re anything like me, you have denim in every color, style and even size, from super model skinny to boyfriend baggy. There is, however, just one that fulfills the job of every good jean and that is (in my own personal opinion), a good super dark blue wash, skinny jean. (Whether super skinny or not).  This beauty can be dressed both up for ritz, or down for a cool summer day with a fun tank. We sometimes fail to realize the importance of such a simple article of clothing, but go ahead and check in your closet. Do you have the perfect one? One without holes, fade, cray stitching etc? Remember this is your One of Five articles, therefore keep the fancy and embellished stuff for another time.

In my opinion there should never be costume jewelry on your derriere. The reason? It lacks a sense of propriety and, again, class. You are not, in fact, a show horse. Leave the embellishments for the entertainers. The moment you realize that your outfit matches the lady riding the elephant at Cirque du Soleil is the moment you’ll find yourself taking off your clothes. Take pride in your natural beauty and sophistication, lustre! No need for extra embellishments.

Great denim need not be skin tight, but dont opt for baggy “because you’re trying to hide stuff”.  A great fitting pair will hug you in all the right places. Know your body type! Do you have skinny legs and a booty? Or straight up and down, no curve. You’ll find that as soon as you start shopping for your body type, you’ll feel MUCH better about yourself, and your self-confidence will spike. If it means trying on 20 pairs till you find the right one, then do it. It’s so worth it. Addressing the issue of the skinny jean, I hear girls all the time say things like “oh I’m not skinny enough”, or, “they don’t look on me because of my body type”. I can and will say that 99% of the time this logic simply isn’t true. The only difference between skinny jeans and flared jeans are the cut from the calf down. Now if a boot cut denim looks better on you, then by all means, lets do that one. But never ever give in to insecurity simply because of the name of a pair of denim. Love your body and embrace who you are! Thats when you’ll look your best.

Below are some good denim looks

“Dress to Impress”..The When, The Where

Every now and then we get those invites to rendezvous and then we hear or see those three little words. Dress to Impress. Every time that happens I always end up feeling split emotions. Do I wear the little cocktail dress with glittery heels? Or the pencil skirt and silky top..The skinny jeans and chiffon blouse with accessories? I always wonder what they want or expect from me. And somehow, by the grace of higher powers, I manage to look somewhat put together and my outfit is approved of. This is how I do it.

What it comes down to are the two questions: When and Where.

The When.
Is it in the morning? The afternoon? Or the evening? In this case, the evening. So I know I’ll be wearing something black. (My whole closet happens to
Consist of mostly black, creams and blues). Were it in the morning, I’d wear something light and airy.

The Where.
Restaurant? Birthday Party at someone’s home? In this case it’s a restaurant, a swanky restaurant. Leave that bright little cocktail dress at home, the last thing you want is to look like you just came from Prom. Swanky restaurants aren’t necessarily for splashy, glittery, bright or sparkly outfits. Demure and classy (with a hint of modest sexy) is your best bet if you’re clueless as to what to wear. If the soirée is at your BFFs house or a club and it’s close friends, by all means, it’s time for the glitter and sparkles to come out in full force and to have fun.

You might not be the person that cares a whole lot, but remember that the people around you might. Ultimately you’re representing yourself, your friends, and ultimately the venue. Dressing right for the occasion will create a wealth of wonderful first impressions.

Impress your world! Create an impression, a dent, per-say, and you can be remembered as wonderful, caring, kind, witty and charming and the world will be your stage.

Have fun and create a memorable experience!

Beach Babe To Smokin’ City Slicker, in a Flash! Part Two

And its back! Part Two.

As previously discussed, we’re nearing the end of our Summer fabulous beach day lives and soon, must return to the real world. Whether thats school or work in the city,  the transition from beach babe to city gal can be smooth and easy, without having to do a complete closet overhaul. The last article we covered was the solid cropped pant. Nothing will befit this article of clothing better than the good solid blouse.

My favorite go-to blouses are always solid colored, and almost always silk or a nice sheer silk-chiffon. Not only do they have nice movement and super-softness, but they’re also class at its best and they  will, with proper care, last you a long while. Its a classic statement piece that will never go out of style. I have a beautiful ivory colored silk blouse that I wear with absolutely everything. High-waisted vintage short shorts in a light wash with leather strappy flat sandals or even that high-waisted cropped black pant with some killer pumps. It all works, and always looks good. I definitely have my fair share of solid colored blouses and I’ve started branching out and have some  fun floral patterns. This season I’m loving big prints that have more of a art deco, vintage flare, but that can transition easily into Fall and Winter wear.

Below are some outfit ideas! Hope it helps, enjoy!

City Slicker Series..Part One

The next few weeks will be dedicated to a few versatile things to have in your closet that take you from beach babe to smokin’ city slicker, in a flash!

We all recognize that one can only rock your cutoff shorts and racerback tanks for so long, before you have to hand them in and trade for something with a little more ritz, sheen and class. Luckily, when innovation and sass is used, the two worlds can be combined and you find a whole new style emerge, it’s the one that people around you will envy and without a doubt, emulate. Simply because, its you.

The whole reason behind this is that you want to show some level of versatility, the ability to ease in and out of different “cultures”, social circles, the works. Versatility in style shows a level of maturity that defines who you are to people who will see you as someone who isn’t held within a box of comfort of whats “easy”. Rather, be someone that shows the ability to take risks and isn’t trapped by form and function, though these create boundaries that can guide us, but they dont rule us, and allow us to play. Whether we like it or not, who we are on the outside says a lot about who we are on the inside, who it is that we aspire to be or where we see ourselves in 5 years from now. Dress for the woman you want to be, and want to be perceived as. It’s never as difficult as it seems!

Having a few key basic items will ensure that you can actually throw something on, and feel put together!

 

Our first article of clothing is simply, a classic cropped pant.

My personal favorite is a skinny ankle pant. The fit could either be a higher waist or a lower waist depending on your body type. A high-waisted pant looks fabulous on someone with a long torso, if your torso is a bit shorter, stick to a low-rise. The skinny pant will also elongate your legs, giving you an elegant and sophisticated look. Look for something made with mostly cotton but that has a little stretch in it, make sure the material is soft and, if possible, not denim. Since winter is around the corner, a wool twill pant could be a fun little investment.  This can be worn with anything from pumps or booties and a silk blouse to cute nude flats and a fun tank, complete with accessories such as bracelets, necklaces or drop earrings. Getting it in colors are a fun way to spruce up your wardrobe, but classic black is, well, classic!

Check out the different styles below for some outfit inspiration!