Outfit Construction

by Cat Russell 

Victorias Secret Wrap

Ever wonder why your outfit just wont look right? Like something was a little off, but you just couldn’t figure it out. Well, help has come!

Every outfit you wear should be carefully constructed. Through the ages woman have achieved a natural knack for this and therefore hardly need pay attention when they piece their outfit together. There are though, those moments, or those articles of clothing that you just cant make work and you have no idea why.

 

 

Here are some rules I live by that have helped me in my most trying times.

1. Curvature. If you wear something loose or baggy on top, the bottom HAS to be tight-fitting. For instance a loose knit sweater with skinny’s or leggings and boots. Dress up your sweater by adding knee-high leather boots or ankle boots, heel or no heel and some fun accessories. On the flip side if you’re wearing baggy jeans or pants with pleats I always go for a more tight-fitting tank or sweater. You never want to hide all your curves at the same time. The only way to pull off an all baggy look is if the top and bottom don’t have a busy pattern or everything is neutral and in the same color family.

2. The rule of Heels. Want to wear heels but always feel too dressy or like you’re the center of attention? Good! These things are all good. I love pairing a cute sweater with skinny jeans or leggings and a heel. This gives you the relaxed but classy look. Even if the knit sweater is pretty baggy (I tuck in the front a little) I’ll always go for the gold. If you’re wanting to wear a hoodie, make sure its nice and tight fitted; baggy hoodies and heels make it seem like you’re borrowing clothing and can look tacky. If you’re at a soiree on a lawn and you desperately want to wear heels? Go for a wedge, that way you’re not the awkward person pinned to the lawn.

3. The rule of Flats. I love flats! They’re so comfortable but can be hard to pair with outfits at times. When wanting to be dressy with flats always make sure your whole outfit is sleek, this way you wont look like a soccer mom or Librarian. Pair flats with  a mini, fun tights, and a cute sweater or fitted long sleeve T and you’ll be golden. When wearing a pencil skirt, but you can’t or don’t want to do heels, wear a tight fitted top, that way your whole outfit is sleek and sexy without that Librarian look. Pair nice flats with a casual outfit and you’ll be classy and put together.

4. Flannel. Flannel was Gods gift to mankind. I used to hate wearing flannel because I thought it would be too frumpy looking. But I have since discovered that wearing a loose flannel with skinny jeans and heels, or leggings and flats with super cute earrings and bangles can make the outfit classy casual. Pair it with a more dressy coat and your outfit is complete. Belt it in the middle too for a different look. I mostly buy my flannels in the mens department  since they’re not as tailored as women’s and they’re way more comfy. I also never pair flannel with sneakers, that look can make you seem way younger than you actually are. Also it’s what they wore in the 90’s.

Have fun experimenting with your closet and don’t be afraid to try new things!!

 

 

 

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All Things Gold and Sparkly

by Cat Russell 

A Little Note On Some of Our Favorite Accessories

How could you not love things that shine and drip with sparkle! This seasons accessories that spoke most to the latest trends had hints from an older, more sophisticated time in history when the women dressed up every day in their best and the men were dashing and wooed us. Bracelets with gold overlay and diamonds in the form of pumas or elephants, feathers and gemstones, with that 1920’s art deco flair of timeless style mixed with a bit of Oriental lux.

Indulge in these delights and dont be afraid to layer layer layer! Mix it up a little and wear that timeless necklace with your favorite blazer, basic tee, leggings and booties, play around with texture and color and dont be afraid to be bold in a way that says, “I woke up looking this good”.

With that in mind, here are just a few of the favorites..

Out & Wild! This Seasons Most Tenacious Hair for Her

By Alyssa Quilala 

Every fashionista compiles the perfect look, a combination of clothing, make up, shoes, accessories, and hair. She’s completely aware of her whole outfit and the message she’s conveying. Every aspect of her outfit will complete and compliment the other aspect but whichever happens to be the least put together will stand out. You may’ve put together the cutest look for Sunday Brunch, but when you show up with hair looking like you’ve blown straight out of the 90’s…you  may go unnoticed (or worse, noticed for all the wrong reasons!)

So this is where we begin. Focus on hair to complete an outfit because it’s one of the first things people will notice when seeing you.  Whether your hair is short or long, be creative, and never leave the house without proper attention to that mane!

Vogue

FREEDOM is this Falls obsession when it comes to your locks. Drop that flat-iron, and pick up a good texturizing spray. We’re in love with Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. Dont have any at home but feel the need for a tiny bottle of bliss? Do it yourself! 2 cups hot water, 1/2 cup salt…combine into a spray bottle and shake until salt dilutes. Spray over dry hair and crunch! Have straight, heavy hair? Try curling your hair leaving the ends free from the iron, brush it out, spritz with salt spray, and crunch! With dry hair, after hair absorbs the salt spray, try rubbing some coconut oil (or pomade of choice) between fingertips and work though the ends. Don’t apply to roots! Bigger is always better.

Our girl Blake has incredible hair and fashion sense! Notice her hair is straight, yet frizzy and textured…insert salt spray! Braids are happening, however you choose to incorporate. You don’t have to be in a boho mood to pull it off, try combining with a blazer and booted heels for sophisticated sexy! Last Falls’ trend (as we all remember) was a messy bun piled on top of the head. While we can still get away with this cute look, try moving forward with the messy high pony-tail. The higher the better! Not too sleek, but not too loose…keep it natural. Fishtail braids are raging on the runways! They’re sexy, classy, and incredibly easy to pull off, ( we prefer the loose and voluminous look). Try adding mini braids wherever possible. This style works with middle part, side part, bangs, or hair completely off the face.

So Ladies, in conclusion, wherever your fall clothing takes you (we all hope in the right direction!), never underestimate the power of styled hair! Be it Boho or the lux Femme Fatale, fur coats or leather jackets, fingers covered in jewels or your massive cashmere scarf, our fall hair trend? Be OUT & WILD!

Pencil This In!

Whether you’re Christmas shopping this season or going for a night out on the town, this staple piece oozes femininity and lux and is sure to not only make you feel like a woman but also a woman with gumption.

This particular skirt carries a requirement and a responsibility of Confidence meets Fox and will without fail draw the attention of both men and women alike with the ease and mystery with which you will wear this certain item. Pair it with ankle booties with tights for the winter or your fav pair of pumps that’ll not only bring length to the legs (definitely a plus if you’re on the shorter side) but give that sophisticated and modern look that you may have been wanting and looking for.

Remember you can bring style and elegance to any situation so long as you carry it with ease and confidence. You are a woman to be reckoned with.

 

Soak Up the Winter Chill with these Dazzling Colors!

Fall has come upon us and Winter is just around the corner!

For this seasons hottest nail colors in this cold, cold town we’ve turned to the comfort of the gem tones and the softs.

Bobbing for Baubles

The lovely gems bring out that fantastic old world lux that screams “I eat candy with my fingers” and makes you feel that much more femme fatale sophisticated. This seasons colors are rich in elegance and full of glam, spanning from deep blues and purples to the glorious green and Christmas red. Nothing can stand in the way of the gems.

On the other hand the softs are those that invoke thoughts of kashmir sweaters and hot coco on crisp snowy mornings. The pale grays, hunter greens, soft cottons and light pinks are around this year to match our love of the cold seasons and are sure to bring warm snuggles and all round Holiday cheer. Essie has amazing color options but be sure to check out O.P.I and Revlon as well, the latter has an amazing line of quick drying colors in amazing hues. Have fun and dazzle away!

Ladies! Coat Season is Around the Corner!

If you’re anything like me, you’d have saved every coat you’ve had for the last few Winter seasons and now find yourself with an abundance of cold weather wear. In taking stock of the coats you have, you’d notice that maybe you own one of every style, maybe missing either a good leather, or maybe a pea coat? Or you’d find yourself having three of the exact same style, just different colors.. (I have two leathers, almost had three, until I realized I was being ridiculous). Now if a certain style is your thing, like for instance leather jackets, and that’s all you have then consider experimenting this season with something different.Imagine for a second a gorgeous wool pea-coat with a fur collar, it’s simply a different statement than the one you might be used to. Same person, different look.

J.Crew

 Adding variety to your closet will ensure that you’ll always remain eye-catching. It adds mystery, curiosity and intrigue. It does take risk but your sense of self awareness will be alluring.

A few coats that I’m loving for this Fall and Winter include pieces that have a military flair to them. Also anything with fur (maybe not the stringy kind, we don’t wear Alpacas) and then outerwear that have fun angles or zippers, especially when it comes to leather jackets. Down-filled coats (the big puffy kind) can be pretty sporty so be sure that you’re whole ensamble is sporty. Nothing makes me cringe more than seeing a beautiful lady wearing a big puffy coat over a classy outfit. They dont precisely “go” together. Remember; nothing has to match, per say, it just has to “go” together.

When it comes to collars I’ve always been an intense lover of the high collar and tend to stick to that specific style. High collars (without hoods) tend to add a bit of power to your outfit no matter what style the coat is. On the other hand hoods add that homey girl-next-door feeling whilst no collar adds a bit of posh-ness, for instance, with a wool pea-coat. If it’s a leather jacket it can make your outfit be that hard-core look you’re probably dying to have. (Throw a neutral zip up hoodie and a white tee underneath with your fav pair of skinnies and flats and you wont look like you’re about to jump on a motorcycle with a stranger.)

All in all experiment with a different style of coat this season, something you wouldn’t naturally go after and you’ll see how your whole winter wardrobe will spruce up and be Holiday ready. 

The Brits Pick: New Mod

Reporting from the Motherland

Who said summer’s over? Plain, bold and bright colours sum up this latest trend for Autumn. Think 60’s pop united with the 70’s vibe and voila you have New Mod. This style cannot be diluted with neutrals but instead needs to be embraced to the max, colour over-kill has never looked so good.

Remember, wearing bold colours is a responsibility, a lot of heads will turn to look at the style you are representing therefore do not forget to buy quality, fitted pieces to avoid looking like Barney the Dinosaur!!

Blouse-Mango, Jacket-Topshop, Yellow Dress-Boohoo, Bag-Pauls Boutique, Watch-ASOS, Yellow Shoe Boot-River Island, Yellow and Purple Shoes-ASOS, Orange Dress-Topshop

The Brits Pick: Aztec

Reporting from the Motherland 

The aborigine, Incan, tribal look is massive this season, layering pattern over pattern to appear like you have lived in an African tribe for the past 100 years is now acceptable. I love the long tribal dress buttoned up to the neck, it is super elegant yet right on trend.

For those of us that become cross eyed when too many patterns are placed in front of us can throw on a huge aztec shrug over a pair of skinnys, high heeled boots and top with massive sunnies to still add a splash of tribal goodness to our everyday look.

Bangles-Topshop, Belt-ASOS, Long Dress-ASOS, Bag-Urban Outfitters, Sunnies-Creme de la crème, Long Cardigan-ASOS, Blouse and Skirt-ASOS, Leggings-River Island, Shoe Boots-Sole Struc

The Brits Pick: French Fatale

Reporting from the Motherland

Did you hear that the classy, femme fatale look was taking a back-seat this season? Well do not despair young damsels, thanks to women’s natural instincts to look fabulous, this trend will never die.

Heavy fur coats, stream lined coral blazers, black and gold jewellery, casual t-shirts, killer heels teamed together create an aura of French power. Warning… women who form an alliance this look along with drinking a cup of strong coffee in the morning have been known to run the world by lunchtime!!

Fur Coat-Topshop, Blazer-Topshop, Bangle-ASOS, Bag-ASOS, Watch-moschino at ASOS, Shoes-Newlook, T-shirt-Topshop, Skirt-Net-a-Porter

The Brits Pick: Stable Girl

The stable look is not just resigned for upper class show jumpers but for everyone this Autumn/Winter. You will definitely not look like you have been ‘mucking out’ horses paddocks wearing these beauties.

Casual and glam can be intermixed either by wearing riding boots over nude leggings paired with a quilted riding jacket  for chilling out during the day or fitted trousers paired with a tweed blazer and heels on a night out. The padded elbows add that extra touch of show jumping class.

Neck Scarf-Topshop, Tweed Jacket-Net-a-Porter, Grey Cardigan with elbow pads-Net-a-Porter, Riding Boots-both River Island, Necklace-New Look, Mustard Riding Jacket-River Island, Brown Riding Jacket-River Island, Bag-ASOS, Leggings-Net-a-Porter

 

Reporting from the Motherland