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Shearling + Fire

Gosh, red lipstick is hard to pull off sometimes, right?  Finding the right shade of red is the first challenge, but then I feel like the entire time you’re wearing it, you’re constantly nervous about whether it’s migrated outside your lip line, onto your teeth, or onto whatever you’re wearing.  It’s hard to relax when you’re wearing a red lip.  I’m always on high alert.

So needless to say, I was terrified when Julie told me she wanted to try something bold, and subsequently retrieved the loudest, brightest red lipstick out of her makeup palette.  I’m pretty sure I looked horrified.  But when Julie is having a beauty ‘vision’, you don’t question it.  You just go with it.  You close your eyes and let her make a masterpiece.

Behold… Julie’s signature cat eye liner with a super-mega-bright lip… yes you can pull off both at the same time 🙂

P.S. – I stalked this shearling bomber jacket from TopShop for MONTHS until they re-stocked my size.  Yes, the collar was a little overbearing at first, but it always makes a feminine outfit just a little bit grittier, tougher.  Check out the link to the faux one below by Lily Aldridge for Velvet…

Images by Kari Jenkins Photography.  Makeup by Julie Funkey  (obsessed!!!!!!!)

Jacket: TopShop (real & faux options).  Skirt: Blank NYC (old; new style here).  Blouse: Zara.  Stuart Weitzman Highland boots.  Bag: Alexander Wang.

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Plaid jumpsuit apparatus

I’m not gonna lie, I loooooove rompers and jumpsuits.  They’re like adult onesies.  You can enjoy wearing pants without having to agonize over what top to pair with them.  It’s all decided for you.  Brilliant.  But — and this is a huge caveat — you have to make sure they fit you PROPERLY.  Critical.  Non-negotiable.  Otherwise they actually look like a baby onesie.  Not a good look.  Except for babies.

Usually it’s a torso-proportion issue.  Too long, or too short.  Maybe you need a high-neck, flowy, wide-leg style to lengthen, or you might look better in a cute cropped trendy style with spaghetti straps.  Try various options to see what works.  And when you find a romper or jumpsuit that fits like a glove, you must go with it.  Embrace it.  Rock it.  Own it.

Such is the case with this jumpsuit from Zara.  Black watch plaid, sheer top, perfectly bloused out, slim pencil leg, expertly tailored.  Perfect!  All for the bargain price of $39.99 on sale!  Add some studded stilettos (last seen here & here), and you have a very simple chic look, no accessories required.  Let the statement piece speak for itself.

Maybe this inspires you to try on a jumpsuit next time you see one in the store?  I hope so 🙂

Images by Kari Jenkins Photography.

Makeup by Julie Funkey

Jumpsuit: Zara.  Shoes: Jean-Michel Cazabat (similar).  Earrings: Kohls.

More jumpsuit options I like: casual, dressy, investment, trendy

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Gucci Retro-spective

Sometimes I pick things from my closet that are so ladylike and proper. I know, it’s weird. For me, at least.  (It did happen here, too…)

But gosh, this Gucci dress just spoke to me when I saw it… I snatched it off the rack and it fit like a glove, so it must have been meant to be, right? Well, it also could have been because it was 75% off, who knows. But the color was so rich and vibrant, and while it’s clearly got the secretary vibe, it also felt like it could go a little rock ‘n roll, like how Rachael Zoe might style it, with a floppy hat and OTK suede boots. (*must try this…*)

And here’s how Gucci styled it on their runway: all out GLAM!

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So let’s go for ladylike polish first. How about a glossy raspberry lipstick. A classic Yves Saint Laurent ‘Muse’ bag. And a side-swept ‘do. Finish with some obsession-worthy heels from J.Crew, no less.  Hope you like!

Remember, bright color is your friend, it’s like getting a facial without spending the money 🙂

Images by Kari Jenkins Photography.

Makeup by Julie Funkey

Dress: Gucci (similar here & here). Shoes: J.Crew (similar all on sale now). Bag: YSL (Bluefly sells pre-owned now!). Earrings: Kohls.

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Rain rain, don’t go away!

It’s been really rainy here in FL lately, which is actually kind of GREAT since we can wear all our cute wellies!  I love any chance I get to wear my Hunter Tour wellingtons, they’re a closet staple.  I wear them in the rain with jeans, leggings, dresses, etc.  But also to the beach with the dog so I can run around in the waves.  And I’ve even worn them as snow boots with big fuzzy socks.  They’re kind of perfect for everything.  And at the end of the day, just rinse them off with the hose and stash them back in the closet.

The Hunter Tour boot is much lighter and slimmer than the original ones.  And you can wrap the leg around the base to pack them in your suitcase, too.  They’ve made recent appearances on the blog here and here 🙂

Pray for more rain!

Images by Kari Jenkins Photography.

Boots: Hunter. Sweater: Madewell (old, but love this & this). Shirt: J.Crew (similar here). Skirt: J.Crew (old). Socks: Forever21. Sunglasses: Celine

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Winter & Summer Blues

We all love it when the weather begins to get warmer and Spring arrives. But do you ever feel slightly disappointed that you can no longer wear all your fun Winter clothes? It’s such a sad day when I move all my boots and sweaters into storage (a.k.a., the guest bedroom closet). No more wool trench, over-the-knee boots, leather gloves, or chunky cable turtleneck. Sad. Just sad.

But the sadness quickly dissipates once I realize that I don’t have to say goodbye to all my winter clothes. Some can easily be repurposed and made fresh again with just a change of the accessories. Like the ubiquitous baby blue mini skirt, that was EVERYWHERE this winter, on every blogger and in every magazine. It’s got a thick, almost neoprene texture, so it’s tough enough to wear in cold weather, but the silhouette and color just scream ‘Spring!’

On a chilly day I’ve paired it with black OTK boots and a wool moto jacket. But then it can also go classic “girly” with a floaty ethereal blouse. So much fun!!

So before you put away your winter items, think twice whether you could still wear it with shorts instead of jeans, or with a tank top instead of a sweater. Your wardrobe just might be bigger than you think 😉

Images by Kari Jenkins Photography.

Look 1: Skirt: Zara (similar). Jacket: Gap. Sweater: Gap. OTK Boots: H&M. Bag: Alexander Wang. Sunglasses: Celine (Solstice, in-store only)
Look 2: Skirt: Zara (similar). Blouse: J.Crew. Ankle boots: Prada. Bag: Zara. Sunglasses: Prada.

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A Royal Picnic

I guess if I had actually been invited to a Royal picnic, this would be a good outfit choice.  But alas, Kate Middleton has not invited me to a soireé… it’s simply just the best way to describe today’s outfit… 🙂

I am pretty obsessed with cobalt / royal blue.  Have had this gingham shirt for awhile – a total steal from Old Navy! – but when I saw these shoes at Topshop, I think my heart actually skipped a beat.  (I’m also lusting for these Valentinos!)  I paired them with white jeans, and ultimately decided on accessories in ecru, which I actually really like against the white.  Keeps the look nice and light, instead of how it might look with a dark belt and bag.

And if you’re looking for the perfect white ankle-length jeans for Spring, look no further than the Paige Denim skyline ankle peg.  I buy a pair of these skinnies every year.  They have some stretch, but most importantly, the denim is thick enough to hide lumps, bumps, panty lines, etc.  Just wear undergarments that match your skin tone, and they will disappear under these jeans.  Most white jeans have way too much Lycra, and are too thin = unforgiving.  These are perfection!  Get a pair, you will not regret it!

Happy shopping!

Images by Kari Jenkins Photography.

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Conversely, I’ve come back around…

This Spring, sneakers and slip-ons are everywhere! The classic Chuck Taylor’s are as hot as ever, but the last time I owned a pair was in elementary school (they were pink high-tops, so rad). However, when I saw this recent pic of the fabulous Rosie Huntington-Whiteley just strolling out of LAX, even I was sold. But her Chucks didn’t look as clunky… must scour the internet for this sleek new version…

Found them! The Chuck Taylor “dainty oxford”. Brilliant. Fashionable. Perfect. Dainty. Clicked “purchase” in less than 10 seconds after finding them. They arrive in 3-5 business days, and then we shall photograph them with… everything!!
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Converse Chuck Taylor Dainty Ox: here, here & here.