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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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Leather ‘n Lime

If you are reading this blog post and are currently wearing various shades of grey, or brown, maybe navy, or perhaps black… This is an Intervention. 🙂

Time to TURN UP THE COLOR!! Even if it’s just a bright scarf, or really fun socks. Start small if you want to. Have fun with your outfits every day, wear vibrant colors that make you happy, colors that make you glow. Because wearing all black might be slimming, but it sure doesn’t do much to illuminate your complexion and your radiance.

And the best part? You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make this change. This bright lime green sweater? Old Navy. $15. And it takes this average black & grey outfit from boring to exciting, IMHO 🙂

Also making an appearance are my faaaaavorite leather leggings from J.Brand, last seen here and here. They seriously go with everything. I always advocate that you invest in the classic pieces, and save on the trendy ones.

Okay, so let’s recap: our 2015 wardrobe resolution is to Wear. More. Color.

Happy shopping!

Images by Kari Jenkins Photography.

Makeup by Julie Funkey 

Pants: J.Brand. Boots: Hunter. Sweater: Old Navy (try the mint or red!). Coat: Banana Republic (similar here, here, and here). Tee: J.Crew. Scarf: Zara. Bag: Alexander Wang.

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Hunter & Highland

I’m so thrilled that it’s almost officially Winter… which means it’s more like Fall weather here in Florida 😉

It’s easy to swap out your footwear to make a warm-weather outfit into a cold-weather outfit.  Throw on some over-the-knee boots with that summer dress, and a leather jacket, and you’ve got a whole new look.  These are the Stuart Weitzman Highlands.  Perfect.  In every way possible.

Or, my personal favorite is wearing my Hunter boots with EVERYTHING.  Mine are the Hunter Tour packable version, with a narrow calf and more flexible fit compared to the originals.  I needed them here since my photographer extraordinaire, Kari Jenkins, has been dying to shoot at the Walter Jones Historic Park.  So we trudged down the path and found the perfect ray of sunshine 🙂

Stay warm, everyone!

Images by Kari Jenkins Photography.

Makeup by Julie Funkey  (gorgeous, isn’t it?!?!)

Dress: Zara (similar).  Jacket: Zara. Necklace: Stella & Dot. Hunter Tour boots.  Stuart Weitzman Highland boots.  Bag: Zara (similar here, here & here). Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

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Fair Isle + Leather

Yup. It’s cold. Gonna be cold for awhile. So…. lucky for us, it’s leather leggings time, once again! Yay!

If you’ve been thinking about buying some leather leggings, please just go for it. You will love them! These J.Brand skinnies are still one of my favorite pieces in my closet for both dressy and casual looks. And while leather always loosens a bit (buy at least one size down!), these haven’t lost their shape, since the leather is bonded to a stretch fabric. So smart, those folks at J.Brand 🙂

I’m also a new fan of the color red, thanks to this little gingham workhorse shirt from J.Crew that just seems to go with everything. J.Crew has some new patterns for the fall/winter season, and I also just bought this beautiful plaid from Banana Republic (photos coming soon! I’ve been wearing it nonstop!!).

And who doesn’t love a good tribal or fair isle print sweater?! They are still “in”, so we can recycle from last season – thank goodness. Some good ones this season are here, here, and here. And if you don’t want an actual print, try this ombré one. And I must own this one… Must.

Stay warm!

Images by Kari Jenkins Photography.

Sweater: Zara. Blouse: J.Crew. Pants: J.Brand. Shoes: Enzo Angiolini c/o Nordstrom Rack. Necklace: J.Crew. Bag: Zara. Sunglasses: Prada.

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And I’m pretty sure a bug hit me in the face during this next shot… Hah!
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Back in Business (attire)

Hi everyone!  Took a little hiatus for a few months, and now I’m back in business!

Spring has sprung, so it’s time to take all the Fall/Winter pieces in our closets and find new ways to re-purpose them for the warmer weather.

First up:  J.Brand leather skinnies

I love a crisp, striped button-down, and I wear this particular J.Crew basic for work all the time. But for a day of shopping or dinner with friends, instead of pairing it with jeans or capris, I prefer something a little more unexpected. These J.Brand leather pants are such a workhorse in my wardrobe (worth every penny!), and I love them with this look. Add some Prada sunnies, and cute cap-toe ballet flats, and we’ve got casual sophistication… my favorite 🙂

Images by Kari Jenkins Photography

Pants: J.Brand. Blouse: J.Crew Clutch: J.Crew Flats: J.Crew Sunglasses: Prada
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Jimmy Choo ‘Gypsy’ OTK = perfection

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So I promised you more from my first blog shoot, and here is the next installment…

I suffer from the affliction known as “narrow calf syndrome”.  You might be thinking, ummm that’s not really a problem?  But I’m here to assure you, it is indeed a real problem.  When you can’t find knee-high or OTK boots that don’t sag and slouch around your miserably scrawny legs, you resign yourself to the fact that maybe you’re just destined to wear ankle boots for the rest of your life (which wouldn’t be so bad, truthfully, but what a shame to miss out on so many great fashion moments with tall boots…)

I can’t tell you how many boots I’ve tried on over the years, only to be met with disappointment that “narrow calf syndrome” has struck again.  So when I saw the Jimmy Choo ‘Gypsy’ black suede over-the-knee boots at Neiman’s, with a hefty price tag no less, I almost talked myself out of trying them.  “Why would these boots be any different from the last 37 I’ve tried?!”  But something told me that the universe was finally going to change my luck.  And I was right.

THEY.  ARE.  PERFECT.  Seriously, divine.  Those designers at Jimmy Choo understand how to craft a suede shaft that hugs but doesn’t squeeze the leg (because the ‘sausage casing’ look is just as bad as the floppy ‘I-look-like-a-little-kid-wearing-my-mom’s-boots’ look).  It doesn’t matter what your legs look like, or the circumference of your calves.  As long as your boots fit your leg, then it works.

These Jimmy Choo’s are a classic, a true wardrobe staple.  And you might call me crazy, but that is worth every (exorbitant) penny.  So here’s my homage to the Gypsy boot.  These pics don’t even do them justice, so will spend my life trying to capture their essence and perfection on film.  Or maybe at least another three outfits 😉

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IMG_4966 IMG_4967 IMG_4969 IMG_4979  IMG_5041 IMG_5012 IMG_5013 IMG_5014 IMG_5027  Boots: Jimmy Choo.  Skirt: Banana Republic (sold out) (similar here & here).  Blouse: J.Crew (similar here & here).  Bag: Alexander Wang.  Necklaces: J.Crew