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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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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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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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En-trenched in the holiday spirit

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Trench: Zara (old) (similar here).  Jeans: AG.  Shoes: Jean-Michel Cazabat.  Bag: Alexander Wang.  Gloves: Zara (old) (similar here & here)

Today is a fun-filled day of holiday shopping, and I have to admit, I’m feeling lazy, so I used the oldest trick in the book: throw on a classic khaki belted trench, and you have instant chic!

This one is a little bit shorter in length, a little flirtier, belted nice and tight to create that ladylike flare.  I also can’t stop wearing these fab Jean-Michel Cazabat pumps, they are a ridiculously gorgeous Marant knockoff, and yet strangely comfortable.  You will be seeing these beauties quite often 😉

Wishing you all luck as you conquer the crowds this weekend to get your shopping done, too!

Photos by the talented and sweet Kari Jenkins, of www.karijenkinsphotography.com!