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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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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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Happy Neon Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!

One of my resolutions for my 2015 wardrobe is to turn up the color. I look in my closet and see so much grey and black and navy. Time to start pairing those items with more vibrant accents… so naturally I’ll start with neon yellow! Why not?! It’s a happy, electric color that looks killer with a classic black leather jacket.

You’ll be seeing more color from here on out… how about lime green, bright fuschia, and cobalt blue? Yes please!

And I’m also working on stepping out of my makeup comfort zone, and playing with colors I wouldn’t normally choose. Thanks to the amazing Julie Funkey for the gorgeous eye shadow and lip colors, so soft and pretty 🙂

I hope you have a fun fashion year, too… don’t be afraid to experiment with color and express yourself!

Images by Kari Jenkins Photography.

Makeup by Julie Funkey 

Dress: BCBG “Lucea”. Jacket: Zara. Necklace: J.Crew. Shoes: Jean-Michel Cazabat

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The first cold snap…

Cold weather is here in Florida! Yay! Time to rotate all the sweaters and hats and boots into the closet, and get all bundled up. I love wearing outfits like this, especially my Bailey hat, which is perfect for hiding messy hair 😉

Stay Warm!

Images by Kari Jenkins Photography.

Jacket: Banana Republic. Blouse: J.Crew. Skirt: Blank NYC. Scarf: Pendleton. Boots: Prada. Hat: Bailey. Bag: Alexander Wang. Tights: cheap drugstore brand 🙂
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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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If you’ve ever wanted to…

If you’ve ever wanted to get your makeup done by a professional, but you keep putting it off and eventually decide that you can do a fine job of it on your own… I’m here to tell you, it is awesome!! And let’s be clear, wedding makeup doesn’t count. I’m talking about pampering yourself for no good reason other than to have fun and unleash your inner supermodel that we all have within ourselves.

Don’t believe me? Check out what Miss Amber Flowers at Cortello Salon created in just 45 minutes. She is a magician, literally. I showed up for my appointment with ZERO makeup on. No tinted moisturizer, no Touch Éclat undereye concealer, nothing. Just my usual bedhead, blemishes and blotchiness in tow. I had checked out her portfolio beforehand, and wow, she can really transform people, both models and everyday folks like myself. After she expertly applied my foundation, concealer, bronzer, blush, highlighter, eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara, a few fake lashes, lip liner, lipstick, and lip gloss (whew!), she turned me around so I could see the finished product, and I swear to you, I shrieked out loud. Like, I didn’t even recognize myself, at all. Didn’t I just look like a bum off the street only a few minutes ago?! Amazing. Simply amazing. And Amber had me laughing the entire time, she is insanely funny, and totally gorgeous, so she practices what she preaches.

Will I wear this much makeup every single day? Obviously not. But for my blog pics, date night, or a girls night out, I will definitely do this again.

So, If you’ve ever wanted to get your makeup done by a professional, and you aren’t sure that it’s worth it, the answer is YES YES YES! It is! Go for it, you will feel like a million bucks 💋

If you live in the Jacksonville, FL area, you can book a makeup application or lesson with Amber by calling Cortello Salon at (904) 853-6222. Her website is so stunning, and check her out on Instagram at @amberflowers, or on Twitter. She is totally amazeballs, you guys.

Images by Kari Jenkins.

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Intervention.

20140113-205146.jpgHave you ever been so obsessed with a piece of clothing, that you wear it way too much? Season after season, it just goes with everything you own, so you keep wearing it. Over and over and over. Your friends and family might have even staged an intervention because they’re worried about your unhealthy attachment to this clothing item. For me, it’s my black wool trench coat. Several years ago in NYC, I saw a woman on the street with the most perfect winter coat. So perfect that I literally turned around and ran after her, like a crazy person, to ask her where she got it. Zara, she said. Thank God, I thought, something I can actually afford. And thank God there’s a Zara on every corner in New York.

I’ve been besties with that coat ever since. It needs no accessories. No scarf, no jewelry. It’s perfect on its own. So here’s my homage to the most versatile workhorse in my closet. I love you, Zara coat, xoxo.

And thank you to my beautiful friend, Cynthia, who took these beautiful pictures, and who convinced me that a vacant auto shop in the middle of nowhere really would be the perfect place to photograph a trench coat. Smartest woman I know.

Boots: Jimmy Choo.  Coat: Zara (similar here, here , here). Gloves: Zara (similar here & here). Bag: Alexander Wang.
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