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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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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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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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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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Polka Dots, Spikes, and Chains

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Dress: Zara. Necklace: Zara (similar ). Bag: Zara (similar here & here). Shoes: Saint Laurent (new collection here)

I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m a girly-girl, but every so often I just have an overwhelming desire to wear a flippy dress with a bow. Classic feminine style. It was unseasonably warm here in FL the other week, so I took my girly-girl ensemble to the street – okay, just to a lunch. But I couldn’t resist sneaking in an edgy chain-link necklace under that bow tie, just to contrast from the frill. The studded cross-body mini bag also toughens it up a bit, too. Gotta counteract the uncharacteristically pink lipstick, too. I really don’t know what came over me.

And what shoes does one wear with a girly-girl dress? 5-inch Saint Laurents, naturally 😉

Images by Kari Jenkins Photography

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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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1 Sweater, 3 Ways (part three)

20140113-114836.jpgHave you ever worn hair extensions? If you have, I’m so jealous, you are amazingly confident! But for the rest of us chickens, we’re terrified to even try them, right? “They’re going to look fake!” “People will know!” “What if they fall out?!” Well I’m here to tell you, it’s waaaaay easier than you think. I have no idea why I waited so long to try them.

As I was trying to find a third way to recycle this green holiday sweater, I wanted to do something really different, and tried this boho glam look. But I don’t have the requisite long, beachy waves like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley when she wears a floppy hat. So I decided to fake it.

I went to Ulta, and looked at the entire row devoted to extensions, and was a little overwhelmed. But once I figured out what color I needed for my grown-out ombré, it was ridiculously easy to put them in and actually wear them. These are the hairdo. 16″ Ombré Extension by Ken Paves – yes, Jessica Simpson’s hairstylist. You clip up the top half of your hair, snap in the extensions with the six super strong clips (these extensions will NOT budge), then let down the top half of your hair over them, and just blend it all together. Voila! Long glamorous hair!

And you know what, if others find out that they’re fake, who cares?! It’s a fun temporary accessory, and if you feel like a Victoria’s Secret supermodel for a few hours, then that’s all that matters 🙂

All images by Kari Jenkins.

Sweater: J.Crew . Jeans: Zara. Boots: Jimmy Choo. Hat: Eric Javits. Extensions: Ulta. Bag: Alexander Wang

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And here are all 3 looks together. One holiday sweater – three ways to wear it year round. Thanks for reading!
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1 Sweater, 3 Ways (part two)

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Hi everyone! Welcome to part two of “how to recycle a holiday sweater”. Yesterday we took this festive green sweater and turned it into a polished everyday work outfit. Now we’re going to make it a little edgier, just by changing out the accessories. Add a pretty-freaking-realistic faux leather jacket, studded oxfords (on sale right now!), a studded bag, and my favorite Warby Parker frames, and you’ve got a great city-chic alternative. Just a few little tweaks, that’s it!

Tomorrow we’re going boho glam for part three…. So excited!

All images by Kari Jenkins.

Sweater: J.Crew . Jeans: Zara. Jacket: Billabong. Shoes: Zara. Glasses: Warby Parker. Bag: Alexander Wang
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