What-to-Wear for: Summer Day Trip!

One of my favorite parts about summer is that there is so much more time to just get away. Road trips, day trips, weekend getaways, whatever it is you prefer, it’s always a great experience to just explore a new place with old friends. The biggest downside: so much time in the car. The only reason that’s really a problem is because it’s uncomfortable. Picking just the right outfit that’s cute, ready for any weather, and that you can wear for hours in a cramped space without wanting to take it off is hard. Here are a few staples to incorporate into your ‘getaway’ wardrobe to help make the ride a little bit smoother:

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

The t-shirt dress is always a friend. Wear a tight one if you’re confident, a loose one if you’re going to eat/drink a lot, or a maxi one if you’re not that graceful a person. This gray tank dress just yells (irony) “I’m chill!” and a black t-shirt dress is chic without even meaning to be. If you wanted something a bit more formal, try a colored take with some nice ruching. Now it’s time for layering. Step one: throw on a jean vest (bonus points if it’s super faded or acid washed). A cloth green vest thing (I don’t know how to describe the green vest above) is a cool alternative, especially with the gray tank dress. Step two: layer again with a denim jacket or an oversized leather jacket, if you have one. For the more proper yellow dress, I would just layer it with the ultra-casual rain jacket above – I love how cool it’d make the dress look. Next, the shoes. For possibilities of rougher terrain, try combat boots. If you’re going to walk a lot, tie on some sneaks. And if you’re confident that it won’t rain and want to show off your pedicure, wear cute sandals (tip: a t-strap is less likely to dig into your feet and hurt over time than a regular flipflop is). All you need now are some cool summer bangles and a tan fringed backpack – and you’re ready to go, go, go.

Trending Tuesday: Nautical with a Twist

It’s almost June and officially summer now, so you know what that means: a flurry of nautical-inspired outfits are coming our way. I’ve always been a fan of the nautical look; the stripes, the anchors, being able to wear red, white & blue without looking like July 4th threw up on you. But why not mix it up a bit?

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Make nautical a little edgy instead of keeping it safe and filled-to-the-brim with prep. These white, buttoned shorts (Forever21, $23) are perfect for a boat get-away, or just looking like you’re on one. Add a tank with stripes that are balanced out with cool heather gray (sarahaghili.com, $27) to avoid being too cliché. Layer on a faux leather vest (Forever21, $18) and pair with some combat boots (gojane.com, $33) to add a bad-girl vibe to the normally good-girl aesthetic. Try Essie’s “Naughty Nautical” polish, and some fab jewelry from Etsy (bracelets: $8, anchor necklace: $14) for some girly details with a splash of color. Finish with a bright red cuff (Mango, $15) for an unexpected bit of va-va-voom.

Trending Tuesday: Look Electric Cool in Electric Blue

From HarpersBazaar.com.

From HarpersBazaar.com.

Taking some inspiration from the Cannes Film Festival street style, I put together a couple of outfits featuring electric blue and stark white. I love the high contrast, and it’s a more colorful alternative to graphic black and white for spring.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Keep it casual and cool with a cool blue crop top and white capri-length jeans. Add thick-soled sneakers and gold bangles to keep it edgy. Get a more girly look with a pretty, detailed top and white flares – pair with brown booties and a beaded bracelet to add a little country. Wear blue to a more formal outing with a blue bodysuit, worn with a white skater skirt over it. Add contrasting heels (with an ankle strap for bonus trendy points!) and a gold chain necklace to keep it elegant with a modern twist.

Sales Sunday!

Hope your Sunday has been lovely! Where I am it’s been gray and rainy, a perfect day for some lazy shopping and snuggling up in bed with a good book. Here’s a sales roundup to make your week just as nice as your Sunday!

New York & Co.: For the rest of today, get $50 off $100 with code 3161 or $25 off $50 with code 3160. Also, 30% off everything with code 3380, and BOGO 50% off new arrivals!

H&M: All over great sale going on, stuff starting at $5. Was just there today and there are great dress pants for $15 and even dresses for $10!

Banana Republic: Ends today, 30% off purchase of $150+. Also today, they had 40% the store (where I live, anyways).

JC Penney’s: 40% swim for all, 30-70% off clearance, and a lot of sales on furniture.

J. Crew: 20% off women’s clothing with code look20.

Charlotte Russe: BOGO for $12.50 on dresses and shoes, and they have their blowout sale starting at $5 going on right now!

Macy’s: “The Great American Summer Sale” is going on – 20-50% off.

Victoria’s Secret: Annual swim sale, 25-40% off swim.

Ann Taylor: Extra 50% off sale items right now until 11AM tomorrow.

Express: BOGO 50% off shorts.

I hope this will help you have a very good week! Stay fabulous!

Trending Tuesday: Bikini Round-Up

It may be only May, but lots of us have only one thing on our minds – summer. Everyday it’s getting closer and – hopefully – sunnier. Soon pools will open and beaches will get crowded as heck . . . which can only mean one thing: you need a bikini wardrobe, ASAP! Luckily, there are plenty of cost-friendly pieces to choose from. Here are a few picks that are perfect for any fabulous poor girl:

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

There are so many style you can choose from when it comes to swimsuits. Go retro with a striped halter and high-waisted bottoms, or pick a sleek and modern monokini. Be spirited and fun with a very American take on the strapless bikini, or go wild and crazy with a fringe piece in a fun color. Have the best of both worlds by combining a crocheted, vintage bikini top with a sleeker, color-blocked bottom.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Need something to throw on for the ride home? Pick from these stylish cover-ups and you’ll look good all the way home. A classic white cover-up is the easiest choice, but don’t be afraid to choose an electric mesh dress if you want some ‘wow’ factor. A stylish sarong is easy and ever-so-chic; choose a retro polka dot print or a sexy animal print – whatever fits your mood! Need something that can take you to dinner on the boardwalk too? Try a simple maxi dress in black to add some sophistication to your beach style.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Want to add some more fun to your beach look? Pile on these summer-ready accessories. Long, layered necklaces make your look chic in seconds flat, and piled up rings add some necessary edge. A cool hat not only helps your look, it also keeps you safe from harmful sun rays! Throw on some über cool sunglasses (cateyes and colored aviators are huge right now) and you’re ready to go!

 

A Prom for Punk

The Costume Institute Gala, put on by the Met each year, is one of the greatest fashion splendors to behold. If I was given the trade-off of fifteen years of my life for the ability to attend this great event even once, well, I’d have a LOT of thinking to do. While this year wasn’t as dazzling as some I’ve seen, it still looked like a heck of a lot of fun.

The theme was punk to celebrate the new exhibit “From Chaos to Couture,” which is a great theme in my opinion, although hard for a lot of celebrities to pull off. Surprisingly, there wasn’t a lot of McQueen or Jean Paul Gaultier, but there were a few looks that really hit the mark, in my opinion. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Rooney Mara – one of the very few that could actually make white look punk, especially at this event. Filled to the brim with celebrities, models, and icons, the Met Ball’s theme of punk sometimes took a backseat to the need for glamour. Glamour is good and all, and J. Law looked fabulous, but punk is more about the nitty-gritty. Here, Mara strikes the perfect balance. The white lace and frills of the dress were tethered down with the structure and zipper details. White sandals with gold accents modernized the look, but in a rock ‘n roll kind of way that still made sense. The darkness punk really comes in with Mara’s beauty look – the dark lipstick. A daring move, especially since it would be so striking against her pale skin, but it worked oh-so well. Snaps for Mara for bringing punk and glam together in perfect harmony.

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Cara Delevingne in Burberry and Genevieve Jones jewelry.

Meet this year’s toughest model – Cara Delevingne. This dress was the best at getting the modern, celebrity punk look. The look could cross over as a hip-hop look too, and was a little more mainstream than punk usually was, but it was great. Spikes all over, heavy black makeup, pointy jewelry, and a studded white bag all worked to make a ‘stay away from’ kind of look, and I’d say Delevingne got the stare down pretty well, too.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci.

All you need to get the perfect punk look is some metallic gold, some black netting, and a few shiny feathers. Add a risqué see-through spot, some big earrings, and dark pink lipstick and it’ll be even better!

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Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior.

Okay, so pastel may not be what you first think of when you think ‘punk.’ BUT mixing colors you wouldn’t think to mix and adding pops of yellow, and doing it all in an asymmetrical fashion is very, very punk. I love how Cotillard went with the cheerful, more energetic side of punk and used light colors – and then accented them with checkered, dark heels. And the little white bag? Precious!

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Michelle Williams in Saint Laurent.

Edgy hair + glittering headband + loose, black, high-low dress + t-strap platform heels + box clutch = punk queen. Her whole luck just screams effortless cool, which is what punk is all about, right?

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Mary Kate Olsen

I know, I know, don’t shoot me okay? But how can you say this coat doesn’t look like something Robert Mapplethorpe (I’m currently reading Just Kids and obsessing), or countless other punk icons, would pick up? The strappy sandals, the long necklace, the kinky, long hair – I’m loving everything about this look. I’d say this is the most fearless outfit of the evening.

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Ashley Greene in Marchesa.

The Prom Queen of this Punk Gala has arrived. Greene looked like a flawless, dark vixen in this (very) grown-up version of a big gothic prom dress. What could you even say is wrong with it? Marchesa makes royalty out of anyone who wears their dresses, and this is no different.

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Anne Hathaway in vintage Valentino.

Whoever thought Hathaway could do punk? Many are saying this is redeeming her for the Oscars dress – I agree. The hair’s great, the dress is great – the sparkles look like runs through pantyhose almost, which is perfect for a punk-themed party. The feather trim on the sleeves and the yellow nail polish add just enough unexpected party to the look, and her makeup isn’t too overdone. Props, girl.

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Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs.

Cyrus went all the way, and I love it. I know a lot of people hate on her short hair, but I give her credit for breaking from the Disney mold. If you’re going to do something like that, you’ve got to go all-or-nothin’, or it looks like it’s forced. Cyrus is really just letting her personality and personal style fly free now, and I dig it. The imperfect netting of the dress, the crazy, crazy hair and the bright red lips – how can you not feel joy when you see someone step out of their comfort zone and still look THIS good?

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SJP in Giles, with a Phillip Treacy hat.

I don’t know if SJP will ever not be on any of my favorites lists for red carpets – she just has too much fun with fashion, and that’s what it’s all about! The abstract print on this dress and the billowing, unusual structure may not be traditional punk, but it’s just different enough to work. Plus, her hat – please, I’m dying (in a great way).

Now, time for a couple of awards:

Best Punk Facial Expression:

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Kristen Stewart. She’s got that look DOWN (with her face – not so much the outfit).

Best Dressed Male:

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Derek Blasberg. I love this man’s sense of humor and I love that he incorporates it into fashion.

Hope you enjoyed the highlights! Happy Tuesday!

(All images: harpersbazaar.com, except for Blasberg – from his instagram.)

 

This Fabulous Look, for Less!

I’ll admit it – I’m a huge fangirl for many people in the fashion industry. But perhaps my favorite, and the one I like to call my spirit animal, is Derek Blasberg. He came from St. Louis to New York to attend NYU, and worked his way up from assistant to big-name fashion editor. Every week I diligently read his best-dressed list he writes for “Harper’s Bazaar,” and this week he featured a couple of outfits that are perfect to find a low cost spin of.

Atlanta de Cadenet and Harley Viera Newton, taken from Harpersbazaar.com.

Atlanta de Cadenet and Harley Viera Newton, taken from Harpersbazaar.com.

The polka dots are sweet and cute, but the color palette helps the looks from being too reminiscent of the girls’s grade school years. The best part about the look is that it’s so easy to recreate, even on a tight budget.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Be a little flirty with a polka dot blouse (welikefashion.com, $46) and swirly skater skirt (houseoffraser.co.uk, $23). A nude colored heel is unexpected, and the chain on this one adds a little edge (Zara, $50). Bling it up with a statement necklace (newlook.com, $23), but keep it silver to make the outfit a little more mature.

Try a flowing shift dress with polka dots all over (newlook.com, $26) to look grown-up but with a playful side. Strappy black heels (Zara, $50) and a black and white purse (ebay) are all you need to finish off the look – add some red lipstick if you’re daring, though!