Thursday, September 26, 2013

3 Ways to Transition Summer Dresses into your Fall Wardrobe

Option 1

Option 1: Patterned dress + camouflage jacket + knee high socks + combat boots + minimalist backpack + statement necklace. I've been wearing my camouflage jacket almost non-stop recently and can personally vouch that wearing a light-weight summer dress and a camouflage jacket together is perfect for fall weather. For an edgy, urban look, accessorize with a pair of knee-high socks, minimalist backpack, combat boots and a statement necklace. This look is ideal for a day spent running errands, attending class, etc. And if you swap out the minimalist backpack for a chic cross-body bag or clutch, then you have a perfect look for going out at night. 

Option 2

Option 2: Patterned dress + quirky sweater + leather riding boots + leather school bag + neutral knee high socks + classic watch. If you love anything quirky, vintage or retro-inspired then this look is for you! Cozy your patterned summer dress up with a quirky sweater and knee-high riding boots. For an extra dose of cuteness, slip on a pair of neutral colored knee-high or thigh-high socks so that just a little bit of the socks peek out from under the boots. Perfect the look with a simple watch and leather school bag. This look is perfect for days spent at the library, days spent curled up with a good read or days spent out lounging on campus with friends. 

Option 3

Option 3: Patterned dress + slouchy cardigan + simple hat + leopard print bag + platform heels + statement ear cuff. If you are looking to dress up your cardigan for a night out on the town (perhaps spent at a chic art gallery or happening fashion show?), then this is the look for you. First, grab a slouchy cardigan in a stylish fall shade like maroon or forest green. Then slip on a pair of platform heels and a simple hat. Finish the look up with a killer ear cuff and a leopard print bag. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Vintage Heart

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Hello! Today, I styled my look around my black and white cat print dress. This dress has been in constant rotation in my wardrobe so far this semester. I keep turning back to it week after week. The quirky kitty-cat print allows my personality (ahem, love for cats) to shine through. 

Due to chilly temperatures this morning, I threw on my black, ruby red and forest green plaid blazer. Plaid is one of the most popular trends this season and I couldn't be any happier about it. From cozy plaid blazers (like my blazer above) to pleated plaid skirts, I have simply fallen in love. Prepare to see a lot more of plaid on my blog this fall! 

Although many people wouldn't dare to pair this classic plaid with a quirky kitty-cat print, I love the way that the two prints look together. When styled together, they work to complement each other and really make the prints of each other stand out.

It was too cold out this morning to go out bare-legged so I slipped on a simple pair of black opaque tights followed by a pair of classic black oxfords. I accessorized with a pair of round green sunglasses, a vintage Coach bag and a faux ruby statement necklace.

This faux ruby statement necklace can be purchased (if it comes back in stock) on ShopLately for $12.99 + shipping. It is sold by a boutique that goes by the name of Vintage Heart. Isn't that such a sweet name for a jewelry shop? Vintage Heart is composed of stunning vintage-inspired jewelry and accessories. And the prices are all quite reasonable- their most expensive accessory doesn't even cost $20! Could a jewelry shop get much better than that? 

But more about the specific necklace that I ordered. This is the Ruby Clear Statement Necklace and like I mentioned earlier, it costs $12.99 + shipping. Although I just ordered it last week, it is already sold out- talk about a hot commodity! However, you can sign up to be on a waiting list to buy the necklace HERE. And if I were you, I would definitely recommend not just checking this necklace out but also checking out all of the other great pieces that Vintage Heart stocks. 

Overall, I am very pleased with this necklace. For an inexpensive necklace, the quality is phenomenal. And I'm just in love with the style/design of the necklace. It is very classic, very vintage-inspired. This necklace is a piece that I can see myself continuing to wear well into the future and with many different looks. And of course, how great would it look with some red lipstick? 

Plaid blazer: Vintage
Cat print dress: H&M
Black tights: Urban Outfitters
Round sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage Sunglasses
Black oxfords: Vintage
Black bag: Vintage Coach
Faux ruby statement necklace: Vintage Heart c/o ShopLately

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Thursday, September 19, 2013


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Hello! The weather here in Philadelphia was simply beautiful today so I took the chance to don a pair of black shorts. I styled them with one of my latest additions to my wardrobe- a tan and white tank top. Eikosi recently sent this top to me to style with one of my looks. This is the "Color Block Cropped Top in Toast," and it retails for $16.99. What I really love about this top is the versatility. The neutral colors make it easy to pair with almost any other color or print. I also love how light-weight the top is. However, the airiness of the shirt is also accompanied by a slight sheerness so I slipped a black bandeau on underneath the top.

And although the weather today here was beautiful, it wasn't quite warm enough for just a tank top and shorts so I layered a classic denim button down over my color-blocked top and slipped into a pair of black knee-highs. I also grabbed my pair of Doc Martens. I accessorized with a stylish pair of sunglasses, a statement necklace and a neutral-colored patterned tote bag. This tote bag is the perfect size for lugging my notebooks and folders to class while not feeling burdened down by it. Almost as an afterthought, I slipped on this necklace because of the way that it accentuated the colors in my bag.

Oh and I published my first article on StyleLine (Philadelphia University's student-run fashion blog) about the plaid trend this fall HERE if you want to check it out.

Black shorts: Vintage Levi's
Denim button down: Thrifted
Tan & white blouse: c/o Eikosi
Necklace: Kristin Perry Accessories c/o ShopLately
Knee-high socks: DIY out of an old pair of tights
Tribal print tote bag: Vintage
Sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage Sunglasses

**Big shout-out to Taisha of Fashionably Au Naturale for taking these photos. Thanks, girl!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Taisha and I

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Hello! Yesterday, Taisha and I posed for a few outfit photos. Taisha is one of my roommates and these photos were taken by my one of my other roommates- Lauren. You can check out Taisha's tumblr HERE.  

For my look, I wanted to evoke an edgier, more urban vibe. I began my look with a pair of black denim ripped at the knees. I topped my black denim with a neutral-colored, sleeveless button down. Although you can't really see it in these photos, the shoulders of this top are studded with silver spikes. To keep the edgier vibe going, I threw on my pair of Doc Martens. As a side note, I am finally beginning to truly break my Doc Martens in. Sure, I'm still wearing two pairs of socks when I wear them but they are much more comfortable. No more blisters or extraordinarily sore feet!

I accessorized with my leopard print cross-body (my go-to college bag) and a pair of round, tortoiseshell sunglasses. Shop Lately recently sent me these sunglasses to spotlight on my blog. These sunglasses are made by ZooShoo and are the "Leary Theory Sunglasses." They retail for $12 + shipping. I have a feeling that these sunglasses may be one of my new favorite pairs of fall sunglasses. The shape of the sunglasses is simply wonderful while the tortoiseshell print makes them extremely versatile. Talk about a great combo!

On me:
Top: Forever 21
Black denim: BDG via Urban Outfitters
Combat boots: Doc Martens
Leopard print cross-body: Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses:  ZooShoo c/o ShopLately 

On Taisha:
Jacket: H&M
Pants: Urban Outfitters
Top: Marshall's
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters
Creepers: Urban Outfitters
Jewelry: Assorted Forever 21

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Free People September: Folk Tale

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Ahh, September! One of my favorite months of the year. And how swoon-worthy is Free People's September 2013 lookbook? 

The September 2013 lookbook is entitled "Folk Tale." I really love the boho, free-spirited feel of this particular lookbook. All of the looks are so breezy, so carefree, so effortless. I love how the stylists left the model with messy bedhead; it adds enormously to the overall appeal of the looks. 

As for the clothing and accessories themselves, I think that I am in love. The quirky prints and vintage-inspired jewelry have me falling head over heels! And how could you not fall in love with the loose, oversized feel of the different shirts and dresses? 

I will definitely be turning back to this lookbook for inspiration as I plan my outfits this fall. Check out Free People HERE to find the wonderful pieces from the lookbook and many others. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Camouflage and Polka Dots

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Hello! This photograph is of an outfit that I recently wore on campus. Another Philadelphia University student, Kim Bartol, recently posted on our PhilaU Facebook page asking if anyone would be willing to do a photo shoot with her because she is really into photography. It should come as no surprise to you guys that I pretty much jumped at the chance. You can check out her photography page on Facebook HERE. 

For the photo shoot, I wanted to wear a look that embodied all of my favorite elements of fall style. So far this fall, I've really been a fan of edgier, more urban looks. Dark colors, grunge-y boots, spiked accessories and indie sunglasses are practically shouting my name. All of those elements were involved in the look above. 

I started my look out with a basic black and white polka dot dress. I have a feeling that this black and white polka dot dress may become one of my wardrobe essentials this fall. This dress can be paired with pretty much everything- it can be mixed and matched with other prints or solids, it can be layered under a sweater and jacket, it can be layered under a stylish skirt and so on and so on. For this look, I styled it with an oversize camouflage jacket. This is the perfect light-weight jacket for cool fall days. Not to mention how much I love the print...

Black combat boots, green thigh-highs, a silver spiked necklace and dark brown sunglasses completed my look. 

Polka dot dress: H&M
Green socks: c/o Soxxy
Sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Combat boots: Doc Martens
Camouflage jacket: Vintage
Necklace: Kristin Perry Accessories

**Thanks again to Kim Bartol for taking this photo! 

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Megan's Beaded Designs

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Hello! Cool temperatures yesterday allowed me to break out my green, high-rise skinny jeans for this first time this fall. These are my favorite pair of pants in my wardrobe. I just love everything about them- the high-rise fit is super flattering, the green color is ideal for fall and they are extremely versatile. I styled them with a black and white printed tee, a leopard print cross body bag and silver sandals. The perfect outfit for a day spent catching up on homework and other errands!

I accessorized with a pair of retro sunglasses (my current go-to sunglasses) and a pair of silver hoop earrings. Megan of Megan's Beaded Designs recently sent me these hoop earrings to wear on my blog. These are the Silver Lining Hoop Earrings and they sell for $16+shipping. Although I don't usually wear hoops, I am definitely a fan of these earrings. They can be worn with a simple outfit like my look above for a day spent running errands or with a stunning dress for a night out. You can check out Megan's Beaded Designs HERE

High-rise skinny jeans: BDG via Urban Outfitters
Printed top: Thrifted
Silver sandals: c/o Rocket Dog 
Leopard print crossbody: Urban Outfitters
Cat iPhone case: ebay
Retro sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Hoop earrings: c/o Megan's Beaded Designs

Friday, September 6, 2013



Hello! Today I am going to introduce you to a new online shop- Harrods. Harrods sells luxury beauty items, food &wine, gifts and fashion items. They stock items for women, men and children. Harrods carries everything that you could wish for in your wardrobe- glamorous dresses, quirky sweaters, edgy jackets, lovely lingerie, unique scarves- the list could go on and on!

Harrods stocks a plethora of designer goods. A few of my favorite designers that can be found on Harrods include Alexander Wang, Diane Von Furstenburg, Valentino, Alexander McQueen and Givenchy. They also carry The Row, J. Brand, Mulberry, Moschino Cheap & Chic, Calvin Klein, Lanvin, DKNY and numerous other designers. Below, I am going to share a list of my favorite pieces found at Harrods. Now if only, all of these pieces were in my wardrobe!

1. Alexander Wang bustier dress.  $821 Need a versatile dress that can transition from day to night flawlessly? Then this little black dress is for you! It can easily be dressed up with lots of jaunty jewels for a night out or worn with a chic sweater for the day.

2. 3.1 Phillip Lim Sculpted Dress. $696. The second that I saw this dress on Harrods, I fell in love. The leopard print pattern of this dress is superb as is the sculpted fit.

3. Diane Von Furstenberg Delyse Fit and Flare Dress. $524. Fit and flare dresses are one of my favorite types of dresses. Why? They are extremely flattering.

4. Paul by Paul Smith Fruit Print Dress. $313. Oh, how this dress caught my eye! The print is such so versatile and perfect for pairing with solids or other prints.

5. Red Valentino Flower Dot Prom Dress. $978. Although this is intended to be worn as a prom dress, it could really be worn to any formal event. I am loving the sweet floral polka dot pattern.

6. Agent Provocateur Margot Bra. $172. Such a lovely bra- I absolutely adore the lace!

7. Hanky Panky Signature Lace Bandeau Bra. $61. Perfect for layering underneath a sheer blouse or knit sweater.

8. J Brand Denim Grayson Skinny Cargo Trousers. $477. I could go on and on about these cargo trousers all day- the combination of the neutral color, sleek shape and unusual pockets make these cargo trousers my ideal pant. They could be worn while out on campus this fall with a cozy knit sweater, stylish scarf and boots or with a pair of sky-high heels and a delicate top for a night out.

9. 7 for All Mankind Slim Illusion Skinny Jeans. $305. Burgundy and high-rise? Yes, please!

10. The Kooples Fantasy Tweed-Effect Sweater. $290. The texture of this sweater makes it my ideal sweater. Imagine how much fun it would be pairing this sweater with other textured pieces- faux fur jackets, fuzzy skirts, etc.

11. Moschino Cheap & Chic 'Catwalk' Motif Cashmere Sweater. $688. This sweater is beyond adorable. Lately, anything with a cat motif or kitty-cat print on it has been flying off the shelves. Cat prints and motifs are most definitely trending at the moment. And this sweater is no exception. Trendy and cozy, this sweater is the perfect piece to update your fall wardrobe.

12. Valentino Precious Garden Silk Scarf. $368. The unique print on this scarf has me falling in love with it.

13. Stella McCartney Chunky Knit Beanie. $235. This basic knit beanie serves two purposes: it keeps you warm and it can also help you cover up a bad hair day. Talk about a win-win situation!

14. Givenchy Small Antigona Tote. $1,916. The epitome of style.

15. Whistles Patti Leather Biker Jacket. $462. Because who could resist this edgy leather jacket?

One of the great things about Harrods is that they ship worldwide. Now, I will leave you to peruse my wish list and explore Harrods more for yourself! One thing that my American readers have to be careful about is that the prices are in pounds not in dollars. I just used a simple pounds to dollars calculator to figure out the price of the items on my wish list in dollars.

***Disclaimer: Harrods provided monetary compensation for this post but I wrote the actual post and all opinions written in this post are mine.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Kristin Perry Accessories

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Hello! The weather on campus here at Philadelphia University was beautiful today. Perfect for this army-green shirt dress. This is one of my favorite dresses in my wardrobe at the moment and I was so excited to break it out today. The army-green color just screams autumn and I am simply swooning over the classic style of the dress. I am looking forward to layering this dress with lots of chunky knit sweaters and tights later on this fall/winter. Today, it was warm enough outside to don this dress without a sweater or tights. After all, it is only September. 

I grabbed my black leather backpack to carry all of my notebooks, pencils, etc. to class. Of course, my look wouldn't be complete without a print so I threw on my little leopard print boots. I accessorized with bold lipstick, retro sunglasses and a glamorous statement necklace

Shop Lately recently sent me this necklace to showcase on my blog. Unfamiliar with ShopLately? Read my last post HERE to learn more about them. ShopLately is definitely the place to go for statement necklaces! This is the second statement necklace that they have sent me and I am completely in love with it. This one is sold by Kristin Perry Accessories and is called the Beaded Bauble Statement Chain Navajo Necklace and retails for $18 with free shipping. Unfortunately, this necklace is currently sold out. However, you can join a waiting list if you would still like to buy the piece.

My eye was instantly drawn to this necklace for several reasons- the bold brown stones are breathtaking, the length is wonderful and the boho-luxe vibe about it is just too good. And when I opened up my Kristin Perry Accessories package in the mail, I was very pleased with my pick! I received this necklace in the mail on Tuesday and have actually worn it everyday since I received it. Talk about a good match!

I hope that you guys are enjoying the beginning of September! 

Army green dress: Thrifted
Leopard print boots: Target
Statement necklace: Kristin Perry Accessories c/o ShopLately
Retro sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage Sunglasses
Lipstick: Wet 'N Wild "Cinnamon Spice"
Leather backpack: Vintage Guess

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Shop Lately

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Hello! I would like to start this post with a shout-out to my roommate, Taisha of Fashionably Aú Naturale, for taking these photos. You guys should definitely go check out her tumblr and follow her. She primarily reblogs fashion-related and street style photographs. Anyway, onto what I wore today!

I started my look off with this creamy-white and black striped dress. I love the way that the stripes on the top of the dress run horizontally while the stripes on the lower portion of the dress run vertically. The gold accents on the dress (on the buttons, collar, etc.) also instantly drew my eyes to this dress. Believe it or not, this dress cost me less than $15 at Ross. How crazy is that? 

Because I knew that I would be doing a lot of walking today, I slipped my feet into my pair of Doc Martens. Still working on breaking these lovelies in! I wanted to add another pattern to my look so I grabbed my leopard print crossbody

I played up the gold accents on the dress by donning two pairs of golden studs, gold-rimmed sunglasses and a glitzy golden necklace. This glitzy golden necklace is the latest addition to my jewelry collection. And let me just say that I love it! When I saw it on ShopLately, I knew that this necklace would be the perfect addition to my collection of necklaces. This is the Bitter and Sweet Chain Necklace that Lily Wang sells on ShopLately for $16+ free shipping. 

ShopLately is a very interesting site because it is essentially an online market place where numerous jewelry designers and companies can sell their jewelry and other accessories. There is a wide range of different options on the site. Earrings, necklaces and bracelets abound. ShopLately also carries bags, hats, scarves, watches and pins among several other items. There are so many different styles to choose from that it can almost be overwhelming. Whether you are looking for a piece of jewelry that is edgy or boho or glam or classic, ShopLately is bound to have it!

And now more about this necklace. When I received it in the mail, I was ecstatic. I love the juxtaposition of edgy and girly what with the spikes and diamonds combo. Surprisingly, I also really love the length of this necklace. Typically I go for longer necklaces but I must say that this necklace has me re-evaluating that opinion. The quality of the necklace is also wonderful. I have a feeling that I may have a hard time putting this necklace down this fall!

Striped dress: Ross
Combat boots: Doc Martens
Golden necklace: Lily Wang c/o ShopLately
Sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Leopard print crossbody: Urban Outfitters
Earrings: Forever 21

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