Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Giant Vintage Sunglasses

Giant Vintage Sunglasses

Hello! You guys probably already know of my love of sunglasses. Heart-shaped, cat-eye, strawberry-shaped, classic shapes and fun colors; I've rocked them all. And for this, I have Giant Vintage Sunglasses to thank. They are great at keeping my collection of sunglasses up to date. Today, I bring you the 4 must-have sunglasses for the quickly approaching spring/summer season.

1. Classic tortoise sunglasses. You can't go wrong with classics. This spring switch your classic black sunglasses with a pair of classic tortoise sunglasses. Check out this great pair on Giant Vintage for $24 here.

2. Round sunglasses. Ring, ring; the seventies are calling! Seventies style sunglasses like these round shades are looking to be a big hit this spring/summer. And unlike other trends, this one won't leave your wallet hurting; these sunglasses can be found on Giant Vintage for just $24 here.

3. Heart sunglasses. I can never get enough of my heart sunglasses. They add the perfect amount of quirkiness to almost every look. Heart sunglasses can be found here on Giant Vintage for just $20.

4. "Fun sunglasses." Whether it be polka dot or bicycle shaped sunglasses, be sure to equip your spring/summer wardrobe with at least one pair of fun shades. Add them to spice up a simple outfit or wear them to the beach and stand out from all the other beach-goers. Find the polka dot shades featured above on Giant Vintage for $24 here.

***Disclaimer: Giant Vintage Sunglasses occasionally sends me sunglasses (for free) to wear/ style on my blog. However, they did not request that I post this post or monetarily compensate me for it. Through my collaboration with Giant Vintage Sunglasses, I have found a brand that carries sunglasses that I truly love. I am posting this article with the intent of sharing my love of Giant Vintage Sunglasses with my readers and also with the purpose of informing you, my readers, what I consider the four must-have sunglasses for this spring/summer of 2013.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Lots of Layers

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Hello! This look involved lots of layering. I started off with a leopard print, sleeveless button up as a base. I love the way that the collar of the blouse stands out from under this vintage, feminine dress. I layered a creamy, knit sweater over the blouse and dress. This sweater sure has been a life-saver this fall/winter! It is perfect to slip on with almost any look for a little extra warmth and comfort.

It was slightly too chilly for bare legs so I grabbed a pair of knee-high socks to pair with my combat boots. These combat boots are most definitely my go-to pair of shoes. Hello, instant style!

I chose to accentuate the collar of my blouse by pinning on a small gold pin on the lapel. Recently, I've been obsessing over pins. They are such a chic, no-fuss way to add detail to any look. I also decided to load my wrist with an armful of gold bracelets and a gold watch. Layering on bracelets upon bracelets is the perfect way to spotlight your manicure.

Like usual, my look was finished up with a great pair of Giant Vintage Sunglasses. These particular sunglasses are particularly impressive. Like the sunglasses in my last post, I recently received these to style on my blog. I did not pick them out but whoever did certainly knows my style/ taste in sunglasses! These are the perfect sunglasses for me- I love the gold trim and classic, effortless feel that they give off.

Pink dress: Vintage
Knit sweater: Forever 21(similar)
Knee-high socks: DIY from an old pair of American Eagle tights (similar)
Watch: Inherited from my grandfather
Bracelets: Assorted vintage and Cross Roads Trading (similar)
Leopard print blouse: Vintage
Classic sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage Sunglasses
Combat boots: Target
Gold pin: Vintage

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Tortoise Sunglasses

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As spring quickly approaches, I find myself wanting to ditch my winter apparel entirely and jump forth into spring styles. However, the weather does not always allow that. So instead of abandoning my winter wardrobe completely, I have been mixing fall/winter styles with fresh, spring pieces.

One of those spring pieces happens to be this nautical striped top. Although, I definitely consider it a piece better suited for spring rather than winter (the navy/cream stripes and cropped fit practically scream spring), it is a great transitional piece. It is superbly easy to layer and I keep finding myself reaching for it...again and again and again. I decided to pair it with a dark-rinse denim jacket to keep warm today. Denim jackets are another one of my favorite transitional pieces. They can simply be styled a million and one ways. To read three ways to style them, check out my article HERE.

Today, I also donned this airy, cream-colored skirt to add movement to my look. Finally, I completed my look with leopard print boots and tortoise sunglasses.  I recently received these sunglasses to style on my blog from Giant Vintage Sunglasses and let me just say, I am in LOVE with them.  Why do I love them so much? They give off such a classic, effortless vibe that I find impossible to resist. In addition, most of Giant Vintage's sunglasses cost less than $30. What a steal! You can check out a similar pair of sunglasses to mine HERE.

Striped top: The Limited (thrifted) (similar)
Cream skirt: Vintage (similar)
Leopard print boots: Target
Denim jacket: Vintage Ralph Lauren (similar)
Sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage Sunglasses
Briefcase: Vintage

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Maroon Adventure

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Hello! If you know me, then you know my passion for maroon. I decided to go on a little maroon adventure and experiment with mixing different shades of maroon and burgundy together through these outfits.
Sometimes I find it easier to style a look around an accessory like a pair of tights instead of a dress, top, etc. so I decided to start my look with these simple, maroon tights. The second that I slipped them on, I knew that I had to style them with my vintage Houndstooth blazer which features maroon in the pattern. Instead of opting for a plain dress, I chose to switch things up with an olive green romper. Who says that you can't wear rompers in February? The look was perfected with another dose of maroon in the form of a hat. Simple brown sunglasses and strappy black heels wrapped up the look. 

For my sister's look, I started with this burgundy, lace dress. There are so many ways to style this dress! I never get tired of exploring new ways to style it. You can see how I last styled it HERE. This time, I paired it with a gorgeous vintage sweater and motorcycle boots. One of the reasons for my love of this dress-sweater combo is that the embellishments of the sweater really complement the burgundy/maroon color of the dress. I also had Missi throw on a tan-colored hat because truly, who can say no to a good hat? Her look was completed with the addition of a pair of over-sized black sunglasses which I won in a giveaway on True Blue Abbi.

To add to the vintage appeal of our looks, we posed in a woodsy setting located just a few minutes from our house. Missi and I also grabbed a few books to pose with off of my bookshelf. Missi posed with a copy of Les Miserables which I have yet to read. However, it's on my list of "to read" books. I posed with Wuthering Heights which I recently read in school. It definitely wasn't my favorite book but wasn't my least favorite either. Have you guys read either of these books? Do you have a favorite out of the two?

I hope that you guys are enjoying your week! We only have about a week left until March begins. I can already smell the spring blossoms! 

On me:
Olive green romper: Forever 21
Houndstooth blazer: Vintage
Maroon hat: Vintage
Maroon tights: H&M
Black heels: Naturalizer
Sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage Sunglasses

On Missi:
Lace dress: c/o Lulu's
Embellished sweater: Vintage
Boots: Charlotte Russe
Hat: Vintage
Sunglasses: Giant Vintage Sunglasses

Sunday, February 17, 2013

3 Ways to Wear a Denim Jacket

Option 1

Option #1: Denim jacket+ polka dot dress+ floppy hat+ simple flatforms+ city tote. Flea markets and farmer's markets are the perfect locations to debut this look. The hat protects you from the sun and the tote bag is large enough to store your purchases (or at least some of them).
Option 2

Option #2: Calling all of my edgy followers! Often denim jackets are sweetened up with girly florals but styling them with skull leggings eliminates the sweetness factor and amps up the edge. To keep the edgy vibe going, accessorize with spiked jeweley and spiked combat boots. You can't get much tougher than spiked combat boots! To complete the look, grab a simple black cropped tank and leopard print backpack.
Option 3

Option #3: Boho, boho, boho; in the spring, I just can't get enough! This outfit is the perfect winter to spring transition outfit. Start your look with a basic black tee and neutral maxi skirt. Pile on a denim jacket and shade your eyes from the sun with a pair of cool Ray-Bans. Tribal wedges and a fringe backpack finish the look off.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Coca Cola

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Hello! My sister posed for a few photos with me yet again. This photo shoot was inspired by the fifties. Cue cat-eye sunglasses and Coca-Colas.

For this look, I donned a pair of high-rise skinny jeans. I simply love any and every thing high-rise. I tucked a leopard print blouse into my jeans and threw on a faux leather jacket. I accessorized with cat eye sunglasses and red lipstick. Jeffrey Campbell’s instantly added a few inches to my already tall frame. 

I also styled my sister in a black, red and white look. A star print high-low hem dress worked as the base for her look. To keep from freezing, she slipped into a chunky red sweater. Gold sunglasses and a black turban head band added a bit more flair to her look. Matching gold loafers finished her look off.

On me:
Denim: BDG via Urban Outfitters (similar)
Faux leather jacket: Marshall's (similar)
Leopard print shirt: Vintage
Platform heels: Jeffrey Campbell (similar)
Cat-eye sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage Sunglasses
Red lipstick: Wet 'N Wild (similar)
Black hat: Vintage (similar)

On Missi:
Star print dress: ShopCalico
Red sweater: Vintage
Cat-eye sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage Sunglasses
Gold loafers: Target

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

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I hope that you guys all have a great Valentine's Day!
Minnie Mouse sweater: DIY
Checked pants: Vintage
Backpack: Urban Outfitters
Black oxfords: Vintage (similar)
Sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Hat: Vintage (similar)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Spring 2013 Trend Report: The Sixties

The Sixties

Sixties Beauty

The sixties are baaaaack! And I couldn't be happier. Although you may first think of hippie inspired looks when you think of the sixties, mod prints and black/white combos were also popular during the decade. In my opinion, the designer who debuted the best sixties inspired collection this season was Marc Jacobs. Black and white graphic prints? Check. Mixing of different graphic prints? Check. Updated sixties styles? Check. Now I just have to figure out where I can get similar looks without going broke; I think that I may try my hand at a DIY or two in order to stock this trend in my wardrobe.

Not only did Marc Jacobs nail the laidback, mod ensembles but he also sent his models down the runway with flawless sixties hair. I am seriously swooning over the big, poufy hair styles that the models wore. My hair may not be quite long enough to pull them off yet but I can guarantee you that I will try. Oh, Bridget Bardot how I long for your enviable hair! I will definitely also be rocking the Twiggy eye makeup this spring.

Anyone else planning on trying out any of these trendy sixties inspired styles?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Spring Fever

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Hello! As you can probably infer from these photos, I have caught spring fever. Visions of pastels, florals and sandals dance in my head. I put a little photo shoot together with my sister, Missi, to display my yearning for spring.

My look began with this blue-gray faux fur jacket. This is the second item that I received from Haute Juncture and I must say that I love it. Why? Let me count down the top three reasons why this jacket is my latest obsession. 1. It is impossibly soft, softer than any other piece that has ever resided in my wardrobe. 2. This jacket has the capability to add instant glamour to any look. And who could say no to a little glamour every once in a while? 3. The quality of this jacket is superb. If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you would know that I am a huge fan of faux fur. However, faux fur tends to get matted easily and depending on the quality of the faux fur, random bits of faux fur may fall off of the piece. Yes, that has actually happened to one of my faux fur jackets before. Well, this coat has none of the aforementioned problems. Talk about a dream come true.

I decided to go pastel with my look and added this pink tutu skirt. Oh la la! I am currently obsessing over longer tutu skirts; they are just so feminine and delicate. Unfortunately, it is hard to find them so this is the only one in my closet at the moment. This spring, I plan on DIY-ing at least one more.

To add to the ethereal feel of this look, I layered a white tank under my faux fur jacket. Light pink sandals covered my feet. These Giant Vintage pastel sunglasses were the perfect, finishing touch to my look. I recently won them in a giveaway on True Blue Abbi; thanks, Abbi!

I also styled my sister’s look in a similar manner (both looks were inspired by spring pastels.) I started her look off with a cream colored skirt which was topped with a lace top and light pink jacket. Fun Giant Vintage heart sunglasses, a floral bow and neutral sandals completed her look.

On me:
Faux fur jacket: c/o Haute Juncture
Pink tutu skirt: Romwe
White top: Vintage (similar)
Pink sandals: Vintage
Sunglasses: Giant Vintage

On Missi:
(all from my wardrobe)
Cream skirt: Vintage (similar)
Lace top: Vintage (similar)
Pink top: Vintage
Sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Haute Juncture

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Hello! Today I have a cool clothing shop to introduce to you. Wondering what that clothing shop is? It's Haute Juncture! Haute Juncture sells stylish dresses, tops, bottoms, outerwear and accessories all for reasonable prices. The lovely Jenny over at Haute Juncture sent me two pieces to review- this top and a glamorous coat which you will just have to wait a day or so to see :)

Overall, I am very impressed with Haute Juncture. The website is easy to maneuver and they even provide a lookbook so as to help you style the pieces that you purchase. Like I mentioned earlier, Haute Juncture's prices are also fairly attractive with basically nothing over $50. Haute Juncture also impressed me with their speedy shipping. Typically when I order something online, I cannot wait to receive it in the mail. I will rush out to my mail box every evening to see if it has arrived yet. So you can imagine I was quite pleased when my pieces from Haute Juncture arrived in just a few days

The quality of this shirt is phenomenal and I feel like there are a million and one ways to style this top. Recently, I've been reaching again and again for my denim button down so this blouse is a great alternative. It is also much better suited for the upcoming spring weather than my denim button down. It is just so light and airy! This top can be found HERE right now on sale for $19.99

For a day spent working at Justice and catching up on blog-related tasks, I styled it rather simply with a pair of black ripped denim. Of course, I couldn't resist adding leopard print to this look with my over the top, faux fur coat. I also donned a vintage hat, cutesy heart sunglasses and androgynous oxfords.  

Black hat: Vintage (similar)
Leopard print coat: Flying Tomato via Threadsence
Black denim: BDG (similar)
Black oxfords: Vintage (similar)
White & denim blouse: c/o Haute Juncture
White heart sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage

Monday, February 4, 2013

Leopard Maxi Dress


Hello! Can you believe that it is already February? I feel like January just flew by!

Today, I chose to rep my leopard print maxi dress. Goodness knows my wardrobe is filled to the brim with leopard print everything- dresses, tops, shoes, coats, accessories and so on. I layered on a cropped maroon sweater and a faux leather jacket on top of the dress to keep relatively warm. What's a girl to do besides layer, layer and layer when the temperatures drop to the '30's and below? 

I also slipped into a pair of vintage oxfords. These oxfords are definitely one of my favorite/ most comfortable pair of shoes. As an added bonus, when I purchased them last fall, they only cost $5! An ethereal blackberry crown and white heart sunglasses added the finishing touch to this look.

Hope that you all are enjoying your week!

Leopard print dress: Vintage
Maroon sweater: Charlotte Russe
Black oxfords: Vintage (similar)
Faux leather jacket: Marshall's (similar)
Heart sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Blackberry headband: DIY

Sunday, February 3, 2013

1990's Inspiration


1990's by toriraddayyahoocom featuring a lace up bootie

Hello! Boy, do I love the styles of the 1990's. Although I was only a child of the nineties (I was born in 1995), the trends of the time influence my style today. Many different styles were popular during the 1990's but my favorite definitely has the be the grunge style

Shoes such as combat boots like Doc Martens (swoon!) and classic Converse were immensely popular during the decade. Other trendy shoes in the '90's include creepers which are increasingly gaining popularity today and shoes with a chunky heel. I love the shoes of the 1990's for two reasons: one being that they were incredibly easy to walk in and two being the effortless, edgy vibe that they emulated. 

Clothing such as leotards (commonly worn as shirts under a pair of pants), acid washed denim, leather(a staple in my wardrobe) and plaid/flannel were the hip clothing of the 1990's. Velvet and maxi dresses were also popular while hoop earrings were the go-to accessory. Cultural phenomena of the time include cassette tapes and the T.V. show Friends

What do you guys think about the grunge style of the 1990's? Anyone trying to revive it?

Friday, February 1, 2013

Put a Record On

Hello! Today, I present another outfit from the past. These photos were taken last weekend while out and about thrift shopping. For less than $10, I purchased a Lacoste rain jacket, vintage pin and a few records. Now all I need is a record player! Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I can buy an inexpensive record player?
Anyways, for this look, I threw together a few of my favorite pieces- a pair of leopard print boots, a denim button down, green jeans and faux leather jacket. Leopard print+ denim+ leather= basically my favorite style combination. On the way out the door, I grabbed this mermaid-skeleton tote bag which is absolutely perfect to bring thrift shopping. Not only does it hold my cell phone, wallet, keys, etc. but also functions like a reusable bag in which I can store my purchases in. A pair of cat-eye sunglasses and knit beret completed my look.
Denim shirt: Thrifted (similar)
Faux leather jacket: Marshall's (similar)
Green denim: BDG
Leopard print booties: Target
Tote bag: c/o Whimsy Bags
Cat eye sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Knit beret: JCP
Records: Vintage