Friday, April 14, 2017
Hello! If you combed through my wardrobe, you'd almost immediately be confused. My wardrobe consists of about 60% dresses followed by 20% shoes with tops, bottoms and jackets making up the remaining 20%. And if we're being real, shirts and bottoms probably comprise less than 10% of my wardrobe. I can count on one hand how many pairs of pants I own. I can also count on one hand how many skirts I own. And I'd guess I maybe own about six or so shirts. Which seems absolutely absurd and that's because it totally is. But it works for me. I tend to romp around in pretty little dresses and high heels about 95% of the time.
So when I do find a shirt that I love, I'm always surprised. Then I'm stumped. What in the world do I wear with it? My floral bell bottoms, my black denim, my flare jeans or my little black circle skirt? When it comes to options for bottoms, I don't have much choice. It doesn't bother me, it just means I need to get slightly more creative with my styling. I'd much rather have a wardrobe full of pretty dresses that I wear constantly with the occasional top and bottom strewn in than a wardrobe chock full of clothing including tops and bottoms that I didn't wear constantly. I don't want to own anything that I'm not tempted to wear every week. Not many tops make the cut into my heart but this pretty little black top did.
Shein recently sent me this blossom embroidered beauty to incorporate into my spring wardrobe and to say I love the top would be an understatement. I've never owned a top that I've loved more. I mean, what's not to love? I absolutely adore the sheer detailing, floral embroidery, subtle polka dot print and flirty silhouette of this top. You can add this top to your wardrobe for just $22 here.
I styled it over a leopard print skater style dress to complement the floral design and polka dot pattern of the top. I accessorized with one of my favorite ShopGlister necklaces, a vintage watch, stylish oversize sunglasses and a pretty vintage purse. I slipped on a pair of boho wedge heels and called it a look.
Photos taken by Rachel Dwyer Photography. See more of her incredible work on her website here or her Instagram @rrrachel08.
Black top: c/o Shein
Clay necklace: c/o ShopGlister
Leopard print dress: American Apparel via Ashby
Wedge heels: Target
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Hello! Today I have a special treat for you all as a thank-you for your continued support of my fashion endeavors: a RaddayVintage giveaway. I've been adding more and more vintage clothing/accessories to RaddayVintage's spring/summer collection and want to give away one of those pieces to one lucky follower. The winner will be able to choose any item in my shop as their prize- like the super cute purse featured above!
1. Follow me on Instagram @toriradday.
2. Like the giveaway photo.
3. Tag a friend in the Instagram giveaway photo comments section.
Giveaway runs through Friday 4/14/17 and winner will be contacted through Instagram DM. Winner has 48 hours to confirm their prize or a new winner will be selected. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.
Photo taken by Rachel Dwyer Photography. Check out more of her work on her website or her Instagram @rrrachel08.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Hello! A couple weekends ago I teamed up with VCU fashion design major Magan Shively for a little RaddayVintage spring shoot. I often cite Magan as one of Richmond's best-dressed (seriously if you don't believe me, check out her Instagram) so I wanted to do a shoot in which we could combine her fierce personal style with RaddayVintage. I packed a small suitcase of my personal RaddayVintage favorites and Magan selected her favorites from there. She decided upon a pretty gray vintage clutch, pretty white spring dress and fun vintage heels (not pictured above).
Little white dress available in RaddayVintage for $25 here.
Stylish gray clutch soon to be available in RaddayVintage for $20!
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Hello! Well look who it is... my boyfriend! If you know me personally then you probably already know of my boyfriend, Taylor. I don't feature photos of him or us often on my blog or social media outlets but he's definitely a major part of my life. We've been dating for almost two years but he tends to shy away from the camera [read: he hates being in front of the camera.] I feel that I've never truly properly introduced him to you all before so when JORD, a wooden watch retailer, reached out to me regarding a men's style collaboration, I immediately hopped on board.
As Taylor and I began to peruse JORD's incredible selection of unique watches, we quickly realized that selecting one of their watches was going to be tough- there were so many great options to choose from! We wanted a watch that would reflect Taylor's masculine and rock-inspired personal style so we decided upon their Conway watch in dark sandalwood & burgundy which retails for $229 here. The rich wooden texture and dark burgundy color perfectly complement his rock-and-roll tastes. I love how the watch looks on him and am so happy that JORD sent it over. Do I receive best girlfriend award for gifting my boyfriend this stunning watch? I'd like to think so- thanks JORD!
Taylor and I share a taste for the style of the seventies so I styled our looks for this shoot around that. I styled him in one of my favorite shirts in his wardrobe- this cool blue paisley button down. I love how the psychedelic pattern of the shirt plays up the stylish details of his watch. I slipped on a blue tie dye dress myself to complement the seventies style and blue color of his button-down. I layered on the boho charm with stacks of free-spirited rings and bracelets. I also took the opportunity to strut my stuff in my new seventies disco heels. We both grabbed our favorite shades to complete our looks; I slipped on a soft pastel pink pair of oversized sunglasses while he grabbed an edgier pair of reflective aviators.
Overall, we're incredibly happy with the watch that JORD sent over and would highly recommend checking them out. They offer both men's watches and women's watches so you can either pick one up for yourself or as a gift for your sweetheart. I do have to admit- I'm sort of envious of Taylor's watch! But hey, at least my boyfriend's killin' the watch game.
Now I have a little treat for you all: a giveaway! JORD didn't just send over a watch for my boyfriend, they're also going to be sending one of their attractive Conway watches to one lucky Fashion, Trends & More reader. All you have to do is enter through their site HERE for a chance to win. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and enter... like seriously though- I wish I could! Giveaway ends 4/30/17. Everyone who enters and doesn't win will receive a $25 consolation code. Can't wait for your own watch? Use code fashiolf5w0k for 15% off your own JORD purchase. Code expires 6/30/17.
Photos of Taylor and I shot by Elissa Rumford.
Tie dye dress: c/o Shein
Pink sunglasses: Rumors
Disco heels: Jeffrey Campbell via Urban Outfitters
Boho rings: Assorted
Boho bracelets: Assorted
Purse: Gifted to me by my mom
Watch: c/o JORD
Paisley shirt: Rumors
Reflective sunglasses: Bygones
Luxury Wooden Watch
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Hello! I think I've just discovered my newest spring wardrobe obsession: this baby pink dress. If you had asked me how many pink dresses I owned around this time last year, I would have simply scoffed at you. If you had also asked me how many black dresses resided in my wardrobe, I also wouldn't have been able to answer because I owned too many little black dresses to count. A lot can change in a year. I've done almost a full 360 in regards to my personal style and feelings towards color. I used to scorn color and cling to black with the occasional burst of leopard print but I now find myself letting those little black dresses go one by one. And that's not to say that there's no black in my wardrobe because that's simply not true but there is less black and a LOT more color. Like the cute little pink dress that I'm wearing above.
MakeMeChic recently sent me this beauty to incorporate into my spring wardrobe. And I'm obsessed. I know I may say that a lot but this time it's for real. I've only had this dress for about a week now but have already managed to wear it (definitely) more than once. I absolutely love its dreamy baby pink color, voluptuous yet feminine sleeves and easy-to-wear design. Expect to see more of this dress this spring. A lot more.
Wanna add this dress to your own spring wardrobe? You can score this "Pink Tied V Back Ruffle Sleeve Dress" for just $17 at MakeMeChic. Yes, only $17! Check it out here.
I played off the dreamy pink color of the dress by styling it with accessories in complementary colorful hues. I wanted to keep most of the focus of the look on my dress so I kept jewelry and accessories to a minimum but I did borrow a gorgeous flamingo statement necklace from my mom's wardrobe to pair with the dress. A vintage yellow purse, pink shades, vintage watch and neutral platform heels completed the look.
Photos by Rachel Dwyer Photography. You can check out more of her work on her website here or on Instagram @rrrachel08.
Pink dress: c/o MakeMeChic
Pink sunglasses: Rumors
Yellow bag: Vintage via Ashby
Platform heels: Nasty Gal via Poshmark
Statement necklace: Kay Adams
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Hello! When I first spotted this boho dress I immediately fell in love. I mean, hey what's not to love? Its breezy silhouette, vibrant colors and free-spirited print make it quite the boho beauty. I wanted to play up the bohemian appeal of the dress for this look so I layered on a handful of turquoise stone rings, several golden bracelets and a few boho necklaces. My yellow aviator shades added a groovy touch of seventies charm to the look.
Dress: c/o Shein
Tassel necklace: c/o LightInTheBox
Yellow sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Rings, watches and bracelets: Assorted
Choker necklace: c/o LightInTheBox
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Hello! If you've been following my blog for a while then you're probably aware of my extraordinary love for Jeffrey Campbell shoes. I purchased my first pair of Jeffrey Campbells while I was in high school and was immediately hooked. My original pair of Jeffrey Campbell black platform heels were quickly followed by a red pair and then a tan pair and so on and so forth. I enjoy making fashion-forward statements through bold choices in footwear and Jeffrey Campbell's attention-grabbing designs and styles allow me to do just that.
The only downside? The slightly more expensive price tag. Most Jeffrey Campbell shoes retail for somewhere between $150-$250. Now that's not bad for shoes of their caliber- their shoes are typically made from high-quality materials such as leather or suede and last much longer than most others- but hey, that's still expensive for someone just out of college.
However, sometimes you can get lucky and score a major deal on Jeffrey Campbell shoes online on Nasty Gal or Urban Outfitters when they run a site-wide sale. I noticed Urban Outfitters having a sale a couple weeks ago and decided to check it out when I discovered the dreamy seventies disco heels featured above. I was instantly enchanted by their striking metallic finish, groovy silhouette and fun array of vibrant colors. The shoes originally retailed for $170 but I scored them for just $60- now that's a deal!
Stay tuned to see how I style them this spring!
Silver jumpsuit: New York and Company via Ashby
Disco heels: Jeffrey Campbell via Urban Outfitters
Monday, March 27, 2017
Hello! Spring has officially sprung and you know what that means- time to break out your spring wardrobe. If you're like me then chances are that you probably want to update your wardrobe for the spring season. And what's the best way to update your spring wardrobe? With a couple new stylish spring dresses. Think light colors, floral prints and breezy silhouettes. While browsing through dresses for women on FashionMia, an online fashion retailer, six dresses perfect for spring instantly captured my attention. Read more about the six dresses that are giving me major spring fever below:
1. "V Neck Acrylic Dacron Spandex Printed Skater Dress," $25. Yes, yes and yes to the beautiful lavender color of this dress.
2. "Stunning Sheer Lace Vintage Skater-Dress," $17. I love the neutral gray color, flattering silhouette and feminine lace texture of this dress. You could easily wear this dress with your favorite blazer to a day of work at the office or with no jacket and a killer pair of wedges for a night out on the town.
3. "V Neck Blended Dacron Spandex Printed Skater Dress," $27. I don't know what I like more about this dress- its charmingly rich colors or the cool, retro pop art-inspired print.
4. "Floral Printed Bishop Sleeve Cotton Maxi Dress," $34. Florals for spring may be cliche but c'mon do you see how pretty this dress is?
5. "Bell Sleeve Floral Paisley Off Shoulder Shift Dress," $18. I'm in love. Everything about this dress is just downright dreamy; I'm practically swooning over its trendy silhouette, rich colors and retro psychedelic print. The perfect dress for grabbing happy hour drinks in with your best friend.
6. "Deep V-Neck Slit Printed Chiffon Romper Maxi Dress," $31. Style the most beautiful bohemian look around this free-spirited maxi dress.
I only featured a few of my favorite dresses above but FashionMia literally has hundreds of fashion-forward dresses on their site that work perfectly for the spring season. So if your spring wardrobe needs a little update before the warmer weather officially hits, head on over to FashionMia to buy elegant dresses that you'll want to wear all season long.
***Disclaimer: Fashion Mia provided monetary compensation for this post but I wrote the actual post and all opinions written in this post are mine.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Even better yet? Their site makes shopping easy- you can either search for a specific detail or browse through their categories for yourself. You can shop by color, heel height, occasion, heel style, etc. They also group their shoes into collections to make browsing their choices even easier.
While browsing through FSJ Shoes' chic selection of stiletto shoes, I came across a few favorite pairs. I've narrowed down my favorites to eight pairs that really stood out among the rest to share with you all. These are not your basic stripper heels- they're absolutely dreamy. Keep reading to see why these eight chic shoes captured my attention (and heart):
1. "Floral Stiletto Heel." Brb, swooning over the versatile colors and gorgeous floral design of this heel. Like seriously, do you see how chic this shoe's design is?
2. "Leila Black Suede Lace-up Leopard-print Stiletto Heel Pumps." The trendy style and leopard print accents of these lace-up heels makes them the perfect shoes to hit the town in.
3. "Women's Apricot Color Tassels Gladiators Sandals." The chunky heel, tassel detailing and neutral color of these sandals makes them incredibly versatile.
4. "Bow Stiletto Heel." Yes, yes and yes to the feminine pink color and bow detailing on this pair of heels. Great for sunday brunch with your girls.
5. "Chloe Pink Low-cut Bows Stiletto Heel Pumps." I'm still head over heels in love with anything pink so of course I had to include another pretty pink pair of heels on this list. Besides the charming color, I love their truly feminine style and charm.
6. "Women's Nude Soft Suede Chunky Heel Gladiator Sandals." Favorite. Pair. Of. Shoes. On. This. List. What's not to love about these shoes? Their soft neutral color, strappy style and incredible versatility make them a spring wardrobe must-have. Style them with your favorite floral mini dress for Sunday brunch with your gals or slip them on with your slinky little black dress for a night on the town.
7. "Women's Low Heel Ankle Strap Leopard-print Sandals." Another pair of swoon-worthy leopard print shoes. However, these low heeled sandals work well for more everyday wear as opposed to the other pair of leopard print heels featured on this list.
8. "Coral Red Soft Suede Ankle Strappy Sandals." The fiery red color and girly style of this pair of heeled sandals instantly caught my attention. Perfect for date night.
Can't get enough of these stylish shoes? I feel ya on that! Head on over to FSJ Shoes to browse through the rest of their selection of fashion-forward shoes.
Do you all have a favorite pair of shoes featured above? Let me know in the comments section below!
***Disclaimer: FSJ Shoes provided monetary compensation for this post but I wrote the actual post and all opinions written in this post are mine.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Hello! You may or may not already know this but I work part-time at a fashion-forward tween clothing boutique in Richmond when I'm not working full-time at my office job, blogging or working on RaddayVintage. The boutique, Clara B., opened this past August and I've been working there (and loving it) ever since. We carry not only tween clothing but cute accessories such as trendy pieces of jewelry and colorful clutches. And while yes, it is a tween fashion retailer, the stuff we carry is so darn cute that I often find myself ooh-ing and aah-ing over it. I purchased the coolest holographic wallet at the shop a couple months ago followed by a translucent pink purse a few weeks later and then just recently this adorable citrus wristlet clutch.
A few weeks ago, we received a shipment of citrus clutches like the one I'm holding above in a variety of different fruity colors- think orange tangerine, lemon yellow, etc. and I immediately fell in love. If you're already following me on Instagram @toriradday then you probably saw my (multiple) Insta-stories raving about these clutches- they're just that cute! Buying one for my spring wardrobe was a no-brainer but it was a bit tricky to choose a color; I opted for a lively lime green one to best complement my spring wardrobe. I felt tempted by a pretty peach one but we all know that I certainly don't need another pink purse in my wardrobe!
The best part? The affordable $15 price tag. I guess you could say shopping at a tween boutique for accessories such as fun purses and clutches has its perks. If you're located in Richmond, pop on into Clara B. sometime soon and pick one of these clutches up for your spring wardrobe- you won't regret it! (Also on a very important related note- this wristlet clutch IS in fact big enough for your phone, ID & keys.) I'm totally tempted to buy another one for my wardrobe- keep an eye on my blog for another one of these fun, colorful clutches!
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography.
Citrus clutch: Clara B.
Butterfly sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Hello! Ugh, where did spring go? I know it's not officially spring yet but the unusually warm weather that we've been experiencing the past few weeks here in Richmond tricked me into thinking that spring came early this year. But boy, was I wrong; temperatures have dropped back down and every time I step outside, the wind cruelly slaps me in the face, proving that spring hasn't truly arrived quite yet. The recent erratic weather has made getting dressed much more difficult because you never quite know if it's going to reach 80 degrees or if it'll snow.
For this look I put together a sort of winter meets spring outfit. This outfit can easily be adjusted to work for the warmer weather or chillier weather with a few tweaks here and there. I started styling the look around a high-waisted pair of vintage pants; their fresh white color feels appropriate for spring while their silhouette protects my legs against the lingering cold. I slipped on a black cut-out crop top with the pants. Its cropped silhouette and cut-out detailing work well for spring while its long sleeves make it somewhat okay for colder weather. By pairing the crop top with a pair of very high-rise pants, only a little sliver of my stomach was left bare. I added a stylish touch of fun to the look with a vintage leopard print faux fur jacket. Simple golden jewelry, neutral heels and a voluptuous ponytail perfected the look.
White pants: Vintage
Black crop top: c/o DressLink
Neutral heels: c/o Musse and Cloud
Leopard print jacket: Vintage
Golden cat earrings: Vintage
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Hello! What's one of my favorite things about spring? Definitely the fashion. And even more specifically, the light airy colors that are so prominent in spring fashion. Dreamy shades of cotton candy pink? Ethereal hues of sky blue? Count me in!
This recent outfit embodies everything that I love about spring fashion from the pretty pastel colors to the breezy silhouette to the open toe platform heels. I recently thrifted this light blue floral dress for RaddayVintage and love its longer silhouette, free-spirited style, soft feminine color and lovely floral print. You can check it out HERE in my shop for just $25.
I added more light pastel color to the look with a pretty pastel pink pair of heels and a beaded pink purse. I slipped on a shaggy, cream-colored sweater with the look to make it more weather appropriate. A couple Kay Adams statement necklaces, a handful of simple rings and bracelets and a few pairs of stylish sunglasses completed the look.
Photos by Rachel Dwyer Photography.
Light blue dress: Vintage, available for sale in RaddayVintage
Light pink sunglasses: Rumors
Yellow aviator sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
White hands sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Statement necklaces: Kay Adams
Shaggy sweater: Free People via Ashby
Pastel pink heels: Jeffrey Campbell
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Hello! When I spied this pink, rose-print vintage slip dress at Rumors I immediately fell in love with it. Its alluring feminine color, dreamy rose print and silky texture were practically calling my name from the rack. I tried the dress on and to my delight it fit me like a dream. I often have a harder time finding pieces of vintage clothing for my personal wardrobe due to sizing issues so when I do find a vintage piece that I not only adore but that fits me well, I rejoice with happiness. Also, sidenote: how were people so teeny tiny in past decades?
For this look, I layered on the pink to enhance the dreamy hues present in the dress. I styled a pink lace bralette under the dress and slipped on a light pink faux fur jacket over the dress; I love the contrast of the textures of the dress, jacket and bralette and the way that the varying shades of pink play off of each other. I jazzed up the look with a pink beaded purse, major Kay Adams statement necklace and platform golden boots. A pretty pink pair of shades and a few simple pieces of golden jewelry perfected the look.
Pink faux fur jacket: c/o LightInTheBox
Rose print dress: Vintage via The Cosmic Circle at Rumors
Statement necklace: Kay Adams
Platform golden boots: Jeffrey Campbell
Monday, March 13, 2017
Hello! LightInTheBox recently sent me this gorgeous boho maxi dress to showcase on my blog. And I'm obsessed. Like seriously. This beauty definitely ranks high on my list of favorite dresses in my wardrobe at the moment. I mean, c'mon do you see the striking blue color, free-flowing silhouette and bohemian floral print? Swoon! I've been wearing this dress pretty much on repeat since receiving it. This is LightInTheBox's boho swing maxi dress and it retails for $27.54 here.
I wanted to play up the free-spirited appeal of the dress in this look so I slipped on a shaggy Free People sweater and simple boho jewelry with the dress. I added a touch of sophistication to the outfit by slipping on a black pair of heeled booties and classic golden sunglasses. A vintage western belt and delicate beaded vintage purse completed the aesthetic.
Blue maxi dress: c/o LightInTheBox
Sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Black booties: Jeffrey Campbell via Urban Outfitters
Western belt: Vintage
Shaggy sweater: Free People via Ashby
Beaded purse: Vintage
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Hello! For the past few weeks, I've been majorly crushing on the Instagram account @feelingvaguevintage. One of my friends tagged me in one of their photos of a sixties shag sweater and I immediately fell in love with the account. I quickly caught on that the Instagram account was not just a platform for the most killer fashion inspiration and styled shoots but a platform to market the merchandise in their etsy shop of the same name, FeelingVagueVintage.
When FeelingVagueVintage announced a killer 20% off discount last weekend through their Instagram, I hopped on over to their Etsy shop page quicker than you can say "sale." This nineties mod minidress immediately captured my attention. I don't even know how to begin to describe my instant love for this dress. Like do you see the mod silhouette, oriental inspired neckline and pop art-inspired floral print? Swoon, swoon and swoon. I added it to my etsy shopping cart immediately and purchased it without a second thought. The $30 price tag on the dress was also pretty reasonable.
The dress arrived this past Friday and I swear I almost yelled with excitement as I saw the pretty little FeelingVagueVintage package. Even before opening the package, FeelingVagueVintage impressed me; the dress was wrapped in the cutest little blue mailing envelope. Most of my mail arrives in a standard cardboard box so this little bright blue envelope was a refreshing change from my norm (and also inspired me to buy cuter packaging for my own etsy shop, RaddayVintage.) The dress was carefully wrapped inside the envelope along with a little nineties-inspired temporary tattoo and piece of candy. Now that's sweet!
The packaging may have been sweet but the dress? As sweet as sugar. The dress wowed me in person even more than it did online and when I slipped it on, it fit me like it was made for me. I'd definitely rank this purchase as one of my favorite clothing purchases in a long, long time.
I've been trying to shop small more recently, it's nice to think that you're supporting an individual's hopes and dreams instead of a faceless corporation. And experiences like my shopping experience with FeelingVagueVintage point out exactly why we should try to shop small.
Do you all try to shop small? Do you have any thoughts on the topic/ interesting articles about it that you think I may like? Let me know in the comments section below!
Photos shot by Rachel Dwyer Photography.
Butterfly sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Fringe jacket: Vintage, available for sale in RaddayVintage
Platform heels: Jeffrey Campbell
Blue purse: Vintage