October 19, 2013
I’m married! The weather couldn’t have been lovelier and we are so delighted to have had so many of our family and friends come together as we celebrated our nuptials. Our amazing photographer has a post with photos if you would like to see some of the great moments from our day:
I hope you enjoy them! There were so many special moments that we are still in a whirlwind from it all. Below are just a few photos of some details of the dress and from our Nuptial Mass.
October 2, 2013
When it comes to fashion, fall has a special place in my heart. It is in this season that we see the most possibilities in terms of textures and layers. Tights add a new dynamic to our existing shoes and outfits; beautiful scarves, jackets, and sweater dresses keep us warm and stylish. Jewelry even gets a new look when layered on top of the various fabric options available.
Deeper, warmer hues make the scene. After so much color from the summer, I thought I would dive in with black, nude, and gold for my first outfit of the season.
Isn’t that clutch dreamy? More on the purse in a moment, first the dress. We have a flowy fabric with minimal structure- it just falls beautifully and follows you as you move. Silky and patterned on one side, the back is a clean black color and breaks up the volume. Stripes like these are very flattering, and the off-white/cream color against the black gives you a softer contrast.
Dresses like this are so comfortable and effortlessly elegant!
Now let’s look at that dreamy clutch, shall we? I think as our clothing becomes heavier in layers, our purses do well to become somewhat smaller. Not necessarily a hold-one-item-only clutch, but a medium sized one that holds just enough while maintaining a strong overall look.
At first glance, this clutch looks like a decorated book. Stunning! It has just enough space to hold a wallet, phone, keys, and other miscellaneous items. I’m liking the larger clutches, especially when going to events. When you wear a beautiful gown, you don’t want a bucket bag at your side, but you want to hold more than just your ID and lipstick. Purses like these have plenty of decor and the functional space to carry the essentials (if not just a little bit more).
GET THE LOOK
DRESS: from Alicegohome available on yesstyle.com
CLUTCH: from SARAH available on yesstyle.com
October 1, 2013
It’s October and that means our wedding is coming up soon! We are so excited. As we get closer, I thought I would share our first preview from our engagement photos.
Thank you to the beautiful and talented Paige of Awake Photography for such an amazing session! ♥
September 15, 2013
As summer reaches its end and says goodbye, I feel inspired to say farewell with a bright boast of color! When I think of summer, I think of warm sunny days with brilliant pops of color. I think of colorful drinks and refreshing sorbets. One of my favorite treats this summer has been making homemade Grapefruit Campari sorbet- yum!
The beautiful blues of summer skies and swimming pools combined with gardens in full bloom are seen fully here in a dress like this one from 59 Seconds. This adorable dress was only $19 by the way, I love that so much! I’ve received more compliments on this dress than I have for my other floral dresses which begin at double that price point. As a budgeting bride, I will celebrate these little finds as often as I can, ha!
Above is a photo of one of my bridesmaids with me enjoying a couple delicious, color-coordinated cocktails as we say farewell to the summer. I love the colors, but I must admit I am ready for fall.
October is coming up fast, as is my wedding date! Funny how time sneaks up on you. I see many black, ivory, nude, navy, burgundy and gold color combinations coming our way. But until then, let’s have a last look at some beautiful and bold color!
Shoes: Either nude or bright and colorful like the orange ones pictured above.
Hairstyle: A dutch braid that goes diagonally in the back and then rests in a natural braid on one side.
Sorbet: Grapefruit and Campari! (somehow, the Campari makes it even more grapefruity)
Pattern: Definitely floral patterns like this one from 59 Seconds, available on yesstyle.com.
August 9, 2013
My my it is hot out there, but that is always to be expected here in Texas. I’m anxiously awaiting fall for both the (slightly) cooler weather and the styles, but until then we will have to confront the summer heat face to face.
Lighter colors, your white and pastels, are often in the spotlight. They work well in the sun particularly in flowy dresses that allow you to breathe and move freely. Layers are minimized and fabrics are lighter in weight just as much as they are in color. But, with that hot hot heat, I can’t help but bring in a hot pop of color, too.
Beige dresses are becoming a new obsession of mine. They transform so well with how you style them! Add some black layers in the winter or just leave the whole look in nude tones for a very classic and chic look. I found a beige dress recently that had a polka dot pattern in a hot pink color and have since felt inspired. I love muted colors with a single pop of color! Be it your lipstick, nails, shoes, or even a part of the dress itself.
This is the dress that started my beige and pop of hot color inspiration. After placing it in my closet, I realized that I had similar colors and really liked how the beige and bright colors looked together. It was that sublet pop that really stood out.
I intended this to be a summer dress, but I hadn’t considered my other dresses. I thought those to be more of the spring or fall, but more on that in a minute. Here we have a high low hemline that moves in the wind like a set of wings. I love sheer materials and this one is just slightly sheer. The off white/beige base of the dress compliments the bright polka dots beautifully. If it was a bright white, it would risk looking garish. Paired with some nude shoes, this is a chic summer look that will keep you feeling refreshed and stylish.
Next, I brought out a dress I had also found on yesstyle.com, this one is an older one. It’s one of those classic dresses that you will wear forever, I know I already have been! It’s very much a “me” dress- the fit, the flow of the fabric, slightly sheer, simple ribbon straps, and mixed textures. Normally when I wear this dress I’ll have a black ribbon in my hair and maybe some black shoes and accessories. Sometimes I go for an all nude tone look- I try to keep it simple and neutral in colors.
This time, I thought I would introduce some color in a very subtle way with a bright pink lipstick. Maybe even some bright nail polish of the same color. It doesn’t show so much in this photo, but in person it’s a great way to add that extra pop of color and liven up your look.
Another thing to consider is brightly colored accessories. Don’t go overboard, just select a couple of statement pieces to stand out against this clean canvas. A bright necklace and jeweled ring perhaps.
Next, we go in the opposite extreme. Here we have a dress that is very rich in color. I like to keep everything else nude in this instance! Nude shoes, nail polish, and a nude or subtle tinted nude lipstick looks gorgeous with a bright dress like this one. This dress is from local designer, David Peck. I adore his dresses, in fact he is making my wedding dress as we speak! So excited!
Finally, we come back to a print that mixes the colors in a dress together. Again here you will notice that the beige color is the base of the dress and the color in the print adds to make it pop. I adore floral patterns, and though I often think of floral for spring- I’m determined to find more ways to wear them year round.
Escape the heat and add some color to make you smile!
June 29, 2013
I’m not certain who has been enamored with this handbag more, children or fashion minded adults! There’s just so many buttons I suppose you cannot help but to stop and stare. It’s a very fun piece and I personally love it when the little ones come up to me and say hi, then ask if they can touch the buttons. Of course! It is meant to be fun and I love how both the child and adult can appreciate it.
I first found this bag when I was on the hunt for studs and fringe. Both are still very popular, but then I came across the buttons. I hadn’t thought if it before and thought it was clever and unique! Studs are everywhere but who has this many buttons?
GET THE BAG:
Smoothie Fringed Studded Cross Bag, available on yesstyle.com
Funny thing is the bag’s design calls them “studded” which I suppose it is. I just always think of the spikes or square studs you see most available. The buttons make this piece sparkle in the light gorgeously while the fringe adds more life and movement. I adore fringe as much as I adore loose sheer fabrics, both for that very same reason. It’s the movement. It moves with the wind.
This bag is perfect the way it is. The size is just large enough to carry what I need while giving plenty of space to the buttons and fringe, but not so large that it takes over the entire look. Proportions and balance is something I always consider in a bag. This is a very good carry all daily bag that transitions into the evening well.
I think it would also inspire a very good DIY project! I know I have so many mismatching buttons from various outfits. I keep them because I’m somehow convinced if I throw it away I will need it but I don’t think I’ve ever used them. It would be fun to sew or even glue them onto an old clutch or handbag and give it some new life. You could even go to the craft store and buy an assortment of jeweled or gold buttons and add some embellishing details to an old and forgotten purse.
I’ve always loved buttons and now I have a new way to enjoy them even more!
June 6, 2013
THE COMPLETE LOOK:
Jacket: Shirred-Sleeve Beaded Cropped Jacket from TOKYOFASHION, available on yesstyle.com
Dress: Sleeveless Asymmetric-Hem Dress from I-DOU, available on yesstyle.com
Skirt: Dip-Back Pleated Skirt from Moonbasa, available on yesstyle.com
As much as I love the short length of a dress in the summer, sometimes a modest approach is appropriate. That doesn’t mean we cannot wear those dresses, instead it means adding a little extra styling in order to achieve a modest look.
Take this dress for instance. With the long length of the fabric on one side, you have a strong contrast with a challenging and short hemline on the other side. The top is modest, keeping a nice balance with the fabric. But, what if it’s windy outside or you want to feel a bit more comfortable and conservative?
The answer- start looking through your skirts. Find a skirt with a similar line, but with a complimentary texture in either the same or a different color. These skirts when worn under a dress make remarkable slips that not only add more style to your look, they are modest as well. Hooray!
This is a great way to go from dinner with the parents to a night on the town with your friends. It’s also great when the weather is cooler, or the places you visit have the air extra chilled. Be modest and stay in fashion.
Now when I shop for skirts, I see so many possibilities! And because the top of the skirt is hidden under your dress, you can wear the skirt as low or high as you want, depending on the length and overall final look of the outfit you want. Using a different color is a fun way to incorporate a jacket of the same shade.
I always have multiple layered lace skirts and shorts in black and in white. I find them the most versatile for pairing with outfits. It’s also very helpful when you fall in love with a dress that is just oh-so-close but a bit too short. Not a problem! Expand the hemline with some added flare.
May 8, 2013
Set me up! I’m falling in love with sets. They are the fashion purchase that just keeps on giving. I think Stylementor on yesstyle.com does it best, too. Their sets are so creative and range from classic to the latest fashion trends. I get inspired by their styling. Each set is wonderful on its own, but then the fun begins… you get to mix and match on your own!
Sets make note of two (or more) individual pieces that create a look when worn together. Since they are individual, you can mix and match to your heart’s content within your own wardrobe. Cropped jackets are a big set staple and can most certainly be worn with any outfit and are the easiest to style. The challenge becomes much more interesting when you start mixing up the various tops, skirts, pants, and shorts. The first set below is a Handkerchief-Hem Tunic + Tulle Layered Skirt from Stylementor.
Very cute and simple on its own. It’s darling and I love it. The skirt is a classic one that is easy to style, however it is the top that has my attention here. I love the angles and the length- long enough to cover any funny waist lines from leggings or funky skirts, but short enough to reveal shorter skirts and shorts. Black is a great color to work with as you can keep things neutral or bring in a bold pop of color. I like the material, too- not shiny, just very simple and what you want in a set piece. Here I’ve decided to give this top a new life with a pair of old beige and black leggings. This top has a way of changing when worn with leggings or long skirts. It’s a dramatic difference from the short skirt styling.
Whereas before you had the top almost become one piece with the skirt (more of a solid over all shape), here the top shows a clear divide and flows more freely away from the body. The leggings have a nice shine in the black which also helps to contrast against the top. With a heavy long skirt, you can go for a connected heavy fabric fashion look and change the feel of the top again. One looks connected, the other shows a clear disconnect.
The next look is a soft beige lace peplum top from Stylementor that was originally set with a simple black pencil skirt. Black and Beige has been a popular color scheme as we can see from above and again here. It holds the contrast of black and white but the beige brings a more feminine softness. With pastels being popular in spring, beige works in beautifully.
Here, however, I’ve decided to add in a pop of color. I have this metallic skirt which I wore during the winter, mostly with black. It was dark and rich. But now, suddenly when paired against a soft nude color and texture, it transforms into something new. The skirt is from 59seconds and has a beautiful medley of gold, red, and black.
Black and beige make such a great foundation for colors and prints. Bring a new life to your winter pieces by reviving them into the springtime fashion. One thing to take note here is the peplum top. I love peplum tops because they hold a secret.
Fashion Tip: Peplum tops are a great way to cover the top portion of skirts, shorts, or leggings – in particular any with a funky line.
This skirt for example has an embellished waist which looks lovely with a fitted top, but otherwise if I just want to show the print and not focus on that design, Voila I can cover it up with the peplum. Love it!
This is a great technique to use with shorts or skirts that have a drawstring or other element you may want covered up. Are you ready to be set up this season?
April 17, 2013
Grey, dreary skies accompanied with cooling rains. My calendar tells me it’s April but the weather has been rather fickle. Even Wonderland, as bright and animated as it may be, has it’s darker regions. I’ve become inspired to embrace this theme and introduce a new favorite brand.
Theme: A Dark Wonderland
Styles: A-Line structured dresses, lace, stockings, irregular shaped hems and mixed textures. The classic and the twisted modern.
First, let’s look at the jacket. The jacket is from Alice Go Home, a brand I’ve found on yesstyle.com that I am absolutely in love with! Everything they do is so creative and the fabrics have a nice weighty quality about them that I also like. This jacket is so unique. You have the texture of the corduroy in gray against the shine of the black satin collar and belt. Then you have this lovely irregular shaped hem that makes the jacket feel like a dress when closed or adds more animation in your movements as you walk and the fabric flows.
The apron like design of the white lace on this a-line structured black dress makes me think of something a modern Alice would be wearing. The sleeves are raised and shirred while the remainder of the dress is traditional. It’s reminiscent of childhood while maintaining an adult quality. The built in jewelry-like neckline is a nice touch as well.
I’m excited for sunny days and pastel colors, but fortunately until then black and white is a classic that lives throughout the seasons. Which side of wonderland are you in?