Work Style Wednesday

Hey guys! It’s that wonderful time of the year again! No not spring, although I am pretty excited about spring (fashion) as well.  It’s that time of the year when you get to hear me bitch and moan about how much weight I’ve gained, how none of my clothes fits me and how I plan on doing this and that in order to get back to my preferred weight.

Well, how about I spare you those boring details and instead I talk to you about how despite my augmented physique I managed to pull off this figure hugging little number by Calvin Klein via Marshalls.  The truth is, sudden weight gains happen to the best of us (or is it the worst?).  The key is knowing how to dress for your body type and using the powers of dissimulation to conceal problem areas.

Aside from having an interior lining and being made of a thick, quality material (two important factors when concerned about dimples or skin imperfections), this feminine number is ruched at one side of the waist, creating a slimming effect.  When experiencing tummy troubles try opting for dresses with ruched or twisted waists. You’ll be surprised at what a little well-placed gathering will do for your waistline!

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Tan Ruched Waist Dress: Calvin Klein via Marshalls; Studded Peep-Toe Heels: (old) Ivanka Trump (love her shoes); Black Studded Clutch: Beya Accessories.

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Work Style Wednesday: LBD Remix

Today’s Work Style Wednesday post features ONE very work appropriate LBD remixed in TWO perfect “work to play” ways.  Which look is your fave?

Speaking of faves… It’s my fave day of the week! Work Style Wednesday! Don’t forget to check out the swoon worthy work style looks shared by all the professional fashionista’s that linked up to this week’s Work Style Wednesday Blogger Linkup!

All Black Black Shift Dress: Marshalls; Bib Statement Necklace: Baublebar; Black Lace Studded Booties: Shoedazzle (similar); Black Mini Handbag: Express.basel2Black Shift Dress: Marshalls; Snake Print Jacket: local Miami boutique (closed); Oxblood Handbag: Marshalls; Oxblood Booties: Express;


Work Style Wednesday: Furry Monotones

The cold air has finally made its way down to sunny Miami and I couldn’t be more excited! And neither could my most recent “furry” impulse purchase! No, I didn’t get another cat!

I’ve had this perfect, furry little vest sitting pretty in my closet since Black Friday and it may, or may not have made love to one of the many leopard printed garments in my closet, giving birth to this furry little number here; making that two furry impulse purchases, but who’s keeping count, right?

Fur and all things furry, are currently stirring quite a “fury” in the fashion world right now and despite suffering from a shortage of cold weather, I simply can’t resist the opportunity to give into this soft and fuzzy trend!

In addition to all things soft and furry I am also currently tickled by the color “Blush” so I opted for soft blush skinny pants and blush details and accessories to marry the soft neutrals in the furry vest.  The result is a sweet, soft monotone look, which I simply fell in love with.

As you know, its Work Style Wednesday so don’t forget to take advantage of the countless work style inspiration ideas below!

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Faux Fur / Knit Vest: Nordstrom Rack (similar, similar) ; White Wrap Blouse: TJ MAXX, (similar, similar); Light Blush Skinny Pants: Marshalls (similar); T-Strap Rock Stud Pumps (splurge version): Blush/Champagne Handbag: Tory Burch; Sunglasses: Sole Society.

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Work Style Wednesday: Striped Tee

“I have been shopping all my life and still have nothing to wear.” ~ Anonymous

It’s crazy, but its true.  Some days I wake up stare at my closet and firmly decide I have nothing to wear.  On those days I find relief and comfort in a trusty striped tee. Versatile in so many ways, a striped tee is an easy starting point to creating an effortlessly chic look. Being a lover of pattern play, I’ve come to find that when it comes to “playing well with other(s) (prints)”, stripes always win!

One very important thing to always keep in mind when mixing prints is to make sure your differing prints share similar color schemes.  Now that we’ve laid out the ground rules to mixing patterns, here are a few ideas on how to style a STRIPED TEE:

1.  Striped tee, boyfriend jeans, strappy heels and a scarf (solid or printed);

2.  Striped tee, black skinny pants, pumps and a blazer (solid or printed, if you dare);

3.  Striped tee, floral skirt, ankle booties and a solid color cardigan;

4.  Striped tee, colorful skirt, Converse and chambray button down.

Don’t forget to scroll your way down to today’s #WorkStyleWednesday feature below!

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Red Tweed Jacket: Forever 21 (old, but similar here); White/Black Striped Tee: Marshalls (identical); Black Skinnies: Marshalls (similar); Leopard Print Pumps: Ivanka Trump; Leopard Clutch: Steve Madden (old, similar); Gold/Black Tassel Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (very similar).

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Oxblood

Oxblood may very well be the “It” color for fall/winter.  Oxblood is a deep red wine color somewhere between Bordeaux and Burgundy and this season whether it’s clothing, handbags, shoes, lips or nails, its everywhere! I had been on the hunt for the perfect Oxblood handbag and much to no surprise the hunt ended at Marshalls! As soon as I laid eyes on this perfect oxblood satchel (with optional removable cross body strap) I knew it had to be mine! It’s quickly become my favorite handbag this season, so don’t judge me if you see me wearing it with EVERYTHING!

The perfect oxblood handbag wouldn’t be complete without the perfect oxblood booties! I nabbed these fierce faux snakeskin booties from Express during their recent 50% OFF everything sale and it appears many other fashionistas had the same idea because they are currently sold out. Sorry guys!  But as usual, below are a few similar options for you to pull off the look as well.

What’s your favorite color for fall this year?

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White Wrap Blouse: TJ Maxx (similar herehere); Waxed Denim Skinnies: MANGO (similar here and here); Oxblood Satchel: Marshalls (similar here, here, here, and here); Oxblood/Snake Print Booties: Express (similar herehere, here,  here and here); Necklace: Shoedazzle (similar); Sunglasses: Rayban.

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Black Widow Baby

Now here’s a look featuring a dress so nice, I bought it twice!  You’ve seen this dress before in white here and I felt so stylish and comfy in it that I could not resist purchasing it in black as well.  I love the modern cut, loose fit and POCKETS!! I love any dress or skirt with pockets!  I added my touch of edge by accessorizing with this incredible statement necklace and black lace/studded booties!

I gotta admit, I felt kinda bad ass in this outfit! Stylish and dangerous, a lethal combination.

What makes you feel confident and bad ass?

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Black Shirt Dress: Marshalls (very similar); The Courtney Bib Necklace: Baublebar; Black Lace/Studded Booties: Shoedazzle (old, but similar and similar); Black Mini Handbag: Express

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{Not So} Basic

My personal style can be defined as a mixture of adjectives, but BASIC is not likely one of them.  Not that there is anything wrong with basic.  On the contrary, while flipping through glossies I consistently drool over fuss free, crisp style, but for some reason when it comes to my personal style, I perpetually feel the need for a pop of color, a print, a statement piece, ANYTHING to steer clear of basic.

I found this crisp and modern, white shirt-dress at Marshalls and thought it would be fun to go out of my comfort zone and shock everyone by going BASIC.  I originally intended on black, single ankle strap sandals, minimal accessories and a simple black clutch.  Well, as you can see I did manage to keep the accessories and clutch down to a minimum, but when it came time for the shoes…. I gave into the madness! I went for these sky-high, red leopard print pumps which took my originally intended “basic look” to well, {Not So} Basic.

Am I afraid of basic? No. I couldn’t be!  Am I “Basically Challenged”?  Quite possibly.  Hmmm, sounds like a challenge! My mission: To wear this same dress in the simplest, most uncomplicated (yet stylish) fashion. Stay tuned for Sun Fun Fashion’s BASIC Style Challenge.

While we are on the subject of BASIC, if you have never heard of LOHANTHONY and his announcement , you can thank me in comments below for introducing him.  I find this kid sooooo hilarious! Check him out!

** Disclaimer** The views and opinions expressed in the Lohanthony video above had absolutely no influence on my fear of basic.

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White Shirt Dress: Marc New York by Andrew Marc via Marshalls (similar, similar); Red Leopard Print Pumps: Bebe (similar, similarsimilar); Black/White Bracelet: Kate Spade; Sunnies: Ray-Ban Clubmaster.

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Sleeveless Trench

One of my favorite additions to my Fall wardrobe has been this sleeveless trench you see here. Not only is a sleeveless trench a great way of adding light layers and structure to any look, but it’s also very much in with the oh-so popular “menswear inspired” trend this season.  As you may have predicted, I found this little gem at Marshalls and immediately fell in love with the numerous possibilities of styling it!  I stuck to basics this time around with oxblood skinnies, a white tee and chunky gladiators, but I look forward to wearing it with contrasting, more feminine pieces very soon!

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Pattern Play

Don’t you just love when you’re perusing the racks and suddenly you spot something wonderful! Last week on a lunchtime trip to Marshalls I spotted this adorable Collective Concepts dress and was immediately smitten! I love everything about this dress! For starters, the burnt orange, navy and light pink leopard print is so different and refreshing! The flared/pleated skirt is feminine and playful, while the contrasting color patches at the waist add a slimming effect! Need I say more? Fashionistas, this is what I like to call a #FABFOUND winner!

Since we all know I love a little “Pattern Play” I decided to throw on my seersucker striped blazer.  When playing with colorful patterns always remember that it is very important to keep within similar color families down to your shoes and accessories. Notice how although the blue/ivory stripes on the blazer play well with the navy/ivory leopard rosettes on the dress; it is the similar colored navy shoes and handbag that act as the perfect cohesive for these two converse patterns (stripes and spots).

All in all, I love the way this whole look came together.  What do you think?

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Weekend Gladiator

I promise I did everything in my power NOT to give into the “knee high gladiator” trend and well, I FAILED.  Miserably! See here’s what happened….

I do 95% of all my shopping online.  The other 5% happens when I am forced to physically step foot into a mall to either exchange or return something.  Well, about a week ago I stepped foot inside of Macy’s Dadeland to exchange an item when there they were….. standing tall and mighty a top the always tempting Vince Camuto display.

You see, in a magazine or online, these knee high gladiators can be more easily overlooked. I mean they don’t LOOK very comfortable or versatile, do they? However, once you see them in person they are simply irresistible! I simply could not resist trying them on, and as I walked around Macy’s shoe department for a feel, I quickly realized these fierce, flat gladiators were the most comfortable straps of leather I’ve had on my feet, EVER! I could seriously walk the entire Roman Trail in these puppies (pun intended). *Note to self: Plan a trip to Rome pronto!

Well, you can all guess how this story ends… I purchased them! This time around I wore them with a belted, single shouldered dress to bring some fun and femininity to the mix!  With their high level of comfort and intense ferocity, these sandals will surely be my “Weekend Gladiators” for the summer!

Happy Weekend, Gladiators!  May your weekend’s be thrilling and prosperous!

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Knee HIgh Gladiator Sandals: Vince Camuto; Tribal Print One Shoulder Dress: Marshalls; Belt: Target; Purse: Louis Vuitton; Snake Wrap Cuff: Rachel Zoe.

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