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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Look Ma’ No Pants

Forgetting your pants at home has never looked so good thanks to oversized shirtdresses! Perhaps one of, if not, my favorite garb stemming from the very popular menswear inspired trend, oversized shirtdresses are comfy, nonchalantly sexy and quite controversial lol!

On both occasions that I’ve worn this shirtdress (here and below), I have to admit, I’ve received some puzzled looks and comments such as “where are your pants?” and  “hey did you forget your pants at home?”. Silly questions considering this shirtdress has pockets! Duh! Clearly a dress.

Speaking of pockets, let’s talk about the comfort of a shirtdress.  I love any dress with pockets, pockets are very comforting and convenient. Wearing a shirtdress is pretty much like wearing PJ’s and getting away with it. It says “I woke up like this…and put on my boyfriend’s dress shirt”.

Which brings me to the nonchalantly sexy aspect.  I mean there’s nothing truly flattering or feminine about an oversized shirtdress, it’s closest relative is a potato sack! But “sexy” is not always about what you immediately provide to the eye. Sexy can very often be an implied thought, a hint to the imagination.  The thought of a woman waking up next to her man, slipping on nothing but his dress shirt (from last night) and stepping out into world as such, is pretty sexy.  At least I think so.

What do you think?

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Chambray Oversized Shirtdress: Forever 21, very similar herehere and here; Pointed Toe Leopard Print Pumps: Ivanka Trump; Tan Clutch: TJ MAXX.

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On the Grid

Are you guys as excited about the long weekend as I am? Jumping right back into my routine after a sleepless, eco-adventure vacation has me running on fumes.  Nothing like a 4 day weekend to get me back on the grid and back on the grind!

Speaking of being on the grid, I am sure you guys have seen this grid print on my skirt everywhere this season! I love this black and white grid print because it is very versatile, you can literally wear it with just about any color.  I also love this print because it is an chic and modern take on plaid.  Everyone is mad for plaid this season, but I for one loathe plaid.  That’s right, I said it, I loathe plaid.  I just can’t. I don’t hate it on other people, but I personally refuse to wear it.  Therefore, grid print is an acceptable substitute in my book.

I wish you all a wonderful long weekend and a blessed Thanksgiving!

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Jacket, Top, Skirt, Stockings, Earrings and Necklace all from Forever 21; Black Booties: Sole Society; Handbag: Tory Burch (similar).

Similar Grid Print Skirts: (here) and love this one (here)

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Fall Fun

Hey strangers! It’s been much too long since my last post. If you follow me on Instagram you already know that I’ve been away on an adventurous vacation in Nicaragua! If you don’t follow me on Instagram, well you know what to do!

Between hiking volcanos and canyoning to fishing in the ocean and living in a tree house, I think it’s safe to say that time and WIFI were nowhere to be found in this adventure. With so many exciting things to share, I’ll be gladly playing a heavy game of catch up on here!

As for today, here’s a fun look for fall! Transition those little flared skirts from summer to fall by throwing in tights and booties. And as for the staple “secretary blouse” or “neck tie blouse”, its everywhere for fall, magazines, catalogs, look books and fahion blogs. I love the femininity and versatility of the neck tie blouse. Wear it in a loose bow, loose knot (as seen below) or simply untied.  What do you think?

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Sheer Polka-Dot Tie Neck Blouse: (similar, similar, similar); Cobalt Flared Jacquard Skirt: (ZARA, old, but love this similar one); Black Booties: Sole Society; Black Tights: Marshalls; Black Mini Handbag: Express.

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Head-to-Toe Fall Faves

Today’s look is comprised of my Head-to-Toe Fall Faves!

1.  Wool Fedora – Perhaps my #1 favorite Fall accessory! Perfect for Miami’s sunny fall weather! Look fierce while protecting that gorgeous skin from the sun!

2.  Blood Wine Lips – Bold, bloody lips scream Fall and I can’t tell you how many compliments/questions I get about this lip color combo.  To achieve this look I use a MAC lip pencil called “Currant” and a Wet-n-Wild lip color called “Sugar Plum Fairy” #908C.

3.  Dual Pearl Studs – As seen on virtually every single fashion blogger in the universe at the moment, these dual pearl earrings are the perfect combination of femininity and edge and I just can’t put them down!

4.  Chambray (Denim) – Denim, chambray and more denim! Head-to-toe denim a/k/a The Canadian Tuxedo is one of Fall 2014’s most popular trends and this light Chambray button down from Forever 21 is the ideal tone to pair with slightly darker denim to achieve that perfect Canadian Tuxedo look.

5.  Leather- Leather is a no brainer for Fall, but full blown leather leggings in Miami’s “Faux Fall” are still impossible to endure (maybe in January), therefore these black leggings with faux leather paneling are the perfect alternative!

6.  Wedge Booties– I have to admit wedged boots are something that have slowly grown on me.  Comfort is perhaps the #1 reason for my newfound love of them.   Living in Brickell and working in Downtown call for a heavy pedestrian lifestyle and I can walk for miles and miles in these rock star-ish Vince Camuto wedge booties.

Also wearing: Gold Shark Tooth Necklace; Tan Envelope Clutch; Wraparound Leather Cuff Bracelet; Pave Criss-Cross Ring; Shark Mouth Midi-Ring.

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Red + Houndstooth

Red, Black, White.  Has there ever been a better menage a trois? I think not.

Happy Freaky Friday Fashionistas!

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houndstoothHoundstooth Sheer Blouse: Gift from a girlfriend (similar, similar); Red Pleated Midi Skirt: Leanne Barlow; Black Pointed Toe/Bow Detail Pumps: Shoedazzle (similar); Black Mini Handbag: Express; Black/White Cuff Bracelet: Kate Spade; Earrings: Forever 21; Pave Criss Cross Ring: Express.

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Fancy Wednesday: Hello Moto

Sure its hotter than all hell in Miami, but that doesn’t stop my fancy tickling for one of Fall’s hottest trends: MOTO JACKETS! Here are my top 3 picks in the 3 colors that are currently tickling my fancy!

Happy Humpday!

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BLACK MOTO JACKETS:

1 / 2 / 3

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 BROWN MOTO JACKETS:

1 / 2 / 3

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BLUE MOTO JACKETS:

1 / 2 / 3

 

Fancy Wednesday: Birthday Wish List

So tomorrow marks 31 years of beautiful chaos! Yup tomorrow is my birthday!  I’m normally not the Birthday Wish List type of person, everyone who knows me knows that ACCESSORIES are one of my favorite gifts to receive, followed by food and drink.  However, it being Fancy Wednesday and all I figured it was only appropriate for me to share the gadgets that are currently tickling this birthday girls fancy! As usual, click on the pic for shopping and purchase information!

Adidas WatchJagger Edge Iphone Case

Stella McCartney Wallet

Baublebar Headphones

Forever 21 Barbie Doll Varsity Jacket

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Good Deeds

What would you do if you saw a woman walking down the street with a ripped dress and her ass hanging out? Okay, forget the part where this is Miami and butt cheek exposure is the norm. I’m talking about a woman, clearly dressed for work, wearing a blazer and a dress with a tear from her lower back to her mid thigh.  Would you stop her and advise her of the situation?

Last week Thursday as I made my way to work, I stepped out of the car, entered my office building, walked by 2 different lobbies and rode 2 different elevators (full of people) all the while fully exposing my derriere.  Do you think a single person had the courtesy of telling me “Excuse me miss, your ass is completely exposed”….? NOPE!  Not a soul.  My hopes were that no one actually noticed, but considering the enormous size of the tear (and my ass), I find it very hard to believe.

I can’t tell you how many times I have saved or relieved complete strangers of embarrassing situations.  Booger in nose, skirt tucked into panties, open zippers, etc. Although it appears Karma has failed to keep tabs of my past good deeds, I plan to continue my selfless acts of kindness in hopes that one day the good deeds will be reciprocated.

The moral of the story is: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  Do good deeds people!  If you see a sister walking down the street with a hole the size of Texas on her dress/skirt/pants, let a sister know!

After much debate about whether or not I should post a picture of the not-so-little mishap, I decided that my personal style blog is no place to publicly display my goods, at least not my God given ones anyway. But just know that while taking the pics below I enjoyed an extra nice breeze.

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Floral Dress: TJ MAXX; Blazer: BCBG Max Azria; White Bib Necklace: Forever 21 (similar); Navy Blue Lace Up Heels: Sole Society (similar, similar).

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No Way Crochet!

For those of you who like to play by the rules, have fun abolishing all your white threads from your wardrobe after the passing of Labor Day.  Will I be retiring my whites due to some antiquated fashion faux pas? No Way Crochet!

With all due respect, “I’m from Miami, Bitch!” I wear white, linen, crochet and maxi dresses when and where I want, no matter what (non-existent) season of the year we happen to be in.  That’s why despite the impending Labor Day holiday, I could not resist purchasing this gorgeous white, crochet maxi dress from Forever 21. This dress is perfect for a summer daytime date or brunch, but can also be worn in the chillier months (if they ever come to Miami) with a leather jacket or vest and closed toe booties! It’s all about repurposing people!

I hope you all are having an incredible weekend so far and please, don’t spend too much time boxing up your white threads, seriously!  Have you never heard of “winter whites”?

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White Crochet Maxi Dress: Forever 21; Leather Belt: Merona via Target

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