Maternity Style Must Have

We all love to hate Kim Kardashian, but we gotta give her credit where credit is due, and while I give her kuddos for turning a shoddy sex tape into a multi-million dollar empire, that is not what I will be crediting her in today’s blog post. I will however, be crediting her for influencing my all-around “Maternity Style Must Have”….. The endlessly versatile Wolford Fatal Dress.

Although I don’t customarily wear skin tight dresses, I can’t think of a better time to embrace my womanly curves than during pregnancy.  Made of a luxe, super stretchy fabric, the Wolford Fatal Dress is the essential dress to accommodate a woman’s flourishing, baby making body; and as if finding the perfect LBD to sustain you through 9 months of pregnancy wasn’t valuable enough, you’ll be wowed to know that this amazing dress can be worn in at least 10 different ways!

We all know maternity clothing can be pricey, and although the Wolford Fatal Dress’ $215.00 price tag isn’t necessarily on the low end, when you consider the countless styling possibilities and potential for postpartum wear, it truly is a bang for one’s buck.

What’s your maternity style must have?

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Dressed to Flamingle

I don’t really know what else to say other than…. Thank you Kate Spade! Thank you for never failing to capture my feminine soul and designing collections that girls, women and girly men dream of! But most of all, thank you for your Summer 2015 Flamingo Collection!  I am completely infatuated with my Flamingo Sheath Dress!  It’s perfect for work or flamingle-ing!

fl3Flamingo Sheath Dress: Kate Spade; Bib Necklace: Kate Spade; Mini Handbag: Express; Strap Heels: American Rag via Macys; Rings: Express (here and here); Sunglasses: ALDO Shoes

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Below are my top picks from the collection.  

SPOILER: It’s pretty much everything from the collection!

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[Slip on Sneaker] [Handbag] [Grey Tee] [Flamingo Print Blouse]

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[Dress] [Feather Clutch] [Aqua Cross body] [Tote]

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[Earrings] [Ring] [Bracelet] [Watch]

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[Tote] [Bikini Top] [Slip On Sandal] [Beach Cover Up]

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[Phone Case] [Flamingo Print Scarf] [Scarf w/ Pom Poms] [Fedora]

My Handbag Essentials

Rue La La: My Handbag Essentials

When it comes to clothing I’m sure you’ve noticed I’m not big on splurging. Clothing is so unfaithful. One season it’s in, another it’s “so last season”. One week it fits like a glove, the next week it fits like a sausage casing.  I usually prefer to indulge in handbags. They are eternally more forgiving of seasonal trend shifts and sudden, unexplained weight gains. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m an equal opportunity handbag collector.

Out of all the components that make up a fabulous outfit, I believe the handbag holds the most importance. A handbag is more than just the perfect accessory, to me, a handbag is my home away from home; a fabulous receptacle of a woman’s essential belongings for the day ahead. I have been eager to share a “What’s in My Bag” post for quite some time now, so when Rue La La asked me what my daily handbag essentials are, I simply could not resist sharing with you all here on Sun Fun Fashion!

Rue La La is an online shopping destination for the most desired brands at members-only prices and when it comes to handbags, Rue La La does not skimp on selection. With brands such as Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Michael Kors to name a few, Rue La La is the go-to site for designer/luxury handbags at discounted prices.

The peeps over at Rue La La know just how essential the right handbag is to a woman. I came across this handy Handbag Guide over on the Rue La La Blog which offers a wealth of information and tips such as choosing the right bag for every occasion, verifying the authenticity of luxury brand handbags and even a brief history of the handbag. Check it out! I’m sure you’ll learn something new!

Alright, let’s talk about my handbag essentials! Some women have the great fortune of leaving their abode with a clutch or cross-body carrying just the bare necessities. I am not one of those women. My needs are a bit more complex. I love my Kate Spade 2 Park Avenue Beau Bag because it is functional and fabulous! Walking to the metro station is part of my daily commute and I am constantly on the go. My daily adventures call for an assortment of 29 items which I like to break down as my survival kit and my beauty kit!

Kate Spade 2 Park Avenue Beau

 Now, let’s go inside the bag:

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1) Wallet; 2) Keys; 3) Sunnies; 4) Ballet Flats; 5) Measuring Tape; 6) Blog Cards and Holder; 7) Iphone 5s; 8) Portable Charger; 9) Headphones; 10) Metro Card; 11) Car 2 Go Card; 12) Makeup Bag; 13) Mascara; 14) Mirror; 15) Blush; 16) Lipstick; 17) EOS Lipbalm 18) Concealer; 19) Nailpolish; 20) Band Aids; 21) Shout Wipes; 22) Crest Whitening Strips; 23) Cottonelle Fresh Wipes; 24) Book; 25) Notepad; 26) Reading Glasses; 27) Pen; 28) Mace; 29) KIND Bar (pictured below).

The Survival Kit:

What's In My Bag

The Beauty KitIn my makeup bag

Red + Houndstooth

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

Happy Freaky Friday Fashionistas!

xoxoxxx

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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{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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Wild Ballerina

As you may have noticed, I am a shoe hoarder.  However, despite my obsession with shoes, I find shoes to be the most uncomfortable piece of clothing ever created.  Yes, even more uncomfortable than the bra.  Perhaps it’s due to my abnormally large, uncomfortably shaped feet?  Whatever the case, before these adorable Jessica Simpson Ballerina Flats, I was convinced that I could never wear a shoe for longer than 2 hours without experiencing some discomfort.  Identical to a ballerina “pointe shoe” at first sight you think tough, stiff and hard to break in. Well, I’m no real ballerina; and these are no real pointe shoes.

These flats are seriously the most comfortable shoes I have ever put on my uncomfortable feet.  They are as soft as Isotoners yet as stylish as the Royal Ballet. And oh yea, they’re leopard print! They are also available in black, coffee, natural and grey leopard, but no matter what color you choose this will be the most comfortable shoe your feet will ever twinkle toe in.  The perfect shoe for travel! I’m in love with a pair of shoes! SHOCKER!

Thank you for entertaining my fashion obsessive rants! I’ll stop here.

Love you guys! Nite nite!

Jessica Simpson Leopard Print Ballerina Flat

Leopard Print Ballerina Flats: Jessica Simpson via Macys; Black Mesh Inset Skater Dress: EXPRESS; Leopard Print Handbag: 2 Park Avenue Beau by Kate Spade (sold out, but totally lusting over this similar model).

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Kate Spade Surprise Sale

Kate Spade Surprise Sale

Hey Dolls! For as long as I can remember I have always been a HUGE Kate Spade fan.  As a matter of fact, my first ever “high-end” brand name handbag was a Kate Spade purse my cousin brought back from a trip to NYC for me!  I’ve since expanded my Kate Spade collection to include several handbags, jewelry, shoes and accessories!  I just love the brand’s use of colors and playful prints!  Well, starting today and for the next three days Kate Spade is hosting a “Surprise 75% OFF Sale” on select items.

Below are my picks from the sale, what are you eyeing?

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What I Wore: Lucky FABB Day 1

Deciding what to wear to a fashion and beauty bloggers conference can be pretty intimidating. After all, the fellow attendees are some of the best dressed women in the country!  I had originally planned on wearing a dress I bought online last minute, but when it arrived unfortunately, it did not fit!  On to plan B.

I knew I wanted to be chic, current and comfortable and so I arrived at this look here below.  As you already know, metallics are one of my top rated trends for 2014 which means this gold lamé, pleated skirt by Ellie Tahari will no longer be reserved for holidays and special occasions!

I had the original buttons on this denim jacket switched for the black/gold trim buttons you see here.  This is a fun way of customizing pieces without spending too much money.  I think the black/gold trimmed buttons give this otherwise basic denim jacket a little boost of chicness!

What I Wore Lucky FABB

Gold Lame, Pleated Skirt: Ellie Tahari (old, sold out) but similar here at ASOS; Black/White Striped Crop Top: Forever 21; Denim Jacket: Donna Karen NY c/o Marshalls; Handbag: 2 Park Avenue Beau Bag, (leopard print SOLD OUT, but similar style here); Tan/Black Studded Pumps: Ivanka Trump, Ayla Studded Pump (select sizing available here); Black/White Bracelet: Kate Spade; Sunglasses: Payless Shoesource

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The Holy Grail

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! With a wedding and very special surprise birthday party to attend, this past Saturday proved the perfect day to debut the dress I consider the “Holy Grail” of the Peter Pilotto x Target Collection. The Jacquard Dress in Red Iris Print was the single most coveted piece of the collection, and at 3:00 a.m. on February 9, 2014, when I placed this dress in my shopping cart on Net-A-Porter.com, it took every fiber of my being to stop myself from screaming excitedly up and down the halls of my apartment building like a lunatic!

Just a few short hours later, this beauty was being resold on e-Bay for up to three times its original price of $79.99. I’m not going to lie, had I failed to purchase it directly from Target or Net-A-Porter for its original price, I would have paid double and would not have regret it for a second.

From the eye popping colors; genius geo-floral print; rich textured fabric; playful, pleated, tulle enhanced skirt; and fabulous bodice top. This dress is the most exquisite item to come out of any Target designer collaboration to date!

I went for an ultra playful and colorful spring look by adding blue (faux) suede shoes from Shoedazzle, a light blue clutch from Ann Taylor Loft and minimal accessories.

I wish you all a productive and joyful week!

xoxo

Martha

Iris

Jacquard Dress in Red Iris Print: Peter Pilotto x Target (SOLD OUT); Blue Faux Suede Sandals: KAELA by Shoedazzle; Light Blue Patent Leather Clutch: Ann Taylor LOFT; Black/White Bracelet: Kate Spade.

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