{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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Leopard is a Neutral

“As far as I’m concerned, leopard is a neutral.” ~ Jenna Lyons

And I could not agree more! I love wearing my leopard with a pop of color!  From R.O.Y.G.B.I.V. and beyond… I have yet to find a color or pattern I am not tempted to mix with my leopards! Here is a look mixing leopard with red, which is probably my favorite of colors to mix my leopard with, but here I am wearing leopard with blue, pink, orange and yellow just to share a few examples!

Thank you for stopping by!

Red and LeopardLeopard Print Skirt: Armani Exchange (very old, but similar here and here); Red Silky V-Neck Tee: Express; Gold Toe Pumps: Chinese Laundry; Handbag: Christian Louboutin (similar model); Tiger Claw Necklace: Stella and Dot; Gold Chain Link Bracelet: Juicy Couture (similar); Gold Watch: Michael Kors.

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How to Style a Graphic Tee

FABB Blogger Collaboration

Happy Friday Peeps!! I am so excited to bring you all a blogger collaboration with a few of the fabulous ladies I met at this year’s Lucky FABB Conference! I love the idea of collaborating with other fashion bloggers because it allows me to bring you all a different perspective on style and inspiration. Plus, I get to introduce you to some pretty sweet and stylish ladies!

Our first collaboration style assignment was “How to Style A Graphic Tee”!  Below are a few tips directly from the fabulous ladies you see above and don’t forget to click on the tips below to check out the breakdowns of all the other great graphic tee looks featured in this post:

Meagan of Meagan’s Moda suggests: “To add polish to a casual tee topped with denim, pair it with bold jewelry, a slim pencil skirt and strappy heels.”  

Mega of Dress Up on a Cloudy Day suggests: “For an easy way to dress up a graphic tee, pair it with a bold pencil skirt: try a midi for an on trend look.”

Thea of Ever so Thea suggests: “Look through your parents’ old clothes! I’ve found a couple staple pieces that I’m not even sure they noticed I stole.”

Kayleigh of Kayleigh’s Kloset suggests: “Style it with overalls for an edgier look.”

Laura of Have Need Want suggests: “You can dress up an otherwise casual outfit with heels and jewelry, and wearing a monochromatic outfit emphasizes the graphic tee.”

As for myself, I suggest: “Pairing your graphic tee with a feminine, flowy skirt (mini, midi or maxi), great heels and a statement necklace for a look that’s effortlessly chic and translates well from day to evening.”

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Twerkin for A Birkin Graphic Tee: StatsGeekTees; Take a Bow Full Midi Skirt: Leanne Barlow; Leopard Faux Calf Skin Pumps: Adrienne Maloof (similar here); Leopard Print Clutch: Steve Madden; Leopard Print Belt: Anne Klein; Chain Bib Necklace: Loehmanns.

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Black, White and Spunk

Happy Friday darlings!!

We all know the good ole’ black and white combo is a classic and timeless look, but once in a while you gotta throw in a little spunk!   I’m pretty sure you’ve all figured out by now that one of my favorite methods of adding some spunk to an ensemble is the use of leopard print!  Not only is leopard print stylish and eye-catching, but for me, wearing leopard print comes along with an added boost of confidence (and I know I can’t be the only one).

If you read my blog then you know that I have been salivating over this Kate Spade 2 Park Avenue Beau Bag in Leopard for quite some time now and somehow the planets aligned, the moon and the stars came together and made it happen for me (and by planets, moons and stars I mean sales, added discounts and gift certificates)!  The leopard print version is virtually sold out just about everywhere, but it is still available in a variety of other colors and sizes (here). 

Oh my Beau, how I love thee!! Expect to see a lot more of my Beau here on Sun Fun Fashion!

I hope you all have a magical weekend!  Thank you for stopping by!

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White/Black Blouse: c/o Loehmanns

Wax Coated Pants: MANGO, sold out, but similar styles (here)

Leopard Pumps: Adrienne Maloof

Handbag: Kate Spade, sold out, but similar styles (here)