Friday, October 24, 2014

DIY Halloween Costume: His & Hers

  Paul Fredrick Shirt; Levis Trousers; Steve Madden Boots; Trafalgar Suspenders; Forever 21 Hat

Because Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, I thought it would be fun to do a DIY costume post.. with a twist! I definitely think women have more of a variety to choose from when it comes to easy yet creative DIY costumes. So today's post is for the guy in your life - but the great thing about this classic Clockwork Orange costume isn't that it can be put together with just a few key items (although that's a plus), it's that the ladies can use it as inspiration too! It's such a simple look and so easy to tailor to both men and women. You're ready to go with just a crisp white shirt, white pants, some suspenders and a bowler hat! 

What are some of your favorite couples costume ideas? 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What's In My Bag

I always find it fun to peek inside some of my favorite bloggers' or fashion icons' bags. It's interesting to see what others consider essentials, and I think often you'll find that there are certain items most women keep on hand at all times, albeit in different variations. 

After looking through Rue La La's Handbag Style Guide, which has everything from care tips to the history of handbags (personally, I found the Designer Handbag Signatures fascinating and super helpful for anyone who loves browsing vintage shops for some designer steals), I decided to put together my own post featuring one of my favorite Marc by Marc Jacobs cross body bags.  Here are some of the things I consider handbag essentials at the moment... 
Kate Spade Wallet: Self explanatory - I bought this wallet about a year ago because I loved the fun, bright color and perfect size

Ray Ban Sunglasses: I can't leave the house without sunglasses, and I tend to rotate between my favorite Ray Bans - right now, it's the Wayfarers

Marc Jacobs Glasses: I usually have contacts on but take my glasses with me everywhere (plus I just adore this pair!) 

Lip Balm/Gloss: This constantly changes and really depends on where I'm going and what I'm wearing, but right now it's NYX Butter Glosses (in Cherry Pie and Creme Brulee), Sugar Lip Treatment (in Passion), and EOS balm

MAC Opulash Optimum Black Mascara: Always a quick way to look more awake, and easy to apply in a hurry

Icebreakers Wintergreen Mints: I tend to prefer mints over gum, and these are my favorites

Snack: I always like to keep a sweet snack on hand just in case - currently, it's dark chocolate bars from Trader Joe's

Nourish Organic Coconut & Argan Oil Lotion: I try to have lotion around at all times - this is also something I switch up often, but loved the compact size of this particular lotion I received recently

Planner & Pen: I am constantly needing to make to-do lists and write things down, so I love having a small and simple planner to keep track of everything - I especially like carrying this in my bag when running errands or at work

iPhone: Because who doesn't leave home without a smartphone? Used mostly for texting and photo taking/editing/posting (@dreamingenfrancais on Instagram)

Perfume: I always keep a small roller version of my favorite scent of the moment to re-apply on the go

What are some of your handbag essentials?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Aztec + Chambray

Forever 21 Shirt; Project Social T Tank; Topshop Skirt; Report Shoes; Michael Kors Watch

Let's talk about this skirt. I spotted it while wandering through the Topshop section at Nordstroms in South Coast Plaza over the summer, and I could have sworn it was just calling my name and asking me to take it home ;) since then, it's quickly become one of my new favorites and I can't wait to transition it into Fall with black tights and booties. And of course, because I'm kind of obsessed with chambray and this shirt in particular, I couldn't resist putting the two togther for dinner with boyfriend and a couple of friends from out of town. I normally throw this shirt on over a tank or wear it buttoned up with a pencil skirt for work, but I thought this would be a fun way to dress the skirt down a bit without taking away from it. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Soft Waves Tutorial - NYM at NYFW

As you know from this post, I've partnered up with Not Your Mother's to bring you a couple of quick and easy tutorials from New York Fashion Week, courtesy of NYM's lead hairstylist, Michele Carrillo. Today's look is the soft, tousled waves as seen at the Style 360 Kristin Cavallari by Chinese Laundry preview. Loose, soft waves are one of my go-to looks, but sometimes it can be hard to master the effortless style. Lucky for you, NYM has made it super simple! 

Products Used: Whip It Up Cream Styling Mousse, Beat the Heat Thermal Shield Spray, and She's A Tease Volumizing Hairspray 
Tools Used: Kinky Moves Spin Curl 360 Styler

1. Use Whip It Up Cream Styling Mousse to create volume while blowdrying
2. Prep hair with Beat the Heat spray to protect when curling 
3. Section hair and curl using Kinky Moves
4. Set curls with volumizing hairspray 

And with that you get gorgeous soft waves.. 

photos provided by NYM 

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Crop Top

Topshop Top; Angl Skirt; Report Shoes; Michael Kors Watch

Over the summer, I fully embraced the crop top trend. When paired with a high waisted skirt, it shows off just enough to keep the look chic yet flattering. And although I'm still over here patiently waiting for Fall, I decided to take advantage of the warm weather this weekend and sport the crop top for a family BBQ while my boyfriend's mom is in town and, later, to see Gone Girl (which we found to be incredibly disappointing).