Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bits of March

March was a marvelous month full of new discoveries and old favorites. Here are my Bits of March.

1. I got a ukulele!
My uke is definitely the highlight of the month. I love it dearly. My sister is the one who made me want to purchase my own. She got hers last month and sounds amazing. Right now, my songs of choice are "Royals" by Lorde, "Sweater Weather" by The Neighbourhood, "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence and the Machine, and Iz's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." They're so much fun to strum and sing along to. (And, to be honest, they're the only songs I know right now!) 

2. I tried to get the MAC Cinderella lipstick but failed miserably!
Bibbity boppity boo-hoo! I couldn't get my hands on one of the lipsticks from MAC's Cinderella collection. I searched high and low at various Macy's and MAC stores just a couple days after the launch, but they were nowhere to be found. Each store told me they sold out within an hour of opening on launch day and there were people waiting in line. How crazy is that?! Oh well, I will just have to wait for the next Disney princess collection to come along. I'm sure MAC will do a Beauty and the Beast collaboration when the film comes out in 2017. I will plan my purchasing strategy accordingly. Although I didn't snag a Cinderella shade, I did add another MAC lipstick to my growing collection called 'Bombshell.' It's the perfect peachy pink for spring and summer. 

3. I rediscovered my love of the Naked palette!
When I read that Kate Middleton is a fan of Urban Decay's Naked palette, I opened my makeup case, scrambled to find the beloved eyeshadow, and gave my eyes the royal treatment. I had been strictly using MAC shadows for a while and it felt so good to mix up my makeup routine. I mean, who doesn't want to feel like princess? New mantra: "keep calm and wear the Naked palette." 

Stay stylin'! 


Friday, March 27, 2015

Leather Loafers

Jeans: Topshop | Chambray shirt: American Eagle | Crop top: H&M | Loafers: Gap | Watch: Michael Kors | Necklace: Tiffany & Co. |

It's just starting to feel like Spring in Boston. I can now wear shoes without socks which makes me very happy. I'm currently obsessed with my new black leather loafers from Gap. I wear my pair of leopard loafers from them all the time, so of course I wanted to get another shoe to add to the collection. Gap makes the best footwear. I know these leather ones will be an instant staple of mine. I love how they look with a pair of simple black skinny jeans. A little leather never hurt anyone! 


Monday, March 23, 2015

Fashion Week Favorite: Saint Laurent

"Got Chucks on with Saint Laurent gotta kiss myself I'm so pretty!" - Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
 Paris Fashion Week may have ended on March 11th, but I've still been obsessing over Saint Laurent's Fall 2015 RTW collection. It's everything I could ever want. It's flawless. It's fierce. Can you tell I'm crazy about it yet? Saint Laurent has really outdone themselves for Fall 2015. The best way I can describe the collection is "punk chic." It's a retro punk rocker girl look with a modern twist. Leather, tulle, fishnets, and electric hues steal the show. My style isn't very "punk chic," but there is something about this collection that I just love. If I could own every piece, I would! Browse my favorite looks below and see if you're lusting over Laurent as much as I am!  

1. One of my favorite looks from the entire collection. Love the pairing of the colorful dress and edgy leather moto jacket. 

2. This sequin mini dress looks fabulous with fishnets and sleek heels. The pop of red on the lips is perfect. 

3. Who knew a yellow leopard print dress and a quirky fur jacket could work so right together?! This juxtaposed outfit is fluorescent and fabulous. 

4. Who wouldn't want a lipstick print dress? My favorite piece for sure. 

5. This look has a baroque vibe that I'm digging. The gold foil-look dress is everything. 

6. Minnie Mouse goes punk chic. Enough said. 

7. Another amazing leather jacket! The tulle skirt, sheer shirt, and ripped tights are tough but girly. 

8. Leopard coats are a weakness of mine. The little black dress makes the coat the focus. 

Are you obsessing yet?! What's your Paris Fashion Week favorite? 


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sweaters? For Spring? Groundbreaking.

Top: Brandy Melville | Sweater: Brandy Melville | Jeans: Topshop | Combat boots: Steve Madden |  Beanie: Brandy Melville | Necklace: Tiffany & Co. | Watch: Michael Kors |

Miranda Priestly famously and sarcastically said, "Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking," in The Devil Wears Prada. However, sweaters for Spring are no joke! It's finally Spring in Boston (and everywhere else in the country for that matter), yet I'm still dressed like this! It was snowing while I took this picture and about 25 degrees. How can this be?! At least I don't have to give up my cozy layers quite yet! Sweater weather marches on in the middle of March. I hope you're all enjoying the first days of Spring!


Friday, March 20, 2015

2015: The Year of the Ponytail?

We know the Pantone color of the year is Marsala and it's the Year of the Sheep, but do we also know the hairstyle of the year? Could it be the ponytail? I think it very well could be! The ponytail is everywhere. It's been spotted sleek and slicked back, wavy with serious volume, a bit messy, and high or low.  No matter the style, a pony is the way to go! From the Oscars to the runways and everywhere in between, the pony has been making a show-stopping statement.

Dakota wowed with her ponytail on the red carpet. Slightly undone with wispy hairs framing her face, the hairstyle suited her gown and makeup perfectly. 

JLo was a princess in a ponytail on Oscar night. Her 'do dazzled like those diamond earrings!

Gigi had her hair in a simple ponytail that complimented her intricate dress. Classic hairdos are always in style. 

Lea's ponytail looks natural and effortless. Glee may be over, but the pony is still going strong. 

Even designer collections donned the 'do on the runway! This sleek, shiny, side-knotted pony is fierce. 

Which 'do is doing it for you? How will you partake in the year of the ponytail?


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bits of February

I've decided to branch out a bit and do a new segment on the blog called "Bits of (insert month here)." I used to do an occasional monthly favorites post, but they never really worked out as I tend to use the same products over and over again. I mean, who wants to limit themselves and their content? I think these "Bits of..." monthly posts will be a nice way of share my thirty-odd days in review with all of you. I hope you enjoy them!

February was an exciting month. A lot happened in just 28 days, from my birthday to a blogger network and a very special book signing. Here are the Bits of February.  

I joined the Her Campus Blogger Network!
I am so excited to be a part of the Her Campus Blogger Network! I write for my college's chapter of Her Campus and when I found out there was a personal blogger program I was thrilled. We're a community of female bloggers of all ages who write about anything from fashion and beauty to lifestyle, cooking, and health. We help each other grow our blogs and be as successful as possible. It's a lot of fun and if you're a blogger, you should join too! Apply here for your chance to be part of an amazing network of amazing women. (If you could mention my name in the Referral section, that would be fab!) If you have any further questions, I'd be happy to answer them in the comments below. 

I met Nigel Barker!

You may know Nigel as photographer and judge on America's Next Top Model and judge on The Face, but did you know he's a New York Time's bestselling author as well? I met him at his book signing in Boston for Model's of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion. His talk was fantastic and I am so glad I was able to attend. I love how he talked about what made the models in his book unique, strong women. He didn’t focus on beauty—he focused on what made them powerful. If you ever have the chance to hear him speak, I highly suggest you go! I can't wait to read his book. Now I am inspired to collect more fashion reads for my coffee table collection! 

I was in the news!

Me and my blog were featured in the lifestyle section of my college's newspaper, The Berkely Beacon. The article is about how I challenged my high school's dress code my junior year when they prohibited sleeveless attire, and also touches on Bits of Style and my love of fashion and feminism. It was an honor to be in the paper and share my story. You can read the piece here. 

I hope you all had a fabulous February and are having a marvelous March! Stay stylin'!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Transition Dressing Edit

It's almost spring (yay!) and that means it's time to think a bit warmer. Snow is melting, the sun is shining, the landscape is coming to life, and the air is happy and crisp. We can basically tuck our heavy winter coats and thick sweaters away. Now it's time to dress for transitioning into spring. Our outfits should be a fusion of the past four cold months and the warmer weather that's on its way. Here are some essentials you can wear now:

1. Denim jacket
A springtime staple. The perfect replacement for your puffy coat. 

2. Denim/chambray shirt
Wear on its own or as a layering piece. Looks great over a simple tee or under a light sweater.

3. Striped long sleeve shirt
Parisian inspired and oh-so-chic. 

4. Lightweight knit sweater
Who says sweater weather has to be over? Trade in your thick knits for something a bit lighter. 

6. Tulle midi skirt
Pair with a denim or leather jacket for an edgy look. 

6. Sunglasses
Here comes the sun! Be prepared with a great pair of sunnies. Ray-Ban 'Clubmasters' are a fabulous option. 

7. Simple leather watch
Light on your wrist, heavy with style. Go understated with a classic strap and minimalistic face.

8. Mini bag
Downsize with a mini bag that holds only the essentials. 

9. Floppy felt hat
Add bohemian flare to your look with a floppy felt hat. Black is always a good idea. 

10. Black sneakers
Classic black Converse are a must. They will go with everything in your spring wardrobe.

11. White sneakers
White sneakers are the epitome of spring. Wear them with jeans, a stripe top, and sunnies and you're good to go. 

Spring into style with transition dressing. 
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Monday, March 9, 2015

Black & Blue

Jacket: Zara | Sweater: Forever 21 | Flannel: Forever 21 | Jeans: Topshop | Combat boots: Steve Madden | Necklace: Tiffany & Co.

Is my flannel black and blue or white and gold? I unintentionally showed my stance on #TheDress debate with this outfit! Who knew clothes could be so controversial? Please don't tell me you see my flannel as white and gold though! 


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Clothing Confidence

Clothes can be a huge confidence booster. Whether it's a concert tee that brings back memories with your best friends, or a shirt that looks like it was made just for you, clothing makes you feel good. Wearing your favorite outfit can make even the dreaded early wake-up seem stylish. Here are some tips for achieving clothing confidence.

1. Dress for yourself
Don't dress to please others. Let your clothes show who you are. Feel confident in your fashion choices and let your true self shine. 

2. Seek out style inspiration
Looking for a new look? Scroll through Pinterest, Instagram, and check out blogs to get a sense of what you like and don't like. The inner fashionista/o in you will be inspired in no time.

3. Pop some tags!
Channel your inner Macklemore and head to the thrift shop! One-of-a-kind pieces hide on those rows and rows of hangers and at a low price, too. Go forth and conquer the land of consignment! You'll be singing "I wear your granddad's clothes, I look incredible," faster than you can say "clothes by the pound." 

4. Plan outfits in advance
Overwhelmed by your wardrobe when you're getting ready for the day? Plan what you want to wear the night before. You'll save time in the morning and be able to get some extra sleep.

5. Get rid of clothes you don't want
Donate clothes you don't like and no longer wear to Goodwill, Salvation Army, sell them online, or give them away to friends. It will make more room in your closet for clothes you love.

6. Most importantly, wear what makes you happy. Let your style smile!
No one is as unique and awesome as you. Your clothes will show it.