Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Bits of Style x Primark

Primark opened its first U.S. store in Boston this September. In honor of the grand event, they kindly sent me a $50 gift card to go shopping. I could not wait to shop 'til I dropped!

What I love about Primark is that it is both on trend and affordable. I used every penny of my gift card to purchase four cozy sweaters for the chilly Boston weather. Where else can you get four pieces of knitwear for $50?! It just blows my mind. Bravo, Primark. 

The burgundy turtleneck sweater cost me $16, as did the blue ribbed knit. The navy and gray turtlenecks were $9 each. They are incredibly soft, comfortable and versatile. I can't wait to style them!

What are your favorite pieces to purchase at Primark? As much as I love their knits, they have an incredible selection of hats and scarves as well. If you don't have a Primark near you yet, don't worry! The brand recently opened their second U.S. store in Philadelphia, PA. That can only mean there are more to come. 


Friday, November 13, 2015

Going Faux

Vest: Rachel Zoe (similar) | Sweater: H&M (similar) | Jeans: Topshop | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Hat: Forever 21 (similar)

This is my all-time favorite outfit. Faux real. Day, night, doesn't matter; I will wear it any time. I love each piece of the look so much, from my hat to my ankle boots. This outfit sums up my sense of style perfectly. I love mixing classic pieces, like turtleneck sweaters and skinny jeans, with more trendy ones like a faux fur vest and wide brim fedora. Everything being black keeps the look sleek and cohesive. I added a pop of color by wearing MAC's 'Quelle Surprise' on my lips. 

I am so glad faux fur is in this year. I've always been a fan, but it's nice to get some style inspiration from other bloggers and celebrities who have embraced the fuzzy fabric. I really only wear this vest with my Topshop Petite Joni jeans, (which I highly recommend if you're short like me and looking for a pair of high waisted skinny jeans you'll want to wear everyday). I definitely want to branch out a bit and try the vest with a skirt or dress. It's the perfect layering piece, so why not take advantage of all the styling options? I'm going full faux and not looking back.


Friday, November 6, 2015

Still Spooky

Top: Brandy Melville | Pinafore dress: Tj Maxx (similar) | Shoes: Steve Madden (similar) | Bag: MCM (similar) | Hat: Forever 21 (similar) | Choker: Brandy Melville (similar)

The weather in Boston has been surprisingly warm, so lately I've been able to wear lighter layers. I paired my black pinafore dress with a striped top from Brandy Melville, tights and ballet flats for a fall look that's perfect for days that aren't very chilly. My MCM tambourine bag, velvet choker and fedora hat add give the look vintage edge. As usual, I look like I belong in a coven. Just because Halloween is over doesn't mean you still can't be a bit spooky with your style. 


Monday, November 2, 2015

What Iris Apfel Taught Me

This year, I went as fashion icon Iris Apfel for Halloween. She is one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to personal style. I love how Iris isn't afraid to take risks and has created her own, unique identity using clothes and accessories. Big, round glasses, layered necklaces and bangles stacked up and down each arm are her trademarks. It's no surprise Iris' clothing and jewelry collection is recognized as one of the best in the world. If you haven't watched her documentary on Netflix, I highly recommend it.

I recreated Iris' look by pulling from my own closet, my mom's treasure trove of a jewelry box and thrifting at Savers. I removed the lenses from of a pair of sunglasses I found at Marshall's to complete the persona. Becoming Iris Apfel made me think about the way I see fashion. The base of my costume, a simple black turtleneck and jeans, were a blank canvas to color myself in statement-making jewelry. With each bangle and necklace, I was adding another element to the canvas. I made sure each component of my outfit served a creative purpose. Dressing up became an art form. 

I think the artistry to getting dressed has been somewhat lost. We're so focused on following the latest trends and trying to recreate celebrity looks, that we've lost sight of individuality. There's really no fun in wearing what everybody else is wearing all the time. I think everyone should try to channel their inner Iris Apfel and be more spontaneous with their style. I'd like to close this post with some of my favorite Iris quotes:

"Fashion you can buy, but style you possess."

"There's no how-to road map to style. It's about self-expression and, above all, attitude."

"If you make a mistake in what you put together, the fashion police are not going to haul you into jail."

"When you don't dress like everyone else, you don't have to think like everyone else."

"I say, dress for yourself. Listen to your inner muse and take a chance. Wear something that says, 'here I am' today."