Dream Day Wedding Style Challenge: City Glam Chic



Wedding Day Style

It’s been over four years since my dream wedding day and honestly there isn’t anything I would change about that day. I had the traditional wedding day I always wanted, complete with a ballroom, ballgown, and tiara to match. That doesn’t mean I don’t think about different ways I could’ve went about my dream day. A part of me wouldn’t have minded going for a more modern feel, where I could really flex my style muscles and contemporary tastes. The Loverly Dream Day Style Challenge was the perfect opportunity to do that.

There were three types of wedding venues to choose from and I immediately went for the City Glam Setting. I will always be a city girl at heart and having a dream day at a historic museum or a swanky rooftop overlooking Manhattan is my kinda party! Crisp white linens, tall glass centerpieces with floating orchids, and a killer view is the perfect setting for the modern wedding style I want.

The Chiffon & Crystal Shirred Gown from Jim Hjelm would be the perfect dress to walk down the aisle. I still get the ball gown effect with the chiffon and crystal cascade skirt with a modern twist aka the one silk organza strap and slim mermaid fit.

I have a thing for birdcage veils and the nostalgic vibe it brings to a wedding dress. But I didn’t want just any birdcage veil – it needed to have something extra. The Chenille Dot Mini Hat has just enough veil with chenille dots and mini hat that gives me the fashionable boost my outfit needs without taking away from the dress. For special occasions I always wear my hair up and out of my face so the veil would go great with an updo.

As for the accessories, I would take the “Something Blue” concept to a whole other level. Blue Sapphire and Diamond Stud Earrings and Vintage Pendant from Fifth and Bond are the pops of color I need in any outfit (and it’s also my birthstone!).  I also can’t resist showing off little peeps of color with the Milk and Honey I Do Pumps as I walk down the aisle.

What’s your dream day style? Head over to Loverly and let me know what your dream destination and dress would be!


*This post was part of the Dream Day Style Challenge from Loverly. All items mentioned in this post can be found on their site. All picks and opinions are my own.

How To Rock Leopard The Right Way


Fall Fashion 2014

Okay, so we all know that leopard print is a big trend this fall. We love how it looked on the runways, on a favorite bloggers, and on the girls rocking it on Pinterest. But then the question becomes, how in the world do I rock it right without looking crazy? When it comes to any trend, your comfort level is a key factor to pulling it off.

Leopard Newbies

Fall Fashion

Amy Parent Cabi Online / Refined Style Fashion / Peace Love Shea

If you just want to tip your toes in the animal print water, accessories are your best friend. Purses, shoes, belts, scarves – the possibilities are endless in this department. Finish your favorite outfit with a touch of leopard and you’re well on your way to embracing the trend. Ready for some better news? You can literally wear it with any color.

For The Middle of the Road Fashionistas

Fall Fashion Trends 2014

Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily / Kiyonna / Fashion Diva Design

This is the category that I fall into. I don’t like to go all the way in with a trend but I’m not scared of it either. So if you’re like me, getting separates in this print is a good move. A blouse, skirt, or cardigan in leopard that plays well with what you already own is how you can rock this print without stepping way out of your style comfort zone. The key here is to make sure that piece is the star of the show, keeping everything else on the neutral side of fashion life.

For My Fashion Risk Takers

Fall Fashion Trends 2014

Lolobu / Harpers Bazaar / Womens Fashion 12

Alright, for my girls who are ready to go all in there are really no hard and fast rules for you! Big coats, long dresses, and even high-waisted pants in this leopard print are a serious fall fashion do for you. For an even bolder look, mix in some bold colored accessories like red pumps or rock the print from head to toe.

So how do you plan to rock leopard print this Fall?

Six Things You Need In Your Makeup Bag This Fall

Fall Beauty Trends

Labor Day is officially a week away signaling the end of summer and the beginning of another stylish season. Along with the end of summer parties and fitting in last minute vacays is the switching out of closets and makeup bags. I’m even on the ball when it comes to that, taking the time to clean out my makeup drawers to make room for new and fun fall things. And, as with every new season on this piece of the blogosphere, it’s time for another “Six Things You Need” feature.

What does the Fall have in store when it comes to makeup? In a few words – retro, metallics, barely there beauty, and plenty of pretty fall colors

Fall Inspired Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup brands have already released their Fall makeup collections and one thing they have in common are eyeshadow palettes filled with beautiful shades that scream autumn leaves and cooler weather. Dark greens, matte purples, and daytime nudes are all you need to get through this season looking gorgeous and on trend.

Nude Lipstick

If red lipstick just isn’t your thing then a nude color is the way to go. Balenciaga’s minimalist take on beauty can easily translate into real life, with the right foundation and a beautiful nude lip that works for every single occasion.

Black Gel Eyeliner

Remember the swinging sixties trend I told you about last week? The retro trend is carrying over into the Fall beauty world with thick lined eyes and exaggerated cat eyes. Black liner will be your best friend this season, the gel formula making it easy to get the dramatic look you want and the staying power you need.

False Eyelashes

Designers like Versace and Prada had their models sporting some over the top lashes on their Fall runways. While we don’t want to look like we’re rocking spiders on our eyes, there are other options to voluminous lashes than just mascara. I took the leap into false lashes land and it was a really fun and easy trip! Definitely worth getting a pair for your beauty bag.

Metallic Eyeshadow

Another big beauty trend on the fall fashion runways was metallic eyeshadow – from shimmery bronze to iced out silvers. Having these shadows on hand gives you a nice break from the traditional seasonal colors and add some beautiful drama to your life.


If you’re going to go for the barely there look you gotta keep it flawless, making concealer is absolute essential for your makeup bag. Pat some under those eyes and cover off those dark spots before setting it with a pressed powder.

Your turn! What are you beauty bag essentials for Fall?

Swinging Into Fall With The Sixties Trend

I was one of those who was late getting on the Mad Men train but when I finally did, I finally knew why so many fashionistas like myself were in love with show. Besides the gripping story lines (and a very handsome Jon Hamm!), the fashion was to die for! The costume designers knew how to bring 50′s and 60′s fashion to life and make every girl want to wear every outfit of Joan Crawford’s right now.

So you can only imagine how excited I was to see that sixties inspired fashion is going to be a hot trend this Fall. Shift dresses, big button coats – I’m down with all of that! Aside from the nostalgia of it all, any girl can pull it off. The silhouettes are flattering on the curviest of curves and can easily carry us into the Spring with flirty prints and soft colors.

Looking to get a head start on your fall fashion game? Stores like ASOS, MisGuided, and Boden got you covered! ;)

Shift Dress

ASOS Orla Kiely Giant Snowdrop Sixties Shift Dress

Shift Dress

Misguided Jemna Navy Shift Dress

Fall Trends

Boden Curzon Coatigan

Fall Coats

Boden Eliza Coat

Fall Coats

Boden Ottoman Shift Dress

Pocket Dress

Boden Retro Pocket Dress


Which look is your favorite?

Aztec Print Pants Styled 3 Ways

While out at the mall the other day, I saw printed pants everywhere. My first thought, “I am too old to be rocking those pants” especially since they were mostly leggings. I gave up on leggings a long time ago and printed pants, how could I pull those off?

The trick is to find a print and a pant’s style you’re comfortable with. They are plenty of style options to choose from–palazzo pants to flare hems to slim fits. As for prints, you don’t need to go as big and bold as the leggings in stores like Forever 21. Going for a black and white tribal print is easier to style for us printed pants newbies.

That’s why I picked these Morgan Skinny Fit Aztec Pants from House of Fraser. They have the fit of a skinny jean, a tribal print that is on trend, and neutral colors that are easy to play with.

Just take a look!


Bonton Jeanne Pierre Open Stitch Cardigan /Topshop Stripe Seamed Bralette / Lulu by Lulu Guinness® Girl Trapezoid Tote /  Bakers Laramy Sandals

Printed Pants

Bisou Bisou® Textured Peplum Top / Charming Charlie Floral Box-Chain Necklace Set / Micheal Kors Brooke Leather Medium Tote Bag / Victoria Secret Collection Peeptoe Pump

Printed Pants

Forever21 Flawless Knit Tank / H&M Purl-knit Cardigan / Mossimo Supply Co. Kady High Top Sneaker Wedge / Target Mad Love Oversized Round Sunglasses


Would you ever rock printed pants?