Friday, April 8, 2016

FEW FESTIVAL DRESSING IDEAS


Wow, time really does fly! Doesn't it? It feels like only yesterday I was getting ready for fashion week in February, and now 2 months have flown by and we are basically a week away from the Festival Season! YAY! Now, if you read my blog on the regular, you know that I'm a bit obsessed with Festival Season! Aside from the fact that it takes place in Palm Springs (think gorgeous weather, stunning views and super relaxed vibe) getting Festival-ready is definitely one of my favorite things ever!




Usually, when I start getting ready, I like to pack my necessities first! Through trial and error, and trust me, there were quite a few errors, I've come up with a list of 3 absolute must-haves I always bring with me. First and foremost are sunnies! Desert sun is not a joke, and in the past I've made a mistake of going without them, which made seeing my favorite bands perform not an easy task indeed:) So, from now on, a variety of cute shades is the first thing I pack. Next is sunblock of course! Now, I used to tell myself I never burn, and generally speaking it's true. But like I said, desert sun is really unlike anything else, so if you don't want to spend a few days dealing with a bad sunburn, sunblock is a must! Last but certainly not least is chapstick. I know, sounds kinda crazy, but because desert air is so dry and the sun is so strong, my lips get dry like there is no tomorrow, so I always carry a few chapsticks with me.



As far as planning my Festival outfits, comfort is definitely something that is very important to me. Well, I suppose shoes would be the only exception! Guess I love heels too much to trade them in for flats, even if flats are a more comfortable option:) We all have our vices, I suppose! :) Knowing that I'm gonna be spending all day in the sun, I usually go for very breezy, flowy, slightly bohemian pieces. Though in the past, I've opted to wear a lot of bright colors, this year, I'm more attracted to a slightly calmer color palette, especially creams, whites and various shades of brown. But what hasn't changed, is the way I feel about details and embroidery and lace seem to be the obsession du jour.




Take the first look from today's post for example. I opted to pair a cute suede mini with a breezy lace-embellished off-the-shoulder blouse, gladiator heels and loads of layered bracelets. To complete this look, I went with a pair of tortoise sunnies. Aside from the fact that I love pairing suede and tortoise because they look so insanely chic together, I like adding even a bit of print or texture whenever I pair solid colors together. What I love about these particular shades is the fact that not only are they absolutely gorgeous but they are also extremely practical! As I mentioned before, when it comes to dressing for the Festival, sunnies are definitely not just an accessory but really more of a necessity. You always want to make sure the the shades are dark enough to actually protect your eyes from the sun, and I also recommend going for a slightly oversized shape so that your entire eye area is covered. These happen to be a combination of all those things, so naturally I'm obsessed!




The second look is really an homage to my current obsession with all things embroidered! I love how striking yet delicate this floral embroidery is, and of course the combination of white, red and black is just stunning! Though I certainly could have gone with a pair of black shades to complete this look, I wanted to go with something a bit different so that it doesn't come across as too matchy matchy, so I opted to wear my all-time favorite shape, i.e. oversized retro cat-eye sunnies in a beautiful shade of brown. Once again, what I absolutely love about these is the fact that they are a perfect combination of style and functionality. Large and dark enough to keep my eyes protected, yet striking enough to add a perfect finishing touch to any look.




What about you guys, what's your festival style like?

COACH sunglasses via SUNGLASSHUT | ULLA JOHNSON Samira dress { on sale here } | ISABEL MARANT sandals { similar here } | PRADA sunglasses via SUNGLASSHUT | A.L.C. Bogart skirt | COOLCHANGE Skye beach blouseCHLOE small Hudson studded cross body bag  { last seen here & here } | AQUAZZURA Tulum studded fringed suede sandals | RACHEL ZOE set of 5 rings | LARSSON & JENNINGS Lader leather strap watch |

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

FAVORITE SUMMER SANDAL STYLES


Good morning, Everyone! I hope you week is going great! I am very excited to partner with Marc Fisher LTD yet again to talk a little bit about my favorite shoe trends coming in for SS16. Though there are certainly more than a few amazing shoe trends coming in for this Summer, one of my personal favorites is definitely the blocked heel trend. Why do I love the blocked heel so much? Well, aside from the fact that I have a soft spot for heels in general, I think a blocked heel is a great combination of beauty and function. Comfortable and stylish, to me, it's a perfect style to pair with your casual looks. 




Those of you who happen to love heels as much as I do, can probably agree that heels add much more than just aesthetic value to an outfit. In reality, they change proportions and help to elongate your silhouette. But as much as I love high heels, I feel that they always add a touch of dressiness to the look and some outfits just work better with a more casual option. You could of course opt to wear flats, but if you are a heels kinda girl like me, than a blocked heel is the answer. 

Take today's look for example. Though I certainly could have paired this suede mini and a slightly oversized lace-up blouse with a pair of high heels, going with something a bit more casual, like these Fawn gladiator sandals, gives this outfit a much more easy-going, nonchalant appeal. But because these sandals have a blocked heel, they add a bit of lift and help to elevate this look from super simple to polished and sophisticated. 

What about you guys, how do you feel about blocked heel trend?




MARC FISHER LTD Fawn gladiator sandals | L'ACADEMIE x REVOLVE The Safari blouse | CHLOE Mini Drew shoulder bag | ASOS blue suede skirt old { similar option here, here & here } | EXPRESS sunglasses | NIALAYA bracelets 

Monday, April 4, 2016

EVERYDAY MAKE-UP LOOK


If you read my blog on the regular, you probably know that make-up happens to be an obsession of mine. I can literally spend hours experimenting with different colors, trying out new techniques, products and looks. Yet, as much as I love going uber glam once in a while, as far as everyday make-up is concerned, natural and fresh is what I generally prefer! Since I recently changed my go-to everyday make-up a bit, I thought I'd take this opportunity to talk a little bit about what I've been doing lately.



First and foremost, when I do my everyday make-up, I don't generally want to spend a lot of time on it. So, I've developed a routine that takes me less then 10 minutes. 

Currently, I'm using a new BB Cream from Burt's Bees in Medium, though it's available in 3 shades ( Light, Light/Medium and Medium ). I like that this particular BB Cream goes on as a lightweight foundation and creates a very natural-looking finish. As I mentioned before, I like natural make-up and I absolutely hate when foundation looks obvious, but this one doesn't, so obviously I love it! Secondly, it feels like a super-hydrating lotion and contains SPF 15, so it actually cares for my skin every time I wear it! Now, I don't know about you guys, but personally I love wearing foundation which nourishes and protects my skin while concealing flaws and imperfections:)


I prefer to apply BB Cream with a make-up brush. Though you can certainly use your fingers to apply it, using a brush helps to create a very smooth and even finish. Currently, I'm using EcoTools Skin Perfecting Brush and absolutely love it! The rounded edges of the brush are perfect for precise coverage especially around eyes and nose areas!

Next is the lipstick! Since I prefer natural-looking lip colors, I usually go for pinkish-nude shades. Now, despite the abundance of nude-colored lipsticks out there, the right one is not always easy to find. Nude lips are all about finding that perfect balance between your skin tone and the shade of the lipstick, too pale or too beige and you run the risk of looking completely washed out! Currently, I'm using new Burt's Bees lipstick in Blush Basin, which is a perfect tone of beige with just a touch of pink so that your lips look very soft yet not at all washed out. What I like about this lipstick in particular is how hydrating and moisturizing it is ( it actually keeps your lips hydrated for up to 8 hours ), and the 14 satin-finished shades are absolutely amazing!



Normally, I apply lipstick with EcoTools Detailed Lip Liner to get that precise definition, but you can certainly use it straight out of the tube. I also like adding just a touch of lighter shade of beige ( currently I'm using  Burt's Bees lipstick in Nile Nude ) to the center of my lower and upper lip to create a fuller-looking pout. I also like using lipstick as a blush. I find that satin-finished, pinky nude lipsticks are a great substitute for a blush because they create such a soft look. I simply apply a bit of lipstick to my fingers, rub them together to warm the product and tap my fingers along the apples of my cheeks. And voila! Perfect cheek color that is both fresh and natural!

Last but not least is mascara and eye liner! You know me, I can't live without my cat-eye liner! I tried doing my eye make up differently many times but it just doesn't feel the same. Naturally, my eyes are very round and cat eye liner helps to elongate the shape. So for now, my liner and I remain inseparable:)

What about you guys, what's your everyday make up routine like?






P.S. You can shop all the EcoTools and Burt's Bees products at your local Walmart or on-line by clicking here

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt's Bees and Walmart. All opinions and text are my own.

REBECCA TAYLOR Ella one shoulder dress | REBECCA MINKOFF Giorgina studded sandals | CHLOE Marcie bag { medium version here } | COORDINATES COLLECTION Legend engraved cuff  | RACHEL ZOE set of 5 rings

Friday, April 1, 2016

TRENCH DRESSING


Trench coats make the best dresses ( check out another trench coat worn as a dress moment here )! No, seriously! First, they've got that uber flattering fit and flare silhouette going for them, secondly the structured, tailored collar and shoulders add that chic factor. Personally, I can never resist that collar up, hair tucked in, sunglasses on moment whenever I wear a trench. Fact that my hair is way too short to stay inside the collar properly is another story, but I still try. There's no harm in trying, right?:) And last but not least, details like buttons and pockets make everything a little more special. No? Well, maybe it's just me, but I get a bit obsessed over details:)









BANANA REPUBLIC suede trench coat | AQUAZZURA Tulum studded fringed suede sandalsCHLOE small Hudson studded cross body bag  { last seen here & here } | EXPRESS Extreme rimless round sunglassesRACHEL ZOE set of 5 rings | LARSSON & JENNINGS Lader leather strap watch | NOIR JEWELRY gold tone crystal earrings 




Wednesday, March 30, 2016

OFF THE SHOULDER OBSESSION


I have never met an off-the-shoulder top I didn't like! No, seriously! Something about this particular neckline got me completely hooked! In fact, if I had to name a single trend that I never want to go out of style, off-the-shoulder would definitely be it!




Today's gingham perfection is one of my current favorites! Love the print and the ruffle, but also the oversized fit which gives it a lot of movement so that you just can't help but twirl every time you wear it. To me, it's a perfect summer top to wear with everything from jeans to shorts or even on it's own, as a cute beach coverup!




Though I've worn it with just about everything, today's pairing is probably one of my favorites! Distressed skinnies, chunky black & white embellished heels and a pop of red, thanks to an oversized Anya Hindmarsh tote, which is actually one of my favorite bags at the moment because unlike most of my other bags, it fits more than my phone and my wallet:)



MLM LABEL Maison off the shoulder top | BLANK DENIM skinny jeansTABITHA SIMMONS Blaze embellished suede sandals | MICHAEL KORS watch { similar here & here } | ANYA HINDMARCH Slow Down Ebury tote & oversized tassel key chain { in white here } | RACHEL ZOE set of 5 rings 



Monday, March 28, 2016

A STEP INTO SPRING

I love spring! In some ways I think it has to do with the fact that for me, spring signals the end of cold, gloomy winter and the beginning of my favorite time of the year, but also because everything feels fresh, new and exciting and honestly, I feel like a completely different person! Though I often gravitate towards a deeper and darker color palette for winter, come spring time, pretty pastels and brights is all I want to wear! This year is no exception of course and today's look is a perfect example of that.










I got this dress to wear to a mini anniversary Emil and I had last week. Though originally, we were planning to get away to Napa for a few days, our schedule got in a way, so we ended up spending a very romantic evening at one of our favorite restaurants and taking a stroll down a beautiful,  bougainvillea-covered street in West Hollywood.

The jewels I'm wearing in today's post were actually an early anniversary present from Emil. Well, they weren't intended as an early present, but I found them before he got a chance to give them to me, so yes, technically speaking an early present :) You see, I'm a bit of PANDORA Jewelry fanatic! I know, I mentioned this a few times, but just in case you haven't been following for long, I've discovered this brand about 3 years ago, and have been wearing it non-stop pretty much since. I think what attracted me to PANDORA in the first place is the femininity and delicacy of their jewels and also, because I prefer a bit of drama when it comes to wearing jewelry, the ability to layer as many or as few pieces depending on occasion. 

Today, I'm wearing a few favorites from PANDORA's Spring Collection. As I have mentioned before, I love delicate pieces, and to me, these gorgeous floral and crystal incrusted bracelets, rings and earrings are the epitome of elegance. Because I wanted jewelry to be the facial point of this look, I decided to layer a few bracelets and charms and stack rings to maximize the impact. Normally, when I layer jewels, I prefer to stick to a common theme yet play around with various textures and sizes. For this look, I went with sterling silver, crystals and florals with just a touch of sky-blue to add a pop of color to the look. To me, this combination is both elegant yet impactful. And I don't know about you guys, but when it comes to jewels, maximum impact is definitely a good thing! :)

P.S. I'll be partnering with PANDORA this Festival Season, so be sure to follow my adventures on my instagram and CLICK HERE to check out a few of my #FESTIVALREADY PANDORA favorites!

This is a sponsored conversation written on behalf of PANDORA. The opinions and text are all mine.

PANDORA The Spring Collection jewelry | ALEXIS Sage crochet fit-and-flare dress { also love this one } | REBECCA MINKOFF Georgina studded sandals | STRATHBERRY OF SCOTLAND Mc Nano powder blue bag