Sunday, December 29, 2013

Winter Style: layers, colors, textures.

Winter Weather.
The key to dressing warm during the winter is layers. The above look features a chunky knit pullover sweater. This oversize sweater can be worn with leggings in a variety of colors. I went with basic black faux leather leggings for this look because I wanted to pair a raspberry colored scarf over the sweater. I also love these brown ankle booties. They don't have a huge heel making them functional and a perfect color to go with several items in your wardrobe. 

Winter Weather 2.
If you are more of a jeans kinda girl try a dark wash skinny jean with a bright knit sweater. Splurge and try cashmere! Or you can purchase a basic knit sweater for $15 at Forever 21 in a perfectly bright variety of colors. I chose black accessories for this look because they can be worn with several winter looks. These lace up black boots look super cute with jeans, tights, or leggings. And a black bag is a winter essential. Try a printed scarf to pump up the basic look! 

Winter Weather 3.
For a super chic look wear a basic dress in a deep red or dark purple. Pair the dress with a textured light color long cardigan. This fuzzy ivory colored sweater mixes some texture into the look. Try a knit tight in a cozy mocha color. These cut out ankle boots are perfect for a dressy occasion or wear a tall leather boot for a more casual look. The black scarf also helps keep you cozy warm and can be worn with several winter looks. 

Winter Weather 4.
Casual winter dress is the epitome of this look. A quilted pullover sweatshirt gives a modern twist on a classic hoodie. The grey goes perfectly with the army green high waisted leggings. Throw on a dark red infinity scarf for a perfect color combination. And don't be afraid to go bold with a brown leather boot instead of basic black! 

Winter Weather 5.

Try a long sleeve knit dress for warmth this winter. I love this dark teal dress paired with a purple tight. A mix of light brown and black accessories make the look pop. A camel colored knit scarf brings out the color of the dress and a lace up ankle booties in the same variety of color bring the look together. A black classic bag with gold bangles spices up the look. Don't be afraid to mix colors. Pair a colored dress with bright colored hosiery. Or add a colorful scarf to the mix. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Last Minute Fashionable Gifts.

Gifts for Her.

Gifts for her:
1. Oversize sweater - don't have to get the size right, the bigger the better!
2. Hooded sweatshirt - perfectly cozy for cold nights at home.
3. Bracelets - stackable stretch bracelets or bangles easy and always in style.
4. Statement necklace - a unique and easy gift idea for a jewelry lover.
4. Cross body or tote bag - cross body for a city dweller or tote for the working girl.
5. Nail polish - a girl can never have too many nail polish colors! 
6. Hats - winter beanies or fashionable fedoras perfect for the fashionable gal.
7. Perfume - whether a perfume or body spray girls love to smell great!
8. Stud earrings - or drop or chandelier earrings if you've seen her wearing them.
9. Lipstick/Mascara - great stocking stuffers and a little addition to any gift.
10. Shoes - if you know her size a pair of Converse or Toms can be a great gift!

Gifts for Men.

Gifts for him:
1. T-shirts - v-necks, crew necks, plain or patterned, they will wear them.
2. Boxers - because they never can have enough of them (even if they think they do).
3. Denim button up - perfect for the fashionable guy.
4. Fashion sneakers - vans, converse, nikes, they don't admit it but they love their kicks!
5. Belt or ties - perfect for the working man.
6. Scarf - when its cold they will appreciate it.
7. Gloves - a pair of tech gloves is a cool gift, they can text while wearing them.
8. Body wash or cologne - great addition to any gift.
9. Watch - I've learned working in jewelry that men love their watches!
10. Sweatshirts - because lets be honest, they can never have enough hoodies. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Work Appropriate Looks.

Work Look 1.
Black dress pants are a great career attire choice. These ankle length skinny trousers work well with the black pointy toe flats. You could also try a colored flat with these pants as well or a heel. A printed silk blouse is a staple workplace basic. They come in so many colors and prints. This printed blouse has a small touch of gold in it which is why I went with gold accessories. Watches are important when attending meetings and working through a busy day. 

Work Look 2.
For a more creative work look try a bright colored dress with sleeves. I love this lime green dress because its not too tight and looks chic paired with a printed scarf. This black and white scarf ties the black pumps in with the look. And the silver accessories make the outfit look young but still appropriate for work. A printed sleeved dress would be really great choice as well. 

Work Look 3.
For a simple quick put together look try black classic trousers and a flowy t-shirt/blouse. This seasons hottest color is grey. Mix gray flats with a statement necklace in silver or gray. A basic top like this needs some accessories to add some excitement to the look. A statement necklace is perfect for the workplace. Long or short necklaces with some texture and color are great options. Plus, if you work in a city flats can be a huge relief on your feet! 

Work Look 4.
For a more creative twist mix in bright colored shoes, accessories, or a cardigan. I am obsessed with this  black shift dress because it makes for a blank canvas. A printed colored cardigan like this striped and polka dot one can be layered over the black dress. These red oxfords are also great for work and play into the menswear trend. Gold and black accessories work well with the red and bring this entire creative work appropriate look together. 

Work Look 5.
What else do you need in your work attire wardrobe? A pencil skirt! This beige pencil skirt is perfect because it can be worn with a black/white/colored blouse. I personally love styling this color skirt with an emerald green blouse. A black blazer and kitten heel tie the look together for a more sophisticated business setting. A rose gold pearl earring and watch also match the beige color and brighten up the black jacket and heels. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Angela & Roi Handbags: Donate by Color Mission.

I recently came across Angela & Roi an online handbag brand that sells fashionable bags with a philanthropic mission in mind. Their 'Donate by Color' mission donates $5 from each handbag sale to a non-profit organization linked to the color of the bag you purchase. Each bag features a signature A&R ribbon that also helps increase awareness for the cause. At the end of this post is a chart that shows which cause each color is linked to. For example: if you purchase a pink bag $5 from the sale will be donated to a non-profit organization linked to breast cancer awareness. 

Angela & Roi also pride their brand for the craftsmanship put into the making of their handbags. The bags are composed of high quality vegan leather and durable fabrics creating a sturdy and long lasting bag.  

Several style bags can be purchased on the Angela & Roi website. Totes, shoulder bags, and cross body bags can all be purchased on the website for a range of prices. Of course the bags come in all sorts of colors. Below is the chart that links the cause to the color of the bag. Right now they are offering free shipping and returns on all purchases. 

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