fashion, styling guides, trends

pretty in pastels

A delectable trend for the Fall/Winter season and one that I love seeing all-year-round, from mint greens and precious lavenders to soft fairy pinks and delicate sky blues, pastel hues are the perfect way to sweeten and warm up your winter. Although it may be easier to grab your trusty darker hued pieces during the colder months, this season, your best bet should be to sweeten your day up with tender, delicate shades of pastel.

I haven’t put together a styling guide for quite some time, so with this trend being a recent favorite of mine, I was instantly inspired to create one again.

Trending Shades

We know the basics when it comes to pastels, but this time around, the palette expands even further with a whole new vibe. For the F/W season, keep these in mind:

  • pink, including powder, champagne, pearl, and salmon.
  • peach, including apricot and ivory.
  • yellow, including lemon and french vanilla.
  • green, including moss, tea, mint, pistachio, and light sage.
  • purple, including lavender and periwinkle.
  • blue, including baby, sky, ice, and powder.

Complementary Shades
As you can see above, the pastel hues intended for the Autumn and Winter seasons are just as wearable as when incorporated during the Spring and summer months. Since we’re getting inspired for low temps, therefore warm layers, take this as a hint to mix & match pretty pastels with other trending pigments to build unexpected, lovely combinations. To achieve this, try the following:
  • mix pretty pastels with earthy tones like camel, beige, sand, and warm brown.
  • complement a shade of pastel with light or dark gray for a sleek, smart look.
  • spruce up the delicate pastel pigment with a touch of a contrasting shade; think sky blue paired with a rich red.
  • for a lux look, play up the pastels with crisp, clean whites; finish off the look with a sleek ponytail and a natural/bare face.
  • for an edgy meets girly look, tone down the pastel hues by pairing them with darker pigments including black, navy, and charcoal gray.
all images via fashionising
I have no doubt that this trend will stick around for a while; it’s polished, pretty, and can be worn throughout the year in a variety of ways. What’s your favorite way to wear pastel?

fashion, styling guides

8 Steps to Identifying Your Personal Style

Personal style is something that we develop naturally overtime and (oftentimes) consistently change as fashion itself evolves. With this, the majority of us fashion enthusiasts appreciate a wide variety of styles that we love incorporating into our daily routine. But which specific style truly speaks to you? Just like your “spirit animal”, your style spirit can show and tell a lot about who you are.

I’ve come up with steps to discover a style personality look that speaks to your most stylish self. Enjoy!

Find Your Style Spirit.

My animal spirit is a cat, whether in fierce lion form or cuddly kitten form. Just like my animal spirit, my style spirit can clearly identify my character. Sometimes, it’s almost impossible to stick to one icon that defines you; most of us are a combination, adding a splash of Emma Stone, a dose of Rihanna, and a little bit of Victoria Beckham. Sure, these three style icons showcase drastically different styles, but there’s nothing wrong with mixing the diverse looks into your own wardrobe. To determine who your main inspirations are, think about who your eyes are drawn to the most upon flipping through magazines or watching red carpet events. You’ll begin to notice a pattern of repeat people who you can look to for fashion influence.

Labels are Your Friend.

I’m not talking about designer labels; focus on the outfits themselves – do they speak classic, artsy, boho-chic, or edgy? Select a handful of adjectives that feel true to your style and remember them for future reference, as they will be key in defining your overall look.

But First, Take a Selfie.

Ok, I’m not a fan of that song (at least not that much), but selfies can be a good thing (just don’t take it too far like those people you find on the news). For those days you’re feeling like your most stylish self (like I did above!), snap a quick pic to look back at if you’re ever in a style rut! These are the outfits that identify your true personal style, and can be a quick inspiration for spin-off ensembles.

Choose a Signature Piece.

It doesn’t have to be one piece that you wear everyday, but finding an item that you can incorporate into every outfit is fantastic. Audrey Hepburn had her cropped pants and ballet flats, Edie Sedwick had her statement earrings, and Jackie O. had her oversized sunglasses. Anytime you see these pieces worn, you remember these style icons. Find and stick to your signature piece(s); it can be as simple as a dainty necklace or as bold as a leopard-print handbag.

Repeats are A-OK.

I don’t mean this in the sense of wearing the same outfit twice in the same week (unless you won’t see the same people, right? Right…). Rather, there’s a reason why your closet is filled with polka-dot prints. By purchasing similar items time and time again, it’s safe to say they make you happy and feel comfortable. As long as the item is flattering and works for your style mood, I say you’re good to go with that repeat! Think of it as your SSS – style sweet spot 😉

Show it Off!

If you find that people are constantly complimenting your sexy legs or your hourglass figure, play to these strengths by wearing clothes that showcases your amazing bod, regardless of whether the piece is “trendy” or not.

Don’t Forget the Rest!

While clothing and accessories are oftentimes the most fun to pay attention to, we can’t forget our hair and makeup! True style encompasses beauty, after all. If you’re not happy with your long locks or can’t seem to grasp a cat-eye, it’s time to switch things up! Look to your style spirit for inspiration and don’t be afraid!

Be Yourself.

Just like your spirit animal and style spirit, it’s important to know who you are as a person. Trust your guts and wear what makes you feel like the best, most confident version of yourself. I’m not one to follow trends and instead, I wear what makes me happy and I feel looks best on me. If you have more of a girly style like Taylor Swift, wearing a risque ensemble will look unnatural. On the same token, if you identify with daring looks like Katy Perry, a fem-classic outfit just wouldn’t work. If you just can’t decide between two, mix them both together! There is always something that will work.

I’m still trying to find my style spirit and signature piece(s); other than that, I can confidently say that the following labels fit within my personal style: modern, edgy, and girly.

Just for fun, here are a few quizzes to further help you in defining your personal style:

Who Is Your Style Icon?
Who’s Your Celebrity Style Icon?
What Is Your Style Personality?

 facebooktwitter | bloglovin | tumblr | instagram | pinterest 
fashion, styling guides

Decluttering Your Closet

It’s officially been Spring for a few weeks now, which means a few things: tax season, spring cleaning, and figuring out what to wear in the on/off warm temps. Like filing taxes, many of us will come up with reasons to not clean out our closets. “It looks so good on me though.”, “But I only wore it once!”, “Omg, I will totally wear this to brunch next weekend.” Any of these thoughts sound familiar? Rather than living in a pile of clutter and going through endless excuses as to why you should keep an item, it’s time to organize our precious threads and ditch anything that isn’t serving us anymore.

Something that you no longer wear in your closet may be of value to someone else, so why not take the time to sort everything out and give someone else a chance at that Rodarte by Target dress you snagged as soon as it hit shelves (but never wore)?

To make things easy, I separate my items into two categories: sell and donate. It’s pretty self-explanatory, but to break it down, keep these things in mind:

  • Sell:
    • It holds a high monetary value. Check eBay or other sites that are selling something similar to see how you can price it.
    • You spent your entire paycheck on it. Get that money back! You deserve it and can use it towards that new bag you’ve been drooling over for months now.
    • It’s still trendy. If an item is still in season or you feel someone else would absolutely love it, sell it!
    • The tags are still on. Ok seriously, why are the tags still on? We’ll get to that later but if this is the case with any of your pieces, obviously sell it – it’s in perfect condition (I hope)!
  • Donate:
    • It wasn’t worth much. It’s OK to part with items that you spent less than you would lunch on. 
    • It’s not trendy anymore. If it’s out of season – and doesn’t fall under a vintage category – it’s good to donate.
    • It’s not in the best condition. While you may not like the idea of giving someone an item that’s not in perfect condition, there are several people out there that really just need clothes. Don’t feel bad!

Now you have a way in which you can declutter your closet effortlessly and get some cash and good feelings while you’re at it.

So, how do you know when it’s time to part with an item in your closet? Let’s break down our clutter into four categories. You’ll be so happy and feel great when it’s over!

The Two Week Rule

This relates to what I mentioned above about having the tags still on. If an item in your closet still has the tags on it two weeks after you bought it, it needs to go! This of course doesn’t apply to something you are planning to wear to a specific event, an upcoming trip, or snagging early for a different season (good for you, thinking ahead). Otherwise, you will not wear it and you need to give it up to someone who will! Sell it.


I probably fall into this category the most, which is odd since I don’t exactly follow trends. I find that when an item hits the shelves that’s so unique, I feel like I have to have it. But do I really? It’s time to think about how often you will wear it in the long run and if it can be worn on multiple occasions or not.

Furthermore, how many people are actually noticing how fab that multi-colored, scoop-neck, fit-and-flare, mesh-insert dress is? Probably only you. The one or two times you’ve worn it. You may be thinking “I wear what I wear for myself”; hey, me too, but it’s still important to let go of any item you’ve purchased simply due to its trendiness. Instead, still look for something fun and flattering, but make sure it can be worn in various ways throughout the years.

“But it’s SO cute / I’ll wear it someday”

I’m sure it is, but no you won’t. Another one of my guilty thoughts upon trying to clean out my closet is how cute/special an item is and telling myself I’ll wear it at one point or another. Who am I kidding, though?! If it’s been sitting in your closet for months now not being worn, it needs to go. Unless it has a huge sentimental value, it’s a one-of-a-kind item, or is a piece you can use for photoshoots/styling/etc., it absolutely needs to go. Think about all of the other amazing items you can snag once you score some big bucks from selling it!

No Pain; More Gain

It’s safe to say that I’ve never fallen under this, since comfort is key to me no matter how incredible an item may be. If something is painful to wear, get rid of it now. Why torture yourself when you can definitely find something just as stylish but way more comfortable? I know, your legs look amazing in those 5-inch platform pumps and your bod is just catching all eyes in that skin-tight leather dress; but your feet need to breathe and your body is calling for help. There are enough sexy shoes and dresses out there – both sexy and comfortable – to give you the oomph to wear them all night long!

Phew, that was a lot to take in, I know! But hopefully this method as well as my tips will make your life easier when sorting through your closet. Plus, think about all the time you’ll be saving when getting ready now!

Do you have any tips or advice of your own to declutter? I love discovering new ways to stay organized!

fashion, styling guides, trends

How to Wear Creepers

Let’s face it, not all of us are too keen on certain trends that hit the runways; from sea creature details like anemone ruffles to over-sized sports-like attire that isn’t always the most flattering, we find ourselves in a love/hate relationship with something we are more than likely to spend our money on and endless hours trying to style.

Let’s talk about creepers. Creepers are nothing new to the fashion industry, but it wasn’t until the 1950s when they became popular after being shown off by the Teddy Boys. They were well-known for having a distinct look with dapper ensembles – trousers, draped jackets, bolo ties and pompadour haircuts. The shoe has since been introduced into subcultures including punk and goth, ska and nowadays, a wide variety of personal style.

Before we knew it, Prada was showcasing their own versions on the runway, they hit the markets and were instantly labeled a trend amongst fashion houses, celebrities and fashion enthusiasts all around.

I must admit that when creepers crawled back into the fashion scene, I wasn’t too excited since they can look quite clunky and unflattering if not styled properly (which, unfortunately, is what we’ve seen in the past). Soon after they hit the runways, fashion bloggers and celebrities began incorporating the shoe into their own personal style, new designs came onto the market and even I began to see how they can appear quite stylish and interesting when, again, paired in just that, a stylish manner.

The bit of height is enough to throw the most daring of shoe enthusiasts into the game. The key is to pay attention to your outfit’s silhouette and to have an all around balance.

Key Points:

  • Make sure your ankles are showing. Wear cropped pants or skirts and dresses.
  • Balance your outfit with delicate pieces – no menswear attire here!
  • Add pretty, delicate accessories. Anything bulky will just add more clunk to your look which is what we’re trying to avoid.
  • Don’t overdo the prints, especially if you choose printed creepers. Keep the rest sleek and simple.
OK, got it – now what?
Now that you have key points to keep in mind, it’s time to decide just how you’re going to style your look! Luckily, you have two options: a subtle approach or mixing things up. 
A Subtle Approach

To keep it fresh and girly, look for creepers in subtle prints and detailing – stay away from clunky buckles, hardware and wild prints. You don’t even have to go for black; opt for neutrals and pastels or a color-blocked pair. This way, you’re wearing the height and helping to make the creepy creepers appear a bit delicate if you didn’t think that was possible (it is).
Chanel’s 2013 Resort Collection showcased just that: feminine frocks in pastel hues, flouncy skirts and embellished jackets, all paired with matching creepers in pale or glittered pigments. Both had white soles to give off a lighter illusion and a more girly vibe. 
Mix Things Up

With a statement shoe, it’s also OK to be a little daring with the rest of your outfit considering you’re already feeling a bit on the wild side. When it comes to choosing bottoms, stay away from flared or bootleg jeans… unless you want to channel That 70’s Show. Instead, stick to shorts of your choosing or skinny jeans as well as flouncy skirts or delicate dresses. Don’t be afraid to accessorize; just remember to keep your pieces delicate but feel free to pile on!

You definitely don’t have to stick to the traditional style creeper, either; i.e. the typical lace-up black ones with the highest sole. There are a variety of colors, patterns and heights as well as creepers with open-toes and strappy elements.

So, are you ready to take on the creeper challenge 
(that sounds weird, I know)? Have you already? If so, What’s 
your favorite way of wearing the attention-grabbing shoe?

beauty, fashion, hair, home & art, inspiration, lifestyle, makeup, styling guides, trends

2014 Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Many of us decide on a color to incorporate into our outfits based on our moods; and others love following what’s in and trendy for the year, specifically by using the Pantone color system.

Pantone is the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, from fashion and beauty to interior decor. If you watch Project Runway, you’ve definitely seen a few challenges inspired by a Pantone color of the year. The goal is to direct and study the way color influences the human thought process as well as our emotions and physical reactions. This definitely plays a vital role in the fashion industry as the color you’re wearing can absolutely set the tone for your mood.

With the New Year right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking fresh and deciding how we’re going to include new trends into our wardrobes. The 2013 color of the year has been Emerald; Pantone stated that it “served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity.” What do you think of that? Has it been a blooming, prosperous year for you? Don’t fret if it hasn’t been, since the 2014 color will be Radiant Orchid. Reaching across the color wheel to spark the imagination, the bright pigment symbolizes an invitation to innovation. It encourages you to expand your creativity and uniqueness, which is essential nowadays, as we all know. Radiant Orchid is a beautiful harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, inspiring confidence and showcasing joy, love and health.

For the fashion world, Radiant Orchid’s rosy undertones illuminate the skin when worn by both ladies and gents. A showstopper, the color was seen all over the Spring and Fall 2014 runway shows. Keep your eyes peeled as Radiant Orchid will carry its way into men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories as well as beauty, decor and even food throughout all of 2014!

I definitely feel that this color is perfect for the New Year’s goals I’ve been setting which are all focused on trying new things and above all, being [and staying!] confident. Let’s plan from now with inspiration from fashion, makeup, decor and more. For even more to fuel your imagination, follow my Pinterest board where I’ll be pinning my favorite Radiant Orchid findings throughout the year. Share in the comments below how you’ll be incorporating the gorgeous hue into your year!

Celebrity Style