6 Month Salvation - 3 Ways to Style A Faux Leather Dress

LOOK 1.
Vegan Leather Dress // Black and Grey Plaid Scarf  (also loving this plaid one) // Two tone Baseball Hat // Grey Boots (also loving these) // Black Cross Body // Karen Walker Sunglasses

LOOK 2.
Vegan Leather Dress  // Grey Jacket // Pink Purse // Gold Knot Bracelets // Karen Walker Sunglasses // Necklace



LOOK 3. 
Vegan Leather Dress (similar under $100 here) // Leopard Cardigan // Leopard Slip Ons (also have the black quilted version) // Black Linen Scarf // Black Cross Body (also loving this quilted one) // Karen Walker Sunglasses // Gold Knot Bracelets

One of the best ways to salvage your favorite pieces from becoming forgotten is to restyle them. By pairing old favorites with new additions to your wardrobe you can break away from your typical, repeat combinations. Last week I pulled out this faux leather dress (similar under a $100 here) that has sat untouched in my closet for over six months. I wanted to restyle it in three new more casual ways than the typical "heel - dress" combo. Below are tips that inspired each look.

·      The first transformation is purely the result of accessories - one of the easiest ways to breathe new life into a piece. A baseball hat and checkered-print scarf add a masculine vibe to the dress while posh booties and a classic cross-body bag complete this combination for a sporty chic look. Together these accessories revamp the basic dress.

·      The second look was about soft layer hues. The minimalistic combination of a neutral trench and pink cross body add a feminine contrast to the edgy black dress. basic grey trench dresses down the ensemble and gives it a more approachable vibe.

·      The final outfit remix was all about pattern play. In this case it was leopard on leopard. A lightweight leopard cardigan and leopard slip ons make this outfit perfect for weekends. To transform this look further, you can take this look from weekend to work-appropriate by swapping out the slip-ons for a pair of leopard pumps and ditching the scarf.

Don’t give up on your old favorites just yet. With a little creativity, you can remix them with new layers to make them feel new. 

XOX, 
Christine



* Special thanks to Target for sponsoring this post. Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not indicative of Target. 

Flaunt it Friday - Tips to Making Your Legs Look Longer

DETAILS.
Blush Sweater // Geometric Dress (under $30) // Nude Patent Heels (also loving these) // Chanel Bag (similar here) // Karen Walker Sunglasses // Dual Pearl Earring Stud (on sale $14)


As women I think we all have insecurities. It's easy to pick a part things we want to change. Recently Target challenged me to do a post featuring an asset I enjoy "flaunting". At first I was caught off guard, why is it so easy for us to pick a feature we want to change, but deciding on a feature we want to flaunt takes more considering. I think too often we focus on how we want to improve ourselves instead of embracing and appreciating the features we already have. So today I wanted to share some tips for flaunting your legs and making them look longer. 

1. Heels! Pumps! Stilettos! Oh my! - I can’t say it enough. Adding height instantly emphasizes and flatters your legs. Stay away from ankle strap heels these make your legs appear shorter. 

2.  Aim High - Opt for high waisted skirts and pants. A high waistline adds inches to your legs by creating the illusion that they start higher than they actually do. 

3.  One Color - A monochromatic look will create an uninterrupted vertical line. All black and all white are the popular monochromatic looks that add length to your legs.

4. Go Nude - When picking a shoe color - go nude. This often blends with your skin tone and makes your legs look longer. In the cooler months you can use this trick by pairing black tights and black heels for the same effect.  (Nude shoe options: short heel //  high heel)

5. Tuck it - We all love the look of a long flowy top, but these actually elongate your torso and shorten your legs. Tuck your tops into your waistline and pair it with a crop jacket.  

6. Show Some Skin - In some cases shorter is better. Choose a hemline you a comfortable with, knee length and shorter is best when wanting to add length to your legs. Loving this short navy and green plaid skirt

7. Point it Out - If you can avoid round toe shoes. Pointy stilettos extend the length of your feet adding length to your legs. 

8. Cuff it Later - Avoid cuffing your bottoms at all costs. This instantly shortens the length of your legs. 

9. Go Tall - Over the knee and thigh high boots are great for creating a long visual line down the leg. Pair it with a dress or jacket that doesn't show a gap where the boot ends and your legs will appear even longer. 

10. Vertical Patterns & Lines - Vertical lines draw your eye up and down which give a lengthening effect. Pleated skirts or vertical stripe pants work great for creating a lengthening silhouette

Whatever your favorite asset may be, wear it with confidence. Have a great weekend! 

XOX, 
Christine

Photos by JessaKae


* Special thanks to Target for sponsoring this post. Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not indicative of Target. 

4 Colorful Workout Looks


LOOK 1. 
Grey and White Stripe Tank (size small) // Neon Yellow Sports Bra (size small) // Blue Leggings (size xs) // F21 Zip Hoodie (old similar here) // Adidas Sneakers (boys size 5.5 - converts to 7.5 womens) // Sunglasses

LOOK 2. 
Pink Neon Tank (size small) // Yellow Sports Bra (size small) // Blue Leggings (size xs) // Nike Neon Sneakers (color: white/hyper/crimson) // Canvas Bag (on sale) 

LOOK 3.
Soft Pink Top (size small) // Grey Sports Bra (old loving this one) // Purple Capri Leggings (size xs) // Nike Internationalist Sneakers (go half size up) // Marc Jacobs Diaper Bag

LOOK 4.
White Tank (size medium) // Yellow Sports Bra (size small) // Pink Leggings (size xs - also love the capri version) // Nike Neon Sneakers // Stroller // Car Seat that snaps in

Today I am excited to partner with one of my favorite fitness lines - Albion Fit. I can always count on them to get my fix for neons and colorful pastels, but they also have a great selection of neutrals as well. Workout wear is one of the few times you can get away with bright colors from head to toe. You can also mix in more neutrals like a soft pink or grey to tone down the look if you want to minimize color. Their pieces are super comfortable and the quality of the leggings especially are my favorite (loving these new floral ones). You can get 15% off your total purchase now through Sunday September 28th (code: hellofashion15 at checkout). Thanks for reading!

XOX, 
Christine

Photos by JessaKae

Transitioning Short Dresses

DETAILS.
Floral Dress (just ordered this one) // Coated Denim // Jimmy Choo Heels (similar herehere) // Black Oversized Clutch // Karen Walker Sunglasses

Hey everyone! We made it back from Paris last night. 
What an amazing trip! I have to say it is hands down my new favorite city. Now just trying to play catch up and get our schedule back in order. Jet lag got the best of us! 

As a follow up to this post about transitioning your summer wardrobe into fall I wanted to share another trick for reworking your warm-weather dresses. Instead of prematurely storing away a bright summery short dress, tuck it into a pair of pants and let it drape from your waistline to resemble a blouse. This works for knee length or shorter dresses. When paired with darker hues like a leather pant or coated denim, vibrant prints work just as well for the cooler months. Reinventing summer pieces is also a great chance to incorporate your bright colored heels year round. Shoes are always my go to pieces to finish off the outfit and make it pop. I'm also loving these bright pink ones


XOX, 
Christine

Photos by Jessakae Photography

Extra 20% Off

(Sale Outfit details here)

Quick post today! We are en route to Paris but I wanted to share the details on Macy's VIP sale. They are running extra 20% off sale (use code: FIVE at checkout). I think it's safe to say I am on a grey kick these days. I am in love with this grey moto jacket, this grey crossbody, and this grey sweater wrap. All the pieces are extra 20% off with the sale. They have some really cute house stuff. Cody and I are looking for a new headboard for our room and I am loving this one and this one.


Row 1: Navy Essentials
Row 2: Cute Work Out Pieces
Row 3: Feeling Fancy

Hope you all are having a good week!

XOX, 
Christine

Bringing Back the Denim Skirt

DETAILS.
White Crop Sweater (also in love with this one) // Distressed Denim Skirt (on sale!) // Christian Louboutin Heels // Karen Walker Sunglasses // Black Oversized Clutch

As if we couldn’t get enough denim in our lives, the jean skirt has made it's way back from the 90's in full force! This might be a flashback to your childhood, but don’t let that scare you from giving the denim skirt a second chance. The look is anything but juvenile this time around. Update your denim look by pairing it with current styles like a cropped sweater or oversized clutch . Anthropologie has some great deals on their denim skirt collection right now, so you could pick up this new closet staple on sale. 

Below are a few more denim ensembles:

What are your thoughts on denim skirts?

XOX, 
Christine

* Photos by JessaKae Photography

How to Embrace Plaid

DETAILS.
Black Bomber Jacket (size xs - similar here)  // Grey Zip Top (size small) // Black Dotted Blouse (size small - also own it in white as seen here) // Plaid Distressed Denim (size 26 - runs small - size up) // Black Suede Booties (true to size)
ACCESSORIES.
Celine Bag (similar under $100 here) // Gold Boyfriend Watch // Karen Walker Sunglasses

When you think plaid, stop thinking lumberjack or schoolgirl – this season’s plaid pieces add an urban twist to the familiar print. Whether you are ready to embrace plaid fully this season or prefer to start with a few accents (like this plaid scarf under $20), you can do it without straying from your style. 

From plaid, tartan to buffalo check, there are so many options for incorporating this trend into you closet. You can find just about any color combination since plaid is having its moment right now, but the darker, subtle hues (like this denim) are all the rage this fall. Your choices for plaid pieces aren’t limited to button-ups and coats anymore, bold plaid denim and bottoms are being seen everywhere this season. 

If you are opting for a more subtle plaid look layering is key. Mixing prints and textures creates contrast in your ensemble and distracts from your eye focusing on one print. I opted for a sheer dotted blouse against the plaid paired with contrasting light and dark layers to create this effect. 

If you can’t decide on how you will embrace plaid this fall, here are a few pieces to help get you inspired:



XOX, 
Christine

Why Invest in Designer Shoes?

 LOOK 1 - The heel every woman needs
Sweater (sized up for oversized look - on sale 40% off)  // Distressed Boyfriend Jeans // Christian Louboutin Heels // Prada Bag // Silver Bracelets // Sunglasses

LOOK 2 - The classic boot
Sweater (sized up for oversized look - on sale 40% off) // Joes Coated Denim (runs true to size) // Quilted Over the Knee Boots // Prada Bag // Silver Bracelets // Silver Bar Thumb Ring // Sunglasses


Today marks part two of my segment on investment pieces. Today I am excited to discuss my hands down favorite thing to buy: shoes! Shoes are the creme de la creme of an outfit. A simple addition of a great pair of shoes can completely (and instantly) change your look. They are one of the first things people are drawn to in an outfit so invest there first. The above two looks feature the two classic designer styles I bought this season: these nude patent pumps, and these quilted over the knee boots, also got these suede beauties (not pictured).  

For me a great pair of heels can do wonders, I know for others it's a gorgeous pair of flats, or a classic leather boot. Whatever your style, I think we all agree there is nothing like the confidence you get wearing a killer pair of shoes. 

So let's talk designer shoes:
1. Material Matters - The first piece you invest in will quickly become your favorite. As all favorites do, it will get a lot of wear. Consider the wear of a shoe’s material before your first big purchase. I have found that patent shoes are less prone to scuffs and scratches than soft leather. This extends the life of the shoe, particularly if they are worn non-stop. My favorite patent designer pumps are my Christian Louboutins and Manolo Blanhiks. If you are adding to a collection of investment shoes, then go for a gorgeous suede or soft leather. 

2. First Stop: Neutrals - This may seem repetitive from Monday's post, but I can’t say it enough: a classic, neutral shoe will never go out of style. It is the most universal, versatile piece you will ever own. Designer shoes should be something that you can wear with everything because, trust me, you will. Since neutral palettes work for every season, they never go on sale. In fact, lots of designer neutrals, like these Christian Loubuotins, sell out quickly. Often they offer pre-sales at the beginning of the season and if you don't order them then, the popular sizes sell out by the time they come in stock. So if you come across a neutral pair you are ready to buy, don’t hesitate.

3. Dish on the Designers - 
* COMFORT - Manolo Blanhiks - I got my first pair of Manolo's this year and I was shocked how comfortable they are. The first time I wore them I was at a work conference and was able to wear them all day with out feeling anxious to kick them off to let my feet relax. I have also heard the Valentino with the kitten heel is really comfortable as well. 
* BEAUTY - Christian Louboutin - Hands down these shoes are the show stoppers. Every time I put them on I fall in love. They are not the most comfortable for long periods of time, but if I would say buy any shoe it would be these. Just got these beautiful suede ones
* BOOTS - Stuart Weitzman - Their boots are classic and modern. The most popular style is the 5050 which has an elastic panel on the back which creates a sleek slim fit for all leg sizes. Loving these quilted ones and these suede ones
* SPICE - Valentino -  I love the details on these shoes from the strappy silhouettes to the iconic metal hardware. These shoes are a designer staple for your shoe collection. They have them in all heel heights which make them accessible to any style. Also in love with these grey booties they just released and these classic bow D'Orsay pumps.  

4. Let the Shoes Speak - One of my favorite thing about designer shoes is the quality is often seen in the simplicity of your look. If you look at celebrity street style most of their looks are simple and crisp. You don't need a loud noisy outfit, often the minimalist looks make your shoes stand out the most. Let your shoes do the talking!

Below are a few designer favorites:
Stuart Weitzman Quilted Napa Leather Over-The Knee Boots

If you missed part one on investing in designer handbags - read the round up here

XOX, 

Christine

*Photos by Emily Lowe
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