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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Look for Less - Aquazurra Lace Up Ballet Flats

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Ballet flats are wardrobe staples, and with good reason. Not only are they timeless and chic, they get bonus points for being versatile and easy on the feet. Fortunately, comfortable shoes are still enjoying their time in the style spotlight, but if the slip-on sneakers or laid-back Birkenstocks (or even plain ballet flats) of recent seasons aren't your cup of tea, perhaps the lace-up ballet flat is. Equal parts feminine and edgy, the lace-up flat strikes the right balance between comfort and sex appeal. Need more reasons to love them? The pointed toe silhouette elongates the leg, while the lace-up detail highlights the foot and ankle. Plus, they make every outfit look more polished and they're so easy to wear. 

Channel a cool and effortless model off-duty vibe like your favorite fashion blogger with skinny jeans and a moto jacket, or elevate them with a ladylike look for fancier occasions with a flirty skirt and crisp blouse. 

Bloggers Wearing Lace Up Ballet Flats, Aquazurra Christy lace up flats

photos via Pinterest

The Isabel Marant "Leo" and the Aquazurra "Belgravia" and "Christy" flats are fashion blogger favorites, but if you aren't on board with the nearly $700 price points, there are plenty of more affordable styles to suit your budget.  Below, six of my top picks under $130.

Aquazurra Lace Up Ballet Flats Look for Less, Aquazurra look alike lace up ballet flats
1. Topshop "Leather Kingdom", $95 (also in red)
2. Jeffrey Campbell "Atrium", $129.95 (also in black)
3. Asos "Lana", $55
4. Asos "Lift Off", $45
5. Go Jane, $21.10 (other colors available)
6. Free People "Shay", $130 (also in red, taupe, dark brown, and navy)

Shop the look for less:

Splurge styles:

Sunday, June 14, 2015

EverywhereFashion.com Is A Blog Scraper Spam Site

The title of this blog posts says it all. Unfortunately for the thieves at everywherefashion.com who are stealing my content, I have been to this rodeo before. Four years ago this same thing happened to me, and I learned many valuable lessons from it. So the purpose of this post is strictly to shame the spammy blog scrapers at everywherefashion for not only stealing from me, but from many other bloggers as well. I will chase you around the internet, shame you, and continue to pressure your web host to drop you for your copyright infringement and violations of international copyright laws. You picked the wrong blog to steal from.

Do you know how it feels to have your words, your work, your images, etc. stolen and reposted on some piece of crap spam blog? It's the pits! So there will be no new content here until the thieves take all my content down. 

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Best One Piece Swimsuits and High Waist Bikinis for Summer 2015

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With the long-awaited arrival of summer comes the search for the perfect swimsuit. Whether you're looking to flaunt your style or score a functional swimsuit for beach days, the pool, or elsewhere, finding the right swimsuit doesn't have to be a painstaking task. Just remember to highlight your best features, stick to your personal style with silhouettes and prints you love, and wear with confidence!

For summer 2015, the traditional bikini is playing second fiddle to two key swimwear trends: the one piece swimsuit and the high waisted bikini. While the one piece allows for covering up a bit more, you can still make a style statement with vibrant prints, bright solids, and strappy details. Prefer a two piece? The high waist bikini is making a strong comeback this summer, and it lets you to channel vintage vibes while enjoying more midriff coverage. Below are nine of my favorite on-trend swimwear styles that won't set you back more than $150.

summer 2015 swimwear trends, best one piece swimsuits and high waist bikinis under $150 for summer 2015
Top row, left to right: Ladder Back One Piece, $68 (also in black or green), Trina Turk 'Tahitian Floral' swimsuit, $105, La Blanca 'Casa Azul' swimsuit, $89.25

Middle row, left to right: Topshop floral swimsuit, $60, La Blanca 'Sweetheart' swimsuit, $119 (other colors available), Topshop pineapple foil print swimsuit, $68

Bottom row, left to right: Topshop 'Carmen' tile print high waist bikini, $65, Urban Outfitters 'Out From Under' high waist bikini bottom, $42 (more prints available), Topshop 'Aztec Surf' high waist bikini, $65

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Kendall and Kylie at Topshop Review

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After seeing glimpses of the new Kendall + Kylie at Topshop collection on social media, I knew I had to check it out in person. Priced under $150, it captured my attention with its tropical florals and summery silhouettes. Add to that some distressed denim, breezy white blouses, and skin-baring jumpsuits, all of which underscore the collection's laid back, California vibes. I can easily envision the Jenner (and the Kardashian) sisters wearing each piece in her own way. Plus, I just can't resist a floral romper!
My Shopping Strategy

Given how quickly the collection is selling out on Topshop's site, my first choice was to check a Nordstrom store so I could see the goods in person and do a fitting room review. Upon browsing the well-stocked Topshop department at Nordstrom, I hit the jackpot, since they had most of the collection in stock (except for the "When in doubt, vacation" pullover and the graphic tees.)

Here's a look at my favorites.

Kendall and Kylie at Topshop collection

When paired together, the floral tie-front blouse and floral shorts look like a romper. They're ultra soft, run slightly big, and made of viscose. Unfortunately, this store didn't have the shorts in my size (but they offered to order them for me).

Kendall and Kylie at Topshop tropical Floral Shorts Set

Kendall and Kylie for Topshop Tropical Floral Tie Shirt

The embroidered surplice top looks much better in person, is lightweight, and runs slightly big.

Kendall and Kylie at Topshop embroidered surplice top

The Fitting Room

Here's what I brought into the dressing room to try on. For reference, I tried on US size 4 in everything except the overlay maxi dress and duster coat, which were a size 2. I'm petite and currently weight 101 lbs. I would've tried on size 2 in most items, but they weren't available. Someone must've got there before me!

Kendall and Kylie at Topshop fitting room review

The duster coat was well made and lightweight, with a length best suited to ladies over 5'5". I liked the tailoring, storm flap, button details at the waist, and the cuffed sleeves. I can imagine any of the Kardashian or Jenner sisters wearing it, or even Caitlyn. It's a chic piece that adds drama to denim or printed dresses. The feminine floral overlay maxi dress is a lightweight and soft pull-on style in viscose with a deep V-neck and flounce in back. I loved both pieces but felt that the lengths were too long for me.

Kendall and Kylie for Topshop Duster Coat and floral Maxi Dress

The embroidered surplice blouse was a top pick. The tie at the waist makes it somewhat adjustable, and thankfully, the top isn't sheer. It's simple enough to go with many summer bottoms and has great textural detail. The size 4 that I'm wearing was slightly roomy in the arms. The high rise denim shorts were comfortable with 100% cotton construction, and the size 4 ran big on me. I appreciated the distressing, high rise, and the sturdy denim fabric. The pocket bags on these have a fun tropical print which can't be seen in the photos. The shorts almost made me forget that I really don't need any more denim shorts. Yes, they were that comfy.

Kendall and Kylie at Topshop distressed Denim Shorts and embroidered surplice Top

The floral print top ran big on me, but the tie in front makes it more adjustable. It's made of a soft viscose which gives it vintage vibes. My favorite piece was the floral romper. The size 4 was (once again) slightly roomy but it has a tie waist for a better fit. It's a piece that would work for women with longer torsos than myself. Unfortunately, no pockets on this one, however, I did like the snap front closures. On the right, I paired the floral top with the pull-on black palazzo trousers, which look more like a maxi skirt in the photo. They're partially lined, comfortable, and slightly sheer.

Kendall and Kylie at Topshop Floral Shirt and Floral Print Romper

Overall, I was impressed with the versatility and quality of the collection, and given how much I adore florals, I wish they'd produced a range with more printed pieces. The Jenner sisters have a few design collaborations under their belt at this point, so perhaps there will be another Topshop collection in the near future? More jumpsuits and embroidered tops, please!

Although the collection is almost sold out on Topshop's site, you can still shop it here.

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