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How to Dress Business Casual and Take it From the Workplace to a Night Out

Who said business casual had to be boring?

It's important to dress right for the office, but if the dress code is business casual, you have a little bit more room to have fun with your outfits.

For those who are still confused about what exactly "business casual" means, think about it this way: it's the middle ground between formal business wear and every day wear. This means mix up your traditional business pieces with everyday clothing items.

Think dress pants/khakis/pencil skirt with a nice blouse/sweater. Or pair a dress (knee-length!) with a blazer/cardigan.

To make sure you're dressing appropriately for work, stick to these four guidelines:

  1. Modesty is key. Cover your cleavage and make sure your skirts aren't too short. If you'd wear your outfit to a party, you definitely shouldn't wear it to work.
  2. Close-toed shoes are a good idea. If your workplace is more lax, sandals may work. Just make sure your toes and polished and pretty!
  3. Forget anything with logos, rips, and tears to avoid looking sloppy.
  4. Have fun with prints and patterns! Business casual gives you room to play with some color, prints, and patterns. Just don't overdo it.  A patterned pencil skirt goes great with a solid blouse and a patterned cardigan is a great way to easily add color to your outfit.

To give you an idea on how to dress business casual, I put together an outfit that you can easily take from work to a night out.

For the workplace, add a blazer or cardigan over a tank and replace open-toed heels with closed-toe heels (these nude heels are my favorite) or flats in your favorite color.

For a night out, remove the blazer/cardigan, replace the pants with black jeans or a skirt, and keep the heels.

P.S. If you don't have one already, invest in a peplum! It's a flattering wardrobe staple for every body type. Experiment with peplum tops, dresses, and jackets to see which one you love most.

Peplum Business Casual Outfit

 

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What are your favorite outfits to wear to work? 

By | 2017-04-17T15:28:18+00:00 September 1st, 2013|Categories: Fashion|Tags: |13 Comments

Dive Into Fall Fashion: The 5 Trends to Fall in Love With

With fall just around the corner, it's time to dive into cooler weather (finally!) and fall trends that you're sure to fall in love with.

While there is no shortage of great trends for fall 2013, the five trends listed below are fall's top trends. Not only are these trends a great refresh for fall, but they're also easy to incorporate into your wardrobe.

1. Winter Whites:

Winter Whites

Michael Kors Peacoat, Topshop Knit SweaterTretorn White Rain Boots, Rebecca Minkoff Jane Skinny

As the weather grows cooler, it seems like our wardrobe does too. We reach for darker colors to fit the cooler air, but trying wearing something other than dark colors this fall. Instead, up the wattage of your wardrobe with winter whites.

To avoid looking like you're stuck in summer, keep textiles in mind with this trend. Choose knits, cashmere, and leather over cotton or linen.

Wear a white coat to work, white denim to class, or a classic white chunky knit sweater paired with dark denim.

2. Classic Prints: 

Classic Prints

Marc by Marc Jacobs Lenticular iPhone 5 Case (this switches from a preppy plaid to leopard depending on the angle!), Houndstooth Skater DressPlaid Button DownExpress Leopard Sweater

If you're sick of florals, brights, and heavy graphic prints, then fall is your season. It's time to embrace plaid, leopard, and especially houndstooth. These classic prints have made their way back into everyday wear and are as stylish as ever.

All three prints are a classic, chic, and fun addition to your wardrobe.

  1. For a modern twist on classic plaid, play with fabrics. A plaid print chiffon blouse is great for the office while a plaid print jacket (try it in tweed!) is a chic way to stay warm. And of course, a simple plaid button down with dark denim is a perfect casual outfit.
  2. Houndstooth, on the hand, may seem bold and a little too much, but try it out! Treat it as a neutral and embrace the chic pattern in all your favorite pieces. Think a great statement coat, houndstooth print shoes, jewelry, and clutches.
  3. Designers took in leopard print for fall and gave it a modern twist by making leopard larger than life. Look out for oversize leopard print in the classic black/white and other fun color combinations.

3. Camel:

CAMEL

Tory Burch ToteTuxedo JeanH&M Infinite ScarfFrye Booties

This fall is about simplicity so go au natural this season with camel - a warmly toasted brown. Because the chic color is just another neutral, it's incredibly easy to incorporate it into your wardrobe. Mix camel with winter whites, black, navy, and greens. Camel also looks great with a pop of bright color (pink, orange, red).

4. The Turtleneck: 

The Turtleneck

Colorblock SweaterDream Crush DressCotton Blend SweaterExpress Striped Turtleneck SweaterSleeveless Top

Believe it or not, turtlenecks are back. Though you may want to skip this trend entirely, give it a shot. A turtleneck can easily look chic if you style it the right way. Plus, what's a better way at keeping yourself warm without adding bulk to your outfit?

Pair a basic turtleneck sweater under your favorite statement coat or grab a knitted turtleneck sweater and pair it with dark denim. Add your favorite statement necklace and no one will believe you're working a turtleneck.

5. Leather:

Leather

Leather Seamed TeePrinted Leather SkirtPeplum TopBlack Faux Leather Skater Skirt

Don't shy away from this trend just yet. This season, try leather in looser silhouettes and different colors (maroon is a must!).

Needless to say, we can't wait for fall! What trends are you most looking forward to wearing?

By | 2018-02-16T20:30:38+00:00 August 21st, 2013|Categories: Fashion|Tags: , |1 Comment

Must-Haves from the 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target Collection

The most anticipated Target designer collaboration is here! Well, not yet, but the look book is. Target's newest designer collab with 3.1 Phillip Lim is the best everyday-wear collection we've seen yet to emerge from the retailer. And it's definitely worth getting your hands on.

From trench coats, sweaters, work-appropriate dresses, and must-have bags, Phillip Lim's collection is simple but totally chic.

“This is really personal, because growing up, I was a Target customer. My parents were always taking me to Target for back-to-school shopping, and I would find things, but they were not quite right. This was my chance to go back and relive this and do it right,"  Phillip Lim told T Magazine.

The collection consists of 100 items for both men and women ranging in prices from $19.99 to $299.99 for apparel and $19.99 to $59.99 for accessories.

Lim divided the collection into three wardrobes: morning, noon, and night.

Take a look at my favorite picks below:

Morning Looks: 

3.1 Phillip Lim x Target Morning Looks

Look 1: Trench Coat in Khaki/Blue $79.99, Pant in Light Blue $39.99

Look 2: Pullover $34.99, Silky Skirt $29.99

Noon Looks:

3.1 Phillip Lim X Target Noon Looks

Look 3: Sparkle Sweater in Navy $39.99, Pant in Light Blue $39.99,  Mini Satchel in Gold $34.99

Look 4: Woven Shirt Dress in Paper Floral Print $39.99, Carry-All Bag in Black $54.99

Night Looks: 

3.1 Phillip Lim x Target Night Looks

Look 5: Sparkle Dress in Black $49.99

Look 6: Dress with Faux Leather in Navy/Black $49.99

Within the collection, you'll also find perfect-for-everywhere tops, sleepwear, and dresses for day.

3.1 Phillip Lim X Target

 

3.1 Phillip Lim X Target

Arguably the best part of this collab are the bags. They're well-designed, come in classic colors (black, gray, blue, red), and each is perfect to be your go-to almost "it" bag. The collection even includes a less-pricey version of the coveted Pashli bag.

3.1 Phillip Lim X Target3.1 Phillip Lim X Target3.1 Phillip Lim X Target

Photos courtesy of Target

Find the collection in Target stores and online at Target.com on September 15. I suggest you get to the store or right online early if you plan on grabbing any of these items because no doubt they'll go fast.

Feast your eyes on the full look book and find your must-haves to start planning what you want to get your hands on.

Which items are on your shopping list? 

 

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By | 2018-02-16T20:30:44+00:00 August 13th, 2013|Categories: Fashion|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Beauty Review: Urban Outfitters Nail Polish

I'm always on the hunt for great nail polish.

As someone who can't and won't leave her nails naked for more than a couple days, a pretty and lasting nail polish is a must. And if I can find a great polish at a great price, that's even better.

Luckily, I recently found one of my top choices for nail polishes under $10 at Urban Outfitters.

I stumbled across a pretty polish at UO called Cupcake. Falling somewhere in between salmon and a light pink, this polish is a great pink to have on your nails as summer slowly transitions into fall.

Find my review below:

UO Nail Polish - Cupcake

My Review:

  • The Basics: Urban Outfitters has a collection of UO Nail Polishes ranging from the basics, glitter, and glow-in-the-dark. They're priced the same (one for $5, or two for $8) so you can happily mix and match between the collections.
  • Hit or Miss? Total Hit
  • Why? UO's nail polish collections have a very wide range of colors so you can easily find one (or more!) to love. The polishes also have great lasting power; I can wear it for two weeks without a chip in sight! Plus, with a price as good as UO's, how could you say no?
  • The Bottom Line: You want UO Nail Polishes. At a great price with a wide range of colors that will look great on your nails without chipping, you can't go wrong.

Have you tried UO Nail Polishes? What'd you think? Share with me in the comments below! Check out another favorite polish of mine and one that I'm not such a fan of

Check out eBay for Urban Outfitters Nail polish:

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By | 2017-04-17T15:28:19+00:00 August 4th, 2013|Categories: Fashion|Tags: , |0 Comments

Marc Jacobs Takes on Makeup With Marc Jacobs Beauty

Marc Jacobs is diving into beauty with his first-ever beauty collection: Marc Jacobs Beauty.

Yes, you heard that right. The fashion designer who has taken over the fragrance world is now trying his hand in cosmetics.

Jacobs told WWD:

“I see makeup, fragrance — everything, really — as an opportunity. The idea of choosing a color for your lip, or an eyeliner — it’s just such a delight. The ritual of waking up and making those choices is something people really enjoy."

And now you can enjoy making these choices even more with Marc Jacobs Beauty products in the mix.

Jacobs' collection will have 122 products, so discovering your new favorite(s) beauty product(s) should be no problem.

According to Elle, the 100+ products will be placed into four categories:

  • Smart Complexion (foundations, concealer, and powder)
  • Blacquer (eye pen eyeliner, lash lifter, and gel crayon)
  • Hi-Per Color (lip products, blush, eye shadow, bronzer, and nail lacquers)
  • Boy Tested, Girl Approved (unisex products like lip balm, brow gel, and concealer)

You will happily find powder and liquid foundations in what seem like every skin color imaginable, beautiful lip glosses, pigmented compact combinations of eye shadows, and a range of gorgeous nail lacquers that I am personally gushing over.

Can't wait to see the collection for yourself? You don't have to! Thankfully, PopSugar has released photos of every single product from Marc Jacobs Beauty, so start feasting your eyes on the products before it launches August 9.

My favorite products from the all-too-chic collection include a beautiful shimmery blue nail polish in Blue VelvetLip Vinyl lip gloss in a perfect pink, and Marc Jacobs Beauty chapstick (because what's more chic than having Marc Jacobs chapstick?).

You can find Marc Jacobs Beauty at Sephora and select Marc Jacobs stores, available August 9.

Have you found any Marc Jacobs Beauty products that you just can't wait to get your hands on?

By | 2018-02-16T20:30:57+00:00 July 27th, 2013|Categories: Fashion|Tags: |0 Comments