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    3 Tips to Smoothly Transition Your Outfits from Work to Weekend Style

    Like many, my style has evolved throughout the years. Each fashion phase I have gone through has reflected a different chapter in my life. I started a full time job right out of college and my wardrobe consisted mostly of business casual clothes. This made me feel proud. I felt like I was hashtag adulting pretty well.

    However, my style sense had lost a certain charisma it once had back in my college days. So, when I went back to grad school and was no longer confined to an office dress code, I went a little quirky crazy. I had gone from one end of the spectrum to the other: monotonous to cute-weird, and my unrelenting (aka savage) friends took notice.

    Although it took a while, I have finally found that fulcrum point in my wardrobe that balances day job work attire with weekend, night out style. Here are 3 guidelines I like to follow to help me maintain the balance between work and casual wear.

    1. Be basic (in a good way!)

    Basic pieces, like these Madewell black pants (yes, they’re actual pants & no, they aren’t yoga pants) and a plain white t-shirt from H&M, might seem mundane, but you will be able to wear these pieces interchangeably for work or the weekend. These act as good building blocks for any look, since they can be dressed up or down.

     

    2. Layer, layer, layer!

    By layer, I don’t mean bundle up. Layer your basic tee with either a leather or bomber jacket, like this embroidered one from Urban Outfitters, or with a longer blazer for something more work appropriate. Layering with a blazer, jacket, or even cardigan not only helps to define your outfit as business or casual, but it also helps to reduce the basic-ness (is that even a word?) and simplicity of the plain t-shirt and pants.

     

    3. Change up your accessories

    If a jacket or blazer can help define your outfit, then accessories can elevate your look even further. I went for these black mules from Target to achieve a more casual look. If going for a work theme, pointy toed pumps complement blazers very well. Accessories appropriate for work can also include: a leather tote purse with clean, sharp lines, small & classy stud earrings, and a minimalistic watch (Daniel Wellington, anyone?)

    ALSO! I have almost perfected the style blogger walk. Almost.

     

    Find similar outfit items here:

    Mules

    Pants

    Leather jacket

    White tee

    Sunglasses

     

    Graphic Tees + Flowy Skirts in San Francisco

     

    The Story

    A little while ago, I was shopping with my (not so) baby cousin, who is 16 years old. We were in Forever 21, and they had a bunch of band t-shirts on display. I wondered if any of the youngsters that shop there knew who these bands were, so I decided to test out my question. Pointing to one of the shirts that said, “Metallica” on it, I asked my cousin if she knew who that is. Her response was hilarious. She thought it was a place, not a band. Le sigh.

     

    The Outfit

    The Led Zeppelin shirt is from Amazon (thank goodness for Prime), and I am proud to say that I actually listen to Led Zeppelin’s music. They ARE the greatest band of all time, after all. 

    This jean jacket from H&M is becoming a staple piece in my wardrobe. It is slightly cropped and distressed. The denim jacket adds an ever-so-slight edge to every outfit it’s worn with.

    I paired the band tee with classic Vans Old Skool shoes. I am a sucker for white sneakers, and these are my current favorites at the moment.

     

    The Confession

    The very flowy, pleated maxi skirt from White House Black Market has been sitting in my closet for years. I have other pieces of clothing in my closet waiting to be worn for the first time, yet I can’t stop shopping for new clothes. Does anyone else have this problem??

     

    The Photographer

    I had so much fun shooting this look with Bay Area photographer, Keith BodziakIf you are looking for a photographer in the San Francisco area, I highly recommend him! 

     

     

    Sleek + Comfy NYC Outfit & Tips on How to Pack Like the Smart Stylista You Are

    Recently, my friends and I went to New York for a little vacay. NYC is a city that has a lot to offer. There are a ton of places to see, food to eat, and street style to appreciate. I could not wait to explore it with my friends, but first I had to get through the hardest part (in my opinion): packing. It’s always a struggle trying to figure out what clothes, shoes, and accessories to pack for a trip. Although I am getting better at it, I have a tendency to go overboard. I wind up packing things I do not wear, forget to pack things I do want to wear, and I end up wearing the same 2-3 pieces. I would not consider myself a master packer (yet!), but here are some packing tips and travel style advice, with outfit details, that help me avoid overpacking without compromising style points.

    1. Slip dresses

    Want to pack a chic outfit but don’t know where to start? Start with a slip dress. They aren’t bulky and pack super easily. There are a variety of slip dresses out there, like this one from Asos. Depending on the climate of the destination you are traveling to, you can buy a long or short one and style it with or without tights. They also come in a ton of different colors. Usually, slip dresses have lace trim which elevates the overall look of an outfit from casual to chic. Slip dresses are also perfect for layering. You can wear a t-shirt or blouse underneath or style it with a bomber jacket from the Who What Wear Collection at Target.

    2. Neutral Colors

    Packing clothing pieces that are neutral colors will allow you to mix and match items and increase the overall number of outfits you have in your arsenal, aka suitcase. Classic neutral colors include white, black, and gray. However, muted green, like the jacket above, navy blue, and maroon can also be considered neutrals. When you pair these more colored neutrals with the classic neutrals, your outfit possibilities are endless, and you’ll turn heads as you walk down the streets of your vacay destination.

    3. White Sneakers

    If you have been keeping up with the latest fashion trends, then you know that sneakers are becoming increasingly popular. Sneakers are also the perfect footwear to pack when traveling since chances are that you will be doing a lot of walking. Like slip dresses, you can dress up white sneakers by pairing them with a dress, like I did here. You can also style them more casually with some jeans. There a many white kicks on the market right now, the ones I am wearing are the white Canvas Old Skool by Vans.

    4. Compression Bags

    Maybe you want to bring a ton of slip dresses, neutral pieces, layering options, and sneakers. Maybe you feel like you need them all and can’t bring yourself to eliminate any from your travel wardrobe. It’s ok, we have all been there. If this is you, then compression bags are your friend! By using compression bags, you will be able to save some space in your luggage for those extra pair of shoes you want to bring and fit more clothes in your suitcase. I use these compression bags from REIFit what you can in the bag, roll out the air, and watch the bag decrease in size. No vacuum necessary. It’s, like, magic! (Ok, more like physics. Yay physics!)

     

    Tulle Skirt + Glitter Heels + Leather Jacket

    Hey there!

    I know, I know. It’s been a while since my last post- 6 months to be exact. Well, Happy New Year & I hope 2017 is going well for you so far 🙂

    Jumping right into the OOTD (I have never been good at transitions…)

    I LOVED shooting this outfit, not only because tulle skirts are so much fun, but also since my talented friend & make up artist, Kanza, did a really cool cut crease on my eyelids. She is a Sephora certified make up artist who is available for bookings in the Chicagoland area. Check out her Instagram page for details on how to book an appointment and to see her work @makeup.by.kanz

    I ended up wearing the tulle skirt and glitter heels with this black blouse to my friend’s rehearsal dinner. The skirt definitely turned heads, and someone told me I looked like a grown up ballerina, which I took as a compliment.

    Although, the pink skirt is the first thing you notice about this ensemble, the real star are these glitter heels. The gold, glittery shoes are almost like a fancy pair of nude heels, which means that they can go with a bunch of different outfits. Whether you dress them up or dress them down, you’ll be looking chic regardless. Did I mention that they’re super comfy too?

    Outfit Details:

    Jacket

    Blouse

    Skirt

    Heels