Favorite Summer Day to Night Outfit: The Jumpsuit

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I’ve been looking for a solution to the day to night outfit conundrum. I’ve concluded that this summer, jumpsuits will be my best friend.

This one is from Forever 21 and it’s giving me Lucille Ball vibes. I am in love. I feel like the transparent sandals give it a modern vibe and I’m loving clear sandals right now.

Polka dot jumpsuit by Forever 21. $29.90.

I love that this jumpsuit has a pajama-just-woke-up-like-this feel as well and I’m all here for the pajama trend.

For $29.90 you can get tons of looks out it and dress it up or down.

Clear Strappy Heels. Forever 21. $24.

I’m also totally obsessed with these heels and want them in the other color they come in.

I think these are so cute paired with jumpsuits.

During the day you could totally pair this with sandals or espadrilles.

Black espadrilles by Asos. $22.

These by Asos are super cute.

Here are other ideas for jumpsuits that will take you from day to night :

Striped wide legged jumpsuit by Lulu’s. $57.

This would be adorable paired with both simple sandals as shown above or heels and dressier accessories.

Similarly, you could easily wear simple espadrilles with this jumpsuit, below, as well as high heels:

Plaid ruffled jumpsuit by Shein. $18.

I usually don’t like corset details, but I think it works and is super cute on this one. For the price, you can’t beat it.

I’m going to be wearing this trend all summer. Love it. What are you loving and wearing all summer?

Thanks for reading!

Love + light

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My 5 Essential Jackets for Spring 

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The checkered blazer

Paris Fashion Week. Spring 2018.

I’m eternally in love with a well fitting blazer, especially for spring. As a girl who’s constantly cold, I find that blazers don’t cut it in the winter for keeping me warm enough in the morning and at night, but they’re ideal in the spring. 

Plaid blazer by Fashion Nova. $24.98.

I’m in love with the plaid/checkered blazers I’ve been seeing on cool girls everywhere. 

Hermès Spring 2018.

I especially like them with t shirts, black pants, or distressed jeans or jean skirts. 

From cottonon.com. $59.95.

The classic denim jacket

Icon denim jacket by Gap. $69.95.

You just can’t go wrong with a classic denim jacket. You can throw one on over almost anything and tie an outfit together. I love denim period, and I think there’s something effortlessly cool about a nice denim jacket. It’s nice that most are 100% cotton as well, which keeps you cool and is way more breathable than gross polyester, rayon, etc.

Ex-boyfriend Trucker jacket by Dvf.com. $89.50.

I will only actually wear any iteration of these jackets if I find one that happens to be cotton and yeah I know, I seem exaggerated, but anything else will screw me in terms of sweat stains and BO, especially in LA’s warmer months. Sorry to get real with you, but part of fashion is dealing with our bodily concerns and issues as stylishly as possible. It sucks because that leaves out a ton of beautiful clothes, but denim jackets have never done me wrong. 
The army jacket

I wear army jackets during every season almost every day, not only because they’re cotton, but because they go with everything, keep me warm on cool mornings and nights, and are adorable. 

Army jacket by Madewell. Madewell.com. $88.50.

Though the awesome jacket above is $88.50, I found literally the same thing at Goodwill for $5 from Forever 21. Sometimes the hunt is worth it. 

Source: Superdry UK.

Honestly I’ll never get sick of these. I’ve been wearing them for months and I couldn’t be happier. I have around 5. As  a person who walks to work in the morning, and sometimes walks around at night, these are ideal. If you live somewhere colder or hotter than Los Angeles, these may be too light or too thick depending on where you are situated. 

Margaret Howell, a UK designer makes  gorgeous army coats. 

Margaret Howell. Spring 2018.

You don’t have to spend a lot to get a functional gorgeous army jacket that you’ll use time and time again though. As I’ve mentioned before, I highly suggest checking out your local thrift stores and then washing your finds sufficiently. 

These are super cute over floral dresses or little black dresses as shown above. 

The blazer with a pop of color

From shesawstyle.com.

When it comes to spring and summer, I like to go all out with my pops of color. Once again, we’ve seen plenty of brights and pastels on runways spring and summer. 

Victoria Beckham. Spring 2018.

For spring/summer 2018, I’d pair a neon, primary colored, or pastel blazer with a neutral or black romper or jumpsuit for a sexy yet put together look. 

Source: Pinterest

Of course an entire pastel suit is always a do and was all over 2018 runways. 

The lightweight trench coat

Valentino Spring 2018.

Though the trench coat has been done in every iteration imaginable, I’ll never stop loving the outerwear staple, and neither did designers for spring and summer 2018, apparently. It was redone and revamped, revealing intriguing results.

Chloé. Spring 2018.

I love the shape of a good classic trench coat, and your money will be well spent on either one of these or a revamped version.

Loewe. Spring 2018.

Thanks for reading! I hope you’re having a beautiful week and enjoying your spring so far. 

The Only 3 New Accessories you Need for Spring & Summer 

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Disclaimer: this post isn’t sponsored by anyone, I just shop a lot. However (!);

As you might know, I’m all about reusing and recycling, and even though spring is upon is and summer is down the road, don’t feel like you have to go out and hunt down a whole new assortment of accessories, shoes, and outfits every time a new season rolls around. If you notice, fashion recycles looks and trends from season and decades past all the time. 

You really only need three to four new accessories every season. Here are my current favorites for spring / summer:

A CUTE HAT

Not only will a cute new hat protect your skin and guard your youth against the sun’s rays, but it can make or break an outfit. A floppy hat can take a blah outfit to another level. I’m all for the floppy hat, especially during sunnier days, which is every day during the summer in Southern California. This one below by Asos goes with everything. There are so many iterations of the floppy wide brimmed hat, but the Panama Hat is one of my faves. I like the ring on this one too, because I’m into rings lately for some reason. 

Felt Panama hat by Asos. $35.

If you’re into the super beachy cute straw ones with funny sayings, these below by Etsy shop Sprinkled with Pink are up your alley. You can customize the lettering too, which is awesome. 

Customizable beachy hat by Etsy shop Sprinkled with Pink. $19+

Newsboy/conductor/fishermen caps are my new thing. I find that they frame the face nicely and they’re just unexpected and cute. The one I’m wearing at the top of the page is by Urban Outfitters and I scored it for $6 because of my app and as it was already on sale for $10. It was one of my happiest moments last week. I’m not entirely sure why it’s $24.99 online though. I’d check your local UO if you want it. 

Striped Chambray Fishermen’s Hat by Urban Outfitters. $24.99 online.

It also comes in ivory, which I totally need.

SUNNIES THAT POP

Slim Retro Cat-Eye Sunglasses by Urban Outfitters. $16.

I’m so into translucent colored lenses on my sunnies lately. What they say about rose colored lenses isn’t so far off after all. 

Slim Retro Cat-Eye Sunglasses in pink. UO.

These are the same ones I’m wearing above. $16. UO.

I’m also into aviators with colored lenses as I think they add a sexy 70s vibe to spring/summer outfits. I wish I could splurge on Desi x Quay Sahara sunnies below. 

Desi X Quay Sahara aviator sunglasses. $65.

These below are too cute and a fraction of the cost. 

Aviators by Pretty Little Thing. $12.

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STATEMENT PURSE

When fashion people say ‘statement’ or ‘it’ purse I’m not sure if that’s just a marketing tactic, or if they actually attempt making statements with their purses, or consider some as fashionable as an ‘it girl’. Either way, I’m going with it for spring and summer. I’ve been into bright or pastel purses combined with neutrals, or vice versa as of late. 

Source: glowsly.com. The pastel bags were all over SS2018. Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Valentino. 

The purse below, by Chloé has been on my fantasy wish list forever. I think it may be where my obsession with rings started.

Faye medium leather and suede shoulder bag by Chloé. $1950. 

Net-a-porter.com

This is literally one of my paychecks though, so every time I glance at the price my fashion daydreams float back to reality.

Aliexpress. $7.19.

This one above by Ali Express is $7.19 and honestly, the way I treat my everyday purses, I have no business spending more than this. I probably will splurge on the Faye bag by Chloé eventually, but I’ll probably store it on a velvet pedestal and take it out once a year.

Source: Getty images. 

The super cute pastel bag seen on the Adeam SS2018 runway is so easy to pair with any outfit and super spring-forward. It’d  perfect with a camel colored dress. Here are two affordable pastel bags below, by H&M, from their new spring line of purses.

Baby pink bucket bag by H&M. $35.

Shoulder bag in lilac by H&M. $18.

Another trend in bags I’ve been loving lately is the wicker bag, and even though this trend has been going strong for three Spring/Summer seasons, as noted in Refinery 29, I can’t stop fawning over how classic and summery they are. 

Straw Structured Crossbody Bag by UO. $49.

The one below by Etsy shop Lake of Life is adorable.

Wicker purse by Etsy shop Lake of Life. $25.33.

These bags make me want to go on a picnic on some idyllic hill with a checkered blanket. 

Wicker handbag by Zara. $45.90

I hope you find some hidden treasures in whatever you already have as well. I can bet that some of the outfits you’ve amassed are still trendy this season. What accessory are you crushing on?

Love you all!

Love & Light 💞💞⚡⚡

The Style that Will Never Be Out of Style: The Eternal Romantic Ethereal Style Trappings and Formation of Stevie Nicks

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I’m not sure that there’s someone more influential to romantic bohemian style than Stevie Nicks. I find myself being drawn to her style staples time and time again; velvet, bell sleeves, gold, fringe, oversized flowy dresses and wraps, platform tall boots, etc. In addition to her impact and contribution to music, her fashion sense was and is pretty awesome and pretty instrumental at that. 

In her own own words she aptly stated, 

“I’m timeless, I got that Dickensian, London street-urchin look in high school. I’ll never be in style, but I’ll always be different.” 
-Stevie Nicks, USA Today, October 16, 1991

Much of the staples of boho style are renditions of looks she proliferated. The essence of brands like Free People is their hippie aesthetic, which is basically based on the Stevie Nicks style playbook. I’ve drawn form that playbook once or twice myself and I mean, what girl hasn’t? 

Stevie in 1975 looking cute af. Source: whowhatwear.com

You can pretty much copy any of her looks and be on point right now, even though many of these looks were fashionable around forty years ago. The fashion industry definitely has, proving the timelessness of the looks. In a moment of raw honesty and objective reflection on herself and the matter she noted :

People have latched on to my look because I’ve never changed it… You open a magazine and you say, ‘Oh, Marc Jacobs is definitely doing the Stevie Nicks handkerchief skirt and riding jacket and top hat and scarf,’ because that’s what I wore then, and I still wear it now.” – Stevie Nicks (Stevie Nicks in Control of ‘Dreams’ written by Amy Kaufman for LA Times) 

 If you don’t know who she is, I’m sure you’ve heard her voice as she sang on most of Fleetwood Mac’s hits. (Landslide, Rhiannon, Go Your Own Way, etc.) 

In a way, she was a kind of musical gypsy in the way she wove magic as a singer and songwriter. Her songs evoke a kind of alchemy you can’t quite put your finger on, and her lyrics speak on raw truths about the female side of the human condition. 

“While living in the male-dominated world of the very peak of the music industry in the 1970s, she wrote indelible songs that tell real, true stories, often about the bond between women, and about the life of an adventurer.”  – NPR.org (“Stevie Nicks: ‘When We Walk Into the Room We Have to Float in Like Goddesses'”: article by Ann Powers for NPR Music

Her voice is haunting yet beautiful, and her gypsy bohemian style matched her vocals seamlessly. The entire image worked in conjunction to create what the musical world has recognized as rockstar  goddess status. 

The ingredients of the magic that was and is Fleetwood Mac is a blueprint for modern folk pop rock music ever since their reign. The same can be said for female artists’ fashion choices. 

“… The 66-year-old’s free spirit, unmistakable raspy voice, and all-or-nothing attitude aren’t the only things that have made her such an icon. Her bohemian-influenced style, which has remained pretty much the same since she first broke onto the scene in the ‘60s, is so distinct that it has become inseparable from her as a human being. ” whowhat wear.com

Many of the details she’s been wearing for decades are now re-emerging as major trends on runways and in street style—fringeblanket coats, capes, wide-legged pants, and beyond. – Whowhatwear.comWhowhatwear.comWhowhatwear.com (Stevie Nicks is Having a Moment: Shop Her 13 Best Looks Ever by Meghan Blalock) 

Stevie Nicks began singing in a folk pop duo with her then boyfriend Lindsay Buckingham. Being in a folk pop duo and her struggle resonates strongly with me, as does her will to support a creative dream. She waited tables at Bob’s Big Boy to support herself and Lindsay, volunteering herself as the breadwinner to allow Lindsay to focus on his guitar playing, which was becoming more brilliant every day. 

Lindsay and Stevie. Source: FleetwoodMacNews.com

“I didn’t want to be a waitress, but I believed that Lindsey didn’t have to work, that he should just lay on the floor and practice his guitar and become more brilliant every day…as I watched him become more brilliant everyday, I felt very gratified. I was totally devoted to making it happen for him.

 I never worried about not being successful; I wanted to make it possible for him to be successful. And when you feel that way about somebody, it’s very easy to take your own personality and quiet it way down. I knew my career was going to work out fine. I knew I wasn’t going to lose myself.

~Stevie Nicks, SPIN Magazine Interview, October, 1997

There wasn’t much bread to go around however, in the early years.

“We were so poor that we used to share a hamburger for dinner, or sometimes a slice of pizza.

Stevie Nicks, on why she worked as a waitress at Bob’s Big Boy after moving in with Lindsey in 1970, Harpers Bazaar, 1997

Self sacrificial love was a key in Nicks’ success as was discerning what style suited her best. Almost innately she favored loose chiffon shapes that created a sort of other worldly angelic vibe, platform boots which added to her small stature and paired beautifully with her outfits, and colors which suited her overall mysterious gypsy allure. 

On creating her image she notes:

“I developed [my clothing style] before the Rumours album with my designer, Margi Kent, that I met in the first year of Fleetwood Mac. I told her, ‘I need to have uniform. We have to think of something that looks good. We can make three skirts, three tops, and have your shoes and your little, you know….a couple of wraps and jackets and you’re ready to go.’ And that’s what I did.” –Stevie Nicks, Spotight on Stevie Nicks, 96.1 WSRS, August 5, 2001 

Though Stevie would will herself to avoid stores and shopping she became so famous in such a life altering way and a fast span of time, that she soon amassed a treasure trove of the pieces designers emulate and it girls favor today.

“‘Y’know before Lindsey and I joined we had to steel ourselves not to go into stores… Six months later we were earning $400 a week each and I was totally famous. We used to pin $100 bills up on the walls of our apartment just for fun. You go through that with someone, you don’t forget.'”

It’d be one of the best fashion days of my life if I could play dress up in her closet. I for one plan on attending the garage sale she will throw upon retiring:

When I stop singing I’m gonna have a garage sale like you’re not gonna believe. We’re talking chiffon, chiffon, and more chiffon.” Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams and Rumors by Zoë Howe

Perhaps what makes Stevie’s style so effortlessly attractive is not clothes at all though, but attitude. She describes her image as a sort of suit of armor, worn not only to evoke beauty, but a quiet power;

She told her bandmate Christine what she believed about being a woman immersed in what was then a man’s world , “… you know, we can never be treated like second class citizens here. So when we walk into the room, we have to walk in with a big attitude. 

Which does not mean a snotty conceited attitude. But it means like we have to float in like goddesses, because that is how we want to be treated. And we will never not be invited to the party, because we are women.”-NPR.org

They did get invited to the party that is rock music, and have remained fixtures there ever since.

” Nicks and bandmate Christine McVie were strong female figures in an industry where many male musicians were hero-worshipped by fans across the world…” (Stevie Nicks Sees Women’s Rights Slipping, ‘And I Hate It’ by Dan Rys for Rolling Stone

 Stevie continues to be a fashion icon and rock pioneer today and admire her for doing so, and embracing her individuality and all that makes her Stevie. 

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Fall Leaves / Fiery Sunset Eyes Tutorial

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Hello and happy Halloweek!

Whatever you’re doing, I hope you’re enjoying many treats an maybe a few tricks. I had fun doing this look as I love warm tones like rust, burgundy, crimson, orange, etc. I was inspired by fall leaves and fiery orange red sunsets to do this eye look & tutorial. 

By the way here’s an interesting tidbit on fall leaves changing colors, “The vivid yellow and orange colors of fall leaves have actually been there throughout the spring and summer, but we haven’t been able to see them. The deep green color of chlorophyll, which helps plants absorb life-giving sunlight, hides the other colors. In the fall, trees break down the green pigments and nutrients stored in the leaves. The nutrients are shuttled into the roots for reuse in the spring..The red color is actively made in leaves by bright light and cold. The crisp, cold nights in the fall combine with bright, sunny days to spur production of red in leaves – especially in sugar maple and red maple trees. ” (Earthsky.org.).

Image from earthsky.org.

I bought the Milani Runway Eyes Fashion Shadows in the primary shade range after finding it in a discount grocery store near my house called Grocery Outlet. I was immediately attracted to the red shade in the palette and I already knew Milani has amazing products like their setting spray, their gel powder shadows, etc.

They purchase overstock merchandise and I’m totally fine with that because they’re awesome and have everything from pretty NYX blushes to tasty pumpkin beers.

The shadows came out in 2012 and it appears that it’s not being sold in stores other than Poshmark and Ebay. You can use any red, orange, and yellow shadows.

 Image found on vampyvarnish.com.

I began by priming my lids with Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes SPF 15.

Image from Smashbox.com. $25.00 on Smashbox.com, Sephora, etc.

It is honestly so good as an eye shadow primer as it is very high coverage for something with “BB Cream” in its title. Plus I love that it contains SPF 15, which is a nice bonus, and protecting your lids and under eyes from the sun is a must since that skin is so delicate. After priming I set the lids with a bone matte shade from my LA Girl Nudes palette. You can use any you have on hand.

I then used the bronzer in Elf’s Aqua Beauty Bronzer and Blush duo in Bronzed Peach, shown below, in my crease as a transition color. I love this duo and also used it for blush and contour.

Elf’s Aqua Beauty Blush and Contour Duo.$6.00. Elf.com, cvs, etc.

The first color I put down was the yellow in the inner half of my eye. I then dipped into the orange and placed it in the middle of the lid. I used the red in the crease and outer half of the eye. 

I blended all the colors into a gradient by sort of fading them into each other. I applied all of the metallic colors first with my finger and then patted more on with a brush I had wet with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray. 

As most of you know by now, when it comes to makeup, I don’t mind being a little extra, so I added gold glitter and a wing. The glitter I used is the Color Icon Single Glitter by Wet n Wild. 

Color Icon Single Glitter in Brass by Wet n Wild. .94¢ at Target. This glitter is stunning on its own on a bare lid.

The product I used for my liner was really inexpensive, but I found it very patchy so it’s not even worth mentioning. To be honest with you, the Milani shadows were also hard to work with and blend out. Despite these setbacks, I made it work, and I believe that working with all kinds of makeup shows you how to work around problems. Not every product can be as seamless as your favorites and that’s to be expected.

Nonetheless, Milani is still one of my favorite drugstore brands! 

Hope you all have a frightfully fabulous Halloween!

🎃🎃🎃

5 Outfit Ideas for a Summer Wedding to Not Upstage a Bride and Still Look Hot in the Process

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Hi lovely readers! Wedding season is well underway, and while it may have some of you shook with excitement as shown below, like me:

It may have some of you wanting to crawl into the nearest hole and die due to not having an outfit, being a bridesmaid, not having a date, not being in a relationship, being in close proximity to a bff turned a bridezilla…etc. As someone who has been in four quinceaneras and one wedding (not that many of my friends are married, but if anyone needs a bridesmaid hmu) I am here to make wedding season a little easier! The key? Looking hot without upstaging the bride on her day. 

Think elegant and sexy; no bodycons or crop tops, unless they’re paired with culottes. See below.

Truth be told, I am a sucker for weddings and a mild wedding crasher. I will cry at them all and will jump at the chance to attend them, whether my friendship with the bride and groom (or groom & groom, bride & bride) is questionable or not. I just love being around love. 💕

Here are my 5 outfit ideas:

1. Midi dresss with tasteful slits

From Tobi.com

This gorgeous one is from the brand Tobi. You will look hot without trying too hard. This cut is is ideal because it exposes just the right amount of skin.

A choker, block heels, a clutch, and a kimono for when night falls are the perfect accessories.

From Target.

From Asos.com.

From Nasty Gal

By the way, right now everything is 50% off Nasty Gal’s website with code Get50. 😩

2.Drop Waist Dress with Pop of Color

By Tommy Hilfiger. On Macys.com

The same hemline makes it possible to show some leg in an appropriate way. This color is so summery and gorgeous too.

Pair the dress a clear, nude, gold, or floral encrusted clutch, strappy heels to elongate your legs and a coral lip for an additional complementary pop of color

From simmi.com

From lightinthebox.com

3. Off the Shoulder or One Shoulder Jumpsuit 

From Forever 21.

A lot of people forget shoulder cleavage can be sexy. It’s not all about legs or actual cleavage.

From H&M

Lace up sandals or mules are a perfect shoe choice.

From DSW.

By Jeffrey Campbell. Sold at Urban Outfitters.

4. High Waisted Culottes & Crop Top

Found on Pinterest.com.

Crop tops can be classy when paired with culottes and dressy accessories. I think this is my favorite outfit out of this list. 💕

These pairs are good culotte options:

From Asos.

Set from Forever 21.

5. Tuxedo Dress

From Tobi.com

Though this dress is certainly sexy, the long sleeves and tuxedo vibe make it dressy enough for a wedding. Gold accessories and a gold clutch would match the luxe vibe.

From Nordstrom.

From weddinghigh.com

Those are my suggestions & what I’d wear to summer weddings if I had been invited to to any. (Hint) Get married people! I need to wear these outfits!

If you are a bridesmaid and do not like your dress my suggestion is to customize your accessories to match your personality as much as possible so you’ll at least feel somewhat comfortable with the outfit. If you don’t have a date, wear a cute outfit & find one at the wedding!

Love you all!

❤❤❤

Current Color Mood: Yellow

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Sunny happy yellow is cropping up everywhere & I’m loving it for summer. Who says you can only wear yellow during the day? Wear it to go out, for a wedding, etc.

I’m also loving slit dresses. I love that it’s okay to be a little cheekier during the summer too.