An outfit isn’t “an outfit” until all the pieces are put together. It’s the accessories that finish off the entire look.
Above you can see me mixing silver and gold, black and white and a hit of red. It’s always nice to have a pop of colour when you’re wearing back and white!
This “finishing off the look” can be the most challenging for most, but I assure you if you read my post; The Accessory Basics Every Woman Should Own, you will have a great head start. Don’t be shy when experimenting with accessories too. I always recommend being bold with your outfit add-on’s. Accessories are the easiest and cheapest way to update your wardrobe! So go out and buy that scarf in this Spring’s hottest new colour, cobalt blue or neon orange!
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Your accessories can make or break your outfit. They’re the icing on the cake; you can’t finish your outfit without accessories. Did you know that there are a few outfit add-on’s that should every women should own? Below is a list of 13 Accessory Basics Every Women Should Own and rotate into her everyday wardrobe.
1. A Brown Belt
2. Black Braided Skinny Belt
3. Black and Brown flats
4. Black pumps
5. Black and Brown boots
6. A black scarf
7. A printed scarf
8. A short silver and a short gold necklace
9. A long silver and a long gold necklace
10. A Black and a Brown Purse
11. Opaque black tights
12. Clear nail polish and red nail polish
13. Your favorite pair of sunglasses
I recommend that all ladies try own most of these items. They wont ever go out of style if you keep them simple, so spend a little extra on quality. If you’re purchasing trendy items I recommend not spending too much, because you never know how long you’re actually going to wear them.
The Golden Globe Awards aired last night, and the ladies of comedy; Amy Poehler and Tina Fey stole the show. With their brilliant one liners and feminine charms they totally wooed the audience. So much so, I hope to see them hosting again!
Now lets take a look at some of my looks from last night’s red carpet:
Here are three of my favorite ladies rocking flashy black dresses. Nicole Kidman’s dress was quite stunning on live TV, it certainly accentuated her tiny waist. I love the shape of Selma Hayek’s sequin number and Helen Mirrian; she’s like a good bottle of wine and just keeps getting better with age!
White was a popular choice on the red carpet this year. I think one of my favorite looks was Hayden Panettiere’s beautifully soft Cavalli dress. Jennifer Lopez always stuns, and this lovely delicate lace dress was no exception. The biggest surprise for me came from Michelle Dockery from Downton Abbey. A very bold yet simple statement gown by Alexandre Vauthier. Quite different from what we usually see her in on Downton!
I have to say, my best dressed lady at the Golden Globe Awards was Jennifer Lawrence, who also took home the award for Best Actress in a Comedy:
This beautiful Dior Haute Couture gown accentuated Jennifer’s curves in all the right places. Her hair looked soft and feminine and that silver clutch is killer! Anyone else super excited for the new Hunger Games?!
The most best dressed couple goes to Jon Hamm and his gorgeous girl, Jennifer Westfeldt:
The biggest and boldest choice of the night goes to none other than Lucy Liu:
I think this is a dress that you either love or hate. I personally LOVED this Carolina Herrera gown. The shape and the colours were so pretty! The only reason she didn’t beat out Jennifer Lawrence for my best dressed was because of that hair. Love braids, but this one was a little to distracting and messy for this dress.
Who did you think was best dressed at the golden globe awards? Did you have a favorite moment? I loved Jodie Foster’s emotional speech. Pretty sure she had everyone in tears. What about Adele, seriously could she be any cuter? And I must say, Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell almost stole the show with this awesome presenting speech:
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Have you been a die-hard Gossip Girl fan from the beginning? When Dan first laid eyes on Serena at the train station, when Blair realized Serena was with Nate behind her back, when Jenny hardly wore any make-up, when whats-her-face Vanessa still existed?! They were so young 6 years ago, and we grew up along with them.
I can’t decide what I am going to be missing the most, the magnetic chemistry of Chuck and Blair, Serena’s fashion, Dan’s jaw line and ever changing hairstyle, or all the surprise guest appearances by people from Rachel Zoe to Florence and The Machine…
If you haven’t watched the GG finale yet stop here, SPOILER ALERT!
What did you think of the finale? Was it every thing you had hoped for? I kinda wished that it was a full 2 hour episode. Even though it was lovely to see the cast chat about their characters, and hear to Ed Westwick talk in his real voice, 2 hours would have been nice. But I’ll take what I can get.
Did you predict who Gossip Girl was? My money was on Jenny, but Dan totally makes sense. Dan is the writer and all! And what did we think of TWO weddings within one hour? I must say, Chuck and Blair didn’t hold a candle to Dan and Serena; FOR ONCE!
Not sure how I feel about Chuck and Blair having a little 4-year-old running around, (did you picture them having kids?) seeing Jack and Georgina get cozy, and realizing that it took Dan and Serena that long to tie the knot. The “cutsy” happily ever after ending took me a bit off guard. I mean, I’m glad they wrapped everything up in a nice little bow, but what’s Gossip Girl without a little shock and drama?
Did anyone else think that kiss was a little weak for Chuck and Blair? Also, NO ONE should wear a baby blue and white tux. Not even Chuck. However, Blair looked absolutely stunning in Elie Saab!
Now Dan, when he entered the room in that killer suit with his hair slicked back, WOW. Than Serena, in typical fashion, comes out in a borderline “too flashy” wedding dress; another WOW. Did anyone else think it’s a little bitter-sweet these two aren’t together in real life anymore? (Not that I’m not happy for Blake and Ryan)
So now I’m not sure what is going to fill my Monday night with teen drama? I feel the need to clarify, I am no longer a teenager but something about this New York fantasy world of drama has always appealed to me. (Sex in the City anyone?) I’m trying the show Revenge on for size; the Hampton’s are close to New York right? I’m curious what Carrie Diaries is going to be like. The trailers look terrible, I’m going to hope it’s not!
Will you too be grieving the loss of Gossip Girl? What will you miss the most? Who will you miss the most?
“I’m liking the new crochet cowls with the big wooden buttons, but how or what do I wear them with?”-Jamie-Lee
There are a few things to think of when purchasing a cowl. Here are my questions for you:
1. Are you wearing it for warmth from the outdoors?
If you are from a cold Canadian province, you may want to consider wearing a nice chunky cowl. If it’s large enough, it could be multi-purposed into a hood, and if it’s wool, it wont absorb wet snow or rain. That is something key to look for! But don’t match this cowl to your outfit, match this cowl to your coat, because I’m sure it will be too warm indoors for you to want to rock a heavy wool cowl.
2. Are you wanting to make a fashion statement?
If you are wearing your scarf to make a statement, then you WILL want to match your outfit. Go for something that is a bit more lightweight. The challenge with wearing cowls with your outfit, is that they tend to work like a turtle neck, which aren’t the most flattering look. If you have a lovely long neck, you can get a cowl that is shorter and goes up to your chin. If you aren’t blessed with a long neck, go for the more flattering alternative, an infinity (or circle) scarf. You can wrap it longer, and still show some neck with this look.
Don’t forget, you’re already making a statement by wearing such a big fun scarf around your neck, so bring it home by being bold with colour too!
3. Are you sensitive to fabrication?
This is something logical to think about. Can you handle wool that close to your face? If you can’t, consider looking for something softer like silk, cotton or cashmere. They’re harder to come by, but they’re out there! And, if you’re wanting something trendy that will only last for one season, by all means, do acrylic. Acrylic is a cheaper synthetic fabric that pills, but if you’re dollar conscious and not concerned about longevity then acrylic is for you.
My last few tips:
I’d suggest getting a colour that brings out your eyes and flatters your skin tone, especially since it’s so close to your face.
Scarves like these are casual, so don’t wear it them with your pretty party dress! Pair with your favorite jeans and a T, and make sure you play up the arm candy! You can get some cute bracelets if you click here.
If you’ve got long hair, chunky scarves look better with your hair up, if you have shorter hair, go nuts!
Most importantly, have fun with fashion. You don’t need to over-think it. If you feel good, then you probably look good too!
The last three images were provided by my new favorite Etsy store: Yokoo.
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CHANEL recently released this footage of Marilyn Monroe sharing what she wears to bed. She admitted she loves wearing only CHANEL No.5. You gotta love her! Check out the never before released footage here:
Since the ladies got a post on Fall outfits inspired by Pinterest, I thought my male readers should get one too! Yes, men are on Pinterest, however I don’t think they get as neurotic and obsessed as us women do! A little secret for my man friends, if you want to impress your girlfriend/sister/mother/boyfriend- go on their Pinterest page! You’d be surprised how easy it is to find that perfect gift or how much you could get to know about her just by doing a little online creeping!
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Pinterest is a source for many of my outfit ideas. If you haven’t gotten addicted to Pinterest yet, you must be hiding under a rock…or you’re a dude. This post is all about some awesome outfit creations I’ve come across recently. Hopefully it inspires you to re-look at your closet and make some cute fall outfits!
The repurposed maxi skirt is so fun. I love wearing my long skirts and dresses in summer, and these are some great ideas on how to bring them into my fall and winter wardrobe. I’d suggest wearing tights and ankle booties under the skirt, for some added warmth!
I am in love with using plaid as the new layering piece. I like styling it as a cardigan or do four layers; tank top, plaid, cardigan, and jacket. Make sure when doing a looser layer on top that you are wearing a fitted bottom, like in both these photos.
I’m loving all the arm candy! Just because you’re wearing long sleeves doesn’t mean you need to stop wearing bracelets. In fact, go for bolder, larger pieces to get more attention!
I am in LOVE with both of these looks. These outfits just gave me some great ideas for new ways to layer. Mixing denim is so in right now, and these photos show two great ways you can bring your summer denim shirt into fall.
Loving these two street-chique looks. Coloured denim is a trend that is even bigger this year, and these two shades are hot hot hot for fall! (I must admit I have both shades myself!)
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