Wednesday, June 29, 2011

4 Belts You Should Own

1. The waist cinching belt

Think of this belt as a shapeless dress or top saver. It’s important to own what you ACTUALLY need in your wardrobe, not just the things you like buying. I know ladies; we are all culprits of buying lots of cute patterned tops and no plain ones. It helps to make a list of basics that you know that you need to own. You don’t need to break the bank and buy them all at once, just keep it with you, and pull it out the next time you go shopping. It really doesn’t matter WHAT your style is, a great and simple medium sized waist belt will really come in handy!

Tommy Hilfiger $59.99

2. The Skinny Belt

Ah yes, the skinny belt. A great wardrobe staple that makes any outfit look put together! Like the waist cinching belt, this is a versatile piece that can be worn with all types of pants. If you pick the right belt, you can actually use this as a waist cincher as well! You can add it to a pair of high waist flared jeans for a chic 70’s look, or throw it on a pair of black cigarette pants. This type of belt can actually slim you down as well!

The Gap $29.99

3. The Leather Brown Belt

The leather brown belt can be woven, or distressed. It looks great with a floral top or a white t-shirt. This is an especially essential piece if you have a laid back or bohemian style.

Banana Republic $49.50

4. The Black Belt

A simple black belt is a MUST. If you wear belts, then this is a belt you need to own. You can wear this belt with almost anything in your wardrobe, and its okay, if you only own this type, because this is the most flattering and versatile belt you can have. You can choose one with a gold or silver buckle detailing; just make sure it’s simple and sleek. Like everything, you can splurge or save, depending on your shopping style.

Banana republic $49.50

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Runway Inspired: Bold Stripes

There are two things I am completely in love with this summer: bold stripes and bold colour. Whether you are rocking a classic black and white or a vibrant orange and yellow, stripes are just effortless and simple. Here are some vital tips, when it comes to those lines of glory!

1. Yes, we all know stripes across the body can make you look wider. This is definitely not just a myth; it's important to choose the right stripes for the right body. If you carry alot of weight on your upper half, I don't suggest medium sized stripes, especially if the garment is a tight fit. Try smaller thinner, or even more subtle stripes. Pick the right material; a cotton that flows away from the body and doesn't cling is perfect.

2. Don't go TOO trendy all over. Just to be clear stripes are also a trend this season, so its vital to pair this look with classic and simple pieces. A fitted blazer over black and white stripes looks sophisticated and works perfectly for the office. White or dark denim are also excellent options that will keep this look classy. Let the focal point BE the stripes (and your pretty face of course!).

3.Add Colour! Don't be afraid to have fun and add a splash of bold colour to this look. A bright purple or orange accessory can really make it summer appropriate! I added a coral belt :).

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Pure Genious: The Black and White Skirt

I bought this skirt online a couple weeks ago. I was scouting stores, online shops, and even thrift stores, for a tight fitted black and white skirt. I had originally seen this skirt while taking a stroll in the downtown market; a girl had a gorgeous black and white skirt on in a restaurant, and upon further investigation I noticed it was a Hollister or an Abercrombie skirt (I couldn't tell the difference in logo's). I checked these stores online page, and nadda; nothing. I decided I needed to just do a broader search on Ebay. I picked it up for $17.99 (minus shipping costs), and I couldn't be more pleased when I got it in the mail a couple of days ago! So here's the look, my way of styling it, and a few pieces that you can add or not add, depending on your taste. It's simple; be you, and rock it however you want, enjoy!