Vacation Mode! Vacation Wardrobe Must-haves of This Summer

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As I’m sitting here at work staring at the clock wishing that it was 5 o’clock, my mind keeps wandering and daydreaming about summer. I LIVE, breathe and lust for summer! One of my favorite things about the summer, besides the beach, the fun, the ice cream, the endless amount of daylight (etc.) is summer vacation! It’s the time when we can go out and explore the world around us. Summer here in NY is great. There is so much to do and so much to see. While there is so much do in your hometown, it’s still great to use this opportunity to explore ‘merica! There are several vacation wardrobe must-haves that you NEED this summer!

jumpsuits

A summer vacation wardrobe must-have is definitely a jumpsuit/romper. They are so light and easy to just throw on. You will look super cute and dressy yet you will be so comfy.  They can easily be paired with some heels or flats, chunky necklace or any type of fun summer accessory.  They look great in any pattern, color, or material.  These are a few of my favorites that are cute yet budget friendly.  The olive jumpsuit from New York and Company is only $39!  It features a tie around the waist, which I love because it adds shape and fits nicely around your curves.  It can also camouflage your belly a little bit for those of you who suffer “the bulge” like myself.  The middle one from NecessaryClothing.com features a great flower print that’s perfect for the summer.  It’s for the cute girly girl in all of us.  The last jumpsuit is one of my favorites because, as you can all tell by now, I LOVE leopard print!  It’s the feisty latina in me that makes leopard one of my favorite prints of all! It’s edgy, fun, and sexy.

summer musthaves

A pair of white pants or jeans are essential for the summer months. They provide a fresh clean look and can be paired with virtually anything. Another must-have for the summer is a bright colored handbag. The brighter the better! I love hot pink, bright blue, yellow, and purple.  They’re great for brightening up those miserable summer days when you’re stuck inside of an office wishing you were outside.  My favorite accessory for summer is a big floppy hat! They’re perfect for those lazy days spent by the beach or hanging out poolside.  They do a great job of keeping your face from getting sun-burnt, while still staying stylish.

A summer essential hands down is the perfect summer dress.  I wear a dress almost everyday during the summer.  The perfect summer dress is one that is super comfortable and keeps you cool and dry all day long. I love the floral dress pictured from target.  It’s short and flow-y and will keep you feeling great all summer.  A maxi dress is another must for the summer! They basically go with everything! You can pair them with a cute pair of flats or a chunky heel.  You can dress it up or dress it down.  It doesn’t matter how you decide to wear your maxi, you will still look flawless!  Crop tops are also really big this season.  Dare to bare it all in this sexy summer piece.  I own the black one at the top, its from Forever21 and says, “I believe that I love fashion much more than anybody I’ve ever met.”  I love it! 🙂

Here’s how my summer looks so far!

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Obama vs. Romney: Case of Who Wore it Best, First Lady Edition

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The buzz from last night’s debate between Obama and Romney was less about who debated better and more about who wore it better: Michelle Obama vs. Ann Romney. Both of the wonderful women wore the exact same shade of pink. Was it a coincidence or was it in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Or did their stylists peak into each other’s closets? The First lady wore a Michael Kors dress with a matching cropped jacket that flattered her shape very well. She wore a simple strand of pearls. I love pearls, to me they show poise and elegance. Mrs. Romney wore a cap-sleeved textured dressed and accessorized it with double-stranded turquoise beads. I am not a fan of the way Romney accessorized her outfit. It was very playful, but I do not think it was appropriate for a serious, crucial debate. Plus I feel that her outfit was a bit matronly and not as classy as Obama’s attire. I think Obama won this debate. So what do you guys think, who wore it better? Rock the Vote!

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Animal Instincts: My Leopard-print Obsession

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So as it appears, I think I’m a little obsessed with leopard-print! Today on my window-shopping journey in Manhattan, I came across a ton of leopard print dresses, jackets, handbags, shoes and accessories. Leopard print is a statement that is not going away! I went to Saks Fifth Avenue and the first thing that caught my eyes were the Christian Louboutin Handbags pictured below. Right away I feel in love with the big tote-sized one to the left. I loved how the black toned down the leopard to display a more suttle look. All of these bags were made out of pony-hair (something I find sad, and do not agree with, but hey, it adds to the value).

After I left Saks, I went window shopping at the Michael Kors store across the street on Fifth Avenue. Sure enough, the first handbags I see are the beautiful MK leopard print ones pictured below. It was a sign from above showing me what I wanted for Christmas ;). Unfortunately, this handbag is also calf hair…I’d feel horrible knowing a calf was harmed simply for fashion. I’d rather eat a cow, not wear one. As my window shopping venture continued, I ended up at Macy’s Herald Square. (My favorite place in that HUGE Macy’s is the Junior’s shoe Department (: ) I came across these cute Jessica Simpson pumps that were just reduced to $60! Jessica Simpson is also a big fan of leopard print and isn’t afraid to show it in many of her designs.

I love leopard print so much, I even make my dog wear it! This is my baby, Precious wrapped up in her like leopard print blanket. She loves it!! Doesn’t she look like a little fashionista?

My only problem with leopard print is that sometimes, people do not know how to wear it! Sometimes people wear tooo much leopard print and it begins to look trashy instead of fashionable. If you are wearing a leopard print blouse, you do not need leopard pants, handbag, shoes, nails, earrings, ring, nose ring, tongue ring to match. Moderation is key!! With prints, you can easily to go from looking trendy to looking a hot mess in an instant. Leopard should be fun, sexy, flirty, and wild. Don’t be afraid to let your inner animal out!

Thrifty Decisions: Great Deals & Amazing Prices

Looking for that perfect outfit, jacket, shoes or accessory but don’t have a lot of money to spare? Shopping on a budget or you just want an item that is truly “vintage”? Well, thrift shopping is a great way to get lots of amazing clothing articles, accessories, and shoes for dirt cheap while still looking great. It may sound extremely cliché but the fact of the matter is, “One Man’s junk is another man’s treasure”. You’d be amazed at the quality of items people throw away! At many thrift stores, you’ll find items that are gently worn , almost-new, and even brand new! The key to thrift shopping is going to shops in the right areas. Many people (I find myself guilty of this as well), throw out or donate good quality clothes! We wear something once, and get tired of it quickly or we buy a cute blouse, but it’s too small and it’s too late to return it to the store. Clothes/shoes/accessories deserve a second-time around! In New York City, you can find many thrift shops, second-hand stores, and consignment shops that have many fabulous finds.

I landed this brand-new suit, tickets still attached and all, for FIFTEEN DOLLARS! at a Thrift Store located in Roslyn, NY called the Junior League Thrift shop. It was a beautiful lined-suit that was easily worth $100+ dollars. Where else can you buy a brand-new quality suit for $15?! All young people attempting to make their way into the job market need a suit like this. I actually wore this suit on one interview so far, and the interviewer kept complimenting me on how great I looked!


My friend landed these almost-new BCBG glittery-gold pumps for just $25 from the same location. She also landed a cute orange skirt for just $1! Yes, one-dollar! You never know what you may find if you just look. The best part about the thrift store was that the proceeds go to charity.

My friend Antoinette is a frequent thrift store shopper. She scored this great outfit from a thrift store in Downtown Brooklyn, NY. Her cute peek-a-boo white blouse and her sky-blue skinny jeans with flowers were just $10 each! Great price for a great outfit! Especially a last minute outfit for a trip to Atlantic City! =)

I went to two separate Halloween parties last year and I did not want to buy a new Halloween costume. Instead I bought this purple bustier for $10 and this black/white plaid shirt for $5 from a thrift store in West Hempstead on Hempstead Turnpike. I paired the bustier with a playful mask and tights and there was my first costume for $10! I paired the plaid shirt with shorts and I was a cowgirl for the next party. Why not buy your costume from thrift stores and save money?!?! It only takes a few pieces to come up with a cool costume.

There are so many thrift stores throughout NYC and Long Island. Buffalo Exchange is a great “recycled” clothing store found in various parts of the country. I found a brand new Kathy Van Zeeland purse for just $15 there. Finding good like-new to new name brand clothes is all about going to the right area! Try to go to stores in prominent areas. They say NYC is the best place to find great deals. Shop around! Don’t be a afraid shop second-hand, it’s always better the second-time around! =)

Fall 2012 Fashion Trends

As the nights get cooler and the days become shorter, the sad realization that summer is ending and fall is beginning entered my thoughts. Labor day has come and gone, swimming pools are closed, the kids are finally back in school and fall is here! Not to fear, these hot fall items will surely warm up these cool September nights. It’s time for Fall 2012 trends!

My number one fall 2012 trend is snake print! From the runway, to the crossway, snake print is everywhere! From pants, to purses, to shoes and belts, snake print is a popular trend that is not going away. The key to rocking snake print is learn to wear it in moderation. Don’t over do it with snake print everything. The motto is less is more. I personally love a pair of Skinny Jean Snake print pants paired with a simple black top and black shoes. I found an awesome pair of INC brand snake-print skinny jeans at Macy’s for $79.50. Another one of my obsessions that is perfect for any season (especially the fall) is leopard print! I am obsessed with leopard print! Again the key to wearing leopard is moderation! You do not want to walk out the house looking like you came from the jungle! Check out the Guess? Leopard print pants pictured above. Aren’t they cute?!

The next trend I’m kind of feeling for Fall is metallic pants. They’re perfect for a night out on the town with your girls or a nice date night with that special someone. Jean Paul Gaultier featured metallic pants in his Fall 2012 collection in Paris. Again, the key to wearing metallic is to take it in moderation! I would do a cute pair of metallic pants with a black blazer. It shows that your professional side can be a bit edgy. I’m also loving the metallic handbags. I’m not a huge fan of metallic shoes, but if it works for you, go for it! Check out Victoria Beckham in her long black blazer with her shiny metallic black pants and oh so cute Christian Louboutins!

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Leather Jackets are a must for Fall!! As the weather gets cooler, you must be prepared for any weather changes, and look cool while doing it! Leather coats are edgy, sophisticated, and can make a difference to any outfit. Leather is coming back strong this season with everything from leather dress, to pants, to tops. If you cannot afford real leather, designers are making faux-leather jackets that actually look real! (I remember back in the day when you could quickly spot out who was wearing the “pleather”). Below is faux leather jacket I bought from Dress Barn last fall. What do ya think?