Getting Game-Day Ready…

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So, maybe your dude friends/boyfriends/husbands/fiances/men in your life want to do something big for March Madness. Or maybe, you yourself are a badass chick who lovesssss sports (I do, but basketball isn’t my strong suit), and you want to go out and celebrate the big day… but you have no idea what to wear.

I personally am a UCSB fan and we haven’t made it very far in a long time, so I don’t have the ability to throw on my school jersey and go. Not to mention some of us like to think a little more out of the box, and rep our schools with an accessory without having to forego our outfit goals for an ill-fitting (made for men usually ugh) jersey.

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Lately I’ve been loving all the print tees making they’re way out and about. I personally LOVE this cotton bodysuit by Daydream Nation I spotted on Revolve. The henley detail makes it convertible so you can show as little (or as much if you’re like me) as you want! Bonus – it has this adorable “Drinks Well With Others” message (do we really though…?) that’s perfect for the bar scene/house party sitch you’ll be heading to on game day.
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This pairs easily with a pair of destroyed denim [Paige Transcend Hoxton Jean]; alternatively for warmer-weather-looks – you can throw on some denim shorts (I personally like One Teaspoon Harlets – they’re high waisted so it flatters your figure in the right places with a tank like this).
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Lastly – I added color to my look with a pair of fun sneakers [mine are NastyGal, and sold out – but you can get these similar ones from Steve Madden at Nordstrom here] and a colored bag [My Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mab is sold out in this color, but you can get a similar colorful bag like this Mini Sofia, and many others on the RM site]. If you have a team you’re repping, just throw on a baseball cap and you’re set to go!

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As the weather warms up, so does my wardrobe, and I am loving all things TJD (The Jetset Diaries) these days.

I styled this white lace dress with a simple white lace choker [super steal found on Nastygal.com], and added pink lipstick and these rose gold shades [Linda Farrow] to throw a little color into the outfit. The lovely circus rose compliments of Visual Lyrics flowers didn’t hurt either…

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Throw on a simple pair of nude wedges to keep the legs long and you’re good to go… welcome to warmer weather 🙂

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Soooooo… who’s getting married? Everybody?

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While one doesn’t have to wear white (in fact, in this day and age, you don’t really have to wear white to any of your wedding events… even your big day!), I LOVE the color white (strange I know, I’m supposed to like black best – doesn’t everyone?) and decided to wear this Reformation Lottie dress in Ivory.

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Not only is it on trend with a feminine feel and romantic ruffles, it was the perfect dress to get photographed in. You want to be sure you are choosing something that will be flattering on you (your body type, your personality, etc.). It’s also generally a good idea to grab something that accentuates your good features (for me it’s the waist and bust), while also choosing something with movement so that you get good shots.

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I also enjoyed pairing this piece with a vibrant pump because it really pops in photos (and yes, I chose the Carrie pump, the Manolo Blahnik Hangisi classic in blue satin… how cliche of me).

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Last I chose to bring a playful accessory that worked for fun photo-ops and was both relevant-to-the-mood and also just REAL cute (another excuse to buy something, I know, but it was the perfect clutch for our post-photo champagne pitstop!).

If you’re another soon-to-be-bride, CONGRATS! And even if you’re not, this post will help you look oh-so-fly for all the photo cameos you’ll be making in your weddings this summer… just be sure not to steal the part from the leading lady… 😉

Trend of the Moment: The Statement Sleeve

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I’m sure by now you’ve seen them everywhere… but I am in love with the spring “statement sleeve”. There’s something about the trend that brings out femininity and regality all at once. Truth be told, these sleeves just make me feel fancy… and who doesn’t love that?

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All of this is why I made this blouse [Lovers & Friends LA (still available in select sizes), or try a similar low cost version here, here, or here] my outfit of choice to say goodbye to Southby with a little Sunday morning brunch on Rainey street (and a must-make-pitstop at the fashion blogger hotspot LiketoKnow.It mural).

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Styled with a clean pair of white jeans [Paige Denim – available here] and a simple pendant to keep the blouse the focus. Topped the look off with this fun clutch [Kate Spade – now on sale on Kate Spadeand similar styles available to rent at Rent the Runway!] and clear lucite heels to elongate the leg.

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Southby Style Continued… SXSW Music

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As Southby week continues to rage on, so does the influx of people, events and of course, style selections.

Heading into SXSW music, I like to update my look by moving to an edgier, more “concert-goer” place, so I can properly mix and mingle with the music loving crowd that is *slightly* different than those that are here for Interactive.

I like to take a statement piece and throw it alongside some of my go to basics in order to quickly and easily look ready for the show.

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For this outfit, I grabbed this statement bodysuit I snagged at the Nastygal sale (RIP OG Nastygal, but you can still shop their site under new ownership!), and paired it with a go to black maxi [mine is Lovers & Friends LA; similar styles available at Revolve here, here and for an even edgier look try here] and pair of black booties [Rebecca Minkoff – now on sale here]. I threw on my FAVORITE little black bag – the appropriately named Saint Laurent Blogger Bag in black (equally cute, but slightly more affordable black crossbody available here by Rebecca Minkoff).

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When I shot, weather wasn’t permitting  (thanks to Austin’s oh-so-predictable weather…), so I added the booties for warmth, but they can also add an edgy touch to a look by pairing them with a maxi. (Note that you want to be sure you’re proportions are still on and you’re showing the right amount of skin; I recommend a maxi with a slit like the one I’m wearing here). This look can be easily converted in warmer weather with a tank style bodysuit and gladiator flats.

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 You can pair the whole ensemble with a good black floppy hat (I just spent too much this month – standard me – and had no money leftover for the hat…)

Hope all you Austin visitors are enjoying Southby… now I’ve gotta get to the show myself… see ya next time.

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Southby Style

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One of my favorite things about Southby, is there are so many different ways to approach the event from a style perspective (and we all know how much I love being all over the map ;)).

Southby is a hodgepodge of corporate folks, musicians, artists, locals, agents, sportspersons, entrepreneurs, etc., so you won’t be “incorrectly” dressed no matter what you wear (not that I even believe one ever can be).

Personally, one of my favorite SXSW looks is a play on work wear. I like to take something “work-esque” and transform it into a more playful look.

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Here I’ve taken a sheer blouse (can be paired with a tank for a work appropriate look) [Majorelle Sussex Blouse] tied it up and paired it with a destroyed jean [Lovers + Friends Ricky Skinny Jean in Solana].

I dressed my look up with a dressier shoe [Giuseppe Zannotti, Coline Rhinestone Slingback Heel in Nude; for a more affordable heel – try these rhinestone heels by Menbur] and a statement necklace [Virgin, Saints and Angels Chrome Gold Bonita Necklace; options here, here and here for a simpler look!].

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Dressing it up with these pieces by mixing and matching levels of dress can make a look more fashion-forward. I always encourage trying to pick a piece or two that almost contradicts the level of formality of an outfit – it will give your look an instant high fashion feel, but will keep you from being too overdressed (if you even care) when you select the casual pieces carefully.

With these simple tricks, you can take your SXSW look anywhere you want, even to the moon 😉

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