Bee mine, Valentine

First off, I’ll admit that I have never really been one of those girls who loved Valentine’s Day, but there is something about lace and tulle that makes my heart skip a beat. Throw in the fact that my boyfriend was home for the first time all semester and I am all for the candy hearts and pink cupcakes, so why not celebrate that? The last three years haven’t been perfect. Far from it actually. Dating long distance is hard, it’s sad and basically, it sucks. However, this guy proves to me (almost) everyday that it’s worth it. Dominic is stubborn, sassy and sometimes a huge pain in the ass, but he is also one of the kindest, most caring individuals I have ever met. He is there through thick and thin and most importantly, he always keeps me laughing. We make it work, cause like Dom says: “If you’re lucky enough to find someone who puts up with all of your shit, you stick with them.”

So here’s to balloons, cupcakes, tulle skirts and love. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Hope this post wasn’t too hard for you all to read!

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All photos by Laurence Tan Photography

Skirt: Asos (on sale!), Top: Chicwish, Shoes: Unknown (blue here, similar here), Bracelet: Banana Republic (on sale!), Clutch: Mason’s (old, similar here), Sunglasses: Grey Dog

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My heart’s on my socks… A casual look for Valentine’s Day

I admit it, my last look was a little over the top, however, don’t let my overly girly get-up scare you from celebrating V-Day in style. For those of you who don’t want an outfit quite as flashy as mine, today’s look is a subtler take on the typical Valentine’s Day outfit, but it’s not without it’s own bit of romantic flare. The key to achieving this is all in the accessories. For about $6 (thanks Forever 21!) my everyday look got shot with Cupid’s arrow! Check out the pictures below, and let me know how you will be celebrated Valentine’s Day! So, will your look be all out or are retro heart socks more your style?

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All Photos by Laurence Tan Photography

Top: Vince Camuto (old), Pants: Forever 21, Shoes: Maude (available in-store), Socks: Forever 21, Sunglasses: Forever 21, Purse: Old

Love of the Party… My Valentine’s Day Look

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which leaves approximately four days to find the perfect outfit! Whatever your plans may be, use this day as an excuse to pull of the prettiest look you can imagine. Valentine’s Day is your excuse to wear that dress your bought years ago or that amazing tulle skirt you just had to have! Whatever ridiculously romantic look you are think of, you can pull it off. Today, I am taking my own advice and showing off my Valentine’s Date night look which just happens to include lace AND bright red tulle. With this outfit I’m ready for roses, chocolates or maybe just a night out with friends. You know, in all honesty, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing this Saturday, if you’re single or together, Valentine’s Day is about loving yourself and all those around you! So put on your fanciest dress and let’s party!

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All photos by Laurence Tan Photography

Skirt: Asos (on sale!), Top: Chicwish, Shoes: Unknown (blue here, similar here), Bracelet: Banana Republic (on sale!), Clutch: Mason’s (old, similar here), Sunglasses: Grey Dog

It’s Friday, I’m in Love! A sunny southwestern look perfect for the weekend!

First off, TGIF! It’s finally Friday, and a very special one at that! Today, the boyfriend is coming home for the first time this semester, which I know has only just started, but it feels like forever since he has been here. And of course, we have next to nothing to do this weekend, so we are going to spend this wonderful Friday evening watching bad horror movies and eating bags on bags of popcorn. Honestly, I can’t wait. Dom, horror movies and popcorn are like my three favorite things, so I have absolutely no complaints. So in celebration of this happy happy weekend and the warmer weather (seriously, it was snowing like two days ago and now its warm), I am posting a third outfit this week! Yay! Oh and even better news, this adorable dress is back in stock at shopriffraff.com so you can snag one for yourself!

Next week is going to be super duper adorable, I mean come on it is Valentine’s Day next Saturday, were you expecting anything less? So enjoy today’s post, relax this weekend and prepare yourself for the week to come! Happy Fri-YAY y’all!

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All photos by Laurence Tan Photography

Dress: Riffraff, Sweater, Shoes and Necklace: Riffraff (old), Hat: Target

Hold Your Horses… Another Look for Winter

Well y’all, its official, Mr. Groundhog has declared six more weeks of winter. Six more weeks of cold mornings and even colder nights. However, don’t fret too much, that just leaves six more weeks for you all to get the most out of your winter whites. So today, I am showing this winter weather who’s boss and breaking out the prettiest white dress in my closet, a blue ring that reminds me of spring and even a pair strappy heels. My toes might be a little frozen and it looks like it’s time for another pedicure, but the sun is shining and I don’t even care. So come on winter, you’ve got six more weeks, lets make it the best six weeks yet!

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All photos by Laurence Tan Photography

Dress: Chicwish, Shoes: Nicole, Ring: Mason’s (available in-store)

 

Casual Contrast… A bold look for everyday wear

You know those pieces that we have stuck in the back of our closets? The ones that we couldn’t live without, but then never quite figured out how to wear? Yeah, I thought you would. Well for me, that “piece” are these amazing floral pants. I saw them when I was working at my old job and I simply had to have them. Honestly, how could anyone pass these up? However, when I got home, nothing quite worked. I tried t-shirts, tunics, stripes, basically anything I could even think of. Then I remembered this Brandy Melville Kimono I had purchased last summer before I went on vacation and then stuffed in the back of my closet. After that, this outfit basically styled itself. The high-contrast floral goes perfectly with the burgundy of the overlay, so I wore a simple silk camisole as a neutral in the colorful look. I then decided I wanted a pair of heels to add some femininity to this edgy look and these wedges worked perfectly and of course some layered necklaces, help bring a little more interest to the top of the outfit. I am loving this colorful look, especially since it proves to my boyfriend that not all impulse buys go unloved.

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Kimono: Brandy Melville (old,floral version here), Pants: Riffraff, Shoes: Unknown (blue here, similar here), Jewelry: Riffraff

8 Looks to Set You Apart on Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, people all over are trying to make dinner reservations and/or find the perfect gift. I have spent the last couple days working on the PERFECT card for my boyfriend, the last couple of weeks apart have been particularly hard on us and to save money we have decided to not buy each other gifts this year (however, if he asks I have a list of things he could buy me). Anyway, I wanted to put some real brainpower into making something that will not only remind him just how amazing he is, but most importantly make him laugh.  Yet, I would totally be lying if I said I didn’t put just as much effort into finding the perfect V-Day outfit. Like usual, I have spent most of my class days browsing Pinterest for some Valentine’s inspiration and after hours of scouring my favorite stores I have put together the perfect ensemble, which I will reveal to you all in a couple of weeks. Since, there is still plenty of time for express shipping, I have decided to share some of my favorite pins to aid you in your own search for a classy and romantic outfit.

 Black Tulle Skirt

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Photo Credit: Left: The Proje2ct, Right: Vanilla Extract

Tulle for Valentine’s Day. It’s obviously classic, girly and romantic, but it may be a little overdone. If you’re as obsessed and addicted to the tulle skirt as I am, surprise them with an all black tulle look. It’s unexpected, a little sexy and completely stunning! You’ll turn heads as soon as you walk into the room. No one said black can’t be romantic. Black wedding dresses are even and up and coming trend! So what are you waiting for? Go get ’em stunner!

Full Floral Skirt

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Photo Credit: Left: Hapa Time, Right: Gary Pepper Girl

Feeling more classic this Valentine’s dat? Give them some true vintage romance with a light floral and airy piece. A dress or skirt with a voluptuous silhouette calls upon better and simpler times. These romantic looks are perfect for a dinner date and maybe even a stroll through the local park, weather permitting of course. However, you’ll look like a dream no matter what the occasion.

Lace Top

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 Photo Credit: Left: A Spoon Full of Style, Right: Pink Peonies

Whether you have reservations for a candlelit dinner or you’d rather cook a meal at home, the lace top is perfect for you! Dress it down with a pair of jeans and you’ll be ready for a Valentine’s Day in, or add a beautiful skirt for a night in. Whatever your feeling, a lace skirt is a perfect way to show Cupid you’re ready for love.

Graphic Sweatshirt

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Photo Credit: Left: Brooklyn Blonde, Right: Kendi Everyday

Tell them exactly how you feel with a graphic sweatshirt on V-Day. It’s a more casual take on the day’s usual attire, but that doesn’t make it any less chic. Regardless of if your sweatshirt is paired with a feminine skirt or boyfriends jeans, you are ready for dinner and a movie. But, if you’re like me, you can take your sweatshirt straight to the couch for a Netflix marathon with your “person,” which we all know is the preferable option.

 

 

Grey’s Anatomy. A monochromatic spring look.

I love color and I love pattern even more, so it takes one heck of an outfit for me to give up both of those things (or maybe it’s the disgusting amount of Grey’s Anatomy I’ve been watching recently). My Pinterest board (follow me here) is full of monochromatic outfits, it is a trend that can go anywhere from the color gray, to the color yellow and anything in-between. Today I decided to tackle the popular look using different shades of grey. Throw in some basic winter (spring?) layering and I have the perfect outfit for a day on campus. I mean, come on, I am a graphic designer, how could this ampersand dress belong anywhere but the art building? With a dolman sweater and a pair of slip on sneakers and I have an outfit ready for my daily trek across my huge college campus and any sudden changes in weather.

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All photos by Laurence Tan Photography

 Sweater: BCBGeneration (on sale!), Dress: Oh Sweet Joy (other styles available), Necklace: Forever 21 (old, similar), Bracelet: Banana Republic, Ring: Mason’s (in-store), Shoes: Sam Edelman 

 

New Hair – So care!

For the last 6 years I have had the same little pixie cut. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my short hair, but sometimes you just need a change. About a year ago, I decided to grow my hair out; if any of you have ever tried to grow out a pixie, you understand how miserable it can be. After feeling like Shaggy for the last couple of months, I decided to change up my style and go for an edgier asymmetrical bob. Although I was a little shocked at first, I have grown to love my new do! And, as all of you know, nothing makes a girl feel better than a new haircut and today I am feeling sassy! So I am channeling that inner sass and amping up my usual floral look with some edgier accessories, including my favorite military jacket (which if you follow me on Instagram you see quite frequently), and some black knee-high socks. Finally, I pulled the look together with a simple, architectural gold cuff and a pair of layered necklaces. Hopefully, this style will last and I won’t end up in one of those “I HATE MY HAIR” moments in a few day. Don’t lie, you all know exactly what moment I am talking about.

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All photos by Laurence Tan Photography

Jacket: PacSun, Romper: PacSun (old, similar), Socks: Riffraff, Necklace: Stella and Dot, Cuff: Vince Camuto, Wallet: Hobo

5 Pairs of Printed Heels You Need for Spring

I’ve been talking about spring a lot lately, maybe it’s because the weather has finally warmed up around here or maybe it is because my Pinterest feed is full of shorts and sundresses. Whatever the reason, I am already prepping my closet for the day when I can officially say goodbye to my sweaters and break-out the sandals. There are a couple trends that I am dying to try out this spring season, one of which is the patterned heel. If you watched Nicole Miller’s Spring 2015 you were bound to have noticed these gorgeous sandals at least once:

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I mean how could you not? They scream “Hello sunshine! Let’s go on vacation!” So instead of drooling over shoes that I will most-likely never own, I began my search for an affordable alternative. Here’s what I came up with:

5 Pairs of Printed Heels You Need for Spring:

The Go-To:

 New Look Wide Fit Preview Faux Ponyskin Heeled Sandals – ASOS ($66.31)

They’re leopard, they’re chunky, they’ll go with everything AND they’re under $100! Need I say more?

 

The Co-Worker:

Leather Pumps – H&M ($99)

A classic silhouette along with time honored print, these pumps will make every co-worker jealous. The low-contrast and muted color palette will keep your work outfit feeling fresh without compromising on professionalism. These are a must have for the corporate girl!

 

The Art Student:

Stella Printed Fabric Pumps – J.Crew ($268)

Okay, these are definitely a lot pricier than most items I post, but if you are in the mood to splurge, get it girl! This is the perfect shoe for spring, especially if you enjoy funkier, vintage inspired patterns like I do. The color palette means you can wear them with anything. The silhouette is beautiful. A chunkier heel means they will be comfortable during those long summer nights and they’re J. Crew. So basically, meet your dream shoe… you’re welcome.

 

The Day Dream:

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Thrive Got Work to Do Heel – ModCloth ($144.99)

These. Shoes. Everything about them is just pretty. Definitely buy these shoes if you’re someone who frequents garden parties, spring weddings, baby showers… fairytale castles. Or just buy them. You won’t regret it. Just imagine how they will look with all of those spring yellows!

 

The Statement Maker:

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Legra Gem Platform Sandal – Topshop ($60)

Spring doesn’t have to be all about bright colors. Pledge your soul to the monochromatic with these platform sandals. The polka-dot pattern adds a sweet and girly touch to the edgier silhouette, so they will go with any outfit. Imagine how adorable these would look with a cute little sundress?