Monday, February 24, 2014

Mint

I always say: "Don't just wait until you absolutely need something before you buy it. If you see something you like - just get it! The moment will come when you will be happy you acquired something that seemed unnecessary when you bought it." This reasoning applied to this top I got a couple of months ago from Macy's. Simple and casual, it actually is a great piece to wear on the onset of the spring season. This minty green color is definitely right on point for the upcoming season of groundbreaking and blooming, and while the outfit is dark overall, this pop of color makes it more vivid and cheerful. Add some bright accessories and you are ready to go out on the town.





Top: Style & Co.;  Leggings and Boots: INC;  Glasses: Givenchy;  Necklace and Earrings: NY & Company

Thursday, February 20, 2014

No Effort

I'm sure we all have those days when we want to put as little effort as possible into everything we do. I do believe that such 'mental detox' days are not bad, but, on the contrary, necessary in order to stay sane, calm and collected for the days to come. On such days, we end up taking the most minimalist approach to dressing, choosing comfort over trends and statement pieces. In my opinion, the easiest way to dress for those days is going with one basic color for the entire outfit (such as black, beige, gray or white) and adding one stand-out accessory to give an impression that you still care (and I'm sure you still do). Try pairing your basic ensemble with a printed scarf, a pair of bright shoes or a colorful bag and that'll definitely get you through the day without raising any inquisitive questions.



Sweater: LOFT;  Pants and Scarf: NY & Company; Boots: DV by Dolce Vita

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Comfort Clothing

I have always been the person to appreciate the change of seasons, especially when it comes to fashion. I’ve always considered it a great fun to be able to go from styling the light, flow-y summer dresses to knitted tops and chunky sweater. This winter, however, has changed my perception and made it incredibly difficult to stay on top of the fashion trends. As much as I have tried to disregard the freezing cold and the grayness of the days, with every occurring snowstorm it becomes more and more difficult to wear cute, trendy outfits and heels while trying to stay alive as you fight the frost bites and walk through the slippery streets of the city. These days it has all been about comfort and, as exciting and, well, comforting as ‘comfort clothing’ may sound to the majority of people, I am actually not a big fan of such approach to dressing and would much rather prefer to try new trends and take fashion risks. Unfortunately, we have no power against mother nature; therefore, all that’s left to do is wait and hope that this winter madness is over sooner rather than later (and I hope much sooner). 

 



Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wintertime Sadness

Has this weather been really getting to you [I'm talking mostly about the freezing, snowy east coast]? I honestly don't know how much more we can take over here with this insanely cold, gray, snowy winter season. It has not gotten better for one day in the past months (it may not have been that long, but it sure does feel that way). I was just talking to my friends the other day who brought up the condition of seasonal affective disorder, which is a mood disorder also known as winter blues. I guess that explains my sudden desire to escape from NYC for good. 
To fight this seasonal sadness, I have been putting all my energy into shopping. A lot. Clothes, shoes, accessories - you name it. This makes me even more excited for the time when this snow thaws, temperature goes up and we shed these huge, uncomfortable coats and can finally wear our beautiful clothes. As for now, I've been dressing pretty boring lately. Comfort and staying warm, people, that's all it has been about.



 Vest and Pants: NY & Company;  Sweater: Joe Fresh;  Beaded Collar: H&M

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Jacket Power

I love jackets. I think jackets are one of the most versatile items of clothing - wear it with dresses, t-shirt, dressy top, button-down shirt - with jackets anything goes. Any style can be changed and enhanced with a touch of a well-fitted jacket. And trust me, they are not uncomfortable - current market offers a variety of styles and fabrics, from very form-fitted and tight to incredibly soft and movable.  
A jacket is also a great piece to transition from day to night - wear a dressier outfit underneath and you can 'wow' someone for your after-work activities without even having to get changed. A well-fitted jacket is definitely an investment that will last you for a long time and will safe you in numerous instances. I remember when I was buying this orange jacket from Bebe, I hesitated for a long time, as the price was a little out of my price-range. However, regardless of the money spent, it turned out to be one of the best purchases I've made. So go ahead and buy yourself a nice jacket - you won't regret it.   



Jacket: Bebe, Top: Philosophy (similar here); Bracelet: Joe Fresh; Boots; INC via Macy's; Beret: Strawberry