casual

Rain Can’t Stop My Parade

I know most people hate rainy days and I do too. Waking up in the morning when it is raining makes it a lot harder to get motivated to dress up. But since I am not a sweatpants, t-shirt kinda girl, I went for another easy casual look. I threw on my favorite pair of Paige Jeans. The zippers add a great detail and give the  jeans a bit of a different and edgier look from your average pair. I threw on my cropped thermal shirt from free people because on days like this you want to be comfy, but not too hot. I also added my Hermes belt to pull together the outfit. Lastly I grabbed my Barbour rain coat as I was walking out the door. This jacket speaks for itself and really makes an outfit on its own. I wore my black rain boots with a hot pink monogram to add a little bit of color and fun. Hair is always difficult to maintain in bad weather, so I threw it up into a high pony tail. It takes a short amount of time and also looks great without putting in too much effort just to have it ruined later on! When you dress up it makes you feel better, so don’t let rainy days get you down! Try putting on a simple outfit, it will make all the difference!DSC_0594DSC_0597DSC_0588DSC_0589DSC_0610DSC_0583DSC_0613DSC_0606

Top: Free People | JeansPaige | Shoes: F. Gerald New|

Jacket: Barbour (Similar here)| Belt: Hermes

Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeasy

This look is definitely easy!! I found this simple summer dress when I was not looking for it.  It was one of those pieces that I knew I had to have because I could imagine numerous places and occasions where it would be perfect.  The loose, flowing design is ultra feminine and the crochet detailing at the neck and shoulders adds a bit of interest.  The light blue/grey color is great at the beach or on the town.  For the beach, barefoot is a great look.  Out and about, this dress calls for a simple thong sandal or could even be paired with a metallic gladiator.  I actually have that look packed for my imminent trip to Bermuda.  It is easy to pack, no wrinkles and can really go just about anywhere.  With the heatwave we are experiencing, the top knot is a great choice for the hair and it leaves the neck and shoulder area neat so that the dress can be fully appreciated.  Looks like this that require little to no accessories and a simple updo are priceless. Apply a touch of very natural makeup or just a nude lip and literally throw it on and go! Stay Cool, xo B

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It’s a Wrap!

I am finding myself to be a big fan of all pieces that wrap. The Wrap look is feminine, flirty and many times ends in a brilliant Bow at some point, as today’s fabulous top does!! The Wrap look can be found in everything from dresses to rompers to tops.  It is a very forgiving yet flattering look and can be dressed up or down, so versatile and fun.  Today’s outfit is very simple, yet is elegant enough for just about anywhere your day or evening plans take you.  I paired this chambray blue wrap top with summer white shorts.  I chose a textured, white short with a side zipper to give a more sophisticated look.  When paired with a nude wedge sandal, the outfit becomes dressy and perfect for numerous adventures.  The best part of the ensemble is the terrific bow detail in the back.  You look equally good coming and going!! This outfit takes little effort, which makes it an especially good one! If it’s a cool evening, a long sweater or even a jean jacket would be perfect! And, that’s a Wrap! 🙂 xo B

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Patterns and Polka Dots

With the winter weather still upon the first thought going through everyone’s mind when getting ready for the day is how to dress as cozy as possible. In the colder months people have the tendency to sacrifice style for their (much-needed) warmth and comfort, but this does not have to be the case! It is still possible to mix some of the latest trends into your comfy and casual outfit. One of my favorite current trends is patterns and mixing patterns. Patterned leggings have been spotted all over the place and are an easy way to bring an element of fun into your wardrobe. They are a necessity for everyone’s closet! I paired these grey and white polka dot leggings with one of my all time favorite flannels from LF. I am a huge fan of flannels because… well who isn’t?! They are so effortless and versatile, you can dress them up or down. This particular one I have been coveting for a very long time. The second I saw it on an LF instagram post I knew that it had to be mine. I rushed over to the store in SoHo, but by the time I had gotten there they were sold out. I guess they were a must have for everyone! I was beyond excited when one of the girls called me and told me they were back in. I wasn’t missing out this time! I have gotten so much use out of it since then. I paired my outfit with a pair of white North Face snow boots, my Burberry winter jacket and last but definitely not least my favorite pair of Dior ” So Real” sunglasses (which are currently all the rage). I was cozy and comfy all day, but I definitely did not sacrifice style!

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Watering Not Necessary

 

I just love to find a perfect outfit! One that needs little accessorizing, is comfortable, looks great (stating the obvious) and can take you to a variety of places.  A surprise or unique detail in that outfit is a terrific bonus.  This romper by Ark and Co. has all that.  It is so easy to wear, the sleeves make it perfect to wear day in to a cooler evening and it is a flattering cut.  The bonus detail to this outfit is the heavily embroidered bouquet of flowers that cascades from each shoulder. This is such a great thought that makes this so different from a simple solid black romper. The embroidery itself is enough accessorizing if you just need to pull it on and go.  It is not so over powering though, so if you are feeling like throwing on a long necklace or a few bracelets, you will still look great and it will not be too much. I added Again with this piece, I had my choice of shoe style depending on where I was going. I wore a simple pair of Ferragamo sandals. I also carried a House of Harlow bag. It is big enough to fit a phone and lip gloss and a few other necessities. It isis the perfect size! What girl wouldn’t love an outfit that comes with not one, but two bouquets of flowers!!!!

DSC_1023DSC_0011DSC_1021DSC_0007DSC_1030DSC_0015DSC_1018Romper:  Ark & Co| Shoes: Ferragamo | Purse: House of Harlow

The CLBD– The Casual Little Black Dress

This is my casual version of The Little Black Dress.  It is super comfy, super cute and super versatile.  The raised link stitching and solid trim at the elbows, hem and neckline add extra visual interest.  This dress can stand alone or you can add a long necklace or two as I did.  Both showcase the letter ‘B’, which is my nickname.  For a show of color, I added a leather wrap bracelet in fuscia with a decorative gold disc by Tory Burch.  This dress is a great length and stretchy too so it can be worn for almost any occasion. It is made by B Skinz.  My bag of choice is a Coach limited edition anniversary bag.  It is a large straw and leather bag with gold hardware.  The bonus detail on this bag is the abundance of leather tags surrounding the top. Each and every color ever used by Coach is included in the rainbow surrounding the rim. It is a real conversation piece whenever I carry it and it is large enough inside to carry just about anything I could need for a day out.  Its only drawback, it is on the heavy side, even when empty.  Sometimes we have to sacrifice comfort for looks.  I’m wearing a pair of Tory Burch slides in gold.

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Dress:  B Skinz | Bracelet: Tory Burch | Shoes: Tory Burch | Purse: Coach

Green With Envy

 

I started creating this outfit by pulling out one of my absolute favorite pair of pink and green shorts. These shorts are great because they can be both casual and dressy, they can be worn to almost any event from an afternoon out, to a casual dinner.  My wardrobe does not consist of a lot of J.Crew clothing, but these shorts are a bit unique and this design is great. Next, I pulled a new green, long, loose knit Free People sweater that I had yet to wear. The color was too perfect  and the long length is a nice diversion from a traditional preppy cardigan.  I couldn’t pass it up.  I  paired my shorts and sweater with a plain white tank, so I did not take anything away from the look of the other pieces.  In wearing the plain shirt,  accessorizing was warranted! I chose a long green and pearl wrap lariat, and a pair of green and gold vintage earrings. These accessories were perfect because they were simple and elegant, nothing over the top. For my handbag, I carried the Louis Vuitton monogram canvas Beverly bag. It worked well because it is a classic bag, and the large, gold closure in front compliments  the gold in my other accessories. Finally, on to my favorite aspect of most of my outfits, the shoes. These shoes are one of my favorite pairs. They are gold, metallic gladiator sandals made by Stuart Weitzman. They make pretty much any outfit a little more eye catching. I was then ready for a long day of errands and catching up with friends.

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Shorts:  J crew | Sweater: Free People| Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Purse: Louis Vuitton