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Funk Off!

29 Mar

I’ve been in a full-on fashion funk lately. I think it has something to do with the weather. It’s been a really loooooong winter and as anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m definitely more of a warm weather sort of girl. I love sundresses and swimsuits, slouchy bags and beachy hair. But it is high time I snap out of it. So here’s what I did to shake it off and come out smiling and more fashion forward then ever. Or at least I hope I am.

  1. I organized my closet. It was amazing what a breath of fresh air this was. I remembered clothes I had forgotten, reinvented ways to wear old favorites and just in general got back in touch with the clothes I already own. Plus, moving things around helped me pull some items to the forefront that I otherwise might overlook. And just the act of touching my clothes inspired a few outfit ideas that I was dying to try.
  2. I found some new places to shop and rediscovered old ones. I’ve always loved Nordstrom. With their great customer service, excellent return policy and quality clothing, they are a real go-to. However, I hadn’t been in awhile. But lo and behold I got a catalog in the mail touting a new department they just opened called Savvy. And folks, I’m here to tell you the department is fantastic! The clothes are cute, spot-on trend wise and reasonably priced. Not inexpensive, mind you, but reasonable. Prices start around $58; slightly lower for jewelry and accessories. Most dresses I saw were around $88. It was just the change of pace I needed to kick-start my fashion imagination.And then Macy’s went and made a Marilyn Monroe collection. MARILYN MONROE. She is only one of my favorite go-to style icons ever. The woman is a legend…and there’s a cherry print trench coat involved. I die. And matching cherry shorts. And a t-shirt bearing my favorite Marilyn quote. Who could ever be in funk surrounded by cherry print? I mean really!
    Cherry Print Trench, Macy's, 89.50

    Cherry Print Trench, Macy’s, 89.50

    Marilyn Monroe Quote Tee, Macy's, $29.50

    Marilyn Monroe Quote Tee, Macy’s, $29.50

    Marilyn Monroe Cherry Shorts, Macy's, $44.50

    Marilyn Monroe Cherry Shorts, Macy’s, $44.50

    Even just window shopping these places was enough to reinvigorate my passion for fashion.

  3. I purchased one key, fabulous piece. I found a dress, the most beautiful dress and it has had me dreaming for weeks. I’m going to wear it on Easter. It’s floaty, ethereal, delicate and oh, so sexy in just the right way. This one dress had me inventing an edgy way to wear it, a classic way to wear it and a simple way to wear it and I’m just getting started. Dress pictured below.

    ASTR Lace Maxi Dress, Nordstrom, $88

    ASTR Lace Maxi Dress, Nordstrom, $88

  4. My mom came for a visit bearing cuteness. She always comes with a “suitcase gift,” which is a little bag of goodness she pulls out of her suitcase and presents me with. This one features some killer pair of jeans, an AMAZING cream sleeveless t-shirt with a lace skull on the front and an awesome bronze jacket. I’m a lucky girl.
  5. Mom and I went shopping. A favorite comment from the event came from a salesperson at Nordstrom, “Oooooh, that’s so you…totally girly-girl with an edge.” It helps to know that someone else is getting the vibe you’re sending. Comments don’t always happen so fortuitously or spontaneously so if you need one, ask a friend how they’d define your style. Sometimes all it takes to snap out of a funk or a rut is someone else reminding you what you are all about in the first place.
  6. I went back to basics. Black and white are always fresh, classic and in-style. Always. I paired black and white tuxedo jeans with a white blouse with studded pockets and some killer black booties with gold studs all over them and never felt chicer. See below for items similar to what I wore.
    Express Studded Portofino Shirt, on sale for $35.94!

    Express Studded Portofino Shirt, on sale for $35.94!

    Express Tuxedo Jeans, on sale right now for $47.94

    Express Tuxedo Jeans, on sale right now for $47.94

  7. I perused magazines and blogs for outfit ideas. There is something to inspire in every outfit if you look hard enough and figure out what YOU think is working and what YOU feel is not working. Sometimes the right inspiration is all it takes to get you off and running. Some go-to blogs of mine include: Cupcakes & Cashmere, and Fash Boulevard. Glamour online and at newsstands is always worth a look as well.
  8. While the weather was cold I fell back in love with my coat collection. I reminded myself of all the fun items that you can only wear when it’s cold outside. That gorgeous black lace trench coat I have with the luscious faux fur collar? Only for winter so I better enjoy it while I can.
  9. I re-purposed some of my favorite sundresses for colder weather. It’s surprising how wearable a sundress can be with a blazer, tights and boots. Stick to earth tones or wintery colors and there is no reason for my sundresses to stay hidden until Spring. Even my Grecian-inspired knife pleat number became appropriate with a matching cardi and heels.
  10. Find something hard to style and let it inspire you in new directions. This might not work for everyone but it sure helped me. I saw this pair of Steve Madden wedge sneakers and fell in love with them…but they are not the easiest things to style. I haven’t actually purchased them yet but I did mentally create all sorts of ways I could wear them. Just the act of working them into outfits I already own freshened my outlook and had me exploring fashion tangents I might not otherwise have considered. For the record, I think a white pair of jeans, cobalt blue t-shirt, my polka-dot jean jacket and these sneakers would rock together.

    Steve Madden Wedge Sneakers, $149.94, Nordstrom

    Steve Madden Wedge Sneakers, $149.94, Nordstrom

I guess the bottom line is never let a funk steal your inspiration. It’s up to you to find it again. You can only wallow so long. So get out there and work it ladies!

And never forget….

Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

H

P.S. All the photos are clickable and will take you to the items featured.

Colored Jeans: A Rainbow of Possibilities

30 Mar

Just some of the many color possibilities. All available at http://www.Express.com.

What with wedding planning, a vacation to see Mom, and a huge project at work, I’ve fallen behind on my fashion blogging. I do heartily apologize. Taking advantage of a break in the action, I thought I’d take the opportunity to tell you about one of my favorite and easiest to wear trends: colored jeans.

When I do it, I go all out. Me, sporting my fierce, yellow skinny jeans. How can that color not make you happy?

My outfit's so bright I gotta wear shades! LOL Me in my lovely green pair of skinnies.

I wrote a whole blog on how to wear brights, and colored jeans are one of the simplest ways to embrace that trend  You don’t have to stick with just electric shades when it comes to jeans; there are a whole range of hues to spark your creativity. In just the red color family there is everything from salmon to brick to burgundy to fire engine red and all the shades in between. With colored denim shorts and capris debuting in an array of colors for spring and summer, this trend shows no signs of tapering off.

Don’t be scared. If you are a little nervous about all that color, start out with something still in the “blue” jeans category. There is every option out there from turquoise to powder blue to periwinkle to navy to cobalt. Because they are in the same color family as your typical blue jeans, they are less shocking than say, my favorite canary yellow pair (above). It’s easy to match any of the above blue shades with pretty much whatever you’d normally wear your regular blue jeans with, so it will be effortless to work them into your current wardrobe. My favorites are the Zelda Jeans from Express (see photo below). They fit like a dream, have just the right about of stretch, and are priced reasonably. Most of the time Express offers a buy one, get one half price on their denim, so if you want to start with the blue and get another bolder color, you can do so for a fairly reasonable amount.

A whole different kind of blue jean, Express, $79.90

A whole different kind of blue jean, Express, $79.90

Also, I know many of you aren’t skinny jeans fans. While I maintain that ANY body type CAN wear skinny jeans, I understand if they aren’t your thing. Never fear! Every style of jean is debuting in some sort of fabulous hue. Just find the color that speaks to you in the style that works on you and go for it. Victoria’s Secret is even showing flairs in the pretty pink shown below. And Walmart, yes WALMART, has this cute bootcut pair in yellow. At $18, you can’t beat the price.

Pretty Pink Flares, Victoria's Secret (online and catalog only), $49.50, many more great colors available as well

Pretty Pink Flares, Victoria's Secret (online and catalog only), $49.50, many more great colors available as well

The key to the brighter shades of colored denim is keeping the rest of the outfit more subtle. You want the focus of the outfit on your pants. You can wear them just like you would wear the same color of shirt, just reverse whatever color you’d normally put on the bottom and put it on top. See my color block post for some other more daring color combinations. Just don’t OD on color. The goal is to look fresh and chic, not like someone dumped an entire Crayola paint set on you.  This is one trend that knows no age. No matter what your birth certificate says, you can look age appropriate. Hunter green jeans, a crisp white shirt, and a navy blazer would look fabulous on everyone from a coed to a society matron.

In general, the darker the hue, the easier it is to wear. Brick red, the aforementioned hunter green, and navy are all more conservative and straightforward color options. Pairing any colored jean with a neutral is another great way to work in some bright colors without going overboard. Black, white, khaki, and gray are all nice options for setting off whatever shade you choose. The darker hues and anything in the blue color family are also going to be the easiest to continue to wear later if you are worried about the longevity of this trend.

So go out there and give it a try. Nothing brightens up a dreary day or welcomes the warmth of a sunny one like a happy pop of color, and there is no more elementary or comfortable way to do it than to slip on a favorite pair of jeans in a tint of your choosing.

If you want more tips on where to find the best pairs, options for your body type, or have any other fashion questions, feel free to email me at princessheathab@gmail.com. Comment below. I try to answer each and every one.

Future blog topics include:

  • How to Dress Appropriately for Any Occasion
  • How to Get Down in Black and Brown
  • Trends To Buy Right Now
  • How To Wear Ssssnake Print

Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

 H