Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fall already???

NOT YET!!  I'm so not ready for fall to be here.  It feels like summer just started.  But alas, with July 4th celebrations past us and with the Nordstrom sale underway, the fall season is literally being thrown in our face.  I'm sure you've seen everyone's insta-stories in the Nordie's fitting rooms showing you their fav picks from the sale.  And if not, you've seen blogs with large flatlays of everyone's "must-haves" from the sale.  And if not that then you've seen everyone on Instagram flashing their Nordstrom gift card for their latest giveaways.   While I'm not ready to admit that fall is around the corner, I don't want to fight the inevitable.  So I'm showing you here some summer shorts looks that incorporate fall staple pieces on top.  It's all about increasing the longevity and usage of your pieces.  I'm showing you one of my recent looks that featuring my fav blazer from Missguided.  And I picked out more fall transition looks from the style queen herself - Sincerely Jules.  

Blazer from Missguided // distressed jean shorts from H&M // belt from Zara // bag from Chanel // shoes from Ivanka Trump

And here are inspiration pics from Sincerely Jules on more pieces you can transition from summer to fall.  So as you shop the Nordstrom sale, or any other sales that are going on (there are tons), keep these pieces in mind as you build a good foundation for your closet.

(a black biker jacket)

(a soft suede jacket)

(a utility jacket)

(a soft blazer)

(a structured oversized blazer)

xoxo, Karen

Friday, July 7, 2017

20 Closet staples you must get from the ZARA sale

Style is about knowing how to work with the items you have and putting them together in an aesthetically pleasing way.  Its not about buying every single fast fashion trend and putting them together in one shot.  It's about mixing high and low fashion and combing them into an effortless, and timeless look.  With that being said, it's so important to have a good foundation in your closet and have the essential staples that you can work with time and time again.  You want to get your return on investment on the pieces you purchase so when you buy something think about how many times you can realistically wear it.  How many outfits can you create with that one item?  

I live for the bi-annual Zara sales.  I love Zara's quality and styles and while there are so many items on my own personal wish list, I'm not sharing those with you today.  What I AM sharing are items that I believe are closet staples and that you can wear and rewear in so many different looks.  I know we all hate to admit it but fall is around the corner and fall is always our NEW YEAR for fashion.  Its a chance to rebrand ourselves and put our best fashion foot forward.  These items are the perfect pieces to transition you into fall and most of them can actually be used all throughout the fall/winter seasons with the right accessories and layers.  

Jackets - these are great transition pieces to take you from summer to fall.  They are that 3rd piece of the puzzle that makes all outfits look "stylish" (rule of 3rds).  Find blazers that have an elevated look with their buttons.  The ones I chose here are gold and pearl buttons - so classy.  A longline vest is great to pair over feminine blouses.  The large grommets make it on trend for the season.  Red is THE color for fall and as you know ruffles are in the moment so the red jacket is perfect.  Biker jackets are forever so invest in a good one that fits well.  

You really can't go wrong with any of the tops from Zara but here I chose more neutral colors that are wearable for every day but with a hint of something special.  whether its a ruffle, or lace, or a trim of fur   - all of these elevate your everyday look.  

Make sure to have at least 2 dresses in your closet that you can wear in the summer time and layer with a jacket or vest in the fall.  You can also layer them over button downed shirts for a preppy vibe.  Accordion pleated skirts are always a statement piece that are fun and flirty.  And great wide leg trousers add the chic vibe to your closet.  

Accessories are always the part of the wardrobe that I have the most fun with.  These are the items that I invest in pops of color in and that really change up your outfit.  Mustard yellow is seen everywhere this season.  I love the lavish look of velvet and think these green velvet shoes would elevate EVERY SINGLE ONE of your looks.  I chose this purse because everyone needs a good crossbody.  The light blue is a pretty color and who doesn't love a little bling.  

All of these items can be found online in the Zara sale section.  Take a look.  Reevaluate your closet and think long term instead of just for the current season and trends.  Happy shopping!!

xoxo, Karen