Find the Magic, Go and Grab it

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What I wore for my first full day in South Beach (day above, night below)!  It was very windy.

I find vacation dressing really fun and different from dressing at home.  I find it’s easier to look effortless since you have an extra-limited wardrobe from which to choose, and so you’re forced to make some more unexpected pairings (for example, in the outfit below I normally would have reached for a black belt, but it’s so much more interesting  because I only had a brown one).  You also have to mix and match more than usual because you can only bring so much with you.

South Beach is known for crazy style and fascinating people watching.  I’ve seen some awesome and some not-so-awesome street style.  One of the best things I saw was a pair of paper-white wedge sneakers with a high-heeled pump printed on the side.  Fantastic.

I also spotted some no-fail outfits while biking around South Beach (lesson learned, never, I repeat, never, bike in denim short shorts.  Your thighs will thank you).  If you’re ever stumped on what to wear in warmish weather, a loose white button down with ripped denim shorts and little to no jewelry (no necklace—let the collar be the only thing framing your face)  is always effortlessly sexy, and in any situation it’s hard to go wrong with a bright colored top and a fun printed bottom.

Above, I’m rocking a cute casual look, featuring some awesome gifts I got for the holidays–Kate Spade stud earrings and this amazing Love Moschino crossbody.  I was thrilled to discover that the denim line of one of my all-time favorite houses makes faux leather bags.  This one is especially great because it comes with the scarf already tied on it.  It looks so chic, and I find whenever I try to tie a scarf on a bag myself it looks bulky and weighed down.  Thanks, Moschino (and my mom who found me this bag)!

Speaking of which, while I’m on winter break my mom has taken over photography duties.

What I’m wearing above:

  • Charlotte Russe tank
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs denim shorts and sunglasses
  • Betsey Johnson belt
  • Taylor Swift for Keds sneakers
  • Love Moschino bag
  • Kate Spade earrings
  • Guess bracelet

What I’m wearing below:

  • Topshop top from Nordstrom
  • Rag & Bone boyfriend jeans
  • Prabal Gurung for Target heels
  • Francesca’s Collections belt
  • Forever 21 necklace
  • Macy’s earrings
  • Darcel X Kate Spade ring

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Some things just go together.  Tomatoes and mozzarella.  Ali and Noah from The Notebook.  Katherine Hepburn and wide-leg trousers.  Kittens and Youtube.  Killer heels and ripped boyfriend jeans.

As soon as I put this outfit on and looked in the mirror I knew it was one of my all-time favorites.  I love the perfect combo of these lace-up heels and shredded boyfriend jeans (both of which are favorite pieces of mine on their own).  This shirt was also a Christmas gift from my parents, and it is so ridiculously soft and comfortable, not to mention stylish and adorable.  I love a fave statement necklace poking out from under the collar.  And as I said above, the brown belt (along with the half-tuck, a favorite styling trick) makes this outfit, which I put a lot of thought into, look effortless.

Obsessed.

Post title from “Good and Broken” by Miley Cyrus

Happy Holidays all!!!

And Now I Will Start Living Today.

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This is what I wore yesterday.

This skirt was a 19th bday gift (was thursday)  from a wonderful friend.   Thank you Charlotte!

The tulle!  The brocade!  I’m so in love with it and it felt perfect for a cool streetstyle-esque photo.  I knew it would be great with this jacket and the red lip was absolutely necessary.

Got this gold cuff last month at Juicy.  I’ve always admired their jewelry and this was the first piece I bought.  Such a fantastic statement peice.

Basically, tulle and combat boots.  Punk princess.  Enough said.

What I’m Wearing:

  • Miami skirt from Francesca’s Collections (and from the beautiful Charlotte)
  • MICHAEL Michael Kors Jacket
  • J. Crew tank top
  • Juicy Couture cuff
  • Forever 21 necklace
  • Vince Camuto earrings
  • Ann Taylor tights
  • Madden Girl boots
  • Moxie by Bare Minerals lipstick

Quote from the song I’ve had stuck in my head for the past two days, Lea Michele’s new single “Cannonball.”

Live it up.

<3, Katy

Never Love Anyone Who Treats You Like You’re Ordinary.

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I love this quirky dress!  It’s all about the proportions.  Who knew that a peplum on an A-line skirt could work?  It only does because the peplum doesn’t stick out too much and is fairly short.  The changing scale of the print also adds to the proportional magic.  I am a huge fan of the fit-and-flare dress (they’re made for my shape!), and the print in itself is almost fit-and-flare–small on top and big on the bottom.  Such a flattering design.  And I love how it photographs!  I’m not always a fan of Peter Pan collars, but this one is the perfect shape and size, comfortable, and works with the dress really well.  Because of the darker color scheme of the dress it doesn’t seem too cutesy.

Speaking of things that fit perfectly, this is the first appearance of my classic black blazer on this blog.  It fits great and is so flattering over jeans, skirts, OR dresses.  The black and white polka dot lining that peeks out when the sleeves are cuffed adds interest to every outfit and is a fairly easy print to mix with others.

The bangles I’m wearing are a set that I got ages ago at Forever 21.  There are 3, they’re all studded in texture and one is silver, one’s bronzey, the last gunmetal.  They’re a great completer piece when I wearing an outfit that doesn’t revolve around specifically silver or gold accents.

Although you can’t see it in these pics, I’m carrying my go-to black with silver hardware Falabella Stella McCartney bag.

I really like my earrings today, too–they’re big studs with a cluster of purple, lilac, and clear rhinestones.

What I’m wearing today:

  • ASOS dress
  • Ann Taylor blazer
  • Stella McCartney bag
  • Madden Girl boots
  • Forever 21 bangles
  • Ann Taylor Factory Store earrings
  • Hue tights

Hope you guys have an awesome day!

Quote is one of my faves, don’t know who said it just something I’ve seen!

I’m Supergirl, I’m Everywhere

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Busy work schedule (read: Calculus) prevented getting a nice pic today.  Thank you to the lovely Alejandra for taking the pics on my phone!

Got this awesome maxi dress as a present!  Very excited about it.  Will look great with a variety of jackets, statement necklaces, belts, and scarves, although I think this is one of those pieces where I’ll keep the color palette fairly simple, pairing it with more black and whatever tone of jewelry moves me that day.

A thick belt really works here to add more definition, especially under a jacket, but this dress would look amazing in warmer whether with no belt, black sandals, and minimal jewelry (maybe a pendant necklace).

I think I’ve already gone on raving about the greatest faux leather jackets in the universe from Express that I have in 3 colors on this blog.  Rocking my trusty black one today.

Jewelry.   You can finally see my bunny ring!  I needed some nice gold studs and got these perfect Vince Camuto ones (that are not only stud earrings but literally pyramid studs) from my Aunt.  Me and my two best friends went on a Forever 21 spree on Black Friday and I said to myself, “Mama needs a new statement necklace.”  And this beautiful baby was the result.   I love the mix of chain, rhinestones, a pearls, all great on their own but amazing together.  Simultaneously edgy and elegant, and the fact that they’re all combined on one necklace makes looking effortlessly cool, well…effortless!

What I’m wearing today:

  • Forever 21 dress, belt, bag, and necklace
  • Express jacket
  • Madden Girl boots
  • Vince Camuto earrings
  • Old Navy ring

Happy Holidays everyone!

Post title from Supergirl by Saving Jane