Hearbreakers Gonna Break Break Break Break Break…

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La Dolce (& Gabbana) Vita

So I haven’t posted in a while, I know!  When I’m away for the summer my outfits are more suited for taking care of horses and donkeys than for writing a fashion blog.  Also, school is CA-RAY-ZEE and my fabulous photog and I have barely had time to take pics!!!

Excuses, excuses!  Anywho, this dress is my new obsession, my new very special find, my latest prized, real piece of high fashion.

I mean, It’s a bright green Dolce & Gabbana midi with owls, bunnies, squirrels, frogs, birds, snails, and other woodland friends on it.  I mean…

THERE ARE SNAILS ON IT.

As you can tell I’m in luuurrvvvvveeee.  There’s a new Dolce & Gabbana store in Chicago and my mom and I wandered in one day, after seeing more of their owl-motif stuff in the window (their new collection is an absolute dream, with all kinds of amazing animal motifs, simultaneously cute and beautiful).  And then I saw this.  And it was an oh-so-wearable-and-vegan-friendly (no silk!!!) a-line cotton frock with cap sleeves and BUNNIES…love at first sight.  Like actually someone should write a freaking romance novel.

As always, I like to pair a bright patterened dress like this with some neutrals and a piece or two that draws out the colors in the print.  So I picked a blue bag to match the blue birds and some gorgeously blingy Kate Spade faux-emerald earrings (their jewelry right now is off the chain.–or rather, on it…).  And of course, nude kitten heels (confession–wore nude flats instead part of the day) and a delicate gold ring so all eyes were on this dress.

In the future I plan on rocking this number with some different-color accents, like pink, and a cropped jean jacket.  Classic-but-modern femme.

What I wore on Friday:

  • Dolce & Gabbana dress
  • Kate Spade earrings
  • Kensie Girl heels (and for part of the day Boutique 9 flats)
  • Aldo bag
  • ring from M2 Boutique

Title is, of course, from Shake it Off by Taylor Swift.  I’m as obsessed with her as much as (if not more than) ever.  Have you seen her streetstyle lately?!?! Off the charts.  I CANNOT WAIT for her new album on Oct. 27th!!! I can’t imagine how many amazing lyrics there will be for me to obsess over and make as post titles…

Happy Fall all!

You Almost Ran the Red ‘Cause You Were Looking Over at Me

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My look from yesterday.

This fantastic Love Moschino skirt was at the top of my holiday wishlist.  It’s so unique, with the classic red-and-black checks offset by the rhinestone embellishment.  Plus, IT IS SO RIDICULOUSLY COMFORTABLE.  I usually have to wear a size larger in high-ish waisted skirts than I do in jeans, but not this one!  Plenty roomy and comfy, AND it has pockets!

I wanted to let the skirt shine, so I kept the rest of the outfit basic black, with the exception of the red lip to match the skirt.  The cardi and tights keep it classic, while the combat boots and the chain detail on the bag add a modern edge.

Since this skirt features major embellishment, I didn’t want to overdo the jewelry.  I chose my favorite silver studded bangle and some rhinestone studs, and my go-to little silver best friends necklace my BFF Kristen gave me years ago.  Also in the personal jewelry department, as I may have mentioned I haven’t been wearing Aunt Florence’s gold watch everyday because the clasp is not the most secure and I almost lost it.  I’m planning on having a jeweler fix that, but for now I’ve been wearing another watch of hers, a beautiful and classic delicate one on a black band daily.  It works great with this look!

What I’m wearing:

  • Love Moschino skirt
  • J. Crew cardigan
  • J. Crew factory store tank (best go-to tanks ever, btw!)
  • Stella McCartney bag
  • Ann Taylor tights
  • Madden Girl boots
  • Necklace from Art Effect
  • Betsey Johnson earrings
  • Michael Kors bangle
  • Aunt Florence’s watch
  • Bare Minerals lipstick in Moxie

Post title from “All Too Well,”  the amazing song Taylor Swift performed at the Grammys.

Stay warm all!

 

Grammys Best Dressed

I had so much fun watching the Grammy Awards last night!  Here are my favorite looks.

Top 5

1. Taylor Swift in Gucci and Alberta Ferretti

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THERE ARE NO WORDS.  I don’t what’s better–her red carpet look or her performance getup.  THIS is how I want Taylor to look.  I love when her hair has wave to it like it used to when she was younger, instead of flat-ironed like she’s been doing lately.  As I mentioned in my Golden Globes post, Gucci gowns always wow me, and this is no exception.  The sweet, demure cut with the puffed short sleeves and sheer panels are perfection.  The sweetheart cut of the bust, the glitter, the waist definition, just wow.  Her flouncy ponytail is the perfect finishing touch, keeping the look young and fresh.

The performance look is pure romance.  I love a feminine dress with edgy detail like the chain on this one, and the sleeves and neckline are so unique.  The layers in her shorter hair and her makeup (purple eyeshadow in a cat-eye shape and a pink lip) add some fun to the girly-romantic vibe.  Also, just  a note on her performance, between the outfit and the song choice (“All Too Well,” one of my favorites off Red) and her grittier-than-usual vocal, I was in a state of bliss throughout the entire performance.

Only minor critique is I didn’t love the keyhole or the slit in the back of the red carpet dress.  But whatever.  You go Taylor.

2. Katy Perry in Valentino

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At first glance I wasn’t in love, until I realized that the bottom had MUSIC NOTES on it!  How fun.  I love music notes as a print, and the fact that the notes were printed on glitter lines and that this dress is freaking Valentino make it all the better.  This dress was made for Katy Perry, a girly girl with an edge who loves to have fun.  What a great risk.  I don’t love the hair but I do love the girl.

3. Alicia Keys in Armani Prive

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The combination of royal blue and black will never get old, and this color looks amazing against Alicia’s skin.  At first I wasn’t in love with the square, low neckline, but the black glitter at the waist pulls it together and makes for a very cool, bold statement.  I’m not a huge fan of the bouffant hairstyle in general, but I think an updo works with this dress.  Still, I would have loved to see her with long, cascading waves off to one side.  Very movie star.  Regardless, she looks simply great.

4. Anna Kendrick in Azzaro

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My mom pointed out that Anna could have been on the Globes or Oscars carpet and looked amazing in this.  I love bold gem embellishments like the ones on the bust, and the cutouts are ridiculously flattering on her.  Thanks to the lilac color and her awesome waves, the look is both edgy and feminine.  While I admire her for going fashion-forward and bold, the one thing I would change is the shoes.  If they were very similar but open-toe, I think it would have made her look taller and been less distracting from the awesome gown.

5.  Zendaya in Emanuel Ungaro

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Here’s a totally unique one.  And I’m obsessed with it.

When I looked up who made this look, I was surprised to see it was a dress!  I thought it was a top and skirt (and if it was I would totally want the skirt!).  I’m not so sure about the sleeve detail, but the overall effect is knockout.   The unbuttoned slit is so sassy, and I love that she keeps her accessories sleek and simple.  I normally don’t like the wet, slicked-back hair look, but it’s perfect with this.  The edgy hair and major smoky eye take the look to a whole new level.  Talk about a rising fashion icon.

Honorable Mentions

  • Rita Ora in Lanvin

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Classic with an edge!  So fantastic and chic, and not overdone.  I’m debating whether or not I would have preferred Rita’s signature red lip with this look, but I think the natural makeup and platinum waves are great beauty choices that really complement this statement-yet-simple frock.  I kind of wish the shoes were a bit less dainty or didn’t have an ankle strap because I don’t think they make the best line on her leg, but I think it is important that she kept the shoes and accessories minimal to highlight this knockout Lanvin and her natural beauty.

  • Sarah Hyland in Emilio Pucci

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Fun, flirty, fashion forward.  From the bows at the shoulders to the sequins at the hem, the details make this adorable dress.  Her hair and makeup are gorgeous and perfect for the overall look–a red lip is a must with black-and-white.  The edgy shoes are great, and I definitely prefer the thin straps to the edgier cage sandals many stars would have paired with this mini–this choice is classier and fresher.  The chunky ring is all the jewelry she needs.

  • Ariana Grande in Dolce & Gabanna

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So sweet and fun!  This flirty, tea-length Dolce & Gabanna is perfect for her.  Minimal jewelry keeps it from being overwhelming.  The dress is a bold statement on its own, and it was smart of her to pick up the pale pink color of the floral print in her shoes instead of opting for basic black.  Great choice–she looks beautiful.

Sources:  All pics from people.com, except for the one of Taylor performing, which is from says.com.  Most outfit info from the E! red carpet broadcast last night, except for Anna Kendrick (Just Jared Jr.), Alicia Keys (express.co.uk), and Taylor’s performance look (Red Carpet Fashion Awards).

What was your favorite Grammy look (I included a few other goodies on the poll, too)?

I hope you all enjoyed the Grammys as much as I did!!!

XOXOXO

You’re Gonna Hear Me Roar.

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Very informal pics today that my wonderful friend Lauren took on my phone!  Didn’t have time to do a fancy picture today, but I had to capture this look!  I think the restroom sign in the photo really makes it, don’t you?

Anyway, this is my all-time favorite dress.  I’ve worn it countless times and every time I feel beautiful and feminine.  It definitely put a spring in my step today!  I love it paired with this coat I picked up recently–it echoes the royal blue in the dress pattern, as do the tights, and the black boots tie it all together.  The coat is just generally chic, and with plaid, cobalt and black, faux leather panels, it covers all the huge trends for fall in one piece!  I was never into statement outerwear because I didn’t find it versatile, but it’s such a fun pick me up, and it totally becomes worth it when you’re walking outside to class all the time.  Being able to mix up my coat selection makes the cold a bit more bearable.

The bag was a graduation gift from my godparents.  I was in desperate need of a black bag with silver hardware, and what better one for a fashion-obsessed girl who doesn’t wear leather than Stella McCartney’s Fallabella?

Wearing one of BCBGeneration’s statement bracelets today.  They’ve got a whole line of bracelets in different styles with inspirational words on them.  Mine says “fearless,” which is a word that inspires me for many reasons, not least of which is that Taylor Swifts eponymous song is one of my all time faves.  I’ll never forget a quote by her from when she was promoting that album:

“My definition of fearless is not that you’re not afraid.  It’s that you’re afraid, but you jump anyway.” –Taylor Swift

 It was generally a personal jewelry day–nothing without a meaning.  My necklace is a best friend necklace from my amazing BFF Kristen.  The earrings are Betsey Johnson lightning bold studs that I got for Christmas last year, a nod both to my endless admiration for Betsey Johnson and my Harry Potter obsession.   And of course Aunt Florence’s watch.

What I’m wearing today:

  • Forever 21 dress
  • Zara coat
  • Express tights
  • Madden Girl boots
  • Stella McCartney bag
  • BCBGeneration bracelet
  • Betsey Johnson earrings
  • Necklace from Art Effect Chicago, a gift from Kristen
  • Aunt Florence’s watch

Also, Happy birthday to the best mother in the world!

Post title from Roar by Katy Perry.

XOXO