Thursday, January 31, 2013

Shades of Pink



Shirt: Victoria's Secret
Pants: Lilly Pulitzer
Necklace: Claire*s
Shoes: Coach
Belt: Gap

It's not even February, but I am already in the Valentine's day spirit! Perhaps it's because Target starts setting up the displays for the "Hallmark holiday" the day after Christmas, but I can't wait until the big day. Ever since I was a kid, I loved receiving cards with popular cartoon characters, watching cheesy romcoms, and eating candy hearts. In addition, I love the combination of pink and red. It's such a cheery and pretty pairing.

These bright pants were just calling out to be paired with pink. Personally, I love a monochromatic color ensemble. However, it's important to make sure you choose two completely contrasting hues like violet and lilac, or navy and baby blue. I've found that if the hue is too similar, you end up looking like a blob, which isn't a good look for anyone! So, I decided to pair my coral skinnies with a pale pink tee. For finishing touches, I doubled up on a extra long strand of pearls, and slipped on sparkly sequined flats. Now, how much longer until I can eat all the candy I want?
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Monday, January 28, 2013

Snow Day


Shirt (borrowed from mom): Michael Kors
Pants: Eileen Fisher
Scarf: Target
Shoes: Juicy Couture
Belt: Gap

There's nothing quite like Maryland weather. One day it's cloudless sunny day in the mid 60s, and the next day chilly rain is falling, and the thermometer doesn't hit above 32 degrees. For the last couple of days though, we've been experience below freezing temperatures, so I knew snow was imminent. Now as much as I love a good snow day, I was panicked about what to wear! As I mentioned earlier last week, my white turtleneck is the heaviest piece of clothing I own.  So other than that, I honestly had no idea what I could wear.

Lucky for me, I had forgotten about my back-up plan: my mom's closet! Whenever I am at a loss as to what I am going to wear on any particular day, I know I can always find something "new" that will give me some inspiration. Today, it was this long-sleeve studded gray shirt. Though it is not super heavy, it's warm enough to keep me comfortable on the chilliest of days. For extra protection against snow, I bundled up with a soft cream colored scarf, and sturdy boots. Now, how much longer until clear skies and spring weather?

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Comfort Over Fashion pt. 2



Cardigan: Lacoste
Tank: J. Crew
Pants: J. Crew
Shoes: Lucky Brand

Just like yesterday, I chose comfort over fashion  again. It's so unlike me! However, when it's 16 degrees outside, you don't have much of a choice.

I started my outfit with my winter basics: a neutral colored cardigan, minnie pants that can be neatly tucked in, and my leather riding boots. All of these items are so versatile and can be worn in many different combinations, which makes me feel like I am getting my monies worth. To keep the rest of my outfit from feeling to drab, I decided to wear this new sequin tank I got over the holidays. It's the perfect way to add a little pizzazz to an otherwise basic ensemble!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Practical Fashion Choices



Sweater: C. Wonder
Pants: J. Crew
Boot Toppers: Nine West
Boots: Lucky Brand
Bag: Longchamp

For the most part, I would say I choose fashion over comfort. If I know I am going to be on my feet all day, I will probably still choose three-inch stiletto heels over comfy flats. On days when the temperatures fall in the low 30s, it's likely that I will still be sporting bare legs despite the chilly weather. Today though, was an exception to the rule. For once, I chose to be smart and dress according to what it would feel like outside.

I started with this chunky white sweater, as it is the warmest piece of clothing I own (I wasn't kidding that I am a slave to fashion). However, I wasn't sure what to wear it with, considering I just wore it the other week. After browsing my closet for at least a half an hour, I ended up pulling on these tomato red minnie pants. For finishing touches, I decided to wear my trusty riding boots with my boot toppers again. I love the layered look that it creates without all the bulk! Yet despite all my attempts to bundle up by wearing a heavy coat, cashmere gloves, and a scarf over top my ensemble, I was still freezing all day. I guess this is a sign that I really need to invest in warmer clothing!
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Monday, January 21, 2013

Hot and Cold



Sweater: Old Navy
Pants: Lilly Pulitzer
Shoes: Maria Sharapova for Cole Haan
Necklace: Vintage

I bought these pants almost a month ago, and kept putting off reasons to wear them. I had several different outfit combinations in my head in the beginning, but they all felt too understated. Although these jeans pack quite a punch of color on their own, I wanted to pair them with something equally bright and cheery. Especially after almost a week of wearing exclusively black and white, I was dying to wear bold colors.

That's how I came up on the blue and red color scheme. In the past year, it has become one of my new favorite color combinations. The warm and cool tones of both of these pieces play off each other so well, and it reminded me of fire and ice. Like I mentioned, I have been wearing blue and red color frequently in the past year, but never have I worn the two colors together in such a balanced proportion. Hopefully these pants will inspire many more colorful outfits in the future!




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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Quintessential Prep



Shirt (borrowed from mom): Lauren Ralph Lauren
Pants: Michael Kors
Shoes: Lucky Brand
Boot Toppers: Nine West
Bag: Longchamp
Necklace: Claire*s

When I spotted this colorful checkered blouse in my mom's closet last night, I was inspired to finally break free from my black and white wardrobe rut! Maybe I've been reading too much College Prep recently, but this top was just calling for a quintessentially prep twist.

Initially, I had wanted to layer a crew neck sweater over my button down. However, I quickly realized that wasn't going to happen because I only have one crew neck sweater, and it's black! The point of this outfit was not to wear black, so I nixed that idea. Instead, I decided to layer in the bottom portion of my look with these boot toppers. They give the look of thick wool socks, without all the bulk. For the finishing preppy touch, I added a string of pearls. Even though this isn't a super hard look to pull together, I'm just happy that I broke free of my rut!
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Winter Layering



Shirt: J. Crew
Dress: BCBGirls
Shoes: BCBGeneration
Necklace: Lilly Pulitzer

As I mentioned the other day, I haven't been in the mood for wearing much color. I keep finding myself drawn to black and white pieces time and time again, and today was no exception. However, when I spotted a relatively neutral sun dress hanging in my closet looking lonely, I was inspired to figure out a way to make it winter appropriate (and incorporate a little color)!

My default fix for this situation is to layer a long sleeve tee or sweater over any summer dress. Because they aren't made with thick material, this is an easy way to make your look winter appropriate without looking bulky. To finish off my ensemble, I decided to wear my black leather studded wedge boots. I love that they are comfortable for walking around the office all day, but are more unique that a pair of plain riding boots.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A week in Instagram





Alright, so I'm a little bit behind. For some reason after the holidays ended, I stopped taking pictures on my iPhone. No fear, I am trying to get back up to speed again in the coming weeks.

P.S - Follow me on Instagram (heytherekatrina) and Twitter to stay up to date with me!

1. Getting up extra early really sucks sometimes, but a gorgeous sunrise almost makes it worthwhile.

2. I loved the Alice and Olivia bikes that were especially designed for Target. Too bad I have no reason to get one!

3. I love when I can peel a clementine in one piece.

4. I finally picked up my free birthday gift from Sephora: fresh sugar lip balm!

5. Trying out the new waffle food truck in my town on a cold Saturday morning.

6. I couldn't resist buying another Lilly Pulitzer ornament during the winter sale - it was half off!

7. It's finally time for conversation hearts! I know no one else likes them (much like candy corn), but I love them!

8. I spent my Saturday night playing 15+ rounds of the most sophisticated version of Guess Who? I have ever seen.


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Monday, January 14, 2013

Color Ruts



Shirt: J. Crew
Skirt: BCBG Max Azria
Shoes: BCBGeneration
Purse: Kate Spade
Belt: Juicy Couture
Necklace: Lauren Ralph Lauren

Despite my overflowing wardrobe, I've been in a rut recently. I've been gravitating towards a neutral color-palette, composed primarily of black and white, which is quite unlike me. For whatever reason, nothing in my colorful closet has felt right. Every time I tried a new outfit combination built around cheery spring pieces, I ended up stripping it off just moments later.

Until bright clothing feels appropriate again, here's my compromise. I'll stick to with my neutrals, but will spruce them up with select pops of color. For today's outfit, I chose aqua blue. It's one of my favorite colors, and typically works well with just about any combination. Although it's not much, it helps break up the monotony of an otherwise boring black and white pairing.

What's your go to color pairing when you're in a rut? I could really use some suggestions!
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Friday, January 11, 2013

Fishnet Stockings



While shopping at Ulta recently, I stumbled upon this deep red polish from Essie called "Fishnet Stockings". And even though I have dozens of other great reds at home, I couldn't help from purchasing this one too. 

Although in these photos it looks like a traditional red, the color is much deeper than that. I would describe the color (once it dries), to look more oxblood and red brick than anything else. This polish would be a great addition to any nail polish collection - it's perfect for date nights, interviews, and every day wear. As with most Essie polish, this takes about three even coats for an opaque look. However, if you are looking for a less traditional manicure, I think this would look great with a layer of loose gold glitter over it!
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ready for the Slopes



Sweater: C. Wonder
Pants: Delia*s Warehouse Sale
Shoes: BCBGeneration

From my hips up, I feel like I belong on the slopes. Funny thing is, I have never skied a day in my life! I am far too clumsy to every consider an activity like that. However, for whatever reason, this chunky cable-knit turtleneck feels like the perfect thing to wear aprรจs-ski. I can picture it now: hanging out in the lodge, sipping steaming cups of hot cocoa, and curling up by the fire with flannel blankets. Too bad that will never happen!

In my mind, it's important to balance a loose garment with a tighter fitting piece on the bottom. If you wear two pieces that are too tight, it's likely you'll look out of proportion. Likewise, two baggy pieces of clothing is going to do nothing for your body, and make you look shapeless. That's why I decided to pair my sweater with skinny black jeans tucked into knee high leather boots. I look less like a shapeless blob, and more like someone who has a job to go to!
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Calling Serena van der Woodsen Wannabe



Jacket (borrowed from mom): Anne Klein
Shirt (borrowed from mom): Michael Kors
Pants: Eileen Fisher
Necklace: Claire*s
Shoes: Lucky Brand

I feel very Serena today. Season one, episode one. Do you remember when she comes back from boarding school, and she is hanging out on the Grand Central station steps, and everyone is wondering where she had been for the past year? She's wearing this absolutely dreamy camel leather coat, a silk scarf knotted at the neck, and a black and white breton tee. Of all six seasons, it's my favorite outfit of hers. Probably because it's the most wearable, as opposed to her gauzy Grecian ball gowns, but nonetheless still my favorite. 

This is my take on that look. Thanks to my mom and her ever expanding closet, I was nearly able to achieve it! Although my burnt orange striped tee is completely different color than Serena's, I love how well it pairs with my motorcycle style leather jacket. I swapped out her silk scarf with a triple strand of pearls - much more my style. Finally, I finished my off my look with dark wash skinny jeans tucked into my brown riding boots. Now if I could just start acting more like Serena!
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Friday, January 4, 2013

Mod About You and Crown Me Already!



Thanks to one of my very good friends from college, I recently got a gift card for Ulta for my birthday. Do my friends know me well, or what? As soon as I walked into the store, I already knew what I would be getting - more nail polish! I can never, ever, have enough. My boyfriend never understands how I need so much nail polish. I can't explain it either, but I just always want to add to my collection.

This time, I just couldn't resist this baby pink polish from OPI called "Mod About You." Originally when I purchased it, I thought it might be too similar too "Fiji," by Essie, but this pink has more of a lavender base. In addition, this polish only required two coats unlike most polishes from Essie. I know this is going to look even prettier in the spring.

Of course, no manicure is ever complete without a little sparkle. For this week's manicure, I chose to paint my ring fingers with "Crown Me Already!" from OPI. It sets my manicure apart from everyone else, and never fails to put a smile on my face (or stop me from staring at my nails)!
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!



Jacket: Tahari
Shirt: Delia*s Warehouse Sale
Skirt: I.N.C
Tights: DKNY
Shoes: Lucky Brand

Just like every other News Year's Eve, I spent my day working. However, for the first time, I wasn't required to wear a uniform. So, knowing that I would be too tired after work to even entertain the idea of going out, I thought I would wear a little sparkle in an office appropriate manner. 

This gold sequined mini skirt from I.N.C was the perfect building block for my ensemble. It's comfortable enough to sit around in all day, but still looks festive and fun. As for the rest of my outfit, I wanted to keep the rest very casual. This skirt should be the star of the show, and I didn't want the rest of my look to compete. Plus, especially because I am not going out afterwards, I didn't want to look too dolled up. 

I paired my sparkly skirt with my favorite chambray button down, which adds just the right casual touch to my fancy mini. As for the rest of the outfit, all I wanted to do was bundle up - NYE was a chilly day! To finish the rest of my look, I threw on this cargo green blazer, opaque black tights, and leather knee-high boots. 
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