Friday, September 28, 2012

Get Fox-y

Foxes have been making fashionable appearances on all sorts of apparel this season.  I mean, they're so adorable, why wouldn't you want a fox inspired piece in your wardrobe?!  Whether it's a cute, little fox face or a full molding of a fox, all things fox-y seem to be creeping up on clothing, accessories, and even home decorations.

Get Fox-y

1. Tory Burch Samantha Sweater, $495 // 2. Tory Burch flat, $250 // 3. NW3 scarve, $63 // 4. Urban Outfitters The Rise And Fall Sleeping Fox Pillow, $29 // 5.  NW3 leather belt, $63 // 6. Tory Burch Foxy Printed Chiffon Scarf, $165 

I love the quirkiness of the fox on each piece above.  Multiple fox faces create an interesting pattern for scarves, and larger fox face graphics will give your flats and sweaters an appealing twist.  The sleeping fox pillow is precious, as well.  There's something about the coolness of foxes that translates to your outfits.  The animal print/graphic is sophisticated yet playful.  Fox faces are easy to wear and will certainly make a statement.  Try out these fox-y fall must-haves.  These cute and charming foxes will surely put a smile on your face and everyone who sees you!

Friday, September 21, 2012

My Leather Boot Addiction

With the weather cooling significantly this past week, I have been indulging myself in wearing every pair of boots I own [or the pairs I brought to school, at least], and it has been wonderful.  Over the summer I had forgotten how much I love wearing boots, but now that it's fall and appropriate weather, I'm totally obsessed with every pair I own, again.  Leather boots are my favorite go-to pair of shoes because they add edge and style to any outfit.  Plus, there are many different types of boots--riding boots, thigh-high boots, ankle boots, lace-up boots [my personal fav], chelsea boots, and even wedge boots--and colors/materials to choose from.  Here are some of my favorite leather boot trends for this fall, plus a peek at my own collection that I'm head-over-[boot]heels for!

Fall 2012 Styles:

The Knee-High Boot
Steve Madden // LEWISVIL // $229.95

This style of boot is very versatile.  You can wear them casually with a pair of distressed jeans and a loose-fitting sweater, or you could dress them up by pairing them with black or solid-colored pants, a silk top, and a blazer.  Either way, with this specific boot above, keep in mind how you accessorize.  The boots have enough detail and decoration to be the statement of your outfit.  Save your bold and bling-y jewelry for another day.


The Riding Boot
Left: Banana Republic // Willow Riding Boot // $198.00
Right: Vince Camuto // Flavian Combo // $210.00 [Image Courtesy of Polyvore]

Riding boots make any outfit look classic and chic.  The smoothness of the leather and form-fitting cut of the boot provide a seamless look while adding a different texture to your outfit.  I like these Vince Camuto riding boots because they have both black and brown leather, so you can wear them with anything.

The Lace-Up Boot
Left: Aldo // AMERSFOORT // $150.00
Right: Dr. Martens // Floral 1460 Lace-Up Boot // $130.00

Lace-up boots are a more casual option meant for everyday styling.  Since I'm a college student and am walking around Boston all day, these boots are the perfect style for me.  In fact, I wear them almost everyday!  Lace-up boots allow for comfort, yet they still look adorable, especially when paired with skirts and dresses. 

The Chelsea Boot
Left: Ecote // Studded Chelsea Boot // $69.00
Right: Ecote // Metal Chelsea Boot // $69.00

Chelsea boots are sleek and will make any outfit look cool.  Usually they are flat and are best worn with skinny jeans and a leather jacket.  I mean the leather jacket is optional, but isn't that just what you think of when you see these shoes?!  Anyway, try out the Chelsea boot style.  I think they may be the next addition to my boot collection.

The Wedge Boot
Left: Urban Outfitters // Eliotte Pony Ankle Boot // $149.00
Right: Steve Madden // RAIDERR // $139.95

Wedge boots are cute and add a lift to your step, literally.  Wedge boots can vary from being more dressy or casual.  The wonderful thing about these boots is that you can easily wear them from day to night, and they are a comfortable option.  Plus, heeled shoes alway make your legs look good--sounds like a good choice to me!

Now for my own collection:
Steve Madden TROOPA Lace-Up Boots
I wear these pretty much every day, so comfortable!
Lucky Brand Knee High Boots
I tend to wear these when it gets colder; they look cute with skinny jeans and sweaters.
Steve Madden HAMPTINN Ankle Boots
These are one of my favorite pairs because I can dress them up or down.
I also love the four buckle detail on the back.

Leather boots are the shoe trend for fall.  They are comfortable, versatile, and they look good on everyone.  These styles of boots can be paired with skinny jeans, bright colored pants, shorts (for the early fall), skirts, and dresses.  If you don't have a pair of leather boots, I highly suggest you invest because you will get good use out of them and you'll feel good while wearing them.  I know I'll be sporting mine now throughout the fall and into the winter, and I sure will enjoy it.  Happy boot season everyone! 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Layer Up Folks, It's Fall!

Fall is rapidly approaching, and you know what that's time for layers!  The weather can be sporadic in the fall; the mornings tend to be chilly and the afternoons can get warm.  So, what better way to dress than to layer, layer, layer!  There are many ways to layer your outfits, and usually you can't go wrong.  However, in case you need a little advice, here are some layering staples you need this fall to get that casual yet chic look.  

Layer #1: Basic Tee/Tank

Start off your layers with a basic V-neck or tank top.  I prefer loose, flowy tees and tanks because they feel more comfortable underneath the rest of the layers.  Gap has many different styles and colors of V-necks and tanks at reasonable prices.
Images (From Left to Right): Gap // $22.95; Gap // $19.95; Gap // $24.95

Layer #2: Button-Up

 Add a button-up.  I prefer plaids and chambrays because they add a different texture and pattern to an outfit.  Mix different colors and shades of button-up shirts to change it up!
Images (From Left to Right): (Top) J. Crew // $98.00; Madewell // $69.50; (Bottom) Madewell // $80.00; Madewell // $69.50

Layer #3: Sweater/Jacket



Here's where you decide what style you're going for.  As a top layer, you could wear a leather jacket for an edgy look, or you could throw on a big, comfy cardigan or parka for a more casual outfit.  To make a bold statement, try a brightly colored blazer.  There are so many different jacket styles and sweater patterns to try; you really can't go wrong!  But if you decide on a patterned top layer, stick to solid colors or neutral patterns underneath.  You don't want to look too crazy.
Images (From Left to Right): (Top) H&M $39.95 // Quiksilver $89.50; (Bottom) H&M // $24.95; Madewell // $185.00

Layer #4: Scarf


To top off your layered look, throw on a printed scarf!  This layer is totally optional and meant as more of an accessory [unless it's really cold outside]; however, I think scarves are the easiest way to add a pop of color to any outfit.
Images (From Left to Right): Urban Outfitters // $20.00; Urban Outfitters // $29.00

These are your basic layering staples to keep you warm (or cool) this fall.  I love layering because it allows you to get creative.  For instance, you could substitute the V-neck base layer for a cotton dress to create a more feminine outfit.  Or, stick to skinny jeans and lace-up boots for a laid back style.  Layering also allows you to add or subtract pieces of an outfit to account for the wacky fall weather.  The possibilites are really endless.  Now, enjoy the beautiful fall weather and layer up!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Canvas Quotes

There's nothing better than giving or receiving a homemade gift.  Just knowing that someone took the time out of his or her day to make something just for you feels pretty darn good.  Plus, if you love arts and crafts, like me, then it's actually fun and relaxing to create a unique gift for someone special.

This past weekend was my boyfriend Drew's birthday.  He always writes little notes and paints pictures for me, so I thought I'd use my artistic senses to make something for him.  On Pinterest, I stumbled across this idea of painted canvases with quotes on them.  The original project came from the blog A Beautiful Mess, which I highly suggest reading--lots of cute ideas!  I also read Southern Belle Soul, Mountain Bride Heart's tutorial on the same project.  She gave me the idea to collage the canvas as opposed to using a painting as the background like A Beautiful Mess and to use Mod Podge to seal the piece.  As you will read, I also made some changes of my own.

-Canvas (Any Size)
-Any Paper Material Used to Collage the Background of the Letters (book pages, newspaper, wrapping paper, magazines, etc.)
-Mod Podge
-Acrylic or Spray paint
-Vinyl Letter Stickers


Cut out the paper material you want to use as the background of the letters.  I used photocopies of old notes and drawings Drew gave to me and painted them with watercolors to add some color.  You could also use an old painting or a paint-by-number as the background like A Beautiful Mess.  Just know that the background can only be seen through the letters composing the quote.


Place your cutouts on the canvas and begin Mod-Podging the pieces down.  

A Brief Note: To properly use Mod Podge, use a paintbrush to spread a thin layer of the glue-like substance on the canvas where you want the piece of paper to go.  Gently lay the paper on the Mod Podge covered canvas and smooth it out so it doesn't crease.  After I Mod-Podged each piece of my collage in place, I brushed another layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper to seal it down.


Once the Mod Podge dries, cut out the letters needed for the quote you've chosen and place them where you want on the canvas.  Then, stick the stickers.

4.  Use either spray paint or acrylic paint (I used acrylic) to paint over the entire canvas.


When the paint is dry, carefully peel off the letters, and voilà, your piece is complete!  Now hang your beautiful, handmade artwork around your house or give it as a gift.

Drew loved his quoted canvas.  Especially because you could see the different faces, characters, and words in his original notes through the letters of the quote.  It brought back many happy and funny memories.  Now I'll be making many more of these signs; they're so easy to do and they look adorable in homes and dorm rooms!

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