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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Belle

Two Ways: Scalloped Hem Sheath

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Dress: Merona Scalloped Hem Ponte Dress ($28)

From Left, Earrings: Bing Bang Fan Earrings ($63) Bag: Kate Spade Cedar Street Bag ($198) Shoes: Favian Leather Pumps ($128) Scarf: Double Jacquard Scarf ($30) Blazer: Zara Fabric Blazer ($99)

From Right, Necklace: J.Crew Crystal Necklace ($88) Bag: Vince Camuto Ella Clutch ($198) Shoes: BR Ninah Pumps ($128)

For the Office.  The scalloped hem is a great detail, and it would be easy to add a pretty cardigan and colored pumps and go for the full Kate Spade look.  But a dress like this is a versatile piece, and I wanted to show it in a way that wasn’t quite as obvious.

A white blazer is a great spring/summer basic.  You can wear it with gray, navy, black, brights and pastels.  This style is modern, if you like that, I also found this Trouve blazer with a cool, peaked lapel.  Looking for something more traditional?  Try this H&M blazer.

Plus-size?  Try this Jones New York blazer.  Petite? This J.Crew puff-sleeve blazer is great, also in misses.

Neon accents are back for spring, so I chose a scarf with a hint of citron.  To blend it into the outfit, I picked a bag in a matching yellow hue.  If you’d like something cheaper, try this Kate Landry satchel.

To complement the geometric print in the scarf, I chose these fan earrings. If you want something that coordinates with the details in the skirt, try these scallop-edge hoops.

For the hair, I would wear it up in a French twist or a low-bun.  For the makeup, I would keep it simple with lightly winged black eyeliner and a sheer lip color.

For a Dinner Party.  This outfit is more in keeping with the scallop trim detail.  As you know, I adore blush and black together.  This necklace has a wonderful look to it, but I also found this Mesopotamia collar at Baublebar that I really like.  You could also do a long jewel necklace like this one from J.Crew.

I chose the pink shoes because they just seemed like more fun.  The grey clutch seemed like a lighter choice than basic black.  You could also wear a pair of simple, black, open-toe pumps and a blush clutch.

For the hair, I would love something loose and wavy.  The makeup should be soft, blowy.  I love Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder.  I’d also choose a rosy-pink lip color like Sephora Rouge Shine in Love Letter.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Belle

Two Ways: Oxfords and Denim

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Shirt: J.Crew boy shirt end-on-end ($78)

From Left, Necklace: J.Crew Factory Navy Stone Necklace ($49) Ring: Liquid Luxury Ring ($28) Bag: Steve Madden Bbarlow Tote ($108) Shoes:  Aldo Nydellan ($65) Sweater: Rib Cashmere Sweater ($113) Jeans: J.Crew Stretch Bootcut Jean ($115)

From Right, Bracelet: Bonnie Jones Bangle ($22) Watch: Fossil Boyfriend Watch ($105) Bag: Studded Pebble Satchel ($70) Shoes: Halogen Kayla Flat ($80) Scarf: Spaced Scroll Scarf ($35) Jeans: J.Crew Matchstick Jean ($99)

Since I’ll be focusing on professional attire in tomorrow’s work Wednesday post, I wanted to show a few denim outfits today.  Because whether for casual time or casual Friday, I love a good pair of jeans.

For Casual Friday.  I wear white denim year round, dressing it differently for the seasons.  My favorite white jeans are the Paige Skyline bootcut jeans.  They also come in a skinny style as well.  Looking for affordable white denim?  Try these  LOFT curvy bootcut jeans (petite and tall) or these NYDJ jeans.

Since it’s allegedly spring (ignore the snow on the ground), I chose to pair this one with one of the season’s hottest colors: chartreuse.  The white denim and blue oxford shirt provide the perfect foundation for such a bright sweater.  If you’re in the market for a less-expensive top, try this v-neck pullover from Banana Republic.

The accessories add texture, sparkle and style to the outfit without clashing with the bright sweater.  The necklace is a navy blue, collar style that should be worn under the oxford’s collar, over the sweater.  The ring is an affordable piece with some serious grit to it, I love the spiky look.  It also comes in silver, if you’re not a gold person.

For the shoes and bag, I chose shades of brown, but you could easily do grey.  I love the metal accents on these “nude” flats, but if you’re not a fan, try the BP Moveover flat in the same color.  The bag is also a really great buy for the price, it reminds me of the much pricier Minkoff Cupid bag.

For the hair, I would wear it up.  I’d curl it and then pin it into a loose, low updo.  For the makeup, I would do something neutral on the cheeks and eyes, but add lots of mascara and a pop of color on the lips, probably a berry or rose shade.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Belle

Two Ways: NY & Co. Black Pencil Skirt

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rsz_screen_shot_2014-03-18_at_33558_amSkirt: New York & Co. Seamed Pencil Skirt ($43)

From Left, Bracelets: Kenneth Cole NY Bracelet Set ($23) Bag: ASOS River Island Clutch ($85) Coat: Dorothy Perkins Monochrome Coat ($55) Top: J.Crew Colorblock Crepe Top ($78) Shoes: Marc Fisher Ankle Strap Pumps ($79)

From Right, Earrings: Marcia Moran Illume Studs ($83) Bag: Calvin Klein Saff Satchel ($238) Shoes: BP Moveover Flats ($50) Coat: Banana Republic Navy Trench ($225) Scarf: Allover Leopard Scarf ($32) Sweater: Merino Tippi Sweater ($80)

For Drinks & Dinner.  Printed coats are popping up in magazines and on fashion blogs.  They’re a nice alternative to the basic trenches that most of us wear during the chilly spring months.  I also found this graphic-printed swing coat at Nordstrom and this Boden striped trench coat.  If you like animal prints, this leopard-print trench from Bon-Ton has some sass to it.  Plus-size? Have a look at this stylish Giraffe topper.

I wanted to create a relaxed look that you could wear to an event at a conference or to dinner with friends or family.  I chose this crepe top from J.Crew because I loved the color palette of light and dark neutrals, and because you could easily wear it with jeans or trousers for the office.  I’d tuck the top into the skirt and maybe add a stretchy belt, but you could also leave it untucked.

These Marc Fisher pumps have a great look for the price.  I like the fact that they’re conservative enough for work, but the cut-out detail gives them a little something extra.  If you prefer to pump up your after-hours footwear, I’m still loving these sandals I picked up at Zara.  They’re a 7 on the comfort scale, but an 11 in the looks department.  Prefer something simple?  These Jeffrey Campbell ankle-strap sandals are a great basic with a bit of sex appeal.

ASOS is the place to go for evening bags.  I adore this modern clutch, but this Front Strap clutch was a very close second, especially at $33.  As for the bracelets, I wanted something in black, so that the jewelry didn’t distract from the simplicity of the outfit, but I also wanted a little shine.  These Kenneth Cole bangles were perfect for that.  Prefer more metal?  This Blu Bijoux Golden Bubble Wrap bracelet has a great look and a good price.

For the hair, I would wear it down.  You can go straight or curly, but I’d probably go with a slightly wavy, messy bed head look.  For the makeup, you can keep it neutral or really go for it with a dark smokey eye and a barely there lip color.

For Casual Monday.  The color palette for this outfit may be neutral, but it’s anything but boring.  Gap’s navy trench is sold out in most sizes, so I chose this Banana Republic one instead.  It comes in misses sizes up to XL, as well as petite and tall.  Plus-size?  I like the utility-styling on this Ellen Tracy trench.

A sweater with scarf is a great combination for casual days or business casual offices.  For this outfit, I mixed a grey sweater with a grey leopard print.  However, if you want to inject some color, try a pale blue Tippi sweater with coordinating scarf from Michael Kors or an orange sweater with this floral scarf from Forever 21.

How great is this bag?  I love the sculpted, origami-like shape and the monochrome color palette.  It would be an easy bag to carry year round.  Need an option under-$75?  Try this Aldo Casalserugo bag, it has the same color combination and sharp styling.

Lastly, for the jewelry silver earrings felt right given the grey color palette, but the hardware on the bag was gold.  While it’s not a necessity to match the hardware on your purse, I decided that these druzy earrings with silvery stones were the perfect compromise.

For the hair, I would wear it up since there’s a scarf.  You could wear it in a styled ponytail or a low bun.  For the makeup, I’d wear a berry-tinted lip color and a pop of pink blush to bring some color to the outfit.  I am loving Lipstick Queen Hello, Sailor, it’s blue in the tube but goes on a subtly tinted berry that looks great on almost everyone.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Belle

Two Ways: Blush Biker Jacket

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rsz_screen_shot_2014-03-13_at_50754_pmJacket: Nude Textured Biker Jacket ($59 + 25%-off)

From the Left, Earrings: Tiny Square Earrings ($66) Ring: Andara Druzy Ring ($125) Bag: Minkoff Mini Jules Clutch ($225) Shoes: Corso Como Del Heels ($71) Top: Iris & Ink Bow Blouse ($125) Pants: J.Crew Hutton Trouser ($148)

From the Right, Earrings: Botticca Simple Pearl Earrings ($84) Scarf: DvF Leopard Print Scarf ($250) Bag: Folli Follie K Satchel ($225) Shoes: Charles David Pact Heels ($99) Dress: J.Crew Gwen Dress ($188)

For the Office, Left.  This outfit has the kind of soft color palette that boosts the femininity of basic work separates.  This ivory blouse is one of my favorites, but if you’re looking for something less expensive, try this sleeveless Anne Klein blouse or this gorgeous Pendleton blouse that’s only $40 (!!!).  Plus-size?  Try this lantern-sleeve blouse.

I would wear this look with the jacket closed, zipped up almost to the top, with the bow peeking out.  You could also wear it open, it’s up to you.  I chose the silver jewelry to match the silver hardware on the bag and the jacket.  I adore these tiny silver studs, but if you’d like something with more impact, double-square drops from Target.

Want to inject more color into this outfit?  Try a colored trouser.  Cobalt could be nice.  A dark green trouser would also be pretty.

For the hair, I would wear it down or half-up/half-down.  If you want to add some style to your half-up hairdo, try this tutorial from The Small Things Blog.  For the makeup, I would wear a dark pink lipstick like CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Siren.

For the Office, Right.  I love the look of black and blush together.  I would layer this biker jacket over the dress and tie the scarf in a BT standard knot.  If you’re looking for a less expensive scarf, try this Topshop scarf or this Animal Oblong scarf from NY & Co.

A sleeveless black sheath is a versatile piece for any wardrobe.  You can dress it for work, grab a pair of flats for casual Friday or add cool shoes and big jewelry for dinners out.  If you’re looking for a less expensive option, Calvin Klein makes a nice sleeveless sheath.  It also comes in plus-sizes.  This Ann Taylor dress is great for petite or tall ladies.

I chose these rose gold wrapped pearls to coordinate with the rose gold hardware on the bag.  I also like the way the peachy color of the metal plays with the pink in the jacket.  If you prefer plain rose gold earrings, try these circle earrings from Kenneth Cole.

For the hair, I would wear it up in a twisted updo.  For the makeup, I would wear a rose blush on the cheeks and take a liberal hand with the black eyeliner.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by Belle

Two Ways: J.Crew Dotted Blouse

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Shirt: Factory Silk Dotted Blouse ($65)

From Left, Earrings: J.Crew Pearl Earrings ($50) Sunglasses: Kors Layla Sunglasses ($126) Bag: Blake Medium Leather Satchel ($465) Shoes: Ivanka Trump Indico Pumps ($99) Trench: J.Crew Collection Trench ($298) Blazer: Mango Tailored Blazer ($80) Skirt: Mango Suit Skirt ($45)

From Right, Necklace: K. Amato Marble Coin Necklace ($85) Bag: Nine West On the Go Satchel ($31) Shoes: Zara Leather Studded Flats ($59) Sweater: Cashmere Long Sleeve Tee ($188) Pants: J.Crew Bristol Trouser ($168)

For a Job Interview. It’s that time of year again! New job seekers, freshly graduated and ladies who’ve decided to make a change are taking the next step in their careers.  Thus, a lot of “what do I wear to a job interview” emails have been flooding my inbox.  And unless you’re interviewing at a tech start-up that allows you to play ping-pong during the workday, you need to wear a suit.

One of my former interns just bought this suit for her first round of job interviews.  She reports that the fabric feel is “okay” and that the fit “runs small in the skirt, normal in the jacket.”  She also tells me that it’s “as nice as my suit from Limited, not quite as nice as my suit from J.Crew.”

Calvin Klein‘s diffusion line also makes a nice suit.  And Nordstrom has a few nice ones if you’re willing to pay a bit more.  We’ll talk more about job interview attire next Wednesday when I officially launch a bi-weekly series of posts called Work Wednesdays.  I hope you’ll like it as much as I’ve liked putting them together.

If need be, you can wear tights with this look.  I don’t recommend it, however, since I think nylons are the best choice for job interviews.  I like the super sheer Donna Karan ones, which come in several flesh-toned colors.

As for the accessories, the outfit is quite neutral, so I chose a red bag to bring in some color.  I also chose pearl earrings to set off the ivory hue in the blouse.  I own these J.Crew studs and I like them a lot, but if you want the real thing, you can’t go wrong with Mikimoto.

For the makeup, keep it neutral and simple–taupe eyeshadow, rosy cheeks, pink lips and pale pink nail polish.  For the hair, wear it down and natural, unless you play with it when you’re nervous.  In which case, a soft, not severe, updo or low ponytail is a good choice.

For Casual Monday. With the weather in its undecided phase between winter and spring, layering a silk oxford under a bright sweater is a good way to be in both seasons at once.  I like this purple cashmere tee, but you could also choose a ballet pink (pretty with black/ivory) or a bolder neon bright.

These Bristol trousers from J.Crew come in petite and tall sizes as well.  With everything at J.Crew hit or miss these days, I’ve found their trousers–while unlined–to be consistently good.  I’ve also found Ann Taylor’s new “curvy fit” pants to be a welcome addition to the brand.  Sizing can be a bit tricky, but they’re much more forgiving for the pear-shaped.  Plus-size?  A couple of my friends keep raving about the Sejour brand at Nordstrom.

How great is this necklace?  With shades of grey, black and white, it’s the kind of piece that you can wear with anything.  It’s definitely going on my birthday wish list.  Need something less expensive?  This Blu Bijoux marble necklace is a great alternative at $35.

As for the bag, I know some of you don’t like leather either for ethical reasons or practical ones.  I thought the shape and style on this nylon Nine West bag was really impressive, especially for the price.  Much better than a lifeless, shapeless Longchamp.  I also like the shoe compartment on the bottom for your commuter flats.

For the hair, I would leave it down.  Pulling it up into a bun might make the whole look a bit too matronly, but a more youthful updo could be okay.  For the makeup, I’d wear a raspberry gloss on my lips and a good coat of black liquid liner.

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