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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

Filtering by Tag: Forever21

Less Is More

Jessica Wagner

Basics with a Twist
 

Because sometimes all it takes is a swipe of classic red lipstick (and a crushed pumpkin spice latte.)

Autumn brings so many styling opportunities. From drapey dresses and snuggly sweaters to structured jackets and statement boots.

While there are an endless number of ways to create an amazing outfit this fall, here is a simple one to inspire you.

Go fresh-faced, and accent with statement lip. (My current favorite is Chanel Rouge Coco in Arthur, but really any bright shade will do the trick.) Keep it easy and effortless. Slip into stripes and add your favorite weekend jeans.

I’m always on the hunt for minimal pieces with that extra something. Basic, yet elevated.

These high waist jeans are a perfect example, classic with a twist in the raw edge ankle and multi-button closure. (Plus my coffee-guzzling partner in crime here, keeping it simple in her black and white checks, and black boots.)

While I have a closet full of striped tops (don’t we all?) this particular one is unexpected in it's structure and crop (and it's less than $20!) The sheen makes the black against white pop – it’s about playing with contrasts. (The clean backdrop makes those red lips stand out in the best way!)

Add is some minimal flats (with that Zara edge) and a simple leather bag and your golden, girl! 

Sophisticated and relaxed, for a weekend of fun or on the run.

Outfit Details:
Top: Forever 21 Contemporary Boxy Sheen Stripe Jeans: VIP Shoes: Zara (also love these and these) Bag: Forever 21 Watch: Michael Kors Bracelets: Arm Candy Lips: Chanel Rouge Coco Arthur Drink: Rustbelt Coffee Crushed Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Coco's Outfit Details:
Dress: H&M (old) Socks: Target Toddler Fawn and Raccoon Knee Highs Boots: Toddler Chain-Link Sole Chore Rain Boot Bunny: Rustbelt Coffee

Uptown Cool

Jessica Wagner

Culottes

I am at a stage in life where everyone I know is either getting married, having babies or celebrating other monumental life moments. Which means, bring on the parties! 

This weekend I am attending a wedding shower for one of my best friends and opted for an outfit that is comfortable without having to wear a skirt or dress, but isn’t quite a regular pair of trousers. (Free the ankle!)

I must admit I was on the fence when I started seeing this voluminous pant style becoming popular. Culottes are loose cropped trousers, cut with full legs that resemble a skirt.  If you’re not feeling it, I can understand why. They don’t exactly scream wearable or flattering to a lot of women. Styling these pants is particularly tricky, but don’t worry I’ve got your back!

Since giving them a shot, I have discovered they are an easy style statement-making piece and work for any occasion, in any season. Literally, all of your tops will look good with these bottoms. There's something about culottes that give off an effortless chic vibe.

Try a pair that is mid to high waist in a solid color. They work great with a crisp white button down, a striped tee, or even a tight fitting turtleneck. I can’t wait to style these with an all black ensemble. If you’re still not sold, think about treating culottes as you would a swingy midi skirt, pairing them with everything from a cropped leather jacket and heels, to an oversized sweater and booties.

I’m on the short side, so I feel like I pull this look off better with heels, but they are just as stylish with ballet flats, ankle boots or white sneakers.  

You also can totally get away with wearing these to work, and like I said they are a comfortable option for brunch, a date and even a casual dinner party. It’s a great way to break away from the weekend denim, and step-up your office game.

If you still feel intimated by this out-of-the-ordinary silhouette, try on a pair and see if you like the length. There are different style options that might not be as big or flowy, and some that might have a higher waist or even tie at the hips, like the pair I am wearing (although styled in a way you can’t tell in these photos.) Culottes pack a lot of charisma, and when styled right have fashion-girl drawing power.

I styled mine in classic black and white with a loose daisy-textured top. (I love the dainty lace print!) I added mirror shades, my favorite bag for a pop of pale pink and mismatched earrings. How cool is this simple pearl paired with this mohawk style ear-climber?! 

So whether you want to look uptown chic or downtown cool, there is a pair of culottes out there for you, you just need to be brave enough to give them a try.

Outfit Details:
Top: Anthropologie Daisy Lace Shell (similar here) Bottoms: Forever 21 Shoes: Top Shop Giselle Multi Buckle Courts Bag: Olivia + Joy Sunglasses: Fox House Vintage Bracelet: Arm Candy Earrings: Robert Rose Ear Cuff/Climber (also love this one) Lips: Anthropologie Albeit Rosewood

Keep It Local

Jessica Wagner

Look One: Everyday Casual

Look Two: Feminine Glam

Look Three: Urban Edge

Boutique Shopping
 

“No thanks, I have enough clothes and shoes,” said no woman ever.

Shopping for some of us is like oxygen. We need it to live. It’s a way of life. Take us shopping, and we are yours.

For others it’s a means to an end.

Either way, we all need to wear clothes and have countless options as to where we spend our time and money.

While there’s nothing wrong with on-line and retail chain shopping (spoken like a true shopaholic) if you want a catered and joyful experience, look no further than your local shopping boutiques.

Boutiques are usually smaller “concept stores” that sell über stylish clothing, jewelry and other specialized accessories.  (The word boutique is French for “shop.”)  

Since boutiques often evolve out of a founder's passion, they are a great resource for exclusive items. Not to mention, they boost an authentic environment to shop in. Often associated with a specialized service, boutiques offer a wide assortment of their niche product, which in turn allows you more choices. Knowing a shops’ sphere of expertise will allow you to easily navigate what it has to offer.

More recently I rediscovered the charm of shopping local, at Ragazza Boutique, known for their smart up-scale occasion dressing. The shop is tailored toward a lifestyle of “classic with a hip twist.” 

*Fun fact: Ragazza, means "girlfriend" in Italian. The owner chose this name, aspiring to create a place friends would love to meet and shop together. (I mean don’t you just want to become a regular after knowing that?!)

Ragazza, like many boutiques caters to specialized styling, offers great brands and one-of-a-kind finds. Their quality is exquisite and the selection is all-embracing. 

Boutique shopping is an upgraded experience not only in the la-di-da of discovering a look that no one else will have, but in the luxury of a shopping experience about YOU. 

Take for example, Ragazza offers private wardrobe appointments, alterations, and a sales team of brand and product experts. Their profuse knowledge of their inventory pretty much guarantees they are equip to help you find an outfit that meets your needs. 

Now, shopping at an uptown boutique like Ragazza, I expected to find elegant dresses and chic options for weddings, baby showers and business affairs, (see this post here) but what I didn’t expect to find was the same high-end customized fashion in their more casual weekend wear.

If there is one fashion item that never fails to call out its wearer as a genuine fashion-girl it’s the jumpsuit. I about died when the styling team at Ragazza pulled this jumper off the rack. It can substitute for a glamed-up gown or be dressed down street-style cool. From off-duty models, fashion editors and movie stars there’s a reason it-girls can’t get enough of this versatile one-piece.

It’s the ultimate lazy girl go-to. With this all-in-one ensemble at the heart of your outfit, all you need to think about are shoes, bag, and a few carefully considered accessories. It’s the go-anywhere outfit dreams are made of. Ragazza slayed it.

When you chose to shop local, not only are you supporting the heartbeat of your own neighborhood, but also you are helping your economy thrive. Plus, it’s a great way to love on your community! Shopping local is always in style. When you support small businesses, you’re supporting a dream. Shop small, support your friends or “la ragazzas!”

SECRETS OF A FASHION BLOGGER PARTY!

On that note lovely followers, I am SO excited to be hosting an event with Ragazza Boutique (Downtown Perrysburg) this Wednesday, July 20th and would love to meet you!!!! I’ll be sharing “Secrets of a Fashion Blogger” along with tips and tricks on how to make your outfit picture perfect. There will be lots of raffle prizes, yummy food and shopping! Party starts at 6PM and is open to all. Feel free to reserve your spot now, and bring along your friends. Visit Ragazza Boutique on Facebook (link here) to reserve your spot today! Hope to see you then! XOXO 

Outfit Details:
Jumpsuit: Ragazza Boutique 

Look One: Everyday Casual
Hat: Forever 21  Bag: Zara Reversible Tote Shoes: Charming Charlie Zuri Flat Sandals Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Bracelet: Stella & Dot Renegade Cluster Lipstick: Stila Stay All Day Lipstick in Baci

Look Two: Feminine Glam
Bag: Olivia + Joy Pom Keyring: Old (similar here) Shoes: Michael Antionio Sunglasses: Style By Girl  Earrings: Old Watch: Michael Kors Lipstick: MAC Saint Germain 

Look Three: Urban Edge
Bag: Zara Shoes: Adidas 'Stan Smith' Sneaker Sunglasses: Fox House Vintage Watch: Guess (Old, also love this one) Lips: MAC Lady Danger

A special thank you to Ragazza Boutique for partnering on this post!