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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

Filtering by Tag: Mules

Statement Sleeves

Jessica Wagner

Floral Romper

Hello Spring! Bring on all the poetic dreamy pieces. The more lightweight and floral the better.  

Super sleeves have been making a play in the fashion world since SS17 Fashion Week. (Dare I label them the fashion focus of 2017?) Runway designers all seem to agree on this one major trend: a reference to a frilly romantic period, reworked for the modern era.

Big sleeves are fun way to play up a basic top and add major interest to any outfit. Not only are they utterly chic, they also have a flirty vibe that works when giving off an airy stylish flair.

Heading somewhere warm for Spring break? This bell-sleeved one-and-done romper is for you. Modern and romantic - the cutest little vacay outfit that you ever did see.

Regardless of the season or location, feminine pieces always seem to find a way into my wardrobe (and become my instant favorite.) It’s the little details - a touch of lace, a super soft pale color, or a ladylike silhouette that captures my romantic’s heart. Somehow it all feels extra appropriate come springtime sunshine and blooming gardens.  

I’ve been waiting for the chance to carry my coveted Cult Gaia bamboo handbag, (this blogger-favorite sells out all the time) –and it’s everything. With ideals based on femininity, Cult Gaia is a brand inspired by nature, old Hollywood and the ancient Greek goddess of Mother Earth. I love a classic show-stopping piece, and this one you can wear all spring/summer long. The design was inspired by a real vintage Japanese style bag, and is every bit whimsical as it is instagram worthy. 

This Spring, why not add a little drama in your wardrobe? Anyone can wear this style. Puffed, bell-shaped, flared, ruffled, or just plain oversize, the choice is yours. Keep the rest of your outfit simple with relaxed denim and easy accessories. Exaggerated wrists pair surprisingly well with the likes of bamboo bags, straw hats, and mod-retro sunnies. Structure in your other pieces will counter the extra volume.

With the temps on the rise, now is the time for florals, ruffles, and statement sleeves galore!

I wish you a {springy} sunshine filled weekend!

Outfit Details:
Romper: Emory Park (also love this one
Bag: Cult Gaia Ark
Shoes: Zara (similar here)
Hat: Nordstrom (similar here
Sunglasses: Chloé 62mm
 Lips: MAC Velvet Teddy
Nails: Sally Hansen Lavendar Cloud

Borrowed From The Boys

Jessica Wagner

The Coolest Loafers Of The Season

Menswear inspired clothing is at it’s best when paired with relaxed, feminine details.

These luxury Gucci loafers have been around for some time (have you seen these ones?) While this style may be nothing new, these particular slides feature a rosy floral embroidery that feels perfect for spring.

When I spotted this pair (at Forever 21 of all places) I had to give them a try. (Alas, this may be the closest I will come to owning the actual high-end set.) This was a definite save, as the splurge was just not in my relative future.

When it comes to fast-fashion vs. luxury brands, weigh your decisions carefully. While I have been lusting after the real deal, I rather save my pennies for a classic Chanel purse or something that I know won’t be off-trend in a few months. That’s not to say you shouldn’t invest in a quality loafer, but you might want to pass on the added details that may not withstand the test of time. The great thing about finding a similar style to a high-end look is that you can stay within your budget. This really allows you to go for a test-drive. Before investing in luxury pieces, say sunglasses for example, spec out a similar pair at a lower price point and see how much you really love them/wear them. Nobody wants those shopping regret blues!

For this outfit, in terms of going for a minimalistic boyish look, I layered my new-found loafers with a men’s vintage tweed overcoat and it’s seriously one of my favorite pieces. Personally, I have found this style hard to come by. Tweed blazers seem to be more abundant in options than the longer jacket style for women, but this coat is such an easy, smart layer any time of year. This one has been in my closet a long time, and shows some wear but I think that’s part of the charm! When searching for one of your own, don’t be afraid to look in the men’s (or little boys!) section.

Keeping it feeling femme with a hint of lace. A white button up shirt can make a subtle sexy play when paired with an eyelash bralette. Button downs should be slightly fitted through the body and hit below the waist. Tuck in the front, for a loose look.

As for the rest, try a slouchy handbag and retro feeling shades. The '90s are here to stay, so why not try a pair of slim oval lenses? 

Dark-wash, raw-hem jeans, with an exposed ankle are still rounding out my favorite style denim, and keep it weekend-friendly.

As for hair: casual, effortless, elegance. I can’t wait to share with you guys how my experience using HairStory’s New Wash the last month has been going, but spoiler alert: I am loving my hair and having more fun with it in it’s natural state than I thought possible. Somehow I think we are brainwashed to believe if we don’t spend a certain amount of time tweaking our hair it doesn’t look good, and that’s just not true! I’m so used to having to curl and get those coveted “beach waves” that don’t come easy unless I invest a chunk of time to getting them just so. I have been washing, air-drying and leaving it natural and straight with the help of two other HairStory products, their Hair Balm and Dressed Up lotion. They give it subtle texture and I love running my fingers through it or pinning it up in a “real girl” bun. For some reason I’ve always felt self-conscious about my hair being “flat” or looking “boring” - if that’s the right word. I think my hair is also enjoying the freedom. (Anyway, full post and review to come!)

With Spring close at hand, I am ready to trade in my winter shoes for easy slip-on styles (and as we are about to go see Beauty and the Beast -favorite childhood Dinsney movie- there is no better time to add some rose -themed floral embroidery to your repertoire!)  Ever appropriate for that allure of apparent effortlessness. Relaxed and easy as Coca-Cola in a bottle (not Diet.)

Outfit Details:
Jacket: Men's Vintage Tweed Overcoat (similar here) Top: Old Navy Classic White Button Down Bra: Forever 21 Sheer Eyelash Lace Bralette Jeans: Free People Destroyed Ankle Skinny Shoes: Forever 21 Horsebit Floral Loafer Mules Glasses: Urban Outfitters Bag: Zara (old, similar here) Earrings: Stella & Dot Triangle Path Ear Climber Lipstick: Tart Creamy Matte Lip Paint Birthday Suit Nails: Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud

Model Mother Muse

Jessica Wagner

A fabulous muse is the best accessory
 

When it comes to fashion, we are surrounded by all types of influences. Models in the glossies, stars in moving pictures, our closest friends and ever-present social media to cite a few.

When I was younger, I lived for the day Teen Vogue magazine arrived. I wanted to be a carbon copy of the Olsen twins (and… still do, what’s up Olsen’s?) If my bestie bought a “Saved by the Bell” tee-shirt, you know who had the same one the very next day. But the role model in my life for what it means to be a woman was my mama.

Growing up, people would look at my sisters and I, and debate if we looked more like our mom or dad.  Let me just say, dad rocked a thick black mustache for most of my childhood... I can remember swelling with pride when anyone compared me to mom. To me, she was (and still is) all things beautiful, selfless, and strong.

There are many ways mum’s influence who we are and one of them is the way we dress. From sewing and making clothes, to dressing us when we are too little to chose for ourselves. A mother shapes her children’s lives, and is a girl’s first example of how to dress and act.

I can remember sitting on her bed, watching her put on make-up, getting ready every morning, looking on in awe. She was beautiful. She smelled like a garden. I was enchanted. She possessed something I wanted to have someday. Poised and graceful. It was like watching her transform into a masterpiece. A walking work of art. Daddy always showered her in compliments. Her eyes sparkled. Her skirt twirled. I wanted to be just like her. I had an endless amount of adoration for my mom, and took to imitating her every move.

Mom was always fashionable, but what made her different was how she wore an air of elegance. I recall every family outing, us kids sitting in the car in the driveway waiting for mom. A combination of our impatient dad, honking the horn, (such a guy) and my mom, who would emerged in a poof of perfume, rolling her eyes. Lipstick on point. Hair perfectly coiffed. Looking breezy and effortless. She always stunned, even in blue jeans and a tee-shirt. Pictures from her growing up reveal a long brown haired freckled beauty. A total 70s hippie knockout. She was tall, lean and always wore a sun-kissed glow. Then she pulled off looks from those crazy 80s like it was nothing. Big hair. Neon. No problem. Photographs from our childhood show her looking picture perfect. There’s a home video from when I was born of her, absolutely glowing and powdering her nose. She was so ladylike! Even after just giving birth! Even on early holiday mornings, there she was, bright faced, striking green eyes, looking demure and like us girls, all in matching pajamas (sometime dad too.) And then all of us coordinating for the day, mom taking the time to do each of our hair in braids or curls, with stick-on earrings, so we could be like her.

I would describe my mom’s overall look a mix of bohemian, feminine, with a western edge. Turquoise jewelry, is what comes to mind. Pretty printed scarves and cool belts with funky buckles. Lots of ankles boots. (My vintage bandana collection was passed down from her.) On a night out mom would turn into a Hollywood starlet. I can remember parading around and trying on her things from the jewelry box and her on her way to a party, coming into my bedroom to kiss me goodnight, a waft of her scent and a swish of the perfect matching dress.

My mom and grandmothers taught me fashion is 50/50. Part what you wear, part how you wear it. Mom always looked and acted comfortable in her own skin. More than any style or look, my take-away from studying the matriarchs of my family from a young age, was wear what makes you feel good. You can make a brown sack look good if you combine it with confidence, a smile, and a great pair of shoes.

My mom never said you have to wear this or act this way. She let my sisters and I chose for ourselves. I think that’s a big reason I enjoy fashion so much, and experimenting with style. Fashion isn’t about one identity. I believe personal style is an evolution, but it’s the primary women in my life who helped shape my perception as being worthwhile and beautiful. Confidence takes time to build. Grace is not a given.

Beauty, selflessness, and strength are characteristics you can read about in a magazine or watch in a movie, but to truly emulate grace and style it helps to be brought up among it. These are the kind of women I want to be. Hats off to you mama! Here’s to big sunhats, pretty white dresses and to our moms.

 Mama

My Paternal Grandmother

 My Maternal Grandmother

Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all you pretty mama’s out there!!

Outfit Details:
Dress: Urban Outfitters, Alice & UO Antoinette Poplin Midi (sold out, also love this one and this one) Hat: Anthropologie Midship Sun Hat Shoes: Zara Leather Mule Shoe Picnic Basket: Target Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (old, similar here) Watch: Guess (old, also love this one) Lips: MAC Ruby Woo Nails: Essie Ole Calienete