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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

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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!

Rock ‘N’ Roll Day Dreams

Jessica Wagner

Concert Wear
 

When attending a concert, there are a few factors to consider when choosing an outfit: dance-ability, the possibility of having to hoof it long distances, and if outdoors, braving the elements. 

Last weekend we saw Of Monsters and Men, and Florence + The Machine at Blossom Music Center for their How Beautiful Tour. (We stopped by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland before hand.)

Let me just say, Florence is a vocal powerhouse and crooned to a packed crowd, despite nonstop rain. The weather wasn’t happy, but we were. The show was ah-mazing! Talk about the healing power of music. The flame-haired songbird brought so much energy and spirit to the stage. I spent the entire night (in my bright yellow poncho) hands in the air, screaming lyrics along with her. Despite being baptized by rain showers, we had a great time. Florence in the rain is a must see my friends.

So, I planned this outfit expecting a warm-weather summer night, but monsoon or shine, decided to rock it anyway. Rain don’t kill my vibe! 

I’ve been lusting after this B-Low the Belt “Bri Bri” double buckle belt for the last few months, but couldn’t bring myself to pay full price for the leather version. When I spotted this one, on the Forever 21 website, happiness hit me like a train on a track.* (If you caught that reference, we are now best friends.) It's made of faux leather material, hence the much more affordable price tag. The buckles are adorned with a gorgeous intricate floral design and sturdily made. The belt is available in silver or gold, and they offer a slim version here as  well. 

It’s a serious high impact accessory. I love how it sits at your waist, or lower on your hips, with adjustable lengths. I find the double-buckle look so innovative. I was a little nervous the non-leather version would feel “less” but the hardware is heavy and feels substantial. Great quality. Not overly shiny, so it looks cool, instead of costume-y.

It pairs well with endless outfit combos, not just festival/concert wear. Low-slung jeans, high waist pants, cut-off shorts, full skirts, and simple tops. It will look amazing with a maxi dress. It’s also a cult favorite of celebs like Selena Gomez and Kendal Jenner, (which is how I first spotted it.) Drawling inspiration from the '70s seems to be the on-going theme for this summer for sure. (Check this post and this post.)

Other than a cool rocker-girl belt, my best advice for when it comes to attending a rock concert... wear sturdy shoes! Even if you’re not planning on moshing or jumping around, other people will be. So protect yourself with a pair of moto boots and complete the look with edgy dark pieces. Or go for a sublte ‘90s look, which feels fresh right now. Pair a girly dress with sneakers and some head-turning accessories. 

Because of the dodgy weather and our long-distance lawn seats I have very few (quality) photos to share from the actual venue. But here's this little gem to give you an idea… 

Covering up my outfit with a plastic bag made me so sad, but at least I stayed dry for the first 5 minutes. I must admit, I was immensely grateful my good old concert-going-extraordinaire dad suggested we bring the ponchos. Sometimes you have to for-go fashion. It was worth it to dance in the rain with Florence, rock-goddess-style. Love you Florence! 

What concert are you outfit planning for? Share in the comments below!

Outfit Details:
Romper: Forever21 Crochet Panel Mustard Belt: Forever21 B-Low the Belt Two-Buckle Hat: Madewell Biltmore Double-Ribbon Felt Fedora (also seen here) Shoes: Old Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters Bag: H&M (old, similar here) Nails: Sally Hansen Blacky O Lips: MAC Lady Danger Poncho: Couture Exclusive