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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

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Wanderlust & Gold Dust

Jessica Wagner

Spring Metallics 

Metallic accents are still going strong in Spring/ Summer 2017. This season is all about re-defining confidence with exaggerated lines, metallic effects, and sheer textures. Bring on a new generation of edgy shimmer with all things shiny -- and hot enough to set the streets of style on fire.

Looking for ways to bring new energy to your metallic pieces? (See metallic skirt post here.)

Silver and gold already boast high-octane elegance. Mix in some laid-back charm by adding elements that have all the vintage-feels.

Some favorites: a quirky hat, a bold earthy lip, and oversize glasses.

I’m all about the 70s revival of oversize clear aviators readers. They are a sure way to make a contemporary statement with a major retro look.

To finish off the lineup – flat studded ankle boots {always} and a romantic pleated skirt will sweeten up the tough tomboy details. Loop on a neutral printed bandana for added effect, to counter-balance your glamorous undertone. Layer on a long-line blazer, the perfect transition piece this time of year for it’s unique silhouette. Bring on the textures {in this case a dose of gold-flecked glitter} with a sheer fitted bodysuit and keep the rest of your outfit in neutral pallet.

For this look I swept my hair back in a “banana bun” -- the new hairstyle for that effortless "I rolled out of bed with a perfect head of tousled hair" look. Messy + easy. This style is a modern un-done take on the French twist, achieved by rolling your hair in a low twist and adding a few strategically placed bobby pins. It’s an uber-chic alternative to the chignon with lots of loose face-framing tousled texture.

This spring, whether you live the wanderlust lifestyle year-round or dream of making the great escape, throw on your silver blues and dusty golds, and cowgirl-desert-queen off into your wildest dreams seamlessly styled in an effortless look. 

Outfit Details:
Top: (similar here) Skirt: Forever21 Metallic Pleated Longline Blazer: Urban Outfitters Silence + Noise (similar here and here) Glasses: Clear Aviators (similar here) Bag: (similar here) Hat: Vintage (similar here) Shoes: (similar here) Bandana: Urban Outfitters Earrings: Stella & Dot Triangle Path Ear Climber Lips: MAC So Select Nails: Barefoot Nude

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