Outfit Post: Funky Fall

Where I live, the weather is starting to cool down. And even though my summer wardrobe is way cuter than my fall wardrobe, I'm actually looking forward to the weather change. I broke out my first long sleeved shirt of the season and did this "funky fall" look.

I love how this shirt has bright colors on the front and a contrasting print on the back!

Funky shirt + funky girl = balance out the funky with some basic jeans.

I topped off this "funky fall" look with some zebra print flats and a pair of zebra print circular earrings. I thought that was enough jewelry (and zebra) for how much funky there was going on.

Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger | Jeans: Ralph Lauren | Shoes: Kate Preston | Earrings: old (shop similar here)

A FAUXbulous InVESTment

With fall just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about adding pieces to our wardrobes that add a bit of warmth- literally. The trend I am loving right now is the faux fur vest trend. It is a great way to get in style for fall. Here are a few faux fur vest outfits to inspire you! Which is your favorite?

How would you wear a faux fur vest?

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Create your own "FAUXbulous" look by shopping these faux fur vests!

Outfit on the Street - Eclectic Bohemian

I was recently at a live music festival in downtown Nashville and asked Tatiana about her outfit. I loved her fun bohemian style and her sparkly purse! Plus, she had a great smile and a willing spirit.

Name:  Tatiana
Where: Downtown Nashville Live on the Green music festival

What are you doing out here today?
Just hanging out, enjoying the beautiful day, music, good food.

Do you live in the area?
I do.

What do you do? Are you in school? Do you work?
I work with kids with special needs.

What do you do exactly?
I do language therapy for kids with Downs Syndrome and autism.

That seems challenging but rewarding.
Yeah, I love it.

Tell me about your outfit. Do you know where you got it?
I do. Ok, so this dress came from a random boutique in Florida, like in a beach town. This purse was actually a website find, from Stitch Fix. They just sent me it and I was like, that rocks! Random little ring from a random street artist in Santa Fe.

So do you hit a lot of random, independent boutiquey places a lot?
Yeah, yeah.

What about the earrings?
Same thing. Random fair in Dallas. Like street fair, crafty people.

So you travel a lot?
I guess. Yeah. I do a lot of weekend, small trips.

What else are you up to this weekend?
Maybe some wine tasting later tonight.

Yeah. Just hanging with my friend here, who's being shy. She is in town visiting for the weekend, so we're just hanging.

Where is she from?

Cool cool. So, if there was one word or phrase you would use to describe your style, is it...
Ooh, I don't know!

Kind of ecclectic?
Eclectic is good.
Looks over to friend
How would I describe my style?
Friend responds ,laughing, "slutty"
She's actually described her style that way as a joke. I think it's eclectic, yeah.

I kind of get like a Bohemian type vibe.
Yeah, sometimes. I mix up Bohemian, but sometimes I go more glamorous, like sparkles.

So do you like to dress up a lot when you go out?
Mmm hmm.

So this is more of a casual weekend look?
Day, casual, yeah.


FASHtastic Finds - September 12th

 Did you have a nice week, fashionistas? I did- and I discovered some awesome new blogs, products and contests, which I'm posting for today's FASHtastic Finds.

I recently stumbled across Annabelle Fleur's fashion blog, VivaLuxury, and am now a big fan. And this week, one piece in particular from an outfit post really caught my eye. On her post titled "Fringe," I was drawn immediately to this MSGM fringe cotton tweed dress. I love how unique it is, and the pop of neon is so much fun! Plus, fringe is fabulous too.

Another piece I came across this week is the Multicolored Faux Fur Waistcoast from Choies. I love the bright colors mixed with the neutrals, and of course faux fur is always fun! This fall find would look fabulous in any my closet. What's even more cool is that you can save 15% off at CHOIES and get free shipping worldwide when you enter coupon code 'Sep15aff' during checkout.

How much fun would it be to play fashion designer? Well, now you get to try it! This cool custom shoe event from Kate Spade New York and Bloomingdales allows you to create your own shoe from five of the brand's favorite silhouettes, through Sunday, 9/21. Check it out here.

Another chance to play designer comes from one of my favorite sites, Polyvore. They have partnered with Brit + Co for a contest where you can win $500 plus a chance for Brit + Co to make and sell your DIY Jewelry Kit if you win. Click here for all of the details.

This week Shoptiques brings us some fabulous new arrivals, like this Animal Print Jumper from Unlikely Boutique in Houston, TX. Besides being totally fun and stylish, it's only $25! Get yours by shopping here!

5 Fashion Rules to Break NOW

We've all heard of them. Those fashion "rules" that many consider a faux pas to break. However, most of these rules are not rules at all- they are merely suggestions, born from a fear of standing out and making a bold fashion statement. So if you're ready to brave up and break some rules of fashion, here are 5 fashion rules to break now.

Don't Wear White After Labor Day
If you Google "why can't you wear white after Labor Day?" you will find a lot of theories, but no definitive answer. That's because this rule was created so long ago, and for outdated reasons, that nobody really tries to find its origin. People think it is an important rule to follow, but don't even know why. So...wear white whenever you want! One great way to add some fun to a white ensemble is by adding pops of color with other pieces.

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Don't Wear Socks With Sandals
This rule I mostly agree with, however it applies more to men than to women. And it really depends on two things: the sock style, and the shoe style. One way it's totally fine to break this rule is by wearing cute ankle socks with a dressy sandal or heels. However, don't try the "socks and birkenstocks" look. That combo does not do anyone a favor.

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Don't Mix Prints
When done properly, mixing prints can create really fun and fashionable looks. Don't be afraid to stand out and mix things up! You still want a visually cohesive look, but one with some boldness. The basic rule of thumb is to keep the prints in the same color palette and focus on just one or two common colors. It's fine to mix prints, but don't overdo it!

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Don't Wear More Than One Necklace
Doubling up on necklaces has been a hot trend this year, and I don't see it slowing down anytime soon. The key to creating a polished look with more than one necklace is to wear ones that are different lengths and don't overlap the design of the others. Also, if you choose to wear a chunkier style, limit it to one, adding thinner pieces to balance it out. While wearing more than one necklace is fine, limit it to three necklaces total.

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Don't Mix Textures
As with mixing prints, mixing different fabrics is something that can look totally chic when put together well. Whether it is leather, lace, corduroy or denim, combining textures for an ensemble is a great way to add dimension and depth to an outfit. Don't wear more than three different fabrics for one look, and keep the accessories to a minimum.

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Best Makeup Colors for Spring Women

My favorite season is spring. Not only is my birthday in the spring, but the weather in most places is splendid. Flowers have bloomed, breezes are blowing and I can break out my colorful wardrobe pieces. I can sport a dress or jeans and be comfortable, no matter how I piece together my ensemble. I can wear heels or sandals and be seasonally appropriate.
When it comes to seasonal color palettes, some of Hollywood's finest ladies, like Kate Hudson and Nicole Kidman, are springs. When I think of spring ladies, I think of natural beauty. I envision sweetness and happiness and light colors.
So what does it mean to be a spring? In the world of makeup, it means hues that are heavy in the peach and coral family. Black is not a friend but gold is. Think you might be a spring? Here are some characteristics of the spring woman:

  • Your hair is golden blonde, strawberry, caramel, copper or beige blonde.
  • Your skin is warm with a golden undertone, and is creamy ivory, peach, or golden beige
  • Your eye color is blue, green, aqua, warm hazel with golden brown or green gold tones, topaz or caramel
  • You do not have deep brown eyes
  • You look best in warm tones, not cool tones
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If you aren't quite sure if spring is your season, you can reference the book Color Me Beautiful for a more detailed explanation. Once you can confirm that is your season, here are things to look for when updating your makeup bag.

You want to go with eyeliners that are medium to navy blue, palm green or light to medium brown.

Dazzle those lids with shades of light brown, light green and copper.

Add some color to your springy cheeks with hues that are warm in tone, such as peach, salmon or coral.

Pucker up in peachy shades including apricot, mango and melon. If you choose to wear a gloss, make sure it has a gold metallic tone, not silver.

Springs have a delicate skin tone and should thus choose a mascara that is not too harsh on the eyes. Brown or navy are the best colors to bring our your beautiful spring eyes.

Because these colors are more neutral and earthy, you can always spice up an evening look by being bold with the products. For example, your everyday makeup should look natural, but it's perfectly fine to thicken up the eyeliner or wear a double coat of mascara for a night out. Just because your colors are not as dramatic as other seasons doesn't mean you can't go all diva with your makeup sometimes. As long as you stick to your spring color palette, you will radiate any room you walk into!

Shop some of my favorite spring makeup products here.