Thursday, September 12, 2013

Latest Obsessions

L.O. 9//13

1. High waisted jeans: Topshop Skinny Jeans7 For All Mankind Jeans
2. Peplum top: River Island V-Neck
3. Skater/Circle skirts: River Island SkirtBoohoo Circle Skirt
4. Muscle tees: Delia's Muscle TankForever 21 Tee
5. Denim jacket/vest: Scotch & Soda Denim Jacket, Rare London Rare London Vest
6. Sheer maxi: River Island Maxi Skirt

Monday, September 9, 2013

My Personal Shopping Guide II

Today I want to talk about shopping, because what girl doesn't enjoy a good shopping spree (a few I know, but just go with it). I have a few tips and tricks that have helped me when hitting the mall and I want to share them with you. Now, the trick with my personal shopping guide is that it is personal. Not everyone shops in the same way or enjoys it for the same reasons, so there are bound to be some tips that will not work for you. I'm just putting it all out there for those of you who may need a little assistance.


6. Know your body
This may seem like a stupid point and many of us will say "well it's my body, of course I know what it looks like!" But the truth is that not everyone knows what type of clothes best fits their body. I'm not talking about just your height or weight, I'm talking about the actual shape of your body. This can be a whole post on its own so I'm not going to go into detail, just know that there are certain garments that will look so much better on you than they do on other body types. Google it, you'll be amazed at what a difference it will make!

Tip: Sometimes it's hard to decide what your body type is (you may not look exactly like one of the shapes above) I suggest asking a friend or relative what they think you look most like. It's all about perspective sometimes :)

7. NO SELF HATE!
It is absolutely unnecessary for anyone to trash their appearance just because that one top or that one skirt didn't fit just right. We have to learn to love and appreciate our body just like it is. We also have to realize that not all stores use the same measurements. A size 8 at Zara and a size 8 at Gap may not be the exact same. There should be no shame in having to go up a size or down a size. No one knows what number is on that tag but you. What people see is how it fits you and I would rather have nice fitting jeans that are a size 12 than camel-toe-inducing jeans that are size 8. Which brings me to my next point...

Tip: Instead of focusing on what you don't like, focus on what you do like about your body and it will make you feel a lot better about yourself.

8. Just because it zips doesn't mean it fits
Skinny jeans and bodycon dresses DO NOT have to be skin tight or uncomfortable. I can't tell you how many pairs of skinny jeans I bought thinking they were my size, but were to "skinny" to actually be comfortable. I always thought it was just the way skinny jeans were supposed to be..until my mom forced me to go up a size. So.much.comfort! Like I said stop looking at the number on the tag and start going by how you look and how you feel when you see yourself in the mirror.

Tip: If you're not completely sure what size you are exactly take a few different ones to the fitting room and try them ALL on before you decide.

9. Appropriate undergarments
This seems kind of a no brainer to me, but my poor eyes have noticed that it is not so obvious to everyone. Wearing the right undergarments can make a huuuuuuuuge difference in how clothes look on you. Bra straps peeking through, panty lines, hot pink stars under white shirts, or  black thongs under white pants are not cute..not even one bit, trust me. This is especially true for vintage garments that were made for women who wore undergarments that shaped their bodies in certain ways. So before you buy anything, make sure you have the right accessories to wear under it.

Tip: White, black, and beige may not be as fun as red, but they can be worn with everything so these colors are a must!

10. Research
This may sound weird for people who don't have a hard time finding their size, but for those who do it is important to know what stores would carry what you're looking for. Petite, plus, and tall sizes may not be an option at certain stores, which can be a little frustrating at times. Check online what stores have the size you need and visit those stores first, it will make your shopping trip a lot shorter and much more pleasant.

Tip: The petite, plus, and tall sections at some stores aren't very big or visible so if you can't find what you're looking for make sure you ask.

Stay tuned for guide 3 and 4 coming in the next couple of weeks :)




Friday, September 6, 2013

It's Fall..Kinda..

Ok, maybe it isn't fall just yet, and maybe I live in a state where fall really never comes, but I'm writing this post anyways!

For those of you who actually get to enjoy the fall season, here are a few trends that have already been hitting both the stores and the runways.

Leather:
Jacket - H&M
Pants - Guess
Skirt - Michael Kors
Dress - Target

Hats:
1 - Macy's
2 - J.Crew
5 - JCP
6 - Shopbop

Plaid:
Sweater - Forever 21
Coat - Madewell

Metallics:

Oxfords - J.Crew
Sweater - Shopbop
Shirt - Express



Monday, September 2, 2013

My Personal Shopping Guide

Today I want to talk about shopping, because what girl doesn't enjoy a good shopping spree (a few I know, but just go with it). I have a few tips and tricks that have helped me when hitting the mall and I want to share them with you. Now, the trick with my personal shopping guide is that it is personal. Not everyone shops in the same way or enjoys it for the same reasons, so there are bound to be some tips that will not work for you. I'm just putting it all out there for those of you who may need a little assistance.

1. Have a budget
Most of us shopaholics wish we had unlimited resources in order to shop as much as our little hearts desired, but I know I don't so I need to know how much exactly I can spend. Before I even leave the house I think about how much I want/can spend and on what exactly I will spend it. Having this in mind will prevent those expensive impulse buys that you will later regret.

Tip: Instead of using your credit/debit card, take out some cash from your bank account. It will help you keep track of how much you have spent and how much you have left.

2. Make a list
Along with the budget, I think having a shopping list is probably one of the most useful tools when shopping. Going to the mall just to see what you find and wandering around with no purpose will end up costing you some money. I can't count how many times I've done this and ended up buying whatever just to spend the money and walk out with something in my hands. I know, that's not good! So make a list. Make sure you know what it is you want to buy. It doesn't have to be specific, just have a general idea of what you want to purchase.

Tip: Write down what stores are most likely to have what you're looking for. It will give you an idea of which stores to visit first, before you spend all you money.

3. Wear comfortable clothing
Okay, I know we've all seen them! Those crazy ladies who go to the mall in heels. Nothing irks me more than girls who try too hard when going to the mall. I'm sure there are some who have a genuine reason for wearing 5 inch heels at the mall, but I'm going out on a limb here and assume that most don't. I can't stress enough how good it feels to be comfortable when walking around for long periods of time. If you are most comfortable in jeans and flats, then wear jeans and flats. If you feel great in a dress and sandals, work that dress with those sandals girl! There's no need to spend hours stressing over which is the most fashion forward/daring/revealing/attention grabbing outfit.

Tip: A maxi dress, easy to slip on and off sandals, and a cross body bag is the perfect shopping outfit.

4. Shop alone and slowly
Some girls really enjoy shopping with their friends, but personally I know I make better decisions when I'm by myself. I have plenty of items I've bought because my friends thought I "needed it asap" only to find out that I really didn't. Yes it's fun when your friends are with you, but if you're looking to do some serious shopping go alone. It's also important to take your time when making decisions and trying things on. There's no need to rush when it's just you.

Tip: If you feel like you need a second opinion ask a sales associate! They can be of great help. If you still need feedback from your friends you can call, text, facetime, skype, snapchat, whatever method of communication you use.

5. Know the return policy
We have all been there, you walk into a store and see that great top you think may fit, but aren't really in the mood to try it on. Knowing what the return policy of the store is will help you decide if you should risk it or not. It will also save you from the headache of "what do you mean I can't return this?! Can't you see it's (insert whatever reason here)?!!!!" Yea...I've been there too.

Tip: Ask more than one employee for the return policy, just to make sure you are getting the correct information.


I realize this is a wordy post, but I hope that it is helpful to you! I will have a few more tips coming up in the next few weeks :)