It’s all in the details.

We all have owned or worn a sweater dress at some point. It’s a must have during the colder months. What sets this black sweater dress apart? Just like the title says, it’s all in the details. The puffy sleeves are super fun and pretty pearl-shaped dots add charming elements to this dress. I styled my dress with black over-the-knee boots, an ivory coat and a red crossbody to add a pop of color. 

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Dress: Saylor, Coat: Old Navy, Shoes: Stuart Weitzman and Purse: Aldo

Mixing Stripes

When you find something you love, you want to share it with the world. I absolutely love this stunning sweater dress from Jason Wu GREY. The brilliantly placed wider black stripes in the front and the narrower blue stripes in the back create a sizzling design that would compliment all body types. It’s very comfortable and because it’s made from Merino wool, it will definitely keep you warm. I styled my outfit with a black trunk box purse and black booties. This dress is also available for rent for 4 or 8 days via Rent the Runway. 

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Dress: GREY Jason Wu, Purse: Sam Edelman, Shoes: Nine West

Mad for Plaid

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of plaid is a school uniform, so as a general rule, I tend to stay away from it. My first plaid purchase was a winter coat to keep this southern girl warm during my first winter in Indiana. My second plaid purchase was more spur-of-the-moment when we went to Chicago for Thanksgiving. Regretfully, I forgot to bring a scarf with me while shopping at an outside mall. I was desperately in need of something to keep me warm and this large oversized plaid scarf was exactly what I needed. Now, may I present to you my third plaid purchase, this chic wool blazer dress by MaryLing pictured below. I absolutely love this dress. It’s modern, it’s feminine and mostly importantly, it kept me warm. I added black long sleeve top and black booties to complete my look. Thanks for reading.
Dress: MARYLING, Top: Banana Republic and Shoes:Ninewest

Modern Lace

We were shopping on 5th Avenue in NYC when we came across this dress in the window at Karen Millen.  The modern and geometric lace detail of the dress made me fall in love with it.  I was first introduced to Karen Millen by a good friend of mine while in college, but their clothes were a little pricey for my college student budget.  I also like how the lace is layered over contrasting blue fabric. I wanted the dress to be the main focus, so I added a black clutch and black block-heeled sandals.

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Dress: Karen Millen, Shoes: Target, Sunglasses: TAHARI, Clutch: Deux Lux, Earrings: Banana Republic.

Black + Gold

The inspiration for my outfit came from the jumpsuit below featured on Antonio Berardi’s pre-fall 2016 collection.  There is nothing like a good jumpsuit that fits you in all the right places.  I prefer the sweetheart neckline of the H&M piece and I love how the bottom fits loosely before tapering off.  I completed my look with black and gold accessories.

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Outfit detail: Jumpsuit (H&M), Accessories: Sandals (Target), Earrings (Banana Republic), Sunglasses (Elie Tahari), Belt (Michael Michael Kors) and Clutch (Deux Lux).

Restyling Summer Dresses For Fall

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great thanksgiving with your family and loved ones. I took some time off, but now I’m back to continue offering outfits influenced by what I see on the runway. I was inspired by the beautiful cheetah print coat below from Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2015 runway collection. Since the weather is still fairly mild, I layered two of my favorite summer dresses to create a new outfit for fall.

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Shirt dress: Express, High-low dress: Target. Accessories: Belt (THE LIMITED), Shoes (Nine West), Clutch (BCBGeneration) Cuff (Banana Republic) and Sunglasses (COACH).

For The Love Of Plaid

Plaid is synonymous with fall. This customary autumnal pattern is everywhere during this time of year and the runway is no exception. Designers such as Chloe, Michael Kors, Coach, Altuzarra, Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Etro all featured this well beloved pattern in their Fall 2015 RTW runway collections. This beautiful plaid scarf was an impulse buy while shopping in Chicago last winter. I needed an oversize scarf to wrap around my neck on that chilly, windy night. It has become one of my go-to cold weather accessories. I wanted to showcase my scarf without having to wrap it around my neck. Styling it over my shoulder draws your attention immediately to the scarf, and using a neutral belt to emphasize my waist adds structure to the outfit.

On another note, I want to say a big thank you to my better half and my awesome photographer, John. He is my biggest cheerleader who always encourages and supports me in all of my endeavors. He often tells me, “that a nice outfit, we should take a picture and post it on your blog.” Besides being an optometrist as well, he also draws and plays the piano beautifully. He drew the cover art for Park Bench Stories, a collection of short stories by Kathleen Venezia (aka his mom) and he just completed the cover art for her soon to be released second book of short stories.

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Top: Express, Pants: THE LIMITED, Accessories: Scarf (Francesca’s, similar), Belt (LOFT, similar), Shoes (Paolo Corelli), Clutch (BCBGeneration).

 

Fall Closet Staples: Pullover + Cord

I usually exercise precaution when it comes to wearing clothes in the shades of my favorite color, purple. Similarly, I try not to be too “on the nose” about wearing clothes that represent my chosen profession. I am an optometrist, but it does not mean I have to buy things with glasses depicted on them. That was my philosophy until I came across this pullover from Banana Republic. How adorable are the cat-eye glasses graphic design! I love how soft the fabric is. It runs large, but I purposely chose a larger size because I was worried the sleeves may be too short. One of my pet peeves is when sleeves hit at that awkward position right below the wrist. Although it fits loosely, I’m very happy with the outcome.

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Top: Banana Republic, Pants: Banana Republic (similar), Booties (Lucky Brand) Accessories: Hat (Urban Outfitters), Purse (Coach)

Orange With Leopard

Hi everyone,

As the weather gets cooler, there is a propensity to wear warm/muted colors. Today, my primary focus is on one of the Pantone Shades for 2015 – orange. Colors in the orange family were prominently featured on Fall 2015 runway collections by designers such as Celine, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Kenzo, Christian Dior and so on. My style inspiration came from Joseph and Prabal Gurung Fall 2015 RTW collection. I love the design of this A-line dress. It has a forgiving quality because it flows away from the body. I accessorized with a pointy-toe leopard flat, black clutch, and a long gold necklace.

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Dress: Banana Republic (not available online), Shoes: Nine West, Clutch: (The Limited). Accessories: Watch (Fossil), Necklace (Banana Republic)

Thankful!

Hello everyone! I can’t believe it’s been almost 4 weeks since my last post. It was a little hectic for a while, but now I’m back on track. Hope you all have been well. I have so many things to be thankful, but I’m most grateful for my wonderful family and great friends. I can always count on their love and support. My style inspiration for this look came from Balenciaga fall 2014 collection.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Fur Vest: Dolce Cabo, Sweater Dress: Target, Boots: Coach, Tote: Lauren Ralph Lauren, Accessories: Beret (Target), Sunglasses (Oakley) and Watch (Fossil).