Flower Power

Hello everyone,

I don’t know if I want to shimmy all day or do the cha-cha-cha in this beautiful jumpsuit. I instantly fell in love with the design. Its colorful floral pattern and the sweetheart neckline add a level of sweetness to this playful jumpsuit. The upper part fits like a corset, so you can definitely go without a bra. I went with simple accessories like this neutral clutch and dusty rose sandals to complete my outfit. The brand, Finders Keepers, is an Australian women’s fashion label, but you can buy their clothes at American retailers like Nordstrom and ASOS. The jumpsuit is no longer available in this pattern, but you can rent it for 4 or 8 days through RENT the RUNWAY. It is still available for purchase in black. I would recommend going up a size because this jumpsuit runs small.

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Jumpsuit (Finders Keepers), Shoes (Sam Edelman) and Purse (Michael Michael Kors).

Stripes + Ruffles

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My inspiration for this blog post comes from Zimmermann Spring 2017 RTW collection. I love ruffles because it adds a little dash of drama to any outfit. This skirt has EVERYTHING! It has all the frills without being too fussy. The combination of vertical stripes to elongate the body and ruffles to add volume, might make this skirt intimidating for some people, but it is really such a delight to wear. I added a white graphic tee, simple black sandal, and a vintage Gucci clutch purse to complete my look.

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Top: Banana Republic (same top on eBay), Skirt: Banana Republic (similar, similar), Purse: Vintage Gucci, Shoes: Target (similar) and Sunglasses (SEE Eyewear)

Spring Awakening

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It has been exactly a year since my last blog post. I have been preoccupied with raising a beautiful baby boy (see @runwayinspired on instagram for more details). Motherhood has completely changed my life and I’m better for it. It definitely has its ups and downs. I feel like every time I figure things out, something else changes and then I have to learn to adapt to the new thing…sigh. It took me a while before I can finally tell myself “girl, you got this”. I can handle the roles of wife, mother, optometrist, and also have a semi-functioning social life. I just have to prioritize and take it step by step. I also have an amazing support system, i.e. my husband, my mom, and my in-laws.

I am very happy to be able to resume my fashion blog. I must confess, it was very hard to feel fashionable while I was handling spills, cleaning spit up, and having him constantly cling to me. But as my little guy gets older and with a better routine, I’m starting to have a little more time to myself. So let’s go back to talking about clothes, shall we?

It’s spring time and you can’t talk about spring fashion without florals. My cute floral chiffon dress with ruffled trims was purchased at BCBGMAXAZRIA last summer and I finally just got the chance to wear it. The dress is no longer available, but I have attached a similar style below. I added neutral accessories to complete my look.

Thanks for reading and happy mother’s day to all the moms and moms-to- be.

    

Dress: similar, similar. Purse: MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS, Shoes: (old) and Belt: LOFT

Maternity-Friendly Styles

I’m going to begin this post by clarifying a main point, none of the clothes posted below are maternity clothes.  During my first trimester, the last thing on my mind was shopping and clothes.  I was truly in a fashion rut and I just wanted to get through the days.  It was during my second trimester that I started to feel like myself again. I had a cute little baby bump and I was glad that my clothes still fit.  However, I still had no desire to go shopping, but I began to browse online for maternity clothes.  To say I was uninspired with the clothes I found would be an understatement.  To be honest, I found the most of the clothes boring, matronly, and they all pretty much looked the same.  However, I found an awesome brand of maternity leggings called Preggo Leggings and I have say, they are the most comfortable pairs of leggings I have ever worn. The soft and stretchy design fits comfortably over my growing belly and It stays up.  I began them around 28th weeks and they have been a lifesaver.  I stumbled upon HATCH and found some really cute options.  The only issue I had with the pieces I found was that I could not justify paying the price for clothes I would only wear for a few months.  I also found an online store called NINE IN THE MIRROR, who offers maternity clothes from designers such as Valentino, Alexander Wang, Lanvin, 3.1 Phillip Lim and so on.  What I like the most about NINE IN THE MIRROR is that they offer clothes you can wear pre and post-partum, but again, the price turned me off. ASOS actually have cute maternity clothes at affordable prices, but I’m more interested in pieces I could invest in and wear again after giving birth.

So I went on a mission to find cute clothes that are maternity-friendly from some of my favorite stores, clothes that I could still wear postpartum, and most importantly, clothes I could invest in without feeling guilty.  I call them maternity-friendly because they have room to accommodate a growing baby bump.  The dress I wore for my baby shower (see “Oh Baby”) is from Banana Republic.  Below are some of my favorites from Anthropologie, Banana Republic, BCBGMAXAZRIA and Neiman Marcus (Halston Heritage and Tanya Taylor Designs).

Thanks for reading and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and moms-to-be!

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Oh, Baby!

Hi everyone!  It’s been a while.  Took some time off to focus on other aspects of my life. So many things have changed since my last blog post.  We are having a BABY!  I am so excited, but to be honest, a little nervous.  I wanted to share pictures from my amazing tea party themed baby shower.  It was organized by my wonderful mother-in-law and sister-in-law at the CakeBakeShop in Indianapolis.  I’ll be keeping you all posted on my pregnancy journey, what worked for me, and what I’ve learned so far.

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Dress: Banana Republic, Accessories: Sandals (Steve Madden), Sunglasses (Betsy Johnson) and Clutch (MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS).

My Take On An Old Classic

The universal layering piece everyone has in their closet is a cardigan. The cardigan featured below is my all time favorite layering piece. I fell in love with it at first sight a few years ago and immediately purchased it at a local LOFT store. I love the pretty chiffon petals attached to the front and the slim cut of the design. I was inspired to restyle this cardigan after reading about ways to wear a cardigan without looking frumpy in the May 2016 issue of InStyle magazine. I chose to wear mine over a drop waist navy dress. I added a skinny belt to draw attention to my waist. I also like it without a belt for a more relaxed fit.

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Cardigan: LOFT, Dress: LOFT, Accessories: Clutch (MICHAEL Michael Kors), Shoes (Nine West), Sunglasses (Oakley) and Belt (Target).

Long Blazer & Pleated Midiskirt

My style inspiration for this post came from the April 2016 issue of InStyle magazine, the one with the fabulous Lupita Nyong’o on the cover. I would describe my personal style as feminine, but once in a while I like to mix things up by adding a few masculine elements. I was pleased to see styles that combined feminine and masculine pieces. Richie Talboy wrote, “…a uniform that melds polished structure with finely drawn feminine pleats. It also cuts a mean silhouette thanks to a nipped-in waist and clean lines that deftly skim the hips.” I completely agree.

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Blazer: Target, Skirt: Banana Republic, Accessories: Purse (French Connection), Shoes (Pour la Victoire) and Sunglasses (Elie Tahari).

Hot Shoulder

Hello everyone! One of the trends for spring 2016 is bare shoulders. A lot of designers featured chic ways of displaying shoulders in their runway collections. I liked Natalia Alaverdian’s interpretation of this trend in her A.W.A.K.E collection. I especially love how she played with volume and asymmetric patterns to create beautiful pieces. Zebra print was a prominent motif. I was amazed at how she managed to incorporate this elegant pattern into a majority of her designs without going overboard. I chose the silhouette below because I love the contrast of a voluminous top with a sleek bottom. The upper part of my outfit is actually a dress made by my sister. I decided to wear a black pencil skirt over it to draw attention to the dramatic design of the top and of course, my bare shoulder.

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Top/dress: Hilda’s design, skirt (old). Accessories: Sunglasses (Elie Tahari), Shoes (Nine West) and Clutch (BCBGeneration).

 

Soft and Sweet

I hope everyone is as excited for spring as I am. I always look forward to this time of year because of what spring signifies, an awakening. I love seeing trees come to life, flowers blooming, milder climate and of course, spring fashion. I was inspired by Carolina Herrera Spring 2016 RTW collection. The term “feminine elegance” comes to mind as I perused through her collection online (via vogue.com). I want every single item on that runway show. She found a way to modernize tulle, pleats, sheer paneling and transparent mesh to create timeless pieces that women of all ages would want to wear.

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Top: LOFT (similar), Skirt: Banana Republic (similar), Shoes: Nine West and Purse: Urban Expressions

Blooming Daisies

Hi everyone! Florals are quintessentially spring because of what they represent, an awakening from dreary winter. And who does not love a flowery dress in the spring? While looking through Michael Kors SS2015 RTW runway show, I saw this beautiful white floral dress and I immediately thought of my beautiful white floral dress. This dress was featured on my blog last year and I could not resist posting it again. I think I like this styling better. Check out my older post (Sunday Morning in Floral Drop-Waist Dress) to compare.

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Dress: Banana Republic, Sandals: Enzo Angiolini, Clutch: Gucci. Accessories: Belt (Target), Cuff (Banana Republic), and Sunglasses (Coach).

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