A weekend getaway

John and I recently returned from Connecticut to attend a friend’s wedding. We flew into Hartford, but stayed at the New Haven Hotel in New Haven. Prior to the trip, we planned to explore Yale University, and I particularly wanted to see the Yale University Art Gallery and East Rock Park. Little did I know that our plans would be derailed by unforeseen circumstances. John and I were unusually forgetfull on this trip. We forgot a tooth brush, contact lenses, a lint roller for dark clothes and cologne. I was miserable at the airport and on the plane because I forgot to bring a sweater/jacket because I’m always cold. As soon as we checked into our hotel, we went in search of a CVS/Walgreens to buy the things we needed. We had been up since 7:00am and our last meal was at 9:00am, so we were both tired and hungry. After getting lost and walking around for sometime, we finally found a Walgreens but it was a small one and it didn’t sell a lint roller. By this time, it was already 4:30pm and we had to meet up with our friends for a get-together at 5pm. We were directed to another Walgreens about 2 blocks away, so we set off and eventually found it and purchased what we needed. We rushed back to meet up with our friends at Cask Republic for cocktails. Our day had some hiccups, but it ended well.

The next day, the wedding ceremony didn’t begin until 5pm, so I thought we could go explore Yale University after breakfast. John got up to shower, but something was wrong with the water pipes. It literally sounded like someone was drilling next door when he ran the hot water. We were eventually moved to a different room and by then, I had no desire to go anywhere. We got ready for the wedding and a bus took us to the picturesque town of Guilford. Guilford was everything I thought a New England town would be, but the Yacht club really blew me away. The wedding ceremony was heartfelt, and the bride and groom looked beautiful. It really was a fun wedding, and even my little stumble on the dance floor did not dampen my good mood.

So, let me tell you about my stumble. John and I were dancing and Rihanna’s song “We found love” came on. As the song reached the crescendo, I imagined I was at a rave and started banging and swinging my head. Before I knew it, I lost my balance and started to fall.  John, Steve, Rachel and Brandon tried to catch me, but luckily a perfectly placed chair broke my fall. We all had a good laugh and didn’t let that stop us. I got back on the dance floor and danced the night away with John and our friends. To top it all off, an older female guest came up to me at the end of the night and said, “I have been watching you all night and you’re the best dancer here!”

Congrats to Alex and Karen!

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Dress: Banana Republic Factory (White and Navy), The limited (black), John’s suit and shirt: H&M, Accessories: Shoes (Aldo) and Clutch (Deux Lux)

Mixed Berry

I love to sing and dance around the house. My only audience member, John, is forever concerned that I could hurt myself one day if I’m not careful as I prance, spin and leap around the house. I know it’s too late to fulfill my dream of becoming a contemporary dancer, but I can at least dress like one. I have been looking for a simple wrap top for a while now and I absolutely love this one from American Apparel. I wore an undershirt under my top for obvious reasons. I plan to order another color, but I will order a medium this time instead of a small. If you have read some of my previous posts, you would know how much I love pleated skirts. I ordered my true size and it fits like a high-waisted skirt before flaring out. I would recommend ordering a size up if you prefer for it to sit lower around your waist. I went with neutral accessories to complete my colorful look.

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Top: American Apparel, Skirt: LOFT, Accessories: Sandals (Steve Madden) and Clutch (MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS).

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Summer Bloom🌼🌼🌼

It officially feels like summer and what better way to celebrate summer fashion than with a flowery skirt and a shoulder baring top.  My inspiration for this style pairing came from Oscar de la Renta Spring 2016 runway collection where carnation prints were prevalently displayed on dresses, skirts and blouses.  I recently read that carnations were Oscar de la Renta’s favorite flowers, so it made perfect sense for Peter Copping to feature carnations in his designs as an homage his predecessor who passed away in 2014. The daisy prints on my skirt are even more stunning in person.  Each petal is embroidered onto a chiffon material and the fit-and-flare silhouette of the skirt accentuated my waist before flaring out into a full skirt.  I went with a top that deviated slightly from the trendy off-the-shoulder tops.  Now to complete my look, I added strappy sandals, ladylike bag and of course, sunglasses.

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Top: Project Social T (similar), Skirt: Talbots, Accessories: Shoes (Nine West), Sunglasses (Oliver Peoples) and Purse (Urban Expressions).

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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

Viva Las Vegas

I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Las Vegas. I will always have a positive association with that glitzy city because John and I got engaged there in 2011. Since this was our second trip, we wanted to focus more on enjoying the moment instead of visiting every hotel or attraction. We stayed at the Palazzo hotel, which is connected to the Venetian hotel.

Day 1: We explored both hotels, went shopping at Grand Canal Shoppes and had dinner at LAVO Italian Restaurant and Casino Club. I really liked the asian-themed decorations to commemorate the lunar new year. The food at LAVO was definitely the best Italian food I’ve ever had. I’ll even quote John. He said, “This rivals the food I had in Rome”. We will definitely be going back there on our next visit.

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Day 2: After having breakfast at the Grand Luxe Cafe, we explored the Mirage hotel since we didn’t get the chance to do that on our last visit. We watched the Arsenal versus Barcelona football (soccer) game at the Lagasse’s stadium. John is a huge fan of Arsenal football club based in London and of course, we (“we” because I’m a fan by association) couldn’t miss one of the biggest games of the season. I actually don’t mind watching football games because John’s passion is so infectious, but I mostly watch the last 10-15 minutes of the game. Arsenal lost to the most successful (and probably the best) football team in the world, but it was a close game. I let him watch his game and he went with me to see Zumanity Cirque du Soleil at New York-New York hotel. Zumanity is not your typical cirque du soleil show. It has the usual acrobatic moves, but it is for mature audiences only.

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Day 3: Started the day with breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi Restaurant inside the Paris hotel. This is another restaurant that we’ll be revisiting on our next trip to Vegas because of the wonderful food, the great view of the strip, and friendly staff. At noon, we had afternoon tea at the Tea Lounge inside the Mandarin Oriental hotel. I can’t adequately express how wonderful our experience was while having tea, but I’ll try. The Tea lounge is located on the 23rd floor and there are walls of floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a view of the strip and the mountains beyond. I’m not sure if they had an essential oil diffuser, but it smelled so amazing in there. I can tell you that I was in a complete state of relaxation throughout our stay. We ordered the Classic English Afternoon Tea which comes with your choice of loose leaf tea, savory delicacies, scones and pastries. Everything was delicious, but my favorite had to be the cherry scones with pineapple jam. We had dinner at TAO Asian Restaurant inside the Venetian hotel. I really love their Tao-tini cocktail drink so much that I had two of them. What better way to conclude this trip than for the Venezias to visit the Venetian hotel?

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Day 4: The Paris Baguette, overlooking St. Mark’s Square at the Grand Canal Shoppes, has awesome pastries and savory sandwiches. We had coffee and breakfast there before heading back home.

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(Day 1, Day 2): Dress (LOFT), Day 3: Sweater and Top (Banana Republic), Jeans (TJMaxx), Skirt (Banana Republic). Accessories: Shoes (Nine West), Sunglasses (Elie Tahari (Day 2) and Oliver Peoples (Day 3)) and Purse (Coach).

Feeling warm and cozy

Happy new year! It’s finally starting to feel like winter in Indiana. We had a few inches of snow last week and I had to drive to work in it. I have been living in the midwest now for almost 8 years and I still dread driving in snow. So when the weather outside is frightful, I take pictures inside where I feel warm and cozy. I love textures because they add extra elements that can elevate any piece of clothing. The white and navy stitches on this sweater are arranged to create dots which complement the vertical lines of the corduroy pants. The beret also has interwoven black and gold threads to add color and drama to what would have been an ordinary beige hat. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate simple fabrics as well. I just prefer when clothes have textures and patterns.

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Top: LOFT, Pants: Banana Republic (similar), Bootie (similar) Accessories: Beret (Urban Outfitters, similar) and Scarf (Francesca’s).

The Perfect Cape

I believe outerwear should not only be functional, it also has to make a statement. I am a little obsessed with coats and people who know me would attest to that. My fascination with capes began two years ago and it has taken me over a year to find the perfect cape. I saw a couple I liked online, but they were either too expensive, had bad reviews, or they were from questionable websites that I wasn’t so sure about. A friend of mine sent me a link to this beautiful wool cape from J.Crew back in August, but I did not purchase it right away due to mixed online reviews. I went to my local J.Crew store to try it on and the rest, as they say, is history. Unfortunately this cape is no longer available online or in store. If cost is not an issue, J.Crew offers this lovely cashmere cape and a budget friendly option from J.Crew  factory. Many designers showed some version of cape outerwear in their fall 2015 runway collections. I really like the two capes featured below, the black one from Dolce & Gabbana and the dusty rose cape from Nanette Lepore.

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Cape: J.Crew, Sweater: Banana Republic, Pants: Banana Republic. Accessories: Shoes (Pour la Victoire), Purse (Gucci) and Sunglasses (Oliver Peoples)