My 2017 Style Resolutions

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It’s a new year, and the perfect time to think about your look. Everyone suddenly becomes obsessed with fitness and workout tips, but I’m really thinking about honing in on my personal style. Every woman’s body changes, but if you nail your look and some core style principles, looking amazing on a daily basis becomes a much more manageable task. Here’s how I plan to step up my style game in the New Year!

1.       I’ll find new ways to wear sneakers and comfort footwear. 

The days of lugging around flats or suffering in heels all day are over. It may take some experimenting until I figure out enough ways to dress them up for various occasions, but finding the balance between style and comfort is a necessity.

2.       I’ll have fun with color, especially on my face.

I love makeup, but have found myself with a seemingly endless array of shimmery neutral eyeshadow palettes, and taupe or blush lip stains. Occasionally I would do a classic red or burgundy lip. However this summer I stumbled upon a cobalt blue liquid lipstick and wearing it was one of my favorite style statements of the year. A bit of bold color on the lips or eyes, or even both is an easy and inexpensive way to make your look pop. I promise to have more fun in the makeup department, even if only on weekends or special occasions.

3.       I’ll spend less time shopping and more time shopping my closet.

Working in fashion for almost 10 years has helped me build up a pretty impressive wardrobe, thanks to constant sample giveaways, insider discounts and private sales. I usually adopt a golden rule while shopping – if it doesn’t go with 3 different things I already own, I don’t buy it. I slacked on that rule a bit in 2016, largely due to the sudden emergence of some really exciting trends in Spring and Summer.  But in 2017 I’ll channel my creativity, get thrifty, and be more environmentally friendly by inventing new ways to rock some of the amazing things piled up in my closet.

4.       I’ll invest in a quality, timeless designer handbag.

I’ve been wanting a bag upgrade for a while, but whenever it came time to bit the bullet, I spend on something else, usually an experience. That approach has brought my amazing memories, but I never stop wanting the bag. This year I will strike the compromise between splurging on a luxury item vs an unforgettable experience by stalking sample sales and the famous Barney’s Warehouse Sale.

What are your style resolutions for 2017? 

*This post was originally written for Luxe Radar 

All That Shimmer

new years eve sequined jacket

New Years Eve means bring on the bling. For the last party of the year I'll be dancing it up in this sequined tuxedo and bandage crop top. Can you believe this entire look is from H&M?!  The top is from a few years back, but I stumbled upon the jacket and pants in one of their flagship stores a few weeks ago and immediately fell in love. 

And since the event I'm attending is a surrealist theme, this silly, sexy lace bunny mask is the topper, which I found in the H&M Halloween clearance bin for $5! 

The end of the year has me ready for fun, but also feeling reflective on everything that has happened this year. There has been immense joy, sorrow, pride and fun in my life this year. I'm choosing to not dwell on the bad, but to learn from it. In 2017 I promise to be more attentive not just to my close friends but to the all the people in my life, because they are here for a reason. I promise to stick to the promises I make to myself - to maintain the shape I'm in instead of letting it swing back and forth; to have adventures in the moment without compromising my future financial security; to embrace wholeheartedly what is worth clinging to and let go of what is not. Here is to a new year, and the same old me, only, maybe, a little bit better. 

Last Night of 2016

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It's one of the last days of 2016 This year has been an intense one, and for me, largely positive. I got a lot of the things I wished and worked for. I made accomplishments in my career, strengthened my relationships, and had bucket list worthy experiences. I'm ready to welcome 2017 with open arms and try to remain optimistic through some very difficult political changes. Let's bring on the new year and take on all of the joy and challenges with mindfulness, grace, and of course, style. 

If you are still trying to figure out what to wear for the last party of the year, I break down 3 different looks on Accidental Fame. This is one of my favorite looks. It screams old school glam and reminds me why velvet was the hot texture of the season. 

velvet backless urban outfitters dress

If you are still scrambling to figure out what to wear, here are a few looks I love! it's almost as if Urban Outfitters knew you weren't going to be ready, because all of their amazing party dresses are 25% the price listed! If you can't get overnight shipping most of these babies are still available for in-store pickup, so reserve online then get to your nearest shop! 

Silence and Noise Sinderella Sparkle Dress $69

Silence and Noise Sinderella Sparkle Dress $69

Silence and Noise Mesh Bodycon Dress 

Silence and Noise Mesh Bodycon Dress 

If you are wondering what I'm actually wearing tomorrow, stay tuned for my next post! The only hint I can give is that the party called for a surrealist theme, so a headpiece will come into play!