Dollhouse

Keep it Between the Pleats (+ DIY Tutorial)

I have been looking for the perfect pleated leather skirt but my luck hasn’t been so great. A few months back I purchased one from H&M but just the thought of leather at the time made me sweat and when I said sweat, I’m talking the “Sweaty Axe Commercial” sweat… so I returned it. Since it’s getting a little chilly now, I wanted it again but it’s sold out everywhere (don’t you hate that?).

Then I came across the Alice + Olivia pleated leather skirt but too bad it was sold out as well… Plus I didn’t feel like forking out $396 for a skirt. So what’s a girl to do? Make it? Why the hell not.

[Photos by NR]

Top: Forever 21 crop tank, Dollman denim vest (similar here)| Bottom: DIY (faux) leather pleated skirt | Shoes: Classiques Entier cap toe pumps | Purse: Marc Jacobs  Crosby Sutton bag | Bracelet: Michael Kors ‘Collections’ two-tone link chain pave bracelet (similar here and here) | Belt: studded leather belt (old, similar here and here)

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We had the pleasure of attending the GAP Fall 2012 “Icons Redefined” Collection x LookMazing event in the heart of SF on Wednesday night. It was such a blast getting styled by the Gap stylists, took photos in LookMazing’s photo booth and sipped on champagne. My girl Sab from Rouge Spark looked so freakin’ cute with a full outfit makeover and even Nate came back decked out in yellow rolled up pants and an orange shirt! I on the other hand was a party pooper and only changed my top. Booo to me! But I had an excuse…I couldn’t take off my newly DIY skirt! :)

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Summertime Blues

Just when I thought I was over the high low craze, I ran into this BCBGeneration high low hem dress and fell in love with the flowy, flirty and feminine look all over again (similar look here). It was purchased for my Caribbean vacay but I never had the chance to wear it because I over packed a little, but it was perfect for a summer day while out-n-about in LA last week. I added a denim vest for a casual look, which also gave the loose frock a little bit of shape.

When I’m at home I like to have my hair pulled back in a ponytail and tucked behind a comfortable headband, but my head always hurt after wearing a headband for a long time…Recently I tried out these classic headbands from Stone Bridge, an England based company that specializes in luxury French handmade hair accessories. These classic everyday wear headbands felt like they were made for my head. It’s so comfortable I practically lived in them all weekend.

[Photos by NR]
 
Dress: BCBGeneration high low hem dress
Jacket: Dollhouse Denim Vest
Necklace: (similar here) / Bracelets: Kate Spade, Forever 21 friendship /Headband: thanks to Stone Bridge
Shoes: Colin Stuart ankle strap sandals
 

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and your Monday is off to a great start! :)

Cut Out for Love

I used to feel nervous about wearing maxi dresses because I felt like I was too short…

…but there’s nothing a pair of heels (or a pair of sharp scissors) can’t fix…nowadays I can’t get enough of these long flowy dresses.

[Photos by NR]
Dress: Forever21 cut out twist front maxi dress (similar here)
Vest: Dollhouse denim vest
Shoes: Alexander Wang Isabeli leopard sandals (old)
Hat: David & Young Neo Noir fedora
Necklace: Sequin twirl link necklace / Bracelets:  Cuffs from Bloomingdales / Ring: House of Harlow
 

If it’s one thing I love it’s a dress that can be transformed and styled for a variety of  occasions. This Forever 21 cut out twist front maxi is not only comfortable (the material is so soft) but it’s equally wearable for day as it is for night (and would have been perfect for this ‘holiday emergency’)…For a casual look, I simply added a denim vest and hat. Flats would also be a complimentary addition to this outfit (but forgetful me left them at home).

The twist detail at the front waist and decorative side cut outs adds a chic & sexy vibe while the soft jersey fabric keeps you cool during those hot summer nights…Oh how I adore when fashion collides with comfort! This gorgeous dress is a fab find and a timelessly classic piece that will last all season long, and beyond.

Ladies: Have you ever felt uncertain/insecure about wearing something but overcame it?