Lusting: Metallic Madness

metallicmadmessPrada | Sophia Webster  |  Charlotte Olympia | J Crew | Sophia Webster | Jerome C. Rousseau

Craving some metallic shoes last night.

Blue Sparkles

Top: Forever 21 (similar here) | Skirt: KTRcollection sequin pencil skirt in cobalt blue (will be available for sale in Nov) | Bag: Marc Jacobs Crosby Sutton satchel | Shoes: Classiques Entier pumps | Glasses: Prada | Accessories: rainbow spikes bracelet and heart cable ring thanks to Olive+Piper

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With all the holidays right around the corner, I’m pretty sure my love affair with sparkly sequins is not going to end anytime soon.

One of my favorite KTRcollection piece shown during the KSW Runway fashion show this past September was this cobalt blue sequin skirt (seen on model here). It was made with my oversized bow detail for a more formal look, but for daytime, I tucked the bow under and paired the sparkly skirt with a casual printed t-shirt.

These days a little bling is no longer associated with a night on the town, but it is versatile and can be worn during the day if combined with the right pieces. The easiest way to incorporate sequins into your daytime wardrobe is to balance out the flashy-ness of the sequins with a casual item like a chambray, sweater/sweatshirt, or a t-shirt. I love this look because I can transition from day to night with ease and minimal changes to my outfit…

P.S. Thank you for your feedback on my last post about 50 Shades of Grey. I guess I’ll save my time and do something more worthwhile. Happy weekend and thank you for stopping by! xo


“Love is like wildflowers; it’s often found in the most unlikely places.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

[Photos by NR]
Dress: Alice + Olivia pleated maxi dress (old/sold out, similar at 80% off here!
Shoes: Charles David
Bracelets: Cuffs from Bloomingdales
Glasses: Prada

On days when I can’t decide what “outfit” to put together, my maxi dress always come to the rescue! It’s cute, chic, comfy, not to mention easy and efficient! Throw it on and you instantly look darling (plus if you don’t feel like shaving, who would know? :)

Stacey Bendt Eisner, designer and founder of Alice + Olivia is no stranger to girlie, flowy pleats!  There’s something about the flowy-elegance meet relaxed-sophistication of this green pleated maxi dress that makes me feel like a princess every time I put it on. Definitely a favorite of mine in 2011 and will for sure be a repeat this summer….

Readers: What’s Your Take on Maxi Dresses? Do you Love them or Hate them?

Mondern Day Vintage

If it’s one thing I love, it’s a fabulously bold peplum. This stunning Aqua Helena Bow Front Tailored mini peplum skirt from ASOS has been a hit amongst many stylish fashion bloggers such as the sweet Jamie of The Fancy Teacup, the fabulous Blair of Atlantic-Pacific, and the classy Layla of Chic Chef (from left to right).

When I purchased this skirt late last year, I was contemplating on pairing it with a kelly green top, but after seeing it so stylishly color-blocked by these ladies, I wanted to see how it would look against a basic black top. Black is such a universal color and can be paired with anything but sometimes can come off as too simple. With that in mind, I decided to have some fun accessorizing with pearls, flower pins, a statement ring and a pair of sheer vintage gloves…

“I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and… I believe in miracles.” -Audrey Hepburn

[Photos by NR]

Top: BCBGMAXAZRIA black top
Skirt: Aqua Helena Bow Front Tailored Mini Skirt from ASOS
* Update * Skirt has been sold out but you can purchase the dress here
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Ron Ron
Bag: Marc Jacobs Classic Wellington
Glasses: Prada
Flower pins/Necklace/Ring: Forever21
Earrings: Kate Spade Metropolitan Pearl Earrings

Readers: While color-blocking with this skirt is stunning, what are your thoughts on black?

Sweet Honeycomb

 “Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as a wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.”  -Francois de La Rochefoucauld 

Dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA Pleated Ombre Maxi from Bloomingdales
Shoes: Valentino Stud and Lace Pumps
Purse: Rhinestone Box Clutch: Buy similar here
Necklace: RJ Graziano Gold Collar, Buy similar here
Bracelet: Gold Cuff from Nordstroms
Shades: Prada Butterfly Frame from Nordstroms (Sold Out)

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:: Style Tips ::

Fit: Look for a maxi that’s fitted. If there isn’t a shape already, try to create a shape by adding a belt, sweater or fitted jacket.

Too Long: If the hemline in the front is dragging on the ground, then it is too long. Never try to walk in something too long, it could be hazardous.  Bring the dress to a local seamstress and get them hem! If the maxi is cotton and you want to save some cash and time, it can easily be trimmed at home with a sharp pair of scissors.

Too Short: If the hemline is anywhere above your ankles, it will look like you purchased the wrong size.

Patterns: Avoid busy and large patterns, as they give the eye too many places to rest. A vertical pattern might lengthen your body while horizontal stripes can widen the entire look.

Accessorize: The right additions can take a basic maxi dress and really makes it pops. Think a statement necklace, bangles, fun earrings, etc.

* * Be Bold! Fashion is all about taking risks and your confidence is what makes the outfit!

xoxo KTR