3 Valentine’s Day Outfits That Aren’t a Red Dress

Hello Lovely,

February is upon us and apart from my birthday, there’s one big thing a lot of people look forward to. Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to get out for an extra special night with your SO or a few of your besties. But if you’re like me, you don’t necessarily need your V-Day outfit to scream V-Day.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good red dress, but that doesn’t mean I only wear it come February 14th. So if you’re like me and want to look stylish, but will pass on the obvious choice, check out these alternate Valentine’s Day outfit options to celebrate in style.

Whether you’re headed out for a girls’ night, doing a super chill date night, or going big with a fancy dinner and a show, we’re sharing a few fun outfit options that work for Valentine’s Day that AREN’T a red dress.

This look is the perfect Valentine's Day outfit when it's cold outside but you still want to look your best. Cute and practical: Best of both worlds!

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No matter the ocassion, nothing says ready like a little black dress.

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In the third installment of outfits for Valentines Day that aren't red dresses, we have my favourite colour coral, paired with a black leather mini skirt for a flirty evening on the town.

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Three Classic Wardrobe Combinations That Always Work

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My style is constantly evolving. When I was in high school, I rocked the emo look. When I transferred to college in Miami, I started wearing bright colours and made drastic changes. Because I was still trying to find what worked for me, getting dressed often became a chore. No matter how hard I tried to set clothes out from the night before, I often ended up changing my mind in the morning and doubting myself. I even documented this evolution in a Facebook album. Looking back on some of those outfits often makes me cringe, but I learned a lot from it, which really sped up my getting ready process. Getting dressed is so much easier for me now. I’m far more confident because I know what works for me. So I’m sharing three classic wardrobe combinations that always work.

Short Dress, Long Coat

I don’t get to wear long coats very often, but this past weekend, I wore it when I went out with some friends. While a short dress or skirt, especially one that's form-fitting, can feel too revealing, throwing a knee-length coat, trench, or sweater over it instantly elevates it to something that feels elegant and rich. I’ve even worn it with long skirts and it still had the same effect. I’m partial to a neutral dress with my floral duster but I’ve even done it will all neutrals.

Monochrome

You can’t go wrong by wearing the same colour in various pieces. Although I don’t wear this combination as much, it’s definitely a safe bet! Whether you choose all black, all grey, pink, white, or blue, monochrome always looks good!

Basic Blouse, Statement Skirt

I do this all the time at work! It’s easier and often looks cooler, which is why so many of my outfits use this formula. After selecting a knock-out skirt, I reach for almost any neutral top to go with it, that would have looked far less memorable had I paired it with a simple pair of trousers.

3 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt This Fall

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Lately I've been having fun challenging myself to commit to certain colours or themes for the week. Last week we enjoyed cooler weather with a cold front so I was happy to wear longer sleeves and sweaters. I love cold weather because for me it's easier to get warm than it is for me to cool off in hot weather. But let's be honest, Fall and Winter fashion can quickly become frumpy and unappealing. While we hardly get a chance to wear sweaters because it's always so hot, I was determined to prove that Fall fashion can be both functional and fun. So here's 3 ways to wear a pencil skirt this fall:

With a printed top

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Because it's Fall I didn't want to go too wild and crazy with the print. I kept it neutral by pairing a blush midi pencil skirt with a black and white striped top. By keeping my heels and sweater neutral as well, nothing was too fussy, leaving everything clean and streamlined.

A printed pencil skirt

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Then again, there's nothing wrong brightening things up a bit. Using a tribal print pencil skirt as my base, I was able to pair it with a pumpkin coloured blouse and my new favourite coat (only $9 by the way). I accessorised with a colourful piece of African jewellery for fun.

With a cool pair of flats

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When my kids asked me, "What are those?" I had to explain to them that they are called Oxfords and I bought them in London where a lot of people wear them. I was going for a relaxed look with this one, pairing it with my new striped blouse (a steal at only $5). Seriously guys, fashion does not have to be expensive!

So what do you think about my pairings? I can't wait to share more ways to wear every day items to provide inspiration if you're ever stuck. Has this post motivated you to switch up your look? Share your reactions in the comment section below.

What to Wear Wednesday: Crazy Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

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October is here, which means it's time to start sifting through the depths of the internet to find a costume that's trendy, but still classic; crafty, but still easy to make; and unique, but still mainstream (nothing sucks more than when people don't get your costume). To ease your pain, we've put together a list of some of our favourite DIY costumes you need to steal for Halloweekend. Let the crafting begin!

 

Tacos are easily a food favourite, so why not dress like one? This costume is so easy to make and it's totally perfect to wear for free burrito day at Chipotle on Halloween. (If you live near a Chipotle, moment of silence for the rest of us who don't). Anyways, the taco purse is definitely my favourite part and I kind of want to just wear this everyday. That's acceptable, right?? Grab the guac and the hot sauce, and read the how-to because you're about to be one big taco!  (via Aww, Sam!)

Tacos are easily a food favourite, so why not dress like one? This costume is so easy to make and it's totally perfect to wear for free burrito day at Chipotle on Halloween. (If you live near a Chipotle, moment of silence for the rest of us who don't). Anyways, the taco purse is definitely my favourite part and I kind of want to just wear this everyday. That's acceptable, right?? Grab the guac and the hot sauce, and read the how-to because you're about to be one big taco! (via Aww, Sam!)

Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood Cast  : If you and your crew are total Taylor fanatics, take some time to put together these totally badass outfits from my favourite Swift song and video. (via   Brit + Co  )

Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood Cast: If you and your crew are total Taylor fanatics, take some time to put together these totally badass outfits from my favourite Swift song and video. (via Brit + Co)

Robber  : Grab a few of your fall wardrobe staples, throw on a masquerade mask and voila! Instant badass robber status is achieved. (Photo via   Brit + Co  )

Robber: Grab a few of your fall wardrobe staples, throw on a masquerade mask and voila! Instant badass robber status is achieved. (Photo via Brit + Co)

Wind-Up Doll  : This creepy-but-cute costume keeps the makeup and hair simple, making it ideal for getting dressed quickly and heading out for the night. (Photo via   Clover & Dot  )

Wind-Up Doll: This creepy-but-cute costume keeps the makeup and hair simple, making it ideal for getting dressed quickly and heading out for the night. (Photo via Clover & Dot)

Ice Cream Cone  : This costume even involves a pencil skirt, making it perfect for the office. Plus that sprinkle shirt is cute enough to wear even when it’s not Halloween. (via   Studio DIY  )

Ice Cream Cone: This costume even involves a pencil skirt, making it perfect for the office. Plus that sprinkle shirt is cute enough to wear even when it’s not Halloween. (via Studio DIY)

DIY Unicorn Costume: This look really comes down to the makeup and putting the right pieces together to tap into a pretty, sexy, sporty, playful, ethereal unicorn! ( via Brit&Co )

DIY Unicorn Costume: This look really comes down to the makeup and putting the right pieces together to tap into a pretty, sexy, sporty, playful, ethereal unicorn! (via Brit&Co)

Pineapple Costume  : Talk about wow factor! If you’ve got a yellow dress, you are already halfway there, and that hilarious hat is easy to make. (via   Studio DIY  )

Pineapple Costume: Talk about wow factor! If you’ve got a yellow dress, you are already halfway there, and that hilarious hat is easy to make. (via Studio DIY)

   Bubble Gum Machine  : This may look complicated, but it’s actually deceptively easy. All you need is a red skirt, a big bag of colored pom poms and a shirt to glue them too. (via   The Joy of Fashion  )

 Bubble Gum Machine: This may look complicated, but it’s actually deceptively easy. All you need is a red skirt, a big bag of colored pom poms and a shirt to glue them too. (via The Joy of Fashion)

Mary Poppins  : This MP costume is easy and totally authentic. Bonus points for carrying a spoonful of sugar. (Photo via   Say Yes  )

Mary Poppins: This MP costume is easy and totally authentic. Bonus points for carrying a spoonful of sugar. (Photo via Say Yes)

You know how much I love doughnuts so why not dress like one? All you need for this doughnut costume is a swimming tube and some toilet paper rolls. ( via Studio DIY )

You know how much I love doughnuts so why not dress like one? All you need for this doughnut costume is a swimming tube and some toilet paper rolls. (via Studio DIY)

Glue toy snakes onto bobby pins and add to your hair for a last-minute Medusa look.  Wear some gold accessories and a long, flowy dress for the full effect. ( via The Joy of Fashion Blog )

Glue toy snakes onto bobby pins and add to your hair for a last-minute Medusa look. Wear some gold accessories and a long, flowy dress for the full effect. (via The Joy of Fashion Blog)

So there you have it! I hope this list helped you to decide on what you'll need to have an awesome Halloween costume this year. Sadly I'll only be wearing my costume at Trunk or Treat. Jobs really should let us adults get into the spirit of things; if I can dress like an elf at Christmas, I should be able to come as Nicki Minaj or Beyonce from the Feeling Myself music video for Halloween! No? Pushing it? Okay, maybe you're right.

Which Halloween costumes are you digging this year? Were you inspired by any of our picks? Share with us in the comment section below!

Tuesday Ten: 10 Summer-Ready Outfits for Work

Tuesday Ten: 10 Summer-Ready Outfits for Work

Summer is coming and with it a whole new set of office-appropriate-attire rules to follow. Make the most of every single day—and balmy night—this summer with any one of these gorgeous inspirational looks that will help you seamlessly transition between the boardroom and after-hours cocktails. And with my added tips, you'll be sure to rock this summer in style (without getting fired)!

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Tuesday Ten: 10 Outfits That Are Safe for Work, But Not Boring

Tuesday Ten: 10 Outfits That Are Safe for Work, But Not Boring

You can stop wondering what to wear to work to look as stylish as you do outside the office. I've found ten work outfits that are far more chic than suits for women. Find your perfect mix of office-appropriate dresses, shoes, skirts, bags and sweaters. Whether your job is ultra-corporate or incredibly creative, here are ten outfit inspirations that make dressing for the office a simple job—and might help you land the corner office you deserve.

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Spring Fling: Why it's the Perfect Time to Wear The Colours of The Year

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Spring is a time for new beginnings! We shed our winter clothes (and our winter weight) and start anew! It’s also the perfect time to resume my love affair with pastel colours. They’re so soft, yet bright and happy. This is why the perfect colours to rock this spring are the colours of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace. The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of colour association. If you don’t believe me, just take a peek at these five outfit inspirations below…

 

1.      Not Your Boyfriend’s Jeans

I love this simple look of pairing a rose quartz jacket with boyfriend jeans. It’s so effortlessly chic!

2.      And Twirl

What’s better than a flirty skirt? This look is perfect for work and strolls in the park.

3.      One-sided

Are you just head over heels in love rose quartz? Wear it from head to toe!

4.      Easy breezy

There’s nothing simpler than a flowy maxi dress. It creates such a high impact. Just take a look at this one:

5.      Just the tip…

If you can’t fully commit to the colour, try wearing it in just your accessories!

Will you give these pastel shades a try?

XoX,

Currently Craving: White Party Attire

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Last week my dad invited me to our high school's alumni association White Party, which is happening at the end of the month, at The Nassau Yacht Club. I guilt tripped a fellow graduate to go with me, so now I'm going. Only problem is, I don't own much white clothing. This is because every time I wear white, it gets dirty within an hour of me wearing it. Or worse, it gets stains on it, while simple hanging in my closet; stains that never come out so I end up having to throw them away. But I'm going to bite the bullet and look for a white dress. While I want something elegant and breathtaking, I still want to be able to dip it and do it, and pair the dress with flats in case my heels start to hurt. It would be a shame to be squeezed into something so tight I can't find room in my tummy for cocktails, or drop it like it's hot. So with that in mind, here's my inspiration:

I know they're all different, but I'm trying to keep my options open. I've already narrowed my search down to the three dress seen below:

So now that you've seen my top picks, I’d love to know…

Which of these pieces is your favourite?

XoX,

Tuesday Ten: Ten Styles to Try This Month

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February is usually a time of love and over the top cuteness. But it's also the coldest month of the year! Here are 10 comfortable, warm and very stylish outfit ideas that are definitely still feeling the holiday spirit! Enjoy, bookmark and stay inspired in the cold!

1. What's simpler than a red sweater and blue jeans with boots or booties? Don't forget your coffee!

1. What's simpler than a red sweater and blue jeans with boots or booties? Don't forget your coffee!

2. Spring is right around the corner. Get a headstart in a bright and vibrant floral print skirt and a pink blouse! Pair this outfit with dark coloured tights/stockings for a simple but bold look! Perfect for work or cocktails!

2. Spring is right around the corner. Get a headstart in a bright and vibrant floral print skirt and a pink blouse! Pair this outfit with dark coloured tights/stockings for a simple but bold look! Perfect for work or cocktails!

3. Nothing beats a belted dress for an effortless vintage look. This blogger paired her dress with neutral brown accessories and a fur vest. Let's hope it's faux fur!

3. Nothing beats a belted dress for an effortless vintage look. This blogger paired her dress with neutral brown accessories and a fur vest. Let's hope it's faux fur!


4. Going for girly? Coat dresses are adorably chic and perfect for staying warm!

4. Going for girly? Coat dresses are adorably chic and perfect for staying warm!

5. Nothing quite feeling the Valentine's Day spirit? Try wearing it as an accent colour in your jacket or accessories.

5. Nothing quite feeling the Valentine's Day spirit? Try wearing it as an accent colour in your jacket or accessories.

6. White is another way to make your outfit look effortlessly great!

6. White is another way to make your outfit look effortlessly great!

7. You can't go wrong with a sexy two piece midi!

7. You can't go wrong with a sexy two piece midi!

8. Is preppy your thing?

8. Is preppy your thing?

9. Try this preppy look if it ever warms up a bit. Date night anyone?

9. Try this preppy look if it ever warms up a bit. Date night anyone?

10. Why not go bold with pink hair? I love this look and might even try it.

10. Why not go bold with pink hair? I love this look and might even try it.

Which look are you most excited about trying this month? Sound off in the comment section below!