12 Days of Skirtmas: Halogen Velvet Pleated Midi Skirt {Day 1}

Hello friend! And a very big welcome to the inaugural 12 Days of Skirtmas post! I am excited to start this holiday tradition on my blog. Starting today until Christmas Eve, I will be posting and styling a new skirt every day! You can follow along here, or on Instagram. Or better yet, play along and wear a skirt for the next 12 days! I further challenge you to wear your skirts a different way than you’ve worn them before! Today’s post features the beautiful Halogen velvet pleated midi skirt.

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When I first saw this skirt, I was drawn to the velvet. I’ve worn a similar one before in gray (see winter florals post), but the black was calling me! Black velvet looks so rich and opulent. I knew it would make a perfect holiday skirt. Therefore I got one and quickly thought up some outfits.

Halogen Velvet Pleated Midi Skirt Goes Preppy

For my first pairing of the skirt, I wore it with my J Crew Stewart plaid button-down. I had worn a similar look last year for Christmas (with a black tulle skirt). Therefore this outfit was a natural one to re-create. I like how the velvet skirt elevates the plaid shirt to a more elegant style.

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I chose to wear a yellow shoe to echo the color in the shirt and also to allow the skirt to pop.

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Halogen Velvet Pleated Midi Skirt Goes Casual

For my second styling of the Halogen velvet pleated midi skirt, I decided to try a more casual look. I paired it with this bow tee to bring in a fun print. It also serves to show how fun and versatile this skirt can be.

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I chose to wear silver pumps to mark for a holiday occasion. But you can also wear it with kicks and pull off a more casual and fun vibe.

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I hope you enjoyed the first Skirtmas post! Stay tuned for many more!

Back to Basics: The Perfect Layering Sweater

Hello friend! Every winter season, I search for the perfect layering sweater. Now I can finally say that I have found it! Hooray! It’s the Merino Rib Knit Scalloped Crew from Banana Republic. I’ve been wearing it constantly (with my cape and under my cardigans). Let me tell you what makes it so perfect.

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Key Points of a Perfect Layering Sweater

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  1. Thin: The sweater needs to be thin so that it can be layered! A bulky sweater just cannot work as an under-layer.
  2. Warm: We are still in winter, therefore the sweater has to serve to keep you warm.
  3. Stylish: While warmth is an important factor, we all still want to look stylish without freezing our butts off.The perfect layering sweater for all of your fall and winter looks. Banana republic merino rib knit scalloped crew review.
  4. Easy to clean: These days I am just too busy to go to the dry-cleaner. While this is the “perfect layering sweater” criteria that I am least strict about, I would still love it if my sweaters were hand or machine washable.
  5. Non-itchy: I don’t know about you, but if a sweater is touching my bare skin, it needs to be non-itchy! An itchy sweater will not work with my sensitive skin.

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Merino Rib Knit Scalloped Crew = The Perfect Layering Sweater?

So, does the merino rib knit scalloped crew qualify to be named the perfect layering sweater? Let’s check the criteria…

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  1. It is thin enough to layer. It is a tad on the sheer side though, so be aware. It’s nothing that deterred me from purchasing three of them. However, be careful about wearing a contrasting bra underneath it.
  2. Because it is made of 100% wool, it definitely keeps me warm.
  3. It is certainly a stylish sweater with its rib knit and scalloped neck details.
  4. Now this is the real reason I purchased so many of these sweaters: the are machine washable! Amazing right? That is so essential for busy stylish gals like us!The perfect layering sweater for all of your fall and winter looks. Banana republic merino rib knit scalloped crew review.
  5. Last but not least, I can wear the sweater without the need for a t-shirt underneath. It is soft and comfortable on my skin.
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I am thrilled with ending my search for the perfect layering sweater. Now I’m on to my next big mission. I am on the hunt for the perfect t-shirt, both long-sleeved and short-sleeved. I want something in between a crew neck and a scoop neck. Do you have a favorite you can recommend?

Pattern Primer: Fall Floral Skirt with Ciana Printed Skirt

Hello friend! I have discussed the virtues of fall florals before, so I will spare you the reprise. But I will not pass on the chance to share this particular fall floral skirt with you. Meet the Ciana printed skirt from Anthropologie. This skirt is the epitome of an Elsie skirt: bold print, pretty colors and pleated full silhouette. Let me show you how I styled her.

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Ciana Printed Skirt: Review

First let me review the fit of this skirt. As I mentioned above, it is a full skirt. I adore a full skirt. I think it looks good on everyone because it accentuates the waist. It always makes for a feminine look. The Ciana printed skirt is made well, with lots of individual panels sewn together. It is however, 100% polyester, which isn’t my favorite of fabrics. Also, it does not have a lining.

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As far as fit goes, the Ciana printed skirt comes through. I purchased a size small and it fits me perfectly. It creates a pretty silhouette and falls very elegantly over the hips. One of the details I especially love is the rose gold zipper in the back. It just adds a stylish touch.

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Fall Florals Outfit with the Ciana Printed Skirt

When I first saw the Ciana printed skirt, I was drawn to the pretty floral print and the muted fall colors. Therefore when I went to wear it, I decided to keep the skirt as the focus point of the outfit. Thus I paired it with a simple gray shell and a burgundy Jackie cardigan.

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However, because I do adore my colors, I needed another pop of it. Therefore I added some punch to the outfit with a pair of mustard heels. As you know, I have a thing for mustard and burgundy so I just couldn’t resist it here.

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For accessories I chose a short but intricate necklace. I think it echos the femininity of the skirt perfectly

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I hope you enjoyed another example of a fall florals outfit. I truly find it is so easy and beautiful to wear florals in the fall. Are you on the fall florals bandwagon?

Color Crush: Olive and Blush

Hello friend! One of the things I have enjoyed most about getting into fashion blogging has been getting inspiration from others. Case in point is today’s outfit. Before my days on Instagram, I didn’t like the color olive green. In fact, it wasn’t until I had a week-long olive green style challenge that I realized how versatile it is. It was during that challenge that I was first prompted to wear olive and blush together. The rest is history.

The Color Theory Behind Olive and Blush

Now we know we aesthetically like the combination of olive and blush. But does it work with color theory? This one is a bit tough as neither are primary colors. In fact, pink is not a color at all! You can read more about that in my pink and red post. Similarly, olive is a tint of yellow (made by adding black to yellow). Therefor the parent colors of this color combination are yellow and red.

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Because yellow and red can be part of a triad, the color combination is perceived as harmonious by the eye. Therefore we can deduce that their tints are also harmonious. I think this is a safe assumption as we have olive and blush combinations everywhere!

My Olive and Blush Outfit

When I purchased this dress last year, I right away knew I wanted to pair it with blush pink. I loved the color combination and thought it would be an elegant way of bringing in some pops of color. Because the dress is a one piece and so pretty on its own, I decided to only use accessories to play with the color scheme. However, I was also lucky to find a light pink wall to photograph the outfit. That was certainly a bonus!

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I chose a blush pink purse and earrings to add significant pops of color to the olive green dress. For the rest of my jewelry I chose to stick with rose gold tones to complement the blush pink.

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For shoes I decided to avoid any more color as I wanted the olive and blush to be the focus. Furthermore, since the bag was so large, I thought two pops of blush pink were enough to achieve the look I wanted. Therefore I chose a metallic silver pump. I figured with metallics on trend for fall, I couldn’t go wrong.

Other Options for this Olive and Blush Outfit

Other ways to wear olive and blush color combination with this dress are:

  1. Swap out the blush pink bag for a blush sock boot (or this F21 option).
  2. Exchange the blush earrings for a bold blush pink necklace.
  3. Swap out the blush earrings for a pink tone scarf.
  4. Wear a blush pink leather jacket (or the twill moto version) and forego the pink purse.

Whichever way you wear it, olive and blush make for a great color combination. If you haven’t yet tried it, you need to now! To help you with that process, I have linked some options for you below, including some similar style dresses.

 

Try This: J Crew Colorblock Eyelet Peplum Sweater

Hello friend! With fall here, I am starting to transition my closet. To better understand how I do so, read my fall transition post. As discussed in that post, because I live in Los Angeles, we stay warm for a bit longer than other parts of the world. Therefore, I thought that the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater would be the ideal transition piece.

Fall transition work outfit with J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

J Crew Colorblock Eyelet Peplum Sweater: Review

I initially purchased this sweater on a whim during a late night online purchase (if you watch my insta stories, you know I am a midnight shopper!). When I received the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater I knew it would be a good transition piece. The pretty eyelet is reminiscent of summer, while the sweater back gives a nod to fall.

Fall transition casual outfit with J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

The fit of the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater is true to size. I purchased my usual XS. The peplum starts at a good spot, not too high and not too low. It also ends at a descent length (right at my hip bone). Thus it can be worn comfortably with any type of rise on the bottoms without risking showing off any unintended patches of skin.

J Crew Colorblock Eyelet Peplum Sweater: Casual Styling

As I had imagined during my midnight shopping spree, the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater is quite easy to style. I started with a casual summer look. Thus, I had to pair it with my denim shorts. They needed one last hurrah! It turned into a very cute and casual styling.

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J Crew Colorblock Eyelet Peplum Sweater: Office Styling

To prove that the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater is versatile enough to stay in my wardrobe, I decided to style it for a work outfit. I easily paired it with a pencil skirt. I think a peplum top always goes well with a pencil skirt. It is just a lovely feminine look.

Fall transition work outfit with J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

Of course I had to add some print into the mix. At first I was a tad nervous to do so. I wasn’t sure if it would be too much with the multiple textures in the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater. But because the colors of the print were neutral, the leopard print skirt paired well with the top.

J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

For shoes I went with classic nude pumps. I also added my fall sunglasses. I had been looking for a brown pair of sunglasses that weren’t boring. These ones with their metallic finish are just what I wanted.

J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

I was concerned about accessorizing with the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater. Because of the textures in the top and the ribbing at the collar, I didn’t want to add a necklace that would overshadow the top. I therefore went with a dainty yet statement making pendant necklace.

J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

After these initial pairings of the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater, I am quite happy with my purchase. It will be a good item to wear during fall transition and beyond! How would you style the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater?

 

Color Crush: Cobalt and Turquoise Outfit

Hello friend! When I received this Picadilly Canada dress in cobalt blue, I knew right away I wanted to pair it with turquoise. That’s because I love that color combination. Luckily, because turquoise is one of my favorite colors, I have many pieces in that color. Therefore the cobalt and turquoise outfit came together pretty easily!

How to wear Cobalt and turquoise outfit

Cobalt and Turquoise Outfit: Color Theory

According to color theory, turquoise is actually a tertiary color, made by combing a primary color (blue) and a secondary color (green). Therefore combining blue and turquoise is harmonious due to the colors being analogous on the color wheel. I have done a similar analogous color crush post for my pink and orange outfit. I’ve explained analogous colors in depth there, so check it out!

Cobalt and Turquoise Outfit: The Dress

It was my first time working with Picadilly Canada. They had a lot of pretty dresses on their site, so picking one was no problem. When it arrived it was very striking in person. Besides the bold color (which I love!), the cut of the dress is exquisite. It is figure flattering, but not overtly sexy. It is perfect for family or church events where you want to look good but still be somewhat modest.

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The asymmetric hem is another detail that sets this dress apart from others. It helps elongate the figure, which I could certainly use!

Cobalt and turquoise outfit with Picadilly Canada embellished asymmetrical hem dress

The last detail of the dress that I adore are the grommets at the the neckline, cuffs and hem of the dress. They add a modern touch and some attitude to this dress. I think you can even wear this with some killer booties and a leather jacket for a more bada** look!

Cobalt and turquoise outfit with Picadilly Canada embellished asymmetrical hem dress

Cobalt and Turquoise Outfit: The Accessories

Because I love turquoise so much, I often pick up accessories in that color. I have multiple pairs of earrings, a pair of shoes and two purses! I recommend that if you love a color to have some accessories of that color in your closet. Then you can throw it on any time to add life to an outfit. Luckily for me, because of all these accessories, I easily created my cobalt and turquoise outfit.

Cobalt and turquoise outfit with Picadilly Canada embellished asymmetrical hem dress

When I saw these Sam Edelman pumps in turquoise, I knew I would wear them for years to come. So I quickly snapped them up.

Cobalt and turquoise outfit with Picadilly Canada embellished asymmetrical hem dress and Sam Edelman turquoise pumps

I also paired these fun Baublebar tassel earrings with the dress. I thought that two small pops of turquoise against the large expanse of cobalt was just the right amount.

Cobalt and turquoise outfit with Picadilly Canada embellished asymmetrical hem dress and Baublebar turquoise tassel earrings

Therefore for my purse, I decided to not go with turquoise. Instead, I opted for a metallic silver to mirror the metallic grommets in the dress.

Cobalt and turquoise outfit with Picadilly Canada embellished asymmetrical hem dress

I love the way this color combination turned out. I will likely wear a cobalt and turquoise outfit again. Would you?

Color Crush: Light Blue and Red

Hello friend! With spring in full force, I am happy to start playing with new color palettes. One of my new favorites is light blue and red outfits. The original inspiration for this color palette was from a painting. Because the colors looked so pretty together, I vowed to make it into an outfit. So I hope to do the color combination justice!

Light Blue and Red Outfits: Floral

The simplest way to start to wear these colors is to find an item of clothing that already incorporates the two colors. Therefore when I saw this dress, I knew I had to have it. The result is a pretty mix of beautiful bright and soft colors. To further highlight the color combination, try adding light blue and red accessories.

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Light Blue and Red Outfits: Preppy

A fun outfit for work is this combination with a light blue and red plaid shirt. I paired it with a light blue pencil skirt to make it polished for work.

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Because I am always looking for an opportunity to pattern mix, I chose to wear my floral print shoes here. For the rest of my accessories, I chose to carry a navy purse to echo the navy in the shoes. And as for my jewelry, I decided to just wear one bold piece: my Zosma earrings.

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Light Blue and Red Outfits: Color Block

For the daring color lovers out there, I challenge you to wear the colors boldly in a light blue and red color block! Here I chose a light blue blouse and red pleated skirt.

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Once again, I chose my floral print shoes. I then added my navy clutch to contrast the blue of the top and coordinate with the shoes.

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Light Blue and Red Outfits: It’s In The Bag

Sometimes a fantastic color combination can be found in one small accessory. Case in point is this pretty floral clutch. It has baby blue and red together in one item. Therefore you can wear a neutral item and just grab this baby to add the color to your outfit!

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I hope you enjoyed the light blue and red outfits. Below is a selection of items you can purchase to make your own versions of my light blue and red outfits. Let me know which one you’re planning on trying!

Try This: Poncho for the Office

Hello friend! What do you think about the poncho? While it’s having a comeback into popular fashion again, I was skeptical about wearing it to work. Although I have worn ponchos for casual outfits, I just was not sure about it for the workplace. As a result of this doubt, I set out to determine how to wear a poncho for work.

Ideas on how to wear a poncho for work.

Because this was a new look for me, I decided to keep the colors neutral. As a result, it would help the outfit look more work appropriate. Since I chose a neutral color palette, I chose to play with texture. Hence, to the rougher texture of the wool poncho, I added the feminine texture of lace.

Ideas on how to wear a poncho for work.

For accessories, I wanted to maximize the feminine touches. Therefore, I went with high heeled booties and pretty tassel earrings.

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poncho for work, with baublebar tassel earrings

For underneath the poncho, I layered a black sweater. The sweater also had some fun texture in the gold studs on the sleeves.

Ideas on how to wear a poncho for work.

I hope this outfit has convinced you that you can wear a poncho for work. Moreover, I hope you try your hand at this outfit.