Sometimes I share pretty new things on Instagram that don't always make it over to the blog. I will be sharing these Instagram roundups each month for some of my favorite posts. Can you tell I have a thing for all things pink lately? Oh, and oil slick, but that's nothing new! Be sure to check us out on Instagram @stitchandstrut and other social channels below!
Did we bypass spring, because it is already starting to feel like summer in Florida? Hello friends, it has been a while! Quick update: I am still at Coach though ready to transition to marketing and briefly freelanced in digital marketing last month; I've embraced a new lob haircut; I am fully committed to learning to speak Japanese; and I recently binge-watched 13 Reasons Why and now it is all I can think about. On that last note, have you seen it? It is incredible.
I have been meaning to share this post for some time and clearly so, because it is already well past sweater weather and I've started buying up sundresses and strappy sandals to embrace the season. I'm currently loving oversized gingham prints, off-the-shoulder flowy tops, and moody florals for spring--here's looking at you Coach. Oh, and pink. Lots and lots of pink!
I can't wait to share with you how I style these trends for the season in the upcoming weeks, but in the meanwhile, I thought I would finally share this look as these killer strappy mules and out of this world crossbody are still season appropriate--and too cute!
For those still embracing sweater weather, I'm loving Who What Wear for Target knits. I bought this turtleneck back during winter, but a lot of knits have currently hit the sale section, perfect for stocking up for next winter. There are a lot of nineties and early aughts trends that I have rebelled against for so long but lately have been giving in to and even full on embracing. These include chokers, velvet, and turtlenecks. Though the latter may seem more of a classic staple than a dated trend, I have nightmarish memories of some pretty awful turtlenecks from my childhood. Luckily, this one is nothing like those from Christmas' past.
I am living for fringe and flared ankle jeans, and you can still find this pair at Target as part of the Who What Wear line. That hint of ankle and subtle fringe instantly add Instagram-approved style to any outfit and can be worn so many different ways. They also perfectly accent and frame a statement shoe, especially pairs with lace-up or ankle strap detailing. I was so excited to find these snake-embossed mules by Christian Siriano for Payless. I clearly underestimated the budget-friendly shoe source--I never thought I would find something this stylish and well made there! I have since found several more styles I love, and it has become a regular shopping destination.
Now, on to the bag. This is the Dinky 24 from Coach's Pre-Spring 2017 collection. Pale pink and highlighter yellow embroidery mixed with edgy studding and rocket ship and star motifs are just my kind of whimsy. As soon as I saw this bag, I knew I had to have it. It is surprisingly versatile to wear too with its chalk and black coloring. If you love rocket ships as much as I do, Coach has come out with all knds of rocket embellishments from bag charms to card cases and charm bracelets.
My jewelry welcomes in the new season with these industrial bloom rings featuring the Coach tea rose, a favorite of mine. Worn on one hand, they make for one stylish--and innocent--knuckleduster.
That is all for now. I cannot wait to share some spring looks for you all in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
Is summer really over [insert crying emoji here]? It's been a while since my last post, and I've been at it nonstop lately between finishing my internship at Color Clutch, training for my new job--I recently got promoted at Coach!--and starting my final semester of grad school. Tomorrow marks the first official day of fall and fall fashion month is currently underway, but my mind is still stuck in summertime. As a bittersweet farewell to the ease of the season, I'm sharing one of my favorite summer vacation looks from my time spent on Palm Island and Boca Grande.
As I mentioned in my last post, Aerie is my go-to for all things summer fashion. You'll find the perfect essentials for vacationing, like this mesh tank. It kept me cool and on trend in the summer heat, showing a hint of skin underneath. I paired it with a black bandeau from Target for added dimension. Aerie harem pants keep things casual, adding a Mediterranean vibe to my look.
Perfect together for a seaside stroll or shopping trip in town, these basic pieces can also be mixed and matched with others in your wardrobe. The mesh tank can be paired with cropped jeans and converse for a sporty appeal while the harem pants are comfortable enough for a lazy Sunday indoors.
Accessories keep this look beach-ready. I've been obsessing over Who What Wear for Target for the past few months and had to have this hat from the line; its classic silhouette and striking color blocking will be a staple in my summer wardrobe for years to come. The Mossimo flatforms also from Target have been a favorite of mine since spring; not only are they stylish and comfortable, they also give you some extra height.
Mixed metals completed my look, with silver and rose gold tones in my American Eagle necklace, Forever 21 bracelet and BaubleBar bangle, and TopShop and BaubleBar rings. Aerie mirrored sunglasses add a little glamour with an old-school edge.
As always, check out the gallery below to grab some of these pieces for yourself. I'll be back soon with my foray in to fall fashion!
Though it feels more like summer here in Tampa (it was 92 degrees yesterday), I'm ready to embrace spring with more Who What Wear for Target. As I've mentioned in my last few blog posts, the Who What Wear x Target collaboration is a monthly collection featuring on-trend clothing and accessories all at affordable prices. I've eagerly anticipated the release of this particular dress, the Bardot dress, which is available in solid black, black and white stripes, and an oversized floral print. With its trendy off-the-shoulder silhouette, you can pair the Bardot with bright, pops of color for a stylish entry into spring.
I often joke that my favorite color is really just black and white stripes. The pattern is adaptable to any style, whether classic Parisian chic or edgy punk rocker. It transcends trends and adds a striking graphic element to any outfit. The pattern works well with the silhouette of the Bardot dress, with strong graphic lines of its own seen in the off-the-shoulder neckline and short sleeves. Made of a stretchy, jersey fabric, the Bardot is also incredibly comfortable. At only $29.99, it's a good deal too.
What I love most about this dress are the many ways you can style it. The striped or solid black version can be paired with either a chunky or skinny belt and some flat sandals for a day's excursion. For night, opt for a statement necklace hitting above the neckline. Pair that with strappy sandals or stilettos for a date-ready look. The floral version works great for night as well, paired with strappy sandals and statement earrings.
To add some color fit for spring to my dress, I chose my favorite BaubleBar necklace, the Frank bib. I get major Carmen Miranda vibes when I wear it, as the rainbow-colored stones remind me of fruit. I highlighted the red tones in my necklace with a red lip and bag from Coach. The Riley is one of the first Coach bags I ever bought, and I adore its versatility, functioning as both handbag or crossbody. The latter is perfect for daytime while the former works well for night. To keep with my dress' classic appeal, I went for my go-to Prada wayfarer shades.
I styled my look with two pairs of shoes to show its versatility as both a day and night option. For night, I'd wear this with my chunky heel Zara sandals, which I like to call my Barbie shoes; they remind me of the black mules the first-ever Barbie wore, and hey, she wore a striped bathing suit too! For a day look, I chose these Coach Justine flats in black. I'm obsessed with lace-up shoes at the moment, especially the ever-popular Ghillie flats. Ever since Aquazzura made the style popular, I've seen them on just about every blogger I follow. Here's hoping the lace-up trend is here to stay!
To get the look yourself, check out the gallery below and be sure to share with us on Instagram or Twitter @stitchandstrut how you style this dress yourself. We're also on Pinterest now, so be sure to check us out!
I miss the years when spring break meant vacationing off to sandy beaches or colorful theme parks and coming back to school with a crisp tan and stories to make all your friends jealous. Spring break in grad school is all work, work, work. Meh... Between revamping my resume and cover letter, seeking out summer internships (anyone hiring?), homework, actual work, and photo shoots for the blog, my spring break has kept me busier than when I have classes! Despite the mild chaos, today is my 24th birthday, and I'm excited to spend the day with Fonzi and family exploring Sarasota, Florida.
Over the break, I've been perusing Target's super stylish collab with fashion site Who What Wear. The monthly collection features on-trend clothing and accessories all at affordable prices. This black cape blazer is my favorite piece from the collab so far, with its dual fashion-forward yet classic appeal. When I first showed it to Fonzi, he declared, "I want one! You look like Batman." So Batman and his romantic interest Catwoman were my inspirations for this shoot with a look I like to call "Catwoman off duty." Take it as a more fashion interpretation of Selina Kyle's day look.
Okay, I'm going to use a fashion cliche, but it's so worth it. This blazer is seriously chic. When I first saw it in the Target x Who What Wear lookbook, I marked my calendar for the collection's release date and stayed up till 3 a.m., refreshing the Target homepage before deciding to get up early and buy it at my local Target instead. Yes, I know, I'm fashion crazed. At only $39.99, this piece will easily amp up your spring wardrobe and make you look and feel like you just walked out of a spring show this fashion month. The cape silhouette gives off some serious Batman vibes, like if Catwoman borrowed it as a girlfriend would her boyfriend's sweater. Since this is Catwoman off duty, I kept things casual with my favorite--and incredibly comfortable--American Eagle hi-rise jeggings and a heather gray crewneck tee from Aerie.
Accessories keep things catty in this look. These Quay Kitti shades in matte black with gold mirrored lenses were practically made for Catwoman, reminiscent of her goggles from her run in the New 52 Catwoman. Leopard haircalf sandals from Topshop and skinny belt from American Eagle pay homage to her feline cousins. Catwoman's love of shiny things is represented in my gold jewelry, manicure, and shades. I chose this edgy BaubleBar gothic fang bib, lip service bracelet, and "screw you" cuff with a Forever 21 nail ring.
The Cat has to carry her jewels from her heists in something, so I chose this Coach Dinky crossbody, a redesign of an archival classic celebrating Coach's 75th anniversary. Each bag even comes with a surprise charm, and I was so excited to get this oil slick feather.
I'm all about a designer collaboration, but even more than that, a blogger collaboration. It's exciting to see bloggers partner up with fashion giants for campaigns or capsule collections, showcasing just how far blogging has come from hobby to profession. I'm not quite there yet, but I so admire blogger superstars like Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad and Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Girl.
This month, Target partnered with fashion site Who What Wear for a monthly collection of on-trend clothing and accessories all at affordable prices. The innovation behind this collaboration is most astounding. Target and Who What Wear founders Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power will be listening to customers and followers for feedback on each monthly collection; that feedback will be integrated into the design of each collection so that customers' preferences are heard.
The February lineup is full of florals and layering pieces perfect for starting your spring wardrobe off right, including this cerulean blue and yellow pencil skirt, my inspiration piece for this look.
Despite its luxe appeal, this skirt is only $27.99. The contrasting colors pop against one another and the black and white silhouettes, inspiring the shadowy location of this shoot. The bold print offers the perfect foray into spring, while the not-so-girly colors keep it high fashion rather than cliche.
As you might notice throughout my blog, I'm all about edgy details with my biggest style inspirations coming from rock and roll and motorcycle gangs. If you're not ready to look like you just came riding down the open road but want to add some edge to your look, opt for a cute cropped moto jacket like this one from Zara to pair with your bright spring florals. The two pieces tone one another down with their strong juxtaposition. A cropped moto jacket is a stylish layering piece that you can wear anywhere, whether with jeans for a movie night or over a cocktail dress for drinks with friends.
As both these pieces are bold in their own right, I kept my top simple with this Forever 21 crew neck crop in classic white and opted for silver and blue accessories that complemented my skirt and jacket.
Cobalt blue is my favorite color (in my undergrad, I even dyed a strip of my hair in the bright hue), so I chose to highlight the cerulean and cobalt tones in my skirt's floral print with matching accessories. These matte Ray-Ban wayfarers in cobalt are one are my favorite pairs of sunglasses, and the classic silhouette pairs well with the retro vibe of my moto jacket. I further highlighted the color of my skirt with these baby blue eye studs from Baublebar, keeping this look playful. I also incorporated the color as part of my manicure with this Essie "Starry Starry Night" polish.
Jewelry was kept silver to emphasize my moto jacket's shiny hardware. This Coach tea rose necklace complements my skirt's floral pattern. The delicate detailing juxtaposes with the more edgy Forever 21 cone stud bracelet and stackable silver rings.
I went for an architectural wedge heel in stamped python from Coach to modernize this look. For my bag, I chose this quilted shoulder bag from Papaya, a modern take on a classic style.
Be sure to check out Who What Wear for Target for this great skirt and other amazing pieces, and feel free to share what your top picks are with us on Instagram @stitchandstrut! As always check out the gallery below to get this look yourself.
Till next time!