If you're not yet feeling brave enough to go full-on neon, mixing in tiny hints of bright yellow is a simple way to ease yourself into the trend. When contrasted against neutrals like tan and gray, these little pops of color are a fresh but subtle way to modernize your look.
If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I've been on the hunt for a metallic skirt for months. So, when Ann Taylor was having their sale a couple weeks ago, I quickly scooped up this silver one for less than $30. And since purchasing, I've been amazed by its versatility - it looks dreamy & feminine paired with pastels yet takes on a cool & edgy vibe when worn with neons.
What I'm wearing:
Forever 21 blouse, Ann Taylor skirt (on sale here) & necklace (last seen here), Nina booties, DKNY tights (here), Michael Kors sunnies (similar on sale here), Lips: Revlon Colorburst Coral
Sea-inspired shades are some of my favorite colors for the upcoming season. Mint green & vibrant blue were splashed all over the Spring 2012 runways. These hues look so fresh when paired with whites, nudes and other pastels (try them with neon yellow or bright pink for a more modern interpretation). Some affordable accessories to help get you started...
Last Saturday, I drove to the mall to take advantage of LOFT's $50 off coupon (for reaching 1 million fans on Facebook). I knew heading into the store that I wanted the red trousers I'd seen online & in their Spring ads, but was thrilled to also find these cobalt cropped pants on clearance for $20! Even though there's snow on the ground and it's less than 20 degrees outside, I decided to "pretend" it was warm & wear them anyway...I am so over this sweater/coat/boot weather!
What I'm wearing:
H&M blazer, StyleMint tee (here), LOFT pants (similar on sale here + take an extra 20% off with code THANKS20), BCBG pumps (similar on sale here), J. Crew necklace (via eBay), Vintage bracelet, Forever 21 clutch (here), Nails: Revlon Colorstay Provence
As much as I love scouring the sale racks at my favorite stores (J. Crew, LOFT, Gap, Anthropologie) or online sites (ASOS, Forever 21, ZARA)...sometimes it is nice to find something you know that no one else will have. That is why I love the thrill of vintage shopping - you can get items that are so unique & have a history, which makes them extra special. So, I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite vintage pieces I've collected over the years & a few helpful tips for finding your own...
Choker necklace with a cool shape & hammered finish
Structured bag + polka-dot scarf
Flowy blouse with feminine details (I have some color-blocked outfits planned for this)
Chevron-striped maxi skirt (my most recent Etsy purchase)
Tips for shopping vintage:
* Ignore the tag - manufacturers have changed sizing through the years, so vintage items tend to run at least a size (or two) smaller than what we're familiar with today. If you're looking at pieces online, always ask for measurements. If you're in a store, don't let the larger size deter you from trying it on...it just may fit!
* Inspect thoroughly - take a close look at seams, hems and the entire garment. Vintage clothing can have stains or tears that aren't visible at first glance. Verify that it is in good shape before you purchase or make sure that you feel confident you can fix the problem (sew on a missing button, restitch the hem, etc.) because most vintage shops don't allow for returns.
* Find a favorite - online sites (like eBay or Etsy) have a wide selection of vintage clothes & accessories, but they may be priced slightly higher (and you have to pay for shipping). Do an internet search for vintage shops near you and spend a Saturday morning visiting them. Once you find a store where the selection is good & the prices are fair, talk to the manager to find out when they get new items in. Sometimes the key to finding those one-of-a-kind pieces is getting there first!
* Don't hesitate - this is probably the only time you will hear me encouraging impulse shopping. At larger clothing chains, you can usually wait for something to go on sale...or take some time to think about a purchase before pulling the trigger. But with vintage, if you wait & try to go back later to buy, chances are it will be gone.
You all know how much I love a good deal...after all, I chose this blog name for a reason. So, I get very excited when I discover new sites with affordable pieces that only LOOK expensive. When Fabulous On a Dime contacted me and I took a look at their store, I couldn't wait to share it with all of you! They have a great selection of clothing, shoes & accessories that are on trend & perfectly priced for the budget-concious.
Fabulous On a Dime has graciously offered an exclusive 25% off discount to PPF readers - just use code 'PennyPincher' at checkout (valid for first-time purchases only through February 15th). Some of my favorites from their site are this striped dress & this red envelope clutch. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter or sign up to earn $10 when you refer friends!
What I'm wearing:
Forever 21 blouse (similar here), Fabulous On a Dime fur vest c/o (on sale here), Style & Co. jeans, Colin Stuart boots, J. Crew & Target bracelets, J. Crew clutch (last seen here), Lips: Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter Candy Apple
I have been literally drooling over all the new arrivals popping up in stores & online shops...pretty much anything that is brightly color-blocked or neon-accented is instantly added to my "wish list". Lately, I've been handbag shopping and these are just a few of my favorites for spring:
As I have mentioned before (here), I have a newfound love for statement necklaces. And thanks to some persistent eBay searching, I've been stocking up on both vintage & discontinued styles. This J. Crew Bubble Necklace has been around a while and has been made in just about every shade under the rainbow. I chose this pale gray color for its versatility - I can wear it now with jewel-tones & winter whites, plus it will be the perfect compliment to spring's pastels and neons.
What I'm wearing:
Forever 21 shirt (similar), Old Navy sweater, Mossimo jeans (on sale here) & heels (here), J. Crew necklace (check the eBay listings here), Michael Kors watch, Nails: Essie Cocktail Bling
If you follow me on Twitter or are a fan on Facebook, you may have seen some sneak peek pictures I posted of this DIY project I was working on yesterday. Originally, I was just going to do one...but when I saw how great the results were, I couldn't help myself! I ended up transforming 3 of my old bracelets into colored confections - perfect for adding a pop of color to my arm parties!
Normally, I wouldn't wear them all at the same time (but for the purposes of picture-taking).
Choose an opaque or creme nail color that has good coverage - neons & pastels are fun for spring!
I used some jewelry I already owned, but you can find affordable options at Forever 21 (like this one) or Target. You could also try this on a necklace or earrings.
Start with just a little bit of polish on the tip of the brush and begin to coat the stone with your paint, being careful to avoid the prongs. (don't worry if you get some on the metal, you can remove later with a pointed q-tip & some nail polish remover).
Continue until all the stones are covered with 1 light coat. Let dry for 15 minutes.
Repeat with a second light coat on each stone. (If your first coat covered well enough & you're happy with it, you can forgo the 2nd.) Let dry for 20 minutes.
Cover each stone with a small amount of clear top coat (to protect the paint & give it some shine...if you want a matte finish, you can skip this step.)
Let dry for at least an hour before adding to your stack!
If you haven't noticed already, stripes are a HUGE trend for spring. I personally have long been a fan (as evidenced by my growing collection here). Since I am so drawn to this style & can't seem to get enough, I'm making out my wish list of new arrivals to watch (and hopefully purchase once they go on sale).
Well, it appears that I jinxed myself by talking in my post last week about how nice the weather was. It completely dumped snow on us Thursday night and continued all through the weekend. So, I figured it was about time to do a true winter weather outfit and break in my new snow boots (which are SO warm & comfy). It was about 16 degrees when we took these pictures, so layering was a MUST...but throwing some brights into the mix (like this plaid shirt & cobalt scarf) helped perk things up a bit despite the freezing temps.
What I'm wearing:
Old Navy shirt & sweater (last seen here), Style & Co. jeans, Target earrings (here) & scarf (here), Timberland boots c/o from Lucky FABB (here), M. Julian parka (similar on sale here)
In December, I shared with you about my very first Birchbox (here) and I had almost forgotten that I was getting another one...until it arrived on a day when I really needed a little pick-me-up! Here's the scoop on what I received & my reviews of this month's products:
1) Juicy Couture What it says: Juicy's signature frangrance is a blend of sweet floral notes. Sophisticated and feminine, it's perfect for day or night. My review: As I've mentioned before, I'm really picky about fragrances and this wasn't one I particularly cared for. But if you favor a really sweet scent, you might like this. 2) Algenist Firming & Lifting Cream What it says: Turn back the clock with this sophisticated moisturizer, which uses a unique microalgae compound to boost skin's elasticity. My review: This is probably the one I am the most excited about - because it states that 90% of the women who tested it saw an improvement in their skin. I'm going to start using twice daily & hopefully will have good things to report.
3) Zoya Nail Polish in Kendal What it says: A sweet cream periwinkle, this on-trend neutral from Zoya's new Feel Collection will take you from winter to spring. My review: LOVE this color, but it is very similar to two other shades I have (Sally Hansen Delphinium & Revlon Colorstay Provence). However, I know the Zoya Polish will wear better than the drugstore brands, so I can't wait to try it! 4) 'wichcraft Granola What it says: This toasty granola, from Top Chef Tom Colicchio's NY-based 'wichcraft chain, takes care of snack cravings without any guilt. My review: I think it is considered "guilt-free" because it isn't sweetened like regular granola. I am all for eating healthy, but it has to taste good...and this wasn't one I'd reach for again. 5) FIX Malibu Immaculate Complexion Smoothing Serum What it says: This clever serum is on our skincare honor roll. Antioxidant-rich vitamins A, C, and E brighten skin tone and soften wrinkles. My review: I'm a little worried this will be too rich for my sensitive skin, but I am willing to try anything if it says it will soften my wrinkles. I'll let you know if I see impressive results!
If you haven't signed up for Birchbox yet, I highly recommend it (you can join here for just $10 a month). Not only do you get to sample new skincare & beauty products that you may not have otherwise known about, but it's the best surprise when you check your mailbox and there's a little "present" waiting for you!
If you haven't yet jumped on the neon bandwagon, now is the time! For those who are scared to try clothes in these electric shades, smaller pops of color work just as well. One bright accent (like a necklace, belt or nail color) looks stunning against a nude dress or black-and-white ensemble. But these vivid accessories are equally as eye-catching when paired with other bold hues (try turquoise with cobalt or pink with red). My penny-pincher picks:
It has been unseasonably warm here in New York this week...not the 80 degree weather they are experiencing in LA, but considerably more pleasant than this time last year. The snow has melted, the sun is shining and I can even venture outside with no coat or tights - now this is my kind of winter!
What I'm wearing:
J. Crew sweater (here), Forever 21 skirt (here) & necklace (here), ALDO booties (on sale here), ASOS clutch (on sale here), Michael Kors watch
It has been far too long since I've done a hairstyle post. So if you're like me & looking for something different to try...this twist on the classic chignon is a perfect (and incredibly easy) way to look chic in the new year. This style was featured on the models at the Carolina Herrera Spring 2012 show and will work best for those with medium to long-length hair. Take a look at the finished product & then read on for how to do it yourself:
1) Start with clean dry hair (straightened is best for this style) and part down the middle.
2) Slightly tease at the top for a little volume (if needed) and pull all your hair back to the nape of your neck.
3) Pull out a 1 to 2 inch section of hair from underneath and leave loose.
4) Secure the rest of hair with a clear elastic into a low ponytail - but do NOT pull hair all the way through, forming a loop. Make sure the ends that are sticking out are on the under-side of the loop & not on top.
5) Take the loose section of hair from underneath and wrap around to cover the elastic. Pin in place with 1 or 2 bobby pins.
For this month's Everybody Everywear, we were challenged to wear all black and white. And while I love the graphic feel of combining these contrasting colors (as mentioned here), I couldn't resist throwing in a few bright pops on my nails, lips & with this new neon-accented handbag...it adds some interest & makes the look just a little more fun.
What I'm wearing: H&M blouse, Gap trousers (last seen here), Mossimo heels (here), Express bracelet, Cooperative handbag (here), Nails: Sinful Colors Dream On
You can see the looks my fellow bloggers put together here:
This might seem a bit premature to some, because winter technically just began. But since this is my least favorite season (due to the arctic temperatures where I live), I decided a great way to keep my spirits up is to look ahead to spring. Somehow, focusing on pops of neon & pastel palettes makes me happy...even if I am months away from actually being able to wear them.
I know, I'm wearing sequins again...but I can claim it wasn't my idea this time because it's for the latest Bloggers Do It Better challenge. Obviously, I had quite a few sequin pieces to choose from (even some I haven't shown on PPF yet). But, I decided to pick something I've already featured in an outfit post (here) & style it 2 different ways to further prove its versatility. Keep scrolling down to view the second outfit & tell me which one is your favorite!
What I'm wearing:
J. Crew top (on sale here), Old Navy vest, Gap belt, Style & Co. jeans, BCBG pumps (similar on sale here), Banana Republic ring, Bracelets: Banana Republic, J. Crew, Forever 21, Nails: Zoya Roxy
What I'm wearing:
J. Crew sequin top (on sale here), H&M blazer, ELLE jeans, Mossimo pumps (here), Forever 21 necklace (last seen here)