Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What to Wear to Work: Cobalt Dress and Cheetah Cardigan



Dress: Tahari, similar here | Cardigan: Nordstrom, similar here
Clutch: Target, similar here | Pumps: old Nine West, similar here

Yay for finally getting a vacation!! This week I'm up exploring Scotland and talking a much-needed break from work!!! I wanted to take advantage of the lovely scenery and get a few blog photos. I snapped up this cobalt sheath dress at the Nordstrom anniversary sale, and paired it with my cheetah-print boyfriend cardigan for a bit of a quirky twist. Maybe not an outfit for a client meeting, but definitely fun for a day at the office!

Friday, September 19, 2014

What to Wear to Work: Grey Skirt, Red Sweater, Statement Necklace and Gold Accents






Skirt: J. Crew | Blouse: Nordstrom, similar here
Sweater: Target, similar here | Necklace: Betsey Johnson, similar here
Pumps: Corso Como, similar here | Tote: Coach, similar here

There are some days when you are just dying to be comfortable at work, even though you know pajama pants are completely out of the question. This is my go-to outfit for fall comfort - it looks totally polished, but the secret is that it's actually a combination of the most comfortable pieces in my work wardrobe. The long red sweater is super cozy, the silk top is easy to wear and feels incredibly light, the pumps are some of my most comfortable work shoes and the grey skirt is an absolute easy classic. Add my roomy gold tote and a chunky statement necklace and I'm all set for a cozy, but professional day.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tips and Trends: Running Late? 5 Makeup Essentials for a Polished Work Look

Office Makeup



You know it's going to be one of those mornings when you roll over in bed and grab your phone, only to realize that you have slept through all of your alarms and you have a client phone call in 45 minutes. It's all you can do to throw cold water on your face and toss on a basic black dress - you don't have any time to waste with complicated makeup as well. Here are my 5 makeup essentials that are super easy to use, will get you out the door FAST (you can even put them on in the subway) and will leave you looking polished and professional!!!

1. Easy-to-Use Foundation
The secret to glowing, polished skin in the morning is to find a foundation (or foundation-like product) that you can easily slap on as you are running out the door. I love Tarte's Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation because it sweeps on easily and blends into my skin quickly. If you don't want to use a powder, other options would be a BB Cream or a tinted moisturizer. Just stay away from the thicker foundations that require using a primer and a powder on top in order to lock in the makeup and look right - you don't have time for more than one product this morning.

2. Blush
Blush is an ABSOLUTE MUST, because nothing else makes you look as awake and alert. Pick an easy-to-use formulation in a color that is always flattering and sweep it in a flat U-shape, from the apples of your cheeks, then down and then back up towards your hairline.

3. Eyebrow Pencil
Polished eyebrows pull your whole look together and are one thing you DEFINITELY should take a few minutes to do. The Anastasia Brow Wizz pencil is an amazing tool for getting them done quickly and neatly (especially if you're doing them in the office bathroom). Do a few light strokes of the pencil end across your brows (make sure you've purchased the correct color for your eyebrows), then blend it in quickly with the brush at the other end of the Wizz. Voila - perfect brows!!
 
4. Eyeshadow
When you are running out the door, forget about eyeliner and mascara - they require a steady hand and a calm demeanor and aren't something you can put on easily while standing in the bus or subway (at least I can't!). Much better to opt for a basic nude eyeshadow palette that you can throw in your purse on your way out the door and easily apply even if you are squeezed up again someone's blue wool suit coat. You can also just put it on quickly in the bathroom mirror when you get into work. Flip open the palette and pick three colors - a light, medium and dark. Blend the light shade across your entire lid and across the entire eye socket, up to the brow bone (but don't blend it all the way up to the eyebrow). Blend the medium shade across the eyelid, and then blend the darker shade into the crease. You're done!

5. Tinted Lip Balm
This is the easiest step of all - just pull it out of your bag and pop it on! I recommend a tinted lip balm instead of a gloss, however, because sometimes glosses can be too shiny for the office. When you are running late, however, you probably don't have time to deal with a full-on lipstick (plus lip liner, plus checking your teeth to make sure it didn't smudge...). Tinted lip balm adds a touch of color with no mess, no stress and almost no effort!

Monday, September 15, 2014

What to Wear to Work: White Skirt, Grey Blazer and Burgundy Pumps





Skirt: Banana Republic, similar here | Jacket: Nordstrom, similar here
 Cami: Ann Taylor, similar here
Pumps: Clarks UK, similar here | Clutch: Clarks UK, similar here

This stunning doorway is a short walk from my apartment and I thought it made the perfect backdrop for this classic outfit. Here's proving that wearing white can extend far (almost three weeks!) past Labor Day!

Friday, September 12, 2014

What to Wear to Work: Grey Skirt, Brown Silk Blouse and Burgundy Pumps








Skirt: J. Crew | Blouse: Ann Taylor, similar here
Pumps: Clarks UK, similar here | Clutch: Clarks UK, similar here

A family friend came to visit and took us out to tea at the GORGEOUS Cliveden house outside of London!! Plus, he was kind enough to take these lovely photos of me for this blog! The setting is absolutely breathtakingly British - a fabulous manor house with stunning gardens and a view of England's green hills. This was the perfect setting to sport my classic burgundy pumps by British brand Clarks. While in the US Clarks are known for their comfortable walking shoes, here in the UK they offer all types of shoes, including these stunning pumps, perfect for an afternoon out. Unfortunately, I think they only ship within the UK, so I have a couple of similar options for readers in the US.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tips and Trends: How to Transition Your Closet - Summer to Fall


You can feel the change in the air, and you notice that the days are starting to get shorter, but you still aren't ready to completely transition into your fall wardrobe yet. Plus, it's not quite cold enough to break out the cashmere sweaters, thicker tights and heavy wool suits. Here are five tips on how to slowly transition your work wardrobe into fall, while still leaving in a few of your summer pieces:

1. Don't banish all the summer clothes!
Yes, it is after Labor Day and so your white clothing should probably be on its way out. But, that does depend somewhat on the weather - if it's still quite warm in the first couple weeks of September, you're fine still wearing that white pencil skirt. Summer florals can also be worn into the later weeks of September, particularly if you start pairing them with darker colored skirts and pants. Jackets with 3/4 or short sleeves can also be worn for as long as the weather cooperates. So don't go stuffing all of your summer clothes away just because it's now September! You'll have plenty of time to wear your fall and winter clothing for the next 6 months!


2. Think Textures
Texture is the easiest way to introduce fall into your wardrobe. Just a single piece in a thicker, warmer texture such as a knit or a tweed will instantly give you that autumn look, even if the rest of your outfit is still more summery. Pair a tweed pencil skirt with a summery floral top, or add a thicker cardigan over a silk work blouse.

3. Warm Fall Colors
If the seasons have changed but your weather hasn't yet caught up, the easiest way to transition to fall is simply by switching your color palatte. This is particularly useful if you live further south, where fall may not arrive until late October. Store generally begin carrying basics in fall colors even if the weather has not yet changed, and you can easily find lightweight pencil skirts and normal-weight blazers in burgundy, brown, dark green and other autumn hues. Mixing in a couple of these pieces will give your wardrobe a seasonal look without being too heavy. 


4. Wrap Up Lightly
Tossing on light-weight sweaters over sheath and wrap dresses adds a fall flavor to your look. While you may have worn the dress without a jacket or cardigan throughout the summer, adding one now that it's turned fall will allow you to take that dress forward into another season. I recommend going for a cardigan in a fall color (see the color discussion above).

5. Boots and Tights!
Everyone's favorite way to make an outfit fall-appropriate - pair it with boots and tights! Maybe hold off on the tights if you are quite far south, as they might make you too hot, but cute ankle boots can definitely be broken out right after Labor Day. If your climate is still quite warm, look for peep-toe boots (assuming peep-toes are appropriate for your office). If it's already starting to cool down, dive right into an assortment of office-appropriate boots in brown, black, burgundy and every other color you'd want to imagine!

Monday, September 8, 2014

What to Wear to Work: White Skirt, Brown Blazer and Gold Accents





Skirt: Banana Republic, similar here | Blazer: Ann Taylor, similar here
Camisole: Ann Taylor, similar here
Pumps: Corso Como, similar here | Tote: Coach, similar here

I know you aren't technically supposed to wear white after Labor Day, but since I'm in the UK I figured that I could bend the rules a bit. It warmed up just a tad over the weekend, and so today I decided to give my white skirt yet another spin, but pair it with fall-appropriate brown and gold accessories. I'm absolutely loving the fact that the bows on these Corso Como pumps totally match my Coach tote - they weren't bought together, but turns out they are the perfect fit! Also, isn't this background stunning? It's a new piece of graffiti art that they just finished painting across from my apartment!

Friday, September 5, 2014

What to Wear to Work: Grey Sheath Dress, Brown Blazer and Red L.K. Bennett Pumps








Dress: J. Crew, similar here | Blazer: Ann Taylor, similar here
Pumps: L.K. Bennett, similar color here 
Clutch: L.K. Bennett, similar color here

The air and sunlight have definitely turned in London and we are heading straight into fall! I've given my beloved red pumps and clutch one last outing and one last post - then they'll be put away until next summer. The dark brown blazer keeps this outfit seasonally-appropriate and mixes nicely with the straw clutch. Looks like the sweaters will be coming out of the storage closet this weekend!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

5 Fall Fashion Must Haves


With crisp autumn days right around the corner, it’s time to work on transitioning our wardrobes from summer to fall. Here are my five fashion must haves to create the perfect fall wardrobe! 

1.     Fall Colored Office Tote: Every girl needs a go-to fall tote for the workweek. I love burgundy, navy or chocolate brown to bring the warm fall colors into your wardrobe. Choose a simple, structured style that goes with every polished outfit, and meets both functional and fashionable needs.
Rebecca Minkoff 'MAB' Tote


2. Leopard Print Pumps: Leopard print and fall are a match made in heaven. Add some flair to a simple black office outfit, or dress up your favorite pair of jeans for a night out with a great pair of leopard heels. Invest in a quality pair that will wear well for the whole season and look fabulous.
Ivanka Trump 'Sophia' Pump 

3. Leather Trim Blouse: I always love breaking out my leather jacket once the fall months hit, but the biker look might be a little much for the office. An elegant blouse with leather trim though, is the perfect pairing of masculine and feminine fashion elements. Try wearing leather a new, professional way this fall.
Banana Republic Leather Trim Blouse

4. The Wrap Dress: Accentuate your hourglass shape with a classic wrap dress. I promise this dress will be a staple in your fall wardrobe with so ways to wear and mix up your look. Dress it up with jewelry and heels for a night out, or pair your wrap dress with a blazer and tote bag for the perfect office look.
Adrianna Papell Floral Wrap Dress

5. Subtle and Modern Gold Jewelry: Gold jewelry matches perfectly with all the warm colors of fall. Mix traditional office pieces with modern jewelry for a new twist on your office wardrobe.  Gold bangles, studs and link necklaces are great modern accessories to add to your fall wardrobe this season.
Banana Republic Hinge Circle Bangle


Monday, September 1, 2014

What to Wear to Work: Spring Floral Top with Grey Skirt and Burgundy Accents





Blouse: Anthropologie | Skirt: J. Crew | Sweater: Lord & Taylor, similar here
Pumps: Clarks UK, similar here | Clutch: Clarks UK, similar color in leather here

If you are wondering how to start transitioning your wardrobe for fall, here's a tip: start by slowly working in darker colors and warmer textures into your summer styles. Here I've taken a beloved floral blouse from my summer closet and added a warm wool cardigan and burgundy accents. The darker colors and thicker textures tone down the summery look of the blouse, but without being too overly "fall-ish", given that it is only the beginning of September.

 
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