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Gift Ideas For Fashion Lovers

Gift Ideas For Fashion Lovers

We are in the midst of the holidays. And you know what that means- shopping! Personally, I find holiday shopping both exciting and overwhelming. I enjoy all of the sights and sounds that come along with shopping this time of year. However, the increased traffic and long lines I can do without.  Thank goodness for Amazon!

Whether you choose to shop in stores or online, figuring out what to get your loved ones can be daunting. Today, I am sharing my ideas for the fashion lover in your life. Practical gifts such as pajamas allows her to sleep in style. An emergency kit is essential while headphones are utilitarian. Fashion books provides inspiration and earrings helps her to inspire others. Hopefully, this guide provides you with a few ideas. I know it inspires me to get a few items for myself. ūüôā Happy shopping!!

 

 

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My Fall/Winter Fashion Wishlist

Fall/Winter Wishlist

 

In the past, I was a serial impulse shopper. However as I got older (and wiser), I realized that I wasted a lot of money on clothing that just sat in my closet. Now, don’t get me wrong- I still enjoy shopping. I just try to be wiser about my purchases. I try to invest in pieces that I know I will get a lot of use out of. I do still purchase trendy items. I just try not to spend too much money on them. As a result, I have less buyer’s remorse and more outfit options. Sure, I now mull over items before pulling the trigger but that just means I end up loving the items that I purchase.

Today, I am sharing my fall/winter fashion wishlist. I thought it would be fun to put together an outfit with the pieces. What’s on your fashion wishlist?

Pleaded SkirtРI’ve always loved pleated skirts. They remind me so much of my mother. Although they are a classic style of skirt, they have recently made a huge comeback. And I want them in just about every color!

Lace Up Boots- Fall is the mark of boots season. Although I’ve only lived in states with warm weather, I can really appreciate a fabulous boot. I love just about every style of boot however I have a special affinity for the lace up/military style boot. I like that they walk the line of being feminine, masculine and vintage.

Black Opium Perfume– I love this scent. It is not new however it is perfect for this time of the year. It is a little mature, a little a spicy and a whole lot of sexy.

Velvet Bag– I am also in love with velvet handbags. I especially love the ones with the insect embellishments. The designer ones are quite expensive but I am not interested in spending a lot of money on something that could be here for just a season. Instead, I’m thinking about purchasing a plain one in a beautiful jewel tone.

BeretРThis is another classic piece that has made a comeback. I don’t intend to spend a lot of money on one because I think the trend will only last one season. However I do look forward to rocking mine.

Statement Faux Fur Jacket– This is another classic fashion piece. I think faux fur jackets in a neutral color are a must-have but this season, I having been drooling after faux fur in jewel tones. I think they add a little pop to the drab colors we tend to wear this time of the year.

 

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Four Fs of Fashion

Fall is almost here (Yay!). And like many of you,I like to purchase a few pieces to help usher the new season. However, before updating my wardrobe with my new fab finds, I try to make a point to clear my closet of the items that I no longer need. It helps to ensure I am not hoarding clothes and makes me feel better about purchasing new items.

Whether I am purging old clothes or adding new ones, I try to be selective about the items that live in my closet. Each piece has to pass a screening process in order to stay. I know that seems a little dramatic but it is really simple. I just evaluate the following:

Fit – Fit is probably the most thing that I consider¬†when I evaluate a piece of clothing. I truly believe that the key to always looking put together is wearing clothes that fit you well. It does not matter how trendy the garment is; if it does not fit well then I don’t keep it.

Function- Evaluating how the garment functions in your wardrobe is key in keeping out the clutter. Ask yourself how the item functions in your closet. Do you really need multiple ball gowns? Will you ever wear those shoes? How does that shirt fit into your current personal style?

Flexibility- If I can’t think of three ways of styling an article of clothing then I don’t keep it. That is the general rule of thumb that I go by. There are some exceptions to the rule however I find that this helps me to get the most out of my wardrobe. It also helps to cut down on the clutter.

Fabulous- Lastly, I try to only buy/keep items¬†that I love. I can’t tell you how much money I have wasted on items that ended up¬†collecting dust in my closet. And when I did wear some of them, I did not have the excitement everyone should have about their clothing. Lesson learned- never buy an item just because it was on sale or trending.

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Instant Chic

Instant Chic

 

Hi Everyone! I hope you are doing well! I am at a stage in my life where my personal style is evolving. More and more I find myself drawn to an effortlessly chic esthetic. Below are a few of the items that I have found helpful in achieving that look.
1. Leather/Faux Leather Jacket- Oh leather jackets how I love thee! Let me count the ways: 1. they are slimming, 2. provide warmth, 3. create modesty, etc.  Best of all, a leather jacket has the ability to transform a ho-hum outfit into a chic one. I also love how it instantly adds a little edge to anything it is paired with. Be sure to look for a timeless leather jacket that is appropriate for your figure.
2. Sunglasses- Sunnies are another multi-purpose closet staple. They protect our eyes from the sun and those unsightly under eye bags. Sunglasses have always had a cool factor about them. My favorite styles are aviator and cat eye.
3. Red Lipstick- A bold blue based red lipstick can take your look from drab to fab in an instant. Paired with oversized sunnies is the easiest way to look chic.
4. Black Booties- Booties have the ability to add some edginess to an otherwise plain outfit. I prefer the open-toed version as they are perfect year round.
5. Winged Eyeliner-A winged eyeliner can take your makeup from pretty to chic. Now, if I could only master how to create the asme liner for both eyes.

 

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Day to Night

I can tell you how I feel about you night and day……. ūüé∂ How many of you remember the song I’m referring to? I would tell you which decade it is from but that would really show my age. ūüėú

Speaking of age- they say with age comes wisdom. Well wisdom has taught me the importance of having  keys items in your wardrobe. Pieces such as t-shirts, blazers, black pumps, a good pair of jeans and a LBD (little black dress) are the building blocks for any wardrobe. Their versatility can take you from day to night. I am quite a frugalnista however I now spend a little more on these items because of the amount of use you get of them.

The outfit below is an example of how a staple piece (in this case a blazer) can take you from day to night. What are some of your staple wardrobe items?

 

Day to Night

 

 

 

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La Vie En Rose

Date Night
Rose gold is quite possibly my favorite metal. I love that it is a vintage gold that has made a huge comeback. There is something very unique yet feminine about it. It is that femininity that inspired me to create this date night outfit inspiration. I purposely used dainty rose gold jewelry as a contrast to the other bold pieces. A rosy pink lip helps to pull the outfit together.
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Get In Formation!

Ivy Park After Dark

Beyonce is¬†performing at the Rose Bowl tonight (woot, woot!). I will not be in attendance¬†but¬†that¬†didn’t stop me from putting together an outfit inspiration.

I decided to style around a romper since most of her concert venues are outdoors. A structured blazer adds a bit of chicness (and some warmth if it gets cool). The booties and accessories add a bit of edge while the classic pops of red balances out the outfit. A low sleek ponytail is ideal for showcasing the Ivy Park cap. And just like that (finger snap), you are ready to go.

Does this outfit makes you want to get in formation?

Ivy Park After Dark by msmillie00 
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