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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

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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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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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My Favorite Bloggers

Hi Everyone-

I hope you are having a great week. I wanted ¬†to take a moment to tell you about some of my favorite bloggers. I am so blessed to have many inspirational women in my life. However since moving to west coast, my day to day interactions with them have become limited. I am constantly in search of¬†new inspiration. And although I can find inspiration just about anywhere, I ¬†find myself going to certain blogs to¬†get my “fix”. ¬†I am not only inspired by the content on these blogs¬†but also by the¬†bloggers¬†courage to share their creations¬†and dedication to perfecting their craft.

Below are some of my favorite blogs (in no particular order). Do you have any favorite bloggers?

1. Shirley of Shirley’s Wardrobe.
2. Patricia of Patricia Bright.
3. Kristine of Trendy Curvy.
4. Shea of Curves and Confidence.
5. Victoria of In the Frow.

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Festival Season

Hi Everyone!

Festival season is here! Coachella is the place to be for us west coasters¬†(similar to Woodstock in the east). I’ve become a little bit of a hippie since moving to California. Therefore this sort of stuff is right up my alley. ¬†Although I am unable to attend Coachella this year, I wanted to create a few outfits to serve as inspiration for those of you that will be attending.¬†Let me know which one is your favorite. Peace and love. ūüôā

The outfit below¬†is ideal for art festivals, shopping, or hanging out with friends. It is very¬†representative of the iconic flower child.¬†Wouldn’t you agree?

Coachella Bella

This outfit is perfect for attending a music show. It is comfortable and practical. This dreamcatcher has all of her festival gear in tow. She can even sit on her cardigan if she needs to. Groovy!

 

Dreamcatcher

This final outfit is perfect for brunch, laying out by the pool or just relaxing. The embroidered romper is great for the warm spring/summer days.¬†The sunglasses are a nod to the 70’s festival culture. And the gladiator sandals, well they are just chic.

Boho Chic

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Urban Jungle

Ruffles are back!¬†This season some designers took a feminine approach to ruffles while others took a bold/architectural one. As lovely as they are, ruffles aren’t always the most flattering. They can add bulk to places we do not need it.

 The outfit below is ideal for ladies with a large chest. The ruffled shorts help to balance the body resulting in the appearance of a hourglass figure. Pear shaped divas should try wearing ruffles towards the top of their bodies for a similar effect.

Springtime in the City
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Stripes, Florals and Lots of Color

Stripes and florals is such a classic pairing. There is something very vintage yet modern about it. I think the same could be said about the girl that would wear the below outfit. I imagine that she wears her hair in a high bun, frequents her¬†local coffee shop, and goes antique shopping on the weekends.What’s your favorite way to pair stripes?

Stripes, Florals and Lots of Color

 

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