Capsule Wardrobe // Olivia Palermo

It’s not hard to be intimidated by Olivia Palermo’s style – she’s always on point, even while walking her dog. But when you really break it down, her style is very simple – she goes for classic pieces, with a twist. An white button down with an asymmetrical hem, a blazer without sleeves. She also understands the power of great accessories, and can take a simple look to the next level by adding a killer pair of heels.

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Are you a fan of Olivia’s style?

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xoxCrissie

Real Life Style #30 // #Throwback Thursday

If you remember my post from last week, you’ll recall my #ThrowbackThursday challenge with boohoo.com, if you don’t remember, check it out here before the big reveal!

I’ll wait.

OK?

SO! I went with one of Rachel’s more timeless looks – little black dress over a white button down. I love this look, because – yes, it is a throwback, but it still looks modern enough to be stylish today!
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I’m smiling because I’m outside without a jacket on (!!!!) and also, I was probably singing the Friends theme song over and over in my head.

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Throwback Thursday // Rachel Green

When boohoo.com reached out and asked me if I would do a Throwback Thursday fashion post I got VERY excited. The assignment was to pick someone from the past who’s fashion I admire and recreate it. What a fun way to explore personal style, right?

WHO TO PICK?? Well… since Friend’s was added to Netflix my fiancé and I have been doing a lot of binge watching – so I was inspire to recreate Miss Rachel Green’s style. Rachel’s character goes though quite the fashion evolution, and while she hits all the high points of amazing 90s fashion in the early seasons (belly shirts, knee socks, overalls!!), she also mixes in a lot of very classic pieces – so I have a lot of great material to work with.

Here are a few options…

TBT-rachel-greenI like the idea of pairing her overall-shorts with a super chic blazer to give the look a modern update.

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Here’s what I mean about the classic pieces – little black dress, little black skirt and button downs – it just takes a few tweaks to make these looks relevant in any decade!

Come back next Thursday to see the look I pick to recreate! Until then – here’s how to get them yourself!

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xoxCrissie

PS – Happy Birthday Kelsey Combe!

Oscars 2015 // Best Dressed

I wanted to start this post with a little re-cap of the ladies I imaginary styled for Sunday’s big event. With the exception of Felicity Jones, I am happy to report I would place them all on the best-dressed list!

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Resse Witherspoon was stunning in a black and white Tom Ford gown, not even close to what I picked, but I’ll forgive her. Sienna Miller picked a black Oscar de la Renta dress, and looked just gorgeous. Jen was in a nude Atelier Versace number that was probably more stunning the the one I picked for her. I was NOT a huge fan of Felicity Jones’ Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen ball gown – but she did look amazing – and so happy!!

NEXT – Emma Stone. I wanted Emma to wear a beaded black Elie Saab dress with short sleeves – she opted for a beaded chartreuse Elie Saab dress with long sleeves.

SOOOOO close. I have to say, I’m glad she did. She looked stunning.

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Bonus pic of Jen and Emma, because they are amazing.

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AND NOW. KEIRA.

YOU GUYS – remember how I said that my predictions have never been right??? Well, I broke the losing streak Sunday night because Keira Knightly wore the Valentino dress I picked for her.  And it looked just as dreamy and whimsical as I wanted it to. AHH!

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As if that was not enough – she also wore a black Valentino gown to the Vanity Fair after party that I’d had on my wish list!! AHHH again!!

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Not many of my other wish-list picks made appearances – but Faith Hill was a knock out in J. Mendel (from my list!)

Faith-Hill-oscar-2015Beyond that I’d put Gwyneth Paltrow, Rosamund Pike, Zoe Saldana, and Anna Kendrick at the top of my best dressed list.

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Who were your favorites?

xoxCrissie

Images: HuffPost // US Weekly // Who What Wear

Oscar Predictions // Best Dressed

Only one more day until we get to see which dresses make the red carpet cut at the Oscars! One of my very favorite things to do is predict who will wear what, and which designers will score red carpet placement.  I’ve never been right…  but I have gotten CLOSE (ish) !! Might as well keep trying, right?

So, here’s what I’d like to see tomorrow!

Sienna Miller has been killing it on the red carpet lately – so I have total faith she’ll be one of this year’s best dressed. I would love to see her in this feathered Elie Saab gown – it’s elegant but still a little edgy 100% Oscar material.

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I think Reese would look amazing in this gown from Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2015 collection, I love the printed skirt, it adds a little something extra to a classic silhouette – plus Reese would look amazing in that blue!

Speaking of classic, Felicity Jones favors sophisticated, elegant red carpet looks – and always looks awesome in them. Fingers crossed she picks this navy and purple Oscar de la Renta gown tomorrow night.

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Jennifer Aniston has been a HUGE fan of the plunging neck-line this season, and she tends to stick with black dresses, my pick for her is this sparkly Naeem Khan number.

Kiera is a little less predictable when it comes to red carpet fashion – but she does often choose whimsical dressed – which is why I think she might be able to pull off this look from the Valentino couture collection. It’s a little risky, but I think she could make it work.

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Miss Stone is a big red carpet risk taker, but I’d like to see her go a little more traditional for the Oscar’s – not totally traditional of course! But I think she’d make every best dressed list in this sparkly/sheer Elie Saab dress!!

With the Fall 15 runway shows going on right now, I’ve also spotted a few color trends that I’l love to see come to life on the red carpet. Ice blue dresses (think Cinderella blue, magical!), sparkly navy and art-deco inspired metallics are poised to have a big night tomorrow.

I also think we’ll see a lot of classics – black, white and gold. And there’s a change that peach and mustard colors could be a break out hit!

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I CAN’T WAIT!!

Who do you think will make the best dressed list?

xoxCrissie

*images via Style.com 

 

Red Carpet // Makeup

This is a BIG week – Oscar week!! I’ve always loved the Oscars, mainly for the red carpet.  I know I am not alone in my love of red carpet fashion, but there really is something so exciting about it. Seeing who takes big risks, who plays it safe and who debuts a new style is, strangely, a lot of fun.

Sadly, I can’t play dress up with Oscar gowns to recreate my favorite styles. That being said – I can recreate makeup looks!!

Full disclosure – I know very little about makeup. I’m a basics girl day-to-day. But this is the year for trying new things, so when Borghese sent me a box full of Red Carpet Ready makeup, I thought, why not?

So, without further ado, here are 3 of my favorite Oscar looks from the last few years, and my attempts to re-create them.

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I started each look with my normal base layer (base layer? is that a makeup term?) Which is:

And then I built each look on top of that!

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Hall of Chic // HRH

I’m pretty sure Kate Middleton is a perfect human. Not only is she gorgeous, fashionable, married to a prince, and blessed with perfect hair – she also loves sailing. We’ve know this for a while, but her most recent public appearance was supporting youth sailing program (amazing), AND she wore a sail boat printed dress.

She’s basically my spirit animal.

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(Again with the chic coats too!) 

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Obviously this dress – which is Somerset by Alice Temperley – is now sold out, though it does say “back in stock soon” so I will wait with bated breath.

In the meantime, I’ve rounded up a few other printed shift dresses/white coat combos for a copy-Kate look!

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xoxCrissie

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Style Building Blocks // Leather Jacket

I used to think that I was not cool enough to wear a leather jacket. But I’m starting to feel like I have that backwards. Maybe I don’t have to be cool enough – maybe by wearing a leather jacket I’ll automatically become cool. It’s all about perspective, right?

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Before I go any further, quick leather jacket history lesson! They weren’t always the epitome of ultimate coolness – the leather jacket started as warm, durable outerwear for the military (think bomber jacket), their next step was as protective gear for motorcyclists. From there, they made their way to Hollywood, with the help of icons like Marlon Brando and James Dean.

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And just like that – the leather jacket became synonymous with cool.

Big question is – although there is no doubt that leather jackets are cool – are they really a style building block?? Let’s reference my building block check list:

  1. It has to be timeless – They’ve been popular since the 50s, seems like a check!
  2. It has to be versatile – Marlon Brando AND Taylor Swift can both make it look good. That’s pretty versatile.

I guess that’s my whole checklist, timeless – check, versatile – check! Versatility is really key – to really be a building block a piece has to fit with many different styles. A leather jacket does that – it can be dressed up or down, can be girly, glamorous or very minimal.

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My favorite jackets all seem to have some sort of quilted detail – I especially like when the quilting is on the sleeves. It gives them a slightly more feminine look, while still being badass.

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Here are just a few that I have my eyes on right now, which style do you like?

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xoxCrissie

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Wise Words // Be You

There are probably a million great quotes about the importance of being yourself – but I love this one because it’s so fitting to my goals right now.

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You could spend forever worrying about following to rules and being fashionable, but it’s more important to make sure your style is a reflection of you. Don’t you think?

Happy Monday!

xoxCrissie

Real Life Style #29 // Gingham & Pearls

Disclaimer: This post is a throw-back to a few months ago when the weather was slightly warmer. Fun fact: these steps happen to be the steps of the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt. History! 

OK, on to the outfit! I love this look. I love it because it looks polished and classy, but it’s still super comfy.

It’s pretty simple, pair a soft wash button down with a full skirt (make sure the skirt has pockets. Pockets are key), add some killer accessories and you’re good to go.

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This skirt  (which PS, is from H&M! Here’s a similar one in-stock now!) has a more casual feel because of the woven texture, but you can still dress it up with some glam accessories.

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xoxCrissie

photos by Kelsey Combe

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