Category Archives: Fashion Face-Offs!

Styling to Take Center Stage Once Again

I’m embarrassed to admit that it has been for-ev-ER since I’ve published a new post! It wasn’t my intention to put my blog on the back burner & I know taking such a long break from the blogosphere is a big no-no; but, what can I say, it’s easy to lose track of time and before I realized it, months have gone by since I’ve pressed the publish button.

My extended hiatus has to do with a number of things, those being 1) struggling with a bit of writers block (happens to us all), 2) spending little time at home (transcribing your thoughts is one thing, taking pictures to support what you’re saying another, then editing the images, and finally sitting down at a computer to combine all of the parts. Then there’s proofreading, making the necessary changes, rereading it again…you get the idea), 3) my introduction to Photoshop (learning how to use the program is a feat in & of itself; but once you know how to use all of the functions it’s hard to stop playing around with all of the features – leading to hours spent of altering photos!) And 4) yet another exciting new endeavor that I’ve been working on – which I’ll be sharing with you shortly :)

But enough with all that! Even though I haven’t shared any new stuff with you lately that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped styling! I have a back log of looks that I’m excited to show you!

So on that note, here’s a “casual comeback” outfit I came up with a couple weeks ago. Here I paired my Free People plaid corduroy skinnys (a fabric which also makes a comeback during the Fall/Winter season), with my ivory “rockin’ the stage” graphic tank from Urban Outfitters layered underneath an Anthropologie fine-knit cardigan. When I wore this outfit originally I was able to opt out of outerwear entirely (a nice option to have at the end of October), but now that it’s December that’s no longer the case. Depending on the chill factor I add on the necessary layers. In early fall, I got away with just wearing my dark brown moto jacket, but now that it’s gotten a lot colder, I throw on my Arden B brown faux fur vest for a little extra insulation.

Plaid Paints, Rock Band Tee, Olive Cardi

The rich burgundy hue from within the primary plaid bottoms really brings out the tonal shades of red from within the rock band cotton top. Although it would’ve coordinated seamlessly, I thought the gold grandpa cardigan that I have would’ve been a little too matchy-matchy; so I went with a muted, earthy olive one instead.

Plaid Paints, Rock Band Tee, Gold Cardi

For accessories, I stick with my usual suspects (my pocket knife pendant, forearm cuff & fist full of rings) and add on my ivory leather & gold metal mismatched earrings when I’m not wearing the fur vest (it gets to be too much going on if I wear them both). For footwear, like my layers, in the fall I went with my tonal tan Sperry’s and with winter – my brown buckle boots from Free People.

Rock Band Combo Compare
Which combo do you prefer – the matchy-matchy gold cardi that coordinates perfectly with the plaid pants or the alternative autumnal shade of olive that slightly off-sets the color scheme?


Saturday Steal: Stocked-Up on Off-Season Summer Stuff

Yesterday after my workout I decided to walk a couple blocks and stop at the Urban Outfitters Surplus store on Fullerton to see what I could find…and what I did was well worth the trip! I must have had summertime on my mind because I’ll have to wait until then to wear what I bought; but when you can stock-up on off-season stuff for a fraction of the price you just can’t pass it up! Check out what I got…and even more surprising – see how much I spent!!!

Urban Outfitters Floral Print Romper

I don’t typically wear bright colors, but I love how the hues pop against the black background of this jumper. The fun floral print, flirty silhouette and vibrant colors have me wishing it were summer so I can wear this playful piece! Originally $69.00, marked down to $9.99.

Urban Outfitters Red Silky CrissCross Romper

It’s almost like the intricate strappy neckline extends from the bold crisscross pattern that covers the one-piece. And the lightweight, flowy fabric makes this perfect for those hot, humid days.  Originally $59.00, marked down to $9.99.

Urban Outfitters Salmon Scalloped-Edge Onesie

Scalloped edges add a subtle touch to this simple salmon-colored romper. With such a basic silhouette, I can pile on a bunch of necklaces or add a belt – the options are endless! Originally $59.00, marked down to $9.99.

Urban Outfitters Fuschia Fanny Pack

This fuchsia fanny pack is the perfect hands-free carry-all for all the music festivals I intend on attending again this summer. Having to hold onto a bag while trying to work your way through a crowd is annoying! This vibrant velvet hip bag will hold my things & keep me worry-free while I spend my summer days under the sun, bouncing between stages surrounded by the sweet sound of music. Originally $29.00, marked down to $9.99.

Urban Outfitters Black Leather Corset Top

This black leather corset top is not something that I would typically buy, but when I saw it I had an idea for an outfit in mind…

Leather Look - Black Corset Top & Fit-n-Flare Skirt

I recently bought a black leather fit-&-flare skirt for work and thought it may make for an interesting ensemble if I wore the black leather corset top under a sheer shirt tucked into my skirt. The leather top peaks out from underneath the see-through shirt and meets the top of the high-waisted skirt – it’s an interesting inside-outside approach to a leather look :/

Leather Look - Black Corset Top & Fit-n-Flare Skirt

Leather Look - Black Corset Top & Fit-n-Flare Skirt

As I said, not my typical attire…but maybe I’ll give it a try – I’ll let you know if I ever end up wearing it :) Originally $34.00, marked down to $14.99.

I was debating on one of the items, but when I got up to the register and realized there was an additional 50% off I added it back to my pile of purchases – when things are 5 bucks who can pass them up?! If I were to buy all of this merchandise at full price I would’ve paid around $250.00; but instead, my total for the five items was only $30.00! Again I say – well worth the trip!

Burr it was Cold out Today!…but I Stayed Warm Styling my Burgundy Stretch Pants

Today was a bright, but very brisk day here in Chicago, so after my morning workout I decided to stay out of the cold and play with my clothes. I spent my much needed day off styling some of the new stuff I’ve bought over the last couple weeks and bonding with Lola (also long overdue). I had such a lovely day of putting looks together – letting one pair of pants transition from one outfit to the next, taking snapshots and being inspired along the way Its days like this that reinvigorate my styling sense; since sadly, I don’t get to wear 90% of what I own (pathetic, I know, but I’m banned to wearing only black where I work) I love to I challenge myself to reach inside my closet and create a couple different outfits with what I pick. So now, after writing what I have to say & editing the photos of my ensembles underneath my electric blanket, here’s a glimpse at my day of staying warm & working with my wardrobe.

I debated over buying the Seams Cool Knit Leggings from Free People for months – I think I tried on the deep red riding pants every time I went into a FP Boutique but was never 100% sold on them.

Free People Seams Cool Knit Leggings

It wasn’t the fit, the feel, or the price…but rather, I just couldn’t rationalize buying a pair of burgundy pants when all I wear nowadays is black. But when I spotted them on sale while shopping last month when I was distraught over my missing dress, what can I say – I was swayed :) On sale + my additional appreciation discount, means I only spent $19.99 on the stretchy pants (originally $78.00)! Check them out…

Free People Burgundy Pants w Charcoal Striped ShirtWorn with a Free People charcoal striped shirt and Holding Horses lace-up military boots from Anthropologie

Free People Burgundy Pants w Graphic Thermal & Fur VestWorn with a Free People graphic thermal & furry vest and Steve Madden riding boots

Free People Burgundy Pants w Chambray Shirt & Knit ScarfWorn with an ivory layering tank, Free People chambray shirt, an Urban Outfitters kiwi knit scarf and Steve Madden ivory lace-up boots

Free People Burgundy Pants w Graphic High-Low ShirtWorn with a Free People graphic print high-low top and black leather lace-up buckle boots

Free People Burgundy Pants w Gold Sequin BlazerWorn with a grey layering tank, a Gypsy Junkies gold sequin blazer and Diba black booties from AKIRA Footwear 

Free People Burgundy Pants w Silk/Cotton Top & Fur VestWorn with an Anthropologie ivory silk & cotton top, Arden B. brown fur vest and Steve Madden ivory boots

Free People Burgundy Pants w Anthro Kiwi Knit PonchoWorn with an Anthropologie kiwi knit poncho and Steve Madden riding boots

I still have several other ways I wanted to style my new stretch pants with…but I was side-tracked with some other outfits I came up with. Perhaps on my next day off, when it’ll probably be too cold to go out again, I’ll stay inside & style the rest.

In the meantime…

Fashion Face-Off: Casual Day Off vs. Casual Friday

I’ve taken my Jack by BB Dakota tan trouser shorts and dressed them up & down for two completely different looks. Which one do you prefer?

Jack by BB Dakota w White Ribbed Cotton Tank Top

1. Worn with a basic white ribbed cotton tank top this outfit is perfect for a casual day out-and-about around the city.

Jack by BB Dakota w Billowy Burgundy Top

2. Worn with a billowy burgundy top and a geometric enamel necklace, now this ensemble is a little more work appropriate – well, for a ‘casual-Friday’.

Which way would you wear it? Or did you have another way to wear it in mind?

Fashion Face-Off: Long Vs. Short

I styled my Free People red multi-color embroidered-front thermal top in both a long and short look. Which version do you like best?


The cotton/wool sleeve blend thermal is worn underneath a vintage quilted suede vest (found in my grandparent’s house – thanks Aunt Becky!). Tall fringe cognac suede Minnetonka Moccasin lace-up boots peak out from under a flowy ivory maxi skirt.


The red thermal tunic with intricate embroidery detailing down the front is layered over an ivory slip. Gray sweater stockings cover the exposed legs and leather & suede riding boots complete the outfit. A knotted olive green scarf (that my mom made – thanks Mom!) acts as a necklace to accessorize the look.

Do you prefer the long or short version of this outfit?