Challenging your Fashion Fears

Happy Friday everyone! Today I’m am going to talk about facing your fashion fears because this season I am challenging mine. I’ve always loved fashion but when it comes to going out of my comfort zone style-wise, I chicken out. I would either admire the piece from afar or buy it and end up never wearing it. So, I decided to face my fashion fears and did a few things that I will share with you down below.

Challenging Your Fashion Fears

Investing in Staples

Investing in staples if essentially when you are trying to get out of your comfort zone. If you have one piece that make you feel comfortable, put together, pretty, etc. BUY IT. Once you have that staple piece you will be able to pair it up with anything I can guarantee. For example, you can pair your favorite jeans with a blouse and heels, something you wouldn’t normally wear. Below are pieces that you can play with to create something new.

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Sweater: H&M | Jeans: H&M | Earrings: H&M | Brown Bag: H&M | Heels: H&M | Graphic Tee: H&M | Skirt: Chic Wish (similar) | Black Bag: Zaful (similar) | Flats: Genuine People (similar)

Take Baby Steps

This is the best approach for someone who is not comfortable going out of their comfort zone when it comes to fashion. If there is a popular trend, color, texture, or cut, that I really want to try out, I will look for small ways to incorporate it into my existing wardrobe. Let’s say you love stripes, but the current trend of wearing striped pants or mixing pants is overwhelming, try wearing striped pants with a basic solid blouse. You can shop this favorite look below.

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Pants: H&M | Sweater: H&M | Mules: H&M

Just Do It!

My last tip to share is to just try it! How bad can it actually be? It isn’t the end of the world, not will you be outcasted from the world. It’s just clothes! Fashion is a way to express oneself through clothing. So if you feel like mixing stripes with polka-dots, by all means you do you! If you’ve been dying to wear that short black leather skirt with your biker leather jacket, rock it. You can take a look from Dia&Co who has a try Friday initiative that encourages people to try a new look they would not normally wear or they have been to afraid to try. For those who are looking to step out of their comfort zone, try once a week to wear an item that takes you out of your comfort zone!

 

This post is in collaboration with Dia&Co.

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Gingham Love

The other day I posted this outfit on my Instagram and got so many questions about my skirt. I love gingham print. Luckily,  bought this skirt a few months ago from H&M before gingham became big. If you want to stay trendy this summer, invest in a gingham piece. I styled my gingham skirt with a bright yellow t-shirt to give it a little pop of color and paired it with a white, quilted shoulder bag. I have also worn this skirt with a plain black tee and a white printed tee. Nevertheless, this design is so versatile and chic that I recommend everyone get a item with this print for this summer.

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Skirt: Misspap | Shirt: Forever21 (Sale!) | Steve Madden | Bag: Bebe (Similar)

10 Spring Trends You Need to Know

Are you ready to find your new look for the season? The best place to start is by taking some inspiration from the runway. Here’s the hottest trends of Spring 2016:

Off the Shoulder

The off the shoulder trend has made its comeback. It is a classic look that can fit everyone from sophisticated to luxe fashion, to high street brands. 

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Tie Sleeve Chambray Dress

The Latin Look

The influence of Latin cultures will always have its place in fashion. It is fun, feminine, and flirty. To add a little Latin to your wardrobe look for bright colors, ruffles, peasant sleeves and flamenco skirts to spice up your look.

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Selfie Leslie Embroidered Dress

Mules

The chic slippers are back and I’m in love. The mule can be dressed up or dressed down. Pair it with jeans and a tee and you’re ready to go. An elegant slip dress with the right accessories and you are slipper ready.

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Faux Suede Mules

Hoodies

Hoodies will forever and always have a place in fashion. They have gone from streetwear to runway. It is the cozy staple in every cool teenager’s wardrobe.

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Hooded Sweatshirt Dress

Florals

“Florals? For spring? Ground breaking” to quote Miranda Priestly. This season, floral actual are. They are have become prints on denim, skirts, bags, etc. Anything floral is a staple piece in your spring wardrobe.

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Rosalyn One Shoulder Dress

Sequins

Who doesn’t love a little sparkle? In the past, sequins only come out for winter holiday events. Not anymore. This season sequins are glinting in the early sunlight of the spring months.

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Chloe Metallic Hi Waisted Shorts

Puffed-up Sleeves

More is definitely more this spring. The statement sleeves turned heads on the runways this season and it’s a easy look that anyone can pull off. Try a puffy sleeved top with a pair of jeans to add a little va-va-voom to your look.

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Off-the-Shoulder Pinstripe Dress

The Button Down Shirt

Every season designers task themselves into reinventing the essential staple: the button down shirt. This season button down can be a shirt dress, oversize shaped, one-shoulder split shirt, and so many other different cuts. Investing in one of these pieces will keep you looking fresh and on trend.

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Tie-Waist Oversized Shirt

Gingham

This print has made its comeback and I couldn’t be happier. The gingham print is a print that you can dress up or down and pair with anything. It’s also a print that is perfect for transitioning from spring to summer. Anything item clothing with this print is in my opinion a staple in your wardrobe.

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Jules Gingham One Shoulder Top

Seaside stripes

Straight from beach umbrellas, lounge chairs, and Nantucket awnings, stripes are the classic piece that you should have in your wardrobe. They’re also convenient because they are the perfect transitional piece for spring to summer.

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5 Ways to Relax During Finals Week

Finals week( aka hell week) is here. This means pulling all-nighters, a coffee diet, trying to relearn everything, and a stress level no one should ever have to endure. Here are a few of my tips to help you feel more zen and focused during this stressful time

1. A digital break
a. If your study habits are anything like mine, you’ll stare at your textbook then check Instagram or Snapchat three minutes later. It’s impossible to unwind and feel less stressed when you’re always switched “on” so have a digital detox once a week. Turn your phone off and do something else with your free time. I promise you’ll instantly feel less stressed when you’re not worrying about what people on Instagram are doing.
2. Put your self-care first
a. When life get’s busy, we tend to forget about ourselves. Schedule in some me-time everyday to focus on YOU. Put on a face mask, have a bubble bath, read a book that’s not your textbook, mediate…whatever it is, take some time each day to focus on self-care. Not only is it relaxing and a great distraction, but when you feel your best, you instantly feel like you can take on anything.
3. Gym Time
a. There’s nothing like a workout to release stress. Exercise releases endorphins (yep, its scientifically proven to make you happier!) and gives you a boost. Plus, you’re getting summer body ready at the same time!
4. Say “NO”
a. Everyone wants to be the one who can do it all but sometimes it can burn you out. Little tip, know when to say no. Replace a night out with the girls to a night in with Netflix and your favorite snack.
5. Breathe!
a. Count to ten and just breathe. It’ll clear your head and help you refocus your attention. Finals are only two weeks, you will survive.

Good luck!

Mexican Charm

This past week my family and I took a quick trip down to Mexico to celebrate my mom’s birthday. My family owns a cute beach house in Kino Bay. It is a small, tucked away town that is rapidly becoming more popular each year I go. I haven’t been to the house in a year so it was exciting to be going back down below the border and see how the town has grown. Also, the weather in New York had been miserable so I was in desperate need of some sunshine and beach time. 

Since many of you have been asking about the clothing I wore on this trip, I decided to share all my looks with you here. Enjoy!

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Day 1

Dress: Charolette Russe (Similar)

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Day 2

Dress: Forever21 | Necklace: Bling Jewelry

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Day 3

One-piece: Cimi Bikini

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Day 4:

Blouse: H&M (Sale!) | Shorts: Abercrombie (Sale!) |Sunglasses: H&M | Bag: H&M (Similar)

Day 5:

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Day 5:

 One-Piece: Zara | Jacket: American Eagle |Shorts: Charolette Russe | Sunglasses: H&M

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Day 6:

One-Piece: Zara

JACHS NY Spring Collection

Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity of teaming up and doing a collaboration with JACHS NY. For those of you who have not heard of this brand, JACHS NY is a clothing company that specializes in creating anything from classic outwear to everyday shirts, to chinos and sweaters. They begin creating their designs with custom fabrics and finish off with a contemporary, versatile design, making each piece unique. JACHS NY epitomizes intricate attention to detail and a blend of the classic and modern.

Starting off as just menswear, JACHS NY now has been bringing in women’s clothing and they are to die for. The fabric is high quality and is perfect for the upcoming spring weather. Their vintage inspired designs can be paired up with something as simple as jeans and sneakers, or tucked in a skirt with flats to dress it up.

I was sent the striped oversized drop sleeve shirt (pictured below) and the blocked two pocket button down (pictures to come) and I LOVE them. I think that a button up should be a staple in your closet. They’re perfect for a last minute outfit. These flannels from JACHS NY are so soft and chic, I can’t wait to create more looks with them once we get closer to spring!

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  1. Button up by JACHS NY
  2. Ripped Jeans (similar)
  3. Flats
  4. Crossbody Bag (similar)