YCS Bride Guide: Rules of Engagement

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By Erika, Fashion Expert

First, let me apologize.  If you follow the YCS or my personal Instagram, you have been subject to the slow leak of our engagement photos for the last two weeks.  I can’t tell you how many people have texted, DM’d or emailed me asking for the full gallery of our photos!  But, because we wanted to share them with you guys first, we’ve only been sharing a limited amount of photos on social media.  Today, the wait is over!

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Now, on to the important stuff – the Engagement Photo Shoot!  You have probably heard me gush ad nauseam about our wedding photographer Terri Baskin of Terri Baskin Photography.  But trust me, she is worth every, single glowing word!  As I mentioned in my post about choosing vendors, I had seen a LOT of Terri’s work via my friends who have used her and also by following her on Instagram.  I KNEW I had to work with her.

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One of the perks of booking a wedding package with Terri is that it includes an engagement shoot.  A lot of people – especially men – don’t understand why engagement shoots are necessary.  Well, there are a lot of reasons, five of which Terri so eloquently outlines in her own blog post “5 Reasons Why Engagement Sessions are Important.”

For us, the two most important reasons for our shoot was to get comfortable with Terri (she is, after all, going to be spending the majority of one of the most important days of our lives with us) and to get comfortable in front of the camera (not an issue for me, but Roger HATES taking photographs).  Terri spent a few hours with us shooting at Howard University and at Historic U Street in Washington, DC. After a while, Roger and I were totally comfortable being silly and crazy and even forgot the camera was around during some moments.  Terri was totally a friend in my head before our shoot but we’re bonafide buddies after the shoot.  Roger even said it was “enjoyable and she made it a really good time.” And remember, that is coming from a man who HATES taking photos!

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When you’re going to take your engagement photos, there are a few factors, besides your photographer, to consider:

  • Location, Location, Location – Roger and I knew that we wanted to shoot at Howard University.  That was a no brainer.  We went to college there and it was a friendship from Howard University that brought us together several years after we graduated. But, even up until the day of the shoot we hadn’t landed on where we wanted the locale for our 2nd outfits to be.  As Roger was dropping me off to get my hair and make-up done he suggested we shoot at the various murals on U Street.  It was such an “a ha!” moment that I KNEW we had to try it!  Lucky for us, not only is Terri an amazing photographer, she’s incredibly flexible!

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  • Hair and Make-Up are Must Haves – Even for the super laid back and casual bride, hair and make-up are a must for your engagement shoot.  Even if you want something natural that looks like you on any given day, you should still have your hair and make-up professionally done.  For photographs, you need to turn up the volume, even for natural looks.  A professional will know exactly how to help you achieve a fully glam look, a “no make-up” make-up look, and anything in between!  And having healthy, flattering hair will only ensure your photos look gorgeous for years to come! Oh, and you can’t forget your manicure for all of those close-ups of your ring!

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  • Grooming Matters – Professional services aren’t just a must for the bride-to-be; they’re also important for the groom.  Make sure your guy gets a hair cut, beard trim or fresh shave ahead of the photo shoot.  These photos are equally important for him!

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  • Styling – While I would obviously love for ALL brides and grooms to call me to help style them for their engagement shoots (check out Veronica and David, whom I did help!!); even if you don’t have a pro, what you wear is important.  Most couples have a dressy and a casual look for their engagement shoot.  You’ll want to consider clothing that is complimentary and whether you want your outfits to coordinate.  Bright colors photograph really well; however, in our case, because we were against the pops of color on the murals, black on black worked well for us.  Also, consider your groom.  While I would have loved to have taken our photos in ball gowns, I know Roger is only putting on a tux for REALLY special occasions (like our wedding).  We landed in the middle with him rocking a suit with a elegant but chill vibe by ditching the neck tie!  Both of you guys should be comfortable for the shoot!

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  • Have Fun! – This kind of goes without saying but remember to have a good time during your shoot.  Roger and I spent much of our engagement shoot laughing, giggling, and just having a good time.  Much of the time it felt like Terri was simply documenting us sharing our own inside jokes or secrets.

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Before I share a few more photos with you guys, I definitely want to highlight the vendors who made our engagement photo shoot possible.  We had an excellent team and these photos would not be what they are without them!

Locations: Howard University and Historic U Street, Washington, DC

Photography:Terri Baskin Photography

Hair & Make-Up:Corps D’Elite

Styling:Your Chic is Showing

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xvi I xiv by YCS Capsule Collection Launches

By Erika, Fashion Expert

I know, it’s been quiet around YCS for the past couple of weeks.  But that is only because we have some EXCITING ventures that we have been working on.  In addition to officially partnering with one of my closest friends to officially launch “Come Shop My Closet” (more on that later this week), WE ARE LAUNCHING A CAPSULE CLOTHING COLLECTION!!

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For quite some time I have wanted to launch a clothing line and this year I finally decided to dive in head first!  At times I felt completely overwhelmed, like a crazy lady, or worried that it wasn’t a good idea.  But, after all of that, the xvi I xiv (pronounced “sixteen fourteen”) capsule collection is here! Well, it’s here: www.sixteenfourteen.store.

I decided to start this endeavor with a capsule collection.  One signature t-shirt, inspired by my friend Candice, and one signature dress (that can be built with 30 different combinations), named after my incredibly sweet niece Imani.  I figured that getting my toes wet with only a couple of pieces would be a good way to launch.  But from here, xvi I xiv already has a Collegiate collection in the works for Homecoming season and a fall/winter 2017 collection underway!

There are a couple of things that make this collection unique.  First, whether you are straight or plus sized, clothing styles are the same.  In many stores, once you cross over to the plus size section designs, fabrics, and clothing is, at best, unflattering, and, at worst, downright ugly.  It is important to me that no matter what your size is, you can wear our clothing.  Each piece runs from size 6 – 24.  If, however, you find yourself outside of that threshold, for most pieces, you will have the option of ordering them customized to your specific measurements.  (The only exception is some of our t-shirts.  But you should note that I am working on finding vendors that offer shirts in sizes XXS – 4 or 5X).  Also, you will not pay more money for being plus sized.  Everybody’s items cost the same.

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Second, our items are “buildable.” So, even though we are starting with one t-shirt and one dress, depending on how you build your items you can come up 24 variations of our “Candice” signature t-shirt and 30 variations of our “Imani” dress.  When you check out, you’ll be prompted to select the options you want for your clothing.  So, essentially, every piece you purchase is customized and created specifically for you.  Follow the link to learn more about How it Works.

There is one other thing that you should know.  By virtue of this being a capsule collection, quantities are limited!  Some items we will keep in stock; however, other items are created based on fabric availability and quantities which means that once they are gone, they are gone.  Do not delay in placing your order because you do NOT want to miss you!  You can shop the entire collection here: XVI I XIV.

All week long we will be celebrating our virtual launch party and, as a special treat, I have a couple of discount codes for you!

  • Use the code “CANDICE” to get $10 off the purchase of our signature t-shirt.
  • Use the code “IMANI” to get $20 off your Imani dress purchase.
  • Free shipping (code: FREESHIP is automatically applied) is available on all orders over $149.

*Remember, because every item is custom produced, it will take 3-4 weeks for your customized piece to arrive.

I am SO excited to be launching this collection.  It is truly a daily reminder that dreams DO come true.  They are scary, they take hard work, and sometimes you feel like you are jumping out of a plane – but the absolutely DO come true!

Happy Shopping and Stay Chic!
Erika

Photo Credit: Olivia Stevens I Olivia Stevens Photography I https://www.oliviastevens.co

Faux Real

By Erika, Fashion Expert

It’s the first day of spring, rah, rah, rah.  If where you live is anything like Philadelphia then it wasn’t all the warm today and you found yourself, like me, still reaching for your warm weather clothing. As we transition to warmer weather, I am not quite ready to give up my winter clothing.  If March has taught me anything, it is that it can be 70 degrees one day and snowing the next.  For this reason, I have a few, key pieces that I will help me transition from winter to spring – one of which is this amazing faux fur vest.

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Vest: Two by Vince Camuto (here) I Turtleneck: Ava & Viv (similar here) I Leggings: Fashion to Figure (here) I Necklaces: New York & Co., Gifted, My own

Much like my Vince Camuto bomber jacket, it was “love at first sight” when I spied this Two by Vince Camuto shaggy faux fur vest.  I immediately imagined wearing it about 47 different ways and knew it had to have a home in my closet.

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Sunglasses: Armani (similar here) I Earrings: J. Crew (here, sold out)

I am really a fan of this vest because of its versatility.  It can be dressed up or dressed down.  Worn with jeans, leggings or a super cute spring dress.  There are so many ways to wear this vest – the possibilities are endless!  For YCS, I’ve styled it two ways.  First up, a sleek look that is great for a night out.  You can never go wrong with a black on black look and the vest pairs perfectly adding an air of sophistication and class paired with fun.

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Boots: Lane Bryant (last year)


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Clutch: Michael Kors (similar, sold out here) I Rings: My Own (via Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Francesca’s, Avenue)

 

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Shirt: Similar here I Jeans: Lane Bryant (similar here, distressed myself) I Necklace: J. Crew (similar here)

I am also a fan of denim on denim looks and its clear that the trend is going nowhere fast this spring. So why not pair this vest with a great denim t-shirt and my favorite (and often featured) distressed denim jeans.  This look is casual and perfect for an afternoon of shopping, brunch with the girls, a mani/pedi date with your mom, or just lounging around and looking fabulous doing it!

 

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Shoes: BCBGeneration (Oslo pump in “Whiskey,” sold out) I Bag: Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 35 (here)

As you think about what pieces can transition you from winter to summer you should definitely consider a faux fur vest a wardrobe essential!

Stay Chic,
Erika

Photographer: Rob Bergsted

Brand Spotlight: Bravely "Apparel that Empowers"

By Erika, Fashion Expert

sam_1617Shirt: Bravely I Photo: Rob Bergsted

I have always been taught, and always felt, that I have a voice.  That what I have to say is important and matters.  That people listen to me. But somewhere, maybe around the time Hillary Clinton lost the election and the reality that the rights of minorities, immigrants, women, and countless others were actually in jeopardy, I stopped believing that.  The election was a real blow.  I felt like my voice, and what I had to say, didn’t matter.  I felt like my voice was no match for racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, or mysogyny.  I felt completely deflated, as I am sure a lot of us did.  The result of the election is part of the reason that the Thanksgiving rebirth of YCS never happened.  I had been all set to launch all new blog posts, outfits, ideas, and projects on Black Friday.  But from November 9 until just a few weeks ago, I simply went through the motions and fashion felt frivolous, and, even a little vapid, to me.  I didn’t want to do anything – least of all blog.

But all of that changed with one little Facebook message from my friend Hopie in early January.  “So what’s your address and your t-shirt size? I’m sending you a Bravely shirt–you can wear and represent Bravely as you see fit!” Hopie is the Executive Director of a residential community for women who have survived lives of sexual exploitation, violence and addiction.  And back in September she posted about this incredible social enterprise program called Bravely!  I had been so excited to share Bravely with my readers but, like everything else, it fell by the wayside when I dropped the ball and extended my blogging hiatus for another two months.

So when Hopie sent me the message (and I apologized profusely for dropping the ball) and we had a subsequent exchange she reminded me, in her own subtle way, that I did, indeed, have a voice.  And YCS is a part of that voice.  I can bring a spotlight and attention to whatever I want and today, that spotlight is on Bravely: Apparel that Empowers.

Why Bravely Matters

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“Bravely was conceived by women survivors of sexual exploitation and addiction. We have a message we want to share with the world: that recovery from trauma is possible through love, compassion, and community.

Women employed at Bravely are participants in the Magdalene St. Louis residential program— a community where women live and recover together. Women in this program will likely have first experienced sexual abuse between the ages of 7 and 11, started using drugs by age 12 or 13, and have been on the streets since age 14.

But now we are on the journey to recovery from our past and we journey together bravely.

An essential part of recovery is preparing for employment and developing skills that will empower us to earn a living wage for the rest of our work careers. That’s why Bravely was formed—we design and sell apparel so that we can share our message of hope with you AND so that we can grow our skills in all aspects of running a business: sales, marketing, web design, order fulfilment, book keeping…the list goes on. These are transferable and marketable skills that we will carry with us for life.

When you wear one of our shirts, you are helping us move forward in our journey and you are sharing in the belief that living and loving bravely is the way to a more compassionate and connected world.”

How You Can Help: Shop Bravely

sam_1621Shirt: Bravely I Jeans: Lane Bryant (distressed myself) I Bag: Everlane I Shoes: Elie Tahari I Photo: Rob Bergsted

Shop the entire collection at: www.bravely.org

So here’s the thing about Bravely – not only is it an amazing business and opportunity for these women, the clothes and accessories are also really, really cute!

You know I’m always a fan of a cute (and comfortable) t-shirt and in this department Bravely does not disappoint.  The t-shirts share both empowering (“Love is Brave”) and cheeky (“Compassion is Bada**”) messages and are made out of some of the most comfortable material around.  I have long maintained that a good t-shirt is a wardrobe staple.  What better way to rock this wardrobe must-have than with a dope message?

And, if for some crazy reason t-shirts are not your thing (what kind of monster are you!?!?!?!) then check out their cute accessories which include tote bags and water bottles.  They even have apparel for the fellas!  There is really something for everyone at Bravely.

And, because the team at Bravely is so incredible, they are offering a 15% discount to the entire YCS family by using the code: FRIENDSOFERIKA.

Now, you have no reason to help sell out the store!  This is like buying out Ivy Park but for a much, much, much better reason!

Your Voice Matters

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Now, more than ever, our voice and our dollars matter.  What we say, who we defend, and where we shop can all send a strong message.  We all have a voice and we all can use it to further programs, initiatives, businesses, and organizations that matter.  So I am asking you to use your voice to bring awareness to the things and the people and the causes that matter.  Use your voice to let the world know that Love is Brave, Love Trumps Hate, and that we are all a Work in Progress.  The women who work at Bravely have something to say; it is our job to help them say it.

Stay Chic,
Erika

 

Curating Your Closet: Little Black Dress

By Erika, Fashion Expert

A while back, I posted about how you can begin to curate your closet with staples that can be used to give you a solid baseline for your wardrobe.  We’ve already discussed how a white button-down shirt can be used to enhance your wardrobe.  Today, we’re going to talk about a style favorite of mine – the Little Black Dress.

The Little Black Dress (LBD) is a versatile style staple and also a wardrobe item that is hard to get wrong.  The more simple the LBD, the more ways that you can wear.  For example, a black sheath or shift dress can be worn alone with a statement necklace and look perfectly chic.  You can add a blazer or scarf for the office or pair it with a belt and killer heels for after work events.  And obviously, the color black is slimming and matches everything.  It’s really, really hard to go wrong with an LBD.

If you’re more adventurous. like me, then you can try an LBD that has a unique detail, neckline, or some other unexpected quality.  Pictured below are two LBDs that have a little more sass than your standard shift of sheath dress.  The first dress, a Lane Bryant dress, features a lace overlay and illusion detailing under the dress.  When I wear this to the office, I throw a simple black blazer over top.  Then in the evening, it’s perfect as is.  This would also be appropriate for an after-five affair or even a wedding.

IMG_5900Dress: Lane Bryant I Shoes: Diane von Furstenberg I Clutch: Nneka Saran I Ring: H&M I Earrings: My Own (gifted)

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The second dress is a sassy number from Eloquii, which I love!  It is definitely NOT for the faint of heart.  It’s available here (and on sale for $59 for a limited time!).  The ruffle shoulder detail and peplum skirt will definitely give the people something – fabulous – to talk about!  Because the should and skirt are so dramatic, you do not need a ton of accessories to go with this dress.  However, pairing it with belt looks fabulous and accentuates the waist. You can see I chose to add a pop of color against the black with my accessories.

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Dress: Eloquii I Shoes: Badgley Mischa I Clutch: MMS Design I Rings: My own I Bracelet: J. Crew

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Ladies, if you don’t already own an LBD, I suggest you head out to the stores and grab one.  This is one purchase that won’t leave you with shopper’s remorse!

 

Photo credit: Robert Bergsted

Milla's "Chewelry" Offers Fashion and Function for Stylish Moms

By Erika, Fashion Expert

For ten + two and a half days this month, you may have noticed that I had my hands full practicing parenthood with my adorable six- and five-year-old nephew and niece.  Anyone who keeps up with YCS on Instagram and Twitter or with me personally on Facebook knows that it was an adventure!  My niece and nephew are five and six, so they’re fairly independent (within reason) and able to do a lot for themselves.  I cannot imagine what it would have been like if I also had to care for their ten-month-old (teething, forever curious) brother as well!  It is hard work being a mom!!!  (Seriously, kudos to ALL of the moms who read YCS!!!)

After my brief stint in parenthood (for now), I can appreciate how tough the little things are – taking a quiet shower for longer than three minutes, getting dressed in privacy, having an uninterrupted phone call.  And, having the time to put together the sleek, stylish looks that I enjoy so much.

That’s where Milla comes in!  Milla takes moms beyond maternity – providing products that make life with a new baby a little easier.   Milla – Beyond Maternity was founded by a new mom who struggled with finding functional business-appropriate clothing and accessories that were baby-friendly.

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Wearing “The Pearl” necklace + bracelet and “The Morgan” bracelet in teal.  

Milla’s amazing owner was kind enough to loan me some of the Chewelry (chewable + jewelry) pieces and, I must be honest, even though I am not a mom (yet), I think the items are awesome!  They are simple and stylish.  Mom or not – they’re great pieces to add to any wardrobe.  But, beyond their fashion, they’re super functional for new (or not so new) moms.  Milla Chewelry is a line of chewable jewelry made from food-grade, BPA-free silicone safe for teething babies.  Necklaces all include a safety clasp in case your little one tugs too hard.  These styles are easy to wear, and easy to clean. All styles are tested to ensure these functional fashions easily transition from daywear to office wear, so a busy mom doesn’t have to think twice about how to accessorize with or with out the little ones.

Milla Chewelry is very (very) reasonably priced AND it comes in a variety of styles and colors.  My favorite piece is the Alanis bracelet.  It seriously looks like something that I would own in my closet.  The function as a new mom is an added bonus.  I am also way, way, way into the Nessa necklace which is perfect for a easy Saturday or a dressier occasion.  The Quinn necklaces are also very versatile – you can wear them short, like a statement necklace, or let them hang long for a more casual look.

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Wearing “The Nessa” necklace in sky blue and “The Alanis” in sky blue and black (my favorite!!)

I know that when babies are born most of us focus on giving gifts to the new “tiny human” (that’s Grey’s Anatomy speak for you) that are entering the world.  But honestly, what a great gift for a new mom that lets her know that a) you are thinking of her and b) you understand the need for practicality and safety with her fashion.  As my friends continue to have children (and, no matter how much I ask them to slow down and let my bank account catch up, they keep having them!!!) I am definitely going to incorporate some of these pieces into the gifts I’ll be giving.

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Wearing “The Quinn” necklace in pink and blue and “The Diamond” bracelet in pink. 

If you are thinking of giving these items as a gift or purchasing them for yourself, I’ve got great news.  As an exclusive offer to YCS readers, Milla is offering a 10% discount on ALL purchases.  Simply use the code “YCS10” with your purchase and enjoy your discount on these VERY reasonably priced items.  I’m going to grab a few of my favorites (The Alanis, The Nessa, and The Pearl – in that order – in case you were wondering) to have on hand for future new moms . . . and probably myself!

To learn more about Milla and make your purchase, visit www.wearmilla.com and follow them (@WearMilla) on Instagram and Twitter.

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Curating Your Closet: White Button-Down Shirt

By Erika, Fashion Expert

A few weeks ago I shared three of my pro tips to help you become a better shopper.   The very first tip I shared was to “begin with wardrobe staples.”  The list I shared wasn’t earth shattering or probably all that different from lists you’ve read in the past about what every woman needs in her wardrobe.  However, so often we ignore the staples and go for items that are flashy or part of a passing fad.  While those pieces are all well and good to supplement your wardrobe, like anything worth having (like say, a house or healthy relationships) a strong foundation is the key.

The reason I suggested those nine items as wardrobe staples is because they are versatile and give you a solid base to build off of for your wardrobe.  Over the next several weeks I will share some ways that I incorporate these staples into my own wardrobe.  Perhaps it will help you think creatively about how to work them into your own wardrobe OR finally convince you to go out and fill your closet with such pieces.

The first item on our list is the white-button down shirt.  This is generally a wardrobe staple for anyone who works in Corporate America or a professional environment.  I would encourage everyone to have at least one of these in their closet.  They obviously make the wearer look professional when paired with pieces like pencil skirts or tailored pants.  But these shirts are also great for a casual weekend, afternoon lunch, and just generally hanging around.  Below are three ways that I styled my white button-down shirt to fit my personal style.

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Shirt + Skirt: Jones New York I Scarf: H&M I Shoes: Nine West I Briefcase: My Own (gifted)

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People may think that a white button-down is boring, particularly in a professional setting.  However, when paired with a patterned skirt and shoes plus a pretty scarf, it serves as the perfect backdrop without making the outfit too busy.

IMG_2229Above: Shirt: Jones New York I Jeans: Roz & Ali I Shoes: Nine West I Glasses: Claire’s

Below: Necklace: Kate Spade I Rings: Tiffany & Co. I Bracelets: Target

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This outfit is casual without being sloppy – perfect for a weekend of shopping, lounging, and everything in between.  It’s also an exercise in mixing high and low.  Even though a number of pieces are incredibly inexpensive, the crisp white shirt instantly elevates the whole look.

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Above: Blazer + Shoes: Dressbarn I T-shirts: J Crew + Joe Fresh I Jeans: Avenue I Shirt: Jones New York

Below: Necklace/Scarf: From His Heart Gifts I Sunglasses: My Own (gifted) I Watch: Michael Kors I Bracelet: Tory Burch for Fitbit

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As you can see from the final look, a white button down often makes the perfect accessory or layering piece for a look.  Another way to rock it would be to layer the shirt under the blazer and leave it open.  This will look cool, sophisticated, preppy, and pulled together without being overly pretentious.

As you can see, a white button-down shirt is versatile and allows us to be as creative as can be with our wardrobe choices!

Inspired By: Kim Kardashian

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

Say what you want about Kanye West; but, in my opinion, ever since he took over Kim Kardashian’s closet she has been a style super star. Sure, I get tired of her endless supply of putty colored (or tan or beige) crop tops and pencil skirts. And yes, I think a vibrant pop of color (I’m thinking jewel tones) every now and again would look stunning against her skin. But overall, she is generally pretty darn fly! Whether you keep up with the Kardashians or not, we can all take a few style cues from Kimmy K.

Off-Duty Leather

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Kim has mastered off-duty style by pairing a leather skirt with a cool, casual white t-shirt. This may not be what immediately comes to mind when you think of “off-duty” but you can easily pull this outfit off on a Saturday afternoon by swapping out your heels for a pair of sandals or even cute sneakers.

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T-shirt: Joe Fresh I Skirt: Dressbarn I Shoes: BCBG I Clutch: Nneka Saran I Sunglasses: Oscar de la Renta

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Bold Bottom

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First of all – no pun intended. Now that that’s settled we can focus on the bold red pencil skirt Kim is rocking with a simple grey turtleneck. To make this look work appropriate I paired it with a snake-skin print blouse. To keep the look cool I added a cropped leather blazer with a unique collar.

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Shirt: Worthington I Skirt: Mossimo for Target I Jacket: Dressbarn I Shoes: Adrienne Vittadini

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Monochromatic Magic

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When Kanye took over Kimmy’s closet he introduced a world of monochromatic looks. These looks are easy to achieve and instantly make you sleek, sophisticated, and pulled together. Instead of white, I opted for a black monochromatic look. No matter what color you choose to rock it is bound to be flattering.

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Shirt: H&M I Skirt: 6th and Lane by Lane Bryant I Shoes: Adrienne Vittadini I Bag: Kenneth Cole

To top off the Kim inspired look I opted for a sleek low bun with Kardashian’s signature center part and a bold red lip.

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To-MAY-to! To-MAH-to!

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

You say “to-MAY-to;” I say “to-MAH-to” . . . Oh who cares?!?! This blazing hot shade is all over stores just in time for Valentine’s Day! Though, I certainly don’t need V-Day as an excuse to grab as many clothing items as possible in this lovely hue. I love this tint because it is the perfect love child of fire engine red and poppy. It’s bold but not overpowering which makes it pretty much perfect to wear in any form.

Not too sure about it? Then try a simple sweater in the shade. Feel really strongly about the color? Then why not opt for a fabulous pair of wide leg trousers? And if you really want to let winter have it (like I do while blogging from a snowy PA) then cop a beautiful winter coat in this shade.

No matter how you wear it you should be sure to incorporate Tomato into your wardrobe PRONTO!!! You can check out the YCS Polyvore for details about this look. But you can also hit up stores like Ann Taylor Loft and J. Crew who have lots of lovely frocks in this amazing color!

Stay warm and stay fabulous!!

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To-MAY-to! To-MAH-to!

Alexander McQueen white satin shirt
$660 – net-a-porter.com

Weekend Max Mara brown top
$76 – johnlewis.com

L K Bennett red swing coat
$525 – lkbennett.com

Milly red pants
$500 – net-a-porter.com

H&M low jeans
$45 – hm.com

Adidas sneaker
$135 – jades24.com

Chloé pink tote
$1,890 – ssense.com

Gucci vintage black sunglasses
$345 – profilefashion.com

Henri Bendel glove
henribendel.com

Kate Spade tech accessory
couture.zappos.com

River Island hat
$37 – riverisland.com

FRENDS headphones | SUPERTRASH | FRENDS
$245 – wearefrends.com

How to Wear: Marsala

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

I must admit that the 2015 Pantone color of the year, Marsala, left me scratching my head. It’s not quite Burgundy. Not quite Maroon. Is it brownish? Definitely not Oxblood. Or is there a hint of it? I still can’t quite define it and, apparently, I’m not the only one.

What I do know is that this color is rich, robust, and will look fabulous on all you autumnal-toned ladies (and lads) out there (along with the everyone else)! But if the color – and the article above – leave you a bit squeamish, here are three easy ways to work the 2015 Pantone color of the year into your wardrobe.

Your Nails

One of the easiest ways to give this hue a test run is on your fingernails. The color will look cool and sophisticated and you’ll know almost immediately how the color will look with you skin tone. If you hate it then grab some Absolute! New York Nail Polish Remover in Spring Fresh and get rid of it!

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Essie Nail Polish in “Limited Addiction”

Your Shoes

Everyone is always talking about adding a pop of color to an outfit. Why not add your pop on your feet? You’ll be sure to make a statement the moment you step into the room wearing this bold color.

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Marc Jacobs Fringed Boot

Your Necklace

This color is equal parts chic and earthy when worn around your neck. I am absolutely living for some of the gorgeous pieces that have popped up all over Etsy ever since the color was announced. Heads will turn and all eyes will definitely be on you.

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French Double Strand Glass Beaded Sautoir Necklace; available on Etsy

So how do you guys feel about the color of the year? And how would you describe it? You know what to do!

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