Friday’s Most Wanted – Boden

Hello friends! My sincere apologies for not having written in so long – writing is one of my favorite activities (especially when I get to write just what I want!). I hope everyone has been doing well and enjoying the fall season. It’s  my absolute favorite time of the year, and in my opinion has the best clothing options. I’m a big boots and flats fan, so this week’s most wanted are two pairs of leopard print shoes from the British clothing company Boden (taken from their Instagram). Leopard print can actually be matched with a number of outfits, especially if the print is kept as your focal point (use it as you would use a statement piece of jewelry).

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Friday’s Most Wanted

One of my co-workers often wears Tory Burch, and lately the designer has been all over Pinterest (make sure to follow me!), so a pair of Tory Burch flats are today’s most wanted.

Tory Burch Reva Logo Ballerina Flat, Royal Tan, $195

I just love the color of this shoe, which is probably the main reason it appealed to me. It’s such a nice neutral tan, that can be easily matched to almost anything and everything. The shoes can be purchased at Bergdorf Goodman.

Happy Friday and happy weekend!

Friday’s Most Wanted

Today’s most wanted piece is a pair of red Hudson jeans, inspired by the lovely Kara from Keeping Up With Kara. I subscribe to Health magazine, which is full of health tips, delicious recipes, and of course fashion. Anything in the color red is sought-after this season in fashion (power color!), as stated in the “What You really Want This Month” section, from the January/February 2012 issue.

January/February 2012, Health Magazine, What You really Want This Season

Hudson Jeans, $202

These jeans would look great paired with leopard flats. Check out urbanog.com for some stylish and extremely affordable leopard flats.

 

Top 5 Spring/Summer Trends

1) Fuchsia Lip – When I think of a fuchsia lip, I automatically think of Taylor Swift. Her lips are always accentuated in some type of color. She’s been quoted saying it is her favorite feature to “brighten.” If you don’t like crazy lip colors, try some of my favorites below.

Nivea, A Kiss of Shimmer, $2.99

Clinique, Long Last Glosswear, Air Kiss, $14

2) Shirts with flair (my favorite kind!) – This means ruffles, frills, lace, and bow ties. I love all these little accents. They just add something to a simple basic tee, making it look a little more feminine and chic. The top below a piece from New York & Company’s new collection. I love shopping there for tops because they always keep up with the newest styles at affordable prices.

New York & Company, Mercer Ruffled Tiered Tank Top, $22.95

3) Uncoordinated colors – This is another one of my favorite spring and summer trends. Who says you have to match perfectly to look fashionable? I’m loving all the bright-colored sandals and flats for this season. Don’t be afraid to pair them with a completely different color shirt or pair of pants. I love the wedges below by Madden Girl – I just wish I could wear them! No wedges allowed with my foot. :(

Madden Girl, Klenn Printed Wedge Sandal, $39.95

4) Cross-body and messenger bags – I will need to get on this trend and buy myself one of these bags. I think I have major back and shoulder problems from the huge over-stuffed bag I carry. Maybe I should just carry less… The strap for these bags cross all the way over your body, adding much-needed comfort and support. I like the Coach bag below, but I feel like it’s a little small for me. Perhaps I can use it for traveling. Any suggestions of what type or brand to get?

Coach, Sutton Signature Swingpack, $128

5) Blazers and trenches – I’m really loving this trend. Blazer’s are now coming in all different styles, shapes, and sizes. They are much more versatile, and can be paired with work clothes as well as normal clothes. I personally like wearing a blazer with skinny jeans and some cute shoes. As for trench coats, what can I say they are always in. I have quite a collection of Spring/Summer jackets… Here’s a blazer from LOFT. I clearly have an obsession with that store. I love the color of the blazer below – it’s taupe, but with a purple tint.

Loft, Linen Blazer, $98

Easter Greetings

This Easter, my brother and I took a short road trip to visit my parents. My mom, who is an amazing cook and baker (unfortunately, I inherited none of her talents), surprised us with some delicious treats. Take a look at her creations! Not only were they absolutely delicious, but oh-so-pretty to look at.

Vanilla Cupcakes With Vanilla Icing and Toasted Coconut (yum!)

Chocolate Lasagna With Cream and Cherry Layers

And here are a few pictures of my Easter outfit. You will be shocked when you learn where I bought that dress…

Dress: BJ's, around $20, Blazer: LOFT around $30, Scarf: Inherited From Grandmother

Jacket: Bloomingdale's, Aqua, around $100

Flats: Macy's, Aerosoles, around $50

Yes, that dress is from BJ’s, as in the wholesale food store. I know what you’re thinking “You shop there for clothes?!” Well no, usually that is not my first choice for clothes (LOFT is!), but this dress really caught my eye, so I figured why not try it. I just loved the pink pattern on the front. Surprisingly, BJ’s has a large selection of designer clothing at very affordable prices.

The jacket in the second picture is a couple of seasons old, but always brightens up any outfit. It also matched perfectly to my BJ’s dress!

While I would usually never pay $50 for flats, it is necessary for me to wear comfortable shoes because my foot has been injured for some time. Heels are out. :( These were a great purchase – I would recommend them for anyone who does a lot of walking and wants something stylish but comfortable.

Hope you enjoyed your Easter weekend!

Photo credit goes to my wonderful mama.