I'm so excited to share another look from Tobi with you guys today! First of all, thank you SO much for the positive feedback from last week's sequined dress post. Your comments were very sweet, and made my day (many were on Insta, btw).
This week, I'm sharing my second collab with Tobi in this "Sweet Intentions Sheath Dress". When I was picking out clothes to receive from the company, I fell in love with this dress pretty quickly. The color is gorgeous, and I'm obsessed with the deep v-neck. It's cute, right?
Anyways, what I wanted to focus on with this style is mastering the dressy casual look. When I first saw the dress, I assumed that the look I'd create would be anything but casual. Funny enough though, I couldn't resist grabbing a jean jacket and white sneakers. I love contrast.
Actually, I love the unexpected (at least when it comes to fashion!). It's fun to surprise people with how you style an item, and it helps you to develop your own unique and signature look. Mixing dressy and casual pieces is one of my favorite ways to create a contrasting, unexpected look, so I thought I'd give a few tips on how to totally rock it:
1. Bring in multiple dressy/casual elements
One of the most important parts of creating an authentic dressy casual look is bringing in elements of both styles. For example, I didn't style a formal look and simply throw a jean jacket on top! Instead, I took dressy elements, such as the dress and jewelry, and paired it with multiple casual pieces such as the jean jacket and white sneakers. Balance is key!
2. Play with texture
Textures can be a lot of fun to play with when you're styling a look. I opted for a jean jacket with this dress, but there's so many different directions you could go in. For example, if I were wearing a more casual dress, I definitely would have pulled in a leather jacket to spice it up. Don't be afraid to try on lots of different accessories until you find just the right fit. I almost never leave the house in the first outfit I try on!
3. Mind Your Hair and Makeup
Don't forget that your hair and makeup can play a big role in how dressy/casual a look is. Curls generally tend to look dressier (unless they're big and beachy), and straightened hair can sometimes help make a look more casual. Your makeup is also an important component in balancing dressy v. casual, so pick lighter colors if you're keeping if fun and playful and darker colors if you need another dressy element to the look!
With the athleisure trend in full swing, I'm really vibing on casual pieces lately. I finally invested in a pair of Adidas sneakers a few months ago, which have really stepped up my game. And I don't even care that everybody and their mother has a pair at this point, because they're SO. DAMN. COMFORTABLE.
Seriously, just try 'em on. This pair is loaded with memory foam, so it's legit like you're walking on a cloud. I straight wear them at least a few days per week, simply because they're so comfy and go with pretty much anything.
Earlier this week, I shared with ya'll some of my thoughts on graduating. It's honestly a bit of a weird time, and overall it's bittersweet. But want to know what I absolutely, hands down HATE?
Having to move my entire life out of my apartment and back home.
This is coming from someone who hauled a literal trailer to campus with all of her stuff in it at the beginning of last year. There was that much.
So yeah. Moving out is a sick freaking joke at this point.
Our last day of classes was Friday, and I'm officially done with exams this Wednesday.
How in the world am I graduating in less than two weeks?!
It sounds so cliche, but it really does feel like it was just yesterday that I was packing for orientation, stressing about finding a roommate, gagging over the nasty dining hall meals, etc. It's amazing how time seems to move so slowly day by day, until all of the sudden everything seems like a complete whirlwind and it's all moving too fast! It's honestly hard to fully enjoy these last few weeks at school just knowing that it's almost over in the back of my mind.
So, perhaps you've read this post, where I told ya'll about the little hurricane warning we had in NY last week...
Sounds like fun, huh?
We're obviously *quite* ready for summer over here in the East Coast, so I just couldn't resist putting together a little warm weather roundup to get in the spirit. I'm loving all the pom poms and tropical prints this season, despite the fact that I'm trying to keep away from such bright pieces (I wear 'em once and get bored). I can't wait to just lay out in the sun all weekend though — with SPF like 1 million on of course, b/c I'm a psycho bitch about preventing wrinkles.
Unfortunately, it's still sweater weather here in NY.
In fact, we had a literal tornado warning on Monday night.
WTF East Coast.
Can you see I'm a bity salty about this 'lil predicament here? I'm a person whose mood is definitely affected by the weather, so the constant grayness outside is quite underhwelming. How's a girl supposed to stay creative (which is essentially us bloggers' bread & butter) when it's downright gloomy out?
You guys know I love me a good deal. After all, I did write a whole post on how to afford designer clothes in college. And ICYMI, that really translates to: how to afford designer clothes when you're broke as sh*t.
Seriously though, I get a good laugh every time I see a fashion blogger advertising a "sale", where her favorite picks are "just *insert absurd price here*. To each her own...but I refuse to drop $50 for a t-shirt (cue "Thrift Shop").
For some reason, I never plan my Easter outfit out too far ahead. I've seen a number of bloggers dressed to the nines in gorgeous floral numbers and other festive frocks for the past few weeks, but I'm more of a last-minute kind of gal. I also don't love some of the stiffer looking pieces — you know the dresses that just look kind of hard to breathe/move around in?
Instead, I'm taking more of a lax approach to my Easter attire this year and opting for my favorite flowy pastel maxi skirt. It's easy to style (#lazygirlapproved), and is absolutely killer if you're looking for something that just screams "Easter weekend".
In this social media age, where FOMO is becoming the complete norm, I often hear college girls envying fashion bloggers and other Insta stars for their seemingly "perfect" lives.
Along with those picture perfect moments are also, typically, killer outfits. After all, isn't this part of what makes us girls jealous of these social media mavens in the first place? Not only do they jet set around the world experiencing the best of each and every city under the sun, but they do it in style.
Maybe I'm just speaking for myself, but lusting after clothes that are WAY out of my budget (which I typically stumble upon through street style blogs or Instagram) is just another day in the life of a broke-a** college girl. Ya know?
When life gets crazy (as it usually does), it’s not uncommon to find my car parked outside of a 7-Eleven as I dash inside to grab some refreshment like LIFEWTR before meetings. I’m constantly on the go, and nothing really tops this in terms of convenience. Trust me, I’m all about convenience.
Though I’m typically running around like a madwoman trying to stay true to all of my commitments, my personal health and wellness still remain at the top of my list. Always. It just has to. I know all too well what overworking myself looks like, and it’s not pretty!
Ahh, self care. The oh-so-trendy topic that's simply everywhere on the web right now. It sounds very Gwenyth Paltrow if you ask me, but I love that #treatingyoself is actually becoming a legitimate practice.
I mean, if you're not taking care of yourself, what ARE you doing?
Am I right?
I do think that there's this huge misconception though that self care needs to be some elaborate, expensive, time consuming, etc. process. In reality, self care is a gold mine for us boss ladies.