September POPSUGAR Must Have Box

Unpacking The September Must Have Box

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I’m so happy to have gotten the September POPSUGAR must have box. This is a monthly subscription service from POPSUGAR that sends you their favorite products every month! It’s a great way to try new things and find new products, all from a company you can trust.

The past few months the products in the Must Have Box were from stores like Barney’s, and lets not forget the swan drink floaty! That one was a huge hit!

Check out the boxes here, and don’t forget to use code Shop5 for five dollars off your first order!

Jack & Lucy Bicoastal Wide Brim Hat

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I would have to say that this month’s must have box is probably my favorite. When I opened it up and saw the hat, I knew it was gonna be good. I never really wear hats, I tried the wide rim fedora look when Saint Laurent had them out on the runway, but it never stuck.

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I’m absolutely in love with this hat! It’s wool and really soft, and looks great… plus it’s adjustable. I thought I would have to give it away, because hats are usually too big for me, but not this one.

It’s been too hot to wear it, but I’ve been trying it on.. A LOT.

NCLA Mani-ER Tool Kit

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Everything in the September Must Have Box fits into a purse. This mani kit is tiny but contains everything you need to fix your nails on the go. This couldn’t have come at a better time because the one manicure kit I’ve had for years is completely destroyed. I love that I can just throw it in my bag, or take it with me on vacation (LOL when will THAT be??)

Briogeo Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

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This is a HUGE tub of all natural, plant-based, no preservatives hair product. It would probably be too big to carry in your bag, but I don’t know why you’d need to carry it around :P

It smells amazing, and now that it’s really dry, my hair will absolutely love it!

Flint Lint Roller

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This lint roller is yet another item from the must have box that fits in your purse. It’s a great thing to carry around because no matter what kind of lint roller you have, it WILL open in your bag! This one actually rolls up from the inside so it won’t open on its own, collecting all the dust in your bag and rendering itself useless.

Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer in The Warning

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I love lip glosses, and because of this, I’m always running out! This gloss is very pigmented  so it’s a great combination of color and shine. I love a gloss like this when I’m not wearing any makeup, as it gives me some color but still looks casual. So far, I drank a very large coffee, and this still stayed on!

The Gluten Free Bites Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites

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You guys, I’m dead. I’m really picky about my snacks because I don’t want to eat anything that will cause me to break out. Sugar and other gross ingredients in a lot of sweets make my skin break out in impossible deep cysts on my jaw.

These snacks are gluten free, vegan, non GMO, and non-dairy so there literally is no way anything can go wrong. But they taste so good! It has just the right amount of chocolate so my cravings are satisfied. I’m not a big coconut fan, but these bites have a tiny hint of it!

 

 

I’m very grateful that POPSUGAR has sent me this Must Have Box to try.

Yes, this is a sponsored post, but I genuinely like and will use everything in this box. As you may have seen from my previous posts, I would never recommend something not up to par.

If you love surprises this box is perfect for you! All the products are full size and excellent quality, and I can’t wait to try them all.

pre-fall 2016

Pre-Fall 2016

What We Wear In September

As my last blog would have it, it’s heatwave time! I’m sweating balls right now, so my pre-fall 2016 outfit consists of, you guessed it, shorts and a tank.

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The bodysuit trend is actually very popular right now, so it works well as part of my pre-fall 2016 look. The only complaint I have is that in the heat, it’s really warm with all these layers!

Missguided deep armhole bodysuit
Missguided halter suit
Alexander Wang bodysuit
Opaque body
Low back bodysuit
Second skin body

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The low back on these bodysuits really helps bear the heat. At the same time the look is a bit more polished and together.

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A favourite thing of mine in the heat is wearing a button down shirt as jacket. A simple silk button down like this Milly top is all you need in the summer, and it’s a must have for your  pre-fall 2016 wardrobe.

This Free People silk tunic is also a great summertime jacket!

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Finally, the shorts — probably the simplest and easiest thing to wear in the summer, or in this case, pre-fall. In Los Angeles these are a must pretty much year around. And in our super casual culture, pre-fall 2016 would not be complete without them.

Alexander Wang destroyed denim
Frame cutoffs
R13 light wash cutoffs
T by Alexander Wang shorts

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Shoes and Accessories

As you may already know about me, I like to make every casual look more structured and sophisticated, and every structured look more relaxed.

THE number one pre-fall 2016 shoe is the mule flat. Mine were inspired by these Alberta Ferretti mules (here in black). These shoes, or any of the other structured flats make this cutoff denim outfit look perfectly chic.

Phillip Lim D’Orsay flats
Paul Andrew d’orsay flats
Christian Louboutin wrap flat
Vince d’orsay flats

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I bought this backpack from Zara and in true Zara form they have ripped this design off from Akris (or so I like to tell myself). The triangle bag form Akris is a classic, and I love the architecturally inspired design.

Backpacks were another big trend this season and I believe will continue to be in pre-fall 2016 and beyond.

Alexander Wang mini backpack
Comme des Garcons nylon bag
Stella McCartney vegan leather bag

Finally, I went with just a simple bangle from Madewell to finish the look off. Check out this one if you feel like dropping 20 Gs on a gold bracelet ;PP

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Hope you’re all taking it easy, and getting ready for pre-fall 2016!!

Heatwave Outfits

Heatwave Outfits

What To Wear To Beat The Heat And Still Look Chic

Usually around this time we get a huge heatwave in LA. So in anticipation I rounded up another favorite of my heatwave outfits.

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Summer might be over but that doesn’t mean the weather outside reflects that. In the heat I’m always looking for interesting outfits to wear for nights and events when you can’t just throw on a tank and cutoffs.
I like wearing shorts but a lot of the denim cutoffs just aren’t right for every occasion. That’s why I love this look!

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I know it might seem childish but I love glitter and sequins. Halston Heritage shorts in extra large, and extra small (hope you’re at least one of those lol!)

There’s something really cute about these gym style shorts, but I also love these with more structure.

This Needle & Thread romper is a more “grown up” version. It probably won’t count as one of my heatwave outfits, but I just had to add it here because its gorge!!

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For the top I went with a simple tier tank. Mine is silk, which is a great fabric for heatwave outfits; it’s light and airy, but the sophistication and structure of a silk top take this look into nice evening out territory. And of course I love juxtapositions! So gym-style glitter shorts and a silk top is right up my alley ;))

Eileen Fisher silk tank
Catherine Malandrino tier tank
Theory silk top
Elie Tahari fringe tank

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Finally, I finished everything off with my trusty Manolo BB pump. It’s a simple tan shoe that works with any look, heatwave or otherwise.

Manolo Blahnik BB pump
Christian Louboutin pointed toe pump
Ivanka Trump Carra
Sergio Rossi stacked heel shoe


I hope you enjoyed this short and to the point post. I think it suits the subject matter!


Let me know how you’re dealing with heat, and some of your favorite heatwave outfits!

how to rock a ten dollar gown

How To Rock A Ten Dollar Gown

I wish the answer were so simple as: just put it on! But you may have to do some legwork on your ten dollar gown first…ten dollar gown 1

There are a few things to consider before one can accurately rock such a dress.

First of all, since it’s only ten dollars, it is not the best fabric. It is also not the best fit and construction, you may have to take it in on the sides, like I did. Although, the only reason I had to take it in was because I bought a size too big. But hey, can’t beat that sale price!

You can also see how wrinkled it is. Because the dress is polyester, ironing it out was a challenge, which obviously wouldn’t be the case with a dress like this Calvin Klein gown.

 
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This ten dollar gown is from Forever21, which explains the price and some of the problems I had with the dress. However, I think it still looks pretty good!

Forever21 Maxi dress in black
boohoo M slit dress in white
Forever21 M slit dress
Nude maxi dress from Misguided
Missguided satin dress in blue, and in red

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The second step to rocking this ten dollar gown is the stole.

This one is a great piece to add to your fall and winter wardrobes. And of course it comes in faux fur as well ;)) and here in two-tone.

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Third step: Manolo Blahnik d’Orsay sandals. These are the classic shoes from Sex & the City. I’m so glad I finally had a chance to wear them. Unfortunately, they’re not being made anymore, but I found them here in size 9, and here in size 8.

Manolo Blahnik d’Orsays in pink
Silver pointed toe d’Orsay
Silver buckles Manolos

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And the final step to rocking the ten dollar gown: accessories.

Pair this look with some cluster earrings to really make it look fancy.

Kenneth Jay Lane cluster earrings
Swarovski crystal earrings
Saint Laurent crystal climbers

Now just grab a tiny clutch like this furry one, or this box clutch from Missguided, and you are good to go!

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It is the accessories that make this ten dollar gown look like a perfect evening dress. The Manolos and the fur stole add a ton of sophistication. It’s almost impossible to see the threads I left hanging out of the seams!

I always say you don’t need to spend a lot of money to look nice. Ten dollars is certainly very little, but for a fun night out, this ten dollar gown does the trick!

getting ready for fall with faux suede

Getting Ready For Fall With Faux Suede

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It’s looking more and more like summer is over. We usually have a heat wave around this time, but since there isn’t one, I guess it’s as good a time as any to start preparing my fall wardrobe. I’m really excited about these faux suede pants. Real suede is not very useful in LA, and I’m glad Missguided offers this option.

I’ve been seeing a lot of fringe as well, and I think suede will have a moment once fall really hits. Jackets and bags in suede will be a huge thing this season.

And of course faux suede is better because it’s environmentally friendly ;)))

I’m also glad I finally get to wear my Jimmy Choo sandals! Because of all the minimalist shoes out there, I feel like the Jimmys aren’t getting any love in my closet.

Jimmy Choo studded sandal
Metallic silver sandals
Balenciaga studded wedges

Faux Suede Pants

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You need these pants girl.

If you wear black a lot, like I do, faux suede is perfect. You can pair these with all black without worrying about looking like you’re going to a funeral. I love the high waist as well, it’s the perfect fit for a crop top!

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Missguided suedette pants
Missguided zip leggings
Perforated suede leggings
Bloomingdales faux leggings
Vegan suede pants
Club Monaco faux-suede pants

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Since it’s still warm, I can get away with wearing this Free People bralette as a top ;)

It’s a little itchy though, so check out some of these other options!

LFrank Bralette
Missguided lace crop top
Cosabella bralette
Forever21 bralette
Forever21 lace bralette

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For my accessories, I went with some silver rings. I love ring sets, like this one, or this five-finger ring from Eddie Borgo. Also check out this Vite Fede mini ring.

To match my silver jewelry, I chose my Salvatore Ferragamo bag, with silver hardware.

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I know I’m behind the times with this slit sleeve trench, but since I made it myself, I’m really happy to wear it.

I’m still seeing some slit sleeve jackets, like this one from Halston, and this one from Revolve. But I couldn’t find a trench with the same design. You can easily copy this look by cutting sleeves in this Forever21 jacket, like I did! Check out a similar Ralph Lauren trench, and Jane Post jacket.

 


Let me know what you think about wearing some faux suede pants!

Khaki: new color of the season

Khaki: The New Color Of The Season

I thought we’d have a few more days left of summer, but judging by how cold I am right now, fall is upon us. One of my favourite colors this season is khaki. I didn’t wear it much last fall, that’s mainly because I didn’t have anything that color.

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When I bought this top from Missguided, I loved the color so much I went back and bought another dress. Khaki is an excellent new color of the season. It’s reminiscent of fall and foliage, and it matches perfectly with every skin tone.

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Lace bralet from Topshop
Lace body from Topshop
Mango lace top
Mango crop top
Missguided mesh body
Missguided crop top
Wrapover crop top from boohoo
Bodysuit from boohoo

Lace bralets, bodysuits, mesh, and crop tops are all super trendy items that will be in style for the fall. If you want to make an investment, I highly recommend this khaki crop from Phillip Lim.

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I decided to pair this top with white pants. This is how they were paired on the website! I know, I’m so predictable.

You simply must check out these Alexander McQueen tux pants that are on such a huge sale! Tuxedo pants are an excellent winter white: they’re dressy for holidays, and warm for the cooler weather. I love the way khaki looks with white. My pants are Adam Lippes, his clothes are really amazing quality. What makes these pants ‘tuxedo’ is the satin waistband and side stitch, like these McQueen pants. These fringe pants are a unique spin on the traditional tuxedo pant, also from Adam.
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Shoes & Accessories

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I didn’t want the pants to be dragging on the floor, so I wore some heels, but kept the height of the heel lower so that the pants are still the focal point.

Manolo Blahnik Chaos
Stuart Weitzman Nudist in suede
Schutz Cadey sandal
BP Nordstrom sandals in tan patent

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My bag is a nod to the ‘lunch clutches’ of yore. It had straps which I took off, and it became a roll top evening clutch.

Marie Turnor lunch clutch
Zilla metallic clutch
Toogood ‘grocer’ clutch
boohoo ombre clutch

The bag is simple, so it’s a good clutch for daytime wear. But it can also work well in the evenings with a fancy dress.

Since I’m wearing a khaki top, I thought silver jewelry was a better match. I’m wearing Tiffany’s diamond earrings, and a simple mini ring.

 

What do you guys think about khaki? Will you be wearing it this season?

The Stylist’s Guide On How To Wear A Bodysuit

The Stylist’s Guide On How To Wear A Bodysuit

Wearing Your Bodysuit To Look Chic

 

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One of my favorite trends form the last few months has been the bodysuit. It’s a great item that adds an element of uniqueness to your look. It’s a plain black top that fits perfectly.

Despite how revealing it is, a bodysuit is actually very supportive and concealing ;) ;)

I started wearing them when I was just a kid taking ballet classes, and later during my ballet class in University, I noticed how good they looked worn with my regular clothes before I change for the class.

An item meant to be worn for dance is thick and sturdy, and offers a lot of coverage.

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I like bodysuits that look like a tank, like this Only Hearts one from shopbop, or this low back one. This bodysuit offers a ton of support.

This Alexander Wang bodysuit is definitely more on the risqué side, as is this Missguided suit. This bodysuit from Missguided is a little more tame, and great for a night out. This Alice + Olivia suit is a great blouson option, because it won’t come untucked as your wear it.

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The simple dark wash jeans add a chicness to this look. While the plain bodysuit might look too casual, the straight leg jeans make the outfit look perfect for night out.

J Brand skinny jeans
Paige denim dark wash
Madewell highrise jeans
J Brand dark wash jeans

The above options have a ton of stretch, but I usually prefer more structured jeans with a higher cotton content, like these J brand jeans, or these Rag & Bone jeans. 90% or higher cotton content will definitely make the jeans tighter, but it’s worth it for how sophisticated they will look ;))

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Shoes And Accessories

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To maintain the chic look, I went with some Gucci slingback shoes and a simple Ferragamo clutch.

Manolo Blahnik slingback 
Gucci satin pump
Oscar de la Renta patent pump
Ferragamo clutch
May leather Ferragamo bag

I didn’t want to detract from the simplicity of my look with a ton of jewelry. I’m wearing Tiffany’s earrings, similar here and here.

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Let me know what you think of this look!

Will you be trying bodysuits this season?

Designer shoes and their dupes

Designer Shoes And Their Dupes

What Is Worth Buying?

I am a huge fan of buying real, quality, designer shoes. But there are times when the shoe is so trendy, it goes out of style shortly. Is it worth it then to get their dupe?

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Now before we talk about copyrights and stealing designs, I just want to add that many designers copy each other. And even the big names in designer shoes like YSL and Christian Louboutin  have been accused of copying each other.

I often recommend a dupe from BP Nordstrom for the Manolo Blank Chaos. I don’t think anything is wrong with that. The real problem lies in knockoffs, shoes that are passed off as designer and have the designer’s label on them.designer shoes 0193

My shoes are the Ivanka Trump Hettie — here in black and here in gold.

As you can see, they’re very similar to the Aquazurra originals. I bought these on sale, because I just couldn’t even think about paying full price (or even sale!) for the designer shoes. Normally, I’d visit sites like The Real Real, and try to find something similar pre-owned. But due to the popularity of these shoes, they’re nowhere to be found.

I always advise people not to buy very recognizable designer shoes. One example is the Valentino rock studs. EVERYONE has those! Hence, in a few years they will look very dated, and we’ll regret spending thousands of dollars on them.

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I don’t ordinarily ever buy anything that can “pass for” the original designer shoes. I would be way too embarrassed if someone ever asked me if they’re originals and I’d have to say no!

While wearing these, I realized I’m overreacting. The majority of people out there in the world don’t know or care about designer this or that. They just see cute shoes and compliment me!

Aquazurra originals
Steve Madden dupe
Steve Madden similar flat

The dupes are worth it in this case, just because when (or if) these sandals go out of style, you won’t regret spending too much money on them!

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Since the shoes were the focal point in my look, I kept the rest of the outfit to a simple black and white.

Missguided frill top
Anna October frilly top
Phillip Lim silk tank
H&M drape top

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My skirt is the bandage skirt I just bought recently, form Missguided. Some might argue that it’s a knockoff of this BCBG mini ;)

The bandage mini is such a popular look that it is ridiculous to say one is knock off. More importantly, they’re flattering and will remain classics. I love these asymmetrical ones too: from Missguided and T by Alexander Wang.

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Jewelry and Accessories

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Finally, I finished the look off with a Marc Jacobs bag and some gold rings.

Marc Jacobs quilted bag
Gold strap Marc Jacobs bag
Red Marc Jacobs bag (perfect with the red shoes)

 Check out this ring from Madewell, and this awesome ring set from Gorjana!

 

 

I hope I helped you make some decisions about your designer shoes!

Do you usually choose designer or go for the dupe?

The Black Midi Dress: Changing up your LBD

Changing Up Your Black Dress Game

The black midi dress

Lately, I’ve been looking for ways to change up my black dress game. In the last post I suggested wearing all blue instead of the usual head to toe black. In this post, I want to talk about the black midi dress.

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I’ve been jokingly calling the black midi dress the LongBD. It’s such a classic that it can easily take the title of the go-to dress in your closet.

Forever21 black Midi dress
Forever21 scoop back dress
T by Alexander Wang tank dress
Rag & Bone tank dress

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The dress doesn’t need to be expensive to look good. In fact, the simpler the dress, the more valuable it looks. However, if you’re looking for something nicer than the forever21 options, this Alexander Wang is a great choice; this Milly dress is similar as well. I also love this ruffle Elizabeth and James dress and this Alice + Olivia dress for a more high-end look.

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I prefer to keep the dress simple because I paired it with Christian Louboutin pumps. I never want to look like I’ve piled on every fancy designer item I own just to look good. We can look classic and sophisticated without spending a lot of money. But anytime I wear Ruby Woo lipstick, I want to match it with the red sole! :P

Christian Louboutin suede pump
Simple patent leather pump
Round toe leather pump
Louboutin platform pump

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The black midi dress (actually I think this is considered tea length) is one of those trends that became popular recently with the rest of the longer body con dresses. I also saw it worn a lot with a trench, and I have to say I loved the look. I never say no to a good trench ;)

Martuska soft trench
Mango flowy trench
Nordstrom draped trench
The ROW spring trench

Jewelry and Accessories

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The simplicity of the whole look calls for some jewelry. The Madewell washband ring is perfect if you like big rings, this Kenneth Jay Lane geometric ring is a similar choice.

I love ring sets because you can get a lot of different rings in one, like this Gorjana set. Square rings are another favorite, especially this rose gold set, or this mixed metals set from Chloe Greta.

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I know it seems like I wear it all the time, but that’s the point of having a Chanel bag! It’s a great investment because it doesn’t go out of style. You will carry it for many years and it’s perfect for a black midi dress!

Chanel flap bag
Quilted camera bag
Chanel shoulder bag

I hope you guys consider changing up your LBD, and trying out some different looks!

Navy is the new black

Navy Is The New Black

Alternatives to all black outfits

As a frequent wearer of all black, I am always looking for ways to change my look around. Black is perfect especially for nights out, but navy is a close cousin.

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The all blue outfit is a great way to change up your go-to black outfit or LBD. The navy top is a bit darker than the skirt, which adds even more texture and breaks up the monotony.

 

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My skirt is Helmut Lang — the king of asymmetrical knits (here is a similar dress).

I love asymmetrical skirts because they’re flattering on any figure. The wraparound front hides all the Nutella sandwiches I ate perfectly ;) ;)

Revolve Oasis skirt
Revolve Maui Waui skirt
Missguided velvet skirt (with matching top)
Missguided asymmetrical skirt and top
Revolve sueded asymmetrical skirt

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The navy top is one of my favorites because — you guessed it — I made it!

This used to be this Phillip Lim dress, but after appearing on Gossip Girl it became so recognizable that wearing it now just reminded everyone how old it (and I) was. This top was the lining underneath the sheer Swarovski crystal top. It was very loosely attached, so I separated it from the top and cut it to tank top length. The remaining sheer part will soon have the lantern sleeves removed and cut into a scalloped hem crop top :)

Phillip Lim drape tank top
Phillip Lim silk tank
Milly jewel neck tank
Madewell silk top

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Shoes and Accessories

Another trendy item that looks great with navy is the tan lace up sandal.

Aquazzura lace up sandal
Sam Edelman stacked heel shoe
Manolo Blahnik stacked heel sandal
Stuart Weitzman low heel sandal
Missguided barely there sandals

The stacked heel trend is something I’ve seen around a lot. I feel like these shoes makes my feet look huge, which sucks because they’re so easy to walk in! If they looks good on you, I am so jealous!

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Finally, no look is complete without the perfect bag. This Chanel is the perfect touch to make a navy outfit look chic and perfect for a night out.

Chanel full flap bag
Quilted shoulder bag
Chanel tassel bag

I hope you start to see navy as the perfect color to change up your all black looks. Because it’s dark, it still has the night out feel we come to expect from black, but the color adds more interest to your outfit and the asymmetrical details make you stand out!