Fashion

BlackBlazer

3 Ways To Wear A Black Blazer

Like a little black dress, I have a little black blazer. (It’s not THAT little, but I’m trying to be poetic.) It’s one of those wardrobe staples that, I’d argue, every woman should have whether she’s a working woman or a homemaker. It’s versatile, neutral, and gives a touch of refinement to any outfit. Here are a few ways I like to wear my little black blazer:

The blazer to the right can be found here. AND All of the pieces in these looks are under $50. Mhhm. That’s right.

1. Dress It Down – If you go with a black blazer, get funky with a pair of colored skinnies! Throw on a fun patterned shirt underneath and your comfiest pair of gladiators. Funky, fresh and totally date appropriate.

 

 2. Can You Say Job Interview? – Blazers can be a great staple in a working lady’s wardrobe. Instead of a Hillary Clinton pantsuit, try pairing your blazer with a pencil skirt and some simple but personal accessories.

 

3. A Little Girly – I’m not totally a dress kinda girl. BUT, I do have a few super comfy floral dresses that I’m always trying to find ways to add some edge to. The floral is feminine, fun and maybe a little flirty. That black blazer will add just the right amount of edge and structure.

These are just a few ideas. Instagram or Tweet a picture of your best blazer get up. Hashtag #BBBBlazer.

Modcloth-33

4 Perfect Pairs of Flats

I am short. I didn’t hit 5 feet tall until my eighteenth birthday (True story). Although I am a member of the petite band of ladies, I have never been one of those small people who is constantly wearing massive heals to gain an extra inch or two. Just not how I roll. Also, I like when my feet don’t hate me at the end of the day. Shout out though, to those short, sassy ladies who can rock a three inch heel on a daily basis. I applaud you. But I will not join you.

Since I am not of the heel wearing persuasion, I have come to love, collect and appreciate a great pair of flats. I literally wear flats 90% of the week. And, because I am a collector, trust me, I have a pair for every outfit.

Here are a few things I look for when in the market for a pair of those dainty non-heeled shoes:

1. Price – Obviously. I’ll be the first one to admit that those gigantic bins of mass produced, multi-colored plastic flats at Forever 21 are tempting. I have given into that ten dollar temptation more times than I’d care to admit. But, if you want a great pair of flats that are going to last more than one season, you’re going to need to up your budget a little.

Not anything crazy, I’m talking $30 minimum. Now, if you really want to invest, there are flats around $60 to $100 dollars that, I hear, are far more comfortable and durable. I have a pair of cream colored Steve Madden’s that retail at $60 but I got them at TJ Maxx for $20. That’s. How I. Roll.

2. Practicality – When you’re trying a pair of flats on, ask yourself if you can see yourself wearing them everyday. Would they go with anything or just that one top you bought yesterday? If the answer is the second, walk away. I’m serious. Obviously this does force you to stick with neutral colors, but that’s not to say a great pop color flat won’t work with just as many outfits. (I have an awesome pair of bright red flats that are great with everything from my little black dress to dark wash jeans.)

3. Comfort – When you’re trying a potential pair on, if your first reaction is “Oh! These are so comfortable!” You’re golden. If your reaction is “Oh. They’re a little tight. But they’re SO cute!” Walk away. I’m serious.

Below are a few gems I’ve come across recently. Happy flat hunting!

Chicnova – $35

 

Forever 21- $17

 

Forever 21 – $25

Modcloth – $33

 

GOODWILL_01

Goodwill Is Your Friend

You’re a senior in college. You’re almost there. You’ve spent the last three years of your life trying to build a resume or portfolio that you hope one day will do your skills justice when seen on paper. You’ve lived off Ramen and PB and J’s for what seems like a lifetime. But it was all worth it; in one short year, you will be able to call yourself a college grad. You’ll be ready to conquer the world.

Pause.

You head to your closet searching for an outfit suitable for a business class presentation. Contemplative, you stand there thinking what you could pull together to make yourself look the best of the best.

After all, you will be marked down if you don’t appear professional.

The rompers, cut-off’s, and sweats staring back at you have treated you well over the past few years, but now they simply won’t suffice.

You manage to pull together an outfit compiled of an Old Navy business-like dress, tights, and heels, but the thought of how you are going to pull together an impressive, business-attire wardrobe in the next six months is more than unsettling.

This scene is all too familiar. We work and we work and we work. Most of us go to college right out of highs school. I’m not sure about you, but I didn’t have a full-blown professional wardrobe built by the age of 18.

I thought, and I Google’d, and I talked to my roommates; I decided to head up to Goodwill to see what they had. Admittedly, I thought it would be a total bust, but to my surprise I found a couple key pieces that could work as foundation in building my professional look.

Goodwill tends to have a stigma around it. It’s cheap, it’s gross, and it’s dirty. Whatever someone may think, the reality is you can find Ralph Lauren, Coach, and other designer names for nearly nothing.

I’d highly recommend taking a trip if you’re on a strict and tight budget. Going to a store like that however can be daunting and taxing so here a couple tips to better the experience.

1) Have a list. Jot down the key pieces you are looking for. Walking into a store that organizes its clothing by color can be overwhelming. Stay focused.

2) Be in the mood to shop. This may sound petty, but if you’re not willing to really look, take your time, and sift through some racks, go out another day.

3) And please, do yourself a favor and do not ‘shop until you drop.

Uggs

Uggs… Ugh!

Here in Southern California, it’s finally cold enough to wear boots!!!!!! Halle-friggin-lujah!!! This deserves that many exclamation points because I have been waiting since March for it to be cold enough to transition from flats everyday to boots every other day!

Now, when I say boots, I do not mean Wellingtons. I do not mean snow boots. But, most importantly, I do not mean Uggs. I mean leather, just below the knee, flat wedge boots. Classy, versatile, fabulous. But, let’s talk about Uggs for a minute.

This form of sheepskin and fleece footwear first broke out onto the scene in the 1980s in Southern California; it symbolized that relaxed SoCal lifestyle. In 2000 their fate as a cultural… thing was cemented when Oprah declared on her show how much she loved her pair of Uggs. Now, let me clarify. The company Uggs actually makes some pretty fashionable footwear. But I’m specifically talking about the Classic Ugg pictured above.

My feelings on the Ugg boot are that they are a glorified slipper which should not be worn in public. THEY ARE GIGANTIC WADS OF FLEECE AND FOAM! I have yet to see them worn in any way that could be considered fashionable or flattering. I have heard the argument that they make your feet seem so large that they have a slimming effect on the rest of your body. I think that is a lie.

Now, I’m totally with you when it comes to the comfiness of a good yoga pant and slipper. But that is for lounging around your house on a slow Saturday while you watch Masterchef re-runs and get caught up on laundry. (Yes, this is what I do on Saturdays. Jeez, get off my back.) Said outfit IS NOT for going shopping, going to the movies, going to dinner, GOING ANYWHERE.

Now, let’s talk about the price of a brand spanking new pair of Uggs for a minute. The pair pictured above will run you $135. THAT. IS. INSANE. Why would you pay that much money for a pair of puffed up marshmallows that go on your feet masquerading as footwear!?

I found a pair of gently used, leather, deep red, Steve Madden boots at Buffalo Exchange for $40 and they’ve lasted me two years now. Not only are they pretty comfy, I can wear them with leggings and a sweater, jeans, or a dress and jacket combo. They make any outfit look put together, not like I’m heading back to bed.

Women of the world, I just want to say: Do not give up! Be better than the Ugg boot. But if you’re a die hard Ugg-er, I want to hear it! I love a good debate.