Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Leather Weather

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

jacket (Iro) | jeans (Grey Ant) | headwrap (Ruby Sampson) | shoes (Madewell)

photos by: Rosa Loves DC

First things first...lets discuss this silk-lined Ruby Sampson headwrap, shall we? 

I got it months ago at the Zuvaa pop-up shop in Ivy City (you know...over by where Love/Dream used to be). I got to meet the designer and she gave me a hands on tutorial on how to tie a headwrap. The trick, if you're a beginner, is to wear a small scarf. The bigger the scarf the more complicated it is to do. Don't worry, she has a scarf for beginners

You basically wrap the rectangle-shaped scarf from the back of your head forward, tying a knot at the center of your forehead. Then you tuck the ends of the scarf into the knot you've tied. Its that simple! The amazing part about this Ruby Sampson headwrap is that its silk lined on one side and linen on the other. 

If you've read the story of my "big chop" than you know that my scalp is a delicate flower...so I've upgraded to this silk pillowcase and wear silk-lined hats whenever possible. This Ruby Sampson scarf is my first foray into headwraps and I have to say I felt pretty badass (the leather jacket didn't hurt).

Monday, October 10, 2016

Putting Some Peplum in your Step!

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

top & shirt: J.Crew | pants: Talbots

photos by: Rosa Loves DC

Why do I still shop at J.Crew? It's one of those stores that gets me with its marketing, even though I know full well they are not talking to me. All I ever need to know about J.Crew is Jenna Lyons. She's an extremely tall, extremely thin, extremely waspy white woman and J.Crew is a store full of clothing tailored to fit her. 

That said, the folks over at "The Crew" have been pumping out overly styled catalogs - that look more like travel guides - since way before Jenna graduated from Parsons. In fact, I'd venture to say that many a blogger (this one included) borrow heavily from the strong artistic direction of the early J.Crew catalogs that showed fresh faced women on holiday in chunky cable knit sweaters or neon shorts surrounded by breathtaking backdrops all over the world.

I got a degree in Journalism, specializing in Magazine Editing, so I could scout locations and set up shots (like the ones that give me temporary amnesia about the fact that J.Crew clothes don't fit my body) every time the catalog arrives. 

So as usual I popped in to see what J.Crew had to offer and walked out with this ill-fitting peplum top in a beautiful shade of blue - which I might have to adopt as my new signature color - and this adorable button up shirt that is whimsically stripped with tiny polka dots. The peplum top is boxy and therefore runs extremely large (I'm wearing a Medium) and it also has a very short torso so the peplum doesn't skim my hips as its supposed to. The button up shirt I had to go a size up (I'm normally a 6 and I'm wearing an 8) because my shoulders are too broad, but look how much fun I'm having wearing this outfit! 

J.Crew is a fun store. I've worked as a stylist at the Santa Monica, CA location and I love seeing what creative twist on the classics they'll come up with next. So I keep going in there, buying their offerings, wearing them, realizing they don't flatter me, but I'm having so much fun anyways. I eventually donate or resell the pieces I purchase...wait a season or two and do it all over again. C'est la vie... No regrets!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Half Tuck

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

Outfit via Trunk Club

(Hurry...these pieces are 25% off)

photos by: Rosa Loves DC

Fall's here, its official. This summer I used the Trunk Club at-home personal shopping services and I really enjoyed the ease of finding new pieces for my wardrobe without schlepping to the mall a million times. Now that the seasons have changed I wanted to get some fall pieces into the rotation. I went into the Trunk Club's DC clubhouse for an in-real-life shopping appointment with my virtual stylist Dana James. We had SO.MUCH.FUN. The champagne flowed freely and so did the girltalk, but there were also tons of men in the clubhouse getting fitted for suits - so the eyecandy didn't hurt! 

I went home with this outfit: a pair of Frame denim jeans and this perfectly sheer blouse from Theory. This is now my go-to look for brunch with my girls or a first date. Dana also shared a Trunk Club trend with me...the half tuck. The secret is to unbutton the last button and tuck in only one side of the front of your shirt. It also helps to have a really well tailored shirt with a slightly longer hem in the back than the front. Have you tried the half tuck yet? Post your best #halftuck look on social media and use the hashtag #wiwt3 (What I Wore: tip to toe!)