Dressed in Love

Is love really overrated? Either way, one’s wardrobe should certainly reap the benefits of St. Valentine’s holiday. After all, it’s a great excuse to go shoppingūüėČ.

The first look is the one that I would wear for the festivities. Adding some subtle lace underneath a well-fitting suit is an easy way to vamp up a classic. As for the sneakers, my mind was filled with street style inspiration and how the athletic shoe has transcended¬†work out attire. It’s a great way to combine style and practicality.

If you prefer something more on the colorful side, you can’t go wrong with an LRD (little red dress). The quirky Kate Spade clutch was the main influence for the second look. Keeping the rest of the pieces light makes for a quick way to be ready for a night on the town.

Power Date

Black Blazer – H&M

Suit Trousers Slim Fit – H&M

Lace Bralet – Topshop

Sneakers – Nike

Feminine Contemporary Watch – GUESS

Triangle Earrings – ASOS

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Organza Ruffle Dress by Unique РTopshop 

Love Birds Wink Clutch – Kate Spade

Black & Gold Open High Heel Sandals – Tally Weijl

Gold Bracelet Р MYHABIT

Geometric Hoop Earrings – Bimba y Lola

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Like how I styled them? Let me know in the comments below! Happy Valentine’s Day! XOXO,

~Arianna

Black Snow

Snow continues to fall as abundant as sunshine on a summer’s day. The world around me carries on muted by the cool silence of winter. Sure, some days the temperature drops down to the single digits, but in a way it’s peaceful. What better way to enjoy it than with some lovely outerwear, wouldn’t you say?

Winter style is often accused of being heavy in dark colors, and for me that is both true and exactly how I like it. Combining a cape with an equally flowy skirt breaks free from the usual stiff cold weather¬†ensembles. Only a¬†black long sleeve¬†was needed underneath since the cape’s textile is already a soft wool. Argyle stockings were an intermission to the solid colors. The ALDO combat boots¬†added some toughness to the feminine elements. The few small bits of color were in a¬†retro radio clutch and blue nail polish.

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“Women who wear black lead colorful lives.” – Neiman Marcus

Thanks for reading! XOXO,

~Arianna

Leather Love

It’s said that all leathers exhibit¬†their own one-of-a-kind¬†natural markings; that it’s practically¬†impossible to find two samples that share identical surface and color characteristics. This¬†amazingly durable fabric embodies individuality.

Remember the Axel Leather Biker Jacket from AllSaints that I featured in this post? Thanks to the holiday sales, I was over the moon to receive it last year. Its combination of knitted wool and leather does an excellent job of blocking out the northern winter chill. Wearing a black long sleeve underneath, I was ready to brave the cold. I paired it with riding boots and my go-to jeans. Letting the jacket speak for itself, my only accessory was a white and gold clutch from ASOS. As for my makeup, it included a clear lip gloss from Stila and a purple eyeliner from Urban Decay labeled Tornado.

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Thanks for reading! XOXO,

~Arianna

My Favorite Looks at the 2015 Golden Globes

The Golden Globes red carpet never fails to impress. Some stylists opted to dress their celebrities in a more classic look while others took greater risks. Lorde immediately caught my eye in her glamorous and slightly oversized suit and diamond accents. Jessica Chastain radiated an old Hollywood vibe in her bronze Atelier Versace gown. What was your favorite look of the night?

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Lorde in Narcisco Rodriguez

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Jessica Chastain in Atelier Versace

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Emma Stone in Lanvin

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore in custom Givenchy couture

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Laura Prepon in custom Christian Siriano

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Joanne Froggatt in Marchesa

Thanks for reading! XOXO,

~Arianna

(Photos courtesy of Yahoo.com)

Weekly Photo Challenge: New

Some say that they dread change, but new things in life can be great sources of excitement and joy. I was very excited to receive a pair of new combat boots from ALDO over the holidays.

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These shoes are not only beautiful, but they are comfortable and sturdy too. They were quite snug at first. However, it was nothing that a little breaking into them couldn’t fix. The heel is a perfect¬†3.5″ and I especially fancy the cleated rubber soles.

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Thanks for reading! XOXO,

~Arianna

Skull Cardigan

Happy New Year everyone!

To ring in 2015, I wore a cozy and gothic skull cardigan. Its long, waterfall design makes it perfect to wear with leggings. I paired it with an oxblood colored long sleeve and what some call¬†skeggings. They are a leggings and skirt combination built into one. Quite ingenious don’t you think? The black Kate Spade handbag is both spacious and versatile. It’s also no secret that I love boots. The motorcycle boots with decorative gold zippers and buckles are the latest additions to my shoe rack. Cat eyes made with Urban Decay eyeliner and my lips shaded with Burt’s Bees colored lip balm were the high points of my makeup.

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I know this is going to sound cliche, but I’ve left 2014 feeling as if I know myself more than ever before. My personal style has evolved and I look forward to sharing it. To my readers, my sincere thank you for all of your support!

Thanks for reading! XOXO,

~Arianna

New Piercings + Accessories

As a late Hanukkah gift from my parents, I recently received three new ear piercings; another on each lobe and my first helix. I had them done at The Quillian Tattoo in Allentown, Pennsylvania and I absolutely adore my piercings! The shop’s piercer and former nursing assistant, Desiree, was professional and extremely sanitary. There was only a small amount of pain with each piercing; especially since she used only a needle rather than one of those terrible piercing guns. There was a quick pinch and done!

The accessories I wore included a black Kate Spade handbag and motorcycle boots with gold zipper and buckle detailing. I am also now sporting a full on fringe hairstyle. I will be doing a better feature on them in my next post.

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Inside the shop

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With the piercer, Desiree

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Ouch! (but worth it)

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Thanks for reading! XOXO,

~Arianna

AllSaints Makes My Heart Skip a Beat

November has been a month of discoveries for me, and one of those discoveries was a brand called AllSaints. I first heard of it when I saw Lucy Liu wearing a variety of its garments on Elementary. AllSaints is a British retailer with a cool and edgy style. One of the things I really love is the versatility of the pieces. When purchasing new additions to my wardrobe, I’m the type of person who expects them to last for years to come. I like being able to integrate them into countless different looks and AllSaints feels as if they design with that in mind.

My top AllSaints picks:

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Hyde Monument Coat, $650.00

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Window Top, $75.00

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Zaphir Dress, $360.00

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Kayla Shirt, $140.00

Most of the designs are based on structural elements. They are generally sold in muted colors, but their shapes and textures make them immensely far from boring. I can’t wait to have the opportunity to splurge on an AllSaints garment or two someday. Have any of my top picks caught your eye? They certainly have mine.

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Axel Leather Biker Jacket, $725.00

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Raffi Leggings, $75.00

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Hafbec Dress, $215.00

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Mast/Slashed Grey, $160.00

Thanks for reading! XOXO,

~Arianna

(I was not asked to promote this brand. It’s one of my personal favorites and I wanted to share my thoughts on it. Photos courtesy of AllSaints.com.)

Liebster Award

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I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award thanks to the fabulous Morgan Etoile. Thank you so much Morgan for this honor! She has a style and beauty blog that I adore. For those who may not know, the Liebster Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers. I’m thrilled to have received it and to be passing it on to my nominees.

The rules for the Liebster Award are:
1. Thank the blog that nominated you and link them.
2. Post eleven facts about yourself.
3. Answer the eleven questions provided by the person who nominated you and then create an eleven question set for the next group of nominees.
4. Choose eleven people to nominate and link them on the post.
5. Let your nominees know they have been tagged ‚Äď and no tag backs!

11 facts about myself: 

1. I’m an¬†aspiring fashion stylist.

2. I’m 17 years old.

3. It wasn’t until I was 15 that I discovered my love for the fashion industry.

4. Not a day goes by where I’m not listening to music on my iPod.

5. I loved playing dress up and practicing walking in my mother’s high heels as a child.

6. My family has three rescue dogs. Two of them are pugs and one is a chihuahua-pug mix.

7. My first handbag was a snakeskin print hobo bag.

8. I love to crochet.

9.¬†I’m a Gemini.

10. I like watching anime and reading manga.

11. I’ve also been playing video games for as long as I can remember. I’m part geek, I know…

My answers to Morgan Etoile’s questions for me:

1. Where is your favorite place to travel to? New York City

2. What is your favorite make-up brand? Urban Decay

3. Why did you start your blog? To inspire outfit ideas and meet those who share a similar love affair with fashion

4. What is your favorite movie? The Devil Wears Prada 

5. Who is your favorite band?¬†I don’t listen to a lot of bands, but I like Florence & The Machine and The Beatles.

6. What designers inspire your style? Alexander McQueen, Victoria Beckham, and Gareth Pugh to name a few

7. What is your favorite item of clothing? Boots; especially my ankle boots

8. What is one make-up item you can’t live without? Oil absorbent mineral powder (mascara comes in a very close second)

9. What is your favorite meal? Sushi with bubble tea 

10. If you could have a super power, what would it be? Lightning manipulation

11. What is your goal for your blog? I’m an¬†aspiring fashion stylist and it would be a pleasure to simply hear that readers enjoy my work¬†

My 11 questions for my nominees:

1. Why did you start your blog?

2. Do you prefer dark or bright colors in your wardrobe?

3. What was your biggest fashion splurge?

4. Do you prefer dressing for warm or cold weather?

5. What is your favorite book genre?

6. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you travel to?

7. What musician or band are you currently addicted to?

8. What is your goal for your blog?

9. Do you prefer movies or television?

10. What is your favorite perfume/cologne?

11. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

The nominees are . . .

1. The Red Style

2. OUT OF THE BOX

3. Global Garçon

4. Lady Haze of Vintage

5. cronutcouture

6. Leila Lina

7. Little French World

8. The Outsiders

9. The Chic Brown Chick

10. Olivia Blogs

11. Hesobe

Thanks for reading! XOXO,

~Arianna

My Style Icons – Part 2

Finally, It’s part two of my style icons series! I was at a major indecision about who to feature next, but I’ll have to save the rest for part three.

Melanie Martinez

I personally discovered an up and coming musician recently by the name of Melanie Martinez. She was a contestant on season three of The Voice and has since released her debut EP, Dollhouse. Martinez’s song Carousel continues to be on my iPod’s repeat cycle. Her fashion sense blends retro with modern alternative flair. From oversized bows to doll heads to her signature two-toned hair, it’s hard to believe that Martinez is just getting started.

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The entire Alexander McQueen brand

If I had to choose a favorite fashion design house, it would have to be Alexander McQueen. Despite McQueen’s tragic death back in 2010, the brand has stayed strong in the capable hands of its current head designer, Sarah Burton. The surprising elegance and essence of surrealism that the brand delivers is pure artistry. The amount of precise detailing that goes into the garments makes the already innovative looks all the more special. I always look forward to the design house’s runway show during fashion week.

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Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2013

Thanks for reading! XOXO,

~Arianna

Link to Part 1. (Photos courtesy of Google Images.)

I’m a Hat Person Now

The possibilities are endless when it comes to accessorizing with outerwear. I recently obtained a black wide brim hat that has quickly become a new wardrobe staple for me. Not only is it highly versatile, but it can be worn during any season; whether it be with a light dress in Summer or with layers in Winter. With warmer days now behind us here in Pennsylvania, I opted to wear the hat with layers. A pair of jeans and a black long sleeve shirt provided a canvas to compliment the moto jacket. My mystic hamsa print scarf is a statement piece in itself that blended well with the color palette. Black flats and a gemstone ring were small additions that made the look complete.

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Thanks for reading! XOXO,

~Arianna

Fashion DIY: Bloody Necklace

Halloween is coming up and I love it when people make their own costumes rather than purchasing generic ones. Last month, I came up with a DIY idea that’s both perfect for the October festivities and for those who, like myself, simply possess a fondness for alternative style.

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Materials:

Necklace (or other piece of jewelry) of your choosing

1 tube of red craft paint (I used Apple Barrel’s Flag Red)

A small cup of water

1 toothbrush

1 spoon (or spork)

1 paper bowl

Paper towels

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Step 1: Squeeze a large drop of craft paint into the bowl. Add water a little bit at a time and mix it until you reach a thick yet loose consistency, like blood.

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Step 2: Spread out your necklace on a blanket of paper towels.

Step 3: Dip the toothbrush into your fake blood mixture and splatter the concoction onto your necklace with a controlled, flicking motion.

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Step 4: Leave your necklace to dry for about 20 minutes or until the paint is no longer tacky. When dry, turn it over and repeat step 3 on the other side. Then you’re done!

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Thanks for reading! XOXO,

~Arianna

Falling for Autumn

Autumn is truly my favorite season. The leaves changing into a mob of warm colors, scents of pumpkin and cinnamon filling homes, and Halloween creeping around the corner are a few of the many things about Fall that steal my heart. Yet above all of that, the thing that I will always love most about the season is reintroducing cold weather appropriate pieces into my wardrobe. For my first outfit of the new season I wore a cobalt blue sweater with leather and zipper detailing from EXPRESS. A black skinny jean was the transition piece to the floral print Doc Marten boots. The only jewelry needed to polish it off were gold hoop earrings and one statement ring. In the beauty department, I opted for a simple ponytail and winged eyeliner as one of my makeup choices.

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Thanks for reading! XOXO,

~Arianna