Casual Spring and Summer Style Lookbook

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Sweater: Urban Outfitters | Necklace: J.Crew | Shorts: Urban Outfiters | Wedges: Franco Sarto

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Top: Urban Outfitters | Bag: J.Crew | Necklace: J.Crew | Shorts: Urban Outfitters | Shoes: Urban Outfitters

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Jeans: The Gap | Shoes: Target | Bag: Fossil | Top: Forever 21

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Romper: Kaitlyn | Bag: J.Crew | Cardigan: Urban Outfitters | Necklace: Shoot the Moon LA | Shoes: Target

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Romper: Urban Outfitters | Bag: Urban Outfitters | Shoes: Urban Outfitters | Necklace: J.Crew | Hat: Target | Bracelet: Target

Grunge and Glam Pinterest Re-creation

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90’s grudge is back with a less-greasy and touch of glam twist. I love mixing and matching themes with my style. I saw this look on Pinterest (pictured left) and was excited I had what it took to re-create it (pictured right).

I’ve held on to this plaid button up for many years… I mean, it’s from Delia’s. Do you guys remember Delia’s? Pretty sure it was cool when I was in middle school, but hey some things are just classic and that’s how I feel about this shirt. It was one of those things I just couldn’t let go of.

There are so many different things that can be done with plaid from casual to dressy. If you ever have an item in your closet that you’re holding on to but not sure why or how to wear it anymore, go to Pinterest and get ideas!

I love this idea of pairing casual plaid with an Aztec inspired necklace and shiny black leggings to dress it up. Trade out the heels for black strappy sandals and you have a perfect day look that can be transformed with a pair of heels for an effortless yet sexy night out on the town.

Bust out that old grungy plaid and put your own glam twist on it! It doesn’t have to cost much… see below for all the super affordable places I got the items in my outfit.

HayleySigMINT

 

Necklace: Forever 21

Plaid button-up: Delia’s 

Top: H&M

Pants: Urban Outfitters

Heels: Payless 

Bag: Forever 21

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Celebrity Outfit Recreation- Miranda Kerr style

Came across this lovely photo of Miranda Kerr who I absolutely adore. I decided to recreate her look. I have a long black maxi dress and a jean jacket, and that’s really all there is to it. Which is why it’s great. I love the simplicity of it. For some of you this outfit may be more appropriate for Spring or Summer. So to those people…I hate to rub it in, but I wore this today on January 12th because… well…it’s 77 degrees in LA! Don’t hate. But keep this outfit in your back pocket for when Spring arrives.

BLACK MAXI DRESS RECREATION

It’s effortless style like this that models like Miranda Kerr are all about. I can only try to embody that vibe. You don’t have to be a Victoria’s Secret model to feel sexy and casual. A black maxi dress will absolutely do the trick for anyone. It’s slimming, flattering, elongates your body…etc. If you’re short, wear a maxi dress with wedges and it’ll help the feeling like you’re swimming in it.

BLACK MAXI PURSE

Now on to my own personal touches. Accessories. My blush leather handbag from J.Crew. This was a splurge Christmas present for myself. As I’ve said before, I believe handbags are not something to skimp on. I love this bag as it can be a shoulder bag or a cross body. The leather is very strong and soft and the color is a new trend this season. It’s unique yet neutral.

BLACK MAXI SUNGLASSES SIDE

Cat eye sunglasses from Ralph Lauren. These are so fun. The front part is purple and the sides are tortoise. I never thought I’d wear purple sunglasses, but I like how you can only tell in the sunlight, otherwise they look black.

BLACK MAXI SUNGLASSES FRONT

Lastly, my every day gold and horn watch by Michael Kors.

BLACK MAXI-MK WATCH

Dress: Forever 21

Jean Jacket: Levi’s

Earrings: Target

Bag: J.Crew

Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren

Watch: Michael Kors

HayleySigMINT

Pinterest Recreation- Effortless Class

PINK SKIRT RECREATIONI was scrolling through Pinterest and this one (far left) caught my eye. I love an A-line skirt over a casual cotton top. Navy and white stripes paired with pink seems to be really in lately.

My first impression was that this whole outfit looks pretty expensive and unattainable. But then I realized that the whole purpose of this blog is to show that high fashion looks can be recreated on a budget. I can’t be thinking… “oh looks too expensive” and keep scrolling. So instead, in the words of Barney Stinson, I said to myself… “challenge accepted!”

I believe a good comfy cotton striped shirt, one good statement necklace and a beige trench coat are staple items for ones wardrobe. They are versatile and can be worn a million different ways a million different days (I just made that up, can I coin that phrase?). So there’s 3 things from the outfit right there that I realized I actually already have. If you don’t have them, you absolutely should and can for CHEAP!

The top I used is a little fancier than what’s needed here, but you can get a top like this (minus the sequins) anywhere… Target, Forever 21, JC Penny…etc. I got this trench coat at Marshall’s for maybe 30 bucks and you would never know it. The necklace I got at Forever 21 for maybe 15 bucks. So there ya go!

A pink A-line skirt however isn’t exactly a necessity for your closet, but I actually had this one (which I’ve yet to wear), from YEARS ago. It is from Target. I never really could decide what it would look good with, which is why scrolling through Pinterest is great inspiration. So voila! I’ve made a very creative outfit with it. I think this outfit would look equally as cute though with a black A-line skirt or really almost any solid bright color.

So there ya go, a very classy expensive looking outfit recreated from honestly some of the oldest, cheapest items in my closet.

Top: J.Crew

Necklace: Forever 21

Trench Coat: Marshall’s (Miss London brand)

Skirt: Target

Shoes: Target

Bag: Michael Kors

HayleySigMINT

Pinterest- the gateway drug

Aztec inspired sweaterI shall warn you all….Pinterest is a gateway drug  to shopaholism. Yes I already had signs of being a shopaholic very early on in life, but once I was introduced to Pinterest it was all down hill from there. I not only live in a very fashion forward city where I see new trends all the time, but I am addicted to Pinterest, where trends are brought to my attention and then thrown in my face over and over and over again telling me “YOU NEED THIS IN ORDER TO LIVE A HAPPY LIFE”.

Now, I’m all about being a trend SETTER, not always a follower, but in my opinion personal STYLE is more of an expression of yourself than whether or not you follow or set trends. It’s how you wear current trends, how you put outfits together that is the art of it all.

I’m sure many of you can relate with me on being PINspired to go shopping (see what I did there?). The main problem is most of us just don’t have endless amounts of money to go out and buy everything we see on Pinterest.

Here are the things that I consider so as not to go out and buy every single new trend:

1. Is it practical? Something you could wear with many different outfits, a neutral color, not too dressy (for those of us who aren’t getting dressed for cocktail parties on a daily basis), comfortable, something you’d want to wear every day, something that would be flattering on you…

2. Is it something you could foresee as still being fashionable in years to come? A classic staple. Not overly trendy.

3. Can you stop thinking about it? If you see a trend and find yourself noticing every other person who has it and being extremely envious of them and lay awake at night lusting after it, just do yourself a favor… get it! You can have it too ya know! As long as you’re selective with the things you want to splurge on, it’s ok!

4. Can you find something similar to it for cheaper than what’s shown on Pinterest? brown combat boots w outfitDon’t just click on the Pinterest link and buy it for hundreds of dollars. Take your time to look around and see if you can find similar trends at cheaper stores. The trend isn’t going anywhere for a while, just relax and wait until you see the best deal. (This has always been the most difficult feat for me. When I want something I want it NOW).

So– following all these rules, there were two trends I went for in the past few weeks.

A. Combat boots

B. Aztec print sweater

I’ve always been a fan of both boots and chunky sweaters in fall/winter time, but I LOVE the aztec print I’m seeing around. Also can’t get enough of combat boots. I just think they can look cute with so many different things, even with dresses or skirts and tights.

In the first picture shown, I am wearing an open front aztec print sweater from Urban Outfitters (can be purchased here). I will admit they have these everywhere and very similar styles at places like Forever 21 where you can get them even cheaper than I did (similar look).

I DID do a good job though on bargain shopping for these combat boots shown in the second two pictures. A place called Lexy Couture in the Burbank Town Center mall is just full of crazy cheap trendy shoes. Not only do these look like they could be expensive leather boots, but they’re super comfortable as well. It was buy one get one half off, so I also got a pair of black combat boots as combat boots brownwell. Two pairs of combat boots for 50 bucks! Gotta give myself a pat on the back for that one. (Shown with oversized navy knit sweater from Gap, Jeans from Urban Outfitters, Necklace from J.Crew)

What are the trends you can’t get enough of this fall season?

HayleySigMINT