Spring Statements

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Happy Saturday! I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend. Today's outfit is for those who need some style inspiration for a lunch date with the girls or a day out on the town. This is something I would wear on a beautiful spring day because it merges bold statements with a classy, feminine look. 

Style Lately tee c/o (here
ASOS midi skirt (here)
Zara clutch (similar here & here)
Child of Royals necklace c/o (here)

To make a (literal) statement, I'm wearing this "More Issues Than Vogue" tee c/o Style Lately. I've been loving how bloggers like Daniela of Nany's Klozet create classy looks around graphic tops (seen here). For my look, I paired the top with my favorite faux leather midi skirt for an outfit that toes the line between feminine and edgy. You may remember how I styled this piece with a crop top here last month.

I'm also wearing some of my favorite accessories of the season. I'm sure many of you have seen bloggers sporting the "Stressed, but Well Dressed" clutch from Zara recently. I couldn't trust myself to keep a white clutch clean, so I chose the cobalt blue version instead and couldn't be more satisfied. This bag states, "Caution, Feeling Lucky". Basically, the graphics of this look are making me seem like quite the sassy girl. I also wanted to point out this gold & ivory statement necklace by Child of Royals. I love how its neutral colors can match any outfit, though its size maintains a bold statement. Be sure to check them out for other fun accessories!

P.S. -- Use code "CHRISTINA10" at Child of Royals to get 10% off your purchase! Happy shopping!

Laser Cut

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lex & Mila dress (here) | Forever 21 heels | H&M necklace

Sporty chic has returned to Looks by Lau! Today I'm styling Lex & Mila's faux leather laser cut dress. This is unlike any piece I've owned before, but I've decided to take some chances and revamp my wardrobe for this season. My collection of summer dresses shows my former tendency to gravitate towards bright, feminine styles. This year, I want to bring some edge into the mix.

I love this laser cut dress because it is completely out of my comfort zone. It reminds me of something Dani Song would wear given her effortlessly cool style. Since it is faux leather, the laser cuts take away from the usual stiffness and make it lighter for the summer seasons. For a completely minimal look, I only wore my cutout heels and a chain necklace with the dress. This makes it an easy outfit to throw on quickly without as much effort as it may seem.

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The Pencil Skirt

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hi there! Today's post is yet another collab with the lovely Erica of Refined Couture! This week, we've decided to celebrate the Northeast's spring weather (finally) with pencil skirts. I love how we wore our skirts in ways that clearly display our personal styles. It goes to show that a trend is not a one-way street. It can be interpreted in a multitude of ways.

Forever 21 sweater & skirt | Go Jane heels

As an advocate of the sporty-chic look, I love the shadow stripes in this skirt. They make the piece just a bit less conservative for a day (or night) out. Cobalt blue is also one of my favorite statement colors for almost any season. To keep focus on the skirt, I styled it with all black pieces. This is probably not a surprise. Living in NY has made me a proud wearer of dark colors. 

What's your favorite kind of skirt to wear? Let me know! Don't forget to check out how Erica styled her pencil skirt (here)!

Cropped in Black & White

Monday, April 14, 2014

Crop top c/o Poof Apparel | Forever 21 skirt (similar here & here) | Go Jane heels (here)

I'll admit I'm a victim of the crop top craze. As a petite girl, I love how they combine with high-waisted bottoms to instantly lengthen my legs. Today I'm styling Poof Apparel's top that features side cut-outs and faux leather detailing. When wearing a crop top, I think it's best to keep exposure in mind. You don't want to walk out in public looking partially naked. I personally always make sure that my belly button is covered and there is only a slight peek of midriff showing.

That being said, I paired this crop top with a high-waisted textured skirt that features a low flare. I think the two pieces complement each other nicely to create a simple but chic look. Because of the top's faux leather detailing, I didn't feel the need to add any accessories. There's something about a minimal look that just evokes class. Also, I hope you're not judging me for wearing these heels too often. As I've said before, there's no shame in repeating! Especially if its a piece you absolutely love.

Don't forget to visit Poof Apparel (here)! Check back on Thursday for another post :)

L'Amour | Styling Graphic Sweaters

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hi there! Today I'm joining the lovely Erica of Refined Couture to show you how we style graphic sweaters. This top is one of my most heavily worn in my closet because it's such an easy piece to dress up or down. As you can see below, Erica and I found ways to take the graphic sweatshirt into any occasion. Did you notice that our tops also (unintentionally) match?

Even more coincidentally, Erica and I have connections outside of the virtual world. Her little happens to be my best friend! I'm so glad to have met Erica because she is super sweet and stays true to her classy sense of style. I definitely look up to her as a blogger because she continues to achieve great success in a genuine way.

Check out Erica's blog (here) for more details about her outfit! 

Mango sweatshirt | Madewell jeans (here) | Zara heels (similar here) | Forever 21 bag

This look features a couple of my wardrobe favorites. As mentioned earlier, I can wear this top with countless outfits. I was hesitant at first to spend $30 on a simple sweatshirt, but this one has definitely proven its worth. I think that sporting a cool graphic sweater speaks to your personality while allowing you to create a fairly simple look around it. For today's post, I paired mine with my absolute favorite jeans from Madewell. Thanks again to Lucky Magazine for the awesome swag bag during Fashion Week! Without it, I would have never discovered the perfection of Madewell jeans. I can assure you they are the softest and most comfortable pair I own. 

Overall, I wanted to create a light and simple outfit to match the beautiful spring day. This is a versatile look that can be taken from your errands at the grocery store to a lunch date with the girls. All you have to do is change the shoes! Best of all, it's extremely comfortable. 

Let me know in the comments below how you wear graphic sweaters. Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned for my next collaboration with Erica! 

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Garden Party || Turning 20

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Zara dress | Go Jane heels (similar here & here) | Forever 21 bag (similar here & here)

It's official! I'm one day away from reaching the second decade of my life. Twenty is such a tease of an age. I'm leaving the teenage years without the luxuries of being a full adult. Regardless, I'm excited to start this new chapter of my life. Your twenties becomes a unique age range because it plays a significant role in shaping your life. It's an intimidating thought, but I intend on making it the best it can be.

Today's look is from my family birthday lunch at Rats in New Jersey. What you're seeing is the entrance to Grounds for Sculpture behind the restaurant, an outdoor museum filled with beautiful landscaping and artwork. To match the spring spirit of the area, I wore this floral Zara dress for the first time. I love how the subtle flare and boatneck detail both add to the femininity of this piece. Since this dress is longer on my petite frame, I added simple accessories to avoid looking too heavy. My best friend gave me this bag for my birthday at just the right time. It matches perfectly with the look. Thanks Sheryl! 

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