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Last year I did a series of outfits inspired by Halloween films, today I'm re-sharing a bunch because I enjoyed them so much. The dress featured in the last post is still available at The Outnet (when I first did the post it was at Net-a-Porter!)

Original Post: {outfits inspired by films} Christina Ricci as Kat

Original Post: {outfits inspired by films} Vinessa Shaw as Allison in Hocus Pocus

Original Post: {outfits inspired by films} Robyn Lively as Louise in Teen Witch

Original Post: Dream Outfit: Inspired by Fran from The Ugly Dachshund
One of my favorite pieces of clothing has to be jeans. I can never have enough pairs, although I do resist buying them as much as I can. I've got printed jeans, dark jeans, light jeans, colored jeans, distressed, skinny, flared and the list goes on. In 2006, the store Trilogy was launched in London with one simple aim - to find everyone the perfect pair of jeans, in a friendly environment with expert help and advice.  They have four locations in London but their online store also ships internationally.  Trilogy, sell a range of J Brand Jeans so I thought I would choose a pair and create three different Fall looks! I picked the 485 Skinny In Luxe Sateen Carbon Blue because who can't use a great dark wash skinny jean?

Look 1: The Leather Jacket. Everyone needs a leather jacket in their wardrobe, but you don't need a boring black one.  Here I chose a fun purple one to pair with the jeans along with knee-high boots and printed top.

Look 2: The Ankle boots.  One of the easiest ways to dress up jeans is with a nice pair of ankle boots. But I kept this look a little more casual with the layered button up and sweater.  I think this would be a perfect look for a date night.

Look 3: Leather and Lace.  Pairing jeans with lace is a great way to add some femininity to your look and adding a pair of leopard heels gives the look some sassy-ness as well.

* Disclosure: I have received payment in return for this post but my opinions are my own
Seasons come and go and so do the seasonal fashion trends. It is difficult to continuously keep up with all the different new styles, hypes and ins and outs - especially when you have to be careful with your money. So it is important to have some timeless fashion pieces hanging in your closet that you can mix and match with anything that you like. In the end, a few enduring wardrobe essentials go a long way. Here is a list of staples for you.

Purchase a timeless timepiece
A timeless timepiece might sound like a little bit of a contradiction, but a watch is one of the very few items that bucks all talk of seasonal trends. Pick a watch that will work with any outfit, and that reflects your personality and personal style.

Get inspired by the motorcycle look
Bomber jackets and biker jackets have never gone out of fashion. They started gaining attention in the early fifties, where actors such as Marlon Brando and James Dean wore them on the big screen, and ever since they have been a popular style staple for both women and men. They will complete any summer outfit, and they are great for the autumn too! You can purchase some beautiful and affordable biker jackets from New look.
James Dean photo source

Complete your collection of black-and-white basics
By black-and-white basics I mean almost all everyday clothing items, as these shades are easy to combine with any outfit, and you will always look on-point and classy in them. My top choice would be black pants, preferably skinny jeans or wool blend trousers. Black-and-white tank tops too can be worn with, and under, almost any outfit that you choose to wear. If your black-and-white basics game is on trend, then you will be able to complete any look!

Buy a stylish wallet that fits your style
As read on, think of your wallet as a direct reflection of how you manage your lifestyle. Seeing as you use your wallet on multiple occasions a day, in locations such as stores, restaurants and public transport, having a purse that you feel confident about will make you feel great all day long.

Get yourself a LBD
Many women and fashion designers think of a little black dress as the most essential piece in a woman’s wardrobe. It is mentioned so often in books, magazines and on runway interviews. The little black cocktail dress even has its own abbreviation and had many songs written about it. Let style icons like Edith Piaf and Coco Chanel inspire you and find a gorgeous LBD for yourself!
Audrey Hepburn Image Source

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Are there some gaps in your wardrobe this season? I hope so, because with the number of incredibly exciting trends hitting the catwalks, you have some catching up to do. From sheer-panelled dresses prompting a bit of a ‘side bum’ craze, to eyebrow-raising cut-out numbers, the stars are daring to bare almost all in the name of fashion with some of the most exciting trends we’ve seen for some time.

You’ll be glad to hear that Summer 2013 is not entirely about naked flesh though. In fact, unless you’re particularly body confident and have spent some hardcore hours at the gym this winter, I would advise against going too far down this route. Thankfully, there are also some very exciting and super-wearable trends around too, which you can embrace wholeheartedly with just a few essential pieces.

1. A jazzy jacket - My, my - this season brings us such a wealth of choice in the jacket department! From bold biker jackets to colourful stripes, this season you just need a smart, well-fitting jacket in your wardrobe to finish off any outfit. Lightweight jackets are perfect for the British summer, and if you make a good quality purchase, it will be your best friend over the coming months.

2. A teeny tiny bag - In a swift U-turn from the bucket bags and satchels of recent years, this season’s must-have accessory is the mini bag - a teeny-tiny slip of a bag, barely big enough for your iPhone. Naturally, it’s not the last word in practicality, but if you want to stay on-trend you’ll no doubt get used to carrying less and less junk around with you – who needs excess baggage anyway?
From the post Blue Jay Way

3. A stripy dress - Stripes are here, and they are chunky. No pinstripes for us, thank you very much. The stripes of 2013 are big, bold and colourful. Opt for a nautical air with stripes in navy/white or red/white, or go for something altogether more tropical with a mixture of chunky pastel stripes. The cut of the dress doesn’t matter as there’s something for everyone this season. So whether you prefer maxi elegance or bold bodycon, get it with stripes & you’ll be bang on trend.

4. A lacy top  - Feminine fabrics are so hot right now, and the resurgence in popularity of lace garments is a very welcome one for the girly girls. Add one really gorgeous lace top to your wardrobe this summer, and you’ll be wearing it at both work and play all season. Dress it up with a midi-skirt and ballet flats for the office, or wear it out with super-short Denim Shorts and pumps for a chilled-out beach babe look.

5. A pair of flatforms - Normally our feet are often put through several sorts of pain in order to keep up with the trends, but this year the stylists have given our poor tootsies a break with the introduction of the ‘flatform’. These chunky, funky shoes are a godsend for women who are sick of ridiculously high heels but who can’t bear the lack of height given by flats. Flatforms marry the comfort of flats with the height of platforms and encourage better posture, too. Style with extra comfort - what more could you want?
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One of the big trends for this year is oversized.  Luckily my mom gave me this old sweater of my dad's, which was made by my Grandmother, that fits the bill perfectly!  My tip for wearing oversized pieces is to go easy with the accessories and wear something a bit more form fitting on the bottom (or top if your bottom is the oversized piece.) A lot of the runways were showing oversized pieces all around, but that's not too flattering for most normal sized women.

I wore this last Monday when I went home for birthday celebrations for my mother and I (her birthday is 2 days before mine). It was just me, my mom, dad, one of my brothers and my sister. We had Chinese food, cupcakes, cake and opened silly presents. I also realized during dinner that I had put my sweater on backwards...oops!

Sweater: Made by Grandma, Jeans: Free People (Gilt Groupe), Heels: Lanvin (Roundabout Consignments) $80,   Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Shopbop)

Here are some oversized pieces I would love to add to my closet, with some commentary by yours truly.:
Finally, here's an outfit inspired by another huge favorite of mine, Teen Witch! If you haven't seen this movie, shame on you, it's amazing (watch it.) Full of 80s fashion, songs and funny scenes; you won't be disappointed! The movie stars Robyn Lively (Blake Lively's older sister), Robyn, as the main character Louise (she is SO gorgeous, I wish I looked like her.) Because all the looks are very 80s I toned the look down a bit so you will be able to wear it without looking like you time-warped. This is definitely one of my favorite looks in the film.

The hardest thing about this outfit was finding a skirt, I was so sure that Free People would have what I was looking for, but they let me down, ha ha! I'm sure there is a more perfect choice out there (with the tiers) but I settled for the one below. It was also hard to find the pendant and, because it is Louise's source of power, I wanted to find one that does the movie version justice. So, etsy to the rescue!

Skirt: Delia's; Top: Delia's; Vest: Free People; Belt: Temperley London;  Heels: Target; Socks: Soft-Fit; Bracelets: Marc by Marc Jacobs Cuff and Target Beaded Bracelet (get two & layer!); Rings: Kohl's, Kohl's and Kohl's; Necklace: Etsy

And here are some more looks from the film. I always wanted a dress like the blue one, I think I may have had one at one point, without the peplum though. I should look for a picture of me in it...
More can be seen in this video, pardon me while I sing along.

Today I'm featuring a look worn by Allison (Vinessa Shaw) in Hocus Pocus, another favorite of mine.  I was choosing between two looks, but the other one was a bit too similar to yesterday's. I could seriously watch this movie (and Casper) every single day and not get tired of them. Anyway… What you'll need is a purple top, tartan skirt, tights, laced booties, wide belt, long necklace and a red cape! *phew*

Top: Target, Skirt: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, Cape: Alloy, Satchel - Cambridge Satchel Company, Tights: ASOS, Socks: Target, Booties: Chloe, Belt: Ralph Lauren, Necklace: House of Harlow 1960

Here is the other look I wanted to recreate, just wear jeans, a white longsleeve shirt and an oversized tan sweater!
Happy October!! This is my favorite month because it contains some of my favorite things: Halloween, Halloween movies, my birthday, pumpkin picking, apple picking and of course the beautiful weather! In honor of Halloween approaching, I thought I would post some outfits inspired by Halloween films!

First up is a look worn by Kat (Christina Ricci) in Casper.  I have always loved this outfit and it is made up of basic pieces, so it won't really go out of style, the pieces just may tighten up a bit or loosen back up based on what is "in".  Luckily for us, oversized pieces are back so we can recreate it more closely. Kat had a thing for henleys in this film and, if I recall correctly (which I know I do), she was always in one (except for the Halloween party.) All you need is a green henley, open crochet sweater/cardigan, jeans and a small heeled ankle boot. Oh, and a big ring for your thumb!

Top - Nordstrom, Sweater - Free People, Jeans - 7 For All Mankind, Boots - Miu Miu, Ring - Lois Hill

Happy Labor Day, everyone! As we all know, Labor Day is the holiday that pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers [x]. BUT most of us use it to celebrate the end of Summer and beginning of Fall.  I think both of these are reason to celebrate this wonderful day.

What I don't agree with, however, is the no white after labor day rule.  I was reading a blog the other day, unfortunately I can't remember which it was, and the author said she tried to find the source of the "rule" and couldn't find a definitive source. I have never abided by the rule, but I don't have much white in my wardrobe as it is, just a big chunky sweater.

Here are some great ways to wear white in the upcoming months!  I am recreating the first look with the aforementioned sweater and a skirt my mom and I just completed!

Photos from [I went through 157 of over 300 pages of looks, ha ha]
One of the upcoming Fall trends that I've been excited about is geek glasses! I have a slight obsession with them, perhaps because I've been a Harry Potter fan for half my life.  The runways were filled with big, adorable spectacles from Marc by Marc Jacobs to Anna Sui.  A few months ago I won a gift card to Sunglasses Hut and picked up these in anticipation of the trend!  I wore them once before and decided to wear them again with a more form fitting look to offset the geeky-ness. I also pulled my T by Alexander Wang skirt a little lower than I've worn it in the past to make it more modest.

Skirt: T by Alexander Wang, Top: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Marshalls) $25, Heels: Simply Vera Wang (Kohl's) $20, Clutch made by Christine, Watch: Michael Kors, Necklace: Vanessa Mooney giveaway, Bracelet: Diamer Jewelry c/o The Missing Piece, Glasses: Sunglass Warehouse giveaway

Here are some glasses on the runway. Don't forget that Marilyn Monroe was also famous for wearing cute glasses, mostly cat eyes. Will you be rocking this trend in the next few months, or is it too weird for you?
Anna Sui, L.A.M.B. and Marc by Marc Jacobs
I have had this two piece Splendid dress for a month and have yet to show you it's natural state. Reason being?  It is just too skin hugging for my taste.  I bought it in the Net-a-Porter end of season sale not knowing how tight it would really be.  But I loved the top part so much that I decided to keep it in the end. Tt's really a shame because the fabric is so soft and comfy.  Since I probably won't wear the look out in public the way I bought it, I thought I'd show it in case it is your style.  I may not like skin tight clothes, but I know other girls do.

Dress/Top Combo: Splendid (net-a-porter sale) $48, Heels: Guess (Marshalls) $40

And here are a few of the ways I have worn the top half.  The possibilities are endless! Next time I'll wear it with my denim shorts from Zara! Perhaps I should wear the dress part as a nightgown so it doesn't rot in my closet.

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