Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Crop Tops

Hi dear readers!

I had to share one of my other favorite summer trends with you here: crop tops. Get that silly picture of cropped beach T's out of your head. I'm talking about fitted, sophisticated pieces to wear with high-waisted skirts or pants that show only a sliver of your midsection. The nice thing about wearing it this way is you don't need to have abs of steel to look good! The top I'm wearing here is slightly textured neoprene from Forever 21, believe it or not!

Another summer piece I'm loving is the white watch. It's bright, casual and fun and the perfect lightness to wear on your wrist during the hot months. I like how it's an easy statement addition.  

What are some of your favorite summer trends? Please do share, I really enjoy coming across different things everyone is trying out. Hope you're having a great summer!

xoxo


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Gladiator

Hello!

It's been a while since my last outfit post, and I had to share with you these gladiator sandals I just got before summer is over and they have to be stored away! They're a little flashy because of the gold color, but I always say a little flash can be a good thing :) They work well with an understated outfit - you don't need much more in accessories here because they're a great statement piece by themselves.

What do you think of the gladiator sandal trend? Are they a trend you'd try or pass? How would you wear yours?

I hope you're enjoying your summer so far and are getting in all your trends before summer 2014 fashion becomes a thing of the past. I'm looking forward to sharing more outfit posts with you coming up soon!

xoxo






Friday, June 27, 2014

OOTD - Office Prep

Hey guys!

Just thought I'd share what I wore to the office today. Pointy-toed flats, a long black trench, pleated midi-skirt and striped sweater for a casual-chic look. The sweater is actually maternity! One thing I learned during my pregnancy was to buy clothes that you can wear after, too - there's no point in spending money on clothes you can only wear for a few months. Plus, I noticed that if it looks good during maternity, it should look good after too. A lot of the maternity-only clothes I saw actually made me look and feel bigger!

Anyway, hope you're enjoying your Friday! The weekend is almost here!
xoxo


What I'm Wearing
Flats: H&M
Trench: H&M
Sweater: A Pea in the Pod
Skirt: Market find in Bangkok 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer Trend: Culottes

When you think of summer, what are some trends that come to mind? How about crop tops or culottes? They've been popping up everywhere lately, and I must say I love some of these midi-length skort styles. They're best for the transition from day to night - casual shorts for daytime, and then voila, a chic skirt for night! My favorites are the ones that are so flowy, you really can't even tell they're shorts.

Here are some of my faves:


What are some of your favorite pieces you can't wait to break out of storage for summer? xoxo

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Style Matrix Best Makeup Palettes

It's summertime! And that means keeping your summer makeup routine quick and easy. No one likes having caked-on layers in the summer heat and sweat. So in these summer months, I keep it light by sticking to some SPF, blush/bronzer and eyeshadow. Mascara and eyeliner melt, so I skip those. With a summer tan and highlights, you don't need much anyway.

Below are some of my favorite makeup palettes to keep it fresh and simple. Palettes are a convenient way to keep everything together, so you can just throw one in your bag for a refresher when you're on the go. 

Three eyeshadow palettes I recommend are: Urban Decay Naked ($54), Smashbox Full Exposure ($49), and Stila In the Light ($39). Naked has great soft shimmers, and Full Exposure's matte shades are flattering. But the best combination of shimmer and matte would have to be Stila's In the Light. If you're looking for just one palette, my favorite all-around is Lorac Pro-to-Go ($38). It's got everything you need - light and dark shadows, blush, and bronzer. (And the dark shadows can always double as smokey liners). A lot of palettes out there highlight cute packaging and skip quality pigment. But this one from Lorac has great deep color, so a little goes a long away. It's not too big either, so it will fit anywhere conveniently. 

Hope you're enjoying your summer so far! What are some of your favorite summer beauty tips?

xoxo



Monday, May 12, 2014

THE STYLE MATRIX Video: Best Dry Shampoo and Hair Oil Treatment - Psssst! Dry Shampoo + Moroccan...

Hi guys!

A few of you have recommended I start making videos to put up on the blog, so here's my first try! I thought I'd start out simple with some hair styling tips. This is a review and recommendation for two of my favorite hair products - Dry Shampoo and Oil Treatment. Let me know what you think and enjoy!






xoxo

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

OOTD - Office Casual/Leather Sleeved Details

It's Friday, Friday! Wearing something a little more casual to the office today.... how does your office do casual Fridays?
So it looks like an H&M kind of day :-) Some may have issues with "fast fashion" but I love getting pieces that are so inexpensive I never have to worry about wear and tear - just wear to shreds and toss later. I take more risks with these pieces too, wearing them in different ways because I reach for them more often, unlike the more expensive pieces I tend to save for "special occasions". And style is all about being creative, experimenting and taking those risks anyway! Why not do it in a way that's easiest and most comfortable for you? 

Have a great weekend!
xoxo

What I'm wearing:
Black top with leather sleeves - H&M
Olive green cargo jacket with leather sleeves - F21
Black ankle pants - H&M
Black and white slip-ons - H&M

Closet - Before & After

Hello lovely readers!

Today's post is about closets. As we know, a well-organized one can make dressing a much easier task.

My closet has been a work in progress. Originally, we had a spare room in our house that I made into a walk-in. But we have a more important use for that room now that our little one is here! So we got rid of the closet and made it into our sweetie's nursery.

Anyhow, that left me closet-less. So I went to Pinterest to start looking for inspiration on building one in the extension to our bedroom. One thing that helps when getting started on a project like this is knowing your dressing habits. I like to see my clothes, shoes and accessories all at once so I can easily decide what to wear. I also like to keep my formal, business and casual pieces in separate spaces so I know where to go to grab what. My walk-in had a vanity from which I was able to conveniently apply makeup, so that was an important feature I wanted to keep. Finally, since the new closet is in our bedroom, I wanted finished doors so the clutter wouldn't be the first thing we woke up to every morning.

Additional wish-list items to consider: a space for a laundry basket; an extra large bottom shelf for tall boots; separate installed drawers for jewelry, sunglasses, scarves, belts and gloves; ample lighting; appropriate space for hats; installed chest/drawers for undergarments and socks with separate compartments.

Here are some photos from the before and after:

BEFORE:


At first I was really excited about the walk-in closet. I liked having the space to myself, but once we did the makeover, I realized just how untidy it all really looked.


AFTER:

Once we did the makeover, I was much happier with the set-up! With all the clothes tucked away neatly and shoes and bags organized on display for easy grabbing, the look is not only more clean, but functional as well. 








All the pieces are from IKEA. The great thing about the IKEA closet builder is you can customize the interiors with shelves and compartments to hold your pieces. The display cases holding the bags, shoes, and accessories are actually IKEA's Billy Bookcases. For the wardrobes, we just took measurements to make sure they fit wall to wall and floor to ceiling.

What are some of your easy dressing and closet organizing tips? I'd love to hear them!

xoxo

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Summer Work Layers

Hello! 

During one of the first warm spring days, I started thinking about good summer work outfits. Summer in DC can be really muggy. And when you're taking the metro to work (like I do) it takes everything not to walk into work drenching.

So dressing in layers is important for summers here because it's hot outside but then freezing in the office. For work I like sticking to neutrals - they're conservative just enough - and layering different shades of neutrals on top of each other gives a sophisticated look. I also like dressing in ways that make it easy to transition from day to night for after-work dinners in the city.

What are some of your tips for dressing in the summer?

Thanks for reading!
xoxo








What I'm wearing
Dress: H&M
Blazer: Zara
Booties: Zara
Sunglasses: David Yurman 
Watch: Michael Kors