Monday, October 27, 2014

Repurposing Ethnic Pieces, Part 3

Hello lovely readers!

Welcome to another installment of Repurposing Ethnic Pieces. This week, we take a striped black and white shalwar kameez by Pakistani designer Sana Safinaz and turn it into a totally chic, modern look.

I think the black-on-black embellishments are what really make this traditional piece easy to mix and match. My favorite part is how the black on black embellishments carry from the front to the deep scoop in the back.



So what I did here was got rid of the scarf and tucked the top into a voluminous, midi-length circle skirt from H&M. The skirt is long and loose enough to hide the length of the tunic. 






If you haven't already, be sure to check out parts 1 and 2 of this series here and here

As always, thanks for stopping by and be sure to leave your questions and comments below!
xoxo


Photography by Pareesa Azzam 

Shalwar Kameez: Sana Safinaz
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Asos
Sunglasses: Dita

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Look at these Coats from Forever21

It's started getting colder out there folks! That can only mean one thing... coat shopping time! I was surprised to see the variety and quality of trendy coats at Forever 21 this time around. Check out some of my faves:



Friday, October 10, 2014

Lou Lou Boutiqes' Bloggers' Night Out

Hi guys!

Last night I went to Lou Lou Boutiques' event for bloggers at their Connecticut Ave location with Tina from DC Panache. There, we met lovely Kamana from Social and Style among other wonderful DC bloggers. Check out Kamana's blog and her post here!

xoxo


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Guest Blogger Post by DC Panache: Millennial Fashion - Lou Lou Boutiques

I was strolling through Dupont Circle with my friend Tina (of DC Panache) this past weekend when she came up with an awesome idea for a style blog post. She is today's guest blogger. Check out her post below!

Millennials, I know you're out there! There are so many of you flocking to the district, and it's the reason why Forbes selected D.C. as the coolest city in the U.S. I also know that you want to look good this Fall without breaking the bank. If you're near Dupont Circle, make your way over to Lou Lou Boutique on Connecticut Avenue to get your hands on some amazing items.

I visited the lovely ladies of Lou Lou this Sunday afternoon with Sanaa, and asked her to pick out a few of her favorite things at the following price points: $25, $35 and $45. Take a look, I think you're going to LOVE the last one.


Purse - $45. This cute burgundy bag screams: buy me! The gold lock embellishment and double trim adds depth and texture in a subtle way.


Necklace - $25. This elegant box chain necklace with kundun style gems is perfect for your Saturday date night (dinner on 14th street) outfit. 


Scarf - $35. This scarf covered with alpacas is probably the last thing I would've picked off the shelf, but it spoke to Sanaa in certain ways I may never understand, which is why I am not the creator of The Style Matrix, and she is! At first we thought the animals were lamas, but the sales associate quickly cleared it up for us. The multicolored matching tassels make this a fun, unique piece! Once Sanaa tried on the scarf, I was sold.

Stay tuned for more local millennial fashion intel! We strive to please both your closet and your wallet-- all at once. Next stop... Zara! We know you adore that store.





















Tina Chaudhary is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. She has written for Beauty and the Feast Blog in New York City. Subscribe to her blog at DC Panache.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Repurposing Ethnic Pieces, Part 2

Hi guys!

As promised, here's part 2 of the new Style Matrix series, "How to Repurpose Your Ethnic Pieces". In this set, I'm wearing a similar tunic dress to the one I was wearing in Part 1, below. This time, I tucked the dress into a neoprene flared skirt and accessorized with gold aviators and stilettos.

It got chilly all of a sudden, so this was probably the last time I'll be able to wear this ensemble before next summer!

Hope you're enjoying the series so far. As always, leave any questions or comments below. And remember to check back soon for more parts in the series coming up!

xoxo





What I'm Wearing
Tunic Dress: Haute Heritage
Skirt: El Corte Ingles
Shoes: Nanette Lepore
Sunglasses: Rayban

Photography by Pareesa Azzam 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Repurposing Ethnic Pieces, Part I

Hello lovely readers!

Today's post is the first in a series that will show you how to rearrange traditional ethnic pieces into other interesting, everyday outfits. The idea behind these posts is to see how many awesome clothing options you really have if you look at your wardrobe just a little bit differently.

I have some traditional costumes hanging in my closet that I don't get a lot of wear from. Some have gorgeous embroidery and embellishment details that I just love. And it was a pity they were just hanging there unworn for lack of occasion. That's when I had the idea to pull them off the bench and put them in rotation. Why can't I just mix and match these pieces with my other everyday ones, I thought, to create a truly unique ensemble?

Here is a tunic and pant outfit that I loved so much, I made the tunic into a dress for my line, Haute Heritage.


Traditional tunic and pants (Shalwar Kameez)



Check out the gorgeous silver embroidery details: 


To create a new look, I started with just the tunic and added accessories. I layered chunky jewelry to create a fresh of-the-moment look. Next, I added a chic clutch and some ankle-strapped pointy stilettos.  


Instead of wearing the tunic like a dress (which I've already done) I decided to pair it with a black leather skirt - so it's perfect for fall!





The end result:
As always, leave any comments or questions below. And check back soon for more posts coming up in this series!

xoxo

What I'm wearing
Tunic Dress: Haute Heritage
Faux Leather Pencil Skirt: Forever 21
Heels: Asos
Clutch: DVF
Sunglasses: Dita 
Watch: Michael Kors

Photography by Pareesa Azzam 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Lounging in Leopard

Hi guys!

My photographer-cousin and I were playing around with the camera this weekend while we prepped for the next blog series which will be coming up soon. It's a series of posts showing different ways to wear interesting, ethnic pieces.  

Here we were brainstorming backdrops and presentations at my aunt's house.

Check back soon for more!

xoxo






What I'm wearing:
Leopard Sweater: H&M (available here)
Black Leggings: H&M 
Watch: Michael Kors

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Hair Color

OK can we talk about this hair?



Highlighting hair can be a nightmare to maintain - especially when you go from really dark to light. Sometimes I get my hair done and three weeks later roots show up and make my hair look like a complete mess.

That's one reason why I love this color. Rihanna and JLo both have very dark hair, but manage to carry this gorgeous caramel color because of the gradual transition from warm tones at the roots to lighter face-framing pieces. And it's perfect for fall!

I don't know about you, but I am getting my hair done like, right now.

xoxo

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