domingo, 22 de dezembro de 2013

How to wear a patterned shirt year-round

Running low on ideas on how to wear your patterned shirt? Fera not! While I've already covered a few looks here, I came up with new looks and ideas you can try! Keep in mind you can always change the "pieces" to better match your personal style. Here we go:

For winter

Let's try some original looks for winter! After you've tried the classic "layering under a sweater and pairing with jeans" outfit, try these:
  • Contrasting vest
  • Leather jacket
  • Dress

For spring

A full-sleeved shirt may be too warm for summer but it makes a great transition piece! A known way that this will work for everyone is to take a t-shirt and jeans and just wear the patterned short over it, like a little cardigan. When you've worn up all of those, see the outfits below:

Pair the shirt with all sorts of pants and shoes to get every single look from your closet. Then, weed out the not-so-great ones. This will make sure you'll at least look at every possible combination and open new doors for you!

segunda-feira, 4 de novembro de 2013

What to wear there: Playing in a concert

As a freelance violist, I am required to wear head-to-toe black (3/4 sleeve to long sleeved top, and pants or an ankle length skirt).  I'd love some ideas on how to update my look!  I need to have a wide range of motion for my upper body, and some sort of layering ideas might be nice as well, because I never know what the job conditions will be!  I also tend to stick to super comfortable shoes, as I never know how long the walk will be from my car to the venue.
Can't wait to hear your suggestions! :-)
With such restrictions it can be hard to dress yourself and even harder to express your personal style! But of course you can do something about it. Just keep in mind it will likely be more troublesome than regular clothes shopping!


You probably already own these but begginers should really get going and buy these staples:

  • black pants (in something other than denim), 
  • a black maxi skirt if it fits your style (look for one with a lot of fabric like maxi circle skirts)
  • comfortable plain black tops in all sleeve lengths and necklines that look good on you
  • a black cardigan
After these you should be ready to make a good bunch of different outfits to get you started. And the toughest part about this will be the shoes. Try them on, seach online reviews and whatnot. 

I'm partial to 
  • comfy plain black flats (or with a little embellishment, depending on rules), 
  • a low heeled pump (search for "commuting shoes" in corporate oriented websites like for classic and polished ideas) 
  • and even sandals or booties if you'd like.
Keep in mind the rules and your feet first and you should be good. Try to find a subtle way to display your style with shape or leather finishes.


This can be a tough one. Is it even allowed? If it is, try to play your instrument at home to make sure it doesn't make any noise or come in your way. Good ideas could be stud earrings, rings or necklaces.

You already know accessories are a big oportunity to display your style and it's unlikely you'll need to go out and buy more. Just use your own! Keep in mind that at a concert the moment is most likely not about you so don't make a show of yourself! Keep jewelry classic and understated if you are ever in doubt!


If you are going to play in these concerts for a long time it only makes sense to invest in pieces that are a little special to you. Express your style with creative neckline decor, cuts, shapes and subtle patterns and texture like brocade pants or a wrap top. Just try it on at home while playing to make sure your clothes never hinder your performance. And with this you get to create something that's a little more special according to the rules! Let's improve the outfit above with detailing.

This is just to illustrate the idea, choose pieces that fit you and your personal style :)


Last but not least comes you. Explore the mood of your looks with different manis and makeup looks. You may have some restrictions on it so ask first. Still, the first outfit would give two very different vibes in nude vs. red nail polish, don't you think? And there is usually no limit to what you can do with your hair so experiment with updos, straightening, soft waves, until you have a "back-up" of looks you fell, look and play amazingly in!

Was this helpful? Do you have more questions or tips?

domingo, 27 de outubro de 2013

So many ways to wear red jeans

One of my most popular posts and requested questions is how to wear red jeans so I figured a full guide was in order! Let's check out all the ways you can wear your red jeans!

This is gonna take a while...

  • With tees: try all outfits you can come up with based on red jeans and a white tee (remix almost all your accessories here alone!), then expand to coordinating graphic tees, for a punch of quirky cool!
  • With blouses: see which patterned tops/ blouses/ shirts go well with red, you likely have lots of those!
  • With shirts: a plain white shirt is just as versatile as a tee, except with the "fancy power" of collars. Give them a shot for more polished outfits
  • With cardigans: either solid or in a coordinating pattern (namely any animal print) most cardigans take red jeans well

  • With blazers: Solid black or coordinating patterns, all work well in giving the red jean a prim and propper feel. Accessorize with feminine dainty pieces or ones with a menswear feel like watches and oxford shoes
  • With sweaters: while stripes are amazing with red any sweater can look good with red jeans, just as with blue ones. Try all of yours to weed out the odd color pairings
  • With denim: the logical pairing for any trend not envolving denim is to add some. Either with a shirt or jacket, you can't go wrong with these basics
  • With fur: pair this glam color with a glam texture and a neutral layer under the fur to ground the look. My favorites are the button down (see above) and solid long sleeve tees/sweaters in black, white or beige
Remember these are merely basis for outfits so you can build up form these looks adding various accessories/shoes/etc. The combos are endless!

Do you think I got them all this time? Which of these combos do you already wear? Is there a new one you'll try? I want to hear from you in the comments below!

sábado, 19 de outubro de 2013

Fashion challange: Dog walking

I came across your blog while looking for a place similar to Polyvore's old ask section. So, here's my fashion dilemma: I am a professional dog walker. I walk long distances every day so I need to wear sturdy walking shoes and my clothes get a little beat up, but I still want to look cute. Any suggestions?
 From what I'm reading it seems that your problem is expressing your personal style when you have requirements and your clothes get beat up. So I'm gonna show you a sample outfit you could wear and break it down in steps.

My personal style is classic/girly and it shows here so feel free to change this up to express yourself better

You probably already own appropriate shoes. Discreet almost shoe-like sneakers are a cute and sturdy option, as well as oxfords if you're looking for cute new footwear. Look for medium quality if they get beat up a lot and a non-conspicuous color like dark gray or black.

Either wear very inexpensive pants or jeans. I recommend you get a cheap pair of thick jeans you can "destroy" and that fit you well. They are comfy, go with everything, and you won't be sad when they can't take it anymore.
Keep these separate from your "real" jeans to avoid ruining the good pair(s)

Get a jacket in a resistant (denim-like?) fabric in a color that won't show dirt like dark brown or again, gray. Either invest in one made for the outdoors you couldn't ruin if you tried or get an inexpensive one you won't mind wrecking

Get cheap cute tees that reflect your style. About 5 should be "work tees: cheaper and ruin-able. there isn't much more to it really. If it  gets really cold look into getting a sweatshirt or hoodie at the thriftstore

Looking cute
I like scarves but I guess they would be very good around big dogs. Try different looks with makeup and small-ish statement earrings that stay close to the ear. You can also play with your hair in all sorts of braids and buns

So, was this helpful? What could improve this look?

sábado, 28 de setembro de 2013

Looking good while sick

Lately I've taken inspiration from my personal life to write my articles and this will be no exception. I've come down with a stomach flu (all better now) and had a dinner to attend to. Here's the scoop!

First and foremost, focus on your health. Do anything you can to improve whatever condition you are in.

Follow your doctor's advice always. This guide has worked for me and my illness but some steps can be bad for your particular situation. Use your best judgement and call a doctor when in doubt.

Even if it's not glamorous or pretty, you'll feel and look much better if you are not as sick.
This can mean taking meds, eating or avoiding certains foods and resting plenty. Remember to drink lots of water, in small sips at a time to stay hydrated.

Although sickness is often gross, you can do something about that. Take a relaxing bath or tepid shower and take your time washing yourself, you hair and doing any pampering you've been meaning too, like an extra facial mask sample you had lying around for an occasion or a special conditioner.

Hydrate yourself plenty before you get dressed. You can't drink a lot of water at a time and being sick depletes you of it so don't let it go through your skin! Rub lotion everywhere!

This is also a good time to wash your face, brush your teeth and care for your nails, even without a full mani

Select a clean outfit that makes you feel good without being uncomfortable. When selecting clothes remember sickness can often bloat you.

Do any beauty treatments you can think of. These relax you and your body and make you feel better about your looks. Try an ice facial or putting something cold over your eyes for a couple of minutes.

In most cases it would be beneficial to go without makeup but depending on how sick you are/look, decide for yourself whether you want to wear any. An intermediate look with mascara and gloss only would be nice.
Your skin may look blotchy but this is no time for foundation, powder or shadow. Try a tinted moisturizer at most and only if you'll remove it shortly after.

sábado, 21 de setembro de 2013

Looking good with no makeup

It may seem odd but some people sport the no-makeup look at work. Out of need. People like nurses and lab techs an be required to do so. Some, like myself, have this rule as part of a uniform and have no way around it.

There is no reason to look dishiveled just because make-up isn't an option. I'm talking about sporting events, beach outings or even on a retreat where makeup should be the least of your concerns.

I'm not making a makeup tutorial to look as natural as possible, the internet is already full of those. Today I'll do the oposite and teach you to look like you're wearing a little bit of makeup to fake the natural look, while waring no makeup at all!

You'll need:

  • petroleum jelly
  • toothbrush/paste, and other dental equipment
  • moisturizer
  • sunscreen
  • face cleanser/toner
  • chapstick (optional)
  • perfume
Here we go!
  • Start by brushing your teeth, flossing, and all you do in your regular oral hygiene. It doesn't really matter how little ago you did this already because with few mechanisms to improve your look you want to start with the best foundation as possible. I personally feel more confident and fresher if I brush my teeth again to leave the house with fresh breath when I'm not wearing makeup
  • Clean your face with whatever your prefered method is. Apply all steps until you are squeaky clean
  • Apply a generous layer of lotion. This will make you skin shiny and nourished. Also, this is a good time to get a move on other things like eatig breakfast while your face dries for a bit
  • Top off your already sticky face with some sunscreen. It'll blend better and it's not an optional step. Let dry a bit more.
  • When your face is no longer sticky to the touch, you can whip out the jelly to highlight your best features and this is where we'll really play! Put a tiny blob on your finger and dab these spots below!

If you need help remembering the spots there are three around the eye (inner corner, top of cheekbone, below brow) and one right on your cupid's bow. Just remember it's a little touch, not a glob!

  • Rub what's left of your jelly on your lashes, using your finger as a mascara wand and/or use it to tame your brows. Just remember a little goes a long way
  • If you have chapstick, use it. You can also replace it with more jelly (it's amazing like that)
  • A spritz of perfume will finish your look perfectly and give an extra boost of confidence. I often forget perfume but it reallt helps elevate your mood

This article is too long!
For the lazy, hurried or to use as a future reference guide, here is a handy sum-up! If you find articles too long, unhelpful or with too few pictures, don't hesitate to speak out in the comments!

domingo, 15 de setembro de 2013

Fashion Challange: Look good in sporting equipment

Playing sports can be a fun way to work out but it can also be a real bummer fashion-wise. Unless you're in a gym-sport (like yoga or kickboxing) it's unlikely that you'll find cute equipment, or even matching sets for that matter!

But that doesn't mean you need to look bad while engaging in your favorite activities. Let's see what we're dealing with beforehand

The equipment itself
Depending on your prefered sport, you'll have standart gear. This means stuff like helmets, safety vests or club uniforms if participating in a competitive modality. Eliminate problems right of the bat by choosing the best fitting option possible, a neutral color if available and something you'd deem cute.

For example, I like to go sailing on weekends. There isn't much I can do about the standart equipment in the winter: I wear a full body suit (including feet) in red and gray designed to keep me warm and dry even if I go overboard. 
It doesn't match my vest but it's the least of my concerns in the cold.

However, in the summer I can wear pretty flip-flops or go barefoot and trade my full suit for a smaller neoprene model. I chose one in black, gray and blue to match my vest. If it's very hot out, I can even go in a swimsuit and vest only, and that's when I go wild with patterns!

Your extras
It isn't my case (mostly) but sometimes you need to wear your own stuff when equipment doesn't cover certain parts of you. This is your oportunity to shine!
Keep in mind safety first, especially with dangerous sports so make sure you're covered wherever you need to be and minimize hazards by forgoing embellishments like zippers or beads that can hurt you.

In my example, I bring a small backpack with me at all times and it's a mix of red, gray and dark blue to help tie my color schemes together. I might not be fashion-week worthy but at least I don't look like I got dressed in the dark!
Sometimes, depending on the weather, I may need a warm beanie or waterproof gloves. I bought these in black because I reckon they'll outlast all other pieces of equipment. In cold but not windy days, I can replace the top portion of my equipment with a polar fleece. I have a few in bright shades of red and blue.

Last but most definitely not least is you! Keep yourself groomed and pretty but without much fuss. A clean face is most likely required but you can still make an effort to be pretty without makeup (next week).
If you have the freedom to do so, change up your hairstyle! Braids and ponytails are a perfect mix of practical and pretty and won't look odd if dischiveled after practice

Your route
It can happen that you need a mix of equipment and street-ready clothes to go to and from practice. If possible, layer a simple outfit over your equipment like baggy jeans and a hoodie. Even if you have somewhere to change, keep it simple so you'll be dressed and ready faster.

And what about you? Got any advice for any fellow sporty fashionistas? Or trouble looking good during a particular sport? Comment below or send questions to