Black And White And Spotted All Over Town

There is no need for a blouse to look  austere just for you to fit in at an otherwise stuffy work environment. You probably admire the dedication and professionalism of your coworkers, but it’s okay to draw the line at boring monochromatic three-piece suits.

Wear sleeveless versions of feather light polka dot button downs with a fitted blazer and pair ones in long sleeves with a black pencil skirt.  On your way out of the office, in anticipation of a fun night, undo the first few buttons and let your hair down.   Swap a big leather briefcase for a bright oversized clutch.  You will look successful, trendy, and like you know how to let loose. $32 $60

Charlotte Russe- $25 $88

*Picture from The Gloss

Best Dressed List- Oscars 2012

I was blown away by the selection of dresses at the Oscars last night.  Nearly everyone looked stunning, and the red carpet was flooded with sumptuousness couture gowns making it difficult to compile a list of the most amazing dresses.  There were sequins, restricting flared bottoms, nudes, and enchanting jewel tones. After narrowing the list to only ten attendees, these were my favorites:

Flippy Minis

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!

This summer you will still see full length skirts, but designers have made room for the perfect summer stable, short skirts with a little flounce.  Summer style is partly about the freedom of showing off your legs and what better way to do that than with a playful skirt. A flared bottom on a skirt that hits above the knee speaks volumes for your style and an equal contrast of innocence and sexiness.

Topshop- $75

Abercrombie- $30

Free People- $58

*Picture from Asos

Designer Corner- Jeffrey Campbell

Do you remember Diva Starz? (If not, look them up!) But their giant heads, long hair, frail torso, and humongous shoes may have helped Jeffrey Campbell’s vision for footwear. If you don’t covet a pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes you may still know the name from browsing fashion blogs. He is the creator of Lita shoes which have since been mimicked with cheaper imitations and line the closets of fashion bloggers across the world. The line has much more to offer though. These are my tips for shopping Jeffrey Campbell shoes:

1. Choose your Litas carefully- Before ordering Litas try them on and explore all the patterns. Sometimes we just want a cool shoe to go with everything (a pair of Litas in black) other times we are trying to find the wow factor with a wild pattern that covers the whole shoe. Either way that 5” heel is steep, so make sure you practice before you wear them in public. hoes are bold and sometimes even gravity defying like Lady Gaga’s heels.  So if you’re afraid of a little leopard print or a few silver spikes, turn back now. Here are my tips:

Lita in Mint- $159

Lita in Gold Glitter- $160

2. Explore knee-high boots- One of my favorite pairs of shoes are Jeffrey Campbell boots that hit my knee and lace all the way up but have they have a flat heel so they don’t scream Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman pre-modesty.

Victorian Thine Boot- $305

Joe Lace Up Boot- $295

3. Get people to notice you- When a person is wearing a gorgeous outfit people will usually look down to see what shoes they paired it with.  Other people stand by the belief that shoes sell the entire upper portion of a look. Sometimes though people just don’t shift their eyes downward and you’re purchase of Kate Spade kitten heels seems like a waste of cash. One way to avoid that? Buy outrageous shoes that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Whether that means a shoelace alongside the back of the heel, or a carpet bag print with a thick wedge bottom, you can definitely find something extraordinary. 

Ramona Platform Sandals- $205

Ramona Fest Sandal- $158

4. Determine where practicality ranks on the scale of virtues- A lot of the shoes provide a good balance and can be worn for dress up or play. Do keep in mind though that most of them have towering heels even though they might be comfortable or have support. When I say “play,” the most athletic you should get while sporting a tall pair is ambling around the mall.

Foxy Platform- $137

Str8up Platform- $180

*Picture from What I’m Loving