Monday, December 31, 2012

A Holiday Look

Shop Publik lace dress, studded clutch (from giveaway) // Forever 21 sheer shirt // Simply Vera chain necklace // Nordstrom polka dot tights // Lulu's studded shoes

Happy New Year! I actually had a whole bunch of holiday outfits planned but it looks like the holidays are just about over. Well, I might just post them later anyways! I won this dress and clutch in a giveaway a while ago and thought that they would be great for a holiday look. (Don't you love winning free stuff? I'm always jumping up and down whenever I find out that I've won something, even if it's just a pencil!) Well with the new year comes New Year's resolutions. I make pretty much the same resolutions every year, but still haven't done any of them! This year I'll aim to do more DIYs. I actually have a lot planned, but somehow always end up pushing them back till later. What are your New Year's resolutions?

xoxo, Elly

Monday, December 24, 2012

A Little Gothic

Thrifted Kirna Zabete at Target dress worn as outerwear // Floral lace shirt, studded collar c/o Oasap // Kohl's vertical stripe skirt // Forever 21 tights // Steve Madden shoes
Merry Christmas! I hope everyone's having a great holiday season so far! :) I was planning on posting this outfit along with the previous post (here) to do a "one dress, two ways" kind of post, but I never really had the time to take pictures for this outfit until now. I love how this dress can be completely unzipped, so I often wear it as a vest/jacket. Also, I thought I had ordered this collar in white, but I must have accidentally ordered it in black. I had a completely different look planned using the white collar, but I changed it to match the black one. This look's more gothic than what I usually wear, but I thought that the style fit the collar well. I might give the collar away to anyone who's interested, just shoot me a message. It'll be a Christmas present from me. :) And with that, happy holidays! Eat lots, sleep lots, and take full advantage of all the holiday sales!
xoxo, Elly

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

DIY Ankle Strap Flats

Thrifted Vince cardigan, Kirna Zabete at Target dress // Vintage Ralph Lauren plaid shirt // Romwe statement necklace thanks to Ocrun // Bamboo glitter flats from 2020Ave

As much as I love DIYs, I rarely actually do any. Although I'm calling this a DIY, it's so easy that it might not even qualify! I love ankle strap flats but haven't yet found an affordable version. I bought these flats on sale on Cyber Monday (for only $4!) especially for this project. I took the ankle straps out of my studded heels from this post. They were removable to begin with so I can reattach them any time. I simply tied the ankle straps around my ankles and then put on the flats. Done! I didn't connect the ankle straps to the flats in any way, but they still work great. Haha, but this is just about my limit for difficulty as far as DIYs go!

xoxo, Elly

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tweed Peplum Top

Tweed peplum top c/o Sugarlips // Vintage skirt // Forever 21 polka dot tights // Kimchi Blue cap toe wedges

I have been searching for the perfect peplum top since the trend first came out, but I was never able to find an affordable one. I was beyond thrilled when I finally found this one at Sugarlips! I have a major obsession with tweed, and I love how this top has frayed edge details. I got these wedges from Urban Outfitters while they were having an extra 50% off sale shoes promotion. They were on sale for $20 in store, so I was super excited to snag these for only $10! And just an interesting point to note: these shoes hardly make a sound! I don't really mind the "click, clack" of heels, but it can make it really hard to be sneaky sometimes. Looks like I finally have a pair of stealthy heels! UO 50% off sales are amazing, so I was really disappointed that I didn't have a chance to go to their Black Friday sale. I unfortunately caught a cold over the holiday wasn't able to go shopping. I even had a nightmare about all the amazing Black Friday sales that I was missing! I'll just have to make this year up by shopping twice as much on Black Friday next year!

xoxo, Elly

Sunday, November 18, 2012

What to Wear on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Outfits

Thanksgiving Outfits 2

With Thanksgiving coming up, I thought I'd make some holiday outfits! :) I was originally only planning on making three outfits but ended up making six because there were so many great pieces on Polyvore! Thanksgiving is a holiday for quality time with family and lots of eating, so the two most important components of a Thanksgiving outfit are: 1. looking polished and presentable for the family and 2. wearing clothes that can hide the effects of the delicious Thanksgiving feast! Read more for details on each outfit:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Dalmatian and Polka Dots

Lulu's moto jacket // Forever 21 dalmation print long sleeve shirt // Gap Kids polka dot jeans (other prints available here) // Steve Madden 'Grettta' heels

Printed pants again? It actually wasn't intentional, but just goes to show how crazy I am over printed jeans! I unfortunately can't afford any of the gorgeous printed jeans available in women's sizes, so I was super excited to find some affordable pairs at Gap Kids! I also got my leopard print jeans from there, and hopefully I'll get a post up with those eventually. This is probably my first plain long sleeve shirt (well as plain as I can get), and now I'm definitely on the lookout for more because they're so comfy! Also, I absolutely love dalmatian print right now. It's possibly my favorite print of the moment because it goes with everything! My biggest regret of the summer was probably not buying these super cute dalmatian calf hair loafers. I definitely need more dalmatian in my life! 

xoxo, Elly

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Ikat Jeans

Lauren Conrad jacket // Forever 21 sheer shirt // American Eagle ikat print jeans // Collar necklace c/o Oasap // Wild Rose clear cap toe shoes via Ebay available here and here

I have been obsessed with printed jeans recently! I currently have floral, tartan, polka dot, leopard, and ikat. And it's still not enough! American eagle has a great variety on sale right now. Plus there's extra 40% off clearance! I would recommend going in store because I found these for $20 in store while it's still $40 online. With the extra 40% off, these were only $12! I also have these jeans from American Eagle. It might not be very clear, but the shoes have clear paneling on the sides. I love clear shoes, ankle straps and cap toes, so I was super excited to find these shoes. They also look just like the Christian Louboutin "unbout" shoes. I can't afford anything even remotely designer, so I don't have a problem with look-alikes. Speaking of look-alikes, this necklace is similar to the oh so well known Dannijo collar necklace. I love Dannijo jewelry and can't wait for the day when I can afford the real thing!

xoxo, Elly

P.S. Check out my guest post on the Rire blog on how to wear the oxblood trend!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pink and Mint

Forever 21 polka dot sweater // Romwe sheer dot shirt (sold out but available in navy) thanks to Ocrun // Mint skirt c/o Rire // Givenchy pearl bracelet from giveaway // xoxo watch (Macy's) // Pierre Dumas snakeskin heels

With the huge pastel trend in spring, I couldn't believe how lacking I was in mint pieces! Thank goodness I found this skirt at Rire. It's a gorgeous shade of mint, and I love the airy feel! At first I was afraid that mint might only be good for the warmer months, but this skirt also looks great for fall/winter when paired with tights and a moto jacket. :) Also, I love mixing large polka dot prints with smaller ones. And how cute are the bows on the back of the sweater! This sweater was actually from the Forever 21 kids section. I really like getting clothes from kid sections because it's more affordable and so, so cute! 

xoxo, Elly

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Metallic Blue

Metallic blue dress c/o Sugarlips // American Eagle Outfitters wool hat, thin rings // Oasap studded cuff // Vintage snakeskin belt, rings, cross necklace // Lulu's studded shoes

Wow I've been super busy lately! I had the SAT last week, and the PSAT is next week, so sorry for any lag in posts. And I've been talking about it for forever, but I've finally gotten around to posting with one of my new shoes! I've been so in love with pointy toe shoes (my other new shoe is also pointy toed... I couldn't resist!), and studded, too? Yes, please! Also, I love dresses with some structure or shape to them, so I was super excited when I saw this dress at Sugarlips. The print and color are really unique and great for winter. I also love how it's versatile because you can dress it up with a blazer or down with a sweatshirt. Did I ever mention how I love mixing super formal with super causal? Definitely one of my favorite combos!

xoxo, Elly

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Bike Ride Through the Park

Lace floral top c/o Oasap // Urban Outfitters denim shorts // Target braided sandals and bike

Yesterday was one of those do-nothing-and-play-around kind of days, so I went biking with the familiy. :) It was actually really hot, and I wished that there was an ice cream stand at the park. Well... I'm pretty much always wishing for ice cream! But luckily this top has a lot of breath-ability, so I wasn't too hot. :) And it's not quite noticeable in these photos, but the sleeves have small flares at the bottom creating a mini bell sleeve effect. I absolutely love bell sleeves and really want to get a top or dress with bell sleeves for next summer! Also, I've been wanting to do a bike post for so long now! I bike to school everyday, so it's a wonder I didn't get to it earlier! Truthfully, most days I actually bike in heels. Haha, I used to get a lot of weird stares whenever I biked past, but now they're kind of used to it. :) Unfortunately I didn't get to show the new shoes I mentioned in the last post, but I'll definitely try to wear one in the next outfit post!

xoxo, Elly

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall Pantsuit

Floral pantsuit c/o Sugarlips // American Eagle stone necklace // Deena & Ozzy shoes (UO)

I wore a summery pant in the last post, so to transition, today I'm wearing a floral pantsuit from Sugarlips which is perfect for fall! I usually don't wear pantsuits, but I love this one because it has great movement and is so comfortable. It's still kind of hot now, but I can't wait to wear this with a chunky sweater when it gets cooler! In other news, I bought some new stuff recently, so I might do a new-in post over the weekend if time allows. If not, I'm sure that you'll see everything in later outfit posts sooner or later because I can't wait to wear everything! I got 2 new shoes which is always exciting for me since I have a major shoe obsession. It's like my dream to have a shoe collection with shoes in every shape and color! Some people have amazing nail polish or bag collections, what can you never get enough of?

xoxo, Elly

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Last Days of Summer

Forever 21 anchor print palazzo pants // Aeropostale top // Free People bag // Macy's spike cuff // Steve Madden "Grettta" heels

The weather is getting cooler and cooler, so I thought I'd do a summery outfit while I still had the chance! I actually got these pants way back in February but never got to posting with them. I love palazzo pants. They're really flowy like maxis (and I love maxis!), and make a great statement. So of course I couldn't resist, especially with the sheer and anchor print (I also love unique prints!). And this bag is the bag that Free People gives to put your clothes in when you buy one of their items (think like the yellow Forever 21 bags that I'm sure everyone is familiar with). The Free People bags are extra cute! I seriously bought something from Free People and returned it just to get the bag! (I actually did want to keep the item but the fit just wasn't right.) I also like Urban Outfitter bags because they're so sturdy. I used an UO bag all summer carrying textbooks and it's still in perfectly good shape! Haha, I'm a sucker for random service details like these!

xoxo, Elly

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Utility and Polka Dots

Forever 21 polka dot dress // Macy's vest // Vintage necklace // Pierre Dumas snakeskin heels

Lately I've really been craving an olive green utility jacket! I feel that it's a great transitional piece for fall. :) But since I don't have one at the moment, I found this vest which kind of has the same effect. (Well not really, but at least the color gives off the right vibe!) And speaking of which, I've suddenly come to like the color olive green! It's not that I didn't like the color before, but it just never stood out to me. (Except for on the essential olive green Hunter rain boots of course!) But I love lots of colors, and my favorite color for fall is probably still burgundy. What's your favorite color of the moment? :)

P.S. A few more days left to enter my giveaway for a $30 gift certificate to Rire Boutique!

xoxo, Elly

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Rire Giveaway

It's finally here: my first giveaway! :) Enter below using Rafflecopter for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to Rire! Rire has lots of super cute products, such as some shown above and the skirt I wore in the previous post. This giveaway is open worldwide and will end on 9/15 at 12:01 AM EST.

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