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Fashion and Interior Design… and a little more :)

DIY: Rose Hair Clips August 25, 2013

Awesome DIY fashion! Take the floral hair accessories trend to a whole new level of craft cuteness 🙂

DIY: Rose Hair Clips.

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Oh, Hello! – FALL STYLE August 24, 2013

INSPIRATION: The dress – the silhouette, colors, and style = awesome. And stripes are really in vogue right now! Win-win 🙂

THE LOOKS: Casual – Pair the dress with some cute flats, or some trendy studded boots and a comfy cardigan for the fall. Accessorize with bright jewelry and a  cute leather cross-body bag
Business – To give the outfit a more professional feel, pair instead with a tailored blazer in a neutral color like taupe, black, or navy, and some smart shoes in matching or bright colors, like the Michael Antonio patent leather pumps. Accessorize with a structured clutch or shoulder bag and a fun pair of “nerd glasses”.

THE ACCESSORIES: Color is the exclamation point in this outfit. For the accessories here, I picked up accent colors in the dress and made them mini focal points that provide multiple interest points. For example, the bright yellow color only shows up in a couple stripes in the dress, but gets special treatment in the accessories with beautiful yellow Kendra Scott earrings and Michael Antonio pumps. Fun cocktail rings or statement necklaces can be used to tie in all the colors (like the Kate Spade ring here), or just to add a little bling to your outfit. For the bags, you can either go matchy-matchy with a super cute clutch like the one by Modcloth or draw out another accent color (I picked red) with an interesting bag like the red one by Ora Kiely.

THE EXTRAS: I love incorporating home decor into fashion styling, not only because it just looks awesome, but the home fashion industry and trends are closely related to the clothing industry and vice versa, so it’s always nice to get them to co-exist 😛   I used a pair of candlestick pillars in Lemon at ZGallerie.coo, a paper lantern (LOVE THEM!!) in royal blue/purple for $2.49 each at Shindigz.com, and a really cute (and super cheap!) decorative tray in black from online Interior Decor store Occa-Home.

 

Thanks for reading guys! Give this post a like and be sure to spread the style with a friend or friends 🙂
~Christiana S.~

Oh! Hello!

Yumi green cocktail dress
$70 – zalando.co.uk

Long sleeve cardigan
$16 – newlook.com

Camel blazer
$36 – newlook.com

Orla Kiely flower purse
$525 – orlakiely.com

Kate Spade colorful jewelry
bloomingdales.com

Pillar holder
zgallerie.com

Occa Maison rectangular tray
$15 – occa-home.co.uk
 

Making the Most: Three in One August 16, 2013

A couple months ago, I did a post on making the most of your wardrobe – reusing and reinventing what you already have to come up with fresh outfits… Well, I’ve been putting it into practice, and here’s a fun example for you guys 🙂

One of my favorite tops is a black and white striped boatneck top that I got at Old Navy last year for around $10…. an awesome deal that has served me well as a go-to winter/fall shirt and beyond! It’s super cute, works for my figure, and will always be on trend 🙂  My challenge to myself was to find 5 ways to wear it that were different than normal, and I was able to get even more than that from my $10 top… I’ve shared my most workable three here. All photo credit goes to the awesome Laura R., author of the photography blog “Laura’s Photography“. Aside from being a wonderful friend, she’s an amazing photographer with a great eye, and I had so much fun shooting with her this week 🙂 (P.S. – I also found out that it’s a lot more fun to edit someone else’s photos than your own!!)

So without further ado…. the outfits!

1. Date Night

This outfit is best for any date or event where you’re feeling a little girly and want to step up the casual a little bit. The key to this outfit is in the details. The pearl jewelry adds a touch of feminine class, as does the lace fabric of the skirt (a splurge for me at $20 at Target!). I completed the look with kitten heels with bow details, tying in the colors and sealing the girly tone 🙂
If you’re not into the whole girly-girl look, modernize the outfit by switching out the pearl necklace for a bright necklace with a good focal point and bright nails (like my rapidly chipping mani 😛 – “Spring Street” by NYC + “Gold” sparkle polish by Milani)
If you’re feeling more casual, switch out the shoes for a pair of casual flats or Sperrys and less dressy jewelry.

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These cuties by "Mootsie Tootsie" were my first pair of high school party shoes three years ago :P <3

These cuties by “Mootsie Tootsie” were my first pair of high school party shoes three years ago 😛 ❤

A birthday gift from my parents, this Stauer necklace is one of my favorites, and has appeared in several of my photography attempts and countless outfits :)

A birthday gift from my parents, this Stauer necklace is one of my favorites, and has appeared in several of my photography attempts and countless outfits 🙂

2. Working Chic

If you work in a semi-casual environment and love a little color, or if you’re just going somewhere and want to look a more little put together, this outfit (my favorite by far xD) is for you!
This outfit was inspired in so many ways… it started out with a book (I can’t even remember which one) that said a scarf tied around the neck is super-Parisian (yes, that’s paraphrased :P)… So in the interest of experimentation, I grabbed the nearest scarf (which happened to be a beautiful, really bright party favor from an Indian-themed birthday party :D) and just tried it… I’d also picked up a tip from the latest InStyle magazine for printed shoes that entails rolling up the hems of jeans to ankle length to show off the shoe. So why not try it with my new super-cute patent leather Mary Janes? (Long story, but I’d been looking for a nude heel for a while, and I grabbed the pair by Soda in the pictures for $15 at Burlington Coat Factory a few weeks ago <3)  The blazer (H&M) came last, as a way to tie in the whole outfit, and it became my favorite, just like that! When accessorizing the outfit, I wanted to give it a little bit of a “single girl” edge, so I added what my friend calls my “breakup ring” (which I got at a sidewalk sale for $5 – SCORE) and a pair of oversized hoops (3 pairs for $5 at Walmart) for a little dose of Attitude (and if you’re a single working woman like me, you’ve earned that for sure :P)
P.S. – the bag is just your average mid-size white bag… I think I got it from Walmart, but it was a few years ago, and I honestly don’t remember how much it was… but I love it 😀

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I'm in love with the colors in the scarfffffff <3 <3

Favorite pair of jeans right now… they have little rips up near the top of the leg, and I LOVE the wash! Playing with the contrast while editing was SO much fun when it came to the jeans…

$5 at a sidewalk sale in Haddonfield... and I don't even remember what the store was... lol

$5 at a sidewalk sale in Haddonfield… and I don’t even remember what the store was… lol

3. Girly Urban

What a contradiction, right? Well, that’s the thing I like about fashion – contradictions work! (most of the time, anyway…)  This outfit breaks a few rules – but that’s what rules are for, right? First, black and blue. Who says, I say! Next is two seemingly contradictory genres of style. But I and others have found that they actually coexist quite well! So much for rules.

This outfit works really well for a dressy casual occasion, or just for a feel-good, look-good day. The jeggings are SO comfortableeee, and the jewelry is just fun to wear. I found the jeggings by “YMI” at Bare Foot Shoes when I was in Philly with my mom, and the necklace was a steal for $5 at Charming Charlie’s (my favorite jewelry store in the world!). The earrings I made myself (courtesy of Christiana’s Jewelry Shoppe), and the beaded headband was apparently from Children’s Place (one of my mom’s give-away-or-throw-away items that I’ve kept for several years…). The shoes I found for $10 on clearance at Old Navy, and while I have to admit, they’re not fun to wear for more than a few hours, they’re one of my favorite “attitude” shoes 😛

For this outfit, if you’re feeling more urban than girly, pair it with some rocker jewelry in a dark metal (like gunmetal) and handful of rings, dark makeup (I just stuck to lip gloss and winged liquid liner) and no-mess updo… I liked the girly touch in gold and pink hues, but that’s a personal style preference based on the day I chose it!

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Here’s a better view of the headband and jewelry! (I’m actually obsessed with the necklace <3)

This bag has been through the mill with me for over five years now... I still like to think it's real, even though I got it for free at a giveaway... but it's such a great go-to bag :) :)

This bag has been through the mill with me for over five years now (as you can see, it’s a littler worn 😦 )… I still like to think it’s real (HA), even though I got it for free at a giveaway… but it’s such a great go-to bag 🙂 🙂

So anyway, those are three of my favorite outfits with this top – Date Night, Working Chic, and Girly Urban! I really want to hear from you guys, so I have two questions for you!! Which outfit is your favorite… and what are your tips or tricks for making the most of YOUR wardrobe?

Thanks so much and hope you enjoyed! Like, comment, and follow! 😛

~Christiana S.~ (OMG… WordPress won’t let me do tildas anymore??? My mind just exploded….)

P.S. – Don’t forget to visit Laura’s blog, “Laura’s Photography“!

 

Lovely July 11, 2013

Fun, airy summer set that I made on Polyvore! Inspired by the bohemian air – flower crowns, lace, and dancing in the sunset 🙂
~Christiana S.~

Lovely

Mini dress
modcloth.com

Steve madden shoes
stevemadden.com

Steve madden shoes
stevemadden.com

Tory Burch iphone case
toryburch.com

Topshop
topshop.com

Forever 21 lip gloss
forever21.com

Sia Rose Bouquet
$125 – amara.com

 

Minnie loves Mickie January 11, 2013

Hahaha, ok, so I know this post is totally random, but I was in the mood 😛

The whole set was inspired by the dress – i LOVE polka dots, and thought it was totally adorable… PLUS it reminded me of Mickey & Minnie mouse…. and the rest of the set just came from there! I matched the shoes to the dress, found matching nail polish, and then added on the accessories and makeup!
And I know that it’s super crazy, but hey – red is totally in, so take advantage of it and feel free to go a little overboard! Anyways, this look would be super cute with a messy, undone updo or a tousled bob 😛

Enjoy!

<3Christiana<3

Minnie &lt;3s Mickie
 

Happy New Year’s!!! January 1, 2013

So here’s the post I promised you guys on New Year’s eve!! I’ve been super lazy the past few days, so I haven’t gotten to the Christmas Eve post, so I’ll have to do it in the New Year… (I know, shocking!)

Anyway, I love to have some good fun, so parties are about my favorite thing ever (my friend and I are working on planning a New Year’s eve bash for next year – involving a lot of glitter :P). But just because you’re going to a party doesn’t mean you have to look like it! I believe in being fun and classy, and this outfit kind of shows that off, so more pictures and less talk! Let’s go!

The whole look :)

The whole look 🙂

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Top and Jeans 🙂

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I splurged a little on this top and spent about $20 on it at Old Navy. Told you guys I was going to be wearing sequins this season!! xD

LOVE these skinnies! They must've been meant for me, because I found them in my particular size (which is so small it's almost impossible to find) sitting on top of a display of other skinny jeans... and it was the only yellow! And at $15 on sale? They were absolutely meant for me :P

LOVE these skinnies! They must’ve been meant for me, because I found them in my particular size (which is so small it’s almost impossible to find) sitting on top of a display of other skinny jeans… and it was the only yellow! And at $15 on sale? They were absolutely meant for me 😛

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Pumps by Soft Style – these are SO cute! Pretty sure I found them at Syms before they went out of business, but i DISTINCTLY remember them being $22! They’re great pumps when you want to wear  pumps on a normal day to dress up an outfit a little, but still be casual, but they also work for dressier outfits as well. And the heel height (which is a littler shorter than I like normally), is great for just hanging out 🙂

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Soft Style pumps: pleating detail – You can tell that I love black pumps with fun details on the front… 😛

 

This time I went for a lighter, more natural look for my makeup (although unfortunately, it was too light, so I had to go fix it up halfway through working on the photos :P). I’m wearing a Bare Minerals liquid foundation, light shimmer eyeshadow, mascara to add some girly drama to my lashes, and makeshift blush (combo of eyeshadow and lipstick – cheap trick for people like me who hate spending a lot of makeup non-necessities like blush, which I hardly ever wear!). If I were to do this shoot again, I would probably switch out my lipstick for something darker or add a pair of fake Ray Ban’s to add some dimension to my face…

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Hair and Makeup (and my hair IS pretty messy, I apologize)

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Eye Makeup – light shimmer powder with a thickish liquid liner and mascara on my top and bottom lashes. I started out with just the shadow and mascara, but my makeup was getting completely lost in the outfit, so I added the liner to give my face a little more presence.

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Mascara: “Impactfull” by Studio Gear                    Eyeliner: “Black” by Prestige Cosmetics                   Lipstick: “Jump” Shimmering shadow dust by Prestige Cosmetics                   Eyeshadow: “Pink in the Afternoon” by Revlon

So I’m at the end of another belated post! Sorry it took me so long to post it (I had almost all of it finished, but then I had to go to the New Year’s Eve party I was wearing this to!), but I hope it was worth the wait! As always, thank you for reading – like, post, comment, and have a happy new year!!!

 

Happy Holidays!!!! December 25, 2012

Hey guys!!! Just wanted to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season!! I thought I’d commemorate the day with a style post for the holidays (and Christmas, of course :P)

Today, I got to use one of my Black Friday steals (been saving them for the holiday season!!) from Deb – they were having a 50% off sale on the entire store, so I got this ADORABLE burgundy colored ruffle halter top for about $9! Paired it with the cropped denim jacket from my “Mixing Metals” post and black pants that are pretty much like leggings, but heavier, warmer, and more comfy as far as I’m concerned!! To finish off the outfit, I’m also wearing “Black Lace Creme” by NYC on my nails, open toe pumps by Vigotti, the gold Charter Club hoop earrings my lil’ sister bought me this Christmas, and the necklace by Charter Club she got me last Christmas 😛

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Yes, that’s my guitar, and no, I don’t really play!!

Hair and Makeup!!

Hair and Makeup!!

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Cherokee cropped denim jacket – NO idea why this keeps posting sideways, but since you guys have already seen it before, I figured it wasn’t too much of a disaster 😛

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Vigotti pumps – got these at least 2 years ago from Zappos.com – they’re starting to show signs of wear, but they’ve served me REALLY well, and i LOVE these babies 🙂

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Vigotti pumps: Bow detail

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My $9 Deb halter top! So in love with the ruffles and the Lurex – my version of understated sparkles and sequins 😛

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LOVE these pants…. I think I wear them WAYY too much! The thing is they’re almost as cozy as sweatpants, but a LOT cuter (which works out for me, because I personally have a rule where I never allow myself to wear sweatpants unless I’m sick, dying, or crazy…. but that’s just me!!)

As for makeup, I’m wearing a little gunmetal-colored glitter eyeshadow from my NYX “Glitter Cream” eyeshadow palette (bought at ULTA for abour $5) and glitter eyeliner by NYX, topped off with my favorite Studio Gear mascara 🙂

The makeup look!

The makeup look!

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The makeup look – Closeup 😛

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Eyeshadow: NYX Glitter Cream Palette               Eyeliner: “Black Sparkle” by Palladio               Mascara: “Impactfull” by Studio Gear                Lipstick: “Deepest Cherry” by Maybelline

 

And to finish it off, I used a pair of Charter Club earrings and a necklace, both of which, my sister bought me for Christmas. These are classic staples that will go anything – I use the necklace all the time when I want to dress up an outfit or just accessorize. Super cute!!

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Charter Club earrings

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Charter Club necklace

Well, that’s my “short” style post for today!! I’ll do a couple posts before New Year’s on my Christmas Eve outfit (also compliments of Deb xD) and a quick one on my favorite semi casual party outfit (which will probably be out on New Year’s eve xD). Thanks so much for reading, following, and liking – it means so much to me!! You guys are the best!! Have a wonderful holiday season and a merry Christmas!!!!

<3Christiana<3

P.S. – thanks to my sis for doing 90% of the photography for me!! Taking pictures of myself is a pain, so she helps a lot!! ❤

 

 
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