Style Staple: Denim shirts

I’ve noticed a trend in all of my best Outfit of the Day selfies lately: my denim shirt. Now, this shirt isn’t actually make of jeans, but rather a soft, cottony blend that I’ll throw on whenever I need to amp up the style factor with whatever I’m wearing.  This LC Lauren Conrad creation is perfect piece to have in your closet, because you can style it so many different ways.


 Here are a few of the different ways I like to style my denim shirt.

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◊Hipster Chic◊

Tank: Urban Outfitters

Shorts: H&M

Cuff: H&M

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

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 Crop top: American Eagle (Black Friday for like $3, heyyyy)

Shorts: H&M

Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita

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You probably remember this one from a recent blog post.

◊Flirty & Fun◊

Tank: H&M (Don’t judge my addiction)

Skirt: Divaz Boutique

Jewelry: Brandy Melville and LC Lauren Conrad

Watch: Charming Charlie


How do you style your denim shirts? Or are you all about flannels when it comes to button-ups? Let me know in the comments below :)

Menswear Chic

Some people absolutely dread having to dress “business casual.” It’s difficult to incorporate trendy pieces when a lot of people think that you’re confined to blazers, pencil skirts and slacks. Lately I’ve been really into incorporating menswear trends into my outfits. I’m all about dressing very feminine and classic, but you can still look this way by adding more masculine pieces into your wardrobe. For example, I love mixing two loose pieces together in one outfit (like a boxy crop top with a skater skirt). By doing so, you’re hiding most of your curves, but with I can guarantee you that people will still know that you are, in fact, a woman (just a more stylish one).

Check out how I styled my menswear-inspired blouse for a day in the office

IMG_4141Top: Kohl’s

Jeans: PacSun (lol, I know right?)

Shoes: Zara

Sunglasses: Diane von Furstenburg

Jewelry: LC Lauren Conrad

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You think that red and purple together wouldn’t be a thing, well clearly it is. Thanks, Zara.

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Are you into the menswear trend or is it not really your thing? Let me know in the comments section below!

Phoenix Fashion Week: Shop Garment District

Last Friday the Phoenix Fashion Week team put on our best event to date, Shop Garment District at Hotel Valley Ho! This event was so much fun to work, but even better to shop because all 13 emerging designers and accessory designers had their pieces for sale. After the shopping concluded, guests were treated to show where each of the designers showed four looks from the collections that they will show at Fashion Week in the fall.

One of my favorite emerging designers is Kismit. All of her pieces are so wearable and I am beyond excited for her to open up her online shop within the next few months! There’s just enough edge in her designs to keep everything interesting and unique, but it’s not so out-of-the-box where you wouldn’t have anywhere to wear them.

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Pieces from Kismit’s fall 2014 collection

Jacqueline Nicole is another one of my favorite designers. Her pieces are all so feminine (shocking that I love her, right?) and extremely wearable. I fell in love with her crocodile print-embossed black cropped sweater at the Emerging Designer Announcement, and at this event I finally gave in and bought it! Look out for a post soon about how I style it (just have to wait for it too cool down a little bit here in Arizona).

Jacqueline Nicole at her booth.

Jacqueline Nicole at her booth wearing one of her own designs.

Lillienne Lang also wowed in one of her handcrafted garments. The workmanship that goes into her pieces is absolutely breathtaking and it was so nice to finally get a chance to talk with her and see her designs up close! All of the pieces she presented during the show were immaculate and jaw-dropping; she is definitely going to be one to watch for during fashion week in October.

 

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Lillienne Lang in her own design.

Charmosa Swimwear is all about versatility, which is very refreshing in a world where luxury dominates over everything. The swimsuit that she showcased on her model (seen below in the picture) can be worn twelve different ways. That’s right, twelve different swimsuits for the price of one. Whether you make it a one-piece or reverse to a different color, you’ll never be able to say you “have nothing to wear” (well, to the beach at least).

Charmosa Swimwear's booth.

Charmosa Swimwear’s booth.

Along with hanging out with designers and meeting all sorts of fabulous people, I get to work with some of the kindest and funniest people in the business. The media team has turned into a little family and I’m so grateful that I get to work with people I’d actually hang out with as well!

Love my fellow fashion ambassadors. (Destanye, Danny, Jesse and yours truly)

My lovely fellow fashion ambassadors. (Destanye, Danny, Jesse and yours truly)

Our fab video team. Check out their work with Phoenix Fashion Week TV!

Our video team and fashion host, Hanna Tucker. Check out their work with Phoenix Fashion Week TV!


Overall, this event was my favorite one yet, just because it was so fun to really get to know each of the designers and find out what they are all about. They all draw their inspiration from such different places, like Misha Mendecino’s love for elephants or Schuylark’s Earth-friendly approach to fashion. I couldn’t be more excited to see what they are going show during Fashion Week this October! You won’t want to miss it, so snag your seats here before they’re all gone.

Calling all bloggers! Our next event is just for you, so if you would like info about attending, let me know!

An exciting day in the office

It was a super exciting day at 224 Apparel, because we spent our entire day shooting a new promotional video. I can’t give too much away, but this video is going to play a major part in one of the exciting projects that we are releasing soon! I’ve played with crop tops in the office before, but I figured I’d go with something a little different for this occasion.

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Denim top: LC Lauren Conrad

Tank: H&M

Skirt: Divaz Boutique

Watch: Charming Charlie

Jewelry: LC Lauren Conrad and Brandy Melville

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It’s all about the accessories.

I’ve been really into mixing silver and gold accessories lately, which was super out of my comfort zone, but I only have a silver watch so I decided to just go with it. After playing around with the combination, I decided it’s really not so scary, just make sure you don’t have a giant statement piece in both colors.

2014-08-08 11.38.41Considering I’m the laziest person in the world when it comes to getting ready, it’s a rare treat for me to curl my hair. It only takes me about 20 minutes, so I’m not sure why I’m so advert to curling it. My secret to loose, flowy curls is to brush that ish out. I know it seems crazy to brush through all your hard work, but trust me, it will look a million times better.


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Ankle cut-outs: The peep toe’s cousin

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My favorite trend of this summer is hands down the booties and sandals with ankle cut-outs. You might have noticed them in my latest post, and they’re just so darn perfect I figured they deserved an entire post in their honor. My wonderful best friend bought me these bad boys for my birthday last month, and I couldn’t be more obsessed. The ankle cut-out makes even the most average bootie an attention-grabber. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Clockwise from top left: Halogen, Jeffrey Campbell, Carvela Kurt Geiger, Jeffrey Campbell (created via Polyvore)

 My favorite part about these shoes? You can wear them literally anywhere and with anything. Skinny jeans and button up? You’re ready to go to work. High-waisted shorts and a kimono? You’re ready to go out. The possibilities are endless!


So get yourself to Nordstrom, pick up a pair and let me know how you style them. Tweet at me or comment away on here.

 

Crop tops in the office: It’s a thing

In my opinion, crop tops are never going out of style. They’ve not only become a staple in every girl’s summer wardrobe, but they’ve moved on up to the professional scene. Granted, if you’re working in a corporate office or law firm, you probably don’t want to show up wearing a half-shirt. As for the rest of you… Want to know the secret to wearing a crop top at work?

HIGH-WAISTED ANYTHING

If it rises an inch above your belly button, without your cheeks hanging out, you are good to go. I’m going to show you two different ways to rock  a crop top in the office; one is a little more casual Friday, but the other you could definitely get away with in front of even the most traditional clients.

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Although there is a tiny sliver of skin showing, the length of the skirt and the complete lack of cleavage make the crop top totally office appropriate. If this is still a little bold for you, opt for a cropped sweater instead, that way your arms are totally covered as well, but considering I live in Arizona, I’m all about this sleeveless beauty from H&M. I have the cutest outfit featuring the cropped sweater I just bought from Urban, so look out for that once it cools down (even though that will be in like six months here, so sorry for getting you excited so early).

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This boxy chiffon top (also from H&M) is the perfect way to incorporate a crop top into a more professional look. The loose fit and high neckline make this shirt sophisticated and office-appropriate. Class up the look even more with a pair of harem pants or wide-leg trousers (if you’re feeling daring) and a pointy-toed pump, and you’re ready to conquer those scary, pantsuit-wearing office executives.


 What are your thoughts about crop tops in the office? Tweet at me or comment below with your opinion!

Phoenix Fashion Week- Top 40 Model Announcement

Last Thursday, Phoenix Fashion Week finally revealed the 43 models that will be competing for Model of the Year this fall. Originally, we had only intended to take 40 models, but with the out pour of talent, we accepted three more. They walked in front of more than 200 guests and buzzing media personnel, all excited for the top 43 to finally go public. Despite a little glitch with graphics during the model walk, the event was the best yet.

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Photo Credit: Cienna Fernandez

The fashion week team turned INTL night club in Scottsdale into runway show. I showed up at 5:30, but I’m assuming the incredibly hard-working operations team had to get there around 4:00. The set up was amazing and INTL served as the perfect venue. The designers sat in the front row, along with some other notable attendees like Miss Arizona USA Jordan Wessel.

2014-07-10 19.13.31As a member of the media team, one of my biggest tasks for the night was to track down the best dressed attendees and take some pictures of them. We hosted a street style contest, where the winner received an ever so coveted swag bag. I spotted blogger Katlynn from The Blonde With Hips wearing Missguided and knew I found my winner. Her all-over snakeskin print was flawless and daring at the same time, and I’m mildly obsessed with it.

Photo credit: Lauren Pfingstag

Photo credit: Lauren Pfingstag

After all the madness of chasing down fashionistas and directing guests, media and designers alike around the event, we finally got to see the top 43! There will be five model challenges that will factor into who wins Model of the Year this fall, the first being a head shot challenge. Models Nico and Sammy took home the award for this round, but Model of the Year is still anyone’s game. Look out for our next event, Shop the Garment District, on August 8th.


 Overall, the event was my favorite so far. I’m excited to see how these models progress and can’t wait to see who wins the next challenge. Follow me on Twitter for more updates about Phoenix Fashion Week.

It’s not work if you love it

I’m so sorry for the lack of posts these past few days! With my birthday week (yes, I make my birthday a week-long event) and all of my other life distractions, I’ve had some serious posting negligence. But don’t worry, ya girl is back.

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Throwin’ what we know with my lovely co-workers.

I just recently started my internship with 224 Apparel and I’m already loving it. For those unaware, 224 is a custom apparel company who makes literally anything your heart could desire, but they have their largest market within the Greek apparel industry.

We are launching so many exciting new projects that I wish I could tell you about, but it’s all top secret. Our newsletter was the first was of these new ventures, which features all of the styles and trends that we are super into at 224 for the month. Check it out below, and definitely make sure to subscribe on our Facebook page if you like what you see :)

june newsletterI think my favorite part about working at 224 is that I get to hang out with awesome girls from all over the Greek community. The new projects that we are working on are probably going to be the coolest thing you’ve ever seen, so it’s killing me not to spill the beans. Check back soon to stay updated with the most exciting 224 news.

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You won’t believe it’s not Lululemon

Workout clothing has become a sort of status symbol in today’s society. God forbid you walk into spin or yoga class wearing anything except for Lululemon or Nike. As much as I love both of these brands, I only buy them on very specific occasions. 1. I have a gift card. 2. I found an insane deal. Unfortunately, both of these events rarely occur in this cruel world we live in. So I found an alternative.

created via Polyvore.com

created via Polyvore.com

One of these shirts cost $10 and came from Kohl’s. The other shirt is the No Limits Lululemon tank that’ll cost you aroud $50. Maybe it’s just me, but judging the from the picture above, these two shirts look exactly the same. I’m not even going to tell you which one is which, because they are the exact same shirt, except for the tiny little Lululemon emblem on the back of one of them.

Do yourself a favor and spend a 1/5 of the amount of money on your next workout top. Now go focus on your actual workout rather than what you’re wearing.

Phoenix Fashion Week: Emerging Designer Announcement 2014

Sorry about the late post, I’ve been pretty busy with more interviews and work the past few days! The emerging designers for 2014 Phoenix Fashion Week were announced Friday night. They all showed one piece from the collections that they will be showing this fall. It so much fun working this event (take a peek at my outfit here) and I’m more than excited to see what the designers come up with this fall after going through boot camp.

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The Jacqueline Nicole look was amazing, I want to wear it right now.

The 14 Emerging Designers are:

State Forty Eight (Phoenix)

Woman’s Touch Apparel (Phoenix)

Schuylark Design (New York City)

Adoire by Saba (Phoenix)

RAYAN (Los Angeles)

Jacqueline Nicole (St. Louis)

POINT&HUE (Provo)

L I L L I E N N E Lang (Phoenix)

Atiz (Seattle)

Misha Mendicino Designs (Phoenix)

Kismit (Phoenix)

Hues of Ego (Phoenix)

Charmosa Swimwear (San Francisco)

Blackberry Maverick (Colorado Springs, hollaaaa)

Here are the 14 first looks.

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Left to right: Kismit, Jaqueline Nicole, Charmosa Swimwear, Blackberry Maverick, Atiz, Hues of Ego

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Left to right: Lilliene Lang, Misha Mendicino Designs, Point & Hue, Rayan, Adoire by Saba, Schuylark, State Forty Eight, Woman’s Touch Apparel

Check out a video of all the looks here.

This Saturday, June 21st, is the our annual Model of the Year Search. Make sure to come by and strut your stuff if you want to be a model in this year’s fashion week. Email me or comment if you would like more details about participating.