Questionable Festival Fashion

April 13, 2014

The fashion world — and celebrities — have officially gone bonkers for boho-chic “festival fashion.” Case and point: what exactly is Selena Gomez (middle) wearing to Coachella? So. Much. Crochet.

Selena Gomez with Kendall and Kylie Jenner

With spring and summer music festivals around the corner, retailers have been jumping on the festival fashion bandwagon, hoping to offer us the perfect outfit for a breezy outdoor concert. According to an email blast I received last week, Lulu’s wants me to attend Coachella, the massive outdoor music festival, wearing this sexy maxi (gah, imagine the tan lines!) or this barely-there fringed cover up. Hmmm…

Lulu's Festival Fashion

ASOS has a whole section of their site dedicated to festival fashion. These fests are all about the music, but that doesn’t mean we should throw our sense of style out the window! This jean jacket. Just no. 

ASOS Denim Jacket with 'Save The Flowers' Print

And then there’s this jumpsuit. Nasty Gal thinks it’d be perfect Bonnaroo. Let’s ignore the wacky pattern for a minute and talk about practicality: how will I use a porta potty in that?!

Nasty Gal Indah Lattice Work Jumpsuit

My good friend Erin, a festival connoisseur, put it perfectly: “These marketers are crazy.” 

Spring and summer music festivals are a lot of things: they’re fun, laid back, relaxed. They’re also known for a few headaches including: unpredictable weather, lots of walking, and maybe even sleeping outdoors. Dressing for all of these factors is not quite as easy breezy as retailers or celebs are suggesting. (Google “Kate Bosworth Coachella” and you’ll see what I mean. Oh, to be a celebrity…)

Luckily, fashion is all about taking trends and making them work for you. I’m not headed to any major music festivals, but I’ve seen a few boho-chic pieces that I fully plan on rockin’ out in at a local festival or even just a backyard BBQ. Outdoor events call for cute, easy-to-wear, and practical pieces. No complicated jumpsuits allowed!

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[Top image: Kylie Jenner, Selena Gomez, and Kendall Jenner at Coachella. Photo via Refinery 29]

Wish List Wednesday: Laser Cut

April 9, 2014

It all started with this drool-worthy pair of heels:

Motif laser cut heels from BHLDN

SWOON. I mean, just look at those gorgeous delicate cut outs. I’ve never seen a more perfectly feminine and edgy heel. Unfortunately, women always want what we can’t have and these heels are out of my price range (ahem, almost $300).

Have no fear! The main reason I love these shoes is because of the unique laser cut design — and so I’ve used that as inspiration in finding a few more affordable laser cut pieces (that’s right, a laser created all these designs, pretty cool, right!?). Prepare to geek out over eight laser cut dresses, purses, shoes, and more on today’s Wish List Wednesday.

Jessica Simpson Sleeveless Belted Laser-Cut Dress

Jessica Simpson Sleeveless Belted Laser-Cut Dress ($128)

ModCloth Peach Gallete Top

ModCloth Peach Gallete Top ($39)

Clark's Amelia Avery Wedge from Nordstrom

Clark’s Amelia Avery Wedge ($119)

LOFT Laser Cut Tie Waist Dress

LOFT Laser Cut Tie Waist Dress ($79)

River Island Pink Lasercut Bag from ASOS

River Island Pink Lasercut Bag ($52)

River Island Laser Cut Bikini from ASOS

River Island Laser Cut Bikini ($55)

Sole Society Iris Bag

Sole Society Iris Bag ($59)

Ruche Ariel Laser Cut Leatherette Skirt

Ruche Ariel Laser Cut Leatherette Skirt ($44)

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The Best Commuting Shoes

April 3, 2014

The Best Commuting Shoes

To all the women out there who wear heels on your commute to work — navigating crowded Metro escalators and uneven sidewalks like soldiers — I salute you.

I, however, am not that girl. As much as I love a great heel, I reeeeeally love a great commuting shoe. You know, something easy to slip on that is comfortable/functional (don’t pinch my feet!) and cute (a step up from the black tights and white tennies look). It’s hard to find the holy grail of commuting shoes though, so allow me to do a little grunt work for you.

I present 11 comfortable and chic spring commuting shoes, for all my 9-5 ladies out there. (And to reader Amy, this post is for you! — hope you find something you like).

TOMS Alessandra Ballet Flat

TOMS Alessandra Ballet Flat ($83)

New Balance Well2Go 115 v2 Athletic Fla

New Balance Well2Go 115 v2 Athletic Flat ($54)

GAP Classic ballet flats

GAP Classic Ballet Flats ($39 – available in multiple colors)

Commuting Shoe: Adrienne Vittadini Muzi Sport Flat

Adrienne Vittadini Muzi Sport Flat ($49)

SoftWalk Napa Flat

SoftWalk Napa ($99 – available in multiple colors and the reviews are glowing!)

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sparkle Sneaker

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sparkle Sneaker ($44)

Dimmi Footwear Tend

Dimmi Footwear Tend ($59)

Commuting Shoes: Lucky Brand Emmie Flat

Lucky Brand Emmie Flat ($59)

TOMS Classic Strips Slip-On

TOMS Classic Strips Slip-On ($53)

Skechers Gratis TGIF Slip-On Sneaker

Sketchers Gratis TGIF Slip-On Sneaker ($54)

Reef Ginger 2-Pair Variety Pack

Reef Ginger 2-Pair Variety Pack  ($52 – when in doubt, Reefs are always a comfy choice!)

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