Stylish Sundays: Avant Garde

Avant Garde (From the French for Advance Guard) new and unusual or experimental ideas, especially in the arts, or the people introducing them.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Avant Garde

Sweater: PacSun Trousers: H&M Shoes: Old Navy

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Avant Garde

Personally, I have always been a fan of pairing things in different ways from how you normally would. I’ve worn these pants with a graphic tee before and I loved it, but never did it again for some reason. I just started sticking to wearing them with a plain top because it was the easiest for me. However, by happy accident these two articles of clothing ended up hanging next to each other in my closet somehow and I thought they’d look cute.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Avant Garde

I paired those two pieces with my cranberry ankle booties from Old Navy because I’m obsessed with ankle booties right now.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Avant Garde

On My Face: Nars Sheer Glow In Siberia, Nars Deep Throat Blush, Marc Jacobs The Lolita Palette, Makeup Forever Smokey Extravagant Mascara, Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner, Caudalie Lip Conditioner.

Hair: French Braided on one side and then hair twisted over and pinned to hide the end of the braid.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Avant Garde

Nails: Sally Hansen Vampire Kisses Nail Strips.

Quick Review, these are really only good for Halloween night only, or if you only want to wear them for a weekend. These aren’t the 10 day nail strips. These nail strips come off if you soak your nails in hot water, so if you shower, or wash your hands in hot water they will come off. You can stick them back on with a bit of base coat, but they don’t last long and aren’t worth the money in my opinion. Get the 10 day nail strips instead.

 

 

 

Stylish Sundays: Dark side

This outfit kinda happened by accident. I did not intend to wear all black two weeks in a row. Especially not after I just did a post for CGC Daily on Tricks For Wearing All Black. But sometimes your dark side just slips through. That said I love this outfit, and will be wearing it or some variation of it again.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Dark side

Top: Ann Taylor Loft, Jacket: Nordstrom, Skirt: The Limited, Tights: Hue, Boots: Rebel Taos Moto Boots, Necklace: Gift, Nails: Lancome Flirty Red

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Dark side

I felt amazing in this outfit. Most of the time I like what I’m wearing, but I wouldn’t say I loved it. This I loved. I realized I hadn’t worn this skirt since Valentine’s Day.  So I pulled it out and at the same time spotted my Rebels Taos Moto boots in the bottom of my closet and decided I wanted to wear those too. So then it became a game of how can I make this work? I just tried on random things until I was happy with the result.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Dark side

I’ve had these boots for years now, and I love them. If you have them I do recommend insoles in them because until I put in the Dr. Schols for her for heels insoles they were really painful, but now they’re the most comfortable shoes I have to walk in.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Dark side

On My Face: Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, Marc Jacobs The Lolita Palette, Nars Deep Throat, Makeup Forever Smokey Extravagant Mascara, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter, Hourglass Liquid Rouge Rose, Covergirl Glossy Balm in Berry, Victoria’s Secret Lipgloss in Violet Femme.

If you’re wondering where today’s title comes from, it’s from Tim Minchin’s Dark Side. I’m a bit obsessed with him lately. What have you been obsessed with lately?

 

Warby Parker Fall Collection

Warby Parker released their Fall Collection this week, and it’s gorgeous! If you don’t know, Warby Parker is an Eyewear company that has 4 locations in the U.S., but they’re famous for their at home try-on service.  You choose 5 pairs, Warby Parker sends them to you for free and you keep them for 5 days to try them out. Then at the end of 5 days you send them back and if you loved any of the pairs you order it. If not then you can do another trial with 5 different pairs.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection

But that isn’t the best part about Warby Parker. Nope, not at all. The best part is that for ever pair of glasses sold they donate a pair through their non-profit partners. And that’s what has me so excited about them. You guys know by now how giddy socially conscience companies make me. I adore their company history. And the fact that they named their company after two literary characters.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection

From Warby Parker – “Personality is what makes a good pair of glasses great. Our Fall Collection is for those who own their style, exercise their wit, and add life to the party.”

Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection  They’ve introduced 9 new shapes, updated 3 acetate frames with titanium temples and created 3 styles in crystal. With a few angular styles and 2 new hues : Striped Pacific and Petal Tortoise, there is something for everyone, and none of them are boring.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection

In honor of Warby Parker’s Home Try-on Service, I thought I’d highlight my 5 favorite pairs.

The Annette in Petal Tortoise:

Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection

The Chandler Ti in Striped Pacific:

Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection

The Durand in Saddle Russet:

Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection

Shown in Whiskey Tortoise

The Crane Ti in Newsprint Grey: Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection

and Greenleaf in Woodgrain Tortoise: Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection

I have actually ordered their 5 day, 5 pairs trial service and when they arrive I’ll post pictures for everyone to vote on.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection

I’m completely in love with this collection and it’s definitely not boring. I know most people prefer to wear contacts, but I’ve always rued the fact that I only need my glasses for reading. I can’t wait until my 5 day trial gets here.

 

 

#MyCosmoStyle

The beauty of Las Vegas is that there is something for everyone, and The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas has something for everyone. So even though I left my partying behind in my early twenties, there’s still plenty of amazing things to be done there. They have everything from a Casino, to shopping, to Lounges, P3 Studio, a couple pools and quite a few options for dining.

For the #MyCosmoStyle challenge I’ve decided to show you some fictional outfits that I would wear if I were staying at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Were I going to Vegas I know I’d definitely want to visit the P3 Studio, where you have the choice to be a fly on the wall at an artist’s studio, or you can get in on the fun yourself. But first I’d definitely need to have some brunch at The Wicked Spoon Buffet, because how awesome is that name? To dress appropriately for both activities I’d go for something like this.

Fashion and Happy Things!   #MyCosmoStyle

The cranberry colored top from Topshop and skinny jeans from H&M are definitely on trend for autumn, but the lace on the top makes it interesting. I’d pair it with a quilted bag, simple arrow earrings, and ankle boots all from asos and a leaf ring from express . I’d top the whole outfit off with a floppy wool hat, because every since I cut my hair I feel like that style would really suit me. I absolutely love this outfit, it’s simple and interesting at the same time. And the real bonus is none of the pieces are constricting in anyway. I could easily see myself running all over Las Vegas in those ankle booties.

However, come night time I’m much more interested in looking good, rather than being completely comfortable. I know I’d definitely be heading out to dinner to somewhere like STK with it’s modern, trendy vibe. A restaurant that is already popular in New York, Maimi and LA definitely has to top my to try list. From there I’d be heading straight to Marquee where I would be searching for The Library. Because Books, Billiards, and a Bar?  That’s exactly my kind of place.

Fashion and Happy Things!   #MyCosmoStyle

I’d go for a leather look mini dress from Topshop and keep my hat and earrings from earlier, Mostly because by now I have hat hair. I’d switch the ring out for this simple chunky chain from Topshop and the quilted bag for this thin envelope bag from Asos. The smaller bag is super important, I don’t want a clutch that I might put down and loose, but I don’t want a bulky cross-body that will keep bumping into people. This bag has all the tininess of a clutch and the convenience of a cross-body. I’d finish the outfit with these cranberry colored Ankle Booties from Topshop that have chunky heels. This is the most important part of this outfit. First they’re gorgeous, secondly since they have chunky heels and are a bootie, not only will they be more comfortable, but they also will be much easier to dance and walk in.

I’m so obsessed with both of these outfits. What would you wear for a day or night out in Las Vegas?

 

 

 

Stylish Sundays: Found

I did a post recently called Finding Me, and I mentioned that I had made some changes to my blog. I feel like at some point I pushed myself aside and tried to simultaneously be me and mainstream. It didn’t work. Instead I felt like a hot mess and had a major existential crisis. I didn’t like who I was, how I was dressing, what I was reading and who I was turning myself into. I felt like I lost my edge. That little bit that made me feel like a bad ass when I got up in the morning. The bit of myself that made me want to get up in the morning.  I’m working hard to get that bit back. And soon I’ll be announcing something new.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Found

Top: Ann Taylor, Pants: H&M, Shoes: Asos, Necklace: Gift

This outfit feels like me

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Found

This was taken at the end of the day, and my makeup was absolutely wrecked.  But I’m wearing Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, Hourglass Blush, Marc Jacobs The Lolita Palette, Makeup Forever Smokey Extravagant Mascara, YSL Lip Gloss in Grenade Peptide.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Found

I adore this pen necklace. It’s amazing, and it works, which is even better.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Found

And this nail polish is definitely an amazing color for Autumn. It’s Lancome’s Flirty Red and it was from their Christmas Collection last year so I don’t think it’s available anymore, but it’s a gorgeous blackened red that makes me feel amazing.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Found

Which brings me to my shoes. I can’t even with how much I adore these shoes. I got them forever ago, and I adore them.

What do you do when you feel like you’ve lost your edge? Have you ever been through that?