Neutral Monochromatics

Forever 21 Vest | Free People Voile Trapeze Dress | Frye Jane Trapunto Boots

Happy Friday everyone! I love a good black monochromatic look, so I decided to put a spin on my usual all black outfit and give a shout out to my other fave, the neutral palette. I picked up the Free People Trapeze Dress almost a year ago now and I absolutely love how versatile it is. I can wear it during a heat wave as a lovely slip, or I can layer a thermal over it for Fall temperatures like I did in NYC. Come winter I can pull on some leggings, layer a flannel over the dress and pile on a thermal and vest to keep myself warm in the mountains. It’s the perfect boho piece for layering and comes in a plethora of colors… in case you didn’t get the hint I highly recommend it.

If you’re interested in some more monochromatic looks hop over to Long Distance Loving.

How to Wear Floral Print Pants…

Day 2 of our how to style floral print series brings us face to face with the coveted $14.95 H&M trousers. These pants scream Spring has arrived, and if you’re not ready to mix in a bold print or bright color, this how to is perfect for you. A lot of times my friends will say, “oh Bettina, only you can pull that off,” but I always disagree with them. I’m a big believer that we can all rock any trend, we just have to style the look within our own comfort zone. Today’s how to includes mixing in a white button up, neutral heels and some bold accessories. Keep scrolling to see how it’s done!

The Look… Pants: H&M // White Button-up: Madewell (old) // Shoes: Sam Edelman //  Jewelry: Jessica Simpson, J.Crew, F21 & Michael Kors // Purse: The Cambridge Satchel Company

*I apologize for the sub-par photos today, lighting, time and angles all played a role.

The WEEKEND Purchase Old Navy Boots

Anthropologie Necklace, Splendid Top, DVF Embossed Bag, TEXTILE Elizabeth and James Jacket, Current/Elliot Striped Skinny Jeans, Spiked Bracelet, Beaded Bracelet, Old Navy Boots

The Old Navy Boots. So, I know I was supposed to refrain from making any purchases until Feb 1st, but I ran into these boots on sale and I just couldn’t help myself. I made it until the 23rd (a record for me), not exactly Feb 1st – but I had been wanting boots like these and I knew I’d wear them ASAP and tons of times. I already wore them for the rest of the day, so it was a win!

I picked these up in the store for $35, and normally if I’m buying boots I really like for them to be leather, but these were structured exactly how I envisioned my next pair of boots being so it was hard to resist trying them on. The stacked heel, color and height of the shoe really drew me in and when I felt how light and soft the shoe felt when it was on I knew it was a match made in heaven.

What I liked…

Canvas Lining
Stacked Rubber Heel
Shaft is approximately 10″ high
Heel is approximately 3″ high

I have already envisioned all sorts of outfits I’ll be able to wear them with now, in the Spring and Summer! So excited about these, I’m sure you’ll see them in action in a post very, very soon!

Anthropologie Anorak, Free People Bella Donna Dress, Drop Necklace, Stackable Monogram Ring, Z & L Marrakesh Crossbody Bag, Old Navy Boots

Can’t Wait To Wear STRIPES Edition

Proenza Schouler – via Fashionsquad.com

Image via Inslee

Image via tuckedstyle.com

Lately I’ve been dreaming of Spring and I cannot wait to start wearing some fun colored stripes! I recently ordered the OldNavy striped tee below and I think that started my need to wear stripes now mentality. While looking for looks, I stumbled upon the sketch above on Pinterest and immediately loved all the work of Inslee, make sure you check out her sketches. Here are some of my most favorite horizontal and vertical stripes! What are you lovelies looking forward to wearing this Spring?

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The Books I’m Loving

Martha’s Entertaining/My Favourite Dress/50 Modern Artists You Should Know/                   I Love Your Style/Style A to ZOE

For todays post I thought it would be fun to share some books that I’m currently reading and coveting. Each of these has inspired my style in some shape or form. My recent fashion, design and artistic tastes have been influenced by the words and images in each of these books.

Martha’s Entertaining - As usual, Martha does not disappointment, and with every set of tools she provides to host a wonderful soiree, she includes a beautiful set of photos. These photos are so beautiful I swear I could flip through this book every day, and just stare at the beautifully and immaculately photographed parties and gatherings.

My Favourite Dress - 150 of the most iconic designers and fabulous celebrities are asked to select their very most favourite dress. And, as you can imagine, this book is just a feast for your eyes. With each page you turn, it seems as if the dresses become more stunning than the one before it.

50 Modern Artists You Should Know - CK is an art aficionado and she is particularly attracted to the work of modern artists, so I figured I needed to brush up on my knowledge. This book does a great job of breaking down some of the most relevant artists and touches on the different eras of modern art, to provide an extensive wealth of knowledge.

I Love Your Style - Amanda Brooks hits it spot on with this wonderful exploration of prolific styles. You end up reading it and see so much of yourself in the words and images, and in the end feel such clarity on your own personal style. No wonder this gal is the fashion director at Barney’s.

Style A To ZOE - If you love Rachel Zoe, you will absolutely love this book. In typical Zoe fashion, she provides tips and tricks to making sure you lead the most glamorous and stylish life possible. Her commentary and classic vocab make you feel like RZ is sitting right next to you, teaching you how to look and feel incredibly glamorous 24/7.