Happy Monday ♥ I am definitely having a case of the Monday Blues today…I spent this past weekend in Palm Springs to kick off my birthday week (I can’t believe I am turning 25 on Friday…a quarter of a century old…it’s all down hill from here right? :p) JK…have to look at the bright side, with older age comes wisdom, better style + class and elegance that takes years to achieve.
Anyways…while I am still 24, I love to sport casual cozy looks like this one with my winter signature essentials…a blanket scarf + OTK boots! I love when comfort + style intersect and with these boots and this scarf, that’s exactly what happens!
Don’t you just love when sunshine is beaming down on you and you are warm and toasty in your outfit? I sure do!
Winter in LA is definitely not nearly as bad as winter in NYC. While in NYC the snow falling looks like something out of a movie, the freezing temps are not something I am about haha That’s why being back in LA makes me one happy gal. One thing I do miss about NYC however is being able to appropriately dress in winter clothes without looking like a looney toon in LA :p
I don’t know about you, but the more pops of color I can add to any look the better! I can’t get enough of my favorite hue – cobalt blue. From cobalt blue pumps, to a cobalt blue bag to this cobalt blue coat…I may or may not have a slight obsession with this bold color?
In LA, I never get to wear heavy winter coats or cozy plaid scarves…which in a way is good for me since I am 24 going on 60 with how quickly I get overheated haha but I do miss it. I love being matchy matchy! Since cobalt blue is such a bold color, I usually pair blue with white to keep things simple and not too over the top.
What’s great about these bold blue pieces + white ones is that separately they can all be mixed and matched to create multiple looks!
Cobalt blue accessories + shoes are great for work or play. I love wearing them to the office to add ‘Pops Of Color‘ to my everyday look and bring some life back into the work place 😉 Because hey why not right?
Nothing says I am ready for date night quite like a LBD ♥ Although I am currently single, one of the only things I enjoy about dating is being able to get dressed up for a nice night out. Whether it is dinner at the newest LA hotspot or heading to a comedy show or concert, I tend to dress for success haha :p What can I say, I am a girly girl through and through 😉
Wearing a Little Black Dress has been my go to for every special occasion (big or small) since it is just timeless + classic. You can never go wrong with a great LBD and then just add a blazer, a moto or denim jacket or a cardigan to dress the look up or down – one key piece with the ability to be styled multiple ways…what gets better than that?
I actually found this floral cardigan for only $10 at Burlington (it’s Philosophy and I was pretty stunned / thrilled when I found i on the clearance rack). When you aren’t sure of where your date may be or even if you will be heading out after work, I like to layer a cardigan with a little black dress so the ensemble is classy but not overly dressy and leaves a little room for a casual feel as well (just pick shoes to best match your mood of course :p).
This pairing is somewhat in between ‘dressy‘ and ‘casual‘ making it a great look to replicate with just a few signature pieces you will want to mix + match within your wardrobe for the rest of 2017!
The lighting is a little off in these shots because I made the mistake of venturing out to shoot during the day…bad idea haha Now I know why although it is a pain in the you know what, it is well worth it to wake up at 5am to shoot first thing in the morning before the sun is too bright 😉 #TheStruggleIsReal If you ever thought blogging was a walk in the park, let me be the first to tell ya…it’s not :p
Despite the lighting, the look itself is on point…
I can’t honestly remember where I purchased this dress but I found a few similar options below along with two cardigan options since mine was a stroke of luck clearance find that I haven’t been able to track down online anywhere else.
All options are budget friendly at under $50!
I kept my shoes + bag classic black and simple as well – you can never go wrong with the basics 😉
Happy Monday + Happy Martin Luther King Day! I have been a little swamped catching up with work, shooting new content + then took a little trip to Palm Springs with my bestie who I haven’t seen in foreverrr…when I say forever I actually mean forever – 5 months, no biggie, guess that’s what happens when you are adults who have demanding careers with a lot of travel haha :p Anyways, before I left for my most recent trip, I was visiting my family in NY for the holidays where I of course headed into my old stomping grounds…NYC!! Oh how I missed the Big Apple…until I went over to the west side to shoot some cityscape pictures + nearly froze to death…I became a bit of a wuss when it comes to the cold – does this mean I am officially a ‘valley girl‘? haha 😉
While I was in the city I of course had to shoot some new looks — gotta get those NYC scenes in, no yellow taxi cabs in LA…Just plenty of traffic filled with Ubers :p
I got this floral bomber jacket from She In right before I left and I have pretty much made it a staple in my wardrobe ever since. Whether you dress it up for a night out with skinny jeans + pumps or keep it casual with leggings + some sweet kicks, this jacket is going to become your newest obsession…trust me.
Fun Fact: I had to practically walk in traffic to get these shots in the middle of the day in Soho…Lydia (my fav NY based photographer) is quite the trooper…let me tell ya haha 😉
Luckily I was comfortable when shooting because I am sporting Slink Jeans. They are purposely designed for gals that are curvy and want a pair of jeans that will hug every curve in a chic way. The pair I am wearing is a legging like material and they are comfy enough to spend the entire day in without feeling like your jeans are digging in to you. Slink Jeans are just easy…they fit perfectly and let me feel confident no matter what I style them with ♥
I still have a soft spot for white pointed toe pumps (while I wear these babies for pictures and they are slightly big on me, I find nothing more chic than white pumps year round)! I am contemplating investing in a pair of white Manolo’s…very Carrie Bradshaw esq…stay tuned 😉
Bye Bye 2016 ? 2017 is just hours away…we had a crazy year! From the world of politics to the fashion industry to entertainment, 2016 has came + went with a whirlwind of happenings…but one thing that has been steadfast throughout is my love of fashion + mixing & matching high end with low end to create chic looks for anytime wear! No matter what happens in the world, I will sure as h*ll will try to look stylish while handling it haha 😉
This year has been filled with some of my favorite looks + moments. I have been blogging for a few years now, but this year I feel like I have truly come into my own. I have found my aesthetic when it comes to photography, style + writing AND I have really found my stride when it comes to my career. No matter how many times life has tried to knock me down, I have gotten back up with grace + plenty of style ♥ 2016 has been the year of becoming a strong, independent woman and I couldn’t be happier with where I am in life than I am right now.
Now to recap some of my favorite blog moments (and a few flashbacks) from 2016! I used the Top 9 of 2016 generator to come up my top ‘liked‘ + ‘commented‘ posts on Instagram (so a few of them are 2015 flashbacks from TBT or FBF) but surprisingly enough, most of them are recent fall + winter wear posts! Lovin’ it ♥
I LOVE this bell sleeve velvet dress. It is so cozy + is great to dance the night away in (plus being able to wear any kind of bra etc is amazing – drives me crazy when I have to worry about having a wardrobe malfunction when out + about hehe) :p
This classic Daniel Wellington watch is perfect for any occasion (plus with an extra 15% off using code ‘MISSY15‘ who wouldn’t want to kick off the New Year in style with a New Watch :p)!
My X-Ring has been a piece I have worn for years now (everyone thinks it’s real diamonds + gold, but surprise…it’s only $25 from Amazon)!!
I am back in NY to spend the holidays with my family…so that means cuddling up with the cutest dogs ever (we have two King Charles Cavaliers – follow along on Insta Stories to totally melt – @MissyOnMadison) + plenty of arguing / ball busting…yea my family isn’t the warm and fuzzy kind…much more of the love/hate kind haha Nonetheless, it’s always nice to be back to be home + in a ‘New York State of Mind‘. Before I left for NYC, I headed to Pasadena to shoot this festive holiday look (because seriously, how great is this Christmas tree they have at City Hall?! Kinda amazing!)
I am all about dressing festive for the Holidays…but also comfortably! When I found this green velvet dress from Zaful, I fell in LOVE! It is the perfect dress to slip into no matter what your holiday plans are and the velvet fabric makes it soft to the touch + comfy enough to spend the whole night in!
I clearly have a thing for mixing materials! I am definitely into velvet this season, but I will always be a fan of faux fur as well. These faux fur heels are the perfect combination of sexy + sweet. They add a little festive fun to any look (not to mention they do double as a sexy little pair to wear for date night :p hehe) Gotta love when one pair of heels serve multiple purposes!
It also comes with a cross body strap for those nights you don’t want to hold a clutch all night long 😉
Daniel Wellington has been popping up all over Instagram so when they asked if I would like to try one of their watches out I figured ‘hey, why not :p‘. Their watches are amazing! Classic, chic + they match with everything perfectly!