How to Utilize your Wardrobe for St.Patrick's Day

Hello, babes! I hope this blog post sees you well. This weekend is St.Patick’s day, what are you up to? Ricky & I are actually going away for a little rest & relaxation which will be super nice. But, some of you probably have way cooler plans like parades, bar crawls, 5k’s etc.

So, you want to dress for St.Paddy’s day but don’t want to buy something special or want to avoid getting pinched for not wearing green? Let’s face, it buying something cheesy to wear for one day can be fun but I would much rather save my $$ & wear something I already own. Below you will find FIVE different looks that are already in my closet, all of which incorporate green! Festive, cost efficient, & chic! What more could a girl want?

Look #1: These mottos leggings are so fun & edgy. I simply paired them with a black & white flannel accompanied by my faux leather jacket. Completing the look with a statement chain necklace & black booties.

Look #2: I brought out my olive maxi skirt which is super comfortable. This is outfitted with a stripe crop top, denim jacket, & scarf. Topping off the look with a fun hat!

Look #3: It’s going to be a whopping 41 degrees in my town on Sunday, maybe I’ll be able to show off a little ankle in this midi dress. This look is simple yet casual, completed with sneaks & a utility vest.

Look #4: I absolutely love this camo jacket! I literally wear it once a week. But I have paired it with a graphic tee, jeans, & wedges. If you have an Irish-esc tee-shirt it would be fun to put it underneath a jacket like so. Hoping the weather is warm enough where you are to wear open toes!

Look 5#: I am obsessed with my olive tencel overalls. They have become a staple in my wardrobe but these are also a great wear to show Irish pride in a fashionable way. Here I have them back to my espadrilles & an off the shoulder top but can easily go back to a graphic tee.

Well, beauties! I hope these 5 looks have given you inspiration to flip through your existing wardrobe to create a chic St.Patrick’s day look! It doesn’t have to scream “kiss me, I’m Irish” but it will definitely avoid you from getting pinched by some random stranger at the bar. Till next time!

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Shaking things up for Fall with Devi

Hi Fash-ology community! I'm so excited to write a feature for this amazing site and share my Fall Fashion Finds & Trends with all of you! A little about me, I'm a mom of 3 (humans) and 1 four legged golden doodle (trying to make it 2 but my husband isn’t really going for the 2nd puppy idea)  from Dallas, Texas. I try to keep my fashion finds mom & LIFE friendly, easy, and comfortable.

As women we are always running around, we are multi tasking machines, right?  We all have days when we just don't want to put in the effort to get dressed, because our minds are so overwhelmed with everything we have going on we just “don’t want to think about it.”  As a mom of 3, there have been plenty of days where I have left the house in my bun, sweatpants and POSSIBLY residual mascara from the day before (thats if I even put make up on.) I GET IT.  I still have those days, I really do.

As I’m getting closer to 40 (eek) I’m trying to challenge myself and change habits so I can leave them behind in the 30’s chapter of my life and enter my 40’s with a renewed sense of self. So, on those days when I’m standing in my closet thinking - “ I just don’t have the energy to think about what I’m going to wear….” I force myself to remember this:

It takes just as much time and energy to put on a pair of sweatpants as it does a pair of jeans.

So I’m here to tell you, it’s okay to have that sweat pant, bun and residual make up day - and I’m also here to share with you some wardrobe staples that are cute, on trend, comfortable, EASY ways to feel put together, and budget friendly. Yes…..ALL OF THAT.

Flare/bell bottom jeans - under $80

The first fall trend I’m excited about it the comeback of the flare leg/bell bottom jean! This cut INSTANTLY elongates your legs, this petite girl will take all the help I can get. For all my fellow curvy girls out there - because the style of the jean is “curvy” to begin with, I personally feel this style of jean is the most flattering for us. For reference I’m under 5’2” I ordered these jeans in a “Short” and still need to wear heels.

Both of these jeans are from the same retailer, the only difference between the two is the distressing on the pant leg and the hemline. If you want to wear these to work or be a little more “dressed up” - I would suggest no distressing.


“Not So basic” Basics - under $40

If you are anything like me, throwing on a simple tee shirt is an easy way to leave the house. This season I have been drawn to the “not so basic” basics. I love the t shirts or tops that have some added interest in them through asymmetrical hemlines, cut outs and if you follow me on Instagram you know that I CANT SAY NO to a knotted tee! I think these tops just added a little extra something to what would normally be a basic tee shirt and jean kind of look.

The Bralette - under $40

The newest trend in layering - the bralette. It seems like this was just a natural progression in trends as unusual and asymmetrical necklines became more common, right? Usually we see bralettes being layered under tank tops with the option to put a cardigan over to make the look more seasonal - but the designer in me loved the idea of  layering it under this “not so basic” basic.

Layering with a bralette is also a great way to add a pop of color to an outfit. Take any top or sweater you may have that has an interesting neckline or is a traditional “of the shoulder, throw a bralette under it and it’s a completely different look!

Rules, neutrals and FUN

If there is anything you have noticed from my pictures, I hope it’s that the STATEMENT EARRING is where it’s at this season. A great pair of statement earrings can transform ANY outfit. You can use your earrings to set the tone for your entire look by adding a contrasting color, mixing metals or wearing a classic hoop.

Many people associate this time of year with neutral and warm colors. While I agree, wearing neutrals is safe and sometimes the way an outfit comes together, I also want to let you know this is the year to wear leopard as a neutral! I’m showing this green dress as a example of a look that could have gone either way. It’s more classic with the neutral platform heels I’m wearing in the picture, but the look would instantly become more edgy (and comfortable) had I paired it with my leopard flats. I encourage you to mix leopard in with patterns and have some fun with it! Treat is like a solid, neutral color and your looks with immediately transform.

The last thing I want to discuss ladies….lets just throw out the first “rule" of fall clothing :

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“Don't wear white after Labor Day.”

Just NO. I know we were raised with this idea and habits are hard to break, but this one has GOT TO GO! If this rule was even a THING anymore…then why would my favorite shoe store be carrying this gorgeous WHITE fall bootie!?!?!? I see this and all the incredible white cardigans and jean and accessories  out there as a sign. We can and should wear white after labor day. And if anyone tells you that you are breaking an age old rule of fashion, just remind them that Coco Chanel broke it too.

These booties are perfect year round. Imagine them with a hot pink t shirt and jeans in the spring…..an off the shoulder sweatshirt and shirt for the fall and a pair of pleather leggings in the winter…..i could go on and on!

Bottom line - WEAR WHITE!!!!

Thank you again Fash-ology community for having me. I hope you found some inspiration in my words and looks!

XOXO,

Devi

@itsDevikaC

www.DeviCollective.com




Falling in Style with these 3 Transitional looks!

Hello, lovely! It is my last few days in the motherland & we are soaking up every bit! I am looking forward to getting back to you guys recharged & ready to serve you up some fashion goodness! Anyway I wanted to show you 3 of my favorite fall transitional looks & why I think they work.

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  1. Dress & Boots

    I feel like it doesn’t get any easier than a dress & boots to look instantly chic while trying to navigate through the seasons. This allows you to show a little leg but also stay mostly covered so you don’t freeze your buns off.

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2. Cropped & Cool

If you know me you know I hate pants so I definitely utilize maxi skirts all year round. I pair this one with a crop top, denim jacket, perforated booties, & a nice fall hat. The denim jacket I can wear on or off like the scarf. The crop top just shows off a tiny bit of skin. The knot at the maxi allows me to breathe along with the perforated booties!

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3. Sleeveless Sweater

The sleeveless sweater is underrated! I’m obsessed with this olive one. I paired it with my faux leather leggings, a scarf, & booties! The scarf is just the right weight to keep me warm if I get cold.

You probably noticed a trend here. Each look a little bit of skin is exposed. Not saying you need to expose your body for transitional style but it’s a balance. Spring/spring is all about bare legs & open toes. When fall comes we cover ourselves up. This transitional time can be difficult to determine what to wear. My rule of thumb is to have a balance! Give it a shot for yourself!

Well babes! I’ll be back in the states on 9/30! Talk soon!

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Holiday Outfit Inspo

Hello, beautiful & happy Friday! I hope this post sees you well! With Christmas this weekend I rounded up some of my past outfits to give you some inspiration if you are stuck on what to wear.

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Classic & Chic

This outfit is everything feminine & chic! I love this dress it is Nanette Lapore & actually a TJ Maxx find. I always love adding a pop of animal for some fun!

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Casual Christmas

I know not everyone loves to dress up for the holidays. Why not put on some jeans, put on a fun top, & add some faux fur!

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It's a Stud

Maybe you are a little bit edgy but want to keep it appropriate for your grandmother. Grab yourself a little number with a touch of studded detail.

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Deck the Halls with Leopard

Another way to pull off edge with your great Aunt Sally is to wear leather! No other marriage to me is better than leopard & faux leather!

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Tasteful in Tulle

One of my all time favorite holiday looks is this tulle skirt with the flannel! I think tulle is just fabulous for the holidays.

Well fash dolls I hope you got some holiday outfit inspo! Enjoy this time with your families.

Stay Sassy & God Bless!

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Seeing Color

Hello, beautiful! Happy Weekend! (insert happy dance) I hope you had a fabulous week. Before we get into this look I want to share a gift from me to you, a FREE month of Rocksbox ! Rocksbox is a monthly jewelry subscription, they send you 3 pieces each month. If you love them pay to keep them or if you aren't a fan & want to see other items send them back. They have so many fabulous designers including Kate Spade. Who doesn't love free stuff? Go to rocksbox.com  & use my code: FASHOLOGYXOXO to get your FREE month ($21 value). (Cancel after your free month if you don't like it) 

Alright now that you have your FREE gift let's get to why we are all gathered here today, fashion! Scroll down through the pictures & we'll break it down.  

I am literally obsessed with this dress. When I wear it people tell me that I remind them of the salsa dancing emoji LOL! I originally bought this dress for R & I's trip to Aruba (in 22 days) but I can't stop wearing it. Believe it or not I got it at Old Navy  AND it is on sale right now for ONLY $24.97 ! This dress has a lot of fun features from the trendy cold shoulder to the sassy ruffle not to mention the colorful print that makes a statement of its own. I love dresses for the instant outfit effect, it couldn't make dressing in the morning more simple. I topped off this look with my fun tassel earrings from my July's Rocksbox, a blue clutch, & a pair of wooden platform sandals. 

Well dolls I hope this look has given you some inspo for the remainder of the summer! Enjoy your FREE gift & make sure to stop by Old Navy. I hadn't shopped there in a long time but they look good for men & women! Anywho till next time fash dolls!

Stay Sassy & God Bless! 

P.S. I am looking for a social media marketing intern so if you know anyone please have them send me an email at gigi@fash-ology.com. This would be a for college credit position. Thanks in advance! 

Florals for Summer, Groundbreaking

Hello, beautiful! This is our social media marketing intern, Alex's last post. She has completed her 120 internship hours for Fisher College. She is headed into her senior year & is going to explore different facets of the fashion industry. She has been a HUGE help! Alex always has a positive attitude & is an excellent writer. Fashology is sad to see her go but so excited to see what her future holds. Good luck Alex! Take it away!

Hi Dolls! 

Hope you fabulous ladies are enjoying this beautiful weather! Summer has finally arrived and if you could not tell by the weather, you most definitely could from all the floral prints fluttering the streets! The typical floral look can get repetitive but with these new floral patterns, you can rock the trend as if it is brand new! Let us get to it, shall we? 

Floral patterns will always be a statement in the summer, whether it be on dresses, shorts, tops or even handbags! As the wise Miranda Priestly once said, "Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking." This year, the floral patterns are different from what we have previously seen year after year. The patterns have become more wild and bright and contrast off dark colors.

This dress I found at American Eagle and I absolutely love it! Not only was it a good price but it is also the perfect dress for summer! It has the floral pattern but it is more quiet and reserved. The dress is dark which helps the florals pop more. I love the way it flows and is not tight fitting so you will not have to worry about sweating in the summer heat! This is definitely a dress you can wear to lunch with the girls, on a casual date by the water, or even spice it up with some wedges like I did and wear it to a special event! 

Now I know what you are thinking, “florals, how original”. Check out the newest patterns and you will find that there are so many ways to spice up the original floral look. Contrast it with a dark colored dress like mine or make it pop with some fun, bright colors but whichever style you choose, make sure to work it girl (: 

Stay Sassy!cial media marketing intern, Alex's last post. She has completed her 120 internship hours for Fisher College. She is headed into her senior year & is going to explore different facets of the fashion

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Take the Plunge with a Bodysuit

Hello, beautiful! Happy Friday! Are you looking forward to the nice weather this weekend as much as I am?! Literally I feel like it has been raining for 40 days and 40 nights. At my day full time gig as an assistant buyer for Chadwicks of Boston we have been busy planning for spring/summer 2018 while wrapping up winter/holiday 2017 photo shoots. Anyway, let's get to this week's look.

This plunging top is actually a bodysuit! That's right it is one piece, every time I put it on it brings me back to ballet class. This bodysuit is from Tobi featuring a plunging v-neckline and a dolman sleeve. I love this piece because it is versatile, you could dress it up or dress it down. For this post I chose to dress it up with this skirt by Tribal. When I managed the boutique we sold this line, they have great quality items. The shoes (from DSW) sport a snake print giving this look a little pattern play.

This summer I plan on pairing this bodysuit with jean shorts for a more casual look. This is my first bodysuit since ballet in high school but I love it. This one even features snaps so it's easier to use the restroom. When wearing a plunging v-neckline I suggest wearing sticky boobs, like cups so the girls will stay in place.

Bodysuits are a trend worth getting into. Check more out on Tobi and get 50% off your first order! Well fash dolls, till next time.

Stay Sassy & God Bless!