Love & Lace

The important things in life.

Month: February, 2017

All the feels.

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We’re all guilty of it. There is one thing that is always overlooked. But is can make (or break) an outfit: texture.

It really is an easy thing to forget about. Colors and patterns catch our eyes, especially in the world of online shopping. Webpage after webpage, click after click, the garments’ 2D look is all we see. But being able to see the surface, to FEEL is entirely different.

This is why I prefer in-store shopping. A rule of mine is to never buy anything without trying it on. With the lack of sizing standards and style variations, you never know how something is going to fit, look, or feel.

Today I mixed faux leather leggings and suede wedges – of  course I got deals on these wardrobe staples. I kept my whole outfit black so the simplicity would not take away from the impact of contrasting textures. Forever 21 is never short of faux leather. Extra points if you find a sale rack. Black suede wedges are one of my favorite accessories. They are comfortable (which is a big deal in NYC), cute, and affordable. Their neutrality makes them a great addition to any outfit. The shoes pictured I picked up at Macy’s for about $40, but a basic, budget-friendly pair like these could be found nearly anywhere.

Even though this fashion rule isn’t as familiar as it should be, it is nonetheless important. Just remember to combine simple staples with fashionable fabrics – an easy formula to elevate your outfit.

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We are what we wear.

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Well, I am back from my hiatus – hopefully. It’s been a long month and a half of starting a new job and moving in with the boyfriend. But now that I am semi-settled, with a glass of wine in my hand, I feel it’s time I got back to blogging.

Which brings me to this post: we are what we wear. Our style is impacted by our emotions, values, traditions, likes/dislikes, insecurities, etc. It reflects our personality, our creativity.

My favorite part about fashion is the ability to express myself. And in this moment, I feel strength. The past 60 days have been a trial of my strength, patience, and problem solving skills. Although it’s been tough and nothing I have ever experienced, this is only going to make me stronger – and this is a lesson for everyone. Just remember, no matter how hard it gets, you can do it.

Back to my #ootd, this all came about when I fell in love with BaubleBar’s Supernova Choker & Bib Set. I’ve been fighting myself on buying it, because as I’ve mentioned previously, I am a bargain shopper. But the price really turned me off and had me waiting for a sale. Of course this is when I stumbled upon a statement necklace in Forever 21. And you know what, I couldn’t not scoop this up!

So I paired this piece of armor with a gray sweater, high-waisted skater skirt, and bright pink lips. Don’t worry, I wore knitted stockings as it was below freezing today. (Have I told you how much I hate winter?)

What I’m trying to say is, even if our thought process doesn’t directly tell us what feeling goes with what outfit, it is a subconscious pairing. And today, I’m strong. What does your outfit say about you?

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