Wednesday, August 20, 2014

INSPIRATION: Looks I Love (pt. 7)

This Time Tomorrow

Happily Grey

Bows and Sequins

Sincerely Jules


Since August is all about creative-office looks, my inspirations are drawing from work to drink dresses and dressed up denim. And with NYFW just around the corner, these inspirations definitely put me at ease in going from work to fashion show to after party. Well, maybe not one of those club after parties but at the same time people might be too drunk/tired to care. Now, excuse me as I find identical replicas of these ladies' outfits online. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Edit: Mod Dresses

I can not tell a lie, I am mad for mod. Thankfully, so are all these amazing designers. The '60s vibe is a great way to transition into fall. Wear these dresses with Chelsea boots and when the temps start to drop switch over to knee-highs, thigh-highs if you're adventurous. 

Which one is your fav?

Pay homage to our yesteryear's greatest hits with me!
Remember if you like any of the dresses shown above just click it for more info (price, store, etc.).

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hot Date Essentials

I try and treat everyday as if I were heading out on a hot date... and not just for my boo-thang, but for myself.

Hot Date Outfit Consists of - Shirt: Kersh  Shorts: Forever 21  Sunglasses: BeautyCon (similar here)  Denim Jacket: Topshop  
Bucket Bag: Zara  Bracelet: Capwell+Co  Heels: Chinese Laundry

Lately, the only time I have a few moments of solace before heading out in the crazy city I call home is in the am. And it is in that am, that I indulge myself and turn my tiny bathroom into a grand spa. Now, my boyfriend may hate the fragrant smell emanating from underneath the door, but that's probably because he doesn't know any better.

During that hour in my very own spa castle, I've been pampering myself with lots of C.O. Bigelow love. Being that C.O. Bigelow is one of the oldest apothecaries in the world, they're basically the experts on creating refined formulas that we've all come to love. Like their Rose Salve, who doesn't carry that lip balm in their bag or tried it at least once in their life. 

Some of their products that I consider hot date essentials, and they all smell oh-so-good, is their Not Your Ordinary Daily Shampoo + Conditioner, Lemon Sugar Body Scrub, Lemon Body Lotion, Rose Salve, and their Mentha Lip Shine. After having a session in my very own spa, I'm obviously ready to tackle the day. And if you feel your best, then you'll look your best cause you never know who'll run into in NYC. 

P.S. Click the links above for 15% off your purchase or follow click here for free shipping from C.O. Bigelow!

Photos by SJ of FashinNY.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Simple. Cool. Done.

Sometimes you just need a day at the beach, without warning. Get up and go without the fuss. 

Crop Top: Furor Moda  Skirt: Banana Republic (similar here)  Shoes: Birkenstock  Purse: Coach (similar here)  Denim Jacket: Zara

Simple and cool styles are the name of the game for those spontaneous moments. NYC's has been having a bipolar moment when it comes to weather so wearing a bikini can feel like a distant memory at times. Still, bikini or not, I am drawn to water and the tranquility. Not to exaggerate, but without my weekly beach trips I'd probably go bonkers.

So off we (my boyfriend and I went). We rode a few rides and he tested out a fisheye lens. The snaps came out great and thought I'd share our late afternoon trip to Coney Island. 

Photos by Victor Cerejo.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Double Take: Get Jessica Alba's Look

I will always have a special place in my heart for Jessica Alba and her chameleon-like style. She's always switching it up, going from casual to diva. She tends to mix highs and lows, as in price, as in some of the things she wears I can buy and pretend I'm her for a day. Not only that, this hot mama is part Mexican which makes me love her even more. This look from Alba, is perfect as we transition to fall and a great look for a causal office setting. My favorite part about this look, the UNDER $50 army jacket she's been toting around everywhere (added to my cart by the way).

Get the look: BB Dakota Monrovia Jacket - The Sak Indio Large Tote - Dansko Frida Wedges - Forever 21 Sunglasses - Topshop Crop Tee - River Island Floral Midi Skirt

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Blogging Basics 101: Favorite Instagram Apps

Image from Alîvio Imediato

The amount of Instagram accounts I manage on the daily is a sure fire way to getting things that rhyme with harper tunnel. But, I'm doing everything in my power to avoid that so let's hope for the best shall we. This month's 101 I'd figure, why not delve into something we're all familiar with: Instagram! 

I'm a huge fan of the app and love all the incredible visuals some users are able to capture. It's also a great, easy and fast way for some of us to show off our #ootd's and let readers know when and if a new blog post is up. I could go on and on about why everyone and their mom should be on Instagram (especially bloggers), but if I did that we'd be here all night. Instead let's focus on creating vibrant visuals, a great way to engage with new readers and keep your stream full of "I" Candy hehe. 

1. VSCOCam - all time favorite app
This app has it all: filters, great features to tune up your photo, and user friendly. And every so often they tend to release new filters, which make my little heart explode. Best of all, it's free to download. Click here for a tutorial. The majority of my photos are edited on VSCO and then uploaded from there. 

Not free, but worth the .99 cents. Afterlight has these amazing Polaroid frames + "light leaks" to add to your Insta-images. It gives them that rustic analog feel, which I dig from time to time. Also, lots of filters and you're able to be a little more specific when tuning up an image. Here's a tutorial for that.

This app is from google, and I use it predominately for our jewelry and makeup brands (insider secrets right here). Sometimes the best images are those that bright, a bit saturated with color somewhere, and are clear. Snapseed preforms all these functions with flying colors, which is why it'll forever remain on my iPhone. If this is the first time you'll be working with photo apps, outside of Instagram, I recommend you start with Snapseed and then work your way up to Afterlight and then VSCO. Here's a tutorial to get you started.

Also, no blurry photos unless that's what you're going for. AND, natural light triumphs flash anytime, but you probably already knew that. 

I'd hate to admit, but this is only 3 of the 12 photo apps that are currently on my phone... Call me crazy! 

And since we're on the topic of amazing Instagrams, here are users who I feel that always deliver:

As always you can find me at @thestyleboro :) Leave your Instagram handle in the comments and I'll be stop by your account too! 

For last month's 101 check it out here.

If there's a topic you'd like me to cover next please send me an email!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Life is Good

Fashion with a cause and feel good mantras, can keep anyone in good spirits from 7am to 7pm. 

Shirt: c/o Life is Good  Boyfriend ShortsZara  Shoes: Old but Love These!  Purse: c/o The Sak (and on sale here)
Denim Jacket: Zara  Sunglasses: Ray-Bans  Body Glow: Nars Body Glow

Sometimes a simple tee can do wonders for the soul, and remind you that no matter what be grateful for what you have. And yes, be grateful for the broken camera and blurry images because, at least you have a fancy-pants camera. For those of you searching for an outlet to express your inner peace and give back to the community check out Life is Good. Every year, they give 10% of their net profits to help kids in need - now that's pretty awesome.

Still keeping up with creative office challenge, although this look is more of a Summer Friday ensemble. The denim shorts, make the look casual enough to hit the town after a long work week (wine please!!), but the wedges scream #girlboss through and through.

To shop feel good fashions, visit Life Is Good.

Photos by Victor Cerejo.

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