Summer Layering

In today’s video blog I am talking about summer layering. Layering is typically reserved for the fall and winter months, but with a few simple tricks you can work it into your wardrobe all year long. When it comes to layering, there are some fundamental guidelines to follow; regardless of the season, the following strategies will help you layer like a pro.

1. Start off with a neutral basic, whether it’s a tank top or dress this base piece of clothing will set the stage for the rest of your look.

2. I like to follow up with a light layer over the top; an airy blouse with or without sleeves is great for the summer months.

3. If you’re dressing for work or a cooler evening you can follow step two with a blazer or a light sweater.

4. Accessorize. I like to layer a light scarf tied loosely around my neck with lots of jewelry and over sized sunglasses.

Layering is an excellent and cost effective way to spruce up your closet.  We all go through periods where it feels like we have nothing to wear, which usually isn’t the case. Rather than buying a whole new outfit, try buying a new scarf or a new blouse that you can mix and match with items you already have laying around. It’s a good idea to invest in some basic wardrobe items that you can reinvent with layering and the addition of new accessories.

Do you layer year round? Share your comments below!

Outfit Inspiration: 4th of July

Independence Day is just around the corner and you are probably wondering how you will celebrate this year. There are always fireworks in downtown Reno, downtown Sparks and several shows around the shores of Lake Tahoe…you can even catch a display of legal personal fireworks along the beaches of the sovereign nation of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Reservation. No matter how you plan to spend your day though you’ll want to make sure you proudly display your red, white and blue in the chicest way possible.

Flag Sweater

Wildfox USA Flag Sweater

The Trend Boutique | Wildfox Couture Billy Sweater | $269.00

This sweater is a bit pricey, but I still felt it was worth sharing because it is pretty awesome. It can get a little chilly at night when you are watching the fireworks; whether you’re watching from the streets or out in the water, I have a feeling this sweater would keep you nice and cozy.

Red & White Bikini

Dorothy Perkins Bikini

Dorothy Perkins | Red and White Striped Bikini | $32.00

If you plan on spending your day on the beach, this bikini is the perfect way to show your patriotism without looking too decked out. If red isn’t your color, you’re in luck because this suit comes in navy and white stripes too.

Patriotic Nails

Red, White & Blue Nails

If you’re not into sporting the red, white and blue trend and need a more subtle way to rock our nation’s colors, try some funky nail art. This look is cute and girly without feeling overdone. For more red, white & blue nail inspiration check out Pinterest.

How do you feel about wearing red, white and blue on the 4th? Necessity or not? Share your comments below!

Summer Sandals

One of my favorite parts about summer is showing off a fresh pedicure in a pair of sandals. A nice pair of leather sandals can compliment your wardrobe in more ways than one. I like to pair my sandals with sundresses, shorts, distressed denim, swimwear, and on occasion I even wear them to the office.

Strappy Leather

Target Sandals

Target | Mossimo Strappy Sandal | $22.99

I love the Mossimo strappy leather sandals from Target this season. They are very reasonably priced, but the faux leather still looks expensive. I think they would pair nicely with a summer dress or even with cuffed jeans. In the past, the sandals that I have purchased from Target generally only last through one summer before they start to fall apart; this is fine by me though because I like changing my look up each year anyway.

Metal Detail

Aldo | Labarbara | $50.00

The gold hardware on these Aldo sandals makes a huge statement. I would keep it casual and pair these with a white cotton dress, or dress them up by pairing them with a bold pattern for a summer wedding. Because the detailing is so prominent I would recommend keeping your other accessories toned down–think a simple necklace or just a pair of earrings.

Metallic Nautical

Dolce Vita Sandal

DV by Dolce Vita | Agnyss | $69.00

I am completely obsessed with the nautical details of this sandal. They are perfect for the beach or for date night; I think they would pair beautifully with head-to-toe black. I am a huge fan of DV by Dolce Vita–they provide a superior product at an affordable price, which is always a good thing!

What sandal trends are you rocking this summer? Share your comments below!

Little Black Dress

In today’s video blog I am going to talk about a staple item that should be a part of every woman’s closet…the little black dress. An LBD is extremely versatile; you can dress it up or down, style it for work or a night out on the town. The options are endless.

When shopping for a little black dress you want to keep a couple of things in mind. To start you want to think about the silhouette.  Are you looking for something more streamlined or something more flowy? Both looks can be styled to fulfill different purposes, the main thing you really want to pay attention to here is what makes you feel the most comfortable.

The next thing you want to pay attention to is the length and neckline. If you are shopping for a dress that you can mix into your office wardrobe, you’ll want to make sure that both the length and neckline are modest enough to be business appropriate. However, if you are just looking for something to wear around town, whether at night or during the day, you can afford to shorten the hemline a bit or go for more of a plunging neck.

After choosing the right little black dress for yourself comes the fun part, accessorizing. You can go for a look with bold jewelry and brightly colored shoes for a night out, or you can pair your dress with strappy sandals, a brightly colored scarf and some over sized sunglasses for running errands around town. If you plan on wearing your dress to work I recommend sticking to the classics with a pair of pumps, a strand of pearls and fun belt to keep the outfit from feeling too stuffy.

How do you accessorize your LBD? Share your comments below!

The Best News

H&M LogoSometimes you get a text in the middle of the day with the best news you’ve heard all week. Today was one of those days. I found out that in a few short months this lovely town we call home will be acquiring an H&M. Yes you heard me right. We will no longer have to travel over the hill to bask in the Swedish glory that is H&M. The fashion retailer is picking up a 22,000 square foot location in Meadowood Mall come fall 2013.  The new Reno location will feature a store within store layout and include women, men, young ladies, young men, children, maternity and plus-size collections.

In January, Simon Property Groups Inc., announced a multimillion dollar renovation of Meadowood Mall in hopes of revitalizing the once thriving shopping center. So far the renovation seems to be going well with stores like Forever 21 and Vans taking up space. Prior to the revitalization, Meadowood Mall seemed to be sitting dormant. It didn’t seem that the mall would ever stand a fighting chance against The Summit or Legend’s. The renovations that have already been completed are proving this just isn’t the case, and the addition of H&M really drives the point home.

If you have never had the opportunity to visit an H&M you are in for a treat. I have been waiting for the day H&M would move into Reno with eager anticipation. The store offers quality fashion items at a very affordable price. I don’t think I have ever walked out of a store empty handed. I can only think of one downside to H&M moving into town…the adverse effects the store is sure to have on my bank account.

What are your thoughts on H&M moving into Meadowood? Share your comments below!

Summer Wedding Attire

Summer is finally here and that means wedding season is upon us! In my latest video blog I discuss the do’s and don’ts of summer wedding attire. You want to make sure and avoid the traditional wedding faux pas. To start, you should never wear white to a wedding because you do not want to take any of the attention away from the bride. Also, traditionally you are not supposed to wear black because it is a sign of mourning. I would say that this is no longer true, especially if you are attending a night wedding in the city.

Next, there are a couple of common sense rules you should follow. You should make sure you wear something that you are comfortable in that is conducive to the wedding venue, and you should not wear something too revealing, tight or short. Finally, you should avoid wearing any form of denim. You should make sure that your attire mirrors the significance of the event you are attending!

Share your thoughts on wedding guest attire below!

My Favorite Reno Stores

In previous posts I have talked a lot about my favorite locally owned stores, so today I am going to share some of my favorite non-locally owned stores with you. I love supporting the Mom-and-Pop businesses of Reno whenever I get the opportunity, but every once in a while I have to fulfill my need for a bigger selection and cheaper prices.  That’s where stores like Forever 21 and BCBG come into play. These stores fill my closet with trendy items and basics that don’t break the bank.

Forever 21

Forever 21 Logo

Forever 21 is known for its knock-off versions of designer items and making trends affordable. Unfortunately where the affordability is plentiful, the quality is usually lacking. I tend to shop at Forever for trendy items that I am not worried about ruining and accessories. I get the most out of the items that I buy by washing them by hand or dry cleaning them.

BCBG Final Cut

BCBG Final Cut Logo

Whenever I have a special occasion that requires a new dress, BCBG Final Cut is always the first store I visit. The store is always widely stocked with a variety of dresses, often starting at $19. The items for sale at Final Cut are final sale only, so make sure you try everything on before leaving the store.

Gap, Inc.

Gap Logo

Gap always has and always will be one of my favorite corporations; I love each of its signature clothing entities: Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic. Here in Reno we not only have access to all three stores, but the factory versions of each of the three as well. I love Banana for work attire, Gap for denim and Old Navy for the basics like t-shirts and tank tops. While Banana Republic can be a bit on the pricey side, Gap and Old Navy are very budget friendly.

What is your favorite Reno store? Share your thoughts below!

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Trend Alert: Monochromatic

Summer is here and so are the summer trends. One trend that I am sure is here to stay is head-to-toe monochrome. This effortless combination provides instant class and is quite easy to pull together with items you already have in your closet. Today I am going to share some inspiration courtesy of a few of my favorite style bloggers, as well as provide some rules of thumb when it comes to rocking this fresh summer look.

The Pink Peonies

Rachel of The Pink Peonies does monochrome in mint (another summer trend) which looks exceptional paired with neutral accessories and brunette locks. In this outfit, Rachel has paired a peplum skirt with a sweater in a very close shade of mint–the texture of the peplum and sweater compliment each other nicely. Rachel is known for her classy ensembles and often works the monochromatic trend into many of her daily looks.

Little Miss Fearless

Amanda of Little Miss Fearless is working the monochrome trend in head-to-toe pink. This monochromatic look works especially well because she has paired several different shades of the same color together–this method is great for adding dimension. The ‘coral’ shade of pink that Amanda is wearing looks great against her tan skin and blonde hair.

Cupcakes and Cashmere

Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere pulls off a classic take on the monochromatic trend–head-to-toe black. Head-to-toe black adds an instant glam factor that is sure to turn heads. Black is slimming and looks great on just about any frame, so if you are a little nervous to dive head first into the monochromatic trend, this is an easy transition that will have you looking fantastic.

Would you rock the monochromatic trend? Share your comments below!

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Outfit Inspiration: Reno Rodeo

If you are a Reno local, you know that the Reno Rodeo is a summer staple. You also know that part of the fun in attending comes from getting dressed for the occasion. It’s the perfect time to pull out your boots, sundresses, Daisy Dukes and cowboy hats.

White Sundress

Summer Sundress

Quicksilver | Laurel Dress | $47.60

A crisp, white sundress is the perfect way to look country chic. This dress in particular is made out of a lightweight cotton, which is perfect for a hot summer night. Try pairing your dress with a jean jacket to keep warm after the sun goes down.

Cowboy Boots

Cowboy Boots

Tony Lama | VF3034 | $230.00

Legitimate cowboy boots like the ones pictured can be a bit pricey. The upside to the price is you get a better quality boot that will last much longer than knock-off versions. If you’re shopping locally, I recommend Shepler’s in Shopper’s Square. There is a good sized selection of women’s boots in various styles and price ranges. If authenticity isn’t a huge deal, check out Marshall’s, TJ Maxx or Target; all three stores generally carry a couple different affordable styles.

Daisy Dukes

Daisy Dukes

Rag & Bone | Mila Distressed Cutoffs | $175.00

What’s more country than a good pair of cutoffs? Pair these denim short shorts with a flannel and your boots and you’ll be set! If you don’t have a pair, try reviving a pair of jeans you haven’t worn in a while by cutting them off yourself. Get them the fray by washing them several times.

Cowboy Hat

Cowboy Hat

Dorothy Perkins | Natural Straw Cowboy Hat | $21.00

This hat will pair perfectly with any of your rodeo looks. And after the rodeo has come and gone you can continue wearing this summer-friendly straw hat to the beach.

What is your favorite rodeo outfit? Share your thoughts below!

Shop Local: Francesca’s

Francesca's LogoThis post is going to be a bit different from my other ‘Shop Local’ posts in the sense that Francesca’s isn’t necessarily locally owned…But we do have one here in town, and it is awesome. Francesca’s was initially opened in Houston, Texas in 1999. Since the store first opened its doors, the chain has spawned over 250 new locations, one of which is right here in our hometown. The store prides itself on providing a boutique experience; from the eclectic mix of girly clothing, to the huge selection of accessories, to the kitschy gifts around the register Francesca’s does not disappoint.

When you first walk into the store you immediately happen upon a table filled with color coordinated accessories. The accessories are well made and look expensive but most are under $20.00; I almost always head straight for the statement necklaces. There are bags and scarves intermixed with the also color coordinated clothing.

Francesca'sI love the clothing that Francesca’s carries. Even though the store has become a nationwide chain, it still embodies its original ideal–carrying charming hand-picked merchandise. Granted it is picked on a much larger scale these days, the items in the store still maintain a unique feel. For me, Francesca’s is a first stop if I have a special occasion, or if I am just in the mood for something girly. It’s great to know that I can find something flattering almost every time I visit.

The store does quite well for itself here in Reno, due in a large part to the fact that the items they carry are affordable. The stores success is also attributable to the friendly and helpful staff, as well as the expertly stocked and organized racks. Francesca’s Reno is located in Meadowood Mall right next to Victoria’s Secret. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 9:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am to 6:00pm.The next time you’re in need of a fun, feminine dress or blouse, pay Francesca’s a visit–You won’t be disappointed!

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