Monochromatic FRILLS me

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Happy August EBEW every one! This month’s theme is monochromatic which is a total breeze for me because I’ve been layering color on color nonstop as of late (like here, here, and here). This particular outfit had actually been hanging in the front of my closet for a week (I had planned on wearing it to a conference, but got sick instead). I love the drapey look, and yes – it is as comfortable as it appears to be!

Check out the deets: Italian glass necklace that my in-laws brought home to me after a trip they took overseas a few years ago, my go-to gold bangles+a blue J CREW addition, and blue nails (just for extra FRILLS).

dress: gap / cardigan: Zara (last season) / shoes: Urban Outfitters (old) 

What about you? Will you EBEW?

1 Top, 3 color-blocked looks

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Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday! It just so happens to be July’s EBEW today, and the theme is color blocking. I thought I’d have extra fun with this one and show you guys 3 ways I can style my neon pink H&M tank (which, in true H&M fashion, was a very affordable $7).

I love this tank because it is the perfect example of my first fashion rule that any solid can act as a neutral. In other words, this top is very versatile, and while it is definitely on the loud side, there isn’t a lot it can’t be worn with. It’s especially handy when it comes to color blocking.

Check out my 3 looks while I explain my personal color-blocking tendencies:

Semi-Professional

blazer: Zara / skirt: J Crew (factory store) / Wedges: Banana Republic

Tendency #1: When color-blocking, I personally like to make sure each piece is equally bold. Muted colors or lighter, paler shades paired with other bold pieces do less to contrast one another, which to me, is what color blocking is all about. It’s big, bold, fun, and frilling! But don’t let my tendency determine your own habits – adding more of any type of color to one’s wardrobe is a big step in and of itself!

Fun & Trendy 

skirt: Gap Outlet / shoes: Steve Madden / bag: Urban Outfitters

Tendency #2: Add neutrals to emphasize your color-blocked look. Neon pink and orange is very trendy right now, and it’s also very loud. I love this trend and have been making the most of it while it lasts, but I like to add some neutrals (in this case, my shoes and bag) in order to emphasize the color-blocked look while not being too overwhelming.

Comfy & Casual 

cardigan: J Crew / shorts: Zara / shoes: Steve Madden / bag: Target

Tendency #3: Low accessorizing. Personally, I find color-blocking to be a major statement maker. As a result, I like to tone down my accessorizing in order to better emphasize the colors of my actual clothes. In this case, I am wearing very little jewelry and layering colors instead (i.e., the cardigan and tank). And just when you think I’m going to be consistent, I add a major pop of random color with this neon yellow satchel!

These are my tendencies, which might be fun and easy tips helpful for your color-blocking adventures, but they are definitely not hard and fast rules. What do you guys think? Do you like to color-block with your clothes, shoes, bags, or nails? Will you EBEW?

Color Blocking | Everybody, Everywear

May is Nautical

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It’s EBEW time! But first, I have a confession: I’m bad at nautical. I’ve never really gotten this look down. I don’t have any fun nautical hats or white blazers or high-waist shorts.  Mostly, though, I’m simply not drawn to the classic nautical colors: navy blue or red. I just don’t have a lot of these colors in my closet!

Red tee: Madewell, Striped tee: Urban Outfitters, Skinny Jeans: Banana Republic, Shoes: Old Navy, Bracelet: H&M, Bag: Urban Outfitters

Attempt two. You can’t say it’s not nautical! People always tell me this dress is cute,  but I never know how to best accessorize with it. Help! Any suggestions?

Dress: J Crew Outlet, Bracelet: H&M, Shoes: Old Navy

Funny story behind this dress. Last spring, I was on my way to Austin when I decided to stop by the Round Rock Outlets briefly. I had my dog with me, but I figured since it wasn’t really hot and I was only making a quick stop, all would be fine. So, I ran into J Crew, found this dress, tried it on, loved it, and obviously purchased it. I got back to my car only to find that someone had called animal control on me! I couldn’t believe it! After enduring a bit of a lecture and a lot of guilt, I drove home with my new dress. It has felt a little like blood money ever since! Don’t worry everyone, my pup is still alive and well!

Which look do you like best? Do you ever go nautical and have any tips for me? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Nautical | Everybody, Everywear

May 8, 2012 12:05 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , ,

Pastel Pretty

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Happy EBEW day! This month’s theme is pastel, which is a really huge trend right now. I don’t have a lot of pastel pieces, but I was determined to work with what I already have in my closet to make this look my own.

I basically just put on everything I owned that could be considered pastel! This is exactly why I love participating in EBEW each month. It stretches my creativity, and I almost always end up in outfits I would have never thought of otherwise.

I ended up LOVING this look because of the soft, sweet hues and the way they contrasted with my darker tone. Plus, I have been wearing a lot of really bright clothing lately so it was a nice change.

Notice the bag. It has not disappointed. I am still smitten. I can’t get over the fact that my 5’1 self found a big bag that doesn’t swallow me. I deserve some kind of special award for that feat people.

Top and bottom: Urban Outfitters / Cardigan: J Crew Outlet / Scarf: Goodie Two Shoes / Shoes: Steve Madden / Bag: J Crew

One of my favorite ways to keep up with new trends is by easy accessorizing. (Cristin talked about this also a few weeks ago!)  For example, I almost always wear the same gold bangles and bracelets these days; I just switch out the biggest, chunkiest one depending on my color scheme. Lately I’m loving this pastel blue J Crew bracelet. Also, I haven’t bought any new clothing as far as pastels are concerned, but it was cheap and easy to find this pastel green nail color.

Thanks for reading! What are your favorite pastel pieces? Are you like me and lacking in that area?

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April 10, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , , ,

Stuff we Love: Aurelia’s Spring Frills: Floral EBEW

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First off, do you EBEW? This month’s pick over at Everybody Everywear is floral, which goes perfectly with some of my frilling spring faves. Floral has been quite the fad for a while now, so much so, that my collection has really grown! 

Here are a few of my favorite floral frills from my own wardrobe:

I like to compliment this Gap floral maxi dress with a hot pink bandeau bra and lots of long necklaces. It kind of freaks me out that you can’t see my eye balls in these pics. I promise, I do have a soul.

Can someone say “floral on floral on floral”? Floral is girly. So is lavendar. So is bright pink lip gloss. And just for good measure, I threw in a bow (a floral bow). In this outfit, my girliness shall not be challenged!! This entire set is from Urban Outfitters (minus the scarf..which was purchased at Goodie Two Shoes in Austin). 

Another Urban Outfitters gem. The back is so frilling that I felt no need to dress the outfit up with jewelry. Or show you the whole rest of the outfit, for that matter. 

Do you have any frilling floral faves this spring? Will you EBEW today?

- Aurelia

Florals | Everybody, Everywear

fran & aurelia

Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

Aurelia likes baking, fashion, hosting lovely dinner parties, and laughing at clever and witty things.

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