Neon and Pink

Tuesday, July 26, 2016




I absolutely adore pink, which you probably know by now if you've been following the blog for a while since I tend to wear a lot of pink. When my love of pink first began to develop, I inadvertently ended up wearing it almost every day. So now, I always try and incorporate a little pink into my outfit even if it isn't the highlight of the outfit. These shoes are the perfect options becuase they are a subtle pink that adds to the outfit but they don't detract from other aspects. Speaking of highlighters, this bag is so neon it is almost difficult to find things to match it. My necklace doesn't exactly match, but matching perfectly is kind of boring if you ask me. Plus the green from the necklace is far enough away from the neon bag that they don't clash. I love this bag because it is one of those pieces that makes me smile. Every time I pull it out of my closet, I can't help but grin a little and the wonderful tongue and cheek that is Kate Spade. So thank you Kate for making my day once again. XO


Top 10

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hello! I hope y'all are doing well! I am going a little stir crazy because we do not have cable or internet at my house right now...I know that there are things to do without wifi or tv, but for some reason I couldn't think of any of them. Normally I get home from work and just hang out and work but I have now learned that "hanging out and working" really means using the internet haha! So I am definitely going to have to get creative this week with my activities! 
Anyways, this week's top 10 isn't themed or anything but is just ten things that have recently interested me or that I like. Enjoy and have a wonderful hump day! XO

1. So I am a little behind on this movie, but I just watched Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette for the first time (it is on HBO for those of you who have access!). I was expecting to like it, but I absolutely loved it! The modern music that everyone always comments on created a nice tone that I think went very well with the movie and created this interesting connection between Marie and modern wealthy members of society

2. If you are like me and wifi-less, you should read The After Party. At first I thought it was just going to be a fun Gatsby/Mad Men combo and it definitely had those aspects, but the ending comes out of no where and was very surprising but very interesting to read.

3. Another wifi-less activity? Coloring. I know, it is a kid's activity, but I have always loved coloring and with this new trend of adult coloring books, there are some very cool options on the market. Check out this one from Vogue that is on my wish list! 

4. If you have not already seen this video of Amy Schumer and Anna Wintour switching lives, it is definitely worth the time!

5. I always have a song obsession that I listen to on repeat. Right now? It's Crazy by Au Revoir Simone. I would love to know what y'all think of it!

6. You might not know this about me, but I have a HUGE sweet tooth. I probably eat at least one thing sweet every day. Lately, I have been unable to stop eating these sprinkle cookies. I even made another batch last night! I am not a huge cookie person normally, but these are sweet without being sicky sweet and they are soft instead of crumbly! 

7. I am a bit of a sports fanatic, but I have never really gotten into the Olympics. The other night though, Natalie and I watched the qualifiers for the US Women's gymnasts and it was so incredible! Meet the women here and see some of their incredible routines.

8. Alexa Chung is one of those people who I always look to for fashion advice and ideas and she just announced that she is launching her own clothing line! I could not be more excited! 

9. In other fashion news, there are lots of fashion shows going on right now, but by far the most incredible one was the Fendi show in Rome where the runway was across the Trevi Fountain! What an incredible idea and use of a historical monument.

10. I just graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in art history. To say I like art would be a bit of an understatement. One of my favorite artists has always been Degas because he is able to capture this wonderful realism of expression and movement with these simple pastel marks and I find it incredible. Misty Copeland just recreated some of his works and they are magical. I am completely overwhelmed by all of them! 


Adding One Last Piece

Saturday, July 16, 2016




The hardest thing for me about wearing a statement piece or something patterned is that it is so easy to say this is enough and not add anything to the outfit. Although this is great sometimes and one of the beauties of statement pieces, I always try and do something a little extra with my outfits. This lace shirt definitely doesn't need anything extra, but the sparkles from the necklace pulls out the lacy quality and emphasizes the lace in a way that you don't notice without the necklace. Lesson from today? Sometimes Coco is right and you should take off something before leaving the house. But sometimes, that last piece adds the extra punch that an outfit needs to be perfect. XO


Red Stripes Two Ways

Friday, July 15, 2016







Now that I am not in school, but working full time, I've been trying to find ways to wear pieces from my wardrobe in a work-appropriate way and also a casual weekend way. This shirt is perfect for wearing to work and otherwise because the collar makes it look nicer when tucked into pants or a skirt, but un-tucked it is still fun and summery. Whenever I wear a piece multiple ways, I always try and mix up my jewelry so the outfit feels new. The first earrings I am wearing, I just picked up from J.Crew. Although they are a little heavy, I love the vintage look and the mix of tortoise and sparkles. The other earrings are ones I pilfered from my mom's closet. She has had them since the 80s and they are actually clip-ons, which I love! XO


Feathers

Thursday, July 14, 2016




For those of you who didn't see the question on Tuesday's post, someone asked a very interesting question and I wanted to repost it here with my answer...
What did you think of the motorized dress with the Swarovski crystals? I'm not sure how to feel about a dress that truly couldn't be worn beyond the runway. 
Tuesday someone asked a great question about Hussein Chalayan's "Kaikoku Floating Dress" that is part of the exhibition. The dress itself is motorized and is not something that one could wear off of the runway. The comment was about how I feel about a dress that can't be worn off the runway. 
Seeing this dress in person, I didn't like it. It's not my style and I just wasn't a fan. But no one is going to like everything in an exhibition. 
Personally, with this dress, I have two somewhat conflicting opinions. First off, I don't exactly love it aesthetically. However, my dislike of the dress has nothing to do with its functionality. This whole exhibition and the idea of displaying clothing in an art museum brings up the question of whether fashion can be art. In the case of this exhibition, many of the pieces are considered art because of how they are made and the extreme craftsmanship involved, but they are still functional pieces of clothing. However, art does not have to be functional. So an art object, in this case the motorized dress, can be modeled after something functional and not itself be functional. So, I think this dress is the perfect example of how fashion can be art and how a lack of functionality can be ok. http://www.designcatwalk.com/floating-dress/

I bought this top as a statement piece early this year and it has become a staple in my wardrobe. I thought it would be difficult to wear because of the feathers, but to be honest, I normally forget they are even there until I get dressed. My take-away from this? Even if a piece has very unique and interesting aspects, it doesn't have to be difficult to wear. The key I think is if there is an interesting aspect, having the piece be a more neutral color makes it much easier to incorporate into your regular wardrobe. XO 


WCW...Marion Cotillard

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hello all! I hope your week is going well so far! This Wednesday we are going to be talking about one of my main girl crushes, Marion Cotillard. She has been one of my favorite actresses since I saw her in La Vie en Rose a couple years ago and I have been obsessed ever since. Her red carpet style is always spot on and her campaigns for Dior are just breathtaking. Here are some of my favorite looks from her Dior ads and if you want to read more about Marion, go here or here. XO




Top 10...Manus x Machina

Tuesday, July 12, 2016



So this week's top 10 is going to be a little different than previous ones. A couple of weeks ago, I visited my boyfriend in New York and it was an incredible, art-filled weekend! One of my favorite things from the weekend was going to see the Costume Institute's exhibition at the Met, Manus x Machina. This exhibition is all about fashion in a time of technology and looking at traditional hand techniques and machine technology used together in fashion. The exhibition was so well done and I absolutely loved every second of it so I thought I would share with you my favorite ten pieces. Let me tell you, it was very difficult to narrow it down to ten pieces because I loved so many of them, but here were some of the highlights for me! XO 
1. These three dresses were displayed together, but the one on the far left is by far my favorite! It is Dior 1949-50. This dress is so stunning and is hard to capture in photos. But the colors and details on the dress are incredible. Also, I sometimes have a problem with floor length dresses because either the bodice or the skirt is beautiful and the other is only mediocre. However, this dress does it all. The bodice is simple, but perfect and the skirt is full, detailed, and perfectly colored! 

2. Of course this dress was the centerpiece of the exhibition. Seeing it online from the runway last year was amazing, but in person it was a completely new experience. The train was so long and detailed. But the dress itself was just one of those pieces that you could look at all day and still be overwhelmed. No wonder it was the centerpiece. 

3. This is Chanel 1963-68. How could I not include a classic Chanel set. I adore the tweed and the navy trim. Dream outfit for sure! 

4. This was one of the first things I saw in the exhibition. And granted, it is not the most exciting piece, but it is so classically beautiful. One of the most interesting things about this exhibition is that it was hard to look at the pieces without imagining how they would look on you. This dress I love so much because it is a style I would wear! 

5. This Chanel dress from 2005-6 was nothing short of show-stopping. Definitely not my style and I wouldn't want to wear it, but it is stunning. the combination of silk tulle and feathers was so beautiful in person and also had a wonderful three dimensional quality. I loved how there were all of these modern aspects, but the shape is so classic and conservative that it worked really well. 

6. Ahh I absolutely adore these! They are sparkly, pink and neutral and beautifully detailed! They are also one of the pieces that I would love to see on a person. On a mannequin they are beautiful, but I would love to see how they actually fall on someone's body. Also they are Alexander McQueen so what's not to love? 

 7. Yves Saint Laurent 1983. The silhouette of this dress is so simple, but I also feel like it would be flattering on a variety of body types. Also the details (in the photo below) are so beautifully done that it looks like the dress is one solid color that changes with the light! LOVE!

Details of 7's sequins

8. Obviously I love these two because they are pink, but I especially love the front one because of the interesting use of coral and the skirt. It is so intricate and detailed and such an interesting material to use in a piece of clothing. 

9. From 1928, Louiseboulanger. I am obsessed with this! The dress is so impeccably made and the feather skirt against the silk is just wonderful. I wish I could wear it for an evening! 

10. This is from Dior's 2005-6 collection. I loved this piece because it was so cool to see a deconstructed dress that was still haute couture. It is so modern because of the deconstructed aspect, but also classic because of the structure of the dress. 


Blue Stripes

Monday, July 11, 2016



After all of the red, white, and blue from 4th of July, I haven't been able to help but keep up the color palette this past week. It has been especially easy with this red bag because any blue outfit I wear with it is automatically patriotic. So if you are trying to find an easy statement piece or an extra pop of red for your next holiday, I would definitely recommend a red purse. 
Another thing...when I came downstairs wearing this outfit, my mom gave me a double take and asked why I was wearing so much white and mixing blue and black (from the necklace). First of all, blue and black are one of my favorite color combinations because the black makes the blue pop more than it normally would. Second that for any color pairing and white. Even though the shirt is blue and white, the white shorts make the blue stripes stand out instead of the white ones! XO 

Pool Side Style

Sunday, July 10, 2016



I think every girl has experienced insecurity about wearing a bathing suit or being at the pool at one point in life. I definitely have and it can be really difficult to have fun at the pool when you feel self-conscious about what you are wearing. I mean every morning when I get up, my goal is to wear something that makes me feel incredible and beautiful. So why not do the same thing when going to the pool? I am not a super boho girl and I will never be comfortable wearing a skimpy bikini so I'm not going to. This last time when I went bathing suit shopping, I was required to get a one-piece because my scars from surgery still can't be exposed to too much sunlight. But I discovered that I love one-piece bathing suits and this one specifically has this old-school Hollywood glamour feel which I am obsessed with! 
Cover-ups are always the hardest thing for me because options are always limited. This one is from Michael Stars and I got it in my summer box of style from Rachel Zoe (which is incredible and you should check out here!) Anyways, it also has that old-school glamour feel so walking into the pool last weekend I felt like I had just walked off a 60s movie set...confidence, check! Mission accomplished! XO 

P.S. If you have any ideas for what to wear to the pool or comments, please leave them below or email me at leftylivinglife@gmail.com! 


Happy 4th of July!

Monday, July 4, 2016




Happy 4th of July! The 4th is always a difficult holiday for me to dress for because I have little interest in wearing stars and stripes, but I still want to be patriotic for the bbq or party that I am going to. So instead of wearing obviously patriotic clothes, I try and incorporate red, blue, and white into whatever I am wearing that day. Now I don't wear very much if any red so this purse is perfect for the 4th as it adds that little extra color that makes the outfit patriotic instead of just blue and white. Another key is shoes. Most 4th of July activities are outside on grass so stilettos are a no go. But sometimes a little heel is necessary for whatever event you are attending. These wedges are perfect because you won't sink in the grass and if the grass is wet, the patent leather will keep the wet from showing or ruining your shoes. I hope y'all have a wonderful Independence day! 


Casual Sparkles

Sunday, July 3, 2016





As you know, I love anything that sparkles, which is why I started wearing jewelry. However, wearing a lot of sparkly things can sometimes be complicated and it is always hard to reach that nice balance of a sparkly, but casual outfit. The key I have discovered is to find pieces that are extremely casual on their own, a plain t-shirt, that also either have sparkly embellishments or you can add a big necklace or earrings. Also, wearing slip-ons like these always tones down an outfit a little so I can be overdressed, but not excessively so! XO


Pearls and Stripes

Saturday, July 2, 2016





I have always been a fan of a good button-down and now that I am working, I have an excuse to wear them pretty regularly. What I love about this button-down is that it has great ruffle detail, which give it that extra umph. The blue and white stripes also make it easy to wear with black, blue, or gray. The key for me when wearing a button-down is I never want to be just wearing a button-down and dress pants because it's a little too simple for my taste and I prefer some kind of accents. In this case, it is really easy to add that extra pop with fun shoes, earrings, or an interesting bag. Of course, I had to do all three, but you get the idea. Stay tuned this weekend, big things are about to happen! XO 


 
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