And Then She Wore White...

My obsession with wearing white this year has gone to a whole new level. From crop tops and skirts to pants suits and tunics, I love the effortlessness that comes with a white wardrobe. And I definitely see myself wearing this beyond labor day. Here is one of my favorite looks I've worn of this monochrome trend.

Topshop trousers, tunic, and necklace. Shoes Steve Madden

This tunic and cropped trouser outfit is chic while staying as simplistic as possible. Paired with a strappy heel, this outfit is perfect for day or night. I never wear statement jewelry, so this necklace is definitely a departure from my normal attire, but it adds the perfect amount of style.

How do you wear the all-white trend?

Nicola Peltz: The Red Carpet's New It-Girl

Nicola at the Louis Vuitton Fashion Show earlier this spring

Nicola at the Louis Vuitton Fashion Show earlier this spring

The cycle of red carpet fashion is one that many of us fashion lovers anxiously hold our breaths for. And as we gear up for another world wind of amazing looks, Nicola Peltz is giving us a quick hit of what we can expect for the up-and-coming starlet.

The 19-year-old Transformer star is making a huge splash on the fashion scene. Already Harper’s Bazaar is naming Peltz the new red carpet darling of the summer and we can definitely see why. From Stella McCartney to Prada, Nicola is giving us more glamour than I think we can handle this early in the season, but we can deal with it.

Plus, how could I forget about her role in one of my favorite weekend guilty pleasures, Bates Motel. Yes, Peltz is in the “American Psycho” remake on A&E.

Here are a few of my favorite looks from her most recent red carpet appearances.

Balenciaga at the NYC Transformer Premier

Stella McCartney in Beijing 

This Stella McCartney gem Peltz wore to the Berlin premier literally had me on the floor.

Here are a few of my favorite potential looks for Peltz. Which are you loving the most.

Peltz obviously does slinky and white magnificently, but I'd love to see her in this sheer black Jason Wu for a super vixen moment. This Altuzarra will bring a playful yet sultry feeling to the table with the navy and black leather fringe. And last but certainly not least, this Rachel Zoe two piece will give this Transformer star some modern-chic sensibility. It may be a stretch but, it's casual glamour that everyone needs every once in a while.

Secretly, I'd love love love to see this beauty in a drop-dead red number like this Jovani couture ball gown. She could definitely pull of the full satin skirt and red velvet bust.

 

 

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Salt with a Dash of Pepper: White & Black OOTD

I love wearing black... Maybe a little too much black... But what New Yorker doesn't?

So I thought I'd switch it up by going to the under end of the color spectrum and rock some white. It's not only the color of the season, but gave me a refreshed feeling while walking through the streets of NYC today.

Shirt, Eleven Paris Exclusive at Intermix (Similar) | Leather Jacket, Zara | Jeans, Abercrombie & Fitch 

I've probably owned one pair of white pants in my whole life other than these. And that's because I'm the ultimate klutz. But as I've matured and learned how to make "less" of a mess, I wanted to try something new and refreshing this season. I found these amazing skinny jeans at Abercrombie & Fitch (I know, I know, it was literally the first time I've been in there since I was 15 and I can definitely say they still have some of the best affordable jeans on the market...even if my new size devastated me a little). At least my butt looks great :)

Pairing the look with my Eleven Paris "Kate Moss" tee and my new leather jacket from Zara, gave my looks some needed edge. Making this innocent and refreshing white, look like it had some City grit to it. 

How will you rock white this season?

 

PS, like my leather? There's a lot of great faux and real leather options out there (Zara has about 10 styles alone) so you can definitely find an amazing piece in your budget. It's a great statement piece that will be a staple in your wardrobe.

Appreciating Black Beauty: Lupita Nyong'o & More

"The blacker the berry the sweeter the juice." This statement could not be any more true, especially with the recent announcement of the ever-so lovely Lupita Nyong'o as the new face for Lancôme Paris. Hollywood's newest it-girl and the reigning queen of fashion is giving a refreshing look at what is seen as universal beauty. 

As a brown-skin girl myself, I've felt there has always been a disconnect with what mainstream beauty is when it comes to Black beauty, but just as Nyong'o has effortlessly made her way into the Hollywood scene with her powerful performance, she has gracefully made her mark as a muse. Gracing the covers of Vanity Fair, Marie Claire and New York Magazine to name a few, her beauty and statuesque presence is not just seen as  skin deep but an internal confidence within her soul, putting her international presence and mass appeal in the world of film and fashion on par with power influencers like President Obama.

Nyong'o isn't the first woman of color to alter the idea of beauty, but I enjoy her strength and poise as a diamond in the rough. The new it-girl is a definite role model, showing how hard work, determination, education and self-worth can take you farther than you may have ever imagined.

When I see Lupita or other woman of a darker skin tone represented in mainstream media, it gives me hope that our society can learn to appreciate the beauty and strength of all women of color. Just check out the image below...

The contrast of colors presented in this image show strength and emphasize the parallels between the delicate greenery and starkness  of her flawless skin and vibrant clothing. This by far is my favorite photo.

My all-time favorite model, Arlenis Sosa is a beautiful Afro-Latina haling from the Dominican Republic, who has also held the title of spokesmodel for Lancôme since 2008 and has been featured in Vogue (18 TIMES), Harper's Bazaar and Glamour, is a definite shining star in the fashion world.

Her and models like Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls and the amazing new beauty Riley Montana are making a definite mark on fashion and how beauty is represented on the runway. 

Riley Montana is a girl to watch out for, especially with Givenchy under her belt. Let's get ready for some amazing color and powerful women in fashion and beauty.

And Then There Was Vogue...

First Comes Love, then comes baby, then comes a colossal size ring, and then...there was Vogue. Yes, Kim and Kanye have finally graced the cover of the world's largest fashion magazine after months of speculation. 

The effortlessness of this cover is amazing and goes well with the couples minimalistic style. I'm absolutely loving it! And have you checked out the video!?! Yes, Yes, and Yes!

Now, I'm just a fan of their style and star-power/go-getter mentality, so please don't think that I'm on groupie-status. I definitely appreciate their entrepreneur spirit and work ethic compared to many in the world of show business. They've created themselves into the ultimate brand and have successfully taken both positive and negative perceptions straight to the bank.

But, not everyone can appreciate their success and have negative things to say. Take Sarah Michelle Gellar...

I think maybe Sarah Michelle has been drinking a little too much hater-ade, if I say so myself, but everyone is entitled to their opinion. What are your thoughts?

TORN by RONNY KOBO

After seeing my fav, Khloe Kardashian's amazing outfit choice for her appearance at the Las Vegas Kardashian Kaos, I wanted to look a little more into the brand behind this 2 piece gem; Torn by Ronny Kobo.

Crop top $190  and Skirt $198

Crop top $190  and Skirt $198

The Emma crop top and matching midi skirt created by the brand Torn by Ronny Kobo was a curve-flattering choice for this buxom beauty. The crop and midi skirt has been a major favorite between Khloe and her sister Kim, and all I have to say about it is work it!

Torn by Ronny Kobo is a sophisticated ready-to-wear line that has been seen on Maria Menounos, Paris Hilton, Rhianna, and Joan Smalls. The combination of prints, sheer cut-outs and modern silhouttes makes this line absolutely to die for. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from both the Cruise and Holiday collections...

Randy Sweater $338 and Anabella Skirt $186

Randy Sweater $338 and Anabella Skirt $186

Malu Dress Jacquard $378

Malu Dress Jacquard $378