FEELING BLUE: ADDING A LITTLE COLOR TO MY ALL BLACK WARDROBE

I’m getting ready to celebrate my 7th NYC anniversary *Screams Mama I Made It!* While I always knew I’d make the Big Apple home, I never knew that I’d embrace the all black everything lifestyle so whole heartedly. I mean, I literally have 8 of the same exact black bodysuit, on top of the countless other black wardrobe staples that you’d think would make getting dressed in the morning that much easier but still have my mind in a tailspin on what black looks good with more black.


While I’ll forever gravitate towards my noire looks, this winter I’ve been mesmerized bu a surprising color— bright cobalt blue hues. Yeah I know I didn’t even try to go towards the neutral safety nets of browns and nudes- I jumped head first into the brightest most obnoxious blue I could find-and I’m slightly obsessed with it.

I found this wool knit beauty randomly on HM.com—I’ve been a bit over zealous with my apartment redecorating and surprisingly HM is a great option for affordable quality pieces (but we’ll save my finds for a future post). With all of the sales going on and their awesome in-store return policy, I took a chance and ordered this bright blue Cookie Monster looking sweater with all intentions of returning it as soon as it came in. But I can honestly say… a little color now and then won’t hurt.

Literally in the Gray

We're finally within arms reach of Spring, or what we hope will be warmer weather. So I've decided to amp up my wardrobe for the new year and focus on finding classic pieces that will be staples in my wardrobe for years to come.

If you know me, then you know I'm a sucker for anything monochrome. I've learned that by sticking to the same simple basics and adding a few statement pieces, I can amplify my style to the next level. And, that's exactly what I've done with this chic and sophisticated look. It's simple enough to take my everyday black staples and bring me to the chic side of things. 

THE BASE

For all of my everyday looks I usually stick to my uniform of black on black.--What can I say, it's the NYC PR go to-- My favorite  pieces this season are a ribbed bodysuit and a pair of the best leggings Zara has to offer-all in black of course. I love Naked Wardrobe's "The All Ribbed Bodysuit." It's not too thin, and features a slightly high neckline that makes it a sophisticated piece to pair with anything. Now I know you probably thought, BASIC when I said I wear leggings, but Zara's "Wide Waistband Leggings" are nowhere near basic. With the wide waistband and the center seam down the legs, these leggings are sophisticated and work with any outfit. I'm not kidding, they look better than my best pair of slacks, and are 10x more comfortable. I may be a little bit crazy, but I have about 4 pairs of these leggings and equally the same amount of the bodysuit in my closet. 

For my feet, I stick with my favorite black booties, which bring me to new heights both figuratively and literally. I've had major success with these Lillia Boots from White Fox Boutique. As the weather gets warmer, I'll switch out my booties for some mules like this chic but simple pair from H&M (click here).

THE AMPLIFIERS 

Since my base is pretty much a constant, I like to add a boost my look with overcoats to cover up this tush and a simple handbag. I've been obsessed with Zara lately and I found both this suede overcoat and this cute box bag on my last online excursion. Both pieces are simple enough on their own, but added to the base they bring up the sophistication level without breaking the bank. 

And to obviously look cooler than I really am, I finish off the look with some sunnies from Quay.

What are your go-to staples in your wardrobe?

A True Dream in White

She came and she conquered. Solange Knowles wed long-time boyfriend Alan Ferguson today in the majestic city of New Orleans. Wearing a custom Humberto Leon for Kenzo caped gown, Beyonce's younger sister was a perfect image of regal elegance. 

I've been obsessed with Solange's style since the release of her EP "True" in 2009, and have appreciated her unique approach to natural elegance.

The bride and groom left the wedding ceremony on white retro bicycles. Solange wore a cream colored jumpsuit with cape by Stephanie Rolland. I love this modern twist that truly reflects this cool brides style. All in all, we can definitely say the new Mrs. Ferguson brought the Ultimate Slayage to her wedding day.

AND, lets not forget a similar white cape look from last week by one of my favorite style queens, Nicole Richie. Wearing a Tadashi Shoji cape and H&M mock collar dress, Richie was beyond flawless in this high-low look. It's safe to say, I'm seriously loving this seasons cape trend.