OMG I can’t even believe it! My two worlds have collided in the most amazing way. I have a two page fashion focused spread in a magazine I grew up reading. As a teenager, reading through Pointe Magazine & dreaming of becoming a professional dancer, I never thought that one day I would be featured in that very same magazine! The article in the April/May issue that I am a part of is called Studio To Street. In this article, I talk about Felix & Flora, my personal style, & how that also translates into my ballet studio style. Thank you, Pointe Magazine, I feel truly honored to have been chosen for this article. (Pointe Magazines are sold in Barnes & Noble stores if you want to see the print version. I will link the online version as soon as it’s live.)
Now onto this month’s Designer Crush…
The Dreamy Zimmermann
Zimmermann is know for his flowing designs, feminine cut outs with dreamy floral ruffles, & the most figure flattering silhouettes. If Oscar de la Renta was my first designer crush, Zimmermann was definitely my second. Each Zimmermann piece is dreamy & iconic in it’s own way. He combines everything I love about feminine clothing & gives it just the right amount of edge.
Below are few Zimmermann images that I’ve been totally crushing on…(notice the sweater in the second picture!)
Get The Designer Look For Less
Shop these affordable pieces that give you the same designer feel.
I’ve been so inspired by designer looks from fashion week. The fabrics they are using, the color combinations, the accessories & makeup, just everything has me in awe. If you guys have been following my Facebook page or my Instagram stories, you will have seen that I’ve been posting a lot about some really affordable designer dupes. I know that dupes can be a bit of a touchy subject at times, but my philosophy is that imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery. If I can get the same feel or look as what I’m seeing designers make for an affordable price, I’m going to go for it.
This series will highlight some of my favorite designers, the pieces I’m currently crushing on, & all the affordable dupes & designer inspired pieces I’ve found lately. I’m so pumped for this series. Let’s dive into the amazing Oscar de la Renta.
Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta was my very first designer crush back when I was in high school. I had an app that let me scroll through all of the runway show looks, & each time I was captivated by the colors, prints, florals, & silhouettes of OdlR. Since then I’ve continued to be constantly inspired by these designs. Twice I’ve worn real OdlR earrings to galas & felt like an actual princess (see here & here).
Below are a few Oscar de la Renta pieces I’m currently crushing on. I’ve found some amazing dupes & designer inspired pieces to share with you guys…
Affordable Pieces With Designer Feel
1. Red Lace Dress
This gorgeous red lace dress has a sweet floral design almost exactly like the Oscar de la Renta original. It’s the perfect length for spring & I love the flutter sleeves & the unexpected collar detail.
One of my favorite things about OdlR is that the collections are full of extravagant, lovely pieces that somehow seem so wearable. I think every woman needs a good ole classic, feminine khaki dress. A piece like this is perfect to keep in your wardrobe for those days you don’t know what to wear. This dress will always be a winner.
Yellow is a big trend this season, & a super wearable, yet dramatic dress like this is giving me life right now. You might recognize this dress because I wore it in a recent post (see here). The color, draping skirt, & the slit are all very OdlR inspired.
7. Lovely Toile & Botanical Print Pieces
Feeling so nostalgic for all this toile print. Yes, this classic print was popular for curtains & pillows back in the day, but I also owned a few Laura Ashley dresses in toile print during my childhood. I’m so in love with the fact that it’s coming back! It’s difficult to find affordable toile pieces at the moment, but these botanical prints are a huge nod in that direction. I absolutely adore the dress I’m wearing here as well as this botanical print blouse I’ve recently added to my wardrobe.
When I saw this adorable set on Chicwish, I instantly fell in love. Not only with the sweet floral design, but with the color. I’ve been desperately trying to find a way to add orange into my wardrobe & this two piece set was a perfect fit. You want to know the best part about it? The skirt is actually a skort! It’s the perfect piece to be care-free & twirl around in.
With warm weather just out of reach, I decided to try styling this set for colder days. But I also wanted to show you how I would style it on warmer days too, so I just did, even though it was freezing outside. Keep reading to see this lovely look transformed. 1 outfit, 2 ways.
On Colder Days…
When the weather is still cold, but I still want to wear something fun & spring-y, pairing this set with tall boots is perfection. In this post, I chose my brown knee-high boots, but a lovely pair of over the knee boots would suit this look beautifully as well. To tie in the warmth of the orange & the brown boots, I wore my brown leather jacket.
For my final Valentine’s Day look, I wanted to share a more fancy & even a little bit sexy look with you. I wanted to shake up the typical fancy date night look & give it more of a vintage glamour feel. This look is for the bold romantic. She’s ready to step out on the town with her man for a night to remember. This glamorous lady takes charge & isn’t afraid of following her dreams or writing her destiny. The vintage glamour valentine craves adventure & finds inspiration around every corner.
This couple is glammed up & ready for a romantic night out together. Their date night begins with an elegant dinner at one of the swankiest restaurants in town. They have reservations, of course, & enjoy their delicious meal over meaningful conversation & loving glances. This couple then finds the best live show to see on this special night. Maybe it’s the symphony, the opera, a broadway show, or even a ballet! (Richmond Ballet will be performing Cinderella this Valentine’s Day!) After an incredible performance, they slip into the speak easy they’ve heard so much about & enjoy fancy cocktails for the remainder of the night.
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Do you connect with this vintage glamour valentine?
Feeling very much like Blair in this outfit. Which Blair you might ask? Well, two of them actually, & both are fashion icons. The first being Blair Waldorf from one of the best shows ever, Gossip Girl. Her feminine, preppy style is nodded to in this look along with her go-to accessory: the headband. I had to shoot this look on steps because what queen of the upper east side doesn’t each lunch on the steps of the Met everyday?
The other beautiful Blair I’m referencing in this post is Blair Eadie, fellow blogger, designer, & creator of Atlantic-Pacific. She is one of the most fearless fashionistas I know. Her outfits are a work of art. & a source of endless inspiration. I’m drawn to her bold color mixing, her dramatic silhouettes, & her love of cat eye sunglasses (a favorite of mine as well). She always seems to make even her most flashy outfits look casual & totally wearable, somehow. One of the ways she does this is by pairing her looks with oxfords which is why I’ve done just that here. Such a fun & comfortable way to mix up a look & dress it down a bit.
The Best Dress To Invest In
This fun outfit inspired by the Blairs features my jacquard midi dress (seen here & here) from Chicwish. Let me tell you a little secret…a dress like this is the very best dress to invest in solely based on how versatile it is. As I continue to curate my wardrobe, I find that a classic sleeveless, crew neck dress is beyond valuable. It’s the perfect piece for both layering under & over. I’m loving layering different fun tops underneath, particularly ones with statement sleeves, high necks, & pussy bows (like the one I’m wearing). A silhouette like this also works perfectly with a belt added around the waist. Mrs. Maisel has given me major belt envy. (If you have not watched that show, you are missing out!) But honestly, next time you’re shopping & you see a dress with this shape, snatch it up! You’ll wear it, & re-style it constantly!
More Versatile Dresses:
Time To Accessorize!
No look is ever complete without the proper accessories. These super sweet heart earrings are under $5 & make quite the statement. They would also be perfect for Valentine’s Day which is right around the corner. Another key piece to this look, which was mentioned before, is my burgundy headband. I’m so into this trend that’s making a comeback at the moment. A headband has a way of completing any outfit. (See some headband inspo here & here) To finish off my look, I added a super affordable pair of cat eye sunglasses, & a floral embroidered crossbody bag.
What are your thoughts on this Blair inspired look? Do you like these “inspired” looks? Leave your thoughts & comments below! xx
I’m bringing out my favorite spring pastels a bit earlier than usual. Warm pastel layers are absolutely perfect for this time of year. This look features feminine pastels, pearls, florals, & sparkles all combined into one dreamy outfit.
We came across this sweet pastel house that matched my outfit perfectly. It was totally meant to be! I felt like a pastel princesses outside my cute little castle. But in all honesty…how adorable is that house & when can I move in?!
When branching out & mixing different colors together, I’ve found one easy way to ensure success. Take this look for example. See the colors in my floral bag? They are also seen throughout my entire outfit. Find a bag, scarf, shoe, or accessory that has a print or design which mixes different colors, & let it be your guide to choosing the rest of your look.
Building Your Winter Pastel Wardrobe
I’m so drawn to this mint color at the moment. Not to mention, it compliments my favorite shade of pastel pink beautifully. Having warm knits in feminine pastels shades are so helpful when putting together outfits in late winter & early spring. Make sure they are not too long or oversized so they can be worn with both jeans & high waisted skirts.
Pink Tulle Skirt
My pink tulle skirt is the most beautiful & quintessentially feminine staple in my wardrobe. I mean, even Carrie Bradshaw wore it! A piece like this is so versatile & easy to wear. I am also a ballerina in real life, so twirling around in a tutu is one of my very favorite things to do. A skirt like this brings me so much joy. This pastel pink goes with just about every single color as well, so it should fit into any wardrobe with ease.
I’m typically a gold girl through & through, but I’m just loving the way silver pairs with pastels. My silver sparkly Mary Janes (similar here) have been worn so much recently. Mixing them with outfits that feature my beloved pastel pieces are my absolutely favorite way to wear them. Whether you like silver or not, a pair of sparkly shoes & a tulle skirt are just a match made in heaven.
Affordable Ways To Stay On Trend
An easy & fairly inexpensive way to be on trend this spring/summer is by wearing fun headbands. I’m totally obsessing over this trend. Brands are coming out with so many different varieties & styles of headbands, making it so easy to find the best fit for your wardrobe & your budget. Styles I’m loving include embellished (like my pearl one worn in this post), scarf print headbands like this one, & knotted or floral headbands.
Faux Fur Coats & Jackets
Faux fur pieces can get really expensive. If you love the look of items like this, but aren’t able to invest in ones on the current market, look around in your local Goodwill stores. I’ve found 2 of my faux fur coats & jackets at Goodwill (see them on the blog here & here). Another way to add them to your wardrobe requires a little bit of patience. Look for out of season sales. These faux fur pieces are timeless, & won’t be going out of style, so buying them during the off season & waiting for next winter is a safe option. I post a lot of sale updates & my favorite affordable pieces over on my Facebook page, so don’t forget to follow me there for out of season sales & ways to save your money.
Create Your Own Fairytale
Need your own princess moment? Find ways to spark joy & build confidence in your own life. Maybe start a dream journal! Dream big! Seek the beauty around you & be the princess of your life. Create your own fairytale, & build your wardrobe to match.