Summer Orange


 

Francescas collection dress, jimmy choo sandals, rebecca minkoff purse, banana republic necklace.

 

Francescas collection dress, jimmy choo sandals, rebecca minkoff purse, banana republic necklace.

Francescas collection dress, jimmy choo sandals, rebecca minkoff purse, banana republic necklace.

Francescas collection dress, jimmy choo sandals, rebecca minkoff purse, banana republic necklace.

Weekend has come and gone. So has the FIFA world cup 2014. Germany has been crowned the new world champions and the world goes back to being the same. Tomorrow is Monday again and the week shall continue. Oh well. Coming now to my outfit. Fit and flare dress works absolutely fabulously with a narrow waist or wider hip. This Ellen Tracy dress is pretty similar to the one I am wearing. My dress is from Francesca’s collection. Usually I find it very hard to choose dresses from Francesca’s because most of them don’t fit me well. But occasionally there are miracles. Keeping in line with the trend, I am absolutely loving this Blue and White stripped bow dress and this Ikat printed dress.

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Have a great week ahead.

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Tailored Structure


Tailored structure

Tailored structure

Tailored Structure

Outfit: Skirt- WHBM(Similar style here); Top – The Limited( Sold Out); Necklace – DIY;

Bracelet – Express; Earrings- Gift; Shoes – Anne Klein

Tailored Structure

First day back to work from a long weekend aka vacation is always the hardest. I need something sharp and colorful to keep me cheered up and awake through the day. This outfit was perfect for that. The skirt was a recent non- sale find at WHBM and for the life of me I cannot find it online anymore. I am totally bummed that I cannot show you the exact one I bought. This skirt has a matching short trench that I bought as well, and decided that was it for shopping for the month of July. Full priced WHBM items are expensive and I wouldn’t buy them if I didn’t wear them to death. Anyways, the top I have worn many times before and is from The Limited. I have now realized I want to expand to other shops and brands since I am sort of bored of shopping from just these 3-4 brands most of the time. Any suggestions for professional attire stores outside of Ann Taylor, BR, The Limited and WHBM?

Surprisingly or not the blue on the top is an exact match with the military inspired skirt. I do love the button details. But my only disappoint is that the skirt does crease a lot after an entire days worth of sedentary job. May be a handy steamer will help?

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Weekend trip


My American friends and readers, hope you all had a fantastic Independence day celebrations. I surely had a blast enjoying a quite day by the beach with the family. I am not a big swimmer or a water person, except for may be sitting by the pool with my feets dipped, so clearly I wasn’t wearing swimwear to go into the ocean. None the less, had a great time people watching, making sand castles and just watching the waves kiss the white sands as they swept in and out bringing and taking in numerous sea shells.

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Outfit: Skirt- WHBM; Top -The Limited( Sold out. Loving this and this); Sun glasses- Gucci.

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Now onto my first unofficial “client” story to be filed under the ” Work it with me ” series. My very good friend Ms.P tapped me to help her decide on some outfits and pack for a weekend trip. It was as impromptu as it could have been. Weekend trips are meant to be short and easy and thus keeping that in mind, I picked pieces that could be mixed and matched as she would have liked to at that moment. I left her with a set of pairing suggestions to use. Shopping a different closet can be a lot of fun and quite eye-opening as well. To say my friend was surprised would be an understatement. Of the 8 pieces I pulled out, 4 of them had tags intact and my friend had no clue they were hanging in her closet.  I believe I had as much fun putting together these outfits as did my friend.

To start off with, I chose two summery crop pants. One yellow and one white, that she could pair with multiple different colored tops. The four tops I chose, were keeping in mind that she would be out and about the whole day touring places in the summer heat and humidity. So I chose, lightweight fabrics like pure cotton, silk or easy lace tops. The crop pants being cotton would help beat the heat and she could fold it up into long bermudas if need be. The first photo shows the whole set. The extra shorts I chose for her, was just in case one of the lighter ones got dirty. The floral printed maxi dress is so in trend and classy enough to be worn for a nice dinner with open toe sandals and light jewelry. The second photo shows the pairings I chose for the white crop pants. The yellow pants in the third photo were a perfect fit with the printed top that had shades of yellow in them. The fourth photo shows that, if my friend chose to, she could potentially make 8 outfits out of these 6 pieces and that would be plenty for a weekend trip.

 

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Read below what my friend had to say about this whole experience:

When I first approached Willfully Elegant to help me choose outfits to wear over a weekend, I was afraid that she’d look in my closet and say there was nothing to choose from. Instead, to my immediate surprise, she was able to chose 5-6 different outfit combinations in 10 minutes! In addition, the outfits she chose were combinations that I would have never put together myself. Thank you, Willfully Elegant. Something that I would have pondered for hours and hours, you were able to quickly do in fantastic and elegant style!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend. Cheers.

Linking up with Carylee, MixItMonday,PinkSole,Thestylerecord

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Camouflage


 I absolutely love dresses. If that is not super evident yet through my blog, then just peruse through the archives and it will become clearer. So keeping in line with my girly-dress-loving side, when I travel and I know I can get away with dresses and skirts, I pack plenty of them. No just kidding. I pack just enough so I can mix and match. This is my version of the July 4th, red, white and blue. All in one. We are in southern USA and boy is it humid here. My hair is surely not enjoying the directions it is deciding to go when I step out of the house. I love this dress for its simplicity, its intricate details in the back and the empire waist. It works fantastically when I need to hide my gluttonous self. You know what I mean? :). Also the print is very similar to this Clover Canyon dress I love. CC has been one of my favorite printed brands for a while now. Their abstract printed designs attract me like a bee to a garden.

Francescas dress, schutz loafers, gucci sunglasses.

Francescas dress, schutz loafers, gucci sunglasses.

Francescas dress, schutz loafers, gucci sunglasses.

Outfit: Dress- Francesca’s ( Others I am loving here, and here); Shoes- Schutz ( Similar here and hereCamo); Camisole – Banana Republic

Francescas dress, schutz loafers, gucci sunglasses.

Francescas dress, schutz loafers, gucci sunglasses.

Hope you all have a fantastic 4th of July. Happy Independence day America, and enjoy the long weekend.

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White and stripe.


wet seal stripped skirt, whbm white ruffle top, schutz flats, coach crossbody

wet seal stripped skirt, whbm white ruffle top, schutz flats, coach crossbody

Outfit: Skirt- Wet Seal(Old, Sold out. Similar here); Top – WHBM( Very old and Sold out, very similar here, here and here);

Shoes- Schutz(Similar here and here); Crossbody – Coach( Love this one); Sunglasses- Gucci.

stripped skirt, whtie WHBM top, coach crossbody

wet seal stripped skirt, whbm white ruffle top, schutz flats, coach crossbody

Finally a warm summer weekend, filled with plenty of sun, summer fun and company to make up for all the gloom we have had.  We walked a good mile or two and because it was going to be really humid and warm, I chose to dress comfortably in a silk ruffle top and jersey maxi skirt. The skirt has a mermaid flare to it, which I like, because it adds a nice silhouette to the ruffle  blouson top. This top is pure silk and kept me quite comfortable through out the day. And what a day it was. We spent a good deal of time at the Summerfest ground, grooving to various music bands, munching on crazy delicious snacks and simply hanging out people watching.

Last week was quite hectic, but I did get an opportunity to style and pack for a trip, for a dear friend. I am excited to write all about it in the next post. Because it was quite impromptu, I didn’t have my fancy camera handy to snap good picture, the iphone photos have to make do with the outfits that I chose for her.

Hope you are all enjoying the weekend.

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