Saturday Faves: The Perfect Spring Dress

If you're a college student like me, you know how amazing you feel when you slip on a dress in the morning. It's comfortable and you instantly look cute while wearing one article of clothing. What more could you want for a sunny, busy day?

My favorite spring dress is one that incorporates color - because spring is about being colorful - and fits perfectly because if it doesn't fit well, you don't feel good in it.

So my favorite dress of the moment is this cutout dress from Urban Outfitters.

The cutouts aren't drastic enough so that you can wear this dress to class or on a night out. The blue and red colors are also perfect for brightening anyone's day.

Pair the dress with a cardigan, like this one from H&M, for those mornings when it's a little chilly out. Slip on your favorite pair of flats, wedges, or sandals, and you're good to go for the rest of the day.

What would you pair with this dress?

 

xoxo, Leila

The Perfect Angled Manicure

With spring weather finally starting to make it's appearance, I went on a nail frenzy (meaning I painted my nails three times over the past two weeks).

Today, I tried out something different: an angled manicure. 

I was inspired by The Beauty Department's Gold Leaf manicure and would've done it, but being a first-year college student with lack of craft supplies, I made it work with my nail polish. 

All you need are two of your favorite nail polishes. It's more fun if you choose contrasting colors (try color-blocking with pink and orange or blue and green!) or a metallic and a light polish.

I used essie nail polish in chinchilly and Revlon Top Speed in Metallic 860.

 

STEPS:

  1. Use your favorite base coat before you paint your nails! Super important to keep your nails looking beautiful. Also, if you have a buffing block, buff your nails! If not, I suggest you get one because they are wonderful for smoothing and shaping your nails. Check out this one from Sephora.
  2. Choose the polish that will be your base and paint two coats.
  3. Take whatever color you choose to angle your nails with. On your left hand, the angles will be going from bottom left to top right. On your right, angles go from bottom right to top left. 
  4. Angle your brush and just swipe it from the middle of the length of your nail to around the middle of the tip of your nail.
  5. Finish with a top coat and voila, the perfect angled manicure!

 

Enjoy your spring days with beautiful nails!

xoxo, Leila

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Current Obsession: Color Blocking

Spring is full of color and this season's trends are amazing. One that I love a little bit more than the others currently? Color blocking. Specifically bold pinks and oranges together. Nothing else makes for a better combination and it's completely perfect for spring in that it adds that pop of color everyone enjoys.

So when I came across this amazing Marc by Marc Jacobs Satchel on Pinterest, I lovingly sighed at the sight of it.

 

Just thought I would share with my lovely readers who love a great color combination. Find the bag online here and check out the Marc Jacobs Pinterest to find more to swoon about.

xo, Leila

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ToW #10: Try Tangerine

Orange is a difficult color to work with - it's bold and risky for a lot of us so we prefer to stay away from it. But this spring, it's time to take some risks.

Tangerine has been all over the spring 2012 runway, from J.Crew to Jill Stuart. The trendsetting color, if worn right, can instantly brighten up any outfit.

So here are some tips to help you get started with incorporating tangerine oranges into your wardrobe:

Morgan Geiger, a Cal Poly freshman, believe that anyone can work tangerines:

"I think everyone could pull off the color orange if it's in a small quantity like a shirt, skirt or even a bag. And a lighter orange works well too because it's easier to pull off."

If you want to slowly edge into the tangerine trend, try a simple orange bag or clutch like this Tory Burch mini bag or this satchel from Urban Outfitters, and add it to your favorite outfit for a pop of color.

Geiger chose to color block and pair tangerine with blue, effortlessly creating a cute and simple outfit. To color block with tangerine, pair with pinks and blues.

Geiger color blocks with simple tangerine top and a blue floral skirt.

Here are some other ideas:

  • Pair a tangerine/orange dress with a light cardigan so you don't feel "too" orange.
  • Try mixing tangerine with patterns like Morgan did. Adding patterns to your outfit will make the tangerine less vibrant and showy if you're still easing into the trend.
  • Avoid the Halloween look and pair tangerine with whites and creams instead of black.

Fashion is about taking risks and trying out pieces and colors you would normally shy away from, so try something new. Experiment with tangerine and tell me your favorite outfit!

xo, Leila

 

Dress Up Outfits With a Blazer

Spring is quickly around the corner and you know what that means: beautiful weather and beautiful clothing. My favorite piece for spring? A blazer.

Blazers are classy and they can be used to dress an outfit up or down so easily. Plus, they're one of spring's best pieces. Blazers are no longer just the classic black, but they're in beautiful pastel colors - perfect for spring.

Because blazers are great for the spring, I thought why not pair it with a usual spring trend: florals. This spring, take a risk and go bold with florals. If it's too much, throw on a colored blazer to tone down the look a bit.

A simple blazer can be paired with so many outfits. I love pairing my blazer with this dress from Urban Outfitters.

What do you like to pair with your blazers?

 

xo, Leila

Creativity At Its Finest

After the amazing designer, who took his runways and collection to the next level by turning it into a theater of unique clothing, passed away, Sarah Burton picked his collection up. Working side-by-side with Alexander McQueen for 15 years, there was no other person who could take McQueen's collection and carry on his legacy.

For the Spring 2011 Ready-To-Wear, Burton softened the stage. Something that was a key part of McQueen's collections and was usually dark. Taking also, McQueen's signature tailcoat, Burton also softened it with its edges unfinished. Though she might have made minor changes to McQueen's runway, she certainly will not let McQueen's unique designs die down.


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