Yep, even I'm a huge fan of a fancy lady-like apron. Please tell me you watch RHOBH? I die when those gals hire in a chef, have everything prepared and put on an apron to green their guests. Ummm, hello...you're not fooling anyone! HILARIOUS! Anyways, back to my post...I love aprons.
I only have two but I always feel like a mini-Martha when I prance around the house donning either of them. I got this adorable version for Christmas (excuse the wrinkles, it was just un-wrapped) and I also have one that a dear friend gave me that says, "Mrs. Cullen" on it. Which, by the way, numerous men in my family have been known to sport while cooking/grilling over the holidays. One word: hilarious!
Do you own an apron? Do you wear it? I agree, it's pseudo Mad Men sprinkled with a bit of June Cleaver thrown in for good measure. But as the holidays are quickly approaching, what better way to preserve that adorable cocktail dress of new cashmere sweater than covering it up with a good apron. Serve those apps and pass out red wine with ease knowing your wardrobe is covered...in an apron. Check out the adorable hand picked aprons that we are totally ga-ga over. All are under $50 so scoop one up and sport your all season long!
A show-stopping metallic piece better be in your fashion donning repertoire this fall/winter. Whether you opt for it in blazer form, a fancy party dress or just sparkly Dorothy kicks...make sure to invest in one mood making metallic stat. Glittery metallics really do steal the show and are attention grabbers so if you're aiming to be noticed, this is a sure-fire way to get there! Check out the gorgeous celebs that have stepped out recently in the look and shop our hand-picked selection (all under $100) of 15 gorgeous pieces too, way below!
How they wear it:
Andie Mac Dowell
Sarah Jessica Parker
15 Great Metallic Pieces Under $100:
(Or view the pieces online HERE)
You know how much I love hearing from our readers and also a challenge. So today's Reader Request combines both of those worlds but I'm certain it's a post we'll all find helpful. Leslee F is in dire need of a wardrobe upgrade as she transitions from stay-at-home Mom to working woman. This is what I recently heard from Leslee via email:
Ok RunwayDaily, I need advice.
You're the first person I thought of when I went 'google-ing' fashion advice. I don't know how to start- basically I am about to start a new career (in a few months full-time) as a 4th grade Montessori teacher and have no wardrobe to speak of.
This is my first time as a full-time working woman and I'm already becoming stressed on my looks. I'm coming to you for advice on possible looks, pieces, stores, styles, fittings...etc. I have a few months, so there is no hurry, but financially I know I am taking on a big project and want to be smart about it. I'm not sure where to begin, but a lot of help is needed. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Thanks and take care of that baby maker! Leslee
So naturally, before getting to today's goodies, we're going to take a trip down memory lane. I dug back into the depths of some former posts and wanted to share some highlights and I think everyone should go back and read through. Even I'm checking them out because you can never have too many reminders of classic stye. These will be super beneficial for Leslee as she navigates all those sale racks and figures out what her working woman look really is.
Here are a few posts I think Leslee will garner some info on collecting those classic wardrobe staples that will give her wardrobe a solid base:
So Miss Leslee, there's a supreme start on getting those classic working/life wardrobe staples into your hands before you start your new teaching job. Now, onto the good stuff. We think looking at other real women is a great way to increase awareness on fashion choices and emulate looks. We've hand-picked these 5 looks below, along with adding some trust style advice, to get you going.
Way below, you'll find an assortment of hand picked pieces that are all under $100 and provide a one-stop shoping platform to your ease. Leslee, we can't wait ot hear how your new job goes and how your dressing style progresses after all this information has sunk in. Hope we helped!
Advice: Dark wash cuffed jeans, a collared shirt and ballet flats should all be a staples in your wardrobe. Add one of fall/winter's fierce jackets and you have a great ensemble for the fall through spring months.
Advice: A neutral colored maxi skirt will provide the coverage you need for a teaching job but also be a fashion forward piece that you can sport year round. Pair it with a blazer and slouchy T for instant chic.
Advice: We love the idea of pairing neutrals together all year long. Opt for that perfect fitting pair of slacks (maybe even opt to have them tailored to perfection) and sport it with your fave heels and sweater. In the spring/summer months, you can switch out the sweater for a scoop neck T.
Advice: Black pants and a blue blazer are always a chic and timeless look. You can pair it with your favorite striped shirt and comfy heels. Also opt for bold accessories that stand out since this is such a monochromatic and classic look.
Advice: Teacher's don't need to look stuffy and corporate, opt for color...bright, fun color. We love the mix in this look but pair those cuffed dark wash jeans and striped shirt with a bold pair of flats and bright cardigan.
10 KEY LAYERING PIECES FOR YOUR TEACHING WARDROBE:
Check out more of our Reader Request posts HERE.
So I'm hook, line, sinker...head over heels in love with Pinterest. Ok, that might be taking it a bit too far but I'm absolutely smitten and now have to watch the time so I don't waste my life away over there, just pinning away. We're pinning under CasaCullen but have recently started a fashion board HERE. We intend to grab great looks from all over the internet to share with our readers and today marks a first Pinterest inspiration post.
We love/adore so many of these real life ensembles. Focusing mainly on fall/winter dressing right now, I've pulled some seriously smashing looks that will compel us all to step outside of our comfort zone and don something daring and different. And just like yesterday's long layering post HERE, it's also great to scour through some eye-catching imagery (below) to remind you about pairing that sweater with those jeans and this scarf. We all need a fashion nudge so hopefully today's post inspires you and also gets you over on Pinterest to check out our newest addiction crush.
We recently spied this great editorial and knew it would be the perfect snippet of fall fashion info. Sometimes it's just a small reminder of what items to pair with what and we're off to the races, looking fashionable and chic. I'm hoping to capture just that in today's post and invigorate and inspire you to step outside your normal wear boundaries and mix these pieces together.
Whether you pair your maxi skirt with a boyfriend cardigan or if you don your fave maxi dress with a long sweater coat, pairing two long layers together will lengthen your figure and make you look statuesque. Maybe you're yearning for a new piece to fulfill this look? We've got you covered below with our hand picked longer layers that we think would look splendid all fall/winter long.
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(Or view the pieces online HERE)
Image from HERE
So we're totally on a Pinterest pumpkin kick today! First we featured THIS great Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe that we whipped up this morning over on CasaCullen...yummers! And now we're featuring a DIY pumpkin mask below, love it! I actually just purchased THIS Mychelle pumpkin peel mask. It's one of my all time favorites and it's the perfect size for about four masks...one month of glowing fall skin!
But it actually got me thinking about all the great DIY mask recipes that are floating around the internet. I mean, at that price above, I can totally handle purchasing but I did some Pinterest research (keep up with me HERE) and found some real deal recipes. I've rounded up my top 5 easy recipes below. Can't wait to try these out over the next month...have a great weekend, readers and let me know if you try your hand at one of these super easy concoctions!
Nutmeg, Honey and Cinnamon Face Mask
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Mix all and the consistency should be like a thick paste. After it’s all mixed, apply the mask to your face and let it sit for 30 minutes. Wash it off with warm water, scrubbing softly in circular motion for exfoliation.
Oatmeal and Yogurt Face Mask
1 tbsp oatmeal, finely ground
1 tbsp live, organic yogurt (skip the flavored stuff)
A few drops of honey
Add the yogurt to the oatmeal in a small bowl and mix together. Warm a few drop of honey. To do this, warm a spoon under hot water for a minute, then add a few drops of honey to the spoon. Stir the honey into the yogurt and oatmeal mixture. Apply the mask to the face. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse off with several splashes of warm water. Follow with a warm washcloth. Apply moisturizer.
Pumpkin Face Mask
2 tsp canned pureed pumpkin
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp heavy whipping cream
Mix all ingredients and apply to face. Leave on for 10 min and rinse!
Spirulina Face Mask
1 teaspoon spirulina powder
1 teaspoon Castor oil
1-2 drops of rosemary or other essential oil
Add the powder first to a little bowl and then slowly add the Castor oil. You want to make a paste like mud. Then add 1 or two drops of your favorite essential oil. Wash your skin and lightly exfoliate. Smear the mask on thickly and leave it for at least 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and a washcloth and use a dark one as it may stain. Finish with toner and moisturizer.
Balancing Facial Mask
1 small avocado, mashed (about 2/3 cup)
1/2 small cucumber, finely grated (about 1/3 cup)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 3 tablespoons green clay powder (sold at natural-foods stores)
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, using a fork to blend. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Apply a thick layer of the mixture to clean, dry skin on your face and neck, avoiding the eye and lip areas. Keep fairly still for 10 to 15 minutes, allowing the mask to dry in place. Wipe skin clean with a damp cloth; splash with cool water, and pat dry.
I know, I know...we're totally on a leopard kick lately. HERE's a post about leopard heels being absolutely fierce for fall so we hope we're not overwhelming you. But readers, leopard is oh so HOT right now. And we don't want you to be afraid of this feline craze so we're hoping to share with you some great ways to incorporate it easily into your fall/winter wear.
So check out below, I adore my leopard scarf. I've had it for years and I can't even remember where I purchased it. Remember our scarf wearing post HERE? (No really, if you haven't seen that video, click that link...it's fashion epic!) We're totally rocking the DIY Infinity in this post. We love that you can pair a leopard scarf with an all black ensemble, stripes and even florals.
Don't be afraid to mix it with prints (obviously) and just toss it on whatever you're wearing. Too many times we try to 'match' our scarf with our look and that just turns out looking like you've tried too hard. We've hand picked numerous scarves in every price range (way below) for your easy one-stop shopping pleasure. Get a brown toned and grey toned leopard scarf and you'll be so happy this season. It'll surely be one of your fave pieces to mix in on a weekly basis! Experiment galore (don it as a belt over your black maxi dress) because that's what makes fashion so fun!
T-shirt - Victoria's Secret
Scarf - unknown
Cameo pendant - maternal grandmother's
Fedora - Urban Outfitters
Jeans - Forever 21 Maternity
Gold right hand ring - BCBG
Leather flats - Hollywould
Cardigan coat - Ann Taylor
Scarf - unknown
Striped shirt - H&M
Maxi skirt - Old Navy
Gladiators - Jessica Simpson
Scarf - unknown
Floral tunic - Lauren Conrad for Kohl's
Navajo earrings - gift from my bro/girlfriend
Jean shorts - Pea in the Pod
Metallic flops - Antonio Melani from Dillard's
Leopard Scarves Under $100:
(Or view the scarves online HERE)
And or those of you that are a sucker for a bump watch, we're getting there folks! These were at about 33-34 weeks along. Oh my gosh, that's even bizarre to type out. All is looking great and we have about a 5 lb. baby boy in there. So crazy to think there is something twice the size of our tiny pup Zola inside of me, ha! I'm getting/feeling a wee-but nervous lately and maybe having some anxiety about it all. I've been pretty cool the whole pregnancy so I guess it's just time for some crazies to come out, ha! Wish us luck as we enter the last month of baby baking! Enjoy!
PS - Check out more of my personal style HERE!
Matthew Williamson / Fall 2012:
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Bold Red Lips - Ralph Lauren
Clumpy, Piled-on Mascara - Gucci
Metallic Smoky Eyes - Derek Lam
Sleek, High Ponytail - Marc Jacobs
Messy, Loose Braid - Emilio Pucci
Classic French Twist - Bottega Veneta
Canary Yellow Nails - D&G
Yellow Tipped Nails - Jason Wu
Moon Manicures - 3.1 Phillip Lim
Images from HERE
So rarely do I stumbled across other fashion blogger's imagery that literally stops me in my tracks. But one google search for collar necklaces but Sydne Summer over at ThinkThruFashion did just that. We are enamored with her six-way wear of the uber fashionable collar necklace. It's one of fall's hottest accessories and, as you can see, can literally be worn with everything. Jeans and a T or a cocktail dress...the options are limitless and it will always look fresh and on-trend.
Check out all our hand picked faves under $100 below in the collar necklace category! Love this look and adore Sydne's sassy style too. Make sure to head over and check out her blog HERE. Here's my top 4 picks that I'm eye-balling to invest in:
Shop all the necklaces under $100:
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We already told you HERE that mustard yellow is one of fall 2011's hottest hues. And how easy is that? Likely you already own a few pierces that you can rotate into your wardrobe with the quickness. But we must tell you, investing in a new mustard yellow piece is a-ok too. We're searched high and low for options that deliver while still being that transitional and affordable too. Check out our top ten below!
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Ahhhh, fall is in the air and I love it! With fall comes layered dressing, crisp scarves and pumpkin spice lattes. What is there not to like about fall? Nada! Well today's post features a look I'm totally in love with. Using pieces from your own closet (maxi skirt, white button down and gold accent jewelry) paired with some new statement makers (tulip bottom sweater, plaid scarf, shearling booties and fall appro bag) create a look that will withstand the weather while also be comfortably chic. We love so many of these pieces and know you will too! What's your favorite fall piece(s)?
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(All Under $100!)