Monday, July 30, 2012

Fall Office Attire

If you're like me, then you've been counting down the days until we finally have some cool weather. Thankfully, for today's shoot we experienced the perfect blend of summer breeze and rain. YAY, for summer showers! Anyway, call me old fashion, but nothing screams chic and sophisticated like a pencil skirt and some killer above-the-knee boots! Any rendition of these two looks below are sure to make heads spin and your coworkers drool over how amazing you look!

For the first look, I wanted to experiment with the length of the skirt. My dear friend, Katerina who took all the photographs, suggested that I pin the skirt to show a little leg. I really liked her idea and thought it was a great way to take the look from office attire to after-work attire.

The second look was an experiment with dark colors against neon print. I'm a firm believer that bright colors, whether neon or not, are going to be a staple accent piece to any look. Here, I used my structured neon purse to accentuate the neon earrings. I really like how the two pieces pop out against the darker tones of my top, skirt, tights, and heels. To try this look I would stick to using small accent pieces like jewelry, a structured clutch or purse, and/or heels; so as not to create a bombardment of the 80's!


top: Vince
skirt: vintage
boots: Sam Edelman
necklace: Target
bracelet: Target
purse: Mulberry
scarf: Buffalo Exchange 

top: Jbrand Jeans Ready-to-Wear Spring Collection
skirt: Gap
tights: Target
heels: Vera Wang
Purse: Target
Earrings: H&M 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Paint it Black

I LOVE wearing black.
It's important to have color in your wardrobe, but it's also important to have basic black pieces too. I would recommend purchasing at least one black-T.  I particularly adore JBrand's T-shirts because they're so soft and cut to perfection.

For today's post I'm rockin' three very different looks, with three very different stories that define each outfit.

The first story is an 'out with the girls' look. You can never go wrong with leather shorts, a light top, heels, and naughty-but-nice jewelry! Great outfit for after-work cocktails. 

The second story is 'bohemian gal meets rocker gal'. My For Love & Lemons (check out their website! these young ladies are super talented) dress was the perfect choice for such a story. It's cut is very boho-chic, but since it's black you can "toughen" it up as well. I love the versatility of this dress because we all know wearing the same look twice is not fun.  

The third story was inspired by Morticia, The Addams Family matriarch. This story was particularly fun to shoot because we shot it with my new Nikon 1 camera.

Happy Friday!!!

First Outfit
top: Coldwater Creek
shorts: Trouve
heels: Aldo
ring: Alexander McQueen (i know, awesome)
necklace: Target
purse: Kimchi Blue for Urban Outfitters

Second Outfit
dress: For Love & Lemons
necklace: Chanel
bracelet: Alexander McQueen
heels: Aldo

Third Outfit
dress: Free People
heels: Senso diffusion

*All photos taken by Katerina Kapodistrias, edited by Effy's Eyeliner

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

a sneak peek at......

I was thrilled when my dear friend, Katerina Kapodistrias, was able to photograph me for yesterday's "Gothic" themed photo shoot. Its always a pleasure to work with a friend, but it's even better to work with a friend who's artwork you greatly admire. She took some amazing photos and I'm really excited to share them with you all!
Still editing, but here's a little sneak peak just for you :)


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunday DIY

Today has been particularly gloomy, so I decided to add a little light into my world by creating a DIY candle and flower holder. I'm very pleased with the finished product and am very excited to use my little creations as props for future photo shoots!
Below is a step-by-step guide so that you too can create your own candle or flower holder!
Have a good Sunday,

1. I bought these bottles on a whim, but was pleasantly surprised when I thought to make flower and candle holders out of them. I was a little afraid it was not going to work, however I'm so happy it did!
 I hope you all will try it yourself too!!! 

2. After peeling off the labels I had to remove the excess with nail polish remover. I would recommend using latex-free gloves during this step since your hands and fingers get somewhat damaged after being exposed to the chemicals in the polish remover. 

3. I also removed the caps and cut the plastic rings off

4. I bought these fake flowers at Michael's. 
I cut the stems since they were too long for such small bottles. 

And the finished product! 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Dude, where are my pants?

I'm not sure if it's the hot weather or just a summer trend, but the 'pant-less' look has been popping up everywhere on both coasts. Whether it's on the red carpet, hello Miley Cyrus, or on a random celeb this trend has become more popular. I decided to rock this look and see if I could pull it off myself. Needless to say, the first outfit was not public appropriate. However, the second look (a DIY project where I removed the sleeves of an XXL men's tuxedo jacket and cinched the waist with a gold belt) was perfect for the dry weather we have been experiencing as of late. Not too revealing, but the added little slit on the side created a sexy little teaser and made the outfit less stuffy and more youthful.
Perhaps, this look should be kept to wearing your boyfriend's shirt at home, but it was fun to play around for a night.

blazer: Kenna-T
heels: Valentino
necklace: Sayulita, Mexico (great find)
purses: gold clutch - mom's 
black studded clutch: House of Harlow 1960

tuxedo jacket: Savers 
belt: mom's closet 
heels: Steve Madden 
earrings: Nordstrom  

Plaid + Cheetah = Meow

I couldn't sleep the other night (surprise, surprise...not) and decided to do a little impromptu photo shoot with my Harajuku Mini for Target dress I had purchased a while back. (And yes, it does amaze me too that I can still fit into little girl dresses...I suppose its one of the perks of not having big ladies up top!) Anyway, I paired the look with my beloved Jeffrey Campbell 'Lita' booties, and really dig the juxtaposition of the cheetah and plaid prints. I felt like a punk-glam little diva, so I put on some tunes and let me inner wild child come out. Sometimes it's fun to have a night alone with  good music and a little red wine.
Happy almost 4th of July everyone!

dress: Harajuku Mini for Target
booties: Jeffrey Campbell 'Lita' bootie
earrings: Nordstrom