Many of us can agree that shoes can make or break an outfit. What I’ve found over the years is that I can wear a cheap top, budget jeans and a fast-fashion coat; as long as I have high-quality shoes on then the entire look will appear chic and expensive.Read More
Sweaters are definitely my go-to top throughout the Winter. Whether I’m going to work, running errands or hanging around the house I reach for sweaters pretty much everyday when it’s cold outside. Over the years I have accumulated a fairly large sweater collection in a variety of colors and silhouettes. It seems there is just always one more style or color that I don’t have that I need.Read More
I love testing out new hair and skincare products. But what I love even more than testing them out is telling my friends about which ones they should try. Today's post is dedicated to my recent favorites in hair and skin care. Some of these products you may already know and love. If nothing else I hope it gets you excited to try out something new! Let's get to it!Read More
’ve spoken about mixing prints multiple times on my blog and it’s a styling tactic I love pulling out. There’s so much visual interest that comes with print mixing it just makes an outfit that much more complete…in my opinion.Read More
I shared my Valentine's Day gift guide for men last week so I would be remiss to not include a version for females as well. You can go the obvious route of roses and chocolate for your lady on Valentine's Day but I think that is a little boring (not to mention very impractical). I would much rather receive something I can use going forward, not just enjoy for the day/week.
Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment - I have this lip stain and it just lovely. It smells of amazing citrus and imparts just the right amount of color. Not too much just a hint of pink.
Kate Spade iPhone Case - This case is just so pretty and feminine. Enough said.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Daily Peel - I've heard amazing things about this daily peel. Why not give your woman something to make her even more beautiful?
Silk Pillowcase - It's silky and has lips on it. If this doesn't work for Valentine's Day then I don't know when it will.
Anthropologie Earrings - They would be great paired with a chunky sweater now and with a sundress come summer.
Blush Tote - I love the muted pink color of this tote and the fact that it has two different strap types. Plus it's only $25!
Rose Gold Bracelet - For the girl who wants some jewelry for V-Day, this bracelet is chic and understated yet very refined.
Rainbow Sweater - This sweater is so cheerful and cozy, perfect for those gloomy February days.
Naked Palette - Every woman and I mean every woman needs a good neutral brown eye shadow palette. This one is small enough that you get exactly what you need, no extra colors that will never be used.
The Beauty Chef Book - Get prettier from eating!? If you want to encourage your woman to cook why not dangle the carrot of beauty in front of her. I'm adding this book to my cart right now.
I had been seeing pink pants pop up in magazines and from retailers such as Net-a-Porter and Matches and I really wanted a pair for spring. Of course all the ones I was eyeing were super expensive. This is where my sewing comes in handy, why not just make myself a pair?Read More
Valentine's Day is right around the corner and that means it's almost time for chocolates, roses and those conversation hearts that taste too similar to chalk for my liking. I'm not usually one to go all out for Valentine's Day but it is a nice time to show your love and appreciation for that special someone in your life. Finding the right gift is hard though, where do you even start? Well I've gone ahead and done the searching for you and rounded up a collection of gifts to give your guy that are cool, functional and won't break the bank.
Sleepy Jones Boxers - I first bought Jeff a pair of these Sleepy Jones boxers two years ago for Christmas. He loved them so much he went out and bought a bunch more pairs and wears them for lounging and to sleep pretty much every night. These are a great way to step up your man's sleepwear style without him even realizing it.
Herschel Backpack - There are few items more functional than a backpack. They work great for a weekend trip or trekking to Brooklyn breweries to pick up can releases...just us?
Gingham Tie - Not many men like to buy new ties, do him a solid and get a new one for all the upcoming weddings you most likely have this year. I love this blue gingham one for spring and summer.
Keap Candle - We heard about Keap candles at a pop-up shop and loved what the company stood for. They make high-quality candles, at great prices and support social causes. Oh and they have awesome branding too. They do a candle subscription that Jeff got me for Christmas this past year which makes for a great gift.
Red Anorak - That springtime rain will be coming before we know it. This red jacket works great as a V-Day gift and will come in handy in a few short months when the weather warms up.
Travel Shoe Bags - Throwing your shoes into your suitcase with all your clothing is pretty gross, but how many guys actually own shoe bags? Do him a favor and clean that situation up with this set.
Vans - Can you ever heard someone say they have too many pairs of Vans? I love the red and burgundy combo on this high-top style.
Ray-Bans - These Clubmaster Flat sunglasses are a cool new take on a classic style. If your guy is into Ray-Bans this is a great gift to add to his collection in a fresh new way.
Happy Monday! It was a riveting game last night and I'm happy my hometown team got a much-needed victory. While it's never easy getting back into the grind after a fun weekend, I am feeling motivated and optimistic about the week ahead.Read More
Hats are one of those wardrobe pieces that seem fairly unnecessary. Save for the obvious winter woolen hat, there aren’t many times that you NEED a hat, you can get by without one. On the flip side however, hats are perhaps the simplest way to transform an outfit from snooze to stylish in one swoop. I’ve been a big hat lover throughout my life. As a young girl, I was obsessed with a denim bucket hat from Gap Kids. It was tacked up at the front with a big yellow fake sunflower stuck on. Oh how I loved that hat. I was crazy about the Olsen Twins at that time and I think they wore something similar. The original influencers. Anyone else have one of those hats?
Over the course of the past years I have steadily grown my hat collection and it seems the toppers are only becoming more and more popular as the years go by. When looking to add some new hats there are definitely some different price and quality routes you can take. I personally have gone for more affordable options, simply because you oftentimes cannot tell the difference between the cheap and pricey. There are some beautiful options from established milliners like Janessa Leone and I’m sure these will last forever if you take care of them. However I still feel at a place where I don’t want to invest quite that much in a hat just yet. But maybe one day :).
While many of my hats have come from places like Forever 21, Urban Outfitters or Nordstrom, I have gotten a few from street vendors in NYC. I even bought one from a street vendor while on our way to the airport, it was just too good a hat to pass up. If you find yourself in the East Village, there is a guy selling hats at a table on the corner of 14th and 1st Ave pretty much year round. They can be hit or miss, but in the summer especially he has some great straw hats for stupid cheap.
Cold Weather Hats
In the winter I like a classic black fedora that I can pair with warm layers and scarves, like I did in this post. It matches with everything and conveys a great city-chic vibe. A few great winter fedoras currently on the market include this tan fedora, this classic wide-brim black and this darker brown style. I am on the hunt to add a lighter colored winter hat to add to my collection, either like this cream version or this light grey style. These lighter color versions are perfect for transitioning from winter into spring.
Warm Weather Hats
Once the weather warms up I am all about a straw hat, whether boater, panama or sun style. They are practical when out in the sun all day and add great texture to summer outfits. You really only need one classic style like this option, but if you want to round out your collection you can’t go wrong with this or this.
I had been on the hunt for the perfect red sweater ever since it started getting chilly last fall. I love the way it pops against a pair of distressed faded jeans and the complex color combination it creates with a camel coat. I took my sweet time finding the right one to buy and am pleased with this Shein in cropped and high-neck option.Read More
I am all for saving up and splurging on a nice quality handbag as much as the next gal. But sometimes I feel like my bag game needs a quick pick-me-up and I don't want to invest in something expensive yet. I could go the route of renting a bag, look for one on ebay or just suck it up and stay with what I have. But where's the fun in that? Enter the fast fashion retailer.
I am a huge fan of fast fashion, as it lets me spice up my wardrobe with trendy pieces without sucking up lots of cash. The trick is finding the right affordable pieces that still look luxe. Easier said then done, I know. Today I wanted to share some of the budget bags that are currently available from some of my favorite fast fashion retailers. All options are under $75, most are under $50!
As with everything else made by fast fashion companies, keep in mind these pieces aren't meant for heavy duty wear (ie. don't expect them to last beyond a season or two). But if you are looking for something outside your comfort or just liven up your look without the investment, why not pick up a budget bag?
Over the course of the past year I have been sharing more and more of the clothing I have created on Fizz and Fade. I love being able to envision a garment and make it a reality hanging in my closet.Read More
We had the first taste of spring this weekend, with a sunny and warm Saturday. It was so nice to be able to walk outside without feeling like your face was freezing off. I have so many pieces that I’ve designed and sewed over the past few months that I haven’t yet photographed and shared on Fizz and Fade because I’m always covered up in a coat.Read More
A striped top a is a perennial wardrobe staple, working equally well as a sweater, button-down or tee and can be worn anytime of year. I have a handful of blue and white striped pieces in my wardrobe and find myself reaching for them all the time.Read More
Lately I have been seeing lots of women dressing the same. The same as each other? No. Rather the same shade head to toe, ie. in a monochrome palette. The concept is nothing revolutionary, especially head to toe black in a city like New York.Read More
We are in the doldrums of winter in NYC and the warmth of spring seems tragically far away. The snow we got last week has melted and the city is grey, grey, grey. That’s exactly what I did with this outfit, go full steam ahead into the grey vibes of the New York streets.Read More
High-Waisted Black Skinny Jeans
Is there anything more flattering than black skinny jeans? They are slimming and can be worn pretty much anywhere and with anything. I've had a few great pairs over the years, but my current favorite is this pair from Urban Outfitters (seen in this post and this post). I wear them all . the . time. I need to get another pair before the ones I have totally wear out. While you can definitely find some pricier skinny jeans, I am partial to the wallet-friendly options like these from Old Navy and these from H&M.
- H&M Skinny Ankle Jeans - Only $9.99!
- Old Navy High Rise Rockstar Jeans
- BDG Twig High Rise Skinny Jean - I wear these constantly!
High-Waist Mom Jeans
I waited awhile before hopping on the mom jean trend because I just didn't think they would flatter my petite shape. But once I got this pair from H&M (seen here , here and here)....game changer. The straight leg and high cut feels modern and retro at the same time. I love how I can tuck in any shirt or sweater and still get a flattering fit. My H&M pair is a little wider through the leg, so I have been looking for an additional style that is just a bit slimmer. I've had my eye on these H&M jeans, but after seeing this Gap style I may be looking to get those instead.
At the start of a new year, many people think over what they did in the proceeding twelve months and also plan what they would like to do in the next twelve post 1/1. This year I did a lot of designing and sewing, much more than I've done in a long time.Read More
Dressing stylishly in the cold months is hard. Yes, you can wear cute things for when you’re inside. But living in a city like New York where we don’t drive cars around, we spend a lot time outdoors walking places.Read More