Chunky Cable Knits

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When my alarm is going off and I hear the winter wind whistling against my window, the last thing I want to do is get out of my warm, cozy bed and venture into the freezing cold. Rather than sleep in, try layering under warm, chunky cable knits.

Chunky Knits in Luxury

BOY. BY BAND OF OUTSIDERS sweater / ERDEM pants / DKNY coat / MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA booties / PROENZA SCHOULER bag / COACH fur scarf

A simple white collared shirt would be perfect under this Boy. by Band of Outsiders sweater (and yes, tuck it in.) To add some trendy individuality (oxymoron?) you can attach collar tips like these ones from ASOS:

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The modern feel they have works best with the outfit above, mainly because this look is a little bit more relaxed:

Chunky Knits in Reality

ROMWE sweater $80 / RIVER ISLAND jeans $55 / UNTOLD coat $76 / OASAP boots $63 / TOPSHOP bag $68 / WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET faux fur scarf $50

This sweater has much more of a lumberjack vibe, obviously made chic by the surrounding pieces. Nonetheless it would look foolish with a collared shirt layered underneath. It could also potentially make the outfit seem like it’s trying too hard to look good. This look is trendy enough with it’s mixed prints (floral and houndstooth,) yet still understated. Always a good combination.

Embellished Jackets

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My new obsession is embellished jackets. They may sound expensive, and most are, but these more affordable British clothing companies, like TopShop (which has now taken over the US,) ASOS and River Island, are making it much easier to stay on trend and under budget. This ASOS jacket is amazing:

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screen-shot-2013-01-28-at-4-06-22-pmThe white version runs petite while the black comes in regular sizes. For the price ($132) it’s a pretty gorgeous jacket. The best thing about it is that it can be dressed up or down. Throw it on top of jeans and a t-shirt and you’ll look effortlessly chic. Put it on top of a dress and you’ll be the trendiest girl at the party. Here’s one by River Island for $142:

River Island Embellished Jacket

It gives off more of a Park Avenue vibe, but still manages to maintain a bit of an edge. Of course, the neon drew me in (you know how I love neon,) but the embellishments are what make this jacket stand out. Here are two of my favorite designer embellished jackets:

Matthew Williamson and Elie Saab Embellished Jackets

The powder pink bomber is by Elie Saab and the black is by Matthew Williamson. I am absolutely in love with the Elie Saab. Not only is this color (blush) very hot for spring, but it looks amazing on all skin tones. It can also act as a neutral while allowing you to change up the black, white, brown routine.

If a whole jacket is too much embellishment for you, this Anna Sui vest is a beautiful alternative:

Anna Sui Embellished Vest

The colors of the jewels and the texture of the velvet work hand in hand to create a gorgeous, eastern inspired vest. The collar is very Asian and almost has a regal look to it. These next two jackets are stunning, a bit more ladylike and, again, can be dressed up or down:

Prada and Miu Miu Embellished Coats

The pink is by Prada and the black is by Miu Miu, and both need to get in my closet. If I had to choose, I think the Prada would be my favorite. I don’t know if I’m just in a pink mood today, but I think I would love this jacket in any color. The delicate details and clean lines are just gorgeous. Proof that you don’t need to be over the top to create something breathtaking (although sometimes a little over the top doesn’t hurt.)

Neon Green with Envy in Reality

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I love a t-shirt with a seemingly meaningless symbol (though this one makes me think of Pink Floyd…anybody else?) It exudes an “I don’t care” attitude that so many well dressed people seem to possess. The heels don’t hurt either. 4 inch strappies with no platform that preferably have some shiny metal on them, are hot. Platforms are so 2011, and also very painful. So lose the stilts and throw on a pair of these. I find them equally as torturous, but if you’re going to be in pain, why not be in good shoes too.

neon green reality

COZBEST jacket $81 / CHEAP MONDAY jeans $90 / FOREVER 21 tank $15 / ASOS heels $79 / ATMOS&HERE bag $63 / DOROTHY PERKINS ring $11 / RIVER ISLAND necklace $19 / ASOS sunglasses $21

The jacket adds a pop of color, just like the Antonio Berardi blazer did in the luxury version of this look. The subtle jewelry is key to looking chic. You can’t look sleek with frilly jewels hanging everywhere, unless they’re really expensive nice. Instead stick to clean lines. Think modern and metallic. And again, the black and white motif really ups the trend factor. Of course, there is that pop of neon…seems I just couldn’t help myself. Here are 7 of my favorite black and white pieces for under $100:

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1. H&M dress $32 / 2. NASTY GAL jeans $75 / 3. NASTY GAL maxi skirt $58 / 4. ALIAS MAE wedges $80 / 5. BARDOT crop top $53 / 6. MOTEL skirt $44 / 7. CHIC NOVA t-shirt $44

The maxi skirt gets even better once you put it on. The white stripe is bordered by zippers that can make one or two slits:

zip black and white skirt

The versatility of this skirt makes it my favorite piece under $100, though the Bardot crop top is a close second. Which is your favorite?

Check back tomorrow to read about my newest obsession.

Visual Vacation in Reality

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This French Connection graphic is the perfect pick me up for a cold winter’s day. The red hat brings some excitement to an otherwise mellow ensemble. I like the contrast of the casual beach scene and ripped jeans with the structured boyfriend blazer. The streamlined bag, ring and sunglasses keep the outfit looking casual, but not overly simple.
Visual Vacation Reality

FRENCH CONNECTION shirt $68 TOPSHOP jeans $90 RIVER ISLAND jacket $64 H&M clutch $21 TOPSHOP boots $90 ASOS hat $12 DOROTHY PERKINS ring $11 H&M sunglasses $10

My favorite piece in this look is the floral boots. They’re very similar to Dr. Martens, which have been popular since the 80s and trendy since the 90s when the grunge style became cool. Here are a few of my favorites:

Doc Martens

The gold boots are simply fabulous. You can find them at RevolveClothing.com for $390. The forest green pair is much more affordable at $120 and can be found at Zappos. The color is also very trendy right now, as we know thanks to Pantone. The studded pair costs $350 and can also be found at Zappos. There’s so many different styles of Doc Martens that I can honestly say there’s a pair for everybody…the only question is, which one to get?!

Printed Pants

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Printed pants are great for throwing a chic outfit together in a hurry. All you need is a basic top and some accessories to look like a trendsetter. Here’s one of my favorite looks for printed pants:

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MOSCHINO pants / VIONNET top / ALEJANDRO INGELMO booties / MARC JACOBS bag / BALENCIAGA watch / ALEXIS BITTAR earrings / JENNIFER MEYER ring / KAREN WALKER sunglasses

The graffiti printed Moschino pants add urban flair. I paired them with a simple, chic top and some edgy booties to keep that cool girl vibe flowing throughout. When wearing a print it’s advised to play off of the colors within it for only one accessory…if that. You can stay safe and keep everything neutral, but a pop of color can be a nice way to break up the outfit.  Just be sure to keep the rest neutral or you could end up looking like you skipped the mirror.  (By the way, I’m absolutely obsessed with this Balenciaga watch…but who wouldn’t be?  So amazing.)

If this look is too downtown for your taste, don’t fret.  Printed pants can be done in pretty much any style.  Here’s a more uptown version:

PRABAL GURUNG pants / JUNYA WATANABE sweater / WALTER STEIGER pumps / VINTAGE CHANEL bag / ZADIG & VOLTAIRE cuff / HAIDER ACKERMANN scarf / HOUSE OF HARLOW sunglasses / OASIS earrings

Simply amazing. Zoe Saldana wore these pants to the fall 2012 Prabal Gurung runway show.  They are from the spring 2012 RTW collection and stole my heart the moment I saw them.

Zoe opted to wear them with the ankle zipped open to show off her Nicholas Kirkwood for Prabal Gurung pumps.  She paired the pants with a turquoise blazer from the same collection and looked oh so fabulous. Perfect amount of class with a little bit of edge.

If you’re more of a bohemian girl, you’ll love this look:

YVES SAINT LAURENT pants / ACNE denim blazer / TOPSHOP top / L.A.M.B. shoes / 3.1 PHILLIP LIM bag / IRENE NEURWIRTH earrings / RAY-BAN aviators

I do realize I use the term “bohemian” loosely considering these are $2000 pants, but even rich girls need some hippie style in their repertoire, no?  Pairing loose pants with a crop top is a good way to avoid swimming in fabric.  Adding a denim blazer (a more polished play on the denim shirt) is a great way to transition this outfit from day to night.

Here is a more affordable version of the printed pant look:

RIVER ISLAND pants $47 WAREHOUSE top $37 ZARA clutch $30 RIVER ISLAND pumps $85 TOPSHOP earrings $10 WEEKDAY rings $10 NIXON watch $68 DOROTHY PERKINS belt  $8 JACK MARTIN sunglasses $13

Again, I picked up the color from the pant with the clutch and put two trends together: printed pants and neon. This outfit comes to a total of $308 dollars with nothing costing over $100.  Proof that you can still be chic on a budget.