Month: June 2014

The Little Black Tote (Weekend): The Blue Crab

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J. Crew Crab Top (On Sale!) | Zara Structured Skort (Similar here) | Ann Taylor Gallery Tote(On Sale) | Gold Cap-toe Flats |Banana Republic Statement Necklace (On Sale!) |J. Crew Factory Earrings |J. Crew Factory Link Bracelet

A weekend look styling the “Little Black Tote”: the two rules I live by while dressing for the weekend are, (1) keep it casual and (2) be as comfortable as possible! I used to love to dress up all the time, even for no reason at all. However, I’ve found it quite tiresome to be in uncomfortable clothing every single day of the week, especially when dressing up is now required while I’m interning.Here, I’ve decided to dress down with a summery print.

I absolutely adore seasonal prints. In this case, I couldn’t resist the blue crab when I saw him on the sale rack in J. Crew. With a boxy and structured cut to the top, I decided to style it with a structured skort to make sure there was uniformity throughout the entire look.

The “Little Black Tote” was my go-to bag in this case because I wanted to showcase the bright blue crab print by keeping the rest of the outfit neutral. With a monochromatic palette, the bright blue hues draw all the attention to the unique print.

On weekends, I am often out of the apartment very early, running errands or meeting friends for brunch. I like a good sized tote that fits all the essentials for my day (with some room left over). I especially look for quality and durability when it comes to choosing the perfect tote, and I can honestly say that this Ann Taylor Gallery Tote has not disappointed. The leather is 100% vegan, not to mention soft and supple to the touch as well. This Gallery Tote is the most versatile bag in my wardrobe and is definitely going to be my go-to bag from now on.

Hope you guys enjoyed this mini series on the “Little Black Tote!” Happy styling fashionistas,

-A

PC: Matt Chu Photography

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The Little Black Tote (Night): Delicate

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Zara Floral Lace Printed Dress | Zara Statement Necklace | Ann Taylor Gallery Tote | Aldo Galelawen

Happy Thursday, loves! Hope your week is going great so far!

I’ve styled for you guys the “night” version look with the “Little Black Tote!” I absolutely love the color scheme here, with pale blues and silver metallics. I ended up belting the porcelain shift dress because I didn’t want to lose my waistline in this dress, especially with my petite frame. The dress has draped material on the sides, which ends up looking very unique when belted. Not to mention, the chiffon material is great for those hotter summer nights, allowing me to keep cool in the lightweight fabric.

With such a beautiful pattern already on the dress, I kept my accessories neutral so that all the attention would be on the porcelain details. I couldn’t resist with the statement necklace though–I felt like it gave the whole look a very polished and refined feeling, perfect for a classy night time event.

This is definitely an outfit I would wear out to a nice dinner with my girls, or my boyfriend–or perhaps a new gallery opening or a nice work dinner. I hope this post has inspired you to do a night time outfit pairing with your own “Little Black Tote!”

Happy styling fashionistas,

-A

PC: Matt Chu Photography

The Little Black Tote (Day): Blushing

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Ann Taylor Embellished Top | Express Sheer Inset Pleated Skirt |

Ann Taylor Gallery Tote | Coach Landrie Heels

The “Little Black Tote” is possibly one of the easiest things to pair with any outfit. However, it’s finding the perfect one for you that is the challenge. What I love about this particular tote are is quality of the craftsmanship–made with 100% vegan leather, the material could not be more supple (not to mention durable as well). The structure and design of the bag is also very clever, with four zippers on every corner, just in case extra space is needed.  This new tote is definitely my go-to bag for any occasion, from classy dates to saturday errands.

Here, I’ve styled the tote for more of a daytime look, with an embellished top and high waisted pleated midi skirt. The color combo here is very soft, emphasizing the blush color by contrasting with the black skirt and tote. This is one of my favorite outfits to wear to work, and on that particular day, I was able to take a quick stroll on the High Line in Chelsea before my usual commute home. I definitely recommend visiting if you’ve never been–it’s such a beautiful repurpose of the old New York railroad!

Hope you’re taking the time to enjoy your summers as much as I am! Stay tuned for my next post on the “Little Black Tote,” coming soon with a dressed up “night” version! Until then…

Happy styling fashionistas,

-A

PC: Matt Chu Photography