How To Wear A Poncho

Thursday, January 22, 2015

How to wear a poncho.  Sure poncho's can be a little intimidating, at first thought, there's a lot of fabric and can look pretty drab but when worn the right way can look fab!!  Not only are poncho's comfortable, cozy and perfect for winter but there are so many options when it comes to styling.  My favorite way to wear this trend is paired with skinny jeans, tall boots and a wool fedora.  I'm also a huge fan of black and tan!  I know some people frown upon this color combo but I can't get enough.  (As you can see here!)      

1.  Jeans.  With a poncho being so big and bulky on top, wear straight leg or skinny jeans for that perfect balance on top and bottom.
2.  Wear shorts.  Sure it's cold out, but add some tights, leather shorts, ankle boots and you're good to go!
3.  Layer.  Wear a long sleeve white shirt under your tan poncho for added warmth.  Add a pair of white jeans and tall riding boots for an instant winter chic look.
4.  Leggings.  If your poncho is long enough to cover your booty, wear it as a dress paired with leggings and boots.
5. Accessorize.  A faux fur scarf, oversized bag, gloves and jewelery are the perfect way to dress up your look.

Whatever you do, have fun with it!!  Do you love poncho's as much as I do?

 Boots: Guess (on sale!) | Jeans: Rag & Bone | Poncho: Similar Here and Here
Purse: Forever 21 | Hat: Similar Here | Watch: Michael Kors
Nail Polish: butter LONDON La Moss

Photos by Arlene Ibarra

19 Midi Skirt Styles You Just Have To Try

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

1. Short girls look for below-the-knee length…

Short girls look for below-the-knee length... / Via
“I’m 5’2 and the perfect midi length for me is right below the knee,” The Penny Closet fashion blogger Claudia Felix Garay told BuzzFeed Life.

2. And try strappy heels…

And try strappy heels...
“It will elongate your legs,” The Style Remedy fashion blogger Becca Arcebido told BuzzFeed Life.

3. And love bilayer midi skirts!

And love bilayer midi skirts! Photo Arlene Ibarra
“A lace midi is the perfect addition for an understated yet elegant look,” fashion blogger Vanessa Balli told BuzzFeed Life. “Tailor the liner underneath the skirt to show off your legs and appear taller.” You can hem the liner to your desired length.

4. For taller girls, mid-calf is where it’s at.

For taller girls, mid-calf is where it's at.
“Length is important because you don’t want your skirt to be too long. I’m 5’7, so I like to keep my midi lengths between 27-29 inches, which hits me mid-calf” Grown and Curvy Woman style blogger Georgette told BuzzFeed Life. “No matter your height, anyone can wear a midi. Shorter women can always have theirs tailored to achieve the length they desire.”

5. For straighter shapes, try a baby doll dress on top.

For straighter shapes, try a baby doll dress on top.
“Instead of searching for the perfect top, layer a shorter dress on top of a midi skirt,” Sara Qaddoura, curator of e-commerce at London-based fashion startup Not Just A Label, told BuzzFeed Life. “A short peplum gives some serious edginess.”

6. Everyone! Just wear a sweatshirt!

Everyone! Just wear a sweatshirt!
Sylvia Mitbrodt / Via
“I love wearing a cropped sweatshirt with a midi skirt because it dresses down the look and still makes me feel put together,” Laura Mitbrodt—style blogger of Laura Jane Atelier—told BuzzFeed Life.

7. And—while you’re at it—try a bright color…

And—while you're at it—try a bright color... / Via
“Brightly colored midi skirts are a statement piece in itself so even though you don’t really put much effort into your outfits, it looks like you did,” All Things Beautiful fashion blogger Afeeyah told BuzzFeed Life.

8. Hell, wear tulle…

Hell, wear tulle...
Via Photo Arlene Ibarra
“If you’ve ever dreamed of being a princess, then a tulle skirt is a must-have,” Balli says. “There’s just something about tulle that makes you feel super girly and you’re guaranteed a fun night out.”

9. Plus rock pleats…

Plus rock pleats...
Having a few pleats in a midi creates more movement in the skirt, according to Afeeyah. “And every time I wear a pleated midi skirt, I have to twirl around like I am in The Sound of Music.”

10. Maybe do a crop top…

Maybe do a crop top...
 Via Photo Jessica Chavez
“With a high-waisted midi covering up so much torso and leg, pair it with a form-fitting top that shows a little skin,” Balli says.

11. And sport short boots…

And sport short boots...
Sylvia Mitbrodt / Via
“Booties are great for the winter,” says Mitbrodt. “And they look cute with or without tights.”

12. Or Converse…

Or Converse... / Via
“Pairing Converse sneakers with a midi skirt is truly a classic way to go,” Neon Fox fashion blogger Alicia Nicholls told BuzzFeed Life. “Platforms and slip-on sneakers are also great options.”

13. Or perhaps even sandals…

Or perhaps even sandals...
“Wearing strappy sandal can make your legs looks longer,” says Qaddoura. Throw on an oversized button-up and you’re out the door.

14. Try a circle silhouette…

“If you’re skeptical about midi skirts, I suggest trying a high-waisted circle silhouette first,” says Nicholls. “It will accentuate your waist in a flattering way.”

15. And don’t get out of your night shirt…

“I think combining a tee with a midi is a great way to create a casual yet chic look,”
Georgette says.

16. Try denim…

Try denim...
“This amazing denim midi skirt is from H&M,” Arcebido says. “I love the fact that it has belt loops to emphasize my waist. When in doubt, pair denim with more denim!”

17. Look badass in leather…

“But if you are wearing a tighter skirt, look for one with pocket impressions instead of real pockets,” says Qaddoura. You’re not really going to put anything in there, are you?!

18. Try jersey…

“This look is great for a weekend,” says Qaddoura. “Pair a cozy knit with a blanket scarf and sneakers for a chic, relaxed style.”

19. And make your plain white tee look killer.

“I wanted to be comfortable yet stylish while dashing around Paris,” Qaddoura says. “So I combined a white t-shirt with sneakers for a casual edge and threw on a leather skirt for a structural centerpiece.”

Thesis statement: Wearing a midi skirt is an easy way to look très chic.

Plus, you might not have to shave your legs.

Original Post: BuzzFeed

The Simple Things In Life

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I enjoy the simple things in life.  When I said that exact phrase to Rick the other night, he laughed!  Come on!!! Ok, so maybe there are times when I don't mind spending a little extra for a nice bag, flying first class or enjoying an expensive bottle of wine, but who doesn't?!  So in an effort to validate both my simple and complex sides, I've combined the two for an everyday laid back look.  Mixing high-end and affordable pieces together. (My boots were $35, simple right!)   
And with this brisk weather, it has got me reaching for my jeans more often, as seen here, and I love how easy they are to dress up or down no matter what the occasion!

So what do you think, can you still be considered a simple girl if you enjoy the finer things in life?  
I need some back up!! LOL

Top: Lush | Jeans: Rag & Bone | Jacket: Old, Similar Here | Purse: Louis Vuitton Mini Lin Boots: Lulus  | Scarf: Sold Out, Similar Here
 Photos by Arlene Ibarra

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