Oscars 2014 Best Dressed & How to Make It Work for You

Jennifer Lawrence Oscars 2014 Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture (photo via)- Dress, Top

The Oscars is the female version of the Super Bowl, except there’s better fashion and it’s much more entertaining (at least in my opinion). Although we had a few issues getting the live streaming to work (as did the rest of the world, according to Twitter), we were able to catch enough of the show for me to pick out some of my favorite looks (and to see Ellen handing out pizza…I mean, Hollywood celebs in fancy clothes chowing down on pizza in the middle of the Oscars is just plane amazing!). Here are some of my favorite red carpet looks and how you can wear them in every day life, no red carpet required.

Cate Blanchett Oscars 2014 Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive (photo via)- EarringsDress (more expensive dress option)

Sandra Bullock Oscars 2014 Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen (photo via)- Dress, Nail Polish

Lupita Nyong'o Oscars 2014 Lupita Nyong’o in Prada (photo via)- Headband, Dress

Camila Alves Oscars 2014 Camila Alves in Gabriela Cadena (photo via)- Clutch, Dress

Margot Robbie Oscars 2014 Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane (image via)- Dress, Maxi 

Women’s Fashion Trends for Spring 2014

Women's Fashion Trends for Spring 2014 Spring is one of my favorite seasons for so many reasons. You can go outside without wearing 57.8965 layers. You can shed the thick winter coats. Sandals are acceptable footwear. It’s my birthday. Pretty flowers start blossoming. Windows can be left open. It’s my birthday. You can once again dine al fresco. New trends start making an appearance. And did I mention, it’s my birthday?! Yes, all of spring is my birthday….obviously kidding (although I do try to turn it into at least a month long celebration). So now that we’ve established that I will be celebrating my birth for the entire month of March, we can move onto today’s topic – women’s fashion trends for spring.

Here are some spring trends I’m loving (aka wanting for my birthday)-

Slip-on SneakersSave || Splurge

NauticalSave || Splurge (also love this & this)

Florals (specifically daisy prints)- Save || Splurge (lots more affordable daisy items here)

Varsity ChicSave || Splurge 

Pastels (specifically powder blue)- Save || Splurge

Marbled PatternsSave || Splurge (or incorporate the trend into your beauty routine)

Snakeskin- Save || Splurge

Perforated- Save || Splurge

15 Wardrobe Essentials

15 Wardrobe Essentials

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stood in front of my closet wondering what I should wear. It’s basically my (totally normal) morning ritual…you know, hit the snooze button 5 times, drink coffee, read the news, ask my closet what I should wear. Unfortunately, my closet rarely answers. So I drink more coffee. And ponder life’s great mystery…what in the world am I going to wear today?

Every few months (but especially in January), I evaluate my closet. I get rid of the pieces that aren’t working or that don’t fit and clean out things that have gone out of style, all while making a list of the things I am in need of. As I’ve gotten older I find myself valuing the importance of wardrobe essentials more and more and wanting to invest in classic pieces over something that is trendy. With just a few wardrobe essentials your closet instantly goes from “nothing to wear” to “endless possibilities”. The black dress with a sweater thrown over it turns into a black skirt and top. The jeans get dressed up with a pair of heels and the blazer. And then they get dressed down with flats and a stripe t-shirt. The eternal question of what to wear is suddenly no longer difficult to answer. Why, you ask? Because of these 15 wardrobe essentials right here.

  1. A Black Dress
  2. A Printed Blouse
  3. Basic Blouses (At a minimum you should have one in a nude/blush color, but I also like having one in a bold blue and red)
  4. Tan or Black Coat
  5. Flats in a neutral color or a neutral print
  6. Nude and Black Pumps
  7. T-shirts (long and short-sleeved, basic colors and stripes; I most of my t-shirts from Gap or Old Navy)
  8. Statement Necklace
  9. Camis (I recommend at least 2 black, a white, and a gray cami)
  10. A Classic Bag
  11. Jeans- BoyfriendSkinnyWide-LeggedBlackWhite
  12. Black Blazer (I also love this one)
  13. An Over-Sized Cozy Sweater
  14. Tan Booties
  15. A Fun Skirt

What are your wardrobe essentials?

Braving the Elements – Outerwear for Women

outerwear for women

By now I think we are all brutally aware of the arctic weather that has descended upon us. Unless you live in Florida or California, in which case, wanna trade places? I like the cold…if I can ski in it, or cuddle up by a fireplace. Since that only happens right about never, I am left with no choice but to brave the elements. And if I’m going to be forced to do that, well, you better believe I’m going to at least be wearing something cute. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite outerwear for women so you too can stylishly (and warmly) brave the cold.

Hats- Gap Blue Beanie // Free Authority Beanie // Gap Cable Knit Beanie // L.L.Bean Buffalo Plaid Bomber Hat

Scarves- Warehouse Snood // J.Crew Plaid Scarf // Aerie Cable Knit + Fur-Lined Snood // Lands’ End Herringbone Scarf

Jackets- Victoria Secret // Express // Calvin Klein // Eddie Bauer

Gloves- Urban Outfitters // Club Monaco // Asos // Macy’s

Boots- Sorel // Uggs // Sorel // L.L. Bean

Manly Mondays- His & Her’s Plaid

His & Hers Plaid

Hi All,

Mr. RC here again for another edition of “Manly Mondays”. Now as the saying goes “behind every good man, there is a better woman,” and with today’s post that couldn’t be more of the truth. I have called in the reserves (aka the Mrs.) for some assistance on styling his and her’s plaid.

Now I remember that I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing plaid, especially with some of the color schemes of the yester-years of the ‘70s and ‘80s (sorry old couch). But now, plaid, or really any checkered pattern, is a great way to add a pattern pop to any outfit. Take a look at some of the ways we’ve both worn plaid-

plaid for a man

Plaid Scarf // Plaid Shirt

plaid for a woman

Outfit 1 // Outfit 2 // Outfit 3  // Outfit 4

As you can see from the above pictures, the Mrs. and I have featured plenty of plaid looks on le Blog before. Just in case that wasn’t enough his and her’s plaid inspiration, though, check out the style guide below to see some other ways you can incorporate the plaid trend into your outfit, whether you’re a guy or a girl.

His & Hers Plaid

 His- J.Crew Jacket // Urban Outfitters Tie // Brooks Brothers Shirt// Nike Shoes

Hers- Lands’ End Headband // Target Coat // Lands’ End Skirt // Sperry Loafers

Are you and your man fans of plaid? What’s your favorite way to wear it? We’d love to know!