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Style Inspired: Joan Smalls’ Turtleneck and Dress Combo

Jan
20

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If you want inspiration for an outfit idea this weekend, look no further than Joan Smalls. The gorgeous supermodel stepped out in Paris wearing a burnt orange turtleneck beneath a black dress with a denim jacket. The ensemble is a homage to the nineties and I am obsessed! The color of the top is perfect for the winter season, and it goes great with the dress.

Add an oversized denim jacket – preferably in the light wash hue – and rock it off your shoulders.

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If you’ve got thigh high boots similar to her – i.e. lace up boots – then absolutely add them for an edgy touch. If that’s too much to you for a daytime look, you can always swap them out for regular thigh high boots.

Me personally, I would wear this combo with either black booties or to go even more casual, Adidas superstars. The key to the look is the color of the turtleneck paired with the strappy dress – a spaghetti strap number is the best choice.

As always though, choose items that you are comfortable in but also pieces that can be re-worn in many different ways.

SIMILAR PIECES:

burnt orange turtleneck: here and here.

black dress: here and here and here.

denim jacket: here.

Boots: here.

Trend Alert : Velvet

Jan
19

Summer may be a few months away but there’s no harm in preparing for it! Instead of reaching for a typical two piece, why not try a velvet bikini?

Model Sahara Ray designed the perfect pink swimsuit:

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The baby girl top in crushed pink velvet is $110 and the bottoms are $105.

There’s also a similar one on Asos.

For more coverage, Naked Wardobe make a velvet two piece called the Velvet Touch Bikini, available in a toffee and black color for $42.

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PrettyLittleThing.com has a gorgeous pink velvet dress – perfect for a date night or an event. It’s flattering but still classy! I love the way Chantel Jeffries styled the velvet dress.

The dress is called the Cinda Bardot Plunge Detail Velvet mini dress and comes in pink, gold and black. It’s normally $35 but right now it’s on sale for $26.25.

Pink fire 💗💗🔥🔥 Kill it like Chantel in the dusty pink velvet mini dress 😍 #outfitinspo #pltstyle #chanteljeffries

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Or go even more nineties with a velvet slips dress like this:

Pink velvet = 🔥🔥 the Kasshia velvet dress is an abso must for party season 💕 #pltstyle #fbloggers #outfitinspo

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Pretty Little Thing’s Kasshia velvet lace trim bodycon dress comes in black or pink; it’s normally $35 but right now it’s on sale for jus $21.

Velvet tracksuits were huge in the 2000’s and guess what? They are back in style! I remember when all I wanted was a Juicy Couture track suit haha! Naked Wardrobe makes a stylish set in maroon – it features a cropped zippered hoodie with fitted bottoms. The set is on sale right now for $25 (original price is $42) – hurry before its sold out!

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I professed my love for Sorella Boutique in the past and its still going strong. They have a wide selection of velvet pieces, but there were a few that really caught my eye. Their camel colored velvet choker is gorgeous and understated – and it’s only $15.

My favorite item from Sorella Boutique is the $52 grey chained velvet bustier belt. I am in love! It is the perfect item to make a simple T-shirt or sweater edgy and sensual.

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Kim Kardashian started the trend of the corset and T-shirt and I am obsessed.

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Style Spotlight: Chantel Jeffries

Jan
14

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She’s amassed a huge following on social media, thanks to her gorgeous looks, her killer style and her past romance with Justin Bieber.

But make no mistake, Chantel Jeffries is a bona fide star in her own right. She’s a DJ, a model and a successful You Tuber. The stunner is also a brand ambassador to the trendy online store Pretty Little Things.

Check out seven times Chantel proved to the world she’s a fashion force that can’t be messed with.

1. Fishnet X Ripped Denim x Cropped Hoodie

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Chantel wore this eye catching look during a trip to the UK. The blonde beauty layered ripped black denim over matching hued fishnets. I love the idea of fishnets – it takes a revealing look and makes it more understated but still keeping it sexy. She made the look casual with a bold orange cropped hoodie, adding converse sneakers and a beanie. Chantel, who wore her locks sleek and loose, finished off the look with a mini Givenchy purse.

2. Satin X Denim

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This next look is great for a date night, girls evening out or just when you’re feeling fancy. I love the look of silky pieces – and this blush colored set is so perfect! The Pretty Little things two-piece featured a low-cut top with an asymmetrical skirt. The stunner gave the glamorous look a casual touch by wearing a light wash denim jacket. For this night out, Chantel chose simple but oh so classic strappy cream heels. She held tight to a furry blush clutch and rocked a fringed hairstyle to round out her look.

3. Red X Black

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Chantel showed off her flat stomach in another flawless look – she paired a black button up crop top with matching denim bottoms. The blonde added a black and red satin bomber jacket with a patterned scarf-style choker. She also wore a delicate gold chain to finish off her look. The star, who posed with King Bach, kept her makeup minimal and styled her hair with a deep side part.

4. Satin robe X Choker X Heels

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In November, Chantel wowed in a blush and white colored frock – which resembled a robe. The beauty looked so glamorous in the knee-length number, adding a sparkling choker and strappy nude heels. She styled her hair half up half down with pink lined lips.

5. Lace Up Leggings

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The DJ showed off her incredible curves in lace up leggings, pairing it with a matching hued crop top. The stunner chose an elegant sleeveless white vest with gold pointed heels for a pop of color. Chantel wore a tie up choker around her neck for a sexy touch. She also decided to keep her tresses sleek, which keeps the sophisticated and very grown up. If you aren’t comfortable showing that much stomach, find a pair of lace up bottoms that sit higher on your waist.

6. White on White

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Chantel showed us why you can still wear white after Labor Day – the model wore a low-cut neutral bodysuit with high-waisted flared bottoms, adding strappy cream heels and a gold necklace. This look is great because it really show’s off the shape of a woman’s body but in a very flattering way. The bodysuit tucks everything in while the loose bottoms keeps the waistline comfortable. The waist looks small and with your low-cut top, it’s still super sexy.

7. Loose Turtleneck Dress X Fringed Heels

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This next look is great for nights you want to look hot but still super comfortable. Chantel chose a loose-fitting turtleneck that grazed her thighs. She paired the piece with funky neutral heels featuring a fringed element. The result is effortless but still hot – those legs will be the stars of the show!

Photo Credit: Chantel Jeffries / Instagram

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