October 31, 2012

October Featured Blogger #2: Aili from Jane Squared

Okay. I know I say this at the end of every month... but where did the time go? Tomorrow marks the first of November, which means Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's is around the corner. Woah. Let's make the best of what's left of 2012, shall we? :)

October's second featured blogger is Aili from the blog Jane Squared, and she's got a post for us just in time for Halloween! Love it. :)

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Hello Long Live Classy Readers!  I'm Aili from Jane Squared, a site all about restyling your fashion basics in a fresh and stylish way.  Fashion fundamentals are critical to stretching my wardrobe--even in a Halloween costume, where my black pumps anchor this look.



I love Halloween.  I think I've always loved Halloween... it probably dates back to my high school days, where I volunteered as an official "scarer" (yep, I had the same gig as Sulley from Monster's Inc.) on a Haunted Hay Ride.  I definitely love dressing up for the day, and one of my most treasured costumes was a Spartan cheerleader à la Cheri Oteri & Will Ferrell.



This year, I went as La Catrina, from the Day of the Dead.  I recently went to Mexico for the first time and was inspired by the colors and cultural figurines that saturate local marketplaces.





I picked up this cute little dress during my travels and it was simple and fairly inexpensive to add simple skinny belt, some edgier fingerless gloves, and my basic black pumps to finish off the look.









All that's left was some creative use of eyeliner and a little bright lipstick, and I was finished with my look.





A huge thank you to Megan for featuring me on Long Live Classy!






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Happy Halloween, everyone! You'll get to see what Nick and I wore for Halloween later this week... :)

If you're a style blogger and would like to be featured, please see this post for more information or email me!

October 30, 2012

More Firmoo!

You probably remember this post from a while back where I did a review on a classic pair of black frames from Firmoo Optical. Since then, Firmoo has asked me to do another review, but this time I decided on a more "adventurous" pair of glasses and went with a blue frame. Once again, I am very happy with them!
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My glasses arrived about a week or so after placing the order, and they actually came from New York instead of China this time around. Firmoo is an online eyeglasses store where you can purchase inexpensive (yet decent quality) frames with or without your prescription! I know I had to buy a $300 pair of glasses at my local eye doctor a while back, but I have since been a total Firmoo convert.

The best part about it is that you can switch up your glasses as much as you like for as little as $8 a pair. :)

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Find these glasses here... (also comes in black!)

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The glasses come packaged very nicely and include a hard case, drawstring sleeve, cleaning cloth, and a tiny screwdriver with extra screws, just in case. I am so impressed!

If you're interested in giving Firmoo a try, you can get your first pair of glasses free! They really want you to experience what they have to offer, and I know you'll be back for more. I know I have! I just ordered these sunglasses in my prescription. We'll see how they turn out... :)

Disclaimer: The glasses shown were provided to me for review by Firmoo Optical. Opinions are my own.

October 28, 2012

Join me on my quest...

The only thing I really dislike about Wintertime is the shorter days. I miss when the sun wouldn't set until after 7pm, and how the sun would be up and ready by the time I woke up. Now, its dark by 5:30 and sunrise is so much later.

Which means... Cold, dark mornings = lack of motivation to get ready for the day. Am I just lazy and unmotivated or do you all feel this way too?

This brings me to the point of this post-- I'm on a quest to fill my Winter wardrobe with cozy, comfortable pieces (We're talking pajama comfy here) that still look polished and put-together. Obviously, none of us fashionistas want to sacrifice style for comfort. We'll take both.

Below are two outfits that fit the bill so far...
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J. Crew Blazer | Target Sweater | Ann Taylor Pants | Ann Taylor Necklace | Target Flats
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Gap Dress (Similar) | F21 Sweater (Similar) | Target Belt | Tory Burch Bag and Shoes | Ann Taylor Necklace

My criteria for shopping this Winter-- Clothing must be versatile and easily paired with other pieces in my closet; It must be comfy and be of a relatively "forgiving" fabric (ex: my AT stretch pants); It must be easy to put on in the morning (no fussy zippers or buttons) and easy to wear all day long. I'm sure I'll think of more specifics along the way.

So, if you're interested in this as well... Good. I don't want to do this alone. I want you to be involved in my "quest", sharing your finds and suggestions along the way. We can discuss what worked and what didn't, and what some of our favorite pieces are! Please follow me on Twitter for quick responses and discussions, or come together in the comments below!

Let me know what you think! :)


October 26, 2012

A Wardrobe Essential and Worthy Investment: Classic Cardigans

If you've been following my blog for a while now, you've probably noticed my colorful collection of cardigans. I wear them almost everyday-- at work with LBDs, skirts, and sheath dresses, and casually with jeans and tees on the weekends.

Cardigans are a wardrobe essential, and every girl needs to own at least one in a color that goes with everything! Once you get started with them... you just can't stop. They're an easy way to add polish and maybe even a bit of color to any outfit and work in every season.

Today, I'm here to write about the advantages to investing in a couple of good cardigans-- mostly because of the quality and longevity.

I personally have not invested in any quality cardigans yet (I'm sticking with the Target ones for now), but it's next on my shopping list. I really want some basic colors in high quality fabrics that will last me for years. Below are some of my picks...
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J. Crew | Target | J. Crew

I'm looking into getting a few from J. Crew, as their cardigans are made from merino wool and cotton blends and come in a ton of colors. The price is a little hefty on the wallet, though. But I love J. Crew so much...

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Vineyard Vines | Gap | Ann Taylor

Vineyard Vines offers all the preppy classic essentials, including lovely cardigans. Gap cardigans have a friendlier price tag for being a merino wool/polyester blend. And of course, for something mid-range price wise, Ann Taylor has a bunch of bright colors to add a little fun to your wardrobe. :)

Where would you invest in a good cardigan? What kind of fabrics are you looking for? I personally prefer merino wool for the cooler months and cotton in the summer time.

Is investing in a good cardigan worth it? Have a happy Friday and a great weekend, everyone! :)

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions and cardigan choices are my own.

October 25, 2012

Just like leaves...

Ah, it's finally Fall...
Just kidding. It isn't really here yet. We can pretend though. Dang Arizona weather!
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I am so sad that it's almost the end of October and it's not even boot weather yet. I'm afraid I'm going to have to wait until after Thanksgiving for it to get cold during the day (nights are definitely chilly now). *Sigh*

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Despite the weather, I am happy to have gone back to "chocolate creme" for my hair color after dyeing it a burnt orange by accident. :)

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Sweater: Target
Shirt: J. Crew Crewcuts boys, sz 14 (Similar here and here)
Pants: H&M (Similar)
Belt: Target
Shoes: Minnetonka Moccasins; Last year's version (Similar)
Bag: Tory Burch East to West Tote
Necklace (Reversed): Ann Taylor

Do the colors clash in this outfit? I really liked the Fall feeling I got from all the colors. I would definitely wear this again with jeans on the weekend! However, looking at these pics, I'm not sure that the moccasins were a good idea. I think a cognac flat would match better. What do you think?

Lastly-- I am on the quest to find work clothes that are as easy to wear as pajamas. More on that this weekend...

October 23, 2012

Collared

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After seeing "peter pan" collars everywhere earlier this season, I'm happy to have found out about removable collars-- collars with a little clasp that you can wear with anything!

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As trends come and go, I find this a convenient way to switch things up a bit without committing to a dress or blouse that could "go out of style" in a few seasons. Lately, I've been reevaluating my clothing purchases and I've decided that investing in very classic and timeless pieces (with the occasional trendy purchase) makes me happier with my wardrobe in the long run.

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Dress: Forever 21 (Scuba material is AMAZING quality; Similar)
Belt: Target
Collar: H&M; Recent (Similar, but $$$)
Shoes: Tory Burch Caroline flats (Buy or Rent)
Bag: Tory Burch East to West (Very similar; Worn here)

What are some classic pieces you're investing in?

October 19, 2012

The Preppy Schoolboy

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Skirt: Gap (Super cute here)
Blouse: Forever 21 (Similar)
Blazer: J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer
Belt: Target
Shoes: Tory Burch Eddie Bow flats
Bag: Tory Burch East to West Tote

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Dress: H&M (Similar)
Blazer: J. Crew Schoolboy
Belt: Target
Pearls: Vintage from grandma
Shoes: Tory Burch Eddie Bow flats
Bag: Tory Burch East to West Tote

The J. Crew Schoolboy blazer seems to be a blogger favorite and I suppose I've jumped on the trend bandwagon as well! I have been through so many navy blazers in the past few years that it's a welcome change to finally have a quality one. I can see this staying in my wardrobe for 10+ years. That's when you know its okay to invest a little! :)

I can't wait to style this casually!

Also-- If you are a fashion blogger willing to do a review, you can rent any pair of shoes from Chic for a Week for 50% off! Use code FASHBLOG at checkout for a limited time and see this post for more details!

October 17, 2012

Almost Silk: Lands' End Drapey Knit Button-Front shirt

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I am a huge fan of Lands' End and Lands' End Canvas for their classic and quality pieces. However, their sizing is very generous (misses sizing), so only every once in a while am I able to find something that fits. (Lands End Canvas offers a more tailored fit with preppier style).

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This drapey blouse caught my eye in their Fall catalog, being styled with a long necklace and tucked into pants. I've been loving loose button up shirts that can be tucked halfway into pants for the weekend, yet still work tucked into pencil skirts or layered under sheath dresses for the office.

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I'm wearing a size x-small, which is the smallest size they offer, but it feels like a regular size small from other brands. It's a bit blousey tucked into a pencil skirt (I didn't adjust myself right before these pics), but looks great with jeans (see below). Overall, I am very happy with this blouse and I'm considering buying another color, especially with the new sale price.

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Skirt: Nordstrom (similar)
Blouse: Lands' End 3/4 sleeve drapey knit button front shirt, sz XS
Belt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Ann Taylor Perfect Patent Pumps
Necklace: Ann Taylor (old)

Here it is worn with jeans-- the fit is better:
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The material is 90% Lyocell (whatever that is) and 10% silk. It felt so soft to the touch right out of the packaging, and feels even softer after a wash. It's got the feel and movement of a silk blouse, without the hassle of caring for silk. (This one's gotta be washed on the gentle cycle though).

On an unrelated note-- I want to thank those of you who have come to me for personal styling advice! However, please excuse a slight delay in response time, as I am working with so many of you at once and want to really take the time to work with each and every one of you thoroughly. Don't hesitate to send me an email, though, if you're interested! :)

October 16, 2012

October's Featured Blogger #1: Flan Remix

October's first featured blog is Flan Remix-- a collaborative blog between four friends with a passion for food and style. I've never read a collaborative blog before, and Flan Remix is definitely a unique one! :) Please welcome Roe, one of the four lovely ladies that blogs on Flan Remix!

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First off, thank you, Megan, for featuring me and my collaborative blog this month! I'm an avid follower and love your classic fresh style! :D

I'm 28 and counting from the San Francisco Bay Area. I discovered fashion and personal style really late in life. I attended private school from K-12th grade, where the only personal style came from what color barrettes and scrunchies we wore. I attended UC Davis for college, and lived in jeans, t-shirts, pj's, flip flops, and the occasional summer dress.

You would think my personal style started after that. Nope. I proceeded to move on to the corporate world with a strict dress code for business suits and collared shirts. Coming fresh from jeans and tees, I had no idea how to style for the corporate world.

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Taken in 2011 UC Davis Picnic Day. An outfit from my college days.

Two years ago I discovered fashion blogs, and started experimenting more with different styles. I pulled inspiration from bloggers all over, like Megan, and slowly found a style I would like.
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Lombardi's, NYC 2010

My girls and I are bonded by the love of food, we later also realized we were bonded by our love for fashion. The four of us are from different walks of life, we live in different cities, hold different jobs in various fields of work, and have different interests. This is essentially how FLAN Remix was born: 4 girls, 1 item of clothing, 1 ingredient, 4 ways. Each month we feature a different article of clothing and an ingredient, and we put our own personal spin on it.

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Photo by Wish You Were Here

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Beet & Carrot Rice with Grilled Salmon & Squash

I'm still developing and finding my style to this day, but have more direction with what I like and what works for me. I'm refining my culinary skills and trying to create my own recipes instead of following them. I'm happy that I get to go on this journey with my girls, and hope that you all may join us, too!

Visit us at Flan Remix for some inspiration or give much welcomed advice.

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Thanks for the post, Roe! :) Please stay tuned for October's second featured blogger at the end of the month!

If you're a style blogger and would like to be featured, please see this post for more information. I feature two bloggers per month!



October 14, 2012

Stripes Forever

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Skirt: LC Lauren Conrad, Fall 2011 Collection (Similar)
Blazer: H&M, Recent (Similar)
Shirt: H&M (Similar) (Similar)
Belt: Target
Shoes: Tory Burch Caroline Flats (Rent here)
Watch: Fossil "Stella"
Sunnies: Ray-Ban

No matter what the season, stripes have a special place in my heart and wardrobe. And they really do go with everything. Think of stripes as the new neutral!

Happy Sunday :)


October 11, 2012

Review: Ann Taylor Bi-Stretch Cropped Pants

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Blazer: Dillards (Similar)
Pants: Ann Taylor Bi-Stretch Skinny Cropped Pants
Tee: J. Crew Perfect Tee
Shoes: Kate Spade New York
Belt: From a pair of F21 shorts
Necklace: via eBay
Bag: Tory Burch East to West Tote

When I tried on these pants for the first time, I fell in love. The material was perfect-- almost like wearing tailored yoga pants-- And the price was amazing at $17. However, looking at these pictures, I'm not quite sure that I wore them right.

I feel like I wore them up too high, or the pants are just a little too snug, or I just wore the wrong belt. Something feels off! Either way, pictures always show us a perspective we just can't seem to see in the mirror. Back to the drawing board I go!

However, these pants are amazingly comfy and would be great for looking polished (yet comfortable) while traveling. If you are any shorter than me, then I would definitely suggest trying the petite version, as these hit just right on the ankle bone on me.

On an unrelated note, I am now offering personal styling through email, at no charge. Please see this post for more info. :)


October 8, 2012

Update your LBD for Fall...

This is not at all a new concept in the fashion world, but its something I often overlook-- layering. I see it all the time with sweaters, dresses, button ups, etc. But I rarely ever try it myself!

What I'm always afraid of when layering is how uncomfortable I feel with all of that bulkiness. Does anyone else have the same problem? I love the look of a sweater over a button up, but it just never feels right. Am I doing something wrong?

Anyway, you all know I love a good LBD, and there's always new ways to spice one up for any season. For Fall, layer a cardigan and belt it, and add tights when it gets chilly in the Winter time. Or, wear a button up blouse underneath!
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Dress: Anthropologie (Similar)
Shirt: Gap (Similar)
Belt: Target
Shoes: Kate Spade New York (Rent here!)
Bag: Tory Burch East to West Tote

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These Kate Spade New York polka dot pumps are available to rent on Chic for a Week in five different sizes! They are definitely a customer favorite, so snag them while you can. :)

Lastly, I had mentioned on Twitter a couple weeks ago that my local paper was printing a feature on Long Live Classy and Chic for a Week. Here's the link to the full article if you were interested in reading it! :)
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