Spring Awakening: Pretty in Pastel

Spring Awakening: Pretty in Pastels

Topshop top
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Topshop skirt
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Forever 21 earrings
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Valentino sunglasses
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Spring is just around the corner and I am so excited about some of the trends seen on the runway for Spring 2014! One of my favorites is the pastel trend. While one of my favorite colors to wear is black and I love my neutrals, adding color into your wardrobe can be so much fun. These are some of my favorite picks for spring. I made sure to choose some affordable pieces, but I could just not resist adding those baby blue Giuseppe Zanotti pumps and I love those Valentino sunnies. I’m sure there will be similar styles popping up at more affordable locations this season.

Two more trends seen on both the runway and street style are crop tops and midi skirts. And although the mention of crop tops may remind you of belly baring Britney Spears circa 1999 with “Hit Me Baby One More Time”, don’t worry! The more recent crop top trend is much more wearable and less risque, mostly because the tops are slightly longer, normally hitting just above the belly button and are best paired with skirts or pants that are a little bit higher waisted. Click here if you’d like to see how I wore one of my favorite crop tops.

I have yet to search out the perfect midi skirt, but petite ladies beware! This trend may be more difficult to pull off because skirts that hit below the knee have a tendency to cut us off and make us look shorter, so find that perfect heel and make the trend more wearable.

xo,
Juliana

Preppy + Paisley

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In my opinion, a great tailored blazer is a necessity in every girl’s wardrobe. There will be times when you either want to prep up your look, or you need to add that professional piece to your workwear outfit. If you want to look polished and professional, whether it’s for an interview, presentation, or professional networking event, you can’t go wrong with a tailored blazer. Being petite, I often have trouble finding a blazer that doesn’t overwhelm my frame. The stores that have pleasantly surprised me with great options for petite frames are Ann Taylor Loft, H&M, Zara, and Evernew.

xo,

Juliana

Forever 21 Paisley Top | H&M Blazer | Citizens for Humanity Jeans | Dani Black Ankle Boots (thrifted) | Rebecca Minkoff Bag | Aldo Earrings

Remix on the Boyfriend Jean: Menswear

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I have a confession. These photos were taken a couple weeks ago when I was at my parent’s house in California. After making my DYI boyfriend jeans I was just obsessed with wearing them and couldn’t get enough. Since these bad boys have made a couple appearances on the blog as of late, I decided to sneak this post out a little later. 🙂 I took my boyfriend jeans to the next level by adding another menswear element by throwing on a slightly oversized collared shirt. I snagged this white non-iron collared button up shirt from the thrift store when I picked up the jeans, black long sleeve v-neck, and belt that I’m wearing here. So, I was happy to feature this budget friendly outfit on the blog! I hope it can give you some budget friendly outfit inspiration! xo, Juliana

White Button Up Shirt (thrifted) | Black H&M long sleeve shirt (thrifted) | Citizens of Humanity Jeans turned DIY Distressed (thrifted) | Belt (thrifted) | H&M Bag | Calvin Klein Heels

Take Me to Paris

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I love a good beret. Finding one that doesn’t make me look like there is an awkward mushroom sitting on my head… well, that’s a different story. I was lucky enough to find this beret with a cute little pom-pom on top of it from H&M. Wearing it makes me feel like I’m back in the city of love. Paris was everything I had ever dreamed of and I can’t wait to go back and visit one day. The architecture is so intricate and beautiful, they food is scrumptious, and I could just listen to people speaking French all day. One of these days, we’ll go back. 🙂 But until then, whenever I’m having those yearnings of going back, I’ll pop on my little beret, eat a croissant, some creme brulee, a few macarons, or a couple cream puffs. Wait a minute, this sounds dangerous, maybe I’ll just stick with the beret. 😉

xo,

Juliana

H&M Button Up Blouse | Banana Republic Sweater | H&M Skirt | Etienne Aigner Boots | Kate Spade Handbag |H&M Beret

Still Sweater Weather

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This is one of my favorite skirts in my closet. The combination of peach and gold with the cinched waist and subtle pleats from the top caught my eye immediately. Another thing that makes it a favorite of mine, is that I wore this skirt to our wedding rehearsal dinner this past September. So  this will be one of those items that I’ll keep in my closet long after it still fits. I’ve been eyeing it recently, wondering how I can make it work when the weather is still a little on the chilly side. In comes a beloved trend I’ve seen popping up everywhere: tucking sweaters into skirts. What better way to be comfy, cute, and warm?

And with that, I give you a goofier side of myself. Well, because, we can’t always pretend to be vogue while perfecting the blue steel face and trying to avoid eye contact with the strangers walking by wondering, “Why is that poor man climbing on those rocks and rolling around in dirt to take pictures of that girl?” Sometimes, we just have to be our silly selves. 🙂

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xo,

Juliana

H&M Trench Coat | H&M Sweater | Evernew Skirt | Nine West Heels | H&M Bag | Forever 21 Necklace | Charming Charlie Watch

DIY Boyfriend Jeans: Styled

First off, Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope today is filled with love and spent with those special to you, whether it’s a valentine or all your galentines! 🙂 Thank you for showing me some love and popping by to read.

In one of my recent posts (click here to see), I showed you how to create your own distressed/destroyed boyfriend jeans! I love this trend and especially how  it looks dressed up with a pair of heels. AND, they’re so comfy! I mean, who wants to peel off a pair of skin tight skinny jeans every time they want to wear some denim? 😉 Not me! Here are the finished DIY jeans and how I styled them with some of my thrifted treasures! I was so happy to find these Citizens of Humanity jeans for only $7.99. In fact, this completed look costs well under $100!

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By the way, I was NOT in Vancouver when these photos were taken, otherwise I would’ve been freezing my tail off in this outfit. 😉 I came down to Southern California for a family event so I was soaking in some sunshine.

If you want to try this DIY tutorial, click here. Let me know if you try it out!

Thanks for reading! Happy ❤ Day!

xo,

Juliana

Black H&M long sleeve shirt (thrifted) | Bebe Vest (Thrifted) | Citizens of Humanity Jeans turned DIY Distressed (thrifted) | Mossimo Heels from Target | H&M bag

DIY Distressed Boyfriend Jeans in 10 Easy Steps

For some time now, I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans. I love the relaxed, easygoing feel of these jeans that can easily be dressed up with a pair of great heels. I’ve seen a few I liked, tried on a few more, but alas, I couldn’t find a pair that flattered my frame with the perfect distressed, worn-in details I had been looking for. Then, I had an epiphany! Why not make my own pair of boyfriend jeans?? Off I went to Goodwill for some thrifted finds. It’s been years since the last time I’ve been to a thrift store. It was a little overwhelming at first, but then I remembered how much I love digging for treasure. Then, there they were! A pair of Citizens of Humanity jeans in a medium wash that was one size too big. Slightly distressed but not enough for my ideal “Boyfriend Jeans” look. PERFECT for my little project.

I’ve been having fun with Polyvore and put together some of my favorite boyfriend jeans and heels pairings! I was trying to re-create the jeans on the right from Hollister.

Boyfriend Jeans

Here’s What You’ll Need:

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1. A padded envelope (folded in half or thirds depending on the size of the pant leg). Cardstock or a thin wooden block can also be substituted.

2. Sandpaper (medium to course grade; I used medium)

3. A pencil

4. An X-acto Knife

5. Tweezers

Ok! Let’s Begin! 🙂

DIY Distressed Boyfriend Jeans:

1. First, try on your jeans. These look pretty bad on me at the moment, but that’s ok! We can work with them! As a petite girl, I have the problem of most of my pants being too long on me. No worries, because…

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2. Boyfriend Jeans look great rolled up! Especially the kind of roll that is not perfectly creased or defined. So give them a roll.

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3. Grab your pencil and make a marking at your knee. I chose to only put holes on one knee, but if you’d like you can do both.

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4. Now take off your jeans and slip your folded padded envelope, card stock or your thin block of wood into the pant leg that you want to cut.

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5. Now grab your X-acto knife. *PLEASE BE CAREFUL! Make sure you have parent supervision if you’re under 18* Cut the area of jeans that you marked with your pencil. Make sure you only cut what is above your padded envelope. Your longest cut should be at the center of your knee because this is naturally where the jeans would rip the most. I made a total of 4 cuts that were between 1/4 to 1/2 an inch apart. The cut I made that was closest to the top of the pant was very short, in order to recreate other torn jeans I’d seen and loved.20140210-DSC_235020140210-DSC_235620140210-DSC_2364

6. Make any other cuts wherever you’d like. Make sure you have your padded envelope inside the pant leg!

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7. Take your sandpaper and rub against areas that normally have wear and tear like the edges of pockets or coin pockets. Also use your sandpaper to rub against smaller areas that you cut with your exacto knife. This will cause the blue threads to come out and leave behind the horizontal white threads. This is the look you’re going for!

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8. Pull apart some horizontal white threads until you can see the visible blue vertical threads. Grab your tweezers and pull out your vertical blue threads.20140210-DSC_238720140210-DSC_0004

9. Keep pulling out those blue threads! Once you’re finished it will look something like this. 20140210-DSC_0007
10. Now throw them in the washer and dryer and you’re done!

Here’s the finished look! In an upcoming post, I’ll show you how I styled my DIY boyfriend jeans.20140210-DSC_0114

Now you’re ready to create your own distressed boyfriend jean! Have some fun!

xo,

Juliana