what i wore: weekend event

Hello and happy Tuesday! This past weekend we had a family affair that consisted of three separate events: a Friday night dinner, a Bar Mitzvah ceremony followed by lunch on Saturday, ending with another dinner Saturday night. My goal when coordinating for this was to style three unique looks that catered to the feel of each party. Friday night was an opportunity to bring a little sass since it had a meet & greet, cocktail’y vibe. Saturday day needed to be more conservative since the Bar Mitzvah took place in temple (shoulders covered). And once Saturday night rolled around I knew I’d be done with heels so sought out something super comfy yet still chic! Here’s a breakdown of all of the looks (with a few substitutions for pieces that are unavailable) and me on instagram in two out of the three. Do you have an event coming up that you need help shopping for? A wedding? Cocktail party? Vacation? Reach out and contact me directly at yoursoulstyle@gmail.com for personal styling inquires. xx jenny

friday cocktailsFriday Night Dinner 1. Ted Baker floral print dress, $275, tedbaker.com // 2. Miguel Ases beaded drop earring, $215, calypsostbarth.com // 3. Josie Maran lipgloss in sheer plum wine, $20, sephora.com // 4. Edie Borgo cuff, $495, matchesfashion.com // 5. Whiting & Davis edge clutch, $190, whitinganddavisbags.com // 6. Michael Kors collection sandals, $350, shopbop.com

saturday afternoonSaturday Temple & Lunch 1. Steven Alan lane dress, $398 ($259 sale), stevenalan.com // 2. J.Crew crystal bracelet, $118 ($88 sale), jcrew.com // 3. Make Up For Ever rouge artist natural N45, $20, sephora.com // 4. Zara suede strappy sandal, $79.90, zara.com // 5. Zara clutch, $99.90, zara.com

saturday night lookSaturday Night Dinner 1. T-Bags Los Angeles draped maxi, $193, revolveclothing.com // 2. Gorjana swing earrings, $68, shopbop.com // 3. Vanessa Arizaga bracelet, $180, shopbop.com // 4. Josie Maran lip stain, $19, sephora.com // 5. Clare Vivier fold over clutch, $156, shopbop.com // 6. Dolce Vita archer sandal, $69, dolcevita.com

in the nude…

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A few weeks back one of my favorite lifestyle bloggers, Sarah Yates from A House in the Hills (pictured above) mentioned in this post how nude shoes can “make your legs look like they go on for a million miles”.  Seems her and I are style vibin’ because I’d been queueing up a post covering the same topic!  The color nude is relative.  For caucasion women it’s a peach tone whereas for other races and ethnicities the shade of ‘nude’ varies.  Here is the low down on how you could look your best ‘in the nude’ no matter what color you are!

style tip:  how to get legs for days?  Whatever your skin tone – wearing shoes that match back to it will create an illusion of a longer and leaner silhouette.  This happens because there is no pause (or break) for the eye to rest at, keeping the line of sight continuous with no interruption.  Since the shade of the shoe is consistent with the color of your skin – it tricks the brain to “believe” it’s an extension of your own leg and your shoe (or ankle strap) doesn’t wind up cutting you off.  Genius, right?  This style tip greatly benefits the vertically challenged or for those of us that just want a slimmer appearance.  No matter what your body type really – it’s a win!  Here’s a visual tutorial.

Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 7.25.42 PM This tip has been used by us fashion stylists for years and one that I had to share with you.  It’s a little trick we keep in our back pockets but one that should be shouted from the roof tops! 

Here are some other benefits…

  • This tip applies to both flats and heels
  • Nude shoes go with any outfit hence ‘neutral’ – yipee!
  • Nude (neutral) shoes are trend right so finding the right match up to your skin tone should be a breeze!   Be sure to get as close to your own color as possible!
  • Gold is a close second to nude for most skin tones and can facilitate the same results

 …and an edit of a few faves from spring/summer ’13.  Shop the above dresses here and here.

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  1. Aquazzura cutout booties, $465, shopbop.com
  2. Chloe two tone sandals, $320, piperlime.com
  3. Zara multi strap high sandal, $89.90, zara.com
  4. KORS Michael Kors lexa sandals, $275, shopbop.com
  5. Dolce Vita briza sandals, $79, dolcevita.com
  6. Jeffrey Campbell bond girl sandals, $185, shopbop.com
  7. Schutz Arieli lace up booties, $220, shopbop.com

photo credit via Lou Mora

springspiration…

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Happy Monday! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and lovely mother’s day. It seems us north-easterner’s are still amidst the tempermental weather patterns, today dropping to 59 degrees (45 tonight)!  Our daily head scratching days of ‘what to wear’ continue. I pulled this look from carolines mode, offering some further inspiration for you while we navigate through to the warmer temperatures. This look is spring-like and embraces the season from a fashion perspective but the blazer (offering a second layer) and embellished (closed toe) loafers keep it weather appropriate.  Shop it here…

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  1. Ray-ban clubmaster sunglasses, $145, ray-ban.com
  2. Botkier shoulder bag, $295, shopbop.com
  3. Zara wide stripe blazer, $89.90, zara.com
  4. Zara fold over skort, $49.90, zara.com
  5. H&M basic tee, $7.95, hm.com for locations
  6. Asos pack of 8 smooth rings, $13.58, asos.com
  7. Dolce Vita flat loafers, $149, shopbop.com

photo credit: carolines mode

animal instinct

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Since posting this earlier in the week I’ve been inspired to find super chic head to looks that won’t break the bank!  I’ve gone and done it again, this time keeping the full ensemble around $200!  I think I may be onto something here and this behavior is becoming part of my, oh – animal instinct (wink wink)!  This spring look is perfect for your weekend frolicking and don’t be surprised if you spot me around NYC in the budget conscious version sometime very soon!  Enjoy!  xx #yoursoulstyle

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  1. Mango knit sweater, $39.99 (sale!), mango.com
  2. Topshop floral print animal shorts, $60, topshop.com
  3. H&M sunglasses, $5.95, hm.com for locations
  4. Sephora forever fuchsia cream lip stain, $12, sephora.com
  5. ASOS across body bag, $26.90, asos.com
  6. Dolce Vita diandra sandal, $69, dolcevita.com