spain does it again

collage vintage

No one wants to start thinking about fall – certainly not me!  But in true jenny, type A form – I have started mentally preparing my autumn wardrobe and analyzing what my ‘uniform’ will entail through the cooler months.  Of course I find a picture of Sara from Collage Vintage and just like that – I’m inspired.  If you haven’t checked out her blog – I urge you to do so.  The girl has got serious style.  I’m not fluent in Spanish (blog is written in her native language) but the pictures are worth a thousand words.  This particular look is transitional, taking pieces that you’re not ready to retire from summer and adding a second layer to keep you warm in the fall.  Switch out the sandals for booties and the tee for a cozy sweater and voila! – you’ve got your winter version.  Shop it here.

spain does it again...
  1. Zara tee, $12.95, zara.com
  2. Mango super slim jeans, $59.99 (sale $34.99), mango.com
  3. Ray-ban gold aviator sunglasses, $145, ray-ban.com
  4. Nixon cannon watch, $149.99, tillys.com
  5. Topshop camo jacket, $116 (sale $30), topshop.com
  6. Sophie Hulme envelope mini clutch, $480, net-a-porter.com
  7. Schutz arieli lace up bootie, $220, shopbop.com

photo via collage vintage

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