Wednesday, April 15, 2015

changing my stripes

sunglasses// Warby Parker
lipstick// NARS, Jungle Red 
earrings// Kate Spade 
dress// Asos 
trench coat// J.CREW {similar here}
bag// Clare V 
nails// Essie, Geranium 
heels// Steve Madden {similar here

First off, can we please discuss how lush and green Houston looks in these photos? These colors are almost neon. It's so gorgeous right now in Texas, so please remind me of this beauty when it's over 100 degrees for months on end later this summer. Thanks, friends! 

Now to the outfit at's no secret that I love a stripe, love some leopard and love a pop-of-color (or POC as I like to call it). Today is a play on a classic look that mixes modern-day classics and bright colors. While my stripe game is usually focused on long-sleeve t-shirts, and the occasional skirt, I'm loving this new striped-swing dress that is sure to come with me to Paris later this year. It's comfortable and stylish, and under $50. Not to mention that I love to layer and this dress is the perfect base layer for a trench coat, long vest or moto jacket. But no matter how I style it, this striped-swing dress is a winner in my book. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

blue crush

lipstick// Hourglass, Fever 
earrings// Oscar de la Renta {similar here & here}
bag// Louis Vuitton, Speedy 30
skirt// J.CREW {similar here & here}
heels// Coach {similar here & here}
nails// Essie, Geranium 

I currently have a major crush on cobalt blue. And let's be honest, I've been fixated on this color for a while now. Cobalt dresses, heels and bags have all been major players in my wardrobe over the past few years. It's bright yet saturated tone, and sapphire hue make it fantastic on any skin tone, and it's enough of a neutral to wear with other brights. So, when I spotted this petal-print-cobalt top, I couldn't resist. Today I paired it with grey, black and white, but I'm thinking a striped long sleeve t-shirt will look perfect layered underneath on a chilly day...don't you think?! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

classics @25% off!

If you've been following along with this little blog, you may have noticed that I very rarely post about sales. For some reason I've always been hesitant to post about promotions and discounts thinking that you, my readers, may feel like I'm just trying to sell you things, and I would never recommend anything I didn't love, use and wear myself. But when I saw that Shopbop was having an incredible 25% off sale on things that I LOVE and wear weekly, I thought this was the perfect time to start sale shopping. 

Faux-fur in fun colors, Karen Walker sunnies, Clare V bags, Kate Spade studs, Converse All Stars, stripes and lots and lots of leopard, are staples in my everyday wardrobe, and frequently featured here on AYA. Not to mention grid print and sleeveless jackets are new favorites of mine that are here to stay as far as I'm concerned. So, go ahead and online-shop until you drop. With this list of modern-day classics, you won't go wrong! And, hurry hurry...the sale ends April 9th just before the clock strikes midnight! 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

dress as a dress

sunglasses// Karen Walker 
lipstick// Hourglass, Fever
earrings// Kate Spade {similar here}
dress// c/o Trina Turk
necklace// Kate Spade {similar here}
bag// Clare V
heels// Zara {similar here & here}

Todays post has a funny title, but a very straight forward message. A week or so ago, and a few scrolls down on this homepage, I wore this floral confection as a skirt, and today I bring it to you in its purest form, worn as a dress. I love pieces with lots of potential and versatility, so I love that I can wear this dress as a skirt or a dress. The next stop for this almost Starburst candy-colored frock is a friends wedding later this month. Have a fantastic week!

Monday, March 30, 2015

spring has sprung

With Spring in full swing, today I'm sharing the classics and trends that will work for this Spring, this Summer, next Fall and beyond. With over a decade in the fashion business, I've seen trends come and go, and come back around again. I'm here to help you find what will work for you now, later and what to spend and save on. So, let's get Spring styling! 

1. I LOVE the pastel colored glasses that are so of-the-moment, but don't want to invest a lot of money in a pair. At the TopShop Preview Party last week, I found this pair that is a perfect fix for this trend at a trend-worthy price. 

2. It's no secret that I'm obsessed with stripes whether it's on tops, bottoms or on accessories. I scooped up this blue and black striped skirt after I accidentally tried it on backwards {so the zipper was in the back}, and ended up liking it that way. Whether you wear the zipper in the front or the back, this striped skirt will add some fun to any wardrobe. Stay tuned to see how I wear this striped skirt this Spring. 

3. We all have felt that panic-y feeling at the airport luggage carousel not being able to spot our bag and hoping no one else picked ours up by mistake. Well, with this bright-floral suitcase you'll never worry about that. You know the traveler carrying this bag is well-traveled, stylish and ready to enjoy herself! 

4. The moto-jacket trend has been strong for a while now, and has no plans on falling out of fashion favor anytime soon. This faux-leather white moto is so fun to mix into a Spring wardrobe and would look incredibly cool when worn into the Fall. 

5. These pointed-toe flats would add a little ladylike edge to any look, and would work way into the Fall/Winter months. I can always find a use for a pointed toe leopard flat...I have two pairs of them. 

6. Ever since Marc Jacobs designed denim bags for Louis Vuitton, I've loved the idea of a denim bag but never made the purchase. This season Tory Burch gives us this very versatile, and very well-priced, quilted-denim bag that I think is such a winner. Add a casual feel to any look and dress up the idea of denim. This bag is an absolute classic if you ask me! 

7. Always a sucker for a graphic print, this airplane-print wallet caught my eye immediately. This is perfect for the girl-on-the-go that needs a small wallet that can fit into lots of different bags...and it's just so cute!

8. I have two pairs of Karen Walker sunglasses, and I'm currently crushing on these. The color block sunglasses trend has been around for a few seasons now, and I'm still so in love with it. If I take the plunge, these Karen Walkers will be my splurge. 

9. I'm always game for a stylish heel that is also comfortable, and these Rockstud sandals are just that. A different take on the now famous Rockstud styles, I think these would work in Spring/Summer and even through Fall. 

10. Everyone needs a little feminine floral this Spring, and this femme t-shirt is just the fix. Wear it oversized or more fitted, either way you'll look fresh and up-to-date. 

11. At the aforementioned TopShop Preview Party, I scooped up this cool straw hat. Loving the unique taupe color, and needing a new straw hat, this was a no-brainer for me. It will look chic in the city, at the pool or on the beach! 

12. I'm imagining myself wearing these leopard sandals almost everyday. Leopard is a neutral in my book, and these would spice up any Summer look. Love them! 

13. An A-line skirt looks good on every body type, and pink looks gorgeous on almost every woman, so I pretty much universally recommend this petal-pink skirt. I think we would be hard pressed to find a woman that this didn't flatter, and this classic style is here to stay.