Mixing it up – Prints and Patterns

Back in the day, mixing prints and patterns was anti-fashion and you would get funny looks if you did it.   Now, it is the coolest thing to do. The better you can do it, the more layered and put together you can look.

If you’re wondering how to get on this bandwagon, here’s 3 easy ways to mix prints and patterns in a fashionable way.

1) Stripes have been done so much that they are a more a basic than a print now. Throw them on with a pair of floral denims and voila, you have one cute looking outfit that is so put together in a French way.

Prints and Patterns
J.Crew color block shirt / Denim & Supply by Ralph Lauren skinny leg jeans / Zara flat shoes / Zara handbag / Humble Chic multiple chain necklace

2)  Stripes have won people over so much so that its close cousin the check has been overlooked in the process. Here’s a check top paired with a jacquard skirt, a print and pattern that go well together.

Prints and Patterns - Outfit #2

French Connection short sleeve t shirt / Zara pleated skirt / Report studded sandals / Forever 21 lightweight handbag

3) Polka dots and the leopard print are also a much adored print/pattern. Why not put them together? In this color palette they make a delectable combination.

Prints and Patterns - Outfit #3

J.Crew frilly shirt / Ann Taylor / White shoes / ASOS


Statement Necklaces – 10 Under $30

Want to make a big statement? Try these for effect —  All for under $30, some even under $10!

If you are bold enough to, you can layer statement necklaces like this

Layering Statement Necklaces

Layering Statement Necklaces

(Source: Jewelmint)

Accessories can add that touch of wow to even a simple outfit, they are key in being able to wear outfits more than once but still making them looking different, and to be able to dress up or down the same wardrobe piece.

If you haven’t tried this trend before, step out of your comfort zone and for your next date or event, try a statement piece and see the compliments rolling in!

Statement necklaces

Style & Co. mixed metal jewelry / Charlotte Russe / Turquoise necklace / ALDO / Gemstone jewelry / Blu Bijoux circle necklace / Accessorize statement necklace / ASOS chunky curb chain necklace / Wet Seal fake gold jewelry / BaubleBar pendant jewelry

Endless Summer

I wish that the summer would last forever, that we could go hiking, tubing all year long and I really don’t think I would get sick of it. Grilling outdoors, running and biking outside near the river, picnics, and did I mention outdoor movies, free concerts, fireworks and alfresco dining.  There is really not much to complain about.

This bikini is perfect for the summer and I could happily live in this maxi dress all summer long.

Endless Summer

Where can I get the coolest cutout dresses?

I don’t know about you, but I am dying to get my hands on one of these teensies. Show a little skin where it flatters you the most. For many of us, the slimmest part of our body hits just above our waist. I’ve picked out these dresses for their awesome cool prints, their neat cuts near the waist (just a little skin, not too much!) and hey — they are all UNDER $30!!

So don’t wait for the summer or this trend to be over — go get ’em now.

Cutout dresses

Body con dress Down from $48 to $24

Charlotte Russe cut out skater dress $30

Forever 21 dress $23

Boohoo party dress On sale from $40 to $24

Lush floral cut out dress Half price from $59 to $30

How to wear: Bold stripes

I did a post on Bold Stripes a while ago when it was just becoming a trend. Since then I’ve seen it worn a lot and in many shapes and forms, from skirts to jackets, cardigans, dresses and of course as leggings or pants. I was quite surprised to see so much of this trend around Rome.

If you still haven’t got your stripes on, here are 2 ways to wear bold stripes leggings/pants. The monochrome makes the outfit classic and easier to try the trend, switch it to a bright color top and the outfit becomes a little bit more audacious.

How to wear: bold stripes

Aéropostale braided shirt / Uniqlo / Boohoo high waisted striped pants / Topshop high-heel shoes / Topshop high-heel shoes

Road Trips!

This is how all of our family trips started — we would be all packed and ready to go. Our tickets would be booked on a train or flight.

Two days before we were due to depart, we would see my dad open a massive map on the dining table and start poring over it. That’s when we knew — it was going to be a road trip!!

Excitement would then start rolling over the household. My brother and I would be besides ourselves. My mom on the other hand would resign herself to this trip but I imagine our energetic excitement probably kept her going.

I would start putting together my ‘walkman’ (yes, this is 15 years ago!) and CDs or music cassettes together for the trip. My younger brother obviously needed a kit of his own but wouldn’t know what would go in it.

Food bags were put together for the journey — as usually, these road trips could span a whole day or two.

My dad’s logic to convert these trips into road trips was that we would not be at the mercy of the train or flight schedule and our itinerary would not be limited by its trajectory. If we saw something interesting on the way, we could stop and take a look. And he was always proven right about this. The route was scenic, we usually hit an unplanned spot that we got to explore and we made fun food stops along the way.

So, in the following posts I will talk about other places that we visited and how the road trip made it all the more fun!

The other fun road trip I did was right after we finished college, when my then boyfriend (now husband!) and his friend decided to start a business and took me along for the ride. We drove from Melbourne in the south-east of Australia all the way to Northern Queensland — a distance of about 1700 km or 851 miles in 3 months making lots of fun, unexpected stops along the way.

What is your favorite mode of travel and why?

Palazzo pants – 5 under $50

Travelling through Italy this month, I spotted a ton of palazzo pants on tourists as well as locals. They were also everywhere in India last month when I was there and Hollywood celebs are wearing them too. So, chances are that you’ve seen them around.

My favorite ones are pleated palazzo pants which almost look like a maxi skirt. Here I’ve rounded up a few, all under $50.They are a really cool trend to try this summer, a nice variation on the maxi skirts that have been around for the last few summers.

Palazzo pants
Mango palazzo pants, $49.99 // Elastic waistband pants, $32.95// Swell wide leg pants, $39.50 // Mossimo® Women’s E-Waist PalazzoTapered Pants : Target, $24.99// Forever 21 pants, $19.80