Tuesday, November 29, 2016

SCARF SCENE

by Aileen Belmonte
MANGO ACCESSORIES Tribal-print Scarf
ZARA Oversized Cardigan
H&M Denim Button-up
MANGO Skinny Jeans
Black Brogues
Braided Belt

I absolutely LOVE it when your accessory is the main event. Admittedly, this look would not be the same without this head-turner of a scarf from MANGO. I fell in love with the print, the fringe...with EVERYTHING about this scarf at first sight. So much so that I convinced my mom (not coerced...hehehe) to buy the same scarf in gray and maroon. You can bet your last piso that it'll conveniently find its way to my own wardrobe. Thanks mom! You're the best. 

So a friendly tip from yours truly: When you're tired of your usual formula for layering, add an accessory that you know will steal the scene. You can take a cue from this outfit, which is also my favorite look out of all of my recent ones. I kept the rest of my outfit nice and neutral, with a khaki oversized cardigan from ZARA, and a simple #denimondenim base. My Denim top from H&M, and my skinny jeans from MANGO. Two things that I loved most about this look: 1. These colors and textures blended in magnificently to create a modern bohemian outfit. 2. This outfit was as comfy as it looked. I could cozy up into this cardigan and scarf with a mug of fresh coffee in the lovely autumn weather. Haaaa...take me back to a land with four seasons!

So that's it for today's post. More autumn style to come for sure! Don't forget to leave a comment or two!












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Friday, August 19, 2016

PATTERN PLAY IN ZAFUL FASHION

by Aileen Belmonte
ANNIE AND LORI Sandals

Taking the best photo to show off your outfit isn't just about finding the right light, making the right pose, and having a good camera. Aside of course letting your personal style shine through, a big part of your photo also has to do with location. I was lucky enough to stumble across this quirky room, which in my opinion went fantastically well with this striped romper from ZAFUL. I loved this romper from the moment I first wore it. It's super comfortable, and perfect for a day of lounging around and relaxing. I feel like you can already get that vibe, yeah?






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Thursday, July 21, 2016

HAIR MATCH

By Aileen Belmonte
 
LIGHT IN THE BOX Floral Romper
H&M Bandeau
VANS Sk8 Hi in TrueWhite, Perforated

With my new hair color and all, I thought we could talk about our tresses. Not so much on styling and maintenance, but more on how to pick an outfit that would flatter your current hairstyle. Admittedly, since I added a touch of blonde to my previously brunette crown, I've had some difficulty finding clothes that would match. Palettes I were previously so comfortable and confident in didn't quite seem to have the same effect anymore. Likewise, those that didn't quite stand out on me before, now look incredible with my ash blonde ombre. All in all, I do miss my darker hair. However, I love this style too. Plus I've always wanted to find out if blondes did have more fun haha.

Red was one of the colors that made a turn-around for me. Before, my reddish brown locks would drown in a sea of whatever red outfit it was that I would wear. While it wasn't bad, my blonde tips and highlights really stood out better against a bold red background. Also, I felt like my hair had a very summery vibe. Being true to this sunny, California girl look, I donned a lightweight floral romper paired with some casual kicks. By the way, I'm wearing my favorite Sk8 Hi Vans sneakers in True White. In my opinion, it's an excellent option if you're not one to ride on the Superstars/Stan Smiths bandwagon. 

I know not all of my readers would have similar hair as mine. Also, it's not just the colors that will challenge your matching skills, but also the hairstyle in itself. So here are some take home tips from yours truly. This may not apply to everyone, and there is no hard and fast rule to follow. I hope it could help you somehow though.

1. Choose shades that make your hair color stand out. If your hair drowns in your outfit because the colors are too similar, then it's probably not the best option. Sometimes it can't be helped, but it may be nice to keep this thought in mind when shopping for new pieces. 

2. Just like a year has seasons, so do our tresses. My hair for instance is very summery. Summer hair, I would say are warm blondes with highlights and ombres, or maybe funky, unconventional colors. Spring would be warm blondes, or warm light browns. Autumn would be deeper and darker shades, and Winter would be silvery or light ash blondes. So if you find your "season," this can help you choose your wardrobe accordingly. 

3. As for hairstyles, this can be tricky. It's all about your personal taste. Here are some of the trends I've seen recently though. Layers will always be a staple. It's very easy-going and girl-next-door. It's perfect for casual dressing. Shoulder-length cuts are hot nowadays too! It's very posh and can go with clean polished looks. In my opinion, best styled with messy waves. Long straight hair on the other hand would go well for tailored or minimalist styles. 

4. The last and most obvious tip I have for you: Experiment and explore. As I said, there really isn't a rulebook to follow. It may be a trial and error process, but the final verdict should always be what makes you look and feel great!






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