Trending: Friday Five Roundup

You know, after some weeks you really just NEED some fun, right?  Some things to make you smile, laugh, and just lighten your heart just in time for a fun weekend!  And that’s this week for me.  I’m ready for some fluffy lighthearted FUN (calorie and guilt free of course!)

My Love For Coldplay Runs Deep

When these guys release a new song, I listen to it about, oh, one hundred times.  My love for Coldplay is pretty much unsurpassed and this song with the Chainsmokers just makes me SO HAPPY.  Plus, the video is just sweet and fun to watch too!

Healthy…GUMMY BEARS?  Say WHAAAAA???

Being called the “Halo Top of gummy bears” (and if you haven’t tried Halo Top, go buy yourself a pint of birthday cake, and then wonder at the sorcery at work there), these “sweets” are only 2 grams of sugar.  WHAT?  Rest assured, I will be hunting these down at my local stores ASAP.

Speaking of Healthy Treats…

I don’t really eat traditional sweets.  I’m a health nut but I obviously love me some chocolate.  These brownies are TRULY amazing.  I’ve made them multiple times with different variations and they are fudgy and SO FREAKING GOOD.

Gucci Give Inspiration.  Always.

I can’t stop loving Gucci.  Plus, even though it comes at a high price tag, the inspiration is quite thrift store shopping worthy.  Love love love these outfits, how crazy and fun they are, and I will be attempting to bring these into the runways of my life asap.

Need a Laugh?  You Might Wet Yourself With This One.

Especially if you have kids, you MUST LOOK AT THESE!  Seriously.  Crying laughing.

Happy Friday all!
Katy

Videos, Y’all: Gucci Style Choker

Okay, we all know that I’m not a great DIY-er.  Period.  However, give me some scissors and glue and I can do all kinds of fun stuff!

Here’s a little video with a SUPER SIMPLE style DIY on how to make one of those Gucci giant flower chokers.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.  Oh, and you can use a succulent too…because if Gucci does it, it’s totes cool right? :)

Ignore the fact that the video camera adds like 10 pounds, and I know, I know, how many cameras are ON me…blah blah blah.  Dang video.

Happy Thursday!
Katy

Trending: CMA Fashion Recap

Well, in typical music awards show fashion, the CMA’s had all kinds of controversy.  I’m not here to talk about that.  I’m just going to give a recap of my favorite looks from the evening, because, well, I’m all about them dresses.  Seems like everyone busts out the glam and sparkle for these things and besides the great music, the dresses are the “other” stars of the evening!  Here’s my top favorites for you!

Nicole Kidman

I know, I know.  She’s not a country artist, but she was there to support her husband and I mean, come on.  She’s wearing GUCCI.  Nicole, you rule.

Carrie Underwood

I don’t know if I have ever disliked anything this girl has worn/sang/done.  I love her.  She’s gorgeous, gutsy, and sings like a powerhouse and an angel all put together.  Love this nude blush shade on her.

Kelsea Ballerini

I love the lux kind of drapery look this dress has.  It’s equal parts girly and gorgeous.  The colors are so eye catching.  Plus, I love the dark lip she paired with it.

Little Big Town

I don’t know what you’re looking at when you see this photo, but the ONLY THING I SEE IS THAT TURQUOISE FRINGE DRESS.  Can I have that please?  Oh me oh my, I quite approve of that look and I’d like to rock that right now, thank you very much.  I think that other than the Gucci on Nicole, this fringed number is stealing the show.

Jennifer Nettles

Look how bold this dress is!  I love how interesting it is.  It’s definitely a work of art and not very predictable.  It’s sexy, statuesque, and ladylike at the same time.

Whether the music of the evening was up to your standards or not, I’m guessing the dresses didn’t disappoint anyone!  I get easily distracted from controversy by sparkly things :)
Katy

Trending: Friday Five Roundup

It’s that time again…coffee time!  Oh wait.  Sorry, I meant Friday!  It’s almost the weekend and I’m ready.  Are you?  I bet you are!  Here’s some fun to get your weekend off to the best start!!

For when you have to cut yourself off from coffee (for me, it’s 3pm otherwise sleeping at night will become optional, there are some delicious and healthy pick me ups.

Manrepeller.com posted some recipes that may seem a bit…bizarre to you non health food people, but I drink turmeric milk daily and it’s quite soothing.  I love coffee and honestly I wish I could drink it at night, but my mind won’t shut down if I do!

Maroon 5 came out with a new single.  And the pop-loving angels rejoiced.

Is anything they sing NOT catchy?  Plus, these costumes are making me say WTF and also stay glued to my screen at the same time.  Mission accomplished, guys.

J.K. Rowling announced that there will be not one, but five Fantastic Beasts movies.  

Okay, okay, yeah…that’s probably too many movies.  But I can’t help it.  I’m excited and happy because anything in the Harry Potter universe is exciting to me.

The new face of Gucci is…Vanessa Redgrave!

I love this.  Because this just reinforces what I feel like ALL women need to believe and really truly LIVE…that WOMEN (no qualifiers) are beautiful.  It doesn’t matter what your age is or your “it girl status” or whatever…YOU can wear what makes you happy.  This is gorgeous and I think so much more effective than just choosing whatever model is hot right now.  Bravo Gucci.  As if I needed to love you more…

The fashion world is mad about kitties, and apparently there’s science behind this…er…cat lady obsession.

I was in H&M the other day, and I saw this dress that had leopards on it.  I almost ran and dove for it.  But when I got there…I saw that it wasn’t leopards at all.  It was their much milder relative…house cats.  Apparently, cats are not just “so now”, they’re the furry poster child of high end couture.  Read for yourself…it’s interesting, weird, and somehow makes sense all at the same time.

Hope your weekend is fun!
Your friend in kitty fashion,
Katy

Cool Copying: Leopard. Again.

Do you ever see an outfit and just kind of get obsessed with it?  Like, you see a picture of an ensemble, and it’s all you can think about.  You look at it and can almost feel how amazing it would feel on your body.  What?  No that never happens to me!  JUST KIDDING!  (Insert string of laughing till their crying emojis here).

This happens to me…more than I care to admit.  Sometimes we will be out shopping and my son will see a toy, and literally talk about it for days, and almost nothing else.  While it’s easy to find this annoying and all as a parent, I completely understand how he feels!  It’s like this part of your brain that sees something, and triggers this reaction where you think: “if I just got that one THING my life would be complete…”  (Again, insert hilarious laughter emojis because we know how untrue this feeling is!)  So yeah, I get how he feels.  I’m an adult, (I think?) so I know logically now that stuff obviously doesn’t make me happy per say, and that there will always be another “thing/outfit” that makes me feel this same level of obsession.  All that to say, instead of obsessing like crazy and then spending obscene amounts of money just to have something I need, I’ve started a list.

Now, when I see something that triggers that “I need” part of my brain, I’ve started a little list of things that I’m watching out for.  Then, what happens is after a few days of looking, I either sort of forget or change my mind about whatever it is I’m hunting for, I decide to invest a decent amount of money on it because I’ve realized it will be worth it, OR I decide to hold out till I find it for a steal.  This has become a good system for me because it helps out my tendencies towards an obsessive brain!

I was reading through my daily news (all style related of course!) and I came across this outfit on Who What Wear.

Let’s be honest.  There’s Gucci in it, which of course makes me want it.  But the principle of the outfit is simple.  Slip dress, graphic tee, slides.  I have done stuff like this before, but something about this combo is like just enough vintage, just enough Los Angeles cool, and just enough easy to make me need it.  So, I started shopping for a leopard slip dress.  If you look at the actual links to this outfit, you will see that it costs quite a pretty penny.  I’m not opposed to that.  However, besides the Gucci, nothing in this outfit is…not repeatable.  I found a slip on Poshmark for $4 you guys.  So…just saying, sometimes feeding your item/outfit obsession isn’t that bad!

See what I did there?  I took a vintage graphic tee, a second hand leopard slip (these are rather plentiful you guys), and a pair of slides (not Gucci, but I WILL GET THERE!), and done.  I done copied this outfit, y’all.  I could have spent $200 on a leopard slip dress.  That would have been fine.  But the difference is, the dress I got for $4 is basically the same thing as this one.  This is different than, obsessing over a Gucci bag.  (which I am, can you tell?)  There may be no substitute for that one item, so you gotta shell out the big bucks.  But it pays to know the difference right?

Go forth, and copy.  It is, after all, the highest form of flattery!
Katy

Advice in Style: How To Dress Like A Crazy Lady

Yes, you most definitely read that right.  It says: “How to Dress Like A Crazy Lady” in case you weren’t clear the first go round.  First off, let me address the question at hand.  “Why would you WANT to?”  This can be answered multiple ways.  Now, this post is written in a slight tongue and cheek manner, so you can most definitely treat this as a “how NOT to dress” post.  Like a: “don’t mix all these things together…or people may think you’re insane” post.  Got it?  BUT (big but hehehe), there may be an actual reason to pull off the “I have 14 cats and knit matching sweaters for them all” look.  BECAUSE IT’S ON THE RUNWAYS…ALL THE TIME.

DO YOU SEE WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT?  Dude, she’s even HOLDING A CAT, I don’t even have to make this crap up.  This photo proves my point.  “Crazy Lady Couture” is all the rage now.  So go with it.  But please, don’t buy 14 cats.  At least cap it at like 4 or 5.  For their sake.

Here are your basic Crazy Lady Couture Rules:  (feel free to go off book on this one, there are a lot of variations among this theme)
1. Always wear a hat.  Even when indoors or during the summer.  Have you ever seen a crazy person not wearing a hat?  I rest my case.
2. Sweaters are essential.  Sweater vests are even better, because they’re even more specific.
3. Lots of layers add to the madness.  This is not a look for the faint of deodorant.  Trust me.
4. Tights help.  They add an extra layer of texture to this mash up.  Plus, a lot of “normal” people don’t wear tights past the age of nine.  So.
5. And finally, the weirder the accessories, the better.  You can’t mess this one up, unless you actually try to.

Here’s my crazy lady couture look.  I gotta say, this look isn’t always the most wearable unless I’m having a SUPER confident day, but MAN IS IT FUN!

Go forth and layer to your heart’s content.  And if you have a cat compliant enough to chill with you as an accessory, even better.
Katy

Real World Style: Michelle Obama in Gucci

The second I saw the photo, all I could see was the dress.  And I knew, in my heart, that it was Gucci.  Oh and then I realized that there were humans in the photo too.  Michelle Obama and Ellen DeGeneres to be exact.  But let’s get real, sometimes the dress steals the show from the humans!

Oh. Em. Gee.  That dress.  With its sequin faux belt and collar…and the map print…hey.  Wait a minute.  I have something like this!!  I feel like this is a point that I’m gonna be making a lot.  Couture is often designed after vintage.  Both in fabric patterns and in styles.  So you know what?  I have a map print vintage silk shirt that’s vintage, so thank you Michelle for inspiring me to bust it out!  I’m gonna clarify one thing.  In no way is my outfit meant to mimic or copy this gorgeous dress.  However, it is inspired by this dress.  And to be totally honest, often a piece like a top is more wearable than a full length maxi dress of this nature anyway!

And there you have it.  Often you can scan vintage racks and spot the inspiration behind what designers are doing.  Normally Michelle Obama and I don’t share the exact same taste in style…I respect hers greatly but It’s not usually stuff that I would feel natural in per say.  But I gotta say that on this dress, she and I are in COMPLETE agreement! :)

Ahhhh Gucci always does it!
Katy

Real World Style: Magazine Fall Style

I love pouring through those amazing haute couture spreads in the latest (or even old editions really) issues of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire…basically you name a magazine, I love it.  One of the things that’s always a struggle though, is to make the looks they put together actually wearable in real life.  I mean, a lot of haute couture is more art that inspires fashion than pieces that are really supposed to be worn to the grocery store or to a holiday party.  Let’s get real.  Some of those girls on the runways or in the photo shoots…aren’t wearing any underwear.  Sorry guys, I love fashion a lot, but I’m not showing my nipples while buying diapers at Target.  At least intentionally.

Challenging as it can be, sometimes there are looks that are more easily reproducible in those glossy pages than the ones that consist primarily of mesh and body paint!  These are the most fun looks because they are great outfit inspiration when I’m feeling like I don’t know what I want to wear!  One tip I’ve learned…vintage is often a GREAT substitute for haute couture pieces.  Often times vintage is what inspired those pieces we all see and love, and it’s at a fraction of the price and more accessible to those of us who don’t live near a Versace or Gucci store!

I love this look.  The fall feelings…the mixture of the menswear blazer, the feminine pleats, and the gritty rainboots all creates a beautiful piece of art.  This is one of those looks that, may be fantastically pricey and couture, is easily replicated out of normal clothing that is either already in your closet, or is somewhere around you at a normal store!

Everything on me is vintage, except for those Hunter boots.  And you know what, everyone needs a pair of Hunters!  It barely rains here, but when it does, I bust out these amazing things happily!  Micro pleats are a huge trend for fall 2016, and micro pleats are SO VINTAGE!  Here’s a basic option from H&M for a micro pleated skirt dress.  My jacket is an amazing Goodwill find (I watched another girl try it on and waited for her to put it back before snatching it up!) but here’s an incredible velvet blazer that would be SO good with that H&M micro pleat dress!

And there you have it, proof you can dress haute couture without spending the big bucks (unless you wanna, and there is NO judgement from me on that!).
Katy

DIY Styling: Gucci Style Part Two

Aaaaaand we are back!  How many parts of this DIY styling will be Gucci, you may ask?  How many stars in the sky are there…how many grains of sand…just kidding.  This installment of DIY Styling is fairly simple one.  Remember, most of these aren’t as much “do it yourself” as they are “wear it yourself”…this is DIY styling first and foremost!  Because there’s nothing I love more than styling!

One of the greatest things about the Gucci line right now is that it’s incredibly eclectic.  There’s a glorious “mash up” of styles happening that makes this an incredibly fun style to recreate.  Also, pretty easy…because mixing things to create a style is much easier than needing one exact piece to make it happen!

I absolutely love this look in the September issue of Vogue.  I love the baroque mod mash up…because what a strange and unusual combo!  Baroque conjures up images of lots and lots of excessive ruffles, lace, jewels, velvet, and fur.  And then mod makes me think of simple shapes like sheath dresses and clean lines.  But put em both together?  Why not?!

See what I mean?  It’s such a strange and interesting combo that it just might work!

Here’s how you can recreate this look.  You can really do this your own way…all you really need is a mod style dress.  Think a 1960’s style dress (it doesn’t have to be striped or chevron, any 60’s simple sheath will do!) and then add some baroque styling elements.  Baroque is an easy style to add accessories in.  Think large blingy gold statement jewelry, fur scarves, collar necklaces, and the like.  Those are usually an easy find from almost anywhere you go.  Then marry the two (ceremony not necessary) and bam.  Instant “Gucci Style”.

For this look I used a vintage 60’s dress (I stuck with the color theme of the photo for visual simplicity) and I added a vintage fur collar to the dress.  These are often found in the costume section of the thrift stores or sold at vintage shops.  Even Free People sells them!  Then I added this antiqued gold collar necklace (these pearls would do nicely too!) to give that baroque bling.  I have no idea what her footwear is in this image, but hey, that means we get more room for creativity with this look right?  I chose loafers, because, well, nothing says “Gucci” like a great pair of vintage loafers!

Hope this inspires you to go do a little baroque mod mash up of your own!  If you do, please tag me on Instagram so I can see!
Katy

 

DIY Styling: Gucci Style Part One

If you love fashion and you’re breathing oxygen, you most likely have some kind of Gucci obsession.  The eclectic style has trickled down to almost everything we see in magazines and on television shows these days, and for good reason.  What is Gucci style?  Kind of…everything, all mashed up together!  That’s what makes it so glorious!  It’s a 70s meets bohemian meets fur meets prairie meets 60s meets harajuku meets menswear…and somehow after they all meet, they all get along grandly.

So welcome to a new series I am starting, called DIY Styling: Gucci Style.  I’m in no way, shape, or form, a TRUE DIYer…so these do it yourselves are mostly gonna be more like “put it on yourselves” which, as long as you typically can dress yourself, you are quite qualified to do!  Today’s post has a little bit of a DIY, but if you are scared of the DIY’s (like I am), have no fear.  Today’s DIY involves an iron.  Period.  Sure, sure, I hate ironing.  But this is ironing for GUCCI, and that makes it all worthwhile!

Unless you are living under a rock or are not on social media (if you say you are not, then I know you’re lying because you’re reading this post!), you have seen these embroidered bomber jackets.  They’re simultaneously chic and kitschy all at the same time.  Add one to a t-shirt and jeans and you suddenly look like a rock star.  They’re probably the most perfect jacket, ever.  Gucci came out with one of these bad boys and the world went bomber jacket mad.  Now you can find them almost everywhere…from Zara to Asos to Urban Outfitters to those fabulous reversible vintage ones that you will pay a pretty penny for.  The upside?  Spending money on one of them will inevitably be worth it because they’re comfortable, warm, and look Gucci-licious with everything in your closet, even your pajamas.  The downside?  Unless you’re spending over $200 or so on one, then you’re jacket is most likely mass produced and not all that unique.  It’s not a bad thing, but it’s a consideration for sure.  I decided that I wanted my own.  Here’s what I did:

I got a cotton bomber from Asos.  I chose this one because a. it is 100% cotton which means it’s breathable (in California this translates to “wearable for more than one season”) and the iron on patches I bought will stick to it without ruining the jacket b. it was a great price and c. it is a neutral color which will make the patches pop.  If you’re gonna do an iron on patch jacket you have to use cotton and not a silky fabric.  If you’re gonna sew them on, that’s a different story, you can use any fabric you like.  I found some patches I loved locally, but there are just so many on Etsy for such great prices, you will have no problem at all finding any look you like!  I found this incredible back patch on Etsy HERE for about $15 including shipping!

I ironed them on, and voila!  Instant Gucci style bomber jacket, in my own unique design!

Don’t want to DIY it? Here are a few of my favorite ready to wear jackets that won’t kill your budget!  Asos, jersey Asos jacket, this men’s Urban Outfitter’s bomber (since it’s men’s, size down!), and this Zara tiger jacket.

Happy Gucci styling!
Katy