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Loving Lately: My Favorite Trends + Finds ATM ♡

Vitality Child Loving Lately

Favorite things are back, lovelies! Instead of doing tiny weekly “Things I Love Thursday” posts or penning monthly round-ups, I’ve just decided to pop in with Loving Lately entries whenever the mood strikes. Here we are! Fridays are the perfect time to treat yourself, right?! From fashion, beauty, style, and lifestyle necessities, I’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for a little shop-spration, look no further…Here are four things I’m loving lately! (more…)

OMG, Shoes: Must-Have Shoes for 2016

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You know how some people are SHOE people? Like, the Carrie Bradshaws of the world? I am not one of those people. I like shoes, yeah, but I’m not obsessed with them. I don’t have a closet stacked full of boxes, or pairs of perfectly-placed heels on strategic display. Still, I like to think I can spot a hot trend in footwear when I see one {;)} and I’m a firm believer that the phrase that best follows “new year, new me” is “new shoes”.  In that spirit, my predictions for THE shoes of 2016….Here are three must-have styles for the new year.

1. Suede over-the-knee boots.

I love a good pair of OTK boots. While they aren’t the most wearable option in footwear, they’re total show stoppers. A pair of stiletto thigh-high boots adds instant sex appeal to virtually any outfit, yes, but a flat or low-heeled version are stylish, luxe, and even a little badass. The 2016 iteration of the over-the-knee boot is suede and features a chunky heel–you’ve probably seen these ~$800 trend-igniting Stuart Weitzman boots on a myriad of celebrities, for example–but there are flat options that are just as hot {and less overtly erotic}. Though I’ve admittedly been lusting over the aforementioned SW boots, Steve Madden and Ivanka Trump have created styles with the same aesthetic at a fraction of the price so we can all ball on a budget. Score.

2. Lace-up ballet flats.

Sweet and sexy, lace-up flats are on the cusp of trendy right now, but will likely be everywhere this spring. Get in on the slightly-boho vibes early with a pair from Free People, Nine West, or Jeffrey Campbell. The unexpected lace-up detailing will add immediate interest while peeking out from under jeans, but will also become super sultry when paired with skirts and dresses as the seasons turn. Grabbing a pair in black is a safe and versatile bet, but I’m particularly enamored with cheetah print and nude lace-ups, either of which I would style as a neutral.

3. “Fashion” Sneakers.

A definite nod to the athleisure trend, a pair of sneakers reserved for out-of-gym use is a current wardrobe must. They can be worn cool girl or casual and are the perfect option for long days of shopping or city exploring. Look for a pair that’s understated and in a neutral hue–white, grey, and black are no brainers–but don’t be afraid to opt for a design with extra detail like contrast or quilting. The aim with a pair of “fashion” sneakers is not to steal the show with glitz or sparkle, but rather to subtly change the overall look of your outfit. It’s effortless. Chill. But still chic. Favorite picks by Nike, Adidas, and New Balance. {Make sure to check out THIS piece on how to style your sneakers for further sartorial inspiration!}

What are your fashion must-haves for 2016?

xx,

Liza

Obsessed: Midi Shirts

KJ approved. {Source.}
KJ approved. {Source.}

Yes, you read that title correctly–I am obsessed with midi shirts. Shirts. Not skirts. Know what I’m saying? It’s a new take on the crop top craze with 50% more chill. Trust me, it’s a good look.

Cute, right? The 'Ali' top. {Via Brandy Melville.}
Cute, right? The ‘Ali’ top. {Via Brandy Melville.}

I was introduced to the concept of a midi shirt by the brand WILDFOX…They sell a relaxed-fit “Southampton Hangover Club” shirt that they call a “midi tee”. That description is pretty apt–the midi shirt hits around mid waist, somewhere between a standard-length top and a cropped one, just as a midi skirt hits between the mini and maxi markers. I love that midi shirts are just a liiiittle longer, so they offer a bit more coverage and comfort for that #winterbod,  yet are still cropped enough that they’re flattering they pair perfectly with anything with a high waist. Oh, and believe it or not, that extra couple of inches of midriff-covering fabric legitimately helps with warmth, making the style a viable  cold-weather option. Just like their sister the crop top, midi shirts come in a variety of fits and silhouettes from boxy to tight. The look is customizable, which pretty much means it’s also universally flattering. You have options.

Convinced you need one? Here are a few of my favorite midi shirts to get you started! 

Shop the Look: Midi Shirts

Another cute midi shirt from Silence + Noise. {Via Urban Outfitters.}
Another cute midi shirt from Silence + Noise. {Via Urban Outfitters.}
  • Ribbed long sleeve crop top, $20-$45 @Topshop.
  • Aqua pink ribbed turtleneck midi top, $26.90 @Bloomingdales.
  • Nightcap x Carisa Rene Spanish lace off-the-shoulder midi top, $60 @Shopbop.
  • Leith mélange knit slouchy midi top, $48 @Nordstrom.
  • Silence + Noise striped crossedfront midi top, $20 @Urban Outfitters.
  • Line and Dot St. Martin knit zippered midi tank, $34 @Nasty Gal.
  • Design Lab by Lord & Taylor black turtleneck midi top, $58 @Lord & Taylor.
  • Calvin Klein super-soft relaxed fit crewneck midi tee, $39 @Urban Outfitters.

Are you into midi shirts?

xx,

Liza

The Last Athleisure Post of 2015 {from me, anyway}

{Via PRISMsport}
{Via PRISMsport}

I had an annoyingly difficult time coming up with a title for this post–a little somethin somethin on activewear, where to shop, and five cool brands currently on my radar. A sneak peek into the process looks a little  like this…3 activewear lines you probably haven’t heard of? 5 MORE activewear lines that aren’t Lululemon? Shop these 3 indie activewear lines? 3 up-and-coming activewear lines to crush on? TSB Approved: Adventures in Activewear & Athleisure? No. No. All wrong. I had dreamed up at least a dozen headlines that would all technically work, but none of them felt just right. {#goldilocks} In lieu of the perfect title, this promise: 24/7 activewear is here to stay, but this is the last athleisure post of 2015…at least from me.

{Via Titika Active}
{Via Titika Active}

Debatably the biggest trend of 2015, the athleisure movement is going strong. I have a love-hate relationship with the whole thing, mostly because it’s become SO ubiquitous. We live in yoga pants, rock sneakers with our day-to-day ensembles, and almost seem to require spandex or stretch fabric in at least one of our items of clothing at all times–it’s the new uniform. Naturally, the fashion industry is capitalizing on our newfound desire for all things studio-to-street. There are options at literally every price point and at almost every store. Even brands that have traditionally shied away from producing activewear are getting in on the action: Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Joe’s Jeans, and Mara Hoffman have all launched their own offshoots of premium fitness apparel. Celebrities are in on it, too, with Carrie Underwood, Jessica Simpson, and Shay Mitchell peddling athleisure-driven collections for Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Kohls, respectively. Oh! And did you hear that the queen herself–Beyoncerecently announced that she’ll be teaming up with Topshop for an activewear collab landing in stores this spring? Yep. It’s EVERYWHERE.

The latest trends in sporty styling? Bottoms with bold prints and patterns, mesh inserts, “ballet” leggings printed with tromp l’oei leg warmers, jumpsuits and bodysuits. Silhouettes are slim–leggings, tights, and crops reign supreme. The flare and boot cut fashions that launched the yoga pants revolution nearly eight years ago are no longer in high demand. Sooo why are we all still obsessing over our favorite pair of Wunder Unders or Nike Pros?! It’s time to explore. Advance. Transcend. If you’re craving a new take on your favorite pieces, check out these three under-the-radar brands and get to shopping!

{Via Bandier. Leggings by Body Language.}
{Via Bandier. Leggings by Body Language.}

Meet your new favorite activewear options…

  1. Titika Active Couture: This Canadian brand just started shipping their clothing to the US…like within the last 8 months. In their own words {via Instagram bio} Titika Active Couture is “quality activewear meets distinctive style”, AKA the ultimate for “workout to night out”. Expect luxe, technical fabric and ultra-stylish, on-trend designs in their giant library of high-end product offerings. They’ve got you covered whether you’re looking for a pair of chic leggings, strappy bralette, or a cozy sweater.
  2. MICHI: Founded and designed by a Parsons grad who finds inspiration in the form of boudoir lingerie, travel, and art, Michelle Watson’s MICHI bills itself as a “lifestyle brand” for confident, fearless women. While some brands claim that their clothes can be seamlessly worn inside and outside of the gym, MICHI truly nails it: the aesthetic is modern, sleek, and truly high fashion. {Their Limited Edition Holiday Gym Kit is the ultimate introduction to the brand, featuring three core pieces from their collection.} You can shop all of the typical sportswear trimmings, as well as bodysuits and swimwear online, or in person at one of their stores.
  3. PrismSport: If you’re into bright colors and  patterns, PrismSport should be instantly appealing. With an emphasis on fun and fashion, the line is all about keeping things fresh, vibrant, and vivid, which is totally refreshing in a world of neutrals. Of course, if you need further endorsement, Olivia Culpo, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Kylie Jenner have all been pictured wearing items from the brand. Go bold with full-on patterned leggings or dip your toe into a trend with a sports bra or printed inset. Cute cute.

BONUS! Want to peruse activewear indexes that contain {premium} goods from multiple labels? Click over to any of these three online retailers and swoon away!

{Via Bandier.}
{Via Bandier.}

Places to shop…

  • Bandier: If you’re a Tone It Up girl, you probably recently became aware of Bandier, since Katrina and Karena sell their newly-released clothing line through the site. Aside from all things TIU, Bandier’s site is a health and fitness wonderland. The homepage boasts selected stories from their full-on digital magazine, which includes posts on gym playlists, healthy eats, and styling tips. Speaking of style, Bandier’s got you covered there, too, with a list of mostly under-the-radar brands and special limited-edition collaborations.
  • Stylerunner: Doesn’t it seem like all of the best and most trendy health/fitness/fashion stuff comes from Australia?! Stylerunner is from there, too, and their aesthetics are on point. {Everything is super Instagramable, trust.} They make shopping super convenient, too, by letting users browse by item type, designer, or activity, which is genius. Their catalog of designers is quite extensive, and they offer EVERYTHING activewear, including bags, underwear, and shoes. It’s truly a one-stop shop.
  • Shopbop: Unlike the first two retailers on this list, Shopbop doesn’t deal exclusively in workout clothes. They do, however, have a specialty activewear boutique with nearly 500 pieces of stylish gym-friendly apparel. Shopbop is expertly curated, so it’s the best for discovering new brands and highlighting pieces from tries and true labels. I also love that they provide size and fit info that includes the models’ sizes and measurements so you can get an even more accurate idea of how a particular garment will fit before you order it.

What are your favorite activewear lines? How do you feel about athleisure?

xx,
Liza

The One Piece of Clothing You NEED for Fall

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Here in IL, it doesn’t exactly feel like fall yet. I’m still soaking up mostly 80-degree days. If it weren’t for the early sunsets and cool, breezy nights, it could totally still pass for summer. While I love it, I also feel like I’m developing a case of sartorial FOMO. I mean, I’m not going to be one of those girls in riding boots and a blanket scarf sipping a PSL in 85° weather, but I’m also sick of bikinis, cut-offs, and flip flops. That’s why I’m so into the ONE item you need for fall. It’s a transitional staple. You can wear it now {no matter what climate you’re dealing with,} and if you’re not totally sick of it, you’ll be able to wear it this spring. If you’re feeling particularly badass and don’t care about frostbite, you can probably even wear it this winter. So…what is it?

The A-line, button front mini skirt.

If you buy ONE thing to wear this fall, that should be it. It’s a universally flattering shape, insanely versatile, and a celebrity style staple. It’s basically autumn personified. NEED. Here are three versions of said skirt to consider copping.

Suede

Via STYLEBOP.
Via STYLEBOP.

Arguably the most trendy version of this piece, the suede a-line, button front mini is already available in almost every store in your local mall. Forever 21, Topshop, American Eagle, Express, and Anthropologie are each selling their takes on the style, typically in a shade of tan, burnt orange, or black. Speaking of mall stores…I’m absolutely obsessed with THIS version of the skirt from Abercrombie and Fitch, which comes in eight colors. {I might buy two of them.} Team it with a neutral-hued ribbed turtleneck and a pair of ankle boots for a look that’s the perfect combination of sexy and tough.

Corduroy

Via Saks Fifth Ave.
Via Saks Fifth Ave.

Corduroy is one of those fabrics that you either love or hate. Seriously–have you ever met someone who’s just neutral about that particular material? I have not. If you’re a corduroy girl, don’t hesitate buy this skirt in your preferred fabric {that’s corduroy, obvs} as it’s probably the least ubiquitous iteration of the a-line skirt trend. The cord skirts I’ve seen thus far seem to have also been cut a little narrower, so if you’re into the straight, tiny, classic mini look, this could be the option for you, too. Shop Lulu’s and Urban Outfitters to get your corduroy fix.

Denim

Via Topshop.
Via Topshop.

When I first heard that jean skirts were coming back into style, I was mildly horrified. Visions of 2005 danced in my head–super short, distressed minis + popped-collar Polo shirts + tall UGG boots came to mind. Since that’s an era I’m still actively trying to black out, I was less than thrilled about a resurgence of that trend. That is, until, I realized that the denim skirt of 2015 is an a-line, button-front denim skirt, and therefore actually cute. Phew. Crisis averted. Anyway, when the denim skirt revival was first appearing on bloggers, models, and in street style photos this spring, it was in full 70s glory–maxi and midi length, slightly flared, and varied washes. If your style leans boho, denim is definitely the way to go. For fall, though, I like the look to be a bit more refined with a true mini length and a deep, dark wash. Topshop and Forever 21 both make great, budget-friendly options.

Would you ditch your yoga pants for this skirt? What’s your go-to item when it comes to fall fashion?

xx,

Liza