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Tuesday
Apr222014

April in Paris

A few weeks ago, a lifelong dream of mine came true: I had the chance to go to Paris. And there was no way I could visit my dream city without squeezing in at least one photo shoot for Faux Fancy.

 

Spring in Paris is every bit as gorgeous as the songs and movies that pay homage to it suggest. However, the weather tends to fluctuate a bit, from the possibility of a chilly, rainy morning to a warm, sunny afternoon.

Luckily, I was prepared for just such conditions. My (overstuffed) suitcase was packed with layers: sleeveless dresses paired with easy, wrinkle-resistant blazers, lightweight sweaters, a pair of good jeans and two versatile scarves. For outerwear, I switched off between a pink trench coat and a grey leather jacket.

Before heading to Paris, I picked up two pairs of tights from an H&M in London, one in gray and one in black. I noticed in both cities that very few of the women bared their legs completely this time of year. The tights provided just enough warmth to keep my legs protected from the slight spring chill, without having to sacrifice the slew of dresses I’d packed.

My silver flats, black suede booties and low-heeled slouchy brown boots enabled me to walk all over town each day without complaint. And my Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. transitioned easily from day to night, large enough to hold a Paris Metro map, but small enough to look more than appropriate for cocktail hour.

Thanks a million to my sweet, patient boyfriend for taking all of these awesome shots! Check out a few additional outfits from London and Paris, beneath the outfit credits.

 

  • Dress: H&M, $35 at HM.com.
  • Blazer: H&M. No longer available, but similar can be found here and here for under $50.
  • Shoes: BCBG. No longer available, but similar can be found here, here and here for under $100.
  • Purse: Rebecca Minkoff. No longer available in the same color; however, alternate colors can be found on Piperlime.com for under $200.

 

- Kristen

 

Monday
Apr072014

A Little Bit Country

This season has been all about prints and I've particularly been loving the Native American-inspired ones. Warm colors, with an earthy vibe, I love this jacket paired with denim for a country vibe. Bonus: it was $30 from Forever 21. The booties I'm wearing have cutouts and a hipster vibe - I switched up my normal rolled approach and made my jeans full length to match the look. I balanced it all out with a lace-detailed top and a gentle necklace. I'll definitely be finding ways to add this jacket into my Spring wardrobe and even those cooler Summer nights.

-MK

 

Jacket: Forever 21, similar here and here for under $30. 

Top: H&M, two options with every more lace here and here.

Denim: Old Navy

Booties: Guess, a fun twist on a cutout bootie here for $80.

Tuesday
Mar252014

All Business

No one wears suits in Silicon Valley. Not really, anyway. When I feel the need to dress a bit more formally, I’m all about a shift dress, or a blazer + full skirt combo.

I like the combination of this fresh white blazer, the nautical-inspired skirt and the pale ruched top. This will definitely be a go-to combo for me through spring and on into summer.

 

What’s your dress-up style for work?

- Kristen


  • Jacket: H&M. No longer available, but similar can be found here and here for under $33.

  • Top: Gap. No longer available, but similar can be found here and here for under $50.

  • Skirt: Banana Republic. No longer available, but similar can be found here, here and here for under $100.

 

Wednesday
Mar192014

Revamp Your Look for Spring 2014 with These Three Easy-to-Emulate Makeup Trends

There are few easier (and less expensive) ways to update your look for a new season than to revamp your makeup. Spring 2014 features several makeup trends that are universally flattering and incredibly easy to emulate. Here are our top three favorite beauty trends for spring 2014

Orange Lips:

 

The bold orange lip trend seen all over the Spring 2014 runways is the antithesis of dreary winter. A matching lip liner will help to keep the color looking neat. Also, with a color this bright, avoid ultra-shiny looks for everyday -- a matte or nearly matte version looks fresh and modern.



Counterclockwise from top left:

  • Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in A-Go-Go, $19 at Sephora.com.

  • Maybelline® Color Sensational® Vivids Lipcolor in Electric Orange, under $6 at Target.com.

  • NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Timanfaya, $25 at Sephora.com.



Gilded Lids:


The gold-flecked eyeshadow look is warm and inviting on all skin tones, and can be varied in intensity to fit both day and night.



Counterclockwise from top left:

  • TOO FACED Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection, $36 at Sephora.com.

  • Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Vintage Black Gold, $32 at Sephora.com.

  • Maybelline® Eye Studio® Color Plush® Silk Eyeshadow Quad in Give me Gold, $8 at Target.com.

  • Maybelline® Eye Studio® Color Tattoo® Metal 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow in Gold Rush, under $6 at Target.com.


White Manicures:


I’m all about a bold, colorful mani. But what signals spring better than a truly clean slate? I love the simplicity of the fresh white manicures that was the nail look of choice all over the Spring 2014 runways.


Counterclockwise from top left:

  • Butter London Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds, $15 at Sephora.com.

  • Sonia Kashuk® Nail Colour in White Lie, $5 at Target.com.

  • Essie Nail Polish in Blanc, $8.50 at Ulta.com.

 

- Kristen

 

Monday
Mar172014

Are You Ready, Boots?

 

In April, I will be visiting London and Paris for the very first time. I’m so excited, I can hardly contain myself!



I have been fervently avoiding the urge to purchase a whole new wardrobe for the trip -- I have to save all I can for a few key new acquisitions from Europe!

However, in thinking about what I’d pack for the trip, there was one missing item that would tie it all together: a killer pair of low, black booties with kick-ass details.

 


I found this awesome pair by Circus by Sam Edelman at an awesome price on HauteLook.com. They’re exactly what I was looking for -- chic and comfortable, fit for museum-hopping paired with dark denim and a blazer, as well as enjoying a glass of wine in a little cocktail dress.


Now, all that’s left to do is break these bad boys in.


- Kristen


Boots: “Harley,” by Circus by Sam Edelman. Select sizes still available at HauteLook.com for just $55.

Cardigan: Forever21. No longer available. Alternate long black cardigans can be found here and here for under $50.

Skirt: Near vintage find purchased years ago at the Nordstrom junior department, BP. Other bold, full floral skirt options can be found here, here and here for under $70.