Thursday, February 23, 2017

Easy: what to wear for effortless style

Effortless style.  I'm pretty darn sure that's the ultimate goal of every fashionista in the known universe.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a patterned shirt with skinny jeans, a moto jacket and lace-up booties

But what exactly does the term "effortless" mean when it comes to the daily process of getting dressed??  Is it about being able to pull random pieces out of our wardrobes, tossing them on...and unfailingly nailing a chic combination??  Or does effortless style merely look that way??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - patterned shirt, moto jacket, choker, pink hair

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a patterned shirt with skinny jeans, a moto jacket and lace-up booties

Once again, I'm pretty confident that even the most seasoned style mavens put at least a bit of thought into their everyday ensembles...regardless of how "easy breezy" those outfits appear.  Still - having a cohesive closet full of stuff you absolutely adore (and my button-fly skinny jeans, black patterned shirt, and fitted moto jacket certainly qualify!) will always make the process that much more spontaneous!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - patterned shirt, skinny jeans, moto jacket

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration  - patterned shirt, moto jacket, choker, feather earring

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - patterned shirt, moto jacket, choker, pink hair

The moral of the story??  Effortless style starts with pieces you love!!  There will always be days when you feel like you have nothing to wear; so grab those go-to's...and guarantee yourself a sartorial gold star!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a patterned shirt with skinny jeans, a moto jacket and lace-up booties


      
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Out of season: styling distressed flare jeans with a Chanel-style jacket and long cardigan

While I don't exactly have different wardrobes for different seasons, there are pieces that I reach for more often at certain times of the year...and these jeans??  They've always meant "summer" to me!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a patterned shirt with distressed flare jeans, a Chanel-inspired jacket, and a long cardigan

Then why did I reach for them today - with more than a week of February still to go??  After the dark wash denim and faux-leather looks I've been doing recently, I was jonesing for a little change of pace...and these seriously distressed flares felt like just the ticket!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - distressed flare jeans, long cardigan

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a patterned shirt with distressed flare jeans, a Chanel-inspired jacket, and a long cardigan

There's been yet another tress metamorphosis, too...I've gone from smokey purple to fuchsia and pastel pink!! I may forever be a fan of neutrals when it comes to my closet, but it appears that adding an unexpected "pop" to my look via hair colour is developing into a bit of a thing around here!! 😉

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - patterned shirt, Chanel-inspired jacket, long cardigan, pink hair

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - distressed flare jeans, ivory Vince Camuto booties

With spring legitimately right around the corner now (woohoo!) I'm guessing that many of you, dear readers, are contemplating a little personal style switch-up as well.  Whether it's a new 'do or new denim - or something else entirely - I hope you'll take a moment to share what you're planning for the new season!!    
 
Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a patterned shirt with distressed flare jeans, a Chanel-inspired jacket, and a long cardigan



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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Skulduggery: styling a skull-motif tee with cropped flare jeans and a faux-fur jacket

What's better than a badass skull motif, dear readers??  Why, two of them, of course!!  😜

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a skull-motif tee with cropped flare jeans, platform booties, and a faux-fur jacket

I'm pretty sure that anyone who's ever experienced a "rebellious" phase (that's all of us, I'd say!) has rocked a skull-patterned something at some point in their lives.  But if you're a rock-and-roller at heart even now, or if you just want to add a touch of edge or irreverence to your look...look no further than this classic icon of pirates and punks!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a skull-motif tee with cropped flare jeans, platform booties, and a faux-fur jacket

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - skull-motif t-shirt, beaded choker

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - skull-motif tee, faux-fur jacket, sunglasses, cross-body bag

My plan had been to wear my cheeky new tee with a skirt - to play up the "good girl vs. bad" vibe - but after braving bare legs in the snow just last week, I thought better of it and went with my cropped flare jeans instead. And by finishing my outfit with this colour-blocked faux-fur jacket, I think I've managed to add a different kind of contrast...glamour with a touch of grunge!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - cropped flare jeans, platform booties, maroon cross-body bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - colour-blocked faux-fur jacket, wire-framed sunglasses

Do you have any skeletons -  um, skulls - hiding in your closet??  Have I inspired you to get them into (semi) regular wardrobe rotation again??  I'd love to hear!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a skull-motif tee with cropped flare jeans, platform booties, and a faux-fur jacket




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