Monday, February 27, 2012

Pink & Orange: Clashing Color-Blocking Revisited

A few months ago, I did a post on clashing color-blocking which included a segment on pink & red, and on orange & purple. Today, I'm revisiting that post! It's starting to get warmer out in Baltimore and with warm weather comes bright colors (at least in my book!)

I'm really into pink & orange. 

Here are some ways I've seen the colors styled by other bloggers, celebs, and in editorial shoots:

As you can see, the colors are really versatile when paired together -- a lot more than I actually realized before looking into creating this post. You can add in other colors-- white, black, green, beige-- and it all seems to match even though the orange and pink are on the verge of clashing.

Here's how I got Jessed up:

So for my outfit, the color-blocking happens on its own. The pleated skirt boasts both of the focal colors, making putting this look together extremely easy! I decided to go with black on the top and bottom, and added a statement necklace with golds and greens.

Side note: Because I like this outfit, kind of annoyed I didn't get an actual pic taken from someone else. Mirror shot will have to suffice.

What do you think? Would you wear this outfit, or pink & orange together?

Make it your own:
Skirt: Francesca's Collections (On sale for around $24)
Shirt: J. Crew $98 (Pricey, but was a great investment. Have worn so many times already!)
Necklace: Brass Plum, Nordstrom (Similar style, Another option)
Heels: Guess, DSW $44.95

Friday, February 24, 2012

Trend 2012 Session & Window Live Modeling

Hi guys!

I participated in a Spring 2012 education session at a local Talbots store to discuss upcoming and current trends in fashion and accessories with store employees and customers. It was really cool to be brought in to be a part of this!

At the end of the session, I was asked to pull items from the floor to make outfits that I'd wear, and to be a live model in the store front display windows. It was so much fun! People did double takes when they walked by after they noticed I blinked or moved. 

The whole purpose for the session and the window modeling was to get people to come in and interact with me and with the store. It was definitely a success! The dressing rooms at the store were totally full of women of all ages and sizes, and there was a great energy within the store. 

Here are some pics from the event!

In the store window. Layered necklaces. Chambray top and pencil skirt.

Didn't get a window shot of this one. Casual day at the office.

Window shot. Eyes closed, apparently, the moment this one was taken.
Floral pants, bold necklace.

I just noticed you can see my reflection in the mirror. Kinda cool shot!

Close up window pic! Floral pencil skirt, black blazer.

Not paying attention...

Belted scarf. Metallic belt. Floral clutch.

Bright red frock. Equally bright turquoise cape. To die.

Close up headshot. Instagram-ed.

Window photo. Seeing red.

Everything I'm wearing in these photos, including bags and accessories, can be found at Talbots. Hope you enjoyed this post. I had a blast putting it together!

<3 GJU

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Stems In Full Bloom

That's right, ladies and gents. Spring is right around the corner and what better way to acknowledge the change of season than to sport floral pants!

Many designers displayed floral prints in their Spring 2012 collections. Here are some of my favorites:

Asos, $71.62 
Paige Denim, $189

Erdem, $990 (A girl can dream..)

Marc by Marc Jacobs, $430 

So in true GJU style, I had to have a pair of these floral pants for Spring. Unfortunately, my budget doesn't allow for $430 - $990 pants. However, the ones I got from Talbots for several hundred dollars less are just as gorgeous. The material is a great, durable quality fabric and the pattern evokes a very rich feeling. These are the ones I have:

Talbots, $59.50

I wasn't able to get a full outfit shot yesterday, but this is what I was able to snap:

Close up of the floral pattern; Tory Burch Reva Flats

The best full length of the pants I could get. My flash was being unruly today.
With black silk top, gold accessories.

Make it your own:
Pants: Talbots
Shirt: J. Crew
Necklace: J. Crew (Similar)
Watch: NY&Co.
Flats: Tory Burch

So, would you wear floral pants this Spring? Which pair above is your favorite?

<3 GJU

Monday, February 20, 2012

Birthday weekend!

Hi everyone! Hope you had a great weekend!

My weekend was full of awesome food, great friends, and a good time out in Baltimore to celebrate my birthday. I wish I'd taken my actual camera and gotten higher quality pics, or even just taken more diverse photos on my iPhone because I really liked my dress and wanted to show it to you guys on GJU!

If you follow me on Twitter, you know I had originally planned on wearing a dress from Rent The Runway for my birthday night out. Unfortunately, it came and didn't work out due to a stain. Even though I was disappointed not to be able to wear the dress, the RTR customer service was stellar. I'm being fully refunded and was also given a credit to use for a future rent/purchase. Looking very forward to trying it again sometime soon!

So, since my RTR dress didn't work out, I went to Francesca's - a boutique I absolutely love - and picked up another option! The dress I chose was a pink, light satin-y material. It cinched at the waist and was just above the knee in length. My favorite part of the dress: the shoulder ruffles at the arm cutouts! I thought they were fun :)

I wore black tights and black heels, and finished off the look with a gold watch and a long, gold locket necklace.

Here are some pics from the night:

My girls! I had a such a blast with these ladies!
Me with one of my best friends and sorority sister, Leland!
Group shot.
Toward the end of the night, I put my hair back in a ponytail. I also, apparently, look a lot more tired haha.

The arm cutout on the dress went a little low on me, so I wore a neon green bra
to spice it up. If its gonna show, might as well be a pretty color.
And on that same note.. for your birthday, neon undergarments are a must! 
Last pic of the night taken with one of my best friends from high school, Britt.

Once people ( who brought real cameras) stat posting pictures to Facebook, I'll upload more to this post.

Hope you had a great weekend!

<3 GJU

Make it your own:
Dress: Francesca's, $44 (Similar)
Necklace: J. Crew $55 (Similar)
Heels: Guess at DSW $44.95

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tutorial Part II: Sassy Kitten Nails!

It seems that people really loved reading Caitlin's make up tutorial, so here's round two of her post! Pair your smokin' hot cat eye with a fierce, easy-to-do nail design!

Back to Caitlin's post...
Now, for a quick three-step cheetah print nail to go with your smoky cat eye look. Here are the polishes I used: 

Apply two layers of a base color of your choice – I chose gold and red as an homage to the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday: 

Using a black nail art color, draw semi-circle shapes on each nail:

Using a white nail art color, dab little circles inside each semi-circle shape and finish 
off with a clear topcoat:

Tip: to clean up excess polish on your cuticles, you can dip a small precision brush dipped in nail polish remover.

I hope these tips were helpful and that you feel inspired to go experiment with some color! 

Well... I hope this inspires you, like Caitlin said, to experiment with bright colors and patterns on your nails. And.. in honor of Valentine's Day, may your inner cheetah come out and have a good night with your man! (Or woman!) To each her own :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Make Up Tutorial: Sassy Kitten!

I'm so excited for today's post! It's written by my friend Caitlin who is my go-to make up and nail aficionado. She knows what she's talking about, so I thought she should share some of her skill on GJU. Here's your make-up tutorial post. Tomorrow, we'll delve into sassy kitten nails!



Sassy Kitten Makeup Tutorial

As a Get Jessed Up fanatic and a huge supporter of this blog, I was ecstatic when Jess asked me to put together some sort of hair and/or makeup tutorial for all of you. I feel the same way about makeup as Jess does about clothing – your makeup style is just as much an expression of who you are as the outfit you wear out the door in the morning.

Most days, I plan my outfit around the way I want my makeup to look, whether it’s deep purple, bright cobalt, or a sassy, smoky cat eye… which is what I’ll be teaching you today. I welcome any opportunity to inject a little “crazy cat lady” into everything that I do, so we’ll also take this one step further and show you a simple three-step cheetah print nail tutorial. Overkill? Well, at least I didn’t wear my cat shirt for the (awkward) pictures.

Let’s get started – face first. My recommended “best face forward” products:

1.     Purpose Gentle Cleansing Bar - $3.99 (CVS)
2.     Olay Complete Moisturizer - $8.99 (CVS)
3.     Olay Total Effects 7 Blemish Control Cleanser - $7.99 (CVS)
4.     Crest Complete Extra Whitening - $3.99 (CVS)
5.     Crest 3D White Strips - $55.99/20-pack (CVS)

Friends are always asking me what products I use for my face and it’s pretty simple: I use the cleansing bar in the shower, I moisturize every day, and – when I remember – I use a blemish control cleanser to wash my face before bed. If the last two products surprise you, please know that a bright white smile is the best thing you can do for face. 

Now, for my "best face forward" makeup products:

Almost all the products shown above are also from CVS and are available for less than $10. Take my advice and join their beauty club - $5 for every $50 you spend on beauty products. Aside from CVS, I am a loyal bareMinerals gal:

1.     bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation - $26 (Sephora)
2.     bareMinerals Liner Shadow in Hallucinate - $13 (Sephora)
3.     Prime Time Eyelid Primer – Brightening in Gold - $18 (Sephora)

Start by applying your foundation and makeup as you normally would. I use a loose powder foundation and apply using a kabuki brush: 

Apply an eye shadow primer to your whole lid:

Using a contour brush, begin applying black shadow at the outer corner of your lid, working the brush into your crease and toward the middle of your eyelid. Tip: black eye shadow and a smoky eye can sometimes make you look tired. Blend in a little navy shadow near the lash line to brighten the look and avoid looking sleepy: 

Line your lower lid with a black pencil:

Using black liquid eyeliner and using your lash line as a guide, line your upper lid out near the end of your shadow. Draw another line from the corner of your eye up to the end of the top line. 

Fill in the outlined area:

Add some more brightening primer to the inside corner of your eye and blend, add mascara and some clear gloss and you’re done: 

Tip: pair with a bold, red lip for extra sassiness and throwback class. When I wear a bold lip, I’ll typically tone down the shadow and opt for a more simple look… unless, of course, it’s Halloween! 

Before and after:


So, what do you think? Would you try out this look?

Check back tomorrow to see a Sassy Kitten Nail Tutorial to match this bombshell makeup lesson from Caitlin!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Thursday Trend: Mixing Metals

Jewelry rules used to warn against mixing gold and silver-- it was a fashion faux pas.

Well, ladies and gents, times have changed. It's the 21st century. You can wear navy with black. You can wear white after Labor Day. And damnit, you can mix gold & silver!

Marie Claire made a good point: upscale designers have long been integrating different metals in single pieces. A great example of this is David Yurman.

Some examples of DY jewelry:

If you don't own jewelry that has both gold & silver on the same piece, here are some great ways to achieve this look!

1) Stack bracelets of different mixed metals. You can include silver, gold, rose gold, stainless steel, and also incorporate colors into the mix!

Style Bust

La Dolce Vida

Glitter Guide


Pinterest J.Crew

Love this last one because it also throws in diamonds, a girl's my best friend.

2) Wear a watch that resembles gold and silver. Often, watches made of stainless steel have gold accents. This looks like silver & gold! My watch from Michael Kors has this look.

This is my watch. I absolutely love it! It makes wearing silver & gold together
super easy because it already incorporates both colors in the palette.
Other Michael Kors watches that have this design:

Option 1
Option 2
Option 3

Option three has rose gold, a metal we're seeing incorporated more in recent months. I don't love rose gold on me, but it's a great alternative to yellow gold which some people dislike against their skin tones.

Now that gold and silver are represented in the watch, it makes wearing jewelry/accessories of different metals a no-brainer. Add on different rings, bracelets, etc. like the stacking photos above.

*Or, if you prefer to keep it simple, this sort of watch designs allows for you to go either/or in terms of metal. Stick with all gold/all silver in the rest of your overall outfit.

3) Carry a bag with elements of both silver & gold- whether its hardware (zippers) or metallic fabric choices. This opens the door to wear both colors in jewelry/clothing fabrics because it ties the other pieces in with the theme of the bag.

*Or, like Beyonce, choose to go with one metal element displayed in your bag, and run with it! She rocks patent gold pumps and gold jewelry detail throughout her look!

Beyonce- Gold shoes, silver and gold bag, gold necklaces
So, do you mix metals? How? I'd love to see some pics of how you work this trend!

Happy Thursday!
<3 GJU