Thursday, October 1, 2015

How To Wear Flare Jeans

And not look like you're in costume.

Flare jeans are all the rage right now, and while it's a popular cut that tends to rotate in and out of style, it's usually the first thing I get asked about. Most women just aren't sure how to go about wearing them, and they feel they can't pull it off or it doesn't fit their regular style.  The great thing is, with just a few tips & tricks you can easily work this current trend into your wardrobe without sacrificing your personal style.

Before we get to the outfit inspiration, here are a few things to keep in mind when wearing flare jeans.

1.  Your hem should fall no shorter than 1/4' - 1/2" from the floor.  

I talked a lot about the proper inseam for jeans in an old Denim Dictionary post, and these rules still apply.  Inseam is especially important for flare jeans, because the leg opening is so wide. (On average 20") Since the hem is so important, it may be necessary to have multiple pairs depending on the shoes you plan to wear, ie. flats, heels or platforms.  Which brings me to the next rule, what shoes to wear.

2. Choose your shoes wisely. 

Flares look best with platform heels, wedges, or flats.  If you want to wear a single sole shoe, stick to a strappy sandal. Because flare pants generally have a leg opening of 20", you should avoid pointy toe pumps unless they are a platform. This time around I've actually seen a lot of people wearing them this way, but I don't think it's the best look. Here is a round up of some great shoes to wear with flare jeans.

3. Short Girls Can Wear Flare Jeans Too

It's a common misconception that short women can't wear flare jeans, but this is simply not true! With just a few tips & tricks, us vertically challenged women can wear them also :) The great thing about flare jeans is, as long as you stick to the basics of, wearing the right shoes, having the inseam long enough, and making sure your top doesn't cover your crotch, flare jeans will lengthen your leg line & make you look taller!

Now that you know the basic rules, here is some outfit inspiration for you:

If you're feeling retro, you can't go wrong by pairing your flare jeans with a floral blouse and suede platform pumps.  Accessorize with gold jewelry & oversize sunglasses and you'll be channeling the 70s in no time.
How To Wear Flare Jeans Retro Style
1. Jbrand Flare Jeans ($250) 2. Diane Von Furstenberg Floral Blouse ($300) 3. Mulberry Bayswater Tote ($2500) 4. Steve Madden Jillyy ($100) 5. Bauble Bar Cosmos Tiered Necklace ($48) 6. Bauble Bar Scorpio Cuff ($) 7. Kensie Oversized Sunglasses ($68)

If retro isn't really your thing, that's okay too.  While I absolutely love the 70s and can appreciate that style on other people, these days I usually opt for a more modern look.  Here I pulled a black & white printed top & added some edgy accessories.  You can always keep it simple with a crisp white shirt, structured blazer & a killer pair of strappy sandals.
Look Edgy In Flare Jeans
1. Jbrand Flare Jeans ($250) 2. Rayban Wayfair Sunglasses ($155) 3. Day Birger et Mikkelsen Satin Trim  Blouse ($300) 4. ASOS Helsinki Sandal ($75) 5. Rebecca Minkoff Moto Hobo Bag ($250) 6. Bauble Bar Courtney Bib Necklace ($68)

One last note. While I've outlined some of the basic styling rules for wearing flare jeans, you'll see examples of breaking these rules all over. Ultimately, the great thing about fashion is - you can really do whatever you want! New trends are created by risk takers. Fashion & style is unique and personal & you should always wear what makes you feel confident & fabulous. If you want to wear short flares that show off your fabulous shoes, then do it! Love the way a pointy toe pumps looks peeking out of your jeans?  Then do that!  Style is a personal expression, and as long as you keep it polished and put together you'll be radiating that confidence to the world.

Check out some other great (and many less expensive) pieces you can style with your flare jeans:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

5 Things To Do With Your Partner Instead of Watch TV

Many couples fall into the habit of plopping down in front of the TV and binge watching the latest season of House of Cards on Netflix.  

While I too love a lazy day in front of the tube, (I did that a lot before I met M) it isn't exactly quality time with your love. 

Here are 5 things you can do with your partner instead.  

1. Take a Walk

There' something sweet about an evening walk around the neighborhood hand in hand with your SO. There's a great post about this on A Cup of Jo

2.  Play a Game

Dust off a deck of cards or a board game and challenge your partner.  M & I have done this a few times. We've played everything from Scattegories (We played all 12 lists in one shot) to Quarters. Don't be afraid to add a little spice to your game. Strip go fish anyone? 

3.  Cook Together  

Instead of ordering in, take a trip to the grocery store together & try out a new recipe. Shopping & cooking takes team work, something we should all be good at in a relationship.  Plus, there's nothing sweeter than feeling your lover hug you from behind when you're standing at the kitchen counter. My 4th date with M was actually us making pizza together. It was his suggestion, and it wasn't until much later I found out how calculated it actually was.  Truthfully it was pretty brilliant, we learned a lot about each other that night, included how well we worked together. 

4. Cuddle & Take Silly Pictures 

Who doesn't like to cuddle? Or be silly for that matter.  Take some selfies (sans stick) and see what you end up with. Keep the photos for yourself to look at later down the road. It will bring you back to that silly time & make you feel all fuzzy inside. It you're feeling courageous make it a video. M & I have a lot of silly digital memories... and they're awesome.  

5. Listen To Music

Music is magical & has a way of moving & uniting people. Play some of your favorite songs for each other. Sing out loud and dance around together. Make a Spotify playlist of your mutual favorites and share it so you can both listen to it anytime and add new tracks to it.  You can even take a walk around your neighborhood with shared headphones.  I saw this in the movie Begin Again with Mark Ruffalo & Keira Knightly.  I randomly came across it on Netflix (I think) & I completely fell in love. It's super sweet and Mark Ruffalo isn't bad to look at eh? Watch it. 

What do you do with your love when you spend quality time together?

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Personalize Your Office Space

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If you haven't already noticed I've been pinning a lot of home decor on Pinterest lately.  M & I are moving in together soon & we'll finally have the separate office space & grown up living room we've both been hoping for.

Because I've lived here for 4+ years at this point, we plan on redoing the entire place so it will feel more like ours instead of just my apartment that he moved in to.  We thought about finding a different apartment, but rent control in West Hollywood, 2.3 miles from my office... I think we'll stay.

One of the hardest parts about moving in together is trying to find an overall style you both like. Luckily, the office came together pretty easily for us. We already have the color scheme & big pieces picked out, now it's just about the details.

BTW.  I'm so grateful this office is going to be easy because we sat on some couches over the weekend & have learned that we have a completely different opinion on what is comfortable. Awesome.

For me, one of the most important things I keep in mind (and most people do I think) is making sure the decor reflects me and my personality. You know, to create a room that will make someone say, "That feels like Jessica" just like one can do with clothing & accessories.  That can be pretty difficult when it comes to two people who are so different, but I've managed to find some really great pieces that reflect us as couple and still work well in the space.

1. Samsill Document Box ($27) 2. George Nelson Mid-Century Wall Clock ($95) 3. Faux Leather Pencil Cup ($25) 4. Howard Elliot Elephant Love Sculpture ($124) 5. Jonathan Adler Porcelain Zebra Dish ($32)

The majority of the items on here are self-explanatory & mostly functional, but all very me when it comes to their style. The elephants are slightly more personal. If you didn't already know, when you mouth the words "elephant shoes" it looks like "I love you." Thanks to the true dorky nature of me & M, we do this regularly and we might even throw an arm up to represent a trunk. When I saw this elephant sculpture, I knew I had to have it. Then I learned elephants actually mate for life, so it had even more significance. Adorable :)

My favorite of all the items are these state specific typography pieces.  Being a New Yorker who ended up with a California boy, it just seems appropriate.

California Typography Wall Art ($80)

New York Typography Wall Art ($80)

I did a little searching on the site & only came across a few states, but it's still worth a look if you're interested.  Check them out at World Market.

Here are some other fun black & white pieces to decorate your office with:

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