One daily step to loving YOU

One daily step to loving YOU

Why is it we women spend the majority of winter and all of spring waiting, wishing, praying for sunny days and sun dresses, yet somehow despise summer too?

I’ve been thinking…

…perhaps it’s not really summer we hate, but the summer clothes?

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A bottom for EVERYbody

A bottom for EVERYbody

It’s FINALLY SUMMER and with summer comes one very important wardrobe mission-to curate outfits that are cute and exude confidence all while remaining cool in this crazy heat! Let’s be honest, one poorly planned outfit can mean makeup melting off your face amidst thigh chaffing, and girrrrl no one needs THAT!

As I shared in my May Monthly Style Roundup, summer sets and jumpers are ALWAYS a summer go-to of mine, but recently I’ve enjoyed wearing a new piece that is just as trendy and airy as my favorites…WIDE LEG PANTS

Wide Leg Pants

An alternative to another day of wearing uncomfortable shorts, wide leg pants are a breezy, trendy, and comfy outfit option for summer days. ESPECIALLY in light weight materials like linen and chiffon, wide leg pants make for a (literally) cool statement bottom. Typically in bold prints and colors, wide leg pants add a bit of playful sophistication to a basic tank top or T-shirt (even though they feel like wearing pajama bottoms!). Wide leg pants like this leopard print pair from Urban Outfitters are perfect for both a shorter, curvy figure like mine AND a tall, more straight through body style. Many women my height (5’1) with my curvy body type shy away from wide leg pants, feeling drowned in too much material. But the opposite actually happens as the wide leg pant sinches the waist and lengthens shorter builds (especially when paired with a platform sandal or block heel). But flowing wide leg pants also follow the shape of longer legs and hit the floor just perfectly when styled with a flat strappy sandal. Paired with a cropped or shorter top and a confident attitude—wide leg pants are truly a bottom for EVERY body type.

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*photos courtesy of Marc Ladanan

Shein Wide Leg Leopard Pant
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Steve Madden Platform Heels
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FOREVER 21 White Wide Leg Pants
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Shein White Platform
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FOREVER 21 Stripe Paperbag Pants
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FOREVER 21 Platform Slide
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3 carry-on only packing tips

3 carry-on only packing tips

How I fashionably packed for a 10 day trip to London and Paris in ONLY carryon luggage.

Is it just me or is everyone under the assumption that we fashionistas only travel with two exploding check bags, a carry on and handbag ALL weighing more than we do?

More often than not, that’s the truth.

BUT I think we can all agree that traveling (especially abroad and solo) is SO much easier with less luggage to haul place to place.

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A “locals” guide to see, eat and shop London

A “locals” guide to see, eat and shop London

My guide to London’s MUST dos!

By now, you’ve likely realized my love for New York and city life in general. But before New York, there was London. Let me rephrase that, I’ve had a New York love affair from a young age, but lived in London first (and absolutely LOVED every second).

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Why a faux tan DOES NOT equal faux confidence

Why a faux tan DOES NOT equal faux confidence

How introducing Mystic Tan into my beauty regime has taken my body confidence to the next level.

If you’ve been following along here at A Grim Sense of Style, you’ve likely realized how important viewing ourselves beautifully is to me. To be honest, I’m not quite sure exactly how I became so confident or when it really happened. But I am sure that over the years I’ve learned to love myself through a range of sizes, shapes and mental states. And you know what? I’m really, REALLY proud of that.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve ALWAYS loved my curves even before the Kardashian’s made it cool (thank you Kim), but we all have our moments, am I right? I’ve observed over the years that as we get older our bodies change suddenly (something I’ve REALLY had to come to terms with having PCOS) and it can be a struggle to embrace a “new” version of you.

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2 easy items your spring wardrobe NEEDS

2 easy items your spring wardrobe NEEDS

Spring things I’m loving RIGHT now.

There’s just something about spring in the city. Perhaps it’s the fact that I moved to NYC in the spring (that’s right, it’s almost my New York birthday!). Simply put, spring is easily my favorite time of the year here! I know that’s a bold statement but think about it—it’s not too hot to layer or too cold to dine outside. And EVERY New Yorker is out and about with a smile on their face! How can you not love spring time in the city?

However spring does have ONE downfall—bringing with it the need for NEW. Sure I love the new blossoms and new inspiration but NOT the need for an entirely new wardrobe!

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How to Accessorize on a Budget

How to Accessorize on a Budget

Recently I shared on the gram that I’m honestly OVER buying everything brand new. For the longest time I associated the concept of “new” with being THE BEST but I’ve realized that’s just not true and quite frankly unrealistic! Life as an adult, running my own business, adventuring around NYC and managing expenses requires prioritized spending—and if I’m REALLY real, shopping weekly for the latest fast fashion piece I’ll style once or twice just doesn’t cut it.

Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE mixing up my wardrobe with new-to-me, standout items. But instead of budget breaking spending, I’ve transitioned into a more sustainable mentality; I’m now taking advantage of shopping pre-loved items through wardrobe rental! Not only does this add “new” back into my wardrobe but it also allows me budget-friendly access to brands my favorite celebs and style crushes wear daily!

But with the wardrobe rental business growing, where do you start?

WELL…

Having consolidated my closet to a capsule wardrobe of key items and statement pieces, I’ve found accessorizing allows me to make outfits new, different, and interchangeable. And the key accessory here for me is jewelry! Statement jewelry is the perfect way to mix up a look while adding an expression of unique taste and personality! SOOOO that makes my go-to for rentals an EASY choice…

RED CARPET ROCKS!

Red Carpet Rocks is a subscription-free, demi-fine (meaning a combination of fine and costume jewelry) 4 day rental service providing hand-made jewels, precious stones, and other red carpet level jewels for $39! Yes. You read that price correctly! Just as the name would lead you to believe, these pieces are high-end, yet still interchangeable between special events, a day at the office or a night out with friends! Though I’ve sported the UNBELIEVABLE Rihanna Crystal Choker and absolutely ROCKED the Cindy Tassel Earrings, my favorite Red Carpet Rocks rental so far is the Bianca Bib Necklace! This statement necklace is not only the perfect beaded compliment to a cocktail dress but also adds a bit of high-end glam to a denim and Tshirt combo! And if that isn’t cool enough, the Red Carpet Rocks owner Urvi and her team are there for you every step of the rental process, adding a personalized touch to your new favorite statement piece!

So if you’re like me and in search of a budget-friendly way to add celeb level glam to an everyday look, OR you have an endless list of upcoming events this sunny season, check out Red Carpet Rocks! Remember, no single item is over $39! With both FREE shipping AND returns, rent one fabulous jewel for $39, 2 pieces for $59 or 3 for $79! AND right now when you join the Red Carpet Rocks email list, you earn 10% off your first order!

Rent. Rock. Return.

Check out some other Red Carpet Rocks accessories I’ve sported with dressy casual looks on Instagram!

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*All photos courtesy of Victoria Saperstein Photography.