Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Black & Blue

[Dress: Forever 21 (appears to be sold out, but another cool colorblock option here); Shoes: Ruche; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Boyfriend; Earrings: BaubleBar; Bracelets: J.Crew and Flea Market; Nails: Essie: Muchi Muchi

I promise you'll see my eyes again soon; it's just been really sunny out lately, so the glasses are a must. And yes, I'm posing in parking lot. 

On a completely different note, I am going to do something unusual for me and wax poetic about Forever 21 (sense the sarcasm?). No, but really. A lot of friends remark that the store is overwhelming and intimidating when they try to shop there, and I would agree if I hadn't spent the last 10 years fine-tuning the art of navigating it. If you're looking to get your toes wet, check out the store's Love 21 division, which is described as "contemporary." By that, I see nicer fabrics, more refined styles, flattering (i.e. not soooooo tight) fits, and an overall modern, chic look. Now, I think all corners of the store have gems if you look hard enough, but Love 21 has already sort of sifted through all the clutter for you.

I say all this to point you to my dress, which comes from the Love 21 line and called my name when I saw it in the store. The classic ladylike shape, cute bow, and skirt in my favorite color had me at hello. I styled with minimal jewelry and t-strap, kitten heel sandals that also play to the girlish vibe.

All photos by Mikhail Glabets 

21 comments:

  1. This dress is F21?! It's amazing and so beautiful. Also, loving those shoes - they look like they'd go with everything! :)

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    1. Thanks Megan! They're definitely a go-to summer pair for dresses!

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  2. Such a cute dress! I thought it was a top and skirt until I scrolled to the bottom. Forever 21 stresses me out sometimes, but I've learned it's best to go during the weekday when there aren't as many people. Always seems to do the trick for me. You look fantastic and I love that you were posing in a parking lot :)

    http://allthingsalisamarie.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, that sounds like the right strategy! I also find focusing carefully on one section/room at a time helps!

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  3. I can't believe this is from Forever 21! I definitely need to start looking harder when I go there. Love your blog, by the way!

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  4. ah yes forever 21 shopping is a learned art! i do love the mint color of that dress! xoxo

    anna-and-agnes.blogspot.com

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  5. Black and a bright color is my favorite kind of combination. You can't go wrong with it.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  6. Lovely photos!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  7. Nice pictures!

    http://mesmemos.tumblr.com/

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  8. beautiful photographs!
    xx
    Jinna

    http://greaseandglamour.com

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  9. I would have thought that was a...er...pricier... dress than from F21. I guess that's your point - you can find some pieces that look great!

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  10. i can see how it might be overwhelming...they have so much stuff jammed into the store, and you often see one-ofs all over the place because they don't get put back in the right places and the employees can't keep up. but i think i've got it down, too, lol!

    this dress was a great find!

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    Anastasia of Beverly Hills-GIVEAWAY
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    1. Thanks! I think practice makes perfect :)

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  11. I love that you can manage your way to find the gems of Forever21 like myself! I think ny good find at a great price is worth a little sweat. :) Are in you NYC?


    xo

    Sarah
    www.stylesarah.com

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    1. Definitely worth it: :). And no I'm in Boston... what about you? Sorry for the late response by the way! I'm packing all my comment responses into one very late night!

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  12. Beautiful photos! I've never seen those ray ban's before! They are amazing!

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    1. Thanks Mary! My husband found them for me and I was quite happy! They're definitely a twist on the traditional Ray-Ban shape.

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