Saturday, November 25, 2017

Facing Your Fashion Fears

It's okay to step out of your comfort zone!

If you know me, then you probably already know that I am quite the minimalist. My entire wardrobe is made up of primarily black, white, and grey, with a few pops of colors every here and there. I always assumed that I preferred the more neutral colors because of the fact that I am pretty reserved and like to look cute without having to draw much attention to myself. However, due to social media and seeing all the bold colors hitting the runway during Fashion Week, I've been wanting to add a bit more pizzazz to my everyday looks.

How can I challenge my fashion fears?

As generic as it sounds, just go for it! If you think about it too much, you might end up completely changing your mind. Get rid of the thought that maybe things just "don't look right on you." (I'm guilty of doing this myself, so I know how it feels.) Remember, if you can put it on, then you can pull it off!

With this look, I decided to keep things fairly simple. One thing I love about Fall is being able to layer and play around with different textures. Being the minimalist that I am, I did not want to give myself a heart attack by throwing on every crazy item I own all at once. However, this vintage metallic lace skirt that I thrifted a while back has been sitting in my closet way too long, and I thought it was about time to let this gem out! While this piece is a lot bolder than what I would normally go for, I still felt confident in it and even got a few compliments, which is always a plus.

Long story short, don't let any fashion trends scare you. Do you want to wear that ruffled blouse you've had hanging in your closet for the longest? Go right ahead! Want to blind people with your highlight AND your metallic skirt? I won't stop you. Companies like Dia&Co. have Try-Day Fridays allowing their employees to step out of their comfort zones and try something new. YouTuber Safiya Nygaard has a whole series dedicated to trying out new/weird things for a week. It's always good to experiment a bit. You never know, you just might enjoy it.

What is the most unorthodox piece hanging in your closet? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Lisette

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Holiday Style Hacks

Hello, November!

Yup, it's that time of the year again! October flew by and now the holidays are right around the corner. I absolutely love the holidays however, it is also one of the most stressful times of the year for me. Being a full-time student and preparing for finals, while also being a product development intern at a shoe company, it has been tough trying to find additional time to hang out with loved ones or go shopping. Although I might not be able to do any shopping for you, I can help you out with these quick holiday style hacks.

1. Use double-sided tape.

Honestly, the creation of double-sided tape has blessed me on so many different occasions. I've been using ShowStoppers' double-sided tape to prevent any unwanted wardrobe malfunctions such as keeping a revealing dress in place and concealing bra straps. What I love about this product is that it comes in a small, sleek package that is perfect for the average person on the go. I've also noticed that the tape lasts pretty long. I have used it to keep one of my favorite cowl neck tops in place and my knee highs from running down and was amazed to see that the tape lasted all day, even throughout humidity. Want to try ShowStoppers for yourself? You can use the code LISETTE2 for $2 off, valid through November 20, 2017!

2. Hairspray can be used for things other than just your hair!
Nothing is worse than planning to wear a cute skirt or dress with stockings, only to find out that your tights have been snagged or ripped. Here in New York, it gets extremely cold during the holiday seasons and although I love to show some leg, I don't want to freeze to death while doing it. Runs on stockings might be great for achieving the whole grunge/punk rock look, but you can actually prevent them from happening by spraying hairspray on your tights both before wearing and storing them away.

3. Don't be afraid to break out your heels!

I know a lot of people dread having to dress up because in many cases it means to wear heels. As someone who owns a lot of shows, I know that heels aren't always the most comfortable to wear. However, you shouldn't let that discourage you! I'm sure many of you already know about the Band-Aid trick to keep your shoes from rubbing and peeling your skin, but what happens if you don't have any easily accessible? It turns out that applying some lip balm on the back of your heels also helps to prevent blisters. For this hack, I highly recommend using a lip balm with a thick and waxy formula such as Burt's Bees. Anything with shimmer would just increase irritation.

What holiday hacks are you going to try out this year? Do you have any hacks of your own? Feel free to leave them in the comments below!

xo, Lisette

Monday, November 6, 2017

Next Stop: Louis Vuitton

Get in loser, we're going to Paris.

One thing I love about living in NYC is that there is always something to do. Me being the creative that I am, I'm constantly on the lookout for cool exhibits or pop-up shops to visit during my free time. I recently found out about the Louis Vuitton "Volez, Vougez, Voyagez" exhibition here in New York and knew that I had to pay it a visit ASAP! I went on a Friday evening and surprisingly it wasn't as busy as I had expected it to be. The best part? It's free! Although you are welcome to purchase a perfume, notebook, or other goodies from the gift shop, it is not mandatory.

Aside from learning the history behind the Louis Vuitton brand itself, there were many vintage and iconic pieces placed in each room of the exhibit. From limited edition collections to dresses worn by some of your favorite stars, everything is there right before your eyes. 

Not to mention that everything just happens to be aesthetically pleasing, making for the perfect photo opps!

The Louis Vuitton "Volez, Vougez, Voyagez" exhibit is open up until January 7th. If you're in the area or plan on visiting NYC during the holidays, I definitely suggest checking it out!

xo, Lisette
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