It’s officially Spring! Which means craving fresh, new pieces for my wardrobe! Rather than spend a ton of $ on new stuff every season I like to update items I know I already like. You’ve probably seen a lot of the cute little bee motif popping up on the runways, blogs and magazines this year — they’re popular every Spring, but seem to be even more so this time for some reason!🐝 However, I’m not about to drop $400+ on a pair of shoes just because they’re popular! One of the easiest ways to stay current on trends is adding appliques and embellishments to pieces you already own!
I searched Etsy and found dozens of bead and embroidery bee appliques. After choosing THIS design to add to my favorite pair of $40 Nine West pumps I started thinking of other things I could add bead appliques to — scarves, jackets, lapel collars, hand bags or clutches… The possibilities are endless!👠
I’ve rounded up my favorite pumps $29.99 – $89.99 (just waiting to be embellished!) below:
To adhere my bee appliques to this pair of suede pumps I used E6000 glue according to the directions on the bottle.
Have you ever updated or altered a piece of fashion to wear for a new season? Tag me on Instagram so I can see! I love getting inspired by y’all and your amazing ideas!
I don’t follow the runway shows (except for Dior & Elie Saab; be still my heart!) but after seeing the Fall ’17 Michael Kors collection come across my social media I had to check it out! The instant vibe I got was, “Paris Meets Prep,” and somehow the whole collection looked startlingly familiar… My Pinterest board, “5th Avenue at 5am” could have been a literal inspiration/mood board for this collection, which is why I fell in love with it!
Give me all the navy blue and white! Things I love about this collection: The platform heels, wide shoulders and tapered waists, wide belts, double breasted men’s wear cut jackets and coats, pinstripes, and all the suit separates you can mix and match!
Do you follow runway shows every season? Who are your favorites and how do they give you inspiration for your own style?
Since 2011 I’ve been creating sequin embellished apparel (see here, here & here!) and selling my designs since 2014 (see here & here!). I’ve always had a special place in my heart for sequins! Last year, in October, I released my first all-sequin embellished line of short-sleeve sweatshirts to the public! The most popular design was the “Coffee First” sweatshirt and was sold out before I even uploaded them to my online boutique! I had people texting, e-mailing, PM-ing, Tweeting and Instagram-ing me, BEGGING to buy the sweatshirt after I posted the first teaser image on Instagram! Because of that incredible popularity (and the countless inquiries I’ve received since!) I decided to release the Coffee First 2.0 just in time for Spring!
You may have seen Olivia Pierson on E!’s show, WAGS. I’ve been following her on Instagram for quite some time and just adore her personal style aesthetic. It’s feminine and soft while still being edgy and current. I’ve said before that knowing what looks good one you, and really sticking to that when shopping, is the foundation of a good wardrobe. Olivia is clearly sure of what works for her figure and personal coloring. Everyone looks good in one part of the neutral color palette spectrum and Olivia’s peaches and cream complexion really respond to blushes, nudes, tans and olive shades. With all those monochromatic tones she does a beautiful job keeping her wardrobe interesting with with layers and subtle details in her clothing’s construction. And she manages to do all this without spending a fortune! If you read her blog you’ll notice in her outfit posts that most pieces are from places like Forever21, Topshop and other affordable sites.
One new trend she seems to have been on top of, before the rest of us knew it existed, is the sleeveless trench. This piece is definitely on my must-have list for Summer to Winter wardrobe transition. I especially like the sleeveless trench constructed in an unexpected fabric like organza or satin. One of my other favorite elements that Olivia wears constantly are caged booties. I was really hoping the flat, gladiator sandal from last year would go away and it seems to have been replaced with this darling confection (thank the fashion gods!). I have a closed-toe black pair and a peep-toe beige pair that literally go with everything. Search ‘caged booties’ on Pinterest and you will see what I mean. Caged booties can dress up a simple outfit (like jeans and a tee) and dress down something fancy (like a sparkly cocktail dress).
I think one of the reasons I just love Olivia as a person is for her radiant, calm confidence. She’s funny, genuine and lady like all at the same time. She’s stunningly gorgeous but doesn’t take herself too seriously. Basically I wish we were best friends!
Shop more looks I think Olivia might wear below:
So where do you get your style inspiration? Does the person wearing the clothes determine whether or not you like a certain style?