Chloe Everything!

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Chloe Everything - Sublime Cravings IllustrationHow would I define the Chloe aesthetic? Feminine, carefree, and somehow effortlessly chic.

The Chloe vibe is all about grounding unabashedly whimsical feminine elements with structured elements in an unfussy, nonchalant way. Case in point, chic Carlina sunglasses and a structured Nile bracelet bag temper a pink floaty dress. Or consider this dress embellished with oversized embroidered flowers. Because it is rendered in blue and paired with a Faye backpack, the overall feel of the look is chic and sophisticated rather than juvenile.

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Blogger Portrait: NYCxClothes

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My latest blogger portrait features Shelcy and Christy, the sisters behind NYCxClothes. Simply put, their IG page is a gem. These sisters share a sense of style that is youthful, yet sophisticated. But you can tell from their wardrobe choices that each sister has an unique take on she styles her own look.

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Instagram Custom Illustration Giveaway Contest

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I’m hosting a custom illustration giveaway contest on Instagram. If you’d like to enter to win a custom illustration of you, you can check out the details on how to enter here. By the way, the last day to enter is January 14, 2017.

Flat Lay Sublime Cravings Sophisticated Punk

Style Page: Sophisticated Punk

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Flat Lay Style Page Sublime Cravings Sophisitcated PunkBefore I get into the details of this “Sophisticated Punk” look, I want to share something with you. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about style as a means of creative expression. And although I love keeping up with and illustrating what’s new and fab in fashion, I enjoy educating myself about timeless style elements. Moreover, I adore combining and playing with disparate style elements. This “style page” is my first attempt at sharing my love of researching and playing with different style elements.  In addition to keeping up with trends, I will continue to research iconic style elements and influencers and will share my take on them with you—via my illustrations of course. I hope you’ll come along on this journey with me.

Now, onto the “Sophisticated Punk” look. This look is a mix of sleek separates and elements that reference punk fashion. In the 70s and 80s, punk culture was all about rebelling and challenging the status quo in music, fashion, and more. But many designers, including Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Riccardo Tisci, have embraced punk elements in their designs. So now, edgy punk elements such as patent leather jackets, torn T-shirts, tartan, and combat boots are now fashion essentials.

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Style the Trend: Romantic and Edgy

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Download a pdf format version of the style guide here.

Some of my favorite fashion oriented blog pieces feature a blogger’s take on how to style a particular trend multiple ways, like “3 Ways to Style Over-The-Knee Boots.” Because I love styling advice blogs, I’ve been contemplating experimenting with creating trend oriented styling advice posts, but with my illustrations of course. Honestly, I initially wanted to create a guide featuring multiple fall trends, but I decided to take a baby step and focus on a single trend for my first attempt at an illustrated style guide. Since this post is a little bit of a departure from my usual content, I’d love to hear what you think about the post and if you’d like to see more illustrated style guides on my blog. So here is my take on how the style the Romantic and Edgy Trend:

Style the Trend: Romantic and Edgy

What I love about this trend is that the looks are ultra feminine with a healthy dose of edge. Simply put, this trend is all about integrating tough and edgy elements with an overall romantic aesthetic. The most approachable way to try out this trend is to wear a moto jacket with a floaty patterned dress. For those who have already embraced the floral dress and moto jacket combo, you can take this trend a step further by choosing floral and brocade patterned pieces in moody dark colors, instead of bright colors. Also, go beyond utilizing a moto jacket to toughen up your outfit by trying out more refined edgy pieces, such as cropped leather pants or high heel combat boots.

There are endless ways to achieve this fashion vibe, but here are a few looks that may inspire you.

Try an undeniably feminine dress in a dark floral pattern with high heel hiking or combat
boots. Look for dresses with ultra feminine silhouettes, think ruffles and frills, in darker  moody colors. Notice that unlike the moto jacket and floral dress combo, both elements of this look  have both feminine AND edgy components. This dress has a feminine cut but is in a darker edgier  palette. Also the boots are edgy, but the heels make them more feminine.

For this look, a frilly sheer statement blouse is paired with leather pants in an of the moment cropped fit. A long skinny scarf completes the look. This ensemble, pulled from Chloe’s fall collection, is ethereal and floaty on top and tough girl chic on the bottom. Create your own take on this look by combining separates: wear a very feminine over-the-top statement piece with a slick yet tough piece. For this look,
the feminine piece is the top and the edgy piece is the bottom. But there’s no rule that states that the frilly statement piece can’t be a bottom and the edgy element a top.

Wear a jewel tone velvet dress, in a romantic dancer inspired silhouette, over a black turtleneck. Ballet inspired dresses are frequently made in fabrics and colors associated with a soft and feminine aesthetic, think floaty fabrics and soft pinks and flesh tones. But a jewel tone velvet dress in a ballet inspired style is the epitome of romantic AND edgy. Let the dress be the centerpiece of the look by combining it with sleek and dark elements, like a turtleneck, tights, and heels.

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Runway Look: Jason Wu Spring 2017 Ready to Wear

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Hope you’re not sick of the “off-the-shoulder” trend, because at NYFW there was an abundance of collections that featured designs with exposed shoulders. I’m not over the “off-the-shoulder” trend yet, but I’m a bit annoyed by the overuse of the term “cold-shoulder” in blog posts and articles that feature the trend. Of course if I could come up with a clever, but not overused, term to talk about this trend, I would have used it in this post—so who am I to criticize!

At any rate, I love these 2 shoulder-baring looks from Jason Wu’s Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear collection. I’m a fan of Jason Wu’s structured, sophisticated and feminine designs. And as with most of his collections, there are always so many looks that speak to how I want to dress.

Blogger Portrait: Dee for Dana

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Beautiful with an amazing sense of style, my latest blogger portrait features Dee, of Dee for Dana. Dee’s fashion choices manage to be elegant and sophisticated while still conveying a sense of playfulness. Case in point, those impossibly sunny yellow heels she’s wearing in this illustration.  She’s a fashionista after my own heart, because we share a love of cooking and 90’s hip hop and R&B.

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Blogger Portrait: Style Pantry

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If you are familiar with Folake Huntoon of Style Pantry, then you know that she is not only gorgeous but also has an impeccable sense of style. If you scroll through her Instagram feed, you’ll see that Folake plays with color in a way that can only be described as fearless. She definitely inspires me to step up my use of color in my outfits.

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Craving Spring Trends: Chokers and Ruffles 

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My series on standout Spring 2016 clothing and accessory pairings continues with a second combination: ruffles and chokers.

A ruffled dress paired with a choker is a classic pairing that can come off as little “costumey” if you’re not careful. But done right, the look can be romantic with a slight edge. The jewel tones of this Alice + Olivia dress and this Christian Dior choker keeps this look fresh, not “costumey.”

Chokers also pair well with slip dresses (for a very ’90s look). Which combination do you prefer, chokers and ruffles or chokers and slip dresses?

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Dance Like Nobody’s Watching: Proenza Schouler Spring 2016

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You can dance like nobody’s watching, but if you’re wearing this Proenza Schouler tiered ruffled dress, chances are that all eyes will be on you. Of course a Pantene commercial worthy hair flip is pretty attention grabbing as well.

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