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What’s Your Fashion Statement?

One of my favorite fashion & fashion blogging-related communities to be a part of is The Girls Inspired Group – It’s supportive, fun, and brings you in contact with so many talented bloggers and their fabulous sites. There seriously aren’t enough hours in the day for me to check out as many lovely blogs as I’d like to!

In addition to introducing all of us blogger to one another, the group is also inspiring us with fun spotlight topics for us to write posts about. This week’s topic is a great one so I felt like I needed to participate – GIG Spotlight #2 Fashion Tag: What’s Your Fashion Statement?

So here goes… I would describe my personal style as classic with a twist – I love basic black & chic, timeless pieces – But with a fun, eye-catching twist like the addition of statement jewelry or an on-trend accessory.

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{Examples of my ever-evolving style – Caped Crusader, Lady of the Night & Striped Leopard}

My closets are filled to the brim with basics like perfect Little Black Dresses, trench coats, quality striped & polka-dotted pieces, chic blouses, classic pumps, great fitting jeans, season-less bags…

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{See Real Girls Need Real Closets, Real Girls Need Real Closets – Accessories Edition, and Closet Organization for suggestions & recommendations for what basics you can try out!}

But I also do a seasonal refresher every few months in order to add new accessories, pieces in fun, on-trend colors & prints, and maybe collect a new bag. Or two. 🙂 This process definitely involves a trip to Zara & some online shopping at my favorite go-to stores.

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{Some recent acquisitions that have made their way into my closet via the Paragon Outlets in Livermore, Zara, Forever 21, BCBG, Neiman Marcus & Bloomingdale’s}

So tell me, what’s YOUR fashion statement?

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Versatile Blogger Award

I’m thrilled & honored to have been nominated by Periscope Girl for the Versatile Blogger Award. I started Moi Contre La Vie hesitantly and it was only as I received amazing support and positive feedback that I was able to go from posting once a week to 6-7 times a week. And I’m loving every minute of it!

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Rules:

  • Display the award logo on your blog
  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • State seven things about yourself
  • Nominate 5 other bloggers for this award and link to the them
  • Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements

Seven Things About Me:

  • Blogging is my passion project and while I would LOVE to be able to work in the fashion industry full-time I, like many others, have to have a day job to pay the bills. And buy purses. When the sun’s up my Clark Kent day job is as a compliance officer at a hedge fund in downtown San Francisco.
  • I double majored in Classics and History at UC Berkeley and wanted to get my PhD so that I could spend my life in a dusty library doing research & writing for publications like National Geographic.
  • While I love one-of-a-kind boutiques & the convenience of department stores if I could only shop one place for the rest of my life it would be Zara. I’m addicted. And I’m ok with that.
  • I’m a California girl through-and-through. I was born in Los Gatos, raised in Sacramento, and have lived the in Bay Area for over 10 years now {First in Berkeley, now in San Francisco}.
  • I never leave my apartment without putting on under-eye concealer, mascara & blush.
  • I lived in Rome for six months studying Art History when I was a junior in college. It was the most amazing experience of my life.

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{Serious throwback – This is my best friend & I in Athens when we were 21}

  • I’ve traveled quite a bit over the years – Some of the countries I’ve visited are Mexico, Canada, Belize, Dominican Republic, Italy, Greece, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Spain, Germany, the UK, Denmark, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines.

My Nominations:

This was a challenge for me – Narrowing down my list to five was not an easy task. I follow many, many bloggers and while I’ve been reading some for years, I decided to keep this list to newly discovered sites that I’m just getting to know, and absolutely loving.

So without further ado…

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{The Subtle Statement – Previously featured in Fall 2012 Must Haves}

  • The Subtle Statement – I met Brittany, the author of The Subtle Statement, at IFBCON in September and have been an eager devotee ever since. Her site is beautifully organized and features the perfect mix of personal style, fashion tips, beauty product reviews, shopping suggestions, and fun video tutorials.

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{Vintage Virgin – Previous featured in this Looks of the Week post}

  • Vintage Virgin – If you like vintage shopping and eclectic fashion Vintage Virgin is the site for you – It’s filled with killer one-of-a-kind pieces and fun, inspiring outfits that’ll get you in the mood to run home and play dress up!

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{The Tall Blonde – Previously featured in this Looks of the Week post}

  • The Tall Blonde – This Swiss fashion blogger is a former model and brings an enviable grace and poise to her photographs, as well as a fabulous sense of style and love of drama.

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{I Love Green Inspiration – Previously featured in this Links You’ll Love post}

  • I Love Green Inspiration – This site is a unique mixture of dreamy inspiration and bold, dramatic photographs that will thrill, excite, and motivate you. She features brilliant pictures and both her website and Facebook page are visually striking.

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{Fashion Steele  NYC – Previously featured in this Looks of the Week post}

  • Fashion Steele NYC – I adore New York and it’s bold, dramatic brand of style so this site is a great place for me to brush up on what’s going on sartorially in my home away from home.

Thank you again for the nomination and I hope that you have enjoyed learning a little something new about me and that you’ll love these blogs that I’ve recommended above as much as I do!

Last year I was equally excited to have been nominated as well – Check out my responses & suggestions last time around here.

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Fall On A Budget

At the beginning of October I shared my Fall 2012 Must Haves, which included eye-catching patterns & prints, faux leather, fun pants, tweed pieces, asymmetrical details, and the color de jour for Fall – Oxblood.

It’s easy to see pictures from the Fall 2012 collections and put together a mental list of all the things you want, and then give up in frustration because you can’t afford straight-from-the-runway pieces. But I’m here to tell you that we can very easily update your wardrobe for Fall without having to dip into your 401k. I promise!

I like to get one or two great new investment pieces each season – something like an updated but classic Little Black Dress, a chic new handbag, or a timeless trench – but I’ll also collect a handful of fun, on-trend pieces from less expensive stores that quickly update my looks for the season. There are great stores like Zara, ASOS, H&M, and TopShop were you can find trendy, well-made pieces each season for a steal. Read on for some of my personal suggestions & recommendations as well as a collection of great articles that’ll steer you in the right direction for all of your Fall 2012 needs.

I have to confess that some of my favorite places to shop are the Spanish retailers that I was first introduced to when I lived in Italy at the age of 21 – H&M, Mango, and Zara. The clothing is stylish and well-made, but doesn’t cost a fortune and the collections are updated frequently so there’s always something new in stores and online.
{Lace Trousers – $90 @ Zara, Blouse – $60 @ H&M & Contrast Panelled Dress – $30 @ Mango}
  • Where Do Editors Really Shop from Refinery 29 is just the sort of article that I love to read – Knowing where the most fashionable and stylish women in the fashion world shop is like being handed the keys to the kingdom! And wouldn’t you know it, along with the high-end designers that you’d expect them to mention, they also list great inexpensive shopping destinations like E-bay, Target, Zara, Amazon, Madewell, J.Crew, TopShop, JewelMint, ShoeMint, and even The Salvation Army. Great news, isn’t it?

Another lucky break for us fashion obsessed is that more and more high-end designers have been coming out with reasonably priced collections for retailer giants like Payless, Target, and Macys.

{Long-sleeve Shirt Dress in Red Geometric Print – $40 @ Kirna Zabete for Target, Long-Sleeve Satin Blazer – $60 (on sale) @ Nicole Richie for Impulse & Racquel Side Zip Bootine – $50 @ Christian Siriano for Payless}

  • Lucky Magazine’s 100 Cheap Fall Finds is a trove of fun Fall pieces from printed pants and embellished collars to chic dresses and leather trimmed jackets. In addition to featuring clothing from Luckymag.com, they included other retail websites like Romwe.com, Pixiemarket.com, Urban1972.com, Levis.com, and Ulta.com.
  • Two of the trends that I’m most excited for this Fall are printed pants and leather-trimmed pieces and luckily for all of us the fun website The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style featured fabulous recommendations for both trends –  Geometry Class & Just The Sleeves Please. So no matter what type of fashion you’re in the mood for this site has what you’re looking for!

The less expensive secondary lines created by designers and sold at department stores like Bloomingdale’s, Macys, Nordstrom, and Kolh’s are great pieces to keep an eye out for.

{Left to Right: Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Jac’ Denim Leggings – $140 @ Nordstrom, MICHAEL Michael Kors Sleeveless Cowl Neck Banded Bottom Dress – $45 (on sale) @ Bloomingdale’s, and LC Lauren Conrad Embellished Ruffle Tee – $40 @ Kohl’s}

  • Not quite sure how to approach stores like Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, or Ross? Refinery 29 took it upon themselves to teach us how in their piece Discount Shopping – How To Shop At Marshalls where they had three different editors put together 6 cute looks under $50. Wow!
  • Waiting for stores to have announce a big sale is a great way to find the pieces you’re craving without paying full-price. Not sure just how to make this tactic work for you? Check out Sales Rack Skinny: The Subtle Statement’s Sale Shop Tactics for tips that’ll help you find just what you’re looking for in stores or even online.

Are you still in the mood for more tips, recommendations, and suggestions for updating your wardrobe, Fall dressing, and online shopping? Stay tuned for an upcoming interview with Style For Hire and a series of informative posts all about online shopping.

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IFBCON – Trends, Styles & Inspirations

This week was the much-anticipated Independent Fashion Bloggers Conference – Otherwise known as IFBCON – Held in New York City right before the start of the Spring 2013 Fashion Week.

“Looking back, what made this IFBCON special was how authentic & original everyone and every panel was. True representation of the community.” – IFB

{Fashionistas waiting to get into the conference @ 8:30am on a muggy NYC Tuesday}

The words above uttered by IFB couldn’t be truer, this was an amazing & educational experience. I mentioned here that I wanted to share all of the fabulous fashion that I got a chance to witness at the conference, so share I will.

{Top Left: Bobbie Austin’s Closet, Top Right: The Subtle Statement & Rachel The Stylish Wanderer}

The personal style of the fashion bloggers of IFBCON was utterly diverse, ranging from hippie inspired fringe and layers, to rock n’ roll studs and spikes, to mix-masters who seamlessly paired patterns, stripes, polka dots, or animal prints.

Needless to say, this conference was a people watching dream!

Heels, stacked bracelets, and oversized bags were pervasive, but aside from that there were so many trends and styles that I’m almost at a loss for how to describe it all to you. Over-the-shoulder bags, spiked bracelets, fun tennis shoes, daytime sequins, camo, maxi & midi length skirts, pleats, round sunglasses, printed & brocade pants, peplum dresses, geometric prints, pajama-inspired separates – There was a veritable sea of beautiful colors, great textures, fun prints, and interesting fabrics.

Nearly as fascinating as the fashion bloggers themselves were the panelists and speakers that we were all there to see. Top bloggers, buyers, writers, brands, publishers, tech wizards, journalists, stylists, social media experts, authors, models – Basically, the best in the biz all there offering us advice, inspiration, motivation, and a vision of a possible future for ourselves.

{The one. The only. Iman}

Check out more outtakes from the conference here – just log into Facebook to view

So in summary, I was lucky enough to spend two days with some of the greatest fashion-minded men and women in the industry. People of all ages, nationalities, races, and backgrounds who have one very important thing in common – An all-consuming passion for all things fashionable!

And what did I wear for this amazing event?

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{Left – Day 1 & Right – Day 2}

What’s your favorite fashion blog?

What questions would you have posed to fashion industry greats like Derek Blasberg, Coco Rocha, Iman, Kelly Framel of The Glamourai, Lindsey Calla of Saucy Glossie, Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Vintage, Jessie Artigue of Style And Pepper, or Erin of Apartment 34?

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