Thursday, July 21, 2016

HAIR MATCH

By Aileen Belmonte
 
LIGHT IN THE BOX Floral Romper
H&M Bandeau
VANS Sk8 Hi in TrueWhite, Perforated

With my new hair color and all, I thought we could talk about our tresses. Not so much on styling and maintenance, but more on how to pick an outfit that would flatter your current hairstyle. Admittedly, since I added a touch of blonde to my previously brunette crown, I've had some difficulty finding clothes that would match. Palettes I were previously so comfortable and confident in didn't quite seem to have the same effect anymore. Likewise, those that didn't quite stand out on me before, now look incredible with my ash blonde ombre. All in all, I do miss my darker hair. However, I love this style too. Plus I've always wanted to find out if blondes did have more fun haha.

Red was one of the colors that made a turn-around for me. Before, my reddish brown locks would drown in a sea of whatever red outfit it was that I would wear. While it wasn't bad, my blonde tips and highlights really stood out better against a bold red background. Also, I felt like my hair had a very summery vibe. Being true to this sunny, California girl look, I donned a lightweight floral romper paired with some casual kicks. By the way, I'm wearing my favorite Sk8 Hi Vans sneakers in True White. In my opinion, it's an excellent option if you're not one to ride on the Superstars/Stan Smiths bandwagon. 

I know not all of my readers would have similar hair as mine. Also, it's not just the colors that will challenge your matching skills, but also the hairstyle in itself. So here are some take home tips from yours truly. This may not apply to everyone, and there is no hard and fast rule to follow. I hope it could help you somehow though.

1. Choose shades that make your hair color stand out. If your hair drowns in your outfit because the colors are too similar, then it's probably not the best option. Sometimes it can't be helped, but it may be nice to keep this thought in mind when shopping for new pieces. 

2. Just like a year has seasons, so do our tresses. My hair for instance is very summery. Summer hair, I would say are warm blondes with highlights and ombres, or maybe funky, unconventional colors. Spring would be warm blondes, or warm light browns. Autumn would be deeper and darker shades, and Winter would be silvery or light ash blondes. So if you find your "season," this can help you choose your wardrobe accordingly. 

3. As for hairstyles, this can be tricky. It's all about your personal taste. Here are some of the trends I've seen recently though. Layers will always be a staple. It's very easy-going and girl-next-door. It's perfect for casual dressing. Shoulder-length cuts are hot nowadays too! It's very posh and can go with clean polished looks. In my opinion, best styled with messy waves. Long straight hair on the other hand would go well for tailored or minimalist styles. 

4. The last and most obvious tip I have for you: Experiment and explore. As I said, there really isn't a rulebook to follow. It may be a trial and error process, but the final verdict should always be what makes you look and feel great!






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Friday, July 8, 2016

SUMMER GREENS

By Aileen Belmonte

H&M Printed Dress
CHARLES AND KEITH Sandals
VINTAGE Purse

Hi everyone! Today I feel like we should talk about prints. Not just your usual florals, stripes, polka dots...you get the drift. I'm talking about extravagant, unique, and challenging ones. If you can't name the print, then yes, that's what I'm talking about!

You know me, I'll forever be a fan of classic looks. Honestly, I like challenging my style more by mixing and matching basics, as well as creating an interesting layered look. Sometimes though, going for a unique print is also a fun choice. Some people could go all out and get away with it. I'm talking about crazy print on print suits, or weird retro prints. Personally though, I find that I don't really connect with that kind of style. So to keep true to myself, and get this task done, my choice is to find a unique print in the form of a classic silhouette dress. 

Finding a cute printed dress is relatively easy nowadays. You can go to your favorite stores like Cotton On, Zara, Topshop, and H&M. Heck, you'll even find one in the department store. The challenge though is to step outside of your comfort zone of tame prints, and go for louder, more attention-grabbing ones. I know what you're thinking: TACKY ALERT! For me  the best way avoid looking tacky with this look is to go for a dress with a classy and modest form. More importantly, make sure it fits! If it doesn't fit, it's never worth it.

Blogger's note: My best bet to finding a fun, printed dress would be H&M. Lots of choices, and decently-priced. That's where I got this piece, and I've yet to be disappointed. The print is like a funky plant of sorts, placed on a deep emerald background. I loved it at first sight! The fit is perfect, and really accentuates the waist. I kept my shoes and makeup to a minimum so that there's no confusion on the focal point of this look. 

I hope this post helps you and dares you to try those loud prints you've never worn before. If it does, I'd love to hear all about it! Share your stories on the comment box below, and have a great day!




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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

SPRING IN AUTUMN HUES

 By Aileen Belmonte
H&M Shirt Dress
URBAN OUTFITTERS Textured Tights
Lace-up Boots
ZARA Scarf

I feel like I can always connect with the warm and deep hues of autumn. No matter what season it is, I somehow manage to get myself dressed in these colors. I guess I can't resist the charm of rich burgundys and warm yellows. Then adding my favorite tartan scarf just puts it all together. It's the coziest accessory I have in my closet. 

While I agree that there are colors that will stand out best during certain seasons, I don't think there's any reason to stop you from wearing your favorite hues. The color palette of your style need not be limitied by the time of the year. If your outfit makes you happy and confident, then that's all you really need before stepping out of the house. Plus a smile of course!

Before I go, these photos were taken from our trip to Seoul last May 2016. I'm currently editing the remainder of my photos, and I can't wait to share them with you. So please keep posted! 



Namsan Park, Seoul - May 2016


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