When deciding what to wear, or even further back on what to buy, remember that sometimes thinking outside the box can be an advantage. Pick items that may be a bit unexpected either for you or for the style world as a whole. Perfect example – this green leopard print top with lace accents. Green leopard print a fresh twist on a classic print, and the sophisticated lace detailing adds a chic yet feminine touch. Keeps them all on their toes with those slightly unexpected touches and you’ll be turning heads nonstop.
Top: Ann Taylor; Pants: Loft Factory; Bracelet: J.Crew
Cold weather is officially here!!! Can’t leave the house without a jacket anymore and I’m sooooooooo happy! Blankets, hot cocoa, fireplaces, and all those fabulous things which make fall fantastic are everywhere, including the ultimate fall wardrobe piece, FLANNEL! Say what you will, and bring on the Old McDonald/Lumberjack jokes, but this is an easy way to not only stay warm when it’s a bit nipply out, as well as still look super cute! Come on now! Doesn’t this look comfy!?!?!
Top: J.Crew; Pants: GAP; Shoes: Steve Madden
I learned this valuable lesson while out in WI last weekend – When going to wear those dark blue jeans we all love, make sure you wash them before wearing, and not just once, maybe twice. And if they are folded on your clean laundry pile, don’t assume they were in your last load, because there’s a good chance you never really washed them and the dye will get all over you and your rental car’s cream leather seats…Whoops – Lesson learned….
We woke up to much crisper weather and what was the most picturesque fall day you could imagine. The wedding festivities continued with brunch and after a quick bite it was time to say goodbye and farewell. It was a great weekend, getting to experience a few new cities and to see some great people after way too long. It is weekends like this where you experience true and genuine love between two people who make you believe that there is still hope for those of us still looking, that we too can find and experience the same type of love. With so many great moments, I had a lot to reflect on and luckily I had a couple of hours at the airport and a flight home to do just that. It was a trip I’ll hold close to my heart and with my glass held high, let me cheers one more time to Erin and Brian, may your love for one another grow each day, may the friendship you have stay true and may your new life together remain fruitful and full of laughter. Cheers!
Top: Ann Taylor: Jeans: Forever 21; Shoes: Victoria Secret; Trench Coat: J.Crew
The bride and groom both had many guests from out of town, so they were gracious enough to offer suggestions to the guests as to what to do in the morning before the wedding festivities got underway. So off to the Madison farmer’s market we went. This thing was MASSIVE, hundreds of vendors selling their produce, baked goods, and CHEESE. LOTS AND LOTS of CHEESE!!! It was a site to see and took us a few hours to experience, but with a cup of coffee in hand we walked among the locals and University of Wisconsin students and took in the sights, sounds and yummy smells. It was definitely a great way to start off the day.
Then after much prep and an attempt to wind/rain proof my do, it was off to the church to witness (and I’m not being biased) the sweetest wedding ceremony. The couple wrote their own vows and I have to admit, I shed a tear or 15….
After a quick rain shower it was on to the reception, where the party raged on to the morning and where those distant relatives showed off their dance moves that only come out at occasions like this, and they did NOT disappoint.
Dress and Shoes: ASOS
“Good morning Wisconsin!” That’s exactly what I exclaimed everyday for the last three days because I got the chance to travel to the far away land of WISCONSIN! Why WI do you ask? Well if my title didn’t give it away, but I embarked on my first trip to the Midwest for the wedding of my former college roommate. So with a flight booked, off to the country’s dairy capital I went! Meeting another friend early on Friday morning, we rented a car and decided to take in as much of the great state we possibly could in the short amount of time we had. First stop was of course, lunch! We hit up the International Safe House – a spy themed restaurant appropriately hidden down a back alley in downtown Milwaukee. It was a fun treat even from going through a faux bookcase that opened up to the main dining room. The walls are covered in James Bond memorabilia and your server hands you clues and encourages you to wander around and open trick doors and passageways. Even the exit is a hidden door you have to try to find and oh yea, pay a quarter to get out of….
Next up on our first day in WI – The Bronze Fonz of course! Yes, Milwaukee has a bronze statue of the Fonz also on the waterfront. Check it out below! We met a lovely couple from North Carolina who were very confused as to how two such young ladies knew who the Fonz even was, but rest assure we definitely do!!!
Well our time in Milwaukee was very short, and in just a few hours we were back in our chariot (rental car) and off to the middle of no where (literally) to visit the House on the Rock – a HUGE home, that looks more like a Disney World attraction, built on top/into a large rock formation, filled with antiques, crazy rooms and creepy music. While an interesting thing to see, not sure I’d be going back year after year…
After the house it was on to our final WI destination – the state’s capital of Madison. An hour ride from the House on the Rock, we stopped at cheese outlets, sausage outlets and laughed at all the fun/quirky signs that popped up in every small town.
Finally in Madison, we ventured for some grub and let me tell you, the Midwest lived up to it’s stereotype of having nice people – even the drunk ones were nice, making sure the hostess at the restaurant had our name down on the list for a table and pointed us (several times) to the bar for drinks. It was a great first day in WI and stay tuned to see what else I experienced!!!
Top: Ann Taylor; Jeans: Forever 21; Shoes: Steve Madden; Bag: Louis Vuitton
Ever since starting to blog and after years of reading other blogs, I’ve noticed I tend to pay more attention to those around me and the style choices they make. Granted I have my misses and days where sweats and a t-shirt win in the battle of the closet, but I am more aware of what is going on around me, and to be honest, it sometimes drives me absolutely batty. I have to stop and think, “did you even look in the mirror before leaving the house today? Do you even own a mirror!?” With all these thoughts and opinions running through my head I’d thought I’d let them all out here and share what’s going on inside my head and so today’s post will be my very first “fashionism”.
At work on Friday, I decided to wear this teal wool blazer, fall is in full affect, and it’s starting to get a bit nippy out, so seeing wool in the office is very normal. Wearing blazers on casual Friday to make an outfit more corporate appropriate are also a great thing, but there was one blazer I saw at work that was a big fashion NO, NO… The heavy, floral, PASTEL printed, bell sleeve blazer with large lapel. Oy….
Fsshionism #1 – Before you leave the house to embark on your day, ask yourself – “Do I look like a piece of furniture or window treatment in this?” If you have to stop and think about the answer or if the answer is YES, do yourself a favor and CHANGE… No one wants to look like grandma’s couch or drape in their outfit, right!? Right…
Blazer & Necklace: J.Crew Factory; Jeans: Forever21; White Top: H&M
The weather last night wasn’t looking particularly great when I needed to head out of the house, so in a last minute effort to still look presentable, yet comfortable in the windy, muggy, fall/spring like weather, I grabbed some basic favs. This is why its good to have some really simple pieces in your closet when you just can’t figure out what to wear. It’s a no brainer when you are in a rush or just baffled. Add a single statement piece and you are on your way.
Top & Pants: Forever 21; Necklace: J.Crew Factory
Like for most 20 something’s, wine becomes more of an experience rather than a 8 dollar gallon bottle of alcoholic sugary juice that it once was back in college. We take time to pick one to be perfectly paired with our meals, ones that will leave us a little bit less stressed, and then there are those that you can finish a whole bottle of, have a good cry, and wake up headache free! Woohoo! And those wines are exactly what inspired my search for the perfectly fitted, wine colored skinny pant. And here they are! They go perfectly with whatever I’m having for dinner, have a robust color, and are the perfect addition to my fall 2013 clothing harvest.
Top & Pants: H&M (Bought online!!!); Shoes: Steve Madden
Well I will be the first to say, I never thought I’d make it this far… Happy 1 year to Hedge Funds and High Heels!!! With 130 posts, some dry spells, some awful fashion choices (obviously those fell to the editing room floor), and some incredible inspiration, my little blog has lasted a full year. I’m the first to admit that I have the attention span of a gnat, and never tend to stick to something for too long, but this blog of mine has shown me that if you are truly passionate about something, you will want to continue it, make it better, and enjoy every minute of it. But I couldn’t have lasted this long without all of you, so thank you to my followers, readers, style inspirers and everyone else who has had any impact on me and the site. I owe you all a drink!!!! Here’s to hopefully many more posts, comments, and years of fashion brilliance! XOXOXOXO ALINA