From Day at the Office to Date Night

November 12, 2014

It was just a little chilly outside :)

Here's a look that I wore to work the other day and after adding some colorful accessories to my little black dress I thought "wait, this would make for a perfect date outfit!" So I pondered more on the topic and realized how often us ladies have date night after a long day of work and don't always have the time to primp ourselves before a night out. Personally, I like to have some fun accessories handy to spice up the outfit!

The Sloan dress from Banana Republic is a must have. I have it in Red and I figured why not buy it in black? You can never have too many black dresses. The stretchy dress (60% cotton, 35% rayon and 5% spandex) is very figured flattering. It's a great option for work with a blazer or scarf overtop and for date night, add a bright necklace and fun heels. :)

I just got this necklace from Jewelmint, I'm in love with the colored jewels and the fan design. I've been a member of Jewelmint for about a year now and I have had a love/hate relationship with it. It's a great service that creates a personalized jewelry wardrobe based on your style answers for a monthly fee of $29.99. The $29.99 membership fee equals 1 credit and with that 1 credit you can purchase any piece of jewelry valued at the same price, not limited to just your collection.  Every month your personalized jewelry collection changes and to be honest there have been months that I've loved a few pieces and there have been months where I haven't liked anything at all and skip the month. If you skip within the first 6 days of the month, you won't get charged the monthly $29.99 membership fee. There have been many months that I have considered canceling the membership because I favor other jewelry websites such as Bauble Bar and Stella & Dot more. We will see how I feel next month!

Also just an FYI - The Sloan Sheath Dress is on sale now for $100 with an extra 40% off - check it out!

 Thanks for reading! Have a great rest of the week :)

xo, Maia

Photos by Sandra Cristina

Weekend Wear: A little bit of pleather

November 7, 2014

Top: Spacedye Faux Leather Sleeve Tee / Jeans: Straight and Narrow Jeans / Necklace: Layered Circle Necklace / Boots: old / Handbag: Newbury Double Zip Shopper / Watch: Fossil (old) / Lipstick: Diva

Oh what a longggg week it has been; TGIF! I hope you all have had a lovely week so far and not as stressful as mine but yay! The weekend has arrived. Here's a casual look just in time for the weekend. LOFT had an amazing 50% everything sale so I picked up a couple goodies and this top was one of them. I love the leather trend but have been skeptical to try it on myself. I'd say I'm stylish but I'm not always willing to try the latest trends. I prefer classic pieces that you can use and reuse for years. Every once in a while I'm brave and incorporate a trendy piece in my wardrobe. So here's my trendy piece haha! This grey top has pleather sleeves, it's just enough trend for me and I love it! I paired it with my favorite J.Crew Factory dark jeans, a mirrored necklace and laced up combat boots. Another new addition to my closet is my new Ralph Lauren structured bag in this amazing wine color. Like I stated before I'm obsessed with this maroon/burgundy/wine color - loveeeee it! I purchased it at Lord & Taylor and it reminded me of a Prada bag that I've been seeing everywhere (here). I'm a fashionista on a budget I couldn't afford the Prada but found this lovely option online from Ralph Lauren and it was love at first sight. A friend of mine also has the large version in black and it is such a classic bag that I know I will wear for years to come (or at least until I can get my Prada :))

Hope you lovelies have a great weekend & thanks for reading!

Xo, Maia

Photos by Sandra Cristina

Let's Get to Work: Stripes and Leopard

November 4, 2014

First of all let me say thank you for all the positive feedback on my Instragram! It really is great and encouraging to read sweet comments about the outfits that I post. It lets me know that 1) there are ladies out there that like my style tips, 2) that there need to be more petite fashion bloggers, and 3) that these early morning photoshoots are worth it, haha! Seriously though, I appreciate the feedback and all the likes. Anyway, as I write this I'm sitting on my yoga map in my bedroom totally relaxed. I'm in such a zen and for those that haven't tried yoga or mediation I really recommend it. Personally, it alleviates stress and allows me to regain focus on the important things that are occurring in my life, like this blog for example. I haven't completed a good yoga sesh before writing my other posts but I will certainly do it from now on because I'm so relaxed right now and ready to write. 

It's getting colder in the tristate area and I'm bringing out the coats! I always appreciate a fun coat especially because I think most people feel that they are limited to expressing their style as it gets colder. You tend to cover up in the Winter and usually the uglier the coat the warmer it is however, I scooped up this vintage styled number from an UK brand called Boden. The oversized flower buttons caught my attention and I thought, "Oh, how elegant! It's so Audrey Hepburn, so Mad Men!" We all know my love for the 60's and Mad Men so I wasn't even surprised then this jacket ended up in my online shopping cart.  I received the Boden catalog randomly last fall and instantly fell in love. After I couldn't figure out how the heck it was sent to me, I flipped through it and really liked the style of clothing they were selling. They are known for their "Great British Style" and I felt like I went back in time as I flipped through the catalog pages. Their style screams 1960's mod but with a Jackie O sophistication. The vintage silhouettes paired up with playful and feminine patterns really caught my attention. I'd say they are reasonably priced, similar to Banana Republic and J. Crew but their pieces are just so fun. The first item I order from Boden was a pair of creme pants with blue and red polka-dots on them - they were so cute! I originally ordered a size 2 petite but had to exchange them for a 4 petite. I'd definitely recommend Boden for ladies who have wider hips and have a little more in the tush area because their styles really fit great. Additionally, their petite section is impeccable! I fall in love every time I check out their website, and I never have to do any additional alternations to the items I purchase, like I have to for Banana Republic and J. Crew pieces. Boden also has free shipping and return policy that gives you one year to return any items you dislike, so that's always a plus. 

Underneath my Boden jacket I wore a blue and white pin-stripe button up from Banana Republic, a maroon wool skirt from J. Crew Factory and a leopard print belt also from BR at the waist. I like mixing patterns and colors that typically wouldn't go together. It's eye catching and depending on what patterns you mix can look great without being tacky. Nobody wants to be tacky - haha! I let the maroon skirt be the neutral piece so that I could add the stripes and leopard without going overboard with color. On my feet I have t-strap heels from a brand called Halogen which can be found at Nordstrom and I fell in love with the maroon/burgundy color. I kept my accessories really simply, just my watch and stud earrings and my handy dandy Longchamp, which really has seen better days. 

I really loved this outfit for some reason; it was equal parts professional and stylish. Who says work outfits have to be boring?! ;)

How are you vamping up your work style for the Winter? Let me know below!

Striped Shirt: Banana Republic
Wool Skirt: J.Crew Factory
Leopard Belt: Banana Republic (New)
T-Strap Pump: Nordstrom

xo, Maia

Photos by Sandra Cristina

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