Thursday, September 22, 2016

FALL 2016 TREND - THAT 70'S VIBE


The one major concept that I love about fashion for fall is that there always seems to be a re-emergence of past decades and the trends that inhabited them. This year is no different. The one that has really stuck out to me for 2016 is the influence of the 70's, and how to translate the vibe of that decade into a more modern sophistication. What a perfect trend to have for fall! Think "sticky toffee-tinted browns injected with orange undertones," suede and velvet adorning any and every inch of your clothing, and lots & lots of ruffles. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm actually really intrigued by all of this as fall is finally arriving. I've not always been a fan of the classic seventies color theme of mixing brown, orange and deep reds together but it's changed as I've gotten older. There's something comforting about the way this trend has influenced fashion for the past couple seasons - from Gucci to Cinq à Sept to Monique Lhuillier, this groovy trend is able to span multiple collections.

Since it has been around for a couple of seasons, it's now easier than ever to introduce it into your own wardrobe seamlessly! You may be asking how to do so, I know I am, and I did some research and came across a great article from InStyle last March that features how to take the silhouette of the 70's and compare them to how designers are making it for the modern woman. It's a great visual on the parallel of how fashion cycles through, and when it sticks - it really sticks. I figured I'd give it a try myself, and while it's not going to be the same method of comparing looks from the decade, it will be majorly influenced by it with the items that I've chosen. Hope you enjoy, and happy first day of fall!


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Monday, September 19, 2016

THESE THINGS: INSPIRE, CREATE & DREAM BIG

What inspires you? It was the question asked and the theme presented at the #IAmInspired fashion show I attended last night. What better event to go to, as I tend to throw the word around quite a bit here on Mostly Lisa. By throwing around, I basically mean I tend to only post when I am feeling that way personally. I am always looking to be inspired by something in my life, and at the show Sarah Edwards (the producer) spoke so eloquently about what this adjective truly means to each person individually. It can mean something very different for everyone, but as long as the feeling actually happens for you, that is when you will succeed.

I am inspired by so many various things; fashion, beauty, photography, food, music, books, games, my friends, the list really goes on and on. Being able to hone in on each unique thing is a talent within in itself and while I'm no master at it yet, I am trying my hardest to be able to let all of them soak in. Just look at what this show did for me in the two hours of it - I'm inspired to write out my thoughts and feelings and present it to my audience. That is so exciting and I'm definitely not going to take it for granted.

Big thanks to Sarah for the invite, and to all the sponsors who dropped some serious goodies in the gift bags for the event. I'm so excited to try all these new products - with most of them being local to the Twin Cities!

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Friday, September 16, 2016

FASHION FRIDAY: FROM DAY TO NIGHT



I have literally always wanted to find a staple piece that could transition from day to night with ease. Being able to have something that you could wear to work and then seamlessly change into for an outfit later on that night - whether you're going on a date, or having a drink with friends - is a must! A major trend for fall 2016 that I've seen lately is the embroidered bomber jacket, and I thought what better staple piece to bring into my wardrobe that fulfill that need?! The obsession that grew while trying to find the perfect one for me was insane, and luckily the turnaround on finding one went pretty quickly after searching through boohoo.com!  Not only is this jacket fun and playful with the embroidered floral print on the sleeves and back, but the EXTRA magical part is that this jacket can also be turned inside out and be multi-functional.

When deciding what I actually wanted to wear with the jacket, I decided to opt for more neutral tones that would sit back and let the staple piece speak for itself. Fun fact - I actually didn't realize that the night portion of this would have me looking & feeling like a Pink Lady from 'Grease', but I guess that's not such a bad thing. I decided to wear a relaxed tee from Old Navy - that would also transition easily to the night outfit and other outfits that I decide to wear throughout the season. I paired the tee with my favorite pair of dark blue skinny jeans from Ava & Viv - Target, as well pointed Mary Jane flats that are also extremely perfect for fall! Keeping everything the same, besides the pants, the night portion saw me incorporating a black pencil skirt from Old Navy as well.

There is nothing better to me than being able to have multi-functional use for an item, especially when I'm on a budget. If one piece of my wardrobe can accentuate an outfit in several different ways, I'm going to be a happy camper. This bomber jacket is definitely going to be used quite a bit this year and the next!

from day

to night


Photos by Meghan Bakken

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