Spring Style – Half Sheer Skirt

Hello, hello! So much has been going on lately and I don’t know where to begin. Let’s see… There is a movie being filmed in my area called Spring Breakers starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and….James Franco. Really. In my hometown! They have been filming on St. Pete Beach, which just so happens to be where I work. The movie has everyone all in a flutter and everyone trying to be extras. What are the odds that my celeb crush is filming a movie here?! They just filmed a major pool party scene at a hotel near my work which is also the same hotel that my family has had a timeshare at for years. Kind of funny. The stars have been seen around town, even Selena with Justin. My boyfriend has been making fun of me for following the filming online via Twitter. How often is a major movie filmed in your town though? (if you don’t live in LA or NYC, etc.)

Check out this picture uploaded on Ashley Benson’s Instagram account:
The movie description on IMDB is “Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.” Pretty different from Selena’s other roles, I would say.

Onto other things more relevant to my life…
I am looking to buy a house, so I’ve been house hunting lately and hopefully will find something perfect for me, my boyfriend and my two cats and his husky. I can’t wait to have a home of my own, so I am trying to be patient. 🙂 I also just started doing yoga which has been great for my posture and well-being. Meditation has really helped ease my mind and I am loving it.

I hadn’t been shopping in while but I had been seeing these half sheer skirts everywhere and found this bar III one at Macy’s that I fell in love with.

 It is so comfy!

Metallic Gold Wedges: INC from Macy’s, Half Sheer Skirt: bar III from Macy’s, Vest: Forever 21

I’ve also seen some other cute ones that are a lot more dressy with lace and such. What are your thoughts on these skirts? Boho-chic? Too long for your taste? At least my long legs are good for some sort of style for once.

Best,
Phoebe xo

Balayage/Ombre

I’ve had a busy couple of weeks! I started a new job that I absolutely love as a marketing assistant. I’m so excited for the journey I have started in a career that I am passionate about. A few weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to do something different with my hair. I wanted to go more natural and I kept seeing this style everywhere, although I did not know what it was called. Now, after some research, I know that it is balayage, or ombre, highlights. They are highlights that start off darker, then fade into a lighter color, giving you a more natural look. It also saves you money because you don’t have to go get your roots done as often! Okay – apparently I am REALLY late on this trend!

I picked out a few photos that I wanted to base the look of off. I showed it to my hairdresser, and she said she’d try it out although she had never done them before.

Well, instead of looking more natural, she tried to do a brown color on top, with blonde underneath. The brown looks red, really.

I don’t hate it, but it is definitely not what I was expecting. I’d like it to be more like my natural color on top, which is an ashy dirty blonde.

[Found on Pinterest, this is the closest to how I would have wanted the highlights to look]

I also was too afraid to go with a middle part, because I have pretty thin hair. What do you guys think? Balayage highlights, or not? Do you think that it is necessary to have long hair and a middle part to pull off this look? Should I try to get it redone eventually, or just do regular highlights?

Best,
Phoebe xo

Images from: SJP , Drew , Pinterest

Scarves & Cardis

On one of my trips to H&M with my Christmas gift cards, I purchased some cardigans and a scarf. Well, now I definitely wish I bought more than one scarf. I fell in love with it. I don’t know if it is because I live in Florida that I am just catching onto this trend, or what. We’ve had a few cold fronts lately that I most certainly have not been prepared for. It has been in the 40s and a little over a week ago it got down to the 30s.

I love this floral one because it has a few colors to match with it. It was only about $7 at H&M. I definitely plan on purchasing a few more. I’m thinking some bright colors and maybe a funky print and a basic one.
With my winter wardrobe lacking, I don’t have too many winter boots. These are a great pair of brown leather Steve Maddens that are cute and surprisingly comfy. The grey cardigan is from H&M, as well as the jeans.

I actually turned this scarf into an infinity to make it easier to wrap around and stay. I tied both ends in a knot and wrapped it up. I got the idea from this amazing video that has 25 ways to tie a scarf…who knew!

Do you guys have a favorite scarf?

Best,
Phoebe xo

Woolite can do wonders

Since I have been putting my professional wardrobe to use lately, I have encountered the debatable, self question of, “How many times can I wear this before I need to make a trip to the dry cleaners?” Don’t lie. You know you’ve thought the same thing.

It was then that I realized there must be another option. Woolite Dry Cleaner’s Secret does the trick. With one cloth it “cleans, deodorizes and relaxes wrinkles in just 20 minutes.” (According to the box.) Which I found, it most certainly does.

This simple product saves you a ton of money and time. Your blazers, slacks, and delicates come out smelling fresh and feeling clean. Hang them up right away if you’re attempting to avoid ironing. This is the only downside of not making the trip to the cleaners. If it is your designer, beaded evening gown though, you may want to make that trip.

(A box of 6 cloths is about $8 and cleans up to 24 garments)

Best,
Phoebe xo

Baby at the Barn

With the weather getting a little cooler here in Florida, my mother has been begging me and the rest of the family to come out to the barn and see her horse. She has a beautiful, tall, American Saddlebred named Starbucks. My nephew, Viktor, just turned two and we thought it would be a great experience for him to come out to the barn and see all kinds of critters. He got to see the “horsies” and the “moo-moos” just as planned.

The thing that I find fascinating is that Viktor is becoming a bilingual baby. His mother, my step-sister-in-law, (that’s a mouthful!) Stefanie is from Hanover, Germany. She speaks to him in German and my stepbrother speaks to him in English. I am envious at this fact as I have always wanted to learn another language, and for him to grow up knowing two already is a gift!

He has entered his terrible-twos and when he gets excited he has a tendency to start biting. Stefanie had to start yelling “Nicht beissen, Viktor!” to him repeatedly, (no biting) and now he tells my stepfather “Nicht beissen, GraGra” (his version of Grandpa) when he is trying to behave himself in order to receive what he wants.

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Missoni Madness & Other Things

Yes, I’m hopping on the Missoni bandwagon – but really, how can you not? All fashionistas have been anxiously awaiting this moment!

When I first tried to catch a glimpse on the Target site, it was down! I just entered the site and the first thing I see, I love (and it is already out of stock).

Missoni is known for its prints and one can definitely see why. All I’m thinkin’ is GROOVY BABY!

[IMG from Target]
For more on the Missoni craze, check out the NYT article.

In other news, (my own little world news) I just purchased a new book to read entitled Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann. Published in the 1960s, the book is essentially about a group of girls living in NYC trying to make it in the entertainment industry, while riding the wild ride of pill popping. Being that I love Hunter S. Thomspon novels, I tend to like the drug-induced, intense and mind-boggling books. The cover intrigued me, probably due to my latest obsession with all things retro-chic.

As it turns out, the author won the Best Dressed Woman in Television award four times.

 Hey, check out that print! 😉

Best,
Phoebe xo

The Fab Life of Cavalli

After flipping through the August issue of Elle (featuring their first cover man, Justin Timberlake aside Mila Kunis), I was amazed to see Roberto Cavalli’s giant 138-foot purple yacht that took three years to customize for the Italian designer. He throws posh parties, but not too often, that surrounds him with the likes of beautiful ladies like Alessandra Ambrosio and Irina Shayk. His most recent one was in celebration of the grand opening of his new boutique in Cannes.

The yacht is adorned with animal prints, orchids, chunks of coral and pearls.


I copy the dress of an animal because I love to copy God. I think God is the most fantastic designer.” – Cavalli


C’est la vie.
See the full story and photos on Elle.com

Best,

Phoebe xo

[Images from Elle.com & Cavalli]