Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Outfit Inspiration

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays to get dressed for. You can incorporate all of the rich colors of fall with a few hints of glam. See rhinestone encrusted neckline of my Limited Sweater below. 
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

Wear the main color of fall in a combination of various patterns and shapes. Also, legging pants mean you can eat more.  Details: Thrifted Lush Jacket / The Limited Sweater / Gap Leggings / Sole Society Shoes

Break out leopard print and denim for a more casual look. Details: Thrifted J.Crew sweater / J.Crew blouse / Old Navy Jeans / Halogen Boots via Nordstrom 

Cranberry corduroys mean you can spill food and no one will notice. Details: Gap Sweaters / Blank NYC Pants / Halogen Boots via Nordstrom

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Day of the Dead Skull Face Paint

If you are still looking for a quick, inexpensive Halloween costume, I have the perfect idea for you. I tried this last night and I have to say it wasn't easy, but it wasn't too difficult either. The key is having a plan. I did a lot of research before I started, Googling Day of the Dead Skulls and Day of the Dead Skull Face Paint. Then I practiced by sketching out some ideas.

Next I applied a layer of white paint all over my face and eyelids. I used Halloween store paint, which was really cakey. I found this tutorial for flawless white face paint, and the key takeaway is to mix it with moisturizer so it goes on smooth. Then I drew two red circles around my eyes and colored those in. After that I drew yellow dots around the two red circles and blue petals around the yellow dots. Next I drew the top flower, the bottom flower and the vines to fill out my cheeks.

Lastly, I filled in the black dot on my nose and outlined the circles and the flowers. Next time I might try to outline the top and bottom flowers in a lighter color. I may also try to use something other than primary colors, but for handing out candy this is perfect as it wont be too scary. If you plan to wear this to a costume party, just put on a black turtle neck and pants and put a flower pin or crown of flowers in your hair.

What is your Halloween costume this year?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Maroon Pencil Skirt

The Limited Skirt / Ralph Lauren Shirt / Gap Sweater / Old Navy Boots / Michael Kors Watch and Cuff / J.Crew Factory Necklace

There is something dark, moody and perfectly fallish about the color maroon, which is why this pencil skirt has become one of my staples lately. It pairs just as nicely with this plaid button down as it does with a dramatic sweater. It contrasts nicely against the other rich colors of fall: navy, emerald, gold and orange. And it goes with just about any shoe. I could add countless more pieces of this color to my wardrobe. Is there any particular item or color you are wearing a lot lately this fall?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Instagram Roundup October 12 - 19

If you aren't following me on Instagram, you may be missing out on my daily outfit posts. Here is just a round up from the past week. To see more, follow @cosmocleve. I hope you are having a great week so far!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Black Legging Pants

Gap Legging Pants / Audrey Brook Shoes / HD in Paris Shirt via Goodwill / Target Cardigan / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Stella and Dot Earrings

My typical black work pant just hasn't been doing it for me lately. It harkens back to high school when I had about a thimble of style sense, reaching for the thing that was simplest, easiest and cheapest. There is nothing wrong with purchasing clothes with that mentality. If that works for you, more power to you. Personally, expressing myself and emoting a certain level of confidence is achieved in the way I dress. Not to mention I work in a creative field that allows and behooves me to be more expressive.

I first noticed the black legging pant via J.Crew's Minnie pant. Wanting to avoid spending $90 on a pair of pants, I decided to keep my eyes open for other options. I found these black legging pants at Gap over the summer marked down to $15. I could not pass them up. Although I will admit there have been some growing pains, I feel like I am finally getting used to them.

They are a little higher waisted and revealing in the wrong area, which makes them an interesting match for most of my tops. It's best to wear a top that covers the butt of these pants, however, when a tunic is not readily available, I have found that some sophisticated layering tricks will take care of this problem.

You are probably aware of the look that J.Crew and Abercrombie and Fitch seem to think is completely normally — intentional untucking of shirts. It's been around for a little while. In fact, I think it paved the road for conscious uncoupling. I employed that trick here by tucking in only the front of the shirt to create that neat, appropriate-for-work look, but left the back untucked. I then layered a cardigan over this to cover most of the untucked shirt. A little shirttail peaking out can actually look cute and still seems appropriate for work.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Leopard Print Heels

Jennifer and Grace Blouse via T.J. Maxx  / J.Crew Factory Skirt and Necklace / Sole Society Desi Pump via Nordstrom / Gap Cardigan

I bought a pair of leopard print heels. That may sound incredibly cliche and very fashion blogger-esque, but I promise I had good reason. I was on the mission for the perfect she for fall. It needed to compliment the various colors in my wardrobe from the brightest pinks to the most steady navys. It also needed to be comfortable and stylish. A neutral shoe of some sort was what I needed, but I didn't want to go too pale to harken back to summer.

At first I was not convinced that the leopard print would go with most of my outfits, but after I started to think about it, it made sense. Leopard print is great for pattern mixing and combines two neutrals — black and tan — into one, giving it the ultimate versatility.

I first tried the he Juli version of this shoe, which is wedge. It was two narrow in the toes so I tried the Desi in a kitten heel instead. That turned out to be much better. I am hoping that these Sole Society shoes stand the test of time because I am already obsessed with them. They look just as perfect with a skinny leg pant as they do with a really loud skirt.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Patchwork Cardigan and Tunic Blouse

Details: Sun & Shadow Sweater via Nordstrom (Now $38.40) / Lush Tunic via Nordstrom / Old Navy Jeans Similar / Old Navy Shoes Similar / Lou Lou Earrings / J.Crew Factory Necklace

I was ready for fall on approximately July 28. Yeah — I'm obsessed! I have been on the lookout since then for anything fall themed. Something that has been on my fall/winter wardrobe wish list for a while are pattern sweaters. I was specifically looking for something like this southwestern print sweater.

When I saw this sweater while shopping Nordstrom's Anniversary sale, I couldn't help but be intrigued by the different take on the fall cardigan with its interesting patchwork and asymmetrical design. In this color, I can wear it casually with a flannel or to work with dress pants. Over the weekend, when we were experiencing unusually chilly temps, I decided to layer it over this great tunic that I also scored at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Like I told my sister, she can give me a Nordstrom Gift Card for my birthday every year if she'd like. :)

The tunic is longer so it can be worn over leggings and has a nice drape to it. I didn't realize how see through it was. I probably wont wear a tank top underneath it next time since it's so noticeable.

This sweater with any top, skinny jeans or dress pants and boots is a great fall go-to!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Lace-Up Ballet Flats

The number one item on my wish list for fall is a pair of lace-up ballet flats. I first fell in love with the Green Billy Ella's from Anthropologie. They are so elegant and look like a ballerina slipper, but the bright color keeps them fun and modern. A little on the pricey side though. I also found this pair of cranberry Nine West Lace-Up Flats, which are not a bad price. The deep colors gives them a very romantic, medieval look like something Sansa Stark might wear. Not sure they are my style. The Topshop Lace-Up Flats are my favorite (also available at Nordstrom). They are a great style at a great price and come in good colors. Now I just need to decide between the black or the red pair. Which lace-up flat is your favorite?

(Topshop image from The Sweetest Thing)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

My New Instagram Account

I've created a new Instagram account to share my outfits, style inspiration and recipes for good food and good DIYs. I'll still be posting on the blog from time to time, but I figured this would allow me to share my outfits and inspiration with you a lot faster. Follow me @cosmocleve and let me know if you like what you see! 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Typically pasta dishes are on my "Do Not Make" list. I grew up in an Italian family so pasta is a true comfort food for me, but I don't want to resort to it all the time. So if I can, I try to find something healthier to make. William Sonoma's Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage recipe is an exception, though. It's incredibly easy to make while still giving the impression of a well-prepared dinner. 

I was not accustomed to using broccoli rabe until I started making this recipe. The strong taste took a little getting used to. It's like spinach, but stronger and tougher. This makes trimming and chopping after boiling important steps as well as adding the right amount of seasoning. You get used to it the more you make it. Be sure not to skip the step of cooking the pasta in the leftover water from the broccoli rabe. It really brings out the flavor.

What's your go to fast, but polished meal?