Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Steal Her Look for Less: Blake Lively in Lanvin

Steal Her Look For Less: Blake Lively in Lanvin. Blake Lively Eagle Necklace. Blake Lively Jimmy Fallon Show Apperance

Throughout the month of July, Blake Lively hit the press circuit hard promoting her new movie, "Savages." {which was pretty good P.S.!} Showing up on red carpets, TV appearances and photo calls, the "Gossip Girl" star looked absolutely smashing in everything she wore. I just adore the way she styles her looks (yep, girl doesn't use a stylist) because it always looks fresh and fun.

When Blake showed up for an interview on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" I practically swooned over her feminine twist on the menswear trend. I knew I just had to find a look for less. Sleek tuxedo pants and a white shirt are perfectly balanced with her larger than life crystal Eagle necklace. It's an element of surprise with classic pieces. Simple black ankle strap sandals (that can be worn over and over again) were a smart and sexy finishing touch. Keep your pants cropped and tailored so that your look doesn't veer into baggy territory.

Tip: If you can't find an eagle necklace (though there are a TON out there, I just looked) you can always have a DIY moment with a large brooch and chain. Lastly, pair any type of clutch with this look. For me, a pop of neon would be the icing on the cake. Happy Tuesday lovelies!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Outfit Post: Everything Black & Yellow

Zara Neon Blazer. Neon Blazer.

Neon Yellow Zara Blazer. Zara Neon Blazer. Neon Blazer Fashion trend.

Jewelmint Sugar Pop Earrings. Neon Yellow Blazer. Black Cat Eye Sunglasses

Blazer: Zara (last seen here)
Denim: Express "Zelda" Jean Legging
Shoes: Zara
Tank: Forever 21 (old)
Belt & Sunglasses: H&M
 Jewelmint "Sugar Pop" Earrings c/o Witty Whits Words

Last Sunday morning was so gray & gloomy so I thought I'd try to coax out the sun myself. My black jeans & gray tank got a splash of color from a bold blazer and these delicious dangle earrings (won them in a giveaway!) Sometimes a fun look doesn't have to be a heavily styled one!

I seriously can't get enough of this jacket - so glad I scooped it up. Next time you want to give your outfit some extra "oomph" try a colored blazer. I've found a few great vintage ones at thrift stores and you can't go wrong with any hue you choose. Keep your look minimal and let the pop of color speak for itself. Happy Monday everyone!!
{this post is linking up with Blonde Episodes "Fashion Friday"}

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Insta-Life [collage style]

LA Pink Sunset // Seared Tuna Salad // Early B-Day Present // A Favorite Song // Brats & Beer // Christian Grey in LA? // Goat Cheese and Pesto Mac & Cheese // Friends Heart Leopard // Starbucks Treat! // Happy Hour at The Beach // The Dark Knight Rises Snacks // Olympic Party Ready

You can find me on Instagram - @NRich14

Happy Weekend! Xo

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Outfit Post: Summer Boots & Braids

Tulip Dress: Zara (old - very similar & awesome dress here)
Shoes: Sole Society "Heather" booties
Leopard Belt: H&M
Peacock Ring: LuLu's (old - similar style)
Earrings: Vintage
Lips: Revlon "Love That Pink" Nails: OPI "Bubble Bath"

This is one of my all time favorite dresses. I've worn it to weddings, parties, and work meetings (just threw a cardi over top) It was/is such a great buy. I usually try to keep it very feminine with heeled sandals, wedges or printed flats, but I tried switching it up by wearing my favorite wedge ankle booties. 

Next, I tied the whole outfit together and cinched my waist with a leopard skinny belt. And in perfect summer fashion, wore my hair in some fun milkmaid braids! I love how blonde my hair is getting with the summer sun. Thanks Ma Nouvelle Mode for encouraging me to shop my closet and try something new!

the Grant lifeDOUBLE DOG DARE Fashion Link-Up: Fall if For Booties!

{This post is a participating in Ma Nouvelle Mode's Copy Cat Closet series & PS Bananas Fashion Link Up}

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Video: The Girl Behind The Blog - Begin, Accomplish, Change

Good Wednesday morning! Today, I'm linking up for a fabulous Vlog assignment and my first video party with The Girl Behind The Blog!


Hosting this fabulous series is Ashley from 5ohwifey & Lindsay from Trial by Sapphire. The topic they asked us to vlog about this month is: One thing you hope to begin, accomplish or change. I discovered this project from fabulous beauty bloggers, A Brunette Duet, last week while they were preparing their video. I thought all week about what I wanted to say and... well, here it is!!

Can't wait to see what you guys are vlogging about and what goals you're setting! Thanks again Lindsay & Ashley for the link up! xoxo

Monday, July 23, 2012

Outfit Post: Pink Pants & Leopard Loafers

Denim: Old Navy "Rockstar"
Sweater: Anat B
Leopard Loafers: Target
Bag: J. Crew (old)
Sunnies: Thrifted
Lips: Revlon "Wild Orchid"

There's something so girly and fun about mixing this pink hue with a classic leopard print. Try pairing your printed shoes with a colored denim for a twist on the casual "Jeans & Flats" look. Notice my new sunnies - love when I stumble across vintage finds!

Friday night we got a special treat while having a double date with some friends! Dinner on the outdoor deck at Typhoon, a restaurant at the private Santa Monica Airport. As we ate our dumplings and pad thai noodles, we had a front row seat to watch the small planes fly in and out of the LA Sunset.

{View from dinner.. Pretty magical if I do say so myself!}

the Grant life

{this post is linking up with Real Girl Glam & Ma Nouvelle Mode's Copy Cat Closet Series}

Giveaway Winner [GiGi NY Handbag]

GiGi New York Giveaway Winner

Hello lovelies!! To help get rid of a case of the Monday Blues I thought I would take the time to announce the winner of my GiGi NY Handbag giveaway! Let's see who the lucky reader is..... keep reading to find out!


GiGi New York Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Erin from Currently Coveting! You are the fabulous winner! I'll be emailing you shortly, but my only requirement is that you send in some photos as soon as you recieve your very own monogrammed All In One Clutch.

Thank you again so much for all who entered. I'm looking forward to do more giveaways in the coming months, so stay tuned!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Featured On: A Few Places!

BAD has been getting a bit of press lately on a few fashion sites so I thought I would share them with you... :) Make sure you "like" BAD's facebook page to see sneak peeks of my outfits, press photos and other fun stuff!

Also, I want to take this time to say a MAJOR Thank You to everyone for your support and sweet comments on all my posts! I love them all!!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Video: Motives by Loren Ridinger Cosmetics Review

A few weeks ago, a representative for Motives by Loren Ridinger sent me a box of goodies to test out and try. So instead of a usual written post I thought I would try posting my first YouTube video! {You would think my years of studying broadcast journalism would come rushing back to me - I'm comfortable on camera but forgot how animated my hands can be - apologies in advance, I'm just really passionate when I talk about stuff}

This video is a review of the Nail Candy colors (which I'm now obsessed with) and the Lip products that I received (you must try the lipstick!) You can purchase anything by clicking the links above, or contact me and I can put you in direct contact with a representative who can answer any questions! Stay tuned for another video going over the rest of items seen above. Hope you enjoy!

**Disclosure: All products were provided via a representative for Motives by Loren Ridinger. The opinions expressed here are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of any representative, Motives or Market America.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Outfit Post: Black & Blue

Dress worn as a skirt: Zara
Burnout Tee: Redhawk Brigade (old)
Neon Belt: Gap (similar style here)
Shoes: Steve Madden (old)
Purse: Target (old)
Sunnies: Vintage
Lips: Revlon "Fire & Ice"

I love mixing casual and glam styles together - it's so playful & fun! I racked my brain on how to give this girly Zara frock a fresh look and came up with one of my favorite tricks - a dress worn as a skirt. Instant outfit upgrade! I've been trying to "Shop My Closet" more so I paired it with a fun printed burnout tee and neon belt. Plus, I kind of forgot how much I love these gladiator sandals!

I was also sent a few beauty products from this fabulous line called Motives Cosmetics. That silver polish on my toes is so fab - I'm totally obsessed with it! I'm thinking about shooting a video about these products instead of a usual written post. I've never done one before - how do you guys feel about them?? Would love to know! Happy Hump Day!

This post is also participating in Ma Nouvelle Mode's Copy Cat Closet series. Thought it fit perfectly in with the theme "Summer Night Out"

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Outfit Post: Lace Shorts

Scalloped Lace Shorts: Zara (similar style here)
Sandals: Zara
Blue Blazer: H&M (old but similar style here)
Bracelet: The Stylist LA; Necklace: Aldo (old)
Lips: Revlon "Stormy Pink" Matte

I've been wanting to hop on the lace shorts trend for a while now, but hadn't found the right pair yet. Enter the Zara sale! I scooped these babies up and finally felt brave enough to wear them last night for dinner. I chose a bright blue blazer to offset the ladylike lace.

I've never been one to love my legs, so wearing a shorts & heels combo was a major step out of my comfort zone. I'm still not sure if I'm totally obsessed with them yet, but I think I'll give them another chance and style them a few different ways. Are you guys into the lace trend? I want to see how you're wearing it...

In other news, I can't enough of my new pink Revlon Matte lipstick - I stumbled upon it while in Palm Springs this weekend and have been wearing it nonstop! Happy Tuesday Loves! xoxo
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