Crop tops always seemed daunting, and something a 16-year old girl would wear, not this 34-year old. But, listen up: crop tops are where it’s at, and are figure flattering on a variety of sizes (including bust sizes). Don’t be intimidated… they can be more flattering than a typical top when styled right. I purchased the rhinestone top below before my NYC trip (wearing it here), and I also got the scalloped tank in black (styled here, wearing these earrings); it’s actually such a steal I might buy another color. In both instances, pairing it with higher waist skirts did the trick. Just yesterday, I convinced a very hesitant friend to grey quilted try one at Target (can’t find online)… instant purchase. She looked so fantastic, and inspired me to do this post.

A few tips to keep your crop top age appropriate:
– Ensure your bottoms meet up with our top so when you move around, only a sliver of skin shows (if that).
– Pairing it with a knee-length pencil skirt or a more voluminous midi length (just past your knees) is a great way to balance the tinier top.
– Nervous about baring skin? Add a blazer!
– Go matchy-matchy! You’ll find tons of crop tops with coordinating skirts; it’s a fresh take on a typical dress (remember my spring example?).

Three Ways to Wear: Crop Top

workrhinestone top // vegan leather pencil skirt // booties (or this, for less) // purse // watch

weekend: cropped sweater + and heels (identical)

date nightscalloped tank // midi skirt // heels // earrings // purse (all black hardware… goes with everything!)

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it’s all about the bass

September 12, 2014

Cannot get this song out of my head! Thank you to Meghan Trainor for delivering “All about the Bass,” which not only has a kick-ass beat its lyrics are so perfect. “Every inch of you is beautiful from the bottom to the top!” Preach on. Enjoy this, and happy weekend!

“All About That Bass”
Because you know
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass, no treble
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass, no treble
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass, no treble
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass

Yeah, it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two
But I can shake it, shake it
Like I’m supposed to do
‘Cause I got that boom boom that all the boys chase
And all the right junk in all the right places

I see the magazine workin’ that Photoshop
We know that shit ain’t real
C’mon now, make it stop
If you got beauty building, just raise ‘em up
‘Cause every inch of you is perfect
From the bottom to the top

Yeah, my mama she told me don’t worry about your size
She says, “Boys like a little more booty to hold tonight.”
You know I won’t be no stick figure silicone Barbie doll
So if that’s what you’re into then go ahead and move along

Because you know I’m
All about that bass
‘Bout that bass, no treble
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass, no treble
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass, no treble
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass
Hey!

I’m bringing booty back
Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that
No I’m just playing. I know you think you’re fat
But I’m here to tell ya
Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top

Yeah my mama she told me don’t worry about your size
She says, “Boys like a little more booty to hold tonight.”
You know I won’t be no stick figure silicone Barbie doll
So if that’s what you’re into then go ahead and move along

Because you know I’m
All about that bass
‘Bout that bass, no treble
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass, no treble
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass, no treble
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass

it's all about the bass

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citrus spiked arnold palmer
Sunday brunch is my favorite meal to entertain, no doubt. Dinner stresses me out and lunches can be complicated, but brunches: my jam. The food is easy, people hang and it’s not rushed by the hectic-ness of the week. We love bringing in bagels (we’re hardcore for the whole wheat everything at Brooklyn Water Bagel), add some cream cheese, vegetables, plus a few salads and fruit, a little sweet dessert, and you’re set. Opt for coffee or have fun with an arnold palmer — half tea and half lemonade — spiked it you dare.

I initially made this cocktail with Pinnacle’s regular vodka but the husband and I unanimously agreed that mixing it up instead with Pinnacle’s Citrus was a major home run (tip: we found ours at Total Wine). The citrus change made it more refreshing, and who can argue with a cute straw to complete the cocktail? Cheers to the upcoming weekend!

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outfit: tummy control x 2

September 10, 2014

I’m not sure where tummy control has been all my life, but wow it makes a difference. Until last year, I never really wore tummy control this, or thigh-smoothing that. I just purchased around what I was trying to camouflage… including my often bloated belly. I realized last year that a little hidden help hurts no one and let’s be honest, can make a huge impact!

Enter these leggings and skirt by new-to-me brand, Lysse. Genius that you can eliminate wearing all the “control” undergarments when your actual clothes fit the right way. This brand was created by a women battling the same issues as all us girls; the fabrics by Lysse focus on flattering, accentuating and minimizing anything distracting. The leggings for example have a higher waist with tummy control. They sit perfectly on my waist, minimizing chance of the dreaded muffin top, and they didn’t roll all day. I love, love, love the leather side panel which as I styled below as a sample fall outfit, can go from sneakers to heels quite quickly!  I will be living in these. They’re leggings, they’re cool black pants. And, most importantly: they’re flattering. High five! I know they’re on the pricier side for “leggings” but consider them much more. They’re really black pants you can wear to work, weekends, nights out, anytime

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The Lysse skirt is another winner.
I’ve admittedly tried on lots of skirts like this — cozy cotton pencil skirts seem like they’ll be the best closet staple — yet they always failed… too thin, they ride up on my waist, they’re an awkward length, or they didn’t flatter. While I recommend sizing up if you’re in between sizes, this skirt eliminated all my issues with other brands and is also ultra cozy. I can see my slipping this on for work, and then also for errands on the weekends.

pencil skirt, purple sweater & print heels More photos from each of these looks, after the jump…
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