The Versalette Challenge Accepted!

Hello lovelies! Last week we gave a shout out to one of our favorite sustainable fashion brands, Seamly.co! We also shared our favorite piece from their line, the revamped Versalette.

Midi Dress by Seamly.co – $40

In case you don’t remember, or didn’t see last week’s post, the Versalette is basically a wardrobe Swiss army knife—a piece that can be worn in 30 different ways. Seamly.co launched the Versalette Challenge this past Wednesday, where fans rock their Versalette in new ways for a week and share photos via Instagram. Fun right? It gets better though… one lucky winner will be chosen based on creativity/personal style and will snag a bag of Seamly.co pieces (including this adorable Midi dress) and some one of a kind jewelry by Native Clutter. And well one of us (Jackie) at Y&L decided to take the challenge, and we thought it would be fun to share her looks so far!

Versalette Challenge Day 1

For day 1 Jackie rocked the original Versalette in charcoal as a skirt with an owl-print tee from Urban Outfitters, chambray button down from Urban Outfitters, and leopard print wedges from Toms. The head band is fair trade.

Versalette Challenge Day 2

By day 2 of the challenge her new Versalette arrived so Jackie decided to try it out, this time as a tunic top belted with a tribal print belt from Anthropologie. Denim from Levis, sandals from Urban Outfitters, and hat from Nordstroms.

What other way’s should Jackie rock the Versalette for the challenge? Strapless dress? Off shoulder top? Bubble skirt? Once the challenge is complete we will share a complete lookbook!

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Spring Style Inspiration: Bohemian Looks We Love!

At Y&L we are dreaming of spring (and summer for that matter) fashion. We can’t wait to get out and soak up the warmer weather in our stylish new wardrobes. But while we must wait for spring, we can at least gawk over some fantastic looks. Today we are in a bohemian mood. Loving the layers, romantic prints, and comfortable carefree looks! Enjoy the picture inspiration.

Love her hair & makeup! Image from Charlene Choi’s Tumblr page.

Romantic and fantastic hair accessory. Would be the perfect look for a bohemian bride in the spring or summer! Image from Wedding Whims Tumblr.

Love pairing printed shorts with tights! Such an adorable spring look. Image from Pinterest.

 

Loving the mint maxi paired with a crochet top. Perfect spring or summer look. Image from Stylecaster.com.

 

Stunning hair and makeup. Bangles and bracelets are the perfect boho accessory. Image from Pinterest.

 

Serious accessory love! Image from Take Me To The Sea Tumblr.

What style inspiration do you want to see next?

Bohemian Style Breakdown

Last week we broke down the classic look, this week we are diving into Bohemian fashion (in honor of Evalina from Smiles & Happiness)! Do you love traveling and experiencing other cultures? Does the feel of grass between your toes bring a smile to your face? Do you find you prefer the sounds of Jimi Hendrix or the Beatles over Katy Perry? Well, it’s likely you have bohemian style coursing through your veins!

Style Icons:

Sienna Miller – enviable bohemian style and effortless natural makeup!

Nicole Richie – a long-time bohemian fashion icon.

Zoe Kravitz – it’s no surprise with parents Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, that Zoe has both talent and great bohemian style!

Essential Pieces:

  • Layering Pieces – layering is essential for the bohemian look. Choose flowy tops, wraps, and vests made of soft cotton, lace, or sheer material to layer over dresses, tanks, and skirts. It’s best to choose bold base colors (tanks or dresses) and layer softer more neutral pieces on top.
  • Maxi dress or skirt – a flowing dress or skirt (or a piece that accomplishes both like Free People’s convertible maxi skirt.
  • Tribal or ethnic prints – prints are essential to the bohemian look, and are often found in staple pieces such as skirts, pants, or blazers. Careful mixing of prints and bold colors helps achieve that mysterious bohemian look without looking like a strange hippie or like you got dressed in the dark!
  • Boho Bag – choose a fun and eclectic catch-all bag with beads, stitching, tassels, or other ethnic details to tote around your stuff. A big bag means you have everything you need for wherever your free-spirited lifestyle takes you.
  •  Sandals – A pair of brown leather sandals, or embellished sandals are essential for any bohemian look. Be creative and let your toes feel the breeze!
  • Chunky, ethnic or tribal jewelry – every bohemian look needs a few key bangles, bracelets, or long necklaces that look like they are from far away lands!

Favorite Stores To Shop The Bohemian Look:

  • Open markets & fair trade stores – if you are traveling or if you happen to live in a culturally diverse area check out fair trade stores or markets where people sell clothing from all over the world. Mix and match eclectic pieces that you love in your essential colors!
  • Thrift stores – it can take a little digging, but thrift stores are a great place to find bohemian pieces and unique clothes that you can’t find in a department store. Did I mention it can save some serious coin?
  • Etsy – this online venue has so many great artists and crafters creating beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces to round out any bohemian wardrobe!
  • Free People – if you prefer assembling your bohemian look from a more traditional store, Free People has some great pieces. It is a little pricey though. Check Ebay for people selling New With Tags (NWT) free people clothes at a fraction of the cost!
  • Anthropologie – they carry an eclectic mix of classic, retro, and bohemian. Again, it is a little pricey, so I prefer buying a few great pieces from here that I know will last a long time.
  • Urban Outfitters – More affordable than Free People or Anthropologie, this store carries some pieces to express your inner bohemian.
  • Forever21 – An affordable alternative to achieving the bohemian look. Be careful what you purchase from here though, the quality isn’t the best. I prefer buying accessories and tops or layering pieces from Forever21, where durability isn’t as big of an issue.

Where do all you bohemian fashionistas like to find your wardrobe essentials?

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Aging With Style, Not Grace!

This morning while skimming the news and sipping my coffee, I stumbled upon a great article on CNN that I feel compelled to share with all of you. The article (click here to read!) is about baby boomer fashionistas that are boldly defying the notion that older women should simple age with grace and recede into the background. These women are in their 50s, 60s, 70s, even 90s and they are dressing fabulously, garnering attention, and feeling younger than ever. For them style is an expression of who they are, and it’s a chance to make a statement and stand in the foreground.

A great quote from 24-year old Brianna Hurley, who works in a NY boutique and interacts regularly with many of the stylish ladies featured in the article, summarizes the significance of personal style well: “It’s about the freedom to dress and wear what you want, and that’s what Lynn and these women are all about,” she said. “It starts from style but it flows into all aspects of their lives. They’ve taught me to take care of myself and be kind to people, with simple things like saying hello and treating people with respect.”

I know that these women inspire me, despite an age gap, to be bolder, more confident, and to explore my unique style even more. They prove that it doesn’t matter who you are or who you think you are supposed to be, you can look and feel great at any age, any shape, and any budget. If you are interested in reading more some of these ladies have great fashion blogs you should definitely check out: Style Crone, Advanced Style, and Idiosyncratic Fashionistas.

Do you know any great fashionistas that are embracing their personal style? Are you yourself aging stylishly? We want to hear about where you are at in your journey to your unique style! And to any of you out there that are being bold and confident, no matter your age or circumstances…. rock on!

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Finding Inspiration…

Defining your personal style doesn’t happen over night, its a winding path that sometimes take you to places you’d rather forget (i.e. t-shirts with “abercrombie” plastered on the front, or the time when you let your bangs grow out – these were terrible decisions on my part). One of the hardest things about finding your style is knowing how to start.

So let’s begin by finding some inspiration. Style inspiration can come from anywhere really: from celebrities you adore to your friends, from your favorite places to visit to your hobbies, from your favorite song to your favorite painting. Finding your style is all about figuring out what inspires you, what empowers you, what you find beautiful and will in turn help you to feel outwardly more beautiful. So let me share with you the sources of my inspiration.

My celebrity inspiration is a mix of classic and quirky. I adore the feminine quirk of Zooey Deschanel and classic elegance of Audrey Hepburn.

Music is a big part of my life, and inspires me in a lot of ways. I think one artist that combines my love of folk, romance, nature, and strength is Iron & Wine. I find his song “Walking Far From Home” particularly powerful (hear it below :)). I take cues from his southern influences and easy sound by incorporating comfortable fabrics, sweet dresses, and floral prints into my wardrobe.

I love crafting and being creative, and that really comes out in my personal style and wardrobe which tends to be a mix of eclectic and fun pieces.

So my challenge to you real ladies out there is to do some soul searching over the next week or so. In a journal, on Pinterest, or in Evernote, jot down or collect images and links to things that inspire you and embody who you are or who you aspire to be. It’s these cues that you can use to start building a unique style all your own. And please share them with us at Y&L! We want to know what inspires you. Enhanced by Zemanta