Spring Staples

Romper- Tobi | Jacket- Esley (similar here) | Sneakers- Superga | Sunglasses- Ray Ban | Lipstick- Urban Decay

Spring trends often times fall into the same three categories: bright, floral and flow-y. When the weather finally starts to get warmer I like to carry over some of the trends and pieces from fall and winter and mix them with traditional spring trends to create a unique look. This Tobi romper is a classic spring piece with the blush tones and light structure. To make the look a bit more complex, I paired it with an army green bomber jacket. This jacket adds an edgy vibe to the look while still framing the romper and allowing the pattern and shape of the piece to pop even more. I am always a fan of the sporty chic look so I had to include one outfit with sneakers. Superga sneakers are a classic in my wardrobe, and I chose these plum ones to match the deeper tones in the romper, bringing the whole outfit together. The sneakers complement the lipstick which is also not a traditional spring-time tone.

Romper- Tobi | Purse- Francesca’s (similar here) | Slides- Karl Lagerfeld (similar here) | Sunglasses- Traps Eyewear

As we enter summer concert and festival season I find myself gravitating more towards pieces like this romper. I am used to scrolling through my Instagram explore page and seeing hundreds of intricate and complex bohemian looks that people put together at festivals. These outfits are often frustrating to me because people are just dressing for the event and for the pictures but not for their own style. I love the simple boho look because it is more suited to my personal style. This Tobi romper has the larger, cropped bell sleeves and a tassel belt. The simple colors and pattern as well as the traditional silhouette of the piece allow it to be both modern and bohemian. I paired the romper with some more Coachella inspired accessories. This cross-body bag adds more movement and fun to the outfit with the fringe. The purse also matches the espadrille slides perfectly. These shoes are on trend and are extremely comfortable. The fringe detail on the slides is subtle but adds that final touch to tie the whole ensemble together.

Top- Tobi | Jeans- Madewell | Wedges- Indigo Rd. | Lipstick- Urban Decay |Sunglasses- Traps Eyewear

One of my favorite trends for spring 2017 is the crazy sleeve trend. There is so much you can do with this trend because it is so versatile and it can really fit any style. Even the 80s shoulder pads and big sleeves are coming back into style (not exactly my personal favorite but I’m sure many people are happy about this). This Tobi top incorporates the pastel, off-the-shoulder and crazy sleeve trends all in one affordable piece. This top offers a more wearable option for the crazy sleeve trend. The hem of the shirt also hits at the perfect spot for high waisted shorts or jeans. The cropped jeans with a slight flare show off my favorite wedges. I wore these shoes most recently to my sorority formal and to my high school graduation so they hold a lot of great memories. They are the perfect mix of glamour and bohemian vibes with the lace up tassel detail.

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Grammys 2017 Red Carpet Trends

The Grammys are always an interesting event in regards to fashion. So many iconic and memorable looks. Let us never forget JLo and her 2000 plunging dress and more recently, Lady Gaga’s 2016 tribute to David Bowie. The most obvious standout this year was a fairly unknown African American artist, Joy Villa, who wore a dress with President Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” along with “Trump” along the train of the gown. This could be a “love Trump’s hate” type of message or maybe she is a supporter. Either one, I don’t think this stunt will keep her in the limelight for long.

Now for the more exciting news on the red carpet. Some of the major trends of the night crossed all genres. We saw plenty of keyhole cutouts, some more risqué than others (@JLo again). here are some of the stars from country music to pop performers who rocked this look.

Jennifer Lopez
Faith Hill
Demi Lovato
Carrie Underwood

The red carpet was also lit up by many other stars who decided to rock the metallic trend. Heidi Klum finally has come out of her fashion slump with this awesome metallic mini. Although Heidi is on her way out a slump, Katy Perry may be on her way in with this ill-fitted look. Here are the stars that blinded us with their metallic ensembles.

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Heidi Klum
Solange Knowles

 

All images courtesy of E! Online

Southern ‘n Bright

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As a newly adopted southerner I am still figuring out how to deal with this heat. September is the time when kids go back to school and you start needing an extra blanket at night. Here, I feel like summer is still in full swing and I can never escape the sun. Despite my need for jeans and hot chocolate, this warm weather allows me to extend my summer clothes and try to style them in different ways.

I bought this romper at a small boutique back home with the intent of wearing in at school. I love the blend of bright and cheerful colors as well as the play on herringbone print. I’m also dipping my toes into the off the shoulder trend. This trend reminds me of the days back in middle school when my friends and I would wear baggy shirt or sweaters and pull one sleeve down so we had a cool and quite sophisticated “off the shoulder” look. As much as I admire this trend and think it is very flattering on many people, it tends to annoy me. I wore this romper to class and found that I couldn’t really raise my hand or else the whole thing would fly up, turning a cute outfit into a fashion disaster.

Despite my own issues, this is one of those outfits that wakes me up in the morning and makes me happier. I paired the romper with sneakers to give it a more relaxed look which also made me feel just a little closer to fall.

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Best Dressed at the Emmys

Unfortunately I did not get to watch the Emmy Awards this year  however I am very excited because I just read that one of my favorite cast members on SNL, Kate McKinnon, won outstanding supporting actress. Anytime she would play Justin Bieber I would be on the floor laughing hysterically. I was also keeping up with the red carpet fashion (as per usual) and I was pleasantly surprised by a few people who broke the mold. Going through all of the looks I was seeing the usual red gowns, black and white dresses, and high slits that did not seem to be that different or interesting compared to any other red carpet. The people who I chose as my best dressed celebs decided (or their stylists decided) to take a bit of a risk and I think it paid off well. Here are my best dressed pics for the 2016 Emmy Awards:

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Kristen Bell wore this Zuhair Murad gown beautifully last night. I love how the jewelry was kept simple and classic to let the dress speak for itself. Her neck was left bare to draw even more attention to the plunging neckline. Her skin is glowing, nothing to heavy on her face and her hair is just messy enough to relax the look. This nude color is not easy to wear however Kristen pulls it off effortlessly.
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This dress may be one of the most interesting looks I saw at the Emmys this year. I like how Olivia Culpo took a risk with the midi hem and sheer details. The dress is also interesting because it is a Zac Posen piece which is unusual as he is known for solid, more sophisticated gowns. This look is fun which is not always a celebrity’s number one criteria for a red carpet look although I believe it should be.

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This Atelier Versace dress is extremely hard to wear because there is no hiding anything. The color, the fabric and the silhouette are all beautiful however they are made for a specific body type, which Emilia Clarke has. This dress accentuates her curves and creates a dramatic waistline that gives the dress its sexy edge. The classic old Hollywood feel that the gown and Emilia’s updo have makes this look shine on the carpet.

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Rarely do I have men on my best dressed lists because is it often times much harder for them to stand out among the glamorous and dramatic gowns. Trevor Jackson looks tailored and stylish in this Anthony Franco velvet suit. Not only is he on trend with the velvet but he also pulled off a colored suit which is very difficult to do without looking over-the-top. I always appreciate a man who tries to wear something different or who has fun with fashion on the red carpet. Well done Trevor Jackson.

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Top Trends from NYFW… So Far

I am in North Carolina, nine hours from fashion week but don’t worry, I am keeping up with all of it. Thank goodness for Vogue.com and Snapchat. Fashion week has become more and more of a spectacle every year. Between Rebecca Minkoff’s Soho show to Tommy Hilfiger’s carnival, shows have become more than just a display of clothes. Designers and brands are able to expression their vision not only through the clothes but how people see the collection. This new revolution has made the fashion industry as a whole more accessible, especially with social media. I have seen so many shows and cool parties through Snapchat it really makes me feel like I am there even though I am in sweatpants taking homework breaks when I watch them. Seeing many of the collections it seems like all of the designers decided to see who could create the coolest and craziest sleeves. Here are some of the sleeve trends from New York Fashion Week:

Tied up:tied-upAdam Selman | Milly | Cinq a Sept

I love this trend because it is so simple but can completely change a look depending on how the tie is done. The small bows on the top of the shoulders of the Adam Selman dress create a romantic and feminine look while the laced up sleeves on the Milly shirt add an edge to the outfit. The bows on the Cinq a Sept shirt add a playful twist and complement the laced up shoes.

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This trend has been slowly but surely coming onto the seen since the summer. Many of the fast fashion companies have done simple versions of this trend but the designers in NYFW have taken it to another level. Milly plays with proportions to make the sleeves stand out even more in this look. Nicole Miller adds a modern twist to the classic black button up blouse while Cynthia Rowley created an etherial look with these huge white satin sleeves.

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I have never been a huge fan of the peek-a-boo shoulder shirts. I always thought they were slightly cheesy however this season’s collections have definitely made me reconsider this trend. The Rachel Zoe collection this season was absolutely stunning and this dress may be my favorite look mainly because of the cascading, off-the-shoulder element. Zimmerman did this trend a little differently, only exposing one shoulder which was unexpected among all the lace and sheer fabric. And lastly, Christian Siriano added drama to the trend with this glamorous black satin gown.

Thank you for visiting Like Lillian and happy fashion week!

Photo Credits: Vogue

Physhion x Like Lillian

For this week’s post I am collaborating with an athletic apparel boutique, Physhion, located in Fair Haven and Red Bank, New Jersey. Walking into the Fair Haven location, I was immediately draw in by a pair of dark blue camo leggings, which I later discovered were so popular that the pair I saw was the last in stock. I spent hours in the store drooling over the soft fabrics and unique pieces. Many, if not all, of the pieces I found in Physhion were items I would wear outside of the gym. I would describe the overall style of the brand as effortlessly edgy. Physhion’s owner, Lisa Taffin, has compiled a collection of comfortable, stylish, and most importantly functional pieces that will satisfy many different tastes and styles. She has turned athleisure into athluxe. Here are three of my favorite looks:

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Vest- Vimmia | Bra- Phat Buddha | Leggings- Alo

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Tank- Splits 59 | Shorts- Nux | Bra- Phat Buddha

Fitness is and has always been a very important part of my life. I like most children living in suburbs played almost every sport my parents could drive me to. I focused on swimming and then switched over to tennis in middle and high school (partly due to the adorable tennis outfits) which forced me to condition and train for matches. Conveniently for me, my mother is the owner of a fitness studio, Fuel Fitness, where she and her staff teach spin, TRX, sculpt, pilates, yoga, and barre classes so I would often workout with her at Fuel. After taking many of these classes I grew especially fond of spin classes. I loved the energy and intensity of the class and how each class is completely different from the last. I recently earned my Spinning certification back in May and I have been teaching as many spin classes as I can this summer. Last week I taught a “party-themed” spin class where I created a playlist consisting of mostly EDM and club music and held the class at night so the studio would be dark. I put out a disco ball and told all of the people coming to class to dress crazy. I was so excited to see everyone come dressed in loud, bright colors and patterns. They were so excited to get on the bike and ride. This is what I love about workout clothes. They have the ability to motivate people to not only workout but also to have fun while doing it, which is not always easy.

I wanted to create a post of athletic outfits that would motivate me to want to work out. Physhion was definitely the perfect place to find clothes for that purpose. After spending hours in the store picking out outfits for the post I felt so motivated and inspired to exercise.

Thank you so much for visiting Like Lillian and be sure to check out Physhion in Fair Haven and Red Bank so you can get motivated too!

The Boho Slip Dress

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Dress | Wedges (also comes in blue and black!) | Purse (similar here)

The slip dress has been a huge trend recently so I thought I would show you how I wore this trend in a more bohemian way. One of the reasons I think the slip dress is so popular is because it is so simple and comfortable and looks so chic in that effortless way. Keeping that effortless style in mind I chose this dress because of its lace details, adding a feminine touch to the look, and its handkerchief hem adding that boho feel that is perfect for summer. It also didn’t hurt that the dress was on super sale at Saks Off Fifth for about $40! I paired the look with my favorite pair of lace up wedges that I bought at DSW for only $60 (I just wore these to my graduation!) which also adds to the boho vibe. I added this woven cross body bag as opposed to my usual saddle bag that I would wear with a bohemian look because it is less structured, like the dress, and acts as an interesting focal point in this simple look. In many cases bohemian looks can seem overwhelming with tons of layers, colors, and textures which is why I love this look because it achieves the boho style while still looking simple and effortless.

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Pinstripes and Street Art

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Dress- Free People (on sale!) | Shoes- Kate Spade (on sale!) | Bag- T-Shirt and Jeans (on sale!) | Earrings (similar here)

Everyone has that one light, comfortable dress that they throw on at least one a week during the summer. This dress is mine. I recently purchased this Free People dress at a local boutique, South Moon Under, on sale for about half off. I almost never buy Free People clothing for full price because discount stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Saks Off Fifth often carry Free People pieces for a fraction of their original cost. I love how this dress incorporates my preppy side with the seersucker design and my more minimalist style with the loose silhouette and lace-up detail. I am also in love with these new Kate Spade daisy sandals that I purchased discounted from Saks Off Fifth. Anytime I feel like my outfit is boring or needs an extra pop of color I put on these shoes which make me and my outfits brighter and happier. If you have followed my blog for a while you have definitely seen this bag before. I love saddle bags and this T-Shirt and Jeans one especially with its western inspired design. Finally, these earrings were a graduation present from my mom and I think they add the perfect classic touch to this look as well as some sentimental value.

Thank you so much to my friends Brian and Emma for not only taking these awesome pictures for me but for also making the shoot fun and energetic.

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Stars, Stripes, and a Donut

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Bathing suit (similar here) | Top | Shorts | Sneakers | Sunglasses

Every fourth of July always makes me realize how little red I have in my closet. Almost every year I end up just wearing white and blue, my favorite color, which I have plenty of in my closet. This is my first time attempting a swimwear look for Like Lillian and I am very happy with the way it turned out. I have to thank my friend Shoshana for not only taking these amazing pictures but also for allowing me to use her pool as my set for this shoot. I chose this suit to feature not only because it is somewhat patriotic but also because it is my first one-piece suit since my dreaded days of high school swim team. One-piece bathing suits are a huge trend this summer and I have been searching for the perfect one-piece that is not only eye catching but also inexpensive. I of course love the Zimmerman and Mara Hoffman one-piece suits however I can’t bring myself to spend $200 on something that is going to give me bad tan lines. I found the suit I am wearing in this post on the Aerie site, where many of my bathing suits and beachwear items are from, on sale for only $15. I really like the Aerie brand for summer clothing, bathing suits, bralettes, and underwear which you can always get for a great deal. I also appreciate their ‘untouched’ campaign featuring young women who are not retouched which I think is empowering and refreshing to see. I paired the suit with a loose pinstripe linen button-down from Denim and Supply Ralph Lauren and ripped jean shorts from American Eagle, which I wear almost everyday when it gets really hot in the summer. I also added these festive Sperry sneakers that I recently purchased from DSW, which are super comfortable. Also, the sunglasses featured in this post are my new favorites from Ilymix and if you would like to purchase a pair use my coupon code, LikeLillian20, to get 20% of your purchase.

Thank you so much for visiting Like Lillian and Happy 4th of July!

Linen Layers

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Dress (Island Company; similar here) | Sweater (Anthropologie; similar here) | Shoes (similar here) | Sunglasses (Traps Eyewear)

Even though it is summer you can still pull off the layering trend. Where I live it can get cooler at night during the summer so I love wearing cropped sweaters to add another texture or change the silhouette of my outfit. I paired this light linen dress with a heavier sweater to balance the look. I wanted to wear these sandals because the color and the fact that they are flats are somewhat unexpected. I actually purchased the sandals at a consignment store but I will link a similar pair in the outfit details. I like this outfit because there are plenty of possibilities to wear whatever shoes or accessories you want with it to make it more interesting or unique.