August 14, 2014

Altuzarra for Target Lookbook Inspiration

With the recent release of the Altuzarra for Target lookbook, my anticipation for the collection's release on September 14, 2014 is at an all-time high. A decidedly more grown-up collaboration compared to previous Target efforts, the Altuzarra for Target line (some of which will also be available on net-a-porter) features sexy and sleek '70s silhouettes, digital prints, killer heels, beautiful blouses, python prints, and gorgeous gowns. Altuzarra stays true to his seductive yet ladylike aesthetic with sophisticated thigh-slit pencil skirts, stiletto boots, and tailored blazers. In fact, many of the looks from the Altuzarra for Target lookbook appear to be inspired by recent Altuzarra runway looks. Let's take a closer look at ten such looks that bear striking similarities.

Altuzarra-for-Target-V-neck-Dress

This ladylike V-neck dress from resort 2015 shares an A-line shape and knee length with the Target version, and both looks also have plunging V-necks. 

Altuzarra-for-Target-Snake-Skirt

The thigh slit is an Altuzarra signature, and the sexy python print skirt from the Target collection echoes this spring 2011 runway style. 

Altuzarra-for-Target-Red-Velvet-Suit

If a tailored velvet suit in a deep shade of crimson is on your wish list, the Target version closely resembles this fall 2010 style with its slim, tailored silhouette. Pair with pointy heels and sleek hair for a maximum femme fatale factor.

Altuzarra-for-Target-Belted-Boho-Dress

Both the Altuzarra for Target boho dress and the resort 2014 dress above feature an A-line shape, belted waist, ties at the neckline, and embroidered details. 

Altuzarra-for-Target-Snake-Blazer

The python print shows up again in the tailored Altuzarra for Target blazer which looks to be inspired by this slightly more cropped jacket from spring 2011.

Altuzarra-for-Target-Pencil-Skirt-Sweater

Both of the looks above include thigh-slit pencil skirts, the appearance of blouses layered under sweaters, and bold colors with print mixing. 

Altuzarra-for-Target-Blue-Oxford-Shirt

An unbuttoned oxford blouse and thigh-slit skirt in black from the Altuzarra for Target collection mirrors this professional yet edgy look from the spring 2014 collection. 

Altuzarra-for-Target-black-Dress

An LBD is an essential part of the modern woman's wardrobe, and this tailored style from Altuzarra for Target, which features embroidered birds, looks comparable to this resort 2015 style. Both are body-hugging with thigh slits and V-necks, making them alluring.

Altuzarra-for-Target-Black-Suit

This tailored black suit from spring 2014 resembles the Altuzarra for Target suit, even down to the square shoulders and shiny lapels. 

Altuzarra-for-Target-Furry-Jacket

A big, fluffy black coat from the Altuzarra for Target lookbook brings to mind a more sumptuous style from fall 2010. It should be interesting to see how the runway-inspired textures translate into Target's lower price points and synthetic materials. Note how both looks are paired with a pencil skirt and sexy footwear. 

Follow along with me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute #AltuzarraforTarget updates and shopping tips on how to score your favorites. I'll be sharing valuable shopping advice that I've learned over the past seven years! Watch this space when the collection launches for shopping reviews with fitting room photos and and sizing information.

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July 22, 2014

6 Best Backpacks for Fall

Although I haven't carried a backpack since my college days, I'm now finding myself drawn to the utilitarian vibe and casual-cool factor of many of the backpacks I've spotted lately. No longer just for students or travelers, these new versions offer everything from a sophisticated, minimalist vibe to a sporty nonchalance. Besides freeing up your hands, the best feature of backpacks is their versatility. Wear one slung over one shoulder, or use two straps for a traditional take. Make a statement with whimsical prints or choose one with pockets to stay organized. When it comes styling backpacks, think of them as the sneakers of the handbag world. They can inject a casual vibe to a preppy pencil skirt and flats, give a sporty look to denim, or add a fun element to a day dress. 

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July 18, 2014

Ireland Photo Diary

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to vacation in various parts of Ireland. Having briefly visited Dublin and nearby Wicklow a few years ago, I happily anticipated seeing more of the country from which some of my ancestors came.  This trip included some of the greenest fields, tastiest bread, lushest gardens, and hauntingly beautiful architecture that I've ever experienced. Each time I venture to new places and explore the history and culture of a different country, it gives me a fresh perspective on my daily life and it forces me to see things from a different point of view. I've come away from my time in Ireland with increased patience, tolerance, and an appreciation for the vast natural beauty that Ireland has to offer.

Below are highlights from areas including the Muckross House, Blarney Castle, the Tralee Rose Garden, The Longueville House, Dun Aengus, Killarney, the Dingle Peninsula, and the Ring of Kerry. 

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For a closer look at more fashion, food, and scenery from Ireland, have a peek at my Instagram

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June 24, 2014

Target Twins - The Tropical Skirt

For our latest #TargetTwins project, Toni and I are shining the spotlight on this tropical print skirt. Just like the daisy print skirt, this little number has shorts underneath, making it an instant hit in my book. The print may evoke images of a summery tropical paradise, but it also works for autumn. To show the skirt's versatility, our #TargetTwins theme is wear it now, wear it later. I've styled my skirt for summer, while Toni has styled hers for fall. 

LA fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an Xhilaration tropical print skirt from Target with a Kate Spade bag and Clarks wedges for #TargetTwins

As Toni so stylishly demonstrates above, a lightweight denim jacket, rugged ankle boots, and earthy accessories effortlessly make the transition from summer to fall.  

For my summer look, I've chosen a pink lace top layered under my favorite new vest to dress the skirt up, while neutral wedges and a handbag allow the pinks and greens of the necklace and skirt to come into focus. For more cool days when June gloom is lurking, I've recently styled the skirt with a gray short-sleeved sweatshirt (like this one in navy), sparkly necklace (similar to this one) and ultra comfortable flat studded silver sandals that always seem to elicit compliments.

LA fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an Xhilaration tropical print skirt from Target with a Kate Spade bag and Clarks wedges for #TargetTwins
 LA fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an Xhilaration tropical print skirt from Target with a Kate Spade bag and J Crew statement necklace for #TargetTwins
Clarks Caslynn Cheryl wedges in nude leather
LA fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an Xhilaration tropical print skirt from Target with a Kate Spade bag and J Crew statement necklace
 LA fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an Xhilaration tropical print skirt from Target with a Kate Spade bag, Clarks Caslynn Cheryl wedges and J Crew statement necklace

Mossimo vest, Forever 21 lace top (also comes in mint and ivory), J Crew necklace (similar version), Xhilaration skirt, Kate Spade bag (current season version in black), and Clarks wedges

Stay updated with us and take part in our Target obsession by using #TargetTwins on InstagramPinterest, and Twitter.  Click on over to Toni's blog for all the details on her ready-for-fall look!

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June 13, 2014

Fashionable Friday - 4 Ways to Wear the Daisy Skirt

Switching gears for our Fashionable Friday #TargetTwins posts, fellow Target Style fan Toni and I have created a new way to demonstrate the versatility of this daisy print skirt. This week, we've each styled two ways to wear the skirt, resulting in this grid of four looks: beachy, boho, preppy, and professional. I styled the beachy and boho looks, while Toni created the preppy and professional outfits. 

4 ways to wear a targetStyle Xhilaration daisy print skirt for #TargetTwins

The possibilities are endless! As you can see, the skirt seamlessly transitions from a busy day at the office to the beach, and beyond. I chose fringed pieces to lend a textural interest and a laid-back bohemian vibe, while a ruffled swim top, drapey cardigan and mesh tote make it both casual and beach appropriate.


Which look best suits your style? Read all about the inspiration behind Toni's looks, and check out #TargetTwins on Instagram and Pinterest to see the daisy print skirt in action. 

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June 10, 2014

Target Twins - The Daisy Skirt

It's Tuesday, and you probably know what that means...another installment of #TargetTwins with my style twin Toni!  We have a fondness for this daisy print skirt, so we're collaborating to share how we wear it this week. If it looks familiar, it's because I featured it in my summer favorites post and in my '90s nostalgia post. It's a top pick for summer because of this trio of features: the easy-to-style color palette, on-seam pockets, and best of all, the shorts that are sewn in underneath. A gust of wind is no longer cause for me to grasp at my hemline, and that makes this a major wardrobe hit in my book. All the benefits of shorts, but the appearance of a skirt. Win win!

Here's a peek at how we wear the skirt.

the #TargetTwins wear an Xhilaration daisy print scooter skirt from Target

Toni and I both have white Birks, and I love how clean and chic they look. I especially love them with a goes-with-anything French pedicure! Toni's red blouse elevates her summery look and is a ladylike juxtaposition to the laid-back sandals. 

LA fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an Xhilaration daisy print scooter from Target with Rag & Bone Harrow boots in camel, a Free People lace blouse, and a Phillip Lim for Target mini satchel
LA fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an Xhilaration daisy print scooter from Target, a Free People lace blouse, and a Phillip Lim for Target mini satchel
LA fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an Xhilaration daisy print scooter from Target, a Free People lace blouse, and a Phillip Lim for Target mini satchel
LA fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an Xhilaration daisy print scooter from Target, a Free People lace blouse, and a Phillip Lim for Target mini satchel
Rag & Bone Harrow boots in camel nubuck
LA fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an Xhilaration daisy print scooter from Target with Rag & Bone Harrow boots in camel, a Free People lace blouse, and a Phillip Lim for Target mini satchel.

Ray-Bans, Free People blouse (non-lace style I love), Adam Levine x Kmart crochet crop top (another style I am eyeing), Xhilaration daisy print scooter/skirt, Rag & Bone boots, and Phillip Lim for Target mini satchel (similar style)

I almost wore my Birks, too, but gave them the day off for a minimal boost of height via my beloved ankle boots. I downplayed the skin-baring vibe of my crochet crop top by layering a breezy lace blouse over it. Confession: I've worn variations of this same look at least three times since I bought the skirt. Given the sheer volume of apparel in my closet (and spilling out of it), that's saying a lot about how much I'm smitten with the skirt...or perhaps how lazy I've been.

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