Easter Dress

Billabong Dress (Similar LuLu’s Dress) / Nine West Pumps via DSW (Similar Nine West Pumps) / Target Tights / Charming Charlie Necklace 

When I look at old family photos, some of my favorites to peruse are from Easter. Not because of awkward poses with the Easter bunny, although I’m sure we have some of those in a box somewhere. My favorite part about them is how my mother used to dress up me and my sisters, sometimes to match, in frilly pastel dresses, white tights, and bonnets. We looked like little Easter confections, and I honestly think this is one of the reasons I am so into fashion. My mom always created these wonderful outfits for special occasions that I loved and could not wait to wear. As an adult, I still feel that excitement picking out an outfit for a special event.

Although I have moved on from white tights, I will be donning tights this Easter to stay warm. To match this year’s dress, I’ve decided to wear navy tights. My conundrum was then what shoes  to wear. I wasn’t sure at first, but I actually think these nude pumps look kind of cute with tights. I think what makes this work is that the colors of the tights and shoes can both be found in the dress itself, but aren’t a perfect match. What do you think? Would you wear nude pumps with navy tights? What are you wearing this Easter?

3 Cute Outfits for When It’s Cold

So far, getting dressed this winter has consisted of me finding the longest, thickest, most turtleneck sweater in my closet and pairing it with pants. There’s not much else you can do with weather like this. So in an attempt to change it up and fight this winter style rut, here are three cute outfits for when it’s cold. 

Mia Embroidered Boots, $59.97
Or go to ZuLily for more sizes and a cheaper price, $49.99

I got these boots for Christmas, and I have been hesitant to wear them with all of the snow and salt. But, if you are just hopping into and out of an Uber for the night and you don’t have to worry about hiking through mountains of snow, these are a nice way to add a little color and texture to the sweater and black leggings we’ve all been living in this winter.

ASTR the Label Tie Sleeve Sweater, $19.97
(Similar Nordstrom Rack tie-sleeve sweater here and here, J.Crew tie-sleeve sweater here)
If you can’t embellish your footwear, embellish your sweater. When I first got this sweater, I thought you were supposed to tie it the way you see above, but apparently the ties are supposed to be in the front. Personally, I think it looks good either way and it’s not the only way to make your sweater game more interesting. It seems like there are an endless amount of options for sweaters. Bows, ties, fringe, pom-poms, sequins, appliques, embroidery, you name it!

Thread and Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover, $78
Though this pullover may be for when you made plans with your friends and then decided to stay at home instead because it’s just too damn cold, I still think it’s cute enough to be worn in the light of day. That is if you do decide to leave the house! The fur elevates it from an everyday pullover to something a little more special. And if you do decide to stay in, put on your leggings and slippers, grab your hot tea and just lean into it. No one will care because everyone else is just as cold.

My New Instagram Account

I’ve created a new Instagram account to share my outfits, style inspiration and recipes for good food and good DIYs. I’ll still be posting on the blog from time to time, but I figured this would allow me to share my outfits and inspiration with you a lot faster. Follow me @cosmocleve and let me know if you like what you see! 

3 Tips for Wearing Gold Sequin Leggings

Details: H&M sweater (old) / Parisiscoming.com leggings (Order one size larger) / Calvin Klein shoes via Marshalls / Coach purse 

I rang in the New Year like any style blogger, human being and woman of 2015 should: in gold sequin leggings. I know New Year’s Eve is old news, but that line just sounded good. And it’s true! We attended the Girl Talk concert here in Pittsburgh on an unusually frigid New Year’s Eve night and I have to say these leggings stole the show. Many concert goers told me so … or something to that affect.

When I first received these pants for my birthday in July, my feelings were of both elation and panic. Elation because there was nothing my heart desired more than a pair of gold sequin leggings. Major props to the boyfriend for finding these pants via the Google machine. Panic because I thought I lacked the guts to pull of this aberration of fashion. I quickly realized that was crazy talk! My advice to you for feeling more comfortable wearing gold sequin leggings is as follows.

  1. Wear Them Comfortably – I don’t judge anyone who wears leggings as pants, but that is one thing I am not comfortable with. And I am certainly not going to feel comfortable wearing leggings as pants if they have gold sequins on them. So I made sure to layer a longer sweater over them. Wear them with whatever makes you feel comfortable.
  2. Choose a Good Color Scheme – Choosing the right color scheme will help make the whole outfit look under control. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “Don’t let the outfit wear you.” It would be very easy for that to happen with gold sequin leggings. I imagine these leggings would look good with emerald and black, cream and black, cream and pink, and pink and black. I am sure there are other combinations, but I think the key is keeping the scheme relatively simple.

  3. Mix in Casual Elements – One of the things I love about this look is that it mixes the dressy gold sequin, the sporty cut of the leggings and the casual sweater to make an understated look. It also lets the leggings be the center of attention instead of having elements that are competing for attention. This type of look is created all the time by Jenna Lyons who just masters casual cool.

Good luck in your gold sequin legging adventures!

A Year in Outfits: 2014

Some of my favorite outfits from 2014. Psst … they were all my favorites.

The Buffalo Print Moment is Still Happening For Me

Gingham is soon coming to a fashion trend near you.

 I heart my Chuck Talyor’s forever and always.

Whimsical creatures on sweaters get me every time.

Neon on Neon action.  It’s electric?

Pastels are so the new black.

The outfits I created for the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show.

Tennis dress anyone?

Skater dress anyone?

Peplum completes me.

Winter Outfit: Puffer Vest

For all of you ladies and gents who live in places where the snow is unrelenting and the cold weather is  seemingly never ending, this post is for you. Generally, my strategy in winter is to wear the warmest outfit possible. OK — so sometimes I just wear the cutest outfit possible, but the point is winter dressing gets old fast. I start to feel like I am watching reruns of a TV show. Actually, it turns out I am watching reruns of a TV show because Friends has been off the air for 8 years. The point is I am wearing my Marty McFly puffer vest (as my boyfriend refers to it), layered over a chambray shirt, layered over a striped tank, with a floral print scarf on top. How’s that for some creative winter dressing?

Details:
Old Navy vest
Target button down and scarf
H&M tank
Gap jeans
Hunter Wellington boots

Winter chic

Yesterday, the high was 26 degrees. So based on the peak in temperature, I thought it would be a good idea to take my outfit pics outside. Too bad the snow is so bright it blinded me, and I am squinting in all of these photos. I was going for warmth and comfort with this outfit. I really like the way the casual knit sweater contrasts with the bright pink, flowy skirt. I feel like these gray, fold over ankle boots add to the contrast of city chic and country chic.
NY&Co sweater; Gap skirt; F21 leggings; Thrifted shoes