Closet Staples: Wrap Dress

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A simple classic wrap dress is a staple in any wardrobe, though typically you see the full longer sleeve and shorter above the knee cut. This is a bit of a different take on the wrap dress; as it is a short sleeve and a long maxi style dress with a slit up the front. One of my favorite ways to wear classic pieces is to find a version of it that has more of a modern design. Though this is definitely more of a fall and spring time item, you just need to layer a coat to make it perfect for winter. Like I did in my outfit 2 weeks ago featuring this exact dress. I know I said I would be wearing less black, and I want to note that I do have more colorful looks coming up.

The only color featured in this look is in my accessories and the trimming on my hat. This beautiful gold necklace works really well with the low cut neckline of the wrap dress, and the gold trimming on my hat brings out the color of the jewelry even more. There is also small gold detail on the foot-bed of my shoes, which you can only see in certain photos but it does in a subtle way tie the whole look together. Also I had to pair it with my favorite go to bag with gold hardware. This has really become my every day bag as it can hold a lot more than it looks. I will be making a YouTube channel soon for various reviews, lookbooks and styling videos so I might do a review on this bag as well. I will be doing a poll soon on twitter to see if bag reviews would be informative and interesting to feature. All other outfit details are listed below along with direct links.

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dress – Shabby Apple
jewelry – Judith Poe
shoes – Vintage, restored by My Shoe Hospital
hat – Lack of Color
bag – Elizabeth and James
sunnies – Vintage

Photos by Grace Kathryn

Styling: Cozy Travel Outfits

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A lot of people travel during the holiday season so I have decided to feature two casual, but still chic, looks that I wore this past week. A big cozy coat is a must, and since I like all my clothes to be very comfortable I tend to glam up my outfit with my accessories, so you know that means bags, shoes and sunnies (& jewelry). Both looks feature beautiful bags by the brand Cuyana and I have to say the quality is just amazing and well reflected in the price. I feel it is best traveling with a bag that is durable and sturdy but not designer. That way it won’t attract as much attention but you still have the quality of a designer bag. I even included my black on black watch for the full all-black effect. I decided to go with black of course for both bags and both outfits, as I have already started to style new pieces into my wardrobe that aren’t black for the new year. This includes my new addition to my collection, a grey designer piece that I will be revealing tonight on my Instagram .

The second look features what has become my staple go-to coat for travel, and that is this cozy oversized trench by OnePiece. It keeps you super warm and is quite long as you can see. I got the size XS which is a bit big on me (keep in mind I am 5’1), though I personally prefer my outerwear to be a bit oversized for comfort. I also had to pair it with one of my favorite lucite heeled patent boots which I think are just perfect for fall and winter. More colorful looks are coming in the new year so stay tuned! Direct links will be listed below along with all other outfit details.


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bag – Cuyana
watch – Daniel Wellington
sweater – American Apparel
dress – Vintage
boots – EMU Australia
hat – Vintage
sunglasses – Tijn Eyewear


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bag – Cuyana
jacket – OnePiece
dress – Vintage
choker – Judith Poe
boots – TwoTwo Shoes
sunglasses – Free People

Photos by Billy Hanke

Holiday Lookbook 2016

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Holiday outfits are always my favorite because it’s finally cold enough to break out all my velvet, leather and super soft furry items. You will find all three of these fabrics in both of these looks. In a recent interview I was asked what my favorite fall trends were and it’s definitely velvet dresses paired with furry bags. It is very important to be comfortable around the holidays too. Since a lot of time is spent eating and lounging, I think a dress is the perfect option.

This first look features one of my favorite vintage velvet dresses and my mohawk style furry top tassel bag. This bag is perfect for fall and winter season and is the perfect size for a day bag as it can hold even more than it looks. This outfit is your classic all black ensemble but notice the attention to the details. My choker is a beautiful handmade design which features amethyst stones and the gold adds a little holiday glam to the all black look. As it got a bit colder I threw on my mini leather trench coat to stay warm.

My other outfit includes what I think to be the ultimate staple piece during the holiday season, a fancy red dress. The two-tone red lace on this dress is stunning and paired perfectly with my new furry bag. I also had to add a little velvet in this look, so I threw on my thigh high velvet boots that feature a shiny metallic heel for that extra holiday sparkle. All outfit details for both looks will be listed below along with direct links. Wishing you all a happy holidays!!


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bag – Oliveve Handbags
dress- Vintage
boots – EMU Australia
sunnies – Tijn Eyewear
coat – Members Only


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bag –Cosy Concept Fur
dress – Free People
boots –Public Desire
choker- Judith Poe
lipstick – Chanel
sunglasses – Free People

Holiday Giveaway & last Fall Fashion OOTD

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It’s time for a Holiday Giveaway! To thank you for your support this year I wanted to host a special holiday giveaway. This is the perfect item for sunnies enthusiasts like myself who wear them almost daily 😎 you can win a luxury sunglasses case of your choice from OYOBox! Featured in the below photo is an exotic skin- croc print case. I do apologize that this particular giveaway is only on Instagram, but if you have an Instagram account you can enter HERE (it is free to enter and is in no way sponsored by Instagram)

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This will hopefully be one of my last all black looks, as one of my goals for the new year is to wear at least a little bit of color in each outfit (excluding the hardware on my accessories). Though all black will always be my “go to”; I am trying to expand my comfort zone this year and that means fashion too. Today’s look features a simple wrap dress with some black accessories. Throwing on a good quality leather jacket is always a staple, and my big sturdy bag is perfect for being out all day. I had to include my super comfortable boots with black fur lining on the inside, which makes them the perfect fall/winter boot in my opinion. I can honestly say these are one of my most comfortable shoes ever (even with a 2.5 inch heel), and I wear them all the time. I also had to throw on my one of my black chokers and sunnies and I was out the door. That’s the great thing about black, everything always matches. All outfit details will be listed below with direct links.

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bag- Oliver Bilou
dress- Shabby Apple
boots – EMU Australia
jacket – Vintage
sunglasses – Tijn Eyewear
choker- Judith Poe

Photos by Grace Kathryn

How To Shop A Sale: Holidays

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Holiday season is finally here! In the fashion world this means 2 things; shopping for loved ones and hunting down sales. Luckily the two go hand in hand. Now shopping a sale may seem like you’ve already done all the hard work. You found a sale, things are already going to be cheaper than they would be originally. Unfortunately, buying something on sale does not always guarantee you are getting the best deal. I have listed below my top 4 tips that make sure that you are getting the most bang for your buck. Though I will not be doing a gift guide on my blog, I will however be posting a photo of my favorite holiday picks on my Instagram @thevelvetdress_

I want to note that this will be a 3 part series (this is part 1) and they will cover, in my opinion, the 3 main tiers of knowledge in reference to sale shopping. This is the holiday sale edition 🙂 Though I hope to continue this series as my blog progresses, as I mostly learn through experience and reading stats/interviews.

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1. Always check other sources
Just because you found something on sale doesn’t mean that’s the cheapest it’s being sold for. Once you find that perfect item your looking for, you should search to see where else it’s being sold. I cant even say the number of times I’ve been stoked to find something on sale for lets say 30% off then found the exact same item being sold on another site for 40% off. In this situation, who the source is doesn’t really matter, your still getting the same item but just at a cheaper price. (though its always important to look up costumer reviews for this very reason, you want to research who you are really giving your money to)

2. Wait till end of season (if you can)
At the end of seasons, mostly winter/summer, you will be able to get the best deals. When it nears the end of the season they are forced to put their stock at low prices just to get rid of it. Nobody wants to buy a heavy jacket in summer just as nobody wants to buy a sundress in winter. Therefor I personally always wait till end of season to get that jacket or pair of boots I’ve been lusting after. Even though you may not be able to wear it right then, chances are if you really do love it you’ll never get sick of the item. Also when it comes time to wear it and people want to know where you’ve found it, it will already be unavailable to purchase. This is unfortunate for those looking to buy, but also guarantees that you will have your own look/style that can’t be bought.

3. Sometimes buying directly from the designer is the best deal
Though this is not always true, but when it is you’ll be surprised on the amount you’ll save. Example; A pair of designer shoes are marked down slightly in price at a fancy vintage boutique, you might look at that deal and just buy it on the spot. But if you check the official designers website they are being sold at regular price, which is listed as less than the current “sale” price. Even though this particular store has brought down the price, it still isn’t really a deal.

4. Never buy something just because it’s on sale
If you are about to buy the item and you think to yourself, “I would never pay full price for this”, then don’t get it! I know it’s tempting when you see something cute on sale to just get it right then because, hey, its on sale right? Wrong. There will always be cute clothes on sale and you cannot buy them all (unless you can). But I personally suggest only getting the pieces you really want. In my opinion it’s better to spend a bit more money to get exactly what you want, rather than getting even half price off and not wearing it that much.

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HAPPY SHOPPING!

Part 2 is coming in the next few months 🙂