Closet Staples: Statement Accessories

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With festival season and summer in full swing I wanted to share my ultimate favorite statement accessory. This is the item I would wear to almost any festival or event where I’m dancing a lot. Not only does it take literally a second to put on but it also makes the outfit 10 times more extravagant. To prove this I put on a fairly simple plain black look. There is some velvet burn out details in my pants and my cardigan is furry but that’s it. I wore my favorite trusty hat with the silver hardware to match the belt, but not nearly enough silver to overshadow it. This is also why I decided to keep my neck bare and wear minimal jewelry.

This gorgeous little coin detail belt is from BlackWater Boutique. They have so many one-of-a-kind beautiful festival themed items. The quality of this belt is just amazing, I know it can handle traveling too as it’s already been through a move and transported several times. While the belt does come in just the one size is fortunately very adjustable and can fit all sorts of sizes. I am usually an extra small and this could probably fit up to a a large. Versatile items are always useful in any wardrobe. Other outfit details will be listed below along with a direct link to the coin belt will be listed below.


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coin belt –BlackWater Boutique
hat – UNIF
top – American Apparel
pants – For Love and Lemons
cardigan – UNIF
sunglasses – Free People
jewelry – Vintage

Photos by Monique Blais

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GirlBoss Looks: Blazers

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It was the beautiful mademoiselle Coco Chanel who said, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” which is still one of my favorite quotes. When you dress/feel confident they will remember you. A high quality blazer and “professional” attire go hand and hand in this situation, for this is often when people will not feel their most presentable. I fell in love with this Michael Kors blazer from Fevrie, where they have some great designer brands. I have featured items from them before on my blog, here. The design that the gem/studs create on this blazer is giving me a very Elvis/Bowie vibe for some reason, especially on the back how they all line up down the middle. It’s quite good quality and comfortable as well, which is what I always look for in any item.

For this classic look I also had to throw on my favorite timepiece, my Daniel Wellington watch. A good quality watch is a staple in any professional/office type setting. I have already done a little review on this watch in a previous post, here. My go to look for almost any event tends to be all black and then I’ll add textures to my look. This is why I own so many lace, leather, velvet, silk, suede and sheer/crochet pieces. The velvet flares in this outfit make the whole look a bit more funky. Though if you were going for a true professional (office) type look, I would instead pair a straight leg high waist pant with this blazer. I would also opt for stiletto heels if you were to go with a straight leg pant, as this will help to elongate the legs. I will be styling a look similar to this soon, once it cools down a bit and it is comfortable to wear blazers again. Other outfit details will be listed below along with direct links to the blazer and watch.


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blazer – Fevrie (Michael Kors)
watch – Daniel Wellington
top – American Apparel
pants – Vintage
shoes – Jeffrey Campbell
lipstick – ColourPop
jewelry – Vintage
sunglasses – Free People
bag – Dooney and Bourke

Photos by Lara Mansfeld

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Closet Staples: Lace Dresses

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A little lace dress is the perfect summer day to night outfit. It’s a very versatile piece that you can throw on quickly for the day and can easily transition into the evening. You can grab pretty much any dress if your in a bit of a rush and still want to look put together. This is why they are the most packed/worn summer travel item as well. The first thing that I loved about this dress is the big cut out detail on the chest. I like that it shows some skin and adds a bit of a feminine touch to an otherwise dark look. The lace is also slightly see-through on top and in the arms, though is solid on the bottom and in the front. The built in lace collar on the dress adds a very romantic 70s vibe to the whole look. This look is very “in” right now, as you’ll see almost everyone in thick 70s velvet chokers lately. I feel like this design could really be dressed up or down quite easily by just changing the accessories and shoes.

To add a bit of a spring vibe to my look, I decided to style this black dress with one of my favorite purses from Nicole Lee. I feel as though adding white to this otherwise all black outfit makes it have a much more summery vibe. This little handbag from Nicole Lee is super functional and also really compact, so it doesn’t take up much room or get in the way. It can also easily transition from day to night as well. The thing I love most about this bag is it comes with a short little chain strap if you want to wear it as a little shoulder or arm bag, as well as a long strap. The long strap is the one I have on, and is the one I prefer for day to day, as it’s more comfortable as a cross-body bag. But if I was going to a nice event I would opt for the smaller chain strap. Nicole Lee is a quality vegan leather handbag company. This is what first really attracted me to their brand, as I often replace my leather items with faux leather quality alternatives if possible. Other outfit details along with direct link to both the dress and purse will be listed below.


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dress – Vintage
purse –Nicole Lee
hat – UNIF
sunglasses – Free People
jewelry – Vintage
shoes – Jeffrey Campbell

Photos by Kelsey Becker

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Styling: Trench Coats

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These outfits were shot in some June gloom weather, which was just perfect to style my new trench coats from Members Only. Usually styled only in winter, I wanted to show how these are a versatile piece that can be worn even in slightly warmer weather if styled appropriately. With both looks I wore a little cotton dress and leather boots, so my outfit underneath was very comfortable and my dress was very breathable. My outfit was very minimal in detail so that I could easily slip on the trench and transition from day to night. Though I should mention that when I shot these looks it was about mid 60s F, which is still quite cool weather to me.

The first trench has beautiful leather detail on the arms, though the base of the coat is a cozy wool blend. This gives the design a very casual look & makes it easy to style. This to me seems like the perfect travel day coat. One where you want to be comfortable but still stylish. The second coat is more of a true trench design. It is made of faux leather, which I love, and has a moto design & hardware details. The leather belt buckle at the waist really shows off the lovely silhouette of the thick leather. This coat is very thick and well-made and will keep you very warm. It is perfect for a evening look, which is why I decided to pair it with high heeled boots and my new favorite Elizabeth and James purse.

Members Only makes such good quality pieces, they really stay true to their reputation of classic and well made designs. I got my first members only piece back in high school and I wore that jacket everywhere. It was my go to leather jacket and I still have it and wear it to this day. I have always loved and supported this brand & I’m so happy to be featuring them on my blog. I have another look coming next week with this beautiful navy suede moto jacket that is also from them, and I will be reviewing it as well. Outfit details along with direct links to these 2 coats will be listed below. They are having a big sale right now as well!


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coat – Members Only
dress – American Apparel
sunglasses – Vintage
shoes – Jeffrey Campbell
jewelry – Vintage

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coat – Members Only
dress – Vintage
bag – Elizabeth and James
shoes – Jeffrey Campbell
jewelry – Vintage
sunglasses – Urban Outfitters

Photos by Kelsey Becker

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Closet Staples: Designer Sunglasses

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I’m always on the hunt for a good quality pair of sunglasses. Though its hard to find ones I don’t see on anyone else, without buying straight from the designers. This is why I was so happy to find Fashion Eyewear. I was very impressed with my designer sunglasses from them, and I have worn them quite often so I can give a proper review. The reason why I personally choose to invest in designer sunglasses, aside from very important fashion reasons, is that I have very sensitive eyes. I find that most cheap sunglasses you can only wear for a few hours until your vision can become a bit distorted from the cheap glass. I’m sure if you follow me on any of my various social medias (Instagram – @thevelvetdress_ or Twitter/Snapchat – @thevelvetdress) you have see me wearing both of these sunnies already, but I wanted to give them a full month of wear before doing a review.

The Dior so real’s are definitely an investment piece but I would say they are 100% worth it. They are such a comfortable, lightweight and durable design; which are three things that are very essential in a pair of sunglasses. They are also very stylish, the little top mirrors and the black frames are perfect. The so reals come in a variety of designs, hardware and color options but I really wanted the black frames. The other pair of sunglasses I got from them are the beautiful cut-off cateye Miu Mius. This design is just such a statement piece, I wouldn’t wear them every day, but the second I put them on I get a lot of compliments. They look like such a delicate design but are actually quite sturdy. Miu miu is known for their beautiful sleek designs and quality craftsmanship; and I can say that this pair truly lives up to that reputation. Both pairs of sunnies have a very dainty look though they are both very durable. I have just gone thru a move and they both came out completely unscathed. Even while getting jostled around in their boxes they are both as sturdy as ever and don’t have a scratch on them. This is partly due to the quality packaging/case they come in. Both pairs have a similar look in theory, but a very different aesthetic. The Diors are are much more a minimalist design as in they can go with anything and are classic for everyday wear. While the Miu Mius I picked are a very eccentric fun design with the cut off bottoms, these will attract attention and can not be dressed down nearly as easily as the Dior so reals.

Though if you didn’t happen to fancy either of my pairs of sunglasses; you’re in luck because Fashion Eyewear carries a variety of designers. They have so many pairs to choose from that there’s no way that you won’t fall in love with at least a few pairs, so go check them out. The benefit of buying from a place like Fashion Eyewear, is they have expert stylists that are available to answer any questions, as well as search and locate exact sunglasses that you want that you may not be able to find anywhere else. For example, I really wanted the Diors with the black frames, and I couldn’t find them anywhere! So they ordered them directly from Dior special just for me. Though I have several looks wearing these sunnies I only decided to include one of each in this post; 4 outfits as well as a review felt like too much for one post. So those other looks will be coming a bit later. Outfit details, along with direct links to both pairs of sunnies, will be listed below each look.

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sunglasses – Fashion Eyewear Miu Mius
jewelry – Vintage
coat – UNIF
top – American Apparel


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sunglasses- Fashion Eyewear Diors
top – LF
bralette – Urban Outfitters
jewelry – Vintage

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