Slip dresses + Birthdays

I turned 27!!!!! As each year passes I’m reminded that life is super short and you have to make of it what you want while you’ve still got the time, energy and resources. With this being said I always love to book a fun adventure for my birthdays to end the summer off right and ring in my birth year with some fun travel vibes. This time I decided to visit a good friend in sunny Los Angeles! I have only been to Sacramento and San Francisco before so this was definitely a must for me. The food, ambiance, weather and people were everything you’d imagine it to be, good times all around! Since the weather was unusual for me to get used to (warm but also cold at the same time) I made sure to bring different layering pieces to play with. On this day we visited Venice beach and boardwalk. Not only did I get to witness some interesting booths but I also got to dip my toes in the Pacific Ocean (which was ice cold by the way). To stay on par with layering while also being trendy I paired this Zara metallic shiny slip dress with a Forever 21 Janet Jackson t-shirt underneath. Although I love a good rock band t-shirt, this one felt more authentic seeing as I am actually a fan and grew up watching and listening to her music. The western belt is from boo-hoo and really added flair and some much needed waist cinching to the ensemble. I’ve linked items below if you’re interested in recreating the look!

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XOXO- ARI

BOO HOO- Double Belt

Forever 21- Janet Jackson T-Shirt

Zara- Slip Dress

 

 

Boo Hoo Deep Plunge Skort Playsuit- Miami Ootn

It’s always so difficult to take pictures while on vacation, especially the type of whirlwind fast paced ones that my family and I love to take. This past weekend I decided to drive down to Miami from Orlando and enjoy some time with friends and loved ones. The sunny beaches and sexy nightlife made it nearly impossible to capture every single outfit. Here is a quick sneak peak of what I wore for a night out on the town. This Boo Hoo royal blue velvet skort play suit is honestly one of my favorite finds as of late. It is extremely comfortable and ready for wear even after being packed up in a suitcase. I just slipped it on and out the door I was! I paired it with these sexy Zara heels (quite the opposite of comfortable). They feature a leopard calf hair design and closure on the arch versus the standard outside of the heel which makes for some interesting toe cleavage and not to mention overall appeal. These sky high babies and gold metallic clutch complimented my plunging neckline appropriate for miami life. Links to items below!

Grace Deep Plunge Velvet Skort Playsuit

Similar Playsuit

Similar Zara Sandals

XOXO – ARI

Parc de Montjuic -Barcelona OOTD

Barcelona was magical! This city was such a nice contrast to the gloomy city vibes of London. Although still a bit chilly, the sun was out and the vibes were friendly. We took a tour bus and made some stops along the way to explore the beautiful landscape. On this day we visited this park “Parc de Montjuic” and were able to capture some outfit of the day shots after we panicked on the cable cars up the mountain. I was wearing this knit zara black dress with gold accents and detailing. I stayed with my misguided leopard coat, aldo oxfords and tights from the day before and added some funky Pom-Pom socks from ASOS to keep my feet warm and spice up the look. Last but not least this jaw dropping huge pearl choker necklace from ASOS was the standout item. I love the way it makes a statement and can be paired with any simple silhouette. Links to items below as always.

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leopard misguided fur coat, zara knit dress, aldo oxfords, asos pearl necklace

leopard misguided fur coat, zara knit dress, aldo oxfords, asos pearl necklace

leopard misguided fur coat, zara knit dress, aldo oxfords, asos pearl necklace

ASOS Faux Pearl Choker

Aldo “Grummer” Oxfords

Missguided Leopard Faux Fur Coat

XOXO -Ari

Viva Barcelona OOTD- Giveaway

So as some of you may have been keeping up with, I Ari finally got some stamps on my passport! I visited my sister Gwen in London and we did some major country hopping in the short time we were reunited. I had the best time ever and now have the travel bug, bad! Our first day in Barcelona was filled with good food, amazing views and lovely weather. We did some site seeing and even ended up at the beach! It was about 45 degrees or so and winter gear was required (especially for my thin Florida blood). This look consisted of this thick quilted pink sweater dress from Zara’s end of season sale, black aldo oxfords, fleece lined leggings, pearl & gold collar necklace, bowler hat and lastly this show stopping leopard jacket! This misguided coat is so beautiful in person and surprisingly light weight. I ordered it a size UK 8 (US 4) but looking back probably would have gone for a 6 (US 2). It is supposed to be oversized and boxy (that is the look) so it still worked well. We are hosting a giveaway of this same exact coat in a size UK 8 from misguided on instagram! Their was a mixup with my shipping and I was sent two by accident so I thought why not share the wealth? If you like this look and would like to rock this coat check out our instagram to see how to enter. @itsapplesandorangesblog. Links to items below.

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leopard missguided coat, barcelona, travel, fashion, ootd, zara, aldo,

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leopard missguided coat, barcelona, travel, fashion, ootd, zara, aldo,

leopard missguided coat, barcelona, travel, fashion, ootd, zara, aldo,

leopard missguided coat, barcelona, travel, fashion, ootd, zara, aldo,

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Missguided Kylie Faux Fur Leopard Coat
Win this coat in a size US 4 UK 8 on our instagram! Here

Black Bowler Hats, Here & Here

Sweater Dresses Here, Here & Here

Aldo Oxfords Here & Here

Love Ari

“Im with the band”- Forever 21 Muscle Shirt

Since wearing a band t-shirt is the closet thing I can get to being in a band, I love rocking them! They are so easy to pair with jeans (skinny or bf), heels, boots, jackets,blazers or with cut off sleeves … Continue reading

I Spy with my “Orlando” Eye -Willow & Clay Collab

Willow & Clay is such a dope brand and their marketing team is on point! Their “I Spy” series follows fashion through different walks of life and locals. They featured me as the Florida Eye edition and I had so … Continue reading

Oxfords & Blazers -Fall OTTD

So we were finally together again for the holidays! Gwen & I had so much fun eating and enjoying each others company. Stay tuned for some more fabulous photos and hauls of our lovely gifts! With that being said the weather in Florida was bi-polar the entire time. On this particular day it was very nice and sunny outside in the high 60’s. I got to play around with some layering and neutrals and came up with this casual fall look. I paired my classic crew neck Ralph Lauren polo with my thrifted grey blazer and Zara dark wash jeans. For the shoes I chose my favorite beat up forever 21 (old season) Oxford’s as well as my mustard Phillip lim for target bag. Links below!

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Ralph Lauren Crew-neck Polo Sweater

Zara Dark Wash Jeans

Similar Oxfords

DSW Oxfords

Similar Grey Blazer

OOTN- Urban Flannel Flair

I visited the mecca (Forever 21) just over two weeks ago and scored this cute little sweatshirt on clearance! I repeat I found a size small on clearance people, this is big news! Usually for the most part I steer clear of the clearance section from forever seeing as it is normally cluttered and hard to sift through. This bad boy was staring up at me and begging to be taken home. I paired it with my go to Zara dark wash jeans, as well as old season Target plaid booties. The contrast between the two different plaid prints made for an interesting and comfortable urban fall look. Links to similar items below!

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Zara Skinny Jeans

Similar Loafers

Lust Vs. Must- Fall Sweaters

I am loving a statement sweater for this upcoming fall season! Embellishments, tailoring, style and type of material all make for eclectic looks that can be incorporated and worn throughout the season. Some of my favorites would be classic v-neck cuts, embellishments (to avoid having to overload with accessories), long lengths and chunky knits. One doesnt need to spend lots of money to achieve this classic fall look, check out my previous D.I.Y sweater post and see how I made a $2.00 pullover into something wearable and fun! D.I.Y Studded Sweater Below are picture links to some sweaters that im lusting after this season and ones that could fit into any modest budget and are a “must”.

At only $12.45 on H&M Website this sweater is perfect alone or D.I.Y'ed with at home embellishments as I did on my target pullover. (See Link Above)

At only $12.45 on H&M Website this sweater is perfect alone or D.I.Y’ed with at home embellishments as I did on my target pullover. (See Link Above)

This mesh angora blend top is perfect for warmer fall climates (like Florida) where the temperature allows for it. $59.95 HM

This mesh angora blend top is perfect for warmer fall climates (like Florida) where the temperature allows for it. $59.95 H&M

Forever 21 Spiked Sleeve Sweatshirt at $27.80

Forever 21 Spiked Sleeve Sweatshirt at $27.80

River Island for Asos-Frill Shoulder Sweater $62.29

River Island for Asos-Frill Shoulder Sweater $62.29

Zara- Long sweater with elbow patches & front zip features $79.99

Zara- Long sweater with elbow patches & front zipper features $79.99

Forever 21 Chunky Color Blocked Cardigan $16.50

Forever 21 Chunky Color Blocked Cardigan $16.50

Top Shop - Knitted croc front sweater $96.00

Top Shop – Knitted croc front sweater $96.00

Stay warm lovelies!

-Ari

Spring 2013 Trend Report

So I usually am not one to necesarilly “follow” all the upcoming trends to every season. Its more about taking whats popular and “in” and adapting it to your style and aesthetic. You can use pieces that you already have in your closet (sparing your wallet) and just splurge on particular items that really pop out for the season (ex. a really great pair of on trend pants that can be paired multiple times). Here are some of my favorite trends for Spring 2013.

Checkered/Diamond Print

Seen all over the runways, this trend is classic yet still made modern by combining it with structured fits and bright bold colors.

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Checkered Leggings Forever 21 $8.80

Checkered Leggings
Forever 21 $8.80

You can style this look in bold dress form or in a more subtle version with a checkered top, solid print blazer and jeans.

Leather

Leather is transitioning its way from fall attire well into spring 2013 with newer styles and cuts to choose from. Keep it light weight with different brighter tones (neutral or even red leather works) and take advantage of the warm weather by incorporating the popular cut out look.

Faux Leather Cut out Crop top- Forever 21 $19.80

Faux Leather Cut out Crop top- Forever 21 $19.80

Leather Effect Shorts- Zara $60

Leather Effect Shorts- Zara $60

Florals

It wouldnt be spring without the incorporation of some florals. After all april showers do really bring may flowers! Pair them with neutrals for a flirty casual feel, or mix and match different floral prints for a different spin on the classic.

Scalloped Hem Floral Shorts- Charlotte Russe $24.99

Scalloped Hem Floral Shorts- Charlotte Russe $24.99

Garden Floral Infinity Scarf-Charlotte Russe $9.99

Garden Floral Infinity Scarf-Charlotte Russe $9.99

Black and White

Although its an unsual concept, the stark contrast provides a fresh new visual look for the season. Any shape or cut works as long as the color combo remains intact. Try a color blocked top that already incorporates the trend, or pair your own separate pieces for a cohesive look.

Black & White Georgette Top- Forever 21 $17.80

Black & White Georgette Top- Forever 21 $17.80

White Open Cutaway Blazer- Forever 21 $32.80

White Open Cutaway Blazer- Forever 21 $32.80

So their you have it! Just some of this seasons top trends to try and incorporate when styling yourself for spring. Remember to assess your items and utilize what you already own in order not to break the bank trying these out.

Spring into this seasons trends!

-Ari