5 Simple Ways to Help Protect Our Planet (and in some cases out wallets!)

25 Apr

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“The geometry issue” by pensivepeacock on Polyvore

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Tube Top: H&M || Skirt: Gap (this was a dress from a clothing swap, ofcourse ;) || Shoes: Gap Outlet Store

Today’s outfit post was inspired by Earth Day (and this Polyvore set), which just passed a couple of days ago on April 22nd. The pictures were taken at my friend’s building’s green roof. They are growing all sorts of wonderful veggies up there and when they are ready to be picked they will be distributed amongst residents and others interested in taking part in their share program. Pretty cool for a building in the middle of NYC, huh? So how can we do our little parts in helping to protect and preserve this wonderful planet of ours? Some things i already do are:

  • Carry a reusable water bottle instead of buying disposable bottles of water .
  • Bring my lunch to work in reusable tupperware. I save so much money by bringing my lunch and coffee/tea to work, its actually one of the tips i often give my clients that i advice financially.
  • Take part in clothing swaps. My readers will already know that this is one of my favorite ways to save money on clothing, but it’s also good for the environment because it keeps good clothing out of land fills.

But, speaking of clothing and textiles, did you know that those should be recycled too?! For some reason this is one thing i had not thougth to do before. We all know that recycling bottles and news papers is a great way to protect our environment and are pretty familiar with how to do it, but i find that clothing and textiles are not as easy to know what to do with. So for my 5th simple way to help protect our environment, which i will have to start to do too:

  • Find a clothing and textiles recycling program near you. According the non-profit organization GrowNYC ʺNYC residents discard 193,000 tons of textiles every year.ʺ And thats only one city! GrowNYC has a clothing and textiles recycling program, and according to them these items are either donated to be reused if it’s in good condition, or it is sold to be reincarnated into a plethora of things, such as rags.

So what are some ways you take care of our lil’ ol space in space?

Yours in Inspiration,

Wendy Coral

P.S. The cute dog, location and pictures were all courtesy of my my friend Josie Bisono, whom took the Shop your Closet Challenge a few posts ago :). Thanks for being such good sports, Rocky and Josie!

How to Wear Spring’s Bermuda Shorts Trend

17 Apr

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I was so glad to find that bermuda shorts are one of this Spring’s style trends. I bought these white ones from H&M last summer on clearance, but its one of those items that once i had it home i was not sure how to wear. I think i might have worn them once and then they got relegated to the bottom of my drawer.

Bermuda Shorts Trend

Peter Som, Rag & Bone, DKNY, spring 2013

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“fushia” by feeya on Polyvore

As soon as i saw this inspiration outfit on Polyvore i saved it to my Pinterest account. I finally found an interesting way to wear my shorts! You guys know that i love outfits that mix styles and this outfit is no different, combining the sleek silk fuchsia top with the casual denim bermuda shorts. Its a home run in my book!

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Are you into Spring’s bermuda shorts trend, or do you still prefer a short short?

Yours in Inspiration,

Wendy Coral

Galaxy Print Trend, Yay or Nay?

10 Apr
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Not only does this trend make want to sing “Intergalactic, planetary, planetary, planetary, planetary Intergalactic”, which for the uninitiated is the song titled Intergalactic by the beastie boys…but also brings me back to a time filled with scrunchies, neon, cut up and beaded tees, and black and white striped spandex pants that your mother brought home from her factory job…oh wait, was that just me? I digress.
At least these prints appear to be a bit more of a realistic and sophisticated itiration. I mean, just take a look at this vest worn by Luke Perry in the 90′s:
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And to think, i thought he was hot in 90210. I think for now the closest i’ll get to wearing such a funkyfied print is this gorgous dress from Apartstyle whose print actually reminds me of the ocean; but don’t be surprised if in a future post you find me rocking some spacial threads!
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So what’s your take on the galaxy print trend?
Yours in inspiration,
Wendy Coral

The Shop Your Closet Challenge: Josie Bisono

3 Apr

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In an effort to spend less and save more, my dear friend and fellow fashionista Josie Bisono has decided to take on the challenge to shop her own closet as much as possible for the rest of year, only adding pieces when absolutely necessary. To get her started on her quest I challenged her to style one article of clothing that she already owns 3 different ways; I figured this would help get her creative juices flowing and be a catalyst for staying on track with her goal. She chose to style a leatherette peplum top that’s been hiding in her closet since she bought it a few months ago. Many thanks to Josie for fearlessly taking on this challenge, and letting me document it publicly!

Yours in inspiration,

Wendy Coral

JB: Months ago when I bought this gorgeous faux leather peplum top by Gracia I was so excited with the many possibilities on how I would wear it, unfortunately It ended up sitting in the back of my closet waiting for the right occasion that never seemed to come. So I took on the challenge given to me by my fellow fashionista and finally decided to dust it off and create a few of the looks I had in mind.

 

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JB: I immediately loved the idea of creating a casual look for the very structured leather top. I paired it with some pinky peach skinny jeans from the Gap, added a colorful turquoise necklace that I purchased a few years ago at Banana Republic and added some fun snake print pointy toe pumps from Stewart Weitzman to complete the look. I would also change the shoes and wear flats or gladiator sandals for an even more casual look. In this outfit I picture myself meeting the girls for casual drinks at our favorite bar.

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JB: This time around I wanted to keep the look a little trendier so I went with these black and white leggings that I picked up in a boutique in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. I actually wore them last year on my birthday with a bright blue silky top for contrast. The leggings are so cute and fun that I was dying to wear them again with the peplum top. I added sexy booties from Ann Taylor, a stack of gold bracelets by Amrita Singh and a pretty gold necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane for a fun and trendy night outfit. You can also stay on trend by adding a bright pump and clutch for a pop of color.

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JB: This look to me says sexy sophisticated lady. I bought this gray BCBG power skirt to add to my work wardrobe but since it’s such a versatile piece I wanted to try it out with the peplum top for a work to drinks look. For work I would add a soft cardigan in a nice pop of color like pink (my favorite color) and add my black pumps. After 6pm I would slip into these hot cheetah print booties from Steven by Steve Madden purchased a few years ago by my sweet beau. I also added a cool tribal style necklace with hints of turquoise for a funkier look.

I had so much fun working with Wendy. It was great seeing my concepts finally come to life and I can’t wait to put together more looks…or help style whoever is ready and up for the challenge next! 

Sweat the Details

27 Mar

Grey Sweater + Leather Skirt - front edited

Today’s outfit is again inspired by a page in the March 2013 issue of Marie Claire. I was not kidding when i said last week that i love the magazine and found this issue quite inspiring, In fact i may just style one more look from this issue but i’m undecided…you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out!

Grey Sweatshirt and Leather Skirt

This Marie Claire page advertised looking luxe for less, but i managed to create the look for wayyyy less…by using what i already own! The sweater i wore is from Zara, the leatherette skirt is from Apartstyle, the mules are DKNY via Gilt.com.

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The necklace is from Zara and the bracelet was a christmas gift and unfortunately i’m not sure where its from. I really love the way this outfit turned out. If you have been recently inspired by a look in a favorite magazine and were able to recreate the look, do share in the comments!

Yours in inspiration,

Wendy Coral

Knit Pick

20 Mar

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I swear i have the best friends ever! I was recently invited by a good friend of mine to attend an event hosted by Citibank and House Beautiful where interior designers had the chance to decorate empty apartments in a newly constructed building. As guests, we were able to explore the apartments and get up close and personal with the beautiful items used, while snacking on some delish drinks and appetizers created by mixologists and chefs specifically for this event. All of the apartments looked like scenes for an upcoming issue of House Beautiful, which i think was the idea. It was truly inspiring the see all that good design in person. But the benefits of attending this event don’t end there…no siree. When we got our coats from the coat check an extremely heavy goodie bag was handed over with them that contained none else but the March issue of one of my favorite fashion magazines, Marie Claire. It was the treasure trove of inspiration i expected it to be. Today’s inspiration comes from their 101 Ideas column which was chock full of ideas for wearing Spring trends. Not surprisingly, i was drawn to all the knit items on this page…seeing as i love to crochet and all, and also not surprising is that i had the perfect knit top to rock for the shoot.

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It’s Electric

13 Mar

Blog Inspiration Photos

My friends and i recently had a clothing swap where i acquired the green striped button up that i’m wearing in today’s photos. As times have gotten harder financially, and we’ve grown older and wiser, we’ve become more interested in finding ways that we can spend time together without spending a fortune. Admittedly in our younger years one of our favorite pass times was “window shopping”, and the reason i put that in quotation marks is because we rarely only looked at clothes from the windows. We were more likely to spend way more than our budgets allowed on impromptu shopping sprees. I’ve benefitted quite a bit from our new found interest. Quite a few of the pieces i’ve styled for the blog have come from clothing swaps, and friend’s no-longer-want piles, like the shirt in this post and the short sleeve sweater in this post. If you and your friends are looking for creative ways to add new pieces to your closets and save money all at once, i highly recommend doing clothing swaps! You can even take them one step further by timing them with each season.

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This bright green J Crew button up truly came just in time for me. Turns out electric colors are right on trend for Spring 2013. I paired it with a navy cable knit sweater from Gap, Mossimo boyfriend jeans from Target, nude Dolce Vita pumps via Marshall’s, and tiny shoulder bag from Zara. The gorgeous necklace is Amrita Singh via Gilt.com.

Are you inspired to plan a clothing swap with your friends? If you do, come back and share all your great finds!

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