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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 ūüėČ || 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  ļNYC residents discard 193,000 tons of textiles every year. ļ 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

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

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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!

Graphically Contrasted

6 Mar

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One of my favorite Spring trends is using high contrast colors to create a graphically impactful look, and my favorite colors to do this with are black and white. I find that wearing these two colors together looks so chic. I have previously posted an outfit with these two colors and will probably be creating looks using them over and over, so i certainly hope you don’t mind them!

Black and White - front edited

Today’s outfit also has the added trend of graphic prints in the striped Tory Burch blouse that i got at a sample sale long ago. The pants i bought at a discount boutique in Manhattan’s Financial District named Dijon, and the shoes are Rose Gold via Last Call by Neiman Marcus.

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If you’re curious about this Spring’s trend, take a look at this article by one of my favorite sources, Harper’s Bazaar.

 

Bacio,

Wendy Coral

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