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

25 Apr

Fashion

Fashion, Polyvore

“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!

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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!

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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

Solid Gold

27 Feb

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I loved working on the last two DIY posts, and i’m looking forward to posting more DIY on here, but working on today’s outfit post just felt like a homecoming. So without further ado…today’s outfit post.

I’ve been noticing a lot fashionistas rocking oversized sweaters. All of the inspiration photos below are from Pinterest.

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They look so cute and comfy and i wanted one of my very one, so I kept my eyes peeled for one to buy that wouldn’t be too expensive. Well recently i took a trip to a discount store near my job called Lot Less and what should i find but the most amazing oversized¬†gold¬†sweater by Anne Klein. The original price tag on the Anne Klein online store is $119 and i bought it for a whopping $14.99, not bad huh? I love how versatile it is, i’ll be able to wear it more casually during the day say with some jeans and flats or by night the way i’ve styled it for the post. The leggings are from Zara (similar) and the booties are Calvin Klein…two Kleins in one outfit!

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What do you think of oversized sweaters? Are you as in love with them as i am?

 

Bacio,

Wendy Coral

 

Quintessentially British

9 Jan

I’m not gonna lie to you guys, the past couple of shoots have tested my cold tolerance since i’ve chosen outfits that were not exactly covering my limbs. For this outfit i set out in search for something more appropriate for shooting outdoors in cold weather. An internet search for winter 2012 trends led me to this Glamour Magazine UK article. They call the look Quintessentially British and say this about how to put this look together:

Sturdy leather boots, Fair Isle knits, the classic flat camp, tweeds, heavy-duty knitwear and colours that channel British heritage (royal blue, pillar box red).

And here is the outfit they chose to represent the look

Inspiration Outfit || Glamour Magazine UK

Inspiration Outfit || Glamour Magazine UK

So i thought to myself, i could totally pull this off! I have a “pillar box red” t-shirt ¬†I could wear, and a pair of pants that i recently bought at Zara (they’re 50% off!) that i thought would work great. Add to that my Sharagano Atelier plaid blazer, benetton tweed coat and most definitely sturdy¬†Ink leather boots and we’ve got something. While doing the shoot i even got inspired to style it two ways, one styled more similarly to the inspiration outfit and one with my jacket buttoned up. Which is your favorite?

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An Ode To Audrey

2 Jan

My inspiration for today’s outfit came from one of my favorite instagramer’s new shop, apjshop. Check it out:

 

Inspiration Outfit || Part of instagramer Instapam's new clothing shop, apjshop

Inspiration Outfit || Part of instagramer Instapam’s new clothing shop, apjshop

What i liked about the outfit aside from the fact that i have a very similarly shaped blouse and a tule skirt, is that the shape of the blouse is reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s style. I love the simplicity and elegance this outfit exudes, just like miss Hepburn herself.

 

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My top is Kensie and was part of a dear friend’s donation pile a while back, and she thought it would be perfect on me. The skirt is from Strawberry. It used to be tiered the way the skirt in the inspiration outfit is, but after a while i felt it was too short on me so i had my mother take it apart and sew it back together into the shape you see today. I am lucky gal to have a seamstress at my fingers tips for…well…whenever she feels like helping a sister out. What do you think of my outfit? how well did i recreate the look?

Bisou,

Wendy Coral

 

Shine Bright Like A Diamond

26 Dec

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First and foremost, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

This time of year is truly my favorite. I love gathering with family and friends, and friends that are family, and sharing lots of food, fun and laughter. This time of year also means lots of parties, and usually gives me the desire to go shopping for something pretty and sparkly. Well it turns out i can subside the feeling for just a bit longer. One of my favorite bloggers,¬†Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere, recently posted an article on holiday outfits where she wore a pretty sequined top that reminded me of a very similar one i bought over the summer at Goodwill, i also happen to have a black circle skirt like the one she wore that i got from Apartstyle a while back. Once i saw her outfit i knew i had to recreate the look. I paired the outfit with some patent leather Anne Klein pumps that i got via TJMaxx¬†and was really happy with the outcome. If you’re wondering how i did my hairstyle, check out this great and very easy YouTube video. What will you be wearing this holiday season?

 

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