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

25 Apr

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Fashion, Polyvore

“The geometry issue” by pensivepeacock on Polyvore

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Fashion

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

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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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

New Feature: The Shop Your Closet Challenge

6 Feb

I have been thinking about adding a new feature to this blog for a while, and i have finally come up with a concept! I wanted to do something that would be in line with the theme of the blog but that would also solicit the input of my readers. In came The Shop Your Closet Challenge.

The intent is that on a monthly basis i would feature someone new. Here are the requirements:
  • Select 1 to 3 inspiration outfits that you will recreate. They can be from anywhere you find them, be it magazines,¬†blogs, pinterest, store windows, etc..
  • Recreate the looks using what you already own. Sound familiar? yes, its what i do here on the blog! The looks don’t have to be the exact same as their inspiration outfits (if you read¬†my¬†blog¬†you know that¬†my¬†outfits are not always exactly the same as the inspirations) but you should be able to tell what inspired you about it. For example, maybe you’re recreating a trend you saw on a trend article, like 2012’s brocade trend, or a particular color combination.
  • Send me pictures of the inspiration outfits and their sources (i.e. links if from the web, magazine name and edition, etc…). Send pictures of you in your outfits. Send a paragraph or two ¬†explaining how you felt about the challenge, what you gained from it (if anything) and¬†what inspired you to pick¬†those outfits.

Simple as that! I think this will be a fun feature and i’m looking forward to seeing what you put together!

…but first, to get your inspiration going, i’ve asked my dear friend (and Editor in Chief of the blog 4 All The Single Ladees)¬†Hope Salley¬†to be my first participant.

Coral’s Inspirations: How¬†did you feel about the challenge, what did you gain from it (if anything) and¬†what inspired you to pick¬†those outfits?
Hope Salley: The Shop Your Closet Challenge allowed me to do something that I’m always scared to do when it comes to fashion – step outside of my box and try something new! I’ve always been worried about putting certain textures and colors together, like celebrities and runway models do,¬†without looking horrible. This challenge gave me the opportunity to do that and realize that I really do have the potential to experiement with fashion that’s in my own closet and actually be successful at putting together¬†a hot outfit!
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I loved how the dresses and coats from Rachel Zoe‚Äôs collection from New York Fashion Week last year provided movement, and the layering of clothing with multiple pieces, and pop of blue and fuchsia just did it for me.¬†Sass & Bide‚Äôs collection from this year’s London Fashion Week¬†is more on the sophisticated side, offering a little sleek, a little sexy and lots of sass. Similar to Rachel Zoe‚Äôs collection, I was pleased to see the flow of movement provided by feathered and sheer skirts. Black is and will forever be classy in my eyes, but the silver and white accented intricate designs gave the look lots of personality.
Rachel Zoe Collections Fall 2012

Rachel Zoe Collections Fall 2012

 

Sass and Bide London Spring/Summer 2013

Sass and Bide London Spring/Summer 2013

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I think Hope did a fantastic job of recreating her inspiration looks, what do you think? Let me know in the Comments! and if you are interested in participating please send me a note to CoralsInspirations {at} gmail {dot} com.

Animal Magnetism

16 Jan
Animal Magnetism - inspiration

Instagrammer @maddinka

Today’s inspiration outfit comes courtesy of Instagrammer @maddinka. If you’re on Instagram, be sure to check her out! I actually¬† saw maddinka’s outfit via the fashion magazine OOTDMagazine‘s Instagram page. They are a constant source of inspiration for me and where i find a lot of the bloggers i end up following. The outfit i put together is actually one that i’ve worn in the past. I was pleasantly surprised that an outfit similar to one i put together all on my own made it on OOTDMagazine and so without further ado…my outfit…rawwwwrrrrr

Animal Magnetism - full

Tahari coat, Renee New York via Daffy’s, H&M skirt, Rafaela blouse, August Silk cardi via Marshall’s, Steve Madden boots, Simply Vera – Vera Wang leather gloves via Kohl’sAnimal Magnetism - half front

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