Fashion Moment: Espadrilles

Fashion Moment: Espadrilles

Last week when I went shopping for new work flats, I noticed that Espadrilles were really having a Fashion Moment this spring. Espadrilles have been around for a while, but for some reason they seem to be back in style more than ever this year. I've especially been drawn to espadrille flats, they just seem so comfy and versatile as they come in a variety of materials and patterns and styles, but what exactly is an espadrille?

An Espadrille is

defined

as canvas shoe with a sole made of twisted (jute) rope. It is usually a casual shoe, although they can also be found as wedges and high-heels, but either way, they will have the defining characteristic of the twisted rope sole. This style of shoe

originated

in the 14th century in Spain and France, so yea these aren't anything new, but they are a perfect staple to add to your Spring wardrobe this year.

Among my favorites are the classic two toned espadrilles (like the ones shown above) as well as some of the more "modern" ones with fade bold stripes and the ones that have a perforated upper. I also love some of the more fun ones with sparkles and appliqués added and the sneaker ones seem like a good idea too. The number one on my wish list though is

this

(shown below) embroidered pair from Forever 21. They are just the perfect espadrille for Spring, aren't they?

Fashion Moment: Espadrilles

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Do you support this Fashion Moment? Share your thoughts with me in the comments and link your favorites for the season. I can't wait to see which ones you guys are keeping your eye on. 

Love,

Astrid

In The Trenches

In The Trenches

First off I want to say Happy St. Paddy's Day (recently learned Patty's is incorrect LOL). Anyway, I am excited to share this post with you because I haven't done a fashion post in so long. A few weeks ago, I went out shopping with my sister and noticed that as stores were bringing in their new Spring clothing, a lot of trench coats were popping up.

I don't know about you, but I do love me a good trench coat. They are super versatile and just look good with anything (IMO). They are lightweight and perfect for the warm LA nights out yet hold up in the rain as well (my bestie from Seattle can attest to this). 

This year though, trench coats seem to have gotten a bit of a makeover. Usually when you think of a trench coat you thing of the usual beige long trench coat that belts at the waist. At the stores however, I saw trench coats in all different colors, particularly pastels. There were also navy blue and gray ones and some even came in this really nice faux suede fabric. 

They are also coming in different lengths and styles. Some come in a slouchier style, sometimes with no buttons or with only a few. I honestly can't wait to get my hands on one. My favorites so far come in the shorter, slouchier variety and in dusty grays and blues. A trench coat is definitely a staple I think ever woman should have in her closet, and its nice that with these "twists" to the classic trench coat can adapt to each woman's individual style. 

What do you think about these new trench coats? Which ones do you have your eye on? 

Love,

Astrid

OOTD: Letters at the Beach

I've been trying to post this Outfit of the Day since Monday, but work and my computer decided otherwise. Work kept me busy, but iPhoto decided to give me a heart attack telling me I had lost these pictures. Thankfully, I found a blog that explained how to recover the pics. Anyway, last Sunday, I finally got myself to the beach. Even though I live in California and the beach is only a short drive away, I usually get busy or plans to the beach fall through. But glad Labor Day weekend came around and my mom and sister decided it was a great time to go to the beach (even with the crowds). 

I took the opportunity that I was going to the beach to do a little mini photoshoot of my outfit. I knew that after the beach there was a good chance that we would go to Third Street Promenade to the shops so I wanted to dress for the beach, but also look cute enough to walk around the shops. I don't own an official coverall and I wasn't really liking how my shorts were looking that day, but then I remembered I had this skirt. And with my bikini top it worked. I also took the opportunity to wear my new sandals from 

Shoedazzle

.

Here is a closer look of my bathing suit top. I got it a Nordstrom Rack on clearance back in July when I went up to Northern California for the wedding I worked. I love how bright it is and that it is not the typical black bikini. I had initially had some other suit in mind, but ended up finding this one and loved it. I love that I can also wear it as a flirty crop top. I also decided to wear my shades from H&M since I decided to give my contacts another try (much better this time). It definitely was a good idea since the sun was in my face most of the time. Also, how beautiful does that water (and kelp LOL) look?! We went up closer to Malibu where the beaches seem to be a bit nicer. 

Here is a closeup of my skirt which is from 

Forever21

. It has the letters A, B and L stamped all over it. I love how it fits since it make my waist look tiny and gives the illusion that I have abs (still in progress) LOL. It's also a really light denim which is perfect for sunny days like Labor Day Sunday.

Lastly, here are my sandals. I got them along with two other pairs when I signed up as a VIP at

Shoedazzle

 (I'm not sponsored by them FYI). I needed sandals and was obsessively trying to find silver ones, so when I saw that I could get 3 pairs for $40, I jumped on it. I actually ended up only paying $30 since I had a $10 credit so, HOLLA! Anyway, these are the silver ones that I got. They are very cushiony and are actually silver and slightly gold. They are very stripy, but can easily be dressed up or down. And I've gotten a couple compliments at work about them :) 

Even though summer is almost over, I do live in California so I will probably be going back a few more times before it gets a bit chillier. Let me know in the comments what you think about my beach outfit. I'm also curious what you've worn to the beach or if you have any cute suggestions for coveralls! Also let me know any trends you'd like me to try or anything else you'd like me to feature on the blog. 

Love,

Astrid

Favorite Emmy's 2014 Looks

So I was going to make this a Trendy Tuesday post since it is very fashion related, but then I thought, well there are some dresses I loved that didn't necessarily fall into one of the trends of the night. Some trends I did like were the full skirts and the white and red ones, but then there were some I liked simply because they were gorgeous or were on women I admire in the industry. Also there are some looks that don't fall into the red carpet looks of the night, but were part of the after party celebration and even one that was exclusive to a Yahoo! Live host.

Oh and one thing you must know about me, if you haven't been informed already, is that I love Love, LOVE awards shows! Of course I love seeing the parade of beautiful dresses and all that fashion/beauty jazz, but I also watch them for the awards since I do work and aim to work in the Entertainment Industry. But this post is about fashion. And since this is the second post for today, and simply because I want to let the dresses speak for themselves, I will be keeping it short. Anyway, here are my nominees for best dresses(note I didn't say dressed, it is not a typo):

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I think Sarah Hyland pulled off the crop top/full skirt trend perfectly! She looks elegant, but also fun and flirty. Best of all, she looks her age and the color really highlights her skin tone. I also love that she proved us shorties can do the long skirt look and not look like the fabric swallowed us or like we are playing dress up. And this is such an easy look to recreate!

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I know this look got Allison Janney on the worst dressed list, but I disagree. While I'm seldomly a fan of velvet and would have reserved that fabric for say the Oscars, when the weather tends to be on the cooler side, this dress made me have a huge girl crush on her. Not only is she a talented actress, but she is also someone who has aged well, elegantly and gracefully! The color and fit are just amazing on her.

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FabSugar

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While I did love

Sofia Vergara

's white dress, I felt it too predicatable and wasn't wowed by it. Plus we know she is gonna look gorgeous. However, the dresses above were among my favorite. Camila Alves just looks so elegant and flawless, and her arm candy looked quite dashing as well! He might not have won for his role in True Detective, but in the men's fashion cateogory, he is #1(Also love that Woody Harrelson doned a similar suit in burgundy). As for Kate Mara, it too is elegant, but with a bit more of edge, very much fitting of her. And hot damn Kristen Wiig! She really keeps wowing me each time with her red carpet looks. This one is elegant, but so sexy. Another white dress I loved is this one:

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I mean how sexy is this dress on Michelle Monaghan?! It's so elegant and simple, but somehow it works. The slit up the leg makes sure it doesn't become just a bland column dress. The top is simple and conservative, but yet it complements her body and again, the slit helps it from being a bit Amish. Whatever the reasons, I love it.

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I know a lot of people commented on how much Claire Danes' dress looked like Kim K's dress, but in my opinion, it looked better on this woman who actually has talent. Red just looks great on her and I love how elegant it looks on her. It is one of the many red dresses that walked the red carpet, but one of my two most favorited red ones. 

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Trendencias

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This is my second favorite red dress of the night. Like I said earlier, full skirts were very popular on the red carpet! I always love what January Jone's wears. She tends to choose very futuristic, slightly avant-garde gowns, but somehow she pulls them off with such elegance instead of looking odd (i.e. Bjork's weird swan dress). I love the texture/detail in the dress and the fact that the underlining is visibly black. The fit is just great, fitting her like a glove.

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Perez Hilton

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Talking about full skirts, I really loved Allison Williams' dress! It had that classic silhouette, but gives it a twist with the printed bodice. I love the different colors used within the dress and that its not just another typical generic ball gown.

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FabSugar

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As far as after party dresses go, Anna Camp's is my favorite!! It's just so ethereal and pretty to look at. It fits her like it was meant for her, but I love that it doesn't come off looking wedding-y nor does it wash her out. I just can't stop staring at it!

Me, a week ago, at work

 Last but not least, I loved Taryn Southern's look if only because it was almost identical to an outfit I wore last year and which I got lots of compliments on. Since I was at work when the Emmy's and red carpet started, I was tuned into the Yahoo! Live red carpet and saw that Taryn basically stole my look lol. But that's ok because I've long been a fan of hers and she looked great.

Of course, I didn't mention all the looks I liked since, as you can see, there were plenty. Some of the other ones I really liked were

Lizzy Caplan

's,

Anna Gunn

's and

Natasha Lyonne

. I must say though, there were not many dresses I disliked this year. At least from what I saw, most people dressed up great, and those who didn't, just looked plain, but rarely outrageously terrible.

So what were some of your favorite looks? Do you like the ones I picked? Let me know in the comments below. I'm interested to see what you guys have to say about the Emmy's red carpet fashion this year.

Love, 

Astrid