Lusting for Leather

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I love leather. It’s got to be one of my favorite materials. It can take something simple and turn it into something magical. It’s that stand out fabric that doesn’t have to try that hard. It takes little accessorizing or thinking about what to wear with it because leather and a simple tee is all you need to be a model off duty. And boy do I miss it. It’s hot hot hot here in California, but I’m dreaming of cozying up to my leather pieces. So I decided to bust them out before the weather has cool and give them a spin that’ll work with the heat. Pairing a boho-feeling, white blouse with my leather mini and some slip-ons creates a perfect ensemble for this time of fashion transition. 

What I’m Wearing

Blouse: Monteau

Skirt: Forever 21

Shoes: ASOS

Sunnies: Ray-Ban

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Ankle-grazing Glory

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These pants though; what a seriously good Forever 21 find. Soft, silky material, comfy fit, and an up-and-coming pant trend, these babies have everything I could ask for and more in something that covers my gams. I’m obsessed and hopefully you are too; this is the first feature of these pants and Manic and definitely not the last. Don’t worry – variations and creativity to come.

Shirt: Joie

Pants: Forever 21

Shoes: Superga X The Man Repeller

Watch: Michael Kors

Bracelets: Alex and Ani

Anything but Basic

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There’s something about statement, bold prints that I just can’t get away from. I’m constantly thinking ‘buy more basics’ when shopping online or skipping through the mall. But I can’t help myself; I guess I’m just not a basic bitch. I love mixing prints and layering pieces over pieces over pieces. I love things like a printed, shift dress, like this one from Soft Joie. It’s perfect enough to stand alone. But ‘one is the loneliest number,’ so why wear one piece of clothing when you could wear two or three or four. If I’m going to go basic, it still has to have pizazz. I’m thinking a monochromatic look with bold shapes or an overdose of accessories or those layers I mentioned before.

What I’m Wearing
Dress: Soft Joie
Vest: Nordstrom
Shoes: Steve Madden
Tear Drop Necklace: Nordstrom
Voila Necklace: Forever 21

 

Not Just for Running

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Myth: You cannot wear athletic shoes with your everyday outfits. It’s true – we’re obsessed. Something about the combination just screams cool-girl style. And to be completely honest, we want it, so we ordered some for ourselves just a little while after being inspired by all the fashionistas, bloggers, celebrities, and editors running around in their Nikes and New Balances this year at NYFW. We don’t really like the whole running thing, but we love the idea of it so we’ll wear the shoes and pretend like we’ve actually been to the gym in the last year (or so…).

Looking to try out this trend? Keep a few things in mind. First of all, go for athletic looking sneaker that are still stylish like these shown in the pictures below. Keep the rest of your outfit very polished and sleek. Try tailored boyfriend jeans with a gorgeous blouse or pair them with an always-feminine skirt. Check out some inspiration below from fashionistas currently wearing the trend and outfits styled by Manic.
Stay Manic,

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