Urban Renewal

Urban Renewal by lovelatorri on polyvore.com

This lookbook is comprised of different ensembles created for the modern city girl. Urban areas usaully boast a very edgy sophisticated sense of style and that's what I wanted to illustrate with the looks in this collection. Animal print, leather, and fur are reoccurring themes in each look because to me those are the elements that epitomize edgy sophistication. I hope that you enjoy the looks and feel free to leave comments below! 


Cheetah Girl

                        Fashion Facts :: Dress: Phillip Lim for Target :: Shoes: Charlotte Russe

 I first became acquainted with Phillip Lim when I saw one of his beautiful handbags in a magazine. I immediately went to Google to find out where I could purchase one but the $825 price tag quickly calmed my exuberance, so, when I learned that he was creating a collection for Target I was excited to say the least. I wasn't able to make it to Target when the collection was first released, so I was positive that all of the pieces would be sold out by the time I got there. Almost a month after the collections debut, the last dress in the store just happened to be my size and it was marked down for less than half of the original price...it was a match made in heaven. All of the handbags were sold out as I had imagined, but I'm still determined to get my hands on one sooner or later. I love that the animal print of this dress isn't the typical brown and black, the vibrant royal blue and mustard orange assists in creating the fun sophisticated look that Phillip Lim is known for. Its made of a great material and can be styled many different ways. I was torn between pairing this dress with brown, nude, or blue pumps and as you can see... the blue won because they compliment the dress well. This dress also features side ruching which helps to create a very flattering silhouette for virtually any body type. I would have liked to have found the skater skirt that was in this same print along with the pop art themed sweatshirt from the collection but I guess it just wasn't meant to be. I wasn't always a fan of certain designers collaborating with stores because I felt that they were devaluing their brand. A part of the joy in owning a designer piece whether its a dress, shoes, or a handbag is the exclusivity of it. If you really think about it, the majority of the iconic fashion houses and designers such as Dior and Chanel to name a few, have maintained through the ages because their lofty price tags make them exclusive, thus creating a special moment when purchasing from their collections. After gaining a little more insight on marketing in the fashion industry I understand the genius of designers creating collections for stores like Target. Its a marketing goldmine because it not only introduces the collaborating designer to the average shopper, by putting the ordinarily unattainable items at an affordable price point an increase in revenue can be expected because your able to move more units. In a few weeks (17 days to be exact) Isabel Marant will be releasing a collection for H&M and I cannot wait. Since H&M has made online shopping available for US costumers, I will be in front of my computer when the clock strikes twelve on November 14th trying to score a few things from her collection.  If I'm successful in my acquisition of a treasure from the Marant collection I'll be sure to share, until then happy shopping!

                                                                                                              - L.A.S.

Chanel Chic

Fashion Facts:: Jacket: Anne Klein :: Top: Ross :: Skirt: Ross :: Shoes: Simply Vera by Vera Wang :: Ring: Macy's

We all know that Mrs. Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel was the queen of the tweed jacket, and that's exactly what I thought of when I saw this pink, gray, and white bouclĂ©  piece by Anne Klein. I'm a lifelong fan of Chanel and I think its pretty safe to say that she's apart of the top 5 on the list of my favorite designers. Chanel is the epitome of classic, chic women's fashion and many of her signature pieces, like the bouclĂ© jacket, can easily be dressed up or down to create a sophisticated look. I decided to dress this jacket down and paired it with a simple white tank and a dark denim pencil skirt. These amazing pumps by Vera Wang complete the look. I love the spikes on the heel of the shoe and I thought that they added a bit of edge to this outfit. I added the pearl ring in the spirit of all things Chanel. This look would be great for school, a lunch date, or a casual day at the office.

                                                                                                                          - L.A.S.

Lady in Leather

Fashion Facts:: Blazer: Forever21 :: Top: Old Navy :: Skirt: Rena Rowan :: Shoes: Karolyn

This is a great look to wear for a night out on the town. I'm slightly obsessed with leather right now and I was on the hunt for a great leather skirt that wasn't to bulky or over priced. Luckily I found this gem over the summer for an obscenely low price and I've been excited to wear it ever since. Leather and faux leather have been huge in fashion lately and the trend won't be going away any time soon. I was never really a fan of leather until its recent return to the fashion forefront. I've always thought of it as being big and bulky but, recently I've been seeing pieces that are actually quite the opposite. Leather can be paired with just about anything to create a fun grown up look. I paired the skirt with a polka dotted tank and a black blazer that I got from Forever21. I added the black and white shell clutch just to add a bit of interest to the look and the fun suede zipper pumps for a bit of texture. What are your thoughts on leather...are you fan, do you prefer faux leather because your an animal lover? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below this post. Enjoy the rest of your day!

                                                                                                                          Be blessed, 

Fall Florals

Fashion Facts:: Top: BCBG Max Azria :: Skirt: Forever21 :: Jacket: Forever21 :: Shoes: Steve Madden :: Watch: New York & Company

This skirt is one of my favorites and has been for awhile now. The colors in the flower print make the possibilities virtually endless. For years, floral prints have been regarded as something that is strictly for the spring and summer but, not anymore. Floral printed pieces have been popping up in stores in beautiful fall hues and will continue to be popular into the winter months. I decided to accent the gold tones in the skirt with a gold skinny belt, watch, and bronze heels. The trench coat was a great finishing piece that tied the entire look together. What do you think about floral prints for the the fall and winter? 

                                                                                                                    - L.A.S.

Fresh Princess

Fashion Facts:: Blouse: Thrifted :: Skirt: Forever21 :: Belt: Gift :: Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita :: Clutch: Ross

This silk shirt stood out to me for obvious reasons, the print is very late 80's early 90s but I love it none the less. I purchased this combo during the summer but I couldn't wear it until the heat subsided because silk and leather in the summer is a heat stroke waiting to happen. I wanted the blouse to be the focal point so the other pieces are black, with the exception of the polka dot belt. 90s fab isn't my typical style (I'm usually more June Cleaver than Pamela James) but, dressing outside of your comfort zone every now and then is fun way to try new styles. I often stress dressing the part of a child of God, but, you should never turn your nose up on someone who doesn't fit your idea of what that should look like. While you can glean a lot of information about someone based on how they dress, you never really know who someone is until you sit down and get to know them, and lets face it, even then you only know what they want you to know about them. I remember being out with a friend a few years ago and seeing two women in the distance wearing skirts that swept the ground. My initial thoughts were "hey, I'm one of you!" but when they got closer they gave me the "I'm judging you face" and quickly squelched my feelings of comradery. I thought that I looked quite nice in my orange cardigan, denim skirt and brown peep-toe wedges (I don't know why I still remember what I was wearing, that's just how my mind works) but they obviously thought otherwise. My skirt may not have been as long or as loose as theirs but I considered it to be just as appropriate . The devil himself could be donning the most modest of fashions and that wouldn't make him any less treacherous just like a girl with a hemline a little to high above her knees doesn't make her any less of a believer if that's what she is. The most important component in being a believer isn't your wardrobe, but rather, your relationship with Christ. Everybody is on a different level in their walk with Christ and that shouldn't effect you or your relationship with Christ in the least (See Romans 15). If someone isn't a believer and your trying to encourage them to become one, judging them isn't going to help, after all its easier to catch bees with honey than with an upturned nose. I guess the moral of this story is that while dressing appropriately counts for something, it hardly counts for everything in the grand scheme of things. God judges your heart so, the condition of your heart should always take precedence over your outfit if you ask me.

                                                                                                                Be Blessed, 
                                                                                                                     - L.A.S.

Tartan Time

             Fashion Facts: Jacket: Forever21 :: Top: H&M :: Skirt: Thrifted :: Shoes: Forever21

The cooler temperatures are finally starting to settle in here in the DMV, and while its still tolerable, its definitely time to break out the jackets and blazers that have been on hiatus since last year. This is a lightweight waist length trench coat that I found at Forever21 a year or two ago. Its great for chilly, windy days like we've been having here recently. This skirt I've had for a few years now (luckily I can still fit it) and its one of my favorites. Tartan, or plaid, is one of my all time favorite fall trends. It can easily be dressed up or down and can be worn with an array of different colors or prints. I paired it with this mustard colored shirt to match the accent color in the skirt. Last week someone told me that they thought I dressed provocatively. My initial reaction was, "Who me?" but it caused me to closely examine myself and what I put on and the message that I'm sending. I never want to advertise something that's not for sale and I certainly don't want to promote a lifestyle other than the one that I strive to live for Christ. I honestly believe that the guy said that just to see what my reaction would be, nevertheless, I'm glad that he shared his thoughts because sometimes its necessary to closely examine both your actions and intent. I would much rather be noticed for my spiritual beauty, opposed to physical and so my actions and attire should mirror that. After all, its not like I'm still in high school and have my mother to telling me when something was too tight or short (which she loved to do by the way), its up to me to be cognizant of my image and the message that its sending. I'll try to be more aware of what I'm doing while getting dressed from now on. What crosses your mind while your getting dressed, are you aware of the message that your sending?

                                                                                                                           - L.A.S.

Hipster Hopeful?

         Fashion Facts: Jacket: Forever21 :: Turtleneck: BCBG Max Azria :: Skirt: Thrifted :: Socks: Jessica Simpson :: Pumps: Dolce Vita

This is a fun look that put me in the mindset of an edgy school uniform, I felt like I was apart of Jenny Humphrey's pop up fashion show (Gossip Girl reference). My apparel is quite simple in essence, but by adding the short lacy socks with the suede heels it creates a fun yet edgy twist to a classic look. When wearing skirts in the fall and winter months, great hosiery is a must because it can provide both warmth and style. While these particular socks are a little lacks in the warmth department, it adds a certain edge and uniqueness that this outfit wouldn't have without them.  I mentioned in a previous post that I'm not a huge fan of the hipster trend, and that it was another story for another time... well now is that time. What bothers me about "hipsters"is that these self proclaimed cool cats are appropriating a style of dress that African Americans made popular during the 1940s jazz age. If it wasn't bad enough that the style was being mimicked by unassociated onlookers in its heyday, 70 years later its originators still aren't being credited. Some may argue that the idea of fashion being appropriated is a bit dramatic because trends constantly come and go as time progresses. While this is true, its important to credit the source of your inspiration and truly understand it. Going to a thrift store to find suspenders to slap on under a chunky cardigan to wear to the local coffee shop does not give you automatic cool points. I understand that some people genuinely love the throwback fashions of the 40s and that's what drives your influenced fashion. If you are one of those people you may understand my sight annoyance with this trend, a true fan of the forties fashions will be wearing inspired pieces (or the real deal if your lucky) 20 years from now opposed to those who are just wearing something because its popular right now.  I'm not quite sure if I have an issue with the label "hipster" or the fashion band wagoners (if you will),  but either way, I can't wait for this trend to go away. No matter what is considered in vogue or on trend, what you wear and the way you dress should always be a reflection of your personal style and what makes you happy. Do not fall victim to fashions that have nothing to do with your lifestyle or what you like just because its trending at the moment. What are some of the trends of the moment that you find slightly irritating?
                                                                                                           - L.A.S.

Pretty in Pink

Fashion Facts: Cardigan: Merona :: Skirt: Thrifted :: Handbag: Louis Vuitton :: Shoes: Sam Edelman

Despite my love for feminine fashion, I've never really been a fan of the color pink. In fact, I'm quit sure that the skirt that I'm wearing in this post is the only pink that I have in my wardrobe. I was out thrifting with my mom a few weeks ago (I know, what else is new?!) when I came across this salmon pink knit skirt. I thought that it because its a muted tone it would be really pretty with a cream top and a brown leather jacket. As you can see I have the cream top but, I unfortunately lost the perfect brown leather jacket last year when I was out shopping with my sisters after only wearing it once. It still hurts til this day when I think about that jacket but I try to pacify the situation by hoping it found its way to someone who really needed it. Thankfully, its still not cold enough to breakout the leather jackets here in the DMV so I was able to do without it. My favorite part of this look is the shoes. These shoes have been on the top of my Amazon wishlist for over a year and I finally found them for less than half of the price! I think that the snake print in the shoes creates a great contrast in the sweet simplicity of the rest of the look. I can't wait to style these pumps with a few different looks. 
                                                                                                                Be Blessed, 
                                                                                                                           - L.A.S.