Mother of Dragons

This Scale Top from Akira inspired me to do a post about my all time favorite TV and book series, Game of Thrones. I saw this top and immediately had to have it, it's very wearable for everyday, but also avant garde and interesting. Of course, one of my favorite characters from the series is Khaleesi AKA Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, etc. and Mother of Dragons. Since the season seven trailer has recently been released, the timing of this top entering my wardrobe was perfect. The black scales hinted I could only be the biggest and baddest of Dany's dragons; the one and only Drogon.

The Look: Drogon is a fierce black and red dragon, often referred to as a winged shadow. He is scary and wildly untamed. Although this look is inspired by fantasy it is completely wearable for everyday. I love how the detail is exciting, but not overwhelming, so you can sit through the work day without distracting everyone around you. It's also a great look for weekends and evenings out. You can pair the top with a skirt, jeans, dressy shorts, virtually anything and it will go. Unlike the dragon, you won't scare anyone away. I paired the scale top with maroon pants and some stiletto booties. My favorite part is the complete badass vibe of it, it's definitely an edgy top that makes you look powerful, not unapproachable.

The Show: Game of Thrones is more than just my favorite show, it's my life. Getting lost in this fantasy world with dozens of characters and plot twists and dragons has truly consumed my existence. Without rambling on and on about how I think HBO can keep the show going on forever to keep me breathing, let's talk about what needs to happen this season.

  1. Epic Sea Battle: Euron Greyjoy is on his way to Dany, Dany's on her way to Westeros, they just have to meet up. Or will Daario betray her when Euron arrives in Mereen and lead him to attack her fleet from behind?
  2. Jaime turns on Cersei: Ever since Jaime met Brienne of Tarth, we saw another side of him. He is kind and much more than just a kingslayer. The look he gave Cersei at the end of season six has me feeling like he finally sees her for what she really is.
  3. Jon Snow learns his true parentage. It's only a matter of episodes from when we found out until he has to right? It's a simple TV algorithm.

Eventually: I could go on forever about my season seven predictions, but this isn't a fan fiction site, so I'll leave you with this, I had this thought recently and I don't see any other way of things working out. Eventually, Tyrion has to die in the end. As much as it pains me to admit it, it has to happen. If we've learned anything about this world, kinslaying is a serious crime in the eyes of gods and men, worse than kingslaying. Tyrion killed his father with no reason other than selfish motive. Sure, Tywin wasn't a good person, but at least the intent of Jaime's kingslaying was to prevent people from being burned alive. Thoughts? Let me know below!

 

Fashion Week Everyday



Another Fashion Month is coming to a close, leaving behind some amazing street style looks. In today's social media driven world, the styles and people you see attending the fashion shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris are equally as important as the fashion trends that strut down the runways. The influencers at these shows are incredibly inspiring and what makes them extra amazing is that most of them came from average lives just like you and I. They're not actresses, models, nor pop stars; they're just normal people with impeccable style that have been able to gain enormous followings on social media and expand their reach across the globe.

The fashion we see on the streets during fashion month is often bold, extravagant, and doesn't always translate well for the average person's life. It's possible, however; to gain inspiration for your daily wardrobe from these spectacular styles and make the looks work for your office, weekend, or formal settings.

Inspiration: Aimee Song @songofstyle

Style: Simple, elegant, chic

To recreate Aimee's look, you'll need to have a solid collection of basics. Of course, she throws in an amazing bold look every now and again, but her basics are always on point. Distressed denim is a staple piece that works in any casual setting and adds an edgy focal point to your look. Wear a solid colored bodysuit for seamless tucking, and finish the look off with a long coat or duster. Accessorize as you see fit and you're street style ready. Aimee's casual style is perfect for weekends and more laid back office settings.

Inspiration: Camila Coelho @camilacoelho

Style: Feminine, sophisticated, polished

Camila's style has a lot of different textures and prints that somehow come together to create a classy feminine look. She also uses layering in her outfits which makes everything look elevated. What you need to channel her style is one statement piece like a printed coat, a bold leather jacket, or an embellished dress. Layer your statement piece over your favorite turtleneck sweater (extra points if it has a texture) and tuck it into your skirt, jeans, culottes, or whatever bottoms you prefer. Keep your accessories minimal, depending on how loud your statement piece is, you won't want anything that will distract from it. A bright bag and some stunning ankle boots will be just right. Camila's style is great for work and evenings out.

Inspiration: Soraya Bakhtiar @sorayabakhtiar

Style: Bold, eclectic, edgy

Soraya has a unique style that is very fashion forward, complete with layers and multiple statement items. You can recreate her style while using your on personal touches to make heads turn in a positive way. If you have a wild and adventurous personality, show it! There is an exact science to dressing eclectic without over doing it. Start with a basic foundation; denim, a solid top, anything simple. Mix textures and prints that have similar color schemes or contain complementary colors. Accessorize with a fun quirky bag, and you're ready for anything the weekend brings.

My look is inspired by all of the above with some personal touches. I love graphic tees, especially ones that support causes and I also love pairing neutrals together. I added the tights to this look to give it some texture and edge up a basic pencil skirt.

 

Multi-masking

Multi-Masking

You may have heard of multi-masking before, putting multiple masks on the face simultaneously in different areas to target specific skin concerns. This method works great for combination skin types because you can address the dry and oily parts of your skin at the same time. However, that version of multi-masking isn't what I'm referring to, I'm talking about applying multiple masks back to back. Winter weather and the frequent rise and dramatic drops in temperatures we have been having lately wreak havoc on your skin, combined with day to day stress, hormones, and the fact that every second of the day your skin is aging, multiple conditions start to appear on the face as a whole. This new skincare trend helps to address all of your skin issues in the same day and help you achieve more radiant, fresh, and youthful skin. Set aside a weekend morning or a chunk of your evening before bed and your skin will become so glowy and refreshed that not even winter can bring you back to a dark and flaky place. Cleanse your skin first and let's get started!

Brighten: Exfoliating your dead flaking skin is key to achieving a healthier looking complexion. If you have a lot of dry patches, simply moisturizing them will only be a temporary fix, you need to rid yourself of the problem rather than covering it up. Shed that layer of dead skin cells with an exfoliating mask, I love the GlamGlow Flashmud Brightening Treatment. This mask works wonders battling dull skin and leaving you with a brighter complexion, but we still have more skin concerns to address.

Tighten: Aging skin is a huge concern and it's something you want to tackle head on as early as possible. They say after 25 your skin begins to lose elasticity at a more rapid rate than in your teens and early 20's. Yikes. I love masks that are made to plump up your skin, fill fine lines, and help boost collagen. Also tightening your pores is a must to help avoid breakouts and have a more youthful appearance overall. A great option for tightening and firming is the GlamGlow Gravitymud Firming Treatment, it's also super fun to apply and peel off when dry!

Hydrate: Lastly, nothing makes skin appear old and tired more than dryness. After you've exfoliated and firmed your skin, you'll need to replenish the moisture and leave your face looking quenched and phenomenal. A convenient option for restoring hydration is a sheet mask. One of my favorites is the Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask. You can even refrigerate these masks for a cooling an refreshing experience, and the cold temperature also helps boost absorption into your skin.

Brightening, tightening, and hydrating are only a few options you can target with multi-masking. Throw in a detoxifying or clearing mask, under eye masks, anything you feel your skin needs, and by the end of your regimen you will have a younger and healthier look.

Other Favorite Masks:

Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask- Hydration

Erborian Bamboo Waterlock Mask

Miss Spa Hydrate Sheet Mask

ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment

 

Going Nude

Send nudes. No, really please do. I'm not talking about inappropriate and unwanted photos, but rather neutral colors that really have my heart racing this season. I love how soft of these colors are while they maintain a modern and sophisticated vibe. They give almost any look an elevated feel, but when you wear them you're still an approachable human being.  Nudes ranging from pinky mauve, to true creamy nudes, to mocha are invading not only my wardrobe, but my nail polish and lipstick collections as well. There's no right or wrong when it comes to nudes, whether you're looking to go head to toe monochrome or do a little mixing and matching, here are some tips for flawless execution.

I know a major concern some people may have is that they will look washed out in an all neutral look. If  you have lighter hair, it's a definite possibility if you're not careful. I'd recommend staying away from cool tones are warming up your look in a mocha or tan nude. You can also emphasize your facial features using bold lipstick and cheekbone highlighter. There are a lot of tips and tricks for each unique skin tone, but you won't know what works best for you until you try!

If you have curves, nothing shows them off better than skin tight nudes. For any body type I'd suggest nudes that are about 1-3 shades darker thank your skin tone to avoid the question of whether or not you're wearing pants, if you're paranoid of that sort of thing. It is perfectly acceptable to wear something that is very close to your skin tone, it's super chic and creates a blank canvas on your entire body. As a blank canvas you can choose choose to emphasize certain features (face or body), and let statement jewelry or accessories pop.

You may not realize it, but there are a lot more to nude tones than beige and tan. There are numerous pinks and dusty mauves that fall into the nude category. You can mix and match these colors into your look, and you can pair them with virtually anything in your current wardrobe. These shades are everything right now, if you haven't tried them, what are you waiting for?

My Top Five Palettes for an Everyday Eye

Makeup has become one of my passions over the last several years. I’m a huge collector of eye shadow palettes and love creating unique looks mostly on the weekends. Lately, when I have extra time in the mornings I’ve been adding eye shadow to my morning routine and it’s so much fun to get to play with different looks even if they’re not super smoked out. If you love doing eye looks, but feel like you shouldn’t bring the drama at work, these five palettes (you may even have), work wonders for everyday looks as well as dramatic evening looks.

1) Becca Ombre Rouge Palette– This palette is tiny but packs a huge punch of versatility. How can only five shades do so much? It’s insane, but Becca put five very thoughtful and flattering essential shadows together. The shadows are so pigmented and buttery. If you’re looking for a warm tone palette that’s perfect for travel this is it!

Favorite Shades: 2, 4, and 5

2)Urban Decay Naked 2– Who said shimmers were only for the evening? The Naked 2 palette is full of shimmery shades that can be subtle enough for daytime and amped up for night. This palette also contains warm tones and includes essentials like a matte transition shade, a brow highlight, and a rich black.

Favorite Shades: Tease, YDK, Chopper, and Half Baked.

3) Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons– There are few things better than smelling chocolate as you prepare to start your day. This palette smells like chocolate. It contains a range of warm browns that are flattering staples for everyday as well as shimmers and a few cool tones. There are really endless possibilities for this palettes for day or night. The color range is really unique, but certainly wearable. And the chocolate scent is a mood booster for the Monday blues.

Favorite Shades: Almond Truffle, Bordeaux, Mocha, Earl Grey, and Divinity

4) The Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony– An all matte palette with an exceptional selection of transitional browns and statement making lid shades. This palette also includes your brow highlight and black shadow to finish off your eye look. These shadows are very matte so they might need a little extra blending, but they are very versatile and simply gorgeous for everyday.

Favorite Shades: Matt Lopez, Matt Rossi, Matt Moskowitz, and Matt Reed

5)BH Cosmetics x Carli Bybel Palette– Shadows and highlighters in one place? Yes, please! The mauve tones in the palette are a great alternative to the everyday browns and neutrals. There’s a great balance of matte and shimmer shadows and also four highlight shades to suit many skin tones and also double as eye shadows.

Favorite Shades: The whole top row

I hope you found this post useful for determining which palettes in your collection are appropriate for everyday work looks. If your favorites aren’t on this list comment below and tell me what they are!

Hello 2017!

Happy New Year and welcome back to From Beginning 2 Trend! The past couple months I've been on a little blogging hiatus in order to come back with better content that truly makes my heart happy. There will be some changes in content this year, and I've spent a lot of time deciding on exactly what sort of content I'd like to put out. Of course I will still post the trend adaptations which are characteristic of this site, but with all the changes in my life these past few months I want to do more. Here's a little look into what to expect this coming year.

1) Lifestyle oriented content: In addition to fashion posts, I will be including more categories from beauty and skin care to home and travel. When I initially began this blog, I wanted to discuss trends all across the board, but found it easier to talk about what I knew best which was fashion. When I style my photo shoots, a lot of prep goes into the makeup look I wear for each post, and I love makeup about as much as fashion so incorporating more makeup/beauty related posts is a no-brainer.

I became a home owner this past summer and I am obsessed with decorating and finding the perfect pieces for my home. It's a journey that's not going to be completed overnight as I am on the hunt for furniture and decor from yard sale apps, consignment stores, flea markets, etc. Finding a unique piece that I can put a personal spin on or give new life to with a fresh coat of paint is one of my newest passions and I'd love to share that with my amazing readers.

I don't travel too often, but one of my resolutions for this year is to have more adventures, explore new places, and spend time enjoying nature on this beautiful planet. Expect to see more travel and excursion posts.

2) Personalized twist: Rather than a cold and strictly informative blog, I want to incorporate more of myself into my writing. Of course I will still discuss fashion trends and how they work for different styles and places, but maybe I'll sprinkle in a little bit of my look, and some posts here and there about experiences and travels, maybe even some #ootd adventures.

3) No posting schedule: They say that things stop being fun when they start to feel like work. Last year I posted every Monday and by the fall it really started to feel like work especially while I had so many other things going on. This year I'd like to have a little more of a laid back approach and only blog when I have the inspiration to write a great article. It was becoming increasingly difficult battling the balance between getting content out there and not being 100% happy with it.

Those are the main changes you'll see this year as well as this amazingly customizable layout that I can't wait to play around more with. The inspiration for my outfit above came from the idea of a wintry glamour or a casual version of a snow queen.

Makeup Details:
Eyeshadow: mostly Kylie Cosmetics Holiday Palette
Lips: Retrograde by Lipland Cosmetics
Blush: Becca Cosmetics Tiger Lily
Foundation: Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
Highlight: The Balm Betty Loumanizer

Outfit Details:
Sweater: Similar
Dress: Similar
Boots: Similar

Embroidered Leather 1

A Garden of Embroidery + Announcement

Embroidered Leather 2

Leather jackets and mild weather go together like just about any famous duo you can think of. They won’t keep you warm in a snow storm and you’ll sweat bullets in the summer, but the fall and spring are the best times of year to layer with leather. This fall wear your jackets  with a twist. Embroidery has been huge these past few seasons from denim jackets, to floral embroidered jeans, and now leather jackets.

This fall fashion trend comes in different varieties and can fit all budgets. You can opt for a jacket with as much or little embroidery and embellishments you prefer. Pair it with a simple monochrome look underneath to allow the jacket to have a maximum impact. These floral and leather combinations work for all styles and many different occasions.

Announcement

To make a long story short, I am revamping this blog and will be back in the new year!

Thank you so much to everyone who visits, follows, likes, and shares this little blog of mine! You are loved and appreciated more than you can imagine. I feel like I’m doing a disservice to you all by not having the time nor putting in the same effort into each post as of late. In the past several months, my life has changed dramatically, for all very positive reasons. Although these changes have been exactly what I’ve wanted, they have a major demand on my time. Lately it’s almost as if I need to choose between my blog and other things that I also need/want to do. My list of house projects and wedding planning ideas as well as things for my new job are starting to become overwhelming, and I need to give them the time of day. I think the best thing is to take a short break and come back in January with a new look and fresh content. I do still love and enjoy blogging, but there are some things I haven’t been able to get done at home because of it. I’ve been looking to revamp and update my site for a while so over the next month and a half I will be working behind the scenes to get that done! I will still be posting on Wedding Wednesdays and make sure to follow me on Instagram because I will be actively posting there. If you have any suggestions for the new and improved From Beginning 2 Trend, let me know in the comments or on Facebook. See you in January!!

Fall Trend Blend

Trend Blend Fall 2016

Fall Trend Blend

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Combining multiple trends into an outfit might seem a bit daunting, but it’s actually very easy if you stay true to your personal style. For the fall fashion edition of my trend blend post, I’ve combined not only two, but three fashion trends into one look. You may have seen plenty of celebrities and bloggers wearing culottes this past spring and summer, and they’re still going strong in fall fashion. You can read about culottes in my blog post here.

Asymmetry is really having a moment this fall and can make a bold or subtle statement. For daytime or evening, this trend brings some dimension to your look without bulky accessories. Check out my post here to go more in depth on asymmetric shoulders.

Lastly, ankle boots are an absolute must have this fall season. They are perfect pairing for culottes now that the weather is getting colder, so your ankles are no longer exposed to the elements. I find that culottes and ankle boots work in favor of petite girls for a change. The block heel and the boot shaft make culottes appear as if they fall at a normal place on the leg rather than way down to the ground. The asymmetric top helps give the look a more street style vibe and shows a little bit of skin with your outfit.

My Outfit Details:

Jacket: Similar

Bodysuit: Here

Culottes: Similar

Ankle Boots: Sold Out


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Wedding Wedneday: The Search

Wedding Wednesday: The Search

Over the last month, we had the opportunity to check out one venue, which was sadly not on par to what I am envisioning. I don’t want to give away my theme or ideas just yet, but I will say my venue requirements are a historic or castle-esque building or a waterfront but not nautical nor sandy, or any combination of these. Looking back on our experience, I feel this search will be a very long process.

It was a rainy day, so the positive was that we were able to see the back up plan for an event if there was rain. Although, not ideal its good to know that bad weather wouldn’t completely ruin my big day here, but unfortunately neither of us felt that warm and fuzzy excited feeling inside. Some of the downsides were the possibility of there being two or even three weddings happening at the same time or other parties, for some vendors you would be limited to their selections, and there are little added costs for every detail you’d want to personalize and make your own.
Scratching event halls and similar venues off the list, I’m realizing that on the top of my list is a historic venue that maybe people happen to host weddings at from time to time. I am not willing to give complete creative freedom to any planner or event specialist and I’d love to bring together the best vendors to suit my vision rather than choose from a selection. I have a few emails sent out for scheduling tours at a couple places and hope to send more early next month.
The aim here is to book a venue by the end of next month, relax for the holidays, and spend the remainder of the winter and majority of spring doing most of the planning. I’m looking forward to the planning that is ahead of me, of course I have concerns and fears, (weather, budget, etc.). Currently, I’m drawing inspiration from Instagram and Brides magazine, and a small amount on Pinterest. I find that lately Pinterest weddings have been a bit overdone, so I’m trying to get new and fresh ideas I can put my own personal spin on.

Blogger Collab: A Night in the West

I’m excited to bring you this post in collaboration with Christa-Ana from A Girl Out of Uniform. The western trend is having a moment this season and will be prominent this coming spring as well. For this collaboration, we chose to style this trend our way for both day and night. You will find our daytime looks on A Girl Out of Uniform and read on for the nighttime looks.

Western Evening 1

Western Evening 2

With the eruption of suede as a must have fabric in all silhouettes, it’s only fitting to incorporate it in a western look. Western inspired clothing is often associated with casual and daytime events. In order to style the trend for nighttime, I took this berry-hued suede swing dress and kept the pairings minimal and chic. The dress has whip-stitch detailing down the sides and at the neck which alludes to western fashion is a subtle way. When a fashion trend comes about that’s inspired by a specific genre or time period, it’s very easy to go overboard with the styling and end up looking Halloween ready rather than elevated. It’s important to choose one or two items that give you enough of the western vibe and keep everything else modern and sophisticated. Pairing a mocha colored duster coat, keeps you warm during these cool fall evenings, while adding some elegance to a trend that’s more associated with casual occasions. I chose these black ankle boots because they mimic the silhouette of a cowboy boot, but are updated enough to keep the farm girl look at bay. If you’re looking for a little western inspiration in the form of an accessory, look no further than a saddle bag to toss in your date-night essentials. The versatility of this dress is great because it works for a nice dinner or night out and also is perfect for daytime.

My Outfit Details:

Dress: Here

Duster: Here

Boots: Here

A Girl Out of Uniform:

Western Nighttime 3

Western Nighttime 4

 

I don’t know about you, but styling an outfit for anything with a “no jeans dress code” kind of freaks me out. Considering that my daily style often falls into one of the following three categories; adult onesie/footie pajamas; around the house grunge (aka class of 2013 sweatshirt and knee-indented sweatpants); or street style, nighttime looks can seem a bit intimidating. With this in mind, I styled an outfit that is appropriate for a night out but also embodies a “I didn’t try too hard because I’m as cool and effortless as my style” vibe.

I was inspired by the edgy/elegant combination of the SS17 Alexander McQueen and Coach runways and the Western trend of the SS17 Ralph Lauren collection. The embroidery of the Free People slip is cohesive with the Western trend, while also providing an elegant element. This elegance is directly contrasted by the edginess of the Vigoss leather vest and the studded, buckled, Rebecca Minkoff booties. Lastly, the fringed metal pendant and braided leather cord of this vintage necklace also invokes a western feeling.

Be Sure to follow A Girl Out Of Uniform:

Facebook-@agirloutofunifrom

Pinterest@outofuniform

Polyvore @agirloutofuniform

Instagram @agirloutofuniform

Outfit Details:

Slip Dress: Victoria Secret (not available)

Embroidered Dress: Free People *on sale

Jewelry: one of a kind, vintage (Columbus, OH)

Leather Vest: Vigoss (sold out) (similar here)

Booties: Rebecca Minkoff

Bag: Brahmin

Don’t forget to check out A Girl Out of Uniform to see this trend styled for day!!