Monday, October 23, 2017

Transitioning Summer Dresses for Fall

Transitioning Summer Dresses for Fall

Hey everyone!

Long time no post! A lot of you have been asking me about how to transition your summer wardrobe for fall and winter. Either you don't have a lot of closet space, you want to be more organized or you just want to get the most out of the pieces in your wardrobe, choosing what to transition is a key element in deciding your look for the upcoming season.

First off, find your fall color palette. As a minimalist my fall look generally gravitates towards navy, black, grey, maroon, white, forest green and pops of red. Once you've figured out a color scheme, it will be easier to decide what to put away for the season.

To begin, take out all your sweaters and cardigans and start setting them into rotation, they will be instrumental in giving your look a cooler season feel. It's often helpful to put lighter knits closer to the front of the closet so you get more use out of them before it gets too cold.

Next, look at all your summer dresses and skirts. (If you wear shorts, keep a few favorite pairs out and put the rest away). Put aside all florals that aren't in fall tones and pack them away for spring and summer. (Note: use discretion, pink and pastel florals can be used year round if done well) If anything in your wardrobe screams summer or beach, pack it away. It's probably still going to feel that way, even with a sweater on top.

As shown above, one of the easiest ways to transition is to use chunky, oversized cardigans or dusters and layer them over shirt or t-shirt dresses. You can take off the layer if you get too hot or add another layer if you're feeling cold. Leggings like the leather ones shown above add a bit of fall edge and keep your legs toasty warm (you can honestly never go wrong with a leather legging; they're pretty badass). Distressed denim or plain black leggings are also transitioning closet staples.

Next up, keep a few basic t-shirts and blouses around for layering under knits and creating interest. Put any extras aside for the warmer temperatures. Keep a few denim shirts on hand to add interest to your looks. You can wear them under a sweater a la JCREW or tie them around your waist to accentuate your figure.

Now's the time to break out all of your plaids! You can layer them over top of each other, tie them in a messy knot at your waist, or drape them over your shoulders to give your outfit a bit of an alternative feel. You want to play with textures for fall; mixing leathers, plaids, suede, tweed and silks adds texture and an instant cool girl vibe.

Next, take stock of your footwear. Put the flip flops and sandals away for next season but keep out the sneakers, slides, flats, peep toe booties and mules. Open toe shoes are best for transitioning when the weather is still uncertain. If you don't already own them, I'd suggest investing in a cute pair of peep toe mules. They go with almost any outfit, can be dressed up or down and you can actually run in them. Also, since they're backless, they won't wreak havoc on the backs of your feet.

With regard to accessories, you can basically keep everything! Straw or woven tote bags aside, almost every bag you own can carry over for fall, pastels aside of course. Now's the time to bring out your blanket scarf collection and cute beanies and felt hats. Cold weather accessories really help elevate a transitional look.

That's it! Keep what you want, layer what you keep and enjoy fall while it lasts.

Happy layering,

- Jöelle

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ask The Little Black Pencil Skirt

Hey Everyone!
It's been a long time coming, but I finally compiled the Ask Me questions you guys have been sending me. Without further ado, here are the top 11 questions:

1.) How old are you? 

It's in my bio, but I am currently 21 years old and my birthday is July 5th.

2.) How tall are you?
Ok, this one used to be in the bio, but it didn't fit. I'm 5'9. Yep.
Any tall followers out there know the struggle of trying to find modest clothing that goes anywhere near your knees. Don't worry, I feel your pain, that's one of the reasons I started the page. It's a little bit harder for us taller girls to look cute when our clothing choices get cut in half and I'm sure some of you out there know the feeling when you find an adorable dress only it's a tunic on you.

3.) Favourite Colour? 
I'd say black has a top spot, given its prevalence in my wardrobe, but if I had to pick an all time favourite, gold would be it! This girl loves her metallics and I'll always have a soft spot for gold or silver anything. Other colours I love include grey (all shades), blue, pale pink, white, and tan.

4.) Do you blog for profit?
Nope, blogging and Instagram are long standing personal hobbies of mine. I simply enjoy sharing things I come across and what I wear daily. It's a simply aesthetic project; if anything, profit would probably compromise the integrity of my content. That being said, I do collaborations if I like the product. I'll never endorse something I don't full heartedly support. Some things I currently endorse are Aura Stone Designs and Coil and Connect (bracelets)

5.) What is your educational background?
Though it's hardly relevant given that this is a personal style blog, I went to college for Paralegal Education as I've always had an interest in literary pursuits and legal practice. During and following college, I went on to work extensively in asset management and finance. I've always been a creative type of person, so upon moving to Dallas, I established my first company and current entrepreneurial 
endeavour, Kawaii Care.

6.) What is Kawaii Care?

Kawaii Care was first conceived after I survived a serious car accident in 2014. Through no fault of my own, I was hit by a car when returning home one night after a study session. The aftermath of the accident had an immense impact on me. I had constant headaches, soft tissue damage, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, neurological challenges and a serious loss of abilities. Things I had been able to do with ease prior to the accident were now especially difficult; I couldn't even sit in class without being in pain. I lost the ability to do many things I enjoyed and as a result, was sad all the time.

I always wished that someone would care enough to reach out to me or make sure I was ok. Dealing with illness or tragedy makes people wary, so if anything I never felt like I could talk about the problems I was having and what I was feeling.

This got me thinking about people in similar situations to mine. I had friends who were in hospitals, dealing with their own challenges, who could also do with some cheering up. Kawaii Care was established to bring a smile to someone's face. To provide a little bit of comfort that only adorable, happy things can. Besides, doesn't everyone need a box of happiness sometimes?

7.) Coffee or Tea?
Coffee hands down. I only drink tea when I'm sick or trying to relax.

8.) Heels or Flats?

I love a good heel, but flats are my favourite. I love sneakers and slides in my day to day look. I'm more about ease, convenience and simplicity of style as opposed to the impractical or trend-driven. I also walk a lot and let me assure you, there is nothing fun about running for the train in heels after walking four blocks.

9.) Music?

I love music! If anything I'm rarely ever seem without my earbuds. I love a lot of different genres and I can go from Frank Sinatra to Bring Me The Horizon to Avicii to Drake in no time flat. I have varied musical tastes; it keeps things interesting.

10.) Brands I would want to work with?

I’d say all the mainstream brands I wear on a daily basis – Zara, HM and FOREVER 21. They’re great for basics and basics make up my wardrobe. If I had to pick a dream brand I would have to say Alexander Wang, Philip Lim, Achro, Shaina Mote, Theory, Vince and The Row.

 11.) Favourite makeup brand?
Favourite makeup brand – now this is a hard one! I’m really into Korean beauty, and my current go to brands are Holika Holika, TONY MOLY and The Face Shop. If I had to pick a mainstream favourite, I’m loving Colourpop, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Laura Mercier and Hourglass. Also, you can never go wrong with Urban Decay.

That's it for now guys. I'll update with further questions as they come. Have an awesome night!
- Jöelle

That 70's Vibe

That 70's Vibe by joelleramey featuring round sunglasses