5 Reasons To Buy Two-Piece Sets

Happy Hump Day friends! Today I thought I'd share my thoughts on why I love love love two-piece sets and why you need more of them in your closet. My love for sets started with this Bubbly Two Piece Set by Lazy Daze Apparel. As I wore it over and over, I started documenting why I adored sets so much and here's what I came up with..

1.  The price is right: What I've found to be true at nearly every shop is that most 2-piece sets are less expensive than buying a top and bottoms separately. For example this Bubbly Off The Shoulder Crop Top alone is $30, but the set is $40! Only $10 more to get a pair of matching shorts?! Yes please! 

2. You can mix and match: Here's where I think sets and rompers differ in the best way possible. Two-piece sets can be taken apart and worn with different articles of clothing. So you're getting the most bang for your buck. And I'm sure this versatility sure does come in handing when trying to pack light for a trip (will confirm once I start packing for my Portugal/Italy trip in a few weeks)!

3. Easy to throw on: If you don't have time to style together an outfit but don't feel like wearing a dress, the two-piece set is perfect because it's already styled together with it's other half! No need to spend 20 minutes sifting through your closet for a match since it already has one.

4. Perfect color match: I think this especially holds true for the color black. I cannot tell you how many times I've thrown together a black top and bottoms thinking it looked good and then went outside to realize that the two blacks were completely different hues and did not pair well at all. With a two-piece set, you don't have this problem!

5. Torso length is not an issue: Sometimes the torso length of rompers can be a little off. For example, I've tried on some rompers where the torso was too long and so the crotch sat way too low. Luckily, two-piece sets don't have this issue. Because the shorts are disconnected from the top and can worn higher or lower on the waist according to your preference!

And there you have it my friends -- five reasons why you need more two-piece sets in your wardrobe!

Outfit Details

Two-Piece Set // Sneakers // Sunglasses // Choker (similar)

 

Photographer # 1

Bill McGuiness (AKA "the boyf")

 

Stlyist, Model, Photographer #2, and Writer

Yours,

Priscilla

 

 

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How To Dress Classy But Carefree

Let's talk about a common fashion dilemma! With the inevitable get togethers and Bbq’s that happen during the summer, you want to look classy, but laid back at the same time -- you don’t want your outfit to come off as a “try-hard" ensemble when you're just going to a casual outing. Well today, I’m sharing with you my style secrets for such situations.

1. Jeans. But not just any jeans.

For a casual event, I always feel safe going with denim. But in this day-in-age there are so many trendy jean options! Take for example these bell bottom jeans, from Zaful. The flare at the bottom spices up the what would otherwise be a boring denim capri. If you’ve never shopped at Zaful before and you’re wondering about size, according to their size chart I was a small and the pants ended up fitting fine!

2. The half tucked button down. 

For this, I use a loose fit button down -- maybe a size or two larger than what I would normally get. I leave it unbuttoned at the top and half tucked in your high wasted jeans for a “thrown together” look. I got this staple piece at a vintage shop but you can get one of these essentially anywhere. I’m linking up a similar one here

3. The classy details.

This is the funnest step! The point is to to look fashionably casual with a touch of class, and a fun purse and classic shoe can do just that. Below I'm listing my current favorite product for each of those categories.

3a. The fun handbag. 

The Wine’d Up embellished handbag, by Mary Frances, (which is shaped like a wine bottle in an ice bucket!) could make a sweatshirt look classy, let alone this casual outfit I'm sporting! It's made handmade with the finest details. It’s incredibly unique and by far the most eye catching purse I’ve ever owned. The beading and metallic finishing adds elegance to the ensemble while the fun shape adds some flare! Not to get too side tracked here, but if you haven't already checked out the rest of the Mary Frances handbag collection, you absolutely have to. They have so many fun designs -- there's a purse shaped as a hot air balloon, one mimicking a film camera, and another in the shape of a guitar, just to name a few!

3b. The classic shoe.

The Pearl Black flat, by Rhea Footwear, is much more of a minimalist piece. It provides a simple, preppy feel to the ensemble, making it the perfect partner-in-crime for the starkly different, embellished handbag. Not to mention, their shoes come with a non-slip technology to keep you safe on slippery surfaces -- read more about it by visiting their page. These all black loafers are pretty much perfect for any occasion, be it work or play.

So to sum this long rant up, my advice is to take a super casual, otherwise boring, outfit and add a touch of classy accessories and voilà! You've got yourself that classy but carefree look!

Outfit Details

Purse // Jeans // Sunglasses // Flats // Shirt (similar)

 

Photographer #1

Bill McGuiness (aka "the boyf")

 

Stylist, Model, Photographer #2, and Writer

Yours,

Priscilla

 

 

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Textured Details

First off, Happy Friday my friends! I'm excited about today's post because I'll be talking about some popular textured detailing being used in the fashion industry, namely pleats and embroidery. And I'll be discussing some shopping hacks at the same time!

I'm in love with pleated attire. Pleats turn what would otherwise be a flat and boring piece into a sophisticated eye catching statement, like these pants.. or should I say jumpsuit! That's right! I'm actually wearing an H&M jumpsuit with the top half tucked in. This past Monday, I decided to take a study break and go shopping. I found myself in H&M sifting through the sale pile, in which I found this jumpsuit for $20.  As I was trying it on I realized that the straps unhooked in the back allowing the top to fall flat and be tucked into the pant. Which brings me to shopping hack #1; if the top half of a jumpsuit unhooks in the back, simply tuck it into the pant to make the piece even more versatile! Two outfits in one?! What could be more perfect (especially for traveling). Unfortunately, this piece is basically all sold out online but if you head into the stores you might be able to score one. If you don't have time to make it into the store but you love these pants, I'm linking up an identical pair of pants that are still available here! You may also find this Ribbed Sweater that I'm sporting, which features ruffled edges around the neckline, wrist, and bottom hem. While it's selling for $9.99 online right now, it was only $3 in the Philadelphia H&M store! So for shopping hack #2; I highly suggest visiting the H&M store in person vs. shopping online because I always find the same products for less. Honestly, I may even go back today!

Now for the embroidered goods. These Zora Ankle Boots, by EGO, are my favorite boots at the moment. I never thought I'd be so excited to wear boots this season, but the floral embroidered detailing makes it spring-friendly! Embroidered patterns have the ability to transform a basic product into a fun and bright statement piece. Embroidery isn't the only texture trend going on in the footwear industry. Take for example fur-lining, fishnet, and ruffle details. Lucky for you, EGO carries options for all of those trends! If you're wondering about sizing, I normally fluctuate between a US7 and US8 for most brands, but I've been going with a size US7 for all my EGO purchases and everything has been a great fit so far. Also, if you sign up for their newsletter you can receieve 15% off your next purchase!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

P.S. Like my TISH Jewelry stacking bracelets?! Well, TISH Jewelry is offering 15% off your next purchase with code BTFL15 until tomorrow, June 10th!

Outfit Details

Boots // Pants // Top // Handbag // Bracelets // Sunglasses

 

Stylist, Model, Photographer, and Writer

Yours,

Priscilla

 

 

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Shopping for Summer

Summer is just around the corner, which means you best be on your sandal and bracelet game! One of my go to places to shop for sandals this season is EGO. Their selection of footwear is so vast that it took me FIVEever to decide on which styles to go with. What makes the decision even harder are the prices -- they are so reasonable! After thinking long and hard, I finally went with the Abigail Strappy Espadrille Flatform (and a pair of embroidered booties that you'll be seeing on BTFL later this month). Between the cork flatform, the espadrille trim, and the lace up fastening, these sandals are one of the hottest styles out there right now! Not to mention, these bad boys are quite comfortable and can be paired with so many different outfits. I decided pair the shoes with this floral American Apparel dress (which I snagged for $10 at an AA store that was closing up shop). While I couldn't find the listing to this exact dress, I'm linking up a similar one here!

In my opinion, summer is also the time to whip out your best bracelets. I'm sporting these gorgeous ones by TISH Jewelry - two black Mini Stacker Bracelets on one arm and the Frosted Howlight Beaded Bracelet on my other! These beaded beauties are staple summer pieces that you'll never want to leave the house without because they literally go with every outfit imaginable. But if you're look for some with more color, TISH Jewelry has got you covered there too. For example, check out the beautiful hue of their Green Quartz Bracelet. To sweeten the deal, TISH Jewelry is offering 15% off your purchase with code BTFL15 until June 10th! On top of that EGO is also offering 15% off your next purchase when you sign up for their newsletter. So shop away my friends and I hope that everyone has a fabulous Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Outfit Details

Sandals // Bracelets // Dress (similar) // Sunglasses // Purse

 

Photographer # 1

Bill McGuiness (AKA "the boyf")

 

Stylist, Model, Photographer #2, and Writer

Yours,

Priscilla

 

 

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Statement Bomber Jacket

With this chilly weather amidst us, having a light jacket is handy. But because it's spring, it's important that the jacket is still colorful and bright! That's where this Embroidered Bomber Jacket, by Roxi's Fine Cuts, comes into play. This bold jacket is incredibly unique and such a eye catching piece.. probably because of the bright hue and stripped sleeves combo am I right? The design is genius and right on track with the maximalism trend that fashionista's everywhere are raving about. Take for example Man Repeller's post about maximalism -- it's fun to spice up a simple outfit with fun pieces like this Embroidered Bomber Jacket. So this season, try to embrace this maximalism trend and have fun styling those statement spring pieces!

Outfit Details

Jacket // Overalls // Crop Top // Sneakers // Sunglasses

 

Photographer # 1

Bill McGuiness (AKA "the boyf")

 

Stlyist, Model, Photographer #2, and Writer

Yours,

Priscilla

 

 

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