7 Chic Pieces for a Rainy Day from Hunter x Target

The latest designer collab with Target is rainy-day chic!

Target has been known for its chic designer collabs popping up in stores, from Lilly Pulitzer, Victoria Beckham, and Magnolia’s Chip and Joanna Gaines, to name a few of the sold-out-within-hours collections. Next up, a fashion and accessories collection with famed British rain boots brand, Hunter.

Arriving Saturday, April 14, Hunter x Target is “inspired by family, festival and forces of nature” for a limited-edition collection “built on a philosophy of everyday adventure and a forecast of fun,” the Target site reads. The collaboration includes boots, outerwear, clothing, shoes, accessories and outdoor gear for the whole family.

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite fun, casual and cute Hunter x Target picks that will be sure to perk up any rainy day this spring.

1. Hunter for Target Women’s Waterproof Rain Boots

How could you do a Hunter collab without featuring their famous boots? That would be totally impossible! Boots for women, men and kiddos will all be available in different colors, patterns and height (knee and ankle length options). K, adding to my shopping cart now.

2. Hunter for Target Women’s Hooded Trench Coat – Khaki

I love this chic trench coat: perfect to keep your ensemble dry on rainy days without sacrificing style. A fun red stripe adds style and color to this hooded rain jacket. Where do I swipe my credit cart already??

3. Hunter for Target Women’s Side Zip Pencil Skirt – Black

I’m absolutely OBSESSING over this pencil skirt. It looks perfect for work hours as well as for after-hours and weekend days. Must-have list, for sure. And it’s black, so it’ll go with everything. Win-win.

4. Hunter for Target Small Pouch Bag

Available in a variety of hues, this small clutch is absolutely adorable to carry all your necessities for those days when you can’t lug a big tote (see below) around. I’m personally fond of the black and red options.

5. Hunter for Target Outdoor Blanket

Even though I’m not the most outdoorsy person, I find this outdoor printed blanket (in both red and blue patterns) to be absolutely perfect for a summer picnic or curling up with a book under a tree in the park. Sign me up!

6. Hunter for Target Rubber Handle Tote Bag

Walk around town carting all your belongings in this big bright tote that can hold it all. I think this would be absolutely perfect for my family’s vacation up in Idaho this summer, especially when we go up to the lake for a day! It’ll perfectly hold all of our beach belongings, while looking super cute. Or just using while running daily errands. Either works.

7. Hunter for Target Bubble Umbrella

Stay dry with the large and bright umbrella to keep your look in tact when it’s pouring out. It’ll add some much needed cheer on those dreary, rain-filled days! Cute and practical: just what I’m looking for in an umbrella!

CALIA by Carrie’s New Collection Is All About Fashion, Comfort, and Fun This Season

I had the opportunity to attend a NYFW workout with Carrie Underwood, her road trainer Eve Overland, and the whole CALIA team to view the latest collection and step into Carrie’s daily workout (note: she makes it look so easy. It is not.)

The head designers, Freddie McQueen and Alycia Scott, gave us an exclusive sneak peek at the new CALIA athleticwear line, and omg I want it all! Except I don’t really workout, maybe my new threads will inspire me to to hit the gym more (because Eve’s 30-minute high intensity workout totally kicked my butt!). As they explained, this new line features many of the same beloved silhouettes in different hues, bright prints, mesh and sheer sections, layering options, and a variety of tees, so any athletic girl will find her dream workout wardrobe with CALIA.

 

 Limited Edition Fleuria High Contrast Leggings

This print dominates the latest collection, and it def is so cute. #addingtomywishlistasap

I’d thought I’d break down some of my personal favorite looks of the collection:

Graphic Muscle Tank Top

I was able to wear one of these tanks during our workout, and I really like it. It’s comfortable, easy to work out in, and the tees feature cute, inspirational quotes that’ll inspire you in your workout endeavors.

Shine Textured Pieced Leggings

I was able to wear these leggings during the workout, and honestly? I was a little nervous about working out in such tight leggings. But as the label read, these leggings incorporate wicking technology that “pulls moisture away from the skin,” with maximum breathability. And as I was slowly dying during Eve’s intense workout, and sweating profusely, the leggings kept me cool. A win in my book!

 Printed Sports Bra

Featuring a criss-cross back, this sports bra comes in an adorable print, that immediately added a necessary pop of color to my all-gray workout outfit.

 Purple Sports Bra

I love this shade of purple and again, adorable print.

 Capri Pant

I’m a big fan of workout capris when I’m working out, or more likely, just running errands, and these printed pants are perfect for my style.

 Headband

With winter fast approaching, headbands become an outfit staple. And the minute I saw this gray headband, I was obsessed. Especially the bow, love it! Totally my style. Definitely ready for winter now!

 Mesh Bomber Jacket

The moment I first saw this bomber jacket hanging on the rack at the event, I was instantly obsessed. It’s not only perfect for your workout, but I think it’s fashionable enough that you can wear it out and about. And I plan to.

 Effortless Mesh Full Zip Sleeveless Hoodie

Can I just say, completely obsessed?? I love it.

It’s definitely a cute collection, and doesn’t get in the way of your workout. Who knows, maybe it’ll inspire me to up my workout game? Maybe, I said maybe.

It’s Time to Put on The Damn Swimsuit This Summer

Recently, the body positive movement has reached a fever pitch, especially considering we are reaching peak swimsuit season.

Now, I’m normally pretty proud of my body, accepting what I look like (FYI: it’s taken awhile to fully embrace what I look like.), but I still feel self-conscious when it comes to *shudder* wearing a bathing suit… in public.

To backtrack, I’ve known that I don’t have the traditional “bikini body” since elementary school, where I always had a little tummy sticking out of my two-piece swimsuit. And so, since third grade, I embraced the tankini (as long as it was long enough!) and one-piece life. And sure, I often felt embarrassed standing next to my skinny-mini friends in their trendy two-pieces while I seemed super modest in a Target-brand one-piece.

And by early high school, I was deeply immersed into the world of Spanx and had adapted my swimsuits to only wear ones with ruching or get a flowy cover-up, so as little of my body would be visible as possible… or just avoiding a swimsuit whenever I could get away with it. Which even meant avoiding the water on sweltering days or running into the water quickly so that as little people got a glimpse of my swimsuit and my so-called “problem areas.” But that type of beauty standards really mess with a young girl’s head. Makes you think that they way you look isn’t good enough, that no one would ever like you for it, and that really screws up your sense of self.

OK, back to my point:

In reading about all the kick-ass women out there standing up to the body shamers, it truly inspires me. Why should being a certain size be the key factor in IF you can pull off a swimsuit. New mantra: if you like the suit, wear it with pride. Body size be damned. No shallow body-shaming haters have the right to take that away from you. It hurts me to admit that worrying what other people would think about me once prevented me from enjoying my life and feeling confident in my skin.

I’ve known skinny-mini Barbie types that have admitted to feeling self-conscious in their own skin because they (who regularly fit in sizes 2-6 mind you, something I have never been) feel overweight and thus, not pretty? What?! That really put a lot in perspective for me. How do people who arguably look far more like the traditional beauty standards of models and Hollywood than I not feel confident as they are? So, then and there, I slowly started to look at my body in the mirror and learn to rock it. So what if I’ve never fit in anything less than a size 10? So what if I have a little tummy poking out of my two piece? So what if I don’t look like a supermodel? SO WHAT? At some point, I hope you can look at yourself as is, and realize you are a queen, regardless of what Hollywood would approve of.

So, I’m proposing a change this summer: PUT. ON. THAT. DAMN. SWIMSUIT. ALREADY. Rock that bikini, that crop top, that dress, those shorts, rock whatever the hell you want. It shouldn’t matter what some outsider thinks you should be wearing. If you like it, wear it. And not just wear it, OWN it.

You’ll never be okay with your body and self-image until you learn to accept it. Sure, we all have our insecurities. But, the sooner you learn that you can never look like stick-skinny Hollywood and fashion types, the better. Because it starts with acceptance. Look in the mirror and say, You are beautiful, You are awesome. Start the day with confidence. Next step, head to the pool/beach in your swimsuit — SANS cover-up. And just enjoy your freaking life. Life’s too short to worry if someone is judging your bathing suit. (I’ll save them the trouble: I may not look like a Kardashian in my swimsuit (nor will I ever), but who cares? It’s a cute suit and I feel like a supermodel when I hit the water.) BAM.

Own it, love it, live it.

…There’s your summer mantra. And mine too. We’ll get through this together.

Met Gala 2017 Red Carpet Review

Tonight is fashion’s biggest night (the Met Gala), and here’s your red carpet fashion review, from the comfort of my sofa. (Wish I had a ticket to fashion’s most exclusive gala! But alas, settling for a social media viewpoint.)

  Anna Wintour aka Queen of the Met Gala looks positively regal. Who would even dare critique her?

 I love Rose Byrne’s red dress with the tulle, neckline, and cutouts. Gorge. However, I’m not digging her super-curly ‘do.

 Priyanka Chopra is tonight’s showstopper. Who else could pull off a trench coat to a gala? My only thought: wouldn’t that train be heavy to wear all night.

 Laura Osnes is currently starring in my favorite new Broadway show this season, “Bandstand,” and while her leading man onstage is with his wife as she gives birth to their first child, Osnes is wearing an absolutely stunning custom Christian Siriano gown to the red carpet. Pure perfection. BEST DRESSED. (And fingers crossed for tomorrow, Miss Osnes. For you and the show.)

 I really like Allison Williams’ ensemble here. It’s structured and tailored to perfection, coupled with a stunning hair and makeup choice.

 Does Nick Jonas ever not look great in a suit? Just wondering.

 Love Mindy Kaling’s vintage-inspired and glitzy off-the-shoulder gown. Gorge.

 Katie Holmes looks amazing in her Zac Posen gown. Bravo, Mr. Posen! (as usual)

 I think Laura Dern is one of my favorites tonight! Its simplicity just makes it that more stunning.

 Lily Collins has gone the haute couture route tonight, and it works well. Love that tulle skirt paired with the bustier top.

 Ansel Elgort has mastered the dapper man look tonight. Love a white jacket on a guy!

 Wow! I absolutely love Lena Dunham’s look. Normally, I’m not one for plaid, but I love this. Stunning.

 Selena Gomez: Meh, it’s nice but too simple and underwhelming.

 I’m normally not a fan by Dakota Johnson’s style, but this Gucci dress is gorgeous and high fashion to a tee.

 Diane Kruger is one of my favorite. This Prada gown is so chic and effortlessy elegant. Love.

 Jennifer Connelly looks edgy and trendy here. In a dress that’s totally different from everyone else, she stands out and I’m really digging this look.

 Elle Fanning’s Miu Miu dress is 100 percent Disney princess. And love her headband.

 Blake Lively is THE best dressed. Oh my gosh. She looks like a golden peacock and so amazing. NO COMPARISON. Phenomenal.

Oscar night red carpet review!

It’s Oscar night! Ballots ready?

So, that means it’s time for my review:

 

gettyimages-645649314 Naomie Harris looks gorgeous in such a simplistic white, high-low gown, with the tiniest little cutout,, to keep it classy obviously. And the pop of color in her shoes is genius! Newest fashion star to look out for, world!

gettyimages-645650504 Charlize Theron looks classic and elegant as always…

gettyimages-645640414 Nicole Kidman is wearing SUCH AN AMAZING GOWN. I love it. Fave. Gorge.

gettyimages-645640460 Emma Stone also goes for the gold (pun intended) in a vintage-inspired gown. Love her hair, makeup, jewelry, and gown! LOVE. My fave.

gettyimages-645640866 Viola Davis, once again, looks fab on a red carpet. And really stands out from the rest in her pop of red.

gettyimages-645639126 Janelle Monae, just wow. So couture. AND I AM OBSESSED WITH HER HEADBAND.

gettyimages-645630808 Andrew Garfield looks as dapper as ever.

gettyimages-645634466 Kirsten Dunst goes for edgy and couture. Fab.

gettyimages-645634498 Ginnifer Goodwin aka Snow White ahmazing. My absolute fave.

gettyimages-645634956 JT and Jessica Biel are Hollywood royalty. Yet, her dress isn’t impressing me.

gettyimages-645637814 Dakota Johnson: Meh. So, Victorian. Not liking the the weird fan-type fabric in the front. Pass.

gettyimages-645630974 Taraji P. Henson looks phenomenal. Flawless.

gettyimages-645631088 John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are Hollywood goals, and fashion-wise, they both can do no wrong.

gettyimages-645630064 Emma Roberts looks ahmazing, love her vintage gown and perfectly curled hair. Old Hollywood and classic. Love.

gettyimages-645614460_master Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo is wearing such an amazing dress. Wow. I mean, as such a powerhouse, you need a bold dress.

gettyimages-645624980_1 Lin-Manuel Miranda and his mom (who liked my tweet about BroadwayCon… just needed to put that out there… lol) look adorbs. Repping Broadway with pride tonight!

gettyimages-645629804 Sunny Pawar: here’s your daily dose of cuteness. You’re welcome.

gettyimages-645623976 I love Felicity Jones’ ballerina-inspired dress. Others may say it’s too plain, and perhaps they are right– it could have used some more bling or a belt. But regardless, flawless.

What are your favorite looks of the night, worthy of Oscar gold?

Now onto the show!

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SAG Awards Red Carpet Review

Next award show: SAG Awards. Check.

Next blog: red carpet review. Here we go!

rs_634x1024-170129165832-634-2017-screen-actors-guild-natalie-portman I don’t know what I think about Natalie Portman’s dress. It’s very high fashion, yes, but I’m not sure if it’s ready-to-wear? It seems a little too editorial for a carpet. I do love the sleeves though.

rs_634x1024-170129165845-634-emma-stone-sag-awards-2017 Emma Stone: meh. I don’t like this split personalities of the dress. Does it want to be sexy and lace? Or floral and bohemian? Individually,the styles look great but together? Not so much.

rs_634x1024-170129165629-634-salma-hayek-sag-awards-2017 Salma Hayek: yikes. The color yellow is very hard to pull off, the pink ruffle looks horrendous and the weird pink ribbon tied around her waist. It looks like a bad bridesmaid dress.

rs_634x1024-170129165101-634-kerry-washington-cm-12917 Kerry Washington looks stunning. Love how it looks effortless, vintage-inspired and still glamorous. Best dressed.

rs_634x1024-170129165010-634-2017-screen-actors-guild-michelle-williams Michelle Williams is simplistic and elegant, and yet it works.

rs_634x1024-170129165315-634-meryl-streep-sag-awards-2017 Meryl Streep looks effortless and boho chic.

rs_634x1024-170129163440-634-sofia-vergara-cm-12916 Sofia Vergara went for something totally different here and it works. I love the midi length and the tulle skirt. I just feel like it’s a little youthful for her.

rs_634x1024-170129165028-634-julia-louis-dreyfus-sag-awards-2017 Julia-Louis Dreyfus looks chic and elegant in her black and gold gown, two colors that can never go wrong.

rs_634x1024-170129164623-634-2017-screen-actors-guild-gina-rodriguez Gina Rodriguez is super high fashion meets RTW, and it works. Gorge. End of story.

rs_634x1024-170129164348-634-2017-screen-actors-guild-taraji-p-henson Taraji P. Henson gets her princess moment in this pink Reem Acra. Love it.

rs_634x1024-170129160926-634-emily-blunt-sag-awards-2017 Emily Blunt goes for the gold here. Very nice. Just wish she added something to her neck, it’s pretty bare.

rs_634x1024-170129160329-634-sophia-bush-sag-awards-2017 Wow, Sophia Bush’s dress is bright, neon pink. Okay, now that my eyes have adjusted— I like the shape, very fashion-forward and couture. Love the little embellishments on the ruffle thing.

rs_634x1024-170129163529-634-2017sag-awards-yara Yara Shahidi looks stunning for the teen star. Gorgeous choice.

screen-shot-2017-01-30-at-10-51-51-am Rami Malek is the epitome of best dressed male on the red carpet! Edgy, but just edgy enough to make a statement. Rami, keep doing what you’re doing– I approve.

rs_634x1024-170129155542-634-2017-screen-actors-guild-claire-foy Love Claire Foy’s Valentino gown. Stunning. Perfection. Well done. And I can’t wait for next series of The Crown.

So many gorgeous gowns, can’t wait to see what’ll be next!

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Reviewing the People’s Choice Awards…

Tonight’s the People Choice Awards, so it’s only natural for me to review the fashions. Let’s go!

gallery-1484786346-gettyimages-632006766 I really like Chelsea Kane’s long black lacy dress with all the embroidery. Love. However, I’m not digging the vintage-y bob with the look, the two don’t really go well together.

gallery-1484787803-gettyimages-632010800 Golden Globe nominee (and star of the renewed series This is Us!) Chrissy Metz looks gorgeous. Princess moment! And love all the details on her navy gown.

gettyimages-632012350 There was some debate over Kristen Bell’s jumpsuit. First, you all know how much I love a tailored pantsuit– like this. And two, the color looks exquisite! Okay, maybe the bustier part is in a weird color? But, I’ll forgive when looking at the look as a whole– it just works.

gettyimages-632012182 Camilla Luddington (+ bump) wears a very simplistic LBD (compared to her castmates), but it’s impeccably styled to create a cohesive look that works.

gettyimages-632011934 Kelly McCreary, also of Greys, is rocking an edgy look with the skinny pant and cool, edgy teal top. Perfect for the PCAs.

gettyimages-632011912 Sarah Drew (yes, she from Greys too) also got the edgy memo, but this time in a navy and black dress. But, nonetheless, I love it!

gallery-1484790346-gettyimages-632015426 Blake Lively looks absolutely stunning in Elie Saab. Gorge. True perfection, end of story, period. BEST. FREAKING. DRESSED. FOR. SURE.

gallery-1484790080-gettyimages-632015200 J.Lo is J.Lo. Looks great per usual, stunning choice of gown. Yawn, that’s predictable to always write that (not that it’s not true!)

gallery-1484790408-gettyimages-632015654 Victoria Justice wears a gold minidress like she’s trying to be a showgirl? Dancing With The Stars B-list contestant? It just looks kind of cheap to me. Not reading edgy. Not feeling the weird beading off the front. Pass.

gallery-1484790658-gettyimages-632015418 Jamie Chung nails the bohemian vibe in this sheer yellow strapless dress and I really love it! It looks so flowy and effortless and I really like this look. My best dressed pick alongside Blake!

gallery-1484790725-gettyimages-632016022 Now, I love her show Quantico and her sense of fashion usually. But, I’m not liking Priyanka Chopra’s dress. The weird crop flowy crop top looks like it’s camouflaging a baby bump, the weird fringe half of the skirt and a weird wavy over-skirt. Not to mention the weird pale pink color. Sorry, this look was a flop.

gallery-1484791219-gettyimages-632016508 Caterina Scorcese (Greys sister!) went classic and trendy and I really like her floral dress with a pop of red in her shoes. Looks great.

gettyimages-632008838 Disney Channel’s Peyton List looks like she wanted to be high fashion, but didn’t get the best options. The weird polka dots? The bottom shape of the skirt? The clear material? Nope.

gettyimages-632010912 Youtube’s Lilly Singh looks so vintage and disco glam and I love it! So fab!

gettyimages-632012380 Originally, I thought Blackish teen actress Yara Shahidi’s dress was way too busy. BUT, as I spend more time looking at it, it’s growing on me as being so trendy and fashion-forward. Great choice.

Those are my picks at this red carpet! What about you guys?

Until next time!

 

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