Rose Colored Lenses

Rose Colored Lenses

 

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Black, white, tan and rose.

One of these things is not like the other… One of these things is not the same… Can you find it!?

Yes!  Rose (pink, blush, etc) is the small island of color lost in a sea of neutral that is my closet.  There is something so soft and sophisticated about the hue that makes it irresistible.  As a prime human  specimen of “pale” most of the year, it’s also nice that the rose shade is just as complementary when I have a light (mostly faux) tan. Paired with any neutral, you really can’t go wrong with rose.

What color are YOUR lenses?

XOXO,

Stella

Friday Link Love

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1) Wedding season is now in full force and I think we all need a video like this to keep those brides/grooms/bridal parties from taking themselves too seriously.  I’m fully enamoured with the rogue bridesmaid who refuses to go down with the bridal party ship! #yougogirl… Literally… GO! Get the H*** off that dock.  (nymag.com)

2) Another Link Love, another amazing IKEA hack job.  This one is probably one of my favorites and seems like a project even a novice like me can tackle successfully. How sweet would that dresser be in a little (or big) girl’s room?! (vintagerevivals.com)

3) If you’re all set with your indoor furniture and outdoor furnishings are what you’re after, check out these 10 sources for good, cheap outdoor furniture! (apartmenttherapy.com)

4) Yes, I will drop everything to sit and watch a re-run of Sex & The City for the gad-zillionth time.  Yes, my early 20’s were shaped by the Sex & The City culture sweeping NY.  Yes, I have eaten cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery (honestly, they’re not that good).  All that being said, I have no problems admitting that I have a love/hate relationship with the fictional Carrie Bradshaw.  Apparently, there are 21 reasons why Carrie Bradshaw is actually really annoying.  Feel free to add to this list. (buzzfeed.com)

5) Zara is one of those retail brands/establishments known for fast fashion- providing masses with a lower cost interpretation of high end runway styles.  Coincidentally, this fast fashion is stylistically on point, cut well and available at a great price.  No wonder Zara has become THE retailer where fashion insiders flock. (nytimes.com)

6) Summer grilling doesn’t have to mean gut busting burgers and hot dogs.  Why not try out these delicious and light teriyaki shrimp burgers this weekend? Your bikini will thank you. (skinnytaste.com)

7) I purchased THIS DRESS on a whim thinking that between two summer weddings, wedding related parties/showers and an upcoming trip to NYC, I’ll definitely get some wear out of it.  I love it- even more so now that it’s on sale (under $65)!  The color in person is a little more lime and a little less lemon.  A perfect match to the margarita I’ll most likely be drinking while wearing it. (ASOS.com)

So what are you guys up to this weekend?  My kids are both officially on summer break and a few days without anything scheduled will be a nice change of pace.  I’m hoping to get a headstart on some house cleaning, blog posting, and reorganizing.  I know, exciting stuff.  Don’t get too jealous.

See you back here on Monday!

XOXO,

Stella

 

 

Maxxed Out

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Welcome back!

It was another gorgeous stunner of a weekend and we definitely took advantage of the sunshine- perfect margarita weather! Is it a bad thing that we’ve gone through a bottle and a half of tequila in 2 weeks?  Good… didn’t think so either.

Maybe it’s a direct result of all of this glorious weather we’ve been having (or maybe the tequila), but it seems that when I get dressed each morning all I want to wear are soft, feminine flowy skirts and dresses.  The longer and more flowy the better. Don’t worry, my three-year-old (very opinionated) daughter approves.  The other morning when I came down the stairs she turned to me and said, “Mommy, you look like a fairy princess!” Apparently, the summer fashion bar is set pretty high now and I can’t disappoint.  So, to that end, I’ve pulled together some of my favorite maxi-dresses so that we all can look like beautiful fairy princesses everyday.

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1) Topshop Limited Edition Rose Embellished Maxi Dress / 2) Saloni Iris Dress / 3) ASOS SALON Tshirt Maxi Dress / 4) Rhyme Los Angeles Kali Swirl Print Maxi Dress / 5) KUT from the Kloth ‘Annabelle’ Maxi Dress / 6) ONE by Pink Stitch Resort Maxi Dress / 7) ZARA Combined Maxi Dress

 What styles will make YOU feel like a fairy princess this summer?

XOXO,

Stella

 

The Broke Girl’s Guide to Spring Shopping

The Broke Girl's Guide to Spring Shopping

When putting together posts, I am always conscious that everyone has different financial priorities and different budgets when it comes to shopping.  I’ll admit I tend to have expensive tastes, but I’m realistic and I like to invest in pieces and items that I know will be timeless and carry over, season after season.  That being said, those “splurge” items get constantly mixed and matched with bargains that I pick up each season that are more fun, trendy additions to my wardrobe.  Occasionally, I hit the bargain hunter motherlode and come across something that is super affordable, yet equally as nice and of the same quality as something comparable at a much higher price point.  At that precise moment, I squeal with joy and do a little happy dance, usually in my head, but occasionally in public.

I’ve rounded up some of my BEST broke girl finds for this season.  Take a look, but be forewarned… they’re REALLY good.

#1: The Perfect Bathing Suit – Contrast Spot Scallop Swimsuit • Topshop • $72.00

The Heart's Delight Stella Compiseno

This guy is the epitome of PERFECT one piece.  No wonky tan line worries here!  In addition to being a super flattering style in a modern color palette, it’s also supportive, lined and bound to be a flattering option for those days you want just a little more coverage.  I’m all in.

#2: The Classic Short – 2 1/2 Inch High Rise Striped Shorts • Express • $59.90

Bargain #2 Express Striped Short

What can be more classic than a black and white stripe?  This pair also happens to be the perfect length.  You know, that sweet spot where you can sit down without worrying about exposing your nether regions to the public, yet short enough where you don’t feel dumpy and matronly?  You can dress these up OR down, and for under $60 (with a BOGO promo on shorts going on too!) you really can go wrong.

#3: The Summer Clutch – Leather flap clutch • Gap • $27.99

Bargain #3 Gap Leather Clutch

O.K., I own this clutch.  It’s a STEAL.  While the reviews are mediocre at best, I beg to differ.  It’s the ideal size for your night-out necessities and comes in the best colors to coordinate with all of those dresses you’ve bought for upcoming summer weddings.  The style is also a streamlined basic with no fancy bells or whistles to make it look dated next year.  C’mon people- LEATHER, for under $30!!! Just craziness, I tell you.

#4: The Shirt Dress – ASOS Military Shirt Dress • Asos • $75.26

Bargain #4 ASOS Military Shirt Dress Dove Grey

I love shirt dresses.  They are seasonless, they are flattering and they are timeless.  This one comes in the softest grey color that I adore.  Dress it up with strappy heels and a clutch (see bargain #3, above!) or dress it down with a skinny belt and a simple slip on sneaker and you can literally go anywhere with this dress.  BY the way, how AMAZING would this dress look paired with a pop of neon!?  Don’t mind me… I’m just styling all of the ways I want to wear this guy!

#5: The White Jean – Blank Denim Spray On Skinny Jeans • Blank • $55.30

Bargain #5 Blank Denim Spray On White Jeans

Blank Denim is a premium denim brand available for a fraction of other “designer” jeans.  A good pair of white denim is so hard to come by, but this pair nails it.  I NEED these.  Get em’ while you can- they just hit the ShopBop sale and are bound to go fast.

#6: The Sexy Cami – Smooth Moves Cami Tank • Nasty Gal • $26.60

Bargain #6 Nasty Gal Smooth Moves Cami Tank

If you are a living, breathing female I highly recommend you own at least one simple camisole in your closet.  A cami can be a serious wardrobe workhorse taking an office appropriate suit to night, with a simple drop of a jacket.  Now, how gorgeous would this silky cami look with some jeans, a tan and barely there sandals?  H. O. T.

#7: The Summer Dress – Embroidered cord dress • MANGO • $59.99

Bargain #7 MANGO Embroidered Cord Dress

I still can’t get over the intricate cording details on this dress… for under $60! It’s the ideal lightweight, easy silhouette you want to throw on on a hot summer day.  Picture yourself in this dress, a light wind blowing through your hair with a cold lemonadeiced tea, margarita  in one hand.  Got it!? Now hurry and get this dress.

Have YOU made any serious shopping scores lately?  I would love to hear about them!

XOXO,

Stella

Bathing Suits That Won’t Give You Wonky Tan Lines (For Lack of a Better Title!)

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Hey Guys!

Hope you’re having a great week.  If not, it’s Wednesday, so at least you’re halfway through! Lemonade out of lemons, people. Lemonade out of lemons…

Today’s post is a little bit real life, a little bit silly and a glimpse into what I think about on a random day.  Have any of you started bathing suit shopping for the season?  Our family weeklong retreat to Siesta Key, FL is right around the corner, so I’ve been paying extra close attention to new suits and styles hitting the store racks and websites.  While I’m generally on Team Bikini, the ties and strings don’t exactly sturdy bathing suits make… especially when two munchkins are hanging on you in the water.  As a precautionary nip-slip measure, I decided that maybe it was time to consider making a switch to Team One-Piece.  Simple solution, right?  Not exactly.

As soon as I started my virtual shopping, I realized that the one-piece styles were a one way trip to wonky tan lines that would plague me for months to come.  I’m not talking about those occasionally annoying strap lines that peek out over the top of a strapless dress.  Today’s bathing suit designs all seemed to straddle the line of dominatrix… straps, criss crosses, cut outs, plunges, fishnet and even a few zippers or two.  Basically, a normal day in the sunshine with one of these bad boys on and you’d look like a detailed roadmap no matter how much SPF 75 you slathered on.  Seriously, designers?! This issue did not cross your mind when you were adding a heart shaped bedazzled cutout over the navel area of the suit you created?!  It seems that the desire to shift the public’s regard for the one-piece from “Mom Suit” to “Sexy Lady” clouded some judgment here.

Yes, I want to look sexy.  Yes, I want to look fit.  Yes, I want to look modern.  But hell no, do I want to come back from vacation looking like I fell asleep at an outdoor BDSM pool party!  If you’re unaware what BDSM stands for, feel free to Google search at your own risk.

So, now that my one-piece bathing suit rant is over, may I present you with my Heart’s Delight curated collection of one-piece swimsuits.  Proof that sexy and sturdy CAN coexist in harmony.

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1) Strapless Ruffled Maillot Swimsuit / 2) Suboo Floral Print Bustier One Piece Swimsuit / 3) Zinke Starboard One Piece Swimsuit / 4) Wildfox Florida Garden One Piece Swimsuit / 5) Gottex Swim One-Piece Serengeti Surplice Swimsuit / 6) Sauipe Swimwear Adele One Piece / 7) ASOS Pansy Floral Cupped Swimsuit / 8) White Bandeau Swimsuit / 9) ASOS Contrast Panel Belted Bandeau Swimsuit /10) Tori Praver Swimwear California One Piece Swimsuit / 11) Tory Burch Lipsi underwired swimsuit

What will YOU be wearing poolside this summer?

XOXO,

Stella

The One Pair of Sandals You NEED This Spring!

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No matter where I look, I’m seeing such great spring/summer footwear options!  I wish:

1) My shopping budget was bigger.

2) I actually had places to wear these beautiful shoes because I could really go to town.

Of all of the sandal mayhem in stores now, there is one style that I’m seeing repeated both in editorial styling, as well as street style. No, don’t worry, it’s not THESE.  I still hold strong to my opinion that they’re straight-up ugly.  It’s the two-piece sandal.  The combination of minimalism, sophistication and comfort make these a winner. In flat version, or heeled you really can’t go wrong.

Here are some of my favorites available in stores now:

Two-Piece Sandal

Low-Heel (from left to right):  Vince / J.Crew / Gap / ASOS

Mid- Heel (from left to right):  ASOS  / Sole Society /J.Crew / Topshop

High-Heel (from left to right): Vince CamutoJeffrey Campbell / Zara   / Steve Madden

Indulge your feet in a relaxing pedicure and you’ll be ready to go.  Simple, easy and clean.  Just how every Spring season should feel.

How are YOU freshening up your shoe collection this season?

XOXO,

Stella

 

Friday Link Love

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1.  Have you guys used Uber yet?  While only available in select cities, it’s an on-demand car service that’s connects you to drivers at the tap of a smart phone button.  It is A-MA-ZING and totally making the traditional taxi service obsolete.  In fact, it’s so amazing that it inspired this GQ writer (and Cornell classmate- Go BIG RED!) to spend a week as an Uber driver just to see what all of the hype was about.  (GQ.com)

2.  So my husband and I have a running joke between us that if there is ever a weird, perverted or ridiculous news story hitting the tape, chances are the story originated in the state of Florida (with Ohio as a runner up).  Apparently, our Florida-bias is mainstream.  Let me introduce you to the best game show bit to hit late night TV: “Fake or Florida.”  Thank you, Seth Myers! (today.com)

3.  Growing up, my family was big on home remedies.  Sore throat?  Drink this.  Headache?  Drink this.  Since Grandma Frida is no longer with us to dictate your fluid intake, here is a helpful master list of the “Right Drink for Every Situation!” (refinery29.com)

4.  As I’ve matured and graduated from a tiny rental apartment to a larger, more permanent home I’ve spent much more time curating art for my walls.  Unfortunately, sometimes this art comes at a price, so while I save my pennies for the perfect piece, DIY art projects fill the gap.  This DIY could not be easier and adds such a fun pop of color and contrast.  It’s definitely on my to-do list! (littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com)

5.  Street food has come a LONG way since the days of NYC dirty water hot dogs.  Food trucks popping up all over the country have made gourmet, restaurant-quality food much more accessible to folks willing to step outside their cubicles and their lunch-time comfort zones.  Here’s a roundup of the 21 Best Food Trucks in America! (thrillist.com)

6.  I’ll admit it, I’m an organizational nut…  ESPECIALLY, when it comes to my closet.  So when I saw this list of Life-Changing Clothing Organization Tips I totally squealed with joy and did a little dance in my seat.  No joke. (buzzfeed.com)

7.  Ok, THIS little guy is currently in my online shopping cart awaiting checkout.  He should be in yours too.  (ASOS.com)

Exciting news, guys…  Monday kicks off Bridal Week here at The Heart’s Delight!!!  Cue the string quartet, next week we’ll be marching down the aisle of love.  There will be gorgeous gowns, chic bridal party gifts and floral masterpieces galore.  Wedding guests, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered too!

Don’t leave me waiting at the alter- make sure to check in on Monday to get in on the matrimonial good times.

XOXO,

Stella

Eye Spy: SHADES OF PINK

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Ever since Fashion Week wrapped up, I can’t seem to get enough of the baby pink and pale blush hues that I saw all over the street style photos and recaps.  It was all so soft, feminine and dare I say it, Spring-ready, that I couldn’t help but start my online hunt for the perfect pink pieces to add to my wardrobe.  I can just picture how lovely they’d look paired with my grey and white basics.  Or, if we’re going to get a little crazy, maybe a bold navy!?  Decisions, decisions…

Here are just a few of my favorite pink finds:

Shades of Blush

 

1) J Brand skinny jeans / 2) River Island faux fur cropped coat / 3) Topshop sweatshirt / 4) Nike sneaker / 5) Equipment silk blouse / 6) Mackage crossbody purse / 7) Topshop midi skirt / 8) MICHAEL Michael Kors watch / 9) Oasis earrings / 10) Zara dress / 11) Jeffrey Campbell suede boots

And just for fun, here are a few of my favorite “Shades of Pink” looks:

via Elle Canada

Fashion Week

via MTV Style

via Gal Meets Glam

via Savoir Flare

So, so pretty… I need me some pink. ASAP.

How will YOU be wearing pink this Spring season?

XOXO,

Stella

Street Style: Head-To-Toe Sweats

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I am going to do something here that I never thought I would: give a “head-to-toe sweats” ensemble my glowing endorsement.  As you saw HERE, my life runs on casual (and a whole lot of caffeine) 80% of the time.  Rather, than just give up and succumb to my stretchy yoga pants, I’ve learned to embrace “casual.”  Casual does NOT have to equate to frumpy.  Casual can look just as cool and stylish as any of the fancy-pants designer outfits of the day (#OOTD).  My one caveat: casual needs to be done RIGHT.

The Heart’s Delight Three-Commandments of Casual:

1) FITTED – no sloppy, baggy sweatshirts that you’ve had since college.  We ALL have them… don’t deny.

2) LAYERED – a sweatshirt on its own looks, well, boring.  Like you put no thought into your attire… tsk, tsk.  Layer up pieces to give the outfit some visual interest and make a simple sweatshirt look way more cool than it is.

3) PROPORTIONED – If you’re going to be wearing a more boxy cut on top, try to keep the bottom half slim and tapered (and vice-versa).

Just take a look at the image in the header above (via Intermix).  Casual perfection.  Here is our chance to prove to the world that the world of sweatpants can be “le chic.”  Don’t let me down.

Street Style: Head-to-Toe Sweats

Look #1:

Forever 21 white moto jacket / Boden stripe sweatshirt / Old Navy skinny sweatpant / Sole Society ankle strap flats / Ray-Ban mirrored aviator sunglasses

Look #2:

 MuuBaa blue moto jacket / Nordstrom sweatshirt / Charlotte Russe skinny sweatpant / Vince leather ballet flat / Illesteva mirror lens sunglasses

Look #3: 

 Coach colorblock moto jacket / TEXTILE Elizabeth and James sweatshirt / American Eagle Outfitters skinny sweatpant /  Zigi Soho pointy toe flats / ASOS mirrored aviator sunglasses

Comfortable AND stylish!?  Definitely.

XOXO,

Stella