Posts tagged Banana Republic

A Faux-Fur First

A Faux-Fur First

  The arrival of December brought cold, cloudy, and rainy days to the D.C. area. The day I had these photos taken, daylight had almost disappeared by 4 o’clock. I had been eating ice-cream at a shop (as an ice-cream lover, cold weather doesn’t stop me from enjoying a cone), and before I came out to […]

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The Ruffle Effect

The Ruffle Effect

  Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! I had four relaxing days during which I enjoyed the company of my family while watching movies and eating our favorite treats. I also took advantage of Black Friday by picking up a pair of beige suede booties (like the ones I’m wearing […]

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A Slim and Powerful Accessory

A Slim and Powerful Accessory

Can you believe it? Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! This year my family won’t have Thanksgiving dinner at home but will rather enjoy a delicious meal at one of our favorite restaurants. We’ve been extremely busy and have been sleeping very little, so we are exhausted and want to take advantage of this long weekend to simply rest and […]

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Gentle Autumn Pastels

Gentle Autumn Pastels

  Late November features some of the most interesting changes of the autumn season. Day by day, the vibrant colors of October begin to soften almost imperceptibly. That’s why pastels, which some only consider wearing in the spring, perfectly complement the slow approach of winter. Pastels such as light purple wonderfully harmonize with the delicate, gently […]

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A Welcome to the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

A Welcome to the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

  This week I’ve started to become very excited about Christmas. I love Christmas songs (especially those with a happy tune), Christmas movies (I always watch at least these three: “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Elf”, and “A Christmas Carol”),  Christmas cookies as well as panettone (with a a glass of cold milk, of course), and the excitement […]

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Everything Is Just Peachy

Everything Is Just Peachy

I’m always on the look out for skirts with an appropriate style and length to wear at work. During this online search, I found this lovely peach-colored skirt. I’m enchanted by its design, and the fabric, according to the reviews, is of high quality. This midi skirt could easily be styled for work or for one […]

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Fashionable Simplicity

Fashionable Simplicity

Dresses are my favorite pieces to wear all year round. It’s so easy to style them while getting ready for work or for a date that they are my first option when running behind. I’ve been searching for dresses that I’ll be able to wear on colder days and was lucky to find this plum […]

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Falling For Feathers

Falling For Feathers

  Since I first saw feather details on some pieces like this long sleeve top from Kate Spade or this tank from Tibi, I wanted a sleeveless top with a feathered-hem that I could wear at one of the parties I’ll attend during the holiday season. Just recently, I was very fortunate to find the perfect top at Bloomingdale’s and immediately combined it with a […]

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Delivering Results

Delivering Results

It’s been a couple of years since I owned a leather jacket. The last time I invested in one, I ended up disappointed because that piece was a light brown suede jacket that became dirty more often than expected and resulted in high dry-cleaning expenses. This year I was open to real as well as faux […]

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An Instant Transformation

An Instant Transformation

If you want to transform a simple outfit into a stylish and chic look, you just need to add a faux-fur vest. This versatile and cozy piece is ideal for layering and mixing with different textures. Today’s inspiration board features a vest I recently saw online and would like to try on. Every time I have an item on my radar, I imagine all […]

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The Perennial Blue

The Perennial Blue

  Today I’m excited to introduce my new classic jacket. You can’t imagine how long I’ve been looking for a denim piece that would fullfil my requirements for wash, length, and fit. I pair denim jackets with almost everything, and the first time I wore this new piece, I created a double denim look with soft pink touches. When […]

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A Piece For All Seasons

A Piece For All Seasons

  Until this year, I’ve only owned two drop-waist dresses. I liked and admired the silhouette on other women but always gravitated towards other styles. Today, I’m excited to share with you a shirtdress that has stolen my heart. I love its straight cut and flowy, wavy skirt. While the colors and print of this dress are ideal for fall, […]

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Mission Accomplished

Mission Accomplished

  My search has finally ended! For a number of weeks, I’ve been looking for a black coat with a style that will allow me to wear the piece for both casual and formal events. When I saw this coat online a week ago, I loved its standing collar and slightly fitted silhouette (the cut is […]

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Reporting for Double Duty

Reporting for Double Duty

I’ve been looking for a burgundy dress for a couple of weeks and have recently found this classic piece online. The dress is perfect to wear both at the office and on a casual date. Its cut also allows us to layer it as the weather turns frosty. I styled this piece in such a way that a […]

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A Serious Flirt

A Serious Flirt

It’s Friday, so for today’s post, I chose my new favorite dress that is perfect to wear while escaping from the nine-to-five grind. I’m enchanted by its design, which combines two contrasting elements: seriousness and playfulness. While the top part of the dress, with a high-cut neckline and long sleeves, presents a demure silhouette, the skirt, […]

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The Mighty Miniature

The Mighty Miniature

 The mini-handbag trend is one of my favorites at this moment! I know, we can’t carry anything but our essentials (i.e. cellphones, keys, and lipstick) in them, but they add a stylish touch to any look. Today’s inspiration board features one of these super cute bags that remind us that “the best things come in small packages!” […]

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Mustard Crush

Mustard Crush

Mustard — one of this season’s fabulous trending colors that I’m totally sold on right now! Last week,  the temperature dropped so dramatically for a couple of days (fortunately it has warmed up again!) that I needed to break out some of my coziest sweaters, among them this flowy, boxy turtleneck. I paired it with a classic pencil skirt and […]

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Oversized Entertainment

Oversized Entertainment

  After wearing so many colorful pieces during summer and spring, I’ve recently turned to lots of darker shades. It seems that the sudden cold front that we are experiencing in D.C. has redefined my clothes selection. This H&M sleeveless oversized tunic, one of the latest additions to my wardrobe, has been really entertaining to style. Just […]

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Can’t Stop “Vesting”

Can’t Stop “Vesting”

I’m so excited to share with you today’s look since it features one of the most wearable trends of the new season: the vest. I already shared an outfit showcasing this double-breasted long vest a couple of weeks ago when I first paired it with my perfect mini pleated skirt (see that post here). Since […]

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Touring in Burgundy

Touring in Burgundy

During my first months in Washington, D.C., I visited museums and galleries almost every weekend. I thought I had seen most (if not all) of them, but I was proven wrong last weekend. On Sunday, I came out of a metro station at the wrong exit. After walking a little, I appeared in front of a gallery […]

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In Need of Knits

In Need of Knits

Until this past weekend, summer temperatures still lingered in D.C. To celebrate fall’s arrival yesterday, a group of friends and I enjoyed a mid-morning breakfast at a new café in my neighborhood. Since mornings are chilly but not cold and the weather rapidly warms up, I wore this oversized sleeveless sweater. This knit tunic, featuring deep […]

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A Pleated Debut

A Pleated Debut

  Since I first saw pleated skirts of different lengths and materials make their appearance in magazines, stores, and blogs, I started a search for one that would perfectly fit me. Finally, I can introduce my ideal pleated skirt. The skirt features flattering pleats that move freely from side to side as I walk. I chose this uneven length sweater (the back […]

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A Double Welcome

A Double Welcome

Today is a special day for me since I will try to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis. Being a Roman Catholic, I’ve always been excited to see a Pope. Now, this excitement has grown even greater because of the admiration I feel towards Pope Francis. Besides all his wonderful qualities as a person, priest, and […]

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A ‘Short’ Story

A ‘Short’ Story

Now that the temperature is starting to drop, I’m holding on tightly to my favorite summer pieces for as long as I can. As I have mentioned before, I feel a deep love for shorts. This summer, I wore them virtually all the time and only gave them a rest when I suffered many mosquito bites that were […]

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An Early Milestone

An Early Milestone

Yesterday was my 3rd month blog anniversary (a truly joyful event for me)! As recently as four months ago, I had no idea how to create a blog, wasn’t active on social media, and was somewhat camera shy. In spite of these challenges, my blog has reached the quarter-year mark! As much as I enjoy sharing […]

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A First Time Favorite

A First Time Favorite

Happy Monday! I hope you had a fun weekend! I didn’t do anything special this time; I just ran some errands, cooked for the week, and relaxed with my family. I always enjoy staying at home, eating pizza, and watching a good movie. Now, let’s talk about today’s look. I’ve finally purchased my first long vest! […]

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Adding a Little Edge

Adding a Little Edge

Happy Friday, everyone! Today I want to share with you one of my favorite basic go-to outfits. To create a chic and stylish look, I combined a pair of skinny jeans with this unique top that mixes different textures. The faux leather in the front adds a touch of edginess to this versatile piece and to […]

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A Minimalist Summer Formula

A Minimalist Summer Formula

One reason I enjoy summer so much is that creating a stylish outfit becomes such a simple affair. Today’s look is the result of my summer outfit formula (a cute, comfortable dress + heels) for getting ready quickly and going out on a date. I’m enchanted by this dress because its print reminds me of abstract artwork and its cut cools me down on […]

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Artworks in Blue

Artworks in Blue

Good morning, everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. I enjoyed mine very much. On Saturday I finally had enough time to spend a couple of hours at The National Gallery of Art, one of my favorite places in Washington, D.C. Going to this gallery is one of several activities I enjoy with my […]

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Shades of a Late Summer Sunset

Shades of a Late Summer Sunset

Good morning! Happy Friday! Yesterday the temperature here in Washington, D.C. dropped to such a comfortable level that, at the last minute, I decided to go out with my husband and enjoy the evening. It was also the perfect occasion to finally wear this lightweight sweater I had acquired earlier in the season. In some of the photos, the […]

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Full Style

Full Style

  Time to start a new week!  I hope you had an excellent weekend! I had time to relax at home and went out for dinner on Saturday. Last week it was Restaurant Week here in D.C., so my family and I took advantage of it and visited one of our favorite steakhouses, Fogo de Chao. […]

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“Fall”-ing for Olive

“Fall”-ing for Olive

Hello and Happy Friday! Ready for some fun these next few days? I’ve been ready since Wednesday when I decided to visit New York City for the weekend. My mother shares my love for the Big Apple, so from time to time we take a short trip there. Our three main activities in NYC are: 1. visiting the […]

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Spice Up That Basic LBD

Spice Up That Basic LBD

When it comes to dresses, the LBD (little black dress) is one of the most versatile pieces, and thus a staple in a woman’s wardrobe. Although I have acquired various LBDs the last few years, I can never look away when I pass by one of these must-haves at a store. Weeks ago, I was walking by an […]

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Heavenly Blue

Heavenly Blue

Summers in Washington, D.C. are so hot and humid that I wish I could escape to the beach every weekend. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet had the chance to go even once this year (this situation has to change very soon!). I’m dreaming of relaxing on the beach for hours, looking at the magnificent ocean.  The sound of the […]

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A Ballerina Dream

A Ballerina Dream

  Every year I enjoy to the fullest a new ballet season at the Kennedy Center. I took ballet classes for several years, and now that my ballerina years are in the past, I have a great time when my mother and I go to the theater to see some of the best ballet companies […]

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Perennially in Season

Perennially in Season

  Among basic clothing pieces suitable not only for summer and spring but for the entire year is the classic, button-down white shirt. White shirts are not simply a seasonal trend that appears and disappears but are featured in designers’ collections all year long. Like many women, I have a weakness, inherited from my mother, for […]

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Stylish Independence

Stylish Independence

Independence Day is this coming Saturday, and many of us are excited to have a long weekend of celebrations and gatherings with friends and relatives. This holiday is among my three favorite (the other two are Christmas and Thanksgiving), because throughout the nation many people get together to engage in spirited, communal activities. For example, […]

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Enamored with Floating Blooms

Enamored with Floating Blooms

One of the fashion trends I have eagerly embraced this year is the floral print. I like the large and vibrant floral patterns that contrast with my dark hair as much as the smaller, delicate bloom designs that give my outfits a special feminine touch. A second trend that I have adopted is the cropped tops. I […]

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From Day to Night – Ethereal White

From Day to Night – Ethereal White

During summer and spring I wear all-white outfits very often. I love how easy it is to transform them from elegant office wear into stylish night ensembles. A white outfit is the perfect blank canvas to draw attention to any accessory. Today I chose a white shirt and skirt as the basic pieces that can be worn to […]

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A City Safari

A City Safari

Shirtdresses are among my summer must-have pieces. I like this style, because you can effortlessly look chic in these dresses and depending on how you accessorize them, you can use them at work, on a casual weekend, at the beach, or even for a party. Lately I have been on the lookout for an earth-tone shirtdress, […]

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All about the Shades

All about the Shades

Sunglasses are a fabulous style accessory and my favorite. I have been accustomed to wearing them since I had LASIK eye surgery years ago. I used to wear a pair only on sunny days until I heard that even on overcast days your eyes can be damaged by the powerful UV rays. Now, if I am outdoors, I always have my shades […]

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