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We chose the name The Fashion Cookbook because we believe style is made up of many intricate ingredients - such as lifestyle, values, and career - and accented by unique flavors like a pinch of sass, a teaspoon of whimsy, and a dash of glamour.

Bubblegum, Baubles, and the Everyday Slip Dress

October 19, 2014

 

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klusterbraceletSomeone get me a quarter, these bubblegum inspired baubles look good enough to eat! I am just in love with this playful Kluster bracelet. Keep reading to see how we gave this bauble a grown up look by pairing it with a chic Michael Kors watch and a silky olive green slip dress. Yes you heard it right – the slip dress is coming out of the bedroom and hitting the streets today!
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 Hello beauties,

 I am so excited to share this look with all of you because I love to break the rules – the fashion rules that is. When I found this H&M slip dress while flipping through their latest fall catalog I knew I just had to have it. Mainly because I love lace details but also because I was intrigued by the prospect of wearing such a boudoir inspired dress outside of the bedroom. I have devised a little formula for all of you looking to make a sexy piece a bit more demure, and it applies not only to this dress but to a fitted mini skirt, a slinky cami, or a very sexy pair of heels.

The secret is balance! If you’re wearing something more skin baring on the bottom, cover up on top. A pair of sky high strappy heels will add a nice contrast to a chunky sweater and slouchy jeans. In this case, I balanced the sexy nature of the lace trim and silky fabric of the dress with a chunky loose fitting sweater. I also chose to accessorize the outfit with pieces that were more casual and playful so my look would be more daytime appropriate. I love this bubblegum inspired Kluster bracelet because it adds so much whimsy to the outfit. I also love combining olive green and pink together – they are a color match made it heaven. I paired the bracelet with this Michael Kors watch to bring out the rose gold tones in the watch.

Lastly, I went with a short heel with a sneaker inspired twist again to keep the outfit casual but interesting. But a slip dress also pairs great with a knee high or thigh high boot, keeping you warm and showing less skin.

In our last post, Hannah showed all of you how to style her hot pink Kluster beauty! Now that you’ve seen both of our looks we’d love to hear which one was your favorite. Oh, and we’d like all of you to select your own Kluster treats with this amazing coupon code.

Enter coupon code FCB25 at checkout for 25% off your purchase! But hurry, the code ends next week – October 31st.

Happy hunting!

Ingredients:

Chunky Knit Sweater – H&M

Slip Dress – H&M

Aldo Heels- Substitute

Michael Kors Watch

Bracelet – c/o of Kluster

Shimmery Nude Lipstick – H&M

LOVE,

Blog Signature Patricia

Tickled Pink

October 16, 2014

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Today on The Fashion Cookbook I’d like to share with you a very special accessory from Kluster Shop’s new Holiday Collection! Be prepared for something sweet as I share with you how to style the perfect pop of pink.

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Ingredients:

 Striped Shirt- Forever 21

 Jeans- New York and Company (similar)

Puffer Vest- Lands Ends (thrifted)

Hunter boots

Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace in Magenta

 Watch-Michael Kors

 Bracelet- c/o Kluster

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Bag- Louis Vuitton

iPhone case- Tory Burch

Lip Color- Bombshell by Covergirl

It’s no secret I’m drawn to the color pink. But up until this fall I didn’t really wear it during the colder seasons, for I thought it wasn’t in the proper color palette. When you think fall often times you stick to deep reds, dark purples, and neutrals. Fear not! I have found the perfect fall outfit that draws on the pink + navy combination.

What is great about an outfit like this is that many of the items used are versatile and probably are already in your wardrobe. If you do not already own a puffer vest for this season, you should get one. I say this because if you live in any place like Massachusetts or anywhere else in New England where the weather has been surprisingly warm, you may want to just throw on a vest before running out the door on these mid-sixty degree days.

This puffer vest is an essential layering piece . Just be sure to pair it with more fitted items, such as skinny jeans, to avoid looking bulky -especially if you’ll be layering a sweater underneath and throwing a scarf over the top for those chilly nights.

In an outfit like this, the combination of a striped shirt, jeans, and vest are brought together by adding the pop of pink. In this case the neutral palette of navy, black, and white is accented with pops of hot pink throughout, keeping the look grounded and polished while still being playful.

I was so excited to find the perfect bracelet to match my new bright pink Hunter boots. I fell in love with Kluster because all of their jewelry is so bright and colorful. You can’t help but smile! It makes sense that their tagline is happy jewelry for happy people.

(Special thanks to Chelsea Blood for the photography)

LOVE,

Blog Signature Hannah

Graphic Tees Are Making a Grown Up Comeback

October 9, 2014

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Hello Beauties,

Let’s talk graphic tees!

Too often of  the time, it can be easy to forget that fashion is supposed to be fun! We can get into a bit of a rut of dressing only for others instead of for ourselves. So today I want to challenge you to find a statement making graphic tee that means something to you and dress it up for a fun, playful, and stylish off duty look. Maybe you want to pay homage to your favorite vintage rock tee or opt for a more feminine or whimsical touch.  You can also add a statement making graphic sweatshirt to your fall wardrobe. I am currently coveting this Banana Republic “Little Black Sweatshirt Pullover.”

For this look, I paired a casual tee with a more structured a line skirt in a fabric and print that is grown up enough to add balance to the look and keep it sophisticated. You can easily transition this look from day to night with a fun pair of glitzy black pumps instead of flats and a classic black leather jacket.

Top off the look with an easy and spunky ponytail for an easy way to spice things up!

Still not convinced? Here are three reasons why you need to quite literally express yourself in t shirt form.

1. The graphic tee has officially made the transition to grown up friendly.

Just stick to black or white, and opt for a simple saying, to keep your look simple and chic.

2. You won’t need to compromise on comfort.

3. If you’re not ready to commit 100% you can always make a more subtle

statement by layering a crisp fitted blazer or jacket over top.

 

The Graphic Tee Goes Chic

Ingredients:

Asos Snoopy Graphic Tee

Express Skirt (Substitute)

Zara Flats (Substitute)

Asos Choker and Drop Locket (Substitute)

LOVE,

Blog Signature Patricia

Staple Pieces

October 4, 2014

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Ingredients:

Forever 21 Chambray Shirt 

The Chambray is classic and versatile but you don’t need to spend a fortune on this staple piece.

“You got to know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em…I mean when to splurge or steal..;)”

(Similar and Affordable Styles Here and Here)

Michael Kors White Skinny Jeans

These were an awesome TJ Maxx find, can you say #fabfound?

With this piece it’s all about finding the perfect fit for you. It’s worth spending more to get the fit that’s right for you!

Birkenstocks

Ultimate comfort? Worth every penny.

Michael Kors Watch

If you’re going to invest in something it might as well be your timepiece – you do have to look at it everyday!

Alex & Ani Bracelet & Bumblebee Charm

Sometimes the smallest details mean the most. This bumblebee charm holds special meaning to me and makes me smile whenever I wear it.

Louis Vuitton Bag

When mixing high and low pieces your bag can often make the biggest statement. If you’re going to wear it all the time, it’s worth the investment! 

As the years have progressed my shopping habits have completely changed and so has my overall style. A valuable lesson I’ve learned over time, that I’m eager to share with you all, is the importance of buying staple pieces. What could be the benefit of this? First off, you will spend less money in the long run. Which is always a wonderful thing! Also, you will be more thoughtful about what you dress yourself in.

Some items that are classic staples are the chambray shirt, white jeans, and birks. I wore them all together in this outfit, but they can be worn with so many other pieces and have endless possible outfit combinations. For instance, the same white jeans could be work with a graphic tee, oversized flannel, and suede booties for a cute fall look. That, or the chambray shirt can be worn with a neon midi, over a floral dress, or with leggings and flats.

I wanted to savor these last warm days of September going into October by wearing my birks a few more times. The pair I’m wearing I’ve actually had for six years!! Investment pieces like that are so worth it because you will definitely get wear out of it. Speaking of investment pieces.. dun dun duuuuuun… I may have..*pause*..wait well yes I did.. buy my first Louis Vuitton. I knew I would use it forever and it would always be iconic. 

What types of things do you invest in?

LOVE,

Blog Signature Hannah

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