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    Fashion: Lirika Matoshi

    March 27, 2018

    We have to take a moment to be in complete awe of Lirika Matoshi and her collection of embellished fishnets, stockings, and socks. From the celestial sky down to the elements of our planet, Lirika draws inspiration from the outdoors and re-imagines it in her pieces. We love the high details and how her pieces adds a touch of chic art into any outfit.

    All of her pieces are handmade, btw. That’s wild because no two are exactly the same. We love that. Check out a few our other favorite pieces below, and if you’d like to purchase a pair or two, go ahead to Lirika’s ETSY shop. Let us know if you have your eyes on anything!

    Photo Credit: Lirika Matoshi

    Fashion: Travel and Shoes

    March 16, 2018

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    I’m going on a long trip very soon. I’ll fill all of you in all the details at a later time, but one of the hardest things for me to do is to pare down my shoe collection. I try to pack light…for all the snacks and treasures I find abroad.
    I love shopping at Nordstrom as they have everything I need and are always on top of the latest fashion trends, designers, and brands (Hello Everlane!).I’m also a big fan of their free shipping and their generous return policy. Nordstrom started out as a shoe department, so I knew I was pretty set in my search.

    I’ve pared down a list of 6 shoes that I feel are versatile and useful for my travels as I will be doing a lot of walking in different terrain and weather. Check out a few of my favorites, and if you find any shoes that would go great with traveling, let me know!

    The Adidas NMD R1 STLT Primeknit Sneakers (pictured above) are pretty, aren’t they? They’re the perfect sneakers for traveling. They’re light and the upper material is knit, which I love not only for the aesthetics, but especially for traveling when feet can swell. These can be used not only for walking around the city but for engaging in a more serious workouts. The style of these sneakers add a much welcome pop to an all black outfit.

    I always like to bring a casual sneaker to simplify my look. It’s versatile in that I can wear it with jeans, shorts, skirts and dresses. I’ve always been a fan of Superga because of their clean design and how comfortable they are. I’m a sucker for the grey ones.

    I think booties have do be one of the most versatile pair of shoes. They can elevate a pair of jeans and ground a pair of shorts. They can also provide some edge to a sweet and delicate dress. The heel of the Blondo Victoria Cutout Bootie is walker friendly with a 2 inch heel. These are also waterproof which I have found to be so important when travelling. There have been one too many times have I been caught in a rainstorm with sneakers that became soaked, or booties that kept my feet dry but the 3 inch heel make it uncomfortable to walk for long distances. These boots are the best of both worlds and black is the perfect neutral.

    For those nights out or those day trips that require a little dressing up, I like to bring a low heeled block sandal. The Bella Vita Fitz Block heel sandal is a gorgeous shoe that will go well wherever you travel. With a heel height of 2 inches, a flattering ankle strap, and a transparent inset for the block heel, these will keep you steady on cobblestones and dancing all night without having to take them off.

    Sandals are the ultimate vacation shoe, and the Mayari’ Birko-Flor is your happy travel companion. Birkenstocks are famous for being comfortable and this style adds a feminine twist to the sandals. Your feet will be happy exploring with these on.

    Loafers are a nice addition for traveling as they add polish to any outfit especially jeans. If you’re going to somewhere a little dressier in the daytime it’s a nice to have a pair of these on hand. The Gucci Brixton Convertible Loafer is classic and can be also worn as a mule to get more looks out of this shoe.

    I hope you find this useful, let me know what shoes are on your “must list”, when you travel!

    Fashion: NooWorks

    March 15, 2018

    If you’ve been keeping up with our Instagram, you would know that I’m having a love affair with NooWorks and my Magic Cheetah Jumpsuit. I got to preview their lookbook for their upcoming collection, and I’m excited to share a few favorites. 

    Nooworks specializes in making socially and ethically conscious clothing. All production is made in California with shops in SF and LA. The brand has a unique and creative edge because they partner with different artists for each season to create pieces that cannot be replicated anywhere else. For this collection, they paired with ceramicist Lorein Stern and graphic designer, The Good Twin.

    Nooworks is also women owned and women ran. I got a chance to visit the SF shop, and I loved the vibes they set in store. The staff were friendly and welcoming; it was nice to have friendly conversations and just hang out while shopping.

    The clothing itself is incredibly comfortable and I’ve never felt as confident in a jumpsuit like I do with my magic cheetah. The pieces are bold, but I believe that’s what Nooworks is going for: be bold, feel proud, and remember…you are effin’ badass.

     

    Fashion: Ulla Johnson FW ’18

    March 14, 2018

    Ulla Johnson’s aesthetic is something I’ve loved and admired for some time. To celebrate her brand’s 20th anniversary, her Fall Fashion Week show in New York paid homage to her personal style and the early beginnings of her line.  

    The collection was rich in deep tones, velvets, laces, pinstripes, and sparkle. I love how she called her collection a “Meditation on Trousers” serving as a reminder of how women wearing pants in business (and in Congress!) was still frowned upon even through the 90s. Her collection was a means to focus on the struggles and achievement of women. She balances the delicate feminine touches that her designs are known for with strong fabrics, silhouettes, and oversized wide leg pant suits. With so much going on in the world especially for women and women of color, Ulla wanted to put joy with the designs, cuts, and colors of this collection. My favorite pieces? The disco dance party vibes from the off the shoulder overside dress and jumpsuit.

    Check out the rest of our favorites below. Let us know if anything caught your eye too.

    Photo Credits: Vogue

    Fashion: Lively

    March 10, 2018

    Here at Style Approximately, we wanted to put focus on the brands that we can fully get behind and support. Ever since I came across Lively, I knew there was something special about their products and their brand. Not only are their pieces beautiful and wearable, but their mission is something we truly believe in.

    Lively aims to create a movement that breaks the typical ideas of what is sexy. They blur the lines of lingerie, activewear, and swimsuit to create products that are sexy, comfortable, and actually wearable.  They call it Leisurée. Lively believes that confidence is a beautiful and sexy thing; their pieces are merely the bridge between the person and their own confidence. Their goal is to empower women to live their best selves in clothing they truly feel good in right down to their skivvies. Self-love is real with Lively.

    I’ve purchased a few things already, and I’m waiting patiently for it to come in the mail. The tank one piece swimsuit below was a piece I’ve been pining over for about a month until I made the jump to purchase. It’s a gorgeous piece and I knew I had to have it after seeing the Bando girls wear it in Hawaii. The swimsuit is a classic striped piece that screams summer time at the beach. It’s rare to find something so classic nowadays. I’m also convinced that vertical stripes are going to be seen everywhere this summer.

    I also purchased the Confidence Starts Here tee which was released to coincide with International Women’s Day. This tee serves as a reminder to myself to be confident in who I am and what I represent. 100% of the profits from this tee will be donated to Support The Girls.

    One more thing! Lively is such an awesome brand, and wanted to help spread their movement. They’ve given us a discount code for our amazing readers. Use code: AMB-styleapproximately to receive $10 off a purchase! Let us know what items you’re eyeing to purchase with the code!