Back to School Essentials from Zaful

Back-to-school season is officially here! If you are going back to school, you might have a lot of things in your mind right now. But fashion should be the least of your concerns. While trends might come and go, it is important to stick to the basics as far as back-to-school styling is concerned, like a black bodycon dress or a little black dress. I've listed three of my picks and a promo from Zaful that lets you pick up your favorite back to school pieces at a great deal!

Here are my 3 back to school essentials:

Classic Denim Jeans

Bleach Wash Skinny Ripped Jeans
Super Elastic Pencil Jeans


Backpack

Solid Color Satchel Backpack
Fruit Print Canvas Backpack

Sneakers

Breathable Athletic Shoes
Faux Leather Slip-On Sneakers



If you want to win the back to school fashion picks from Zaful, joining this promo is so easy! Pick whatever product you want and share on your social media platform.

Step 1: Choose an image of the product you want.

Step 2: Write this in the caption: "#BackToSchool I want free clothes for two! Zaful 16 days free shipping from now."

Step 3: Tag your friend and share a link to your social media share here: https://zafulofficial.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/back-to-school-with-free-new-clothes/

Hurry up! This promo is valid from Aug 8 to 22 only! There are 3 winners that will be chosen by the end of this promo wherein you will win the product that you shared!

Which fashion piece is a back to school essential for you?

xo, Abby

5 Shoes Every Woman Must Have

There was a point in my life when I only owned a couple pair of shoes: one casual and one dressy. But gone are those days, I am now shoe-obsessed! Since I realized how they can make a different to an outfit, I have collected a wide range of shoes to spice up simple looks and give them major transformation. 


Nude Heels


Obviously, a pair of nude heels is going to be on a list of shoes every woman must have. It is a classic shoe option for women because it renders a lot of versatility to your closet. You can pair it with jeans, dresses or even shorts. Plus, the color makes it suitable to be paired with any other color!


Nude Ankle Strap Heels / Nude Classic Women's Pumps / Nude Suede Heels


Ankle Strap Sandals


A sexy wrap around detail that ankle strap heels bring to your outfit makes it a must-have in a woman's closet. I personally love wearing mine with skirts and dresses to show off that ankle strap detail. Above all, it makes any look decidedly feminine!

Chic Grey Ankle Strap Heels / Schutz Rene Heel / Gingham Ankle Strap Heels


Leopard Flats


According to fashion experts, and one that I completely agree on, every woman should have at least one leopard print item in her closet. It could be a shoe, bag, dress, or coat- ANYTHING! But for me, nothing beats having a classic pair of leopard shoes to add some drama to simple outfits. Even with a tee and jeans, you can spice up your look with leopard pointed toe flats.

Leopard Suede Pointed Toe Flats / Leopard Slip-On Shoes / Leopard Lace-Up Flats


Classic Sandals


A classic pair of strappy sandals is a must-have for any woman. Period. No matter what your style preference may be, you need one. It is easy to wear and a neutral colored one such as apricot, black or tan can go with any outfit.

Blue Flat Sandals / Geo Plains Sandal / Zipper Back Strappy Sandals
Sneakers



Up until recently, I would consider wearing sneakers with sporty outfits. But I realized that you don't need to wear sporty outfits to rock a pair of sneakers. Even the most feminine looks can look good when worn with sneakers!

Sunblush Converse Sneakers / Vans Classic Slip-On Sneakers / Superga Sneakers

Which of these shoe styles are must-haves for you?


xo, Abby

Transitional Style: Red Flare Dress

While I do love summer and warm weather, the idea of the -ber months bring a new level of excitement. In the Philippines, we are anticipating the Christmas season as early as September. Last year, I incessantly (yes I am aware of that) talked about how excited I am about spending our first holiday season at our new home. This year, I still feel that same level of excitement. But I also have a December trip coming up to a tropical island. So while my mind is set on getting ready for the colder months ahead, I can't just shake off the idea of buying summer dresses just yet. The perfect compromise to that is to buy transitional dresses that can be easily styled depending on the weather. A red flare dress fits that bill for me.

Shop my picks for transitional dresses below...
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I've always loved to wear bright colors for summer; hence, red is a no-brainer for me. But at the same time, red has a sense of warmth to it, which also makes it an ideal choice for the colder months. By opting for fit and flare dresses that are easy to dress up or down, you can have a piece that can be styled for different seasons.

With the picks above, you can easily transition them by changing the shoe options and adding layers. For example, you can wear these dresses with wedge sandals or strappy sandals for the warm weather. If it's cold, you can layer with a jacket or cardigan, and then toss in some ankle booties into the mix!

What is your go-to style for transitional dresses?

xo, Abby

How to Dress Up Graphic Tank Tops

OUTFIT DETAILS
Top: CNDirect (c/o)
Skirt: Oasap (c/o)
Shoes: Soludos (sold out, similar)
Bag: Kate Spade

Do we have graphic tee addicts over here? I'd like to know that I am not the only one who is loving them at the moment. I love the addition of fun quotes and sayings on what would rather be a plain tee or tank top. This is another one to add to my collection. 


SHOP THE LOOK
Top: CNDirect (c/o)
Skirt: Oasap (c/o)
Shoes: Soludos (sold out, similar)
Bag: Kate Spade

Since this tank top is rather simplistic, I wanted to dress it up a little bit and give it a 'girly' makeover. How much more girly can you get with a blush Kate Spade tote, ruffle hem skirt, and lace up espadrilles? I've gotten a ton of great feedback from my readers about this skirt when I featured it on this post. Hence, I knew that it was going to make its return to my blog sooner or later. Going back to this graphic tank top, I love the ease that it offers to any outfit. No wonder I've been wearing it non-stop since I got it.

I'd like to pick your brain a little: how would you style this graphic tank top?


The Prettiest Summer Dresses That Are NOT Floral

Dresses for summer is like floral - it isn't revolutionary. But while it is non-trend setting, it is a go-to for a lot of women like myself. I rely on dresses for those hot summer days wherein I simply want to put on a dress and go! With the right choice of dress, you can look effortlessly chic too! But if you are not particularly fond of wearing floral dresses for summer, don't despair. Floral is NOT your only option. There are far more choices than you think such as the ones that I have turned to for years.

Eyelet/Crochet


Eyelet dresses are emerging as the new floral for spring/summer. And I couldn't be more excited about that. Take this eyelet/crochet dress that I sported a few weeks back for example. I dubbed it as my go-to summer dress because its simplicity belies the style statement it can make. At the same time, eyelet is such a breathable fabric that won't make you break a sweat even on the hottest summer days. 


Clockwise: White Skater Eyelet Dress / Cotton Eyelet Dress / White Crochet Lace Dress / Fluted Sleeve Eyelet Smock Dress /  Keyhole Scallop Hem Eyelet Dress

Chambray



When temperatures go up, you just want to put on something that is comfortable without looking drab. Chambray ticks all the right boxes when it comes to your summer dress collection, making it a must-have! In my opinion, every woman should have at least one chambray dress in her wardrobe. There is also a plethora of styles available so finding one that reflects your personal style shouldn't be difficult. 

Wrap Chambray Dress / Embroidered Smock Chambray Dress / Chambray Swing Dress / Blue Chambray Dress


Stripes



There is no right or wrong way to wear stripes. And more importantly, there is no such thing as the best season to wear stripes. Stripes are suited for all seasons! And they are especially chic and classy for summer, particularly when it's blue and white stripes! 

Striped Babydoll Dress / Lulu's Striped Dress / Free People Midi Dress / Sequoia Striped Dress

Tie Dye



If I would have done this list about 3 years ago, there is no way I would've included tie dye on this list. But since I got my first tie dye dress, I've come to appreciate this print for summer. The trick is in finding the right color combination. Some tie dye prints are more elevated, such as the one I'm wearing here. But you can also find vibrantly colored ones that reflect the true hippie-boho style that inspired it.

Tie Dye Cami Dress / Racer Neck Tie Dye Dress / High Slit Tie Dye Dress / Sing Along Dress / Shore Side Dress


Which type of summer dresses are you into? Or is a floral your go-to option?

xo, Abby

Double Denim

OUTFIT DETAILS
Top c/o Twinkledeals
Pants from Shein
Shoes c/o Zaful
Earrings c/o Twinkledeals (available in 3 other colors)
Watch c/o Uncle Jack

A denim on denim look might be a classic trend. However, it can be a tricky beast. I have seen it on other fashion bloggers and celebrities but I never dared wear this trend... until now. When I got this ruffled denim off shoulder top from Twinkledeals, I instantly had this denim on denim look in mind. I am not embarrassed to admit it either that this has been my go-to outfit lately.


SHOP THIS LOOKTop c/o Twinkledeals
Pants from Shein
Shoes c/o Zaful
Earrings c/o Twinkledeals (available in 3 other colors)
Watch c/o Uncle Jack

One of the reasons why it took me so long to give this trend a try is because I wasn't quite sure how to pull it off. But over many years of studying trends and taking fashion inspirations from fellow bloggers, I have come to the realization that the key to pulling off the denim on denim look is through balance. In this outfit, for example, I paired the classic blue denim ruffled top with an edgier pair of distressed black skinny denim. Plus, there is something about distressed denim that works so well with a denim on denim style. But if you want to rock the double denim trend like a true 'it' fashion girl, you can go for one denim piece (such as a denim top or jacket) that has embellishments on it, like fur accents or embroidery. Small details add something fun to the classic staples that we all have come to love and rely on!

Another trick that I have incorporated with this double denim look is the addition of the unexpected but fun accessories. Case in point: my red tassel earrings. Not only does it add a fun element to the look but it also brings a pop of color.

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Have you tried the denim on denim trend?

xo, Abby

Re-purposed Maxi


How much do I love maxi skirts (and dresses)? Let me count thee ways... 1 - they're comfortable, 2 - they're stylish, 3 - they are easy to re-wear! Today's look is a repurposed version of the same maxi skirt you've seen me style here. Coral is easily one of my favorite colors to wear. It adds a pop of color to an outfit without being too loud.



SHOP THIS LOOK
Top: Shein (less than $10!) 
Skirt: old 
Sandals: AMI Clubwear (c/o)

This Best Dressed tee is from Shein, by the way. I've scored a ton of great deals from this website and this shirt is just one of them. I bought it for less than $10! To add some edgy twist to the look, my gladiator sandals from AMI Clubwear is my choice of footwear. These three pieces are such good investments - they can easily be mixed and matched with other pieces. The good thing about each item is that they can act as a focal or accent piece in an outfit.

What is one item in your closet that gets the most wear?