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When the world goes one way, fashion inevitably starts to go the other. In case you missed the memo, dress is back. With athleisure now fully saturated into both European and American markets, the consumer has started to get bored, and they’re reaching back to their archives for a compromise away from athleisure style. Don’t worry, it’s not going anywhere soon. But while athleisure strays away from fashion and moves toward traditional sport brands like Nike, Puma and Adidas – 2019 summer fashion trends are leaning towards the ultimate return of the feminine evolution – heels.

photography:MY MOM | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | shoes c/o:JO MERCER | classic blue levi jeans c/o:SHOPBOP | black jeans c/o: PARKER SMITH | leather biker jacket c/o:ALL SAINTS

Don’t worry ladies, we know you got used to the comfort of sneaker styles and flat-bed sandals. So let’s start simple. Kitten heels fill the largest category of the return of heels for spring and summer 2019, while only the bravest are bringing back the pumps and stiletto heels. Minimal feminine silhouettes mark the evolution of the trend, replacing gaudy platforms of years past. Simplicity is key with a faint 90’s vintage flair. To illustrate the movement for you, I reached out to Australian brand Jo Mercer to show you three ways to wear heels this summer.

Jo Mercer shoes review

First, a bit about the brand. I worked with Jo Mercer for the first time just a few weeks back, on a brief, single-post campaign. They were kind enough to send a couple of pairs of shoes for me to try out at that time, and I so fell in love with the brand – they were the first I contacted for this spring and summer footwear trend edition. Why? The Aussie fashion scene is well marked for being leaders of the modern, minimalist fashion movement. Jo Mercer’s summer collection was just what I was looking for to exemplify the trend of minimal, feminine, low-heel shoes that we’ve started to see everywhere.

Their quality is also exceptional. They focus on luxury fashion that fits into the niche of what day in my dreams represents, from a minimalist lifestyle approach of less is more – focusing on quality essential items. Their collections are designed with premium genuine leathers and engineered both for quite luxury and comfort. Note to understand my full support of the brand, they have not paid me for the post, only provided my selection of footwear to pair with these luxury summer outfits.

“Our shoes are engineered for real life. A Jo Mercer shoe has to meet a certain standard to be included in the range; the leather must be of fine quality, the heel balanced and the fit unparalleled. Trends inform our designs, fashion influences our collection whilst our customers defines the range. To create what you desire, without compromise, is our aim.” – Jo Mercer

To illustrate three ways to wear heels this summer, I’ve selected three different styles from their collection, to give you a range of luxury, minimalist outfit ideas. Featured below are the Phoenix high sandal heel, Amore high heel mule sandal, and the Leah mules in beige snake print. More details on each in the outfits outlined below.

High heel sandals: The luxury of minimalist comfort in Levi jeans and a boxy tee

The first look features Jo Mercer’s Phoenix high sandal in white leather paired with an oversized t-shirt and classic Levi blue jeans. Levi’s are the minimalist fashion enthusiast’s go-to for casual style, and this summer will be no exception. The boxy tee is a new interpretation of modern boho style, and creates a look that’s ultra relaxed. Heels are great for this look, as they keep your casual wardrobe items from looking sloppy. A heeled sandal is the perfect feminine touch. This minimal silhouette features 3 straps with a wood-look 9.5cm heel, giving a great boost in height. I wore this look throughout the day, including for the shoot, errands, a bit of shopping and dinner late that night – happy to say they were comfortable until day’s end.

This is an outfit you’ll probably see me in Monday – Friday, because there’s really nothing more comfortable and practical for running my life on the go. Time and comfort are luxuries everyone can afford, and this is one way I splurge on myself.

Kitten heels: Day to night with black skinny jeans

The next look is also casual, but slightly more sophisticated with a skinny crop black jean from Parker Smith, and a fitted white tank paired with high to mid-heel sandals. This is a great everyday look that can take you from errands to cocktails with a release of the bun. With a mostly monochrome, luxury fashion blog – black and white dominate my wardrobe. A subtle hint of nude is a refreshing way to keep the look modern and bright. The shoes are Jo Mercer’s Amore high heel mule sandal in ivory leather. Also featuring thin, feminine straps, it’s an ideal match to dress-up casual styles, or to pair with summer sophisticates. Kitten heels are a big 2019 summer fashion trend, and these are just the right height for that effortless luxury look.

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Getting desperate for summer sun, evening mojitos and an escape from the dredge of winter. In lighter notes, spring has nearly arrived, and it’s time to start assembling a summer wardrobe. Just returning home from a season of the biggest women’s fashion conventions in Vegas and Atlanta, I’ve had the opportunity to have first looks of what’s coming up on the fashion forecast for summer 2019 and into fall/winter of 2020.

Everything in the fashion world is changing

Many trends transpire season to season. This year, expect everything to change. Evolution is the foremost word of the season, with unexpected combinations and futuristic looks. Thank an overrun media or boredom with current style. Fashion is a reflection of culture, and it’s clear people are ready to change. Your eyes will be delightedly confused as runway fashion hits mainsteam style, and a juxtapose of classic and hyper modern elements come together for fashion without a filter.

photo cred: ImaxTree

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Classic tailored suiting gets belted

Starting on runways and luxury fashion street style scenes this winter, classic suiting is back, but with an entirely transformed attitude. Tailored classics used to feel formal and inflexible. The new tailoring is oversized, edgy and rebellious. We see this in a few ways, most notably worn much like a motto jacket layered over basics. The form is boxy and 3 sizes larger than your frame. It’s a statement of understated luxury – strong and confident without trying. Wear an oversized blazer over basic classic-cut jeans and an oversized t-shirt, or swap jeans for biker shorts if you are feeling especially brave. Your accessories should be simple – vintage sunglasses, gold jewelry and chunky sneakers mark the look.

photo cred: @beatrice.gutu

For those who identify with a more playful, sophisticated and daring take on fashion, suiting has also evolved alongside athleisure. In this look, blazers are worn more naturally fitted with coordinating suit pieces, track pants, biker shorts and no top at all. Instead, let the cut of the blazer jut deeply down your chest with a tightly cinched belt at your waistline. The look is fierce and mischievous. Wear your hair tied back in a tight pony or neat knot. Accessories are slightly more feminine to contrast with the suiting. Pair with 90’s kitten heels or booties with architectural details.

photo cred: emfashionfiles

The death of minimalism, sort of

A couple years back, minimalist lifestyle blogs exploded with the fastest fashion trends coming out of Australia and the UK. While these looks are still on point, a shift is seen with the direction of minimalist styling. Oversized everything is being replaced with vintage jeans and enormous t-shirts tucked to show your waistline. Stark lines and contrast have moved more towards our evolution of suiting, and minimalism has taken a turn backwards. In fact, the most unexpected clash of trends has now begun merging. The new minimalist is rooted deeply in boho vintage style. Where boho used to be represented in chunky jewelry and tacky prints, it’s now become refined and feminine, meeting minimalism half way. Accessories are dainty, and footwear, belting and handbags have become more bold. Don’t worry, the crazy prints aren’t coming back. Rather, subtle pinstripes, monotone mini-floral prints and other barely-there details pair with the most minimalist basics. Pair with a short wavy bob cut and an effortless awareness of your surroundings.

photo cred: streetstyleseekers

photo cred: Vogue France

Dress is back

After months of fashion refusing to put forth effort, dress is back. Athleisure dominated style long enough. While you don’t have to ditch your new expansive sneaker collection just yet, be prepared to mix in kitten heels and dressier accessories. We are realizing once again that just because the relaxed look of athleisure is easy, it’s also adrenalizing to step out of your comfort zone. Dress is coming back, in a small way for now. Expect to see heels, silk dresses, even sequins and other feminine pieces mixed with the undying athleisure styles.

photo cred: Vogue France

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Luxury may be difficult to afford, but if you’ve been coveting a few favorites, today is your lucky day. Now through March 2nd, Shopbop is having one of the biggest sales of the season – buy more, save more. Luxury fashion is desired for its exclusivity, and as of such, many luxury retailers never mark down items or run seasonal sales. One way around it, is shopping through key luxury retail sites like Shopbop. Here’s the scoop on the sale and a few picks on my favorited list. Being an advocate of a capsule wardrobe and living a minimalist lifestyle, quality comes before quantity. As such, many of my purchases are luxury fashion pieces that I will have for years to come, with a heavy rotation that more than covers the initial investment.

Buying luxury for a purpose

First, it’s important to mention that I do, and always have valued experience over material possessions. Those are the memories that last a lifetime, and I believe that living with less to allow yourself your dream lifestyle is the best way to live. Having said that, there is also plenty of reason to value luxury fashion as a part of that lifestyle. Buying fewer pieces that last year over year in both style and quality is a better long term investment than purchasing fast-fashion pieces that you’ll be ready to toss at the end of the month (provided they don’t rip in the wash before then). Luxury fashion blogging has allowed me the opportunity to experience many levels of luxury working with small boutique brands and large tycoons like All Saints and Maison Margela. I’ve purchased luxury, and also steals I find along the way. It has never failed, luxury last longer both in style and quality of the manufacturing and materials. If you’re working towards a capsule wardrobe, consider investing a little extra to get the basics that will last.

Shopbop buy more, save more event details

Ready for luxury at irresistible prices? Shopbop’s seasonal sale is a great way to get started on your luxury essentials with an assortment of current fashion trends from the most iconic luxury brands. Now, for just a couple of days, you can snag those at the best prices you’ll find. Shopbop’s buy more, save more event is a price-tear sale that will allow you to save up to 25%. The discount can be applied to both sale and regular price items, so you can actually save 75% or more off luxury brand purchases if you shop smartly. Be sure to check out their sale section for the biggest discounts. Looking for what’s hot now? Their new items just in are also included in the sale! Here’s the deets. Shop now through March 2nd and get 15%-25% off depending on how much you spend with code: GOBIG19. You can check out the full details on the luxury sale event on the site.

What’s on my luxury wish list

Now for my favorite part, the items I’ve favorited for the past several weeks just waiting for this sale (early access has its perks). Kitten heels are a big trend for 2019, and this event will be pulling a couple new pairs to my closet. You’ll read more about the 2019 trend forecast in my next post about dress coming back on the fashion scene. In the mean time, you can shop a huge assortment of kitten heels on Shopbop now. I’ve got my eyes on a couple pairs from Pedro Garcia (a favorite minimalist luxury brand), Jeffrey Campbell and more. All of my favorite categories are linked in the text in red, so you have direct access.

Also perfect for a capsule luxury fashion wardrobe, denim. Denim is a trend that never dies, and buying quality denim is never a decision you’ll regret. There are some great basics from Boyish, Levi’s and Acne that you’ll be able to snag during the sale for up to 25% off.

Let’s talk about luxury bags. Luxury bags literally often even retail higher years after purchase as vintage treasures. Shopbop has an assortment of Marc Jacobs, Moschino and other bags that are absolutely to die for (and almost never on sale). You can shop the assortment here.

Other items on my list – a couple basic tees from ATM and AMO, silk camis, graphic tees and other luxury essentials that get high rotation in my wardrobe. You’ll even find some of my past purchases like my champion sweat suit and others now included in the sale. Next up, I’m shopping. ’Til next time, stay gorgeous. Currently working out of Costa Rica, keep up with my Insta stories to stay in touch!

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this is a sponsored post in collaboration with Shopbop. dayinmysreams.com occasionally receives Shopbop sponsorships for mentioning their products and services. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

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Kick off Monday comfortable. Athleisure was in, and it still is. But what’s more comfortable that leggings and a pair of sneakers on a cold day? Sweats. And we’re not talking cute coordi two-piece sets that hug your body and make your butt look good. We’re talking about good old-fashioned, cuff ‘em up sit-on-a-couch sweats. The great news – they’re actually in. Not that we needed an excuse to wear the clothing equivalent of a comforter. Hoodie outfits and sweatpants converted into street style are an actual 2019 fashion trend. Thank you fashion kings and queens.

photography:ME | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | sweats c/o:SHOPBOP

This trend is not only the most comfy that will ever exist (unless snuggies become a sudden fashion statement), it’s also something everyone can afford to indulge in. Ready to get your laze on? Here’s the scoop.

How to wear sweatshirt and sweatpants outfits outside

You don’t need to be the ultimate bum like me – barefoot and in the comfort of your home. Sweatpants and sweatshirts are actually showing up in luxury street style looks combined with a juxtapose of sport and couture wear. Wear them with sneakers and a long over-coat for an on-the-run look that’s perfect for quick market and coffee runs.

Want to look more chic and outside appropriate? Swap your sneaks for a pair of pumps or heeled booties. You can wear this more sophisticated version with a full sweatsuit, or alternate sweatpants with a T-shirt or a sweatshirt with a feminine skirt or jeans and a leather motto jacket like Kendall Jenner. Want to flaunt those stems? Skip the pants all together and go for an XL hoodie over biker shorts (just in case you lift your arms too high). Need to see it to believe it? Check out my sweatpants outfits Pinterest board dedicated just to sweatpants and sweatshirt outfit ideas.

Who’s wearing sweatpants in street style and how to pull it off

Gigi, Kendall, Selena, and nearly every high profile casual fashion blogger have been spotted in the trend. They key to the look is picking neutral colors like white, grey, black or blush and pairing them with a couple of luxury accessories and full makeup or sunnies to avoid looking like you just rolled out of bed. If you’re wearing the whole sweatsuit, be sure to go for a coordinating set.

Brands to shop for sweatpants and hoodies

Basics could never be easier (or more affordable). The biggest players in the trend are Champion and even Hanes. Bet you never thought you’d see those names pop up in luxury fashion blogs did you? But, fashion is a fickle beast, and she will have what she wants. What she wants are comfortable, relaxed sweatpants that remind us of the days we had nothing to do on a Saturday but watch TV re-runs and eat leftover pizza.

[shop: Champion Brand] [shop: Shopbop Sweats] [shop: Amazon Sweats]

I have another board just dedicated to Champion sweatpants and sweatshirt outfits after identifying them as a key player. Even Kim K. got in on the action pairing her sweatpants with a t-shirt and her sweatshirts with biker shorts. I got my set from Shopbop after looking at tons of casual sweatpants and sweatshirts. I’ve included the links above for you to shop. Leave your review if you decide to purchase!

I’ve also boughten a couple sets of all white Hanes from Amazon, with a total sweats collection including 2 full-grey sets, 1 black set and 1 white set. Yes, if it fits buy one in every color – especially when you can buy them all probably for the same price as a single luxury fashion purchase from your last order.

Take advantage while the laziest fashion trend for 2019 is still in. Yes, sweatshirt and sweatpants outfits ladies and gents. Stay forever comfy.

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this is a sponsored post in collaboration with Shopbop. dayinmysreams.com occasionally receives Shopbop sponsorships for mentioning their products and services. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

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Currently 38° in Nashville, TN. Back on the road again shooting a promo real for OTBT shoes and visiting some friends along the way. Filming starts at 9:00am, and the predicted forecast is 22°. Goodbye camera hand, you’re about to get frostbite and die. Crazy makes me seek comfort, so I thought I’d share one of my less stylish vices, sweats and sneakers. (What I wish I was wearing next to my fireplace tomorrow).

In my defense, sweats and sneakers are making a comeback on the fashion scene, with nostalgic sportswear brand favorites like Champion, Puma and Adidas thriving in the era of athleisure. But it’s not sportswear that sets this fashion trend apart. Sweats themselves (non-athletic wear) are no longer for lazy days at home, they’re actually in vogue. Don’t believe me? I’ve spent the past 2 weeks collecting hundreds of celeb spottings and outfit ideas in the once frowned upon fashion clichés in chic streetwear galore. Check out my Pinterest board for the deets. In the meantime, here’s the scoop on this hot (and warm) 2019 fashion trend.

photography:ME | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | sweatpants c/o:DAVID LERNER | handbag c/o:STATUS ANXIETY | sneakers c/o:M.GEMI

Shop sneakers (similar), Shop sweatpants, Shop hoodies

Let’s start with the why. Fashion is inspired by culture, and culture is looking for comfort. With unrest around the globe , there is a large sect of people looking to escape into a cocoon of protection, warmth and safety. And what could be more comforting than an oversized pair of your boyfriend’s sweats?

What’s so chic about it? 1: fashion doesn’t need to be chic, it should be an extension of your lifestyle. 2: if you want to be chic, there are actually endless ways to incorporate sweats into classy compilations. For model off duty on a coffee run, opt for an overcoat over tonal sweat pants and a hoodie. Large sunnies are a must. For a more athleisure look, you can layer them with a hat and sneakers while keeping it chic with luxury accessories.

Need to experience comfort on a whole new level? Skip the pants, and go for the XL sweatshirt. Celebs are wearing this look with thigh high boots or Dr. Martins. Or, you can roll like Niazak and I in the comfort of our own home, rocking some Adidas in shades of grey.

Sweat suit outfits are also a steal, and a greater comfort is hard to find in the midst of dry January and New Years resolutions in full swing. Ready to give in to this year’s most lackadaisical trend of 2019? I’ve copied in some of my favorite links above to score some great sweatpants and hoodies online, along with a few of my favorite sneaker brands. Don’t feel like scrolling back up? More below. Stay comfy.

PS – these are my favorite brands for sweats! Champion, Puma Adidas

Shopping links:  sneakers (similar), Shop sweatpants, Shop hoodies

PPS – I’ve been buying a lot of my sweatsuits on ShopBop. What do you think of their shopping experience? Take their review and leave your comments below.

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this is a sponsored post in collaboration with Shopbop. dayinmysreams.com occasionally receives Shopbop sponsorships for mentioning their products and services. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

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The rain has been incessant on the east coast, a pelting torrent of cold darkness. There’s not a soul who could combat the chill in the air. But fear not, the Dr. is in town. Dr. Marten that is, sweeping street style by storm in every outfit combination from evening couture to 90’s grunge. The allure? Dr. Marten’s signature combat boots have been around for ages, and the return of 90’s youthful rebellion has brought the style back in full swing, namely with their more recent update of the Jadon 8 Eye Boots.

A fresh take on the classics, the Jadon 8 Eye Dr. Marten boots feature a “bouncing” rubber sole platform that give them an extra 1.75” in height. Featured on Shopbop in full sizes, “Form meets function on these classic Dr. Martens combat boots in luxe leather with the brand’s patented AirWair soles for comfort and slip resistance.” – Shopbop

photography:ME | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | dr. marten boots c/0:SHOPBOP

After dedicating hours to drooling over 2018 fashion trends with these boots across Pinterest and Instagram for weeks, I finally ordered this pair during Cyber Monday, and have since worn them on rotation a couple times a week. Well worth the investment, here’s a little breakdown on my experience with the Jadon 8 Eye boots by Dr. Marten, and links to shop the look.

Dr. Martens Jason 8 Eye Boots fit

Let’s first talk about fitting. Shoes can be difficult to order online, and these combat boots were no exception. I wear anywhere from a 6-6.5US, which normally puts me at around a 37EU. These Dr. Marten platform boots are only available in whole sizes – that means no 6.5 options. Since I usually order larger for boots to allow for socks, I was hesitant to select the right size, but decided to follow Shopbop’s fitting guide and went with my smaller size 6 selection. Very happy I did, as the boots were a perfect fit, and felt a lot more like a 6.5-7.0 at any rate. I can slip mine on and off without unzipping the inside zipper or unlacing, a huge perk for me for effortless wear.

SHOP THE LOOK: Dr. Marten boots, leopard print dresses (similar), teddy bear coats (similar)

The thick platform sole

Unlike the classic Dr. Marten style, this updated silhouette features a 1.75” platform, made with a durable rubber sole with plenty of traction. Please note, while rubber is chic and utilitarian, it does make the boots slightly on the heavier side. This isn’t something that affects me, but it’s worth noting if you’re planning on running a marathon.

Signature style features

The Dr. Marten Jason 8 Eye boots have a thick, golden welt stitch that breaks up the solid black and gives them a workwear accent that fits perfectly into 2018 and 2019 fashion trends for the season. The pull tab in the back has the same golden accent boasting their signature “bouncing” rubber sole. The boots themselves are crafted with smooth, heavy-duty black leather and round cotton laces, giving them the traditional combat look we’ve all come to love.

What to wear with Dr. Martens

Where will you let the good Dr. take you? The best part of the Dr. Marten boot trend is their versatility. Not only are they an affordable luxury, they’re comfortable for all-day wear and can be styled with just about anything. If you’re looking for outfit ideas, be sure to check out my dedicated Pinterest board with dozens of inspired outfit ideas from graphic t-shirts and mom jeans to plaid essentials, teddy coats, leopard print and everything in between. Dr. Martins have a sort of London Underground, vintage rebellion vibe – so get creative and be original with what you wear.

For this look, I’ve paired my Dr. Martens with a silky leopard print dress and teddy bear overcoat topped off with a bus boy cap. The bright oranges in the dress make the stitched welt accent really pop, and the heavy duty teddy makes this look more practical for the cold weather season. Once inside, the outer layer sheds for a day-to-night look that can take you from street style to queen of the night.

The platform Dr. Marten Jason 8 Eye boots are substantial, so don’t be afraid to pair them with extra chunky pieces that balance the rubber lug.

Who’s wearing Dr. Martens?

Not sure if you’re ready to re-live the 90’s trend? Don’t just take my word for it. Some of the hottest celebs from Haley Williams to Gigi Hadid have decided that this trend will never die. In fact, even the city that never sleeps couldn’t resist this combat style with NYCFW spilling over with runways and attendees alike rocking the trend.

photography cred:MY FAT POCKET

Ready to try a pair? Shopbop was my source for the Jason 8 Eye Dr. Martens, and there are still a few sizes available in the same silhouette. You’ll also find an assortment of other Dr. Marten must haves available on their site as well as on their new Amazon store, The Shop by Shopbop. Like the whole look? Links below to similar items that you can pair with our Dr. Martins and other outfits for the winter season. Til next time… xoxox

SHOP THE LOOK: Dr. Marten boots, leopard print dresses (similar), teddy bear coats (similar), bus boy hats (similar), sunglasses (similar)

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this is a sponsored post in collaboration with Shopbop. dayinmysreams.com occasionally receives Shopbop sponsorships for mentioning their products and services. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

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Like it thick? The biggest statement of 2018 fashion trends (pun intended) is an exaggerated, extra chunky sneaker. Luxury fashion leader Balenciaga paved the streets extra wide with the launch of their now infamous Triple S Trainers for women. Now sold out in stores and across nearly every site across the web, if you were lucky enough to get your hands on a pair, hold on with a double grip. Missed out? Fret not. Fashion is an evolution, and Balenciaga took a leap on this one that started a wave of changes throughout the fashion universe.

Prada, Maison Margiela and Gucci were quick on the draw with their own iconic chunky sneakers, and fast fashion brands like Jeffrey Campbell and Acne were close behind with an array of “dad shoes” styles in every color and height to suit your desires.

photography:KUNDAN KUMAR | camera:iPHONE X | jeans c/o:PARKER SMITH | sneakers c/o:SHOPBOP

Looking for something minimal and white to offset the fast fashion trend with something more sustainable for seasons to come, I wasted no time in picking up this Jeffrey Campbell pair from Shopbop to feature in probably most of my upcoming luxury fashion blog posts. Much like the Balenciaga Triple S Trainers, the Jeffrey Campbell chunky sneaker features layers of architectural detail. The all-white leather upper and chunky sole is a classic selection set apart from the multi-colored fast-fashion sneaker trends, giving it a longer wearable season.

Shopbop is one of my go-to resources for luxury fashion pieces, and their site was the first place I spotted this magnificent beauty. You can shop the same pair while they’re in stock in the links below, or browse some of my other favorites! I’ve got a couple more on my wishlist, and may have to invest in a couple other pairs before the season is up.

(Shop Dad Sneakers) (Shop Jeffrey Campbell Sneakers)

Aside from the overlapping foot pads and monochrome patchwork, the most notable feature is the extended sole heel cap. Balenciaga’s sneaker features a similar silhouette, creating an extended base and giving the style a futuristic look.

The sole is heavy, but the body is lightweight and heavily padded for a comfortable fit. Possibly the most eye-catching of all 2018 fashion trends, this heavy sport look has a distinctly athleisure feel, but can be worn unexpectedly with casual attire, women’s suiting, athletic wear and more.  The double pull-tabs on the heel and tongue make this pair especially easy to slip on and off without unlacing – a convenience feature that’s appreciated in my hyper-active lifestyle.

For this look, I’m wearing my chunky sneakers with a better-than-ordinary pair of black denim jeans from Parker Smith. Parker Smith is the most prominent denim brand in my wardrobe, and this pair is new in their fall and winter collection. They’re classic black, with a sporty velvet racing stripe down the side, accentuating the sporty look of these Jeffrey Campbell chunky sneakers.

I typically opt for basic white t-shirts for my day-to-day casual attire, but decided to mix it up with this modern line print graphic t. Graphic t-shirts are a great way to mix up a minimal wardrobe, and you can get them for a steal at most stores, or invest in luxury t-shirts that you can wear for years to come.

Looking for something a bit more exciting? White chunky sneakers are the number-one combination for leopard print skirts (another 2018 fashion trend sweeping the web). They’re also a great accessory to help freshen up your business casual wardrobe, making a fresh statement when paired unexpectedly with women’s suiting pieces. You can check out some leopard print outfit ideas on this recap of the spotted trend.

Looking for a pair of your own? I’ve included my Shopbop links above along with a few other variations for you to mix up your wardrobe! If you don’t already have an account there, I have great news…

Shopbop just opened an Amazon store! Yes, the retailing giant has officially taken over the world, even in the luxury fashion department. Shopbop’s Amazon store The Shop by Shopbop is loaded with trendy high-end pieces that can be hard to find elsewhere, and it’s even easier to shop with your existing Amazon account. If you’re like me, Amazon has pretty much become the new Google search when it comes to shopping online for home goods, misc. tools and beauty items and more.

I have yet to dive into Amazon for shopping fashion, Shopbop’s new announcement just might have me giving it a second look. The Shop by Shopbop is a “destination for style discovery” that let’s you shop by special collections, clothing types, shoes, bags, accessories and occasion. I was pleasantly surprised with a beautiful experience featuring fun lifestyle images and a layout that looks so similar to their actual site. It has a lot more of a boutique feel than anywhere else I’ve shopped on Amazon. Plus, many of their products are on Prime! So you get free shipping and order tracking directly through your Amazon account. That made me excited.

If you’re an Amazon shopper, definitely be sure to check them out, and have a Prime time ;)

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this is a sponsored post in collaboration with Shopbop. dayinmysreams.com occasionally receives Shopbop sponsorships for mentioning their products and services. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

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Sparkling strings of Christmas lights, a pure white snow blanketing the earth and falling from the sky, reflections of city traffic and street lights on the wet streets – it’s the holiday season. Jazz and vintage albums replace the commercial sounds in the stores, and a sense of rush and overwhelming romanticism is palpable within every moment. It’s no wonder we look forward to the holiday season, even with the flood of tasks and mile-long to-do’s. It’s a time of parties and play and general Christmas cheer. And what could be more delightful than parading around in gorgeous holiday garb with your best friends and loved ones all within reach?

But no time to think, no time to plan, and we all want to look fab! Fret not my loves. Here’s a guide to effortless luxury holiday style in collaboration with the esteemed Anne Fontaine, to rescue your wardrobe and let you spend that extra time on another bottle of bubbly with your bests.

photography:MEGAN CURRANT | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | outfits c/o:ANNE FONTAINE
1: Choice high quality pieces

The holidays are a time to splurge, and what would Christmas be without a few gifts to yourself? If you want to look as fabulous as you feel, stick with high quality luxury essentials that you won’t regret after the holidays have past. Holiday parties are the perfect venue to debut the newest additions to your capsule wardrobe. Plan to stun with first-time-wear key pieces that you’ll be able to integrate into your wardrobe again later in the season.

A statement luxury style blouse with some feminine details like lace or ruffles is just the right amount of festive for Christmas parties with some bold, glittering accessories or ornamental footwear. After the holidays, you can easily dress it down with a blazer and a basic jean for day-to-night wear.

This piece from Anne Fontaine has statement sleeves (an iconic trend of the year) that make it festive for holiday parties and events. I’ve paired them with an exaggerated pearl loafer with a heel, for just the right amount of opulent essence. Anne Fontaine’s holiday collection has several such statement blouses that will not only get you through the holiday season, they’ll also turn into capsule essentials that you’ll be able to wear year round. I have a fitted basic blouse from Anne Fontaine from the last year that continues to be my go-to grab for tailored wear. Paired with jeweled cuff-links it’s also an essential that stands well on its own.

2: Stick with the classics

The last thing you want is a family photo lasting decades on the mantel with your biggest fashion faux pas. Stick with the classics. Iconic classic style is best executed by fashion majors. Now is the time to rely on your luxury brand go-to’s for something you can count on to get you through the holidays in effortless style. An iconic blouse with special details like the one above is a no-fail solution to classic style.

If red is out of your comfort zone, don’t reach for it just because it’s the holidays. Stay true to yourself, and remember that the sparkle in your eyes is all you need for capturing the essence of the season and emanating your light with every glance. Throw in the deep glow that comes from being surrounded by love and happiness and it’s the only accessory you’ll need.

3: A gown is always a good idea

What is more classic than a little black dress? Or better yet, a big one. The holidays are one time of the year it’s absolutely acceptable to choose elegance above all. If you’ve been dying to dress a bit more divine than your weekday style, take advantage and spoil yourself in layers of decadence. A classic gown is a great grab for formal Christmas parties and evening cocktail occasions. The Ritz doesn’t stand a chance against you in all of your glamour.

This evening gown by Anne Fontaine is a masterpiece of art. Designed as a two-piece slip and sheath, the outmost layer is deliciously translucent, giving it an ethereal element that’s as magical as the holidays. The fabric is light and has a faintly striped texture embellished with small white flowers in a scattered pattern. Walking through the capitol in Nashville, TN, I felt like an absolute queen.

4: Choose comfortable footwear

No matter how you decide flaunt your luxury holiday style, don’t forget to plan ahead and choose comfortable, elegant footwear. Cocktail parties and jaunts around the city mean a lot of time on your feet. Opt for a high-fashion sneaker like this pair, or choose a sophisticated heel that will get you through from brunch to late-night rendezvous. Save the stilettos for your 1-3 hour adventures.

Looking for more holiday outfit ideas? I’ve partnered with Anne Fontaine to share my personal gift guide where you’ll find exclusive luxury fashion items that are perfect for checking off your shopping list, or for satisfying your own wish list. The collection feature a luxurious blend of darkly romantic pieces and classic essentials that are designed as the ideal selections for a capsule luxury wardrobe. You can also check out my favorites accessories from the reveal of Anne Fontaine’s holiday accessory guide. Check back soon for the deets.

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this is a sponsored post in collaboration with Anne Fontaine. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

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If your a sucker for a luxury steal, get excited about the year’s biggest online shopping event where you’ll be able to score your luxury wishlist at fraction of the cost! As a supporter of a minimalist lifestyle, Black Friday and Cyber weekend sale events are not about loading up on a bulk of whatever low-price items I can get my hands on. It’s about collecting a few new key luxury fashion pieces that have been on the wishlist for a capsule collection that I’ll be able to incorporate into countless outfits in my existing wardrobe.

Working as a luxury fashion blogger, people often remark that while they would love to share a similar style, it’s difficult to acquire so many luxury pieces. However, if you’re deliberate about your purchases, consider your cost-per-wear and leverage important tips for buying luxury fashion, you can build your collection at a steal, and develop your wardrobe over time.

Having said that, I’ve been eyeing some of my favorite pieces from my go-to luxury retailers, and already shared a couple of wishlists. Now, the Shopbop cyber weekend sale is official on! Headed to their site to purchase a few items from my favorites at a total bargain, I decided to pull some tips together for you to help you score the best deals in luxury fashion this cyber weekend.

1: Plan ahead and shortlist your favorite luxury fashion resources

Overwhelmed by the hundreds of cyber weekend promo emails in your inbox? Make a shortlist of your favorite luxury fashion retailers so you’ll be able to cut straight to the chase during your weekend shopping. More than likely, they’re going to be running a promotion, and this way you won’t miss out on your favorites. Shopbop is one of my go-to resources for luxury fashion, so they were at the top of my home-page bookmarks for the sale.  No FOMO here, it’s always better to plan ahead and make your own success.

2: Create a favorites list that you’re hoping will be included in Black Friday and cyber weekend sales

If you are planning to snag high-demand pieces during the Black Friday and cyber weekend sales, take the time to shop through your favorite luxury retailers in advance and leverage the “favorites” tools or “save for later” so you can jump straight to those key capsule wardrobe pieces you’ve had your eyes on. If they don’t end up being included in the sale, no harm no foul. But if they do, you’ll be amongst the first to snag them. Key on-trend items go fast during the biggest sale of the year, and if you snooze, you may miss out on getting your favorite color or size!

I had a pair of platform Dr. Martin’s on my wishlist for 3 weeks, and finally pulled the trigger! You can snag a pair yourself included in the Shopbop cyber weekend sale. They’ve already become an essential in my wardrobe, and way over compensated on their cost-per-wear.

3: Scour the earth for cyber Monday coupon codes

Of course, it wouldn’t be cyber weekend without those cyber weekend coupon codes. Get the most out of your investment by scouring the earth for cyber monday coupon codes before you checkout. It’s possible you may have missed one, and you’ll want to be sure to get that extra markdown on your purchases. To save you some time, I’ve included Shopbop’s cyber weekend promo code and sale info below! The great thing about shopping luxury boutique retailers – you’ll be able to get some of your favorite brands that may almost never offer incentives otherwise.

To take advantage, use code: MORE18 for some incredible luxury fashion steals on Shopbop now through Sunday 11/25/18, 11:59pm Pacific Time!

SHOPBOP PROMO DETAILS

  • 15% off orders of $200+
  • 20% off orders of $500+
  • 25% off orders of $800+

The code will work on sale items not listed in exclusions. You can check out the brand exclusions below, and more details on the sale here.

BRAND EXCLUSIONS

Birkenstocks, Canada Goose, Ray-Ban, Tumi, Arc’Teryx Veilance, ARC’TERYX, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Oakley, Persol, Prada, Prada Linea Rossa, Versace, Alison Lou, Lana Jewelry, Acne Studios, Commando, Gucci, Hanky Panky, Isabel Marant Etoile, Isabel Marant, Kate Spade New York ,Krewe ,MICHAEL Michael Kors, Monse, Natori, Senreve, SHINOLA, Skarlett Blue, Spanx, Sydney Evan, Tibi, Tory Sport, Zimmermann

4: Consider the cost-per-wear

Considering the cost-per-wear is an important step in all capsule wardrobe purchases, and cyber weekend is no exception. When you finally find that perfect pair of luxury shoes or that handbag you’ve had your eyes on, consider your cost-per-wear to make your final selection. I had hundreds of items in my Shopbop wishlist. Understanding how often you’ll wear those pieces will help you make an educated decision on buying something that you’ll use over and over again, making an excellent return on your fashion investment.

5: Buy according to your capsule wardrobe wishlist

Last but not least, look for gaps in your capsule wardrobe and fill them with luxury essentials while you can get them at a steal! If you’ve been waiting on finally getting the perfect pair of denim jeans or a pair of chunky sneakers that you’ll be wearing on high rotation, now is the time to buy! You’ll be doing your wallet and your wardrobe a favor, and feel good knowing you’ve made an investment that will return itself 10-fold.

I’ve been eyeing the new western evolution trend, so a pair of new western boots will be a must going into fall and winter season of 2019. I’ve included a few of my favorites above, which one do you think I should get?

You’ll also find several other fun promos this weekend with items for your home, office and more. Have you had your eye on cyber weekend steals that you haven’t checked out yet? Be sure to check out Shopbop if you want to take advantage of some of the best luxury fashion steals during cyber weekend! Have some more favorites? Share your cyber weekend codes below and help a girl out scoring her capsule wardrobe during the biggest sale of the year!

shop black friday and cyber monday steals at luxury fashion retailer shopbop to save up to 70% off!

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this is a sponsored post in collaboration with Shopbop. dayinmysreams.com occasionally receives Shopbop sponsorships for mentioning their products and services. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

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Modern utility and altheisure design, check. Luxury essentials with sporty undertones, check. Footwear designed for a casual lifetyle, check. If you’re a regular blog visitor, you may remember my ode to luxury footwear for the modern nomad from December of last year. If not, prepare to tread the urban jungle on a discovery of globally inspired footwear in this MOBS Design review covering details about the brand, design inspiration, related fashion trends, a bit about the 6 pairs I now own in my own closet, and the latest scoop on their newest collection.

Discover the MOBS mentality

Mobility, optimism, beauty and soul – it’s what MOBS stands for, and it’s the gravitational center of the MOBS mentality. MOBS Design is a brand of men’s and women’s luxury sneakers with an architectural design inspired from cityscapes around the world. Made for the restless wanderer and the creative soul, MOBS is more than a brand. They are a movement towards the appreciation of beauty found in all humanity, and the sense of satisfaction one feels when seeing the world through positive lenses. Nostalgia is born from a fond feeling generated from a memory past. MOBS seeks to create new opportunities to feel nostalgia in its creation, as we live to the fullest potential every moment through exploration, happiness, and appreciation of the world around us.

Grounded in these basic principles, MOBS Design footwear is a reflection of that lifestyle, with urban jungle workwear and athleisure trends seen vividly in their collection of unisex silhouettes. A capsule collection of styles that come to life through artisanal detailing and premium craftsmanship, these sneakers have a story to tell, and you’re going to want to hear it.

Intro to the MOBS collection

Perfectly sanctioned in my optimal space of luxury and athleisure style, I was intrigued to have first discovered MOBS last year. My first three pairs consisted of the Tread Moc in Noir, Tread High in Blanc, and Tread Boot in Noir. At that time, the collection was primarily monochrome, with a few neutral color options laced in the mix. These first pairs gave me the opportunity to test out a moc, sneaker and hiker silhouette to better experience the brand in its entirety. If you’re curious about the details on those styles, you can check back on my first MOBS blog post here.

Earthy premium leathers

This season, I was thrilled to find an intriguing mix of earth tone and metallic styles crafted with premium leather finishes including crackled leather and deep pebbled textures. There’s been a distinct shift of minimal, luxury fashion trends moving from greys to warmer neutrals, and MOBS hit it spot on with the leather selections for their sneakers. You’ll find mocs in dusty nubucks, bordeaux and sequoia reds; sneakers in golden yellow, army green and fresh outdoor shades, and boots in each of those shades and more.

Luxury details

Working in the women’s fashion footwear business for more than 6 years, there’s a lot about shoes I notice above what initially meets the eyes. Manufacturing quality, materials, fine hardware and finishes all play a part in making a shoe a piece of art. MOBS definitely gets the stamp of luxury, going the extra mile to ensure every aspect of the shoe is exceptional. Crafted with premium leathers not only on the outside design, but also in the lining is a feature you’ll typically only see in high-end shoes, and it goes a long way in making the shoe comfortable even on bare feet. The hardware is heavy duty, and the technical features like the lightweight, flexible soles are not always visible to the untrained eye, but you can rest assured you’ll feel the difference. The sock also has enough padding to keep your feet cushioned as you walk. The MOBS soles are designed with a tire inspiration, which you can see in the tread marks that also support stable traction. They come in assorted tonal shades.

MOBS Tread Boot review

I have the MOBS Tread Boot in two colors, Noir and the brand new shade of metallic Bronze. The Tread Boot is almost like a crossover between a high top sneaker and a lace-up hiker boot, giving it an outdoor, trendy work-wear utility edge. Fret not about all of those laces. The Tread Boot has a heavy-duty inside zipper, so you can adjust the laces once for a personalized fit, then use the zipper for easy on-and-off. The ankle cuff is padded, making it comfortable to wear with or without socks, and MOBS tire-inspired tread gives the boot great traction outdoors. It’s available in a half dozen different shades, ranging from tonal white to the grunge-metallic shown in this post. The Bronze is unique in its own way, featuring a soft-crackled leather that gives the boot a rich texture and color depth. It is crafted with a genuine leather lining, and a gum-rubber sole that’s on trend with utility workwear details for 2019.

MOBS Tread Maquis review

MOBS sent over the lovely Tread Maquis in both Noir and Marshmallow (black and white). My two favorite non-colors in the spectrum, these pairs will get a lot of use in my luxury essential wardrobe. Like the Tread Boot, Tread Maquis also features leather lining and MOBS unique tire sole. In addition, Tread Maquis is unique with outdoor hiker lace eyelets and laces, placing this look somewhere between a high-top sneaker and a hiker boot. The evolution of styles merging is another big trend in fall and winter fashion, and MOBS has nailed it with this hybrid style. While Noir is a classic black with a mix of smooth leather and suede finishes, Marshmallow is a lovely off-white with a deep crackle finish, giving it a look all of its own. You can wear them laced all the way up for a more obvious hiker-vibe, or laced halfway to play harder off of the athleisure sneaker trend making this silhouette a win for versatile style.

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