March 30, 2015

Stepping out of my comfort zone and taking a cue from my 5  style updates - fringe and head-to-toe cream tones for a date night ensemble! Once in a while I like to break away from what feels comfortable by trying something new and giving it my own personal twist. This skirt is a great way for me to dip my toes into the fringe trend. It's simple enough yet still feels special

As a self-confessed trousers and denim addict, I generally do not gravitate towards skirts. I figure my aversion to these kind of bottoms stemmed from 13 years of Catholic school uniforms - just me being a gentle rebel. However I've just discovered how comfortable, versatile and flattering they can be, specially in this pencil cut! I'm willing to make some room in my closet for more. For this polished yet relaxed look, I paired it with my fave COS top (picked up in Paris 3 years ago - a great wear-with-everything staple!). The clutch is my mom's vintage Loewe - still feels fresh and has held up so well over the years! It definitely pays off to invest in great quality classics that can easily be dressed up or down and paired with of-the-moment pieces. 

What trends are you experimenting with this season? Thanks so much for dropping by!

top COS  |   skirt: ASOS  |   purse: LOEWE, VINTAGE   |   heels: CELINE
sunglasses: CELINE   |   watchLARSSON AND JENNINGS   |   cuff: BANANA REPUBLIC


Grab and Go

March 06, 2015

Currently carrying:
Celine SUNGLASSES (scored recently at Nordstrom Rack)
c/o Glossier BALM (lip and cuticle saver!)
Nars POWDER FOUNDATION (Great over my Bare Minerals tinted moisturizer)
Chanel ROUGE COCO SHINE (Fave all time shade "Bel Ami")
c/o Fresh Tangerine RINGS (Win a set! Details here)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Over The Knee

March 05, 2015

I'm on a mission to come up with more fresh outfit combinations using existing items in my closet. One thing I've learned when trying to use what I've got is to start with one piece and work my way around it. For instance, I decided that I wanted to wear these OTK boots. Taking that, the weather, the occasion, the destination and my mood - I build an outfit. By starting at one point I eliminate a lot of options, save time and I'm able to focus on being more creative with the rest of the ensemble.

We headed out for a casual dinner with my friends to celebrate my birthday over the weekend. Because of the mild weather we've been having, we dined outdoors under the stars. I wanted to stay cozy without being all covered up so I reached for an over sized sweater and these boots. The sleeveless coat added an extra layer of warmth. I like how the coat's longer length let me show just a hint of leg and the low heel height of the boots lent a relaxed vibe.

Over-the-knee boots can be tricky. The most flattering and wearable ones I've come across hit about an inch or two above the knee - the slimmer portion of the thighs. My calves are pretty small, so it was a bit tough finding a pair that didn't bunch around my ankles too much or scrunch down while I walk. These ones (older, purchased on major sale at Macy's) by Donald J Pliner fit the bill. Before I make any style investments, I always ask myself is it flattering and is it practicalWhat I love about this pair is how the low heel combined with the pointed toe subtly elongates the legs without sacrificing comfort.

Do you have any boot-shopping and styling tips you swear by? Thanks for dropping by!

sweater HM  |   boots: DONALD J PLINER  |   purse: CELINE  |   coat: ZARA
sunglasses: FOREVER21    |   watchLARSSON AND JENNINGS
rings: thanks to FRESH TANGERINE


Fresh Tangerine Rings

March 02, 2015

Lately I've been loving the look of delicate and understated pieces that add just enough polish and edge to an outfit. I've been wearing these rings from Fresh Tangerine nonstop. They pair so easily with all my other staples and are simple yet refined, easy yet elegant. The jewelry collections are locally designed and handcrafted - and they won't break the bank. Here, I'm wearing two hammered silver stacking rings and a geode ring. I'm also eyeing this and this to add to my new collection.

The generous and lovely ladies at Fresh Tangerine and I would love to gift a set of 3 stacking rings of their choice (available in silver or gold filled) to one lucky Instagram follower. To enter the giveaway:

1. Follow @craftandcouture and @freshtangerine on Instagram
2. Like my photo featuring the stacking rings above.
3. Tag 2 friends on the comments section or repost the image using the hashtag #ccxfreshtangerine

This is open to US residents. Contest ends on March 9th and winner will be contacted via direct message.

Thanks for dropping by and good luck!!

Products provided by Fresh Tangerine. Collaborations or sponsorships are with brands I personally admire and support, and are chosen based on relevance to Craft and Couture. All opinions are my own. 


Wearing lately. For a chance to win a set of these gorgeous stacking rings by Fresh Tangerine, check out the giveaway details here. Thank you for visiting and have a great week!

sweater MADEWELL  |   jeans: JBRAND (similar here)
 purse: CELINE  |   booties: VINCE CAMUTO (via Nordstrom Rack)  |  scarf: ACNE STUDIOS (similar here)
fedora: FOREVER21 (similar here)  |   watchLARSSON AND JENNINGS  |
rings: thanks to FRESH TANGERINE

This post was sponsored by Fresh Tangerine. All opinions are my own.