Be Brilliant – MNG by MANGO

In Tampa for the Blogger Brilliance conference last weekend, Vahni and I managed to sneak in a few outfit shots as we passed my camera back and forth. Nearby, fellow bloggers looked on. Normally I’d be so nervous with an audience, but I guess that’s what time does to you–I could take pics anywhere these days! I’m numb to the awkwardness, I guess.

So my Miu Miu heels have lived to see another outfit (and another conference). Hey, I’ve gotta get my cost per wear out of these things! They are so incredibly fabulous, if not a bit attention-stealing throughout the day. These pesky little shoes – they stole the limelight from the rest of my outfit, and the rest of my outfit got a wee bit jealous. So jealous, in fact, that they threatened to revolt. Lest I be standing in the nude with nothing but a pair of Miu Miu heels on, I coaxed them into staying and we all lived to see another day, sans-humiliation.

Did you get that? It’s just my delirium talking. Pay it no mind.

But down to the more important stuff. This look signals the start of my MNG by MANGO / jcpenney style challenges. Week after week I’ll be styling up pieces from the MNG by MANGO line (sold exclusively at jcpenney and really affordable, I might add!). The first challenge is as follows:

The British style icon I chose to emulate is the ever-amazing Alexa Chung. It’s no secret that I look to her for style inspiration on many-an-uninspiring day. But why do I identify with her? Because she simultaneously pairs rocker chic elements with girly, floaty elements. She’s the one who you will see pairing a floral sundress with a black leather biker jacket and motorcycle boots. That is so me! For this look, I paired a sweet, floaty peasant number by MNG by MANGO with my tough resin-coated James jeans, and topped it off with some more sweet accents: a silver heart locket (also edged up because it has an oxidized black chain complete with handcuff detail) and of course the sparkly Miu Mius.

Remember, you can enter the contest to win the trip to Barcelona with the rest of us (10 bloggers)!

Disclosure: This campaign is produced by Style Coalition and sponsored by jcpenney.

I finally applied my Sephora Chic Prints nail foils that I’ve been safeguarding for months for a rainy day…in this case, it was triggered by sunny days in Florida for the Blogger Brilliance conference! I love how Minx-like they look, at a fraction of the price. Although, at around $12 a pack (that’s one application, folks) and a lifespan of 1-2 days (as it says on the package), I’ll likely not be repurchasing. But they were fun and garnered lots of compliments!

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  1. 09.20.2011 / 12:38 am

    You look lovely, those shoes are so sparkly!

  2. 09.20.2011 / 11:11 am

    I swear, your shoes are total attention stealers! AMAZING!


  3. 09.20.2011 / 11:36 am

    You looked fantastic, and we know those shoes were the hit of the day! Looking forward to more of your MNG styling!
    So excited for you!

    • 09.20.2011 / 7:01 pm

      Thanks babe! πŸ™‚ And thank you for the pictures, you did such a great job!!

  4. 09.20.2011 / 11:43 am

    thats some heavy weight bling.. of course ur engagement ring is the scene stealer..

  5. 09.20.2011 / 11:51 am

    Love the outfit (and of course the shoes)! Excited for the mng challenge – mango was one of my fave stores when I lived in London!

  6. Liane
    09.20.2011 / 1:33 pm

    Question re FTC disclosures – does every blog that uses an affiliate link in a post have to put that disclosure? What if you have a disclosure page on the site?

    • 09.20.2011 / 6:55 pm

      I think it’s fair to let people know that links within a post might be affiliate (in this case, I don’t have any affiliate links, just tracking links for the campaign) but I’m sure you could just as well have a link at the bottom of your posts that directs readers to your disclosure page on your site – the trick is letting them know its there so they don’t have to hunt for it to realize you use affiliate links. I hope that makes sense. I think it’s just a matter of how transparent you feel comfortable being. I personally would rather know than not so I treat my readers the same way. πŸ™‚

  7. 09.20.2011 / 2:58 pm

    Ahhh, what fun! I’d love to hit up a blogger confernece soon. I really love how well your pants fit – the whole outfit is quite sharp but the fit of the pants really makes it for me. Well, that and the ah-mazing Miu Mius!!

    • 09.20.2011 / 6:56 pm

      Aw, thank you Michelle! Yes well these James jeans are just about the comfiest pair of jeans I own – weird, considering they’re resin, rocker-type jeans. I did have to have them altered to shorten the hemline when I purchased them from GILT, but I have more than gotten my money’s worth of wearing them! They are a staple in my closet, for sure.

  8. 09.20.2011 / 3:08 pm

    Gah! Those shoes are amazing. Sparkly, in deed. Hope you had fun at the conference in Tampa.

    • 09.20.2011 / 7:01 pm

      I had more than fun…I had a blast! πŸ™‚

  9. 09.20.2011 / 3:10 pm

    You crack me up, I love that your outfit wanted to revolt because they were jealous of the shoes. I mean I don’t think I can blame your outfit, those shoes are killer. Looking forward to seeing the other looks you put together for mango.

    • 09.20.2011 / 6:58 pm

      Thanks V! Great meeting you doll xoxo

  10. 09.20.2011 / 3:15 pm

    Love this look, but the shoes ABSOLUTELY steal all of the attention! Love them! It’s too bad the nail foils are so expensive, they are beautiful though.

  11. 09.20.2011 / 3:31 pm

    Blame not the amazing shoes, for they do not steal from the gorgeous outfit, but they have tough competition with your beautiful blouse and pretty smile!

    • 09.20.2011 / 6:59 pm

      Oh my gosh, this is like the best comment ever! Poetic and so complimentary! Thank you! :))))

  12. 09.20.2011 / 4:00 pm

    Be Brilliant: In Tampa for the Blogger Brilliance conference last weekend, Vahni and I managed to sneak in a few…

  13. 09.20.2011 / 4:43 pm

    again, you look so tall here. πŸ™‚ So great to meet you and learn from you during blogger brilliance!

    • 09.20.2011 / 7:01 pm

      It’s all about perspective πŸ˜‰ great meeting you too alyson! keep up the great work with AGG!

    • 09.20.2011 / 6:59 pm

      Amazeballs = best word ever

  14. 09.20.2011 / 5:44 pm

    Aww, I wish I’d known you were going to be in Tampa for the Blogger Brilliance Conference! I live about 45 minutes away. I would’ve loved to meet you and V πŸ™‚

    • 09.20.2011 / 7:00 pm

      Aww, sad! The conference would have been that much better with your presence, for sure. Be sure to go to the next one, I hear it’s going to be even better (and livestreamed)!

  15. 09.20.2011 / 5:45 pm

    You look great! I like your arm party, pairing the heavy jewelry pieces with the delicate style blouse. Good choice!

  16. 09.20.2011 / 8:21 pm

    how perfect is your inspiration alexa chung as we are awaiting her amazing line to debut in a madewell store near you! I’m so happy for you– i will be following you through this fun fashion filled styling journey! πŸ˜‰ go kristina!

  17. 09.20.2011 / 9:37 pm

    head to toe..fingernail to fingernail brilliant outfit!

  18. 09.20.2011 / 9:39 pm

    Great look – your shoes look amazing and your nails are wonderful !! Love that mirror effect:0)

  19. Kara
    09.20.2011 / 10:28 pm

    This was such a classy outfit for a conference. I did really like your jeans too- the bit of shine was very unique, and I loved the mango top, although all we commented on were the shoes, the rest was fantastic as well! xx

  20. 09.20.2011 / 11:59 pm

    Ha love you taste in jewelry I totally have that claw bracelet from asos. πŸ™‚ Very nice.

  21. 09.21.2011 / 1:24 am

    Ahhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! Those shoes again. I am so jelly :/

  22. 09.21.2011 / 7:30 am

    love it! very classy

  23. 09.21.2011 / 9:35 am

    Oh those shoes are the most wonderful things I have ever seen. The perfect attention stealers.

  24. 09.21.2011 / 11:44 am

    Love the look and I would’ve have sworn those were Minx, very nice!

  25. 09.21.2011 / 1:47 pm

    Every time I see a picture of you wearing those shoes I want them even more!!!

  26. 09.23.2011 / 4:49 pm

    Love the outfit! Those nails look really nice too, but 1-2 days is really not very long lasting at all. Especially for $12.

  27. 09.24.2011 / 11:09 pm

    jeans like, top like, shoes love!

  28. 09.26.2011 / 12:04 am

    I loved your outfit during the conference! I am also incredibly jealous of your ASOS claw bracelet: I’ve been wanting one for a while now! So cool…

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