Sparkle & Roll

This is the Alice + Olivia top that I wore to the IFB Evolving Influence conference last month – I love it so much, I keep finding excuses to wear it. There’s something about the fact that it’s completely covered in sequins (not just on the front, for example) and the sheer weight of it, like a knight’s armor, that make it doubly intriguing.

Of course I paired it with my Rebecca Minkoff rocker mesh clutch (love the black leather tassle), some wide-leg Sevens — these are the Dojo variety — and my trusty black suede platform Sam Edelmans.

For some color, a pop of hot pink on the lips, a swipe of winged liquid eyeliner, and tangerine polish.

I learned another way to make a high, full, ballerina-type bun (one that inverts all the way around instead of being wrapped). It’s actually super easy, and I want to wear my hair like this forever now. I think I just might.

At least until these bangs grow out.

Photos by HB. Thanks darling!


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  1. 03.02.2011 / 12:36 am

    I have been checking your blog for a while..and I must say.. i totally love your look in this post!
    The top, the hair.. its all perfect! Love the hair. u shud do it more often,.

    and cal u pls show how to do it?? Please!!!

  2. 03.02.2011 / 12:55 am

    THat's the ultimate party-top and jeans outfit – love it!
    ANd the bun is so perfect on you!!

  3. 03.02.2011 / 1:10 am

    Oh my gosh. I would find reasons to wear that A + O top everyday. It's gorgeous.

    <a> Ramblings of a Small Town Girl

  4. 03.02.2011 / 1:12 am

    You look fantastic! Love the pop of color with the lips and nails!

  5. 03.02.2011 / 3:08 am

    i may just have to wear some eyeliner tomorrow! it looks so pretty on you! i.must.have.that.clutch!!!

    • 03.03.2011 / 3:09 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! My favorite new eyeliner is Lineur Intense by L'Oreal…it's a felt-tip pen style and you can find it at your local drugstore.

  6. 03.02.2011 / 7:03 am

    I love that sequined top!!! Your whole look just has great elements of style. I love the group of bracelets and the watch and the hair is just too cute! I have a vintage silk blouse that looks very similar to yours, only it's black! It's also one of my favorites and I have to force myself not to wear it every week.

  7. 03.02.2011 / 7:49 am

    You look SO pretty here, lady! I absolutely lovvvved this top on you when I saw the IFB livestream, and it looks equally amazing in photos! And I adore your hair like this, you pull off the high bun very well!

  8. 03.02.2011 / 8:34 am

    Such a pretty look! I love that your sequin top is lightweight, perfect for being sparkly and glamorous in the Houston heat!

    Twitter: @ConsiderMeLuvly

  9. 03.02.2011 / 8:49 am

    I am in love with your hair (and your outfit). I have got to try this. I know how you did it and I hope it will look as chic on me. Wasn't yesterday such a beautiful day? Since when is there no humidity in Houston?!

  10. 03.02.2011 / 8:50 am

    Really nice. Love the dark shoes with the dark Seven Jeans. Can you tell me what c/o means in your outfit description? Also, I usually include prices in my outfit posts, I notice that you didn't. What's your philosophy on that? Thx. (check out my latest outfit post from the comment Love section–I'd love your input)

  11. 03.02.2011 / 9:55 am

    i love that top, and the bracelets go so well with it!

    <3 steffy

  12. Barbara
    03.02.2011 / 10:31 am

    Can you post a "how to" or link for your bun? It's awesome!



  13. 03.02.2011 / 10:51 am

    lovely lovely photos!! and the top is exquisite!! =) i especially love the first photo as it seems to definitely bring out the colors of your lipstick and nail polish on the gray toned background of the trees.

  14. 03.02.2011 / 10:55 am

    tutorial please!

  15. 03.02.2011 / 10:57 am

    I love the bun! You look very cute with the bright pink lips too! You're such a doll!

  16. 03.02.2011 / 10:59 am

    LOVE this look – that shirt is amazing, especially paired with even more sparkles on your bag! Love your photos as always!
    xoxo Emily

  17. 03.02.2011 / 11:25 am

    Wow, gorgeous photos. I love everything from your nail polish color to the sparkly top to the ballerina bun. So incredibly chic. The second to last photo is my fave.

  18. 03.02.2011 / 11:29 am

    I would sleep in that shirt if it was mine. Seriously, I absolutely adore it…it looks more like metal than sequins, making it a bit tougher than some of your other sparkly pieces. The bag is gorgeous, and your bun looks oh so chic!

    • 03.03.2011 / 3:08 pm

      You're so right Santina – I even call it my "knight's armor" because it's just so much more metallic in nature than sparkly…if that makes any sense. And it is heavy!

  19. 03.02.2011 / 2:17 pm

    I hope you do a bun tutorial! Super-cute!

  20. 03.02.2011 / 2:54 pm

    Everything about this outfit is perfect – from the tip of your bun to your Sam Edelman shoes. I'd love to know how you did that bun – details please!

    • 03.03.2011 / 3:07 pm

      Aw thanks, girl! I have to practice the bun a bit more to be able to teach it, but if I am able to replicate it pretty solidly and can find the time I will definitely post a video tutorial!

  21. 03.02.2011 / 9:23 pm

    Oh okay, saucy lady! You at in your bun! I can never achieve the perfect bun but I am a mess so go figure lol. Loving that top too, I forgot to tell you at the conference!

    You've paired this top perfectly too with your jewelry and accessories!

  22. 03.02.2011 / 9:43 pm

    Yes, please tell us how you perfected the bun. I am obsessed with winged liner. Gorgeous!



  23. 03.02.2011 / 10:54 pm

    Your hair tied up in that bun looks fabulous! Post a DIY so we can see and do it too 🙂
    Loved this top when you wore it at IFB and I still love it now. A&O are one of my favorite designers!



    • 03.03.2011 / 3:05 pm

      They're one of my favorites too! I'm so glad you like the bun and the top 🙂

  24. 03.02.2011 / 11:17 pm

    I love the top, and your make-up look great in this. If I owned that shirt I would wear everywhere. I would be the most glamorous person in our Walmart. Sadly, that is the place we go the most.
    My Heart Blogged

  25. 03.02.2011 / 11:51 pm

    Geez – Look at all these comments!
    The shirt! The hair bun! So awesome… I can see a new obsession forming with the bun 🙂 I like how this one turned out!

  26. Trianna
    03.03.2011 / 7:45 am

    Love your shirt and the whole outfit, you look great. The bun is fab too!

  27. 03.03.2011 / 8:03 am

    I have a slight obsession with a+o…her stuff is just so beautiful and unique, and always girly. I also have an obsession with Seven jeans, they fit me so well. Love!

  28. 03.03.2011 / 11:11 am

    This look is so pretty. I think my favorite part is the jewelry! And what a unique bun!!

  29. 03.03.2011 / 1:30 pm

    I have been loving sequins lately, so your top is great…and that clutch is awesome, anything with studs i love! i like that you kept the look simple, but the accessories, red lips and bun make it more chic and sophisticated. and your photos are beautiful, can i ask what camera/lens you use?
    great blog!

    Beneath the Glass

    • 03.03.2011 / 3:04 pm

      Thanks suzy! My list of camera equipment including lenses can be found on my about page, but for these photos I used my 70-200. 🙂 cheers!

  30. 03.03.2011 / 2:00 pm

    love the sequin top but i love your watch more. 🙂 is that micheal kors rose gold watch?

    • 03.03.2011 / 3:03 pm

      Yes it is! You can get yours at Shop bop, that's where I got mine!

  31. 03.03.2011 / 7:33 pm

    You have *never* looked more beautiful. EVER. You need to wear your hair back more often. Now tell me how to make that bun. X

    • 03.04.2011 / 11:39 pm

      Oh my gosh LASM (as I still affectionately call you) you are really too sweet. I love the tumblr, by the way! Checked it out for what seemed like hours. 🙂

  32. 03.04.2011 / 6:56 am

    You look amazing! I love how you accessorized the outfit and that bun suits you so well. could you do a tutorial or mention where you learned how to do it?!


  33. 03.04.2011 / 11:30 pm

    I want to wear every single part of this look! I live for sparkle!

  34. 03.05.2011 / 8:43 am

    That clutch is great… I want!

  35. 03.06.2011 / 9:37 am

    love the watch and the sequin top and all your fab looks! just found your blog and love it!

  36. 03.14.2011 / 9:43 pm

    Your bun is seriously perfection. You must make a tutorial video & show us how it's done! Also, I'm kind of obsessed with that sparkley top!


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