Dressed Up Dressed Down

 DRESS: H&M  [SIMILAR]  / TIGHTS:  J.CREW  / CHELSEA BOOTS: NINE WEST  [SIMILAR]  / LEATHER JACKET:  WILSON'S LEATHER  / MINI BRIEFCASE: VINTAGE  [SIMILAR]  / KNIT SCARF: ZARA  [SIMILAR]  / EARRINGS: DIAMOND STUDS  [SIMILAR] , GOLD LOOP STUDS:  H&M  / CAT EYE SUNGLASSES: FOREVER 21  [SIMILAR]  LIPSTICK:  CHARLOTTE TILBURY BOND GIRL

DRESS: H&M [SIMILAR] / TIGHTS: J.CREW / CHELSEA BOOTS: NINE WEST [SIMILAR] / LEATHER JACKET: WILSON'S LEATHER / MINI BRIEFCASE: VINTAGE [SIMILAR] / KNIT SCARF: ZARA [SIMILAR] / EARRINGS: DIAMOND STUDS [SIMILAR], GOLD LOOP STUDS: H&M / CAT EYE SUNGLASSES: FOREVER 21 [SIMILAR] LIPSTICK: CHARLOTTE TILBURY BOND GIRL

One way to add interest to your outfits and create something that feels original and stylish is to juxtapose pieces that are more dressed up with others that are dressed down. It creates an unfussy, but intentional look that can translate well for multiple occasions or events without having to change. 

We recently met friends for Sunday mass and coffee in Georgetown, at our favorite spot Grace Street Coffee, and I wanted to wear something that I could feel dressed for church, and also be comfortable to walk and care for my little girl. 

I pulled out this amazing little babydoll dress I found at H&M in December. It's a sheer black swiss dot material with a poet sleeve and ruffled hem. It could easily be dressed up even more with heels, sparkly jewelry and a bold lip, but I dressed it down with my ankle booties, leather jacket, and thick grey knit scarf

For jewelry, I went for minimal gold pieces that felt modern, but simple. This was so easy to throw on, I just might wear it next Sunday too! Do you have a go-to outfit for dressed up dressed down occasions? 

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Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.