Ladylike Grunge

 TWEED JACKET: NANETTE LEPORE  [SIMILAR]  / TOP:  [SIMILAR]  / DENIM:  LEVI'S  / BOOTS: NINE WEST  [SIMILAR]  / CHOKER:  [SIMILAR]  / HOOP EARRINGS:  & OTHER STORIES  / SUNGLASSES: TAHARI  [SIMILAR]  / STUDDED HOBO BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF  [SIMILAR]  / LIPSTICK:  CHARLOTTE TILBURY IN BOND GIRL . PHOTOS BY  STEPHEN J. CARUSO

TWEED JACKET: NANETTE LEPORE [SIMILAR] / TOP: [SIMILAR] / DENIM: LEVI'S / BOOTS: NINE WEST [SIMILAR] / CHOKER: [SIMILAR] / HOOP EARRINGS: & OTHER STORIES / SUNGLASSES: TAHARI [SIMILAR] / STUDDED HOBO BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF [SIMILAR] / LIPSTICK: CHARLOTTE TILBURY IN BOND GIRL. PHOTOS BY STEPHEN J. CARUSO

Weekends out give me a chance to dress up a bit more than I do during the week, but I can't go full on ladylike loveliness while traipsing around D.C. and mothering a curious toddler. 

I always start with basics, like a simple white cotton top and well-fitting denim, and build up from there. The peplum detail in the top balances the edgier ripped jeans, and the tailored tweed jacket is just feminine enough to counter my favorite gritty ankle booties and studded hobo bag

One of my fashion pet-peeves is looking too overdone, which is why I wear my hair messy with a full face of makeup, and pair something a little more grunge-inspired with something more fitted and feminine. If a look falls heavily in one trend or one mood, it surely makes a statement, and sometimes too much of one for my taste. 

What fashion faux pas do you avoid? 

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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.