The Fringe Jacket

Suede Brown Fringe MURAL Zipper Jacket, Black Sugarlips Skater Dress, Casual Weekend Everyday Look

Happy Holidays! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones! Now it's time to get ready for New Years! Do you have your NYE outfit ready? 2015 is going to be a blast! Anyways, it's been pretty hot in Southern California... don't let this outfit post fool you! Tee- shirts and tanks are definitely a must though nights might call for a light jacket. I got this fringed zipper jacket from Nordstrom a few months ago and I've been dying to wear it! So the occasion and weather presented itself a few days ago when I went out to lunch with Jonathan. This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite pieces! It works with dresses, shorts, jeans.... practically anything (E X T R E M E L Y   V E R S A T I L E)! Plus, it has a bohemian, California vibe - can't say no to that! You may have noticed that I am wearing boots with only a slight heel! A majority of my posts (around 99.99%) feature me in some sort of high heel. But with all the running around I've been doing, I decided to trade in my heels for some comfortable DV by Dolce Vita boots.

DIY Holiday Bows

DIY Holiday Bows
Christmas is a few days away and hopefully you all finished your holiday shopping! I wanted to share a D.I.Y. I learned a couple of days ago! I believe this would add an extra personal touch to your presents! It may take a while at first but once you get the hang of it, you'll finish this in less than 5 minutes! All you need is some paper and a pair of scissors! Let's get started!

Classic Cat Eye

Business Casual - Women's Black and White
Baby it's cold outside! The temperatures are taking a drastic plunge in Southern California - did you guys hear about the "twister" that supposedly hit Los Angeles? Yikes! I hope you guys are staying warm and keeping safe this holiday season. If you guys are still looking for the perfect gift, I have a very affordable solution for you.

Polette sunglasses was created by Pierre Wizman. With only 2000 euros, he soon became a leader of the online optical market and garnered over 2 million euros within a year. Must be wondering how that happened, huh?

Not only do they carry prescription lenses and sunglasses in a variety of shapes and colors, the prices are unbeatable. Polette is able to offer extremely low prices since they omitted the middle man. Once an order is placed, Polette contacts the factory to make and ship the item directly to the customer. Though the eyewear is inexpensive, this does not mean it is of poor quality.

Closet Essentials

The secret to any sophisticated wardrobe comes from acquiring timeless, versatile pieces that can transition into any season. With functional basics in your closet, the only thing to consider is the integration of a few new favorites that offer fresh options. Not convinced? Take a closer look at the creative, and virtually endless, possibilities these core pieces offer.

The word “essential” has come to be synonymous with the term necessary, but the term also describes something that possesses a story, a tradition. A combination of these fine qualities makes the white shirt, the blue jeans, and the black coat a fundamental trio. Filled with history and the ability to exist despite the changes in style over the years, these three staples have evolved into the most versatile pieces in the contemporary wardrobe.

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white shirt with Wolford velvet de luxe 50 stay up tights and BCBGeneration Wool Fedora

 The white dress shirt dates back to the early 19th century when the collar was first introduced. The allure and power of white shirts, which was once associated with men in banking, soon expanded to fit a variety professions. Designed to look sharp and polished, the cuffs can also be folded to create an elevated, casual look. Though the white shirt sparingly shows up on the runway, this simple top can be seen in all classes throughout the world. For a business-professional look, I would recommend wearing this with a tailored pencil skirt or cigarette pants along with some d'Orsay heels. I like wearing white shirts when I'm running errands so I tend to throw on some boyfriend jeans along with my nude high heeled sandals and a tote.

T H E     B L U E     J E A N S 

Blue Jeans: Boyfriend Jeans - J Brand Skinny Jeans, Current Elliot Love Destroyed

Born from sturdy trousers worn by factory workers and refined by Levi Strauss, blue jeans symbolizes youth rebellion, casual-cool, and is still going strong over 50 years later. This American innovation underwent many modifications, from bell-bottoms to skinny jeans, to create strikingly modern results to fit all ages. From James Dean onward, these jeans possess a hint of California cool. With some statement jewelry and high heels, the jeans and tee-shirt combination goes from ordinary to chic in a matter of seconds.

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Black Coat

Another staple, the black coat, dates back to an early 18th century French innovation that introduced knee-length coats worn by men. The appeal of long "jackets" rapidly spread throughout Europe due to its' emergence in the fashion industry. The polished black coat offers a sense of protection, credibility and power to those who wear it. Though it was designed for the elite, it has evolved to fit every budget around the world. The coat, particularly in black, is one of my go-to cold weather essentials. Not only does it match every color and look underneath, it will last for many years to come. Want something new to try? Instead of wearing the coat, try letting it sit on top of your shoulders like a shawl. This trend has been seen at fashion weeks all around the world.

T H E      C O M B I N E D      L O O K

Black BP Wool Coat, Hollister White Shirt, TJ Maxx Houndstooth Crop Top, CUrrent Elliot Boyfriend Jeans, Harajuku Lovers Bow High Heels, Chanel Sunglasses, 3.1 Phillip Lim Medium Pashli Black Satchel

If you guys are keeping up with my posts, you may have already seen my "Autumn Crop Top" post (ensemble shown above). I incorporated the three things I believe are the most multifaceted and can be found in every closet no matter what gender. The white shirt, black coat and blue jeans aren't what you would call statement pieces however, the fact that they have maintained their prevalence in society demonstrates their subtle power.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. The lack of an outfit post this week has encouraged me to delve into other creative aspects I would like to incorporate to i n v i c t u s. About a year ago, I mentioned that I planned on adding different sections to my blog such as home inspiration, recipes, fashion tips and tricks, etc. However, I never followed through since I was busy with other matters. But with the impending rain casting doubt on future outfit shots, I plan on creating monthly posts (ideally weekly posts, if time permits) about things that inspire and motivate me. I hope you guys liked this article!

Until Next Time,

Raindrops + Wolford

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I didn't think eating turkey would make me sleepy but I was definitely wrong. My food coma ensued shortly after I consumed everything from bread to apple pie... I could really go for another apple pie right about now! Well, I decided not to do any Black Friday shopping. I know... how could I miss all the best deals of the year? I just wasn't in the mood to do any sort of shopping. The thrill of waking up early has ceased though... many stores opened at 5PM on Thanksgiving day. Now where's the fun in that? 

If you guys are following me on instagram, @adriennenguyenn, then you might have already seen my black and white post in Wolford's Velvet de Luxe 50 Stay Up Tights - which you can purchase HERE. I would love to attempt editorial-like posts for my blog however, it takes a tremendous amount of time to create, setup and process. Anyways, here is my second look with these luxury tights. What's so great about them and are they worth it? I know it's a tad bit cliché but you do get what you pay for! These tights are double-wrapped with elastane in each row to provide the "perfect fit." I do need to invest in a good garter belt not because these tights don't live up to their standards but because I am quite petite and even a size small may sometimes be too big for me. These are the best tights I own and I am not saying that simply because this is a sponsored post but because it's actually true. Don't forget to visit their website HERE. Until next time!