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outfit of the day: blue crush.

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Sail away with me today on this subtle tribute to my love of nautical. Bonus – every piece in this outfit of the day fits in the ‘glam girl on a budget’ category – nothing over $50!

Dress: Forever 21 Shoes: Bakers Bracelet: H&M

Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Bakers
Bracelet: H&M

I went for a neutral eye and a soft red lip for makeup.

I went for a neutral eye and a soft red lip for makeup.

My only accessory with this outfit was a gold and ivory bracelet.

My only accessory with this outfit was a gold and ivory bracelet.

I also liked this bracelet because in addition to the color combination it reminded me of sea coral. :)

 

The front straps of the shoes remind me of rope and I thought it suited the look.

The front straps of the shoes remind me of rope and I thought it suited the look.

Side shot of the shoes.

Side shot of the shoes.

Sailing away!

Sailing away!

 

xoxo,

heth

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outfit of the day: key lime.

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Helllooooooo darlings, I have no excuses for my lack of posting except that I was not feeling the best and it was affecting every single aspect of my life – unfortunately including my desire to be my stylish self.

 

BUT! I’m back and feeling better than ever! And what better way to come back than with my favorite citrus in today’s quick pop over outfit of the day: key lime.

 

welcome summer.

welcome summer.

shorts: asos top: a'gaci heels: zara bracelets: alex & ani

shorts: asos
top: a’gaci
heels: zara
bracelets: alex & ani

a closeup of my old standby favorite zara sandals.

a closeup of my old standby favorite zara sandals.

all smiles in my citrus.

all smiles in my citrus.

 

It feels good to be home, pals. See you soooon! xoxo

heth

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you are cordially invited to the marriage of…

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Fashion. Art. Design. Masterpiece.

For some, hearing these words invokes a different thought for each word. For example – fashion, one might picture a dress. Art, a museum. Design, someone you bring in to transform. Masterpiece, a piece of art that has received praise. But me? I think all four of these terms are all married together and cross into each other more than we realize.

A masterpiece is not limited to the Mona Lisa – Chanel’s traditional and iconic tweed suit certainly fits into this category. Fashion is more than runway and has BECOME art with museums featuring exhibits such as Cartier: Style in History in Paris and costuming being an essential part of storytelling of the art that is created in film. Design is not limited to home interiors – art can be created with fashion, style, even furniture.

Furniture? I can hear the brake skids in your brain now. You may have been following along but now you are hearing furniture and tuning out. I had you with Chanel tweed but a sofa? I get it. I know. But trust me and keep reading and you’ll see what I mean.

 

Hot Lips

When I first saw this piece, I will admit that I gasped. The stiletto shape, the red coloring looking a little naughty without being indecent. The feminine energy is calling out with the pointy heel and it’s beautiful flow but the masculinity of the steel balances out the look as well.

Anchored Candy #7 (Hot Lips) Steel and automotive paint 80x22x37 Price available upon request.  Copyright Vivian Beer

Anchored Candy #7 (Hot Lips)
Steel and automotive paint
80x22x37
Price available upon request.
Copyright Vivian Beer

Anchored Candy #7 (Hot Lips) Steel and automotive paint 80x22x37 Price available upon request.  Copyright Vivian Beer

Anchored Candy #7 (Hot Lips)
Steel and automotive paint
80x22x37
Price available upon request.
Copyright Vivian Beer

 

As you’ll see the “heel” comes to a fine point, much like a stiletto. This tapered look requires a lot of time with a hydraulic press and anvil (yes, like in the cartoons!) but the effort is clearly worth it. It is a stunner and reminded me of my own one of a kind gorgeous heels.

 

Satin Feather Shoes: Enzo Angiolini

Satin Feather Shoes: Enzo Angiolini

Gorgeous, sexy, and one of a kind.

Gorgeous, sexy, and one of a kind.

 

Both pieces – Anchored Candy #7 and the actual pair of stilettos make me think of the word couture – a bit high fashion, a bit extreme, a bit too much but somehow just right.

 

Bfast Cleo

The Cleo speaks to me as classy, elegant, timeless, regal. It reminds me of formal wear, classic pearls and black sheeth dresses. And what image immediately comes to your mind when you think of those three things?

The definition of elegance.

The definition of elegance.

 

My girl Audrey certainly had timeless elegance down to a science and so does this stunning piece Anchored Candy #6 or simply Cleo.

A pop of gold and classic lines.

Anchored Candy #6
Steel and automotive paint
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Price available upon request.
Copyright Vivian Beer

A side view of classy Cleo

A side view of classy Cleo

This beautiful, hand made piece has clean lines, timeless beauty and a pop of gold.

Just looking at this not only reminded me of Audrey Hepburn and her famous breakfast but inspired me to tackle a modern take on such a famous, classic look. I call this “Breakfast at Cleo’s”.

Breakfast at Cleo's

Breakfast at Cleo’s

 

The ‘Anchored Candies’ series is hand formed and each piece is one of a kind. You can view the full collection, including Anchored Candy #5 which commissioned from Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, by visiting http://www.vivianbeer.com/anchored-candy/

 

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When I first saw the Bridge Bench from the Infrastructure series, I immediately loved it’s androgynous vibe. It’s sharp lines and neutral tone blend so well with the feminine curves. It’s made with concrete and stainless steel, functional but still shows a ton of style.

Bridge Bench (either black or white) Stainless Steel, Ferrocement and pigment 70x25x26 Price available upon request.  Copyright Vivian Beer

Bridge Bench (either black or white)
Stainless Steel, Ferrocement and pigment
70x25x26
Price available upon request.
Copyright Vivian Beer

 

Both benches made of stainless steel and pigmented concrete.  The white design below has a special faux rust on the bars adding to it’s unique look.

Bridge Bench (either black or white) Stainless Steel, Ferrocement and pigment 70x25x26 Price available upon request.  Copyright Vivian Beer

Bridge Bench (either black or white)
Stainless Steel, Ferrocement and pigment
70x25x26
Price available upon request.
Copyright Vivian Beer

 

Like the bridge bench, the strong lines of the pants direct the eye to the more feminine side of the outfit with the bow and the crop top and subtly emphasize natural curves.

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Top: A’GACI
Trousers: Forever 21
Necklace: Stella and Dot ‘Rebel’

Strong lines and feminine curves.

Strong lines and feminine curves.

The necklace also is made of straight lines pointing downward.

The necklace also is made of straight lines pointing downward.

 

One thing I liked with all three of these pieces/outfits is the contrast of the Candies series versus the Bridge Bench. While completely different in style, design, color vs monochromatic they still all somehow showcase an androgynous look that can be appreciated by everyone.

These gorgeous and one of a kind pieces are available for sale from the Wexler Gallery http://www.wexlergallery.com/ 

For more information on the artist Vivian Beer, please visit http://www.vivianbeer.com/ 

xoxo,

heth

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accessory spotlight: you can leave your hat on.

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One of the biggest fashion comments I hear is “I wish I could wear hats – they just never look right on me!” Well let me tell you something – hats look great on EVERYONE. Yes. You too. You just possibly haven’t found the right hat/style/outfit combo to suit your style but by the end of this post you will feel ready to get yourself some new headgear.

I love hats every season for so many reasons – they can really dress up or dress down your look, they can add a completely dimension to something you already love, and they remind me of another era where dressing up was more commonplace than it is now.

Some other great things about working a fabulous head piece into your every day looks?

  • Instant style! No time to do your hair or feeling like it’s a day past acceptable without washing? Throw on a hat and save time and your discomfort. 
  • Bang Regrets. This one I know allllll too well – that moment of panic when you realize that getting bangs is quite possibly the worst decision you could have made and the only thing you can do is wait for them to grow out. Well, now you have another option. Pin them up and throw them under a hat. Bye bye bangs! Good riddance (until the next time I see a cute style with them and here we go again).
  • Add a pop of color or print without exiting your comfort zone. Loving the leopard print stuff everywhere? Always wanted to try a bright coral style but can’t quite commit to an article of clothing? Here’s your chance to try it out with little risk. If you hate it, take the hat off. But it’s a great way to incorporate a little bit of trend for even the most classic fashion lovers.

So now that we are hat happy, let’s check out a few of our options.

Fedora

Hat: H&M Tank: H&M Skirt: Zara Sandals: River Island Necklaces: Kate Spade, Stella and Dot

Hat: H&M
Tank: H&M
Skirt: Zara
Sandals: River Island
Necklaces: Kate Spade, Stella and Dot

 

One of my favorite looks is actually the most classic (for a change!). The Fedora. Any hat that is good enough for mob bosses, Michael Jackson, Indiana Jones and millions of other fashion loving people around the world is good enough for me!

These are available literally almost anywhere, in any color, in any fabric, in any print. Big, small – whatever you are looking for there is a great chance you can find it.

Two huge colors right now are navy blue and olive green. These are both neutral colors so I chose to pair my olive hat below with a navy blue and white striped dress to add a little more depth to the look.

Olive Green Fedora: Forever 21

Olive Green Fedora: Forever 21

 

Another big color that I am thrilled is showing up everywhere is maroon (burgundy/wine/whatever you want to call this fabulous hue).

Hat: ASOS Bracelets: Alex & Ani Leather sleeve tee: Nordstrom

Hat: ASOS
Bracelets: Alex & Ani
Leather sleeve tee: Nordstrom

 

H and H = BFFs

H and H = BFFs

We learned previously that Harry Styles and I are best friends (well, I am his fashion icon which basically means the same thing) and as you can see, both H’s love us a big floppy hat.

Psst: You can re-read that post here: http://filthycutexo.com/tips-and-trends-for-2015-or-harry-styles-is-my-style-twin/

Fedora: ASOS Tee shirt: Victorias Secret

Fedora: ASOS
Tee shirt: Victorias Secret

 

The looks above feature a wool brim fedora but for summer season I really like a straw fedora in a neutral color. My soul sista Molly and I below clearly share the same brain when it comes to summer style:

Fedora: Nordstrom

Fedora: Nordstrom

 

Whether you are pairing a fedora with leather, tee-shirt and jeans, a summer dress or something more boho inspired, you CAN make this universal style work for you.

 

I think I have a type.

I think I have a type.

 

Floppy

This wouldn’t be a filthy cute post without leopard print somewhere – my leopard floppy hat below was a Target purchase (yes, that Target) a few years ago and has done me so well every season since. This particular look was a winter look and I had long hair at the time so I let the hat and hair speak for itself and went very classic with the rest of my look.

Hat: Target Necklaces: Chanel

Hat: Target
Necklaces: Chanel

 

I had to give a shoutout to my beautifully stylish mommy (pictured below in yellow). She is at her brother’s wedding and standing below with the bride. As you can see all of the ladies in the ceremony wore these gorgeous hats. I love everything about this look (and this picture! :) )

My gorgeous mommy.

My gorgeous mommy.

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Now in most of the above pictures, the theme seems to show that your hair is worn down. I think a lot of the reasons people find they don’t like hats is because they feel there is just too much going on.

If this is the case for you, the fix is simple. KNOCK IT OFF and move around your tresses. It’s that simple!

Try a low pony if your hair is long, pin your bangs up under the brim of your hat, try a braid or maybe move all your hair to one side. There are so many options to make it balance for you to be comfortable.

 

Knit beanie: Nordstrom

Knit beanie: Nordstrom

 

For the knit cap above, I went for a side low pony with my bangs out and a few flyaways framing the face.

This vintage twisted turban look was an absolute LIFESAVER for me in so many ways a few summers ago. I was extremely sick and losing my hair at a very alarming rate. These hats helped keep me in higher spirits while I watched it fall away and feel more in control of my situation. I know a lot of cancer patients who have also opted for this look while in recovery. They are very light weight, come in all colors and prints and are comfortable to wear without getting a headache for long periods of time. Not to mention they are pretty adorable.

Red white and blue headwear.

Red white and blue headwear.

 

Wearing turbans is common among Sikhs, who refer to it as a Dastar. In certain other faith communities, the headgear also serves as a religious observance, including among Muslims, who regard turban-wearing as Sunnah Mu’akkadah (confirmed tradition).

Additionally, turbans have often been worn by nobility, regardless of religious background. They are also sometimes donned to protect hair or as mentioned above as a headwrap for women following cancer treatments.

 

Hat: Target

Hat: Target

Making her Filthy Cute debut today is the beautiful LeighAnn – this adorable little faux fur hat looks adorable for cold weather cities and goes with just about anything.

Hair jewelry

If you are still having doubts, try a smaller head accessory first – floral headbands, jewelry in your hair and big bold flowers are also lovely starter pieces.

 

Flowers, headbands, jewelry or a side pop of color.

Flowers, headbands, jewelry or a side pop of color.

 

Say hi to the adorable Kelly with her classic black and white polka dots – the red flower behind her ear adds just enough of a pop to make her entire look WOW!

 

So what do you think? Are you inspired to go out and get your hat on?

xoxo

heth

 

Bonus shot of my mom, my grandma and I all at different stages rocking some kind of hat. Style runs in the family! <3

Three generations of hat loving ladies.

Three generations of hat loving ladies.

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accessory spotlight: pretty birdie.

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Both spring and festival season are upon us and the overall trend seems to be all about feathers, birds, wings, and feminine touches.

This gorgeous piece is one of my favorites for the season because there are so many elements to it – the Birdie necklace combines edge and sweetness, leather and chiffon and a masculine gold strand with soft petals.

 

Birdie Necklace - Stella and Dot

Birdie Necklace – Stella and Dot

 

This piece is available via Stella and Dot and is a perfect example of why I began styling for them. This piece, and so many others, are so unique, so versatile, so lovely and so feminine.

 

All out glam.

All out glam.

 

For my first look I wanted to go all the way glam. Feathers, soft curls, an overall really vintage vibe. As you can see, Birdie is made for glam.

 

Layer.

Layer.

 

You can also layer this up in so many ways and have your accessories be your stand out with a casual basic cotton tee. I like this layering so much and throw on a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans and it’s a perfectly polished summer look.

 

Casual glamour.

Casual glamour.

 

As we know my 70′s aesthetic is well underway for 2015 and I couldn’t pass up a chance for a loud gold slinky tank top. Surprisingly this hard working necklace fit right in with that look too.

 

Simplify.

Simplify.

 

Lastly, if you are feeling simple? Be simple. The top strand comes off to be its own stand alone piece for the days when less is more. If you aren’t feeling the sparkle, flip the chain over for a solid gold feather look instead.

You can purchase this stand out statement necklace <a href=”http://www.stelladot.com/shop/en_us/p/birdie-necklace/”>here.</a> Take a look at the rest of my store at www.stelladot.com/filthycutexo and let me know what catches YOUR eye. 

What are some of your standout spring accessories?

xoxo,

heth

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outfit of the day: fruit cocktail.

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If there is anything I love more than a vibrant print and a cheeky cut-out I simply haven’t found it yet.

It’s no secret that florals continue being a hit for the spring season but another sweet little print that is a little less common is fruit. Watermelon and pineapple prints are my current obsession and they add a bit of summer charm and a fun detail to your look.

As far as cut outs – I was a big complainer about this cutout trend this last year, I’m going to be perfectly honest. And I still am in a lot of ways. The random side cutout that isn’t flattering on any body shape? Why! And a misplaced random one can ruin an entire otherwise gorgeous piece. But one that gives the illusion of a two piece set and shows off the smooth little triangle of your tummy without actually showing any tummy at all? YAS!

Outfit of the day: Fruit Cocktail.

Dress: ASOS Bracelet: Forever 21 Shoes: Steve Madden Flower Ring: Nordstrom Gold Ring: Yves Saint Laurent

Dress: ASOS
Bracelet: Forever 21
Shoes: Steve Madden
Flower Ring: Nordstrom
Gold Ring: Yves Saint Laurent

 

This sweet little summer preview outfit also goes into my “Glam Girl on a Budget” category – the entire look (minus the YSL ring) from head to toe was under $110 – the ASOS dress was just $12!

 

A pink lip and neutral eye with some loose waves let the dress be the focal point.

A pink lip and neutral eye with some loose waves let the dress be the focal point.

With a short cheeky dress and heels (a combo I don’t usually do – it’s either short dress/skirt OR heels but the bright combo was a darling exception) I definitely wanted to keep my makeup very simple. I went for a pink lip and neutral eye makeup with my hair in loose waves.

 

Texture and a gold tone on all the standout separate pieces help to tie the look together.

Texture and a gold tone on all the standout separate pieces help to tie the look together.

 

While each piece of jewelry with this look is significantly different and can be a standout on its own the consistent gold tone helps to tie each together.

 

The peek a boo cutout is just cheeky enough without showing off too much.

The peek a boo cutout is just cheeky enough without showing off too much.

 

 

Color block heels always find their way back around.

Color block heels always find their way back around.

 

I have had these bright and fun heels for many, many years and keep them around because color blocking always finds its way back into the spotlight.

 

A delish (and healthy!) lunch is my favorite accessory. Especially when it matches my whole look!

A delish (and healthy!) lunch is my favorite accessory. Especially when it matches my whole look!

 

What is your go to and delicious print this season?

xoxo

heth

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outfit inspo: what would love do

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Valentine’s Day. Love Day. Red. Hearts. Pink. Lips. X’s and O’s. AKA Heather’s FAAAAAVORITE holiday and month of the year.

We’ve been over this, I’m sure. Those people that say “I hate Valentine’s Day, it’s so commercial and fake and people should show their love all year anyway.” and my response is, as it always is, this is true that we should show our love all year round but the truth is some people just don’t and I don’t see a single thing wrong with dedicating a whole day to spreading love around.

Valentine’s Day is to be spent with people you love – and that doesn’t just mean a romantic love. Don’t have a boyfriend or girlfriend? That’s OK – have a girls night! Spend some time with your fam and let them know you care. Or just spend a much deserved solo night (in our out) and treat yo self because of all the love we have and share, loving ourselves should be at the top anyway.

But what do you WEAR to express and celebrate a day of heart eyes and smooches and cuddles and hugs and friendship?? Come on now. I gotchu.

GIRLS NIGHT

For a fun night out with friends, go bold. Go silly. And go to show your love for your fabulous friendship circle.

Sweater: Wildfox Sequin Joggers: Nordstrom Shoes: L.A.M.B. Lipstick: NYX

Sweater: Wildfox
Sequin Joggers: Nordstrom
Shoes: L.A.M.B.
Lipstick: NYX

Kisses

Kisses for my misses

Full shot with the shoes.

Full shot with the shoes.

A gold heel, a cheeky sweater and sequins. Yes please!

A gold heel, a cheeky sweater and sequins. Yes please!

A bold gold heel and a pony make this look even more fun.

Too much sparkle for you? That’s OK – why don’t you try some lips and leather instead?

Top: Forever 21 Skirt: Nordstrom Tights: Pretty Polly Belt: Asos Boots: Wanted Hair: I miss it

Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Nordstrom
Tights: Pretty Polly
Belt: Asos
Boots: Wanted
Hair: I miss it

Add a little fun into your girls night.

Add a little fun into your girls night.

 

DATE NIGHT

 

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Barbie Girl.
Dress: ASOS
Jacket: Target
Love Ring: Luna B Boutique
Shoes: Calvin Klein
Watch: Charming Charlie
Bracelet: Charming Charlie

 

LoveRing2

Love ring and Arm Candy.

 

Lips Dress

Barbie Girl.

 

Okay, okay. I know. This is barbie, cotton candy, bubble gum at its finest. I know most people aren’t going to go so hard core with the pink. So here are a few more options for you :)

Going somewhere formal?

opera

Gown: Marchesa
Gloves: Vintage
Bracelet: Vintage
Best Accessory: Champagne

 

Now, I wore this gorgeous Marchesa gown at the Opera in NYC but this would also work for a fancy play wherever you are. If it’s cold where you are, throw on a cape or a coat for the trek outside.

 

More casual plans?

HeartTop

Top: Wildfox
Jeans: ASOS
Accessories: Various

 

Some skinnies, a pair of booties and a heart tank will do the job just fine. I wore this with a leopard cardigan (love those mixed prints!) but a solid color jacket or sweater would also work here.

DATE NIGHT FOR ONE – TREAT YO SELF

Friends busy? No relationship this year? NO WORRIES!! This love day, treat the most special person on the planet – YOU! That’s right – you get up every day, endure the bad days an still get shit done. You are worth a little pampering and why not celebrate that on love day if you are hanging solo?

Sweater: Wildfox Sleep Mask: Wildfox Socks: Nordstrom Rack

Sweater: Wildfox
Sleep Mask: Wildfox
Socks: Nordstrom Rack

 

Stay in. Turn on the iPad, iPod, TV, whatever it is that suits your fancy. Read a book. Make yourself some tasty treats. Give yourself a facial or a mani. Whatever it is that you are doing, make sure you love it and enjoy.

 

Watch a movie, read a book, make some tasty treats for one. Treat yo self!

Watch a movie, read a book, make some tasty treats for one. Treat yo self!

 

Don’t want to stay in or feel like it will bum you out? That’s okay too – hit the pavement and take yourself on a walk. Go to the beach, the park, smell the roses. Do some yoga, meditate, run, take a hike, have a picnic or just sit in your driveway if you want and chill out.

Get some fresh air and revitalize your soul.

Get some fresh air and revitalize your soul.

JUST A LITTLE LOVE

Looking for a way to add a pop of love detail without going so over the top? There are so many ways you can do that, too!

 

From a scarf to a bangle, shoes to a pair of sunnies - it's easy to add a little love into your look.

Bracelets: Stella and Dot
Watch: Betsey Johnson
Bow with pearls: Nordstrom
Headband: Marc Jacobs
Shoes: Calvin Klein
Scarf: Nordstrom Rack
Sunnies: Target

 

From a watch to a headband, some dollar (yes, one dollar) sunnies from Target or some gorgeous bangles – it’s easy to add a pop of love into your look.

 

Love, Always, and Blessed bangles in different languages.

Love, Always, and Blessed bangles in different languages.

 

These bracelets (insert heart eye emoji here!). They are three individual and say Blessed, Love, or Always in several different languages. I am OBSESSED. These beauties are available for purchase on my website www.stelladot.com/filthycutexo if you must have them like I had to! These will take you beyond Valentine’s Day and show a little sweetness, style and culture all at the same time.

Calvin Klein Sandal

Calvin Klein Sandal

 

When I saw these shoes I KNEW they had to be mine. Pink AND red?? Normally we avoid that combo together but something about these sweet sandals just works for me.

 

Smooch Me

Smooch Me

Try some fancy eye makeup and a cheeky little accessory for your night out.

 

Heart Eye Emoji

Heart Eye Emoji

On the real though – am I not THE heart eye emoji here??

Anyway – you can find heart eye sunnies like these pretty much anywhere these days although these beauties were under $15 at Nordies.

 

Whew – we made it! I hope you all have a splendid Love Day and that regardless of what you do you let the world feel your love. Try not to let negativity get you down today – lots of people are haters on the day but remember that it’s only commercial if you let it be – don’t buy a dozen red roses to show your love if you don’t think that shows it. I personally send out personalized Valentine’s to lots of my friends, near and far, and have been getting those nearest and dearest to me little pressies to show I care for years and years – wayyyy before I was part of a pair. You don’t need to spend money to show those that you love that you love them – but just make sure you show them some how. :)

Happy Valentine’s Day, darlings. Wishing you a year full of X’s and O’s!

Heth

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lean on me.

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Hello beauties,

I experienced something so inspirational and awesome tonight that I had to come and share.

After a four-day trip to San Diego with my work team that was enlightening and lovely and productive I was heading back up home to OC and I stopped off in Del Mar to get some food. I didn’t know a lot of things around the area so went into a small place I saw and got a little booth to myself and waited. It wasn’t too crowded and there were about three other seats taken up; one group was a dad and two daughters, another woman by herself like me, and the last was a couple together having dinner. There were also two cooks and a girl behind the counter.

While I waited for my food they played some nice tunes; older songs and some upbeat ones and then – ‘Lean On Me’ came on. Now we’ve all heard the song and we probably all love the song and if you don’t, well I don’t know what to say to you. So. ‘Lean On Me’ comes on. At first you just see everybody was sort of nodding their heads to the song, a random hum or two murmured during the first verse.

And then the first chorus starts.

One of the line cooks start singing the actual words to the song out loud. The customers and I sort of smile and look around at each other thinking it was just a quick little tune but he continues. Then the second cook joins in. Then it’s the lady by herself. Then I start in, followed by the dad and his kids, along with the girl at the counter etc. until we are all literally singing this song together, perfect strangers just clapping to the beat, laughing and just going for it. Not one person had their phone out. Nobody was embarassed or worried or afraid to act a little silly with strangers. It was so in the moment and lovely and fun and it sounds silly but it is something I will truly remember forever.

It reminded me that sometimes being present and not focusing on what we might have missed or what is coming tomorrow can be so beautiful and these one of a kind things can occur if you are really ‘there’ enough for them. After the song ended everyone laughed together and then went back to each of our own respective tables, lives, conversations. But for that 5 minutes and 52 seconds it felt like such a special connection and awesome movie moment.

Thanks universe for the reminder that even if I’m sitting at a table by myself, I’m never really alone. :)

xo,

H

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allow me to introduce 2015′s biggest thing to hit accessories – ME

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Hello, lover.

Hello, lover.

 

As of January 2015 I am proud to have added ‘Stella and Dot stylist’ to my fashion resume and honestly I could not be more excited. Now, I know what some of you may be thinking.

Now I can practically hear a few of you naysayers through the computer screen. You’ve probably heard about the line in passing or think you know kinda/sorta what it is about. Well let me assure you whatever ‘just another home party thing’ is floating around in your brain, it is not the case with this fabulous and fun line. It is sold at home trunk shows/events, that part is true. But it’s also sold on my website and is not the cheese factor that some other independent jewelry companies (a lady doesn’t name names) are. And the best part? With a ridiculous amount of items under $50 it fits right into my glam girl on a budget.

I have been approached by a lot of at home companies (and some not at home companies) to promote their products but have declined most every one. The reason this brand not only had me saying yes but actually got me excited to share my styling tips is that the pieces they design are actually perfectly on trend and GORGEOUS. The quality is sensational, the range from classic to over the top is perfect and where else are you going to find an engraveable and 100% unique pendant, a statement necklace you can style both different ways AND different lengths, and a celeb favorite bracelet all at the same online boutique?

Stella and Dot’s one of a kind collections are designed by celebrated New York designers and have been featured in Gossip Girl, In Style and Lucky Magazine as well as on the wrists and necklines of today’s hottest celebrities. Who, you ask?

Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale in the silver Pave Arrow Cuff

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev

Katy Perry

Katy Perry in the Renegade Cluster Bracelet

Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler in the Rebel Pendant Necklace

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens in the Sahara Pendant Necklace

 

Of the above, I gotta say I’m giving Katy, Vanessa and Amy a huge filthy cute seal of approval as they are sporting some of my favorite pieces from the S&D collection.

All three pieces are still available for purchase at www.stelladot.com/filthycutexo

I’ve sorting through my spring line and styling these fabulous pieces like crazy so I can put together a spring must have post for all you lovely fashionistas. Stay tuned for that in the next week or so and in the meantime check out the shop and let me know what your favorites and must haves are.

xoxo

heth

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tips and trends for 2015 (or, harry styles is my style twin)

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The number one question I’m being asked my friends and readers alike is what to look for in 2015. To answer this, I first need to share something quite astonishing that I realized this month.

I, Filthy Cute XO founder and stylist extraordinaire Heather, am the fashion inspiration for one Mr. Harry Styles.

Yes, that Harry Styles.

Worldwide phenomenon, overall gift to human kind and one of the kindest and most genuine people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting several times – HARRY. STYLES.

I know what you are thinking. “But Heather – this is a famous 20 year old boy, why on earth would he be looking to you – as FABULOUS as your style is – out of everyone else??

Well, my friends. Let the evidence speak for itself. And while we do – let’s chat about trends an style tips to focus on (that both H and I are BIG fans of).

 

EXHIBITt A: Bunny Hunny’s, Passion for Polka Dots, and Hiding in Hats.

Bunny hunnys, all smiles in polka dots and big floppy hats.

Bunny hunnys, Passion for polka dots, and Hiding in hats.

 

Bunny Hunnys – I mean. Does anything else need to be said about this? And yes, I am perfectly aware that his bun is way cuter than mine and probably took wayyyyy less effort to look so flawless. I’m not pouting, I promise (I’m lying).

Passion for Polka Dots – Let the record show (and a glimpse into my closet as well) that there is little I love more than a flirty and fun print. Let the record ALSO show – this was one of the first venture into blouses that Harry went for this summer and while he looks adorable and all – I did wear mine first. I’m just saying. NOT ONLY did I wear it first but I also wore it when I met Mr. Styles backstage this past summer for the second time – shortly after his delightful polka dot debut was made.

Feel free to join us on this passion for polka dots as the print will remain a classic as always. Try a mint green with a gold accent for an updated take or stick to the traditional black and white – there is no way to go wrong with this classic style statement .

 

H&H BFFs

H&H BFFs

 

Hiding in Hats – Ok, this one is a toss up. Harry might actually win this round simply because he goes bigger and bolder than I do most of the time.

Either way – a big floppy hat is a fashion favorite for both of us and will continue to be big into the 2015 season. If you aren’t comfortable going big – try a bold color instead. I am really in love with a really deep wine or a navy blue hue.

 

EXHIBIT B: Leopard Lover, Heart Eyes, and Fair Feathered Friends.

 

Leopard lovers part one, hearts in our eyes, and nothing says a party like a feather boa.

Leopard lovers (part one), Heart Eyes and Fair Feathered Friends.

 

Leopard Lovers – What is my number one personal style mantra? LEOPARD IS MY BLACK. Come on now. I had my Sweet Sixteen leopard themed for goodness sake. Harry seems to have caught on to the allure of this sexy and fabulous print and has been seen spotted (ha ha, get it??) in it from coats to shirts to even some booties to the American Music Awards.

It seems that while I love this pattern every moment of every day, trend wise it comes and goes every few years. This year it was back with a vengeance and it looks like this is staying strong into next season as well. Great news for me as it gives me a chance to stock up on my favorite print while its easily found until the next drought occurs again.

 

Heart Eyes – Is there anything sweeter than literally wearing a heart on your sleeve? We think not. Bold, heart prints just add a sweet something extra to your look. Most people stick to hearts and lip prints for Valentines month – but I think that going for a touch of love is NEVER out of style.

 

Fair Feathered Friends – Does anything say a party quite like a pink feather boa? I think not. I wore mine on my bachelorette party along with 18 of my closest pals (ahem, five years ago) while Harry chose his for a recent appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show here in Los Angeles. I happened to be in the green room for this particular taping and saw him in the flesh in this delightful get up and it was somehow even more magical in person.

I’ve always loved feathers and what they mean symbolically and in fact have my next tattoo ready to go with this particular design. It seems that this summer and fall they have been everywhere – in jewelry, in prints on dresses and shirts, even in hats. While pink feather boas may not be a huge up and coming phenomenon for 2015 – its safe to say that feathers on their own will stay a huge trend into the spring season at least. Feathers are said to represent hope, light, and truth – something I’m sure both Harry and I are hoping for a little of in 2015.

 

EXHIBIT C: Sneaky Smooches, Hip for Hip Art, and I Heart Hanson.

 

Smooches, white tee and tattoo peaks and a love of my all time fave - Hanson.

Sneaky smooches, Hip to hip art, and I Heart Hanson.

 

Sneaky Smooches – This one is obviously just a silly addition but find me a post on this blog where I am NOT making a kiss face and I will…well, I’ll be very surprised. Because it is my signature pose. And like the heart prints – love and affection are always a fashion DO.

 

Hip to Hip Art – My first tattoo EVER is visible in a little sneak peak here – To be fair, his tattoo is a lot bigger than mine and stretches across his hip bones but there is something so naughty in having a little tiny secret tattoo somewhere that only catches a glimpse of sun every so often.

Ink on your body is forever and there’s nothing trendy in doing something like that because of anyone else and what is significant to them. That said – I LOVE my ten tattoos and do not regret a single one. I personally find them to be my most favorite accessory and an extension of who I am – but if you aren’t one for ink? There are plenty of other ways to express yourself.

 

I Heart Hanson – What do we have here…OH JUST MY FIRST LOVES HANSON NO BIG. Obviously this is a lie as this is a HUGE BIG. Hanson was the first band I ever loved and Taylor the very first boy I just KNEW I was going to marry. While that might not have panned out, it seems Harry caught on to the brilliance of my favorite group of brothers and has been showing his support this year.

Graphic tees are always fashionable and are easy to dress up too if you are so inclined – I often pair mine with leather leggings, a sequin skirt or pant, or a perfectly fitting pair of dark skinnies.

 

EXHIBIT D: Leopard Lovers Replay, Playful Plaid and Fun with (faux) Fur.

Leopard lovers part two, blue plaid and MY SIGNATURE FUR!

Leopard lovers replay, Playful Plaid and Fun with (faux) Fur. 

LEOPARD LOVERS REPLAY – Nothing more to add to this. Just had to post another example of this leopard loving action because I genuinely cannot believe. MY SIGNATURE PRINT. Ok. I’m done. Probably.

To reiterate: Leopard print. Yes. ALWAYS.

PLAYFUL PLAID – I’ll be honest. I have a total of ONE flannel shirt, and its not even the one in this picture above. This is an older shot and my current one flannel shirt is a red buffalo print. Flannel shirts are admittedly not my favorite style piece on me – but no one can debate how cute and comfy they are. This is however a 2014 shot of Mr. Styles and I absolutely adore the casual and stylish look of a gent in a flannel shirt with rolled up sleeves.

This year brought a lot of flannel/plaid shirts out and not necessarily worn as a shirt either. In fact, most of what I saw was the 90′s look of being tied around the waist. I’m thinking this, along with much of the 90′s spike in trends we saw this year, will probably begin to fade away a bit as we recycle pieces from another decade as we always do.

 

FUN WITH (FAUX) FUR – Breaking News: Harry Styles Reads FilthyCuteXO.com! What other POSSIBLE explanation is there that mere days after my holiday dressing post fawning over my faux fur that this little sugar plum was spotted in this gorgeous cropped coat?? And the COLOR! You can’t see here but it was a cross between purple and wine and all around a total 10.

I loved my faux fur pieces in 2010 and I loved them this year and will love them next year and the rest of my days. They seem to be available everywhere and in any piece from a hat, to a scarf, to a cape, to a full coat these days. When it warms up I’m sure these fuzzy finds will disappear once more but for now get your fur on.

 

Lastly – my personal tips and thoughts for the coming year?

 

When I think about my personal style and the things I need or want or am leaning toward I first take inventory of what I already have. I pay attention to my buying habits over the last few months and the pieces I’m pinning, liking, saving or just falling in love with overall. What are the similarities? Differences? Is there a color palette I’m focusing on or is there a more common theme to the overall look?

My 2014 look was inspired by the 20′s era – I started with a platinum blonde pixie and went for glamour, drop waists, and big bold jewels. I had so much vintage stuff already it seemed a natural course to focus my style on.

Based on my 2014 purchases and the pieces I already have and LOVE plus what I am coveting now – it is a no brainer that my 2015 aesthetic will be grooooooovy, baby. Yep. Look for Filthy Cute to take a very 70′s turn this upcoming year. More jumpsuits, more fur, high waists and bigggggggg sunnies.

Happy New Year my lovelies – 2014 was a GREAT year for me and I’m excited for what 2015 brings – fashion and otherwise.

xoxo,

heth

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