Denim, Styles and Trends for Today

Closet Essentials That Everyone Needs

May 30, 2019 • By

If there’s anything we can’t live without, it’s our wardrobe essentials. They’re the backbone of any girl’s closet and outfits aren’t complete without them. In today’s hectic world, who’s got the time to worry about hunting for something to wear? Wardrobe “essentials” are alluring precisely because it takes a majority of the guesswork out of finding an outfit in the morning.

To help you focus on what’s really important in your life (aside from great clothes), we’ve selected some trending fashion essentials for you. Take your pick. You can’t go wrong with any of these.

Straight-Leg Jeans

Everyone always talks about finding the perfect pair of jeans, but it goes without saying that denim is truly a closet staple. No wardrobe is complete without the perfect pair and today it’s a fashion-must to have jeans in a variety of washes and styles. It’s likely you already have a section of your closet dedicated to denim.

Trending at the moment is the straight leg fit with a mid to high rise waist, a grown-up version of the skinny jean. It hugs your assets while giving you a bit more leg room.

Check out the Bowie, Asher, or Maven jean to get the look.

A-line Denim Skirts

Denim is not just limited to pants. Skirts count, too! An A-line skirt is a classic that we always go back to no matter the era. It’s flattering on both the waist and hips for every body type. An A-line skirt, short or midi length, is a timeless piece to have in any closet. Dress it up with a ruffled blouse or keep it casual with a t-shirt or a basic button front top.

Check out the Gina or the Yelena skirt to get the look.

Button-Ups

The “button up” skirt or blouse is a Velvet Heart best selling classic. Customers love it so much we offer it in a multitude of prints and colors. As a basic, these shirts go well with, well, basically anything. Can’t you tell?

The Elisa features an optional button tab if you’d prefer to roll the sleeves to a 3/4 length, or you can leave them long and unbuttoned at the cuff.

Style tip: Unbutton the front to turn it into a light beach cover up!

Belted Dresses

We all know that trends for dresses come and go, but we can’t deny that simple belted dresses are always going to make us look great no matter how little time we had to get ready in the morning. A belted dress always looks pulled together. Wear it to the office or out to brunch on the weekends with friends.

Style tip: Remove the “self-belt” and add a belt of a contrasting color for a whole new look.

Check out the Anita or the Rosa dress to get the look.

Jumpsuits

We can’t forget the jumpsuit. It’s a single item that packs a lot of punch. Step into it, add some great jewelry and/or a belt and you’re out the door. What could be easier… and stylish… and in tune with today’s fast-paced life?

The Esperanza is perfect to do everything and anything in.

What are your closet essentials? Tell us about it in the comments below!


Hot Spots in L.A., L.A. Life Style

Top 5 Places for Brunch in Los Angeles

May 24, 2019 • By

There’s nothing better than spending time with your gal pals sipping mimosas and enjoying breakfast food to make the most of your weekend off. We believe brunch should be a regular part of life. No weekend would be complete without it. Here are our top 5 places in Los Angeles to satisfy any foodie craving.

Blu Jam Cafe

Breakfast food is great any time of the day at Blu Jam but make sure to come early because tables fill up quick here. Known for their Crunchy French Toast and Florentine Benedict, this place can satisfy any palette, sweet or savory. There are several locations all over L.A., so take your pick.

https://www.blujamcafe.com/

Gracias Madre

Tacos are not limited to just Tuesdays. They can be enjoyed on the weekends as well! Gracias Madre is a plant-based Mexican Restaurant that any Angelino will love regardless if you are a vegan or carnivore. Grab yourself one of their outstanding margaritas, sit back, relax, and enjoy the L.A. vibe.

https://graciasmadreweho.com/

Zinc Cafe

This place is a breakfast mainstay for anyone who frequents the Downtown L.A. area. There is nothing on the menu that will disappoint. If you aren’t up in time for brunch, they also have a great happy hour and serve dinner later in the evening.

Note: They have locations farther south in Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, as well.

https://www.zinccafe.com/

Malibu Farm Restaurant

Located on the famous Malibu Pier in the city of Malibu just north of Los Angeles, this place is the best for “brunch with a view.” You have two option to choose from: either the main restaurant at the beginning of the pier (for a full-service experience) or walk down to the far end of the pier and visit the Malibu Farm Café for a more casual experience. Regardless, the food is outstanding and the views are breathtaking. Just be prepared to wait in line if the weather is good, but the wait will be worth it.

https://www.malibu-farm.com/

Alcove Cafe

Forget about your diet! Treat yourself to what this cafe is known for: a delicious plate of Huevos Benedictos! Tucked in and between two historic buildings on a small street in Silver Lake is this delightful cafe. Restaurant, bakery and bar all in one. Spend an afternoon catching up with your friends over a drink on their inviting patio. You’ll feel like a guest in a private home.


https://www.alcovecafe.com/

Blogger Spotlight, Styles and Trends for Today

Fest To Impress

April 10, 2019 • By

Once again, it’s that time of year. The season we’ve all been waiting for! The time of endless outfit-goals Instagram posts, clear skies and sunshine, and the festivals consisting of the music taking over our playlists.  So the real question poses, are your outfits festival worthy? If not, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered (literally).

We’ve all seen those over-the-top costumes and no, you’re not the only one thinking, “How do they walk around in those shoes all day”, or “isn’t that uncomfortable”. If we could give you one piece of advice while you scour the internet and stores for the best outfits, it would be stay true to YOU. The best #outfitgoals are the ones that represent your true self. The authentic, effortlessly cool attire that shows your individuality.

That being said, we have a few looks that we know will inspire your hearts this festi season.

Day 1:

Talk about cute and comfortable. From past festivals, it’s clear distressed jeans with a rockin’ denim jacket is always a great choice. You’ll be at ease walking around all day. Accessorize it with layered necklaces and rings and you’ll be good to go.

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Day 2:

It’s time to show off your girly chic side of you. Bring out the cameras because we are diggin’ the pairing of the polka dots and these cropped pink pants! Perfect coordinating colors for festival season. And of course, what look isn’t complete without a stylish hair scarf to go with it.

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Day 3:

Did someone say Stagecoach? You can’t ever go wrong with fun prints like this star printed top. Pair it with some shorts or a skirt, cowgirl boots, and don’t forget to accessorize with a cute hat and statement jewelry pieces!

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Denim

The Only Denim Trends That Matter in 2019

March 7, 2019 • By

Our jeans have been there with us through it all. The ups and downs of life, the girls’ nights, the breakups, there’s no denying that our jeans are always there when we need them. 2019 is no different. For whatever is in store for you this year, that perfect pair of jeans will take center stage in your daily life. This post is to help prepare you for the coming trends and returning denim fashion, so you can make 2019 the year you had the perfect pair of denim jeans. 

Let’s take a peek at what will be popular in the world of denim in 2019. Here are a few of the top trends:

90’s Style

“90’s Style” is back and better than ever. The silhouettes for 2019 have us obsessing over ’90s looks, from baggy jeans to sky-high rises, to colors we haven’t seen for a while. These 90’s trends refuse to be ignored!

High-Waist

Like other 90’s inspired trends, high-waist jeans will continue to reign as a classic style, and this year we’re seeing it being taken to the next level with flared hems, embellishment, and distressed details.

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Like the high-waist, this 90’s inspired trend is making a quick comeback, but with a twist. You can expect to see added details, such as distress, cuffed hems, and more embellishment details!

Straight Leg Cut

In the past year, cropped and distressed hemlines made waves in the denim pant industry, but a trend to notice in the coming year is the extended, ankle-grazing hem and cigarette leg. A little different than your average skinny jeans, this style offers a bit more breathing room … and is super comfortable to wear every day, as well as out on the town. You can pair these styled jeans with cowboy boots for a western-style, or sneakers for a more casual look. Either way, you can’t go wrong.   

Hem Details

Who said hems have to be plain, old, original hems? Why can’t hems be studded, frayed, asymmetrical, or anything you want for that matter? Well, this year is ALL about the new and improved hems. We are seeing many different styles emerging in 2019 and we certainly aren’t complaining. From mismatched-seams to studded hems, we are loving them all!

Pin Tucks 

Pin Tucks are doing nothing but helping us out this year. Right down the center of the leg, pin tucks help make our legs look slimmer and more elongated. You’ll definitely turn some heads this year while wearing these jeans.

Ribbon

Sometimes, it’s something as little as adding patches or ribbons that get us all excited about wearing a new pair of jeans. This new ribbon trend is certainly giving plain jeans a fresh spring look.

Charcoal Wash

And let’s not forget denim colors and washes. It appears that various shades of grey denim are making a huge comeback. The return of this 90’s trend of charcoal wash, that color that’s just in-between jet black and grey, should be as much a staple in your 2019 wardrobe as your classic blue jeans.

To get you started, we’ve included some of our favorite styles that fit all the fashion bullet points above. Click on the images to see more … and may 2019 be your best year yet!


Resolutions

Knowing Your Niche In 2019

January 4, 2019 • By

Finding your “niche” can prove to be challenging and intimidating. But in reality, is it?  What is a niche? Can you only have one, or many niches? Can your niche change as you grow and evolve over time? Are we all just overthinking the idea of finding a niche, when in reality, it’s quite simple?

I thought, what better way to get the answers I needed, than to simply interview people to ask their thoughts and opinions on the matter.

The three questions I asked each individual were:

  1. What is your definition of a “niche”?
  2. If you have one, what do you think is your “niche” in life?
  3. And what does having a “niche” mean to you, if anything?

 Here are some of the responses:

“I think my niche is managing to find the positive in (almost) all situations. Having a niche means finding the place where you feel most comfortable or confident in a situation or environment.”

-McKenzie Butler

“I think my niche would be what I’m most passionate about, and then striving to become the best I can at it by learning as much as I can about whatever: shoes, sales, cooking, dance … that’s how I thrive!”

-Jamie Samel

“I think of “niche” as your purpose in life or something you were meant to do. My niche in life is to just spread kindness even when kindness isn’t presented. I can show kindness by going the extra mile to show I care. I think having a niche is important because it’s almost like a little banner that’s constantly hung up in your head/heart. You have these banners hanging up in the back your mind and that’s the reminder to keep true to yourself and to keep pushing yourself even though it may be hard.”

-Kylie Nichelle

“I think having a niche is genuinely just about finding people who make you happy and who bring out the best in you. My niche is so diverse with different personalities and interests.  I love every single person in my friend group for who they are, and for allowing our differences to bring out aspects of one another we couldn’t explore on our own. I don’t think there’s a secret to finding the right “niche” that fits you. It’s all about finding people who are loyal to you, and without a doubt, make you the happiest version of yourself.”

-Kenzie Karnes

After reading through the replies, I realized there is no ONE niche. It’s different for everyone. I also discovered a few patterns that helped me form a list of things to think about when discovering your niche.

  1. Try to identify your passions
  2. Be proactive in working toward that which makes you happy
  3. Be open to new ideas

A new year is often time for contemplation about one’s life and one’s direction. It can be a turning point. The perfect time for self-examination and a time to identify where we fit into this life. Entering 2019 and not knowing who you are or what you want to do in life can be nerve-wracking, but it doesn’t have to be! Trying to discover my “niche,” my calling in life, has helped me examine my dreams and my expectations, and has given me strength to step forward into the new year.  

2019 is the perfect time to find your niche. Choose to be whoever you want to be. Get out of your conformity zone. Take care of your health. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Laugh. Cry. Spread positivity. Whether you’re the badass Rocker-Chic girl, or the trendy Girl-Next-Door, accept that you’re unique and go your own direction.  But, don’t forget to look fashionable while doing it!

xx

Dictionary definition: A situation or activity specially suited to a person’s interests, abilities, or nature: found her niche in life


Health & Well-Being, Pinterest, Travel Diary, vacation

Travel Bucket List

May 9, 2018 • By

Someone once said that “travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” I couldn’t agree more. In order to help you put together your 2018 travel bucket list, here are a few places I’ve been dying to visit. Have you been? And what places do you have on your travel bucket list? Comment below.

Mérida, Mexico

Since the Spanish Conquest, Merida has been the cultural capital of the entire Yucatan Peninsula. It’s a great place to explore with excellent cuisine, accommodations, thriving markets and events.

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Santorini, Greece

Excellent wineries, a unique microbrewery and some of the Cyclades’ finest accommodation and dining experiences. The multicoloured beaches are simply the icing on the cake.

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Positano, Italy

A trip here will be a scenic, artistic and a culinary delight.

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Unearthly in its beauty, Antelope Canyon is a popular slot canyon on the Navajo Reservation, a few miles east of Page.

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Marrakesh, Morocco

Between the architecture, the beaches, the cuisine and the textiles, we can’t count all the reasons why this exotic country has been at the top of our must-visit list for years.

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Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay is a beautiful natural wonder in northern Vietnam near the Chinese border. Known for its emerald waters and thousands of towring limestone islands topped by rainforests.

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Blue Lagoon, Reykjivik, Iceland

The milky teal Blue Lagoon spa is fed water from the futuristic Svartsengi geothermal plant; with its silver towers, roiling clouds of steam, and people daubed in white silica mud, it’s an other-worldly place.

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Ready for a vacation? Pack your bags, we’ve got all your looks covered

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Events, L.A. Life Style, Pinterest, Trending

Festival Spirit

March 2, 2018 • By

Festival season is around the corner! It’s time to think about the perfect outfit for this season’s festivals! You want to look good but be comfy at the same time, stylish but not over the top and be ready for any changes of the weather. We’ve put together a few looks to give some ideas and help you create your perfect festival look!

 

Add a patched denim jacket to a white dress.

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One and done rompers.

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Take a more unexpected route. Off-the-shoulder ruffles and dark denim. Add some vintage inspired sandals.

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Street meets edge, meets festival.

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*all images found via pinterest*

Shop more looks at velvetheart.com

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Holidays, L.A. Life Style, Styles and Trends for Today, Trending

‘Tis the season to be busy

December 5, 2017 • By

‘Tis the season to be busy! With your calendar filling up, what to wear to a holiday party seems to be the big question. But not to worry, we’ve put together tips and fabulous holiday outfits picks so you can shine your brightest for any holiday bash on your agenda. From spending quality family time to New Year’s Eve, we’ve got 3 festive outfits made for celebrating the season in style.

1.Family Time – For a casual get-together, these pieces will help you achieve a picture perfect look. An embellished plaid shirt paired with denim.

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2. Festive Parties – Don’t let the classic conundrum of what to wear for your work holiday party stump you! Look classy and chic no matter the dress code with the Odette dress in black bloom. Its balloon sleeve is on-trend for the season  and it comes in the perfect length to mingle with co-workers, clients, and your boss!

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3. New Year’s Eve – Pair with statement earrings or necklace and festive booties. Nothing says, “Bring on 2018!” like this fierce ensemble.

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L.A. Life Style, Styles and Trends for Today, Trending, Uncategorized

Fall Color Forecast

September 7, 2017 • By

Color is slowly seeping its way back into our daily wardrobes this fall and we’re more than ok with it.

We’ve been mixing our favourite hues back with denim and neutrals (think white, beige and tan).

To help you ease yourself back into wearing color, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite pieces and most sought out colors below.


 

Baby Blue – Picture this paired with your favorite blue jeans.

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Yellow – Once the color we’d never caught dead in, but suddenly the colour we can’t get enough of. We’re wearing ours tucked into white jeans.

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The Elisa SHOP NOW

Red –  Red is back, wear it with white, black, denim, grey, navy, tan… who said color wasn’t versatile?

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The Liviah SHOP NOW

Pink – Pastel pink, dusty pink, millennial pink. This is our second favourite color right now (after red). Actually, we like them even more when paired together.

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Khaki – Wear it head-to-toe. If that’s too much for you, wear it with neutrals or dark blue denim.

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The Villa SHOP NOW

 

The fall color forecast is a modern twist on traditional colors and anything but boring. You’ll be seeing these colors in our fall collection in lots of unexpected ways. Which color combo is your favorite? Comment below.