Cheeky Tees Underneath Floral Ruffle Dresses

Floral Ruffle Dresses Summer Style

Floral Ruffle Dresses White Tee Summer Style

Floral Summer Dresses White Tee Underneath Summer Style

Floral Ruffle Dresses White Tee

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Nothing ushers in summer more than a sea of flirty, floral ruffle dresses. The more interesting the floral, the better the dress, and I am in love with this oversized, yellow stargazer print dress. Inspired by Dolce & Gahanna, this stunner has all the right homages to the Italian brand, like the sweetheart, bustier style top and full, voluminous skirt trimmed with ruffles. The upper half of the silhouette says ’50s… but the bottom half is all things current, AKA midi length and covered in cascading ruffles.

Sure, this floral beauty would stand just fine on it’s own. But I like a pop of the unexpected. So, layer a cheeky tee underneath, exposing quirky touches like these little ladybugs and bees that are peeking out from the shoulders. There’s something fun about laid back elegance. I adore taking uber girlie pieces and pairing them with sneakers and basics. Selecting monogrammed kicks is the only option for this dressed up meets down outfit. Plus, a decadent gold necklace and an overly upscale bag add whimsy touches. xx

 

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How to Wear Purple Eye Shadow

Lilac purple eyeshadow Allison McNamara

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Lilac purple eyeshadow Allison McNamara

Allison McNamara lila purple eyeshadow

Can I say how much I love where beauty and fashion is going right now? After years of homogenized minimalism, fashion and beauty is finally fun again, thanks to lead designers like Alessandro Michele from Gucci. Personality reigns supreme and summer’s looks are all about play–having fun with your makeup, experimenting with new colors and textures, and feeling inspired by art and nature.

When I saw Hailee Seinfeld wearing lilac purple eyeshadow on the Golden Globes red carpet earlier this year, I knew it was a look I wanted to try. We’ve seen no shortage of colorful eye makeup looks as of late–I’ve even tried out pink and blue myself–so purple seemed like the next obvious hue to play with.

I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a purple person, but this look changed that for me! If you have green eyes, purple is an awesome color for you because it really compliments your eye color. I used LORAC’s mega pro palette 3 in Dusty Mauve, which sadly you can only buy on Amazon for a very steep price these days. It’s a great palette but not sure it’s worth $188…

I kept my face makeup soft and clean, with light coverage, a little contouring and brows. I just did a standard blend out for the shadow and used the same color for a stiff drop shadow as well. Then, a little pearl shimmer on the brow bone!

 

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How I Keep My Red Hair Shiny and Healthy

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L'Oreal EverPure Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

L'Oreal EverPure Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

Healthy Red Hair Allison McNamara

I love being a redhead. I dyed my hair two years ago and haven’t looked back! It’s such a fun hair color to have, but it also requires a lot of maintenance and the right mix of products. Which is why I’m so excited to be teaming up with L’Oreal as an ambassador for their EverPure line of hair care products. Fun fact: the L’Oreal EverPure shampoo and conditioner were the first two products I bought the day I dyed my hair red. I needed to get a sulfate free shampoo that was safe for color-treated hair, and I am so happy that I found such a great, quality product so early in my red hair journey.

The L’Oreal EverPure Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner are so hydrating, and they leave my strands feeling silky smooth and glossy. They also help combat dryness, which is something I struggle with now that I color my hair often, and are especially gentle on color, so I don’t have to worry about my color fading as fast. It already feels like I spend so much time at the salon (every six weeks on-the-dot at Sally Hershberger salon with super colorist Cassondra Kaeding!) so I really rely on my L’Oreal EverPure shampoo and conditioner to keep my red hair looking fresh for as long as possible. No dull red allowed here! I can’t wait to share my other fave products from the EverPure line, so make sure you stay tuned!

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Sporty Spice and Feelin’ Nice

Fishnets Under Pants Allison McNamara red head fashion blogger

Fishnets Under Pants Exposed Fishnets Trend Leather Jacket Allison McNamara fashion blogger

Fishnets Under Pants Leather Jacket Cool Street Style Allison McNamara fashion blogger

Fishnets Under Pants Sitting Allison McNamara Street Style Fashion Blogger

Fishnets Under Pants Leather Jacket Street Style Blogger Red Head Allison McNamara

I know, I know–fishnets are everywhere. And I’ll be honest, they’re getting a tad overplayed. But, I shot this look back in February and didn’t have time to blog about it until now. While I am growing tired of fishies under jeans (unless they’re supper baggie tattered jeans) I’m still feeling fishnets under pants in the form of sporty slacks, tuxedo trousers and joggers. It’s this unique balance of spray and trashy / sexy that seems to work well together. 

This look is a combination of all things that I love–it’s comfortable, it’s cool, and you can really go anywhere in it. I think I actually wore this look on Super Bowl Sunday. . . 

Another thing I’ve been digging as of late is the unbuttoned button down, buttoning only the top two and letting the rest of the shirt billow free. There’s something about a peek of midriff that feminizes the outfit. It also shows off the exposed band of the fishnets, which is a fun little surprise. 

On a different note, I hope you all have been following my travels over on my Instagram! In the past two months I’ve visited NYC, London, Cuba, Dubai, Santa Barbara and Palm Springs for Coachella. To say it’s been a whirlwind is an understatement, but I’ve also grown behind on my blogging. It’s also pushed me to really evaluate what I like creating and what you guys like reading. Are you still into seeing outfit posts? Or do you enjoy areas like beauty or travel more? Or perhaps, just more of a mix? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Top by All Saints, similar one here by Equipment

Bra by Calvin Klein

Trousers by Joie

Fishnets by Nordstrom

Shoes by Rag and Bone (on sale!)

Jacket by Rebecca Minkoff

Photos by Elaine Torres

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48 Hours in London Travel Guide

48 Hours in London Travel Guide

If you can’t tell, traveling is one of my biggest passions–there’s no better way to expand your mind, free your soul, and inspire your thoughts and creativity. I recently got to go on the opportunity of a lifetime, a trip across the pond to one of my fave cities in the world, London, England.

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48 Hours in London Travel Guide Burberry Bags Hotel Cafe Royal

Burberry–the iconic British designer brand known for their trench coats and plaid prints–flew me out to London to get an up-close look at their newest Spring 2017 runway show along with a makeup tutorial from the lead makeup artist from the runway. We were only there for 48 hours, which is very short considering the flight alone is about 10 hours each way from Los Angeles, so I knew I had to make the most out of my time there. They put us up at the stunning Hotel Cafe Royal, which was such a fashion-y and fab place to stay. As a seasoned traveler and a bit of a Anglophile, I compiled my hit list of all the best things to see, do and eat in London in two days! Below, my 48 hours in London travel guide–enjoy!

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DAY 1:

We landed in London around 10am (which was 1am Los Angeles time.) Make sure you check the time it is in London when you take off, and try and adapt to that time on the plane and sleep when it’s nighttime in London so you can feel as fresh as possible when you get there. Make sure to keep a change of clothes for your first day of exploration in your carry-on bag because chances are your room won’t be ready. And LBH–London is so cute you’re going to want to change and have a fresh outfit on for pictures.

First stop? Camden market! Camden Market, also known as Camden Lock, is an eclectic crafts market that has a gritty, punk feel that is so inherently British. This particular market has been around since the beginning of the 20th century, and it’s a great place to pick up souvenirs for your friends and fam. I like going here first to get the shopping out of the way while you’re still adjusting to the time. They also have a pretty awesome international food court if you need a snack! Personally, I like going into all of the funky vintage stores here–they have some great, affordable finds.

All that walking around is sure to work up an appetite. Head over to ever-so-quaint Notting Hill for lunch. Trust, you will feel major Julia Roberts vibes the second you get there. My favorite spot–Granger and Co. Affordable and interesting cuisine that’s perfect for a lengthy lunch to refuel your energy. If you’re up to walk through another market, take a quick stroll through Portobello Market, where you can find antiques and fresh fruits. This street is so cute, so I highly recommend if you have the time. One of my fave movies as a kid was Bed Knobs and Broomsticks, and I totally sung ‘Portobello Road’ while walking down Portobello Road…😂

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48 Hours in London Travel Guide Knotting Hiill Pastel Buildings

Next–time to see all those famous British landmarks! And no better way to see them than by foot on the Westminster Walk. This 45 minute loop takes you past all of London’s most important Royal and political tourist spots including Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, The Mall, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey…where Kate Middleton got married, major! I love seeing a city by foot so you can take your time and appreciate a city’s architecture. Also, don’t forget to take a picture in a red phone booth!

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If you’re able to pre-plan, definitely make a reservation for a ride around the London Eye at sunset, around 5pm or so. The Westminster Walk will take you there! The London Eye is a gigantic ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames, and gives you insane views of the entire city. The ferris wheel itself takes 30 minutes, but the line to get on can be crazy. Definitely worth it though!

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Let’s talk dinner. England is famous for their delicious Indian restaurants, which have been touted as some of the best in the world outside of India. Indian restaurants have populated England for centuries, and if you’re a fan of spice and curry, you should most definitely hit up an Indian restaurant. My favorite is Dishoom. I’m salivating as I write this, so good!

 

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Day 2:

We didn’t have a whole lot of time on day two to explore because we were busy with Burberry, which I was totally OK with. The day started with a walk through their flagship store at 121 Regent Street which was absolutely insane! After that, we went to the Makers’ House, where the Burberry runway took place the night before, and got to look at the Spring 2017 collection up close and personal. Then we had a full on makeup demo with all the beautiful Burberry makeup goodies–they gifted us the entire line!–from their lead makeup artist Wendy Rowe. The look was soft and natural with a hint of British irreverence. Totally me. 

After the makeup demo, it was time for afternoon tea! So we headed to the Thomas Cafe for high tea and biscuits… I think I soaked up ever last carb on the table 🙂

My friend Ashley Fultz, blogger from The Style Editrix, was also on the trip and we saved the best for last. For dinner, make sure you check out Sketch London. Famous on Instagram for it’s out-of-this-world egg bathrooms and pink dining hall, it’s worth a look, if only for a picture. But I highly suggest making a reservation and winding down here after a marvelous 48 hours in London! And don’t forget to take a mandatory #selfie in the egg rainbow bathrooms. But I’ll be honest, the food there isn’t my fave–it’s kind of odd and very British, but worth it just for the ambiance. 

48 Hours in London Travel Guide Bathrooms at Sketch Fashion Blogger Allison McNamara

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It was such a beautiful, albeit short, 48 hours in London and I’m so thankful Burberry invited me! If you do head across the pond for a short time, some other fun things I recommend doing are: the Tate Modern, the Crown Jewels, St. Pauls Cathedral! For food, check out the Punch Bowl for the best fish and chips in town, and drive through Mayfair. Also, don’t forget to make a shopping pitstop at Harrod’s 🙂

Did you like my 48 hours in London travel guide? Let me know in the comments below!