The Great Outdoors

What to wear to go hiking

Today I'm sharing with you for the first time a blog post about working out. If you follow me on Snapchat @CareliaMoran, you would know that I love to spend time in the great outdoors. I don't visit gyms very often because I feel a little bit claustrophobic being in a room with too many people; some staring at each other, talking instead of working out or even falling asleep on the machine that someone else is waiting to use. With all my respect to gym goers, I quite frankly don't find that environment appealing. I believe I'm too used to the sound of the birds, running water, and the squirrels getting in my way. Therefore, I just can't find a better place for getting in shape than the outdoors.

What to wear for hiking

Hiker outfit

I must confess that spending time outside (running, walking or hiking) has helped me to cope with stress and recover from illness. It has done things for me that no medication has achieved. When the weather doesn't permit me to work out in the outdoors, I exercise in my workout room in the basement of my house, usually doing any P90X video or Insanity. However, these type of workouts doesn't give me any spiritual benefits as when I'm outside, but If I can combine both in one day, it's even better.

Hiking in Blue Ridge Parkway

What shoes to wear to go hiking

Hiking in North Carolina

My boyfriend and I often plan road trips to hiking trails in North Carolina. We always make sure to read and learn about a particular trail before arrival; this way we know what to take in our backpacks and what type of gear to wear. In this opportunity, I was trail-testing a pair of hiking boots. Since the boots were new, I didn't want to take chances and hike a long and strenuous trail, so we decided to hike a level 4 trail of 4.5 miles. For a short trail like that, I usually wear simple shorts, comfortable cotton t-shirt, a tank top inside in case I want to remove the t-shirt later on. Sunscreen, water, chapstick, a hat, sunglasses and a map are a must, regardless of the length or level of the trail. But the most important thing at least for me are my shoes. They have to be comfortable, with an excellent arch support and a considerable outsole traction. 

Hiking in Pisgah Forest

Hiking style

Hiking outfit

I hope you enjoy seeing these pictures that it motivates you to spend more time in Mother Nature. Remember, you don't have to travel far to have a quality time in the outdoors. Your local park can be  good enough to get into your spiritual and physical mode. 

Hiking fashion

Today I'm wearing:
Sunscreen: La Roche-Posay.
Hiking boots: Under Armour.
T-shirt: c/o Vintage Jane.
Shorts: Gap (old). Buy similar here.
Belt: Abercrombie (men's) I love this one by Aeropostale.
Hat: Columbia. See the newer version here.
Backpack: Lancaster-Paris. Similar here.
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (62mm).

Feeling Eclectic

Eclectic outfit street style

A couple of days ago, I felt like throwing on some random pieces and heading out for drinks with my guy. It was one of those days when I felt a little bit more playful than usual, and I didn't care if my look was too much for the streets of my small downtown. Everything was from a different era or style, but for some reason, they looked coordinated.
I believe since the last time you saw this jacket on this blog; I've added a couple more patches and a cute pin. This jacket is a cool 80's DIY idea that you should try with a denim jacket or jeans. My tip for making this jacket very personal is to ensure you find patches that tell about the things that you like in life. I must confess, this jacket has been a great conversation piece wherever I go. If you are in the mood for getting to know new people, I assure you that this type of garment will help you to introduce yourself.

Today I'm wearing:
Denim Jacket: Gap.
Skirt: Vintage. Similar here.
Hat: Scala (I wear Medium)
Sunglasses: House of Harlow. Similar here.
Espadrilles: CastaƱer.
T-shirt: H&M.
Bag: Carlos Falchi (vintage). Found one similar from same collection here.
Bangles: Vintage.
Pendant: Vintage. Similar here.

Serenity Now With Camouflage

Camouflage street style

Happy Earth Day, everyone! I hope this weekend you have a chance to enjoy the outdoors and, talking about outdoors, today I'm sharing with you an outfit with a very earthy print.
Military camouflage is a very masculine print, but I honestly believe that it looks better on women than men. This particular print looks terrific with colors and prints that project the opposite message or look.  Creating a perfect juxtaposition with this print can be very easy and also fun.
For example in this look, I decided to style this military anorak jacket with a white flowy dress. I chose white because it gives this print a terrific contrast effect and also because white is a such serene color. My shirtdress has a very girly and flirtatious design, therefore it was the perfect white garment in my wardrobe to pair with this military-inspried jacket. 

Today I'm wearing:
Dress: Zara
Jacket: Le3no. Shop similar in regular sizes here and plus sizes here.
Sneakers: Adidas
Hat: Target. Similar here.
Bag: Kate Spade. See the newer version here.
Sunglasses: Saint Laurent. See this in tortoise .
Watch: Bulova (mens). Shop similar here.

Pop The Cork and Relax With Style

Head scarf street style

No no no, this blog post isn't about wine, it's actually about my latest collaboration with
I was asked to select two pairs of cork shoes and style them the way I wanted. Well, I decided to select a casual and a semi-dressy style, I knew both styles where going to be comfortable and yet stylish, therefore was easy for me to decide what to wear with them.
Throughout this post, I'll share with you the some style questions by and my answers, that way you get to know a little bit more about some of my style preferences. But Before you read the rest of this post, I wanted to tell you that I had a blast styling these shoes. Once again, I  could prove to myself that I don't need to sacrifice style for comfort, because like in this case, I had both.

These are my answers for their fun questions:

1. Sandal season is here again! What is your go-to style when it comes to sandals?
I'm a fan of all type of sandals in general. It's hard to have a favorite, but if I must pick one, I would say any type of wedge and if it's made with natural materials (rope, cork, wood, leather, cotton etc) it's even better.

2. Do you have a signature style for spring?
I really don't have a signature style for any season, because I usually dress according to my mood. I'm an emotional fashionista, but I tend to wear clothes that showcase my shoulders or legs around this time of the year.

3. Have you worn shoes with a cork footbed before?
Absolutely! What I like about cork shoes besides feeling super comfortable on your feet and through the body (my back is always thankful every time I wear them) is that they are also environmentally friendly.

Mixed Patterns: Preppy And Ethnic

Hi everyone! Today I'm showing a combination that I don't recall trying before. Mixing patterns is one of my favorite things to do fashion-wise, therefore, I'm constantly experimenting with diferent combinations. This spring, I decided to introduce a few preppy patterns to my wardrobe like, for example, the one on this shirt. I already wore this top with solid-colored bottoms (army green) but this time, I took a different approach and wore it with a terra-cotta Mexican/South Western inspired skirt (see more looks here and here). Why do I think this mix works? I believe soft patterns mixed with a strong or more colorful print can be an interesting combination and they only make sense when when they share similar colors. As most of us know, the best way to balance any print mixing, is by wearing them with solid colored pieces, and that is why these shoes and jacket came into the game.

Today I'm wearing:

Shirt: c/o by Needham Lane
Skirt: Ralph Lauren (vintage). See a similar style here.
Jacket: Kenneth Cole: (Thrifted). Try this by BB Dakota.
Pumps: Gianvito Rossi. Off white version 4" heel available here and 2.75" here.
Bag: Vintage. A very similar bag in used condition available here.
Sunglasses: Givenchy (vintage 1970's). Check these out by Asos.
Pearls: c/o by Homage Jewelry.

New In: The Beauty And The Beast

My Small Wardrobe Shoes

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Today I'm sharing with you pictures of my newest shoe addition. If you follow me on Snapchat (CareliaMoran) you know that I love outdoors (trail running and hiking) and I obviously love to get all dress up and cute, therefore these two pair of shoes, pretty much represent my lifestyle.  I desperately needed a good pair of hiking boots, so these Under Armour booties arrived just in time for this season hikes.
For the longest time, I've been drooling over Gianvito Rossi Carey pumps and finally thanks to sales prices, these beauties are mine. I bought them for a very special occasion coming up in a couple weeks, however, I don't think I have the will power to wait until then in order to enjoy them. 

Pumps: Gianvito Rossi: Available at sale price here.
Hiking boots: Under Armour: Available at sale price here.

Lookbook With Army Green

How to wear army green

Army green is a color that started growing on me for the past four years. I personally find this military-inspired color as versatile as black  can be. To prove it, today I'm sharing with you a lookbook of my outfits with this color. As you scroll down, you will notice that I only have a handful of garments in army green, however, I've been able to take advantage of every single piece by creating different combinations. The sky is the limit with this earthy color, and that is the beauty of it.

Some of the pieces I'm wearing:

Paper bag pants: H&M (last year). I love this style by Frame Denim.
Cargo pants: True Religion. Try Charlotte Ruse version.
Floral shirt (first picture) c/o by Needham Lane.
Trench: Burberry (vintage). Check this out by The Reformation.
Utility jacket: Gap (old). See this beauty by Velvet.

How I Wore My Culottes

Culottes street style

Today, I don't know if I want to point out my mixed patterns, my color combo or my volume bonanza going on. Well, lets start talking about my pants and we'll go from there.
Culottes are the most popular pants right now, and when paired with the right tops and flattering shoes they can compliment anyone. I'm 5'4" tall, therefore, culottes with heels are my best bet, however, I don't mind wearing them with flats as well.

Today, I'm sporting for the first time a pair of culottes that really caught my attention. They're not only a pair of culottes - they're vertically striped culottes, which as we all know is the perfect pattern for making us look taller and even slimmer. After I bought these pants, I tried them with with some of my boxy tops and they looked immediately flattering...and this is the way they're expected to be worn most of the times. As an emotional dresser, I don't always follow tendencies or rules in my outfits, and as you can see, instead of pairing my pants with a simple boxy top, I decided to play with volume by wearing them with a oversized open blouse.

In this look, I could have chosen to wear solid colored pieces in order to let the pants stand out, but instead, I put on a polka dot flowy top to even make the look more interesting.
Chances are that we've heard that wearing black with navy is a big no-no. Well, little did they know is that it's actually one of the most elegant and reliable combos there are. My main pieces are printed with navy and white and I intentionally chose to pair them with black in order to bring more elegance to this nautical duo.

Today I'm wearing:
Polka dot shirt: Target. Shop similar in petite sizes here,  plus sizes here and regular sizes here,
Culottes: Loft.
Shoes: Christian Louboutin. Available here. See a budget version here.
Bag: Mansur Gavriel.
Watch: Bulova. Similar here.
Sunglasses: Tom Ford (c/o). Available here.
Coin pendant: Antique. Check this out by Savvy Cie.


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