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Sporty Elegance

I decided to upgrade the traditional perspective of "sporty-chic" à la contemporary fashion, being that I love a touch of elegance in my sportswear. I could have easily added trainers to this look, but wanted to kick my outfit up a notch after a meeting with a friend since I was going out for dinner afterwards. Being that it's not summer, and just in the infancy stages of spring, the weather is fickle. This means that a sleeveless fashion piece will need some stylish company.  

This jacket by Vero Milano is exactly that! It has the beautiful appeal of sportswear, yet also an edgy refinement that's hard to ignore. With the fitted seaming and removable zippers there's the option for style versatility within minutes. I had my mission, the occasion, and now all that was needed was an easy transitional outfit that I could dress up or down. 

Vero Milano creates luxury garments that are essentially statement fashions. From dresses to swimwear, their entire collection has a stately aesthetic. 

Style Metamorphose:  
I knew that needed transforming layers that would work for both occasions when I put this outfit together. And, since there's much talk about spring's arrival, jackets are more than favourable options to include in one's wardrobe for the changeable season. 

I also brought back a few oldie-but-goodie elements as well--a bold wine colour mixed with the leatherette sharp cuts in the side seams. This was my workable style palette to blend with natural tone pieces as neutral accents. I love a great dash of colour, but you can certainly welcome spring in various ways without leaning to traditional florals. 

The knit dress itself can be for day or night, and I love the structured jacket with it because it adds a bit of sophisticated grace to an already edgy piece.  


What do you think about this sporty elegant look? How do you play with texture for different seasons? 


The goods: Sculptural Jacket in Beige c/0 Vero MilanoCarrie Mini dress-Assali, Faux snakeskin clutch-F21, Necklace-Olive and Piper (buy similar)Geo sandals-Canada boutique (buy similar). *Shop the Vero Milano collection here  




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Style: On The Fringe

The slightest peek of sunshine has ignited bursts of inspiration for me, but it also has me pondering about holiday bookings, and visiting family and friends that I normally don't get a chance to see. I am so excited to finally see more sunshine, and fortunately I have a business trip to go on, so I'm sure there will be more sunny days to enjoy soon. 

After taking about a month or so off from style posts, it was a wonderful surprise to find this little gem, even though the photo was taken when I was literally rushing out the door, bare faced, and with only a lipstick to pull things together colour-wise. And, thank goodness for travel-friendly mascara!  
This outfit was overlooked, and one that I wore on a much cooler day. I generally favour any nautical element when it comes to fashion and accessories, so it was my main source of inspiration--be it only for the colours or the feeling of seasonal change. 

For a quick outfit, I decided on a stonewash grey denim, a splash of colour, and a fun unexpected detail was a great choice, hence the fringe. This was a blend of modern and vintage style that worked for me, and since we're having those in-between moments of climate change, it was a good Trans-seasonal look. 

I only had time for one good shot, the image above was taken by accident. But, I kept it in anyway because that's life, accidents happen when the wind blows, and can make for an unintentional photo that works ... it's perfect for that "on-the-go" lifestyle.  

What's one of your favourite trans-seasonal elements to wear? I am always attracted to leather jackets and blazers.  
The goods: Denim-Cheap Monday, Vintage Grazia 60s knit top-Fara 
charity shop, Bracelet-gifted, Fringe jacket-Giveaway win-c/o Oasap
Leather heeled loafers-BCBG, Handmade 'Rock' ring-DIY, Watch-iKen.

I am linking this post up with Jill from Doused in Pink.
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Rocksbox Style

You may have seen some of your fellow style bloggers on Instagram wearing a few more sparkled pieces than normal. It might be thanks to Rocksboxa subscription based service, but not like any of the traditional services offered by similar beauty and fashion e-commerce sites. This is an e-rental type of service, and an ingenious way to provide jewellery loving fashionistas with a wide-range of accessories to try-out before buying.  

The savvy entrepreneurs, Meaghan Rose and Maia Bittner are the women behind the Rocksbox brand. They have created a marketplace that gives business professionals, and ladies with an on-the-go lifestyle options in wearing designer jewellery pieces in each set received. This might be a viable alternative if you want to wear certain fashion styles, but don't want to buy a heaping of jewellery immediately. 
Here's the Details: 
The box will cost you 19 USD per monthwith a custom set (avg. $200 per set) that's curated by a personal stylist--each box is based on the selections that you choose from via your style survey and wish list. You're even able to request certain pieces via Instagram with hashtag #wishlist. If you end up loving the pieces sent in your jewellery set, then Rocksbox members have the option to buy each piece at a discounted price.  

The ladies at Rocksbox were nice enough to send me these jewellery sets to try out. In the past I have tried several subscription boxes, and for many reasons stopped them mostly due to busy schedules, and multiple charging errors. 

I spoke with Rocksbox, and they let me know that you are only initially charged for jewellery pieces that you want to buy from your sets, an initial twenty-five dollar validation fee, which is automatically voided and given back to you. You are free to keep selecting pieces to wear and swap during your membership.   
Pros: 
Of course, this is not meant to replace grandmother's vintage gems, but if you're interested in wearing designer jewellery to have in rotation with your wardrobe, then this may be a great option for you. It's also nice to because you don't amass a large amount of pieces that you simply don't wear as often.  

You can always return your set or pieces whenever you want to try three new pieces, swap them out. Or, if say … a clasp broke or you aren't happy with a piece that you thought you were initially keen on, Rocksbox will fix it immediately. You get $10 of Shine (money to spend on purchases) per month. For all sets sent there's also free prepaid shipping both ways of sending and returning.  

Cons: 
Although, many of my followers come from Northern and Western Europe, USA, and the UK mostly, at the moment this service is only available in US territories. But, I am hoping that the team will be open to expanding the concept and service globally as they continue to succeed.  

What do you think of this concept? Have you tried Rocksbox or a similar service with jewellery? 



If you're interested in this service, then use the exclusive code "maddberlinxoxo" to receive a one month subscription FREE. 

If you love it, then you will also get three months with 50% off each month. If you're not certain, but still want to try it out, you can always cancel with no hassle.  
The goods: Jewellery: Perry Street Chelsea earrings, Jenna and Avery necklaces, Lotus Studio Petal necklace, Gorjana earrings, and Sophie Harper ring-Courtesy of Rocksbox. This is not a sponsored post, all opinions expressed are my own.




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