+Monica Gava

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tying the Knot

Hi everyone! First of all I would like to thank everybody for reading, following and commenting my blog. This has been a brand new journey for me and my husband (my official photographer) and certainly a joyful adventure. I hope I can keep posting new things for all of you and maybe one day get to meet some of my fellow bloggers face to face.

Now, back to fashion... I paired up my dressy lace skirt with a neon knotted shirt hoping to achieve a more casual look. The knot is a huge thing in Brazil now and I've been noticing more and more around here... Have you tied the knot yet?

Top: Gap (similar here and here); Skirt: HM (similar here, peplum here); Necklace: Ann Taylor (other options here and here); Shoes: BCBG (old);

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Animal Sweater

Remember my post about sweaters a few weeks back? Well, I recently got mine! This one is from F21, not as funky as the Burberry owl but less than a fraction of the price and surprisingly confy. This sweater is so soft and easy to wear that I couldn't help it... brought the little kitty home. I'm looking forward to buy a more expensive version later on this season. How about you, did you get yours?

Shirt: Kohl's (old - better option here); Sweater: F21 (loving this one); Jeans: F21 (similar here); Necklace: Ann Taylor (other options here and here); Clutch: F21; Shoes: Nordstrom Rack;

Monday, August 27, 2012

Color Trend - Burgundy

Burgundy is everywhere now and it will be one of the hottest colors this fall. You can wear it head to toe or pair it with other colors like black, gray, nude, orange... If you want to use burgundy as accent just buy some accessories like hat, bag, gloves, scarf, shoes or even a nice lipstick.

1.Velvet Camisole
2. Ada Belt
3. Wool Hat
4. Bag
5. Blazer
6. Phillip Lim Peplum Top
7. Dolce Vita Dress
8. Organza Blouse
9. Lipstick-Mac Diva
10. Earings
11.  Pump
12. Pants
13. Snood
14. J.Crew Pencil Skirt
15. Peplum Dress

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

High and Low

Here I am again with my J.Crew favorite Cafe Capri Pants (remember the stripes?)! This time I paired it up with a neutral high-low top, a belt and a hat. Such an easy outfit to wear...

Top: From Brazil (sweater version here); Pants: J.Crew (love this one, similar here, and here ); Belt: AE (old - similar here); Hat: Urban Outfitters (old - similar here and here); bag: Coach; Shoes: From Brazil:

Monday, August 20, 2012

Dot, Dot, Dot

I want to start the week with some endless possibilities and that's exactly what these two pieces offer to my wardrobe.

The top: It's as neutral as a polka-dot can be and goes well with black or white and any shade in between. It will embrace gracefully a jeans jacket, leather and even an olive green military parka. The collar will definitely be replaced with scarfs... dot, dot dot.

Pants:  can be worn now at the end of summer with some cheerful top and later in the fall... (dot, dot, dot again). I have a feeling that it will be a key piece in my wardrobe since orange, together with burgundy, are the "neon" of the new season.

Top: HM; Pants: F21 (highly recommend it, very soft); Clutch: F21 (in stores); Collar: F21; Glasses: Chanel; Shoes: BCBG (old)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Lace With Lace

On a hot sunny SoCal day, there's nothing more appropriated than showing off some skin. I decided to go double on lace to face the sun.. oh man, I almost melted together with my laces... hahaha!

Neon Pink Top: Target; Green Top: Banana Republic (old) similar here and here; Shorts: Kohl's (not available) similar here; Purse and scarf: Coach; Shoes: (from Brazil); Necklace: (Gift from dear friend); Glasses: Chanel

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Geometric Loves Stripes

That's right, if you are afraid to mix prints fear no more. Try a geometric pattern with stripes and voilĂ ... you will look like a pro. Just remember to keep the same color scheme and contrast big and small patterns.

Top: Forever 21 (Tee version here); Pants: J. Crew (on sale in 00 here, similar here and here); Jeans Belt: very old; Necklaces: AE (old); Shoes: from Brazil; Aviator: F21 (might still find in stores)

Some more ideas... Piece of cake, hum?

From left to right: Pink Top, Floral Top, Polka-dot Capri; Rose Top; knot Top, Silk Capri; Top; Gingham Shirt, Capri

Monday, August 13, 2012

More for Less

Do you know when the pros mix expensive items with an affordable one and they achieve perfection? Well, this post today is not exactly about that... it's more about putting together all inexpensive items to achieve a cocktail party look (which some times can hurt our pockets).

Do you think I accomplished the task successfully?

Skirt: H&M (in stores now, also dress version); Tee: Costco (old); Collar: F21 (in stores, can't find online); Belt: F21 (in stores now, can't find online); Purse: F21 (from March or April); Pumps (old)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Falling for Sweaters

Don't you love when fashion meets fun? I certainly do, so my post today is to celebrate this phenomenon. I'm starting to see sweaters everywhere, which is hard not to notice... they came this season with lots of character... cartoons, mustaches, hearts, words, animals... you name it, they are here to warm up the season and certainly to bring a smile to your face! Snuggle up!

1. Sense of Humor

1./ 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6.


2. Speak Up

1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6.


3. Welcome to the Zoo

1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6.

While I don't have my sweater to pose, I'll let you enjoy a few pictures of my back up model, who is following the trend before mama!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sunday Stripes

Grocery shopping and going to the park on a Sunday with the family is fun and very stripped! Thanks for visiting!

Dress: J. Crew (similar); Jacket: AE (in stores now or similar here); Flats: From Brazil; Pearls: F21 (in stores now); Glasses: Chanel (old); Bag: kate Spade (old)

Friday, August 3, 2012


I really feel lucky to leave here in The United States... It's so easy to style any kind of look with little money.

1. Tribal Fun

Top: Aerie; Boyfriend Shorts: AE; Glasses: AE; Purse: F21; Belt: F21; Ankle boots: F21; Socks: F21; Necklace: F21;

2. Neutral Chic

Top: Madewell; Skirt: Target; Shoes: Target (on sale - $10.48); Clutch: F21; Necklace: F21;
Bangles: F21;

3. Modern Lady

Top: AE; Skirt: F21; Shoes: Target; Purse: Target; Scarf: F21; Watch: AE;