the blog turns one!

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I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started City Tonic. And what a year it’s been! The goal was to carve out my own little spot online where I could share my personal style and simply be more creative — with my wardrobe, the places I shop, my sources of inspiration and my web design/photo skills. Through persistence and hard work, City Tonic has positioned me somewhere in the vast world of fashion blogging and has opened up some really awesome opportunities. I’ve been introduced to new people and have been lucky enough to collaborate with some amazing brands and designers. I’ve made some great blogger friends this year and found inspiration to keep me going through the most awful, style-slump-inducing winter ever. Most importantly, I’ve found something that I really love doing — and I hope it shows.

I also want to mention how much I appreciate the people in my life who have supported me and shared my blog with others. Many thanks to my accommodating and talented photographers over the past year — Kev, mom, Margs. (Major love to Kev, who’s still dating me despite the fact I’m constantly on the computer and often working late into the night, long after he’s gone to bed.)

I’m excited to see how City Tonic will evolve and grow — and I promise I’ll do my best to keep it fresh and stylish. Thank you for reading!

Outfit details:

Dress: Torn by Ronny Kobo Quinn dress // Shoes: Jimmy Choo Anouk pumps (also similar here) // Bag: Saint Laurent cabas mini (pre-owned via Fashionphile) // Sunglasses: Illesteva Leonard mirrored tortoise sunglasses // Jewelry: Madewell bangles, vintage gold cuff bracelet, EF Collection pavé zigzag ring

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leather & leopard print

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Quick midweek outfit post, wearing one of my all-time favorite prints. I love this slouchy Equipment silk tee with purple accents – it’s a more colorful take on the classic leopard and a fun piece to style. Because the print is pretty bold, I kept the rest of the outfit neutral. In fact, I kind of made a leopard print sandwich here – with leather/faux leather bread (I really piled it on). A chunky J.Crew necklace adds a little extra dimension.

In other news, I’m working on my blog anniversary post for later this week – woohoo! I can’t believe it’s almost been a year. Have a fabulous Wednesday!

Outfit details:

Top: Equipment Logan leopard print top (via TJ Maxx) // Skirt: BCBGeneration faux leather pleated skirt // Jacket: Barneys leather jacket (via ASOS) // Shoes: Tildon (old, but similar here) // Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel (medium) // Sunglasses: Illesteva Leonard mirrored tortoise sunglasses // Jewelry: J.Crew stacked flowers necklace, EF Collection pavé zigzag ring

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pastels & peplums (feat. blues jean bar)

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I hope you had a great weekend! As promised, here’s the second outfit featuring pieces from my Blues Jean Bar Express box. Check out Friday’s post here for more details on the BJB Express service (where a stylist picks items just for you and ships them to your door for only $1). I love these soft purple jeans (so perfect for spring) paired with a simple navy peplum top and statement necklace. To top things off, a buttery white leather jacket from AS by DF adds contrast to the silk top.

If you’re interested in trying out the Blues Jean Bar Express service, you can sign up here. The BJB stylists are great about picking unique and unusual pieces that can be paired with the staples in your own wardrobe for an updated look. I mean, isn’t this the best season to try something new?

Outfit details:

Denim: Earnest Sewn Esra jeans, soft purple (via The Blues Jean Bar) // Top: Amour Vert Corine top (via The Blues Jean Bar) // Jacket: AS by DF Marina leather jacket (via The Blues Jean Bar) // Shoes: Saint Laurent metallic snake effect pumps (via The Real Real) // Bag: Clare V embossed snakeskin foldover clutch // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban green mirrored aviators // Jewelry: J.Crew stacked flowers necklace (on sale), Alex Mika stacked x ring