Eclectically feminine style by Mary Gui

Sleek City Look: Color Contrasts & A Unique Handbag

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Believe it or not, we shot these photos this past weekend when it was snowing outside in 15 degree weather. Luckily we were able to find a covered area so you can’t see the snow flakes, but boy was it the toughest shoot yet. My hands felt like they were about to get frostbite after being outside without gloves for 20 minutes. But it was all worth it as these photos turned out (surprisingly) well, and the background actually really suits the outfit. This look is inspired by the unique handbag I’m carrying – how special is this little light grey handbag from Oliver Bilou? I immediately fell in love with the quirky shape, plaited edge detail, and retro-style handle. This handbag really speaks to my style and personality, with just the right mix of eclectic and feminine. I also love the inspirational quote on the inside that comes with every bag.

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Since the handbag is light grey but looks white with a unique shape, I knew I wanted to create a sharp and punchy look that really lets the bag stand out and dial up the clean color. I played with color contrasts in red and white, and chose a red pleated dress layered over a white turtleneck sweater. For a cool girl vibe, I went with my Coach creeper slides. I love the juxtaposition between the red dress and the creeper slides, I think it’s a true city look that’s fashion-forward and has lots of personality. I could have styled the dress with the more expected ankle boots or heels, but the slides are just the right match with the quirky handbag. For my jewelry, I kept with the modern theme and chose a geometric layered necklace and small rings with intricate details.

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If you just fell in love with this handbag, Oliver Bilou is offering 10% off any handbag with the code “mary” at checkout! For a $99 bag, the quality and design really impressed me, so I would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a new handbag with personality. You can view all of their bags here, and as always shop my look below.

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What I’m Wearing:
Dress: H&M (similar here)
Sweater: From Asia (similar here)
Bag: Oliver Bilou (10% off with code “mary”)
Shoes: Coach (on sale!)
Necklace: Similar here
Nails: Marc Jacobs in Le Charm 

Thanks for reading,

*This post is in collaboration with Oliver Bilou. As always, all views and opinions expressed are my own.

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21 comments so far.

21 responses to “Sleek City Look: Color Contrasts & A Unique Handbag”

  1. Kelsey says:

    You are so cute! Red is definitely your color!!

    xo Kelsey |

  2. Your shoes! Your bag! I love your outfit, and how the red really stands out. I can’t tell that it was so cold! I bet you were freezing, but you look so comfortable!

  3. April says:

    I absolutely love that bag! And your photos are beautiful. I know exactly how you feel being a fashion blogger and trying to take photos in this freezing cold weather. What we do for fashion is crazy sometimes.

  4. Lee Anne says:

    Oh my gosh, you can’t even tell that it was that cold out! You look amazing, girl! I love this cool handbag.

    Lee Anne

  5. Ruthie says:

    You look fabulous in red! I cannot get over that bag!! Stunning!

  6. Great pictures I love the background. And I love the purse, the white is super cute.

  7. Molly says:

    Loving the red on you, lady! And that bag is absolutely fab. Love how you styled this!

    Molly // Miss Molly Moon

  8. Alix Maza says:

    The bag is so cute! This whole look reminds me of something a New Yorker would wear.

    Alix |

  9. Rochelle says:

    I love the red! Such a great handbag.

  10. I love the quote in the handbag! You have such a nice style (:

    Isaly Holland |

  11. Carmen says:

    Such a beautiful look. I love the length of the dress & the pop of color. :]

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  12. neha says:

    Putting me back into the christmas feels with all that red! Loving the color combo tho xx

  13. Hanna says:

    This bag is so cute! I love the braided detailing!

  14. Your description of your outfit couldn’t be more on point…so perfect!! I adore it and it totally does make your handbag standout in the perfect way. I love the shape, the color, the stitching and the quote!! How cool is that?!?!


  15. Liz says:

    I am SOobsessed with that handbag. You look so great in red too!


  16. Girl, gimme that bag, it’s so adorable. I haven’t seen anything like it. Super fun for spring. Love you in that red dress, the contrasting colors of a fab combo! Love it!

  17. Liz says:

    That bag is gorgeous girl! love the whole look!

  18. You are so gorgeous my sweet friend! You are radiant in red!
    xo Debbie |

  19. That handbag is super unique, and I love that! You look great!
    Alexandra Christine Blog

  20. Ifeoluwa says:

    Love the dress, shoes and handbag! So chic just like your blog name

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