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Look of the Day: Cropped Butterfly Print Blouse, Maxi Skirt with Side Slit, and Stacked Bracelets

Yesterday afternoon, I promised my 8-year-old son Gio that we’d have our very own adventure and so we headed into Manhattan to attend two beauty events, one of which explicitly welcomed bloggers and editors to bring along their kids. Our first destination was the LUSH Fun Factory event, where a loft space was transformed into a kids’ wonderland, with one section devoted to the brand’s new “Fun” collection of colorful, fragrant, eco-friendly soaps, all of which come in chunky blocks and have a malleable texture akin to that of Play-Doh so that kids can manipulate them into any desired shape and then break off tiny pieces, wet their hands, and watch as the soap dissolves and creates a sudsy lather that can easily be rinsed off. Several pint-sized tables were set up in this area, each with samples of the new soaps so kids could play to their hearts’s desire. Carnival-like signs in arrow shapes and figure-distorting fun mirrors added a carnival vibe to this particular section of the space. Nearby, a table with a long mirror was set up and, next to it, on wooden blocks, we encountered all the latest hair care products from the line, each surrounded by the natural ingredients used to create them. And, of course, there was the winter wonderland section, which resembled Santa’s workshop and featured all the newest goodies for the holiday season — from fizzy bah bombs to new massage bars and shower gels. A nearby shelving system showcased all the boxed, pre-wrapped gift sets that would soon be available to holiday shoppers. And, of course, there were sweets galore — waiters carrying bite-size Rice Krispie Treats and vegan brownies, and even a candy station featuring everything from rock candy to Swedish fish, sour candies, Hershey’s Kiss chocolates, and M&Ms. Needless to say, G will most likely be a life-long LUSH fan since he loved the playful aspects of the soaps, bath bombs, and shower gels — and, well, if that wasn’t enough, they sealed the deal by proviing him with a bag brimming over with candy. Short of visiting the Super Mario Brothers’ universe or buying a puppy, I can’t imagine how we could’ve had a more enjoyable time.

After the LUSH event, we headed to a special  L’Occitane event in which we had the chance ot learn about the brand’s decision to sponsor WorldRiderZ, a bike journey aimed at raising awareness about Chronic Kidney Disease. As a sponsor, L’Occitane will donate 15% of the daily sales at key L’Occitane locations throughout the bike journey of WorldRiderZ founders Stephane Etienne and Paul Torriero to organizations seeking to fight kidney disease.

Since I was rolling with my little man for the day, I kept my outfit practical while still trying to look chic. In the end, I opted for a loose-fitting, short-sleeved, cropped blouse from H&M that has a black panel along the back with buttons running down the center and, along the front, a white backdrop with black illustrations of butterflies. As most of you know, I have a soft spot for butterflies (I have six butterfly tattooos and am designing my seventh and last winged creature tat) so, as soon as I saw this top at an H&M store about a month ago, I had to have it.

To balance the slightly boxy shape of the H&M top, I paired it with a body-hugging black maxi skirt which has a side slit that’s sexy without being too risqué (as an added plus, the skirt helps to boost air circulation, which is a major consideration on steamy summer days). I got this skirt last year when I randomly ventured into a 5.7.9 store, which I hadn’t done since high school. Since I’m so petite, the skirt turned out to fit me perfectly, and it was a major steal at only $10.

In order to add texture to the look, I chose my Modern Vintage Tania Shoes, amazingly geometric sandals with an open heel and open toe, a buckled ankle strap, triangular cut-outs along the sides, and supple black leather uppers with cream snakeskin trim and even a snakeskin-covered heel. And, since I’m a rocker chick at heart, I infused an edgy vibe to the ensemble through my choice of jewelry: the House of Harlow 1960 Star Earrings in Silver, which have a fan-like shape with a black cabochon center stone at the ear post and spiky silver triangles fanning out sideways to resemble rays of sunshine; and a stack of bracelets (a combination of gunmetal-colored bangles with black crystals by Amrita Singh and a set of chain snake bracelets with spike charms from K2o by Karen Ko) that practically reached up to my elbow. By combining silver, gunmetal, and black tones in my jewelry choices, I infused a sightly defiant vibe into the outfit, which I then accentuated by my handbag choice: the Treesje Tania hobo, a roomy bucket-shaped bag featuring overlapping horizontal strips of burnished-looking silver metallic leather adorned with tassel and zipper accents.

As for my makeup, I created a neutral eye shadow look by layering together ecru, brown, silver, and wine shades from BUXOM and I made sure to add some color by applying the amazing new Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in No. 8, a deep red shade. I’ll be reviewing the Aqua Rouge range very soon but, for now, just know that it’s fabulous!

The best part of this post? all the photos were snapped by my son! Not bad for an 8-year-old, right?

Anyhow, here’s a breakdown of what I wore:

H&M Butterfly Print Cropped Blouse ($24.99 at H&M stores)

5-7-9 Black Maxi Skirt with Side Slit (purchased for $9.99 at a 5.7.9 store last year)

House of Harlow 1960 Star Earrings in Silver ($14.99 at BoutiqueToYou.com during a recent Bin Sale)

Amrita Singh Kimberly Bangle Set in Gunmetal (bought for $35 at Gilt.com sale)

 K2o by Karen Ko Avant Chain Snake Bracelet Set ($65 at Boutine.com)

Modern Vintage Tania Shoes (purchased for $49.50 during a blowout sale at ShopModernVintage.com)

Treesje Talia Hobo in Silver (purchased for $212 at MyHabit.com flash sale)

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