Month: December, 2011

Running Quick Errands in Style

[top: gray sweater-thrifted; bottoms: tan Chino pant-Hot Kiss; mustard scarf-Kroger; shoes: black leather platform wedge; ELLE for Kohl’s]



Maxed Out

[Dress: Urban Outfitters, Leather Jacket, Belt: H&M,Watch:Michael Kors Clutch: DIY, Shoes:Target, Lips: MAC Media]

Lita Love

[shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Lita in distressed black; top: mustard floral blouse – gift; bottoms: black skinny Express pants; accessories: brown leather bag]

DIY: Holiday Wrapping Paper

Have you even thought about wrapping your gifts, or are you still scurrying to get those last minute presents? Well, whatever the case, we have some amazing DIY wrapping ideas to spice up your gifts. Year after year we see presents taped up in the comic section or in the traditional christmas tree wrapping paper. Come on guys, let’s be a little different this year and get creative! Your efforts won’t go unnoticed.

You will need: Paint, paint brush, scissors, foam or rubber stamp pad & packaging paper

Cut the foam in half, cut out a pattern with one half and glue it to the other half to create your stamp

Paint your stamp and press it onto the paper. Apply more paint as needed. Let it dry overnight or for a few hours and proceed to wrap your gifts.

Another quick & easy idea is to make your own tags. Find some pretty cardstock from any craft store and cut out tags in any shape you want. I did a traditional style, but you could do christmas trees, stars, circles, etc.

Now its time for you to DIY!

Happy Holidays!

xo, Marcella

Cozy Sweater Days

[top:american apparel leotard, sweater:Michael Kors (Marshalls), bottoms:Levi cut offs, tights: HUE, shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, clutch:DIY envelope clutch, cuff:gift]

Holiday Party Fashion

Saturday night we went out to a family holiday party and decided to keep it cute, comfortable and warm!

Peep our outfits:

xo, Moda.Mode

Feature Friday: Tiffany & Byron

Meet Tiffany & Byron. These two currently live under the same roof in NYC. Tiffany, a marketing coordinator for the NY Knicks, recently received her Masters in sports management from Columbia. Byron is a PR freelancer concentrating on entertainment, pop culture and media. Too busy to dress up? Not even. Both Tiff & Byron maintain their stylish, yet comfy looks with some thrifted, some brand name gear.

We love the roomies. Peep their usual Friday fits & key pieces:

On Tiffany:

Top: light blue denim vintage button-down, Gap

Shoes: red suede slippers, Bakers

Belt: red weaved belt, H&M

Bag: oversized black zipper clutch, American Apparel

Bottoms: black tights

On Byron:

Shoes: brown loafers

Bottoms: baggy camo print pants

Top: fitted white tee

Jacket: original denim  jacket

xo, Moda.Mode

Psst… Peep Byron’s personal blog & follow Tiffany’s as well.

Sweater Mania

Sweaters. One of my favorite things to wear – I always have a few in my closet, no matter the time of year. Depending on the style of the sweater, you could wear the perfect one all year around: in the spring with shorts and strappy sandals, in the winter with a scarf and leggings.

Peep a few styles you can rock through almost any season:

Pleated Pullover in mustard, $49

Oversize knit sweater, $22.80

Crop top in taupe, $48

You may find similar sweaters at discount stores, like Marshalls or TJMaxx. I actually have the crop top sweater listed as $48 – bought it in black a couple months ago for 20 bucks at Rugged.

xo, Tea NOW! is a brand new, funky, fresh online boutique featuring both women’s and men’s accessories. This new online store is a refreshing change, and it’s safe to say you will all agree. The eclectic selection offered at has something to accommodate everyone’s style and checkbook. Prices range from $10-$500, and the selection of brands is impressive. currently offers over 25 designers, with over 10 new brands added each month. The site also does Giveaway Fridays where the best selling item is given to one lucky person.

Check out some of our favs:

Sun Circle Ring, $18

Little Johnny Necklace, $22

Sheet Metal Cuff, $150

Studded Iphone case, $28

Owner of, Erin Yogasundram, is currently Junior at George Washington University. Originally from NYC, Erin has constantly been surrounded by fashion, but struggled to find that same atmosphere after moving to DC. She decided to start her personal blog her freshman year, and now, a few years later was born.

It’s just in time for the holiday season so we recommend you check it out. We promise you will find something you like! Go to NOW!

Pssst…. Follow on Twitter and make sure you sign up for the e-mail list for news, discounts, and more!

xo, Moda.Mode

DIY: Oversized Envelope Clutch

I have seen these oversized envelope clutches everywhere but haven’t found one that I loved enough to spend atleast $20 on. Naturally, I decided to give it a try myself. Easy enough right?

Here’s what I ended up with:

Now you can DIY, but first you will need:

  • Leather
  • Another piece of fabric. (I had some extra velvet laying around so I chose to use that as my inner material, but you can use whatever material you prefer)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Measuring Tape

Cut two equal pieces to the size you want the clutch.

 Place two pieces of fabric on top of each other so the “right” sides are facing each other.

Make sure both pieces line up perfectly and sew ONLY the bottom part.

Measure two equal lines in the shape of your flap, pin, and sew across.

Cut the excess material off, but be sure not to cut the seam.

Flip the top flap so the leather is showing. Use your finger or gently use the scissors to push the point out. Now its time to sew the bottom half (which should still be inside out as shown below).

Once you have done that, flip the bottom half so the leather is showing.

Voila! Now go DIY!

xo, Marcella