Friday, June 17, 2016

3 Summer Sunglass Trends + Link-Up

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Happy Friday, friends! Now that we're full-swing into the summer season (it is officially June), my mind has been all over sunglasses. Sure, the sun shines all year long but there's something about the summer sun that requires extra eye protection. That and they're an awesome accessory! So for today's favorites collection, we're sharing our 3 favorite sunglass trends.

Scroll down to check out our favorites, share your favorites, and interact with some of the most fabulous bloggers around!

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CUT-OUT CAT EYES
I have always loved the shape of cat-eye sunglasses but this new cut-out style is so cute! I love it because it's unique and has a pretty cool look.
1- Chicnova  //  2- BP. Nordstrom  //  3- SO, Kohl's

ROUND
At first I wasn't sure about these but now I can't get enough of round sunglasses! There's something about them that is so retro and fun. 

4- Nylon  //  5- Ray-Ban  //  6- Mango

AVIATORS
Aviators are such a classic shape and that's part of what makes them so popular summer after summer. They're also unisex, so you can't go wrong with these!

7- Topshop  //  8- Guess  //  9- Mango


What are your favorites of the moment?

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Cold Shoulder Trend: What It Is & How To Wear It

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As a fashion blogger, I love to test drive the new trends. Why? Well, half of it is for fun, like playing dress up, and the other half is to report back to all of you! Some trends can ignite a spark of inspiration in you when you see it and others leave you wondering what to do with it. I love that but how the heck would I wear it? 

That's precisely the reaction I had to the cold shoulder top, mostly because I wondered what type of bra I would wear with it. It sounds silly but it's a legit reason! Who's with me on that? Style isn't everything; we also need functional clothing. So, let's explore this trend together! 

Here's The Cold Shoulder Trend: What It Is & How To Wear It!
 
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THE TREND: COLD SHOULDER VS OFF-THE-SHOULDER
What's the difference between cold shoulder and off-the-shoulder? Both are hot trends right now! The terminology sounds like it's just an alternative name but there actually is a difference between the two styles. A cold shoulder top is a top that exposes just the shoulders, so it usually has a strap beside the neck. An off-the-shoulder top has straps that fall on your upper arm, so the straps are literally off-the-shoulder. 

Both styles can be found on everything from casual summer tops to fancy little black dresses. Because of the variety of styles, this trend can be playful, sexy, or bohemian.

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HOW TO WEAR IT
My LC Lauren Conrad Striped Cold Shoulder Top has a playful summer vibe. The crochet detailing and loose fit are casual and the vertical multi-colored stripes are fun. I love the varying widths and hues of these stripes!  So, how can I style this top for a summer day?

1- BRIGHT COLORS
The top is multi-colored and there is a pop of bright teal, so I accessorized with bright colors. I painted my nails and chose earrings in a bright teal to match the stripe in the top. Then, I threw in this bright guava handbag!

2- BOTTOMS: CONTRAST OR BALANCE
Skinny jeans add a slim silhouette, which is a nice contrast to this loose fitting top. This is my personal favorite! If you prefer a balanced silhouette, try a pair of flared jeans.

3- A BRALETTE
As I mentioned above, choosing a bra for a cold shoulder top can be tricky depending on the type of strap. I don't like wearing a strapless bra unless the top is very fitted but lucky for me, pretty bralettes are also a huge trend right now. What life savers these are! For this look, I'm wearing a white lace bralette. The neutral color serves its purpose without taking away from the look.

Friday, June 10, 2016

One Romper From Day To Night + Link-Up

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Happy Friday, friends! I think we can officially call this 'romper week' on the blog! Rompers are such a fabulous summer go-to because they are so low maintenance. Just throw it on and go, similar to a sun dress. Earlier this week, we walked you through how to accessorize a romper as part of our Miami vacation photo series. To go with our theme, we're showing you how to take one romper from day to night for our Friday Favorites.

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Similar to hand gestures and facial expressions, clothing also serves as a form of nonverbal communication. It sounds like a real bore, but it can be very helpful for getting more mileage out of your wardrobe if you learn a thing or two about it! How's that? By incorporating certain pieces, it can say 'I'm ready for the daytime' or alternatively 'I'm ready for a night out on the town!'

DAY
For the daytime, we dressed down this navy striped romper by pairing it with a mini backpack and wide-brimmed fedora. The combination of these two pieces, plus the open-toed flat sandals, communicates that this is a daytime look. With any of these pieces alone or combined with other pieces, it might not be as clear.

Olive + Oak Kylie Romper  //  Kate Spade New York Nautical Striped Stud Earrings  //  Calypso Panama Straw Fedora  //  Proenza Schouler 'Courier' Pebble Leather Small Backpack  //  Forever 21 Ornate Cut-Out Cuff  //  H&M Platform Sandals

NIGHT
For the nighttime, we dressed up this navy striped romper by pairing it with a chain-strap crossbody, a luxe statement necklace, and the lace-up pointed toe flats. These pieces all scream 'night!'



What are your favorites of the moment?

Monday, June 6, 2016

How To Accessorize A Romper

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Rompers are THE perfect summer go-to! They are one piece like a dress, but you don't have to worry about bending over or it flying up in the wind. I love dresses but rompers are just easier! What's even better is that they're usually a blank slate; ready to be styled and accessorized in any way you want. 

So, what's your favorite way to wear a romper? Today I'm breaking out all of my current favorite accessories to jazz up my romper style. Here's How To Accessorize A Romper!

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This particular romper is a floral print, so it's not exactly a complete blank slate. However, there are still some fun ways to accessorize it that would apply to any other romper, too.

A FUN HAT
I have always been a hat girl! Some people just don't like hats, but me? I've always gravitated towards them! This particular wide-brimmed fedora has been my favorite go-to hat for the past two years. It adds a dose of instant style to any look! There are actually a ton of reasons why hats are so great. Check out my previous blog post, Everything You Need To Know About Floppy Sun Hats, for more.

A LONG PENDANT NECKLACE
I love simple, long pendant necklaces but I sometimes have a tough time deciding how to wear them. It seems like it would be easy to wear but sometimes it just doesn't fall in the best spot, like right in line with your belt. It's the perfect necklace to wear with a dress or romper!

A CAGED BRALETTE
Bralettes are so perfect in many, many ways! They are functional, useful, and add a fun accent to most looks. The main thing I love about them is that they are a great resolution to the problem of unusual straps! There are so many tops that I never wore because I didn't know what kind of bra to wear with them. Now, the bralette is a simple fix because they serve the function of a bra and they're stylish.

A MINI BACKPACK
These mini backpacks are my favorite thing lately. They are so cute and I love how anyone at any age can pull off this style! They're also really convenient and functional.

SLIDE-ON SANDALS
It doesn't get any easier than a sandal that you can just slip your foot into! Why bother with a strap when you're trying to relax during the summer months? I sound so lazy but that's precisely why flip-flops are so popular. But these are even better because they actually have some style to them. It's the best new way to be comfortable and stylish!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday Favorites + Link-Up

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Happy Friday, friends! Who else had a great Memorial Day Weekend and 4-day work week? I had a pretty typical Jersey MDW filled with backyard barbecues, lounging on the beach, working on my tan, and I even got some things done around the house. Now at last, another weekend is upon us. You know what that means! We're back with our Friday Favorites link-up and another classic favorites collection.

Scroll down to check out our favorites, share your favorites, and interact with some of the most fabulous bloggers around!

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I love these lace trim cami tops! It's the perfect summer staple because you can wear it with just about anything.

There are so many different sunglasses shapes that are considered 'in style' right now but I've always been drawn to cat eyes. There is just something so glamorous about them!

A pineapple accessory is always a must for the summer. I love these little studs! They are the perfect accent to keep you looking tropical all season long.

I have a major thing for comfortable, printed shorts. Lucky for me, they are everywhere this season! This pair feels like pajamas, but looks super cute with the preppy print and feminine bow belt.

I recently wandered into F21, where I never shop, and discovered that they have amazing bags! They have so many classic and chic styles of decent quality for great prices. I love this blush one!

What a fabulous necklace! I love statement necklaces and this blush one would go with so many different outfits and styles.

These slide on sandals are the best! I bought a similar pair last year and they are definitely my summer go-to sandals because they are chic, simple and versatile.

Yet another versatile piece! Everyone should have at least one of these multi-strand beaded bracelets.


What are your favorites of the moment?

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Embellished Art Deco & Geometric Trend + How I Wore It

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Embellished pieces with bold and bright art deco and geometric prints is a big trend for this summer! And who wouldn't want to wear bright, bold prints during the summer? It isn't revolutionary but new isn't always better. I personally love when art meets fashion and this trend is just plain fun! I've seen it on swim suits and shoes but for this look, I'm wearing an embellished tank. Since a tank top is pretty versatile, you can wear it just about anywhere; plus the sequins and beading make it that much easier to dress up!

So let's get right into how I styled it!

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For this look, I dressed up my embellished geometric tank in a more elegant way. Bright and bold pieces are typically reserved for more youthful looks, so I wanted to take my look in a slightly older direction. How did I do this?

1- SIMILAR ACCESSORIES
Keep your accessories along the same 'theme' as your tank. My top happens to be a geometric print, so I went with geometric-inspired jewelry. Neon or bright beaded jewelry would have worked, too!

2- ADD A 'SHOCKER'
Then, throw in a shocker! In other words, pair the tank with a piece that you wouldn't expect to see it with. For me, it was a delicate and feminine cream-colored pleated midi skirt.

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BEHIND THE SCENES
I'm sure you noticed that this background is not New Jersey! Last week, I was on a work trip followed by a personal vacation in Miami. During this particular shoot, I had about an hour or two break from the conference so I took to my balcony for a few photos. The humidity is so high in Florida that I had to redo my hair about a million times per day! It held up for these photos but I guarantee it was flat and straight 30 minutes later. How do people live there? Florida ladies, please spill your secrets to perfect hair!

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THE LOOK

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Do you like the embellished art deco and geometric trend? Show me your style! Post your embellished tank look on Instagram and tag me (@theclosetbychristie) for a chance to be featured.


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Friday, May 27, 2016

8 Summer Shoe Trends You Need To Know About + Link-Up

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Happy Friday! And we're back with another Friday Favorites collection. Sorry to keep you waiting but the past few weeks have been crazy filled with planning events, work conferences, and the most anticipated... a vacation! That's right, I just got back from Miami and I couldn't feel more refreshed. If you've been following me on Instagram and Snapchat (@theclosetbychristie), then you've experienced it right along with me. 

Since I'm officially in summer-mode, we're bringing you a few of our favorite shoes trends for this season. Here's 8 Summer Shoe Trends You Need To Know About! Scroll down to check out our favorites and share yours. Don't forget to click around to meet some cool new friends!

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1- METALLICS
Metallics are perfect for a chic, dressed down look or an elegant, dressed up look. The bright, shiny look is considered a luxe style and it just makes everything a bit more fabulous! Check out my favorite: GoJane Metallic Platforms

2- FLATFORMS
Flatforms are a pretty new trend and I must say, I'm into it. I don't have a pair yet but I'm exploring it! Does anyone have a pair? Check out my favorite: Kurt Geiger Palma Flatform Sandals

3- LACE-UPS
The trend of the spring was lace-up everything and it's definitely carrying over into the summer season. I'm all for it! Check out my favorite: Billabong Beach Brigade Sandals

4- BLOCK HEELS
Block heels are what I call a functional favorite. Why's that? Well, the thickness of the heel makes it comfortable. I'm always looking for the best of both comfort and style! Check out my favorite: Rebecca Minkoff Christy Lace-Up Block Heel Sandals

5- ESPADRILLES
Espadrilles are classic summer shoes and of course, I've been seeing them everywhere this season. They come in so many different types- like wedges and even flatforms- but I mostly see them as slip-on canvas sneakers. It's not completely my style but maybe it should be! Am I missing out? Check out my favorite: Sole Society Canvas Espadrilles

6- CRISS-CROSS
Criss-cross sandals are flat with really thick straps exactly like the pair in the photo above. These sandals are both chic and super comfortable. What is there not to like? I have a similar pair and I basically wear them everyday! Check out my favorite: Steve Madden Mylia Criss-Cross Slider Sandals

7- CAGED
Caged, or gladiator, sandals are absolutely nothing new but they are a huge trend for this summer. It may not leave you with the best tan lines, but this trend is here to stay and it's a fabulous way to add some detail to a basic look.


8- BEADED
Beaded sandals are one of my favorite emerging sandal trends! Remember those friendship bracelets you wore as a kid? Well, now you can have them on your shoes! It really gives sandals a bohemian or aztec vibe and the intricacy of the detailing is stunning. Check out my favorite: ASPIGA Chahana Sandals


What are your favorites of the moment?