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?

Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday Favorites + Link-Up

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Happy Friday, friends! Another work week down, another weekend to fill with fun. Who else is ready? The weather was so gloomy this week, but my mind is on the beach because my trip is right around the corner! For today's Friday Favorites, we're sharing a few of our favorite summer accessories.

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

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Monday, May 2, 2016

How To Wear Primary Colors During The Summer

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Color plays such a huge role in fashion and even personal style! The colors you choose to wear can even speak volumes about your personality and mood. If you attend a cocktail party and choose to wear a basic little black dress, the other guests may view you as chic and elegant. If you choose to wear a loud, abstract print dress to the same party, you may be viewed as bold and attention-seeking. While both might be positive views, it just depends on who you are and what you want to communicate about yourself to the world. Your personal style is a nonverbal form of communication!

I love wearing bright colors during the spring and summer! Flowers are blooming bright, lovely colors and nature is really coming to life. It only makes sense that our fashion would follow suit! Wearing brights can show off a really fun side of your personality. And pairing brights with other brights can depict you as adventurous, brave, and even artistic! How can we get started? Primary colors are a great place to start, as they're both bright and classic. 

Here's How To Wear Primary Colors During The Summer!

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WHAT ARE PRIMARY COLORS
Let's first start out with what primary colors are. You might remember them from your very first art class! Primary colors are the root of every hue. This is where color starts! Purple, for instance, cannot be obtained on its own. It's a product of mixing both red and blue; therefore, it's a secondary color.

So, what are the primary colors? Yellow, red, and blue. The most important thing to note is that they are not shades of these colors. Primary colors are the classic shade of each of these colors. Different shades like burgundy, turquoise, and mustard are all considered tertiary colors.

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HOW TO WEAR PRIMARY COLORS
Now that we know what primary colors are, let's discuss our style tips on how to wear them flawlessly every time in just two simple steps!

1- Choose Mostly Neutrals
The majority of my look here is black and nude. I'm wearing a black top and hat with my favorite nude jeweled sandals. These neutrals will anchor your look and keep it from getting too bold!

2- Add Two Primary Colors As Accents
Out of the 3 primary colors, choose 2 of them to add to your look as accents. For my look, I chose blue for my skirt and yellow for my bag. It's up to you just how bold you want to be! I think yellow and blue look really great together, so I was brave enough to wear blue on a main piece. 

If you're unsure or want a more subtle look, try choosing two accessories- like a yellow statement necklace with a blue handbag. It's easier to incorporate bold colors when they don't overlap.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Favorites + Link-Up

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Happy Friday, friends! I'm on a bit of a shoe kick lately! Last week, we featured metallic sandals in our Friday Favorites series. This week we're going to continue that trend by featuring lace-up ballet flats! These flats are pretty much the 'it' shoe right now. They can be found in almost any store and I see them everywhere I look! These trendy flats are really fun and the fashion world is completely obsessed with them.

Want to be the most stylish woman on the block? Read on to check out our favorite lace-up ballet flats and where you can find them. Then, scroll on down to join our link-up and interact with some pretty fabulous bloggers!

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Monday, April 25, 2016

How To Dress Up A Crop Top For A Twenty-Something

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Who doesn't love a crop top? These are one of my absolute favorite current trends and it seems like it's slowly moving from the trend category to a wardrobe staple. Last week, we showed you how to wear a crop top casually. A crop top looks great with a pair of high-waisted shorts or a cute mini a-line skirt, but what about for a special occasion? With the weather getting nicer, I'm sure a lot of you have a few bridal or baby showers, weddings, and even communions on your calendars.

So, let's talk about How To Dress Up A Crop Top!

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So you want to wear your favorite crop top to your next special occasion event, but how? Follow these three steps and you'll get it right every time!

1- Go Basic
Starting with a fresh palette is always a great idea. The best way to dress it up is to start with a simple, basic crop top. My favorite is a black sleeveless tank with a crew neck style, like the one I'm wearing here.

2- Stick With Classics
Because you're already rocking the crop top trend, pair it with classic pieces to keep your look chic. Sticking with wardrobe staples, aside from your crop top, will help keep your look current but still appropriate for a special occasion event.

3- Glam Up The Accessories
A little sparkle never hurt anybody! And in this case, a little sparkle would go a long way towards dressing up your crop top look. Try adding a metallic or sparkly clutch with a big statement necklace.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday Favorites + Link-Up

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Happy Friday, friends! So, what are the big trends for this upcoming summer season? The stores are stocked and it's time to update our wardrobes! One trend I've been seeing around are metallic shoes. Sandals, heels, loafers, and even sneakers have been coming in metallic hues. It's the perfect glam accent and it's very versatile. You really can't go wrong! 

So for this week's Friday Favorites, let's take a look at my favorite metallic shoes. Scroll on down to check out our favorites, share yours, and tell us what you think! Don't forget to visit other blogs to meet new friends.

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What are your favorites of the moment?

Monday, April 18, 2016

How To Wear A Crop Top In Your Twenties: Part One

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Who doesn't love a crop top? These are one of my absolute favorite current trends and it seems like it's slowly moving from the trend category to a wardrobe staple. So for today and next week's style post, we're featuring a crop top style guide! Today it's all about how to wear a crop top casually and next week we'll get into how to take this same basic crop top and dress it up for a special occasion.

Here's part one: How To Wear A Crop Top In Your Twenties!

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So you want to wear your favorite crop top casually, but how? Follow these three steps and you'll get it right every time! And for even more tips, check out our previous post: 6 Must-Haves For Styling a Crop Top For a 20-Something.

1- High Waisted Bottoms
Pair your crop top with high waisted bottoms! Whether you choose jeans, shorts, or a skirt is totally up to you and your comfort level. By choosing any high rise bottoms, you're making this crop top look a little more chic and a little less youthful. Less is more when it comes to showing skin!

2- Add Layers
Try adding some summer layers to your look! Some stylish options include a sleeveless longline blazer, moto jacket, or even a loose-fitting cardigan. For my look here, I wore my linen sleeveless oxford top unbuttoned to add a light layer. This will keep your look age appropriate by showing just a little bit of your midriff and you won't look like you're going to the club. 

3- Fun, Bright Accessories
Everyone loves fun accessories, especially for the spring and summer! This is the time of year to really enjoy playing with color. This step is optional but I think bright pops of color gives this look a daytime vibe, which is what we're going for here.