Friday, August 26, 2016

3 Trends You Need To Rock This Fall + Link-Up

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Happy Friday, friends! Have you been eyeing all of the 'new arrivals' on your favorite store's website, like me? The one thing I love about changing seasons is the new fashion! So for today's favorites, we're introducing you to 3 must-have trends that you need to rock this fall.

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

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 BOMBER JACKETS
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I'm completely obsessed with these bomber jackets, particularly the shiny satin one! I first noticed the trend on last week's episode of Pretty Little Liars and now, I'm seeing it absolutely everywhere I turn. Get ready for this one, ladies! Bombers are THE jacket of the season. I've seen them in every color, shiny satin, printed, and even embroidered.

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 BODYSUITS
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They're fitted, sleek, and super stylish! The bodysuit trend has been laying low but this fall, they are going to be everywhere. In fact, they already are everywhere! I love this style because it's slimming and flattering, plus it will give your outfit a sleek and neat look.

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 CUT-OUT BOOTS
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Boots are an absolute must for the fall season, but what about this cool spin on a classic style? I love these cut-out boots! It's a modern take on a wardrobe staple and it makes it that much easier to wear this trend through the seasons.

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What are your favorites of the moment?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Refine Your Everyday Style With One Simple Piece

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As a twenty-something, I'm still trying to find my place in the world- even as a late twenty-something. I already know who I am (that's what the teenage years were for, right?) but as I'm growing, I'm wanting to discover new things, try new styles, and refine my taste. Sometimes that means using less cream in my coffee or trying the super intense sounding red eye and other times it applies to my personal style and fashion. Refining your taste in clothing doesn't just mean shopping at 'big girl' stores like White House Black Market, Banana Republic, and Ann Taylor or spending double on your wardrobe just because you can. What it does mean is exuding more confidence and appearing like a slightly more sophisticated you.

Clean lines, neutral tones, and timeless pieces are simple ways to achieve that natural elegance in your everyday wardrobe. But let's start out with just one piece that is a total game changer and you probably already have it in your closet; the trouser pant. You wear it to work but what if you wore it outside of work with your everyday clothing? Now, that would be refined style! 

So, here's how to refine your everyday style with one simple piece; trouser pants.

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Just because you decided that you want to be a sophisticated older twenty-something, doesn't mean you have to toss everything you own! A piece like trouser pants can instantly add elegance to any look, even if the rest of the pieces are pretty casual or youthful. For an everyday style, be sure to use everyday pieces for the rest of your look so it doesn't come off looking like office wear.

CASUAL SUMMER STYLES
Take your most casual summer pieces and combine them with a pair of trouser pants for instant refinement. For this look, I'm wearing my embroidered ruffle tank, bright handbag, and neutral block heel sandals. 

TRENDY PIECES
I like trying out new trends but sometimes, it can make me look like I just walked out of Forever 21 (even though I do shop there sometimes). I already look young, so the last thing I want to do is deduct years through the way I dress. For this look, I'm rocking a high half-up ponytail and a choker necklace. If I were wearing shorts or even jeans, I might look a lot younger but the trouser pants give me that twenty-something working-girl style.

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THE LOOK
Forever 21 Aztec Embroidered Loose Peplum Tank (similar: F21 Embroidered Tank)  //  White House Black Market Wide-Leg Trouser Pants (simiar: WHBM linen ankle pants)  //  Merona Bright Crossbody Bag (similar: Target Turquoise Crossbody)  //  Aldo ISTRAGO-U Block Heel Sandals  //  DIY Choker Necklace  //  Kate Spade New York Earrings  //  Movado Bold Luxe Chronograph c/o Movado

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BEHIND THE SCENES
Love this choker necklace? I actually made it myself right before this shoot with a few things I had laying around the house. As I was viewing my final look, I thought 'hmm if only I had a choker' so I threw it together on a whim. Tune in next week for my DIY Choker Tutorial to learn exactly how I made it and how you can, too!

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How do you refine your style with your everyday wardrobe? Show me your style! Post your elegant everyday look on Instagram and tag me (@theclosetbychristie) for a chance to be featured.

Friday, August 12, 2016

July Favorites + Link-Up

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It's a new month, so that means we're bringing you another one of our monthly favorites videos. The monthly favorites are different from our usual Friday Favorites because they're items that I own and have been loving all month long in several different categories: fashion, beauty, jewelry, and lifestyle.

Scroll on down to watch the July Favorites video. Then tell us your favorites and join the link-up!



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What are your favorites of the moment?

Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Favorites + Link-Up

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Happy Friday, friends! Another week down, another weekend to start. For this week's favorites collection, we're featuring another casual summer look. What's your favorite thing to wear during the summer heat? I've been loving boho tops, soft shorts, and floppy hats. So, here we are with a look that features all three 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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There's nothing better than a flowy blouse during this summer heat! I love this top because it's light, loose fitting, and it has a boho vibe.

Soft shorts are so in this season and rightfully so! They're stylish and super comfortable. It's basically the best alternative to pajamas. I love this crochet style!

Based on many of my posts, I think it's clear that I love hats and I especially love them for the summer. It protects your face and hair color from the strong rays of the sun and it also adds an instant bit of style to your look. Win, win!

I love this embellished clutch! There's something to be said for statement accessories; you can plan an entire outfit around it! This one is fabulous because there is so much detail and it is simply stunning.

I love the look of white sandals! They go with everything and there's something so chic about bright white shoes.

These sunnies are so classic, yet so modern. I love the thick tortoise-print top-bar with the contrast of the thinner rims.

I've been really into these fringe drop earrings lately, so naturally these made the favorites list! I love this style, plus this pair is neutral.

Baublebar is one of my absolute favorite jewelry designers! This necklace is a classic Baublebar statement piece. I love their versatile crystal pieces!


What are your favorites of the moment?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Favorites + Link-Up

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Happy Friday, friends! What are you all doing this weekend? Another week is behind us, so we're here with another Friday Favorites collection and link-up. This week we're featuring a classic favorites collection that could also serve as a post-beach outfit! It's one of my favorite summer color palettes; nautical navy, blue, and red.

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

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1- Mango Halter Trapeze Dress (similar: Old Navy Swing Dress)
I love this dress because it provides us with the perfect canvas to work with! It has a simple silhouette and neutral color, so we could style it a million different ways. Plus, a loose fitting dress is ideal for these super hot days we've been having.

Who doesn't love a straw floppy hat for the summer? I really love floppy hats and the straw ones are a perfect neutral accent. Check out how I wore mine in my recent style post!

These sunglasses are so cool! I've really been loving the color mirrored look and the round shape is a lot of fun, too.

I've been really into these thick strap criss-cross flat sandals this season! I got a cute white pair from Target and I'm wearing them day in and day out. I love this trend because it has the convenience of being able to just slide it on but there's definitely a level of style to it. They're not quite flip-flops but just as comfortable!

Ok, so I did feature these in last week's collection but I just couldn't help myself because these... are... fabulous! I'm so into fringe and beaded details- particularly for jewelry- so naturally these cobalt beauties caught my eye.

I'm not someone that typically gets the matching necklace and earring sets. Let's just say that I like to create my own pairings but in this case, this statement necklace is the perfect match for these earrings. It's not too matchy-matchy but it really does look great together.

I always love a bright lip, especially for the summer. This fire engine red is eye-catching and the perfect accent for this navy and blue color palette.


What are your favorites of the moment?

Monday, July 18, 2016

5 Essentials That Should Be In Your Beach Tote

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We're smack in the middle of this summer (can you believe it?!) and as someone who lives by the shore, I spend a lot of time at the beach. But how many times have you gotten to the beach, sat down, and realized you forgot something you can't live without? It's easy to roll out of bed and throw yourself together for a day at the beach but forgetting your favorite things really sucks. So, we created a must-have check list! 

Here's 5 Essentials That Should Be In Your Beach Tote.

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BEACH TOWEL
Our number one essential is- of course- the beach towel. You can't go to the beach without a towel! I prefer to bring two; one to lay on and another to use as a pillow. They also have extra long towels! I don't particularly need that kind but I'm sure it's an essential for people that are tall.

Vera Bradley Cobalt Aztec Towel  //  Palm & Peach Banana Leaf Round Towel

SOMETHING REFRESHING
Sitting around in the sun is really exhausting! It sounds like 'woe is me' but the hot sun is truly an energy sucker. The best way to beat the heat is by bringing something refreshing! If I'm planning to spend the day at the beach, I usually bring a cold water bottle for now and a frozen water bottle for later in the day. You can also bring fruit, infused water, or your favorite Starbucks drink!
PROTECTIVE ACCESSORIES
This sounds kind of silly but a day at the beach can be dangerous. And trust me, your future self will thank you for this! Be sure to protect yourself by bringing accessories like a floppy hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and lip balm with SPF.

Gap Straw Fedora  //  Lolita Sunglasses  //  Sun Bum Lip Balm with SPF 30 *BOGO

ENTERTAINMENT
Unless you're going with a group of friends or plan to swim or meditate, bringing some form of entertainment is essential! I live ten minutes from a waterfront, so I often go to the beach by myself for a few hours in the morning. I'm good with my iPhone and ear buds but magazines and books are nice to have, too.

Kate Spade That's Bananas iPhone Case  //  Fossil Happy Plugs Earbuds 

FLIP-FLOPS
I rarely wear flip-flops but I do have a 'beach' pair because these are another essential. You need footwear that you can easily slip on and off! It's also best to wear a rubber pair of flip-flops because the fabric kind tend to get dirty.

Aeropostale Bow Flip Flop  //  Haivaianas Slim Candy Flip Flop  //   Kate Spade Nassau Sandals  //  Charlotte Russe Crochet Sandals


Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Favorites + Link-Up

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Happy Friday, friends! We're back with another Friday Favorites collection and our weekly link-up, of course. I took an unplanned hiatus because this has just been one busy summer! My sister's wedding is right around the corner, I'm changing jobs, and getting as many beach days in as I can. I hope you're all having as much fun as I am! What have you been up to?

Speaking of summer, how can we be stylish at the office when it's so hot out? We have your answer right here because this week's favorites collection features a summer work-wear look! 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 this sleeveless trench! It isn't completely in season but this is a great way to wear a favorite piece through the seasons. It's the perfect accent for a work wear outfit. I just got it on sale and that's where I plan to wear it!

You can never have too many of these! I love how a classic button-up looks and it's so versatile, so you can get a lot of use out of this one.

Do you see the world through rose-colored glasses? Maybe you should! I've been so into rose gold, so naturally I've fallen for these aviators.

Fringe and beaded jewelry are both big trends right now, so why not have them both rolled into one piece? I especially love these earrings because not only are they trendy but the cobalt blue color is stunning!

I love the undeniable bohemian summer vibe of this bracelet. The cobalt accents and the combination of beaded and woven layers is so pretty!

6- Topshop Wide Leg Culottes
These culottes are fabulous! The light color and loose fit makes it perfect for a warm summer day.

7- Ivanka Trump Mara Colorblock Shoulder Bag
This bag is so chic and perfect for both the office and the summertime. The colors give it a lovely nautical style! 

These sandals have everything you need for the summer; a neutral color and a block heel for optimal comfort. I could see myself wearing these daily!

What are your favorites of the moment?