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?

Monday, July 11, 2016

How To Add Height With High-Waisted Shorts

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Have you ever wondered how to get rid of your biggest physical flaw? There isn't a single person in this world that is perfect but it's something we all chase after. Cosmetic surgery, crash diets, steroids and diet pills. Maybe everyone doesn't take these drastic measures but I'm sure we've all wondered how to get rid of a flaw that has been bothering us. What if I told you that you could do that without all of the dramatics?

One of my favorite things about clothing is that it alone can transform your least favorite physical features. If you really know your stuff, you can create an illusion with the right pieces. I don't know if I necessarily consider it a flaw, but I'm pretty petite and sometimes I do wish I were taller. There are many ways to achieve height with clothing but one of my favorites is high-waisted shorts or pants.

We've shown you how to style high-waisted pants. Now let's show you how to style high-waisted pants or shorts with the goal of adding length! 

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Here's a few tips on How To Add Height With High-Waisted Shorts!

1- TUCKED IN SHIRT
When wearing high-waisted shorts, a classic way to style them is by wearing a tucked in blouse. That will heighten your waist line and in turn, elongate your legs.

2- HIGH HEELS
I think we all know the benefits of heels! Their sole purpose is to add height, so they are the perfect accessory to complement the high-waisted shorts.

3- LONG STRAP CROSSBODY
Try adding a crossbody with a long strap! This will double the impact of the high-waisted shorts and add even more height. 

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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!'



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