Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Favorites + Link-Up

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Happy Friday, friends! For the past few weeks, we've published some fun themed favorites collections like NYFW Trends and the new Baublebar x Shay Mitchell jewelry line. Today, we're back with a classic collection!

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


1- White House Black Market Trophy Jacket
I love just about everything from WHBM but I especially love these 'trophy' blazers of theirs. It has such a classic, clean-cut style and everything from that store is always made with excellent quality. 

I absolutely love the stone and marble jewelry trends! In this case we have a stone statement necklace, so of course it's a favorite. I love that this necklace makes a statement while also having some minimalist elements. It sounds contradictory but it really works here!

3- Lands' End Cable Knit Turtleneck
I've been really into turtlenecks for the past few years! Between the cable knit design and the cream color, this would be the perfect staple for any wardrobe.

4- Forever 21 Faux Leather Oxford Shoes
I love oxfords! They are the perfect cross between sneakers and boots, plus they're comfortable and can be styled a million different ways.

5- Topshop Patchwork Tote
I've been seeing a ton of patchwork this season! While it has the tendency to look a little busy, the pieces I've been seeing are actually really chic. This gorgeous tote is the perfect example! Patchwork can give a piece an incredibly interesting and unique look.


What are your favorites of the moment?

Monday, September 19, 2016

8 Fashion Rules You Need To Break + How To Do It

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The pumpkin spice lattes are in stores, the school year has started, and the consensus is in: it's fall! Well, I don't know about you but my calendar still says it's summer and the weather is still warm. Why put away your crisp whites and bright florals already? These days, most of us have thrown the fashion 'rules' out of the window. I have so many wonderful blogger friends that recently blogged about how to wear white after labor day! Most of you probably remember the time when that was the biggest no-no of all! But times are changing and so is the fashion world. So today, I'm sharing the rules that you should be breaking!

Here's 8 Fashion Rules You Need To Break & How To Do It!

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1- DON'T WEAR WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY
I think we all woke up one day and asked 'says who?' This rule has probably been broken the most in recent years and it's the rule I'm demonstrating with this style post today. We're growing into a country of free spirits and we're realizing that there are more important things to worry about than a color. With recent trends like winter white, the fashion industry is literally encouraging us to break this rule.

For this particular look, I'm not just breaking the rule; I'm smashing it! Between the white on white work-wear pieces and the bright colors, my look says straight-up summer. Because we just have one foot in the fall season, I can still get away with this look. As we ease into October, I usually switch over to cream and add just a splash of it to my look- like a coat or sweater.

2- DON'T MIX PRINTS
A few years ago, mixing prints was actually the thing to do! While it's not as big of a trend these days, it's still a fun look to play around with every now and then. To pull off mixed prints like a pro, stick with the same colors on each piece. For instance, pair a floral skirt with pops of turquoise with a turquoise and white striped top.

My friend Amy Ann from Straight A Style really nailed this one recently! Check out Amy Ann's mixed print look here: Floral & Stripes by Straight A Style.

3- NEVER MIX SILVER AND GOLD JEWELRY
This is yet another rule that just isn't true, or at least not anymore. I tend to gravitate towards gold jewelry so I don't often break this rule but it can be a really chic style when done well. Jewelry is far from subtle these days! The key here is to mix and match big pieces, like stacked bracelets or layered necklaces. Otherwise, it might look accidental.

4- DON'T WEAR HORIZONTAL STRIPES
It was once believed that horizontal stripes actually make you look wider. What woman wants that? Just the thought of it makes me cringe but lucky for us, it's not actually the case. Horizontal stripes can make you look wider but if you style it right, it can actually be very flattering. So, how can we do this? You definitely don't need to wear horizontal stripes from head to toe! Try choosing one piece with thin horizontal stripes, like a loose or fitted top, and wear it tucked in or with a jacket or vest.

My friend Jackie from Something About That does a particularly awesome job wearing this trend. Check out Jackie's horizontal stripes look here: The Story Behind the Skirt by Something About That.

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5- DON'T WEAR EVENING-WEAR DURING THE DAY
What exactly qualifies a piece as evening-wear? There are certain pieces that are obvious, like a floor length tulle skirt or ball gown, but not every piece is as cut and dry as that. Generally, anything that sparkles or shines- like sequins, metallics, or satin- is considered best for the evening. But hey, those pieces are usually the most fun! How can you pull this off? Choose one evening-wear piece and pair it with a few obvious daytime pieces, like a sequin skirt with a graphic tee and sneakers.

6- DON'T DRESS IN ONE COLOR FROM HEAD TO TOE
Back in the day, if you were dressed in all black left us asking- goth, much? But today, dressing in just one color- or shades of a color, aka monochrome- can be very chic if it's styled well. An awesome rule of thumb if you're not sure how to pull this off is to mix and match textures and fabrics. You can even throw in a print!

Blair from Atlantic-Pacific styled a monochrome look perfectly in her recent post! Check out Blair's monochrome look here: Soho / Pink by Atlantic-Pacific.

7- SHORTS ARE ONLY FOR THE SUMMER
If you think about it, shorts really aren't that different from skirts. We wear skirts year round, right? The trick to wearing shorts during the fall and winter is to wear it like you would a skirt. During the warmer fall days, try wearing shorts with a long-sleeve top and boots. During the colder winter days, try wearing shorts with tights and a faux fur vest. 

8- TAKE AT LEAST ONE THING OFF BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE
Actually, please don't! This may have been great advice when your grandmother first heard it but these days, bigger is better and some of the most stylish trends reflect that. I've said it here a million times; it's all in the way you style it! Accessories can make an outfit, so try embracing some of these trends: statement necklaces, layered necklaces, stacked bracelets, and winter layers.

Today, the fashion world is chanting 'wear what you want but wear it well!'

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THE LOOK
Express Floral Ruffled Top (similar: Express Floral Portofino Top)  //  Topshop Sleeveless Blazer (similar: Express Sleeveless Jacket)  //  Express Pleated Culottes  //  Merona Neon Crossbody (similar: Target Crossbody)  //  Merona Pointed Toe Pumps (similar: Express Pointed Toe Pumps)  //  DIY Choker Necklace (click to check out my tutorial!)  //  Kate Spade New York Glitter Stud Earrings  //  Movado Bold Luxe Chronograph c/o Movado

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What's your favorite fashion rule to break? Show me your style! Post your look on Instagram and tag me (@theclosetbychristie) for a chance to be featured.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Favorites With Shay Mitchell x Baublebar + Link-Up

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Happy Friday, friends! This week, Baublebar launched their brand new collection featuring the stylish actress Shay Mitchell as their celebrity bartender. Her personal style is glam at its finest and the collection definitely reflects that. She incorporated chokers, gemstones, and luxe statement pieces into her collection and it is fabulous! So, we are featuring a few of our favorite pieces in this week's favorites collection. Let us know which is your favorite and how you would wear it!

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

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This necklace has every element that I love; gold tones and tons of sparkle & shine. It's definitely a statement piece but I can think of about a million different ways that I could wear it.

I absolutely love gemstone jewelry and this turquoise color is so stunning!

This is a really cool and unique piece! The asymmetry makes it an interesting pair of earrings and I absolutely love the color. It really makes them pop!

This is a fun shape that you don't often see in jewelry and I love it because it's different. I'm such a fan of Nicole Richie's House of Harlow line and these earrings remind me of that very distinct style.

The photo doesn't even do these earrings justice! This piece is the epitome of luxe and glam. They look absolutely stunning on Shay and the model. They remind me of the Old Hollywood style!

This necklace is the ultimate statement and its a set so it includes two pieces; the statement necklace and choker necklace. Wear them together or apart! I love this because it's fun to layer pieces and there's a value to the product because you're essentially getting two products for the price of one. I would expect it to be twice the cost of a regular necklace on their website but it actually isn't. 

Check out the complete collection here: Shay Mitchell x Baublebar!



What are your favorites of the moment?

Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday Favorites + Link-Up

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Happy Friday, friends! It's officially September and that means we're welcoming pumpkin spice lattes, changing leaves, and fall fashion. So with all of the new store arrivals and NYFW in full swing, I'm bringing you a complete fall look for this week's favorites collection. What are your favorite trends this season?

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


I can't get enough of these bow blouses! They're so cute and chic, plus it's incredibly versatile. These blouses are perfect for in and out of the office.

Who said floppy hats were just for the summer? I love to wear my hats year-round and with the right details, that can include the floppy!

These intricate earrings are so lovely! I love the beautiful detailing. It really reminds me of an exotic accessory that you might find in a faraway land.

What a beautiful clutch! I love the textured leather and the gold metal handle is so chic. I also really love the fold over style because it can actually hold more!

This is such a stylish skirt! The wrap style is super flattering and the suede material is right on trend.

I love that this accessory makes a statement without being too loud! The black leather material and gold accent is chic, while the size is dramatic and eye-catching.

I love the Chelsea boots style, especially as a heeled boot. With the cool textured leather material and the block heel, I could definitely deem these my new everyday boot.


Monday, September 5, 2016

How To Wear Jogger Pants


Jogger pants are two things; stylish and comfortable. But how can you wear them without looking like you're wearing pajamas? These printed jogger pants from Express are my new favorite thing but it could easily go from super stylish to frumpy in a matter of seconds. Choosing the right pieces to pair with this tricky trend is crucial in this case!

Stick with us and we'll show you how to get it right every time. Here's our How To Wear Jogger Pants style guide!

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Pair It With a Crop Top or Tucked In Top
To wear this particular style joggers, you absolutely must pair it with either a crop top or a tucked in top. It's completely up to you whether you want to go super casual with a graphic tee or go all business with an oxford top. Exercise your own personal style but a long blouse or untucked tee could just look really frumpy and unkempt.   

Add a Jacket or Vest
Play with lengths and proportions by adding a long-line jacket or vest. This is one of my favorite styles because combined with the crop top, it gives off the perfect illusion of height.

Glam Up The Rest
Jogger pants can look like pajamas if they aren't styled correctly. You really can't go wrong if you just completely glam up the rest of your look! Throw on some baubles, a blazer, heels, and anything else that makes you look more than ready to take on the day.

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THE LOOK

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How would you wear jogger pants? Show me your style! Post your jogger pants look on Instagram and tag me (@theclosetbychristie) for a chance to be featured.

Friday, September 2, 2016

NYFW Friday Favorites + Link-Up

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Happy Friday, friends! New York Fashion Week is just around the corner and one of my favorite aspects is the street wear. New Yorker's use NYFW as a time to really take some interesting fashion risks and a lot of the time, it pays off big! It's fun to mix and match different styles and get a little funky. So, today's favorites collection is featuring a fun street style 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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1- Topshop Rust Bomber Jacket
I featured this jacket in last week's favorites and I just can't seem to get it off my mind! It's a little pricey but I've checked out the selection of countless other store's and nothing compares.

2- Topshop Chelsea Boots
These are perfect ankle boots for the fall season. They're sleek, chic, and versatile. Plus, the chunky heel looks so comfortable!

3- Baublebar Angel Studs
I love these fun earrings! They're sparkly and intricate, yet they would work with so many different looks.

4- Topshop Grey Strap Watch
I love light grey everything lately! I'm all about it for interior design and now, I'm also loving it for fashion. It's a perfect neutral because it works for any season.

5- Topshop Knot Front Cami
How 90's is this? I'm loving the 90's reboot and this cami is no exception. The knot is a cute detail for the crop top style!

6- New Look Animal Print A-Line Skirt
I love a-line skirts because they flatter every body type and this one even has a slightly asymmetrical style.  Plus, the black and white leopard print really adds a lot of fun and funk to this look.

7- Topshop Wide Brimmed Fedora
I love these wide-brimmed fedoras, so why put it away just because summer is over? Carry these through the seasons by pairing them with jackets and boots!

8- Baublebar Anne Choker
We've been talking about chokers quite a bit lately and even posted a DIY Choker Tutorial earlier this week. I love this choker because it's all glitzed out!

9- New Look Pink Leather Backpack
I absolutely love the mini backpack trend. I love that this one is pink. The leather material and the structured silhouette makes it a chic accent for any look, no matter your age.


What are your favorites of the moment?

Monday, August 29, 2016

DIY Choker Necklace In Less Than 3 Minutes


Choker necklaces have made a huge comeback this season and of course, all of my fellow 90's kids are rejoicing! Who else is loving that this trend is back? I was pretty tempted to run out and get one- or three- but then I realized that I could just make my own with some things that I already had around the house. I'm not a huge DIY'er but this necklace is so simple that anyone can make it! The best part? It takes less than 3 minutes! 

Are you ready? Here's my DIY choker tutorial!


Recognize this choker? I wore it in last week's style post!

BEHIND THE SCENES
Can you tell it's raining in my intro? I was a woman on a mission this day! I had just knocked out a photo shoot and then right as I was beginning to film this video, it started to rain. Womp, womp. It was light rain on a warm day so it wasn't terrible, but it doesn't mix well with photography equipment! It only took me about three takes to get this intro because it was seriously go-time. I guess a little pressure helps to get the job done!


Do you love the choker trend, too? Show me your style! Post your choker look on Instagram and tag me (@theclosetbychristie) for a chance to be featured.