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Cali Crop Tops…

Crop Top: Pacsun [similar] | Jeans: Carmar from LF Store [in store only] | Sandals: Qupid | Cardigan [similar here] | Sunnies: Forever 21

Moment of honesty here: I’ve never felt comfortable wearing a crop top if my belly button wasn’t covered. I guess you can say I’m a bit reserved, but something about the air in California gives me such a relaxed confidence. There was no second guessing this outfit, and I’m not sure anyone else even looked twice at my little belly button peaking through. Nothing about it matched yet everything went so well and was crazy comfortable – mostly. I will admit, these sandals for some reason dig mid-sized craters into the tops of my feet. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like, it hurts like a b-word. It doesn’t even make sense either, because there’s nothing on that part of the shoe that is sharp enough to leave a literal hole in my foot, but, here I am – band-aid covered and healing. Again – disregard my uncontrollable mane. You’ll be seeing much more of it.

P.s. I figured I would share with you a poem I love from a book I have…

“The metal cold and the glass broken; the wood old and splintered, throwing slivers like quills. Look and see, life explodes despite it. Between broken and the rusted, the shattered and the fractured, life. We are this, always this, and nothing can stop us from finding the light through the rubble. Watch us grow.” – Tyler Knott Gregson, Chasers of the Light 

Derby Style… 

Dress | Shoes [similar 1 or 2]| Hat [similar] | Sunnies | Jacket | Choker

In a not so surprising surprising way,  my first week in California went somewhat like how you would daydream it would – but on not so grand of a scale, and that’s only if you consider going to a Kentucky Derby party in a mansion on a hill in Santa Barbara a not majorly intense scale in the grand scheme of all things California. For the little Rhody girl that I am, it was pretty grand. It only took me a few minutes to get rolling around the floor in my dress with a cute puppy, and then in the next hour tucking my dress into a pair of shorts to go trampoline-ing with the kids. Small town girl in a glam world at its finest. Another shocker to many – this gorgeous dress is from Forever 21. Beautiful, am I right? Everything seems to just be much more beautiful here in Santa Barbara. I’m pretty content with it, to say the least. I’ve managed to wear this Ettika choker with just about every outfit. I can glam it up, for instance with this dress or wear it with a beachy look. the possibilities are endless!

p.s. – It’s official, my hair is out of control. I’ve just come to embrace it!

Mood Board: Flower Power

Sending all sorts of spring love your way with this lovely, flowery lay I created with images via Tumblr ❤  See all original images and their accredited owners here: www.stylestudiesx.tumblr.com

 gucciogucci1921:
“ Extraordinary fabrics in Gucci Fall Winter 2017: a jacquard coat overlaid with crystal appliqués.
Animations by Greta Larkins, fashgif.tumblr.com.
”  moonable:
“you’re beautiful x
”  thehappyst:
“Happiness
”   maudelynn:
“ Picking Wild Flowers, Santa Cruz c.1927
”  uh-la-la-land:
“backstage
”   fashion-clue:
“www.fashionclue.net | Fashion Tumblr, Street Wear & Outfits
”  freshfine:
“sassyeh:
“tropi-cai:
“enter my first faves page xo
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indie / boho / fashion
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“You gotta risk it to get the biscuit” ”    overthinked:
“ig @isisilvach
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Happy Pants… 

Top: Forever 21 

Pants: Zara (in store)

Shoes: ASOS

Choker: The Style Studies 
These culloute pants are my most unique and stylish to date! Because they are wide legged culottes, they do have a bit of an unflattering affect. As a bottom heavy woman it’s harder to look slim in baggy pants. But because of their high waisted, stretchy waistband, these are nice and snug in the waist and therefore help to create more of an hourglass effect. I call them my happy pants because not only are they vibrant and fun, but the same day I wore them, I sold my first chokers on my shop ❤️ whoop whoop! 

Star-Studded Grunge…

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Dress: Forever 21

Shoes: Aldo (similar here)

Choker: EttikaXFreePeople 

 

I’m obsessed with casual jersey dresses! They’re quick to throw on and easy to dress up or down. I have turned this one in particular into multiple different looks – classic work attire with a chunky necklace and some heels, edgy/punk as appeared here, sporty with some sneakers and a hat. The options are endless with just this one piece! I love the H&M ones as well! They have turtlenecks, different designs, fits and fabrics in their basics section. I went with the bulky booties to go with this Ettika Choker, because it’s very bold and I really wanted that to be my main emphasis.

This star-studded choker was created by Ettika for Free People, and comes in multiple colors and materials. I love this black one in particular because of the velvet straps, as velvet is so in right now! It’s unique, and the multiple layers leave room for different styles of wear. You can wear it looser or tighter to change the look of it – sometimes I even cross the order of the layers to give it a more messy vibe!

 

Get %15 off your next order at Ettika.com here!

Weekly Inspo’…

Current inspiration feels: european, floral, classic, pastels, sweet, elegant, artistic. 

Pictures taken from high fashion F16 runways and tumblr.

Enjoy.

X

 

Ettika X The Style Studies…

I’ve yet again received another amazing piece from Ettika! The handmade designer jewelry company constantly leaves me thinking far too often about jewelry and how I will incorporate it into my daily outfits. This gold ‘Million Miles Away’ long chain necklace was created for a collection in corporation with Nordstrom, and was my best friend these past few weekends, as I wore it for days around the city, nights out with friends and for my birthday dinner paired with this gorgeous dress!

 

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It’s beautiful in a simple way, which is why it looks great with nearly every outfit! I loved wearing it with a white halter body suit, ripped jeans and a pair of nude heels. It made it glam easily and had me feeling incredibly chic. It ends just a bit past my belly button, which is perfect for a long necklace. It has a nice bohemian flow and isn’t overwhelmingly glitzy, and therefore can be either dressed up or down. The only negative about this piece is the small gem in the center piece doesn’t seem to be set in all the way; for the price of the piece I find that this is something a bit critical. It’s not something you want to see after spending $75 – not that all pieces will come this way, but mine did. It is very unnoticeable though, and is just me being a tad picky, mind it is my job to give you the most honest review!

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Overall, regardless of the minimal flaw, the piece is beautiful, effortless and timeless. Like I said, it can be worn with just about anything (as I say this I’m wearing it with a pair of black leggings and khaki tunic (; ) and it has become a critical piece to my wardrobe!

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See more bohemian, handmade jewelry from Ettika and get 15% off your order –> here. See more of their pieces in collab with Nordstrom at the Nordstrom Website http://www.Nordstrom.com

 

Fall 2016 NYFW Street Style…

The street style at New York Fashion Week is my absolute favorite part of the entire fashion frenzy. I love seeing the outfits other icons, fashion lovers and your average people just like us, put together for themselves to cascade the beautiful streets of New York City during the most fashionable time of year. Here are some of my favorite looks from the week…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: Vogue , Harpers Bazaar

 

Saturday Street Style…

 

  

  

  

Hat: Urban Outfitters

Shirt: H&M

Hoodie: Juicy Couture

Jacket: J.Crew

Jeans: Tommy Hilfiger (similar here)

Shoes: Aldo (similar here... on sale!)

Necklace: H&M (similar here)

Black and white is a never ending classic look, and with black jeans a jean jacket is a quick go-to! I love to pair a zip up hoodie sweatshirt like this velvet Juicy Couture one under my jean jackets for an extra bit of warmth and because it always adds that extra bit that just brings everything together. This hat has been one of my favorites for a few years now. Adorable yet chic, Urban Outfitters always has unique accessories! There are a lot of plain neutrals going on here so I thought I’d add in this statement necklace to give the outfit some more edge. One statement piece can change a whole look! I’ve learned in many articles that having good neutral basic pieces in your closet is the best thing you can own, and to buy 5 new statement pieces a season. It couldn’t be more true! I really love the basics collection at H&M; Affordable, comfy and they all fit really well.

Fall Style Trends via Vogue

After drooling over the whopping 835 pages of Vogue’s September issue, the trends for this Fall are prominently splashed across pages covered in Saint Laurent, Valentino, Chanel and more. Compilations of notes later, I’ve put together for you the ultimate style guide to this fall straight from Vogue itself, and where you can find the best pieces at the best prices (and it’s looking pretty 70s)…

Suede & Fringe

as seen in H&M, Vince Camuto, Burberry, Sam Edelman, Express…

This was seen all over handbags, shoes, skirts, jackets and more. And can be found in some of your favourite stores like H&M! Here are some of my favourite pieces and where you can find them..

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Dull Florals

as seen in Gucci, MIchael Kors, Stella McCartney, Lanvin…

Fashion is seriously bringing out the 70s colors again… browns, pale greens, reds, beige, etc… If it’s in your outfit, you’re spot on. Here are a few affordable pieces that I love…

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Wacky 70s Prints

as seen in Gucci, Dior, Loewe… 

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Block Heels & Loafers

as seen in Givenchy, Valentino, Bally, Max Mara, Prada, Junya Wantanbe, Dior, J.Crew, Kate Spade…

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Wool/Houndstooth/Herringbone

as seen in Prada, Dior, Chanel, Michael Kors, Simone Rocha, Hugo Boss, Kate Spade…

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Fur

as seen in Coach, Escada, Miu Miu, Celine, Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Bally, Marc Jacobs, Fendi, Bahmin, Gucci, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, J.Crew, Lanvin…

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Flares/Wide Leg/Cullottes

as seen in J Brand, Alexander McQueen, 

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Hope this helps you get trendy and ready for fall!

Xo,

A