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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 

Five Etsy Finds of the Week

 

Ever since I’ve started selling chokers on Etsy I’ve came across a whole new world of merchandise – a type that I admired more than any other. Knowing the effort, time and money spent making my chokers, I understand and respect the dedication that others take to create their unique products on Etsy. Therefore, I’ve decided I’d start a weekly blog post featuring 5 new shops I come across that I admire, and some of my favorite pieces from them

  1. Aquarian Thoughts

This is by far my favorite Etsy shop at the moment. I’m not the biggest jewelry person, as I tend to lose it all, but I do find jewelry so beautiful (as expected). What I love most about this particular jewelry shop is the delicacy of it all. It’s simply stunning – and I mean simply literally. It speaks for itself…

 

2. Thread Thugs

This shop is trendy and unique! Many products are based off of pieces found at LF stores – a clothing store only found in big cities like LA and NY and can’t be bought online. Therefore, it most likely has exactly what you’re looking for but can’t find anywhere else. It’s edgy and chic, affordable and irreplaceable.

 

3.  Valdenize

This shop is a bit pricey, but makes dresses so you’re paying for what you’re getting. What I love about this shop in particular is the 50s inspired dresses. I have a strong obsession with the 50s era, and I mean everything to do with the decade even beyond the adorable flare skirts and gingham prints. I find it rather difficult to find good 50s inspired pieces, so I instantly fell in love with Valdenize.

 

4. LoisLondonNYC

These beautiful, beautiful, beautiful gowns are fit for a goddess. I will say no more.


5. LanoyeeSilver

This bohemian style shop sells everything from jewelry to clothing. I have always been on the edge about bohemian style clothing – sometimes I feel like it’s a bit too much, but the great thing about this shop is the variety. Not all pieces are overly bohemian styled, yet there are some pieces that are. It’s perfect for all who are interested in the style!

First #OOTD of Spring

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Shirt: Zara | Jeans: H&M (similar) | Shoes: JustFab (similar) | Sunnies: Steve Madden | Jacket: WhoWhatWear via Target

 

I have to be the worst ever at coming up with blog post titles… But, Spring has definitely sprung here in northern VA. Actually… it sprung about mid-February. We’ve had a series of 80 degree days and then next day drops to 40. If that isn’t global warming, then I’m not sure what it is…

I was strutting through the streets of this gorgeous historic teeny tiny town with my hardcore sass shoes on. My best friend always brings out the inner sass, confidence, and rawness of my personality – there’s no one I feel more comfortable around, which is why we’re such a good duo! These pictures really capture that. It can be hard to pose well in pictures, especially since it takes a certain amount of ‘into yourself-ness’ about it (… if that’s a thing). This was by far my funnest shoot yet, with the best photographer yet. I can’t wait for all of our trips through little historical towns in glam outfits to continue. Here’s to more Zara, lipstick, and sass!

Fall 2016 Style Trends

Summer came and went in quite literally, what feels like, the blink of an eye. It seems as though I just did a Summer Trends post. Well, with that being said, we must start gearing up and getting ready for a lovely Autumn season ahead of us. Autumn is by far my favorite season – the lack of outwear to cover up all the glam underneath! It’s the perfect street style weather, and there’s no excuse for not taking advantage of it! Therefore, I pulled some of the more realistic looks from the runways so you can know what to look for on your next shopping trip to get ready for Fall 2016.

 

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Dramatic Furs & Shearling Jackets

This isn’t a trend, really… This is a cold weather thing. Fur will forever be trending!

 

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Long, Bell Sleeved Blouses

Oversized is by far my favorite style. It’s beautiful and so stylish! This hits all the nails on the head.

 

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Velvet

Velvet is here to stay for 2016. This isn’t just trending in the clothing department, the runway is telling us that Velvet everything is this seasons must.

 

 

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Puffer Jackets

This has to be my least favorite look of the season. I do love a tea length puffer jacket, but that’s about the extent of it. I find them to have a classy appeal but the rest can be perceived as somewhat tacky.

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Suits / Menswear Inspired

Great Gatsby-esque, except the woman are in charge this time around. There’s nothing more demanding and powerful than a woman in suit, and lets not forget, epically stylish!

 

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Sweatshirts

This trend is one you have to be careful with – like the puffer jacket, there are limits. There are chic sweatshirts and there are ones you just shouldn’t leave the house in. This trend doesn’t mean you can just throw on any sweatshirt and be stylish! Forever 21 has some great pullovers with funny logos and trendy styles to them.

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Capes & Capelets

This piece is the epitome of Fall. These are easily stylish and so classy!

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Cold Shoulder

Take this summers off the shoulder trend and alter it a bit and you get the singular cold shoulder for this Fall. This is a unique one!

Sources: Vogue, Elle

Elegant Gardens…

 

Top: Boohoo

Skirt: Forever 21

Choker: Revolve by Ettika

Shoes: Aldo

I ventured through the beautiful gardens of Dumbarton Oaks in Washingston, D.C. yesterday and felt like a princess – like Drew Barrymore in Ever After, to be exact (if you haven’t seen it, you must!) The beauty was astonishing, even with the flowers out of bloom. Of course, I had to wear a lovely outfit to match! This Forever 21 pleated silk skirt glowed in the sun. Instinctively, I wear this Ettika Choker with whatever outfit I possibly can, possibly being many, because it surprisingly brightens up more outfits than you would think! It’s not a simple piece, yet matches most things in a very simple yet eye-catching way. See more about this choker and Revolve on my latest Ettika post. It’s safe to say, the scenery is the real beauty here. Find the little treasures around you and explore them as much as possible!

Weekly Inspo’…

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

Pictures taken from high fashion F16 runways and tumblr.

Enjoy.

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Kimchi Blue…

Dress: Urban Outfitters

Shoes: Zara

Sunnies: RayBan

It was an ongoing joke on the 4th of July to count and see how many people complimented this dress, and there were so many we couldn’t even keep track! It’s just so casually, effortlessly beautiful and elegant. I know I use the term effortless quite a lot, but if I could erase every other time I’ve used it and change the definition of it to this dress, I would. Though the front is very lowcut, thanks to my lack of packages it didn’t seem revealing. It’s very light, breezy and cool in the heat, but does shrink in the wash! I almost lost it when I struggled to button it around my ribs, but as the day went on it loosend back to its original fit. It’s a true beauty!

Summer 2016 Beauty Trends…

With Memorial Day just passed, Summer is here and there’s no other way to spend it than in style. With the common trends of off the shoulder tops, ruffles, and simple, girly vibes, the beauty trends are following that same memo as well. With inspiration from Spring/Summer Runway looks, like DVF, Vivienne Tam, Tory Burch, Edun and so many more, this summers looks are filled with relaxed glamour. Messy buns, plain nails, simple ‘natural’ makeup and bright eyes, this is all you need to know to rule this summer.

 

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The Messy Bun, and what a blessing that is! No more hours on your hair – look stylish in a messy, trendy way. (Image via Edun runway)

 

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Faux Freckles – I told you gals, this summer is all about au-natural! If you got ’em, flaunt ’em. If not, you can buy them! Get yours at freckyourself.com (Image via Emanuel Ungaro runway)

 

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Braids – And lots of them. Thick front braids, scattered tiny braids throughout your down-do, ponytail braids, you name it, you braid it. This style looks great with the bare face and faux freckle trend. Your inner little girl is definitely coming out! (Image via Herve Leger runway)

 

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Bright, Colorful eyes – Yellows, blues, pinks, oranges – it’s all necessary for your summer excursions. It’s never a dull brunch when you show up with your eyes glowing (; (Image via DVF runway)

 

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Dark lips, Bare face – Classic red is a must this summer. Simple, clean glam. (Image via  Jason Wu runway)

 

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Wet Hair – This look is a hard one to achieve; aka lots of gel and hairspray. Not that i’m the biggest fan, this can only look tres chic. This would have to be the most stylish look of your summer! Don’t forget the natural looking, bronzed highlight with this. Surfer chic is the main goal here. (Image via DSquared2 runway)

 

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Bold liner, Flirty Wings –  Can you say 1960’s!? LOVING this look. Whether it’s a thick, grungy bottom liner or some flirty top liner flare, rock a sun dress and bring out your inner Audrey Hepburn. (Image via Moschino runway)

 

(Sources: Cosmo, StyleCaster)

 

 

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

 

Sultry Monday…

I went a little wild with the inspo’ for this Sultry Monday, but there was so much to be inspired by and I was on a role (; Simple, casual chic is still the current vibe and artsy, vintage, unique attitude.