Bohemian Casual – How to Style a Kimono Jacket

28 Apr

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Kimono Jacket: Cotton On
Top: Express
Jeans: DIY (similar)
Belt: Cotton On (similar)
Sunglasses: Jessica Simpson

All of those wonderful light cotton kimono jackets are a great substitute for a traditional cardigan and perfect for warm weather. The bright colors in this one are what drew me in, and I love how wearing it made me feel like I’d wrapped myself in a thin cotton blanket.

They are a bit different, but don’t be intimidated by them! I initially thought that it wouldn’t be that versatile, but this jacket looks great on pretty much anything! Here I’ve gone more bohemian with the loose fishtail braid and the tribal belt. The looser fit jeans gave me the casual and effortless look I was going for.

Tip: Try pairing the feminine floaty kimono jacket with something a little more masculine, like the boyfriend jeans I did here.

I also really like pairing the less structured kimono jacket with more fitted pieces, a fitted dress goes great, and so do a plain white tee and shorts.

Do you have a kimono jacket? If so what are some of your favorite ways to style it? I’d love some style inspiration!

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Experiment in Dyeing: A review of RIT and iDye Poly Dyes

22 Apr

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Top: Charlotte Russe (similar)
Skirt: DIY (similar/similar)
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bracelet: Anna and Ava
Bag: Dooney and Bourke
Earrings: c/o Jami
Sunglasses: c/o ZeroUV

Recognize this skirt? How about if I told you that it used to be a different color?

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I completely love this skirt to pieces, so I was heartbroken when I spilled on it and I couldn’t get the stain out, no matter what I tried. So I decided to try something I hadn’t before; I thought that I’d try to dye it. I picked up a box of RIT dye in purple and hoped to get it to a radiant orchid color.

And despite the box saying clearly that the dye wasn’t recommended on 100% polyester, I tried it anyway. Lesson in following directions. After almost an hour I ended up with a still mostly pink skirt with lavender blotches all over.

Luckily I was able to find some iDye Poly at Joanns, which is meant specifically for polyester fabrics, and it worked amazingly well. The color was absorbed almost instantaneously, and all the stains (both the initial ones, and the ones I created by attempting to dye with the wrong kind of dye) disappeared. So while my skirt may not be Radiant Orchid, I’m completely in love with the vibrant purple color and am so glad I can keep wearing it.

Mixing Black and White Prints

16 Apr

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Skirt: Forever 21
Top: Express (similar)
Shoes: Abella via DSW
Clutch: Target (similar)

So I wanted to go all black and white with this look, but the pop of green from my clutch turned it into a mostly black and white look. I normally love mixing polka dots and stripes, so this was a fun updated take on that. I love the heart print, and the fact that it’s black and white gives it a bolder more graphic look.

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And what goes better with black and white than a red lip? Lately I’ve found myself gravitating towards a red lip because my Clinique Chubby Stick makes it so easy. If you don’t know what I’m talking about you definitely need to check them out. They’re a cross between a lip balm and a lip stick, some are closer to a tinted lip balm, while others are a lot more pigmented and feel like moisturizing lip sticks. They’re pretty comparable to some of my nicer lip sticks, and they’re designed to look like crayons but are twist up which is great. The one I’m wearing here is Mightiest Maraschino.

My Inner Badass

12 Apr

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Top: Express
Jacket: Pimkie (similar)
Jeans: New York and Company
Necklace: c/o Outrage Fashion
Ear Cuff: Forever 21

Isn’t it funny how the littlest things can totally change your personal style? When I cut my hair short a few years ago my style shifted to a more clean modern look (I’m sure living in France for a while also played into to that style phase), and now that it’s grown out, I typically go for more fun and feminine looks.

And so, when I put on this necklace from Outrage Fashion, I could feel my inner badass coming to the surface. I wanted to wear my leather jacket and drive around on a motorcycle that I do not have (or know how to ride for that matter). I even donned the ear cuff that I had previously deemed too bold.

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That’s one of my favorite things about fashion. You can present whichever version of yourself that you’re feeling like to the world. Today, with my pearl studs, chunky ear cuff, red lipstick, heels, and spiked necklace, I’m this blend of feminine and edgy. Clearly it isn’t in my DNA to go full badass. I tried to come across as cool in the photos, but I just couldn’t stop laughing (yet another reason I could never be a model).

What personas do you like to put on through your clothing?

To Tuck or Not To Tuck?

10 Apr

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Tank: Forever 21
Blazer: H&M
Pants: H&M
Sunglasses: c/o ZeroUV
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (similar)

My first instinct is to tuck most things in. It emphasizes the waistline and I feel like it always makes an outfit look more polished. So when I bought these pants almost a month ago, I immediately wanted to tuck drapey tops in. There were two problems with that:

  1. Tucking emphasized the significant amount of fabric around my hips, making these otherwise cute pants unflattering on me.
  2. Since the waist of the pants was lower, tucking in a loose top also meant that the skinniest part of me that you could see was where my pants hit, which was significantly wider than my natural waist.

So when I finally gave in and tried these pants with an untucked top, I was surprised and ended up being really happy with the result. The balance of the draped pant and fitted top works well here, and if I end up getting pants like this with a waistline at my natural waist then I’ll definitely try tucking those in, but until then…untucked it is!

Tip: Don’t stick to your style comfort zone because it’s easy. Keep in mind what parts of your body you like most, and try to put together outfits that cater to that.

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Also don’t my glasses rock? ZeroUV has so many super cute styles at an affordable price of $9.99. When I saw these I wasn’t sure if they were my style, but then I put them on, and I didn’t want to ever take them off. They’re just so fun! I also want this, this, and this, and given the price point I wouldn’t feel bad buying all three.

Lucky FABB Recap

8 Apr

So my two week vacation ended on a high note with the Lucky FABB Blogger Conference last weekend. I’ve never been to any sort of blogger conference before so I really didn’t know what to expect, but I think it’s safe to say that the Conference surpassed any expectations that I may have had.

While the conference officially started on Friday, there were a few events on Thursday as well. One of those events was a blow out, which was fantastic because my hair wasn’t really happy with the hard water of Southern California. So I didn’t have to worry about my hair for the whole conference which was great. I then went to an event where we just had the chance to mingle with other bloggers. Since starting my blog last year, any interaction that I’ve had with bloggers has been purely online so it was so amazing to meet some of these people in person!

Over the course of Friday, there were numerous panels featuring the likes of individuals such as Sophia Amoruoso, who is the founder of Nasty Gal, Nicole Richie, and Coco Rocha. And then we broke off into smaller groups to talk about more specialized topics, which is where I met one of my blogger idols: Wendy from Wendy’s Lookbook. She talked about how as a blogger she works with different brands, but seriously I was so star struck I couldn’t stop staring. I got a picture with her, which was awesome.

The conference wrapped up with a brunch on Saturday, and after our packed Friday where we didn’t have much time to talk to other bloggers, it was nice for a more relaxed morning to mingle and chat. I’m so excited to keep in touch with all of the bloggers I met this past weekend and I’ll probably be doing collaboration posts like I’ve done in the past with some of them in the near future so keep your eyes out for that.

Cruising in Style

4 Apr

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T-Shirt: H&M (similar)
Cardigan: American Eagle (similar)
Jeans: 7 for All Mankind (similar)
Scarf: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Abella

I promise I’ll post copious stories about my conference as soon as I get back, but until then I wanted to share one of my cruise looks with you. I wore this for our day in Catalina, and somehow I matched everything in the town! It was funny. So apparently Catalina uses a bright blue as an accent color all over the city so I matched all of the railings and window panes. And there was yellow everywhere too. I guess the city and me were made for each other.

I love these colors together because the yellow is soft enough to play a secondary role, but still bright enough that the blue doesn’t overwhelm it. And balancing the bright colors with a few neutral prints created a captivating look that is just plain fun.