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Bohemian Casual – How to Style a Kimono Jacket

28 Apr

How to Style a Kimono Jacket
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Tips on how to style a kimono jacket
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!

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.

Graphic Tee Tutorial!

19 Mar

Graphic Tee Tutorial
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Shirt: Target
Shorts: American Eagle (similar)
Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar)
Belt: Unknown (similar)
Sunglasses: Jessica Simpson (similar)

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been really obsessing over all of those cute graphic tees that I’ve been seeing everywhere. So I decided to make some of my own. But apparently I’m not creative enough to come up with fun quotes of my own so I borrowed inspiration from Pinterest. And it was such a fun and easy project with such great results that I wanted to share with you guys.

First you want to gather your supplies:

  • a plain t-shirt (I really like these from Target)
  • fabric paint in your color of choice
  • a sponge paint brush (I’d recommend the kind that’s round and flat on the bottom)
  • freezer paper (found in the grocery section by wax paper)
  • an iron
  • an exacto knife
  • a cutting mat or cardboard to cut on

So first you’re going to want to design your t-shirt. If you want to make the same one as me you can use this stencil, otherwise it’s super easy to whip something up on word. Grab your roll of freezer paper and cut out a 8.5×11 sized piece. Put it into the printer so that it’ll print on the non-shiny side.

Once you have your image printed you can cut out the template. This is probably the most time consuming part, but it’s well worth it I promise. If you made your own template you might have little pieces of paper for the holes in certain letters like o p b and d, just make sure you save all those.

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Once everything is cut out, lay your stencil on your shirt, I placed mine about an inch down from the neck, but that’s completely up to you of course. Now grab your iron, put it on the highest setting you can without steaming it, and carefully iron the whole paper down to your shirt. The plasticized side will stick to your shirt, and seal it so no paint will go under the stencil. This stuff is a godsend, and I’ve gotten crisp clean designs almost every single time.

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Once you’re sure its ironed on completely, slip a square of freezer paper inside your shirt so no paint leaks through onto the back, and grab your sponge and paint and go crazy! Make sure to focus on covering everything evenly with paint.

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When you’re done, wait for the paint to completely dry to avoid any smudging, and then peel off the stencil. And that’s it! You’ve got a customized unique shirt that all your friends will be envious of. If you have any questions about it feel free to ask! Also if you’d like to see more pictures of the stencilling process you can also refer to my last stencilling tutorial for my patriotic shorts.

Rocking a Romper…Sort of

3 Sep

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Top : Macy’s (old)
Jeans : Forever 21
Shoes : Flats : Betsyville via JCPenney

This shirt is actually a romper, and also a lesson in why you shouldn’t just buy things because they’re on trend.

I loved the top part of this and I had kind of been wanting a romper so I picked it up without even trying it on. While I’m sure I could find a romper that was flattering on me, this thin jersey that clung to my hips in a rather unpleasant manner wasn’t the best choice.

But I’ve kept it in my closet because I really do love the top part, and the fact that it’s a romper makes it a breeze to tuck it in to anything. When tucking something in, a slim fitting but not tight top is the most flattering I think.

Tip: When your top is a little wider than you’d like, a little trick I use is pinching the fabric in the center back of the top before tucking it in, which gathers it a little in the center and gives you a more streamlined look in the front.

Also, it rained for the first day in a while yesterday, so I’ve got my fingers crossed for some crisp fall weather, and warm cuddly sweaters. For some reason I’m looking forward to fall more than usual this year…might be the fact that for the first time in almost 15 years the beginning of fall doesn’t coincide with the beginning of school.

5 Things You May Not Know About Me

21 May

I got tagged for a 5 Things About Me post by Reid from Fashion Blender, so you my wonderful readers are going to find out more about me than you probably want to know ;). Reid and I met recently, and we’re working with a handful of other bloggers to put together a great style post, so keep your eyes open for that. Until then, here’s a little bit about me:

1. I speak fluent French.
I’ve studied French for over 8 years, and I’ve also spent 6 months abroad in Bordeaux, France. To be honest, I’m kind of obsessed with it all: the language, architecture, the food…Ohh how I miss those heavenly buttery croissants.

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2. I’m a science geek and I plan to be a doctor.
Yep, my passions are definitely wide and varied, but at least you can’t say that I’m not interesting! I recently graduated college so now I’m in the process of applying to medical schools and all of that other fun stuff. This also means that I’ll likely be in school for a long time before I start working, but I know it’ll be completely worth it!

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3. I’m a total Disney girl.

Doesn’t matter if it’s the old stuff or the new stuff. I loved all of it when I was growing up, and it’s stuck with me through the years. I think it goes along with that love of happily ever afters.

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4. I love to bake!
I experiment with cooking sometimes, but baking is my real passion. I think that may be my sweet tooth talking, but there is really so much more room to have fun and be creative when you’re baking.

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5. I really want to get straight bangs but I don’t know if they’ll suit me.

Last time I had bangs was when I was like 1 or 2 and had a mushroom cut, and for some reason, that was a time in my life when my hair was pin straight. Now my hair is definitely not straight, and I know it would require additional styling time every morning, but my primary concern is that I don’t know if they’d be flattering on me or not. What do you guys think?
P.S. Please excuse my ridiculous photoshopping.

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I’d love to know more about some of the other bloggers I follow too, so I’m tagging five of my favorites:

1. Célèste from Fashion is Evolution
2. Gabrielle from Look Sharp, Sconnie
3. Catherine from Small Town, Big Wardrobe
4. Heidi from Frantic but Fabulous
5. Kristina from Kristina does the Internets

Fashion Friday Link Roundup

5 Apr

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This week I had the pleasure of being featured in IFB’s weekly roundup of some of the top posts from independent fashion bloggers around the world. Check out my featured post : 9 Ways to Wear a Striped Top as well as the rest of the 20 posts, all of which are written by fantastic bloggers and are very captivating.

From topics ranging from shoe advice, to wardrobe tips, to an analysis of a popular fashion company, there really is something for everyone. So be sure to take a few minutes out of your day and browse through all these great posts.

Fashion Friday Link Round Up

Hope you enjoyed reading! Have a fabulous Friday!

Featured Fashion Link Roundup 4/5

5 Apr

lalam040413

This week I had the pleasure of being featured in IFB’s weekly roundup of some of the top posts from independent fashion bloggers around the world. Check out my featured post : 9 Ways to Wear a Striped Top as well as the rest of the 20 posts, all of which are written by fantastic bloggers and are very captivating.

From topics ranging from shoe advice, to wardrobe tips, to an analysis of a popular fashion company, there really is something for everyone. So be sure to take a few minutes out of your day and browse through all these great posts.

Fashion Friday Link Round Up

Hope you enjoyed reading! Have a fabulous Friday!