Moccasins for the Win

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As the colder days approach us, the flip-flops are long tucked away and the ballet flats don’t seem to be cutting it anymore for those casual days at home, school, or in the office.

The effort to sock-up and throw on a bulky pair of boots may seem like too large of a step at this point, so try transitioning into the colder months with a pair of moccasins!

Yes truly: mocs rock! They keep your feet just warm enough while still allowing your foot to breathe and accept the fact that summer is behind you.

These Native American shoes work with almost any casual day outfit, so don’t hesitate to throw on a pair of jeans and moccasins. They range anywhere from “really, that’s it?” to “wow that’s a little hefty.”

Don’t be afraid to splurge on a pair of durable, high quality moccasins that will last longer in the long run and keep you warm.  You deserve to be casual, comfortable, cute, and most of all: warm!

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Worth a Look: MICA

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After all the hype of The Apple Watch, here’s a more fashionable alternative: MICA. Although slightly chunky, MICA (which stands for “my intelligent communication accessory,” by the way) is one of those “wearable technologies” with more emphasis on fashion rather than tech.

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While this bangle may not hold the same possibilities as a Samsung Gear 2, it will still sync with your smartphone and notify you of text messages, reminders, and other such alerts.

However, the materials to make this bracelet are not cheap. The stones embedded are precious, whether it is the white (above) or black (below) version of the skin.

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While these handy, fashionable bracelets have yet to be released, they will be ready just in time for the holiday season. Keep your eye out for MICA!

Smoky Eye

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There’s nothing like a smoky eye in the fall season. Paired with a nude lip, this look is flawless; especially when worn with complementing, rich colors like burgundy or burnt orange. The way to achieve a perfect smoky eye is to determine which color is a match for your complexion and eye color. For example, blue eyes tend to really pop with browns or silver greys. Try watching a few tutorials on smoky eye looks and, with a bit of practice, you can create a smoky eye instead of a makeup malfunction!

Fashion Icon: Miss Karl Lagerfeld

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If you haven’t heard the news, Karl Lagerfeld has teamed up with Barbie!

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Via i.telegraph.co.uk

The fashion icon and the head creative designer of Chanel have decided to create a Miss Karl Lagerfeld.

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As you can tell from the above picture, Miss Karl Lagerfeld mimics the iconic mastermind’s style: a black and white suit, black tie, sunglasses, and Lagerfeld’s signature white ponytail.

Of course, these Barbies aren’t going to be sold at your local Toys R’ Us. There are only 999 Miss Karl Lagerfeld Barbies available, and can only be found at Collette, Net-a-Porter, thebarbiecollector.com, and of course, Karl Lagerfeld boutiques.

Much like her inspiration, this Barbie isn’t going to come cheap. Her price is currently set at $200 and is likely to grow in value due to the limited availability.

If you really want Miss Karl Lagerfeld to grace your collection or if you’re simply a Karl Lagerfeld fan, mark your calendars for tomorrow, September 29th, when Miss Karl Lagerfeld will make her debut!

Kimonos

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The long-robed look is a hot trend popping up this season! Kimonos add an extra flare to any ordinary outfit while providing an additional layer of warmth as the days get colder.

Kimonos come in lighter fabrics and styles (think silk, chiffon, and lace), as well as heavier and warmer alternatives like sweater, jacket, or cardi-kimonos.kimono 1 kimono 2 kimono 3 kimono 4

Don’t be afraid to try out this Asian-inspired trend!

No Lack for Black

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While wearing all black can be associated with certain stereotypes, it can be absolutely classy if done in the right way. An important tip to remember is mix different materials and textures when doing all black. There are different shades of black, so if it doesn’t match exactly, mixing leather and cotton or tweed and suede could be key to pulling it off. A short bootie or tall riding boot is easy to match to the ensemble as well. All black is sleek and very easy, because everyone has black staples in the closet!

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via Pinterest

Alternatives to Blue Jeans

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With fall making itself at home and winter swiftly approaching, it may seem like jeans and…sweatpants… are your only options for leg-wear. That is completely untrue! There are a wide range of options available without falling into the denim rut.

Corduroys
No they were not just a 90’s trend. Corduroys are a warm, trendy alternative to jeans that can be dressed up or down depending on your desired style.Corduroy 1 Corduroy 2

Insulated leggings
For those “I need to run to Walgreens, but I have no intention of getting fully dressed” moments. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT resort to sweatpants. These are guaranteed to keep you just as warm, if not warmer, and much more fashion-conscious.

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Tights
They are not just for young girls! Tights are so trendy, chic, and can be worn with just about anything. Try an oversized sweater, pair of shorts, skirt, or dress combination in the colder months to keep you warm. They are also super comfortable and easy to put on, so don’t let them slip your mind!

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Mary Kate + Ashley

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The Olsen twins are no newbies in the fashion world. Since a young age, they have been immersed in the Hollywood scene as actresses and designers. Those of us who grew up watching Full House and buying their home goods from Walmart have seen a maturing transformation from this duo. Their latest couture label, The Row, as well as Elizabeth and James are proof these two know a thing or two about design. Their style is a combination of clean lines and bohemian flair, which may sound like a contradiction, but is rather a testament to the fashion achievements of the iconic twins.

Sequined Glam

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What girl doesn’t like a little sparkle? There’s a quote by Oscar Wilde that says, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” If that is true, then why do we save all our sequin pieces for holiday parties and special occasions? We shouldn’t be so shy to hide them away until an occasion arises–the time is now to brighten up an ordinary look with some glittery heels or add an unexpected dash of sparkle to our regular office uniform. It is never a bad idea to go out in a sequined dress and catch a second glance either! Don’t hesitate to break out the shine–strut your stuff in a little glitter!

Boot Love: Over-the-Knee

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If you kept up with Fashion Week, you’d notice the range of new trends from sparkling dresses to mod styles. Something that caught my eye in particular was the over-the-knee boots, such as these from Fendi’s Fall 2014 show:

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If you look closely, you’ll realize that these are not thigh-high boots, but, more accurately, sneakers paired with seamless, relaxed-fit (definitely not body-hugging) thigh-highs.

Not to mention that the following pair seems to have…could those possibly be…knee-pads?

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It’s not just Alexander Wang that’s putting a little extra “oomph” in over-the-knee boots. Even celebrities like Ciara are starting to wear these unique over-the-knee looks, here created by Chanel:

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Check these out—not thigh-high, not sneakers, but some kind of over-the-knee hybrid. In your opinion, are these hot…or are they not?

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