Trend Watch: Flannels

            Many simply associate the warm button down with an episode of Roseanne. Try to push those thoughts aside, as flannels are making a huge comeback! For the past few years, celebrities have been donning the casual warmth in public. Flannels are a great addition to layer over a solid camisole or simply tied around the waist of a skinny jean and paired with a combat boot. For a more subtle flannel look, try wearing it layered under a sweater to expose only the sleeve-ends and collar. Don’t be afraid to be lumberjack-chic this autumn and choose your favorite plaid colors to keep warm!f ff

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Worth a Look: Baublebar

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Personally, I have a difficult time finding accessories I like and know will fit with multiple outfits. Thanks to some web surfing, I stumbled upon this little gem of a store: Baublebar. If you haven’t heard yet, it holds a wide variety of necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets. They even have a link for style suggestions if you’re feeling stuck on what to buy – plus they offer free shipping everywhere in the US!

For each accessory category (with the exception of earrings), there’s an option to “personalize” it, as seen here with this intricate monogram necklace:

The looping, scrolling text of this monogram makes it a must-have for the ultra-feminine girl. Completely personalize this piece with custom metals, chain lengths and pendant sizes.

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Of course, personalized accessories cost more than non-personalized ones, but the prices are a catch for their quality and style, such as this crystal cage ring duo, a steal for $28.

This set of two rings features a four-band statement ring and a double-band midi ring, all covered in pavé for a stylized set that creates a major crystal statement.

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Baublebar’s website even has a subcategory for accessories that are trending now, such as this triple-layer chain piece:

Get an expertly layered look with this delicate three-tiered necklace, embellished with textured gold and raw crystal.

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Or these simply gorgeous teardrop earrings:

A floral motif accents a teardrop for a playfully elegant earring, just right for a garden party.

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From statement pieces to delicate accents to fun emoticons, there are accessories available for women of all ages. Check the store locator on their website or just head to baublebar.com to get started at your one-stop-shop for accessories!

Trend Watch: Oversized Sweaters

            Fall is the time to batten down the hatches, pick some apples, brew your first cup of hot cider, and layer your clothes. What better way to stay warm than a big, comfy sweater? No longer do you need to worry about form-fitting winter clothes with layers making you appear two sizes larger than reality. Oversized sweaters are a great style that can be dressed up with a pair of heels, a scarf, and skinny jeans or dressed down with a pair of leggings and combat boots. Big, fuzzy sweaters are your solution to uncomfortable subway seats, drafty work halls, and frumpy colder months. Warm up and layer on!

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Back to School Style Evolution

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Fall is nearly here and it’s around this time (if not earlier) people start wondering what to wear for the first day – or week – of school. Let’s face it, the level of dressiness usually devolves like so:

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On the first day, you’re strutting your best outfits and feeling awesome. Maybe you’ve caught the eye of that cute guy in your class. You have your best articles of clothing on and you’re certainly catching attention. By the second week, though, this is what happens:

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It’s basically putting on the simplest outfit you can while still looking chic. You’re still kind of trying, but you have higher priorities than looking good – like sleep. By the time you get to the end of the first month, when classes and work start getting intense and you’re staying up just a tad too late…

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…it’s pretty much down to a nice top and jeans. If you’re feeling up for it, maybe you’ll go so far as a cute shirt over your favorite skirt. That brings us to midterms.

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Break out the oversized sweaters and boots combination! Comfy and cozy, you manage to look decently put together enough to survive the day. Enter finals or a group project that’s a do-or-die kind of deal:

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Leggings are now acceptable. Morning coffee is a priority over all. And sleep? What is sleep? There’s a test and a presentation tomorrow!

After it’s all over, there’s finally a break or vacation…where you can relax…until you have to start the cycle all over again.

What’s in Your Bag?

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Whether you prefer a small crossbody or oversized tote, somehow our handbags collect the most random contents. Across social media, we are often struck with bag envy when we see perfectly positioned pictures of what people are carrying around, wishing ours could be that neat and contain so many cute goodies. That being said, this isn’t just another post showing off our bag contents–it’s a bag check! What are you carrying that shouldn’t be there? Maybe it’s a million receipts from last year or tickets to a concert you saw six months ago. Maybe it’s your collection of 20 lipsticks and lip glosses contributing to an unnecessarily heavy purse. Here’s three tips to keep your bag neat and orderly:

1. Filter through the contents at least once a month. Get rid of gum wrappers, empty lipsticks, old papers, etc. You get it– junk collects in the deepest corners!

2. Carry only what you need. Women are always concerned about the “what if I need…” situations. Let’s face it, we probably can make do carrying 3 of our favorites shades of lip color rather than our whole inventory.

3. Watch out for bags inside of bags. It’s easy to have every content of our makeup drawer commence inside our purse in another bag, but this adds another pound or two for our shoulder. A good question to ask yourself: how much do you really touch up? Take only what you actually find useful!

 

Back to School?

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No matter your age, everyone can benefit from some back-to-school wardrobe rejuvenation. Most stores throw huge clearance sales on their summer inventory, which is a great way to stock your closet for the next warm season. They also offer great deals on new fall collections in hopes of luring you in for more—so, take advantage! Kohls, JCPenney, and Macy’s are currently running some great promotions. Back-to-school means big savings on more than just pencils and pens.

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Back to School Look via Pinterest

Trend Watch: Fall Palettes

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You’ve been reading about styles for the upcoming season; let’s talk about colors! If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you may have noticed floral prints are mentioned quite frequently. Now, let’s say floral prints aren’t quite your thing—how about giving floral brights a try?

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The red of a rose in bloom and yellow of dandelions are all part of the trending fall palette. In other words, bright flower colors are a beautiful option to adorn your wardrobe for a pop of color.

However, if you’re one of those ladies who prefer to shop for a lifetime rather than a season, consider these colors:

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Think “mysterious.” You want the blue-black, Great-tailed Grackle kind of colors. This hue conjures up the “Mockingjay” from the Hunger Games—subtly bold and beautiful.

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Your Fall 2014/2015 palette is set, so get out there and shop for those colors!

Boot Love: Riding Boots

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Autumn is quickly approaching and flip flops are not exactly conducive to cooler weather. To avoid the cliché of fur-lined boots, try out a pair of riding boots! This recent trend isn’t just reserved for professional equestrian riders. A pair of leather (or as close to leather as you can get) riding boots combined with a warm pair of socks either folded over the top or safely tucked away will be sure to keep you warm, in style, and on budget.

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The Denim Bar

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Who doesn’t love denim? Faded, boyfriend, destroyed, dark, jegging – they are all a staple to the closet. Denim done well is an effortless look that can be dressed up or down for pretty much any occasion. Running errands around town with Converse and t-shirt or paired with your favorite heel and blouse to go out at night, denim rocks– and you can rock denim! Finding a pair or brand that fits your body shape is important. While the many options can be daunting, think of it this way: it is perfect that there are so many because you can find a pair you love in your price range, catered to your style, and for your body type. It takes some hunting, but it is well worth the effort. Many brands are known for their denim like Madewell or Lucky Brand. Check out some of these looks for inspiration:

Style Files: Cape

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I love capes. No, not the Superman, Thor, Batman, or whatever-superhero-you’re-thinking-of type cape. I mean the warm and extremely functional fashion cape. Yes, I realize it’s only August and in no way is anyone ready to think about winter, but capes are certainly a useful fashion transition piece from season to season! For example, take Olivia Palermo:

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Palermo pairs her Burberry cape with high-waisted shorts, a button-down, thigh-high boots, and sunglasses, which makes this summer-appropriate. Palermo could use this exact same cape in the fall by swapping out the shorts for a skirt. For winter, she could easily wear jeans and stay bundled up in her cape.

Most people don’t wear capes because it’s such an unusual trend and therefore “hard to pull off.” I can assure you that is not the case. There’s only one guideline to wearing a cape. Ready for it?

Treat it like a jacket.

You can wear it over a dress or a skirt and let the edges peak out from underneath your cape or you can wear it open over your shirt and jeans. Some stores offer a cape and shirt all-in-one, such as the one below suited perfectly for summer and warmer fall days.

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For winter, capes are my go-to item because of the abundance of room provided underneath. I can hug my textbooks close to me as I walk to and fro from classes while staying warm, plus I can easily slip out an arm through the slit if need be. Trendy, warm, functional…what’s not to love?

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