Bows, please

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Nothing is as elegant as a bow. The simplest tying together of two strings is an iconic symbol for classiness. In the smallest accent or biggest statement, bows create a look that is ladylike with a hint of prestige. Needless to say, we love bows! Get a dress covered in them or wear high heels with bow peeps. It doesn’t have to be bold. Go old school and tie ribbon in your hair for a girlish, playful look. It is a simple way to add a pretty accessory to your look!

Trend Watch: Baseball Tee

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If you don’t own a baseball tee, you’re doing something wrong. These comfy-casual tops are super easy to wear and go with nearly anything in your wardrobe. Layer on the love with cardigans, flannels, and sweaters, or dress them up with a long-chained necklace. Keep warm with an infinity scarf and a pair of your favorite pair of jeans and boots. Don’t be afraid to try this laid back and stylish look celebrities are sporting this autumn!

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Trend Watch: Parka

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Even though it’s only October, the air in some places has gotten pretty chilly already. As much as I love my pea coat, I dislike the number of layers I have to wear in order to feel cozy and warm underneath. Thankfully, there’s a new option for me, you, and everyone else this winter – parkas.

I know, I know. Parkas aren’t exactly a novel concept, but usually when one thinks ‘parka,’ the image conjured up is this:

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While these puffy, reflective parkas have their own practical application, they aren’t my personal favorite style out there. This year’s parkas not only keep you warm, but take up less bulk:

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On the outside, the jacket looks like a regular light coat you’d throw on in spring or fall, but the inside is where the magical warmth happens–be it fleece, soft goose down, or faux fur–these slim-fit parkas are sure to keep you cozy for the incoming winter storms.

An Early Frost

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Almost every girl loves a sparkly something, particularly jewelry that makes an otherwise ordinary outfit shine and stand out. We’re talkin’ the kind that makes a girl feel not just pretty, but gorgeous for that date night. Sometimes small studs are the way to go, but other times big and bold are just right for the occasion. Holiday parties are just around the corner, but consider adding a little shine to that LBD or casual Friday now. There’s no rules for when and how. Wear the unexpected when people least expect it!

Zip, zip

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Traditionally, zippers are simply functional aspects to articles of clothing. This season, zippers are found in the most unexpected places. J. Crew’s fall collection has debuted a fantastic line of items that utilize zippers as a focal point to clothing that wouldn’t otherwise have them. Check these looks out and visit their site here!

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via J. Crew

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via J. Crew

For the Love of Plaid

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Fall is officially here! With the new season comes pumpkins, boots, apple cider, bonfire nights, and PLAIDS! Gingham, madras, tartan, houndstooth, tattersall, buffalo – the list goes on. The great thing about this fun pattern is its applicability across all fashion preferences.  A houndstooth vest can be traditional and preppy, while a buffalo check flannel can be boho paired with a bit of lace. If you’re looking to mix plaids, a major trend this season, consider the following ground rules:

1. Opposites attract. Choose a “larger” plaid to wear with a “smaller” one. For example, don’t wear a buffalo check flannel with a buffalo check scarf. It would be too much! Opt for a tartan that complements its counterpart.

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via Pinterest

2. Pick ‘n’ choose. Break it up. Choose one plaid as a focal point and then accessorize with another pattern. Scarves are a great add-on for mixing patterns.

3. In the fam. The color family, that is. While mixing is fun, if you aren’t so bold, simply pick two items within the same hue.

4. Ta-Da! Sometimes the unexpected works! The famous line goes, “It looks better on you than on the hanger…” So, try it on and see if it looks good!

Puddle Jumpers

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Rainy days are inevitable. The constant drone of drip drops on the window panes. There’s nothing worse than sloshing through rushing water or mud puddles in cute suede shoes. Instant ruin! Swap the leather, suede and cloth for something more functional…like rubber! No one would wear high heels to exercise, so, similarly, you wouldn’t wear nice shoes in the rain. Throw them in a tote until you get to your destination and, in the meantime, brave the downpours donning some fashionable rain gear! While some people complain about rain boots feeling like clown shoes, there are some tight fitting wellies that will quickly change those opinions. They can be comfortable and a fashion statement, too!

Flats forever

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Flip flops were your go-to in the summer. Now, boots may be your first choice for fall. Let’s not forget about the versatile little ballet-inspired shoe somewhere between the two: The flat! There is something so appealing about a shoe that can slip on and is comfortable enough for a busy schedule and many errands. While flats are a classic in solid colors, patterns are a fun way to add a little extra something to an outfit. Leopard print is a popular choice, as it is timeless print and goes well with many different outfits. The black flat is considered a wardrobe staple. Everyone needs to have a comfortable pair that they love and, hopefully, have broken in. Here are a few inspiring looks for the flat!

Worth a Look: MOTA SmartRing

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Wearable technology gets hotter as time goes on – and here’s an option if you don’t want a chunky bracelet for your phone notifications: MOTA’s SmartRing.

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Not only do you get notifications for e-mail, Facebook, and phone calls, but you’ll be able to swipe the tiny screen when it vibrates to either ignore the notification or to get more information on, say, who e-mailed you.

Two colors are currently available: midnight black and pearl white. You can preorder your ring now and receive it by April 2015. The best part about the cool, fashionable, and functional ring is its affordability—instead of the typically insane prices you see for wearable technology, this SmartRing is sitting at $75.

Unfortunately, MOTA hasn’t quite yet made the ring available to users other than Android or iOS phone, such as Windows phone users, but hopefully in the near future they will.

To learn more about this incredible product, watch the video below:

Geometric Necklaces

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It’s time to relearn our shapes!  Today’s lesson is in accessorizing with triangles and squares.

Geometric necklaces add the sparkle, shine, and bling you crave for your outfit, while keeping it subtle, chic, and classy. Bulky “3D” shapes in different colors are meant to tie in with the color schemes of your outfit and create their own fashion statement while the flat, neutral colored (e.g. gold or silver) shapes help to accent the ensemble you have already constructed.

Geometrically shaped necklaces can be a great addition to any outfit, and are often very inexpensive and an easy DIY project. Try them out!

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