Hey, guys! So summer is upon us, and although it’s amazing to not have school for a whole three months, let’s face it: summer can get boring. For a busy bee like me, having nothing to do and very few commitments just isn’t my thing. That’s why I’ll be showing you some stuff to do when you’re bored this summer!

Having a day…actually, many days…where you lay out by the pool and relax is always a must. But, of course, you have to have some supes adorable pool toys while doing it, right?

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My bestie, Sam, and I couldn’t get enough of this donut floatie. It looked seriously good enough to eat, haha!

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And here is Sam, happy as can be, on a giant floating pretzel. I think we can all agree that anything food related is instantly 10 times better.

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Nothing beats the feeling of a nice, cold pool on a hot day. Just remember to apply sunscreen—ALWAYS—especially if you think you might doze of while adrift in the pool. Hey, better safe than sorry.

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Stay tuned for more ideas of what to do when you’re bored!

Yours truly,
Caroline

 

 

 

 

 

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OOTD: Girly/Sporty

I love mixing girly pieces with sneakers. Here I took a flowy tank that has slits up the sides and tucked it in to show off the ruffle detail on the sides of my shorts. To add that sporty factor I like so much, I finished the look with my Nike Roshes.

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Mahal,
Bella

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Happy Memorial Day! This holiday weekend means that summer break is ridiculously close—what better way to get into the summer spirit than by swimsuit shopping? If you’re heading to any beautiful beaches this summer, or planning on hitting the pool, one thing’s for sure: You need a new swimsuit.

Here are five of my favorite swim pieces out right now:

1. I’m usually shy about prints. I almost always stick with solid colors. But for some reason, I was attracted to this subtle tie-dye print and actually fell in love with the mandala print on the reverse side. Did I mention that it’s reversible? Win. Win.

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Reversible Print Bikini Top

2. And now for the solid colors. How cute is this bright pink bikini? It’s simple with little details like that tiny cut-out on the back, and it comes in two more pretty summer colors if pink ain’t ya thing.

 

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Solid Bikini Top

3. I love everything about this top. The higher neck and cropped style is different than your average triangle bikini top, and the criss-cross strap at the back is pretty cute, too. And that baby turquoise color just screams summer.

 

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Crop Bikini Top

4. Scallop detailing and a crazycool orange hue? Yes, please.

 

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Scalloped One Piece

5. This last bikini top is nothing crazy, but it just happens to be my favorite. That’s probably because it’s black. I think every girl needs a simple black top to mix and match with printed or plain bottoms. Also, the wrap style adds an athletic-inspired touch.

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Wrap Bralette Bikini Top

Now, let’s hear it: Which style is your favorite?

xo ॐ – Amber

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Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! We half-heartedly poked around on YouTube to find anything cooler and more interesting than the new T-Swift/Kendrick Lamar video, but it was a total waste of time.

Why fight the obvious? You can’t beat supermodel assassins. Don’t even try.

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OOTD: Transitional Style

Spring weather in Portland is very iffy. It can be sunny for days, then start to rain for days on end. Since the weather isn’t very reliable, it’s a good idea be ready for anything. I paired jeans with a flowy tank top for warm afternoons, then threw on an oversized cardigan in case of damp and chill.

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Mahal,
Bella

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OOTD: Study Day

Ugh. That’s really all I have to say to express my feelings this month. I have officially diagnosed myself with “junioritis.” I’m already planning my summer, but first I have to battle the SAT, ACT, AP exams and finals… So, yeah: ugh.

When it comes to long hours of studying, coffee definitely becomes first priority, and outfit decisions are the least of our worries. To stay comfy and simple during our last months of testing, here’s a super-easy study day OOTD!

I rarely ever wear leggings, but today I gave in and went with comfort. I kept it very simple in a purple tank with a kimono-style sweater on top.

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Crochet sneakers and a messy ponytail finish off this relaxed look.

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Study on, friends! Trust me, I know it’s hard to stay motivated, but just remember the hard work will pay off in the end. :)

xo ॐ – Amber

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Hello, hello everyone! Prom season is here and while some of you have your prom looks all locked down, some of you might be scrambling for a little last-minute glamour. I put together three different looks that will have you looking gorgeous for your big night—with a minimum of stress!

Look 1: This first look was inspired by my school’s prom theme this year, Red Carpet. I love this dress for its fun and glamorous vibe, as well as its ability to make a statement. Because, after all, isn’t that what the red carpet is all about?

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Dress | Pumps | Earrings

Look 2: Up next I have the perfect mix of elegance and individuality. I could envision this look on a more bohemian girl who wants a fun way to showcase her sense of personal style. This look also just happens to be my fave.

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Look 3: For this last look, I put together a bold and funky ensemble with a bit of edge. I’m completely obsessed with this black mesh dress. It’s an effortless combination of being understated yet making a statement at the same time.

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Dress | Pumps | Clutch

Yours truly,
Caroline

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Bella Goes to Prom

This past weekend was my senior prom, and I want to share what my friends and I wore.

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Many girls go the more glamorous route and get their hair and makeup done, but my friends and I enjoy doing our own makeup. So we did it ourselves and saved a lot of money, too!

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Mahal,
Bella

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There are so many predictable pieces of jewelry out there, and while of course we love a good layering necklace and all those midi rings, this drusy ring is perfectly unlike anything we’ve seen lately.
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drusy ring | $12

Why we love it:

It’s unique. We love how unrefined this ring is. It’s bold and proud to be in its unpolished form. (That’s kind of inspiring, is it not?)

It has natural shimmer. Those tiny facets add organic sparkle—nature’s own glitter!

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DIY: Revamped Jeans


I’m so pumped for today’s post. Its been a looong looong time since I’ve been creative with a DIY project, and I especially love this one. It’s great for all those extra pairs of jeans or shorts just sitting in your closet. Also, it lets us feel like fashion designers for the day. (Yes, there’s sewing involved.) :)

But don’t panic! You won’t need crazy sewing skills, just a basic hand stitch with a needle and thread. If you’re not comfortable with a needle and thread, click here for simple sewing tutorial, or just grab some fabric glue. On the other hand, if you’re a sewing master then go ahead and use a sewing machine.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– Denim jeans or shorts
– Decorative trim (I got mine from my local fabric store)
– A needle
– Thread that matches your trim
– Pins

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Step 1:
Pick any old jeans or shorts. I chose a pair of faded black skinny jeans and rolled up a cuff, which is where I’ll be placing my trim.

Quick Tip: Iron the cuff to make the stitching easier.

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Step 2:
Measure the trim by placing it on the cuff precisely where you’ll soon attach it. Cut the trim to those measurements.

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Step 3:
Pin your trim to the cuff.

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Step 4:
Start sewing! Or gluing. :)

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That’s it!

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Now you’ve got yourself a brand new pair of pants. I adore this project because you can choose any sort of trim to create something personal and one-of-a-kind.

Let me know if you enjoyed this post. I would love, love, love to see how it works for you. :) Remember to use #NordstromBP if you post pics on Instagram!

xo ॐ – Amber

 

 

 

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