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We don’t highlight accessories often in our picks of the week, but this bucket bag is too good to pass up. Can’t you see yourself with this little thing slung over your shoulder? We can!

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Why we love it:

Use it any season. We love the look of this bag because it’s so versatile. Both the Black and the Cognac colors fit right into winter, but also totally transition into your go-to summer bag.

The size is perfect. It isn’t too big that you can’t take it on a hike, but it isn’t so small that you can’t fit anything in it. Load this baby up with all your must-haves, pop it over your shoulder and be on your way.

The details. The bucket-like shape of this bag goes well with boho styles and biker-chic alike. Plus the golden hardware and the playful tassel? You can’t go wrong.

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January 29, 2015

Music Spotlight: Ben Howard

There’s something so powerful about music. The way it has the ability to make you laugh, smile, cry or give you goosebumps. I’ve found myself doing all four of these things while listening to the artist Ben Howard. From his lyrics to his beautiful music videos, Ben Howard always amazes me. Although he has a unique sound, if you like artists like Angus & Julia StoneBon Iver, or Daughter, you’ll probably like Ben’s music, too.

Here are a few of my favorite music videos from Ben Howard:

I Forget Where We Were 

Watching this video never fails to give me chills (especially at 3:30). The video in general has a very Wes Anderson feel, especially with the symmetrical yellow beach chairs and umbrella and coordinated colors.

The Fear

Ah. I think I love this video so much because you get an amazing sense of what it would be like at one of Ben’s concerts. And I desperately want to go.

Keep Your Head Up

Ok, hands-down favorite music video ever. It makes me want to smile and cry at the same time. It’s a gorgeous video that includes both bubbles and the golden hour. Mix in Ben’s adorable friends sliding down a huge water slide in the middle of the forest…yeah, it’s pretty great.

I hope now you love Ben Howard’s music as much as I do!

xo ॐ – Amber

 

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January 28, 2015

My 2015 Workout Routine

Now, I’m almost positive that “exercise more,” “get fit,” or “eat healthier” were at the tops of most everyone’s New Year’s resolutions list this year…which is totally fine! Wanting to live a healthier life is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it’s  something I try to do every day.

Hiking is by far one of my favorite ways to get in some exercise, along with dancing and swimming. You just gotta find something you love to do, so that it doesn’t even feel like exercise.

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One of the best ways to get motivated is to buy some adorable workout clothes. I love anything with color, so neon Nikes were right up my alley. Plus, they totally match my puffer vest. Score!

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I now you’ve all heard this one, but drinking water is SOOOO extremely important. I’m a water addict, so staying hydrated is easy peasy for me. But those of y’all who aren’t in the habit, picking up a totes cute water bottle can help. Also, adding sliced fruit (my faves are strawberries, raspberries and lemons) to your water is DE-licious!

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#TreeHugger

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If you’d like to see some healthy recipes, I’d totally be into doing that, so let me know in the comments below! I have a yummy zucchini pizza recipe that I’d totes be up for sharing. :)

Yours truly,
Caroline

January 27, 2015

OOTD: Finals Week

So I woke up late this morning and grabbed the first items I saw. Finals week can be stressful and often I don’t have the motivation or energy to put together actual outfits.

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I’m not sure if this term is used everywhere, but at my school we call this a “cute scrub” because I’m putting in more effort than sweatshirt and sweatpants, but still wearing a super comfy outfit.

Mahal,
Bella

January 26, 2015

OOTD: Back to Basics

We all get sick and tired of putting on elaborately crafted outfits that include the whole shebang of layers, jewelry, tights and socks. Sometimes there’s nothing better than a basic and comfortable outfit that you can quickly put on for a school day, shopping day or a day out for lunch.

Here’s a super easy OOTD perfect for any casual outing:

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xo ॐ – Amber

The new year has kicked off, which means winter formals are right around the corner. Finding the perfect style can be stressful, but I’ve put together three looks that can help you look sharp and feel confident on (and off) the dance floor.

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Look 1: Monochrome with a Pop of Color
This look is all about simplicity with a touch of color. Interesting textures take this all-black outfit from ordinary to elevated. Satin and leather definitely say ‘date night.’ The red dress shoes add my number-one recommended style staple: the pop of color.

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Look 2: Black-and White Ball
Dress shoes are great for winter formals, but how about changing it up and taking a risk with a boot? Pair them with a blazer and fitted pants and feel unique. I selected an ivory blazer to match the fur in my boots. Take risks!

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Look 3: Pop of Color Plus Sneakers
The last look is for a more relaxed gentleman. Is your winter dance a semi-formal event? Try a pair of sneakers with a dress shirt and vest. The fact that the sneakers are black (instead of white, etc.) keeps the outfit on the right side of dressy. For my pop of color, I decided to jazz my outfit up with an iridescent purple dress shirt. Don’t be afraid to experiment with wild colors!

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Regardless of your style, remember to have a safe, enjoyable time at whatever formal you attend.

- James

Recently my styling skills were put to the test when I bought this stunning Free People dress that I had absolutely no idea how to style. It was just too cute too pass up so, of course, I ended up buying it (shopaholic or shopaholic?). And after countless hours of wardrobe rummaging, I finally created a few outfits that perfectly showcased the ah-mazing-ness of the dress!

1. Now the reason I had such I hard time styling this dress was because it’s a bit too dressy for everyday wear. But a grey sweater thrown over it was the perfect way to make it a bit more casual.

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2. For my next look, I took this sheer, embellished dress and threw it over some black high-waisted jeans for a “cool girl” vibe, perfect for roaming the city or going out to dinner with friends. I wore a black bralette underneath, flashing just a bit of midriff.

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3. Lastly, I slipped a deep red, body-con dress underneath it to make it a bit more fancy shamncy. I then layered a black-and-white flannel with this bangin’ leather jacket and was ready to go.

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Yours truly,
Caroline

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January 23, 2015

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! Not only is today Friday, it’s the ONE HUNDREDTH Friday of the Friday dance party series. That’s right, y’all. Won. Hundred. Music. Videos.

Amazing, right?

So let’s celebrate, friends, with one of our all-time favorite performers singing one of our all-time favorite songs. Electric ladies, get down!

As a senior, I have to put together a portfolio to submit to the colleges I want to attend. Ideally, I’d like to move to New York City and attend the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.). To apply, I need to create a portfolio with style boards that include fabric samples and inspirational pictures that reflect a theme and a season. Here is one of my style boards:

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My vision for this style board is a young woman (18 to mid-20s) who lives in New York City or Paris in the spring. She is a socialite who will be attending brunch on Sunday mornings, and spending her week days working for “Vogue.” She tends to gravitate towards ‘sets’ because they are simple and easy to pick out. She loves midi skirts and pastel colors for spring.

Happy styling!

Mahal,
Bella

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January 22, 2015

OOTD: The Sweetest Day

This past weekend, my heart was taken by the stunning French bakery Bottega Louie. For those of you who don’t know about Bottega Louie, think classy, European and just the right amount of pink! From decadent marble floors to subtle gold accents, this delightful patisserie is breathtaking. (Some Los Angeles girls would be appalled to learn that I had never been before, being the foodie that I am.)

I apologize in advance for those of you not in L.A. but, hey, if you ever happen to be in town, you’ll know where to go. :)

For a day filled with decadent pastries and lattes, I thought a French-inspired OOTD was only appropriate. I started the day with an (almost) all-black ensemble which included leather, stripes and a bold red purse.

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Here’s the lovely exterior of the building.

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It’s not just the decor that’s beautiful. The food can also be considered art. Macarons, eclairs and Napoleons galore!

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These Earl Grey macarons are a tea- and sweet-lover’s dream.

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Took a bite of heaven, then thanked the heavens.

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I thought this photo was pretty great. You’ve got the mouth-watering raspberry macaron in focus, with my brother in the background happily licking extra sugar off his fingers. Delish!

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A box of sweeties to go please!

 

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P.S. I know I just dropped quite a few photos on y’all just now, but if you’d like to see more, check out this story I made on Steller. :)

 xo ॐ – Amber