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

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

We’re in the middle of January, and we can’t stop our obsession with coats and jackets. So when we saw this peplum moto jacket, we had to show it off. It’s too cute not to!

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 Why we love it:

The coated finish. We love that this jacket is coated to give it a sleek leathery look. It enhances the cool moto vibe and gives the jacket an edgy, on-trend texture.

The girly peplum. The ruffled peplum hem adds a flirty, feminine touch that’s so perfect for this jacket — it adds a light-hearted finish that balances the edgy moto style. Not to mention it hits at just the right spot to highlight your waist!

Plus, this jacket also comes in a creamy ivory color — it’s perfect for spring!

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I have been absolutely obsessed with DIY crafts lately and this one is by far my fave. Recently I made some of my friends these personalized letters for their rooms, and judging by their reactions, they were a hit! The best part? This project costs less than five dollars to make. I mean, cute and cheap—not much that’s better.

Supplies:
• Wooden letter (found at any craft store)
• Scissors or an Exacto knife
• Glue (I used spray glue but any will do)
• Pictures

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Step 1
Collect your pictures and lay them out how you want. The number of pictures you need depends on what letter you use, but somewhere between 10 and 12 should be enough. I chose a “beachy” theme for this project, so I used pics of me and my friends, as well as some beachy pics I found on tumblr and Pinterest.

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Step 2
Now it’s time to start gluing! Place the first picture you want to use on your letter, then roughly trim off the parts that stick out. Then glue that picture down and trim it to exactly the edges of your letter. This is where an Exacto knife really comes in handy; it’s much more precise than scissors.

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Step 3
Repeat step 2 with the rest of your pictures, gluing and trimming until the entire letter is covered with gorgeous pictures.

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And there ya’ have it! You are left with an adorable customized letter for under five dollars! You can decorate your room with it, or, like I did, give it to a friend. Just beacuse the holidays are over doesn’t mean you have to stop giving gifts. V-Day is coming up, so what better way to show your friends you love and appreciate them then with this? Haha. :)

Like always, I hope y’all enjoyed this post and I’ll see you soon…via blogaverse, of course.

Yours truly,
Caroline

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January 19, 2015

The Stylish Backpacker

Don’t get me wrong—I love my dainty purses and handbags. But what about backpacks? Because of school I can’t help but reach for a durable (but stylish) backpack. Sometimes, though, I might want a bit more than a plain ol’ everyday backpack…

The easiest way to spice up your (backpack’s) life: Just tie on a scarf. It can add a pop of color and, hey, if you feel a bit cold, it’s a good thing you’ve got a scarf at all times. :)

Here’s three different backpacks with three different scarves:

1. Army green + black plaid

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2. Black-pack + cheetah blue

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3. Vintage leather + orange paisley 

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Accessories for your accessories. They do say you can never have too many, right?

xo ॐ – Amber


Pink isn’t just a color, it’s a lifestyle. “Happiness,” “femininity,” “confidence,” “bubbly” and “empowerment” are just a few of the many words that come to mind when I think pink. Since pink is my power color, I love incorporating it into my everyday wardrobe.

Here are just a few of my fave pink ensembles:

Look 1

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Look 3

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Yours truly,
Caroline