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During my spring break trip to NYC, I stayed at The New York Palace Hotel for a night—and if y’all aren’t aware, The Palace is where Serena and Chuck lived during the first two seasons of “Gossip Girl.” (Exciting, right!?) I was so inspired by “Gossip Girl” for this OOTD, not so much by Serena as by Blair. Blair is most definitely my spirit animal, and this outfit manages to capture her preppy style while intertwining a bit of my own. This outfit is the perfect mix of B and C! (Blair and Caroline, haha.)

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“Destiny is for losers. It’s just a lame excuse for letting things happen to you instead of making them happen.” -Blair Waldorf

Yours truly,
Caroline

 

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March 27, 2015

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! Is it spring break yet?

Clare’s windowpane-check socks and white crossbody bag add graphic interest to her otherwise all-black outfit.

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She layered an oversized shirtdress over a long-sleeve turtleneck since it’s still cold here (regardless of the sun). To finish the outfit she wore her very comfortable and stylish Chelsea boots.

Mahal,
Bella

For a company that began as a shoe store, we don’t talk about shoes nearly enough around here (or at least on this blog). That, combined with spring’s official arrival, meant we couldn’t help but highlight these adorable floral sandals.

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BP. ‘Luminate’ Open Toe Sandal | $59.95

What we love:

The floral print. We love the soft floral print on these sandals—it’s perfect for spring and summer, and it adds a little bit of feminine flair to the otherwise simple design.

The slender ankle strap. This little ankle strap is so on-trend right now. It emphasizes the minimalist design of the shoe, not to mentions it’s super functional. Say goodbye to walking out of your shoes!

The classic heel height. The heel is about 3 inches high—very chic. It’ll give you a sophisticated, classic look without being so high that it’s hard to walk in.

But if you’re averse to heels, we also love these floral flats. Happy spring!

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BP. ‘Moreover’ Pointy Toe Flat | $49.95

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March 26, 2015

OOTD: All White

Often I sport dark or all-black ensembles, but a fresh trend I love is the all-white trend. This look is similar to the minimalistic trend, which usually showcases a single color palette.

For an easy way to wear all white, it doesn’t get much better than a simple shirtdress.

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My favorite part about this dress is the preppy-looking collar. I don’t seem to own any white shoes, so I made an exception with a pair of turquoise sandals… Oops!

Lighten up for spring with this all-white trend! :)

xo ॐ – Amber

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Maxi dresses have always held a special place in my heart. Every year I use the coming of spring and anticipation of summer as an excuse to bust out these babies! Whether you’re going on a tropical vacay or relaxing with friends, maxis are perfect for any occasion and can be styled many different ways.

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I kept it casual with a lacey bralette and some girly flats. I’m really diggin’ the simplistic, effortless vibe this outfit gives. For a fun finishing touch, I tied the bottom of my maxi into a big knot, exposing just a bit of ankle.

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Next, I threw on a crocheted white top and gold statement necklace—perfect for a lunch with the girls. The additional detail (intricate top and multi-strand necklace) makes it a tad more dressy, but still maintains a carefree vibe.

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This third look is perfect for a night out on a tropical vacation. (So jealous!) A bold statement necklace, thin leather belt and brown strappy heels are all easy ways to dress up any outfit, and they’re easy enough to squeeze in your suitcase. Score!

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Yours truly,
Caroline

March 24, 2015

OOTD: Transitional Style

On those days when you’re running around doing errands or just shopping, sometimes it’s nice to have a casual outfit that is still stylish.

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With this transition from winter to spring, the weather can be confusing—it will look sunny, but it’s only 55 degrees! Clare chose a beanie and jeans for the cooler moments, and sunnies with a loose fitting T-shirt for the warmer  moments. Black patent Vans and a vintage digital watch add a sporty, stylish edge. (Clare loves edge!)

Mahal,
Bella

March 23, 2015

OOTD: Random Rainy Days

Hold up, Los Angeles, you can’t just tease me with 70- and 80-degree weather, then just welcome March with chilly 40- or 50-degree temperatures plus rain?! What’s a girl to do when all her winter sweaters are packed away and replaced with spring dresses and skirts?

I’m sure Cali will heat up soon, but for anyone in cooler climates, here’s an easy rainy-day OOTD. Also, for those of you on the East coast, feel free to laugh at my dramatic cold weather intolerance. :) (Haha, I’m sure 50 degrees and a sprinkle of rain is nothing for y’all!)

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A simple spring outfit for me consists of a skirt and button-up. I kept warm and dry with tights, knee socks, a rain jacket and leather boots. A warm flannel under the jacket is a cozy solution if you’re still feeling cold. And if the rain is really crazy, why not opt for a pair of Hunter rain boots? I might just get myself a pair, and will definitely keep this rain jacket out for possible April showers!

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Skater Skirt | Top | Jacket | Socks | Boots

xo ॐ – Amber

March 21, 2015

DIY: Spring Room Decor

It’s the plain truth that I am one DIY diva. I love creating new fun things for an affordable price. I mean, who doesn’t? I recently created these crochet-doily pom-pom balls (boy, that was a mouthful) that are perfect for adding a li’l springtime pizzazz to your room.

Supplies:
-Paper doilies (I got mine in a cute packet from Michaels)
-String
-Hot glue
-Scissors

1. Start by cutting a long piece of string and glue it in the middle of a doily. We’ll call this our main doily.
2. Then take four other doilies and fold them into quarters.
3. Take your hot glue gun and place a small dot of glue on the point of each folded doily. Glue each one to the middle of the main doily.

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4. Pinch your quarter doilies in the middle and fluff them out, makin’ them look all voluminous!

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5. Repeat steps 1-4, but don’t glue the string onto your second set of doilies. You should end up with two different main doilies, one with a string and one without a string.
6. Now glue the two sides together, creating one giant, fluffed-up doily ball! it’s best to glue them down the center as well as around the edges to ensure that they’re super secure.

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And that’s it! You just made these adorable pom-poms that are perfect for springtime. The only thing left to do is hang them from the ceiling with a push pin and your room will be instantly spring-ified!

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To see more spring decorating projects, check out the latest DIY video on my YouTube channel!

Yours truly,
Caroline

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March 20, 2015

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! You might not be at South by Southwest this weekend, but you can still enjoy a tune from one of our favorite up-and-comers, Shamir.

We love Shamir here at BP. HQ. Like, a LOT.

We would have posted his insane new single, “On the Regular,” but it features more than a few f-bombs, so we decided to let you make that choice for yourself. (Make the choice! Click the link!)