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February 28, 2015

4 Ways to Wear Florals

Flowers: one of the most basic and essential parts of nature, symbolizing the free spirit living within all of us. Exploring this vast wonder known as Earth is one of the key ways to maintain a positive mindset and truly embrace every aspect of life. So, get ready…get set…adventure!

Look 1

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Look 3

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Look 4

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Yours truly,
Caroline

We meet again for my very last cold shoulder look…

I think this outfit captures the ‘new bohemian’ trend that’s huge right now. You know, boho pieces but with a more modern twist? Everything’s still very flowy, but think black and white, bold jewelry and altogether a contemporary, minimalist feel.

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I really hope you guys enjoyed this chopped-up cold-shoulder series. :)

I’d love to thank the lovely Billie Nelson for photographing this entire series!

 xo ॐ – Amber

Oh, February…what to do with you? Winter seems to be neverending for most of us,  with freezing temps and snow up to our knees. (FYI, as I’m typing this, it’s 86 degrees and sunny at my house. Thank you, SoCal!) But spring is nearly here, and I don’t know about you, but I’m dying to bust out my pretty pastels and fun floral. So here are a few quick tips on rockin’ spring must-haves in the winter frost.

This first look is perfect for a causal lunch date or struttin’ through the school halls. My blush pink fedora and olive skinnies give the outfit some color, while the mix of white, cream and black keep things slightly understated.

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This chunky cream scarf is a must for keeping cozy. The abundance of layers adds some texture and, of course, warmth, to the look.

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If you want to be a bit more dressed up, this next outfit is right up your alley. I started with a feminine floral skirt paired with cable knit sweater. Florals instantly “spring-ify” any look, BTW. Grey tights are essential because they are more season-appropriate than black tights, but get the same job done!

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I topped off the look with a camel peacoat, making this outfit perf for any crazy temps thrown your way. Because you got this, girl!

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Yours truly,
Caroline

February 19, 2015

How to Wear Velvet Casually

Did you end up buying loads of velvet last year for the holidays? But now you struggle with how to wear velvet without looking like you’re heading to a holiday party, or simply looking way too dressy? I know I’ve definitely been doing this, but I’ve found a way to dress down this luxe fabric.

These crushed velvet pants were perfect for New Year’s eve, but how do I wear them for a walk through the park?

Here’s my solution: comfort for the win.

- A super soft graphic tee
- A worn in denim jacket
-A pair of comfy (possibly printed) TOMS

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xo ॐ – Amber

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February 17, 2015

OOTD: Oversized Tees

If you haven’t noticed from previous OOTDs, I love when an outfit is both comfortable and stylish. Oversized T-shirts are a recent trend that’s easy to love. It’s tempting to grab an oversized tee from your dad’s closet and throw it over yoga pants (going for the “cute scrub”)—but it’s better when you really style it.

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In this outfit, I am wearing my boyfriend’s T-shirt  (I often shop in the men’s section at stores to buy basic tees). I started with the basics: a plain oversized tee and leggings. But I took it to the next level by adding layered necklaces, a hooded cardigan and riding boots. I also slept with my hair in braids to give a “beachy wave” effect.

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Hello, hello! We’re at outfit number two for this cold shoulder series. For my second outfit, I paired a stretchy forest-green top with a circle corduroy skirt. Like blue and gold, these two colors really complement each other.

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A subtle gold pendant and some crochet sneakers tie the look together.

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xo ॐ – Amber

 

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February 10, 2015

OOTD: Nike Roshes

I love the sporty, athletic trend. I recently got these Nike Roshes and I find myself gravitating to them all the time. At first I wasn’t sure how to style them. The fashion bloggers I follow usually pair their Roshes with jeans, so I took my cues from them.

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My closet is primarily filled with dark, neutral clothing, so I went with a plain black tee, dark-wash skinnies and an oversized, hooded cardigan. I’m also wearing a beanie and choker to accessorize the outfit.

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Last summer, I was obsessed with the cold-shoulder look that appeared on flowy tops and dresses. It looks as if the cold shoulder has returned this spring on both flowy dresses and tops, and also on tighter thermals and sweaters. One of my favorite brands, Free People, cut out the shoulders on majority of their tops this season as shown hereherehere and here—and I’m not complaining.

I’ll be showing you guys a series of cold-shoulder looks each week for the next three weeks.

This first look is for all you boho gals out there. With spring right around the corner, why not bring out your maxi skirts and dresses? You can still keep warm with a cold-shoulder knit! Add some accessories (big or small…I opted for this heavy belt), plus a pair of sandals, and your look is complete.

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Sweater | Skirt | Sandals

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See you soon for the next cold-shoulder looks. :)

 xo ॐ – Amber

 

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February 5, 2015

Down on the West Coast

Sometimes it’s nice to change your scenery and escape from your day-to-day routine. To do just this (+ relax), my family and I took a li’l trip down to Newport Beach. We got extremely lucky: The temperature was a sunny 80 degrees. It was perfect ocean weather. We also got a chance to spend some time on Balboa Island and the gorgeous Crystal Cove Island. The whole weekend had happy, beachy vibes. :)

Scenes from the weekend include crystal-clear waters, fun on the ferris wheel and munching on balboa bars (ice cream covered in chocolate covered in sprinkles—so good).

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What I Wore:
I decided to keep things cool and casual with distressed denim, a relaxed green tank and a lightweight kimono. I added a bit of a boho feel to my look with this heavy silver belt. At first I was intimidated by the thought of styling such an intricate belt, but I found that pairing it with simple and loose pieces works pretty well.

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There was lots and lots of walking involved, so I played it safe with some New Balances.

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Because there’s already so much detail in the belt, I went real easy on jewelry.

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 The sunset was too gorgeous not to include. :)

 xo ॐ – Amber

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