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Who needs a boyfriend when you have boyfriend jeans? It makes sense that boyfriend shorts are also a thing for this spring. Bella and Amber already have you covered when it comes to styling boyfriend jeans, so I decided to show y’all how to style some slouchy boyfriend shorts for the warmer days ahead.

Boyfriend shorts can easily be dressed up or down. I kept it casual here with a flowy olive blouse and an oversized knit cardi.

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Boyfriend Shorts | Olive Green Top | Cream Cardigan | Necklace

I’ve fallen completely in love with these shorts and just adore the way they fit my body. They have just the right amount of slouchiness and are so comfortable. I mean, you can’t even tell you’re wearing denim. Ah-mazing!

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My long, tribal-inspired necklace adds a little something extra to the outfit, while still keeping that laid-back vibe.

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Hope y’all enjoyed this look! If you have any OOTDs you’d like to share, just tag them #nordstrombp because I’d love to see ‘em. And who knows? They just might end up on the in-store video walls or elsewhere in the BP. universe.

Yours truly,
Caroline

I love to use minimal, versatile pieces as the foundation of my wardrobe. I often find that if I buy a simple dress, I can accessorize it in a variety of ways and it becomes almost unrecognizable with each new twist.

For example, here is a simple navy dress:

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JS Boutique Strapless Ruched Chiffon Gown

Look 1: Edgy
For an edgy look, I would wear ear cuffs or ear crawlers. They lend a subtle edge factor without committing to something totally out there, like a crazy statement necklace.

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Look 2: Feminine and Flirty
For a feminine, flirtatious look I would accessorize with jewelry that has color in it—maybe even with a floral motif.

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BP. Fan Statement Necklace | BP. Fringed Statement Necklace

Look 3: Boho
For a boho look, I would accessorize with a lot of layers. Texture is your friend when it comes to the ’70s-retro trend.

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Topshop Tassel Drop Layered Necklace | BaubleBar ‘Zelda’ Fringe Bib Necklace

I hope I gave you some good ideas to polish your prom look to perfection.

Mahal,
Bella

April 20, 2015

That ’70s Style: Part 1

They say fashion has a way of repeating itself, and who doesn’t love time traveling? Bellbottoms paired with crop tops, fringe on everything, funky florals, and non-stop gypsy vibes. My best friend Eliza and I went back to the ’70s to express our inner Stevie Nicks,  and shot a two-part lookbook while we were there.

Look 1: Boho Shorts

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Blouse | Shorts | Sandals

Look 2: Suburban Dream

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Top | Shorts | Sunglasses

Look 3: Fringe Factor

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Top | Sweater | Shorts

Look 4: Shine On

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Blouse | Pants

Three more ’70s-inspired outfits coming up in the next post!

xo ॐ – Amber

Starry summer nights, endless dancing, and magic everywhere… From SXSW to Coachella to Outside Lands, festival season is here.

I’ll definitely be dropping some more festival outfit posts…but for now, here’s a few things every gal should bring for festival days ahead. Even if you’re not heading to Bonnaroo, these items are perfect for any spring and summer festivities.

1. Statement Bags

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Tote | Backpack | Crossbody

Whether its a tote, purse, or backpack, one thing’s for sure: You’ll need something to put all your other necessities in. Why not opt for a festive one?

Now we get to the things:

2. SUNSCREEN. LIPBALM. MOISTURIZER. (Caps because this stuff is important!)

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Sunscreen Lotion | Zinc Oxide | Chapstick

3. A Pair of Sunnies

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4. A Floppy Hat

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Ok, yup, I’ve definitely just listed all the things you’ll need to protect yourself from the sun…all the stylish things, at least. ;)

xo ॐ – Amber

My grandparents recently celebrated 50 years of marriage by renewing their wedding vows.

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Me, my mom and my sister before the ceremony.

As I packed for the trip, I realized that styling outfits for weddings is extremely difficult, especially spring or summer ceremonies when weather can be unbearably hot. So here are a few tips I came up with for styling an outfit:

1. Light Colors and Pastels
Light, pastel-colored outfits are best for spring and summer weddings. In a traditional wedding, the bride will white or cream, and pastels will perfectly complement her dress. Bonus: pastels are super trendy right now. I love them for weddings because they give off a joyful, cheerful feeling.

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J.O.A. Floral Print Dress

 

2. Minimal Accessories
Remember that the bride is the star of the show! This is her moment, so you don’t want to outshine her. Keep your accessories simple and minimal.

 

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3. Only Buy if You’ll Wear Twice
When I go shopping for special events, I only buy things that I’ll wear more than once. For instance, I plan to wear the dress I wore to my Baccalaureate mass to my graduation ceremony.

Mahal,
Bella

Spring has arrived, and guess what else has? Festival season—a time for culture, music and, of course, fashion. Festival fashion is so unique because there really aren’t any rules, except the mandate to express yourself. Wear layers, mix patterns and just have fun with style.

1. Boho Kimono
A fringed kimono screams “festival fashion.” Pair it with a lace bralette, acid-washed denim shorts and combat boots, then top it all off with gold accent jewelry. Kimonos are great because they’re super versatile. For instance, if you want something a little more modest than a bralette, you can throw on a plain tee or a plain camisole and you’ll still look amazing. 

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Fringe Kimono | Boots | Bralette | Shorts | Necklace | Bracelet | Earrings

2. Flowery Festive
Love patterns and textures? Go old-school boho with a lace bralette and printed pants, topped off with a seriously fringed bag.

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Lace Bralette | Sandals | Flare Leg Pants | Crossbody Bag

3. The Golden Girl
You can never go wrong with simplicity and a touch of gold. You could get lost in this mini dress, but lace cut-outs keep it flirty and feminine. A gold headband, matching clutch and layered necklace complete the look. 

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Mini Dress | Gladiator Sandal | Clutch | Headband | Necklace

Festival fashion is all about being yourself, so don’t be afraid to break fashion rules or incorporate unique elements into your look. Have a great time at whatever festivals you’re attending this spring—and even if you’re not hitting the festival circuit, be different with your fashions and try these looks out.

- James

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.

Look 1 
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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Look 2
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 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

This spring I’m pretty much obsessed with midi- and knee-length skirts, so of course I had to show you my fave ways to style them.

Look 1
This printed midi skirt is definitely a bit more bohemian. I styled it with global-chic accessories like a raffia tote, brown leather accents and stacks of bangles. I like to call it casual with a mix of girly with a mix of vintage with a mix of festival-inspired flair. (Is that even a thing? Who cares? All I know is this look is the epitome of my style.)

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This floral, knee-length skirt calls for more girly, retro styling. If I was going on a date to an ice cream parlor in the 1950s, this is most def what I’d be sporting. I adore the flirty floral pattern in this skirt and the effortless feel of my messy high pony.

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I’m challenging all of you to try out modest, girly skirts while incorporating your own personal style. Who knows? Maybe they could even be your next big thing.

Yours truly,
Caroline