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The holiday season is upon us, which means the party invites have probably started rolling in. So the big question is, “What are you going to wear?” Hopefully this post will help you put together some creative, trendy looks that will help you be the life of the party!

Formally Relaxed: Look 1
Reds, deep blues and blacks are the target colors in this post. I selected a vibrant blue blazer which I paired with bright red Levi’s, finished off with red, black and white sneakers to give some edge to what is otherwise a traditional blazer-and-jeans look.

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I kept this look casual by going without a tie and leaving the top button open for a more relaxed feel. The blazer adds formality while the pants and shoes keep you trendy.

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Formally Relaxed: Look 2
In this second look, the black velvet blazer keeps the look from feeling too casual, while the Ralph Lauren boots add an subtle touch of street style. And, of course, my signature touch is the pop of color, provided here my the button-up shirt.

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Casual Cool
Looking for a more relaxed look? No worries. I have you covered with this simple black sweater and printed jean combination. Red sneakers and gold jewelry are the ideal accessories for this outfit, adding that perfect pop of color and upscale style.

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Hope this helps! And remember: No matter what look you’re going for, the most important part is enjoying the holiday.

- James

Alas, the final look in my Thanksgiving outfits series and I definitely saved the best for last with this ensemble!

So your family goes all out for the holidays—nothing to stress about. I mean, c’mon, deep down inside you know you secretly love getting all dolled up for an extravagant holiday party filled with family, food and fun. For my glamorous Turkey Day look I went for black and white with a pop of color.

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I’ve been loving velvet this season and the deep wine color paired oh-so-elegantly with my houndstooth shorts.

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Accessories were kept to a minimum to help support the classy feel I was aiming for. This vintage flower choker added just the right amount of sparkle.

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Floral Statement Necklace

Now, let me just say I am NOT a heels person, but these heeled, black combat booties were too cute to pass up.

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Black Booties

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Although it’s easy to get wrapped up in the more commercial side of Thanksgiving, don’t forget the most important part of the day…TO SAY THANKS. Text/email/call/tell anyone and everyone that you’re thankful for. And remember, “Gobble ’til ya wobble!”

Yours truly,
Caroline

November 20, 2014

Trend Spotting: The Turtleneck


Every year there seems to be an argument over one clothing item: turtlenecks. Some love them and some hate them. Those who love them probably already know that the high neck is huge this season. It’s making appearances as a looser cowl in knit fabrics and the classic thermal. For those who are still unsure about the turtleneck, here’s a little lookbook to hopefully inspire a little love.:)

Mod
For a simple modern look, pair a classic turtleneck with a leather mini and black flats. The ribbed fabric also adds some subtle texture. Also, I’m utterly obsessed with polka dot tights.

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Boho
This second look is much looser than the first look. If you have a more bohemian style, wear your favorite harem pants and a loose, chunky turtleneck. Printed or even plain black harem pants would work here.

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Cozy
This last look is probably what I’ll wear on Christmas day if I don’t end up slipping into an ugly Christmas sweater. I love this oversized turtleneck because it feels like a cozy blanket. I also added an intricate necklace; don’t be afraid to add necklaces or accessories with your turtleneck!

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Happy fall!

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Happy Fall!

xo ॐ – Amber

 

 

My next Thanksgiving Day outfit is for all you girly girls out there. I’ll most likely be seen sporting something similar to this on Thanksgiving Day because it’s easy, comfy, cute, and slightly dressy—all wrapped up into one look.

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Every outfit needs accessories and in most cases my go-to accessory is a statement necklace. Speaking of go-tos: When in doubt layer it out! Knits, denim, and floral are easily layered, and my sparkly necklace helps tie everything together.

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Statement Necklace

A fun little fact about me is that I very much like to associate colors with seasons and occasions. My corduroy skirt is (1) absolutely adorable and a must…I mean helloooo?..It’s freaking corduroy!!! And (2) the color kind of reminds me of a turkey, which I thought was totally cute and festive.

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Grey slate riding boots pull the outfit together and mine just so happened to match the stripes in my cozy cardi perfectly.

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Riding Boots

If any of you are wondering, I did, in fact, dye my hair. It’s a lot darker than I expected, but I’m actually kinda diggin’ it. It makes me feel edgy and mysterious, haha. :)

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Don’t forget to “Gobble ’til ya wobble!”

Yours truly,
Caroline

With this nationwide cold front chilling us all out, I think you’ll agree that staying warm has become everyone’s number one priority. But how can we stay stylish while we’re busy being cozy? I’ve got a couple of ideas I think you might like:

Look 1: Neutrals
Fall is all about earth tones. Navy blues, moss greens and deep burgundies are great colors to help you transition from fall to winter. For this first look, I opted for simple, modern styling, perfect for any casual occasion.

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Cowl-neck sweatshirts are in the trend spotlight right now. They’re not only comfortable, they’re a little out of the ordinary and lend a fashionable edge to your everyday, casual look. Pair your cowl-neck sweatshirt with colored denim for a look that’s thoughtful without trying too hard.

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These chocolate chukka boots are like the sweatshirt in that they lend a subtle, unexpected twist to the outfit.

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Look 2: Pop of Color
This look is a little more edgy than the previous one. I combined dark pants with a pop of red, a printed button up and a grey knit moto jacket. 

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The trend spotlight here is on the red UGG moccasins. These should be every guy’s best friend for the simple reason that they make you feel like you’re walking on clouds, and they score 10′s across the board when it comes to being stylish! Whether you prefer them in a neutral color or you want to go bold with a vibrant color like I did, these shoes are essential for Fall/Winter 2014. (Shopping tip: I picked mine up at the Nordstrom Rack. They have great deals on UGGs.)

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No matter if you’re aiming for understated or edgy, keep your style influential!

- James

 

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The perfect winter coat is an essential, but how do you find just the right one for you when there’s so many options to choose from? I put together an Ultimate Outerwear Guide that will hopefully help you guys figure out if you’re a “preppy pea coat” or an “edgy leather” type of girl. Or, hey, maybe you’re like me and like to incorporate all of these styles of outerwear into your wardrobe.

1. Moto
A basic, black leather (or faux leather) moto jacket is a must in anyone’s wardrobe. They have an effortless “cool girl” vibe and instantly add edge to any outfit. So, basically, moto jackets can do no wrong. (For fun, try one in a punchy plaid.)

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Topshop moto jacket 

2. Peacoat
Peacoats are personally my favorite type of coat because they never go out of style. If you live somewhere where it gets pretty cold I’d recommend investing in a nice, quality peacoat because you can wear it, for (literally!) the rest of your life.

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Peacoat (only $58)

3. Bomber
Like leather jackets, bombers are a little on the edgy side. But don’t get these two mixed up—bombers have a style all their own. They range from a basic solid to a fun plaid print like mine, and there are even some bomber jackets that are completely covered in embellishments.

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Topshop bomber jacket

4. Utility
One trend that’s been HUGE this year is utility jackets. They are causal, laid back and easily paired with anything. My favorite way to style a utility jacket is over a floral dress for a feminine-cool type of look.

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5. Puffer
And lastly we have the puffer vest. I was obsessed with puffer vests back in the day (I’m talking circa 2005) and I couldn’t be happier that they’re back.

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Hooded puffer jacket

So let’s get going, the perfect piece of outerwear is waiting! Can’t you hear? It’s practically calling your name!

Yours truly,
Caroline

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November 10, 2014

Introducing Boy Meets Girl

Boy Meets Girl is one of my new favorite brands, and I’m super excited that Nordstrom just started carrying their stuff. Here are three cute-but-casual looks featuring some key pieces:

1. For this first outfit, I wanted to show you guys how easy it is to dress up a simple outfit by just adding layers. The basic look starts with a Boy Meets Girl oversized tee, leggings and riding boots. Throw on a leather jacket for an instant upgrade, then take it into “fab” territory by adding a faux-fur scarf.

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2. For my second outfit, I wanted to show how easy it is to rock the sporty trend (one of my faves) by pairing a Boy Meets Girl pullover with jeans and some black Nikes.

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3. For the last look I had to bring Clare back because I am obsessed with her Parisian boyfriend jeans. We styled her with the Boy Meets Girl hoodie for a look that’s perfect for hanging out with friends.

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Want to see more Boy Meets Girl looks in action? Check it out:

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Bella

So at first glance one might think, “This is not a fall outfit at all!” And you’re right. In most states, wearing shorts in the fall is not ideal. That’s why this look is the perfect transition outfit into the fall season. Up here in Oregon our fall has been surprisingly warm with a ton of  8oo days. Wear shorts and a flowy top in the heat of the day, then throw on a leather jacket as temperatures drop. That way you can look fab without having to change outfits.

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Mahal,
Bella

November 1, 2014

Fabulous in Faux Fur

Happy November, lovelies! Between the stellar fashion, amazing weather and scrumptious food, these last couple of months truly are the most wonderful time of the year. Speaking of fashion, ’tis the season for one of my favorite trends: faux fur.

I firmly believe that every girl should own a fabulous faux fur vest! I styled mine with a plaid shirt and some boyfriend jeans for a lumberjack-chic type of look. Now, it wouldn’t be a true “Caroline ensemble” without some bling. My rose gold crystal necklace and geometric bangles add a sense of glam to my woodsy-inspired outfit.

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If you’re looking for a more everyday way to wear faux fur (because let’s be honest a full on fur vest can sometimes be a bit too extravagant for the school hallways), a fur scarf is a great alternative. This light grey faux fur scarf is incredibly soft and cozy (it seriously feels like I’m wearing a blanket), all while maintaining the fun and girly vibe of my outfit.

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Now, technically this next clothing piece isn’t faux fur, but it gives off the same luxurious vibe that fur does, just in a slightly different way. Eyelash/fuzzy sweaters are a huge trend this year, and trust me when I say this sweater is the most comfortable, softest, most heavenly feeling thing I’ve ever worn!

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Yours truly,
Caroline

 

October 29, 2014

Come to the Dark Side

Normally my outfits consist of a variety of colors with occasional hints of black here and there, but recently I’ve been really diggin’ the whole black on black look or even black and neutrals. These two outfits bring out my inner edgy diva and I couldn’t help but share my nocturnal silhouettes with you guys.

These pleather leggings make me feel completely cool. I started by styling my leggings with an oversized t-shirt and open knit sweater for an effortless street chic look. My black biker boots and dazzling statement necklace add an edgy/glam contrast to the ensemble.

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I based my next look around this amazing studded bomber jacker. Layering is always a must, so I added a heather grey sweater and denim button up for some texture. My maroon tights give the outfit a bit of color while still maintaing my dark, vampy vibe.

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Overall, I’m pretty much obsessed with these looks.

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Yours truly,
Caroline