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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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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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Look 3
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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Look 2
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

A while back, I featured a grid dress (a.k.a. windowpane check) from Topshop in a shopping post. Now, a few months later, windowpane checks are showing up on dresses all over the place. Clare and I decided to style a couple and give you guys some inspiration.

1. The Shirt Dress
For starters, just wearing a nice coat automatically elevates a casual dress to a higher level.

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We threw a sweater over this cute shirtdress for a casual, collegiate feel. A solid-color sweater tones down the pattern a little bit.

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2. Vintage-Inspired Shift Dress
Here we let the bold pattern and flattering silhouette take center stage. We kept the accessories simple (nearly non-existent) and let the dress speak for itself.

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This third boyfriend jean look is one of my faves. Why? Because it’s edgy with a girly flair: the perfect combo. :)

My moto jacket + leather boots create a rocker-chic look. Pairing these two pieces with boyfriend jeans, however, tones down the edginess and softens the look into a more casual feel.

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A touch of bling—a crystal statement necklace—and a bright magenta top deliver the girly part of the look.

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Biker boots, a moto jacket and slouchy, ripped jeans add the perfect edge.

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I hope this gave you some inspo/ideas about how to wear your bf jeans. :)

Huge thanks to Billie Nelson for snapping this series!

 xo ॐ – Amber

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Hello, lovely readers, and welcome to part two of  the “How to Wear BF Jeans” series! In my last post I styled my jeans with a slouchy tee. Today’s super-easy way to style them is with a lightweight button-up.

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For a boho look, I threw on two layered necklaces and a pair of summery sandals.

This kind of outfit is perfect for warm days at the SoCal beach or for grabbing a yummy lunch on a sunny afternoon.

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 Personally, I like to tuck a bit of the shirt into the front of my jeans to avoid clashing too many flow pieces.

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xo ॐ – Amber

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March 4, 2015

Jumping for Jumpsuits

Jumpsuits have always been a trend I’ve been a little (or a lot) scared to try. But recently I took a leap of faith and purchased my first jumpsuit—and I can now say I’m completely and absolutely O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D-! I’ve been playing around with how to style these daring garments, so that’s what I’m showing y’all today.

Look 1:
My number one tip for wearing a jumpsuit is to just have fun with it. The whole ’70s-inspired trend is going to be huge this spring and you could definitely say I felt pretty groovy in this paisley jumpsuit.

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Since a jumpsuit is already such a statement in itself, keep the accessories simple. I paired my li’l number with some simple bangles and a fun, bohemian-inspired cuff to help highlight the jumpsuit instead of taking attention away from it.

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The reason I was always so nervous about jumpsuits is that I felt like they would swallow up my body, leaving me looking like a shapeless blob. But it was easy to add definition to my waist and length to my legs by adding a thin brown belt and some strappy sandals with a block heel.

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This next outfit is a more casual way to wear a jumpsuit. A cozy cardi gives the look a casual vibe and is a great way to transition from winter to spring.

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Unlike the other jumpsuit, this one is cropped at the legs. (Can we just take a moment to talk about my extremely white legs!? I mean, I seriously blend in with the wall behind me. #palegirlprobzzzz)

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Since this jumpsuit is in such a bold print, I kept my accessories simple. A few silver, tribal-inspired necklaces add a low-key, boho accent.

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Hope I inspired you to try out jumpsuits for spring. Trust me when I say that it’s a risk you won’t regret taking!

Yours truly,
Caroline

Whether they’re skinny, high waisted, bootcut or flared, my go-to pants always seem to be a pair of durable jeans. Currently, I can’t get enough of boyfriend jeans. To be honest, I was initially skeptical about boyfriend jeans, since I was so comfortable in my everyday skinnies. It seemed so weird wearing such loose, baggy jeans.

It took me a bit of time to figure out how to style these, but now I have a series of different bf jean looks I’d love to share with y’all over the next couple of weeks. :)

This look is based on a plain white tee… Well, actually it’s a graphic tee… Wait, no, it’s def a pizza tee.  Anyway, my point is that the easiest way to rock your boyfriend jeans is to pair it with a simple T-shirt.

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Oh but let me tell you, my pizza tee is my favorite tee. :) #pizzalover4lyf

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More boyfriend jean looks to come!

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xo ॐ – Amber

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