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October 15, 2014

Girls’ Night In

Besties+delicious food+favorite romcoms=Perfect Girls’ Night In! My friends and I decided it was time to have a night to ourselves where we could take a break from everything and have a relaxing, yet totally fun, night. I mean everybody needs one every now and then. :)

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You can’t have a sleepover without the essentials: the latest issues of “Seventeen” magazine, this season’s hottest nail polish colors, and (of course) every season of “Gossip Girl.”

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My friend Ellie has an amazing tree house in her backyard, and for the past four or five years my friends and I have been lucky enough to make countless memories up there. This is our go-to setup for any sleepover we’ve had.

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A delicious gourmet s’mores bar is a super easy and inexpensive way to to elevate your usual sleepover snack selection.

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And that’s a wrap! Hope y’all enjoyed what my friends and I like to think of as our perfect night in. I’d love to know what some of your sleepover traditions are—let me know in the comments below.

Yours truly,
Caroline

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Here it is: my guide for dressing in theme for football games. Unlike basketball games (indoors, with a stable climate), football games can happen in any kind of weather—and we want to make sure you are having fun, not suffering from a heat stroke or frostbite!

Step 1: Keep tabs on the weather. Start watching the forecast up to a week in advance, and continue to check on the weather the day of the game. (There is usually a 50-50 chance the weather will change.)

Step 2: Find out the theme for that game. At my school we have a calendar of all the game dates and themes so the students can arrive in full spirit.

Step 3: Enjoy your fellow fans. The joy of themed football games is that there will almost always be someone dressed in a more extreme outfit than you.

For colder games, I suggest layering a long-sleeve T-shirt under a short-sleeve T-shirt, then wear a sweatshirt, vest, jacket and so on. When layering, you want to do lots of thin layers so you don’t get that “chunky” look. Here is a FBF (Flashback Friday) picture of some friends and I in our junior year. As you can tell it was a Pink Out and we just wore whatever warm, pink things we could find.

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For warmer games, wear running shorts that are in theme paired with a plain T-shirt. That’s always a good g-to for those super hot and sweaty nights. (Especially if you have hundreds of people surrounding you with their body heat!)

Here are some outfits I have worn for themed games:

Black Out

    Black pant  Converse  Black top

Articles of Society ‘Halley’ Jean | Converse High Tops | BP. Ballet Tank

Camo Out

    Camo pant  Converse Camo top

STS Blue Cargo Pant | Converse High Tops | BP. V-Neck Tee

Pink Out

 Pink top  Pink bottom  Pink shoe

BP. Scoop Neck Tee | BP. Undercover ‘Skinni Mini’ Sweatpants | Nike ‘Air Pegasus 31′

Remember, football games are very casual. This is not the place to dress to the nines and look super fab. Simplicity is key and will always look cute. Have fun with your outfit!

Mahal,
Bella

 

October 13, 2014

Mani Monday: Nailed It

I’ll admit it: when it comes to painting nails, I’m quite awful. But despite my shaky hands and tiny fingernails, I’m addicted to pulling out all my polishes and painting away. For each season I like to choose my favorite trends and colors in the nail art world.

My three favorite colors for this fall are:

1. Golden Girl
My favorite nail polish color is Gold. Metallic Gold, Shimmer Gold, the Gold Leaf trend thats huge right now… I love it all. Wearing gold polish creates little parties on your hands!  Warm golden tones are also the perfect parallel for the beautiful golden light and warm hues that come with fall. Here I used a subtle shimmer gold.

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2. Red, Red, Red
Wearing red nail polish makes a girl feel extra classy. I love to stick with the traditional cherry red, but for Fall its fun to channel darker tones. A deep blood red is awesome for Halloween, which is oh so soon! I went straight to thanksgiving with a cranberry red.

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3. Cafe Chic
 This creamy color reminds me of warm lattes (a fall necessity). :) Head on over to Starbucks with your creme colored nails—the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back, y’all!

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I apologize for my non-existent nail painting skills. I have a mad amount of admiration for all you nail gurus out there!

xo ॐ
- Amber

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Fall is here and winter is approaching quickly, so we must prepare to look our best! I’m a huge fan of the “pop of color” trendYou can take an outfit from zero to 100 by adding just TWO matching color accessories: a watch a pair of shoes. Here I started with a black-and-white graphic tee and black joggers, but the look was way too simple for my liking until I added lime-green pops of color.

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I put together sets for everyone to choose from to make your colors pop.

For the ladies, I selected these items:

Corals, lime greens and bright colors in general are a huge trend this fall, so don’t be afraid to add a little color. These accessories are designed for exercising, but they also go well with everyday looks.

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Nikes | Nixon Watch

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Nikes | G-shock Watch

Now for the gentlemen, I chose these items:

As everyone knows, Roshes are super comfortable, and pairing them with this futuristic blue watch can really take your look to the next level.

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Nike Roshes | 1:Face Watch

These Chucks are pretty loud, so I balanced them with a simple G-Shock watch, which keeps the outfit from feeling overdone.

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Chucks | G-Shock Watch

No matter how you choose to accessorize, remember that adding a little color is always a plus.

- James

October 11, 2014

OOTD: Shopping Downtown

Every now and then my mom and I will venture downtown for a much needed day of shopping, eating and mother-daughter bonding. This time I thought it would be cool to bring my nifty camera with me and take you guys along on our little adventure.

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Sweater | Hat | Necklace

A great day starts with a great outfit! I started by pairing a simple black sweater with this trendy plaid skirt. I then threw on a few gold accessories, my favorite grey wool hat and some totes adorable black booties for a comfy, yet chic, look.

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You can’t go wrong with a burger and some onion rings. Of course, this is a delicious twist on the classic American dish.

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All the boutiques were decked out in Halloween decorations, making me a little too excited for the upcoming holiday!

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And what’s more perfect than ending your day by indulging in a sweet treat? Always remember: A cookie a day keeps the sadness away -

Yours truly,
Caroline

October 10, 2014

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! It’s only the second week of October, but we’re already feeling full-on Halloweeny here at BP. HQ. Which is a happy coincidence, since the new video from SUBTRKT (and Ezra Koenig!) just so happens to suit the mood perfectly.

 


It’s that time of year again…homecoming! While everyone else is worried about dates, dinners and dresses, you will be stress free with my easy guide to accessorizing for homecoming.

Personally, I love a little black dress no matter the occasion. Plus, you can easily accessorize it.

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Hailey Logan Body-Con Dress

We can go in two different directions with this dress: have statement shoes or statement jewelry.

For statement shoes, I would choose these babies:

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Steve Madden Pumps

I would pair these abstract-patterned pumps with simple jewelry, like this matching necklace and stud earrings.

Simple necklace    Simple stud

Kate Spade Pendant | Kate Spade Stud Earrings

For statement jewelry, I would choose this absolutely fabulous statement necklace, along with a hint of color from these studded earrings.

Statement necklace  Statement Earrings

BP. Layered Necklace | Erickson Beamon Rocks Earrings

Since the jewelry is doing all the talking, pair these precious jewels with understated pumps.

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Chinese Laundry ‘Savvy’ Pump

Happy homecoming!

Mahal,
Bella

We just love a full skirt these days, and this taffeta midi is perfect for the changing seasons. It’s so girly and playful—this skirt is seriously a must-have for fall.

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taffeta midi skirt | $42

Why we love it:

The trendy length. The high-waisted style falls to right around your knees, that perfect midi length that’s so big this year. The length automatically gives you a more sophisticated look, but it’s versatile enough that you can pair it with both flats and heels.

The lustrous fabric. This shiny taffeta is amazing! It isn’t a typical fabric we find in our closets, which makes it that much more fun. Play around with mixing different textures together in your look — taffeta easily complements both your favorite knit tee and your dressier chiffon top. Top with a leather jacket and voila.

The girly look. There’s no doubt about the inherent girliness of this skirt. We love that style, and this skirt gives us the option of playing that up without being too overboard. Alternatively, this skirt also lends itself to a more casual look paired with flats or even sneakers.

Also, heyo—more cute colors:

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For the long hours spent on the road, a good playlist is essential. Here are a few favorites from my latest road trip playlist (six hours of music seemed a bit much to list here). I picked these songs because they sound like the essence of fall:

Now that I’ve set the mood with music, let’s visit beautiful northern California. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities, but sometimes the fast-paced urban hustle is way too hectic (especially if you’ve been driving for countless hours already).  So for a change, I avoided the busy city and instead relaxed in the lovely town of Sausalito. My family and I spent the day admiring the bay, wandering in and out of little boutiques and eating at the delicious market places.

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Here I got to enjoy some cool creations from the Bay Area’s huge art community, like stacks of enchanting illustration books. These Waterlife sketches were absolutely adorable.

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You can’t write a post about the Bay Area without including a Golden Gate Bridge photo:

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xo ॐ – Amber

 

Floral is such a fun and feminine print that adds a girly twist to any outfit, I can’t help but be a little (or a lot) obsessed with it. And with the changing of seasons I thought it might be beneficial to show you guys how I style some of my favorite floral pieces for the fall.

This blue floral romper is one of the newest additions to my wardrobe and I’m absolutely in love with it.

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Throwing on a knit cream cardi was a super easy way to make it a bit more appropriate for the chillier days.

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Now what girl doesn’t own a floral skirt? Pair it with a cute and cozy sweater for the Fall time and you’ve got the perfect look.

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Yours truly,
Caroline