What to Wear

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

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What to Wear: Spring Weddings

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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Girly Plated Drusy Pendant Necklace

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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

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What to Wear: Coachella OOTD

We’re getting closer and closer…to festival season, that is. Coachella is this month! Wait. Coachella is next week! Even though I won’t be attending any music festivals this year, I like to pretend by playing dress-up. And if you’re having trouble coming up with any festival outfits, playing dress-up is not a bad method. (I mean, it’s exactly what I’m doing to hopefully give y’all some inspo.) 😉

For this outfit, let’s go with something really easy to slip on: a casual day dress. With all the dancing and walking, why not keep your feet happy with a pair of high top Chucks?

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Comfort is definitely the main focus here, with just a necklace, sunglasses and two loose braids.

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The sun is always brightest during festival season. To avoid squinting all weekend long, don’t forget to pack your sunglasses.

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xo ॐ – Amber

 

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OOTD: Festival Style

I was thinking about the intense heat that always seems to attend festivals like Coachella, and immediately reached for a loose and airy maxi skirt. This outfit has a bohemian flair, with a printed maxi skirt and crop grey halter. I finished off the boho look with a black panama hat and my favorite flat sandals.

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I couldn’t help but spin around in this long, flowy skirt! I think they’re pretty graceful, especially if you plan on dancing all night. 🙂

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Fashion has become a huge aspect of festival culture, but it’s really all about the music. So along with each outfit post, I’ll include a music video from an artist headlining at a major festival,

Today I’ve chosen “Play with Fire” by Vance Joy. When I first heard his song “Riptide,” I completely fell in love, and my love only grew stronger after hearing his other songs, like “Mess is Mine,” and “Georgia.” Vance Joy has an incredible voice, amazing lyrics and his music videos are pretty awesome, too. 🙂 You can see him at Coachella this year.

xo ॐ – Amber

 

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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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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

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What to Wear: Ladies Who Brunch

While in the midst of a “Gossip Girl” marathon, I realized that I’ve yet to formally brunch this year. Call it my inner Blair Waldorf, but I simply can’t resist an excuse to get all dolled up, especially when it involves French toast and yummy fruit smoothies.

Outfit 1
This first look screams “brunch” with its pastel pleats and delicate sparkles. I love the pale yellow of the dress because it kinda makes me feel like a walking lemon meringue pie…and who says that’s a bad thing?

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Halter Dress | Pink Statement Necklace

I’m completely head over heels (haha, get it? 😉 ) for these shoes. Pointy toes and thick ankle straps lend some edge to the outfit while still keeping it girly ‘n’ classy.

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He loves me, he loves me not… Oh, who cares? Where’s the nearest donut shop?

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Outfit 2
Up next is the perfect look for any of you boho babes who want to maintain your hippie-chic style while still looking dressed up. I love all the colors in this outfit. I mean, red, blue, yellow, orange—you’ll look like, and most likely be, the life of the party!

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I decided to keep it fun and flouncy with this bright red tank and white eyelet skirt. Some colorful accessories add to the bold, carefree vibe of the overall look.

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These brown strappy heels are perfect for anyone looking for additional height without the stress of walking in uncomfortable pumps all day.

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Happy brunching!

Yours Truly,
Caroline

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What to Wear: Date-Night Looks

Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner (hold the moans ‘n’ groans) I thought it’d be fun to put together two date-night looks that are perfect for a special night with your bf or a night on the town with your best gals. #Singlegirlpower!

Look 1:
I kept it simple with some basic black skinnies, cream chiffon blouse, and a black moto jacket jacket, allowing me to really have fun with some bold accessories.

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Black Moto Jacket | Black Skinnies |

I adore this neon pink clutch simply for the pop of color it adds to the outfit. And can we just take a minute to talk about this Kate Spade bangle!? I mean, “Seriously, Darling,” it’s too cute!

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Pink Purse | Kate Spade “Idiom” Bangle | Michael Kors Watch |

Overall, this look is perfect if you’re looking to keep it comfy-yet-cute on V-Day. I totally plan on rockin’ this ensemble at dinner with friends on Feb. 14th.

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Look 2:
This next outfit is definitely for all you girly girls out there (myself included) who are looking to keep things sweet this V-Day. My pale pink sweater paired perfectly with this black-and-white floral skirt. Tights are a must for some added warmth. Black booties complete the look.

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Statement necklaces are always a must and this glamorous piece ties together all the components of this pretty ‘n’ pastel get up.

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Whether you’re dressing up or dressing down, a.k.a. footie pajamas, fave rom coms, and biggest box of chocolates you can find, always remember to stay true to your style and yourself.

Yours truly,
Caroline

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The new year has kicked off, which means winter formals are right around the corner. Finding the perfect style can be stressful, but I’ve put together three looks that can help you look sharp and feel confident on (and off) the dance floor.

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Look 1: Monochrome with a Pop of Color
This look is all about simplicity with a touch of color. Interesting textures take this all-black outfit from ordinary to elevated. Satin and leather definitely say ‘date night.’ The red dress shoes add my number-one recommended style staple: the pop of color.

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Look 2: Black-and White Ball
Dress shoes are great for winter formals, but how about changing it up and taking a risk with a boot? Pair them with a blazer and fitted pants and feel unique. I selected an ivory blazer to match the fur in my boots. Take risks!

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Look 3: Pop of Color Plus Sneakers
The last look is for a more relaxed gentleman. Is your winter dance a semi-formal event? Try a pair of sneakers with a dress shirt and vest. The fact that the sneakers are black (instead of white, etc.) keeps the outfit on the right side of dressy. For my pop of color, I decided to jazz my outfit up with an iridescent purple dress shirt. Don’t be afraid to experiment with wild colors!

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Regardless of your style, remember to have a safe, enjoyable time at whatever formal you attend.

– James

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3 Great Looks for New Year’s Eve

With 2015 just around the corner (I know…super weird), it’s a good time to figure out what you’re wearing for New Year’s Eve. Why not ring the New Year in with an overload of sparkles and glitter? 🙂

Here’s three festive looks to give you some inspo:

1. Glitz + Glam

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Go all out with faux fur and sparkles this New Years Eve! Finish off the look with a bold red purse and you’re ready to hit the town or dance all night.

2. Feelin’ Boho

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For a more relaxed boho look, style a detailed dress with some knee-highs and a simple head turban. I love the look of an all-black ensemble with subtle details.

3. Gold and Blue

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This last look is a mix of the previous two: a pop of color and sparkles, but still simple and relaxed. Personally, I think blue and gold is the prettiest combination, and quite festive for New Year’s.

I’d love to know which look is your favorite, or what you’ll be wearing for New Year’s Eve!

xo ॐ – Amber

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Christmas Countdown: Week 2

This second look is definitely more edgy and formal compared to last week’s OOTD. I paired black skinnies with an embellished blouse for a relaxed-yet-formal look. I love this top by Kate Moss x Topshop because it’s not over the top with detail and has a flowy boho feel. To make this more formal I slipped on some gold and black heels.

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And if heels aren’t your thing, black booties are always another option! I’d wear this kind of look to a semi-formal get together or Christmas eve party.

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We’re getting closer: 14 Days.

xo ॐ – Amber

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