Links and Leather

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One of my favorite finds at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is this mixed metal necklace. I’m a sucker for statement necklaces and loved the edgy, yet feminine look of this stand-out accessory. The pastel stones soften the heavy-metal look of the chain links, creating a modern necklace that can instantly glam up an outfit.

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I wanted the mixed-media necklace to be the focus of my ensemble, so I paired it with a simple white tee. Staying with the edgy look, I finished the outfit with a leather skirt and lace-up booties. It’s a great feeling when you piece together an outfit that makes you feel confident and that is exactly what this outfit did for me.

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Red Carpet Trends at the Oscars

To me, the red carpet fashion is the highlight of the Oscars. I’m not a big movie person and probably haven’t seen any of the nominated films (although Frozen is at the top of my to-see list!), but I love checking out the latest trends that the celebrities are sporting. Many of the styles can be adapted to everyday life and the red carpet was a great preview to the upcoming spring styles. Below are some of my favorite trends that were spotted at the star-studded event.

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Statement necklaces  are very versatile because they can add extra sparkle to a gown or can be worn with a casual ensemble. Jennifer Lawrence’s statement necklace dangled low in the back, which was a fun, unique touch to her chic, red dress. My favorite way to wear this trend on a daily basis is with distressed jeans, a simple v-neck T-shirt, heels and a necklace that adds a pop of color.

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Neutral tones were popular on the red carpet, too. From Jessica Biel’s nude nails to Cate Blanchett’s embellished gown, this hue can be worn several ways. When it comes to beauty products, nude lipstick creates a natural, yet beautiful look especially when complimented with soft waves and minimal eye makeup. I also love the illusions that this color can create, such as with the straps on Charlize Theron’s sexy dress.

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Similar to the nude hues, pastels were another “do” on the red carpet. Lupita Nyong’o wore an icy, pale blue dress with a plunging neckline that is sure to be on the best dressed list. The feminine colors are fun for spring and work perfectly with the floral pieces that are also popular.

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Surprisingly, several stars were wearing black dresses, including Charlize Theron, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts and Anna Kendrick. One of my favorite dresses of the night was Anna Kendrick’s floor-length gown with sheer panels and an open back. Julia Roberts’ sophisticated dress had a similar look, with a plunging neckline, covered up by sheer, black lace.

Amy Adams was a true style inspiration, too, saying that she wore what she wanted to wear and dressed for herself. When you wear what makes you feel pretty and confident it shows :)

Tuesday Trends

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Spring has sprung! I’m loving the styles this season. It’s nice to live in a city where the sun already shines and winter clothes are packed away. Here is what I’m excited to shop for:
  1. Floral statement necklace. Add a pop of spring to your wardrobe with this flower power accessory from Wet Seal.
  2. Structured, studded tote. This Valentino tote, priced at $2,000, is just a little out of my price range… but studs are here to stay! Hopefully it’s not too hard to find a knockoff?
  3. Distressed boyfriend jeans. This casual, comfortable pair of 7 For All Mankind jeans can be dressed up or dressed down. Pair them with a feminine top, stylish accessories and sexy heels to balance out the tomboy denim.
  4. Hot pink crop top. From girly to edgy, this Topshop tank from Nordstrom is very versatile and can work with all personal styles. Plus, the cutouts in the back are so fun and unexpected!
  5. Strappy, black heels. With the open toe and look of a bootie, these Michael Kors heels are right on trend.

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I’m obsessed with everything burgundy or oxblood this season – especially my new skater skirt form an adorable boutique in Las Vegas. For a holiday gathering with my family in Seattle, I added seasonal layers to keep warm in the chilly winter weather. The faux fur scarf creates a luxe look and is so cozy! Complete the simple style with patterned tights and fringed booties for a trendier vibe.

// Get the Look //

Skirt: Mixt Boutique $33
T-shirt: Nordstrom Rack $12
Tights: Urban Outfitters $12
Necklace: BP Nordstrom $18
Booties: Target $24
Scarf: BP Nordstrom $24
Coat: H&M $60

Tuesday Trends: Thanksgiving Edition

Only two more days until Thanksgiving! Time to eat, drink and be merry! Check out my favorite turkey day trends for decorating, dressing and dining.

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DIY banners are a fun decoration for any occasion, especially when made with pretty ribbons and beautiful calligraphy. Burlap banners, which have also been popular on Pinterest, add country charm and are a favorite of mine. This dessert table from Paddington Way, complete with a DIY pom pom garland and several tiered cake stands, is a simple, stylish way to serve sweet treats this Thanksgiving.  Hello, mini pumpkin pies!

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For a trendy twist on this traditional fall decoration, try DIY chevron pumpkins from My Sweet Savannah. With a little bit of paint and patience, this front porch staple is transformed from simple to stylish.

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Whether you are spending your turkey day at a fancy soirée or at home dining with your family, you can’t go wrong with a simple dress paired with a sparkly statement necklace. The tailoring and conservative style of this leather dress, found on ador.com, make it look classy and feminine. A statement necklace and simple cross-body bag are the perfect accessories for this polished, sophisticated look.

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Nailed it! This color-block mani featured on NailPop will match any Thanksgiving outfit. The jewel tones topped with gold studs  create a glamorous look and are perfect for fall. b974d59a22a878f6ecb6b8e00c862c29

Give thanks this Thanksgiving with customized place mats. This simple DIY project doubles as decoration and a fun activity. What am I thankful for? My family, friends, health and job, just to name a few. Plus fashion, food, Pinterest… the list could go on and on.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Looks to Keep

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Don’t do too much spring cleaning! There are still some styles from winter that are popping up everywhere this season! Here’s how to transform them from winter wear to spring staples!

  • Peplum. This figure-flattering trend is here to stay! Whether it’s a skirt, dress or top, go for a bright color or fun pattern. A leather peplum top will look great with some mint or neon-colored skinny jeans!
  • Studs. The trendiest detail around! Mix this “tough girl” look  with pastels or lace for a more girly vibe.
  • Leather. Instead of heavy coats think accents: panels on dresses, trims on tank tops and shoulder patches on sweaters.
  • Statement necklaces. Accessories are a great way to add a pop of color, such as mint or coral. The Peter Pan style is also popular to wear with a top or dress that has a simple neckline.
  • Patterned pants. Look for colorful floral prints or brighten up a dark-patterned pair from winter with a pastel or neon top.