Hot Pink and Happy

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A simple, hot pink piece is an easy way to brighten up any outfit. I love this chiffon tee because of its versatility it can be dressed up with a black skirt and heels or worn casually with denim and flats. For a laid back look, I paired it with my go-to jeans, patterned flats and a geometric statement necklace.

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Hot pink is a fun color to play with because it can be adapted to fit a variety of personal styles. Pairing this top with leather leggings and strappy stilettos creates a sleek, sexy look with some edge. On the other side of the spectrum, wearing this hue with a stylish skater skirt and delicate sandals yields a more feminine ensemble. No matter what your clothing personality is, there is always room for this bright color in your closet!

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Jeans: Citizens of Humanity

Leopard Flats: Target

Hot Pink Tee: BP Nordstrom (Lush)

Necklace: BP Nordstrom

Closet Cleanse

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After checking out the new styles at the Nordstrom sale, I was inspired to clean out my closet to get ready for the new season. I have so many pieces that I never wear anymore, but have been holding on to just in case. Instead of keeping these mediocre items, I decided to give my closet (and mind) a nice cleanse. Hopefully these tips well help you create a clutter-free closet that portrays the best version of yourself :)

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Unleash the real you. Your closet expresses who you are, so I want it to present who I am right now and who I dream of being. I feel like I have matured in the last year and I want my wardrobe to reflect that. It felt great to shed pieces that no longer fit with my inner self. Goodbye college party wardrobe!

Ask yourself the below questions about each garment and if they answer is “yes” to all four, then it’s a keeper!

  1. Do I love it?
  2. Does it look my age?
  3. Is it flattering?
  4. Is it the image I want to project – sophisticated, strong, sexy, etc.?

One issue I noticed was that I would hang on to pieces because it fit the dress code for work, but I didn’t actually like it anymore. I decided to get rid of these so that I wouldn’t be lazy and throw them on in the morning. This will force me to look my best every day.

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Define your style – preppy, edgy, trendy, bohemian? Once you establish the look you are going for, it’s easy to toss pieces that don’t fit into your wardrobe anymore. Try looking at Pinterest for inspiration and make a list of the key pieces that will help you build your desired wardrobe. While looking at items you already own, ask yourself if it is in line with the style you are trying to achieve. If not, then it’s time for it to go.

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Be honest with yourself. Do you really wear it or does it just hang in your closet day after day? If you haven’t worn a piece of clothing in more than a year, chances are you won’t miss it.

Another problem I have come across is that I have an item I like, but nothing else in my closet matches it. I have a pair of patterned, high-waisted shorts that I like the style of, but when I put them on they just never look right with any of my tops. I’d rather sell them and make money to buy something new instead of having them sit unworn in my closet.

Now that you’ve completed your closet purge, what should you do with the giveaway items? I’ve had good luck with Plato’s Closet and recently signed up for Poshmark, an app that allows you to share Instagram-style photos of the items and sell them to other users.

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{Clothing photos are from Peridot Boutique}

 

Tuesday Trends: 4th of July

It’s officially time for fireworks, sunshine and barbecues! The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays because it’s the epitome of summer complete with outdoor celebrations with friends and family, patriotic treats and red, white and blue fashion. Below are a few links that have inspired me to plan a fun, festive day!

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{My 4th of July sugar cookie bars topped with red, white and blue}

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{American Flag Cake from FOOD52}

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{4th of July fashion inspiration on Pinterest}

4th candles

{Patriotic Glitter Candles from A Pumpkin and a Princess}

4th decor

{Independence Day decor inspired by The Golden Sycamore}

 

Get the Look: Lauren Conrad

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Lauren Conrad is my style icon and role model in life – I am inspired by everything she does, whether that’s starting her own clothing line or taking a beautiful Instagram photo. When it comes to fashion, she always looks chic and stylish. I recently saw this look in Darling Magazine and love how simple it is while also incorporating trendy elements, such as the asymmetrical skirt. It’s a great business casual outfit for summer. To get the look, start with a basic black tank top layered under a beige blazer. Pair with a white asymmetrical skirt or skort (yes, skorts are back!). I never would have thought about pairing the white and light beige hues, but it looks crisp and classy. Finish the look with some strappy black heels. When it comes to beauty, a berry-colored lip gloss will pop against the neutral tones of the ensemble. To complete the polished, yet casual look, pull hair back into a sleek ponytail.

 

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$43 – hm.com

H&M suede shoes
$68 – hm.com

Nyx lipstick
nastygal.com

Tuesday Trends: Spring Essentials

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It’s officially spring! Time for florals, bright colors and distressed denim. The fun fashion trends this season allow for a lot of creativity and there are several versatile pieces that should be in every closet. These are some of my favorite pieces and spring wardrobe staples.

Spring Fashion Trend: D’Orsay Flats

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Here comes the sun! With temperatures reaching 80 degrees in Vegas, it’s time to dive into spring fashion. D’Orsay flats are one of my favorite trends this season. These BC flats from Nordstrom add a fun pop of color to any outfit. They easily dress up distressed jeans and would compliment the popular boyfriend style since they add a sexy, feminine touch. I paired them with a simple, neutral-toned outfit so that they would be the focus of the ensemble. I’m also excited to wear them with my coral, Aztec-print skirt to create a fun, colorful look.

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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.

Tuesday Trends

Happy Trendy Tuesday! From fashion to fishtails, below are five of my favorite trends right now.tag

We all know how important first impressions are, so the wrapping on a gift can be just as memorable as the present itself. These printable gift tags from Anna and Blue Paperie definitely dress to impress. The basic brown paper with the pale pink ribbon and black and white string creates a fun look that is almost too cute to open!

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This is why I wish I had long, thick hair. The undone fishtail braid that transitions to a normal braid looks both effortless and stylish.

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It’s not news that chevron is popular right now, but I love the rustic look of this DIY dresser from Shanelle Marie. I’ve been staining and painting a lot of our furniture lately and I want to give this design a try on my next piece. It’s modern, yet has the country charm I am hoping to fill my house with.

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I love this cozy, feminine outfit. The pastel pink contrasts with the studded details and metal accessories to create a girly, yet edgy look. The winter white jeans complete the sweet, “sugar plum fairy” ensemble.

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I’ve been loving antler accessories, whether it’s home decor or jewelry. This necklace from MADE in Jackson Hole, Wyo. would be a great everyday necklace because it would go with anything. They sell other unique, handmade items as well.

Thanksgiving Outfits for Every Dress Code

Tomorrow is the big day! From fancy to festive and everything in between, these four outfits are perfect for a variety of Thanksgiving plans.

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For a casual gathering at home with family and friends, cozy leggings (hello, elastic waistband!) paired with an oversized sweater and infinity scarf creates a stylish, yet laid-back look. The sequin elbow patches glam up this basic sweater and add a trendy touch.

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Heading to a festive, fancy soirée? The gold embellishments amp up this little black dress. Show a little skin – but not too much. This tight, short dress is balanced with the long sleeves and high neckline, which creates a sophisticated style. Accessorize with dangly earrings and heeled booties or pumps for a glamorous look.

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Friendsgiving calls for more of a funky, relaxed vibe. Layering a feminine lace dress with an edgy leather jacket definitely achieves that look. It’s all in the details – the studs on the jacket and turquoise ring bring this outfit together.

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‘Tis the season for sparkles! Sequins aren’t just for New Year’s Eve. As LaurenConrad.com shows, a chunky, knit sweater can dress down a metallic skirt. Complete the look with tights and booties for an effortless ensemble.

I hope everyone has an amazing (and trendy) Thanksgiving! :)

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!

Tuesday Trends

It is only fitting that I share my favorite trends (and treats) on a weekly basis. That is the name of my blog after all, so this is my inaugural “Tuesday Trends” post. I’ll be sharing my favorite trends in everything from fashion and beauty to home décor and crafts.

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I’ve seen these DIY tassel garlands all over Pinterest lately. They are cute for the upcoming holidays, but can also add festive flare to your home year-round. I found this tutorial from The Cottage Market, which I want to try soon.

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Studs are here to stay. These Steve Madden flats will add a trendy touch to even the simplest outfits.
{ Jeans + basic t-shirt or sweater + studded, leopard print loafers = instantly chic }
It’s simple style math.

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 Second-day hair at it’s finest. This double fishtail braid from Hotunot is perfect for a laid-back, yet put-together style. The basic French braid seamlessly transitions into a side-swept fishtail braid.

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Vintage Christmas ornaments. I love that the colors and patterns give the decorations a retro look. Twinkling white lights would really make them shine! Can you believe Christmas is coming up?! I can’t. Winter is supposed to be cloudy, rainy and cozy; not sunny, warm and bright like it is in Las Vegas. I can’t wait to get into the Christmas spirit when I visit Washington next month :)

Bootie, Bootie, Booties Rockin’ Everywhere!

Must-have fall footwear? Booties! From edgy to girly and classic to country, these chic shoes work with any style. Here are my picks for the top booties of the season.

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Studded. For the tough girl or girly girl, these booties from Target are the perfect finishing touch to any outfit. For an edgy look, pair with leather leggings and an oversized graphic sweatshirt. To soften up the studs, pair with a feminine, floral dress.

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Cut-outs aren’t just for dresses and tops anymore. Booties are hot on their heels with this trendy look. Dress them down with denim or up with a classic LBD. LuLu*s has a vast selection of sexy shoes, including these nude heels.

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Leopard print. Take a walk on the wild side with this stand-out style. It’s important to keep your outfit simple when you wear a statement shoe. Chic skinnies, an oversized top and minimal accessories make the fancy footwear the focal point of your ensemble.

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Lace adds instant country charm. This pair from Francesca’s is the ultimate in cowboy chic. They would look adorable with a girly skirt and chambray top.

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Metal accents, such as the toe and buckles on these REPORT Signature booties from Nordstrom, add a fancy, sophisticated touch to simple shoes.

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Peep Toe. Make sure to have on pretty polish with this contemporary cut! I got this pair from Nordstrom during the Anniversary Sale. They go with everything and add instant style to a basic dress or skinny jeans.

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Oxford and menswear are also popular styles this season. This pair by Restricted from DSW has a feminine flare with the wedge, laces and cut-out.

What are your favorite picks for the season? Feel free to share :)

Happy shopping!

Fourth of July Fashion

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Whether you’re spending the 4th of July at a barbecue, parade or firework show, this outfit shows off your style and patriotic spirit! It’s not hard to find an American flag graphic tee or tank because they are right on trend this season. A cross body bag with fringe adds a laid-back vibe to your look.Cowboy boots and cut-off shorts and some country style, which is definitely appropriate for this holiday. Fun fact: July 4th is also National Country Music Day! Yes, I will be celebrating, just as I do everyday. There’s no better way to kick off the summer than with friends, family, country music, good food and hopefully some sun!

Bringing Sexy Back

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Super-short skirts and plunging V-neck tops are a thing of the past. An open back is the new, subtle way to show some skin! It gives an unexpected peek without revealing too much. With a higher neckline in the front, but a revealing cut in the back you will look sexy yet tasteful! It’s a trend that works with everything from evening gowns and sundresses to chiffon tops and basic T-shirts. This chic and sophisticated style is a must-have for your closet this spring!

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Spring Style

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It’s beginning to look a lot like spring! At least at the mall… I can’t wait until spring weather finally arrives in Seattle so that I can wear fun, new clothes! These are some of my favorite trends this season. I love just about anything as long as it comes in mint or coral: shoes, tops, jeans, dresses, purses, jewelry… I want it all! Lace is also popping up on everything again this spring and is great for a girly look. The chevron craze is not coming to a halt either. This dress will look great with boots while it’s still chilly, but will be fun with nude heels or camel-colored flats this summer. What are you most excited to wear this season? Let me know if you have any other favorite trends, too!