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

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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.

 

H M print blazer
$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 :)