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4th of July Looks You’ll Love

Happy Independence Day! In the land that allows you wear whatever you want, take some time to look extra stylish on the 4th. Whether you are hanging out at the parade, going out on the town and watching fireworks, or having a backyard barbeque, here are some looks you’ll love.

Boho Backyard BBQ

Boho 4th of July


Pretty at the Parade

4th of July Preppy and Chic

Flashy at the Fireworks

4th of July Night Out

Let fashion freedom ring!



(re)Purposeful You-DIY accessory tricks

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring three accessories with you…which would you choose? For me, this answer is not difficult…I have a couple of accessory workhorses that I seem to wear all the time. Yesterday though I was struck by a sense of creative curiosity. I was looking for a way to repurpose my favorite accessories so I could wear them multiple ways without having to commit to a total re-haul.

I have come up with a few tips and tricks to repurpose your favorite baubles and trinkets. These techniques are super simple and will take you about 3 minutes to do.

Let’s get started, shall we?

First off is the old “earrings to necklace trick”. You will need:

  • chain necklace
  • earrings with posts and backs (one, two, or three sets will do!)

Slip one of your biggest earrings through the center of your chain and put on the earring back. Then put an earring of the next largest size on either side, and finish off by putting the smallest set on.

Voila…insta-statement necklace! Just take off the “pendants” when you want to wear your earrings normally again.


Second, let’s turn a bracelet into a necklace. You will need:

  • Thin chain necklace
  • Favorite bracelet

Simply loop and secure the thin chain through each end of the bracelet and you have a brand new necklace! You can wear it as is, or over a silk scarf.

Pretty neat, huh? Just unhook the thin chain necklace and your bracelet is wrist ready again.


Finally. transform your favorite scarf into a vest! It is so simple and only takes a few steps.

  • Fold scarf in half in a lengthwise, so it’s half the original length
  • Tie the top left corner and the top right corner together
  • Open it up
  • Put it on
  • Add a belt if you want for some waist definition.

How cute is that? When you need some neck warmth, just untie the ends!


With these fun tips and tricks, you can create some unique and one of a kind accessories.


Style. Study.Savvy

Going to the Emerald City

In case you haven’t heard, emerald is the color of 2013. Pantone, the color authority, describes Pantone 17-5641 Emerald as “Lively. Radiant. Lush…A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

(source: Astro Universal)

I can’t help but to think that emerald’s description serves as a bit of a suggestion for life in 2013. Perhaps 2013 will be a year to focus on living a balanced and harmonious life. In addition, basic color pyschology suggests that the color green invokes feelings of growth, relaxation, and rejuvenation…oh my! That being said, emerald green accents would make for a great addition to your work space.  If you can, try painting a bookshelf or cabinet in this lush color. Feelings of rejuvenation and growth will reflect in your work and you will be feeling like a brainiac in no time!


(source: European Paint Finishes)

DIY furniture refinishes not your thing? Just go ahead and incorporate this gem of a color into your wardrobe through small accents, like…


(Purse: Cambridge Satchel Company, Pumps: STEVEN by Steve Madden, Belt: Romwe, Earrings: Amrita Singh, Scarf: Abercrombie, Necklace: Amrita Singh

Perhaps you are bit more courageous and prefer to have your outfit pack a colorful punch.  Amp up your basic items such jeans, tunics, and sweaters in this bold hue to create a magically alluring effect.


(Pants: Karen Kane, Sweater: JK2, Tunic: ModCloth)

Surely, emerald green is the color that is bound to get your very fashionable heart racing this year.



Ultimate Christmas Wish List

Ultimate Christmas Wish List.

Ultimate Christmas Wish List

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Christmas is quickly approaching (T-18 days!). So this begs the question, “What do you have on your Christmas Wish List?” To me, this season is all about blush tones, soft scarves, and looootttttsssss of bling. I am talking about rhinestones and crystals on everything from bracelets to iPad cases. If you are looking for a stellar Christmas gift for the lady in your life, check out these options.

1. Glittery iPad case: It’s colorful, it’s bright, and your nifty tech gadget will never be out of sight!

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2. Metallic jeans: This interesting take on a classic apparel item blends the best of both worlds: the comfort of denim with an eye-catching twist. These would be perfect for New Year’s Eve.

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(via Main Elements Apparel)

3. Perfume/Cologne: It’s easy, it’s simple. Besides, everyone likes to smell good!Screen Shot 2012-12-07 at 10.33.49 AM

(via Main Elements Apparel)

4.  Leg warmers/boot socks: Pull on a pair of these so that they peek out over your boots. Such an easy way to add some interest to a plain outfit.

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(via Main Elements Apparel)

5. Scarves: these are my favorite Christmas gifts to buy for others because they are affordable, and I have never met anybody who doesn’t like scarves. They can be soft, fuzzy, plaid, or sparkly. Check out your local boutique for these items. Chances are you will find an item that no one else has!

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(via Main Elements Apparel)

6. Cocktail dress: This closet staple will make a reappearance for New Year’s Eve parties.

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(via Main Elements Apparel)

7. Wrap bracelets: Wrap bracelets were this summers hottest trend, and there is no chance that they are going out of style anytime soon. Can’t go wrong with this item.

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(via Main Elements Apparel)

8. Anything homemade: Truly, it’s the thought that counts. Some of my most treasured gifts have been photos, scrapbooks, and recipe books. Knowing that someone took the time and effort to make you a treasure is almost unbeatable.

9. Good lip balm and lotion: I am not talking about the $2 stuff that you get at Walgreens. I am talking about good quality and highly scented products. My favorite line is Tokyo Milk’s “Dark”. These scents are rich, bold, and earthy. My favorites are their “Salted Caramel” lip balm and “Excess” lotion, that draws out the fragrances of amber resin, oak bark, blood orange, and patchouli. Check out your local boutiques to find exclusive lines of products.

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(via Main Elements Apparel)

10. Donations on behalf of charities: Christmas is the season of giving. Look into local charities and make a contribution on someone’s behalf. Nothing beats the feeling of helping out a soul in need. My favorites are:

St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital

Smile Train

Salvation Army

Also, don’t forget that your local community will have countless toy drives and “angel” tree opportunities!

Have you been naughty or nice this year? Your Christmas wishes might depend on it!



Happy Halloween!

Hello readers,

Looks like Halloween is fast approaching (T-12 days!) You know what that means right? Time to come up with some sort of “original” costume, because really, can you stand to be a witch or a nurse again?!?

Also, did I mention that these costumes are DIY? Complete appropriate for broke college students like me who don’t want to spend $60 on 1 foot of shiny spandex.

1. A “black-eyed pea”

  • t-shirt
  • write the letter “P” on it
  • add some black paint around one of your eyes

2. Steve Jobs (or his wife, if you are a lady)

  • Jeans
  • black turtleneck (tucked in)
  • rimless glasses
  • carry around and Apple product


3. Britney Spears circa 2007

  • hoodie
  • gym shorts
  • flip-flops
  • umbrella
  • see pic below for a reference

4. Olympic Gymast

  • tight camisole
  • windbreaker pants
  • really high, tight ponytail
  • scrunchie
  • a lot of clips
  • take some inspiration from Mckayla Maroney (although she may not be impressed)

5. Runaway Bride

  • white dress
  • sneakers

6. Adam or Eve

  • Boxer shorts (man)
  • cheap tank dress (woman)
  • hot glue fake leaves onto garment
  • carry around and apple!

Whatever you chose to do…be creative! This is the one day a year where you can be anything you want. Dig around the depths of your closet or visit a thrift store…you may surprised with the inspiration you find.



Friday Favorites-The Boy Wonder

 (Style: Boy Wonder.) 

I can’t vouch for any of my readers, but most of the guys in my life struggle with defining their personal clothing style. Living in a midwestern coal mining town, terms that involve daily wardrobe essentials are lost on the average male civilian. While demographics play a part in this misfortune, I  believe there is a huge misconception about personal style and fashion when it comes to the male gender. I’ve spent countless hours trying to convince my brother and husband that it isn’t okay to wear your gym shoes as everyday shoe-wear, or that it’s actually incredibly attractive when guys wear slim-fitting denim,v-neck tops layered with cardigans, scarves, and slouchy hats. I might be defining personal taste here, but I can say that overall, there is a large gray area between what most men will wear, won’t wear, and don’t know about style.

So here is a small check-list I’ve compiled for the average gent. Some pointers, do’s and don’ts, and a few tips that can help you guys that are curious yet clueless about fashion and defining your personal style:

1. Layering – Don’t be afraid to layer. Layering is a great way to define your style and keep warm without feeling/looking like an eskimo. Example outfit: Fitted t-shirt, zip-up hoodie, leather moto-jacket on top. Mixing textures and fabrics is a bonus.

2. Jeans that fit – I can’t stress how wretched it is to witness guys who wear over-sized, diaper-bottom jeans. Spend some time finding jeans that fit your body type and experiment with different styles and cuts. Make sure they aren’t too long and aren’t too short. Bonus points for rocking cropped trousers with flashy socks (Orlando Bloom, yes, please!)

3. Shoes – Like I stressed before, there is one time and place for your workout shoes only, and that is the gym. Please keep them in your gym bag otherwise. Don’t get stuck in a rut because you can’t find a “comfortable pair of shoes,” most insoles can be replaced with custom orthotics. The pair of shoes you choose will make or break your outfit.

4. Shopping isn’t your thing? Spend some time browsing the internet. Everything you could imagine, right at your fingertips. If not, shop at a local clothing boutique. They are (usually) always willing to spend some time finding items that fit your personality. (Biggest difference between private and corporate…SHOP LOCAL!!!)

5. Experiment. Go outside your box. Pair a bright colored jacket with white trousers. Roll your jeans up and go sockless.Wear some leather ankle bracelets. Invest in colorful socks. Invest in a blazer. Extra points if it’s colored. Have fun with it and be prepared for some odd looks and comments. It’s to be expected. What fun is it looking like everyone else? Be you. Everyone else is already taken.

For the love of fashion,


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