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Summer 16′ Jewelry Must-Haves: Guest Writer

Hey guys! I’m insanely excited to introduce the gorgeous, the talented, my latest guest writer: Beth Pembrook. She’s an incredible freelance writer and a student in London. (You can contact her at bethany.pembrook@gmail.com and/or @bethanypembrook.) Can’t wait for you guys to read her article and fall in love with her as much as I did.


When it comes to buying jewelry, I’m a bit of an addict. I make purchase after purchase – because I see so much out there that I absolutely love! The problem is, I usually end up spending so much money on individual statement pieces and then hardly ever wearing them! That’s why this summer I decided to carefully pick of a few stand out pieces that I could wear day in, day out. I wanted styles that wouldn’t get bored of, but also that I could wear day and night.
If you’re keen on doing the same, here are a few tips I have for selecting for Summer 2016 Must-Haves.
Don’t over-do it with the Ear Bling

I am self-confessed earring addict. I have more pairs than I like the think about to be honest. But really, with so many styles and varieties out there – it’s hard not to be! So my advice for this summer is to not go overboard when buying yourself some new earrings. Select a pair that you can wear straight from the office to a festival somewhere, like these super cute Theo Fennell Yellow Gold Bee Earrings (which I’m obsessed with).

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Or these Topshop Tortoiseshell Semi Circle Earrings which really make a statement without going over the top.

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Go for a Dainty Necklace


Don’t get me wrong, I love a statement necklace as much as the next girl, but Summer 16’ is all about the more delicate neckwear. A dainty necklace can be worn every day, but will also add an extra sparkle to an evening outfit. They really are designed to look as good with a plain t-shirt as they do with a LBD. Take a look at this pretty rose gold hexagon twist necklace from River Island – a must have necklace for this summer in my opinion.

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Alternatively, a new trend I’ve seen around is to actually buy loose pendants, stones or diamonds online, in order to create your own unique necklace! You can get a rope chain, like this Rope Necklace from ASOS, for day/festival wear, and a gold or silver chain for more formal occasions – 2 necklaces in 1!

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Sterling Silver Rings

I for one have spent hundreds and hundreds of pounds in the past on statement rings that I’ve only worn a handful of times before they’ve turned my finders green – (yuck!). So my advice to you this summer is to go for the (slightly) more expensive sterling silver variety. These are still on budget, but will last a lot longer then any other costume jewelry. I love, love, love these stacking rings from Accessorize. They’re so cute and will go with ANY summer outfit – guaranteed.

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I hope these tips help you select the best pieces for you this summer. The general idea for this season is to get over the larger-than-life statement bauble earrings, and huge gem-stone rings, by downsizing for some prettier alternatives.

Featured Shop: “Ball Cap Shack” ft. Ayron Webb

So there’s this online shop from Florida called “Ball Cap Shack. I’m so excited to show you guys because I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on them & I think they’re super trendy! The shop is super lowkey & their hats are really chill, so I chose a model (Ayron Webb) who fit the aspect. You can check out the shop here.

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They don’t just have baseball caps, they also have beanies. You can get different colors and patterns while doing minor customizations!


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I received two “Do Nothing Club” hats: one in white and one in black (featured in pictures). You get the option of picking out the lettering and the colors. I also received a “Plain Green Camo” hat which is featured as well. The camo cap comes in pink as well and you can request your own lettering! I dropped some more pictures below & I hope you guys check it out! Much love xo

Style Appreciation Post: Cole Sprouse

Hey guys! This is my first Style Appreciation Post, but I plan on doing many more in the future 🙂 So, recently I’ve been seeing Cole Sprouse all over Twitter for his latest distinct style. Can we just take a minute to soak in the fact that even though Cole’s not doing any huge projects right now, he’s still taking the internet by storm.

If you don’t recognize the name, you’ll recognize the face. Cole & his brother played Zack and Cody on the hit Disney Channel show “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”. Ladies and gentleman: welcome to my official Cole Sprouse appreciation post. Cole’s been combining vintage and modern trends to create the most chilling looks.

 

This is hands down one of Cole’s most popular photos. The way the overalls put the entire piece together inspires the shoes. Oxfords and loafers go great when you’re trying to create something vintage. If you look closely you can see the accessories: a ring on his thumb and a watch.

This is hands down one of Cole’s most popular photos. The way the overalls put the entire piece together inspires the shoes. Oxfords and loafers go great when you’re trying to create something vintage. If you look closely you can see the accessories: a ring on his thumb and a watch.

This is one of my favorites just because it looks like something right out of an old movie. I feel like Aubrey Hepburn could step right into the scene. Cole’s classic look includes a skinny suit but no accessories. If he did have accessories they’d probably take away from the “classic” vibe that’s going on. There’s another picture from this particular shoot where he leaves the button up unbuttoned, giving it a California feel.

This is one of my favorites just because it looks like something right out of an old movie. I feel like Aubrey Hepburn could step right into the scene. Cole’s classic look includes a skinny suit but no accessories. If he did have accessories they’d probably take away from the “classic” vibe that’s going on. There’s another picture from this particular shoot where he leaves the button up unbuttoned, giving it a California feel.

This next look was interesting because he pieced together a raw denim shirt with blue jeans. Cole is the first guy I’ve ever seen to pull this look off. Usually denim on denim comes off tacky but the way he matched it with the jacket comes together almost effortlessly.

This next look was interesting because he pieced together a raw denim shirt with blue jeans. Cole is the first guy I’ve ever seen to pull this look off. Usually denim on denim comes off tacky but the way he matched it with the jacket comes together almost effortlessly.

This. I saw this and LITERALLY sent it to like five of my friends. Cole's glasses are very peculiar. The aged look seems to be his best. I kinda got a young Leonardo Decaprio vibe.

This. I saw this and LITERALLY sent it to like five of my friends. Cole’s glasses are very peculiar. The aged look seems to be his best. I kinda got a young Leonardo DiCaprio vibe.

Well that’s all for my first Style Appreciation Post, but I’ll leave some pictures below. Thanks for reading guys! If you know of anyone you’d like to nominate for next time, please feel free to comment!

Art by Noko

Collaborating with Noah Kocher was the greatest decision. I love finding extraordinary, talented people in this world who aren’t caught up in all the fraudulent hype. You can’t help but become inspired by someone fighting for something they love.

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Art by Noko is this totally rad shop I actually discovered on Etsy. This young artist’s fashionable artwork drew me in & I immediately contacted him. He has posters, t-shirts, and my personal favorite: stickers! There’s no way you can look at his work and not feel something wonderful.

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Although there’s many distinctive kinds of drawings, my favorites are the ones about space & travel. I can literally loose myself in the depths of the universe or the roads leading to adventure.

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The stickers are SO big but only $3.00, while shipping is extremely inexpensive. He ships worldwide and everything is handmade! Please please, do yourself a favor and check it out! I put mine on my laptop, where will you stick yours? You can explore Noah’s shop HERE and his Instagram HERE. Thanks for reading guys and make sure to subscribe! xoxo, Mikayla.

Happy Head Tees

You know how everyone has that one shirt that they live in? I’m talking eat, sleep, wear & repeat. Happy Head Tees was kind enough to send me one of those shirts! Before I reveal it, lemme tell you a little bit about this adorable shop. Happy Head Tees is located in Atlanta, Georgia. They do custom orders but if you have nothing in mind, they have a gigantic collection of the neatest graphic t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, and tank tops! One of my favorite things about this shop, is that their shirts are printed on American Apparel 50/50 poly-cotton t-shirts. Not only that, they’re SO reasonably priced it’s insane. For those of you that don’t know, I’m a vegetarian & occasional vegan. This shop truly has a little bit of everything. They have a section based solely on animal rights. The shirt HHT generously sent me was their “Friends, Not Food.” tee. (You can check it out here.”) If you need a last minute graduation gift but don’t wanna break the bank, Happy Head Tees is your place!

Simon’s VIP Shopper Night

 

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while. I’m not sure if it’s procrastination or I’m still in shock. I’m so honored to have been invited to do a style session for Simon’s VIP Shopper Night. It wasn’t my first appearance as a writer but, it was my first time talking about what I love in front of all my wonderful friends and family. I picked “UrbanWear” as my theme because living in a small town, it’s what I see less of. Individuality.

I chose 3 models: Adayzha James, Alex Webb, and Kaylee Jeffries (Miss Young Teen Greer). They were kind enough to let me dress them up, huge thank you Banana Republic for the clothes. (You can explore their website here.) As we arrived, the velvet ropes were going up and the vendors were setting up.

Adayzha: Her gorgeous shaded black hat matched perfectly with the floral romper. The green army jacket fitted effortlessly with the brown belt fastened. When you’re thinking urban, green is definitely a must. If anyone could’ve rocked this outfit it was HER.

Kaylee: The first outfit that I chose for her was stunning, but she has such a radiant personality that we got more creative. Black and white stripes will NEVER disappoint. In fact, I think it was her idea. We threw a blue jean jacket over it to create the most amazing combination. Green pants? I think yes.

Alex: Alex’s look wasn’t very difficult. As much as I hate to admit it, guys usually rock the urban look without even trying. The pattern on the button-up coordinated along with the blue shorts and tan jacket. When you’re thinking urban, think solid colors with patterns.

 

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I’d like to thank Brave Relations, Simon Properties, and Banana Republic. Can’t wait until next time!

“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” —Gianni Versace

Style Steal w/ Guest Blogger “Locating Lifestyle”

Hey guys it’s Mikayla. So today, Paige of Locating Lifestyle is guest blogging! You can check her blog out hereeeee. This blue haired beauty & I paired up to discuss the one. The only. Zoe Kravitz. Her style is breathtaking while the simplicity is enough to make you shudder. Here’s her Style Steal:

 


 

Hey loves,

I’m rather excited to share with you today a style steal post! The style we are stealing today comes from one of the queens of street style, Zoe Kravitz. I find so much inspiration in this woman when it comes to style! In my opinion, Zoe is one of those people that can pull off any look and not even just pull it off. She manages to rock it! Some of my favorite moments of her is when she was photographed in the street on an average day in casual everyday clothing. The way she can pull together simple pieces such as converse and sweat pants into a stylish outfit is simply magnificent. The outfit we are going to dive into today has different features you can pull inspiration from to make an outfit of your own, but this post is going to focus on recreating Zoe’s specific outfit in the picture below.

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Let’s get going!!!

Gray Undershirt: http://us.sheinside.com/Grey-Short-Sleeve-High-Low-T-Shirt-p-217651-cat-1738.html?url_from=platee150615501&gclid=Cj0KEQjw2sO3BRD49-zdzfb8iLwBEiQAFZgZfGR8j6y8zFNAbQeKTCEm6QTs6VQjvTte2o7hHbNpBBoaAkpN8P8HAQ

Camel Sweater: http://www.rosewe.com/long-sleeve-skew-neck-khaki-sweater-g142339.html?currency=USD&gclid=Cj0KEQjw2sO3BRD49-zdzfb8iLwBEiQAFZgZfJ6x1nU3NJaPBptwGpbxjWi41Q_66v3PS9fWjveRh-AaAuAE8P8HAQ

Wide leg Camel Pant: https://sophieandtrey.com/high-waisted-trousers-camel?gclid=Cj0KEQjw2sO3BRD49-zdzfb8iLwBEiQAFZgZfEL_6aDt54RIGmHAP90RWy6GJT_0o1TtU3d_5LMpSy0aAkVm8P8HAQ

Camel Trench Coat: http://www.asos.com/New-Look/New-Look-Double-Breasted-Waistcoat/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6197179&cid=11893&Rf-800=-1,57&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Camel&totalstyles=35&gridsize=3

Black Creepers: http://www.hottopic.com/product/black-lace-up-creeper/10431818.html?CM_MMC=CSE-_-GGL-_-Shoes-_-1_9999W1_CSE_GGL_Shoes_10431811&003=29905769&010=10431818&mr:referralID=a9146368-f02a-11e5-8e98-0050569406b5&gclid=Cj0KEQjw2sO3BRD49-zdzfb8iLwBEiQAFZgZfAtBqm7NuQsQekl6bkLrHD0WmAZII9_nlaCD0sInpLsaAklv8P8HAQ

Ray Ban Sunnies: http://www.ray-ban.com/usa/sunglasses/RB3447%20MALE%20031-round%20metal-gold/805289439899?category_Id=25800

Black Leather Satchel: http://www.steinmart.com/mondani-new-york-shaffer-buckle-tabs-satchel-zid25-59405183/cat-25-catid-50?gdftrk=gdfV217917_a_7c1522_a_7c5673_a_7c59405183&kid=154b5013-a9d7-42e9-a4c6-fa696b63f5c9&utm_medium=&utm_term=&utm_content=&utm_campaign=&camp=ppc:google:PLA%7CCatchAll%7CT1:Non-Brand:All:all%5Cother&gclid=Cj0KEQjw2sO3BRD49-zdzfb8iLwBEiQAFZgZfESRgzSohnfYg0KhNuqGjn7UyYH_V5UuVVee8Z3PnMwaAjjV8P8HAQ

Menswear in the Women’s Closet: Guest Blogger

 

It’s my delight to introduce a guest blogger Paige Callahan of Locating LifeStylePaige is an artist, photographer, and fashionista. Although her specialty is fashion, she blogs about just about everything. She’s incredible and without further ado, here’s Paige!

By: Paige Callahan


 

Lately I’ve been really inspired by menswear, and the idea of women taking pieces from the mens section and wearing them on a day-to-day basis.Today we are going to break menswear into two categories: Casual & Dress. I’m going to give you a few images of the women I find inspiration in concerning menswear, talk a little about what they are wearing and how its menswear inspired, and give you all some tips on how to incorporate menswear into your wardrobe.

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Zendaya

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Erykah

Erykah Badu and Zendaya Coleman are two current women that are rocking this style and they are the two we will be focussing on today. They each have a very different take on the style, and that’s why I chose them. While Erykah stays true to her funky, excessive but put-together style, Zendaya goes her more more streamline, smart, and street-chic approach. We’re going to start with looking at each of their takes on bringing casual menswear into the woman closet and then move right on into the semi-formal outfits!

Casual:
The star piece in this outfit I would have to say are the overalls. The piece itself gives for a more tomboy feel, and the distress adds to the relaxed vibe of the outfit. Like always Erykah’s accessories are a key piece in the outfit and a way she stays true to her style. The way she has layered necklaces that have a single piece on a more bulky chain feeds to the idea of a chain a man might wear. I think it’s important Erykah pulls her look together with a trench style coat and black high-healed booties. The red studded accessory at the top of the booties allows for a smooth transition between the contrasting footwear and denim overalls.
Pulling inspiration straight from a man’s closet, Zendaya is seen in this picture wearing a flat bill NY hat and a fitted white tank. She has also played on the distressed looking denim adding to the tomboy look. The black high-healed boots and trench are used here again to streamline the look for a more put together feel while staying relaxed. The gold hardware seen on her boots and her hoop earrings are more of a metal that would also be seen in the men’s fashion world.

 

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Dress: 
Once again Erykah has taken inspiration from menswear by styling a set of leather overalls with a fur cuff at the ankle, a streamlined trench, and the simple statement necklaces that could resemble a man’s chain. One of the new menswear pieces that stands out in this piece for me is the top-hat. This is something I have seen Erykah wear multiple times and she never fails to rock it. Her bold frames also add to the more masculine side of the outfit. The whole idea of limited color in her outfit is very reminiscent of what most guys are comfortable with in their own wardrobe.
Zendaya slayed this plaid two piece suit. It’s clear to her see the menswear inspiration in the outfit through the colors, patterns, and fact structure of the suit. By using a white t-shirt Zendaya was able to let her primary colored plaid set stand out even with her flashy gold accessories. I love how the tone of the metal accessories bring out the glow in her skin tone. The whole outfit works together in a way that creates a chic woman in power vibe while still being playful and young!.

Tips Styling Menswear
1.) Stay simple in regards to pattern, color, and accessories.
-Stick with earth tones and maybe a splash of reds and blues. Patterns should stay manly by wearing geometric prints such as plaid, and vertical and horizontal line. Accessories should also be simple and not have too much bling or color.
2.) Look for more classic pieces.
-Pieces such as a tapered trouser and a simple white tee can instantly create a blank menswear template for you to add your own touch too.
3.) Raid your dad’s closet.
-Finding inspiration in men around you is one of the best ways to find your own take on the menswear trend. Using pieces from your dad or brother’s closet makes for a great place to start trying things out.

Charleston Fashion Week: I sat across from Fern Mallis??

CHARLESTON FASHION WEEK WAS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. Huge thank you to the staff for providing our passes. On Saturday March 19th, I had the honor of covering this event with upcoming designer/close friend Makaila. You can check out her shop here and I’ll put her social media here. She’s also an upcoming photographer from Atlanta who kindly agreed to come along and photograph the event.

First of all, just being in Charleston was fascinating. Although it wasn’t my first trip, getting to explore on our own time was such a breathe of air. The palm trees gently brushed against a nearby Urban Outfitters, while the smell of food intoxicated the air. For those who don’t know, most of the movie The Notebook was actually filmed on King Street in Charleston. Plus, even though the fashion show was in Marion Square, we were walking distance from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Passing the church where so many innocent people were killed was eery, but inspiring. Just another addition to a life changing night.

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The Youngest Models of the Night

 

On arrival of the event, we headed to the media section to pick up our press passes. I was literally shaking with excitement. Fern Mallis was the lead judge of the show, who traveled all the way from New York. As Creator of New York Fashion week, she leads fashion shows worldwide including Miami, Los Angeles, and Moscow. Fern was a host of 92Y Fashion Icon series with guest such as Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, and Dian von Furstenberg. She appeared on Project Runway, America’s Next Top Model, She’s Got the Look, and The Fashion Show. I actually read an article before the show from September. Fern was offered a front row seat at Kanye’s Yeezy Season 2 collection but Kanye was a little upset that she didn’t show up. You can read the article here.

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Makaila (right) and I

The lavishly furnished tents reeked of preparation for what lie ahead. Security guards and policeman surrounded the tents. There wasn’t a model in sight, just eager guests waiting to see what the designers had in store. (You can watch my video of the BELK tent here.) I arrived to my seat early. Sparking VOSS waters comfortably sat on each chair. The seats on my row were all labeled media. I was seated on the second row mid stage.

During the show countdown, I noticed a lot of commotion on the other side of the runway. It turned out, all the designers and special guests were right across from me. Including Andrea Serrano. She arrived in a stunning red dress, gracefully greeting the guests around her. Andrea wasn’t only a weekly judge, she’s a popular fashion blogger in the Charleston area. Not only did she do the costume shopping for Army Wives, she also worked with national brands such as Refinery 29, Williams Sonoma, Macy’s, QVC, Maybelline, Sony Records, and more. You can check out her blog here.

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Fern Mallis (middle) acting as Lead Judge

I was fortunate enough to acquire press passes to the Emerging Designer Competition. (You can watch my videos of the other lines hereherehere, and here.) Everyone’s lines were so unique but the one that really stood out to me, and apparently the judges as well, was Destani Hoffman’s line. She expressed her emotions in her pieces which were dark, leaving everyone hopelessly mesmerized. As the winner, she received $10,000 as well as an internship. You can see the clip of her line I got here.

After the show we skipped the after party and headed back to the hotel. Some locals informed us that even at such a late hour, most of the restaurants on King Street were still open. So we headed into a taco shop. Thankfully they had a vegetarian menu. On our way back to our car, I noticed there was a women behind us trying to get through. I moved to the side and she noticed my swag bag from the fashion show. “Were you guys at the show?” she asked. We explained that we were press and she introduced herself as ONE OF THE JUDGES. There we were. Walking down King Street with Karen Lee Grybowski. She served as the director of scouting for Wilhelmina, Pauline, and Elite Model Management, as well as traveled the globe looking for new faces. In 2009 she started the Karen Lee Group, a scouting firm that places models with amor agencies around the world. (You can check out her website here.)

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Andrea Serrano (left) and Karen Lee Grybowski (right)

As we walked down the dimly lit street, I jokingly asked her if Makaila and I had any chances at becoming models. She stopped in her tracks and immediately studied us. Although Makaila didn’t reach the height limit, she said that I had an interesting look but I needed to get in shape. She proceeded to give me her phone number and encouraged me to shoot her an email. I was dumbfounded.

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The BELK Tent

As we made our way to the car, tacos in one hand and swag bags in the other, we both silently knew that what we experienced that night was so rare. Everyone on that runway was stunning and I’ll never forget how fortunate I was to be in attendance.

“Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.” -Marc Jacobs

Let’s Have a “Totally Good Time”

All we want this winter is something warm & fashionable this season. So grab a candle, those toasty warm boots, and a cute sweater! Totally Good Time is hands down one of the best decisions you’ll make this winter. This shop located in San Diego, California produces made-to-order T-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts and more. Kyle Menard’s designs are to die for!

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This unisex “West Beverly High School” sweatshirt is a personal favorite. They also have tank tops, t-shirts, and more! Follow the shop on Instagram for all the latest designs here.

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model: ayron