What I Wore: Shopping Secrets Edition

Jeans and boyfriend tees are perfect, easy pieces for fall days. Plus, boyfriend tees and jeans can also be paired with adorable trench coats for warmth and style. Check out how I styled this weekend afternoon ensemble. And you’ll never guess where I got my khaki polka dot trench – the little girl’s section at Target! 

Target Kids Trench Coat

That’s right! Ladies, don’t be afraid to get bargains in sections of your favorite stores like the little girls, juniors or even men’s departments. My secret shopping tip is to shop for pieces like coats or sweaters in these various sections in sizes Large or XL. Chances are they will be cheaper than adult size garments, too. This girl’s jacket from Target was only $24 where something like this would have been at least $40 in the adult section.

Target Kids Polka Dot Trench Coat

Pink Kate Spade Bag

I decided to play with prints with my Target camo flats and the Polka Dot Trench and added my little Kate Spade bag for a pop of color. Have you ever shopped in another department for clothes?

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6 Beauty Hacks Everyone Should Know

There are a few beauty hacks that I feel compelled to share with you all because everyone loves a good shortcut or alternative in life! (Items including “*” notate beauty hacks that I have personally tried. Items including “-“ notate beauty hacks that I haven’t tried but wanted to share.)

-Use paperclips to create a racerback bra.

Image via Oh Rubbish Blog

Image via Oh Rubbish Blog

Instead of purchasing a new bra or throwing on a strapless bra lacking support, use a paperclip to secure your bra straps in place. The straps will create an X shape on your back in order to hide the straps when wearing a racerback tank or other garments that typically expose your bra straps.

- Store bobby pins in an empty Tic Tac Box

Everyone knows bobby pins are like socks. They mysteriously go missing! Save your bobby pins by storing them in an empty Tic Tac box. It’s compact enough to carry in your purse for on-the-go days and small enough to place in the corner of your bathroom counter to save space.

* Dry your hair with a t-shirt to eliminate frizz

Photo via michellephan.com

Image via michellephan.com

Have you ever noticed that when you towel dry your hair, it seems to be a little bit harder to tame? That’s because towels don’t really do a great job of drying your hair when there’s already excess moisture on the towel. Instead, use a t-shirt to dry your hair and tame the frizz.

*Use a men’s razor

Women’s razors are great and all but sometimes when you want a closer, more efficient shave, women’s razors can get a little pricey. Save a few dollars and pick up a pack of men’s razors. Men’s razors are already made to cut thicker hair so using a men’s razor to shave your legs, armpits and bikini line just might be more efficient for you.

*Shave your legs with conditioner

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

If you’ve run out of shaving cream, don’t worry because that bottle of conditioner can do the same trick, if not better. Conditioner smooths and softens your hair and works the same on your skin. Using conditioner in place of shaving cream will leave your legs extra smooth after a good shave.

*Put hairspray in a body spray bottle

When your bath and body works body spray is running low, don’t toss it just yet! De-assemble your hair spray bottle and pour the hair spray into the body spray bottle. This concoction allows you to utilize your hairspray but with the remaining body spray still in the bottle, your hair will hold its style plus hold a sweet fragrance!

Have you tried any of these beaut hacks?

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Wardrobe Wars: Summer vs. Fall

After speaking to several of my peers about seasonal fashion, I have come to realize that everyone’s favorite season is fall!  There’s just something about chunky sweaters, fancy statement coats and fabulous riding boots that make you just love fall. But for those of us who love fall fashion but still long for the bright warmth of summer, there are ways to position your wardrobe to get the best of both worlds.

Here are some tips for holding on to summer even when there’s a crisp fall breeze:
Integrate floral prints into your wardrobe: We typically see flowers bloom in the spring so floral patterns during the fall can remind us of the summer that once was. Bonus: floral will still be a hot print for fall.
Don’t be afraid to wear pops of color: Be bold with your pieces. Try a neon colored cardigan or perhaps stick with the monochrome theme for your clothes and add a bright colored shoe to remind you of sunny days.
Long sleeve dresses are your friend: Long sleeve dresses are the perfect weather-appropriate piece giving you the warmth that you need for a chilly day but still offer that, “Summer’s not over just yet” deal.
Check out how I styled this fall appropriate outfit with summer flare.
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Super fun shoot in Downtown Detroit curtesy of my PR gal pal, Teia Harris of Love Publicity!
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Outfit Details:
Dress – Lulus
Shoes – Target
Necklace – H&M
Sunglasses – Aldo 
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What I Wore: DIY Edition

Thanks to my mom, I was inspired to try a DIY look created with one simple item- a scarf! My mom graciously sent me a link to a video of a scarf as a vest tutorial and I just had to try it out.

Scarf Vest

With fall just around the corner, you’ll certainly be in the market for more scarves and this is the perfect and easy DIY outfit to recreate with an array of scarves.

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Cambridge Satchel

I chose to pair my fun, floral DIY vest with leggings for comfort, black peep toe wedges (on sale at Steve Madden!) and for a sassy pop of color, I wore my hot pink Cambridge Satchel Co. bag (gifted by Cam!).

Watch the video below to find out how I created my scarf as a vest look.

Photo Credit: Kristle Marshall

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Detroit Tigers Fashion

SPORTS! Ok, so I’m not the biggest sports fan but I do love a good Detroit Tigers baseball game. This is why I was all on board to create a sports-themed outfit with a hat from Fanatics! Don’t ever forget that sports can be fashionable too.

The task was to create a baseball-themed ensemble that stays true to my style but also screams “Go Tigers!” This particular look is centered around a Detroit Tigers baseball hat by Fanatic allowing me to really showcase my game day style.

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Chambray is pretty much the new black so I chose a chambray shirt to pair with off white jeans and a pair of white Chucks as my footwear (because you know I love a good pair of Converse!). The accessories I chose bare colors to compliment the Tigers hat, adding pops of color.

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Fanatics is a great and incredibly affordable website with sports apparel perfect for completing your look for fashionable game days. Shop for your Fanatics baseball hats today!

About Fanatic

Fanatics is a leading online retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise and provides the ultimate shopping experience to sports fans. As a Top 50 Internet Retailer Company, Fanatics comprises the broadest online assortment offering hundreds of thousands of officially licensed items via its Fanatics and FansEdge brands. In addition, the Company powers the e-commerce sites of all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, PGA), major media brands (NBC Sports, CBS Sports, FOX Sports) and over 200 collegiate and professional team properties.

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VMA Cocktails with Bai5 Beverage

With the 2014 VMAs airing Sunday, might I suggest having a viewing party with award show-themed cocktails? Thanks to Bai5, a healthy all natural beverage with ONLY 5 calories, it is the perfect mixer for your moomnam cocktails.

Bai is loaded with antioxidants and low sugar content but packed with flavor! My first sip was honestly extremely refreshing and I didn’t want to put the bottle down. Bai5 generously provided me with two delicious flavors to try – Molokai Coconut and Costa Rica Clementine. With and without booze, Bai5 is a delicious beverage without the unhealthy calories. Check out these VMA inspired cocktails to try below.

Molokai Moonman (8-10 servings)

You don’t need to be a pop star to enjoy an out-of-this-world drink.

-24 oz Coconut Rum

-2 Bottle Bai5 Molokai Coconut

-2 Cups Seltzer

-Rock Candy

Bai Punchbowl

Pour all liquid into a punch bowl (ideally shaped like an astronaut’s helmet)

Add ice and stir to mix evenly.

Ladle moon juice into clear cups and stir with rock candy.

Candy Stir

The “Buzz” 

An ode to Bai’s favorite astronaut, the Buzz is a light and refreshing mocktail to keep you bright and buzzing all evening.

 

-3 oz Bai5 Costa Rica Clementine

-3 oz Seltzer

-1 pack Pop Rocks

Poprocks Cocktail

 

Rim martini glass with poprocks.

Pour 3 oz of ice cold Costa Rica Clementine Bai into glass.

Top with 3 oz of seltzer and stir lightly.

Happy drinking and enjoy the show! – You can find Bai5 at local Target stores or at these various locations.

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Guest Post: Everything You Need to Know About Fall 2014 Fashion

With fall just around the corner, plus a few requests for a fall fashion post, this is the perfect time to introduce the coming fall 2014 trends! Thanks to my new friends over at Styloko, we now know what to expect from fall collections.

Styleoko has rounded up the key trends to look out for – and buy into – below:

 

  1. Culottes

After their breakthrough success for spring/summer 2014, culottes have taken the crown as pre-fall’s hero piece, thanks to their sophisticated yet easy sensibility that at once makes them feel smart and utterly effortless. Look to slightly longer styles – we’re talking mid-calf – in weightier fabrics and wide cuts: the key to getting culottes right this season is all in their structure. Alexander Wang’s tailored front-pleat styles are perfect for the office, while MSGM’s voluminous silk versions make the perfect party alternative to a full skirt. Meanwhile, leather styles as seen at Proenza Schouler elevate culottes’ classic cut into cool new heights.

Alexander Lewis 2014

Alexander Lewis 2014

 

  1. Blankets

Blankets may not immediately shoot to the top of your chic list, but this season’s wraps are surprisingly stylish – and worth paying attention to. Whether it’s a bohemian floor-sweeping piece draped across your shoulders, a modern cocoon wrap, or a fringed houndstooth cape, Chanel, Chloe, and Stella McCartney all made a convincing argument for why you need one this season.

 

  1. Easy tailoring

Following on from spring’s bohemian mood, there’s an easiness in the air for pre-fall 2014, summed up perfectly in this season’s slouchy suiting. Forego sharp styles and look instead to loose, louche pants that have all the effortlessness of lounging styles, and relaxed, simply-cut blazers that feel smart but fuss-free.

 

  1. Plaid pairings

Check mate is what you need to call this season, because plaid is back with a vengeance for pre-fall. While it’s true that plaid is nothing new, the way in which it’s being mixed and matched right now is particularly fresh – see Altuzarra, Kenzo, and Dior for inspiration.

Dior 2014

Dior 2014

 

  1. Dressy Sweaters

Sweaters have been stealing the limelight for several seasons now. What’s new about them for pre-fall? The way they’re being used to dress down a particularly glamorous piece. Think sheer lace and embellished maxi skirts, pared with simple, slouchy knits a la Jason Wu.

 

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What fall trends are you looking forward to trying?

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