His and Hers Spring Looks with Bonobos

Look at the calendar. It’s officially spring! Officially time to start wearing bright colors, and less clothes. Weather permitting, of course.

I’ve teamed up with Bonobos to share some of my favorite his and hers looks featuring spring themed hues and warm weather garments. Check out some outfit inspo below!

Date Night:
Blue is perfect for spring. For starters, it’s one of those colors, no matter the shade, looks great on everyone. It’s also a color that transitions well from cold weather seasons to warm weather seasons, with the right accessories. These his and hers looks are perfect for a night out. Picture a cozy patio, your favorite cocktail, and your beau by your side for the perfect fashion-forward spring date night.

Travel Looks:
Take trips. And take them often with your bae! Especially to warm, sunny climates so you can pack pink. Shades of pink including salmon are perfect for spring time vacation fun, and it looks great with a tan. Use these his and hers outfits as inspiration for your next couples vacation.


Guys! Be sure to check out Bonobos for quality, and trend setting menswear. And if you’re in Michigan, visit the new Bonobos store in Downtown Detroit!

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Clothing Gifts For The Man In Your Life

When the time comes for you to buy a little something for the special person in your life – the perfect gift could come in the form of clothing! Not sure what to get or how to shop for him? Keep reading for some tips! 

Size Matters: 

The very first thing to think about is size. Getting the size right is pretty tough if you don’t know his correct measurments. What you want to do in a basic circumstance is to double check and triple check the sizing of the recipient’s current clothing and store this information. Sizes do change with fluctuations in weight, or even age, so keep yourself updated.

Men’s clothing is pretty simple as sizes are broken down easily and aren’t as complex or usually as tight-fitting as women’s clothing. This makes sizing a lot easier, but men can be pretty picky and stuck in their ways.

Style Watch:

Style is where you can go wrong, and it’s tricky to get right since it is so very personal. You can buy the wrong clothes here, and they won’t be worn. Just do your research and don’t be scared to ask, your gifts don’t always have to be mindblowing surprises! Keep an eye out for colors and patterns warn by the recipient – and rummage through the wardrobe to see what they like. Sometimes they could do with a refresh or a change, but don’t for get what he likes.  Does your man like trousers over jeans or shorts? Does he like blazers and polo shirts instead of patterned t-shirts? This information is freely available to you and will help you really master that clothing gift.

Accessories:

You can’t really go wrong with accessories; you just need to know the information that you can get – mainly if your partner has a  formal or informal style. Sunglasses are great, and some designer options suit everything from a day at a beach to a working al-fresco lunch. One thing to consider is eyesight – if your man wears prescription lenses, they won’t be able to see through the sunglasses you have bought for them unless they are molded to his prescription. Food for thought! Jewellery is also a huge personal touch, and it does depend on that formal style a lot more than sunglasses do. Informal dressers might like a mens gold chain option over cufflinks, while those who wear formal clothes often would appreciate a good watch as well as those cufflinks! In terms of more general options, informal dressers will like bracelets, necklaces and wristbands and formal dressers might appreciate a few pocket squares to accentuate an outfit.

Fancy Feet: 

Footwear is something simple as well . Think about it. What guy doesn’t want good boots, great loafers and/or leather shoes, and even sneakers?  Shoes never go out of style and you always need something on your feet. If you’re stuck on the best gift for your guy, footwear might save you. 
Buying gifts is hard work, but if you pay attention, you won’t go wrong!

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The Ultimate Guide To Wearing Branded Clothes & Accesories

Brand names. We all know them, but how much do we really love them? When wearing brand names, you’ve got to be careful to not plaster them over your entire outfit. Keep it trendy, but also keep it classy. Check out some tips on how to tastefully wear brand names. 

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Avoid shouting the brand’s name too much

No, we don’t mean literally – this is more about how many times the brand name is emblazoned on your shirt, bag or the back of your jacket. The reasons why people buy branded products vary, but generally it is because they are a believer in high quality and because they want to portray a certain image. That does not, however, mean, that you need to have a brand name scrawled all over every single item that you wear. Wearing an outfit like this can totally devalue the worth of the brand, and it can make you look cheap – not what you want when you’ve spent a lot of money on top quality designer goods!

Mix things up

Ever thought about wearing high street and designer at the same time? Or mixing branded clothing with something reclaimed or vintage? Experimenting with your look this way is a great way to broaden your fashion repertoire, and you create some pretty interesting looks along the way. For example, why not wear the iconic Adidas originals alongside a vintage day dress for a cute and quirky look? Or layer a designer sweater over some distressed, ripped boyfriend jeans. The contrast of old meets new makes for a fascinating vibe and means that your outfit will really stand out in a crowd.


Stick to your personal taste

One mistake many people make when it comes to wearing branded clothes is that they assume that whatever the item is, it will look good simply because a designer has made it. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. You still need to bear in mind a lot of different things when buying top-end fashion – the prime one being whether the piece actually suits you or not. Take into account your body shape and what colors suit you when choosing a branded piece of clothing. No matter how expensive it was, it won’t look good if it’s the wrong shape, size or shade for your body. Remember that money can’t buy taste, so don’t buy something flashy just for the sake of it.

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Closet Purge Dance Party

You guys want to know the best way to purge your closets? Turn on some music, have a dance party, and play dress up!

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We all know the saying, “Closet full of clothes, nothing to wear.” It’s a new year now, so why don’t we grab that saying by the balls and get rid of all the stuff in our closets we’ll never wear again?!

Yes, closet purging can be a drag, but it’s a lot easier than you think to have some fun with it.

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A few weekends ago, I visited my amazing friend Krystina in Chicago, and we channeled our inner Erika Jayne, pumped up the tunes, sipped a little wine and played dress up. I walked away with some great dresses to add to my collection and was inspired to do some serious closet cleaning of my own.

It certainly helps that me and Krystina wear the same size and have similar taste in style, but you can still call up all your gal pals for a purge party. You never know who can wear what. And anything that doesn’t go home with your friends, donate. There’s always the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and don’t forget many local schools have donation programs too.

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So crank up the jams, pour up the wine and clean those closets!

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Easy Ways To Make Your Style Perfect For Your Personality

It’s so easy to follow others when it comes to fashion. After all, we feel like we should be wearing particular styles as they are currently on-trend. But if you are always following the crowd, it can be hard to show off your personality to the rest of the world. So, here are some easy ways to make your style perfect for your personality.

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Look into independent stores

When go shop at main retailers, it’s hard to find clothing which is unique. In fact, you’re bound to spot other people wearing your same pieces while you’re out and about. Easy fix? Shop at independent retailers. Quirky markets and charity stores are also perfect for finding some unique clothing.

Show off your favorite things

As much as plain tees are perfect for going with everything, they don’t really show off your unique personality. So why not wear something that will give people an insight into what you love? For example, you might want to opt for a top which has an uplifting slogan. Or you could consider going for movie t-shirts so that people know what you are into. Wearing something like this can be a great talking point if you are out on the town!

Trust your gut

Sometimes people pick out clothing they would love to wear in another lifetime. And they often put it back as they are worried about what it would like and what people might think. But if you want to make your style fitting for your personality, don’t worry about those around you, trust your gut! As this article says, be true to yourself and express who you are with your clothing.

Opt for your favorite colors

For a lot of people, they stick to black and white when it comes to clothing. But it’s time to show off your personality by going for your favorite colors. If you love yellow, why not choose a brightly colored dress which will give your life some sunshine? Or you could even go for a purple top if you love the vibrant color. You will be surprised how much you can lift your mood and your style if you go for one of your favorite colors when it comes to clothing.

Choose funky accessories

Even if you stick with classic choices such as an LBD, you can make it more unique by going for funky accessories. You can easily change the whole outfit by opting for a bright and colorful scarf. Or adding a stylish belt, or wearing some funky earrings can give it a touch of you!

And remember to keep note of styles you love in magazines and on the net. You might even spot a style which is totally you on your favorite TV show.

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How to Rock a Crop Top Modestly

So often I get people telling me, “I could never pull off a crop top!” In the words of our dear President Obama, “Yes We Can!” **Can I get an Amen if you’ll miss him?**

If you follow me on Snapchat (jessthenoel), you may have seen my #OOTD Hack series – the first one showcasing crop tops. My two tips?

1. Pull your skirt up
2. Wear high-waisted pants

Crop tops should be worn in moderation but do require a certain modesty. When it comes to this fashion trend though, it’s definitely all about style, and done right, you’ll look fab.

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Typically, people say they don’t have the right body for crop tops. My body is a work in progress and I am proud of where I’ve come from a few months ago, so I don’t mind showing a little skin. But if you’re not there yet, it’s OK! This is why I say, modesty is key. If you want to rock a crop top, keep those two tips above in mind. Position your skirt just right on your waist so that only a portion of your skin shows. Long swing skirts or midi skirts work great to pull this look off. Second, high waisted pants will easily cover the goods you don’t want shown.

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Shop the look: SALE RACKS

Lace crop top: Target Sale Rack

Floral crop top: Express Sale Rack

*Pro Tip – there are tons of end of season sales happening, so you can snag some cute summer crops for cheap and still wear them when the weather settles with a cute cardi or blazer. 

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Your New Favorite Accessory: Bandanas

It’s hot. You’re running on E, and you don’t have a hair appointment for another 3 days. No worries! A bandana will be your new best friend.

This summer, I have been rocking different bandanas because they save time, they’re stylish and they can easily add a little pizzazz to any outfit! Bandanas have really become my summer go-to, so I’m sharing a few ways I’ve styled my bandanas this summer.

Messy side pony’s are perfect for weekends when you just don’t care. Throw on a bandana and you’ll look like you at least put some thought into your look. Plus, when it’s hot and you’re roaming around in the summer heat, a little bandana action can keep you cooler.

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I have very thick hair so sometimes, I just don’t want it anywhere near my face. Instead of a headband, I’ll throw on a bandana to keep my tresses back. The bandana can also serve as a frizz blocker. It really does help keep frizz to a minimum when I wear them on hot, humid days.

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For a unique take on the bandana, you can wrap your hair up in the bandana creating a Rosie the Riveter meets Greek Goddess style. Give it the old roll and tuck, then tie the bandana atop your head to secure.

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You can pick up any bandana for pretty cheap at places like Michael’s, Target or Five Below.

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