What I’m Loving: Neck Scarves

I studied French my whole high school career and now I’m studying it in college. I was lucky enough to travel to France last spring to witness the culture of their country. I was immediately enchanted by the street corner cafés, shops, beautiful monuments, and museums. But most of all I loved the chicness of the Parisian people. The French know a way of dressing so simple, but looking put together at the same time.  Never had I thought that a t-shirt, jeans, flats, and a scarf could look so good. I like to think that I can dress Parisian-chic by saying “I just threw this on,” but in reality I carefully planned out my outfit.

In my efforts to look Parisian-chic, I’ve been wearing neck scarves and dressing simple, but sophisticated.When I went to France, I dreamed of coming home an elegant and cultured woman just as Audrey Hepburn did in the movie Sabrina. I love how neck scarves make me feel suddenly more elegant, like there’s a little extra spice to my outfit. I think neck scarves are the new “necklace of choice”. Sure at first they can feel constricting, but after lots of time wearing them I’ve grown to love them. It’s mind-boggling how many ways you can wear them. I’ve seen people wear them on their wrists, tied to their bags, and even tied around the loop holes of their pants. I think that a neck scarf is the simplest way to make an outfit immediately become more interesting. I’ve collected a few over the years from trendy boutiques, thrift shops, and from my mother’s closet (psst, don’t tell her). I consider this accessory to be timeless because it has been worn throughout so many decades and has never really been considered “outdated.” Plus it looks good on almost every age. So for the neck few years to come, I think I’ll be channeling my inner Parisian when life needs a little class and elegance.

Interested more in neck scarves? Check out down below for ideas!

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ASOS Monki Lightweight Stripe Neck Tie ($12.03)

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Urban Outfitters Cotton Patterned Square Neck Scarf ($9.99)

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Free People Heart of Glass Lace Neck Tie ($38)

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Urban Outfitters Ecote Silky Mini Square Scarf ($14)

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J. Crew Italian Silk Square Scarf ($49.50)

Trend Alert: Mid-Heel Shoes

 

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Want the height, but not the embarrassment of almost rolling your ankle? On the hierarchy of heels the mid-heel is pretty beginner, it’s an upgrade from flats or a flat with a slight wedge. But in this case these shoes are not for practicing in, they’re for trendiness. It’s a comfort meets fashion shoe, perfect for the office or running around town.

Interested in getting a pair? Check out some ideas down below!

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Top Left: ASOS ($49), Top Right: Zara ($49.90), Bottom Left: Zara ($69.90), Bottom Mid-Left: ASOS ($58), Bottom Mid-Right: Zara ($69.90), Bottom Right: ASOS ($53)

I’ve Got My Eye On You

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Sunglasses are by far my favorite accessory. With all their shapes and sized it’s impossible to run out of styles. In my opinion, you can never have enough sunglasses, trust me I have a large collection and I love them all! Sunglasses can make or break your outfit so it is important to pick the right ones. Down below I have listed some of the sunglasses I have been interested in and may possibly add to my ever extending collection.

Les Specs Nero 

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These by far are the sunglasses that I have been the most interested in. What attracted them to me was that they were so oddly shaped that they were interesting. I can imagine sporting these with a leather jacket going out around the town or sporting them just coming off an airplane and pretending that I am a model dressed flawlessly head-to-toe in chic travel attire. Also I was attracted to these because I saw a picture of  Kendall Jenner wearing these super chic shades.

Find these at Lespecs.com

 

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Kendall Jenner

 

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Ray-Ban Round Flash Lenses in Copper Flash 

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These shades have been the “It” sunglasses for the past few seasons. At first, I didn’t like this style of sunglasses. I liked them on other people, but I never really liked them on myself until I bought a cheap pair of black ones to try them out. Ever since then I have been hooked to this style of sunnies. I now have them in several different colors such as Black with silver metal, Black with gold metal, blue lenses, and silver lenses. I chose the pair in the picture above because I have seen countless pictures of these on Instagram and Pinterest and I have fallen in love with them. They would be the perfect sunnies for a summer vacation or a pop of color in the winter.

Find these at Ray-Ban.com

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Clear Lens Glasses or “Fake Glasses” 

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Once again the nerdy-chic trend is back. When I first spotted these on Instagram, I thought, “why are people wearing clear lens aviators? What’s the point of fake glasses?” Well I fell into the trend-trap and I was persuaded by the fashion bloggers and Instagramers of the world into liking the trend. I have been more inspired to wear the circle lens glasses than the aviators. I have also noticed that men have been wearing this trend as well and what can I say, I like that too.

Find these at Asos.com

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Upper left @katesedlacek, Lower left @cassiemasangkay, Right @amelialiana

 

What I’ll Be Wearing This Winter

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There’s no doubt that winter is coming, no Game of Thrones pun intended. As a fellow native of Minnesota, I know what it’s like to wear an adorable outfit, but end up freezing to death. How is it possible to look good and stay warm in the winter? Not to worry! Here are some clothing items that look stylish and keep you all toasty.

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  1. ASOS Bright Faux Fur Pom Beanie ($18.50)
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2. Topshop Eastern Bomber ($140)

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3. Topshop Faux Leather Fur Biker Jacket ($130)

Sorel.com

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Oasis Animal Print Faux Fur Coat ($143)

Faux Fur Shawls at Asos.com ($32-$68)

Is All Black Chic?

“I’ll Stop Wearing Black When They Invent A Darker Color.” – Wednesday Adams

The color black has many meanings, some think that it’s depressing and mysterious while others think that it is simple and classic. Black is the color of strength, mourning, sophistication, and elegance. It can be strong, but soft at the same time. What I like about it is that it’s modern and classic all in one. I feel that an all black outfit gives a women confidence because it is such a bold choice to wear all one color and I feel that the color black has a powerful energy to it. Everyone says, “when in doubt wear red, ” but what I think, “when in doubt wear black” because it’s the easiest choice to be simple and not over done. Nothing can beat a minimalist New York city chic look when out on a coffee run.

An all black outfit says “I’m cool, edgy and laid back” or it can also say “I’m a modern 21st century girl who makes her own rules and walks the streets like a catwalk.” I have had my fair share of wearing all black outfits. I even have to tell myself not to buy anymore black clothing because my whole closet looks like I’m getting ready for a funeral, but as always I end up buying the clothing in either black, navy, grey or nude.

At times an all black outfit can be overwhelming so styling it the right way is essential. When dealing with an outfit that’s all one color, it’s better to have different textures in your outfit to in a way “break up” the separate articles of clothing or else you’ll end up looking like a black tube of fabric. If the All Black Outfit may seem a little nerve-racking to wear, then you can ease your way into the trend with a “Basic” in black like a coat, black jeans, or a large, chunky black sweater. It’s important to feel comfortable and confident in your outfits because you wear the outfit, the outfit does not were you.

Check Out Down Below For Outfit Inspiration:

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Baker Boy Hat Is Back

The military trend has been a favorite for a while and now it has a new twist. This hat comes with many names like the Baker Boy Hat, Captain’s Hat or Lieutenant Hat.  Loved by both men and women, this has been the most underrated hat for years and now the time for it to shine has come.This hat has been a favorite among celebrities like Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, and Diane Kruger. Back in January, supermodel Gigi Hadid was seen wearing the hat on the the cover of British Vogue. Now with so many style inspirations surrounding the baker boy hat, the question still stands. Are you willing to wear the baker boy hat?

 

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Want To Get The Look? Check Out Down Below!

 

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Asos Baker Boy Hat With Pu Brim ($25) in Black

 

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H&M Captain’s Hat ($15) in Dark Blue

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Free People Off Duty Lieutenant Hat ($48) in Black&White

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Free People Billie Jean Suede Lieutenant Hat ($38) in Forest

 

The Anti-It Bag

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The bucket bag has been around for years but hadn’t reached fashion industry fame until a few years ago. The silhouette of the bag is perfect for a chic, minimalistic look. It’s the perfect “anti-it” bag because it’s so simple and classic without all the bedazzle and fringe that it can last for decades. The versatility of the bag is endless. It’s perfect for a day full of shopping or a nice evening out. I love the bag because it gives an element of  Man Repeller chicness to it. If you don’t know who the Man Repeller is, then I suggest you look her up because like me, we both have a love for bucket bags.

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Picture courtesy of Mansur Gavriel’s website

The holy grail of all bucket bags is the one by Mansur Gavriel, as pictured above. I absolutely love this bag and it is my dream to one day own this perfectly leather crafted bag. My favorite is the one with the black exterior and the famous red hot interior which reminds me of a Louboutin shoe.

 

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My Bucket Bag Collection

My first bucket bag is the middle one in the picture above. I got it back in 2013 when they were the new “it” bag. I was so excited to get a bucket bag that I brought it around with me everywhere and thus began my love of bucket bags. Now that I have acquired two more bucket bags to my collection I see that my taste in bags have grown and especially the price tag if you know what I mean.  I have recently fell in love with Zara and their bags. Ever since discovering Zara, I feel that I have found the holy grail of shops. Also thanks to Garance Doré’s book  Love x Style x Love  Zara has made it’s way into my heart and my closet.

The two bucket bags in the back in the picture above are still available on Zara.com, here are the links if you’re interested.

Black Croc Embellished Bag:    http://www.zara.com/us/en/woman/bags/view-all/embossed-bucket-bag-c734144p3644922.html

Light Tan Drawstring Bag: http://www.zara.com/us/en/woman/sale/bags/bucket-bag-c541579p3224571.html