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It’s Getting Spooky! Wearable Halloween Trends

It’s officially October, can you believe it? What does October mean to you? To me, it’s about falling leaves, carving pumpkins, eating pumpkin flavored everything and picking out a bomb-ass halloween costume!!

These days, it’s apparent that halloween trends are shifting toward comfort and practicality. There has been a huge resurgence of adult onesies. Dinosaurs, unicorns, penguins, minions, you can seriously find whatever you want these days! And the best part about onesies? They are warm and comfy!

If your halloween day is spent in a more formal environment, a onesie could be totally out of the question. That’s why I pulled together some totally realistic halloween outfits you can wear in the day or night. Some are tees, some are accessories and some are tiny dresses. Lazy or not, there’s an outfit for everyone here! Pick your favorite and rock it this halloween!

Halloween Trends 2015

shop the wearable halloween trends:

pumpkin beanie ($18) / bat wings headband ($6) / creepin’ it real tee ($13) / cobweb patterned dress ($63) / cobweb slipper flats ($45) / boo! sweatshirt ($45) / dino one-piece ($48) / cobweb printed leggings ($33) / skeleton sweater dress ($63) / pumpkin tee ($29) / cat dress ($45) / skeleton leg leggings ($33)

Fall Shoe Trends | Pom Pom Shoes

Happy first Friday of fall! What’s more appropriate to focus on today than my favorite fall shoe trend, pom pom shoes? They are fun, girly and playful and to be honest, I can’t get enough!

We’ve got sandals, slippers, heels, lace-ups and even sneakers! Basically a shoe for every girl and every personality. Depending on the mood I’m in, I could find an occasion to wear them all! I want the hot pink heels for a date, the snakeskin slippers for work and the pink sneakers for running errands. And the rest for everything else!

Are you loving the pom pom shoe trend as much as I am this fall? There are a ton of amazing pom pom shoes walking the runway that you can pay an arm and a leg for, but I pulled together some great, budget friendly options that you can prance around in for a fraction of the cost! Check the out below, and share your favorites!

FALL SHOE TREND- POM POM SHOES
shop the pom pom shoe trend:

pointed satin ballet flats ($33) / black pointed pom pom heels ($30) / snakeskin pom pom slippers ($40) / pom pom sandals ($63) / pointed toe ankle strap flats ($28) / pink satin lace up flats ($72) / pink pom pom sneakers ($40) / nude suede pom pom heels ($46) / silver and pink pointed flats ($63) / T-strap suede heels ($51) / hot pink peep toed heels ($126)

August Rocksbox Review| 2015

Would you love getting sparkly jewelry delivered to your doorstep? Yep, thought so! If you haven’t already, it’s time for you to check out Rocksbox! (Use the code chelseabff5 to get your first month free!!)

Returning a set of jewelry is always bittersweet, but I’m always excited to see what I get next from Rocksbox! Lately, I’ve been lucky enough to get a lot of new designers and styles in my boxes that I’ve never tried before and my august rocksbox was no exception! I’ve been getting a ton of use out of every piece. Before I dig into the details, here’s what Rocksbox is all about…


 How it works:

1. BECOME A SHINE INSIDER ($19/month)- Take the style survey and add items to your jewelry Wish List.

2. GET 3 PIECES TO WEAR ON LOAN- Each piece is hand-selected for you based on your style and specific requests. Wear your pieces as much as you want!

3. RETURN ANYTIME TO GET 3 NEW PIECES- Return your Rocksbox pieces anytime and as often as you like. Every set has 3 pieces of designer jewelry, worth an average of $200 per set.


Check out my August Rocksbox:

August Rocksbox Review


Perry Street Abby Necklace in Black CrystalPerry Street Abby Necklace in Black Crystal (retails at $76, member price is $60)
– This black and grey statement necklace is the perfect amount of edgy glam! It adds a sophisticated touch to any outfit and has been my go-to accessory for date night. The soft curves of the gems leave this necklace feeling romantic. And my favorite part is it’s black so it goes with almost every outfit in my closet!

 

House of Harlow 1960 Sunburst Bar Wrap Necklace in GoldHouse of Harlow 1960 Sunburst Bar Wrap Necklace in Gold (retails at $38, member price is $30)- I love this delicate House of Harlow necklace. The mixture of black and gold is perfect, I find myself layering it with all my work pieces. It’s great layered with any of my delicate gold necklaces and this one is a perfect length, which means it’s great to where as is wrap it and double it up!

 


Kendra Scott Dee Earrings in Black Opaque GlassKendra Scott Dee Earrings in Black Opaque Glass (retails at $45, member price is $36)-
 
With my newer short hair, I am loving drop earrings! They are elegant and immediately dress up any look! These black and gold kendra scott beauty’s not only go great with my other rocksbox picks, but they also go with tons of other choices in my jewelry box and closet. They are simple and effortless adding interest to any look!

 


And that wraps it up for this month’s box! Are you like me and can’t get enough of Rocksbox? Try checking out last month’s set of jewelry, July RocksBox Review.

Still want more? Sounds like you are ready to get your own Rocksbox! Go to Rocksbox and use code chelseabff5 to get your first month FREE! Enjoy! And don’t forget to share your thoughts on my Rocksbox jewels in the comments below!

Black Fringe and Bright Tassels

Black Fringe and Bright Tassels

I love this amazing black fringed hem maxi I snagged on sale at Nordstrom. Unfortunately, it’s sold out, but I’ve found a close alternative I’ve listed below. This is seriously a perfect summer dress. The loose shape makes it super comfy to wear and the fringe hem gives this otherwise boring dress some drama!

Black Fringe and Bright Tassels

Black Fringe and Bright Tassels

Going for basic? You could easily wear this fringed maxi over a swimsuit to the pool or to the beach. But it’s so versatile! You could easily dress this look up by pairing this dress with a black leather jacket, wedges and gold accessories for a night out with the girls. Or like I chose today, you can keep it casual, but spice it up with a little color and fun. I paired this simple dress with colorful, bright accessories. I went for my go-to summer pieces stacking on more fringe, tassels, beads and neon colors!

Black Fringe and Bright Tassels

Bright Beaded and Tasseled Clutch

Black Fringe and Bright Tassels

 

I finished the look with this bright pink lip from stila. This stila liquid lipstick stays on all day and packs huge color! If you don’t have time to do your hair or makeup, just grab this lipstick before you run out the door. It can finish any look and immediately add some polish, perfect for a hot summer day!Black Fringe and Bright Tassels

Black Fringe and Bright Tassels

Black Fringe and Bright Tassels

shop my black fringe dress look:

fringe hem dress ($40) / bright tassel clutch- similar here ($68) and here ($25) / black sandals ($59) / long turquoise necklace ($125) / neon pink earrings ($28) / bracelets- etsy and nordstrom / sunglasses ($170)

The Most Comfortable Shoes for your Summer

If you are anything like me, you are on the go all summer long. Most weekends I’ll be out running errands from brunch to dusk and on my feet the whole day! That’s why I pulled together the most comfortable shoes to get you through these extra long summer days.

I was inspired to write this post when I saw Nike’s new Lunarsandiator Sky Hi Sandals. This sandal is the perfect marriage of style and comfort. It gives you the on trend gladiator look partnered with Nike’s cushioned Lunarlon midsole. Reviews say they are so light they won’t weigh you down and you can walk all day in them with ease!

Since these brand new Nike’s are hard to get your hands on, I supplemented with some other comfy wedges on the market this summer. Tom’s strappy wedges are always a great choice and they have tons of color and print options this season! Another brand I can always count on for comfort is Cole Haan. Their Leather Strappy Cork Wedges are a classic choice to keep your feet happy. Maybe you’re the girl who wishes you could wear your Uggs in the summer? Guess what, you can! Uggs has an amazing collection of stylish summer wedges that will keep your feet cool and comfy. Check out the rest of my comfortable summer shoes below and share your favorites in the comments!

comfortable shoes

shop summer’s most comfortable shoes:

Leather Slingback Wedges ($130-$140) / Black Mid Pump ($99) / Strappy Wedges ($74) / Mule Wedges ($40) / Nude Pumps ($99) / Wedge Sandal ($100) / Leather Strappy Cork Wedges ($83) / T-Strap Wedges ($84) / Black Strapped Wedges ($76)

Get in my Closet! | Lace Up Flats

Have you been dragging your feet (pun intended!) on buying some lace up flats? Whether it’s because of price, seasonality or pure laziness, you need to cut it out! This trend is EVERYWHERE lately and styles are selling out fast. For those of you ladies out there like me, price is super important on these trendy styles. But guess what.. I’ve got your back! You can always go to Barney’s and drop a few hundred dollars on a beautiful pair of shoes, but I’ve scoured the internet and gathered the best deals out there. And get excited! There are a few awesome looking, wallet friendly picks that are right on trend!

Can you believe all these lace up flats are $51 and under? These amazing steals are from ASOS, Topshop and even Kohl’s!

LACE UP FLATS

shop budget friendly lace up flats:

1. blue laced up flats ($51) / 2. snake lace ups flats ($51) / 3. black lace up flats ($45) / 4. leopard lace up flats ($45) / 5. snake skin lace ups ($45) / 6. red lace up flats ($45) / 7. gold heeled lace ups ($24) / 8. black lace up flats ($51) / 9. purple suede lace ups ($20)

Swim Trends for Your Summer on a Budget

Is your closet stocked with 2015’s latest swim trends? The official start to summer is less than a week away and it’s time to get your closet in poolside shape!

This year’s swim trends are so fun! There’s a ton of monokinis for those of you wanting a little more coverage, lots of colorblocking for the sporty girls, scallops and crochet for the girly girls and stripes and prints for the bold girls out there. As you can tell from my top picks featured below, I am really digging monokinis and one pieces. My absolute favorites are the Pink Scalloped Swimsuit and the Striped Swimsuit, which are a bargain at only $40 each!

At the start of each swim season, I like to buy one new swimsuit and maybe a new bikini top or bottom. I love to mix and match my bikinis. By buying just one new piece, I can pair it with some of my solid, polka dot or even printed bikinis. Bikini mix and match is so popular these days that almost anything goes! And it’s the best way to get the most for your money this swim season. Just don’t forget, versatility is key! Enjoy my top swim picks below and share your favorites of the season in the comments!

swim trends 2015

shop 2015’s swim trends:

Cut-Out Bikini Separates ($13 each) / Scalloped Bikini Top ($22) / Striped Monokini ($40) / Side Braided Monokini ($40) / Strappy Colorblock Bikini Separates ($13 each) / Crochet Monokini ($59) / Pineapple Swimsuit ($35) / Striped Swimsuit ($40) / Side Knot Swimsuit ($25) / Pink Scalloped Swimsuit ($40)

Feeling Blue at the Louvre

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The Louvre not only houses some of the world’s most famous art, but it’s a work of art itself! I remember sitting in French class in middle school dreaming about the day I would eat a macaron in front of the Eiffel Tower and peer into the glass pyramids of the Louvre. And let me tell you, the Louvre did NOT disappoint… and Mona Lisa says hi!

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The weather was so unpredictable on these spring Parisian days so layers were key! Our days were long and consisted of waking up early for coffee and sights, walking around and exploring the city all day and ending the night with drinks and dinner. A coat was necessary for early mornings and night, but when the sun was out it got pretty warm!

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This light sweater, coat and tight combination was perfect for Paris’s unpredictable state of mind. I got this bright cobalt blue statement coat right before my trip and I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. I don’t have a ton of need for a wool coat in San Francisco, but I definitely got my money’s worth of this one in Europe! Especially since it’s on sale for $40! Check out the rest of the outfit below and share your favorite Paris travel tips in the comments!

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shop my look from the louvre:

Blue Wool Coat- similar here (on sale for $40!) / Forever 21 Marled Sweater ($15) / Faux Leather Embroidered Skirt- similar here ($60) and here ($58) / Sam Edelman Booties (on sale for $98!) / Coach Crossbody ($175) / Rocksbox Necklace / BP Sunglasses ($12)

Pink Floppy Hat on the Pier

Lately, my outfits have been centered around my accessories. Whether it’s a hat, a bag, shoes or jewelry, these accessories seem to be dictating the rest of my outfit and I kinda love it! It’s great when a statement piece can hold it’s own in an outfit. This weekend it’s all about my pink floppy hat!

PINK FLOPPY HAT ON THE PIER

I got this Pink Floppy Felt Hat from Nordstrom for only $28 this past week. I think it creates the perfect spring look paired with black and denim basics. It seriously saved my hair this weekend! As we were walking on the pier, the wind was blowing my hair everywhere! It was perfect to tame my mane and to hide my less than perfect hair day, but still not give me hat hair!

PINK FLOPPY HAT ON THE PIER

PINK FLOPPY HAT ON THE PIER

PINK FLOPPY HAT ON THE PIER

PINK FLOPPY HAT ON THE PIER

I chose to style this hat with my Old Navy Denim Jacket and Liquid Leggings, but I think it would look just as great with a flowy maxi or jeans and a tee. Floppy hats are going to be everywhere this spring and Nordstrom has an amazing selection at really affordable prices! Shop them here before they are all gone!

PINK FLOPPY HAT ON THE PIER

 PINK FLOPPY HAT ON THE PIER

PINK FLOPPY HAT ON THE PIER

PINK FLOPPY HAT ON THE PIER

 

shop the pink floppy hat look:

Pink Floppy Felt Hat ($28) / Old Navy Light Denim Jacket ($20) / Nordstrom Rack Black Button-Up Blouse ($35) / Old Navy Liquid Leggings ($13) / Steve Madden Sequin Heels- similar Aldo ($80) and heels.com ($50) /ASOS Slanted Bar Clutch Bag ($27) / Nordstrom BP Cat Eye Sunglasses ($12) / Jewelry via Rocksbox

Modern Pieces to Update your Living Room

Living in San Francisco, I’ve learned to appreciate minimalism in home décor. Since apartments are so compact in the city, it’s important be selective in your furnishings. I personally love to find pieces with dual purposes. It’s great not only to get the most bang for your buck, but also to keep your apartment from getting too cluttered.

That’s why I love the pieces below, all of which can be found at modani modern furniture. Each piece really adds function and style to a living room. The sofa doubles as a fold out bed, perfect for visitors! The stackable suitcases are not only a stylish accent piece, but can be used for storage as well. And my favorite of all, the statement mirror, not only makes the room appear larger, but also works as a focal piece for a wall. If you are in need of some home inspiration, I suggest scoping out one of modani’s stores! They have them in all of the major cities and opening one soon right here in San Francisco!


Are you looking to update your home decor?

  • Try sticking to a neutral palette- Black and white pieces keep a home looking sleek and modern.
  • Choose a printed item to be the focal point of the room- I chose this graphic rug to be the attention getter.
  • Get stylish storage!- Nothing is more of an eyesore than clutter piled in the corner, find accent pieces that double as storage.

Modani Living Room Pieces


Modani Statement Mirror (On Sale for $290!) / Modani Alix Chandelier (On Sale for $290!) / Modani Lina Safari Rug ($890) / Modani Storage Suitcases ($290) / Modani Onyxia Sofa Bed Black ($740)