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Back to School in The Varsity Trend

School is in session and back to school sales are in full swing! It’s time to channel your inner school girl! I love all the tartan, plaid and varsity trends that are sprinkled in the windows this fall! This adorable trend makes me feel youthful and ready to tackle fall.

There is so much to love about the varsity trend. The huge numbered graphic sweaters are preppy and laid back at the same time. Plaid miniskirts and knee-high socks are a classic must have for fall. These adorable versatile backpacks are perfect for toting around your essentials, go classic with leather and tassels or modern with black nylon! Ankle booties and tasseled loafers are the perfect accessories to polish off your head to toe look! And don’t forget fall 2015’s most popular layering piece, the bomber jacket! I particularly love this striped one from Forever 21 at only $21!

Go ahead and embrace the varsity trend this fall, I’ve pulled together all my favorites below! Happy shopping!

Varsity Trend

shop the varsity trend:

Mini Backpack ($45) / Black Ankle Boots ($36) /Knee-High Socks ($4) / Pom Pom Beanie ($58) / Nylon Backpack ($52) / Striped Tee ($9) / Tartan Flared Skirt ($13) / Plaid Miniskirt ($48) / Varsity Tee ($9) / “25” Graphic Sweater ($20) / Tasseled Loafers ($25) / Varsity Bomber ($23) / Layered Plaid Sweatshirt ($20) / “57” Graphic Sweatshirt ($20)

Americana Ready- Stars & Stripes

My favorite time of the year is right around the corner, the fourth of July! I love the fireworks, the barbecue parties and of course the fun americana clothes!…. and I mean how can you resist sparklers?

Over the years, I’ve accumulated quite the collection of americana in my closet, but I love mixing it up with new items every year. My favorite, super easy look this year is Old Navy’s Star Print Dress. The chambray material makes it perfect for summer and I love the halter silhouette and added pockets. It’s adorable! I am also in love with this Tie Dye Crop Top and Denim Cut-offs. It’s the perfect fourth of July weekend uniform for spending the day out in the sun. And to keep it fun and casual, I think any of the outfits would look great with these amazing Red High Top Converse Sneakers, especially the White Overalls! I’ll be living in those the rest of summer! Are you ready for your long Fourth of July weekend? If not, enjoy and get to shopping! Happy Friday!

americana trend- stars and stripes

shop the americana trend:

Red High Top Converse Sneakers ($55) / Star Print Shirt ($22) / Striped Linen Shorts ($18) / Flag Beach Towel ($20) / Chambray Boyfriend Shirt ($48) / Striped Tank ($18) / Striped Crop ($17) / Striped Criss-Cross Sandals ($19) / Star Print Dress ($28) / White Overalls ($35) / Tie Dye Ruffle Tube ($35) / Denim Cut-offs ($35)

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)

A Walk on the Wild Side- Flamingo Trend

Flamingos make me smile. They always have and always will! That’s why I am thrilled that all my childhood obsession is now a little less dorky and can fall into one of summer’s most playful trends, the tropical flamingo trend!

Lately I’ve been lusting over kate spade’s newest collection featuring “the rare birds of summer”. As always, kate spade finds a way to put a playful twist on her summer collection and these flamingos are almost too much for me to resist! Some of my favorite bags from her new arrivals are shown below. Beyond handbags, there are amazing wallets, phone cases, makeup bags, tees, dresses, etc., all featuring my favorite pink bird!

kate spade flamingo trend handbags

Although amazing, the price tags are a little high on these handbags considering they are extremely trendy and seasonal. But this collection did inspire me to pull together some amazing flamingo items ranging from jewelry, swim, tops, shoes, tech accessories and more (all with a more reasonable price tag)! I had a ton of fun pulling together these summer ready styles. Hope you enjoy them, happy shopping!

A Walk on the Wild Side- flamingo trend
shop the flamingo trend:

flamingo pool float ($30) / flamingo stud earrings ($58) / flamingo print swimsuit ($119) / flamingo print boyfriend button up ($29) / tropical flamingo print mini skirt ($18) / flamingo tank ($30) / flamingo slip-on sneakers ($68) / flamingo iPhone case ($35) / striped flamingo tee ($21) / flamingo printed tee ($12) / flamingo espadrilles ($65)

Spring in your Step- Spring Shoe Trends

Magical things happen in Spring. Birds start chirping, flowers bloom, and people come out to soak up the sun.

I don’t know about you, but to me the spring season is all about getting out of hibernation and enjoying the outdoors. There are trails to be explored, parks to be sat in, pools to be swam in and most importantly… spring shoe trends to be worn! Lucky for you, I’ve got the perfect footwear to start your spring off on the right foot (pun intended), no matter your budget! :)

When looking for shoes to go out and enjoy the spring weather in, I have a few requirements… First of all, comfort! I love shoes that can be slid on and off easily and are comfortable enough for me to wear for hours. Second, versatility! It’s important for my shoes to not only be able to pair back to multiple things in my closet effortlessly, but I want them to take me from day to night. Spring days out and about often turn into spring nights unexpectedly! I don’t want to be caught in my flip flops while trying to enjoy a nice dinner with friends. Lastly, price! As you know, I am always price-conscious and shoes are no exception. I walk around so much that I find myself literally running my shoes into the ground. Between how fast I wear through them and how quickly trends change, I prefer to stick to a strict budget to keep both my wallet and my feet happy.

With that said, I pulled together some easy, budget friendly styles below. I can still hardly believe all these styles are under $30!

Spring in your Step- Spring Shoe Trends

shop spring shoe trends:

Ankle Strap Sandals ($13) / Espadrille Flatform Slides ($20) / Steve Madden Annee Flat ($25) / Cap Toe Espadrilles ($25) / Striped Lace Up Espadrilles ($16) / Lace Up Gladiator Sandal ($28) / Double Banded Slide Sandal ($20)

Gift Guide for the Girl on the Go

Happy Humpday! Today is all about that girl on the go in your life. You all know one! Maybe it’s your workaholic mom, jet-setting bestie or your overachiever sister. These girls are running from one meeting to another, dressing day-to-night and always look amazing at a moments notice. How do they do it? By having all the right tools at their disposal.

Below is a list of what every girl on the go needs and some of these items are so fun! I love the gem speaker for a girl who is ready to dance at a moments notice, the Minimergency Kit for the accident prone and the Naked on the Run full makeup palette that can get any girl ready in a flash! And don’t forget to stash all these amazing finds in this Reversible Tote from Nordstrom!

Which travel necessity is your favorite? Gifts for a traveler

Etsy Passport Case ($29) / Forever 21 Gold Stripe Cosmetic Case ($10) / Rifle Paper Co Bon Voyage Journal ($15) / ban.do Gem Speaker ($40) / Bella J Manicure Set ($12) / kate spade jubilee ultra thin portable charger ($50) / J.Crew Lightening Cable ($26) / Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit ($18) / Happy Plugs Earbuds ($30) / kate spade initial card holder ($30) / kate spade bow eyemask ($38) / Echo Tech Gloves ($28) / Urban Decay ‘Naked on the Run’ Palette ($54) / BaubleBar Gold Jewelry Set ($58) / Street Level Reversible Tote and Wristlet ($48)

Game On!

With the World Series continuing into the weekend, I already know my next few nights will be jam-packed with Giants festivities. I love showing spirit during the games, but not at the expense of style. I think it’s important to dress up the traditional team apparel, especially when the games fall on weekend nights.


My advice for taking your team gear to the next level:

  1. Pick one item with your team’s logo on it. I suggest hats, they are the easiest to dress up and down and can match back to a ton of things already in your closet! (You can’t go wrong with a baseball hat or a beanie- they are both on trend this fall!)
  2. Choose some girly items to pair with your team gear. Find a dress, skirt or even a lace top to wear with it. Any feminine details that soften the look will immediately transform it into night!
  3. Lastly, add some layers! Denim, leather, camo- any will work! You could even go further with the sporty look and wear a baseball or varsity jacket!

Check out my look below! I love the wool texture of this Giant’s hat. It’s perfect for fall and still screams Giants! (Don’t worry if you cheer for another team! They have a TON of cute team hats, with nearly every style, for every team!!) I chose to dress it up with a faux leather skirt and a hooded denim jacket. Now I’m ready for whatever this weekend throws at me! (Hopefully the Giants are too!)

take me out to the ballgame

Forever 21 Hooded Denim Jacket ($32.90) / Kohl’s Apt 9 Essential Stripe Tee (On Sale for $14.40) / Old Navy Strappy Ankle Boots ($42.94) / Everlane Twill Snap Backpack ($65) / Fanatics SF Giants Hat ($33.95) / Kohl’s LC Lauren Conrad Faux Leather Circle Skirt (On Sale for $34.99)


Carry the Cropped Trend into Fall with Cropped Sweaters

Have you been sporting the crop tee trend all summer long? Well you’re in luck! It looks like you will be able to wear this belly-baring trend all the way through fall! The cropped sweater trend is fun, easy and casual. You can pair the cropped trend with textured knits and a slouchy fit and it becomes much more conservative than the cropped tee look. I’m not saying you will be wearing this look to church on Sunday, but it’s a great way to embrace the cropped trend without exposing too much skin. I pulled together some great deals below making it easy to sport the trend this fall without breaking the bank!

Cropped Sweaters

Express Blue Cable Sweater (On Sale for $19.99) / Forever 21 Waffle Knit Sweater ($17.80) / SheInside Striped Tee (On Sale for $9.90) / MANGO Textured Sweater (On Sale for $24.99) / Forever 21 Cozy Sweater ($22.80) / Nasty Gal Blue Crop Sweater ($78) / Target Blue Marled Crop Sweater ($24.99) / Modern Citizen Striped Cropped Sweater ($59) / Forever 21 Grey Marled Sweater (On Sale for $9.99)

The Grown-up Backpack

If you haven’t noticed, backpacks aren’t just for school buses anymore! They are not only the trendy new carryall, but also a practical accessory. I forgot how great backpacks were until I bought one to tote around this summer- they are great for day trips to the park, commuting to work or weekend trips! And don’t worry; there are more options than princesses and ninja turtles. Backpacks are now the chic accessory, coming in leather, studded and fringed! Below are a ton of trendy options that can take you from work to weekend!

backpack

Topshop Pink Backpack ($68) / BCBG Black & White Backpack ($78) / Dailylook Studded Tassel Backpack ($49.99) / Vince Camuto Blue Backpack ($178) / Betsey Johnson Leopard Backpack ($59.95) / Appaman Kids Straw Backpack ($34.99) / Madewell Leather Backpack ($228) / Marc by Marc Jacobs Printed Backpack (On Sale for $158.40) / ASOS Black Formal Backpack ($38.09) / ASOS Colorblock Backpack ($66.69) / Forever 21 Faux Leather Backpack ($32.80) / Urban Outfitters Grey Tassel Backpack ($59) / Steve Madden Leopard Backpack ($128) / Steve Madden Camel Backpack ($98) / Forever 21 Striped Backpack ($19.80) / Forever 21 Faux Leather Backpack ($32.80) / Herschel Pink Backpack ($55) / Deux Lux Karma Backpack ($130)

Black & White- the perfect pair

Black & White- it’s simple, chic and everywhere this season! This color combo is both classic and trendy at the same time. Wanna know the best part? I’m sure you can find this trend hiding in your closet already!

There are tons of ways to interpret this trend, colorblocking, graphic prints, solids, stripes, etc., each looking just as stylish as the last one. I think my favorite part of this trend is the individuality it offers. I know that seems counterintuitive since it follows pretty strict color code, but you can still put your own spin on it! It’s easy to infuse it into your office wear, lounge gear or date night outfits. Dress it up or down. Wear prints or solids. Whatever you do, have fun with it! Check out my favorite lifestyle looks below.


9 to 5:

Jeffrey Campbell for Free People (On Sale for $99.95) / ModCloth Paneled Dress (On Sale for $39.99) / Urban Originals Tote ($89.95) / Target Moto Jacket (On Sale for $21) / Isaac Mizrahi Wedges ($139.95) / ModCloth Cut Out Dress ($59.99)


SPORTY:

Adidas Original Tee ($30) / Topshop Tika Slip Ons ($35) / ASOS Cropped Tee ($47.64) / H&M Soft Pants ($24.95) / Topshop Backpack ($68)


GRAPHIC PRINTS:

ASOS Check Pencil Skirt ($34.30) / Sol Sana Leather Sandal (On Sale for $50.22) / Nastygal Waves Skater Dress ($58) / Nordstrom Polka Dot Skirt ($28) / ModCloth Squiggles Dress (On Sale for $49.99)


STRIPES:

Target Striped Maxi (On Sale for $18) / ASOS Striped Dress ($85.74) / kate spade crossbody (On Sale for $131.90) / Target Tuxedo Stripe Pant (On Sale for $9.98) / Sol Sana Leather Sandal (On Sale $53.57)