Elephant Obsession

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Hands down, one of my favorite things about being a blogger is discovering new shops and brands that offer unique items. I love having the power to share with my readers my style finds from lesser known stores and brands.

         Ever since starting my blog, Etsy has become my best friend. For those who are not familiar with Etsy, it’s a website that acts as a marketplace for people to buy and sell unique goods. On Etsy, you can discover hundreds of boutiques selling handmade and vintage items; things you can’t find at your typical mall.

         Recently, I stumbled across a special boutique on Etsy, CharlotteCoutureGlam. I had the pleasure to chat with Tiffany Griffith, the owner of CharlotteCoutureGlam. Tiffany uses jewelry making as her creative outlet. Her pieces emphasize semi-precious stones, gold and sterling silver chains, elaborate beading, and real leather. Each piece is very unique and trendy. She told me she gets most of her inspiration from the beautiful scenery of northern California, where she makes her home. Her jewelry is versatile and you will find many ways to incorporate her pieces as you accessorize your favorite outfit.

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         After chatting with Tiffany, she was kind enough to gift me one of her favorite items from her collection. She surprised me with a beautiful elephant necklace. I was thrilled and it’s the perfect way to explain the title of this post, “Elephant Obsession”. I have obsessed with elephant jewelry or prints for some time. The symbolism of this magnificent animal can’t be understated. Elephants are said to be symbols of strength, wisdom, and power and in the Hindu culture elephants are revered and hold special importance. Every time I wear something that features an elephant, I am not just showcasing a beautiful and magnificent animal but, a creature that has mystical meaning and importance.

        Back to the necklace. This mosaic elephant necklace features beautiful colors, in brass, coral, and gold. It was so easy to style this necklace. I chose to wear a flowing, army green colored shirt from Free People. To add more layers and texture, I wore a crocheted short-sleeve sweater from a local boutique, Apricot Lane. Of course, I had to wear my favorite pair of lightly distressed jeans from Madewell. Finally, you can’t go wrong with a pop of leopard, so I chose to wear my leopard slip ons from Target, which is a spring must-have.

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         It’s been a good week. I found a new Etsy shop, made a new friend in Tiffany, embraced the beautiful sunny weather, and also discovered my roommate’s awesome photo taking skills. Big shout out to not only my roommate, but also my best friend, Christina for capturing these photos. You are a rock star!

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         Tiffany wants to gift one of my readers a $50 gift certificate to her boutique, so you can choose your favorite item from her store. Leave a comment below and I will randomly pick a winner by May 12th.

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Shirt: Free People (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Crochet Sweater: Apricot Lane (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Jeans: Madewell (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: CharoletteCoutureGlam (SIMILAR) | Earrings: Francesca’s (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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Wishful Thinking: What I Would Wear To Coachella

Happy festival season everyone! Festival season is a timeCoachella Style #2 for many electric dance music (EDM), pop, rock, and country shows. Festivals like these happen around the world and are a time for music lovers to come together to experience good music and a full out good time. Since there are so many festivals, I am certain you will find one that celebrates the music you like best. Upcoming festivals include Coachella, Mysteryland, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Electric Daisy Carnival, Tomorowland, Lollapalooza, and Electric Zoo.

In today’s post, I want to focus on one of the more popular music festivals, Coachella, which for most music lovers generally marks the kick-off of the music festival season.  The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, commonly referred to just as Coachella, is a yearly music and arts festival held in Indio, California.  This event features many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip-hop, and EDM. It also features an array of art exhibitions. This year Coachella will be celebrated the weekends of April 10th and 17th .Coachella Style #1

This festival includes popular musical artists, as well as lesser-known groups. Notable artists appearing in the past include Amy Winehouse, Snoop Dog, The Killers, Madonna, Daft Punk, Kayne West, Jay Z, Eminem, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.  This year’s festival will include performances by AC/DC, Drake, David Guetta and Florence and the Machine.  It’s no wonder why general admission tickets sold out in 20 minutes.

Coachella Style #4Coachella is not just about the music and art, but there’s also a good dose of fashion. Festival fashion is all about crop tops, concert tees, fringe, floral kimonos, high-waisted jean shorts, floral headbands, and a variety of flash tats.  When going to your favorite festival, don’t be afraid to step out of your style comfort zone and use your style as a way to express your creativity.

I put together a few style inspiration boards to show you what I would wear to Coachella if, that is I was actually able to scrounge tickets.  I had a lot of fun experimenting with different styles and colors.  I chose items that had a bohemian vibe, including warm colors, floral patterns, cream-colored tops and dresses, and fringe.  Of course, I had to add a few items with a smiley face design because this concert is all about feeling good and celebrating good vibes. When it comes to shoes, I chose shoes that were comfortable, yet stylish.  Combat boots, cowboy boots, and gladiator sandals are a must-have for any festival because you will be on your feet rocking and swaying all day.Coachella Style #3

If you’re not feeling the boho chic vibe, go for what I like to call the vintage concert style. This style includes concert tees from popular bands, like the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and the Who. These graphic tees will look great paired with high-waisted distressed denim shorts.

As for accessories, don’t forget floppy hats and hippie style glasses to protect your face and eyes from the desert sun.  Accessorize your outfit with floral headbands, statement jewelry, and flash tats. The sky is the limit when it comes to dressing for Coachella.

         Oh how I wish I could be at Coachella this year, but sadly, I’m stuck on the East coast finishing up a busy Spring semester at school.  Luckily, I have access to plenty of photos and videos from Coachella. If any of my readers are going to Coachella, please share what you plan to wear and your experience at the festival.  And for those, like me, who won’t be at Coachella, let me know your ideal Coachella outfit.

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The Trendiest of Trends: Spring 2015

It is officially spring and how I wish the weather could be warmer and sunnier. I have never been so happy to see grass. To be honest, I almost forgot what grass looked like after our long snowy winter. Now that it is spring, it is time to embrace the spring trends. One of my favorite things to do is visit my favorite clothing stores, view their products, and figure out what trends are popular this season. After countless visits to my favorite stores and many hours spent online shopping, I have come up with a list of the trendiest of trends for spring 2015. Take a look at what follows to see what I’m thinking. 

1. Fringe

Hands down, fringe is one of my favorite trends this season. Fringe resembles that boho chic style, of which I am a huge fan. I love how you can incorporate this trend into any part of your outfit. Think sweaters, kimonos, jackets, purses, and of course necklaces.

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When I think of 1970s fashion, I think bohemian and disco. For the bohemian style, I recommend investing in a pair of flared jeans. Style flared pants with a paisley patterned blouse, a suede jacket, and a floppy hat. Don’t be afraid to incorporate the fringe trend into your outfit because the 70s was all about the fringe look too. If you’d rather dress like you’re ready for the disco, platform shoes and psychedelic glasses are a must.

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3. Joggers

I am all for being comfortable, yet stylish. Joggers are the perfect mix of comfort and style. Joggers look like sweatpants, but the elastic at the bottom, make them more fitted and sleek and making them socially acceptable to wear in public. A pair of solid grey or black joggers would look great with a simple white t-shirt for a casual outfit great for anywhere. A pair of patterned joggers is perfect for a dressier occasion or even the office.

6ee78d99d7fac86f3c31fab0e3c771e94. Fashion Sneakers

These sneakers are perfect to wear when you are done wearing your winter boots, but not ready to wear sandals and flip-flops. You can find these types of sneakers everywhere. They can be solid, patterned, affordable, or expensive and you will sure find a pair that fits your personal style. These shoes are great to slip on with a pair of leggings, jeans, or a dress; the possibilities are endless.

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One of the great things about fashion is that it is always changing, so although these are some of the popular trends for this season, there are still so many more. Keep your eye out for more posts about popular trends, so this season we can be trendy and fashionable. Tell me about what you are seeing. I’d love to hear from you.

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