Kimono Krazy

Here on my blog, I have talked about being guilty of having multiples of similar clothing items in my closet.  For me those pieces consist of all things camo print, countless number of denim jackets, and more recently kimonos.  I’m currently looking at my wardrobe and nothing is more satisfying than seeing all my beautiful kimonos lined up perfectly next to each other.  Each one of my kimonos are from different stores, with varying colors, textures, and patterns, but all are used to complete any outfit.  Keep on scrolling to see how I style one of my most unique and loved kimonos.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I do love fall fashion, but I am not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet, which is why this look leans more summer.  What can I say, I’m just trying to stretch my summer wardrobe a little bit longer before I have to start trading my bare legs for tights and sandals for boots.

The star of this look is obviously this multicolored, paisley/geometric like patterned kimono.  It’s crazy to think I purchased this eye-catching kimono from Nordstrom Rack years ago and didn’t really start wearing it until this year.  Now, I can’t stop pairing this kimono with all things denim because I believe the beautiful moss color and warm tones look great with blue jeans or in this case a denim skirt.

Another item that has been on repeat this summer has been my denim skirt from Zara.  I am obsessed with the fit and all those buttons.  Hands down, this is my favorite way to style this skirt, with just a simple cream colored tank also from Zara and then some sort of kimono.

Although, my kimono has such a bold print, there is still room for accessorizing and today I am wearing this super cool, seashell, double chained necklace from the Etsy shop, LivingEarthy. The stunning colors of the seashell matches perfectly with all the colors in the kimono.  I highly recommend checking out LivingEarthy on Etsy for a selection of naturally beautiful jewelry items.

You can easily wear this outfit with booties for the colder fall like days, but for now, I will continue to wear my medium brown strappy wedges from Old Navy.  I strongly believe that everyone should have a neutral colored wedge like these in their closet.

Of course, you can’t forget shades, so I just threw on my brown tortoise shell square sunglasses by the brand Steve Madden.  And now my outfit is complete.

Is anyone else obsessed with kimonos like I am?  Let me know what are some of your favorite kimonos and how you style them.  Talk to you all in my next post!

 

Kimono: Nordstrom Rack (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Skirt: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Tank: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: LivingEarthy |  Shoes: Old Navy (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Sunglasses: Steve Madden (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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Summer Stripes

If you slide open my closet door, one would instantly be able to tell my obsession with jumpsuits has spiraled out of control (if it wasn’t clear on my Instagram too).  Jumpsuits are my summer go-to and I have a feeling that because of the long pants, they will be transitioned into the autumn months with a light sweater or jacket.  Not so surprisingly, today’s post is all about my current favorite jumpsuit that recently was added to my collection, so keep on scrolling to see how I style yet another jumpsuit.

If there is one store that feeds my jumpsuit obsession and in general my clothing obsession it’s Marshalls. You can find everything and anything in that store.  On my recent trip to Marshalls I somehow stumbled into the junior’s section and my eyes were immediately drawn to this striped pattern jumpsuit.  It’s crazy to think that I am starting to have more striped pattern clothing in my closet than I do floral pattern items.  I think the key to wearing stripes, well at least for me, is finding a dress, shirt, pants, or in this case a jumpsuit with a mix of different sized stripes.  The mix of larger, smaller, thicker, and thinner stripes make this jumpsuit super flattering, as well as the different shades of blue and brown.


This jumpsuit has a few hidden details like the deep neckline, the belt around the waist, and this super high slit on the leg.  Usually most jumpsuits are long enough not to show one’s selection of shoes, with the slit it allows your shoes to peek through, so of course I am wearing my new black wedges with this gorgeous gold buckle detail, also from Marshalls.  I love how this jumpsuit features blue and brown colors because you can really accessorize with either gold or silver, which brings me to my next point…jewelry.

Today’s look made me realize I really should start wearing more bracelets because my arms are looking a bit bare, but oh well, I’d rather wear more necklaces than bracelets.  Since this outfit features a low neckline, I wanted to wear a choker (obviously) but also a longer necklace.  I settled on this simple black cord choker from Forever 21, and then this silver gemstone double necklace also from Forever 21.  Who cares if it looks like I am wearing 3 necklaces, my motto is when you can’t decide on one, you might as well wear them all.

That’s a wrap on yet another style post.  Next post won’t be featuring a jumpsuit, well I can’t make any promises, you would understand if you saw my closet.  If you are like me who can’t get enough of jumpsuits, check out another one of my style posts here.  Keep the conversation going in the comments below by telling me what has been your must-have/go-to item this summer. Talk soon!

 

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Little Miss Sunshine

Technically summer doesn’t officially end until the end of September but in the retail world it seems like after Fourth of July they switch to back to school and fall fashion mode. As much as I hate the thought of summer ending I’m trying to look on the bright side and focus on my love for fall fashion and of course the end of summer sales. Although most of the sales involve summer merchandise like shorts, rompers, tanks, and so on, with the art of layering you can certainly transition those pieces into the fall.

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It seems like H&M rarely has sales because their merchandise is so inexpensive anyway but 80% off select merchandise piqued my interest. With only a few minutes to shop I found two items that were calling my name.

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I first picked up this beautiful skirt. I love the unique tie-dye design and the mustard color. I can see myself wearing this skirt into the fall because of that rich color. The skirt is flowy and high-waisted which I like. It’s not as long as a maxi skirt but not as short as a mini skirt just the perfect in between.

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Since picking up this skirt for only $15 I knew I wanted a fitted cream colored top to bring out the cream color in the skirt and not take away from the beauty of the yellow shade. I wanted something fitted so I can have the option to either tuck it in or knot it. I chose this simple $5 t-shirt and it goes great with my skirt and many other pieces in my closet. Funny thing is that it’s not supposed to be off the shoulder but the shoulder area fits a little weird and loose so a simple off the shoulder fix did the trick.

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For jewelry I am loving anything gold and anything with tassels. So this Charming Charlie necklace matched perfectly with my outfit and the whole vibe of the look.

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Shoes were a no brainer. I chose to wear another pair of my vintage Candies wedges. They are a little high so taking photos on a rocky surface was a challenge. Luckily I didn’t fall. That’s an accomplishment.

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This summer I discovered my love for summer fedora like hats. I totally need to expand my hat collection because if I post myself wearing this hat one more time on my blog or Instagram I have a feeling my readers will be like what the heck we get it, you like that hat. I can’t help it but I just feel so fashion forward in my hat plus it covers up any bad hair days.

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 Lastly, before heading out the door I grabbed my favorite Steve Madden sunglasses. They are not new to the blog. See how I style them here.

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Between the H&M sale and the Zara sale (look out for a new post featuring Zara soon), I have been shopping like crazy. I guess that’s what happens when your day consists of analyzing fashion trends, reading style blogs, and spending the days in New York City. My closet is happy, but my wallet not so much.

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Hope everyone is enjoying their summer and continue to soak up the summer sun before it’s gone. Let me know in the comments below what sales you have been shopping lately and some of your favorite pieces purchased. See you all in my next post.

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Skirt: H&M | T-Shirt: H&M (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Candie’s (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Charming Charlie | Sunglasses: Steve Madden (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)| Hat: H&M

Photos by Lauren Murphy (http://www.createdbylaur.com)

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A Walk On The Wild Side

It’s a jungle out there. Just kidding it’s just my backyard, but my blouse certainly gives me jungle fever. I’m embracing the wild side of me in today’s post. Instead of just featuring the cheetah print pattern why not feature the whole animal and several of them. Keep on reading to explore my outfit details and the jungle behind me… Who knows what I might find.

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How fierce is this white button down blouse from Madewell? The cheetahs really make this outfit. Without the cheetahs it would just be a plain white button down…BORING! Busy animal prints can be overwhelming, but so fashion forward. This print is a totally refreshing change from the usual floral or paisley print and polka dots or stripes.

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Next, denim skirts are a huge trend this summer and can be easily transitioned into the fall, when that time comes, but no rush because I still want to enjoy more of the summer. My button up denim skirt from H&M totally embraces that 70s vibe. I love the button details in the middle, which add a little something to the denim skirt.

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To give my Madewell blouse more of a shape and to show off the button detail of my skirt I decided to half tuck the blouse. There’s really no method to tucking your blouse, the messier the better. Make it look like you didn’t spend hours trying to make it look perfect (even if you, did I won’t tell).

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          Speaking of vibes, I am all about spreading those good vibes. Sometimes it’s hard to remember the importance of staying positive and spreading positivity so my Charlie Charming good vibes charm necklace reminds me to spread those good vibes. Plus it matches perfectly with my outfit.

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         To keep with the 70s trend, I am wearing my new favorite embellished block heels from Charlotte Russe. They are my go-to summer sandal because they go with any outfit.

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Finally, you can’t wander the jungle without wearing your favorite pair of aviator sunglasses.

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Oh my! Look what I found in the jungle while I was exploring. It’s some sort of weird species. I think it’s a lion, maybe a tiger, no wait it’s a ferocious three-year-old West Highland Terrier named Griffin. He is completely harmless, more like a diva that didn’t want his picture taken. But how cute does he look in my sunglasses. Maybe the blogging world is calling his name…GriffinForStyle.

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I’ve spent enough time wandering outside, now time to show off my outfit in the best way possible by walking down the streets of New York City. I am certain I won’t run into any lions or tigers in NYC, just some hungry pigeons. Until next time…

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Skirt: H&M (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Blouse: Madewell   |  Shoes: Charlotte Russe | Sunglasses: Forever 21  (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Charming Charlie 

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Patch It Up

It’s not hard to tell from my three back-to-back denim related posts, that lately I’m obsessing over all things denim. Sarcasm aside denim is a major staple in any wardrobe. Today I’m not focusing on jeans or a denim dress but an oversized vintage denim jacket to which I added my own personal style.

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Overall, this outfit just makes me feel cool. I’m convinced it is the jean jacket because it is not an ordinary denim jacket but a denim jacket with a variety of patches. I discovered that iron on patches were a huge trend in the 80s. Pretty much anywhere there was space on your favorite shirt, jacket, or jeans, you could put a patch on it. The 80s must have been a fun decade but I hardly remember it (haha just kidding, 90s baby right here). Fashion is all about bringing past trends back so I proudly wear my patched up denim jacket.

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         My denim jacket is from Brag Vintage, a UK based vintage clothing store selling the highest quality vintage and retro women and men’s clothing and accessories. They are constantly updating their collection, so every week you can find a new and unique treasure waiting to be part of your wardrobe.

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There is no better place than Amazon to find a variety of iron on patches. I had a blast picking out which patches I wanted to include and I decided to add some music influence, my love for New York, and other quirky patches like the eye and the alien.

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         All eyes should be on my jean jacket, hence the eye patches and there is no better way to pair this jacket than with a basic white and black shift dress from Target.

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As for footwear, no shoe is cooler than a pair of high top Vans, so I think these sneakers perfectly tie together this vintage look. And for an extra boost of coolness, I decided to wear my colorful mirrored sunglasses.

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Remember with a little online shopping and a creative eye anyone can revamp a basic piece. A great way to start is by taking a pair of old jeans or a thrifted jean jacket and put your creativity to work to transform it into a hip new look. I am so inspired to do more of these DIY fashion looks. Who knows what will be next. Until then, I’ll stay a part of the cool kid club and wear this jacket. Send me a comment and let me know about any of your DIY fashion ideas. See you all in my next post.

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 Dress: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Denim Jacket: Brag Vintage (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Shoes: Vans | Sunglasses: Local Boutique (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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Street Style

When temperatures rise above 60 degrees, it is the perfect day to walk the streets of New York City and explore Central Park. If this warm weather pattern continues, it is safe to say that spring has sprung. Nothing was better than welcoming the warm weather than being in New York City. I had a wonderful time visiting all my favorite shops uptown and having a nice picnic lunch in the sun, sitting on one of the massive rocks in Central Park. Best part about this trip to the city was that I didn’t have to plan my outfit around my winter coat. I hope I can retire my heavy winter coat for the season. I decided to “dress down” and showcase my casual style, what I like to call my street style, since a day in New York City consists of strolling up or down your favorite streets and avenues.

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Don’t expect too much from this post. I’m just giving you the details of my outfit because I was not planning on doing an outfit post until my mom insisted on taking a few photos with my phone and then “BAM” I turned this into a quick post.

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This season, I am trying to experiment with different denim because denim does not only have to be skinny jeans, so I decided to break out my favorite Madewell boyfriend jeans. Remember them from this post back in the summer? It was so warm out I could have easily gotten away with wearing a dress, but I am not ready to show the world my pale winter legs, maybe next time. I paired my distressed denim with a lightweight sweater from Forever 21, tucked in, to give my look a slouchy, laid-back vibe. To turn my sweater from boring to more exciting, I am wearing my new springtime scarf from Madewell. I love the bright coral color and the fringe tassels. To incorporate the pattern mixing trend, I chose to introduce a new pattern to my outfit by adding my leopard slip on sneakers from Target. Lastly, because I was doing some shopping, my cross-body bag from Fossil was a necessity. Everyone always gives me a puzzled look when they see this bag. They always wonder if it is portraying a face. That is the beauty of art and fashion; it all depends on the individuals’ interpretation.

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            I can’t wait to style some of the new pieces I bought on my recent New York City shopping trip. Just a heads up, the next time you see me on my blog, I might be blonde. I’ve been a little bored of late and have been thinking of trying something bold and different. What would you think of me as going platinum blonde? After all, life is to short to be boring. Talk to you all soon!

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Sweater: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Jeans: Madewell (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Scarf: Madewell | Bag: Fossil

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