#TRACKISBACK

The fashion world has been going nuts over the re- launch of a very popular at the start of the decade; I am talking about the matching velour Juicy Couture jumpsuit. Paris Hilton, Mariah Carey, Kim K, Brittany Spears, and many other celebs loved to model the Juicy Couture velour tracksuits back in the 2000s.

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It was because of these celebs, that at every birthday and Christmas I would always ask my parents for one of these most coveted fashion items. Sadly, I was never the girl rocking the popular hot pink tracksuit with the dangling J on the zipper. In fact, I was not mad at my parents for not buying me a Juicy jump suit; I loved wearing my knockoff velour suits from places like Old Navy and The Children’s Place. I could get like 10 jumpsuits for the price of one Juicy Couture tracksuit. But sadly, since I wore the jumpsuits without the J charm, I was not considered “cool,” oh well.   For $200, my parents would rather not spend it on a piece of fabric that was just a trend, and boy were they right because within a short time, the matchy match jumpsuit was no longer the buzz. In fact, in 2014 the creators of Juicy Couture closed all of their stores. The once coveted Juicy Couture was replaced with the arrival of new trends, like skinny jeans.

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Now in 2016, everyone can’t get enough of the athlesuire trend. Athlesiure can be described as casual and comfy athletic clothes that look like you just went to the gym but are actually just super fashion forward. Think Lululemon leggings, nylon quarter zip ups, and classic Adidas sneakers.

But what’s the athleisure trend without a good track suit? So the time is right for Juicy Couture to rebrand and luckily Bloomingdales agrees. Juicy Couture and Bloomingdales re-launched the popular velour jumpsuit. At Bloomingdales you can find the ever so popular low-rise pants with matching slim fit jacket with the iconic J charm on the zipper. The limited designer collection is all about bringing back the tracksuit and the look of the 2000s. If you were a big fan of this look at the beginning of the new century you are going to love the #TRACKISBACK campaign. Head over to Bloomingdale’s to purchase the timeless hoodie and flared pant set in seven different colors for $108.

Remember in my 70’s post, seen here, I said trends like to repeat themselves, well the Juicy Track Suit is just another example of the repeating fashion cycle. Let me know in the comments below if you will be re-living the 2000s by sporting one of the revamped tracksuit or would you rather not wear head to toe velour.

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Color, Texture, and Wood

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Happy July. It seems like it takes forever for summer to arrive, but when it does, it just flies by. Hope everyone is enjoying the summer.

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Today’s post highlights more of my summer style and how I’ve been styling some of my new purchases. Zara is my go to destination when they are having their annual sale. It’s a HUGE sale where every piece of clothing is marked down and keeps getting marked down throughout the weeks. Working in the city this summer, I feel like I’ve become a real New Yorker and I seem to do most of my shopping in the city because I think of NYC as the world’s biggest continuous shopping mall. You can find all your favorite stores in multiple locations throughout the city (uptown, downtown, and midtown). So if one store doesn’t have your size or a good selection just walk a few blocks or hop on the subway and you’re sure to find that same favorite store at another location.

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Each day when I hop off the train and sprint out of Grand Central Station to my internship I pass by a Zara store. The big bright “sale” signs are calling my name and I can’t help but to wander in. Oops! Well not oops for me but oops for my wallet. On my last visit, I purchased three unique pieces. An awesome dress, top, and a fabulous skirt I am featuring in this post.

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I am obsessed with the woven texture and bright colors of this skirt. The Aztec styled print makes this skirt a summer hit. This skirt is a perfect 10 and the best part is that it was a real bargain at $25. Score! This skirt deserves all the attention so I kept the rest of my outfit very simple. I paired it with a cream colored shirt from Forever 21. If you look closely the shirt has a few holes in it. I promise it’s part of the design. I think the distressed look adds something to just a boring t-shirt. For shoes, I’m wearing my favorite summer time sandals. I picked these up last year at DSW. They’re from an Italian designer but without the designer price tag. They were such a bargain and are the perfect sandal to make a statement and add a little height with the small heel.

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This simple Forever 21 t-shirt needs a necklace. I’m wearing my granite stone necklace from Brandy Melville. I wear this necklace when I want to bring out more color. I love how the earthy purple tones perfectly match the bright shades in my skirt.

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What? I’m wearing something on my wrist? Shocker, I know. When it comes to jewelry I usually keep it very simple with just a necklace and earrings unless I find a bracelet or in this case a watch that I really, really like.

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This trendy watch is from the Jord line. Jord watches are unique because they are hand crafted from natural wood. The color and grain patterns may vary, making each one an individual piece. No watch is quite the same. I love how the main feature of the watch is the wood, making it a sustainable and of course fashionable statement. The watch I am sporting today is from the Ely series. I love the smaller dial and band with date display, as well as the natural green and maple color. Something about this color looks great against my sun-kissed skin and can be worn everyday, with any outfit, either dressy or casual.

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I usually rely on my smart phone to tell the time but this watch is functional as well as a sporty touch of arm candy. A smart time piece to help keep on schedule is important for any busy girls life. Let me know what you think about Jord Watches? Will you be adding one of their trendy pieces to your watch collection?

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I almost forgot to tell you. JORD watches is so generous and is offering three lucky readers a chance to win a $75, $50, and $25 coupon for JORD watches. It’s super simple to enter, just leave a comment on this post and three winners will be randomly selected. Additional information, as well as the way to enter can be founded below. Hurry this amazing opportunity ends August 7th.

Skirt: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Top: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) |                                            Shoes: DSW (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  |  Necklace: Brandy Melville (SIMILAR) | Watch: JORD (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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Kimono Loving

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Walking into your favorite clothing store, I am certain you will find an extensive selection of kimonos. Kimonos long, short, patterned, colorful and some maybe with fringe or tassels, so it’s safe to say you will find a kimono that will suit your personal style.

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I like to call kimonos the summer sweater. They aren’t as heavy as a sweater so you can wear them in the summer heat without dying of heatstroke. They’re just a light piece of fabric that perfectly drapes your body to complete any outfit. My favorite way to wear a kimono is with a simple dress. I like this approach because sometimes dresses can just be boring without proper accessorizing. Kimonos are the perfect way to finish off a look and add more style.

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I’ve had the best luck finding kimonos at Forever 21, H&M, Cotton On, and TJMaxx. But like I said kimonos are so popular this season you can pretty much find a kimono anywhere. I love kimonos that feature beautiful prints, lovely colors and maybe even some fringe detailing. I usually go with kimonos that have some sort of neutral color present like black, gray, or cream. The neutral colors allow me to pair my kimono with a variety of pieces in my closet like a simple dress, romper, or jeans, which allows the eye-catching colors, and patterns of the kimono to really pop.

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Today’s outfit features a variety of Forever 21 items. On a recent shopping spree at Forever 21, I was impressed with many of their new summer items and of course I wanted them all. I love wearing dresses during the summer, so I bought this acid washed dress. Again it’s a simple gray color that can be worn in many ways but as you can see my favorite statement is to wear it with a kimono. My long floral kimono is also from Forever 21 and it features a similar gray color that matches the dress but also has beautiful pops of red and black. It’s a nice length with a few slits in the kimono to give it a flowing look

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I kept my jewelry minimal because I like to balance my outfits. When I wear a kimono I like to keep the jewelry simple or if I choose to wear a statement necklace I like to keep everything else simple. Balance is key (no pun intended because my necklace is a key) but I really love this simple, dainty silver key necklace from Forever 21. It goes with any outfit. Perfect for when you’re looking to add a little bit of bling. I rarely wear bracelets. It’s just one jewelry item I always forget but today I choose my BCBG charm bracelet because it goes with the silver and gray themes of my outfit.

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As for shoes, you can’t go wrong with a simple pair of black sandals from Forever 21. They match any outfit perfectly.

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Kimono loving is the title of this post because I love my kimonos this season. In fact I have a whole section in my closest dedicated to kimonos. I’m certain another one of my favorite kimonos will make an appearance in an upcoming post. Let me know in the comments how you feel about the kimono trend? Do you totally love it or can you do without it? If you like the kimono look tell me some of your favorite ways to style a kimono?

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Dress: Forever 21  (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Kimono: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Necklace: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) | Bracelet: BCBG (SIMILAR)

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