Leather Wrap

Hey ladies wrap your wrists in leather!  I think stacking leather bracelets on your wrist looks uber-cool and adds a bit of bikerish flare to any outfit.  Leather with touches of metal is another really rad detail, especially when worn with a blazer or silk blouse, the contrast is amazing.   Try layering a couple of leather bracelets together or pairing them with other bracelets you have to create a look that is all your own!

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A good item to have or add to your closet is a vest!  Vests are very versatile because you can simply wear them with everything.  Try adding a vest to a tunic, blouse, dress, or sweater, this will immediately transform an outfit from so-so to positively delightful!  I think a vest looks even better belted or with a chunky necklace and layered bracelets.  Look for vests in whatever color you fancy and in a pattern or texture!  It will surely be a staple in your wardrobe that you can reach for all year long!

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Refreshshirt

Its refreshing to see how far sweatshirts have come!  When we think of a sweatshirt, the words comfortable and warm come to mind, but now since this old trend has been rejuvenated , we can now use words like stylish and chic!  I fell in love with this short sleeved sweatshirt jacket, because of the rolled collar, flared short sleeves and belted waist. I think that it is so fashionable and yet has such an effortless look and feel.  Pairing the sweatshirt jacket with a marled grey tunic and olive green leggings continue the cozy, yet sophisticated theme of the outfit.  The sleek accessories and comfy lace up boots complete the look flawlessly and keep me polished and put together for whatever my day brings!

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My Favorite Online Stores

I like to shop online, you can find some great deals and fabulous finds!  I will share with you some of my favorite sites and that I visit quite often, because I know I can always find something special!

My Top Picks:

Zara.com   They have some great pieces that are different and have unexpected details!

Shopsosie.com   This is a great site for cute items and that are easy on the wallet!

Piperlime.com   I love this site, because it connects with Banana Republic, Old Navy and Gap, but they have some wonderful brands and wonderful sales!

Jewelmint, stylemint, and shoemint.com   These sites all interconnect with each other, so you can get some terrific tees, jewelry and shoes all in one place!  You do have to enter your email and join these sites, but it takes less than a minute and you get emails on sales and events!

Zulilly.com   This is one of my friends favorite sites, she has found some great deals and they are constantly updating their items.  This is another site you have to sign up for, but it is worth it!

ModCloth.com   I love this site for great vintage pieces!  They also hundreds of new items and tell a great story for each clothing item and give you ideas where you can wear it!

HauteLook   They have new items each day and amazing deals, Sunday is a big savings day!  You have to sign up for this site as well.

Anthropologie.com   They have beautiful clothing pieces with a bit of vintage flare, I wait for sales on this website!

Jcrew and Jcrew Factory.com   I am a huge Jcrew fan!  They have some great sales and wonderfully designed items!  This is where you want to shop if you want a great quality piece!  Plus, they have a factory store now online, where you can get some great deals as well!

Bananarepublic, gap and old navy.com   I always shop these sites for great deals and sales!

Asos.com   I like this site for trendy pieces and just to look at the accessories, they have some great ones!

Oasis-stores.com   I love to shop this site for adorable pieces!

Happy Shopping!

Sharply Sheer

Sheer fabric is a semi transparent material that is being used more and more for blouses, cardigans and jackets.  Sheer clothing is so light and airy, perfect for those spring days and yet are oh so functional pieces to add to your closet!  I love sheer blouses because they are wonderful to layer underneath blazers or cardigans for work days or with a silk camisole for a dinner date!   The sheer shouldered sweater below is excellent because it is a bit flirty, yet tasteful!  Add some great chunky accessories and you are sheer to start your day!

Note: Look for sheer pieces in a neutral palette or if you want to be chichi then reach for that color!  You can also try sheer items that are paired with other fabrics like lace or leather for some charming detail!

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Stretch it Out

This is an idea I am really excited about, because number one it is inexpensive and number two they look fabulous on your wrist!  I am talking about stretchy bracelets!  These little cuties are sold everywhere, but why buy them when you can make them and be super creative in the process. I will give a brief step by step guide on how to make them and show you some of my own creations!

 

Step 1: You will need a pair of scissors, some stretchy cord (you can get this at Walmart in the craft section, by the beads), and your choice of colored beads.  You can look at places like Walmart, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby for some great bead choices.

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Step 2:  Cut your cord longer than what you need, this will make it easier to put the beads on and will allow you to have a better grip on your bracelet.  Next, start stringing on your beads lady!  You can try making a pattern and intermix colors and styles of beads, use a large medallion bead, or just make the bracelet all one color!  You are the designer here so chose any pattern you like!  A good thing to note is to keep fitting the bracelet around your wrist, when it has just a tiny bit of room, you are done and can tie each end together and cut off the excess cord.

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Step 3:  I would make at least five to six different bracelets, because you will stack them on your wrist to add impact and drama!  I love to mix and match the bracelets, but I also like to use a couple of the same strands to create some unity!

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I have made tons of these bracelets, down below are some I have done in the last couple of months.  My friends and I sit around my table and make these while talking and listening to music, so have fun and enjoy seeing what bracelet creations you can come up with!

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Liquid Silver

Channel your inner glamourista and introduce your closet to silver!  I like to wear silver because it has such a reflective quality and gives illumination to other colors its paired with. I love to put silver pieces with grey, black or navy, but I also think it looks divine with color!  What I love about this outfit is the skirt, it has such a great silvery sheen and transitions from day to night beautifully!

Note:  Look for jackets, blouses, or pants that have silver threading or a silver luster , you will be surprised how versatile a piece like this can be!

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