Back-to-School Style

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It is that time again — it comes and goes every year with mixed emotions.  No matter if you are in middle school or college, we all experience the same thing.  It is the time when we are excited to see friends and go back-to-school shopping yet not actually do any homework, we have no idea what to expect or how big our course load will be, and we can’t figure out if we should be wearing shorts or layer jackets and scarves {at least this seems to always happen to me}  But somehow the perks always seem to out way all the hours of reading, late night studying, and endless amounts of coffee.  I love seeing the smiles of old friends, hearing about summer adventures, and of course the clothes! Something about needing a new cute outfit each day {not that summer months are any different but I do find myself being a bit more laze} excites me! For me class doesn’t start for another month, but the back-to-school shopping and outfit combination juices are flowing! Especially during the beginning months of school, it is that awkward time of the year with cooler mornings which turn into scorching hot days.  In order to be prepared for all climate changes, today I paired a comfy striped dress with a jean jacket {a BTS staple} with edgy biker boots and a jeweled headband.  This is a great BTS outfit template because you can easily mix and match with a different dress or boots.  I would describe my back-to-school style as ‘casual chic yet comfy with a little edge’.  How would you describe your BTS style?

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Ethnic Patterns

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Ever since I can remember, I’ve always valued my individuality. Even in grade school I would get annoyed if a friend deliberately copied me or wanted to be ’twins’. For whatever reason, that’s just the way I am. This is probably one contributing reason why I am drawn to unique, detailed, and one-of-a-kind looking pieces. I love picking up ethnic looking clothes, jewelry, and even home decor on my travels or in second hand boutiques. Knowing that there is only one or just a few of something makes it that much more special and personalized! The detailed embroidery and ethnic patterns of this skirt made it a must have — something different and like nothing I’ve ever seen before {even though anyone could pick it up from their local Nordstrom} Pairing it with simple, layered jewelry handmade by independent designers from 9th & Elm make it a personalized look that balances mass market with custom style! Finding clothes and accessories that speak to you is most important — so find your individuality and wear what you love!

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Shirt: Diesel  /  Skirt: Topshop  /  Shoes: 10 Crosby Derek Lam  /  Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs  /  Earrings: c/o 9th and Elm   /  Necklace: c/o 9th and Elm  /  Thin ring: c/o 9th and Elm

Location: Villa Creek Winery

Summer Handbags

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Yesterday, I was on bed rest, still groggy from anesthesia, and restricted to a liquid diet because I had all four wisdom teeth removed! It’s definitely not my idea of fun, until I received an email and twitter notification that I was chosen as part of July’s Handbag Bloggers featuring a list of the trendiest summer handbags! Now, it didn’t completely take my mind off of the huge gauzy swabs in my mouth but it did make me feel better — at least for a little while! Check out my newest feature and all the other lovely ladies who where chosen for their summer handbag choices.  Thanks again to Your Next Handbag for selecting me!

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See the full list of featured bloggers and their summer handbag selections on Your Next Handbag and get the details and designers of my outfit here!

Jean Jackets & A Job

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You know you have found the right line of work when you still want to keep going after long days, sleepless nights, and plain old hard work. This past week, I worked along side the nicest stylist-sister duo, Kara and Brit Smith, on two fun projects featuring Emma Roberts.  Though there was lots of driving and run around work, the benefits and the photo shoots themselves were so memorable and fun! I met the nicest people, basically played dress up all day, and scored some awesome new clothes.  I was first introduced to the Smith sisters about three or four months ago when I helped them out with their clothing line’s lookbook photo shoot.  Not only have these experiences made me fall in love with Elkin‘s clothes {of which I have happily started a small collection} but these opportunities have given me wonderful learning opportunities and opened my eyes to another side of the fashion industry.  Wherever life takes me and whatever job I end up with, I know that I will have this Levi jean jacket in tow, accompanied by scads of lovely Elkin clothing!

Also, I want to say happy birthday to my wonderful mom! I wouldn’t be the same girl I am today without you and thank you for being such a wonderful photographer for my blog.  Follow and come back for another daily dose of fashion. xx

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Dress: Elkin  /  Blouse: Elkin  /  Jean Jacket: Levi  /  Boots: Feud Brittania  /  Bag: Kate Spade

Lovely Finds

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Cool in Cut Off Shorts

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Every season seems to have their clothing essentials — fall needs a scarf, winter demands head-to-toe layers and a coat, spring is the time to break out pretty florals, and summer needs the perfect pair of cut off shorts! Whether DIY or store bought, they go with just about anything and can be worn anywhere.  Today I wore mine with an embroidered top, layered jewelry, and my neon-creeper-espadrilles — what an odd, yet perfect combination! I think the excitement and anticipation I am feeling for this upcoming week {exciting news and updates to come} put me in such a great mood this morning that it led me to choose fun clothing colors and literally jump for joy! At least for me, my clothing choices greatly effect my mood and how I feel that day.  When I know I am wearing a great outfit and well fitting clothes, it makes me feel good and gives me an extra boost of confidence.  I encourage everyone to dress in what ever makes you feel beautiful {whether it be neon-creeper-espadrilles, a great pair of cut off shorts, or just a classic pair of jeans and a white t-shirt} confidence truly shines through!

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Foodie Friday: Nut & Seed Energy Bites

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This recipe is way to easy! Just mix all your dry ingredients and add-ins {experiment with different flavors like coconut, dried fruit, different nut butters, and dark chocolate} gluten free, healthy food, healthy snack, dairy free, nuts and seeds, nut and seed energy bites, energy bites, food blog, energy, chocolate, sugar free

Melt nut/seed butter, honey, and vanilla in a microwave on high for 20-30 seconds.  When slightly cooled combine with dry ingredients. gluten free, healthy food, healthy snack, dairy free, nuts and seeds, nut and seed energy bites, energy bites, food blog, energy, chocolate, sugar free

Form into golfball sized balls, making 8-10.

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Roll into toppings of choice.  For these, I mixed equal parts cocoa powder, almond meal, and whole golden flax seeds. gluten free, healthy food, healthy snack, dairy free, nuts and seeds, nut and seed energy bites, energy bites, food blog, energy, chocolate, sugar freegluten free, healthy food, healthy snack, dairy free, nuts and seeds, nut and seed energy bites, energy bites, food blog, energy, chocolate, sugar freeEat and enjoy! Adapted from How Sweet Eats