Bandanas are Back

Bandanas have been in my life ever since I can remember. However, I was not always so fond of them as I am now. I have many memories of my mom accessorizing my hair with bandanas during my childhood saying how stylish they were when she was growing up despite my incessant protests that I looked ridiculous. As I grew, I learned to tolerate them, and even like them on certain occasions. Even so, I can only recall a handful of times I have been seen sporting one in the past eight years.

Recently bandanas have come full circle and made a stylish and trendy reappearance.  This return began at music festivals like Coachella, notorious for its stylishly dressed attendees in eclectic and western inspired pieces.  I for one, am ecstatic that is western trend is coming back for the sheer versatility of the bandana.  Unlike previous trends gracing festival grounds, this ‘It’ accessory is very affordable and  has some real practicality to it, too.  A bandana can be worn as a head wrap, a headband, a scarf, a choker, a bracelet, and I have even seen it worn as a top on some occasions. So many possibilities!

The Trend

My Picks

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Which ‘It’ trends are your favorite? Let me know if you have any bandana suggestions! 🙂

xx, Kendall

H&M x Balmain

I am ecstatic to announce that in less than 24 hours, Nov. 5, the newest collaboration H&M x Balmain will be in stores and online.

Designer collaborations have becoming increasingly popular because of their monumental success every time. Think Target x Lilly Pulitzer and H&M x Alexander Wang. Each of these collections sold out in a matter of hours after they were released.

Ever since the H&M x Balmain collaboration was announced in June at the Billboard music awards in LA, I have been patiently counting down the days till the collection hits stores.

Here is a little bit about our collaborators:
H&M is a fast fashion retail company.  It sells trendy clothes at affordable prices.
Balmain is a fashion house from Paris.  It is well known for it’s color, fluidity, and elegance. Current creative director Olivier Rousteing has a mission to grow the brand even more and said this collaboration is a dream come true for him.

Here is an interview with Olivier Rousteing regarding the collaboration.

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So…. What are the clothes like?
There is no doubt that the collection resembles Rousteing’s signature work at Balmain.  Some pieces can even be tracked directly to their inspiration from the runway. The collection is filled with trousers channeling the same inspiration found at Balmain today, beaded mini dresses paired with exaggerated shoulder jackets, draped skirts, and over the knee boots. All pieces made from luxurious-feeling fabrics from silk to suede.

My favorite piece of this collection I would have to say is the green sequin embroidered dress with the draped silk skirt as a close second.

Rousteing was able to deliver a collection at lower prices and, therefore, accessible to more of his fans.  Will the general public match Rousteing’s enthusiasm? Well, I guess we’ll find out when the collection hits stores tomorrow, Nov. 5.

Get ready for Balmainia!! #HMBALMAINATION

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What do you think of the pieces in the H&M x Balmain collection?

xx, Kendall

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Fall 2015 Trends

Fall is my favorite season not only because of my birthday, but also for the clothes!  Fall is the perfect temperature for layers.  Summer is too hot and humid for my cutest clothes and winter I end up piling on layers until I resemble a snowman.

Here are 5 fall trends to follow this season:

1.Flares: Nothing says casual-chic like a great pair of ultra flared jeans. It’s no wonder flares are super flattering and comfortable.  I love this trend because they go great with big chunky sweaters and booties for fall.

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Shop the trend:
Free People 
7 For All Mankind
Lucky Brand
Hudson
True Religion

2. Fringe: The 70s are back and better than every.  You can find anything this season in fringe whether it is a bag, a vest, top, or my favorite, skirts.

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Shop the trend:
Trina Turk
ZARA
Nordstrom
Nasty Gal (on sale now!)
Forever 21

3.Suede: suede everything is on the rise. Coats, shirts, pants, skirts, even shoes. In a range of colors from taupe to rich burgundy, this is a trend you’ll want to be sporting this fall.

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Shop the trend:
ZARA
H&M
Oasis
Urban Outfitters
Topshop

4. Over the Knee Boots: These boots are essential for fall.    They were huge last year and will be just as prevalent (if not more!) this season. Bonus: you can stretch your summer dresses into fall with these fall staples.

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Shop the trend:
Stuart Weitzman
Sam Edelman
Chinese Laundry (on sale now!)
DSW
Ivanka Trump

5.Long Line Blazers: I am obsessed with these. This menswear trend is extremely easy to pull off and instantly elevates any outfit to ultra chic.

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Shop the trend:
ZARA
Rotita (on sale now!)
House of Fraser (on sale now!)
River Island

What are your favorite trends for the fall? Which will you try? let me know in the comments below 🙂

xx, Kendall

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This outfit is great for a casual day.  It is easy outfit to transition into fall with a sweater but is also great for hot days.  The contrast between the ripped boyfriend jeans and the feminine blouse and sandals is why I love this outfit.  I’m so glad I dug all of these pieces out of my closet. This outfit will be one of my staples for the next few months

How do you like to style jeans during the summer?

Sunnies- Ray Bans  I  Top- Forever 21 (similar)  I  Jeans- American Eagle  I Watch- Fossil  I  Ring- Antique Claddagh (similar)  I  Shoes- Kenneth Cole (similar)

xx, Kendall

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Salon Style

Senior Prom was last week and there was no way I could procure the up-do I wanted all by myself.  That lead me to my usual salon.  I really did not know what to expect.  Do they already have an idea in mind?  How much time will be spent on me? Will they know what I want?

I texted my hair dresser before hand to ask her what she thinks will look good with my dress.  I would recommend this to anyone getting styled for an event.  This way we were able to send ideas back and forth.  We were both able to be on the same page before the appointment, making the whole thing run smoothly.

When she started doing my hair I learned I needed to be very specific and honest about how I want my hair compared to how it was.  Most people get very uncomfortable with asking their hairdresser to change something when they do not like it.  One might be weary of hurting her feelings.  What you don’t know is they will happily change something if you want it differently.  The one thing you need to remember is that she can not read your mind and will happily tweak until everything is how you pictured. My hair dresser had to redo a part of my up-do three times, but it was all worth it when it was finally perfect.

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Let me know if this post helped you! What are some of your tips to getting the hair you want in this situation?

xx, Kendall

Cannes 2015

I have always heard that everyone wants to go to Cannes for the Cannes Film Festival and the amFAR Gala and now I know why.  The Festival was likely this years most glamorous event and the gala a social climax.

This years festival theme was la femme.  Showcasing more female directors, leading actresses, and producers than ever before.

From runway to red carpet, the fabulous fashions of the event are not something to miss.  These are some of my favorites:

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Let me know which outfit from the events is your favorite and why. 🙂

xx, Kendall

Patterned Playsuit

I am loving playsuits and rompers for summer.  They are quick and easy and make a look very put together in seconds.  I picked up this one at Abercrombie and Fitch recently.  I really have liked a lot of their new items since they reinvented the brand.  This one attracted me because the pattern is so unique and beautiful.  The flowy sleeve is also super fun!

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Playsuit: Abercrombie & Fitch

Belt:  j.crew (no longer sold)

Shoes: Steve Madden (no longer sold)

Sunglasses: Pacsun

Necklace: own

What trends have you been into for summer and what are your favorite rompers/playsuits? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

xx, Kendall

(photography by Kerry Keough)

Summer White Dress

It is an exciting time right now.  I have my last day of school this Friday and then I go on senior internship for a month! With graduation just around the corner I realised I need to start looking for a dress.

My school has a tradition of the girls all wearing white dresses.I do not know why and  I am not sure if other schools do that as well, but here is some inspiration whether you are looking for a graduation dress or simply just want a great dress for summer:

Street Style Inspiration:

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Time to Shop: (click on the photo to get the link)

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What are you wearing for graduation? what are your favourite dresses for summer? I’d Love to hear what you think of my picks in the comments 🙂

xx, Kendall

Morse Code Jewellery

At Christmas, I received one of the most unique gifts I have ever gotten.  Every year my sister and I get each other Christmas gifts, usually things we have said we wanted.  This year I was pleasantly surprised to receive a bracelet from my sister which says “sister” in morse code.

I was so touched to receive such a unique and thoughtful gift.  I love this bracelet so much and wear it all the time!

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Since I loved this bracelet from Etsy so much, I decided to look for more morse code jewellery. The others I found are also really cute and are something I would wear.

here are some of my favourites (all under $40):

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I hope you can get some inspiration for gifts for your friends, siblings, and family from this! What type gifts do you typically like to give?

xx, Kendall

City Look: Perfect for Autumn

I love Autumn! its the perfect season for layering.  I always get excited when I can finally retire the flip flops (for the time being) and bring out the layering sweaters and lush scarfs.  There are still some days in Autumn that you need lighter pieces.  I love this crop top and skirt with these boots. If it gets colder I can just put on tights and throw on a peacoat.  There is great versatility.

Croptop: LF    Mini Skirt: TopShop