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

Free People (1) | Urban Outfitters (1) | Free People (2) | Urban Outfitters (2) | Nasty Gal |
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Which ‘It’ trends are your favorite? Let me know if you have any bandana suggestions! 🙂

xx, Kendall

Get FREE stickers

I recently bought a new laptop for college.  Naturally, I wanted to get some cool decorations so I started searching for companies that give out free stickers (i’m working with a college budget here!) If you’re in the same boat here are a bunch of websites that are give them out.

I found many companies had forms set up to send out stickers or otherwise you just have to shoot them an email asking for stickers. (linked are the forms)

These companies have a form to fill out for free stickers:

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GoPro
Patagonia
Chaco

If you send a self-addressed envelope to the following companies addresses, they will send the envelope back filled with stickers:

Vans
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Attn:  Stickers
N850 County Highway CB 
Appleton, WI 54914

North Face
The North Face Attn:  Stickers
N850 County Highway CB
Appleton, WI 54914

 Penny Board
Penny Skateboards
ATTN: STICKERS
4040 Calle Platino Ste 102

Oceanside, Ca 92056

Ron Jon Surf Shop
Ron Jon Surf Shop
Attn: Free Stickers
3850 S Banana River Blvd.
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

These companies will send you stickers if you fill out the linked forms or email them at their customer service email address.

Yeti Coolers – email them at customerservice@yeticoolers.com
Puma – email them at customerservice@puma.com
Vineyard Vines – email them at tieguys@vineyardvines.com
Moosejaw
Peace Tea
Coca Cola
Snapple

These are just a small collection I have gathered of the many companies who participate. If there are other companies you want to receive stickers from, I would suggest emailing them through customer service. More often than not, they are happy to send you some.

Hope you all are having a good end of summer and start to the school year!

xx, Kendall

My Fitbit

One of my New Year Resolutions is to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. I picked this number because the American Heart association says you should walk 10,000 steps a day in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. At school I easily walk 11,000 steps a day just walking to and from my classes, and I almost always reach 15,000 steps on weekends. It’s really hard to reach my goal while I am on break and home from school because it isn’t necessary for me to walk everywhere here. flex_3qtr_black_3lights_300dpi.jpg

While I am home, I am constantly trying to think of ways to reach my step goal. It’s so much more challenging since our roads are not easily walkable and very narrow. My favorite way to get my steps in is to walk my dog one or two times a day.

I received a Fitbit Flex as a High School graduation gift and it is one of the most useful gifts I have ever received.  This is one of the more inexpensive products in the Fitbit product line. There’s a tracker for every budget, too. The trackers range from around $60- $250. There are even Fitbits designed by designers like Tory Burch so they actually look like a bracelet!

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My favorite part about my Fitbit is actually the app that comes along with it.  It tells me a variety of things like my steps, miles, calories burned, and active minutes. It even tracks my sleep and will tell me about my quality of sleep. The best part about the app, though, is that you can compete with your friends and see who can get the most amount of steps in a week. Competing with my friends has motivated me to be active on days when I would rather be a couch potato all day.

*this post is not affiliated in any way this Fitbit, I just really love the product :)*

What fitness trackers do you like?

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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Super Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

I am one of those people that wont decide on a costume until the day before halloween.  It can be very stressful when you know you have no time to order things online or go shopping.

7 Last Minute Costume Ideas:

  1. Vampire: vampires are a fool proof costume.  Throw on some black clothes that you feel confident and fun in, get some fangs, and apply a dark berry lipstick.  Add some blood to vamp it up a notch.
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  2. Frat Boy: throw on a Hawaiian shirt, some colorful chinos, a baseball or bucket cap, and Sperry’s and you’re good to go!
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  3. Cow Girl: All you need for this costume is a plaid shirt, jean bottoms, leather boots (preferably cowgirl boots), and a bandanna.  Cow girl hat optional*
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  4. Baseball Player: What you need is your favorite baseball teams jersey, white, gray, or black ;leggings depending on the team colors, sneakers, white high socks, and a matching baseball cap.  To take it up a notch carry around a baseball and wear eye black.

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  5. Taylor Swift:  Grab your favorite skirt-sweater set, a classic handbag, cute sunglasses, and classic heels or boots. Go the extra length by wearing red lipstick!
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  6. Arianna Grande: Throw on a fun skater skirt or dress, some cute pumps, and throw your hair up in her signature half-up-half-down.  ** you could also go the funny route and buy a box of donuts to lick and talk about how awful America is.

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  7. Hippie: Find a flower or tie-dye top and a pair of ultra flare pants. Take this look up a notch with a flower crown, a peace sign necklace, and some groovy shades. And don’t forget to flash a couple peace signs!

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What are your go-to halloween costumes? What are you dressing up as this year?

xx, Kendall

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The Best Fall Outerwear

I am an outerwear kind of gal.  Being one of those people that’s always freezing makes outerwear a necessity for me, so why not start a collection?  I am obsessed with outerwear and believe you can never get enough.  If you life in the north, I know you feel my pain for the beautiful but brutal winters here in New England.

7 coat trends to try this fall:

  • POLAR VORTEX: think casual, uber cozy and puffy parkas and anoraks with hints of fur.

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  • FUR SURE: rich fur is making a comeback but in a completely different way.  Companies now have found a way to make faux fur identical to the real thing.  This luxe textile will be big with not only coats, but also collars, stoles, and even cuffs.

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  • THAT’S A WRAP: Wrap coats instantly amp up the sophistication factor of any look.  These coats are also made of ultra cozy material.

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  • CAPE CRUSADERS: the dramatic cape has made a comeback once again.  Not only in the classics, but also in a myriad of ranges- long, dramatic, and even weatherproof.

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  • FRINGE FINISH: fringe is everywhere! I cant wait to try out this trend with a fun fringe coat

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  • BOMBER BLISS: Cozy, functional, and durable… what does this coat not have.  I love this silhouette with super warm sherpa wool.

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  • CREAMY COLOR: colored coats in classic silhouettes are everywhere this fall.  Colors are great because even though you may not enjoy the cold weather, a colorful jacket does the trick to instantly brighten someones mood.

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What coat type are you most excited to try this fall?

My sister just purchased the light pink pastel coat in the “creamy color” category and I might just have to steal it from her closet because I’m so obsessed with it. I also can’t wait to try the cape coat trend.  I have never tried on or had anything like that and I am super excited!

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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Halter Top Transitional Look

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I love this look as a transition into fall.  Rolling up my jeans is a go to styling tip for me when its still warm out during the day but gets a little cooler in the evening. It makes a look a little more casual.

Halter tops like this have such a flattering cut for any body type.  I have found so many similar tops to this that I love.  I decided to go with the pink because I realized I barely have any pink in my closet!

I am not normally a statement earring type of person, but when I saw these amazing earrings I knew I had to have them.  They are so great for elevating a simple look.

JEANS- The Gap
TOP- Ann Taylor (on sale now!)
EARRINGS- own
WATCH- Fossil

What are your go to looks and styling tips for transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall?

xx, Kendall

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Tips for Finding Jeans That Fit

As fall rolls around, jeans become a staple and a necessity.  However, it is so frustrating to shop for jeans.  Every store uses a different pattern to make their jeans, so there is no universal fit or sizing.  At one store, a pair of jeans could fit you in the waist but be too short, and in a another store the same size could be too long and tight on the waist. I know that the frustration is all too real.

I recently went shopping and was upset to find that I could not find jeans from my favorite jean store that I felt were a good quality fit.  I was on the verge of tears thinking that I would never find a perfect fitting pair of jeans ever again (I wish I were joking). None the less, I went into every store in the mall that sold jeans.  I tried on a bunch of different styles at every store but was not 100% happy with any of them.  I was getting more and more discouraged by the minute and almost didn’t go into the final store (Levi’s).  I am so glad I did  though because I found two pairs of jeans that fit perfectly and I could not be more happy with.

Here are some tips for finding jeans with the right fit:

  1. Know what kind of jeans you are looking for.  Prepare this before you begin your shopping process.  There are so many combinations that it’s very easy to feel overwhelmed if you don’t have a game plan.  Ask yourself “Do I want skinny, flair, or something in the middle? What wash do I want? What kind of waist would I feel most comfortable in (low rise, mid rise, high rise)?”
  2. Try on multiple sizes for each jean.  Nobody wants a jean to be to lose or too tight, so get multiple sizes. I have even had my size vary with different types of jeans in the same store.
  3. Take your time.  I like to take my time when trying on jeans because they can be tricky.  I try to do different activities while I am trying them on like walking around to see if they will fall down when I move, sitting down to make sure the back isn’t too low,  bending down and squatting to see the flexibility of the fabric, and staring in the mirror and seeing if I like the wash on (it can look different from when they are folded).  This may sound a little odd but it will give you a better idea of how they feel.
  4. If they don’t feel right and you don’t feel 100% confident in them, move on.  You may be reluctant because you’ve been eyeing this pair for a while but, trust me, you’ll be happy you didn’t settle when you find the perfect pair.
  5. Don’t get discouraged.  I know it can be disheartening when you feel the world is working against your mission to find the perfect jeans but don’t worry! With some time and effort you will.

Do you have any tips for finding jeans? What are your favorite type?  What stores do you like? Please let me know! I am always looking for different store and styles to try. 🙂

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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