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 |
J. Crew

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

xx, Kendall

Summer Skincare

Summer is tough on skin.  Especially for an Irish girl like me.  I constantly have to apply sunscreen and when I forget to I am burnt for a week.  Summer is definitely not a time to be lax on skin protection.

Sunscreen

For my body I tend to use Coppertone Sport spray sunscreen because its a lot faster, but liquid sunscreen is better for making sure you cover your whole body.  On occasion I miss an entire strip of skin on my leg and will get a very awkward sunburn there.

My face is very sensitive, so I never use the sports sunscreens on my face because they are oily and make me break out.  That is probably a common occurrence among everyone.  I found this sunscreen COOLA which I have been using for a few years now and absolutely love it for my face.

I love using COOLA because it is a mineral based product, is great for sensitive skin and is good for the environment.

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The tinted sunscreen is a fantastic primer for makeup but can also just been worn alone.  Its a win, win! I like the ones that have a matte finish because the spf in sunscreens can sometimes make skin look shiny in photos.  Some also have cucumber or rose in it, which is very refreshing for summer.

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Accessories

Wearing a hat in the summer has saved my face from many sunburns. I invested in a wide-brimmed hat from j. crew which I wear all the time in the summer.  I recommend this to everyone because the sun can be very tough on your face.  I once was on vacation and was not protecting my face very well from the sun and ended up with a sunburn that made me look like I had a red mustache.  Needless to say I am not letting that happen again.  Even though I am young, I am being proactive about my skincare because I know my future self will thank me when I don’t have wrinkles at the age of 50. 🙂

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Let me know how you keep your skin protected in the summer! Tell me if you found my tips helpful.

xx, Kendall

Sunday Brunch Look

We all know the feeling where you just want to not get up and stay in your warm bed all day.  This is me almost every Sunday.. When I have to go out to brunch and wake up 30 mins before, putting together an outfit can be some what of a challenge.  I put together a quick and easy Sunday Brunch look modeled by Kerry Keough.

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I really love this look because you can wear it in any season.  In the winter, just throw on tights, a sweater, and some riding boots.  In the summer I like to keep it simple and switch out the flats of a pair of sandals.  Pairing a neutral skirt with a fun-patterned top is perfect for lazy Sunday mornings.  I love this jacket too because it polishes off any look.  A head band like this one is my go to for when I wake up with bed head.  Its fun and makes my hair a bit more manageable.

Let me know what you like to wear for Sunday brunch? 🙂

Jacket: J. Crew

Top: J. Crew

Skirt: Forever 21

xx, Kendall

The Infamous Blanket Coat

Everyone is dying to try this trend after seen Cara Delevingne walk in Burberry wearing a custom made blanket coat.  This bold new trend made headlines at every fashion magazine.  Since then many other designers have followed in Burberry’s footsteps, creating their own interpretation of the blanket coat (Vivienne Westwood, Urban Outfitters, Asos)

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I tried styling a look with a blanket coat (i hope successfully).  As I was putting together a look, i realized that there are so many ways to style blanket coats.  They work casually with jeans and a t-shirt and also can be worn over a formal dress. I found to add some shape, add a thin belt to give more definition on the waist.  With out the belt I looked like I wore my bedding outside! (I would highly recommend J.Crew’s Skinny belts)

I am trying to demystify styling a blanket coat both for my benefit as well as yours.  I love it with ripped boyfriend jeans rolled up with booties and a classic white V-neck.  It is perfect for some added warmth over polished jeans tucked into boots with a blouse for a more put together look.  And if you really want to be daring, try it with heels and a cocktail dress!

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Blanket Coat: Uniqlo

http://www.uniqlo.com/us/product/women-2way-stole-check-132191.html#68|/women/accessories/stoles-and-scarves/stoles/|

Riding boots: Sixteen 78

Blouse: J.Crew

Dark-wash Jeans: American Eagle

Belt: J.Crew

Let me know if you need some more demystifying or have anything you would like me to discuss in the future!

xoxo,

Kendall

White After Labor Day

Who says you can’t wear white after Labor Day?  This is no longer a faux pas.  White has been showing up in many designers winter and fall collections.  Although there are some white pieces you should not wear after Labor Day (like that white sleeveless, lace sundress in your closet), there are so many white pieces perfect for the transition into fall.  I just purchased a pair of winter white denim pants from J. Crew that I absolutely love for my fall wardrobe.  Other ways to incorporate this it color are through scarves, blazers, and jewelry.  I adore white for this season.

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