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

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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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

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

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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