In With the New + Kendra Scott!

Hello friends, and happy Thursday!

This is a bit of a different post for you all, but as I said before, I have some new additions coming to TSC, and slowly but surely you guys are going to see (and hopefully love) the changes.

Here’s the first order of business…

I’m super excited to announce the launch of The Studded Collar Youtube channel! I had a channel before, Days With Kay, which was strictly for vlogs. On this blog’s channel, I’ll be sharing daily vlogs as well as lookbooks, Q&A’s, lifestyle & beauty videos, fashion videos, interviews, and so much more. I can’t wait to bring some of my ideas to life and share them with you all!

I also want to hear what you guys have to say! Be sure to follow all my social media links (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and now Youtube) so that we can interact with each other and I can chat with you all! I want to know what videos you would like to see as well as any questions you may have. I love staying in touch with you guys as my viewers, readers, and friends, so don’t be afraid to reach out to me!

Today I’ve posted my first ever TSC video, and I want you guys to see it! The first vlog that I’ve decided to upload is actually from a little while back, but I chose to upload today for a special reason. Yesterday, Kendra Scott released their Summer 2017 collection, and it’s absolutely gorgeous, as always to be expected from the brand. I had the chance to visit their headquarters in Austin and tour the office, which was such a cool opportunity that I had to vlog it to share with you guys! I also got to see the new Summer collection a few weeks early while I was there, which was awesome.

I’ve gone ahead and linked the video below, so go ahead and watch it on the new channel! Don’t forget to subscribe, as this is where all my videos are going to be uploaded from now on- I know you don’t want to miss out. (:

Thank you all so much for reading (and watching), having your support means a lot to me! I love you guys bunches, and can’t wait until next time…

Kay B xx

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Miranda Bennett x Kick Pleat

Hello hello, my darlings, and happy Monday!

To much surprise, I am not dead, but I have returned to “slay the game” yet again. (; That’s what I hear the kids saying nowadays, so I thought I’d be a cool kid and give it a try.

I know I took a long hiatus from The Studded Collar, and I was surprised at how much time had passed since I was last here on these pastel pages. However, as of late, I have been planning a lot of exciting new changes and even more fun content that I am beyond excited to share with you all. Eventually, I will publish an article detailing more of what has passed and what is yet to come, but until then, stay tuned for today’s exciting share.

On Friday, I had the chance to meet and interview Austin-based designer Miranda Bennett at Kick Pleat. Ms. Bennett is an Austin based fashion designer focused on sustainable fashion. All of her garments are produced here in the USA and the textiles are naturally dyed in-house. Meeting such a talented designer was such an honor and I had so much fun chatting with and getting to know her. Read on to learn more about the local designer, brand, and what keeps her inspired.

Kay B: You focus on sustainable fashion – what made you gravitate to plant dyed apparel?

Miranda Bennett: I think the main [idea] for me was reducing the toxic effects of creating apparel. The garment industry is not known for its environmental consciousness. Thankfully, recently, it has become a lot more of a focal point, and there’s been a lot more transparency in people’s production process. I mean, for me, there’s that side of it- the environmental impact – but from the aesthetic side of it, I just felt like the pigments and the colors I could get from natural dyes were really special and had a really unique quality to them. I also love that we can formulate the colors in-house and on a small scale. I think that gives us a nice advantage in terms of being a small line because we can create things that are unique to the studio that we formulate and dye ourselves.

KB: You call your pieces “seasonless” and I found that to be a term I gravitated towards more than timeless. What you define a  seasonless piece to be?

MB: My thinking with that is that it’s something that you can literally wear through the seasons and year round whether it’s a matter of layering it differently or accessorizing it differently. It also, to me, indicates that it is something you are going to have season after season. So the idea is that these are like heirlooms or forever pieces so their things that you would have in your closet and draw on the following week, the following month, or the following years. It refers to a “wearablity,” but also something that you’ll have past a certain trend point or a certain season.

KB: So would you say that they’re pretty breathable and easy to layer?

MB: All of the fabrics are natural fibers, so inherently, they’re gonna be more breathable. We use primarily silk, linen and cotton.

KB: You like to say that there’s a dialogue between all the editions that you release – how do you maintain a fluid conversation between your pieces?

MB: We basically have core silhouettes that are the linchpin of the collection. What I mean by that dialogue is that with each new edition, we’re re-examining the cut and the fit of those core pieces, and we’re going to execute them in new fabrics or new color ways, or play with the proportions. That continuous dialogue means here’s the style that’s been a really well established piece of the collection- how does it react we alter the length or add a sleeve, do it in a different fabric… or even seeing it in a different colorway. But it can also inform other styles that can kind of gravitate around those core pieces, so as we introduce new silhouettes, there are definitely departures from our existing core styles.

KB: Do you like to sometimes look at the first edition and see how it has progressed to your most recent one, then examine that flow to get inspiration from that?

MB: Yeah, definitely! And that’s something that even on our Instagram- every time we share a different piece of apparel, we also reference when it was first introduced in that fabrication just to kind of hearken back to that and contextualize those pieces.

KB: Where do you get your inspiration from when you’re coming up with new editions and new pieces?

MB: The launching point is the way that a garment drapes on a woman’s body. It’s really less about having a very literal theme and more about wearablity, and drape, and ease and how something can be flattering to different body types. A starting point is pieces that we already have and kind of looking at how they’ve worked, what was successful about them. There’s definitely also those flashes of seeing a style, or shape, or color and then kind of inform that. It’s always, for me, going to go back to drape. I’m not a sketcher, I’m a draper, so for me it comes from being very hands on and seeing how something wears.

KB: Lastly, I have to ask- what is your favorite thing about fashion in Austin? It’s very quirky and different from other cities in Texas like Dallas, where I’m from.

MB: I think just the personality of people’s style. I think everyone here has a very personal approach to how they dress and carry themselves. It’s not necessarily very trend based, it’s very unique and idiosyncratic. [Also] the acceptance that comes with it- that people can dress and present themselves how they feel is appropriate to them rather than feeling like they have to have a homogeneous style or trend based style.

A big thank you to Miranda Bennett for taking some time to chat with me, and to Kick Pleat for hosting Ms. Bennett and helping get us together for the interview. We also got to vlog a bit, and that video will be up on my YouTube channel soon. (: (Yes, I have a YouTube channel! More details on that to come…)

If you want to see the garments and editions that Miranda Bennett has brought to life, feel free to visit and peruse her website.

Also, thank you to Angie for your photography skills! You guys can check out more of her photos here.

I’m so glad to be back in the blogging game, and I can’t wait to share even more with you guys! There’s more to come, and I’m so excited for what’s in store. I love you all so so much, and until next time…

Stay Fab,

Kay B. xx

Spring Break: Day Makeup Look

Hi hi, loves, and happy Friday!

I am super excited about this article because it’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like this. With Spring Break just around the corner, I thought I would come to you with a few fun articles just in time for every student’s week in the Spring.

Today, I’m coming to you guys with a Day to Night Makeup tutorial. It’s fairly easy, and it’s pretty versatile because you can have a nice day look that can easily be turned into a darker, more defined evening look without removing any of your makeup. You could also do each one individually and rock it however you like! Anyway, let’s get started with the day look. (:

Photo Credits: Erin Smith

1. First, we’re going to start with a fresh face. Make sure to wash your face so that your makeup goes on smoothly.

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2. Next, I’m using my foundation to even out my skin. I mix these two foundations to match my skintone- I’m combining Covergirl TruBlend in the shade d6 and Covergirl Outlast 2 in 1 in the shade Honey Almond. You can use your fingers, a sponge, or a brush to blend in your foundation, depending on your preference.

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3. Now, I’m using my Elf HD Lifting Concealer on my eyes to even out the color as well as prime my eyelids.

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4. Now, I’m going to use my Kabuki brush to set my concealer and foundation with my matte powder by Covergirl in Honey Almond.DSC_0061foundation done2

5. Now let’s work on the eyes. I’m going to use this Rose Blush pink shadow all over my eyelid. It’ll brighten my eyes and, since it’s so bright, it will illuminate the other colors I use and make them appear more pigmented.DSC_0088 DSC_0100

6. Now, on the outer corners of the lid and the outer half of my under eyes, I’m going in with this warm Cocoa Brown shadowDSC_0113DSC_0122 DSC_0117

7. Now it’s time to put this lighter brown shade in the crease to define our eye shape.DSC_0127DSC_0119

8. Next, we’ll use a black pencil liner on the upper eyelid for definition. I’m using the shade Black Out by Ulta. After applying it to my top lid, I will smudge it a bit with a smudge brush to make the appearance thicker and smokier.DSC_0141 DSC_0152

9. This is one of my favorite parts of my makeup routine- filling in my eyebrows. Looking at the difference just makes me feel accomplished because a good eyebrow job equals a good day. (: This is the difference between my eyebrows when done and undone.DSC_0187

10. Now, it’s time to frame our eyes by applying mascara to our lashes. I’m using Colossal Volume by Maybelline for a separated, fanned out look.DSC_0202DSC_0203

11. After this, it’s time to put our highlight and bronzer on our cheekbones. I’m using Warm Bronzer by Elf, and I’m using the lighter shade on the left to highlight my cheekbones.DSC_0227

12. Now it’s time to add some color to our cheeks with a rosy blush. This is Dust Rose from Sephora.DSC_0324

13. Finally, we shall apply a tinted balm for a pop of color on the lips. I chose Maybelline’s Baby Lips in Pink Punch. I chose a tinted balm as opposed to a lip stick or lip gloss because it keeps your lips hydrated throughout the day, and the color lasts really well for several hours while on the go without looking to harsh. Perfect for a casual day look.
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Here you have it- the final look! I love this makeup look because it perfectly defines all your features without going to overboard for a casual day. It’s pretty versatile, and the eye makeup looks good with any eye color because the colors used are pretty neutral.

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If you wanted to define any parts of your makeup look more or less, then you’re able to do so and still look well put together. In fact, this makeup look can easily be transformed into an evening look without removing one swipe of makeup. You can even do the night makeup look on its own for an evening out! If you want to see the continuation of this evening makeup look, stay tuned on the blog for part two. (:

Thank you guys so much for checking out this tutorial. It’s my first one and there will plenty more to come! I hope you enjoyed it and, most of all, just have fun! Until next time…DSC_0269

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx.

POLO: Ralph Lauren x Elle

Happy November, my darlings!!

It’s Kay B here with another fun article for you guys. About two weeks ago I attended the POLO: Ralph Lauren Grand Opening at the Northpark Center, which was hosted by Ralph Lauren and Elle Magazine’s Senior Market Editor, Jade Frampton. This was a grand opening unlike any other with a live fashion exhibition of the new holiday collection by Polo Ralph Lauren, an on-site artist sketching guests upon request, a lively DJ, and so much more.

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Fun Fact: This live model and I wanted to take a picture together, but she couldn’t leave her platform, so I hopped onto her platform, modeled with her in the store and then snapped a photo together. We weren’t sure if it was allowed, but all worked out and we had fun in the process! (:

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The pieces from the collection had an overall modern-classic vibe. What I love and always have loved about Ralph Lauren is that their clothing, accessories, etc. are incredibly sophisticated, versatile, and wearable for practically any style. The styles are timeless while keeping up with the times. It takes true artists to accomplish such a thing in the world of couture.

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Fringe on fringe on fringe!! Definitely a big trend this Fall and Winter, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a hardcore fan of the fringe. *heart eyes*

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One of my favorite pieces from the entire collection had to be the deep blue, velvet blazer with black satin detailing. It’s perfect for the holiday season and the Fall/Winter season all together. It’s a great statement piece that speaks volumes not in the patterns, but in the color and material. How gorgeous is this!

The collection had a good color balance with neutrals such as jean, black, and grey as well as pops of colors from pastels to heavily pigmented blues and greens. The best part was that every piece, regardless of pattern or color, could be styled in several ways. Again, the versatility is admirable.

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Elle Senior Market Editor, Jade Frampton, and I after our interview.

While at the grand opening, I had the opportunity to interview the Senior Market Editor of Elle, Jade Frampton. To see what we talked about and get the inside scoop on what one of the biggest trends will be this spring, click here to read my interview with Jade Frampton.
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Elle shared their November issue with the party and took a brief moment to skim through and soak up some of the sweet details they had to share with us readers. Make sure you pick up a copy if you haven’t already!

The event was so much fun, and I enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. It was so nice to catch up with Janie and Blair Flowers of The Perennial Style, and to meet Kelley Barnes of The Style Barn as well as Leni Wagers of Brasillian Doll Blogger. These ladies are so sweet and even more gorgeous in person- definitely take a look at their own blogs and check out their style!

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Blair Flowers of The Perennial Style and I cheesing it up. (:

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It was so nice to finally meet Kelley Barnes! She’s such a sweetheart and joy to talk to.

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Leni Wagers is such a character! She’s as fun as she is kind and it was a pleasure to meet her.

Now if you guys follow my Instagram, then you know I just made a major change to my look. (If you aren’t following me already, then go ahead and follow to see what I’m up to when I’m not blogging!) If you didn’t know and have been oblivious to my past few photos, then you should know…

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I CHOPPED MY HAIR! Yes, I am now sporting a bob, and I love it. It took some getting used to, but I’m head over heels, all for it. It’s a different vibe, but it’s perfect for me. Let me know in the comments or on my Twitter if you’d like me to put together an article about how I style my short hair!

Here’s my full look for the Grand Opening. I wanted something chic but simple, so I opted for a white, cropped yet over-sized, crochet sweater and contrasted it with dark jeggings. To dress it up, I went for my strapped, platform, nude, suede heels (a mouthful, I know) and my black and white purse with gold hardware. It’s pretty neutral, but chic and put together. Pro-tip: whenever you have an event for which you aren’t sure what to wear, you can never go wrong with a black and white ensemble! I wanted to go for the cool city-girl look, so hopefully that worked! 🙂

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Well, my loves, that’s it for this article! Be sure to check out Ralph Lauren’s new collection and all their other chic goodies here, and be sure to check out my social media- Instagram, Twitter, you know the drill. I’m super active there and I love talking to you guys, so that’s the best way to see what I’m up to and even connect with me! Also, sound off in the comments below with any ideas you all may have for articles you’d like to see. I’d love to hear from you. I love you all lots, and until next time…

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Stay Fab,

Kay B. xx

Spotlight: Interview with Elle Senior Market Editor

Hello, hello, friends! Guess who’s back?

Hint- it’s me. I run this place. Who else would it be? *laughs to self*

Ah, anyway, I’m back with a spotlight interview with someone very special. In my POLO x Elle article, you guys read all about my night at the POLO: Ralph Lauren Grand Opening hosted with Elle, and you know that I got to meet the Senior Market Editor, Jade Frampton.

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You may also know that I got to chat with her in an interview about the new collection, her job, what advice she has for those aspiring to enter any part of the fashion industry, and much more. Read on to find out what else Jade Frampton and I got to discuss!

Kay B: What are your thoughts on the new Ralph Lauren collection for the holidays?

Jade Frampton: I love it! I love the new direction that Ralph Lauren is going in for Polo. It’s really sophisticated, and it has a lot of free formed themes- something we haven’t seen from them which I love. It still keeps that classic Polo feeling, a little preppy and sophisticated, but it’s really great for day to evening looks. It works for all styles, so there’s something for everyone and every situation.

Kay B: I was talking about that earlier and noticing that as well. Ralph Lauren is one of my favorite brands, and the versatility and the fact that it can acclimate to any time and any person makes it like a blank canvas, allowing anyone to style their looks to suit themselves.

JF: Right, and this (in reference to her own outfit) is all Ralph Lauren. It doesn’t necessarily look the way it was styled on the mannequin, but it’s unique to me. So I think everyone can really make their own look, which I do love about this [collection].

KB: What’s your favorite piece that you have seen tonight from the grand opening?

JF: I’m actually obsessed with the track pants, and I’ll tell you why. Track pants are actually a huge trend for next spring. They’re everywhere on every runway, so it’s all about wearing the track pant with a sophisticated top, wearing it in a non-traditional way. So, I’m all about the track pant right now, and I love the ones on display for the collection because they’re all black and I think they’re really sophisticated. It’s how I could get behind a track pant, whereas I don’t think I could get behind a red track pant.

KB: What statement piece must every woman have in her closet this season?

JF: I think that an amazing knit is always the best thing to have in your wardrobe for Fall, I just think it’s so great. We saw it so much on the runway in so many different ways, from skirts, to dresses, to sweaters, and I find it chic, comfy, and it looks good on everyone.

KB: What is your favorite part of your job as Elle Senior Market Editor?

JF: I think my favorite part of my job is to see things first, I mean, I love that! It’s so exciting when you’re at a show and you know that while there are a lot of other people watching it with you, you’re seeing something for the very first time. I think my favorite part of my job is meeting new designers, really young designers that haven’t had a chance to be seen by a lot of people. It almost feels like you’re discovering them and getting to meet them and seeing their progression from being a new designer. Someone like Jason Wu, a new designer, and then really blossoming in his brand and now being the head designer at Boss and just seeing the progression of people’s careers is really inspiring.

KB: What advice to you have for anyone wanting to enter the fashion industry?

JF: Intern. That’s basically what you do. It’s the only way that you can have a resume built up, it’s the only way to build up a resume to get a job. If you wanted to work at a magazine, it’s interning at a magazine, definitely. I think in any industry, like design, it’s interning, but it’s really interning at as many places as possible as opposed to staying at one place. Get as many experiences as possible. That’s good to know not only what you want to do, but also what you don’t want to do. For instance, I interned as a jewelry intern and it wasn’t for me. It was too small, things kept dropping, things go missing. I like tangible, big items, and I don’t want to lose anything- jewelry made me too nervous! So, definitely intern to know what you want to do and what you don’t want to do.

There you have it, darlings! It was so much fun to talk to her- she was so sweet and insightful. I hope you got as much out of the interview as I did, and don’t forget to pick up a copy of Elle’s November issue before the month is up! Until next time…

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Stay Fab,

Kay B. xx

Lady in Black: NYFW Edition

Hey hey, my darlings. Happy September and Happy Studded Collar Sunday! It’s crazy how fast time flies as we say goodbye to the summer and begin to welcome the fall season.

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Dress: Vince Camuto | Shoes: Steve Madden | Jewelry: gifted | Purse: gifted

Photography: Anna Grace Votteler

With the fall season comes New York Fashion Week, and this past Thursday, I was able to kick off the NYFW festivities in style with Allison Mitchell’s private preview party for her SS 2015/2016 Collection.

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I opted for a classic look, and what’s more classic than a little black dress? I love that the chiffon overlay of this dress is tea-length while the thicker dress layer underneath is knee-length. It adds a funky yet simple dimension to the look of the dress as well as modernizing what some like to think of as a “dated hemline.” I also really like that the dress combines a sleeveless cut with a turtleneck neckline. It’s simply unique and it makes this dress easier to transition from summer to fall- a richly colored jacket or coat over this number and come heeled booties would make this dress easy to “fall” for. (pun very much so intended.)
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I wish you guys could have seen the back of this dress- it made what seems like a simple, black shift dress stellar. the turtleneck collar wraps around and becomes similar to a shirt collar in the back. Then, along the center and down the back of the dress, a gold hardware zipper lines the dress. To add to the impeccable details, the chiffon layer splits down the middle so that the gold zipper is visible and adds a kick to this outfit. I’ll have to share a picture of it with you guys so you can see it.IMG_3718 IMG_3720 IMG_3714IMG_3725 IMG_3713

My dress was black with gold detailing, my shoes were black with gold studded detailing, and even my eye makeup was pretty dark with a slight gold tint gracing my lids, so I definitely wanted to add some color to this ensemble. I went for red because it’s bold and contrasts beautifully with all the black and gold details. It wasn’t too much and added a great pop of color to an otherwise dark outfit.

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Tip: If you want to vamp up your neutral or simple outfit, a bold statement necklace is definitely a lifesaver. If it’s in a bold color, pattern, or design and contrasts well when worn against one or two solid colors, you have a winner!

Putting together this outfit was almost as fun as the party was! It was so great to see Allison and her gorgeous handbags again, and I had so much fun catching up with old friends and making new ones like Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes. Fun fact she was the first fashion blogger that I knew about and read, and she had a hand in inspiring me to start TSC, so it was quite humbling to meet her- she is even lovelier in person and such a sweetheart. Be sure to check out her blog!

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Allison worked long and hard on designing a gorgeous line for the coming year, and it definitely showed! Her work is impeccable, modern and definitely one of a kind. She designed her over-sized clutches to be functional, fashion-forward and different, and they definitely turn heads and get people talking. They’re made locally with dyed Connecticut calf hair, and you can see the quality in her work. It was pretty cool to see her bags before they made their debut on the runways of New York and Paris Fashion Week. If you want to see more of Allison’s work, head over to her website to check out the rest of her gorgeous bags for yourself!

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Well, my loves, that’s all for today’s post. I want to get more ideas for articles, so go ahead and tell me what I should work on next in the comments down below! Don’t forget to follow my Twitter and Instagram because I’m pretty active there. You also get to see what I do when I’m not blogging- I sometimes feel like Hannah Montana when I show you guys the more glamorous side of what I do, so check out my social media to see the best of both worlds. (: Thanks so much for reading, I love you oodles and noodles and poodles, and until next time…

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Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

Sunny Days and an Endless Summer

Happy Tuesday, friends! Welcome to another Studded Collar article where we shall experience another excerpt from my style journey. (:

We are now in the heart of summer, and it’s crazy to think that I am already half way through my summer break! I have been out, about, and on the run ever since I was let out for summer break, and now that I’m approaching the halfway mark, I’m realizing how much I’m wishing for an endless summer. I thought it would be nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle to take a trip to the park for a little bit. Plus, it was such a great excuse to wear my new Ray-Ban glasses from Ditto!

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Dress: H&M | Shoes: Target | Sunglasses: RayBan c/o Ditto

Photography: Rachel Brown

IMG_3092 IMG_3104IMG_3125This is such a simple look that is quick and easy to throw on while still looking put together. Dresses can be as casual as can be, but with the right accessories like these Ray-Bans in the style 4171 Erika, you can look even cooler on the hottest of summer days. This is one of my favorite summer dresses, and I think these simply chic glasses took my outfit to the next level.
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For those of you who don’t know, DITTO is an online eyewear store that is unlike any other. They sell prescription glasses and sunglasses, but to take things to the next level, you can virtually try on any of their glasses on their website! Yes, you did read that correctly. To learn more, check out more information here about their revolutionary store.

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DITTO has a great program going on right now called Endless Eyewear that you absolutely have to try. When you become a member of this program, you can order any pair of sunglasses that you want from their website and keep it for as long as you want. Then, when you’re tired of that pair of sunnies, just order another pair from DITTO and send back your initial pair of sunglasses when you receive the new one. It’s that simple! You can swap out the glasses as frequently as you please, and the best part is that you can do this and get gorgeous designer glasses for just $19 a month! How amazing is that? It gets even better, darlings.

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I want to treat you guys because I love you so much, so go ahead and try out the Endless Eyewear program and your first month is on me. (: Click here to sign up and use the promo code STUDDEDCOLLAR to get your first month free! You can buy and swap as many cute sunnies as you want to for free during the first month that you’re signed up. Any pair/s and as many swaps as you want. No strings attached and no catch. Our summer may not be endless, but the number of sunglasses you could get when you sign up for DITTO’s Endless Eyewear definitely is endless! 

I hope you all are enjoying your summer to the fullest and making every moment count. I love you guys lots and lots, and until next time…
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Kay B xx.