Kicking it at Kick Pleat

Bonjour, mes amies! Kay B here with another article for you all. I hope you all are feeling more rested than I am at the start of the new week- I feel like I have been on the run every day since last week, and this weekend was no different.

On the bright side, I was kept busy with lots of fun and exciting activities- one of them being going to Kick Pleat in Austin to interview designer Miranda Bennett!

Photography by Angelica C.

We had a great chat together, and you can read all about that interview here.

For those of you who are don’t know, Kick Pleat is a women’s clothing, shoes and accessories store with an airy aesthetic and clean design that will transport you to the finest of high-fashion dreams.

The exterior and interior design of the store speak to the vibe of the clothes and accessories that grace the racks and shelves of Kick Pleat. A woman will walk in through their doors and immediately feel empowered to breathe life into her unique persona through the many ensembles and pieces that Kick Pleat has to offer. I had so much fun looking around and venturing through the shop.

Each section of the store has its own voice and speaks to each customer uniquely and individually. Just as every woman has her individuality, you won’t find anything like what you will discover within the white mod walls of Kick Pleat.

My favorite parts of the store were the dressing room and the shoe stadium, by far. Can we just talk about this stadium for a minute? Goals, without a doubt.

Of course, I want to share my outfit with you all from my Kick Pleat visit. It was a daytime event, so I decided not to dress up too much while keeping it light and classy on sweltering spring day. (Seriously, “spring” in Texas is in the upper 80’s…)

Top: Candie’s | Shorts: H&M | Booties: | Coach | Sunglasses: Aldo | Purse: Mix No. 6

It was such a beautiful day outside, though I’m almost certain that Texas skipped the spring season and went straight for summer. So I wanted to wear light and loose garments while still looking put together. I chose for my makeup look of the day to be a light one as well, in regards to color tones as well as application. The Mac Pro Longwear foundation is my holy grail on beating hot days such as Friday. Let me know if you want to hear more about my makeup and skincare routine!

Can you tell that I was (and still am) obsessed with this shoe stadium? I can’t get over it- and don’t believe I ever will…

My outfit for this  day was pretty neutral in my blouse and booties, so I brought a pop of color to my ensemble with my cinch waist shorts from H&M. I love these because while they are a longer pair of shorts, they’re loose and airy enough to wear on the hottest of day. Not to mention, the cinched waist is not only a beautiful addition of detail, but is also very flattering. When worn with a loose shirt tucked in or even a fitted blouse, it draws attention to your waistline and makes it look smaller in your mid-section

If that doesn’t win you over, then you should know that these shorts have pockets. AND a drawstring bow. You’re welcome.

I had so much fun visiting Kick Pleat, interviewing Miranda Bennett, and shooting for this article. I’m so happy to be back on the blog and can’t wait to share even more with you guys. Look out for some exciting new additions and changes around here soon… I think you guys will like what I have in store for you all. (: Don’t forget to keep up with me on all my socials (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) and very soon we’ll be adding YouTube to the mix! Also, big thanks to Angie for the photography- go ahead and check out all of her photography here.

Sending lots of love to you all, and wishing you a wonderful rest of your day or night! Until next time, lovies…

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

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Flower Child

Good morning darlings, and Happy Tuesday!

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Top: Delia’s

Skirt: Forever 21

Belt: Cotton On

Sandals: Target

Bracelet: Nordstrom

Scrunchie: Forever 21

Yesterday I had a few errands to run and wanted a casual yet light and girly look. I opted for my new favorite floral skater skirt and a light scoop neck “Awkward” Tee. I tucked my top into my skirt and after looking in the mirror was happy with how it turned out.. but my outfit needed a kick.

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My skirt is a little high-waisted, and my waist is pretty small, so what better way to define and cinch in my waist than with an edgy belt? I love the gold studs on this belt. It adds some edge to an otherwise flirty-girly outfit (despite the immense amount of black.) The leather belt adds definition and a little something extra to the outfit.

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Since I was on my feet quite a bit yesterday, I wanted to be comfortable so I wore my go-to black, strappy sandals. I have worn these so much this summer, I’m surprised I haven’t acquired a tan resembling the sandal straps yet!

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Because my outfit was predominantly black, I wanted to add some color without clashing with the flower colors. I chose this woven, blue, jeweled bracelet from Nordstrom. I really love the color of this bracelet and the simple gold, jeweled dome in the center. It’s simple and captivating.

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If the floral skirt wasn’t enough, well say hello to my flower power scrunchie. Yes, scrunchies are back, and I wear them proudly. It was way too hot for me to wear my hear down (my hair is short, but it’s so dark and thick and it’s like wearing a woolly blanket on your head…) and I didn’t want to do anything elaborate to my hair, so I just braided my bangs straight back and held my ponytail with this scrunchie!IMG_9812

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So you probably notice a lot of florals in my outfit, but you should know that floral prints are my favorite of all prints! They can translate into any season, and they can be styled in many different ways! Florals don’t always have to be girly, but you can definitely call me a somewhat girly Flower Child.

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Until next time, sunshines,

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go…

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Top: My mother’s closet

Skirt: Forever 21

Necklace and Bracelet: Forever 21

Belt: Dillard’s

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Fun Fact: This is my outfit from yesterday, but my computer crashed so here I am, sharing it with you all today. (:

It was a chill, cloudy day and I didn’t have any plans to step out. But hey, who says you can’t dress up and look nice while kicking it at home with your family? It was a bit chilly, so I opted for a casual three-quarter sleeve top courtesy of my mother’s closet to dress my outfit down a bit.

I really like how simple this outfit is, but then the little details make it unique- the zipper and leather on the skirt, the gold buttons on the top, the tan belt, even the necklace and bracelet add some dimension!

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Sometimes my friends tease me for looking “put-together” and “fancy” at home, but I really like the sweet simplicity of this look! At times it’s fun to be all dressed with nowhere to go… (:

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Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

July Lovelies Haul!

Hey friends, July has come and gone, so normally I’d be sharing my Monthly Lovelies! Wow, where is the summer going? This month is going to be a little bit different… I remembered that I’ve wanted to do a Haul for a while, so here is my July Lovelies Haul, showing you my favorite recent purchases!

Black and Yellow

I wore this outfit to the Aero Now VIP Launch Party, and I’ve been loving these pieces so much.

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1. Yellow Peplum Top with Heart Cutout 100_1873 I love how bright this top is; it just screams, “Summer!” I don’t own a lot of yellow clothing and don’t normally gravitate towards it. However, when I saw this top on the racks in the store, the whole world faded around us and a heavenly light shone down on this blouse. Melodramatic? Maybe a little, but it was love at first sight! 100_1877 100_1875 The quarter sleeves and flattering peplum around the waist are really feminine, and the high neckline is chic while the heart cutout in the back is edgy. To top it all off, this top is so comfortable and versatile- I can wear this top with a pencil skirt or white shorts for the rest of the summer, and then jeans, trousers and boots in the fall!

2. Black Mini Skirt w/ Leather Zipper Detail 100_1881 100_1889 This is the zippered mini skirt that I wore with the peplum top. I bought this skirt not only to wear with my peplum top, but also because I don’t have anything like it. I have a black skater skirt, my go to skirt that marries well with everything, and I needed a black pencil skirt that would be a nicer alternative. I love this piece because the zipper adds some edge and the leather strip contributes dimension. Next on the list, a new Little Black Dress! (: photo (2)

Here’s what the pieces look like when worn together!

3. Floral Skater Skirt

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My favorite skirt is a “skater skirt,” and my favorite print is floral, so if you combine the two, then you have a winning combination made in heaven. I’m so excited to add this to my skirt collection and I think my favorite part of this piece is the print. It’s floral, but it’s not too animated. It has a vintage feel and it’s classy as well as classic.

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Another thing I like about this skirt is the waistband. It’s not very thick, which I like, and it appears to be more flattering that way. It defines my waist well and would look cute with a thin belt. Above all, it’s versatile! This can be translated through so many seasons and styled in so many ways. I can’t wait to get some good use out of this!

3. White Chain Statement Necklace

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This statement necklace is a little different from what I typically go for, but that’s what makes it so appealing to me. I love trying out new things and finding new ways to style my outfits with the little things as well as the major things. Rather than a bib style, this white necklace makes a360-degreee statement with the white and gold geometric design. It’s ultra chic and very classy, so I look forward to styling it!

5. Tortoise Frame Sunglasses

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I am absolutely in love with these sunglasses! I’ve been wanting a new pair of sunnies, and as you may know from my last Monthly Lovelies post, my go to pair has been my aviators. I wanted something different.. bold yet understated, classy yet fun, and totally different from what you see the everyday-typical-teenage-girl wear.

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I spotted these at Love Culture and grabbed the last pair before you could blink. These remind me a lot of Carrie Bradshaw and Anna Wintour somewhat, two of my favorite fashion icons. I really like the tortoise frame, a definite classic, and I’m excited to have a rounded-near-cateye frame in my collection of sunnies.

6. A Little Studded Collar

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I saved this one for last because this was by far the purchase I was most excited about! Ok, story time…

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Now, you all obviously know that the name of my blog is The Studded Collar. Here’s a little fun fact- it’s not because I like Studded Collars (even though I really do like them)! Long story short, I came up with the title by combing two clothing details I love- studs and collars. When I started writing, I realized that I didn’t own any collared shirts with studs on the collar. I’ve been searching for the perfect studded collar shirt every time I’m out at the shops, and I found this classic beauty the other day. Now, Kay B, writer and founder of The Studded Collar, has a studded collar shirt!

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I love the overall versatility of this shirt (seems to be a theme in my purchases…) and the color that compliments my skin nicely. The material is also nice, it feels like chiffon, so it appears very classy and feels very comfy.

There you have it! That’s my July Lovelies Haul, showing my favorite recent purchases for the month. In the comments below tell me what you’re go to piece has been this summer! It can be an accessory, clothing item, anything! Stay tuned for more from me, and in the meantime, darlings…

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

Travel Style 101: Carry On Essentials

Hey hey hey everyone! It’s time for my last entry in the Travel Style Series, and this one is about some Carry-On Essentials!

Carry On Essentials

When traveling, whether it’s by air, car, ferry or train, it’s really important to have all the essentials in your carry on bag. Honestly, it can make or break your journey, and I think we’ve all experienced that cold, horrific moment when you realize you forgot something crucial from your bag. So, to avoid this nightmare, I’ve got some essentials for you. (:

1. Water

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I always have a bottle of water with me to stay hydrated. I drink so much water and I like to always have it with me if I get thirsty!

2. iPhone/ iPod and Earphones

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No matter where I am, I always have my phone with me, and most often it’s in my hands! When I go on trips, I always have my earphones as well to listen to music, maybe watch some movies, and escape the world for a bit in my own little bubble of entertainment. (:

3. Good Reads

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When I want to take a break from staring at my hot, bright computer or phone screen, I always like to have a couple of books or magazines with me! I love love loooove reading, and I like to keep that up on a plane or car ride.

A book that I am finally about to start is The Fault In Our Stars. Yes, I saw the movie, and yes, I bawled my eyes out, and yes, I wore waterproof mascara so my makeup wouldn’t run because yes, I knew my heart was going to break into a million pieces only to be swept up later from the floors of the cinema. Comment  below what your favorite book is! I need some new recommendations (:

4. Gum

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I actually never chew gum (I’m more of a mint kinda girl) but when I go on airplanes I absolutely must have some with me. I chew it on the plane if I get that weird feeling in my ear while in the air, and I usually go for the Trident Layers. I may not chew gum often, but this one is so yummy!

5. Chapstick

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I don’t know if it’s just me, but my lips get super chapped, especially on airplanes, so I always have my trusty Burt’s Bees Chapstick in my carry-on. Let’s be real, I always have my trusty Burt’s Bees Chapstick with me, period! Their chapsticks are so amazing and hydrating; they leave my lips feeling soft and moisturized.

6. Laptop and Movies

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Typically on longer trips, I take my laptop and a few of my favorite movies with me to keep myself entertained. Per my sweet mother’s advice, I do, at times, take a break to take in the scenery and “God’s creation” that’s all around me, but once I get a little tired of looking at skyscrapers, trees, and cows, I escape to Hollywood and watch some movies.

7. A Journal

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Now, when I am taking in “God’s creation,” I get inspired and write in my travel journal! I love writing, whether it’s about a specific topic, some poetry, a story or just what’s going on in my life. I have a journal that I like to write in about my travels, and it’s super fun to look back and re-live the fun moments.

8. Travel Size Makeup

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If you did decide to wear makeup on your trip, then I think it’s nice to have a few travel-sized makeup  items in your bag. After spending a few hours on the ride, you may want to touch up your makeup, so it’s nice to have it on you rather than search for it later- much more convenient!

9. Comfy Socks

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This is an absolute must for me on trips! When traveling, it’s crucial to wear comfortable shoes with a comfy outfit! (You can check out my first post in my Travel Series for comfy outfit inspo.) But when I’m in a car, on a plane, or even a train, I sometimes remove my shoes and wear some comfy, fuzzy socks! They keep my lil’ piggies warm (am I the only one who thinks that planes, trains, and cars- at times- are always freezing!?) and make me comfortable throughout my journey.

Well, that’s it for this post! Tell me in the comments below what your number one carry-on essential is! While you’re at it, let me know what book you’d recommend! I love reading new books, so I’m open to suggestions. Don’t forget to subscribe for more from me, and follow my Instagram, Twitter, and like my Facebook page!

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

June Lovelies

Happy July everyone! This summer is just speeding past, but I’m so excited for what July will hold.

It’s that time again- time for me to share my monthly lovelies with you all! In June, I kept it pretty simple with the favorites. I was so busy during the month, but I managed to pick out some items that I’ve been loving and want to share with you. (:

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Coach Wristlet

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So, I have been loving this Coach wristlet recently and I use practically every day, I kid you not. It was actually my first Coach item courtesy of my best friend as a birthday present (Thanks KT <3) . Because of its neutral black undertone I can wear this with practically any outfit. Little secret: I really like plaid prints, but I’m highly selective about how they’re styled, so I’m super happy with this accessory. (:

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Cute little side note: My friend gave me this wallet with a “lucky penny” in it because she believes it’s good luck. I think she said her grandma did that for her, so she would do it for me too. I thought that was so cute, so I’ve kept the same penny in there and thought I’d show you! (:

Aviators

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These Forever 21 shades have been my go-to glasses almost all summer and I just love how simple and cool they look (and make me feel (: ). When I’m buying anything, I look for versatility in the product, so I really like that these shades can go with almost any outfit I have.

Bracelets

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Another one of my best friends got this bracelet as a birthday gift for me from Nordstrom, and I just tend to wear it daily. I love the color, the woven detailing, and the encrusted gold center; everything about it is simple and captivating. It’s definitely one of my favorite go-to jewelry pieces!

June Faves8This piece from Apricot Lane was a Christmas gift from my best friend (the one who gave me the Coach wristlet. She has my style down to a tee!) Just like the other bracelet, I wear this almost everyday and I just love the color scheme and intricate, beautiful beading. I have been seeing this bracelets more and more where I live and I’ve been loving the local trend.

Rare Gold Perfume

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My mom bought me this sample of the perfume Rare Gold, and I absolutely love it, especially since it reminds me of rose gold for some reason. It may just be me, but if I had to relate rose gold to a smell, is would be soft, sweet, and vibrant which is exactly how I would describe the scent of this perfume! I know for sure that when I run out of this perfume I’ll be purchasing the full size.

Bath and Body Works Sweet Shop Set

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I’m sensing an unintentional theme of gifts here, but this set was another birthday gift that I recently brought out to use (finally!) two weeks ago. This is the Sweet Shop bathroom set from Bath and Body Works, and let me just say that this is most amazing set I’ve ever used from them! Not only does it smell amazingly yummy, but the hand soaps (the second one isn’t pictured) and hand lotion are so moisturizing and the packaging is adorable!! It came with two hand soaps, a hand lotion and the hand sanitizer. It’s almost as if each time I use one of the products, I get a whiff of heaven. Is it weird that this has made me super excited to wash my hands now?

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Hand Soap…

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Hand lotion…

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Hand Sanitizer!

Cherry Red Beijo Crossbody Purse

June Faves15Alright, I had to include this purse in my June favorites because I wore it for the last time in June. I’ve had this red Beijo crossbody purse forever, and it has finally run its course. It’s just the perfect size to fit everything I need! One of the coolest parts was that the long strap was detachable. Regardless of it being bright red, this was by daily purse and I wore it with almost everything (my biggest and ONLY willingly-made fashion faux-pas…). This purse and I have been through a whole lot together (yes, I am getting sentimental and mushy over this purse.) and each mark, scratch and bruise has a story. But, it’s time for me to let go and find a new cross “buddy” (get it? like crossbody?). R.I.P Cherry Red Beijo CrossBuddy.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish Line

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I featured three of these polishes in my last post, Nailing Summer Manis & Nail Art Inspo, and I shared a bit about how much I love these polishes! I’ve had others from this line before, and each one I used provided a great result. The nail polishes in this line live up to their name and last for a good 1.5 to 2 weeks. I definitely recommend these to anyone looking for a new brand or any polish at all!June Faves17

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Strobe Light, #200 (This is what is on my ring finger in the picture!)

These are all my monthly lovelies for June! I hope you enjoyed them and will definitely check out some of these products for yourself! I’ll post another list at the end of July, but subscribe and keep checking in for more from me on TSC! (Unintentional rhyme, but let’s roll with it.)

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

Uptown Downtown

So I made this piece with my Polyvore (@thestuddedcollar). Something I’ve been really liking lately is jeans (mainly boyfriend style jeans) and heels worn together casually- that was the inspiration for this ensemble. Tell me what you think in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

Stay Fab,

Gigi xx.

Uptown Downtown