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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Land of the Free

Happy Friday Eve (aka Thursday), darlings! I hope July is off to a great start for you all.

This weekend, July kicks off with fun and celebration with friends and family. Whether you’re heading out to the lake, going to a backyard barbecue, or just hanging around town with friends, 4th of July weekend is a fun time with loved ones and a great excuse to throw some patriotic spirit and festivity into your outfit!

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Top: Forever 21 | Shorts: Dailylook | Shoes: Converse | Belt: Cotton On | Bracelet: Anthropologie | Sunnies: Forever 21

 

What I’ve found to be a common occurrence in the past is that of some people wearing extreme outfits in which it could be assumed that they bought a flag and made a dress of it, or wearing red, white, and blue in overwhelming ways. That got me to thinking, and I realized that there are more flattering ways to wear the patriotic colors without looking like Betsy Ross passionately put your outfit together and still maintaining the fun vibes. I thought it would be fun to share a casual and cute outfit idea for the 4th of July that incorporates the red, white, and blue while looking cool and ever so American. (:

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Just admiring some imaginary fireworks then laughing as I remember it’s daytime and it’s not the 4th of July just yet… (:
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This outfit is perfect for celebrating the 4th and hanging out with friends and family. The boxy, blue and white, striped crop is a great compliment to the white, distressed, high-waisted shorts and balances out the color. Not only do the colors look great, but the wide and boxy top and cinched waist of the shorts will make your waist look a lot smaller! The horizontal stripes are also very flattering.

By the way, can we take notice of the fact that white converse already have all the U.S. colors? Simple and cute… I like it!

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Now, let’s talk makeup!

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Because my top is already so dark and I decided to sport a bold red lip, I opted for an overall softer eye and naturally blushed cheeks. I used a medium gold shadow on my lid, a rosy red on the outer half of my lid, and then a medium brown in my crease for definition. I lined my eyelids with the black liquid liner “Stiletto” by Maybelline and defined my lashes by using Maybelline’s Falsies Colossal Cat Eyes mascara. To add a light color to my cheeks, I lightly dusted a warm, rosy blush with tan undertones onto the apples of my cheeks.

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Wearing red lipstick is a great way to bolden your makeup look as well as tie your patriotic look together.

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“OMG I love America!!!”

Well, my loves, there you have it! I hope you all liked this outfit and that it gave you guys some ideas for your own ensemble on the 4th of July! I really love this look, and it’s so great for watching fireworks with friends, chilling out at the lake, or just having backyard fun with the family. If you guys want to share your 4th of July outfits with me, tweet me pictures because I’d love to see them! Just tag me (@StuddedCollar) in your pictures and I’ll retweet some of them. While you’re at it, check out my Instagram and my Facebook page! I’m always super active on Instagram and Twitter, so follow me to keep up with the adventures!

Also, a huge shoutout and an even bigger thank you to my friend, Rachel for taking these awesome photos. Check out her instagram here!

Remember to have fun, stay safe, and always, always, always…
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Stay Fab,

Kay B xx.

A Night Among the Stars: FGI Rising Stars Award Show

Hello hello, my loves, and Happy Snowy Studded Collar Saturday (boy, is that a mouthful…) Yes, I have been absent from the blogosphere for much longer than I would ever have liked, but being a full time student and having such a demanding schedule really takes a toll! But I promise to be a bit more consistent from now on. (:

What better way to get back into the groove of things than to share with you my experience at my very first award show?

IMG_5930I had the pleasure of being invited to and attending the Fashion Group International Rising Stars Award Show in Dallas this past Thursday, and what a show it was! For those who do not know, the Rising Stars Awards are granted to those in the art and fashion industry who have truly made their mark in their area of expertise. These fields include art, photography, jewelry, beauty, interior design, and, of course, fashion. It was so humbling to be in the presence of such hard workers who have really made a name for themselves, and I was honored to be among them that evening.

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Along with the award shows, the night also included a series of fashion shows from big-name brands like Macy’s, BCBGeneration, Karen Millen, Nordstrom, Belk, and Aftershock London. Here are some shots from the first show by Macy’s.

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I loved the vibrancy of the collection. In every piece color was incorporated and each caught everyone’s eye. In all honesty, there were some looks that were a little too busy in color for my liking. However, each piece within those ensembles was gorgeous and we must remember that not every outfit is ready to wear off of the runway- some are merely meant to inspire!

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This is my favorite look from the Macy’s show because it displays a cute way to dress up a tee-shirt dress that can also easily be dressed down. The pop of color in the shoes was a great choice by the stylist- not too overwhelming, but easily makes a statement.

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Next came the BCBGeneration show. This collection was a stark contrast to the previous of Macy’s- here we were shown a gorgeous compilation of spring pieces in neutral tones with some sparse, light additions of color every so often. The color scheme was made of black, blue and white and the outfits themselves were not at all structured. I think that BCBG did a wonderful job of capturing the carefree and loose aesthetic of spring while maintaining a chic and put together collection. Bravo!

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The romper on the left is so cute. I love the balance of the full-length sleeves with the shorts. A great piece to own for Spring and an even better addition to purchase for Spring Break! *heart eyes*

More runway shows ensued from brands like Karen Millen…

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Can we take a moment to appreciate how flawlessly BCBG combined two of the top trends right now- Leather AND Fringe??? Way to make it to my heart, darlings. *swoon*

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The awards were given in a staggered manner, so after every few runway shows, a few awards were given. The lovely Mrs. Shay Geyer, IBB  Designer and Good Morning Texas Design Expert was the emcee of the evening and did a fantastic job hosting the night. The first awards were for the Rising Stars in Beauty, Jewelry Design, and Art.

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Megan Thorne, Rising Star in Jewelry Design…

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And Shayema Rahim, the Rising Star in Art!

I would love to also extend my congratulations to the Rising Star in Photography, Brandon Lyon, and the Rising Star in Interior Design, Brant McFarlain.

Besides seeing the awards and watching the shows, I did have my fair share of fun and met/ reunited with some wonderful people!

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It was such an honor to meet the lovely designer Lucy Dang who was also in the running for a Rising Star award in Fashion. I am in love with her designs and beautiful execution, and she was just as sweet in person as I thought her to be. (:IMG_5926

I also had the honor of meeing co-founder and Editor of DFW Style Daily, Leah Frazier. She was so fun to chat with and it was so great to speak to someone as accomplished as her- I gained quite a few key lessons from her. Go check out her online publication, DFW Style Daily, if you haven’t already!

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Fellow bloggers Cydni of It’s Her Strut, Ty Jones of Words and Wardrobes, and I hit it off and had some fun with the photo booth. (: They’re funny, sweet, and incredibly smart. Go feast your eyes upon their blog goodness!

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While chatting it up with others in the biz like Alex Young of Eat Style Dallas, photographer extraordinaire Stephanie Drenka of Geek Glam, and Velma Puente of VP Cosmetics, I would see men in police uniforms walking around the venue. My first thought was, “Wow, security is pretty tight around here if they’re mingling among the guests!” Then, later in the evening I saw the two officers looking at me from behind their cop glasses (BTW: the technical term for “cop glasses” is Aviators. Please remember this…) and they stopped me in my tracks. They asked if I was having a good time and I responded saying of course I was! Then they said that after inspecting me for a little bit they were going to have to give me a citation- my first citation!!! “Oh gosh, a citation for what, officers?” I responded with a light laugh and a smile.

“A citation… for being Fashionably Fierce!!!”

No, these were not your every day police officers.

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These were the Fashion Police.

The Fashion Police prowled the venue throughout the evening and gave out “citations” to some of the best dressed of the evening. Needless to say I was quite flattered and was more than excited to receive my first positive citation from the (Fashion) Police.

I even got to take my first “mugshot”!

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The last award of the evening was the most exciting one- Rising Star in Fashion! The nominees were Lucy Dang, the designer I had the pleasure of meeting earlier that evening; Esé Azénabor, a friend of mine and newly showcased designer at Spring/ Summer New York Fashion Week 2015; and Binzario Couture, who shared a gorgeous bridal collection.

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And last, but by no means least, Esé Azénabor

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After watching all three shows, I think everyone can agree that it was anyone’s game. All three designers were equally deserving of the award as they and their designs were absolutely phenomenal- out of this world!

In the end, Lucy Dang took home the award and now holds the title of Rising Star in Fashion. Congratulations!

After the show’s finale, I met up with dear friend and designer, Allison Mitchell, who looked fabulous as usual. I also got to chat with Esé for a bit afterwards and she, too, looked flawless and was just as warm and bubbly as ever.

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It was a dream of a night and I still feel humbled to say I laughed and danced among the stars, rising and risen. Thank you, FGI, for such a memorable night!IMG_6441

That’s a wrap! Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I did writing it. Don’t forget to follow me on my Instagram and Twitter, and like my Facebook page to keep up with me when I’m not blogging! If you have any thoughts, feel free to comment below, or, if you have any questions, shoot me an email at thestuddedcollar@gmail.com (:

Stay Fab, darlings,

Kay B xx.

DITTO: Revolutionizing the Art of Shopping

Hello, my darlings, happy December! I hope you had lovely Thanksgivings and are ready to dive into the Christmas season. I had been a little under the weather, but I am back up and ready to share some exciting things with you as 2014 comes to a close and we start anew in 2015. (Let’s be real- did 2014 even happen?!)

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If you have been following me for a while, then you know that I LOVE sunglasses. Getting the right pair that not only suits my style, but also fits my face shape and size is very important to me. I’m also very careful when I buy sunglasses because I actually browse for mine online- at times, I’m not sure if the sunshades will fit my head well or if they may look a little off because of my face shape, and the uncertainty can really bother me!

Imagine ordering a pair of sunglasses that you found to be ultra chic, but, when you open the box and try those bad boys on, you realize you actually opened up a box of disappointment. Avoiding these issues is ultimately the goal, and I’m so excited to share this amazing sunglasses company that has truly revolutionized the art of shopping.

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Meet DITTO, the company that has made me and several others look at online shopping in a whole new way. DITTO and I partnered up to share with you their new online store, amazing try-at-home technology and a sweet giveaway! I had the chance to try out their site and all the fun that comes along with it and I want you guys to follow along! Keep reading for all the juicy details…

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When you first get to DITTO’s website, you can browse their vast collection of sunglasses or optical glasses for both men and women. You can also take their quiz that will assist in putting together a personal shop just for you based on your style and exactly what you are looking for. Just click the “Take the Quiz” button on the front page and you are ready to start!

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The first question in the quiz is pretty basic- are you looking for Men’s glasses or Women’s glasses?

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The next one is also pretty simple- are looking for optical glasses or sunglasses?

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Here’s the toughie- Do you know what you’re looking for? Actually, one may think that this is a tough question, but DITTO makes this process as easy as possible. I personally know what specific shades I like and want, so I chose “I know the specific look I want.”

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The next question will ask what “look” you are going for. These looks are the different sunglass frames DITTO offers, so select the ones you like best for yourself!

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The final step is to select the looks that suit your own personal style! If you do not see any that really resonate with you, just click the “see more” button in the upper right corner until you are happy with your selection! This step is going to help the stylists choose the perfect pairs of sunnies for your store.

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If you don’t know what exactly you are looking for, that’s okay too! Just select the “I don’t know the specific look I want.” option and be on your merry way.

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To get an idea of what your style is, DITTO will ask you to pick out some items that resonate with you. For instance, if you like the way that varsity jacket looks, go ahead and select it!

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After choosing your items, the final question will be to choose the outfits that suit your style, the same question that appeared earlier for those who know the looks they’re aiming for.

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That’s the end of the quiz, but it’s not the end of the fun! You’ll be asked to have your measurements taken so that 1) your glasses are the perfect fit and (this is the best part… prepare to be mind blown) 2) you can virtually try on your sunglasses…AT HOME. Yes, you did read that correctly and it’s pretty phenomenal. If you’re not quite ready to take the photos and measurements, you can always go back later!

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Once you have followed the prompts you’ll be taken to your Ditto profile! This is what mine looks like right now; as you can see, my style has been evaluated and it shows me which styles suit my persona and face shape the best. On the right, my fit is shown too. My face width has been categorized as wide, so my recommended glasses will be for wider face widths. How perfect is that?

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These are the recommendations I received for my style and fit- there are optical glasses as well as sunglasses for a wide range of choices.

Here comes the coolest part… trying on the glasses in the comfort of your own home!

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Wow. Just wow. I selected a pair of sunglasses that I liked and I know exactly what it may look like on me before I place my order. How amazing! I don’t know about you all, but DITTO is now my number one place to shop for sunnies.

You guys are probably thinking that it can’t get any better than this, right? Well, my sweets, think again. DITTO’s new website that I just shared with you just launched recently. To celebrate their new technology and website, DITTO is doing a giveaway just for you guys! It ends in December 11, so act fast!

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Here’s what you have to do:

1) Go to ditto.com and take their quiz

2) Make an account on the ditto.com website

3) You are officially entered to win TWO pairs of designer glasses EVERY YEAR for the REST OF YOUR LIFE.

Yes. This is very real, so take advantage of this awesome opportunity and head to DITTO now! Also go check out DITTO’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages for all the latest news, updates, and more fun opportunities!

I hope you guys are just as excited about DITTO as I am and stay tuned on The Studded Collar for some more fun this December. (: Until then, my friends,

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

Little Black Dress Designer Fashion Show

Hello, sweet friends, Happy Studded Collar Sunday!

I’d like to start off with a few announcements and thank-yous as well (Have to have an attitude for gratitude!)

First, thank you all so incredibly much for your kind feedback and the love you sent me about the Tootsies Homecoming Lookbook! I had so much fun putting it together for you all, and for your reaction to be so immensely positive was overwhelming. Plus, several of you guys sent me tweets and messages saying it helped you compose a fabulous ensemble for your next dance! I love you all so much and I’m overjoyed that you all enjoyed the post. I’ll do more projects like this in the future for you. (:

I would also send another big thank you to Tootsies for the opportunity to work with you all! I felt like a princess and the dresses, suits, accessories and more were gorgeous. It was such a fun experience and I am eternally grateful for it.

Now, I have one quick announcement before we dive right into the post. I have a new Instagram and Twitter! I’m switching over to an account I already have set up. My new Instagram is @16kayb, and my username for Twitter is also @16KayB. Go follow those accounts if you haven’t already, and in a couple of days I will change the usernames from @16kayb to @studdedcollar for consistency. I’m really active on my social media links, so go check them out. Now, let’s get started with all the fun!

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Dress: Pimkie | Shoes: Guess | Necklace: Swarovski | Clutch: Mom’s Closet

Bracelet/Ring: Charming Charlie| Earings: Gifted

You all may or may not know that the past two weeks have been occupied by Fashion Week in the world’s various capitals- first New York, then London, and today Milan’s came to a close. While I was unable to attend New York Fashion Week this year, I had the chance to have some local Fashion Week fun! I attended the Little Black Dress Designer Fashion Show and Party at Tootsies earlier this week. Several of Dallas’s fashion elite attended, and I had an amazing time meeting them and enjoing the show!

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Such an honor to meet designer Esé (left) and one of Dallas’s fashion elite, Christine (right)

The fashion show was hosted by Tootsies for the Little Black Dress Designer Foundation. This organization gives students and up-and-coming designers the opportunity to re-invent the classic Little Black Dress to potentially win an academic scholarship, funding for their brand, and career networking opportunities to kickstart their career. It’s an amazing association that has already awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to students since it was founded by Jeff Shell n 2008. Tell me this isn’t an amazing concept? (Seriously don’t, because you’d be dead wrong.) (:

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Had an amazing time attending the show with my beautiful best friend (:

I opted for a black dress because not only was it the theme of the show, but the little black dress is a classic statement. This gorgeous dress has a classic simplicity and became my canvas for the evening. I love that the underlay of the dress is like a bandage, or body-con, dress, while the overlay is a flowy, flirty, sheer material that gives the dress a higher level of formality and grace.

I feel like when girls wear black they always have a pop of loud color(s). That is totally okay (in moderation), but another option is to add color variety through metallics! I wore this gorgeous silver diamond drop necklace from Swawrovski, diamond studs, and then switched it up with gold Guess shoes and an all black clutch with divine gold and diamond detailing. My ring and bracelet had golden and jewel accents as well. It takes a plain black dress from drab to fab without wearing a fluorescent pink belt or crimson blue pumps. (:

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I had an unbelievably wonderful time at the show, and I thank Tootsies immensely. The show was beautiful and the dresses were to die for. Now, ladies, I want you to remember this quote- it’s golden:

“One is never over-dressed or underdressed in a little black dress,” ~ Karl Lagerfeld

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Much love to you all.

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

Aero Now VIP Launch Party

Hey everyone!  Aeropostale released their Aero Now line, and they are bigger, edgier, and better than ever. They say we’ve changed, so they’re changing too.

I had the amazing opportunity of attending Aeropostale’s VIP Launch Party as I was invited by Aeropostale!! *squeal* I know, I flipped out too! I met some really fun people, checked out their awesome new, edgy style, and got to talk to some people there!

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Here’s my outfit for the party!

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*I’m not sure of what the specific model of my purse is, but it’s from Guess (:

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The DJ’s tracks were on point through the whole event, and what’s better than good music and great shopping? *heart eyes*

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The store set-up was so cute and definitely matched the overall transformation- cool, edgy, fun, and inspired.

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I had the chance to talk to the event host, Mr. KB (we’re twins), and I asked him what three words he would use to describe the new Aero line.

“That’s a toughie!” he said, “I would say young, unique, and impactful.

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I talked to three girls, Bella, Mariana, and Destiny, about the Aero Now launch, and here’s what they had to say!

Me: What do you like best about the Aero Now line?

Bella: Definitely the skirts.

Mariana: I love everything!

Destiny: I really love the shoes.

Me: What do you think is different about this line compared to the last one?

B: Definitely their style, I would say it’s edgier whereas the last one was more girly.

M: Yeah, I have to agree

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Everyone was raving about the new jewelry; I wanted to take every piece home!

What else was all the buzz at the Aero Now Launch Party? Bethany Mota’s new line, of course! 18-year-old Bethany Mota, or MacBarbie07 as she is known on YouTube, has released her new Fall collection as well as her first perfume just in time for the Back-To-School season. The YouTube star turned designer has impressed me yet again with her edgy yet feminine pieces.

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One of my favorite ensembles from Bethany’s new line. I couldn’t keep my eyes off of it!

I had an absolutely amazing experience at the VIP Launch Party, and I want to say a huge, huge thank you to Aeropostale for the invite. The new clothes are to die for and remind me that we are the Now Generation. I couldn’t have asked for a better time. (:

I also want to thank all of you guys for your immense love and support! I get emails, DM’s, tweets and more full of so much love and kindness and it means the world to me! Without you all, I wouldn’t be here doing what I love to do. (:

So, as a thank you, I have some gifts for you! From now to August 1, use the code “Her Campus” at the checkout for Aeropostale and you’ll receive 30% off of your purchase. In addition, I have four awesome song downloads for you guys! Just go to http://www.dropcards.com/aeronowvip and enter the code “aeronowvip.” You only have until August 1, so go now!

Be sure to stop by your closest Aeropostale and shop the AeroNow line! Until next time, my darlings…

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

Trend Report: Au Naturel

Hello, darlings! Hope you all have been doing well since I last spoke to you all (which was actually two days ago…).

I’ve been looking at a lot of artwork recently, and I read a comment from an art critic somewhere and he said that minimalism and simplicity are braver, bolder, and at times more beautiful than some more elaborate art pieces. Fashion and everything about it is art, and it looks like the minimalist’s art movement has reached the hair and makeup department in the fashion world.

Today I come to you with a Trend Report about hair and makeup, and it may the simplest one yet.

A Governors Ball attendee rocking the "no-makeup" makeup look and laid back tresses.

A Governors Ball attendee rocking the “no-makeup” makeup look and laid back tresses.

A casual chic lady roaming the streets of Paris during Paris Men's Fashion Week. Doesn't her natural look leave her glowing beautifully?

A casual chic lady roaming the streets of Paris during Paris Men’s Fashion Week 2014. Doesn’t her natural look leave her glowing beautifully?

Two ladies in Paris during Paris Men's Fashion Week looking effortlessly cool with their effortless makeup and hair looks.

Two ladies in Paris during Paris Men’s Fashion Week 2014 looking effortlessly cool with their effortless makeup and hair looks.

What do these ladies have in common? Their makeup! Yes they are in fact wearing makeup, but it’s the minimal, barely-there, natural glow makeup look that is steadily but surely making its way around.

I think that stepping out au naturel in regards to makeup and hair is a great beauty move, especially in the summer. Wearing tons of makeup and constantly styling your hair can really take a toll on a girl during the warmer months. Not to mention that lots of makeup can tend to look a bit washed toward the end of the day (if you don’t use the right products, that is.)

Her dress may be bold, but her makeup is anything but. A sweet face spotted at the Governors Ball allowing her natural wavy locks to rest on her shoulders.

Her dress may be bold, but her makeup is anything but. A sweet face spotted at the Governors Ball allowing her natural wavy locks to rest on her shoulders.

Sure, go ahead and wear more makeup when stepping out for some nicer occasions if you’d like, that is still a-ok! Personally, I slightly prefer this natural makeup + hair look this summer because to me…

a) you’ll look like you just came from the beach, glowing (or is that just me and my imagination?)

b) it takes a lesser toll on your face and hair, leaving them healthier (they will thank you!) and…

c) beyond a summer trend, it lets more of your natural beauty shine through, rather than stay hidden behind foundation, concealer, eyebrow tint, primer, eyeshadow, liner, mascara, blush, the works!!

Spotted: Blogger and Photographer Berta Bernard making simplicity look as chic as ever from head to toe.

Spotted: Blogger and Photographer Berta Bernard making simplicity look as chic as ever from head to toe.

There is something very chic about this trend and I’m excited to see how and where it goes. Actually, I may do some posts for no-heat hair styles, a “no-makeup” makeup tutorial, and maybe one about great products to use during the summer. Let me know if you want any of these posts to go up and any other suggestions you may have! I have been writing up a storm, so you will most likely hear from me again soon… (:

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx