STRUT into Spring Break + Giveaway!!

Happy Studded Collar Sunday, friends!

I hope you all had a lovely, restful weekend, and are ready to take on the new week. If you guys are in the same position as me, then this is your last week until Spring Break- a week every student is eagerly looking forward to, I’m sure. Now, ladies, whether you gals are getting ready for an exotic vacation or a fun-filled staycation, you’re all probably planning your outfits and hoping to look your best (vacations and breaks equals pictures galore).

So, I partnered up with Strut to bring you guys a fun lookbook of stellar looks that you can look to for inspiration as you plan out what you’ll be wearing this Spring Break season. These three outfits are perfect for the spring season and range from casual to dressy. I think that’s enough chit-chat, so let’s spring into it! (:

Photo Credits: Marie Meyer

Cool & Casual

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I absolutely love this simple, grey, jersey dress. I know spring is usually all about color, especially pastels, but the neutral color truly makes this dress the perfect blank canvas with so many styling possibilities. Because of it’s simplicity, I opted for a gold, multi-layered necklace so as to add a little edge and umph to the neckline.

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Okay, my favorite part of the dress is the oversized, wide arm holes. It’s the perfect opportunity to show a little bit of detail while maintaining a classy look. I decided to wear a triangular, black lace bralette under the dress, and result was fabulous. I love, love, love the lacy detail peeking though, adding a darker color to the look and some lace for femininity.

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I don’t know about you, but I am quite the fan of this brown, fringe crossbody purse. It’s simple, but adds dimension to this simple outfit with the large, flowy tassels. It’s such a cute accessory, and it’s perfect for a casual, on the go outfit.
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Edgy Boho Babe

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This outfit is a bit dressier than the first but still airs on the casual side. All the while, it’s nice enough to wear out to a nice lunch with the girls or just a fun day out on the town. This romper is another neutral, yes, but the floral pattern ties in the newness of spring perfectly.

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One of my favorite parts of this outfits is the balance of softness and edge. The romper is floral, feminine, and flowy, and my pointed toed flats are soft, simple and muted black. Plus, my cream, lace bandeau peaking through makes this outfit even flirtier. On the other hand, my major statement necklace is sharp and eye catching with the geometric shapes, and the black, circular, wide rimmed hat adds some attitude. I’m also obsessed with the tortoise patterned wayfarers. Yes, I’m wearing a hat and sunglasses, but you can’t be too protected, right?

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All I have to say about this purse is that it is to die for. Take it from day to night in a heartbeat, and the gold hardware is precious. Versatile and lovely.

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All Dressed Up

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This is, without a doubt, my favorite outfit in this lookbook. If you guys must know one thing about me, it’s that I’m a sucker for dresses and florals. Needless to say, this little number stole my heart in a flash. It’s very flowy, so opportunity for flattery is very present. The hemline is ever so slightly high-low, with makes the dress a bit more dramatic. I dressed it up with some black, strappy wedges and a soft gold clutch and was ready to hit the streets.image image image image image

Ok, I am head over heels, madly in love with these sunnies. They’re silver and reflective, but my favorite part is the fact that it’s round with a cat eye frame all at once. The wire on the edge of the frames is so edgy, and I love, love love it.

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Pro-tip: If you guys are looking for some comfortable, black, strappy AND edgy wedges/heels, then go buy a pair from Strut. They have the best shoes that are both gorgeous and comfy. Beauty isn’t always pain, ladies!

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Because of the keyhole design on the front of this dress, I chose a long statement necklace so as not to distract from the pattern and gorgeous cutout. I also chose a complimentary gold clutch to match.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this little Spring Break lookbook Strut and I put together for you guys! I had so much fun, and a big thanks to Strut for having some fun with me. I do have a little surprise for you guys, too.

I want you guys to be able to pick out a little something for Spring Break, on me. So, I’m doing a giveaway for a $50 gift card to Strut clothing store! It could be something you saw and loved here or anything else you like from the store. To enter for a chance to win, follow these steps :

1. Follow me on Instagram: @studdedcollar

2. Follow Strut on Instagram: @strutonbishop

3. Subscribe to The Studded Collar via email

Click the link below to enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The contest starts Monday (2/29) and ends (3/7), so enter NOW while you can! (: Good luck, have fun, and I hope you guys have the absolute best Spring Break. Until next time babes,

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Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

March Lovelies

Hi everyone!

Well, it’s been settled- I’m an awful person. I’m sorry, I just… give me a minute.

Ok. I’m back.

I know I promised to do monthly lovelies every month, but here we are, on April Fool’s Day, the first of the month, and I skipped my February lovelies. I’m sorry everyone. I wish it were an April Fool’s joke, but this is the hard cold truth…

But we can’t cry over spilled milk, right? We just need to clean up and move on… to my MARCH LOVELIES!

*P.S- I’m doing a different format than January’s post, but let me know which you like better: the images made on Polyvore, or my own photos? Or possibly a mix of both? Just tell me what you’d like to see (:

Gel Nail Polish

This is was my first gel manicure- got them done for my birthday and absolutely loved them!

This is was my first gel manicure- got them done for my birthday and absolutely loved them!

The story behind me getting a gel manicure is actually a funny not-so-funny story… I decided to experiment with stick on nails the day of my sixteenth birthday party. Of course, as all last minute tasks end, it was a disaster. The tips of my fingers were coated in the stinky adhesive and I was about to have a hernia at the thought of my nails being amputated on my birthday. My sweet mother calmed me down and booked a last-minute-rush nail appointment with her nail tech and she worked her magic! My nails looked gorgeous, and the polish lasted and shone for a good 2 1/2 weeks! (Until I managed to pick it all away due to nerves… of course I would manage to do that…) If you want a mani that lasts, go for the gel! Note to all: STEER CLEAR OF STICK ONS!

Rose Gold Jewelry

I have a necklace like this, but rather than an infinity symbol, it's a jewel encrusted cross

I have a necklace like this, but rather than an infinity symbol, it’s a jewel encrusted cross

I’ve always preferred silver jewelry, but one of my best friends bought a rose gold necklace for me as a 16th birthday gift, and I’ve loved Rose Gold ever since. I’ll post a picture of it in my birthday haul, but it looks like the necklace above, but the infinity sign is replaced with a horizontal cross. It has little diamonds on it, and is strung onto a rose gold chain. I absolutely love it and I wear it every day. I know most believe that gold is an outdated colour, but look closely– honey, that’s not gold. It has a rosy tint to make the yellow tones less harsh. This modernizes the material and it’s just as popular as silver.

Colour Smart: If you have fair skin or even an olive tone, this will look best on you as opposed to silver. You’re tone will look warmer and more vibrant.

Wristlets/Money Purses

I actually have this same wristlet... sorry the picture isn't as artsy :-/ #ohwell

I actually have this same wristlet… sorry the picture isn’t as artsy :-/ #ohwell

I just recently got two wristlets, and I usually don’t use them because I prefer crossbodies, standard purses, or totes- they’re practical, stylish, and carry everything I need! I will admit, though, that I’ve been using the wristlets a lot, especially to school. Carrying a tote or any other large purse with a backpack and other miscellaneous items is not that easy… They’re really great to hold my keys, various cards, cash, etc. and they have just as much style as the next bag! I recommend this mainly to students because we are constantly on the go, and when you are going out more leisurely, then grab that handbag and work it, darling!

Nail Polish

When my nails are on point, my life is on point. Enough said.

When my nails are on point, my life is on point. Enough said.

No one wants to walk around naked. Well, neither do my nails. I must always have my nails done, and if they aren’t done, then I feel like a part of me is missing. If you’re laughing to yourself alone in your room right now at the fact that this crazy British girl thinks her nails are naked when they’re not done, then stop. Right now. It’s a serious matter. Anyway, I’ve been trying some different colours that I wouldn’t normally use, like Metro Chic (a gray colour) by Sephora, and I’ve been loving them. I just love how my nails look once they have a fresh coat of nail polish, because when they’re done, I have my whole life together. Same goes for my hair. Moving on.

8tracks

It's like Pandora and Spotify combined. It's magic, pretty much.

It’s like Pandora and Spotify combined. It’s magic, pretty much.

Alright, here is a non-beauty/fashion related lovely- 8tracks! I’ve been using it for a while now, but I just recently got really into it. Basically, it’s a free internet music radio service in which you select a mood, genre, or artist, and it will generate/ pull up playlists that match your selections! When using it on the computer, you can have up to three selections, and on your phone you have only two. Depending on how you look at it, that could be a pro or a con. To me, it doesn’t ever matter because, I kid you not, the accuracy of the music they pull for you is incredible! If you’re happy and want to get pumped in the morning, they have the perfect playlist for you. The best part- you can create your own playlists with the music you want. Add some tags depending on the feel of your mix, and others can listen to it! It’s truly amazing, but don’t take my work for it, try it for yourself!

Flappy Birds

 

No description can do this game justice. You could say we have a love/hate relationship.

No description can do this game justice. You could say we have a love/hate relationship.

I have no description for this but that this game… has truly tested my emotions. All I ask is that you don’t judge me because I know we have all been emotionally invested in this game at one point or another.

 

Well, those are all of my Monthly Lovelies for March! If you guys have any of the same favourite items, or want to share yours with me, please feel free to comment down below! I promise I’ll post more regularly from now on (both in the Monthly Lovelies and everything else, haha) Don’t forget to check out all of my social media, you can find them under “Contact Me” in the Menu Bar! Until next time, my loves…

Stay Fab,

Gigi xx.

January Lovlies

Hey everyone, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

This is my first post in my Monthly Lovelies Series, and I know it’s coming two days too late, but better late than never, yeah?

The first month of the New Year brought me new things to start absolutely L.O.V.I.N.G. Of course, I just have to share them with you!

Favorite Baby Lip Flavors

 

I don’t think I have come across someone yet who doesn’t like chapstick. It’s hydrating, it makes your lips feel good… what more could you ask for? Well, ladies, if you like chapstick, you will LOVE Baby Lips. It’s basically like chapstick, but it’s instantly hydrating, and, wait for it… it acts just like a lip stain or lip gloss!! There are clear options, of course. If you’re looking to add some color to your lips, though, as well as hydration, then Baby Lips is for you! I use Baby Lips, and within a week of using it, my lips were noticeably softer.

Favourite Mascara, January

 

My number one makeup piece that I could never live without is mascara. My mum bought this for me last month and asked me to try it, and boy did I see instant results! The mascara really lives up to it’s name. I usually apply two coats of mascara (for good measure), and with this, I only needed one. My eyelashes are pretty long compared to the average lash length, and this lengthened and thickened my lashes. I highly recommend this for anyone looking to lengthen their lashes!

My favorite app right now!

 

Ok, if being addicted to Polyvore is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Polyvore is an amazing website that allows you to put together high quality images of outfits, home decor sets, and more. When I say high quality, I mean High-Def. HD. Almost real. It’s amazing.  (I actually made these images on Polyvore!) In addition, you can search and shop for apparel, shoes, beauty products and more from all of your favourite stores in one place! Membership is absolutely free, as well as their iPhone app. You can check out my Polyvore account @thestuddedcollar. I’ll be doing some contests there, so be sure to check it out!

My loves, Infinity Scarves

 

Infinity scarves are absolutely amazing. It’s the classic scarf revolutionized. I’ve been wearing these so much during these winter months. If you know England, then you know our cold, dreary, and rainy weather. I despise the cold with a burning passion, (if laughed at that unintentional oxymoron, I applaud you) so I wear these often. Their so cute, and I just… gah I just love them. Cream an maroon are my favourite colors for them… I have too many of them to be honest….

Favourite Shoes of January

 

BOOOOOOOTS boots boots boots boots boots boots boots. I think you get the point.

I’ll be honest, wearing leather riding boots is not easy in a frequently rainy country, but I’m Gigi Parrington… I find a way.

Go to Cable Knit Sweater

 

Last, but certainly not least, cable knit sweaters. I mentioned these in my Back To School bit earlier last year, but I fell in love with them more recently. I’ve worn these with leggings, jeans, trousers, skirts, anything. They’re so warm and vintage but so stylish.

 

There you have it, my 6 January Lovelies! I’ll be back at the end of the month with my February lovelies, and I can’t wait to share them with you! I think I’ll do a contest with this for February…

In the mean time, comment below what you were raving about last month! I’d love to know and learn about some new things to try (: Check out my Polyvore, Instagram, Twitter and other social media to keep up with me. Until next time my darlings…

Stay Fab,

Gigi xx.

Let’s Go On An Adventure

Hello everyone!
The other day I was a little bored, so I went on my Polyvore account which I hadn’t touched for 8 months (note that I made the account 8 months ago…). Let’s just say it would be an understatement for me to say I’ve been hooked on it!
I was intending on making a separate post about my new found Polyvore love, but I connected my Poly account to my blog, so this is coming a bit early…
Anyway, I’m going to write more about Polyvore in my next entry, but if you don’t know what on earth I’m rambling about, Polyvore is a fashion website on which you can create ‘sets’ of different outfits, room settings, beauty collections, anything of the like! You can also browse clothing, beauty, and home decor items in their “shop” section. I love this because it’s all of the fun of browsing your favorite stores but in one, convenient location! And it’s great for putting together outfits, and getting inspiration for making your own.
This explosive floral concoction you see below is my entry for a Polyvore contest. I’m part of a group called Serene, and the owner is hosting a contest for which we must make a floral inspired outfit. This is my first entry, and I’m about to make some more because I find this one a little busy… tell me what you think of it in the comments! I love getting feedback (:
If you have a Polyvore account, follow me and check out my sets! My user is @thestuddedcollar. If you don’t have a Polyvore, I command you to open a new tab on you’re computer, go to the Polyvore website, and make an account right this instant. I mean it. Right now.
If you like any of the items below, their names and stores are listed below the set. Hope you like it! Until next time, loves…
Stay Fab,
Gigi xx.Let's Go On An Adventure

Rag Bone crop shirt
rag-bone.com

Sandals
forever21.com

Lipsy tan cross body purse
$81 – lipsy.co.uk

Marc Jacobs daisy perfume
$49 – escentual.com

Hi I live in the UK as well and I know that most schools wear uniforms, so I was wondering how this would help me? I know some schools get rid of the uniform when you reach sixth form. Are you in sixth form? Where are you from in England? – Gemma Anne

Hey girls!

Yesterday, I received some questions, and this one stood out to me…

“Hi I live in the UK as well and I know that most schools wear uniforms, so I was wondering how this would help me? I know some schools get rid of the uniform when you reach sixth form. Are you in sixth form? Where are you from in England?”  – Gemma Anne

First off, congrats to Gemma Anne; you’re the first to have your question answered in ‘Ask Gigi’! Well, to answer your question, I live in Reading, Berkshire. It’s about an hour from London. I’m not in sixth form quite yet, I’m fifteen going on sixteen this academic year, so I’m in Year 11.

A picture from when I went to Forbury Gardens in Reading, Berkshire

A picture from when I went to Forbury Gardens in Reading, Berkshire.

My school wears uniforms as well, so I can’t always wear the outfits, clothes, and other items that I discuss during the week (unless we have a free dress day.) However, the trends, outfits, accessories, styles, and others of the like that I post here can be worn outside of school! Don’t think that, for instance, clothes I talk about in a Back to School segment are for school alone. Feel free, as I do, to rock these looks out of school. At an athletic match, out with friends, to grab a bite, and anywhere you feel is appropriate for you! In short, these articles can help inspire your fashion choices, and guide you to what to wear during every season and for particular types of occasions! (:

If you want your own question to be featured and answered here, follow me on twitter (@studdedcollar), on Instagram (@studdedcollar) or like my Facebook page! (The Studded Collar) You can post your questions there for me to see. In the meantime ladies…

Stay Fab,

Gigi xx