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!

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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

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.

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.

IMG_5850Congratulations to Dr. Nalia Malik, the Rising Star in Beauty…

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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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Next we saw Binzario Couture.IMG_6112 IMG_6163 IMG_6191 IMG_6192 IMG_6227 IMG_6233 IMG_6185 IMG_6189 IMG_6237 IMG_6241 IMG_6244

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.

IMG_6437IMG_6438Allison and Esé showed at NYFW together, pairing Esé’s clothes with Allison’s purses, and they put on quite a show! Check out both of their websites for more details regarding their work and products.

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.