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

Spring Into It

Hey babes, and Happy Spring!

Sunday was the first day of Spring, my absolute favorite season. It’s a time for new beginnings, the turning of a new leaf, and everything is in full bloom. It’s absolutely beautiful and is a great, fresh start. You know what else has a fresh start? Fashion, of course. Everything is brighter, fresher, and there are so many more styles to explore.

With that, I’d like to share five of my favorite must-have items on my wishlist for the season from a store by same name, Spring. Spring is a fashion forward, online store for men, women, and children. It has items from all of your favorite companies and from cool, new brands that you are yet to discover. All the following items in my spring wishlist are from Spring’s accessories page. Click here to head over and see it all for yourself! A picture is worth a thousand words, so enough of this chit chat- let’s spring into it!

1. Sun’s Out Shades Out

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Boca II in Pink by Illesteva

As the springtime comes, so does the sun! A pair of fun sunglasses are definitely a must-have this season, and I particularly love this pair by Illesteva. As you guys know, I am a sucker for a good pair of sunglasses, especially a funky set of frames. This pair caught my eye because of the gorgeous color. Pink is a color that compliments almost every skin tone, and this set is particularly on trend because it matches the color of the year, Rose Quartz.

2. About Time…

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Classic Sheffield Rose Gold Watch, 36mm by Daniel Wellington

This spring, I’ll be an even bigger advocate for arm candy. A great way to spice up your look without stacking just bracelets is adding a watch- stylish and functional. Daniel Wellington is a brand that I have loved for quite a while and is one that I seem to be seeing around more often as of late. The sleek, simple design is stunning, and is the perfect watch for any occasion. The best part is that the bands are interchangeable. This is what I love the most because DW has several gorgeous bands that can take your watch from simply sophisticated to vibrant and fun without having to change your entire watch itself. Talk about versatility!

3. Sharp Elegance

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Lost Innocence Spike Necklace with Cream Pearls by Joomi Lim

Chokers are a vintage trend that made a comeback last season, but this version of the trend takes this look to a whole new level. I think it’s pretty evident that I love studs and collared shirts given that the name of my blog combines the two details. Now, when you’re able to combine the two or bring them together in some way, you have won the style game in my book. That’s why I love this studded, pearl choker by Joomi Lim. It’s the perfect way to spice up a simple top or add an extra umph to a collared shirt.

3. Bag It Up

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Pashli Medium Satchel in White-Peach by 3.1 Phillip Lim

A purse is definitely a necessity this season, and I think that versatility should be found in anything you wear or use to accessorize your look. This shoulder bag also doubles as a crossbody with an extra long shoulder strap, which allows you to wear it however you choose. This white-peach color is fresh, bright, and airy and compliments both casual and dressy outfits. I love the symmetrical and geometric design of this purse as it adds some edge to an already soft and feminine bag. This purse, and others like it, will be high up on my list for sure.

5. Dawn Your Crown

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Spike Halo by Wren + Glory

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Branch Halo by Wren + Glory

As most of you guys know (or don’t know), I’m a senior in high school. Sometimes, I have days that I wake up and feel super lazy, so I just brush my hair and leave it down, simply, or throw it up in a bun and rush out the door. This spring is a better time than any to spice up any simple hair look with a textured headband, halo, or simple crown such as these by Wren + Glory. I love the elegant yet fun look of these headbands and the various styles that can be made with them.

Well, that’s my Spring Wishlist of must-haves for you guys! I hope you all liked it, and let me know in the poll below which item was your favorite. Also, feel free to share in the comments below what items are on your Spring wishlist either from the store, Spring, for this season, or both! Go on and check out Spring’s Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for more spring inspiration. Thanks so much for reading, and I’ll chat with you guys soon. Until next time…

Stay Fab,

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

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

What to Wear: Wedding Edition

Here comes the bride… all dressed in white!

Wedding season is here and I can practically hear the wedding bells and smell the designer tulle. While I am only sixteen and have quite a while until I’ll be walking down the isle (though that hasn’t stopped me from making some dream plans here or there…), I do have some guidance to offer regarding what to wear to the grand affair.

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Looking at each of these looks, you may have noticed that they all have a bit of a floral, light, and airy theme to them. As I put these together for you, I thought about how weddings are light, bright and beautiful new beginnings, and, in a way, that can translate through fashion and, ultimately, what you wear to a wedding! Spring and Summer are wedding season, after all, so floral and flowy dresses are beyond appropriate.
There is a level of formality that should be met when choosing what to wear to a wedding, and I hope the outfits above give you some guidance. Just a few tips– I personally choose to never wear a pure white outfit to a wedding; that’s the bride’s job (: Also, dresses should be no shorter than 1.5 to 2 inches above the knee (depending on how tall you are).
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Looks 1, 2, and 4 in particular are perfect for outdoor weddings. The style of these dresses is suitable for an indoor and outdoor affair, and the material is less heavy, but light enough for an outdoor wedding.
Which of these ensembles above is your favorite? My faves are looks 1, 2 and 4 above- so cute! If you want to find any of the items in the outfits I put together, then just click the desired image below! My personal faves include the bold blue Steve Madden heels, the cream Nasty Gal crossbody purse, and the Topshop Laura Dress! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, follow my Instagram, Twitter, Polyvore, like me on Facebook, you know the drill! Until next time…
Stay Fab,
Kay B xx.
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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

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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.

The Little Things

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Alright, I have a confession…

I have never used Burt’s Bees lip balm…
UNTIL NOW!

It is, frankly, the best balm I’ve used ever, and this is only my first day using it! Okay, story time~~

I was on my way home from school and I forgot my Chapstick. It’s one of the little things I love and usually have with me. It was cold, my lips were chapped and crying, practically. I cannot STAND chapped lips, so I popped into a little corner store and was looking through lip products. There, I found Burt’s, my new best friend (:

There were so many different scents, but I got the Refreshing Grapefruit, and it smells absolutely divine. My lips are already noticeably smoother, softer and truly refreshed. I can’t stop applying it, it’s that great.

Highly recommend it; if you haven’t tried it, please do and tell me what you think! Until next time…

Stay Fab,
Gigi xx.