NYFW 2016: Strutting the Streets

Hi there, lovies!

Yes, I’m back. For those of you who thought that I had died or changed my name and moved to Switzerland, you were very wrong and I’m definitely not in Switzerland. I know I haven’t been on my A-game but I have returned and boy do I have plans for you all this year. So, to catch up on everything that I’ve missed… Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Valentine’s Day. Now, let’s get to work. (:

With the month of February comes the start of Fashion Week season for 2016’s Fall/Winter collections. This past Thursday, New York Fashion Week came to a close and the shows were magnificent. Of course, all the talk surrounding Fashion Week focuses on what’s being displayed on stage, but what about the art that’s being shared off stage?

Think back to Kindergarten art class. You walked into class ready to create the next masterpiece that expresses your young and unique individuality, and you would have it shown in the best museum on earth (your parents’ office or the kitchen fridge.) Each student had their own style of artistry and it was a hodgepodge of greatness. This is basically what street style during fashion week is like. Everyone puts together their unique artistry and shows it off proudly. It’s nothing like you’ve ever seen before and definitely one of my favorite parts of fashion week. Let’s take a look at some of the best, most individual, and one of a kind looks from one of the best runways in the world: the streets of New York.

Captivating Coats

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These coats are proof that you don’t have to conceal your fashionable artistry in the cold. Each makes a statement and immediately captures your attention. I particularly love the colorful, fun fur coats. They’re a great way to spice up a monochrome outfit while staying cozy in the winter weather.

woMENS-wear

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You know what they say- anything men can do, women can do better (most often in heels, too.) These feminine takes on men’s wear are incredibly flattering and elegant. The cream ensemble shows the formal side of feminized men’s wear with a slimming, cuffed pant and a cream blazer with inverted lapels. The other outfit displays more of a comfortable, business casual, yet chic alternative. The boyfriend fit, pinstriped blazer beautifully compliments the dark ensemble as well as the horizontally striped blouse.

Rocking Rainbows

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I simply love these looks and accessories because they brighten up the streets beautifully. Yes, some of the outfits have different colors in various pieces, and yes, some have chosen to wear one bright color according to the color of their hair, but it works! The trick? One item has the color focus. For instance, in this last photo, the dress has the color focus because it is the largest piece and is predominantly white and sky blue. The other pieces are simply ornaments on this fashion tree and they all marry with the color scheme.

Playful Patterns

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These patterns are a great way to ease into a bold style and they don’t draw too much attention away from the outfit as a whole or, more importantly, you! The key is to put your pattern focus on one item and let the other clothing articles work with your patterned clothing of choice. Above all, have fun with it!

Terrific Textures

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Textures area perfect way to liven up any outfit. They immediately add dimension, depth, and edge to any outfit and turns your ensemble around entirely. I love this netted, black skirt paired with a black and white, houndstooth sweater with fur trim. Though there are several textures and patterns, it’s not too busy and still looks incredibly put together. This is because there is one color scheme and the shapes and textures are all geometric.

Ladies in Color

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These looks are so sleek and I love that one color is the focus in these looks. It’s simple, yet each outfit has a different design that takes a solid color to a whole new level. Some people fear monochrome outfits because they may tend to look boring and one-dimensional. These are some solid examples that disprove this idea. Yes, it’s possible to look like a sheet of construction paper, but if you choose one color and piece together different items that have their own edge, you will come together with an edgy look, classy vibe, or whatever you please.

Whenever Fashion Weeks come around, we love to fawn over the designs that grace the runways, but the streets are a runway of their own. I love that there are weeks dedicated to the art of fashion and that everyone is so fearlessly themselves. I hope you all enjoyed these looks, and let me know which style was your favorite! I love the textures and monochrome maybe I’ll try to combine the two soon. (: I’ll be writing again soon, so don’t stray too far, my darlings!

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

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Back to School Haul!

Hello, friends!

It’s that time of year again… that time that gives us a mixed stew of feelings. You guessed it, folks-

Back. To. School.

But hey, let’s not think of it as the end, but rather, the beginning of an exciting new season! With this exciting new season comes new school supplies, and I am excited to share with you my Back to School Haul!

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For those of you who don’t know, I attend a school that requires us to wear uniforms, so I doubt you want to see the slew of Uber-cute plaid skirts and button downs I bought. Instead, I’ll be showing you some cute supplies I bought to be 100% ready for the new year!

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First, I bought this bright pink backpack by JanSport from Academy. I have the same one in a light blue color, but I wanted another one for different days in the week because I have different classes every other day. I really love this color- it’s so fun and pink is my absolute favorite color- and JanSport backpacks are so durable and I can trust it to last throughout the entire year and hold all my books unfailingly (and I have a LOT).

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Next, I have these two 1.5″ binders: One for A day and one for B day. I bought these babies from Target, and as soon as I laid eyes on them, I had to have them. Not only are they designed beautifully, but they are also incredibly durable, which is a winning combination in my book! These solid binders will definitely hold all my folders and papers while I remain stylishly organized. (:

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Also from Target are these super cute notebooks by Five Star. I have always bought Five Star notebooks, but in solid colors. My dad actually pointed the patterned books out to me, and I decided to switch up my selection this year. There were so many fun pattern options and I selected these nine for my nine classes.

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These three notebooks are my favorite ones. Which notebooks do you like best? Tell me in the comments below!

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I stopped by Barnes and Noble and picked up a few books. These are required for my English class, but they’re all so good, so I thought I’d share them with you all too!

I bought “The Great Gatsby,” “The House on Mango Street,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” and The Crucible.

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Tell me below if you’ve read any of these books, which of these you like best, or any great book suggestions you may have!

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This was probably one of my favorite Back To School purchases- a journal by Tricoastal Designs. They have some really cute journals in various designs that I recommend you take a look at! I take French and am a huge fashion lover ((obviously)), so when I saw this journal, I thought it to be a match destined by God. Honestly though, there’s even a quote I love by the lovely Audrey Hepburn on the front and back, “Some people dream of having a big swimming pool. With me, it’s closets.” ❤

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I am super excited about this purchase for school. It’s totally original and I honestly think I’ll stand out in the classroom with these supplies. I’m so psyched to share that I bought some awesome graph paper AND… wait for it… college-ruled notebook paper. The color really pops, but the simplicity is so chic! I’m really trying to contain my excitement, but I cannot wait to flaunt this at school.

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I bought some sticker labels to label my notebooks, binders, books, etc. I also bought reinforcement labels to strengthen my folders, flashcards for studying, and colored sticker flags for organization. Exciting stuff, I know.

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Finally, I bought some writing and coloring utensils! You can’t start school without them, but you can definitely finish the year with about two. (I know this happens to all of us, let’s be real…) I got some basic black and red pens– I hate blue pens, so I never buy them, ha! – Some number 2 pencils, a pencil sharpener, some highlighters, Crayola markers (because I am a kindergartener), and gold Sharpies. I have all the basic Sharpie colors, but not the metallic gold, so I just had to buy them! Plus, they show up better on darker surfaces, which is super helpful.

That is it for my Back to School Haul! I hope you enjoyed seeing what I bought for the new school year and that if you’re still prepping to resume school, then it gave you some ideas of what to get. I really like all the items I bought, I think they are so cute and portray my style really well- that’s something I love because I wear a uniform. I wish you all a great school year no matter what grade you are starting and keep those positive vibes flowing- you’ll be unstoppable!

P.S- I actually start school tomorrow, so that means you can start looking out for a new post from me every Saturday! I’ll do my very best to post then, and I may do some random posts so keep checking in! I love you all and let’s have a great new school year! ❤

Stay Fab,

Kay B 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.