Christmas Gift Guide for Her + Holiday Giveaway!

 

Happy Holidays, my loves! We have T-minus 6 days until Christmas and I am more than excited! Spending time with family and friends, seeing all the Christmas lights and movies, everything is just so magical at Christmas time. Something that goes into making the season really fun is buying gifts for your family and friends!

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It can be tough to decide what to get for those close to you, especially the ladies in our lives. So, here is a little gift guide to make the gift shopping process a little easier for you all during this exciting, magical season.

1. Kate Spade Goodies

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If you know a lady who loves to write, journal, is hyper-organized, or just loves Kate Spade, then this is the gift for her. I love the polka dot and sparkle designs from Kate Spade for their office collections, especially this Agenda and Pen. Their mugs and phone cases are so cute as well. I don’t know about you, but if someone got me a gift that made my everyday tasks a bit cuter and more fun, I would be quite appreciative. Besides, who says you can’t be chic while jotting down notes, whipping out your phone, or making yourself a nice cup of tea?

2. The Best Albums to Close Out 2014

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Music is a huge part of my life, so I am a bit biased when I include this gift idea in here along with the specific artists like Taylor Swift and Charli XCX. BUT if you’ve got a friend who is always humming a tune or gets lost in the music, get her a few CD’s that speak to her taste! Whether she’s a fanatic for boybands like One Direction or goes crazy for alternative rock groups like Walk the Moon, getting a music CD from her favorite musician(s) is a thoughtful gift. Plus, it means more to get CD’s from groups you know she loves than getting the generic, basic… dare I say it… iTunes gift card. *shudders* (But we all love iTunes, so no one can complain about that gift either (: )

3. Bath and Body Sets

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Another lovely gift idea for your girlfriends and lady-loved ones (I tried… you know what I mean) is a bath and body set! If she likes mysterious yet floral scents, then the BCBGMaxazria Bon Genre 4-Piece Fragrance Gift Set is the perfect gift set. For a cool, wintery scent that is a breeze of crisp air upon opening the package (my inner poet has been unleashed and she can’t be tamed) then the Philosophy Snow Angel Super set is the winning ticket! Finally, Julep has some awesome hand and body lotions, and for a sweet, warm scent that is great to use all year round, purchase the Hands in the Air hand lotion gift set. Honestly, with any of these three, you can’t go wrong!

4. Too Faced Makeup+Brushes

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Not only are makeup sets great Christmas gifts, but they are also awesome stocking stuffers! A brand that I have really started loving recently is Too Faced, and their palettes are just darling! Their new Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette and Beauty Wishes Sweet Kisses Palette are great gifts because 1) the quality of the shadows, bronzers and blushes are amazing, and the colors are dimensional as well as neutral enough to compliment any skin tone! The browns, burgundies, pinks, and shimmers are beautiful for the Christmas season and beyond and are sure to make this lucky gal quite holly and jolly.

5. Sunglasses

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You guys know by now that I absolutely love sunglasses and I find them to be such a cute accessory. Sunglasses would be such a cute Christmas gift, especially as a stocking stuffer. The gorgeous sunnies you see above are from an awesome company called Raen Optics. They have some amazing quality glasses that take sun ray protection to entirely new- and fashion forward- level.

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One of my favorite lenses from Raen is their Remmy Lens. This is Remmy in Crystal and I absolutely love it! It’s nothing like any of the other sunglasses I own and I’m so in love with it. I ordered these from DITTO using their awesome try-on-at-home technology and I was nothing short of impressed. Check out my article about DITTO and their virtual try-on-at-home feature- you’ll be amazed by what you see. Thanks so much for the sunnies, DITTO!

Now, don’t go away just yet! I want to thank you guys so much for all your love and support- that is the greatest Christmas gift you guys could give me! To me, Christmas is more about giving than receiving, so because I love you guys so much, I have a Christmas gift for you- MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!!

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DITTO and I have partnered to give a little Christmas Cheer to one of you lucky readers. One of you will win a $200 gift card to DITTO to spend on any pairs of sunglasses your heart desires! To enter, follow all of the prompts in the Rafflecopter below: (1) Follow DITTO on Insta and Twitter, (2) Follow me on Insta and Twitter, and (3) Subscribe to The Studded Collar. It’s super easy- once you’ve done that through the Rafflecopter below, you’re in the running to win 200 buckaroos for DITTO’s fantastic website. The contest starts NOW and ends on December 27th, next week Saturday.

That’s all from me this evening, my loves. I wish you all a holly, jolly, Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year. I love you all, good luck in the contest, and until next time…

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

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Homecoming Trends 2014 ft. Tootsies

Hello, darlings, Kay B here! I hope you’re all doing well today. (:

As you all may or may not know, I’ve collaborated with Tootsies for an exciting project and I’m so excited to release it to you all right now! I came up with four gorgeous looks showing off different styles using Tootsies’ latest merchandise for…. Homecoming!

For those who don’t know, Tootsies is a gorgeous, high-end, designer clothing store specializing in clothing, jewelry, shoes, and accessories. They have the hottest trends and the best in-store consultants to help make your shopping experience the absolute best. I’m so excited to share these looks with you and I know you must be anxious to see them, so without further ado, let’s get started!

1. Classic

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Dress: Alice and Olivia | Shoes: LK Bennett | Necklace: Ziio | Earrings: Noir | Purse: Franchi

Black and white is a classic, timeless combination when it comes to anything, especially apparel. Instead of going for the “Classic Little Black Dress,” I chose the Little White Dress (with some black detailing). The silhouette of this dress is extremely flattering- the seam right under the bust along with black, lace, triangular cutouts on the side will make your waist appear smaller. I think one of my favorite parts is the high neckline; it allowed me to wear the gorgeous statement necklace by Ziio. Because the ensemble is black and white, I wanted to have some fun with the jewelry, so though this necklace has a tribal feel to it, it’s not too loud and the colors marry gorgeously. I love mixing styles to form a collective theme!

P.S- can we just take a moment to fawn over those shoes? There are no words besides fabulous and flawless to describe these beauties.

2. Glam

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Dress: Parker | Shoes: Pelle Moda | Necklace: Lisa Freede | Earrings: Noir | Purse: Franchi

Now, this look is probably the most fun of the four! I honestly wouldn’t typically go for such a bold look, but once I put it together, I felt so fun and ready to dance the night away. This sequin covered dress really sets itself apart from all others with its symmetrical pattern, flattering cut, and the fact that it is NOT ITCHY. Sequin dresses are notorious for being itchy, but I felt so comfortable. I really like that the dress isn’t extremely short because the sequins and deep-v neckline are already speaking volumes. Remember that if you want a totally bedazzled dress- let it hit you right above your knee or 1.5 inches above- you want to look classy and glamorous!

3. Edgy

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Dress: Alexis | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Earrings: Robert Lee Morris | Cuff: Pilar Olavem | Purse: Franchi

When most people think of an “edgy” style, leather, gold studs, chains, and moto jackets come to mind. However, you can look edgy, classy and formal without all the biker gear! It’s all in the details, darling, because they add up. I went for an all black ensemble with a pop of red in this gorgeous Franchi clutch. I love the gold studs on the clasp that add just enough dimension without overwhelming the whole look. As much as I love this clutch, my favorite aspect of this outfit is the fringe on this flawless Alexis dress. It’s different, adds movement to the straight silhouette, and definitely adds edge without losing any femininity. You see? This outfit is actually pretty simple, but the black, fringe, and red clutch with gold detailing are all you need to rock your Homecoming.

4. Surprise…

Alright. I only intended to make 3 looks for you all, but that’s no fun, right? So I have a fourth “surprise” look to share with you guys….

A jumpsuit!

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Jumpsuit: Black Halo | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Earrings: Claudia Lobao | Cuff: Pilar Olavem | Purse: Whiting Davis

I know. Most- if not all- of you were expecting to see an out of this world dress, a skirt and top combo, or even a maxi dress. A pantsuit? What is this? Well, darlings, it’s fashion, the unexpected, it’s redefining and it’s style. You do not have to wear a dress to homecoming, and you can look just as beautiful, just as feminine, and just as flawless in a gorgeous, well tailored pantsuit like this one. Leave a comment down below and tell me what you think about wearing a pantsuit to Homecoming!

I can not stress how important it is to dress so that your beautiful body is done justice and is well flattered, and in this jumpsuit that was not an issue.  The seam below the chest is well placed and makes my waist narrower and the wide pant leg makes me appear taller and smaller up top. I love the small v cutout along the neckline adding a feminine touch as well as dimension. What I found really unique were the front pockets! Rather than being on the sides which would make my hips look bulky, they were placed at the front of the suit- very well thought out. I went for gold details to compliment this all black ensemble. It makes the outfit look warmer as opposed to silver which would give off a cold vibe.

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I can’t sign off without giving the most massive thank you to my dear friend and talented photographer  for this shoot, Allie Burns. She did an absolutely amazing job with the shoot and delivered photos beyond my expectations. She’s incredibly talented, and if you are looking for a photographer in the Dallas area, contact her!

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A huge thank you to Tootsies as well! I felt like a princess and had an amazing time putting together Homecoming looks for you. I feel so blessed to have received the opportunity to partner with you and look forward to future projects!

As for you darlings, thank you for your immense support. You’ve finally seen the face behind The Studded Collar! Now you know that I am not a robot, but rather a teenage girl with a passion for fashion, writing, and Starbucks.  Now, I want to hear what you have to say about the looks I created! Tell me in the comments and mention which one is your favorite! Also, follow me on Twitter (@StuddedCollar), Instagram (@StuddedCollar) and like my Facebook page (The Studded Collar). Of course, don’t forget to subscribe and go check out the oh, so lovely Tootsies! (www.tootsies.com). I love you loads, and loads, friends.

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

Take Me to The Boardwalk…

Hey, hey, hey, beautiful people! Yes, I am posting yet another throwback Outfit of the Day, but only because this one is incredibly overdue!

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Top and Shorts: Forever 21 Belt: Cotton on Shoes: Converse

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Yes, I am posting yet another throwback Outfit of the Day, but only because this one is incredibly overdue! My family and I went to a cute sea town for the weekend

Over the summer, my family and I went to a cute sea town for the weekend, and I am incredibly in love with this outfit I wore, as well as the gorgeous town. I love this almost vintage, 80’s vibe that this outfit emits. The converse, the light-wash, distressed high-waisted shorts, and the boxy, striped crop top… it all just added up perfectly and in a modern way. The shorts are a lot looser than they look, so they were super comfortable to walk around in.

*Little tip about crop tops, ladies. They’re cute and I love them, but there is a way to wear them while looking youthful and cute AND classy at the same time! Don’t wear them with low rise bottoms depending on how cropped it is. For a good balance, wear mid to high-rise bottoms. It’s classier and a sliver of skin ((ABOVE THE BELLY BUTTON)) is more appealing than your entire midriff.*

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I can’t go without sharing some gorgeous pictures of this gorgeous Seatown!

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This restaurant’s walls were entirely built as an aquarium! Tell me that is not the coolest thing ever. (I didn’t order fish because I didn’t want to offend the little fishies… Fish are friends, not food #Nemo.)

That’s all for today’s Studded Collar Saturday, but before I sign off, I have a little announcement.

I must sincerely apologize to everyone who was looking forward to the Tootsies post for today! We encountered some little bumps in the road, and so the article will have to be released later this weekend. BUT that just means it’s going to feel more fun and more exciting when it comes out, right!! I can’t wait to share it with you and I thank you and love you all for your undying support.

Don’t forget to subscribe, follow me on Twitter, Instagram, like my Facebook, you know the drill (: Until next time, beauties,

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

Summertime Blues

Happy Saturday, everyone!

As promised, I have a new post today for you guys, and it’s the classic Outfit of the Day post. I just finished my first week of my junior year and, honestly, I loved it! The work load has increased, of course, but it was so great to catch up with my friends, meet all my new teachers, and jump right into all the fun the year has in store.

That work load I mentioned has me confined to my room doing homework in my oh, so fashionable Nike shorts and t-shirt, missing the days of summertime freedom. Although I’m loving the year so far, I am feeling a little blue about summer break being over. That said, here is a blue Outfit of the Day throwback to my last day of summer!

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Top: Forever 21

Skirt: Macy’s

Bracelet: Charming Charlie

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I love this bangle bracelet from Charming Charlie. The blue gems accented with gold wiring work beautifully together, and I love that I can wear this bracelet higher on my arm than the typical bracelet or bangle. It adds a simple, subtle, yet unique twist.

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I love this maxi skirt because it’s definitely different from your basic skirt. First, the blue lace overlay is gorgeous with pink and red flowers thrown into the mix. The floral lace with a unique color theme is feminine and fun. Secondly, the fact that the lace overlay is of a maxi cut while the skirt underneath is short so unique! It makes the skirt more casual and makes your legs appear longer as opposed to a solid colored, single-material maxi skirt.

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From the front, this top is a basic cream tee with a little frocket. Then, you take a look at the back and it’s totally made of lace! As you can tell, I really like lace, and I love the variety in this outfit. Do note that it’s possible to have one print and vary its design in different pieces like I did here: I wore a lace skirt and lace backed top, but the laces are in slightly different patterns and colors. Both items still look put-together and simple! Depending on how you style patterns, you can wear any without it looking too busy. (:

I hope you are all enjoying your school year so far, and if you are on a holiday break, then I hope you are treasuring every moment! I may have the summer blues now, but I am honestly so excited for what’s to come this school year. (PS- Check out my last post to see how I prepared for the start of school!) Remember to keep those positive vibes and be the best you possible. (:

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Until next time, my loves,

Stay Fab,

Kay B

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

The “S” Word

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Hello, my darlings,

Yes, as you all know, it’s that time of year again. The summer chapter has come to an end and it is time for the “S” word to re-enter our vocabulary.

That’s right- School.

With the return of School, especially the High kind, comes an incredibly busy schedule. So, unfortunately, I won’t be posting as frequently in the week. Never fear, my lovely readers, for I have a solution!

Now, I have a set schedule for when I will be posting. You can expect a new article from me on Saturdays. You can call them your “Studded Collar Saturdays.” It has a nice ring to it. (: Of course, I may have some quick surprise posts in the middle of the week, so still check in often.

I have some Back to School posts lined up for you guys and some more exciting projects coming this Fall, and I am so thrilled to share them with you all soon! As we bid summer goodbye, we say hello to a bright, new season. Don’t grieve the ending, but celebrate this new beginning! Until next time, lovies…

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

Warby Parker: Waterway Collection 2014

Hello lovelies!

August – the Sunday of summer, the final sip of iced tea, the last head toss toward the sun. Whatever August is to you, it’s here, and things are just heating up so don’t end your poolside staycation just yet; looking at the sun never looked so glamorous.

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I’ve partnered with eyewear company Warby Parker to announce the exciting news of their new line. Let me introduce you to Warby Parker’s Eyewear Waterway Collection 2014. Inspired by warm coastal travels and poolside fun, the Waterway Collection is a breath of fresh air. These 5 styles will have you craving for an excuse to wear them 24/7, I know I’ve already thought of a few!

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1. Percey

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Here’s Percey. He’s versatile as he can be either sunglasses or perscription glasses. No matter the selected use, Percey will make you look trés chic around the clock. I personally love that the frames are clear: Warby Parker has totally modernized a clear frame that can at times be seen as outdated. Percey here looks way ahead of his time and style, and you can too with these sunnies.

2. Welty

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Meet Welty. Welty is dressed in Marine Pebble frames that seem to make beautiful, blue ocean waters and dream filled skies come together. Believe it or not, Welty is a pair of prescription glass frames; who knew that seeing so clearly could look so chic? The frame’s design is similar to that of the tortoise frame style, but what I like best is that it’s not in the dark brown or black color. Rather, it’s in dreamy, light blue hues and it will definitely brighten up your face and make you look captivating!

3. Griffin 

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Now, Griffin is my favorite of the bunch. His whiskey tortoise frame and slightly tinted lenses give him a mysterious yet confident and edgy air. I love that the shape of the frame is a combination of wayfarer, round, and round frames to make it look more unique. Griffin doesn’t need to have a screaming design to stand out in the crowd, so definitely pick him up if you want to look simply outstanding.

4. Bensen

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Bensen. He’s smart, simple, but there are two sides to this fella. The top part of these prescription frames appears black and sleek, but there’s a cool, nearly ombré effect that makes it fade into a crystal blue at the bottom! Who wants basic, solid frames when you can have such chic dimension? If you want some prescription frames that are as unique as your style, check Bensen out!

5. Piper

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Last, but definitely not least, this is Piper! When I first met her, she gave off a very beachy, glamorous vibe. Her frames are in a beautiful Sand Castle color that are slightly translucent but have enough color to have you ache for sand in between your toes. I particularly love that the frames are slightly winged out at the top; it’s a flattering feature for any face! Whether your working on your tan at the beach or taking a day on the town with the girls, you’ll look fabulous with Piper. (And how unique is that color?! *swoon*)

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I don’t know about you, but after seeing this collection I want to take every single one home! I think my favorite part of this whole line is how unique each frame is! Like each person’s style, no frame is the same- it’s unique and makes it’s own statement. That’s what I’m all about, and that’s what fashion is all about! Warby Parker really hit it out of the park with this one.

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The Waterway Collection is out NOW! Go check out the amazing Waterway Collection 2014 online at www.warbyparker.com/sunglasses for their sunnies or http://www.warbyparker.com/eyeglasses for their prescription glasses! You can also check it out at a Warby Parker store and showroom near you! Tell me in the comments which pair of glasses from The Waterway Collection is your favorite! Mine is either Griffin or Piper. (:

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Until next time my darlings,

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go…

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Top: My mother’s closet

Skirt: Forever 21

Necklace and Bracelet: Forever 21

Belt: Dillard’s

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Fun Fact: This is my outfit from yesterday, but my computer crashed so here I am, sharing it with you all today. (:

It was a chill, cloudy day and I didn’t have any plans to step out. But hey, who says you can’t dress up and look nice while kicking it at home with your family? It was a bit chilly, so I opted for a casual three-quarter sleeve top courtesy of my mother’s closet to dress my outfit down a bit.

I really like how simple this outfit is, but then the little details make it unique- the zipper and leather on the skirt, the gold buttons on the top, the tan belt, even the necklace and bracelet add some dimension!

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Sometimes my friends tease me for looking “put-together” and “fancy” at home, but I really like the sweet simplicity of this look! At times it’s fun to be all dressed with nowhere to go… (:

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Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

July Lovelies Haul!

Hey friends, July has come and gone, so normally I’d be sharing my Monthly Lovelies! Wow, where is the summer going? This month is going to be a little bit different… I remembered that I’ve wanted to do a Haul for a while, so here is my July Lovelies Haul, showing you my favorite recent purchases!

Black and Yellow

I wore this outfit to the Aero Now VIP Launch Party, and I’ve been loving these pieces so much.

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1. Yellow Peplum Top with Heart Cutout 100_1873 I love how bright this top is; it just screams, “Summer!” I don’t own a lot of yellow clothing and don’t normally gravitate towards it. However, when I saw this top on the racks in the store, the whole world faded around us and a heavenly light shone down on this blouse. Melodramatic? Maybe a little, but it was love at first sight! 100_1877 100_1875 The quarter sleeves and flattering peplum around the waist are really feminine, and the high neckline is chic while the heart cutout in the back is edgy. To top it all off, this top is so comfortable and versatile- I can wear this top with a pencil skirt or white shorts for the rest of the summer, and then jeans, trousers and boots in the fall!

2. Black Mini Skirt w/ Leather Zipper Detail 100_1881 100_1889 This is the zippered mini skirt that I wore with the peplum top. I bought this skirt not only to wear with my peplum top, but also because I don’t have anything like it. I have a black skater skirt, my go to skirt that marries well with everything, and I needed a black pencil skirt that would be a nicer alternative. I love this piece because the zipper adds some edge and the leather strip contributes dimension. Next on the list, a new Little Black Dress! (: photo (2)

Here’s what the pieces look like when worn together!

3. Floral Skater Skirt

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My favorite skirt is a “skater skirt,” and my favorite print is floral, so if you combine the two, then you have a winning combination made in heaven. I’m so excited to add this to my skirt collection and I think my favorite part of this piece is the print. It’s floral, but it’s not too animated. It has a vintage feel and it’s classy as well as classic.

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Another thing I like about this skirt is the waistband. It’s not very thick, which I like, and it appears to be more flattering that way. It defines my waist well and would look cute with a thin belt. Above all, it’s versatile! This can be translated through so many seasons and styled in so many ways. I can’t wait to get some good use out of this!

3. White Chain Statement Necklace

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This statement necklace is a little different from what I typically go for, but that’s what makes it so appealing to me. I love trying out new things and finding new ways to style my outfits with the little things as well as the major things. Rather than a bib style, this white necklace makes a360-degreee statement with the white and gold geometric design. It’s ultra chic and very classy, so I look forward to styling it!

5. Tortoise Frame Sunglasses

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I am absolutely in love with these sunglasses! I’ve been wanting a new pair of sunnies, and as you may know from my last Monthly Lovelies post, my go to pair has been my aviators. I wanted something different.. bold yet understated, classy yet fun, and totally different from what you see the everyday-typical-teenage-girl wear.

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I spotted these at Love Culture and grabbed the last pair before you could blink. These remind me a lot of Carrie Bradshaw and Anna Wintour somewhat, two of my favorite fashion icons. I really like the tortoise frame, a definite classic, and I’m excited to have a rounded-near-cateye frame in my collection of sunnies.

6. A Little Studded Collar

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I saved this one for last because this was by far the purchase I was most excited about! Ok, story time…

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Now, you all obviously know that the name of my blog is The Studded Collar. Here’s a little fun fact- it’s not because I like Studded Collars (even though I really do like them)! Long story short, I came up with the title by combing two clothing details I love- studs and collars. When I started writing, I realized that I didn’t own any collared shirts with studs on the collar. I’ve been searching for the perfect studded collar shirt every time I’m out at the shops, and I found this classic beauty the other day. Now, Kay B, writer and founder of The Studded Collar, has a studded collar shirt!

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I love the overall versatility of this shirt (seems to be a theme in my purchases…) and the color that compliments my skin nicely. The material is also nice, it feels like chiffon, so it appears very classy and feels very comfy.

There you have it! That’s my July Lovelies Haul, showing my favorite recent purchases for the month. In the comments below tell me what you’re go to piece has been this summer! It can be an accessory, clothing item, anything! Stay tuned for more from me, and in the meantime, darlings…

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx