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

Sunny Days and an Endless Summer

Happy Tuesday, friends! Welcome to another Studded Collar article where we shall experience another excerpt from my style journey. (:

We are now in the heart of summer, and it’s crazy to think that I am already half way through my summer break! I have been out, about, and on the run ever since I was let out for summer break, and now that I’m approaching the halfway mark, I’m realizing how much I’m wishing for an endless summer. I thought it would be nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle to take a trip to the park for a little bit. Plus, it was such a great excuse to wear my new Ray-Ban glasses from Ditto!

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Dress: H&M | Shoes: Target | Sunglasses: RayBan c/o Ditto

Photography: Rachel Brown

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For those of you who don’t know, DITTO is an online eyewear store that is unlike any other. They sell prescription glasses and sunglasses, but to take things to the next level, you can virtually try on any of their glasses on their website! Yes, you did read that correctly. To learn more, check out more information here about their revolutionary store.

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DITTO has a great program going on right now called Endless Eyewear that you absolutely have to try. When you become a member of this program, you can order any pair of sunglasses that you want from their website and keep it for as long as you want. Then, when you’re tired of that pair of sunnies, just order another pair from DITTO and send back your initial pair of sunglasses when you receive the new one. It’s that simple! You can swap out the glasses as frequently as you please, and the best part is that you can do this and get gorgeous designer glasses for just $19 a month! How amazing is that? It gets even better, darlings.

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I want to treat you guys because I love you so much, so go ahead and try out the Endless Eyewear program and your first month is on me. (: Click here to sign up and use the promo code STUDDEDCOLLAR to get your first month free! You can buy and swap as many cute sunnies as you want to for free during the first month that you’re signed up. Any pair/s and as many swaps as you want. No strings attached and no catch. Our summer may not be endless, but the number of sunglasses you could get when you sign up for DITTO’s Endless Eyewear definitely is endless! 

I hope you all are enjoying your summer to the fullest and making every moment count. I love you guys lots and lots, and until next time…
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Kay B xx.

Land of the Free

Happy Friday Eve (aka Thursday), darlings! I hope July is off to a great start for you all.

This weekend, July kicks off with fun and celebration with friends and family. Whether you’re heading out to the lake, going to a backyard barbecue, or just hanging around town with friends, 4th of July weekend is a fun time with loved ones and a great excuse to throw some patriotic spirit and festivity into your outfit!

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Top: Forever 21 | Shorts: Dailylook | Shoes: Converse | Belt: Cotton On | Bracelet: Anthropologie | Sunnies: Forever 21

 

What I’ve found to be a common occurrence in the past is that of some people wearing extreme outfits in which it could be assumed that they bought a flag and made a dress of it, or wearing red, white, and blue in overwhelming ways. That got me to thinking, and I realized that there are more flattering ways to wear the patriotic colors without looking like Betsy Ross passionately put your outfit together and still maintaining the fun vibes. I thought it would be fun to share a casual and cute outfit idea for the 4th of July that incorporates the red, white, and blue while looking cool and ever so American. (:

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Just admiring some imaginary fireworks then laughing as I remember it’s daytime and it’s not the 4th of July just yet… (:
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This outfit is perfect for celebrating the 4th and hanging out with friends and family. The boxy, blue and white, striped crop is a great compliment to the white, distressed, high-waisted shorts and balances out the color. Not only do the colors look great, but the wide and boxy top and cinched waist of the shorts will make your waist look a lot smaller! The horizontal stripes are also very flattering.

By the way, can we take notice of the fact that white converse already have all the U.S. colors? Simple and cute… I like it!

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Now, let’s talk makeup!

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Because my top is already so dark and I decided to sport a bold red lip, I opted for an overall softer eye and naturally blushed cheeks. I used a medium gold shadow on my lid, a rosy red on the outer half of my lid, and then a medium brown in my crease for definition. I lined my eyelids with the black liquid liner “Stiletto” by Maybelline and defined my lashes by using Maybelline’s Falsies Colossal Cat Eyes mascara. To add a light color to my cheeks, I lightly dusted a warm, rosy blush with tan undertones onto the apples of my cheeks.

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Wearing red lipstick is a great way to bolden your makeup look as well as tie your patriotic look together.

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“OMG I love America!!!”

Well, my loves, there you have it! I hope you all liked this outfit and that it gave you guys some ideas for your own ensemble on the 4th of July! I really love this look, and it’s so great for watching fireworks with friends, chilling out at the lake, or just having backyard fun with the family. If you guys want to share your 4th of July outfits with me, tweet me pictures because I’d love to see them! Just tag me (@StuddedCollar) in your pictures and I’ll retweet some of them. While you’re at it, check out my Instagram and my Facebook page! I’m always super active on Instagram and Twitter, so follow me to keep up with the adventures!

Also, a huge shoutout and an even bigger thank you to my friend, Rachel for taking these awesome photos. Check out her instagram here!

Remember to have fun, stay safe, and always, always, always…
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Stay Fab,

Kay B xx.

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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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