#FestiveCheer: Cranberry Margarita Recipe

❤ By Jenn Shin

You guys… 2016 is almost over! Luckily, we still have the holiday season, so spice things up for Thanksgiving and Christmas with this festive take on a familiar summer drink: the Margarita! We took elements of a classic margarita and added a fall-inspired touch with the addition of sweet and tart cranberry juice.

Our local stores aren’t stocking fresh cranberries just yet, but we think they’d make the perfect garnish if you have some on hand. All you have to do is shake and serve it straight, or have it on the rocks like we did. Give this incredibly easy recipe a whirl and let us know what you think in the comments!

What You’ll Need: 

  • 2 cups silver tequila
  • 1 1/3 cups cranberry juice
  • 1 cup orange liqueur (Grand Marnier or Cointreau)
  • 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

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What You’ll Do:

  1. Combine the tequila, cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and lime juice in a large pitcher.
  2. Chill in the refrigerator until it’s time to serve. You can stir ice into the pitcher or shake it with ice and strain into glasses of your choice.
  3. Rim glasses with salt or sugar. Add garnishes of your choice.
  4. Voila!

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Fall Must-Haves: Suede Edition

❤ By Jenn Shin

We have a lot of things on our fall must-have wishlist: cider, pumpkin spice lattes (this blog is a judgment-free zone), cozy coats, fluffy scarves… But anything that is made of suede is right at the top right now! ‘Cause who wouldn’t want a touch of soft, luxurious suede in their closet this season?

And you can wear it a million ways: Try a sleek bodycon dress to mix up your #OOTN, slip on chic pumps for the office or happy hour, grab a 90s-inspired choker, etc. The possibilities are endless! Peep some of our favorite picks below to get started on this trend now…

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#FashionHacks: How To Remove Clothing Stains

❤ By Jenn Shin

Messy eater? Overall klutz? If we could wear bibs 24/7 without looking like toddlers, we would. Basically, we know that feel, so we’re presenting #FashionHacks, the stain removal edition. Those cute duds of yours should stay that way.

Here’s our top tip: do NOT let the stain set! It basically means there’s a chemical interaction and the stain will bond with the fabric fibers. So, don’t apply any kind of direct heat because it will help set the stain. Moving on, here are 10 common stains and how to banish them from your closet…

Get enlightened and shop for clean ‘n crisp white clothing!

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  1. Blood: Got a boo-boo? Riding the crimson wave? (Just keeping it real, ladies.) Rinse the stain in cool water and soak in lukewarm water with detergent for 10 to 15 minutes. Spot treat with an enzyme cleaner and launder as usual.
  2. Lipstick: Oops, you missed the mark? NBD. Try sponging or dabbing rubbing alcohol onto the stain, or spritz with hairspray and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wipe away with a damp cloth.
  3. Coffee: But first, coffee… Minus accidental spills! Blot the stain with cold water using paper towels or a cloth. Pre-treat with detergent. Got an extra stubborn stain? Beat an egg yolk, add a little bit of warm water and a dash of rubbing alcohol, and dab onto the stain.
  4. Tomato Sauce: Mmmm, spaghetti… Oops, dropped a meatball. Dab and blot with a mixture of vinegar and water to help lift the stain.
  5. Mud/Dirt: Having a green thumb and being an outdoor adventure enthusiast is cool. Mud and dirt stains? Not so much. Allow mud to dry and brush it off. Blot the stain with a clean, damp cloth. Flush with cool water. For a strong stain, try rubbing alcohol, then launder.
  6. Foundation: So you had a field day at the makeup counter? Color matching foundation can be a messy business. If you had a little accident, remove foundation by applying shaving cream to the spot and give it a good wash. If it’s an extra-deep stain, you can try an additional dab of rubbing alcohol.
  7. Wine: Wine more, whine less… That’s our motto!
    • Red wine: Pour white wine (ironic, isn’t it?) onto the stain and let it soak. Wash in cold water and ammonia. Rinse thoroughly.
    • White wine: Wash in cold water and ammonia. Rinse thoroughly.
  8. Fake Tanner: Saving yourself UV damage and using fake tanner instead? You go, girl! If you smudged some on your clothes, don’t worry. Dab on peroxide to help the stain lift.
  9. Butter / Cooking Oil: Love to cook and bake? Well, if you dropped butter or cooking oil on yourself, you can remove it with an overnight treatment of baby powder or corn starch to help suck up the grease. Launder as usual.
  10. Perspiration: SoulCycle classes, stressful job interviews, and meeting Chris Hemsworth make us perspire (that’s the ladylike way of saying sweat). Perspiration stains are, like, so persona non grata on our clothes. Try removing the stain with 3 powdered aspirin pills mixed in warm water. Leave the solution on for up to 1 hour and rinse in warm water. Repeat as necessary and follow up with vinegar for some extra stain-fighting power. Launder as usual!

Fall Jackets: To Crop Or Not To Crop

❤ By Jenn Shin

It’s a no-brainer that temperatures will continue to dip, but making that transition in a stylish and comfortable manner can be tricky. When days are temperate but nights are chilly, what’s a girl to do?!

So we decided to investigate fashion bloggers and off-duty models for their street-style-inspired looks to see how they do it. What did we find? They’ve all been gravitating towards cropped bomber jackets and longline toppers! Here’s a round-up of our favorites for your viewing and shopping pleasure…

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Get On Crop: They’re reminiscent of OG pilot jackets but rendered in fresh new fabrics with a distinctly feminine cropped silhouette (we’re not going for Top Gun over here). Opt for a vibrant jewel tone for a pop of color, or slip on a satiny number with embroidered accents for a Chinoiserie-inspired look. Need something more utilitarian? A chic windbreaker might be up your alley.

 

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Long For It: For gals looking for more coverage, it’s all about creating unique silhouettes – flyaway hems, sailor-inspired details, self-tie sashes, and gorgeous washed denim. Try on a double-breasted duster that can also serve as a cool-girl maxi dress. Or if you’re looking to slay with an hourglass figure, a cinched denim trench or a tied sleeveless jacket is the perfect choice.

#FallMood: How To Tie A Scarf 3 Ways

❤ By Jenn Shin

We may not be in Westeros, but no one can deny that winter is coming… And when you’re in a rush and it’s freezing outside, the last thing you want to do is struggle with a complicated tutorial. So, here are three super easy ways to zhoosh up your scarf game for the upcoming fall season and beyond!

P.S. If you love the plaid shirt on our model, you can get it here!

Slay your fall fashion game with our chic scarves!

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1. The Loop

This is as foolproof as it gets. Fold your scarf in half and drape it around your neck. Pull the ends through the loop. Ta-da!

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2. The Twist

Okay, let’s take it up a notch! Drape a scarf around your neck with two-thirds of it hanging on one side. Gently twist the longer end of the scarf and keep wrapping it around your neck. Repeat with the shorter end. Tuck in the ends for a tidy look or leave them free.

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3. The Pretzel

Start by wrapping a long scarf around your neck. Layer one end over the neck loop and pull it through the opening. Repeat with the other end. Voila!

Into The Blue: Fall Denim Round-Up

❤ By Jenn Shin

Sure, we’re in the midst of scorching weather now. But before you know it your local Starbucks will break out pumpkin-spice-everything (we ain’t judging), and you’ll be digging out thick sweaters from where they were banished months ago into a wardrobe abyss. To ease you into the transition of fall, here are some of our favorite denim microtrends for end of summer and beyond…

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Dare To Flare: These are not the bell-bottoms your parents sported back in the seventies. They’ve been majorly upgraded with distressed details, patchwork, and chic washes for a distinctively flattering silhouette that goes perfectly with our other favorite trend: chunky heels.

 

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Moto Rider: You don’t need a Harley to appreciate stylish aspects of moto-inspired denim. Show off subtle stitching, sheer insets, and patches for a flirty take on what the boys used to monopolize. Dress them down in rugged booties or polish them up with a pair of sleek heels.

 

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Patch Made In Heaven: In our opinion, patches and denim are the soulmates of the style world. Try a pair of skinny jeans or a vintage-inspired jacket adorned with novelty patches for a laid-back weekend look.

Perfect Pout: DIY Lip Scrub

❤️ By Jenn Shin

Whether it’s a summer heatwave or harsh winter winds, chapped lips can be painful and are never a good look. Maximize the impact of your lip products (especially matte lipstick!) by applying an easy lip scrub. This DIY is done in minutes and gets rid of flakes on dry lips for a baby-smooth pout…

What You’ll Need:

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  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon water

 

What You’ll Do:

Mix coconut oil and honey together. If your coconut oil is solid, pop it in the microwave for five seconds to soften.

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Blend in sugar and water. Then apply on your lips in a gentle circular motion for a few minutes.

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Rinse with warm water, and voila! Soft, smooth lips.

Back 2 School: New Year, New Threads

❤ By Jenn Shin

Sigh. The smell of textbooks, scantron sheets, and fresh pencils. A new school year is just around the corner! Obvi, you’ll need stylish essentials whether you’re starting high school, diving into a college semester, or finishing up post-grad work. Peep some of our back-to-school faves below…

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Transitional Toppers: We’re in that weird pre-Fall season where days are warm but nights are cooling down. Layer on a lightweight topper for air-conditioned classrooms and evening activities.

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Carried Away: Notebooks, textbooks, pens, and tablets all need a chic and organized home away from home. Try an oversized tote bag or a vegan leather backpack that takes your bag game to the next level.

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It’s A Shoe-In: Keep it casual in classic canvas tennis shoes or amp up your sneaker game with the addition of a creeper-inspired flatform. Unless you’re more of a boot girl? Try grungy combat boots instead! Or chunky Chelsea booties for mod-inspired flair.

Through Thick & Thin: Chunky Heels

❤️ By Jenn Shin

You guys have probably seen chunky heels dominating fashion blogs lately. Why? Well, stilettos are great and all, but a chunky heel is so sturdy and supportive (just like a significant other). Plus, you still get #LegsForDays without the discomfort. What’s not to like? Check out two outfits below for inspiration on how to style chunky heels for day or night!

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Day Tripper: The dog days of summer call for a chambray off-shoulder dress to catch every stray breeze. Stash all of your essentials in a pastel crossbody bag for easy access and don’t forget sunglasses for UV protection. Last but not least, throw on some chunky lace-up booties for a chic lift to this look.

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Evening Date: Tired of the usual LWD? Switch things up with a caged bodysuit and shorts with a sheer, maxi-length overlay. Stow essentials in a chic – and totally adorable – kitty clutch for a hint of whimsy. And add a statement necklace and sleek, minimalistic chunky heels for a stunning #OOTN.

#Trendspotting: So Tie-Dye For

❤️ By Jenn Shin

You guys all know how cyclical fashion trends can be. Well, tie-dye has been around for decades (those vintage hippies though), but we think you should take it to the next level. Refine your tie-dye game with these upgraded picks for a thoroughly modernized, haute hippie look. Here are some of our favorite styles that incorporate tie-dye with modern flair…

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From left to right: Island Sunset Tie-Dye High-Low Dress, Smock Value Tie-Dye Strapless Dress, Wave To Go Tie-Dye Lace-Up Dress

Bohemian Dreamin’ Dresses: Nothing says laid-back like a soft, stretchy dress that features some of our favorite trend elements – like a high-low silhouette, a lace-up neckline, and a flyaway handkerchief hem. Pair these dresses with your favorite strappy heels or throw on a pair of slide sandals for an #OOTD that looks like you stepped right off of a beach.

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From left to right: One With Nature Tie-Dye Set, Comes In Waves Tie-Dye Set, Beach Please Two-Piece Tie-Dye Dress

Mix ‘N Match Two-Piece Sets: Trust us – you’ll get so much bang for your buck with these sets. Just swap out the separates to inject an appealing dose of boho style into any look or wear them together for an eye-catching statement. We’d pair these pieces with gladiator sandals or 70s-inspired platform heels and wedges!

Summer Treat: DIY Watermelon Popsicles

❤️ By Jenn Shin

No one wants to mess with a complicated dish during a heatwave. Try this foolproof recipe to create a refreshing, healthy, and delicious popsicle. If you’re feeling adventurous, we’d recommend a few of the following additions: mint, fruit chunks, and (for 21+ readers) vodka!

What You’ll Need:

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  • 1 pound watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Water or fruit juice
  • A blender
  • Popsicle molds

What You’ll Do:

1. Slice the watermelon into small chunks (discarding the rind), and put them in a blender with the sugar and lime juice.

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2. Process until smooth, adding enough water (or fruit juice) so that the mixture liquefies. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.

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3. Voila… A frozen treat!

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Wanderlust: 5 Stylish Road Trip Essentials

❤️ By Jenn Shin

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Let’s be real. The summer season and road trips go together like peas and carrots. It could be something as simple as a daytrip to the beach with your squad, or as complicated as a long-haul drive cross-country. Either way, the highway is open for adventures.

But the most important part of all is deciding what to pack. In our opinion, dressing for a road trip is all about wearing threads that are breathable. Luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. So, make a playlist and get ready to sit shotgun and navigate because here are five style essentials we always pack on a road trip!

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Flats + Sandals: The last thing anyone wants to do on a road trip is fuss with heels and enclosed shoes with lots of closures. Easy flats, slide sandals, and elastic sandals make it a cinch to exit the car for roadside photo ops and bathroom breaks.

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Backpacks + Carryalls: You’ll have to stow all of your snacks, iPad, and sunscreen somewhere! Keep your hands free for short adventures with a functional backpack or use a carryall to tote everything plus the kitchen sink.

Stretchy Bottoms: Constricting denim shorts and hours spent in a car? It’s not an ideal combo. Wear stretchy knit shorts as a flattering and comfy alternative instead.

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Light Jacket: Nights out on an epic road trip call for a light jacket as temperatures cool. Try everything from a dressy lace moto jacket to a re-purposed button-up shirt as an extra layer.

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Sunnies: Last, but definitely not least, you’ll need a pair of sunnies. Whether you’re driving or chilling in the passenger seat, you’ll need to keep your eyes stylishly protected from the sun’s glare.

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Steals Under $20: Summer Edition!

❤️ By Jenn Shin

Carefree summers are all about going on road trips and music festivals, which of course requires major dinero. If you’re saving up, don’t let a budget hold you back from building a sweet summer wardrobe. You can save moola while you spend with our under-$20 steals! Stay cool and look cool in these inexpensive picks. Check out some of our faves below…

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Nothing says summer like #LegsForDays! Show off your curves and beat the heat in stretchy, lightweight minidresses that range from vintage-inspired off-shoulder necklines to beachy tie-dye.

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A summer adventure wouldn’t be complete without appropriate shoes. Keep it clean and classic in pristine white sneakers or play up your latest pedi in strappy sandals and throwback-inspired jelly flip-flops!

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Greet your new swim staples for lazy beach days and pool parties. Pack sunscreen and a guilty pleasure read into a big tote and prepare for major relaxation. Done playing in the water? Just throw your wet swimwear into a water-resistant pouch!

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Write On: Easy DIY Marbled Paper

❤️ By Jenn Shin

Marbling paper with nail polish? We were skeptics until we tried it. Luckily, it’s a total cinch to achieve beautiful swirling patterns on your stationery. You know, to upgrade your thank you notes to the next level. Keep reading to try this foolproof and totally addicting DIY!

What You’ll Need:

  • An old cake pan
  • 2-3 nail polishes
  • Toothpicks or skewers
  • Blank, heavyweight notecards
  • Paper towels

What You’ll Do:

1. Find an old cake pan or dish that’s larger than your stationery. Fill it with one or two inches of water. Prepare paper towels for holding the wet cards.

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2. Shake up your nail polishes and drizzle a little of each polish into the water.

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3. Quickly drag a toothpick or skewer back and forth to create swirls. (Don’t wait too long! The nail polish will start to set on the surface of the water and can become a sticky mess.)

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4. Start dipping your paper into the water immediately. Submerge it for only a second, then put it face up on a paper towel and blot. Repeat with as many notecards as possible. FYI, your first notecard will be the most pigmented!

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5. Sandwich the damp notecards between paper towels and leave under a stack of books to prevent warping. Voila, simple handmade stationery!

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New Classics: Stripes Forever

❤️ By Jenn Shin

Here’s a quick history lesson: Breton French sailors originally wore stripes to stand out against waves in case they went overboard. As a result, Coco Chanel designed stripes into her nautical line…almost a hundred years ago! This only further confirms our opinion that stripes are a timeless classic that can be worn again and again for various occasions and events.

We obviously love stripes too, so today we’ve styled this tried-and-true pattern into outfits appropriate for the office, nights out, and everything in between!

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Work-Work-Working Woman: Working hard doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style! Look cute, office-appropriate, and on point for Casual Friday in this crisp, vibrant skirt and a light, airy chiffon blouse perfect for hot, humid weather. Stow all of your essentials in a classic black wallet and a fun mini backpack. Finish off the look with a modern drop necklace and summery, chunky-heeled sandals.

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Daily Day Trip: Leisurely brunches, shopping, and running errands call for a grounded outfit high on style. A stretchy, off-shoulder dress is set off by comfortable and functional lace-up, block-heeled sandals. Add a beaded boho cuff and throw on retro-inspired sunglasses for extra UV protection. All you have to do is load your must-haves into a tasseled clutch, and you’re good to go!

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Rock Your Body: Wow your squad for the next #GNO (trust us — they’ll be asking to borrow everything) in a sheer, striped bodysuit which is tucked into a sexy black skirt with laddered cut-outs for a sliver of skin. Keep your essentials handy in a chic, structured clutch and make a statement in oversized hoop earrings. Complete this white haute look with alluring lace-up heels!

#Trendspotting: Insta-Chic Off-Shoulder Looks

❤️ By Jenn Shin

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Beach Bike Ride

Here’s some advice… Ditch everyone who’s walking and get a sweet beach cruiser instead! Stay comfortable as you take in the sights in broken-in, distressed denim shorts paired with a Breton-inspired, striped off-shoulder top. Protect your skin with a stylish and super functional woven straw hat and add modern jelly sandals that are sand-and-water-friendly.

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Ladies’ Day Out

Finally. You and your lady friends all made room in your schedules for a day of mimosas, brunch, and shopping. An all-day event like that calls for an easy romper with a collarbone-baring, off-shoulder neckline and chunky platforms that you can walk in for miles (at the mall). Stow your cards and phone in a hands-free crossbody, and slip on a sleek gold collar to finish off the look.

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Garden Party

If you happen to be attending a garden party, graduation party, or shower, this cool, comfortable, and flirty look is perfect. Lightweight chambray doesn’t weigh down a voluminous skirt which matches an equally chic, ruffled, off-the-shoulder top. Stay grounded in cognac chunky heels which won’t sink into a grassy lawn. Add a gleaming statement cuff and earrings, and you’re all set!

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#Trendspotting: Patch Made In Heaven

❤️ By Jenn Shin

If you grew up as a child of the 90s, then this throwback trend of pins ‘n patches will definitely give you some major feels. What’s the best part? You get to show off your interests, hobbies, and fave pop culture references. And there are no rules! Go ahead and add as many patches and pins as you like to your favorite canvas for a totally customized look.

We styled some of our favorites (food + cute animals = win) on a classic black denim jacket to pair with just about anything and everything. How should you wear it? We’d throw the upgraded jacket over a distressed white tee for a casual #OOTD.

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Love these super cute pins and patches? Check out our picks to start on your own masterpiece!

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One & Done: One Romper From Day To Night

❤️ By Jenn Shin

Honestly, what’s not to like about a romper? You don’t have to mix or match separates, they’re super versatile, and they conveniently keep everything covered in one fell swoop. You can be lazy and stylish… Now that’s what we’re talking about! And since we love it so much, we thought we’d show you two transitional day-to-night outfits using one single date-worthy romper.

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Day Tripper

So you’ve got a casual day date with your bae? Then you need a comfy but super cute outfit. Dress down this sleek romper with a minimal necklace and two-tone sandals which still bring a touch of glam with sparkling faux jewels. A chic mini bag is perfect for carrying all of your essentials, and keep oversized sunglasses handy just in case this daytrip takes place in full sun.

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Hot Evening Date

You both swiped right, but this is your first date night? Wow your match in an easy and super sleek romper. Dress up this chic, simple one-piece with a sparkly statement necklace. Keep your hands free for cocktails and stow your wallet, lipstick, and compact in a quilted purse. Finish off your glam look with legs that look a mile long in hot lace-up heels.

It’s A Shoe-In: Block Heels

❤️ By Jenn Shin

Let’s face it – not a lot of people voluntarily wear stilettos to a late morning brunch. But block heels? We’re so sold. They’re, dare we say it, “sensible” yet stylish and suitable for the office, date night, and everything in between. For our feet’s sake we’re hoping this trend sticks around for a long time. Check out some of our faves below…

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Fringe Fabulous

Fringe may have once been associated with your favorite Western, but we love to wear these heels with denim cut-offs and a cool cropped tank for the perfect boho-inspired look. As an added bonus, these are comfy enough for any festival!

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Laced The Test

If you combine two of Spring’s biggest trends (lace-up everything and chunky heels), you’ll find yourself wearing covetable shoes that everyone will lust after. Pair them with cropped jeans and an off-the-shoulder top for a cool vibe borrowed from Brigitte Bardot.

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Buckle Up

Buckle yourself into these babies for a chic upgrade from your gladiator sandals. They have just the right amount of height which makes them versatile enough for a fun daytrip, running errands, or a casual date night in your favorite shift dress.

#WorkFlow: Cork & Fabric Mousepad DIY

❤️ By Jenn Shin

It’s possible we may have been using a boring, ergonomic mousepad… Yawn. (Don’t judge us, okay?) So we decided it was time for an upgrade. This ridiculously simple DIY is the easiest way to dress up your desk with something fresh and chic!

What You’ll Need:

  • Cork tile
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Mod Podge
  • Fray Check (optional)
  • Foam brush
  • X-Acto knife or razor

What You’ll Do:

  1. Trim the cork into your shape of choice (we used a 9″ x 7″ piece).

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2. When cutting your fabric, leave approximately one or two inches of clearance.

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3. Glue the fabric to the cork base with a thin layer of Mod Podge using the foam brush. (Caution: A heavy application of Mod Podge could bleed through a thin fabric.)

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4. Place a piece of plastic on top of the fabric and weigh down the mousepad with a heavy book. Allow to dry completely (we left it overnight).

5. Run your razor around the edges to trim off excess fabric. Seal sides with Mod Podge or Fray Check to prevent threads from coming loose.

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And voila! An easy mousepad that can be customized to fit any mood or theme.

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Nailed It: Easy Try-Angles DIY Mani

❤️ By Jenn Shin

If you’ve been hemorrhaging your cash flow to a profesh nail tech every month, give your bank account a break and try this nail art DIY at home. The best part about this tutorial? You can customize it with any color or texture combo.

What You’ll Need:

  • Base coat
  • Two nail polish colors of your choice (We used Essie’s “Beyond Cozy” and China Glaze’s “For Audrey”)
  • Washi or painter’s tape
  • Scissors
  • Top coat

What You’ll Do:

1. Sweep on a thin base coat and apply two coats of a dense, finely-milled glitter polish starting at the cuticle. Let it dry completely.

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2. Cut tiny triangles out of washi or painter’s tape. Place the tape over your cuticle and smooth out air bubbles for tight, clean edges.

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3. Paint on two coats of your favorite opaque nail polish. Peel off the tape before the polish completely dries to avoid tacky strings and uneven edges.

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4. Swipe on a top coat for a flawless finish.

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And there you have it – the perfect pastel mani for Easter! (Chocolate bunny not included.)

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Coachella 2016: Good Girl Gone Bad

❤️ By Jenn Shin

Let’s be honest… As much as we’d love to wear sweatpants to one of the biggest music festivals of the year (so comfy, right?), we know it’d be social suicide. Luckily, looking great for Coachella doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are two super easy looks that cater to your sweet or edgy side.

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Sweet Boho Girl

This flirty #OOTD is a perfect mixture of boho-meets-the-nineties in cool, refreshing spring hues. Throw on a woven hat for daytime desert temps and swap it out at dusk for a pretty floral head chain. Stay organized with a super chic crossbody and you’ll be set to dance the day away in festival-appropriate fringe sandals.

Fringe Sandals White Crochet Shorts Sunglasses Image Map Flower Head Chain Crochet Fedora Hat Mint Crop Top Blush Crossbody Bag Gold Bracelets

Edgy Moto Girl

If you’re a biker girl at heart, then these va-va-vroom pieces are just what you need! Nineties sunglasses and a faux leather visor will keep harmful UV rays at bay, while moto booties guarantee comfy tootsies for a long day spent in front of stages. What’s the best part? This entire outfit can be remixed throughout the summer to come.

 

Cropped Tank Distressed Denim Shorts Sunglasses Black Booties Image Map Red Bandana Scarf Faux Leather Visor Silver Bracelets

Word Up: DIY Letter Bobby Pins

❤️ By Jenn Shin

Dying to say something? Spell it out on a hair accessory!

What You’ll Need:

  • Bobby pins or hair clips
  • Thin cardboard
  • Nail polish
  • Alphabet pasta
  • Tweezers
  • Glue

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What You’ll Do:

Slide your bobby pins onto the cardboard and paint them with nail polish. (We did two coats.) While those dry, find your pasta letters so they’re ready to go.

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Add a small amount of glue to the back of each letter and apply the alphabet pasta with tweezers. Brush the letters with a thin coat of polish and touch up any spots on the pin.

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Let everything set for a few hours… And that’s it! As Ina would say, how easy was that?

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