Real Life Style #27

Well, it’s been a while hasn’t it? I’m excited to be getting back to Real Life Style posts – and I thought my return to the personal style game would be a great time to share a little bit of my fashion philosophy.

I love a good casual look {even for work!}. Jeans and flats are everyday staples – but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to look polished and well put together. I also like to keep things pretty simple, I wear a lot of classic pieces mixed with a few more trendy items. And when I really love something I hold on to it for a long time.

Today’s look is a perfect example! Jeans, a white button down, and a sweater – dressed up with a statement necklace and paired with loafers and a vintage bag that I’ve had forever!!

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jeans: madewell // top: gap // sweater: banana republic (similar) // shoes: zara (similar) // bag: vintage dooney and burke (also seen here) // ring: madewell (similar) // necklace: similar

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xoxCrissie

*photos by Kelsey Combe

DIY // Neon Rope Necklace

Over the past few weeks I’ve been feeling an urge to be crafty – to do things like buy glue guns and puff-paint. So, over the weekend I indulged my inner DIY-er and ventured to Michael’s in search of a project. Inspired by this necklace I ended up with some pretty beads, silver connectors and a lot of neon pink cord…

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What I used:
Parachute Cord
Connectors
Beads
Needle and Thread
Crimp Closures
Lobster Claw Clasp
3-in-1 Jewelry Pliers

What I did:
I started by measuring out a length of cord and folding it in half. Then I used the pliers to pinch the 2 sides together with a connecter and attached a bead next to it with some thread. I repeated those steps until I had the all the beads I wanted.
To finish I pinched crimp closures onto the ends of the cord and then attached a lobster claw clasp.

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It’s not perfect – but I kind of love it… I also have a lot of left-over parachute cord… which means more projects!!

xoxCrissie

Friday Favorites // Beauty

I’ve never been very picky about beauty products – in fact, most of the time I’m perfectly happy with drug store finds and things I get for free in gift bags. But lately I’ve been exploring a little more, delving into the crazy world of beauty products, I even ventured into Sephora!!!

So – full disclosure – most of my current favorites are still things I found in a drug store or got as a gift… but I’ve been making the effort – that counts right?? 

Let’s start off with the Psssst! Years ago, this was the first dry shampoo I ever used {if you don’t count baby powder…} and every since I’ve been obsessed with dry shampoos. I’ve tried tons of them – but Psssst! is the only one that actually makes my hair feel cleaner. {actually bought this one!}
MAC nail polish. I’m usually an Essie girl, but I love love love this MAC color, Rougemarie. It’s a pretty deep red color which is one of my favorite nail colors in the fall {along with purples!} AND it dries quickly and lasts well – my DIY mani grew out more than it chipped – win! {This one was a gift.} 
 
Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black.  TIP- one does not actually need to roll on their rollerball fragrance. Just a dab will do the trick – full roll and you may knock people out. {Just assuming… Not talking from experience or anything… nope.} It’s a little deeper than my go-to scents, I usually like fresh, light fragrances, but there is something really compelling about Nirvana Black – a blend of Violet, Sandalwood and Vanilla. {I think this was a gift bag treasure, passed along to me by a co-worker!}
 
Urban Decay: Naked Basics. This purchase was a part of my goal to up my eye makeup game. From watching a multitude of YouTube tutorials I learned that just about every beauty vlogger has a Naked palette. Eyeshadow still scares me a little – I’m never sure what to do with all the colors – so I went with the Basic set instead of the full one. It has been great – I can do everyday eyes – and have even attempted a smokey eye look with it!! It is missing a sparkly shadow – so that might have to be my next purchase – any suggestions??

You may have noticed there’s also a candle in this photo – that’s just because I think it looks pretty. It’s a great candle as well, but not related to the beauty theme of this post. So if you want to know more about it go here. ;)

PS – I’m really excited about this post because I made a cool light box to shoot the picture it. My apartment doesn’t get much light – and whenever I tried to take pictures I’d get tons of harsh, ugly shadows. BUT one DIY tutorial later and Ta-Da! Great {well, better} pictures!! 
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Color Crush // Burgundy

Isn’t Fall a wonderful time of year? Cool, crisp days that are still full of sunshine – cozy layers, boots!! And a shift in colors – I’m not just talking the leaves. Fall means we swap out our bright summer colors for the deeper, darker colors of autumn.

Let’s start with burgundy {or wine, ox-blood, berry, merlot, whatever you’d like to call it!} I love this rich shade for Fall, especially layered with neutrals like white, cream and grey.

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How would your wear it?
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xoxCrissie

 

How to Dress // Olivia Palermo

I think it’s fair to say that Olivia Palermo is street style royalty – always looking impossibly chic whenever she’s caught on camera. And coming out of fashion month she’s given us enough stylish snaps to last at least through fall!

Here’s a look I’d love to duplicate – chambray and white with a cute strappy sandal. Would you wear it?

top // sunnies // watch // clutch // skirt // heel 

 

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xoxCrissie

Foodie Fashionista // Kale + Cashmere

Monday’s always bring a few struggles.

Ugh, I have to get out of bed?
What am I going to wear?
Why is my hair doing this weird curl thing?
Why are there so many other people going the same way I’m going???!?!?!
And then the constant struggle – what’s for lunch??

So let’s try something new this week! We’ll start with a little lunch time inspiration, in the form of a fig & beet salad from Five and Spice and let the gorgeous colors guide our sartorial decisions.

Green and brown and gold with a touch of cream? Not a bad look, huh?
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xoxCrissie

How To Dress // Taylor Swift

Here’s the thing – despite the cat and the obvious pumpkin spice latte {so basic} I’m really loving Taylor’s look here. It’s simple, but polished – and the blue/rust color combo is pretty much perfect for fall.
Here’s how to snag her style for yourself {minus the cat…}

blazer // top // bag // pants // booties

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xoxCrissie

Fall Street Style // Grey on Grey

Now that it’s officially Fall (yep, that’s right – it’s FALL) let’s take a little break from Spring trend forecasting and focus on what’s going on right now. It seems that the street style pros have been going grey. Grey on grey on grey.
I’m sort of obsessed with this look… shades monochromatic cozy-ness….perfect for Fall, don’t you think?
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I think I could rock the all grey look pretty much all the time.
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xoxCrissie

Trend Watch SS15 // Check-List

The preppy part of me has always been a huge fan of gingham, so I have to admit, seeing it show up over and over on the Spring runways makes me pretty happy. And it’s more than just the classic gingham pattern that seems to be emerging as a trend, other versions of the checked pattern have been showing up as well – from the more cross-hatched look at Lela Rose, to large scale checks from Oscar de la Renta.

top row: Altuzarra // Lela Rose // DVF
bottom row: Bibhu Mohapatra // Proenza Schouler

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Trend Watch SS15 // No Pants, No Problem

Here’s an interesting look I’ve been seeing pop up over and over on the Spring Runways: the sheer skirt. Sometimes they appear as an overlay to a leotard type look, and sometimes as an extension to an already existing skirt or dress.
Thought this might not be a trend we’ll see everyday on the street, I have a feeling that it’ll be a huge trend come red carpet season!

top row: Lela Rose // Badgley Mischka
bottom row: Monique Lhuillier // Erin Fetherston


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