Back to School Cool.

Back to School
For me, the Back to School season didn’t end when I graduated from college. I took a job in retail, so this time of year has turned into something way more hectic than it used to be when I casually perused the aisles of Office Max in search of some freshly colored writing utensils. (Gel pens, anyone?) But even now, as an adult and a student only of life, when August quickly creeps in to signify the end of summer, something in me still feels the need to shop like I used to when I was heading back to school.
 
So, in the spirit of Back to School, I’ve compiled a list of my August must-haves.
 
1. Ray-Ban Aviator Gradient. Aviator sunglasses are a classic that will never go out of style. The gold metal goes perfectly with every summer tan.
 
2. Birkenstocks are back! I’m loving the Gizeh sandals in Antique Lace. These lightweight and versatile sandals are perfect for any casual occasion, and – let’s be honest – a more comfortable sandal doesn’t exist.
 
3. In my opinion, the most beautiful time of year is when the leaves begin to change to those beautiful fall colors. Urban Outfitter’s Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera is like a modern Polaroid camera that produces crisp images instantly! Shoot away!
 
4. Fruit-flavored beers are pretty hit-or-miss, but I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about the 21st Amendment Brewery’s Hell or High Watermelon wheat beer.
 
5. Be the hostess with the mostest with Uncommon Good’s Slate Lazy Susan! Serve your friends and family your favorite snacks, and use the chalk to leave little details about how best to enjoy them!
 
6. Fight away evil spirits with this Evil Eye ring from Bauble Bar. Not to mention, it’s simple and stunningly glam. (And only $24!)
 
7. If philanthropy is your thing, get your morning buzz on with the help of Toms Certified Organic Single-Origin Peru coffee. Peruvian coffees are known for their gentle sweetness and creamy body, so this is a brew that every coffee-lover will enjoy. Bonus? With every bag of coffee you purchase, Toms will give one week of clean water to a person in need.
 
8. Dress up your phone for the season with this Mint Floral Rifle phone case!
 
9. The Inspired Home is a book that highlights the homes of renowned aesthetes, and shows how simple and intentional home decor gives a sense of life to these living spaces. Give your home a simple make-under based the inspiring photos found in this book.
 
10.  Transition from summer to fall in this your new go-to LBD. The Mock Neck Kate dress is effortlessly cool, and – with just a few layers – can last you all year round.
 
What are your Back to School must-haves?

Vested Interest

90s style is back and it’s better than ever. From hi-rise to overalls, from crop tops to fringe, this spring season is sure to take you back to your grunge-loving days. My personal favorite full-circle trend: Vests.

Oversized denim, vegan leather and army green vests are making statements throughout the fashion world. Designers like Rebecca Taylor, Suno and Peter Som made vests a focal point during New York Fashion Week. Recently, celebs from around the world joined in the City of Lights for Paris Fashion Week, and lo-and-behold, so many of them were sporting their favorite vests!

So, get in on the trend! Make any dress a little more casual by adding on a denim vest, or dress up a basic shorts and tee look with the addition of a vegan leather vest. But remember: let the vest be the focal point! Keep the rest of your look neutral, so your style can shine!

Take a look at some of my favorite looks!

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Fall From A-Z.

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Easy as A, B, C: here are some of my favorite things for fall!

  • Wear your American pride on your sleeve with red, white & blue fashion pieces.  They’re in style even when it’s not the 4th of July.
  • School is back in session, but backpacks aren’t just for students.  Sport this trendy bag every day with plenty of room for all of your essentials.
  • Keep your outfit casual with a dash of camo.
  • See something you love?  With a little love and elbow grease, you can do it yourself.
  • Emerald is one of the most popular colors of the season.  You’ll be seeing it everywhere, so be sure to stock up on accessories or staple pieces in this color.
  • Grunge is huge for fall, so grab your boyfriend or brother’s flannel and you’ll be looking like a 90s babe in no time!
  • Metallics are always in style, but I’ve recently found myself in a committed relationship with gold.
  • Mix and match his & hers menswear for the hottest trend of the season.
  • Use Instagram for to show off pictures of your Pumpkin Spice Latte and the changing colors of the leaves.
  • Check out one of my favorite bloggers: www.sincerelyjules.com.
  • Cozy up with some casual hi-top kicks this fall.
  • It’s fall, and romance is in the air.  Keep the things you love close to your heart in a feminine locket.
  • The best toothpaste I’ve ever used: Marvis.
  • Experimenting with nail art is a subtle, yet fun way to accessorize an outfit, a season, or a mood.
  • After the age of 10, I never thought I would own a pair of overalls, but they are back, and better than ever.
  • The Yinzer in me can’t enough of those Pittsburgh Pirates!
  • Quiet time is always good for the soul, and this time of the year makes it easy to waste a day reading outside in the cool breeze.
  • Matte or glossy, red lips are here to stay.
  • This is my favorite time of year for the warm comfort of a Starbucks coffee.  Pumpkin Spice Latte, anyone?
  • Turquoise has been and always will be my favorite gemstone.
  • Recently, I did a bridal photo shoot with some of the most talented women in Pittsburgh, one of the dresses I wore was by designer, UPoppy.
  • Make sure you check out my favorite vintage shop, Charlie Ford.
  • It’s always the right time for wine.
  • If ever there was a season that embodies xstreme sports, it’s fall.  Varsity jackets have quickly become popular, and don’t they just remind you of your high school days?  (Okay, so maybe those sports weren’t really extreme.)
  • The label formerly known as YSL delivered some of this fall’s most stunning runway looks.
  • It’s a zoo out there, so rock your zebra, leopard, and snakeskin prints like you’re the queen of the land.

Festival Fashion.

Festival fashion has been on the tip of every fashionista’s tongue this summer. I’m obviously a little late to the party, but tonight’s Mumford & Sons concert has put me in the spirit! Check out some of the best looks for the music-lover in you.

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PS: Take a peek at my favorite Mumford & Sons music video.

Sweetest Styles of the VMAs

I have to admit, I have never watched the VMAs.  In fact, these days, I generally write off anything that MTV produces as a waste of time.  Besides, I am way too emotionally invested in Breaking Bad, so I didn’t even consider swapping out an evening with Heisenberg to watch an awards show in honor of music videos I probably have never seen.  However, since the VMAs aired last night, every form of social media has been blowing up with chatter about a certain ex-Disney star, and a certain fabulous 90s boy band.  My interest piqued, so I watched a 20-minute recap of the show… and that was all I needed to affirm my decision not to tune in, but quite a few fabulous outfits caught my eye.  Check out some of my favorite looks.

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And let’s be honest.  The ‘NSync reunion made my inner-child jump with joy (even though I was always more of a Backstreet Boys fan).

2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Show

Miley Cyrus, on the other hand, made me cringe.  Oh, girl.

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