Give me a Full Ballerina Skirt and a Hint of Saloon

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Mix prints and fabrications to create the ultimate carefree outfit! Keep the waist accentuated with a cropped blazer to avoid looking boxy. Add a pop of sparkle as a finishing touch for an effortless, “threw it on,” look.

Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Top: Pacsun
Blazer: Charlotte Russe
Booties: Charlotte Russe

Fist Party

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A fun way to accessorize any outfit as quickly as possible is through statement jewelry; One or two pieces that speak for themselves, as well as the entire outfit. Rings aren’t typically the first accessory we picture when thinking of statement jewelry. However, they can play up any other accessory. A simple gold charm necklace stands
out even more with a chunky bauble ring.

Above are my recent purchases. I stumbled upon this fun crystal piece, which really adds a fun twist to whatever I’m wearing, at Forever 21
for only 6$! Same with the set of dainty gold knuckle rings. Only $5 at Forever 21, these little guys draw attention instantly! And as a bonus, they make your mani look fabulous!

OOTD

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I love wearing a nice, classy, J.crew-esque outfit! Here I paired a gemstone clad sweatshirt with boyfriend fit chinos. I added a sequined collar dickey (not shown) and gemstone flats to add more feminine flair! Super comfy and chic.

Embellished Crew Neck Sweatshirt: Forever 21
Embellished Flats: Forever 21
Boyfriend Fit Chinos: American Eagle

Clear as Crystal

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A huge trend we are going to be seeing hit stores this spring/summer is lucite accents. The best way to incorporate this trend in everyday outfits is through accessories. Rocking a full vinyl skirt or jacket might be a little too over the top for most people so try jewelry, purses or shoes first!

Clear bracelets detailed with gemstones are a great way to modernize a sleek ensemble. Same with clear cuffs and chunky rings. The bracelets above are also mixed with antique gold metals, tying in the Art Deco trend that is popular.

Lucite footwear is another way to wear this fun fad. Clear details like the ankle straps, embellishments or heels can really update and transform your look. The heels above from Forever 21 feature black pleather ankle straps along with a clear plastic foot strap, accompanied by the chunky lucite heel. The black pleather keeps the overall shoe balanced. Too much lucite will send the wrong message and could be mistaken for a different kind of footwear, if you know what I mean!

As long as you keep it basic and sleek, you can’t go wrong with clear accessories. A little goes a long way and with this trend it’s safe to say less is more!

Sprinkles & Splatter: Nail Art at Home

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If you’re a fan of nail art and follow countless nail accounts on Instagram, you’ve seen the crazy cool nail polishes from various Etsy shops. Nail sprinkles are one of the latest nail trends and the quickest way to get a chic manicure in minutes! Its equivalent to nail confetti in a bottle, coming in all shapes, colors, and sizes.

I follow MrsLochness on Instagram and one of her posts featured this nail polish! I’ve been searching for a sprinkley nail polish that’s available anywhere besides Etsy, and when I noticed the bottle said Hard Candy, I knew I could find it at Walmart.

This nail polish, “Black Tie Optional,” is the absolute perfect finishing touch to any basic manicure and it’s totally on trend with its black and white color palette. What’s even better is that it’s a matte confetti so it has a unique paint splatter effect! It’s also not super base heavy like most glitter polishes, so it goes on thin and dries almost instantly. Try it on pastels for the best contrast and watch your mani transform!

The “It” Heel

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Target is one of my favorite places to shop, they always have interesting things you never expect to find. Well, when I saw a preview of the Prabal Gurung line that was going to be featured, I knew I had to have these heels! They are inspired by a ghilley, an Irish dance shoe. They are chic, trendy, and modern; a perfect finishing touch to any ensemble! Right now they are on clearance for 27$, so grab your own pair quick! They’re sure to be your go-to heels this spring and summer.

Just Like Lana

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Today I decided to channel my inner Lana Del Rey with a retro inspired outfit for work. I went with floral leggings, a chartreuse crew neck sweater, basic black ballet flats, and topped it off with a floral headband and cat eye sunglasses and eyeliner. Very simple and basic, yet classic and chic. You can also take it a step further with red lips and stiletto nails for a non-work look!

My Latest Finds

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Some of my favorite pieces I have are cheap thrills I’ve stumbled upon at Plato’s Closet. You can really find crazy bargains that have been reduced over 50% from their original retail price. My latest trip there brought me to these two treasures; a Candie’s blazer and Asos top.

The blazer is faux satin with the perfect floral print for spring. Printed blazers are going to be a huge trend this season and I definitely snatched this up the second I saw it, and for 8$ how could I say no?! The Asos top is tweed in the front and black fleece in the back. It has faux leather and chiffon cuffs and collar, with a gold zipper going down center back. It was too unique to put back, and only 12$! Tweed is always in style and this top is going to be a great transitional piece from winter to spring here in temperamental Buffalo.

I definitely recommend you try Plato’s Closet BEFORE you hit the mall with your tax return or latest paycheck. You definitely will not be leaving empty handed!

Tech Pet

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I enjoy making the most of my iPhone cases, as some of you my previously have noticed. Well I’ve been searching for iPhone cases with tails, and I happened to stumble across this black cat case with not only a furry tail, but ears too! It was a steal, 6$ on eBay! Gotta love it.

The Foolproof Ombré Mani

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I have tried countless times to do the infamous ombré manicure and have failed horribly. Until today. After reading so many tutorials on using a damp makeup sponge, and layering color upon color at once, I figured something wasn’t right: the moisture level!

Here’s what you’ll need: a clear coat, 3 nail polish colors and one makeup sponge.

1) Start with your base cost. After it dries, choose one of three colors and paint both hands. LET IT DRY COMPLETELY!

2) After, choose your second color and paint a small section of one side of your DRY makeup sponge. Dab the sponge halfway down each of your nails. It’s okay if it’s a little messy.

3) Repeat step 2 with your third color, dabbing onto the tip of your nails. Let the colors set.

4) Now step 4 is very important because it will blend your ombré manicure. If you did steps 1-3 correctly, your nails will look like very bright, blunt stripes. Take your makeup sponge and rip it in half, creating a textured edge! Simply repeat steps 2 and 3 but using the bumpy, textured side of the sponge. This should make your mani look like a continuous gradient.

5) Finish it off with a clear top coat, and make sure to leave plenty of dry time!