Leather Weather: Where to get this season’s most popular jacket style!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! One thing I love about Thanksgiving is that as soon as its over, my family starts decorating our house and tree for Christmas, which reminds me that there is colder weather ahead! One of the trickiest things about living in the Bay Area (San Francisco) is that we have cold weather but nothing compared to freezing temperatures and snow. This means that you have to find an awkward medium of dressing warm but not going crazy with the ski jackets and snow boots. So, for anyone who deals with cold weather this winter, a sturdy jacket is a necessity! Leather jackets have always been popular but have always had an association with riding a motorcycle or being tough. However, anyone who’s worn a leather jacket knows that nothing can make you feel as confident as rocking a stylish leather jacket. Now, so many stores are coming out with cute but trendy leather jackets that are changing the dynamic of this old time style. While these jackets may make you feel like a T-Bird from Grease, they will make you look as flawless and confident as a Pink Lady. Some great stores to check out if you LOVE this style is Topshop, Forever 21, Anthropologie, Zara, and Lulus.

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this post!

~Olivia Marie

Fall’17 Biggest Trend!: Embroidered Ankle Boots

Every year comes with new trends, and this year sure has a host of them. When I was younger, I used to wonder what would be iconic outfits to our decade, just as there are staples to the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and many others. Even though I’m not sure if this trend will be making the history books, it definitely blown up this fall as most stores carry these types of boots. They are so fun because they can make any outfit colorful and are nothing like the boots most of us are used to wearing. So, after seeing these boots pop up all over social media and Pinterest, I knew I had to check them out. After doing some research, I learned that almost every store I went to carried boots that were similar to each other. Whether they were knock offs or high-end brands, I personally thought that you couldn’t even tell the difference, which is another great thing about these shoes! I was able to round-up some of my favorites with the help of Shop Style Collective, and have provided all of the links down below. Make sure you check them out if you are interested, all of them are great shoes and come in a variety of price ranges so anyone can steal this look! These embroidered calf boots are sure to turn heads! I made a picture collage down below for some inspiration, along with a list of stores on where to buy these and the exact links to these boots in the Shop Style Collective widget at the bottom!

Stores:

  • Lulus
  • Forever 21
  • DSW
  • Bloomingdales
  • ASOS
  • Free People
  • Nordstroms

I hope you guys enjoyed that!
~Olivia Marie

Unique Hairstyles to Spice up Fall

Fall is in full swing almost everywhere, with the exception of California. With a few cold days here and there, California weather is still set to summer. Regardless, we are still shopping for fall essentials and prepping for winter, while enjoying our last couple of sunny days. With clothes the main focus of wardrobe and style necessities for fall, I realized that rarely do people ever talk about the change in hairstyles based on the season. We all change up our hair depending on the weather and season, so today I have brought you some great new looks to spice up your fall wardrobe. These are perfect for just everyday or even Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is usually classified into the “holiday season,” which I love, but I find that there is a big difference in Thanksgiving and Christmas style. So for the next couple of posts, I will be focusing on and highlighting the unique style that shines through during the season of giving thanks. Not to mention we have to squeeze in our last couple of weeks of fall colors before shifting over to darker hues. Scroll down for inspiration picks and hairstyle tips!

Fall Hair Trends and Tips:

  • Bandanas!: Bandanas were everywhere over the summer, but just because its fall, doesn’t mean you have to put them away! I loved wearing bandanas to hold my hair back in the summer heat, but by buying bandanas and scarfs with warmer tones and fall patterns, they can be easily wrapped around a bun, ponytail, or used as a headband through fall.
  • Braids: Braids are nothing new and I’m not one to do really complicated looking braids on a daily basis or even when I’m not attending a nice event. I like simple and effortless hairstyles that have a little something unique to them. So when I saw the photos of just simple differences in the way people pulled their hair back into a braid, I knew I had to try it. Another tip is to get inspired from the 70’s and do two small braids on each side.
  • Flips: I always have loved flipping my hair into a quick little bun, but I never realized that simply parting my hair in the middle and smoothing the sides down, I could transform the hairstyle into something that looked more formal.

 

I hope you guys enjoyed that post and that it inspired you to get creative with your hair for fall!

~Olivia Marie

Fall Trends & Essentials

Hey guys! Sorry its been such a long time since my last post, senior year is one of the busiest years of high school yet! Regardless, fall is upon us and I wanted to share my perspective on the upcoming fall trends and essentials before we are in the fully in the middle of the season. I live in California and it hasn’t gotten cold here yet, but I know some places are starting to get cooler weather every day. I worked with Shop Style Collective again, to bring you all of the best places to purchase the trends and essentials I will talk about!

Trends/Essentials:

Fall Trends:

  • Burgundy booties= I have seen these all over Pinterest and I’m sure they will be a great statement piece for fall!
  • Sophisticated watches= When I think of fall, one of the things I think of is sophisticated style. What’s a better way to say goodbye to summer and hello to workdays and school days, than getting a watch that will keep you on time and stylish. Down below in the widget links through Shop Style Collective, you guys can see one of my favorite watch brands call Olivia Burton. They have some of the most unique but mature watches at a reasonable price.
  • Layering= Although this is something most people already do just for warmth, layering for style is something that I wouldn’t be surprised by this fall and winter. Purposefully trying to show different fabric materials and patterns is one of my favorite looks! One thing I’m super excited to try is a turtleneck or long sleeve under a slip dress.
  • Low buns= High messy buns are still one of my favorite hairstyles, but a low and simple bun looks very sleek and effortless.
  • Turtle necks= I have always loved turtle necks and they are one of those fall and winter looks that never goes out of style.
  • Neutral totes= Neutral is obviously great because it goes with anything, especially with darker and lighter fall colors such as black, burgundy, and grey, or beige, white, and tan.
  • Fall hats= I have never worn a fall hat but I love summer hats and have been actively looking for a cute wool hat. Fall is a great time to wear them because it’s not winter yet.
  • Orange coats= Orange is so colorful and works for almost any season during the year. Fall can sometimes be sad because it has a less colorful color scheme. Who says color can’t be incorporated into fall? If you are looking for a pop of color or fun, some good colors that would still work for fall would be hints of yellow, light pink, orange, light blue, lavender, and magenta.
  • Tortoise shell sunglasses= These are great for anytime of the year but especially for fall because the tortoise shell goes so easily with anything and everything.
  • Over the knee boots= I have always wanted a pair of these and I finally found a pair that I loved. Personally, I like the black the best but any color is super cute and perfect for fall. I know these were big last year but they are still super stylish!

Want to find where you can buy these trends? CLICK ON THE ITEM FOR THE DIRECT LINK!

Shop Style Collective Widget:

I hope you guys enjoyed that post! I also hope you are all also having a wonderful school year or work year thus far!

~Olivia Marie

How To Stack Jewelry

Hey guys! I’ve been noticing a lot of jewelry pictures on Pinterest lately, and thought it was a perfect opportunity to do another post dedicated to jewelry. A lot of times my friends will tell me that my set of bracelets look really good together. It got me thinking what the best tips and strategies helped in deciding how jewelry should be stacked and layered so that it didn’t look clustered and knotted, and so that it still showcases each individual piece.

Tips:

  • Mix silver and gold. The silver next to the gold create a nice contrast that brightens each bracelet or necklace.
  • Specifically for necklaces, I think the best piece of advice would be to stack statement pieces with larger necklaces, and smaller necklaces with small necklaces. Stacking a small necklace with a large necklace will only make the small get tangled and lost.
  • Throw in a watch. It’s not only practical but also mixes up the tones of the bracelet stack.
  • Create different sizes. Unless they are bangles, stacking the same bracelet in different colors doesn’t really create shape difference or compliment each other nicely.

I know this post was on the shorter version but I hope it was helpful and fun to read!!

~Olivia Marie

Travel Guide: New Orleans🐊

Hey guys! About two weeks ago I went with my school on a service trip to New Orleans, through Rustic Pathways. Both the school and Rustic Pathways did a great job planning and organizing the trip, we all had the best time. We went over our February break (ski week), with the purpose of rebuilding homes that were damaged in Hurricane Katrina. We met the most amazing people who were warm, welcoming, and most of all felt blessed, even after everything they had been through. We spent 40 hours rebuilding two homes and it was great to actually be able to see improvement. With all the work came super fun nights that were spent with the best team we could have asked for. The fact that 8 girls went on the trip was a total coincidence but all of us had so much fun shopping and singing whenever we could. I could go on and on about the amazing service we did for the people there but it would take an entire blog post just to fill that up so I will get straight to the tips!

Tips:

  • Go when it is warm! It is definitely humid so spring is the perfect time to go. Having good weather makes all the difference.
  • Jazz! Jazz is a huge part of New Orleans culture and their are lots of jazz clubs all over the city.
  • The French Quarter: We spent all day here and didn’t get bored once. The architecture is amazing and so is the food. Not to mention the incredible shopping and Hurricane Katrina museum.
  • Food: New Orleans has great food and the French Quarter is the best place to find the traditional southern restaurants. Make sure to try jumbalaya, gumbo, pralines, po-boys, beignets, red beans and rice, and fried seafood!
  • Mardi Gras: If you can, try to go during Mardi Gras. We were lucky enough to be there and experience the festivities while we were there. We must have gone to at least 3 different parades. The best part of the parades is being able to catch the free beads they throw your way so put your hands up and eyes open!
  • Cafe Du Monde: This was definitely something that our entire group was looking forward to. Mostly because of the delicious beignets and partially because we saw it on The Bachelor, haha. But if you walk down the street from the cafe they have a super cute gift shop where I spent most of my money.
  • Airboat Rides; This was probably one of the most fun things we did on the trip. Its best to go at sunset because of the great view but make sure you wear a jacket for when it gets dark! Plus if you go at night, the alligators eyes light up and they are super easy to spot.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post on NOLA! I love making these travel guides for you!

~Olivia Marie💜💚💛

Your Mockup: Assignment 

     Hey guys! Another assignment post for you here today from Teen Vogue and Parsons. For this assignment we had to create a mockup bag from our previous ideas. I really like the idea of experimenting with colors so I used pink and green. I used this straw canvas material that was a little hard to see but I made it work by lining the inside. As the bag is mostly green, I added a medium sized pink pocket in the middle to bring in dimension and also act as a confident place to store things. Since one of the sides is green, I made the other side pink to give the bag more of a creative edge. I folded the handles in half to create a sturdy handle and sewed up on the corners of the bag to create s more rounded shape. The bag definitely needs some work but I thought this was a good first attempt! 

Thanks guys for rewarding! I hope you enjoy reading my short assignment posts to keep up with my course. Only a couple more assignments to go and then I’m done! 

~Olivia Marie💚💗