Piling On The Bling

Layering jewelry has been a fashion practice since ancient times, but the trend has really been taking off recently. I personally love the style. I have always gravitated towards more feminine, delicate looks as opposed to big, bulky pieces. Layers help make what was once reserved and shy into a subtle statement. Why wear one necklace when you can wear three? The secret is making sure that each individual item isn’t over the top on its own, so when they come together they mesh perfectly. Keep scrolling to see what I mean.

Necklaces

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jewelry, layered jewelry

jewelry, layered jewelry

Bracelets

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jewelry, layered jewelry

jewelry, layered jewelry

Rings

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jewelry, layered jewelry

jewelry, layered jewelry

Check out my three favorite places to shop for jewelry right now:

Mejuri // BaubleBar // Sundance

“Jewelry is the most transformative thing you can wear.” —Iris Apfel

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Currently Craving: Hoop Earrings

A good pair of hoop earrings has been on my wish list for the past year. To be honest, I’m one of the only people my age that I know who doesn’t already own any. I feel like hoop earrings are the perfect accessory—they effortlessly dress up any hairstyle or outfit, can make a bold statement or be subtle, and they are always in fashion. It’s taken me a while to buy a pair for myself because I’ve been a bit picky. Having wanted them for so long, I don’t want to be disappointed with the pair I pick! I don’t want them too big or too small, too heavy or too light, and I’m having trouble deciding between white and yellow gold. Check out my list so far, and I’ll be sure to update everyone with my purchase (if and when that ever happens). 

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Off 5th

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Neiman Marcus

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The RealReal

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Net-a-Porter

hoop earrings, jewelry

Neiman Marcus

hoop earrings, jewelry

Luisaviaroma

hoop earrings, jewelry

Off 5th

hoop earrings, jewelry

Off 5th

“Jewelry is a very personal thing…it should tell a story about the person who’s wearing it.” –Garance Doré

Statement Earrings

As Winter starts winding down, I’m beginning to plan for Spring. I have already started coming up with warm weather outfits in my head involving floral prints, cropped jeans, and flowy skirts. Aside from clothing, accessories are also something I enjoy experimenting with each season. There are so many trends to look out for—one of my favorites being statement earrings. I feel like everywhere I turn I notice a different influencer sporting a bold, beautiful piece of jewelry on their ear and I’m eager to join in the fun. Normally, I’m attracted to a simple stud or modest dangle, but in the spirit of Spring, I’m going to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. I love the way a statement earring can make an average outfit pop. If you still don’t believe me, take a look at some inspiring earrings that will make you want to indulge in a new pair or two for yourself.

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Kendra Scott

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Ettika

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Kate Spade

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Kenneth Jay Lane

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Shashi

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Carousel Jewels

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Carousel Jewels

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Goodnight Macaroon

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Kendra Scott

“Jewelry has the power to be this one little thing that can make you feel unique.” –Jennie Kwon

Interview Style

As a recent graduate, I’ve had a lot of practice going on interviews. As usual, one of the most difficult aspects of preparation for me is picking out my outfit. Though this will never be an easy task, I have come up with a few solid guidelines that help make the process a little bit easier. Check them out:

  1. Always dress to project professionalism. Even if the company you are interviewing with prefers a more laid back look, they don’t want you to adapt your style until you’ve gotten the job. For an interview, you actually want to look even a little bit better than you would normally dress for the actual job you are trying to get.
  2. No matter the weather, keep your jacket on. The jacket is a symbol of respect and professionalism. If you are extremely hot, you may ask if they mind if you take it off once you have been seated and introduced.
  3. Wear something you feel great in too. Confidence is key. If your family and friends swear you should wear one thing, but you feel more like yourself in the other, choose the other.
  4. Break in your heels. Especially if you live in a big city. There have been a few times that I bought new shoes for an interview and have ended up in pain because I didn’t realize how far I would have to walk from the parking garage to the building, etc.
  5. Accessories matter. For an interview, jewelry takes a back seat to your outfit. This time, under-do it. Wear studs instead of dangles, limit yourself to two rings, and choose between a modest necklace or bracelet. You don’t want your jewelry to distract from who you are and what you’re saying.

Here are some pieces of interview attire that I love!

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Express

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Topshop

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Alice & Olivia

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Vince Camuto

Slacks, Trousers, interview, professional

W Concept

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W Concept

Blazer, topshop, professional, interview

Topshop

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Express

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Everlane

Cole Haan, heels, professional, interview

Cole Haan

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A New Day

 

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Clarks

Talbots, heels, professional, interview

Talbots

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Etsy

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7 For All Mankind

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Need Supply Co.

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Urban

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W Concept

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Jennifer Meyer

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Loft

Off The Shoulder

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It took me a long time to hop on the Off The Shoulder train. I always assumed I wouldn’t be able pull it off, or that I would need to pull it up every second like with strapless dresses—but I was pleasantly surprised.

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I have found Off The Shoulder dresses to be way more supportive and flattering than strapless dresses. Not to mention, the femininity is effortless.

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I normally don’t wear necklaces, but I love pairing an Off The Shoulder dress with a simple, dainty chain.

urban outfitters Off the shoulder dress, floral, ootd, pink, summer, blogger, fashion, sunglasses, heels, feminine

For those of us who don’t have sculpted upper arms, this cut is perfect. You get to show off what you want, and hide what you don’t.

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This dress in particular is more supportive than most. The elastic in the chest section is perfectly placed, and the scrunched fabric looks cuter on than I had expected.

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Shop my look: Urban Dress/Clarks Shoes/Marc Jacobs Sunglasses/Similar Necklace

Here are some other Off The Shoulder pieces I love:

Off the shoulder dress

Asos $40

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Asos $24

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Revolve $98

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Shopbop $63

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The Choker

Chokers

It’s no secret that chokers have come back in style. Even though all the top supermodels are wearing them, it’s been hard for me to hop back on the 90s train. I think the reason they haven’t resonated with me is because they aren’t a subtle accessory, but rather a statement piece. Until now, that is…

Free People have a wide variety of chokers that are more my style. They are understated and elegant. Here are a just a few chokers from their collection that stood out to me:

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Lana Delicate Chain Choker

Chokers

Mirella Drop Choker

Chokers

Flower Bomb Delicate Choker

“You don’t need to follow trends to be stylish.” Naomie Harris

Reflection

Since it is now 2016, I think it is appropriate to reflect on some of my favorite blog posts–going all the way back to the beginning! I love looking back and seeing how my style has evolved. I’m proud of these looks. This blog has been a wonderful outlet, and I’m so excited for what’s to come!

Happy New Year!!!

Urban Dress

Urban Outfitters Dress

Express Top

Express Top

Zara Heels

Zara Heels

Levi's Jeans

Levi’s Jeans

Urban Outfitters Pants

Urban Outfitters Pants

H&M Jacket

H&M Jacket

Target Purse

Target Purse

Nordstrom Crop Top

Nordstrom Crop Top

Cathy Jean Booties

Cathy Jean Booties

Lucky Brand Boyfriend Jeans

Lucky Brand Boyfriend Jeans

Cotton On Scarf

Cotton On Scarf

Target Dress

Target Dress

Sundance Earrings

Sundance Earrings

Urban Outfitters Pants

Urban Outfitters Pants

Brandy Melville Dress

Brandy Melville Dress

American Apparel Top

American Apparel Top

The Sak Purse

The Sak Purse

Brandy Melville Hat

Brandy Melville Hat

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” -Rachel Zoe

The End of Summer

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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I am dreading the end of this season with the beginning of school around the corner.

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I decided to wear something that embraced Summertime to its fullest last night–a 1970s babydoll, flower patterned, peasant top.

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When I think of Summer, I imagine shorts and wedges, loose fitting blouses, natural hair, and sunglasses.

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Trying to grow out my hair has not been easy. I’ve been making an effort to wash it less, try new products, and apply less heat. Fortunately, the dry weather in Grass Valley has been decreasing my hair’s natural tendency to create frizz, allowing me to let it air dry.

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I have also been trying to wear shorts as much as possible, because Foggy San Francisco almost never allows it. It has been so much fun to dress up my shorts with heels. I used to fear the fashion-no-no, but now I have embraced it–making my own rules.

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On Me: Urban Top

Levi’s Shorts

Montego Bay Club Wedges

Nordstrom Sunnies

Lucky Brand Earrings

Confidence

Plum Nordstrom Crop Top, High Waisted Black Abercrombie Jeans, Peep Toe Heels

“Everything you can imagine is real.”
― Pablo Picasso

Plum Nordstrom Crop Top, High Waisted Black Abercrombie Jeans, Peep Toe Heels

What does a day off from work call for? A photoshoot…duh!

Plum Nordstrom Crop Top, High Waisted Black Abercrombie Jeans, Peep Toe Heels

Believe it or not, but this look didn’t have much prep work put into it!

Plum Nordstrom Crop Top, High Waisted Black Abercrombie Jeans, Peep Toe Heels

I woke up with BED HEAD (didn’t brush my hair after the shower), and decided to curl my hair…it worked out better than expected! Then I put on my “dress up” crop top, some high waisted jeans, Freshman Year Formal heels from Bunny’s Shoes (my favorite hometown shoe shop), and called it a day!

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It’s amazing what dressing up and getting out of the house can do for the soul! Photoshoots have surprisingly been one of my most favorite aspects of blogging.

Plum Nordstrom Crop Top, High Waisted Black Abercrombie Jeans, Peep Toe Heels

I used to hate having my picture taken, but after a while I learned to experiment and found an assurance in myself that I had always lacked.

Plum Nordstrom Crop Top, High Waisted Black Abercrombie Jeans, Peep Toe Heels

We live in such a divine place, and I have gained confidence just from realizing that I am a small part of this world.

Day Party

Most of us picture holiday parties happening at night. However, many parties do occur in the day time. But what is appropriate to wear during the day?! I mean, it’s so easy to OVER DO IT.

Here is what I advise:

Day Party

Holiday dresses can scream formal. Switching it up with a skirt and an eye catching top is a great alternative.

Day Party

Velvet is a perfect material for the season. All you have to do is commit to a color scheme, and the outfit will appear as just the right amount of fancy and understated. 

Day Party

Wear heels, but something a little more casual– open toes to show off your fun holiday nails will do the trick! Don’t hold back on your accessories. Classy jewelry will keep your look whole.

Day Party

If you’re every worried about what to do with your hair, just wear it down. It’s effortless, yet beautiful. Keep your make-up refined. A deep lip that matches the color scheme, and lots of mascara will be just enough.

On my sister: Urban Outfitters Top and Skirt

Steve Madden Heels

Sundance Jewelry

L’Oreal Blushing Berry Lips