Spring into Summer- Zara edition

Spring styles are so pretty and around every corner. One of my favorites is checking out Zara! I know a bunch of you love Zara too! They always have great key trend styles at not so kill your bank account price. I found a few favorites from their newest styles, and I’ve linked each item. Enjoy!

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You will be seeing a lot more blues and yellows as Spring & Summer trends continue to roll out. This floral multicolored beauty is so pretty! The dress features a wide v neckline, and a slit in the front. Shop here!

 

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Who doesn’t want to party it up in this sexy and fun sea green fringed dress?! One of the newer pieces available from Zara. Perfectly cute and sexy with the cold shoulders and halter neck. Shop here!

 

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High heel sandals with polka dots?! You had me at polka dots. What do you guys think of these sandals? This one has a squared toe, and ankle tie which definitely adds a whole lot of sexiness. It’s $70! Shop here

 

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Such a fun skirt for spring, or summer! Flowy, A-line skirt, multi-colored floral print, and an asymmetric hem. Shop here

 

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Basket bags are veryyyy in right now! I myself haven’t fully been adjusted yet to them, as I love big tote style bags to throw everything in. But! There are some beautiful pieces brands are creating and this mini basket bag is one of them! This bag features real bamboo and wood pieces, and a removable shoulder strap. It’s a great bag to have for this trend. Shop here

Hope you guys enjoyed this edit! As always, if you shop any of them remember to tag me in your photos! Can’t wait to see them!

XO,

Stephanie

Coffee shops & cute cafes in London

I was lucky enough to go to London for LFW and LFWF this past February, see previous post for details. In between the shows and events, I was running all over the city looking for cute coffee shops and cafes. Yes, to check out all the Insta buzz but to also grab a coffee. It was a bit chilly there, so grabbing a hot coffee was a necessity. If you follow me on IG, I’m sure you know by now that my obsession and love for coffee is like none other. If you don’t, check me out here and join me!

London is a busy city with some adorable cafes and restaurants. I researched quite a bit but also enjoyed exploring around by foot. There’s always something to do, and somewhere to go. I absolutely loveeee London, it’s one of my favorite cities. The last two places in this post are great breakfast/brunch spots, and I just so happened to be grabbing a latte from there. I still find it very interesting how in the UK, and parts of Europe you don’t see flavored coffee options like we have here in the US. I mean we’re kind of spoiled here in Los Angeles with new coffee shops popping up on every corner with these new crazy flavors. I went to multiple cafes and restaurants, and when I’d ask if they had a hazelnut or vanilla latte, it was a quick “no sorry” hmm. First world problems, I know! Sugar is fine, I’m not picky just curious. I wanted to share some of the adorable and fun cafes I went to and hope you guys enjoy them just as much as I did!

 

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Brigit’s Bakery

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Joe and The Juice 

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My Old Dutch

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XO,

Stephanie

My London Fashion Week Trip!

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This past February I got the chance to go to London for my first ever fashion week experience! Not only did I get to go to London Fashion Week, I had the opportunity to be front row at London Fashion Week Festival! LFW ran from February 15 through the 19th with lots of fashion shows, pop up shops, and events allllllll over the city. 

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It was an amazing experience for me, going to the shows and meeting new bloggers from all over the world. The city was booming with fashion bloggers, designers, celebrities and guests in every corner. I attended London Fashion Week festival on Saturday February the 16th. It was a great day for me. As I entered the building I got to go in, and have a coffee until the first show was ready. The two shows I saw were Marta Jakubowski and Fyodor Golan. Both shows were about 15 minutes, and each collection was beautiful. They were bright, bold, and hit all the key trends.

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When both shows were over, there was a great panel that included British Fashion Council x BBC Earth x Mother of Pearl. I really enjoyed learning and gaining more awareness of how humans are affecting earth and how fashion plays a part in it. The panel was super informative how fast fashion is affecting our planet. Fast fashion is a big problem today, and it’s becoming a more open conversation worldwide. After that, I got a chance to get a glass of champagne and check out their shop. They also had a fantastic VIP lounge where we got to eat, drink, & mingle. I also got to collect a special edition London Fashion Week Festival tote bag designed by Richard Quinn! 

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This trip was such an amazing experience for me! My hubby joined me on this trip, and when I wasn’t busy attending events, we were literally running all over London town exploring together. Stay tuned for more posts on cute and fun places to go/eat in London!

XO,

Stephanie

NFW 2019

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NYFW is always one of the top & my favorite fashion weeks! There are so many great designers who showcase their fierce and powerful new collections. NYFW ran from February 8th through the 16th. There are too many favorites of mine to post, I mean I can post them but you’ll probably get bored lol. Check out some of my favorite designers and their pieces below.

 

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Some pieces from the shows were literal artwork. A few things that I love and are key trends are: 

-Bold & sexy pant suits 

-Stripes and animal prints- both separately and mashed together into one fabric

-Colorful tights

-Colorful turbans 

-Floral & lace applique

 

I absolutely adored Kate Spade’s runway show, the entire collection was bold, feminine, and colorful. A big 70’s vibe that we’ve been seeing already and it’s still going strong into the year. A lot of key trends you’ll be seeing in stores everywhere, so keep an eye out for those! I also really liked Jonathan Simkhai’s show! His collection displayed a great deal of the key pink trend, play on prints and denim. I have been adoring his style lately so I’m really excited each season for him. Hope you guys enjoyed this post on some of the great designers this past NYFW!

 

XO,

Stephanie

 

 

All images are from Getty Images

SS19 Color Forecast

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This image is from Pantone’s website

I know we just hit the new year, and you’re probably like whaaat? Spring?! Yup, the fashion industry is always 1 to 2 seasons ahead. Let’s face it, by the time it’s March the last thing you want to see is more puffer coats right? Bring on the bright colors, bikinis, and sandals! When I worked in retail, it was always on to the next season. It would be winter and we’d be prepping for spring/summer dresses already. I know it’s odd to see, but it’s a smart tactic that fashion week also helps push.

Many people travel all over the world to warmer locations between December & January. Fashion trends start early, and you can see that just by looking at some of the top designers websites and socials. Resort Wear and Pre-Spring collections come out before any S/S pieces do. Resort wear is on sales floor the longest and rarely goes on sale.  

I always love Pantone’s names for the color forecasts, they’re really interesting and creative! What a fun job that would be! The color palette by Pantone for SS19 includes: Fiesta, Jester Red, Turmeric, Living Coral, Pink Peacock, Pepper Stem, Aspen Gold, Princess Blue, Toffee, Mango Mojito, Terrarium Moss, and Sweet Lilac.

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SS19 also has some amazing neutrals coming into play! The four colors are: Soybean, Eclipse, Sweet Corn, and Brown Granite. You can see Soybean and Sweet Corn in many outerwear and bag collections, they’re great neutrals to build outfits on. Eclipse is also coming on strong in the beauty industry. I’ve been seeing really strong bold blue eyes in shadows and liners. 

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Between all these Pantone colors there are so many mini trends bursting out! Stay tuned for more of those trends on my posts this coming month. What are some of your favorite colors from Pantone’s forecast? I’m loving the first four of the SS19 colors: Fiesta, Jester Red, Turmeric, Living Coral!  I’m so excited to see the full SS19 collections come out from every brand. I love to compare and see each brands take on the color trends, and how they create pieces from them. Bring on the fun colors and warmer weather!

 

XO,

Stephanie

 

 

 

All About Neon

Y’all remember North West in her neon outfits right? This is a huge trend right now leading into SS19. North and Kim have been wearing these key trending pieces since last September! From athleisure, to dresses, to accessories, they have been setting the tone in this trend. This created such a huge buzz for almost every brand out there to jump on this neon craze! 

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I remember when North and Kim came out in these outfits everyone was loving North’s outfit. The matching neon purse, dress, and glasses! Peep the neon hair tie!

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Kim K was spotted last year in Paris at the Louis Vuitton fashion show wearing a Louis Vuitton jacket as a dress. The jacket had interesting pockets and pouches attached to it. Smart idea for carrying all your personals without a purse.

 

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Last June, Sarah Paulson was wearing this bright neon dress for the Oceans 8 premiere. Not a fan of the purse, it looks more like a dust bag to me. The dress though was gorgeous, and it’s from Prada’s Fall 18 collection. She definitely stood out at the premiere in this electric color. 

 

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Blake, she’s one of my all time favorite fashion icons. I absolutely ADORE her and her style. I love that she’s her own stylist and doesn’t have someone choose for her. She has an assistant who helps her call in looks, but mainly it’s her talking to specific designers. I’m loving this look of neon green with a mix of fuchsia lips and heels. It’s a great contrast, and suits her skin tone so well. 

 

XO,

Stephanie♥

Hair Masks and Tips for Dry, Colored Hair

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The Body Shop- Banana Truly Nourishing 

Where are all my color treated hair followers at?  You’re not alone, although years ago I thought I was! After a lot of research and trial and error with soooo many products I finally found what works for me. Yay! I’m going to be sharing a few of my favorite products that I have used and seen results. These products are great for color treated hair, and for non colored but dry hair too!

One of my all time favorite hair masks I always use is the Banana Truly Nourishing hair mask from The Body Shop. I absolutely love the smell and the texture of my hair after each use. It smells like, you guessed it bananas!! It has a blend of community trade natural and organic ingredients. It’s made from banana puree from Ecuador and brazil nut oil from Peru! This is 100% vegan, and a once a week treatment, but I use it minimum 2-3 times. It really helped my dry, damaged, overly colored hair lock in moisture and get that shine back. I currently have blonde hair, it’s not my real hair color, shocker! I’m naturally a very dark brown so getting my hair this light definitely took time, and a lot of TLC. I use hair masks at least 2-3 times per week, along with argan oil and coconut oil mists daily. Having blonde hair takes a lot of work to keep it healthy and hydrated. I have noticed such a big difference in my hair ever since I started using these products.

The Body Shop also has the shampoo & conditioner of this line, it smells amazingggg! The natural ingredients of this line is also what really made me comfortable to use on my colored hair. Since I have color treated hair, I’m always looking into ingredients to make sure it’s sulfate free and no harsh chemicals. Not only does that help with the health of your hair, it helps keep your color more fresh. I literally go bananas over these products, and the hubby really loves the smell too! I use themask anywhere from 20 minutes to 1-2 hours! I will leave it on and go on with my work and to do’s at home. The longer the better, so that your hair can actually soak in all the amazing  ingredients! It’s $18 and you can find it here!  The Shampoo and Conditioners come in a few different sizes, check them out here! The Body Shop has some great sales throughout the year, so look out for those deals! 

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The Body Shop- Rainforest Nutrition Hair Butter

Another great item from the Body Shop is their Rainforest hair butter. This is a deep conditioning, and luxurious moisture butter. It leaves my hair feeling so soft and I can easily brush through my hair after each use. No tangles! The scent of it is a very light and fresh scent inspired by the rainforest. It’s great for dry hair, or if you have dry ends. It contains community trade honey from Ethipoia and olive oil from Italy! Honey & olive oil are two amazing ingredients for dry hair! You can even make your own natural DIY mask at home. Maybe that’ll be another post? I have a lot to share on hair!

Another great fact for this product is that it is silicone, paraben and colorant free! My hair was screaming YAY when I first saw this. A helpful tip: I actually will use this on my ends when I do my banana hair mask. It’s called a hair butter but it’s a hair mask. It says to leave it on for 5 minutes and the wash it out with warm water. I’ll leave it on anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. The butter is $14, you can shop it here! 

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HASK-ARGAN OIL MASK

Do you know about argan oil? Do you use it? Argan oil is so good for nourishing dry, damaged hair. Coconut oil is amazing too but I have heard that for blonde hair it will slightly darken and change your color. Since my color is very important to me, I use Argan oil and it’s been doing wonders for me. Hask Argan Oil Intense Deep Conditioning Treatment also contains Keratin. Keratin is a super strengthening, and hydrating treatment. It will restore and smooth dry, damaged, and chemically treated or over processed hair. Argan oil is amazing because your hair can easily absorb it and it will intensely hydrate your hair. The oil adds so much moisture and will bring those gorgeous locks back to life! Shop the hair mask here. 

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Their shampoo and conditioner is a really great set to use along with the hair mask. This whole collection is sulfate and paraben free. I found a really good deal on Amazon for the shampoo and conditioner set. Only $13! Shop it here!

 

I hope this post helped you if you’re looking into some amazing products for dry, damaged hair. These products really helped me get my hair shiny and healthy again after getting it bleached and colored. I used these products for at least 2 months and it took some time to see a big difference. Remember that everyone has different hair. Your color, texture, genes, treatments, all are different. My best advice is try a couple different products and give it at least 1-2 months to see great results. I always love to find more affordable options that don’t break the bank. I always keep this in mind- Just because it’s more expensive or has a big brand name on it, doesn’t mean it’s always better.  Here’s to healthy and happy hair in 2019!

 

XO,

Stephanie