Survival Guide To Fall Fashion

Survival Guide To Fall Fashion

I wanted to share a post on everything that you need to get you through the fall season whether it be the top trends or just some really good staple pieces! There are so many amazing pieces out right now that I needed to share! I seriously think I need every single piece on this list! While realistically, that isn’t possible because hellloooo is money no object? I wish that was the case. But really, at least consider one of these pieces! I’ve got you covered from head to toe, literally.

Outerwear:

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Sam Edelman Short Faux Fur Jacket | $200

This might be one of my favorite jackets that I’ve seen this season! I love the white and black together but it’s a different take on this style jacket.

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BLNKNYC Morning Suede Moto Jacket |$188

I got this jacket last season and I don’t regret it! It’s such an easy piece to layer with and getting it in a neutral color like this makes it easy to wear with black or brown.

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Topshop Mary Kate Trench Coat |$110
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Topshop Ava Double Breasted Jacket | $44.99

I love layering with a blazer because it totally changes an outfit! Plus, who doesn’t love pink…

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Topshop Lily Knit Back Midi Coat | $125

Everybody needs a coat like this. I’ll be getting this one!

Knits:

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Wildfox Palmetto Frayed Sweater | $168

Perfect for wearing with a pair of jeans!

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Moon River Fringed Sweater | $69

This is a different take on a sweater and I love it! This also comes in black if that’s more your style!

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Topshop Super Crop Sweater | $55

I love that this sweater is cropped because it gives you the tucked in look without the bulkiness of actually tucking in a thick knit.

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Free People Menace Solid Tunic Sweater | $128
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Free People Knit Tunic | $148

A super cozy turtleneck is a staple in my fall/winter wardrobe! They’re perfect for everyday wear but you can totally dress it up or down depending on the situation. For class I’ll wear these with leggings and my vans but you can also pair it with black jeans, a coat that I showed above this and some booties!

Tops:

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Free People That Classic Girl Bodysuit | $48

Again, turtlenecks! I swear I’m a grandma because I like them but they’re so easy. I love that this one is a bodysuit because that means you won’t have to worry about tucking it in constantly and it will stay down! Since this is fitted, it’s perfect for layering!

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1.STATE Twist Front One-Shoulder Top |$49

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this top! It comes in a few different colors but I think this white color is really nice! I also love the red version. I would pair this with again, black jeans and a pair of heels for an early fall going out outfit!

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Topshop Animal Print Pajama Shirt | $68

Okay, leopard print is so in this season and I need this top. It’s perfect for work but I think you could really have fun with this top and wear it for going out! If I was to wear it out, I’d unbutton it a little more, roll up the sleeves and layer necklaces with it!

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Free People Square Eyes Bodysuit | $58

Again, anther basic bodysuit that’s great for layering but I love the square neckline!

Bottoms:

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ASTR The Label Dionne Skirt | $98
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BLNKNYC Double Buckle Suede Skirt |$98
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Free People High Waist Skinny Jeans | $78

I swear by black denim. The ones I wear basically all the time are by Topshop but these are the most similar pair I can find! Plus, I think they’re cheaper ūüėČ

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Reformation Julia High Waist Cigarette Jeans | $128

We’ve seen these jeans for a couple of seasons now and I don’t think they’re going anywhere. A straight leg style like this makes it super easy to wear with booties, sandals, heels or a cute pair of tennis shoes. They’re comfortable enough for the day time but can transition to a night time pant as well!

Shoes:

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Kristin Cavallari Satine Bootie | $174.95

White booties have been in since last year and I don’t see them going out of style this season! I really like the zipper down the front for a different look than your standard bootie. But, I really love the wood heel with this boot! I typically see black heels on a white bootie but I love this look.

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Marc Fisher LTD Alva Bootie | $199

I think these are a pair of boots that will never go out of style. These boots are something you could honestly wear year round. During the spring and summer they’d look super cute with dresses and shorts but during the fall and winter these will look good with jeans or a black denim. I don’t think you can go wrong with this color but they do have so many other color options if these aren’t up your alley!

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Marcel Snake Effect Ankle Boots | $180

Um, you need these. You’re welcome.

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Mason Crocodile Effect Chelsea Boots | $160

Again, another bootie that you need! I love that it’s a new look to the chelsea boot!

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Morty Angled Heel Boots | $130

A good everyday bootie! This color also makes it easy to wear with black or brown since both are on this boot!

Accessories:

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Brixton Audrey Wool Felt Beret | $48

Berets were in last fall/winter and they’re back! I didn’t jump on the trend last year but I will this season! Lol, last winter I was out and found a red beret so I totally grabbed it and it’s now mine. I also look like the pillsbury dough boy in it so I need to work on that.

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Leonard Braided Band Hat | $98

I didn’t know I was a hat person until I tried this style! There are a thousand different versions out there but I personally really like this one! Lack of Colour also makes some really awesome ones. For me, it’s key that the brim isn’t flimsy so that it stays flat like this. I find that when the brim is flimsy, it looks weird on me.

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Panther Cross Body Bag | $48

This reminds me of the prada bags but for like 1,000th of the cost.

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Topshop Taylor Crossbody Bag | $55

I think that this is such a fun statement bag! If you had on an all black or white outfit, this would totally pull it all together! A statement bag like this can bring together a really simple outfit and make it look like you tried harder than you did.

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Yup, I’m Vegan.

Yup, I’m Vegan.

Surprise! Or not a surprise? I’ve been vegan for 2 years and a lot of people know but also a lot of people don’t know! So, with that, I figured that I’d share WHY I went vegan (because SOO many people ask) and a lot of questions that I’m asked and other vegans are asked! Hopefully, this will answer all of your questions (and DON’T ask where I get my protein from…I’m fine). But, I also wanted to share some of the top vegan restaurants in St. Louis!

During my freshman year of college, I had to take a public speaking class and for one of our speeches, we had to do a persuasive speech. So, in typical Sydney fashion, I waited until the night before it was due to actually start it. Which at that point, I was at a complete loss and scrambled to search a topic on google that would be good. I stumbled on the topic on why you should be vegetarian, “simple” is what I thought. I knew there would be a ton of information to support my speech so I rolled with it. At the time though, I was still eating meat but only when I was home from school or at restaurants because I was living in the dorm and I wouldn’t dare touch the dining hall meat. After reading about why you should be vegetarian, I made the switch overnight. I was vegetarian the next morning I woke up and I kept reading more information and started reading about being vegan. After more and more research, I did it without thinking about it. At first, I never thought I could give up cheese and ice cream but it turns out, it’s not that hard! The hardest thing about going vegan is definitely learning what you can and can’t eat and you’d be surprised how many products unnecessary ingredients are in!

  1. What do you actually eat? Um….everything? Just no animal products. All of the fruits, vegetables, and grains you can think of, I eat. Plus, there are so many vegan supplements like cheese, milk, meat that you’re really not missing out on anything, I promise!
  2. Is your partner vegan? How do you feel about that if they aren’t? Here’s what I think…I’m not going to force somebody to go vegan. It’s their decision and they have every right to their own decision about what they eat. But, I’m not going to cook it so they’re on their own. As long as I’m not eating or cooking it, I really don’t care.
  3. How do you get enough protein? 1. Please stop asking. 2. Protein is in almost everything I eat! I eat a TON of nut butter which has protein. Also, my almond milk has protein, nuts and seeds have protein, oatmeal, tempeh, hemp seeds, tofu, nutritional yeast (the holy grail), blackberries, bananas, broccoli, potatoes..you get the point by now.
  4. What made you want to be vegan? Read my story above! Everybody has a different answer! For some people, they do it for the animals, for health reasons or for the environment.
  5. Isn’t it sooo¬†hard? Nope! Sure, at first it’s difficult because you’re learning what you can eat and choose not to eat but you’re also learning how to cook without animal products and what types of food make you feel good and fill you up! For me, it was hard to give up cheese and dessert. But, I don’t miss it because there are so many good vegan¬†options out there now! I’ve been vegan for two years and there are SOO many more options now than there were two years ago! (Aka vegan pizza rolls. Thank me later).
  6. Isn’t it expensive? Actually, for me, it’s not! While living on my own I stuck to a lot of whole foods such as rice, beans, fruits, and vegetables. Those are typically pretty cheap. A lot of people think that fruits and vegetables are super expensive but you can find cheaper options. I eat a ton of bananas when I’m living on my own because they’re so expensive but you can eat them in so many ways so you don’t get bored of them!

Now, my favorite part! The restaurants:

Lulus: ALL TIME FAVORITE. Their menu rotates for spring/summer and fall/winter so if their spring/summer menu doesn’t interest you, the fall/winter menu will! My favorites for the spring/summer is the buffalo cauliflower wrap, obviously the buffalo cauliflower bites and the BBQ jack!

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Photo by me.

 

Lona’s Lil Eats: Super good for Asian inspired wraps! The¬†restaurant isn’t fully vegan but their menu is great at labeling what is!

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Photo from Lonas Lil Eats website.

 

Pizza Head: Vegan pepperoni pizza. Mmmhmm. This place is fully vegetarian so you don’t have to worry about real meat! The restaurant is super super cool and the pizza is good too!

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Photo from Pizza Head website.

 

Tree House: Such a good brunch option! Good for cocktails as well!

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Photo from Tree House website.

 

Sweet Art: SUCH GOOD CAKES/CUPCAKES! Ugh, I could cry just thinking about it. This is where my 21st birthday cake was from and to be honest, I hid it from my family so I didn’t have to share…it’s that good. They also have a different special for each day of the week that look super good!

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Photo from Sweet Art website.

 

Small Batch:¬†Small Batch is a whiskey lounge so it’s definitely one of the nicer dining options!

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Photo from Small Batch website.

 

Seedz: A really really good all vegan restaurant option! Um also, their cheesecake? Yes, please. Plus, they have baked vegan donuts! Does it get any better?

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Photo from Seedz Instagram.

Pura Vegan: They have really good acai bowls for a decent price and raw vegan desserts.

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Photo from Pura Vegan Yelp page.

Confluence Kombucha:¬†Kombucha on tap? Yup, yes, please!! This place is vegetarian/vegan so your friends can find something to eat here too if they’re totally weirded out by vegan food.

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Photo from Confluence Kombucha Facebook.

Bombay Food Junkies:¬†They have a restaurant and a food truck so you’re bound to find them somewhere! This restaurant is an Indian/fusion vegan restaurant. ¬†I’ve never been but everybody that goes loves it! A super plus is that the owners are so nice!

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Photo from Bombay Food Junkies website.

Of course, if you have any questions then my Instagram inbox is ALWAYS open!! I’m here to help you!

 

The Rise of the Micro-Influencer.

The Rise of the Micro-Influencer.

 

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Collaboration with Kendra Scott Summer 2018

 

And yes, they’re even better than you think they are.

The rise of the micro-influencer is now. Micro-influencers are going to be the next ‚Äúbig‚ÄĚ thing that brands are going to want to work with in 2018. But, what even is a micro-influencer? A micro-influencer is somebody who has 1,000 to 100,000 followers on Instagram, and suddenly, there is such thing as being too popular.

While micro-influencers have a lot fewer followers that those ‚ÄúInstagram celebrities‚ÄĚ every brand thinks they should be working with, micro-influencers get an average of two-to-five¬†times more organic engagement per Instagram post, compared to those with more than 100,000 followers. Once an influencer has more than 100,000 followers, engagement and likes start to flatten out. A lot of followers stop interacting with somebody who has a lot of followers because they are seen as ‚Äúfamous‚ÄĚ whereas followers are more likely to engage with an influencer when they have a smaller following because they feel as if they can relate to them better.

So why are companies choosing micro-influencers over the Kardashians of the world? It’s simple. Trust and relationships are being built with followers when an influencer has a smaller following, and that is critical for making a purchase. Looking at my Instagram (4,025 followers) vs. Kim Kardashians (1.9 million followers), I have a high engagement rate at 15.33% whereas Kim Kardashian only has an engagement rate of 1.69%. That’s quite a big difference. HubSpot reports that micro influencers, on average, receive 0.10% higher engagement rates than macro influencers. So this is where micro-influencers end up being the better option when looking for people to promote products on Instagram.

Micro-influencers are authentic. It is easier to believe that a micro-influencer actually bought or used a featured product. Although some photos a little staged, it’s easier to think that a micro-influencer purchased a snack than it is a celebrity. This kind of authenticity attracts engagement, awareness and brand recall. Hiring a micro-influencer is a lot cheaper than it is to hire a celebrity to feature a product on their page. On average, a micro influencer can charge around $140 per Instagram post whereas someone with over 1 million followers on Instagram can rake in almost $50k on a single post. Micro-influencers create higher engagement, and they are cheaper to work with. So realistically, they’re the better clients.

While more eyeballs might now be seeing the post from a micro-influencer, they still can create as much traction, if not more than a celebrity. Say you are an athletic brand just starting out and you believe you have a really great product. It would be easy to send your product to a celebrity, and that’s a guaranteed way for your brand to be noticed, BUT if you want real traction, it’s better to send your product to a fitness micro-influencer because if they are promoting your product, it’s most likely to people that trust them. When that trust is there, purchases are made.

 

What’s In For Spring?

What’s In For Spring?

HELLLLOOO MARCH!! I’m so glad that it’s almost warm (unless you live in St. Louis because who knows, it could snow right now), bring on bikini season. Being that it’s fashion month, New York Fashion Week was a few weeks ago and with that being said, here’s what is in for Spring! Fashion Week always gets me so curious for the upcoming season and then the next season so if you’re like me, keep reading to be in the know.

Plastic. Plastic bags, plastic shoes, plastic accessories, it’s here. Think Kim Kardashian¬†plastic boot/heel phase? Yeah, that’s in style now. Shocker. But, I kinda love it if it’s done the right way.

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Vinchy Vinyl Bag

Clear Tote Bag

White shoes.– Personally, I hated white shoes up until a year ago, well, less than a year ago. Besides white tennis shoes, I wanted nothing to do with white shoes. Until now. They’re everywhere whether it be boots, sandals or mules, these are here to stay.

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Breckelle’s Tina Lace-Up Boot

Rebecca Minkoff Izette Chelsea Boot

Stradivarius Embellished Buckle Boot

Checks (gingham). Gingham comes back in style every spring, but I’ve definitely seen it more this season than other seasons. It’s coming back in different silhouettes, pants, tops, dresses, skirts. You name it, and you can find it in gingham.

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BP. Gingham Boyfriend Blazer

Daisy Street Gingham Off Shoulder Shirt

Neon Rose Skirt in Gingham with Ruched Tie Side

X-Girl sunglasses.¬†Think 90’s shapes. They’re back. You’ve already seen every “it” girl wearing these but take a step out of your comfort zone and try them out! They come in more muted shades like black and tortoise but be bold and try red!

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ASOS Small Cat Eye Fashion Glasses

Zara Slim Cat’s Eye Sunglasses

Asos Metal Cat Eye Sunglasses

Let me know what you’d like me to talk about next! As always, follow me on Instagram to keep up with the latest trends before they hit the blog.

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Let‚Äôs Talk Bras…

Let‚Äôs Talk Bras…

 

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Black lacy bra

Is there anything worse than an uncomfortable bra or not being able to find the right size or fit? Probably not. I’ve always struggled to find a bra that I love because, for some reason, I wasn’t blessed in that area. *cough* 32A *cough*. Bra shopping was something I ALWAYS dreaded because I was never satisfied with the end result and would leave the store feeling defeated. So I thought. La Senza makes the best fitting bras I’ve ever put on my body, and they do wonders for me so I can only imagine that they can do for you!

My favorite is hands down this black lacy bra. Again, it adds 2 cup sizes (can you see a trend here? Even then, it still only pushes me up to a solid B cup, but hey, I’ll take it!!!). What’s perfect about this bra is since the whole sheer shirt trend is in style, this bra looks great underneath it! It’s great because you don’t have to deal with 3 layers (bra, bralette, shirt) and you can skip the middleman of a bralette.

My other favorite has to be this nude bra from La Senza because it goes with everything and adds 2 cup sizes ūüėČ what’s not to love about that?! It’s also super smooth, so you don’t see it under any shirts!

 

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Nude bra

 

With all of that being said, here is a 20% off La Senza coupon just for you! I hope you love your bras as much as I love mine! Stop the look here. Thank you La Senza and Stylinity for this collaboration.

Seeing Red

Seeing Red

 

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Red Pants

Red has recently walked its way into my wardrobe this winter, and I’m all about it. I was never a fan of red until recently but I think it’s the best way to add a pop of color and it definitely makes a statement!

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Since starting blogging and paying a lot more attention to detail when scrolling through Instagram, I’ve gotten into hats! I never thought I looked good in them and stayed away, but I took a risk with the baker boy hat/conductor hat/whatever you want to call it, and I¬†loved it! So, I took another risk with this hat, and I think you should too. It’s a fun way to change an outfit and it can take a somewhat boring outfit to an exciting outfit!

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The infamous mule slides. I love them. You need too as well. Go get them.

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Mules

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Everything or Nothing.

Everything or Nothing.
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‘Everything’ T-Shirt

I think for me, a lot of things are either everything or they’re nothing. I’m very much a “label” kind of girl. I like to know what’s going on, I like to know how you feel and I wanted to know it about a week ago so if you haven’t told me, you’re behind schedule. I’m also very much a “let’s move this forward” type of girl. I don’t like to linger in the unknown because 1) it freaks me out and 2) anything can happen at this point. Are there other girls? I don’t know, but you can bet that I’ll ask. Are things going to be over tomorrow? I hope not because I’ve planned a secret relationship in my head and that breakup would be tragic. So yes, it’s either everything or it’s nothing. I’m fine with whatever, you just need to let me know so I can prepare myself for this and not let the relationship in my head progress if we aren’t progressing.

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Stripe Pants

For me, it’s also super frustrating to know that I want something really bad but to be unsure of what the other person involved wants. Like I said, it’s really hard for me to just kind of sit in the middle. I’m not saying that I jump into relationships, I’ve had so few of them but I know when I want something, and I don’t want just everything. I’m very picky about who I spend my time with because I’ve been let down quite a few times, so my time is precious. I don’t spend time with just anybody unless I’m positive that this could be something.

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Vans

The middle is comfortable for some people though, and that’s what annoys me. We aren’t all middle people. Some people, like myself, like to know what the hell is going on. I think people assume that once you tell someone you like them, you have to date. I’m not asking to date you, I’m just asking if you like me or not. It’s actually quite simple to tell someone you like them. That’s what I don’t get, I don’t understand how some people can’t be honest and say it. Instead, it’s like a game, and I don’t do games. I cut people off once I realize they’re playing a game because I can’t do it and I don’t put up with that. If a guy wants to play a game, they can go play it with another girl because I definitely won’t be doing that. Maybe that’s one of my downfalls. I don’t settle for just anybody because I know what I’m worth and once someone is messing with my worth, they’re gone. If I feel in the slightest that they don’t realize and respect that I’m a human with feelings and emotions, just like them, I cut them off. It’s really easy for me to stop caring about a person which, is a downfall. I only give out so many chances before I have to protect myself and walk away and unfortunately, I don’t see that happening more. I see a lot of girls sticking around for relationships that aren’t going anywhere and 99% of the time, it leaves the girl hurt because the male in the equation is the one that calls the shots. Processed with VSCO with s2 preset

I think as a creator, influencer, blogger, whatever you want to call it, you’re supposed to portray this perfect life that’s put together, and you have the ideal filter for everything. But, I’m not that perfect person, and while I may act like I have my shit together, I most certainly¬†don’t. I have the same problems that ever other single twenty-something girl has, and I’m not scared to admit it. Life is a mess, and it’s even harder to figure out when somebody is a middle person and the other isn’t.