{muse of the moment} rosie huntington-whiteley for the edit

Striped bikini tops paired with graphic skirts. Sky-high sandals coupled with bikini briefs and knotted tops. Retro swimsuits and tousled boho waves. The May 16, 2013 issue of Net-A-Porter's The Edit served as the perfect form of escapism for the Francophile courtesy of the Riviera Chic cover story starring Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. After all, who could resist a fashion excursion to the South of France?


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{fashion folio} structured bohemian

structured bohemian
DITA Condor Aviator Sunglasses in Dark Brown + Madewell Perfect Leather Belt in Pecan + Diane von Furstenberg Eva Colorblock Bag in Apricot / Chalk / Grey Fog + Current / Elliott The Freshman Tee in Dirty White + Jules Smith Boyfriend Bangle in Yellow Gold + Gorjana Mia Bangle in Gold + Sam Edelman Gabrianna Ankle Cuff Sandals in Saddle + Rag & Bone/JEAN Mila Shorts in Tattered Arctic

Check the fringe at the door. While your printed boxy tee, summer-essential cutoff denim shorts, and embellished sandals play the part of boho bliss perfectly; the unexpected addition of a structured satchel {corresponding colors a must} play up sophistication. A pecan-hued leather belt coupled with simple gold bangles, and a pair of aviators {tuck them into the front of your shirt for an effortlessly cool vibe} serve as your accessories du jour. Just add beachy waves and you're good to go.


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NOTD: Candie's Nail Polish in Orange Pop

Two coats of Candie’s Smooth Nail Polish in Orange Pop. Juicy Melon / Cantaloupe.

Remember a few weeks ago when I introduced you to ELLE Magazine’s ELLE COSMETICS nail polish line via On Location? Well…Candie’s is another fashion-based company that now has its own nail polish line {available exclusively at Kohl’s} and it is full of pretty colors and amazing formulas.

I’m not one for orange nail shades {pastels are my preference}, but I found Orange Pop appealing because it featured more peach/pink undertones {as opposed to red which rarely works on my skintone}.

The formula of Orange Pop is consistent for each coat – streak-free and buildable opacity. This is such a fun shade for summer {for fingers or toes!} and is perfect if you, like me, want an orange that isn’t electrifyingly bright but still bubbly and noticeable for the warmer months!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday {on a Tuesday}?

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{muse of the moment} alessandra ambrosio x coachella

My personal style doesn't necessarily fit the Coachella, free-spirited festival vibe but Alessandra Ambrosio...! Year in and year out she kills it with her oversized floppy hats; flirty fringe; flippy skirts; and tousled tresses {not to mention the neverending rotation of incredible boots of the ankle and knee-high variety}. But this look. This look says. it. all. Cutoff neon denim, friendship bracelet-esque arm party, mirrored sunnies, a tiny peek of toned tummy, ever-chic headscarf, and, lest we forget, the essential accessory for any warm weather holiday...a popsicle. Festival-friendly, summer-ready, and oh so perfect for Memorial Day Weekend.


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{beauty board} date-perfect hair + makeup

You've snagged the date, now score perfect hair and makeup for
the occasion. Whether you're headed to a daytime ballgame, or set to salsa the night away,
these looks have you covered; and will give you more time to focus on other
- like what you'll be wearing.

daytime romance

Daytime dates are my undoing. Though they oftentimes usually lack the high drama and sophistication of evening affairs; they tend always to hold the promise of childlike innocence. Picnics in the park, days at the fair, late-afternoon museum visits…activities which call for low-key hair and makeup that is easy to maintain from sun-up to sundown, and utterly enchanting - in a delicate and dreamy sort of way. Here’s one of my favorites.

{beauty board} daytime romance

first blush There is nothing so disarming and romantic as the Après-ski look – the natural rosy flush created by being out in the cold all day; thus the reason it is one of my go-tos for daytime dates. Simply take a soft pink powder blush {I love Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush}, and swirl it on the apples of your cheeks for a fabulously flushed look {no arctic temperatures required}.

twinkling eyes I am the biggest advocate of smoldering eye makeup; but for daytime dates, a soft shimmer is all you need to truly captivate your date du jour. Maybelline's ExpertWear Luminous Lights Eyeshadow Quad in Opal Lights is a must. The pastel pink, yellow, blue, and brown shades included create a fairytale-like prismatic effect that manages to be glamorous yet extremely natural at the same time.

soft waves Princess hair. That is exactly what smooth, shiny, loose, soft waves are reminiscent of - the hair of Disney princesses. That fact aside, soft waves are incredibly versatile as they look incredible framing your face, or swinging flirtily ponytail style. Sultra's The Bombshell 3/4 Inch is my current beauty tool BFF, as it makes waves in minutes and keeps hair looking shiny. Total win-win in my book.

pink pout When it comes to daytime date lipstick, it's all about staying true to the saying your lips, but better. Go for a color along the pink / nude / rose spectrum {I'm a big fan of BECCA's Ultimate Matte Colour in Eloise} that is, essentially, your natural color magnified. It's noticeable yet unfussy and works so well at brightening up your entire face.

va-va-volume What are soft waves without the bubbly bounce seen in hair commercials? Seriously in-com-plete. After you've curled your hair, spritz Oscar Blandi's Texture & Volume Spray {this stuff is incredible. Trust.} throughout for saucy volume that lasts. all. day.

date night

A kiss of glamour is not an option when date night is involved…it’s an essential. Even if you’re headed somewhere as unfussy as a bowling alley for your Friday night frolic {one of my personal favorite evening date activities}, smolder, gloss, and sass in your hair and makeup will amp up the atmosphere, making you feel as if you’re in attendance at the Met Gala {even if you’re wearing rented shoes}. Here’s one of my {glam} date night go-tos. After all…when the sun sets, high drama rises.

{beauty board} date night

extreme lashes The best way to flirt? With your eyes, of course! Thus, feathery, fluttering, extreme lashes are. a. must. CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara in Very Black is my current can’t-live-without. Use the tip of the mascara wand to paint your lashes, then use the side of the wand to wiggle from the base to the tips of lashes for dramatic definition {two coats}. Hint: Focus attention on the lashes on the outer corner of the eyes {it creates an intense false lash, fanned-out look}.

shine, shine, shine! Super shiny tresses are an ultra-luxe {and incredibly low-key} way to add life to your locks – and give you commercial-worthy hair. I like Fructis Style Brilliantine Shine Glossing Spray from Garnier Fructis because it’s inexpensive; it smells amazing; and it’s completely non-greasy, so you always get high, healthy shine {as opposed to seriously unwanted greasy shine}.

berry lips Berry is your BFF for date nights. It is the perfect balance between red {which can be seen as too strong and powerful}, and pinky / nudes {which are playful and more suited for daytime dates}. Opt for a sheer berry shade with a {subtle} glossy finish {I favor Tarte’s LipSurgence Lip Luster in Pouty}. The color gives you that just-bit-into-a-strawberry pigmentation; while the hint of gloss creates enough shine to attract attention to your pout, without turning off your date {boys are never a fan of kissing that so-called glossy sticky stuff}.

high-drama eyes Your lashes are your primary focus for date night {after all, they do the flirting for you}; nevertheless you want to make the most of your glamorous gaze, so go for sultry with a smoked out jewel-tone {I highly recommend Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24HR Eyeshadow in Painted Purple} worn all over the lids {deepen the color at the outer edge of your eyes, and pull it down to the outer corners of your lower lashline to create a feline effect} for the ultimate in high drama.

major volume Sleek shine is unstoppable; but even more so when coupled with volume, volume, and more volume. Before glossing your locks, create big bounce by blow-drying your hair with a round brush {you need Drybar’s Half Pint Small Round Brush in your hair tool arsenal} for major volume that will leave you with tresses that impress.


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flowers in her hair

"She wore flowers in her hair and carried magic secrets in her eyes."

Arundhati Roy

"Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair..."

Susan Polis Shutz


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toes + soles

Up the glam effect of your pedi by pairing it
with seriously sophisticated, cool, luxe... {insert your favorite adjective here}
sandals that will kick your summer style into high gear!

toes + soles
Clockwise from top.

Sam & Libby Kylie Strappy Thong Sandal in Multicolor + American Apparel Neon Nail Polish in Neon Yellow

Ancient Greek Sandals Alethea Flat Sandals in Blue Mix Marine + Essie Bouncer, It's Me

Sam Edelman Gabrianna Ankle Cuff Sandals in Camel + Zoya Nail Polish in Arizona

Jean-Michel Cazabat Talasa Flat Sandals in Fuxia + Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream

See by Chloe Tubular Flat Sandals in Fuxia + Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Radiate


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{fashion folio} beach escape

Escape to the beach in summer-fied style with ocean and sunset-inspired hues
in blues, corals, hot pinks, jade and mint greens, and lavenders!

beach escape
Clockwise from top right.

GRACE Woven Cowboy Hat in Beige
ZIMMERMANN Oasis Floral-Print Cotton and Silk-Blend Playsuit
Marc by Marc Jacobs Rubber Standard Supply Bracelet in Lilac
Marc by Marc Jacobs Rubber Standard Supply Bracelet in Glacial Blue
CAMILLA Violet Eyes One Piece Swimsuit in Violet Eyes
Bensimon Tennis Elastic Sneakers in Fuchsia
SHIMMI Stella Bandeau Bikini
Kenneth Jay Lane Beaded Bracelet in Coral
Havaianas Slim Royal Flip Flops in Acqua
Chan Luu Beaded Charm Necklace in Neon Pink Combo


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IRMASWORLD {caseable review}

I have an unhealthy obsession with fashion illustration.
Bella Pilar, Izak Zenou...they've both been on my love list
for more years than I can count. So when caseable offered me the
chance to review one of their cases, I zoomed in on IRMA in
0.2 seconds flat and never looked back.

I contemplated IRMA in New York; gushed over the
supreme cuteness of IRMAS Little Things; and ultimately settled on
IRMA in Noshima due to the fact that it portrayed
adorable IRMA {looking oh-so chic} lying in bed with a kitty by her side
{essentially the story of my life}.

This case? seriously. in. love.
The colors are vibrant and perfectly brighten up
the playfulness of the image; which itself {IMO} tells a little tale
all its own.

This is the first case I have ever used that features a snap-on aesthetic
as opposed to a slip-on; however, I've found that it provides the same amount of
protection; and seriously simple access to all of my iPhone 4S' ports
and buttons.

If you're a fan of fashion illustration you will absolutely adore this.


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FTC Disclosure: This product was provided to me for review by Caseable. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


{beauty board} lift those locks!

Score va-va voom tresses with these 5 products guaranteed
to lift locks and restore life to limp strands.

lift those locks!

1} Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Thickening & Strengthening Mousse A teeny tiny dollop inflates hair {in all the right places} giving you a full, thick feel. Want more lift? Style with a round brush and blowdryer after application.

2} Ojon Volume Advance Thickening Spray 8 - 10 spritzes pumps up the volume of flat hair, while adding touchable, bouncy texture and shine!

3} Bumble and bumble. Thickening Full Form Mousse Towel-dry hair, run a wide-tooth comb through, rub a quarter-size amount on your roots, blow dry, and voila! Perfect, straight-from-the-salon volume. Bonus: Massage a nickel-sized amount into roots, and finger comb to create volumized updos on dry hair or second-day strands.

4} Living Proof 'Full' Body Boosting Root Lifting Spray for All Hair Types Effortlessly lifts hair at the roots, and keeps it looking beauty queen beautiful {never frizzy} in rain, shine, or the dreaded by hair the world over...humidity!

5} ALTERNA Bamboo Volume Uplifting Root Blast 3 - 4 sprays coupled with a few mosh-worthy back and forth hair flips creates an insane amount of volume for days {yes, days}. Bonus: Out of dry shampoo? No problem. This product is just as effective at absorbing oil and giving lift.


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FTC Disclosure: Oscar Blandi's Hair Lift Thickening & Strengthening Mousse was provided to me for review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


NOTD: Essie Cascade Cool

Two coats of Essie Cascade Cool. A Creamy, Sweet Dusty Pink.

I feel as if I’m on a never-ending hunt for the perfect Barbie pink {as are a number of my friends}, but the search is over because this. is. it.

Lighter than Revlon's Flirt, and more pink-toned than mark's Cupcake, Cascade Cool is a blue-based pink that morphs seamlessly from spring-perfect pastel to beach-ready bright.

Like Bikini So Teeny {its collection sibling}, application for Cascade Cool was incredible - two perfectly opaque coats with no streaking, no pooling, and no bubbling. This color earned me countless inquiries from strangers - definitely a conversation-starter.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

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{beauty board} ballerina nails

Let your fingers do the dancing with elegant nail colors
inspired by the beauty of ballet.

ballerina nails
Clockwise from left

Layla Caviar Effect Nail Polish in Ballet
Essie Ballet Slippers
ELLE Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Tutu
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in 167 Ballerina
Forever 21 Ballet Shoes Nail Polish
Rescue Beauty Lounge Plie
NARS Arabesque
OPI My Pointe Exactly
Venique Nail Lacquer Pointe to Ballet
SEPHORA by OPI Nail Colour Let's Plie


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get fit fashion {albionfit review + giveaway}!

Not a single day goes by where I don't dance or workout {usually both},
so, while I do love my heels and skinny jeans, I tend to incorporate
fitnesswear into my daily wardrobe - yoga pants, fitted racerbacks, lightweight
off-the-shoulder tops
; thus, when I'm shopping for workout clothing,
I try to make cute choices that allow me to show off both sides of my personality...
the fashionista and the dancer / semi-fitness freak lover.
So my introduction to ALBION, a company that specializes in women's
fitness and swimwear
, has been all sorts of epic.

ALBION manages to bridge the gap between sporty and chic, delivering a
wide array of colors {ballet pink, anyone?} and styles that look
just as glam in a dance studio or at the gym, as they do at a chic
bistro for Sunday brunch.

26.2 jacket

I was lucky enough to receive the 26.2 Jacket in Coral {P.S. gorgeous color},
and in the last week alone, it has been styled as the topper for my leotard
{ballet}; kept me looking long and lean during countless cardio sessions;
and served as my stylish cha cha partner. The slim fit is
ultra-flattering; but what I love the most is the bright color and
resiliency which makes movement incredibly comfortable.

And now for what I think all of you will love...the chance to
win a 26.2 Jacket of your own!

Cafe Fashionista has partnered with ALBION to bring one {1} lucky
reader their own 26.2 Jacket {in Coral, White, Teal, or Black} -
a $98.00 Value!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone!

In the meantime...if you want to do a little shopping, now through 5/22/13,
save $15.00 on all orders of $50.00 or more with


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FTC Disclosure: This product was provided to me for review by ALBION. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


kick-start your summer with keds!

I don't think it's possible to get more All-American than Keds.
They are, essentially, the footwear version of Apple Pie. And, like apple pie,
they basically go with everything - especially during
the spring / summer months {mine tend to spend
a lot of time hanging out with cutoff denim shorts,
simple dresses, and cotton rompers}.
So, of course, the new Champion Summer collection, has left me
a bit obsessed. After all, Memorial Day is a week away,
and each and every one of these styles would be so. perfect
to celebrate in!
keds 2

Champion Summer {clockwise from top}: Champion Summer in Lavender + Champion Summer in Light Yellow + Champion Summer in Cherry Pink + Champion Summer in Cloud Blue + Champion Summer in Peach + Champion Summer in Lemon Lime

Are you a fan of Keds? Which color would you wear for Memorial Day?


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{fashion folio} bohemian beach

glam beach
Ancient Greek Sandals Alethea Flat Sandals in Natural + Citrine By the Stones Varo Ring + Melissa Odabash Coleene Knitted Cotton-Blend Top + Essie Sand Tropez + Wouters & Hendrix 14 Stack Bracelet Set in Gold / Horn + Gucci Snake-Print Triangle Bikini

The sandy shore of the beach is just as much a catwalk come summertime as it is a location for catching a few rays. As such, it requires C-H-I-C. Chic. We’re talking fringe, tatters, and sandy hues a la a knit top that allows your swimsuit to peek through, with a hemline that hits just below the bum to show off a little leg. Think Brooke Shields as Emmeline Lestrange in Blue Lagoon.

Keep the earthy, beachy vibe going with a neutral suit in a subtle print {snakeskin is my go to}, coupled with strappy, crisscross flat sandals {in Natural, of course}. A hodgepodge of stackable bracelets ranging from gold to horn hues paired with a chunky, conversation-worthy asymmetrical ring boost the bohemian factor of your look; while a nude polish on tips and toes serves as the perfect finishing touch to your sandy style.



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there's a {fashion + beauty} app for that!

My iPhone? Yeah, it basically never. leaves. my. side.
We're talking take-it-everywhere-I-go-and-
status here.
One of the main reasons I have such a strong connection to
my phone {http://www.phones4u.co.uk/}?

Instagram is my virtual home-away-from-home; Twitter
is like my lifeline; and Facebook? Not gonna lie...
I check it daily. But some of my favorite apps fall into the category of
fashion and beauty {no surprise there, right?}.
And...I'm about to introduce you to them.
You. Will. Love. Trust.


POSE Fashion + Beauty App


STYLEBOOK Closet + Wardrobe Fashion App

FOREVER 21 Shopping + Fashion App

What are some of your favorite fashion + beauty apps?


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FTC Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with phones4u. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


NOTD: ELLE COSMETICS Nail Lacquer in On Location

Two coats of ELLE COSMETICS Nail Lacquer On Location. Light Blue with {subtle} Iridescent Shimmer.

Yes. ELLE Magazine has a cosmetics line {available exclusively at Kohl’s and it. is. awesome.

Like Essie Bikini So Teeny, On Location is one of those shades that is subtle yet striking {being both pastel and super bright}, but that’s basically where the similarities end.

On Location is a lighter blue that features this incredible pink / blue iridescent shimmer that is only discernible in sunlight, but is so, so, so, so pretty and fantastically unique.

While I used two coats to ensure coverage, the opacity was perfect with just one {if you have a heavy-hand when applying, you could definitely get away with one coat}. I am so impressed with the quality of this lacquer line – definitely picking up more shades!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday {on a Tuesday}?

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pine cone hill, please! {yvonne estelle's giveaway}

As promised on Saturday {when I introduced you to my blissful
lounge buddy
}, today I am here to announce that...

Cafe Fashionista has partnered with the obsession-worthy
style for the home shop Yvonne Estelle's to bring
one {1} ultra-lucky reader the Pine Cone Hill Sheepy Fleece
Coral Robe
{Retail Value: $84.00} {a lounge-like accoutrement
that you will literally want. to. live. in.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone!


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meet me at the met {ashley greene's met ball makeup look}

Truth: The Met Ball is basically the only Gala of
the year that I get excited about so I always pay very. close. attention
to the makeup and fashion.

This year, while I loved Ashley Greene's Marchesa gown, it was
her fierce makeup that caught my eye - a look that would be
just as perfect for a sassy Girls Night Out as it was for the
PUNK: Chaos to Couture exhibit. And mark
has provided me with the deets from Celebrity Makeup Artist
Vanessa Scali
to recreate it for such an occasion.

FACE + CHEEKS: "I started by prepping Ashley’s skin with mark For Goodness Face Antioxidant Skin Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30. I used my fingers to apply {by patting} concealer under the eyes. Then I applied mark Just Pinched in Nude onto her cheeks to add subtle warmth to her skin {Ashley just returned from a trip, so her skin is already sun-kissed and golden!}. I added mark Glowdacious Illiuminating Powder on the peak of her cheekbones. I set the look with mark Matte-Nificent Oil-Absorbing Powder.”

EYES: “I layered Ashley’s eyes with color by starting with the dark shade from mark Keep it Going Longwear Eyeliner & Shadow in Entourage. I applied it from the base of the lash up past the natural crease and out past the natural corner of the eye. This gave me depth to work with and established the shade for the eye. Then, I used the purple and taupe shades from mark On the Dot Bold Eye Color Compact to add color to the center of the eye and softness to the edges. I added a mix of the three colours under her bottom lashes. For extra intensity, I used mark No Place to Run Longwear Eyeliner in Jet Set and smudged it into the shadow. I applied mark Color Me in Eye Crayon in Go Gold inside the waterline of her eye and added a touch of highlighter to the brown bone. I added the final touch to her eyes by applying a few layers of mark Lash All You Want High-Volume Mascara in Black.”

LIPS: “To finish Ashley’s look, I gave her a soft, satin nude lip by using NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park.”

BROWS: “I complemented her brows’ shape by applying NARS Eyebrow Pencil in Jodhpur.”

What do you think of Ashley's Met Ball makeup? Is this a look that you would try for a special occasion or Girls' Night Out?


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romancing the robe {yvonne estelle's review}

I'm a bit of a loungewear worshipper.
Yoga pants / leggings? I own more pairs than I can count.
Trendy tracksuits {of the shorts variety}? I slip them on with teetering wedges
when I want to feel equally glamorous and comfortable.
Bandeaus? Check. Slouchy off-the-shoulder tops? Of course!
Yet somehow a robe has always evaded me. As in...
I-have-never-owned-one-before-in-my-life. True story.
So of course I said yes {!!!} when I was offered the Pine Cone
Hill Robe
of my choice from Yvonne Estelle's.

Being one of those pink-loving ladies, I opted for the
Pine Cone Hill Sheepy Fleece Robe in Coral {which seemed like the
perfect year-round shade}. A little pink for Spring,
a little Orange for Summer / Fall, and a little Red for Fall / Winter.
Verdict? It completely lived up to my color expectations.

Not to mention the amazingness of the oversized pockets {I'm a sucker for anything
with pockets} and coziness of the plush aesthetic.

I truly wouldn't mind a sick day right about now, as it would involve
spending the day wrapped up in this bliss.


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FTC Disclosure: This product was provided to me for review by Yvonne Estelle's. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


{chic crush} julianne hough x sole society

Unlike much of America, I wasn't introduced to Julianne Hough via
Dancing with the Stars {truth be told, I've never
even seen the show}; rather I met her acquaintance only recently while
dancing the cha-cha after randomly purchasing {and totally falling
in love with
} her Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom DVD
{P.S. Highly recommended}. So learning that Julianne has partnered with
Sole Society for an {incredible} shoe collection?

Yeah...you could say that I'm a bit
obsessed, smitten
, and, essentially in dire need of the
every. last. pair. I mean, shoes + dancing + Julianne Hough...
, these are a few of my favorite things.
For fear of coming off as completely gluttonous, however, I've narrowed my
can't-live-withouts from the collection down to six.
Check them out lovahs!
Clockwise from left

ADRIENNE Platform Wedge in Black - Woven detailing on the wedge is a playful way to subtly try out the tribal trend. Also available in Crema.

LEXI Ballet Flat in Lemon Platino Metallic embellishments make them fancy; while the lemon platino color makes them downright fun. Also available in Adobe Platino and Natural Boyi Platino.

GISELLE Almond Toe Pump in Adobe - Skinny ankle straps add a flirty touch of sass. Also available in Cabaret and Clair Mint.

TATE Colorblock Wedge in Luggage Black - The unexpected pop of a contrasting hue gives new meaning to the phrase Business in the front, party in the back. Also available in Black Cobalt and Crema Black.

BLAKELEY Colorblock Pump in Ballerina Pink Crema - The colorblocking on the heel and toe is a chic update to the standard cap-toes we've been seeing. Also available in Luggage Black and Black Crema Blue.

MADDI Bow Flat in Cabaret Tangerine - Bright colors, contrasting piping, and a bow at the vamp add feminine touches to these any occasion loafers. Also available in Luggage Buttercup and Midnight Crema.

What do you think of the Julianne Hough x Sole Society collab? Which pair is your favorite?


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style bliss via bon prix!

Every season I try to sneak a few new pieces into
my wardrobe {even though I don't necessarily need them...shhh}.
What makes this little spree even more exciting is when I find a new
place to shop - in this case, www.bonprix.co.uk. Take a peek
at a few of the chic pieces I'm loving.

RAINBOW Nerdy Giraffe Print Tee

RAINBOW Leather Look Mini

RAINBOW Brooklyn 1968 Cropped Sweater

RAINBOW Bandeau Playsuit

BODYFLIRT Palm Print Bandeau Bikini

RAINBOW Zip Front Bodycon Dress

How are you updating your wardrobe for the new season? Which of these bonprix pieces would you love to scoop up?


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FTC Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with bonprix. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


turn it up with sonos!

I workout and dance at home up to three hours per. day.
Sometimes it's ballet, sometimes it's hip hop, and sometimes it's
a fusion of ballet / hip hop / cardio. Regardless of movement type,
one thing that is universal for all three is music {i.e. Sonos}.

Sonos Wireless Hi-Fi Music Systems are one of my ultimate
investment pieces {made all the more affordable with Sonos Coupons},
as they produce big sound {perfect for blasting playing my
Jamiroquai and Cascada} in sleek aesthetics {that are just as
essential for home decor as they are dance}.

The SUB is my favorite Sonos offering at the
moment, as you can tuck it underneath a bed or couch {yes, it's that small}
and still stream your entire music library from it. The PLAY:3 is a
close follower as the pricepoint is perfect - as is its
ability to produce stellar sound in either a horizontal or vertical
position. And the PLAY:5? Honestly...it's kind of impossible to resist
the 5. speaker. aesthetic.

Also pertinent... wireless controls {why can't everything have
wireless controls?!}, and the ability to stream your music library,
radio stations, and music services

As a music fanatic, I can't help but squee!

How do you listen to your favorite tunes?


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FTC Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with RioCoupon. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


{beauty board} to the sea!

Get summer-ready with 7 scents, shades, and glam
skin and hair musts
inspired by the sea!

to the sea!
{1} Calvin Klein ck one Summer 3.4 oz. Eau de Toilette Spray
{2} Bath & Body Works Seaside Escape 14.5 oz. 3-Wick Candle
{3} Hampton Sun Privet Bloom Eau de Parfum 0.3 oz. Roll-On
{4} Sachajuan Ocean Mist 5 oz.
{5} Bath & Body Works Capri Seaside Citrus 2 in 1 Superfruit Body Scrub and Wash
{6} ELLE Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Surfer Babe, Seaside Chic, and Ship Shape
{7} Hawaiian Tropic Lime Coolada After Sun Moisturizer 16.0 fl. Oz.


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NOTD: Essie Bikini So Teeny

Two coats of Essie Bikini So Teeny. A Sparkling Cornflower Blue.

Hello, completely necessary nail color for everyone’s personal collection. And I mean that.

Bikini So Teeny {that of the adorable name and chic color} is one of those almost-pastel shades that somehow manages to be both pale and bright - not to mention that it features a super subtle silver shimmer throughout that ups the amazing factor even more.

Application was perfect – smooth and, even better, no streaking. Two coats gave me full opacity. And just for the record… this color is just as gorgeous for summer pedicures as it is manis!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

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{what to wear} on your wedding day!

Wedding season is officially upon us, and while I don't plan on saying
'I do' anytime soon, I'm definitely not the type to miss the chance to
take a peek at the latest wedding dress styles
{research, I tell you...research}. And so I'm sharing a few of my
here. After all, it's your wedding day...you
must. look. marvelous.

Tulle over Chantilly Lace by Bridal by Mori Lee

Strapless Silky Net by Angelina Faccenda by Mori Lee

Strapless Tulle Gown by Blue by Enzoani

Strapless Alencon Lace by Bridal by Mori Lee

Draped Skirt Dress by David Tutera for Mon Cheri

Strapless Silky Ruffled Organza by Bridal by Mori Lee

Which one is your favorite?


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FTC Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with MissesDressy. All opinions expressed herein are my own.



"When a girl feels that she's perfectly groomed and dressed she can forget that part of her. That's charm."

F. Scott Fitzgerald


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tech + tips

Complement some of the cutest tech cases of 2013 with 4
of the season’s hottest nail shades

tech + tips

1} Case-Mate iPhone 4 / 4S Vibe Case in Cockatiel Icon by Jessica Swift + China Glaze Sunworshiper

2} Juicy Couture Flamingo iPhone Case + Sinful Colors Hazard

3} DANNIJO iPhone 5 Case in Multi + Revlon Flirt

4} Marc by Marc Jacobs Tootsie Flower iPhone 5 Case in Jade Stone Multi + Essie First Timer


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FTC Disclosure: Case-Mate’s iPhone 4 / 4S Vibe Case in Cockatiel Icon by Jessica Swift was provided to me for review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


watercolors in...the wardrobe

Add a brush of whimsy to your wardrobe {and beauty drawer!}
with watercolor prints that chicly coast through
your closet from the start of spring to the end of summer.

watercolors in the wardrobe
From left-to-right.

Mango Watercolor Floral Print Dress in Flash
Victoria's Secret PINK Multi-Way Bustier Bra in Multicolor Tie Dye / Tropical Lace + Victoria's Secret PINK Tropical Lace Trim Thong in White Tie Dye
Alice + Olivia Dina Watercolor Pumps in Multi
La Mer Collections Soho Wrap Watch in Pastel Watercolor
Rebecca Taylor Aurora Silk Top in Teal
Alexis Bittar Ophelia Teardrop Earrings in Purple Multi
Target MOSSIMO SUPPLY CO. Floral Scarf in Purple Watercolor
BB DAKOTA Watercolor Print Pleated Top in Pink
JULEP Courteney, Simone, and Carrie {use all three for a water barble design}


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